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SERVPRO Spring Cleaning

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

The time of year has come for your annual Spring Cleaning! During the past year we have lived through a pandemic and many of us have stayed inside our homes more than we ever have. Now it may be more important than ever to give your home some extra attention with the accumulation of dust and junk.

The thought of tackling your spring cleaning checklist may be daunting, but check out this easy list to get you started:

  • Kitchen
    • clean out fridge/freezer - wipe down the inside
    • organize Tupperware drawers
    • clean out and wipe down inside of cabinets
    • vacuum and mop floors
  • Laundry/Clothing
    • bring out spring/summer clothing and pack up winter clothes
    • straighten up/organize laundry area and clean lint trap and behind washer/dryer
    • purge clothing you no longer wear to donate or give away
  • Bedrooms
    • wash all your sheets and bedding
    • rotate and flip mattress
    • replace or wash pillows
  • General
    • vacuum couches and chairs
    • change air filters
    • wash windows inside/outside
    • inspect smoke alarm and fire extinguishers
    • clean blinds
    • dust ceiling fans and baseboards
    • clean out medicine cabinets and organize storage closets

To get a deep, professional cleaning of your home, call SERVPRO of Chesapeake South at 757-523-9700.

What Are Ice Dams and How To Prevent Them

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

If you are a homeowner, you most likely heard of ice dams. During the icy and snowy winter months, ice dams are notorious for wreaking havoc on the unsuspecting person's home, causing water damage to their roofs and attics.

Ice dams form on the eaves of roofs from the build up of ice and snow after a storm. Eventually the ice and snow will melt and form a puddle of water that could penetrate your roof, slip under the shingles and enter your home.

How to Prevent Ice Dams

  • seal and insulate your duct system
  • make sure your attic and roof are properly insulated so the heat will not melt the precipitation on the roof
  • clear out gutters for easy flow of water
  • knock down snow build up and icicles that form on roof and gutters
  • inspect your roof before the ice and snow storm for leaks and possible weak spots

Follow these steps to ensure you are taking the proper precautions when it comes to keep your home warm and dry. If you experience a water intrusion, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Chesapeake South at 757-523-9700.

Commercial Property Maintentance

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Property Maintenance

As a commercial property owner, being proactive with the maintenance to the building can help prevent damage to your property, which in turn can help save you time and money. Regular maintenance of your commercial property may also help with the inevitable property insurance claim. Weather can affect the exterior and the interior of the building structure. These are a few property maintenance suggestions.

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. Look for chipped paint, siding dents, damaged, cracked or leaking windows, foundation cracks, roof leaks, and clogged gutters. Any of these should be photographed, reported and repaired. If these issues are left unresolved for long term, can lead to more serious problems 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 is suggested to prepare for spring and new growth.  Inspect irrigation systems for damage and for proper drainage in order to be ready for the dry summer season.

Mechanical

Temperature changes suggest that the commercial facility’s mechanical systems should be regularly inspected and maintained. The replacement of air filters, flushing of water heaters, and checking carbon monoxide detectors and sprinkler and fire suppression systems should be done before summer or winter arrives.

Call to learn more about our Emergency Ready Profile for commercial businesses at SERVPRO of Chesapeake South 757-465-9700. 

How To Prepare For Winter Storm

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

faucet cover on house This is an insulated faucet cover that can be purchased at your local hardware store.

Tips for Preparing your Home for Winter Weather

Some people may never take the necessary steps to prepare your home for the winter storms and it could end up costing you big. Follow these steps below to be fully prepared to winter weather havoc.

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells.  This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or non-insulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Place insulated faucet covers over your outdoor faucets to prevent frozen pipes.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure.  Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Inspect your roof for weak areas to avoid heavy snow and precipitations from leaking into your home.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks. 

Protect Your Home From Water Damage

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

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.
  • 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 at 757-523-9700.

Winter Storm Forecast Terms

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

With the cold weather quickly moving in it is likely that you may have already heard many of these winter weather terms. But, do you know what they mean for you, your family and your home or business. Here is a list of the 9 common terms you are likely to hear this winter.

Nor’easter - This is a term that we here on the east coast are widely familiar with. A Nor’easter gets it name from the northeasterly winds that batter the coast when these storms pass through. Nor’easters do not always produce snow, however when weather conditions permit, rain and wind can quickly become wind, snow and ice. Most nor’easters last only a few days, however their impacts can be significant leaving behind millions of dollars of damage.

Clipper - A clipper is a small, fast-moving storm system that forms in or around southern Canada or the upper Midwestern United States and moves towards the East Coast. Clippers generally only drop a few inches or so of snow, however there have been clipper storm systems in which adequate moisture is available and snowfall totals can far exceed what was originally forecast. 

Polar Vortex -  A polar vortex is a large and persistent circulation in the upper-levels of the atmosphere that wraps around the far northern latitudes of the earth. A polar vortex acts like an atmospheric barrier that can keep bitterly cold air confined to the Arctic Circle. When the polar vortex is disrupted and the circulation breaks down, parts of the polar vortex can dip south and allow that frigid arctic air to spill deep into the United States for a few days.

Bombogenesis - While this may sound like a made up term a bombogenesis, or bomb cyclone is a very real meteorological event that occurs in conjunction with a nor’easter in which a low pressure system undergoes a drastic drop in air pressure (24 millibars or more in 24 hours or less). The result is a large scale storm that affects large portions of the east coast for several days and bringing about blizzard like conditions for some areas. 

Squall Line - A squall line is a heavy line of precipitation that’s usually accompanied by gusty winds. Sudden and heavy snow can cause roads to quickly become dangerous for travel. Reduced visibility is likely and the roads will become slick with near white out conditions traffic accidents are inevitable. 

Freezing Rain  - Freezing rain forms when a snowflake falls through a layer of above-freezing air high above the ground. The snowflake completely melts into a raindrop and falls back into subfreezing air near the surface. Once the raindrop hits the ground (or another surface) it instantly freezes leaving behind a heavy layer of ice making travel almost impossible, and carries the potential to break tree limbs and cause power lines to fail. 

Sleet - Sleet is similar to freezing rain in that goes through a melting and then refreezing process. Sleet feels like hail and accumulates like snow, but it can freeze solid not longer after falling creating a stubborn slab of ice that can be hard to shovel or plow through, often these attempts to remove the ice can cause damage to sidewalks, roadways and driveways. 

Graupel - Graupel is a soft snowflake that is more comparable to sleet rather than snow. It does not accumulate and can also be compared to the frost that you see on the grass in the mornings. It is essentially a freezing fog and generally causes no issues.

Flash freeze -  A flash freeze occurs when the temperature drops very quickly not long after it rains, causing the water on roads and sidewalks to freeze in a short amount of time. Most common after a powerful storm in which the temperature quickly drops (40 °F or more) in just a few hours. Flash freezes are dangerous because they create black ice, which makes travel unsafe. 


We here at SERVPRO Chesapeake South want you and your family to be safe this winter season. Always check the forecast before leaving home and be sure to add a Winter Car Emergency Kit to all family vehicles. Review or create your business's Emergency Response Plan and be safe when traveling on busy roadways.

Fire Damage, Estimate, and insurance

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

You may be feeling uncertain and unsure of the next step after the fire trucks have left your home. Depending on the severity of the fire, your belongings are most likely suffering from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from the firefighting efforts. The restoration of your home and the estimation of your fire loss begins when you call a professional fire damage cleanup & restoration company.

Our SERVPRO Professionals in Electronics, Structure, and Contents Restoration arrive to conduct pretests, while inspecting the property to determine the extent of the fire damage and the scope of needed cleaning, restoration, and repairs. Initially our professional experts conduct the following scope to provide you and your insurance company with our recommendations for fire restoration and repairs. 

  • The materials, and items affected by smoke or fire and the proper method for cleaning; 
  • If your personal belongings need to be relocated while your house is being restored
  • The areas that were not affected by soot and odor and protect those areas as soon as possible to avoid contamination 
  • If the smoke residues are cleanable
  • Conduct a complete inventory of items that are damaged beyond repair as a complete inventory is invaluable
  • The amount of time needed to perform the cleanup with the most effective cleaning methods

Once our estimate is approved by your insurance company, the restoration process begins.  Our office staff will be in communication with you and your insurance company throughout the entire claim process. 

Call us for fire, smoke or soot damage cleanup & restoration, SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, 757-523-9700.

What to Do When Your Home Has Water Damage

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

When a water intrusion has happened in your home, it will affect everything in its path.  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.

For over 20 years, SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has been here in your community and here to help. We are your emergency call to action experts when disaster strikes your home or business. Call us 24/7 at 757-523-9700. 

Choose SERVPRO of Chesapeake South To Remove Water From Your Home

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

When water invades your Chesapeake home, quick action needs to be taken in order to get matters under control and your life back to normal. The longer that water is left to soak into your home's floors, the greater the water damage and the repair.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South handles water damage with an inventory of equipment with large and powerful pumps that we can submerge enabling a quicker extraction of the floodwater.  Our machinery will raise the interior temperature so that evaporation happens at a precise rate.

Our trained technicians and supervisors determine the best drying method to utilize to maintain the quality of the water damaged area and product.  For instance if a wooden floor is dried out too quickly or with extreme temperatures, the floor can be ruined.  Our motto is to restore, not replace.  This is beneficial to not only the homeowner but to your insurance company too as it helps to save money.  

After the extractor has removed the water, smaller hand-held equipment is used to remove the remaining water found in crevices and baseboards.  Once the water has been removed, the drying process begins for the remaining surface dampness and porous household items with the use of our desiccant machines and air movers.  An Air Scrubber, our portable filtration system can be used to help clean the air of any contaminants such as dust, gasses, or chemicals in any area.

When your Chesapeake home floods, call us your local SERVPRO at 757-523-9700.

How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep your cabinet doors open during cold spells as this will allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water running through your faucets, especially those that run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off your outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn to “off.”
  • If you do shut off your outdoor faucet, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure that your gutters are clean and in good shape, secured. Leaves and such can clog and cause a damming effect which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace, HVAC system can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has been serving the community since 1967. We specialize in storm damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Give us a call today at 757-523-9700.