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Commercial Air Duct Cleaning

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Air Duct Cleaning Commercial Air Duct Cleaning in Chesapeake

What's the deal with air ducts?

There are many components to running a business and you more than likely don’t tend to think about the indoor air quality in the building.   Usually it's not until the building's systems stop heating or cooling, will a facility manager be alarmed.  Regular maintenance to your air duct system is important as it can help improve the productivity of your HVAC systems and the quality of your air. 

A ductwork system is designed to distribute airflow from your HVAC equipment to your entire commercial building.  This encompasses the air that is sucked from the whole building in the air conditioner/heater where it gets cooled or heated and then pushed back via the ducts into your working space.

The intake and output of the air are determined by how efficient a duct system is.  Only air is moved via ductwork.  What’s more is that there are many ductwork constructions and shapes.  They may be oval, round or rectangular in shape.  It might be fashioned from a wide range of materials like flexible plastics, fiberglass or different metals.

There are several types of commercial HVAC systems and most have an air duct system.   Roof top units are most common and found on the roof or ground and duct the conditioned air into the space. 

SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South has National Air Duct certified technicians who will inspect your HVAC air duct system at no cost. After the inspection, you will receive a report and a quote to clean your commercial system.  We offer scheduled maintenance cleanings that will help to keep your system running more efficient and help to provide good air quality.

Think you have dirty ducks?  Call us at 757-523-9700

by Kim Calantropo

Why You Should Keep Air Ductwork Clean

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Why You Should Keep Air Ductwork Clean Air Duct Cleaning in Chesapeake

The quality of your indoor air is as important as the quality of the air you breathe outside.  There are indoor irritants in the air you breathe such as pollen, dust, and pet dander that encompass more than just simply changing your equipment's air filter.

These irritants and contaminants collect in your air duct system and can only be removed with scheduled cleanings.  You should consider it as a part of your HVAC maintenance and a vital part of ensuring your employees health and your business cleanliness.  Here are some reasons why you should keep your ducts cleaned.

  • Clogging of the ducts- Irritants like dust can clog your air ducts causing your HVAC equipment to work less effectively.  The clogging can also cause health issues.
  • You may be losing efficiency- If your air ducts are clogged, your equipment will be forced to work harder to maintain your temperature settings.  This results in higher utility bills and an inefficient system.
  • Presence of mold- Mold is hazardous to your health.  Mold can aggravate or cause health problems like asthma and allergies. An odor like the smell of dirty socks coming from your air vents can indicate the presence of mold in your HVAC system.
  • Presence of trapped critters- Occasionally rodents, birds or insects can become entrapped in the air duct system.  Any odor coming from the air vent system requires attention.

SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South offers air duct system inspections at no cost.  You will receive results and a recommended plan of action. Commercial cleaning and maintenance plans are available.  Call us today at 757-523-9700.

Protect Your Home Against Water Damage

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protect Your Home Against Water Damage Water damage cleanup in Chesapeake

You can to help minimize the risk

You know that a flood in your bathroom or a flood in your attic from a water heater leak may be expensive to repair.  The are ways to help prevent those disasters and to protect against water damage.

  • Replace old pipes. Home piping usually has a life span of 50 to 80 years.  If yours are older, it’s a good idea to ask a plumber for an inspection.  PVC pipes may need to be replaced every 25-40 years.
  • Inspect your water heater. Water heaters usually need to be replaced every 10 years.  Learn more about signs that you might need a new water heater.
  • Update your windows and doors. Watertight options are available with new doors and windows.  Wood windows should be cleaned, repainted and stained every so often.  Cracks should be resealed, and old glazing compounds should be replaced as needed.
  • Replace washing machine supply hoses. As part of a proactive maintenance plan, replace every 3 to 5 years.
  • Regularly inspect your roof. Look for loose or missing shingles, or any sign of damage.  While up there, inspect your gutters to make sure leaves and debris have been removed and that the drain spout is properly attached.

When you need a water damage cleanup. . . call SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South. . . 757-523-9700.

You Might Need A New Water Heater If

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage You Might Need A New Water Heater If Water Damage Cleanup in Chesapeake?

SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South receives an emergency call because a water heater has leaked and water is coming from the ceiling and all over the carpet, and the floor.  Here are some signs that you might need a new water heater and ways to check if you do. These may require a "looksee" from time to time while others become obvious only after things have gone wrong.

  • The water is not getting hot enough.
  • The water is not getting hot at all. It could be that the pilot light is out, or the circuit breaker has been tripped, or worse the whole heating system is shot.
  • The water is a rusty color or not clear running.
  • The water has a strange metallic taste, which could mean that the inside of the tank is breaking down.
  • The water heater is making loud popping and cracking noises that could mean the heating element is failing.
  • There are signs of leakage around the water heater which indicates a major internal failure to the system. Make sure that the electricity or gas has been turned off to the system and that before replacing it, the unit has had a chance to cool completely.

We suggest that you should hire a professional to replace and install your water heater to be certain that the installation meets safety codes and is safe to use.

Water damage cleanup in Chesapeake?  Call 757-523-9700.

Cleaning & Restoring Fire Damaged Contents

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning & Restoring Fire Damaged Contents Fire Damage Cleanup in Chesapeake.

What to Consider when Cleaning Fire Damaged Contents

After a fire, more than likely the fire department efforts to save your property have left your home or office with a huge wet mess or you could have minimal damage with only grease, smoke, or soot damage.  We are here to help.  Our SERVPRO® fire restoration team considers every loss unique and considers the best means to clean and restore your fire damaged items.

Restoration methods can occur with dry-cleaning, cleaning with ultrasonic waves or with other specialized treatments to remove odors and to help preserve photos, documents and electronic equipment.  We take certain steps in determining how to best clean your contents.

Assess the Damage

Our first step would be to determine whether the item (s) can be restored or are they non-salvageable.  Contents with smoke or soot damage usually can be restored, such as photos or documents, however, burned or charred items would be considered a loss.

Consider Durability

The durability of the fabric, or the            material of the damaged item (s) is considered when determining the cleaning and restoration method.  Delicate items subjected to the fire incident may not withstand even our most gentle of treatments.

Consider Porosity

The porosity of an item is important in determining the best cleaning and restoration method.  Porous items such as clothing and textiles can benefit from our ozone treatment to dry cleaning.  Delicate, non-porous items made of glass or ceramic, can more than likely be immersed and cleaned with ultrasonic waves.  More delicate porous items are handled more carefully and limited to moisture exposure.

We recommend always having your fire damaged items cleaned by a professional restoration company.  SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South offers a full range of content cleaning options as well as content storage.  When we clean your contents, we box and label your items, to deliver back to you once your home has been restored or another location has been determined.  Fire Damage Cleanup in Chesapeake?  Call 2757-523-9700.

Author Kim Calantropo

Smoke Damage: How It Hurts Your Home

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Damage:  How It Hurts Your Home Fire Damage Cleanup in Chesapeake? Call 757-523-9700 to help make it "Like it never even happened."

When you suffer a home fire, the smoke and fire damage can be severe.  The home should be inspected quickly and cleaning and recovery actions should be in place to avoid permanent damage.  

When it's safe for you to return to your home, call your insurance company and ask for a cleanup and restoration company to help you with the fire and smoke damage to help restore your home.

Be sure to arrange for an inspection to make sure that the foundation and the structure of your home are safe.

When a fire has consumed your furniture and belongings, you have a wet, scorched mess left behind. Leather, fabric, and wood can trap smoke smells and usually can be restored. In addition, smoke and soot particles can get trapped inside of your air duct system.

SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South will remove the wet, burned, scorched mess and take your salvageable contents to clean in our warehouse.  We also have the capability to help restore your fire and water damaged documents and photos.  When this process is completed, then we can address the soot, water, and fire damage restoration to your home and to your air duct system.

SERVPRO® Employees Pay It Forward

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO® Employees Pay It Forward SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South Giving Back

We hope that you know that no matter the time of day or night on any day, our crew is going to help you get through the mess.  

Your local SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South also wants you to know that you can depend on them for not only emergencies but to be there to support the community too.

The employees at SERVPRO® help to pay it forward by collecting items like clothing and personal hygiene products for men, women, and children, non-perishable food, toys, books and blankets.  The collection begins in the summertime.  The items are boxed and labeled and set aside to be delivered to five (5) local charities in November, just in time for the holidays and the cold weather. 

The charities we have helped to support are Blankets for the Homeless, Chesapeake Humane Society, Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, Children's Crisis Center of Hampton Roads, and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Flood Insurance Spotlight

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Flood Insurance Spotlight Flood Damage Cleanup in Chesapeake, call 757-523-9700

Of course, no one plans to become a hurricane victim, and no one should have to learn the hard way either that homeowner’s or renter’s insurance does not cover flood damage.

Chesapeake’s Deputy coordinator of Emergency Management, Robb Braidwood said after Hurricane Matthew, the first category 5 Atlantic hurricane since 2007, “If you live in Chesapeake, you should have flood insurance.”  “The highest point in the city is in a swamp.”

Recent reform plans to the National Flood Insurance Program were announced on March 18, 2019 by the Trump administration.

The program would begin to assess properties individually using variables like one’s proximity to large bodies of water, hurricane rainfall, coastal surges rather than the current applying a single formula for an entire flood zone.  Since higher valued properties are more likely to hit the $250,000 insurance cap, lower valued homes are paying proportionately more than higher valued homes.  The new reform would drive flood risk into the private reinsurance and risk markets.  According to the Insurance Information Institute, FEMA will announce the new rates on April 1, 2020 and will implement the new system on October 1, 2020.

Flood insurance can pay claims when there is no Presidentially declared disaster.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers disaster grants that do not have to be paid back, but this amount is often much less than what is needed to recover. 

If you have flood damage, and do not have flood insurance, there could be resources available to help you through FEMA.  For info go to www.fema.gov.

If you suffer flood damage in Chesapeake, call your local SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South at 757-523-9700.

Administrative Professional Day at SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

General Administrative Professional Day at SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South Cassie, Lisa, and Brittany, our administrative staff

Today we recognize the people who help to make our SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South operate daily.  Behind the scenes, this administrative staff is helping to get your life back to normal again.  It begins with your call or your insurance company's no matter what time of the day.  Our crews are dispatched, and our estimator evaluates the damage.  Communication is kept throughout your claim between our company and your insurance company.  In cases where no insurance claims are filed, we will work directly with the homeowner or the business.  A water damage or fire damage loss make take only a day to cleanup or could take months.  Our staff works daily to make sure everyone involved has what they need to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Does Your Business Have a Contingency Plan?

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Does Your Business Have a Contingency Plan? Let Our SERVPRO® Be Your SERVPRO®

Contingency plans are backup plans that businesses activate only when a disaster or unforeseen situation disrupts the operations of the company or puts employees at risk.

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st.  SERVPRO® of Chesapeake wants your business to be prepared with our mobile app.  This app is a no-cost readiness plan that places your ready plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency.  Download the Free App Here

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial.

When you create a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you help to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.

Key to a timely mitigation is when you know in advance what to do and what to expect which can also help minimize how the water and fire damage will affect your home or business.

Get more information with your Complimentary Business Assessment? Call Us Today (757) 523-9700.