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Spring Wildfire Season is Here. . .Are You Ready Chesapeake?

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Spring Wildfire Season is Here. . .Are You Ready Chesapeake? SERVPRO of Chesapeake, 757-523-9700.

Spring wildfire season is here . . .  are you prepared?

February 15th was the start of the spring wildfire season in the commonwealth.  The Virginia Department of Forestry says that we are in good share for the beginning of the season thanks to the rain helping to add moisture to the fire fuels, like dry grass, straw and leaves, the biggest fuels for wildfires.

The Department also reminds us that the outdoor burning law went into effect on the 15th, meaning you have to wait to burn till after 4:00 p.m. and if it’s windy, or dry outside, postpone the burning.  Read more

Our friends at Allstate say that the best defense is to be prepared and offer these steps that you can take to prepare your family property and home.

  • Determine your risk level and then create a ring of three defensible fire zones around your home.
  • Build a disaster preparedness kit with water, food, dust masks, a first-aid kit and other essentials.
  • Create a family communication plan, plan an evac route and follow it immediately if an evacuation is ordered.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family.  SERVPRO of Chesapeake South will provide you with caring and expert guidance through the crisis.  Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips-Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Mold. . . Don't Let It Grow!

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold. . . Don't Let It Grow! SERVPRO of Chesapeake South Mold Damage Cleaning 757-523-9700.

MOLD. . . DON’T LET IT GROW!

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South suggests that property owners and managers take precautions and address water intrusions such as leaks, storm damage and equipment failure immediately.  Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subjected to moisture for a good period. 

Did you know that during summer and hot weather, air conditioning can de-humidity indoor space?  However, if the system is too large or too small for the space it serves, the cooling system can create high humidity by cooling without removing water vapor.  A properly sized and maintained system will dehumidify and cool a home.

Proactive Mold Preventative Measures

  • Inspect dwelling for any evidence of past moisture problems or leaks, i.e. behind refrigerator, under sinks, around toilets, laundry room, crawl space & attic, baseboards, window frames, door frames, ceiling tiles
  • Address strong musty odors which may indicate the presence of mold
  • Make sure appliances that produce moisture such as clothes dryers and stoves are properly vented to the outside
  • Make sure bathrooms are properly ventilated
  • Clean and/or repair gutters and assure that the water flow from downspouts is directed away from your foundation
  • Inspect the roof annually and after severe weather
  • Check the attic regularly for leaks
  • Inspect and clean air ducts and HVAC annually and make sure HVAC drip pans are clean and flow properly & check vents and filters

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South is dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us.  A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

For more information contact Missy Burns, 252-573-0182

Yellow Mold in Your Chesapeake Home

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Yellow Mold in Your Chesapeake Home Mold Cleanup in Chesapeake, VA.

Why is there yellow mold growing in your home?  Where did it come from, and what do you need to do about it?

What we do know is that mold grows in damp areas like bathrooms, around leaky plumbing, around leaky window frames, in damp basements, or in attics with a leaky roof.  Did you know that mold comes in different colors too?  Yep, mold can be yellow, white, brown, green, and of course black.

Special care needs to be taken to remove mold even for what may seem to be a simple task.  Mold spores spread easily and can become airborne, scattering to other areas of your home, making the mold problem even worse.  Even worse, those mold spores when inhaled can cause serious health risks such as an itchy rash, wheezing, and sore throats.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. In addition to health risks, mold can cause property damage. 

What you can do until help arrives

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem? 
Call Us Today – (757) 523-9700

Free Air Duct Inspection in Chesapeake

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Free Air Duct Inspection in Chesapeake SERVPRO Chesapeake South, 757-523-9700

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South offers a FREE Residential or Commercial Air Duct System Inspection.  Now you have a reason to add an air duct inspection to your Spring cleaning to do list. 

The excitement of warm weather seems to encourage us to want to clean.  SERVPRO remediation specialists suggests adding heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) maintenance to prepare for the warmer weather to come.  SERVPRO Industries, CEO, Sue Steen suggests the maintenance will help your HVAC work at its maximum efficiency and quite possibly reveal a problem that you might need to address sooner than later.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South and our air duct cleaning services can help keep your air duct system clean and help extend the life of your equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

CALL AND ASK FOR YOUR FREE AIR DUCT INSPECTION AT 757-523-9700

Vacation Rental Safety

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Community Vacation Rental Safety SERVPRO of Chesapeake South , 757-523-9700

How do you know if a vacation rental property is safe for your family?  Popular home rentals websites indicate that they are not responsible for the condition of the property.  So it's up to you to keep your family safe.

Vacation Rental Dangers and three things you should do the moment you walk in the door.

1.  Go find the water heater.  Be sure to look in the basement or a closet.

2.  Install your compact carbon monoxide, battery operated detector right outside the room between the water heater and the furnace.

2. Locate the fire extinguisher, and be familiar with how to operate it and remember where it's located.

3.  Plan a fire escape and locate all of the exits and the smoke alarms.

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) more than 400 people die from accidental Carbon Monoxide poisoning. #SilentKiller  Tips to make sure your rental home is safe from fire and carbon monoxide.

Home rental vacationers are also vulnerable to fires.   Before you arrive, you should ask the homeowner where the fire extinguishers are located.  You and your family should know where all of the exits are located too.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South #AlwaysHereToHelp 

SERVPRO is #1 in the Restoration Services Industry

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO is #1 in the Restoration Services Industry SERVPRO is #1 in Restoration and #12 in the overall Franchise 500 for 2018.

SERVPRO , a cleanup and restoration franchise company, continues to dominate its segment of Entreprenuer magazine's Franchise 500 listreceiving top ranking in the Restoration Services industry, for the 15th consecutive year.  

Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., CEO, said the company also achieved the number 12 spot overall in the prestigious rankings, standing out in a record-breaking group of more than 1,020 franchises qualified for the 2018 list.

SERVPRO was among 20 other highly recognizable companies such as McDonalds (#1 overall), Re/Max, 7-Eleven and Supercuts to name a few. 

Globe Newswire says The purpose of this list is to use objective and quantifiable  measures of a franchise operation to help those would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities, and the evaluation process is based on "The Five Pillars of the Franchise 500".

  • Costs and Fees
  • Size and Growth
  • Support
  • Brand Strength
  • "Our results show that the industry is strong—and that the strongest franchisors are those who've learned to balance between innovating to attract new customers and remaining reliable enough to keep the old ones happy."

In an online article by Globe Newswire, Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., CEO was quoted as saying, “SERVPRO’s financial strength and stability, growth rate, and system size all contribute to the company’s success, and by extension to the success of its franchisees. The commitment to excellence starts at the top and carries through to the service each franchisee provides to each and every customer.”

Water Intrusion After A Storm and Mold in Chesapeake

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Water Intrusion After A Storm and Mold in Chesapeake SERVPRO of Chesapeake South Containing the Mold

Water intrusion after a storm can create serious health problems for Chesapeake residents.  In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. 

"People are anxious to get on with their lives after a flood," said one of FEMA's top officials for disaster recovery, "but if you had flood waters in your home, take the time to clean thoroughly so problems don't arise later that affect your health."

Should you detect a mold problem, stay out of the affected area. Don’t touch or disturb the mold by blowing air across the mold surfaces, see more about WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES.

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Read more about our “typical"  Mold Remediation Process at SERVPRO of Chesapeake South

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.  We are #FasterToAnyDisaster 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Have Mold Related Questions? Call Us Today – (757) 523-9700

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists Can Restore Your Chesapeake Home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

General Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists Can Restore Your Chesapeake Home We are an IICRC Certified Firm at SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, 757-523-9700

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Chesapeake South

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

For Immediate Service in Chesapeake, Call SERVPRO of Chesapeake South

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

General For Immediate Service in Chesapeake, Call SERVPRO of Chesapeake South Chesapeake Residents: We provide immediate service day or night, call 757-523-9700.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Chesapeake. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 757-523-9700.

Residential Services

Whether your Chesapeake home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Chesapeake commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Flood Water in Chesapeake

2/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flood Water  in Chesapeake SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, 757-523-9700

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  Your location no longer seems to be a factor-there is always potential for flood damage.

 Fema.gov reports that in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods.  It’s not a matter of if, but when and FEMA reports that nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000.

#TheAmericanRed Cross claims that floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  Here are some tips they advise to follow:

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, Stop, Turn around, and go another way.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, the same holds true. If you are in your car and waters are rising rapidly, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. 
  • Keep children out of the water. Children may not recognize contaminated water and lack judgment. 

If your home or business is affected by a flood, SERVPRO of Chesapeake South is your water damage restoration company.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure if not treated properly and quickly. 

Cleanup can be overwhelming and that’s why the “SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any size disaster.  When fire and water take control of your life, let your local SERVPRO of Chesapeake South help you take it back. 

Do you have water damage in Chesapeake call us at 757-523-9700.