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When Your Sewage System Backs Up in Chesapeake

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard When Your Sewage System Backs Up in Chesapeake Sewage Cleanup in Chesapeake

A sewage system backed up in this home and flooded the entire bathroom.  This is called a category 3 water contamination.  The cleanup requires professionally trained technicians and professional equipment.  

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Flood water can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (757) 523-9700

Are You Being Exposed To Mold?

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Are You Being Exposed To Mold? Mold Under Your Bathroom Floor.

You may have written off your itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing as seasonal allergies, but the truth is you may be dealing with an even bigger problem: mold.  

Mold is not a new problem.  Every house, every environment has mold spores, but mold becomes an issue when the mold spores in the home are greater than what is found outside.

Mold is one of the more threatening of organisms and SERVPRO of Chesapeake South takes it very seriously. The danger lies in the fact the mold is often not easy to find. It likes to hide and can be harbored in any cool, damp place inside your home or place of business. Most people only think of showers and bathrooms as harboring mold, but truthfully, it can hide in attics, crawlspaces, closets, even inside the walls or under the floor.

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (757) 523-9700
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

When Your Stuff Gets Wet

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Your Stuff Gets Wet Ceiling Water Damage Restoration in Chesapeake

When Your Stuff Gets Wet

Water Damages your contents and things too.  SERVPRO Chesapeake South has seen its share of water damage.  The damage can happen from a leaking pipe between the wall, a leaking toilet, a dishwasher relief valve that fails, a refrigeration line fail, a water heater leak, an HVAC system ceiling leak and of course havoc from mother nature.

Most often our first thought is about damage to the floors or to the ceiling, or even the walls.  Then the realization that your contents, your treasures, your projects, your books have been damaged too.

We are your Emergency call to action experts when disaster strikes your home or business 24/7.  

For over 20 years, SERVPRO of Chesapeake South helps to make it#LikeItNeverEvenHappened #HeretoHelp #SERVPROChesapkeS

Does Your Business Have The SERVPRO ERP System?

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Does Your Business Have The SERVPRO ERP System? Let Us Help Make Sure Your Business is Ready

Your Business Should Have The SERVPRO® ERP System

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile system is a web-based interface designed to hasten our response times to business emergency calls.  The system was designed to help save business owner's time and money, allowing your doors to re-open more quickly.  

The SERVPRO ERP System requires the uploading of relevant information that completes and personalizes your business profile.  Upon your request, one of our Marketing Representatives will help you complete your profile at no cost.

Your business profile will help your SERVPRO Marketing Representative to know your specific emergency contacts, business needs and circumstances before the emergency strikes your business.

Our SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile system is especially beneficial to motels and restaurants when emergency relief workers will need to a place to stay and to eat. 

Here is a brief overview of some of the benefits the SERVPRO ERP System integration can provide your business.

Multiple Business Management 
When water damage strikes multiple business locations in Chesapeake, and surrounding areas at once, it can be difficult for some owners to form an adequate response plan of action for each of those locations.  The SERVPRO ERP System allows you to create a separate profile for each business under your jurisdiction.  This function has proved to be very effective in major storm and flood emergencies.

Insurance, Utilities, and Contact Management 
Businesses often have numerous connected suppliers, insurers, and other business partners that must be contacted in the event of an emergency.  The SERVPRO ERP System allows you to store and organize relevant contact lists and insurance information on a location-by-location basis, increasing communications efficacy for both you and SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has been helping local homes and businesses from the effects of water damage through quality care, equipment, and personnel for over 20 years.

For more information on the SERVPRO ERP System call us at (757)523-9700.

Preventive Maintenance Tips for Commercial Properties

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Preventive Maintenance Tips for Commercial Properties Commercial Preventive Maintenance Tips

It is spring time, but winter conditions may have caused stress to commercial structures. Spring is an important time to make sure certain tasks are completed to prepare for summer and repair any damage caused by extreme cold and wet weather. Proactive maintenance can help prevent damage to a property, saving time and money throughout the year and can also help with insurance claims.  Below are a few items to be examined and cleaned.

Roof and Exterior

Wind, snow and rain can impact a building’s roof and exterior. Walking the property and being on the lookout for standing water or leaks from roofs and gutters is important. Chipped paint, siding dents and damage, cracked or leaking windows, foundation cracks, roof leaks, and clogged gutters should all be photographed, reported and repaired. If left unresolved, long-term issues can lead to more serious issues including foundation erosion and more.

Landscaping and Irrigation

Harsh winds, rain and snow can damage plants and limbs, especially on boxwoods, small shrubs and ornamental trees. Mulching, trimming broken limbs, pruning back plants, and cleaning debris needs to be done to prepare for spring growth.  Irrigation systems need to be checked for damage and proper drainage to be ready for the dry summer season.

Mechanical

Warmer temperatures arriving means the facility mechanical systems should be inspected and maintained. Replacement of air filters, flushing of water heaters, and checking carbon monoxide detectors and sprinkler and fire suppression systems should be done before summer arrives.

Call Us Today to Prepare Your Emergency Ready Profile-(757) 523-9700

Controlling Moisture is Key to Controlling Mold

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Controlling Moisture is Key to Controlling Mold Mold cleaning in Chesapeake

Controlling Moisture is Key to Controlling Mold

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Humidity levels change throughout the day as changes occur in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.  Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans, which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

If you see signs of mold, call us today- (757) 523-9700.

Esporta Technology Cleans Soft Contents Mold

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Esporta Technology Cleans Soft Contents Mold Mold Cleaned in Chesapeake

When you have water damage in your home or property, typically the floors, walls and ceilings are affected.  SERVPRO of Chesapeake South will take care of the water damaged structure and we will also clean the affected contents.

SERVPRO carefully inventories and packs your contents to deliver to our facility.  Upon arrival, our Textile Restoration Experts will begin the water damage cleaning and restoration process to those items.  

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has state-of-the-art cleaning system on-site that can make water damaged, mold damaged, and even smoke and soot damaged items look like new again. 

Our Esporta Wash System specializes in the cleaning of soft contents items, such as stuffed animals, shoes, purses, etc.  It helps allow us to Restore, not Replace.

After your items have been cleaned, our professionals will schedule a time to deliver them back to you.

Need Your Drapes or Blinds Cleaned?  Call Today- (757) 523-9700

Salvaging Personal Belongings

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Salvaging Personal Belongings Water Damaged Chair Gets Cleaned

One of the most common topics after a client suffers water damage, is how and what can be salvaged and restored. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer.  Every water damage is unique and case by case. Once we have received notice of your water loss and the source has been stopped, our SERVPRO specialists will identify the source to begin the restoration process.

Here are some things to consider:

Identity the Type of Water Damage

Determining what type of water has damaged your personal belongings is part of our inspection process.   In the restoration industry we categorize water as clean water, a category 1, gray water is category 2 and black water is category 3. 

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has the Esporta technology that cleans all these water damage categories including category 3 contaminated water. 

Porous vs Non-Porous Materials

Porous materials such as fabrics, wood, and paper are very good at retaining water. Porosity also means the increase in the chance of other dangers like mold growth, and even damage beyond repair or restoration.  Here in lies the case by case scenario.  Porous materials such as marble, metal, and porcelain - among others - usually have no problem in being restored because bacteria and mold are not usually able to root to their surface.

The Amount of Time the Water has Saturated Your Belongings

Another factor that will come into the equation of determining what can and cannot be saved is how long the materials have been wet.  The longer a porous item sits in water, the more difficult to bring it back to its preloss state. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. Belongings that are left damp or wet and exposed to the elements are at a greater risk for mold growth and may not be salvageable.   Acting quickly and calling your local SERVPRO as soon as you discover the water damage is key to restoration success.

Restoration or Replacement Costs

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South will always try to restore your water damaged items to their preloss condition unless they are beyond restoration. 

We know that your belongings are what help to make your home a home.  Our restoration helps to save you and your insurance company money, not to mention prevents landfill pollution.  If restoration is not an option, then replacement is usually the next option.

When you hire the professionals at SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, you know that your water damage has been assessed and your belongings have been analyzed for the best course of action to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO Green Products

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning SERVPRO Green Products SERVPRO Likes Being Green

We must all be environmentally conscious and SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has Green cleaning products which allows us to finish any cleaning project in an environmentally sound way. 

If you need a good Spring cleaning in your office or home, we have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning services. 

Our SERVPRO of Chesapeake South technicians are highly trained in cleanup services and can professionally clean your carpet, upholstery, furniture, drapery, blinds, and hardwood floors, all which will surely brighten and freshen up your home.  We have products designed to clean carpet and upholstery and surface and glass cleaner all of which are environmentally friendly.  

Let us not only get rid of the dirt you see, but also remove the unwanted dust you don't see.  Need Cleaning Services in Chesapeake? Call us today-757-523-9700.

Prepare Now for 2018 Hurricane Season

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Now for 2018 Hurricane Season Find Your Zone

In 2017, many regions suffered through nightmarish scenarios from multiple hurricanes. 

Virginia, however, has not experienced a direct hit from a major hurricane in generations.  The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) says not if, but when, and is encouraging all Virginians to start preparing today for the 2018 hurricane season which officially began on June 1st. 

"Hurricanes cause high winds, tornadoes and landslides, but their deadliest hazard is flooding. Tropical storms and depressions can be just as dangerous."

Coastal Virginians, you need to know your hurricane evacuation zone for both your home and workplace.  Evacuation zones A through D are in place across coastal Virginia.  Residents will be directed to evacuate depending on the tides, the storms intensity, it's path and other factors.  

Have Storm or Flood Damage?       Call Us Today (757) 523-9700