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Tips On Keeping Moisture Out of Your Building During a Storm

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips On Keeping Moisture Out of Your Building During a Storm Rain damage can occur without warning, when it happens contact storm restoration experts.

Tips on how to Prevent Moisture from Entering your Building and Causing Damage

Rain damage from a storm in Newport News, VA can result in costly damage to the interior and exterior of your business. In order to protect your business, it can be valuable to know how to prevent moisture from entering your building and causing damage.

  1. Create a Physical Barrier

In order to decrease the likelihood of water and mold damage to your building, it can be helpful to put a barrier between your building and the elements. A building envelope acts as a water-resistant cover and protects your business from strong winds and heavy rains. In order for the envelope to be of use, it’s often important to make sure the envelope is securely placed around your building before a storm hits.

  1. Inspect Your Building Before the Storm

Rain damage can occur seemingly without warning, and it may be necessary to contact storm restoration experts to fix the damage. However, it’s often preferable to prevent damage from occurring. By inspecting your building before a storm, you are likely to notice if there are any loose shingles, small holes or other areas where water may be able to enter your building. Inspecting the building frequently will allow you to make the necessary changes that can help to prepare your property for a disaster.

  1. Clear and Re-position Gutters

If your property’s gutters are clogged or are positioned too closely to your business, the likelihood of water damage and mold growth increases. In order to avoid black mold growth and other issues related to water damage, it can be useful to clear your business’s gutters before a storm. Moving your gutters to ensure the flow of water is not directed at your building’s foundation can also be helpful.

Though storms have the potential to cause major issues for a business, preventing moisture from entering the building can make damage less likely to occur. By creating a physical barrier, inspecting your property before a storm and clearing and re-positioning your building’s gutters, you can help to keep your business safe from rain damage.

Don't Tackle Fire Damage In Your Business Alone

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Tackle Fire Damage In Your Business Alone Don't let your hotel in get ruined by fire damage

08/07/2019

Hotels in Newport News are a vital component to the infrastructure of the entire area, helping tourism to continue to be as prevalent and steady as ever. With the massive structures that many of these accommodations are, a single disaster or emergency can spread over a broad area in a brief time. Incidents like fire loss offer multiple levels of damaging effects that can move far beyond the ignition point and can be a devastating force for multiple rooms in your hotel.

Structural concerns are most often the priority for addressing fire damage in your Newport News lodging. With experts with extensive training in fire and smoke damage restoration and recovery, as well as education in the modern approaches for deodorization and fire residue removal, our SERVPRO staff on site is knowledgeable and confident in work to get done. In most cases, containment of the effects is critical because even after extinguishment occurs, soot/smoke residues and carcinogens can continue to spread throughout the building.

Containment strategies for our SERVPRO professionals often come down to our advanced equipment like our generators, air scrubbers, and other physical barriers. Plastic sheeting can often be a literal hindrance for airborne particulates and contaminants from reaching other areas of the hotel. With these effects limited to a specific space, our contracting division can get to work on controlled demolition and fire debris removal.

One of the risks of fire effects in your area hotel is how easily certain conditions like harsh odors can pass through construction materials and structural elements. The longer that your business goes without the appropriate preventative actions like the use of ozone machines, the more widespread and overwhelming these symptoms can become. A significant spread of these effects compromises not only your ability to offer rooms to potential guests but can affect your overall reputation with current customers.

Fire loss can produce multiple damaging effects that can spread quickly through your hotel. Our SERVPRO of Newport News team can help. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (757) 244-8467

Do You Have Visible Signs of Mold Growth

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do You Have Visible Signs of Mold Growth We Can Help With Mold Remediation

08/07/2019

When it comes to Mold what you can see can be 10 Times worse where you can’t see!

If you can see visible Signs of Mold Growing there's a good chance that there is more Mold where you cannot see.  Our Home Structures not only have Walls and Ceilings, but also have Cavities where Insulation is usually placed.  Mold Loves Dark, Damp and No Air Flow Places. Usually, Mold would first start in the Cavities and would slowly start to spread to the outer surfaces. When the Mold is found it should be taken care of right away by a Professional!

Control and Prevent Mold Growth by:

Monitoring Humidity Levels in the Home

Ventilating after the use of Showers, Laundry Dryers and the Cooking Areas

Fixing any Leaks from Pipelines, Supply Lines, Windows and Roofs

Properly Cleaning and Performing Professional Restoration Drying after any Water Damage

Call SERVPRO of Newport News for your Mold Concerns at 757-244-8467!

Ready With Equipment

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

General Ready With Equipment Our Equipment is stacked and ready

July 24, 2019

There has been a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Newport News to restore your property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.

Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation

Water Extraction Equipment

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water.

Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace

Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Odor Removal and Deodorization

Water and fire damage often cause powerful odors. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

Air scrubbers

Thermal foggers and deodorization agents

SERVPRO Of Newport News equipment is ready for any small or large Commercial loss call us today.

Storm Water Damage

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Storm Water Damage Tree fell on home due to heavy rain storm damage

July 22, 2019

Did your Home or Business get affected by a Storm?

Don't wait to call in the Professionals if you had Water Damage caused by Heavy Rain Falls or Flooding.  The longer you wait to start the Drying Process the more severe damages can start and the more expensive it can get.

Contact SERVPRO of Newport News, we specialize in the Cleaning and Drying to all Water Damages.  Don't wait to get your Home or Business back to normal.  Don't wait for the Water Damage to turn to Mold Damage!

Whether your Water Damage is caused by Storms, Supply line failures or Sewage over flows Call the Professionals Right away!  We receive many calls weeks after the Source of Water Intrusion and by then it’s too late!

Don't wait any longer!  Call SERVPRO of Newport News at 757-244-8467!

Workplace Fire Drill

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

General Workplace Fire Drill Fire Drill Evacuation

07/17/2019

Is your workplace prepared for an emergency evacuation? It is important for all buildings to have an evacuation plan in place and that all workers are well-versed on its contents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides thorough guidance on how to effectively plan for an evacuation and how to run a successful fire drill. The following are the five major steps in the process.

  1. Plan Development and Training

Ensure that a written emergency action plan has been developed and that employees are trained on the plan's contents and procedures. Ensure the plan includes the phone number for commercial building restoration services as well.

  1. Scheduling and Notification

With the plan in place and training complete, it is time to plan the drill. Coordinate with local authorities to schedule the date and time of the exercise. Authorities will often help run the drill and provide insights afterward. This notification step is critical in the event that building alarms are wired to automatically alert the local fire department in order to prevent falsely triggering a response.

  1. Fire Drill Execution

On the designated date and time, activate your building’s alarm system. Observe employees as they evacuate and take note of whether established procedures are being followed. Also note any issues that may arise.

  1. Debriefing

Shortly after the drill, gather key individuals (management, local authorities and/or employees) together to discuss what was observed during the exercise. What went right? What needs improvement? Take note of any action items that result from the discussion.

  1. The Follow-Up

Be sure to follow through on any corrective actions that need to occur based on the debriefing. Revisit the written plan and make any changes that have been identified.

It is crucial to run the occasional fire drill to practice evacuation procedures before a crisis occurs. In the event of an emergency, workers will be better prepared to respond quickly and efficiently. It may even save a life. Visit https://www.SERVPROnewportnews.com/ for more information on commercial disaster restoration.

Steps To Prevent Mold

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Steps To Prevent Mold Mold Here Mold Everywhere

July 15, 2019

Mold is everywhere around us and it can be particularly stressful to find out you have a mold problem in your home. Depending on the area and the cause of the problem, it is often a costly and time-consuming remediation process. However, you are not powerless to stop it and you can take the following mold prevention steps.

  1. Inspect Pipes Regularly

One of the biggest culprits of mold problems is water damage from leaky pipes or roofs. No matter how seemingly small, all leaks need to be properly fixed. Monitor them closely and call in professionals if needed. They can measure the water pressure within your pipes and reduce the stress on them by making adjustments.

  1. Monitor Humidity

Mold grows especially well in humid environments. It’s important that your home doesn’t have higher than 50% humidity in any room. Most home repair stores sell hygrometers, which tell you the humidity level indoors. These levels can change throughout the day, so take several measurements in each room. Dehumidifiers and air conditioning can help lower levels, and any room with high humidity should have ventilation added.

  1. Pay Attention to Bathrooms and Kitchens

Bathrooms and kitchens are particularly susceptible to mold growth. Hot showers or steamy dishwashing creates a perfect environment for water condensation to build up on the walls or floors. Avoid carpeting these areas, since they hold onto moisture and make it difficult to spot mold problems below the surface. Remove any visible mold on shower doors or walls using a bleach, vinegar or borax solution.

  1. Check the Basement

Because they are below the surface, basement walls tend to collect moisture from the ground and rain. Regularly monitor basement walls for any sign of leaks or water damage. If water has leaked into the area, remove anything that can’t be thoroughly dried, such as carpet or upholstery.

It’s a good idea for homeowners to be aware of the potential for mold growth. The key to mold prevention is a dry and well-ventilated home. If you regularly check pipes, bathrooms and basements for water damage, you can prevent small leaks from becoming large problems.

Put your business back to work

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Put your business back to work Drying out a water damaged hallway

05/28/19

Restoring Your Newport News Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Newport News commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Newport News

SERVPRO of Newport News specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Meet our Team

Certifications

WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

ASD -   Applied Structural Drying Technician

CCT -   Carpet Cleaning Technician

SRT -   Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

We are here to help with your unexpected water damage

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

We are here to help with your unexpected water damage

SERVPRO of Newport News 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

Water Damage

SERVPRO of Newport News provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service on the Peninsula.

SERVPRO of Newport News is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today -757-244-8467

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Newport News has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information

Your insurance information (if applicable)

The street address of the water-damaged home or business

When did the flooding or water damage occur?

What caused the water damage (if known)?

Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Newport News

SERVPRO of Newport News 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. 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.

Our Team of Experts

Our Certifications:

WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician

SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation

AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

OCT - Odor Control Technician

IICRC Certified Firm

ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program

CDS - Commercial Drying Specialist

Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration Kitchen Fire

05/15/2019

SERVPRO of Newport News Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Fire Damage and Smoke Damage

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Newport News Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:

Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Newport News will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today -757-244-8467