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Get Expert Fire Damage Cleanup For your Rockingham and Augusta Home

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

image of a fire and smoke We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and restore the house to its preloss condition.

A fire disaster in your home is a traumatic experience, and it can also cause devastating losses. Smoke and soot can affect different surfaces, including walls, ceilings, floors, appliances, and upholstery. You need to act quickly after a fire loss to restore your home to its pre-damaged state.

In an unfortunate event of fire damage in your Rockingham and Augusta County home, call fire restoration professionals immediately to prevent further damage. Lingering smoke and soot from the fire can circulate throughout your home and harm the indoor air quality. A professional restoration company such as SERVPRO can help you take care of the damage. We have the experience, workforce, and equipment required to deal with fire loss incidents.

If the flames caused an opening in your home, we could board up the area to secure your property and prevent damage that precipitation may cause. If there is no power in your home after the incident, our crew can use flashlights and power generators to establish emergency lighting.

A fire may also leave debris in your home like broken items and nails, and they can cause injuries to the people living in it. The exterior of your house may also have items that may need to be disposed of, such as torn gutters, ash, and damaged shingles. Our crew can remove such items to simplify the restoration process.

Our technicians can also perform initial cleaning to prevent secondary destruction from soot residues. We can pre-clean furniture and soot to remove the heaviest soot. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) may also wipe acidic soot residues from metals and porcelain. We perform a thorough cleaning of the affected structures and contents with environmentally friendly products.

Our SERVPRO technicians can also wet clean some of your possessions to remove moderate to heavy residues. Wet cleaning is suitable for items that do not sustain damage when soaked in water. After cleanup, we can deodorize your home and its contents using air scrubbers or thermal fogging.

SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties at 540-433-6100 is ready to handle fire damage in your home. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and will restore the house to its preloss condition.

Take The Stress Out of Water Damage Remediation

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can lead to uncontrolled mold growth if not treated properly. Water damage can lead to uncontrolled mold growth if not treated properly.

Creating the Ideal Drying Conditions for Water Restoration in your Rockingham and Augusta Home

In dealing with any property restoration emergency, having access to the correct equipment goes a long way to reducing your claims loss expense. This principle is especially true in situations involving water, which can deteriorate contents, structure, and fittings overnight. One of the essential methods we use to reduce losses in your property is understanding how to dry your structure and contents properly. That means using moisture detection sensors, creating the right atmosphere for efficient drying and bringing in industrial extraction equipment. 

The task of water restoration in your Rockingham and Augusta home is to build on the foundations of careful psychrometric measurements taken regularly to control losses. Increasing the temperature in a closed area, for example, allows the interior air to take on more moisture- this process can increase the efficiency of air-moving equipment. However, to create optimum drying conditions, a SERVPRO technician must take regular readings using thermal hygrometers to ensure that the indoor air is not overloaded with moisture, which can slow drying times. 

While restoration is underway, a SERVPRO technician may tent off the affected area to gain better control of the indoor environment. High levels of humidity, which are a natural byproduct of drying procedure, can also create ideal conditions for microbial growth. Leaving a humid environment overnight can lead to further damages. SERVPRO technicians may create an open system, by opening windows or allowing ventilation to exchange humid interior air with drier outdoor air, to prevent secondary issues like mold growth from occurring. 

Using our training in combination with advanced drying equipment allows SERVPRO technicians to dry a structure without risking secondary damages confidently. By creating the ideal drying conditions, the expense of your claim is significantly reduced, and your home has the best chance of returning to its preloss conditions. We can forward the paperwork to your insurance adjuster to ease the claims process and let you get back to your everyday life with as little inconvenience as possible. 

SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties at 540-433-6100 is ready to handle flood damage in your home. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and restore the house to its pre-flood condition.

Now You Can Have Safe Flood Damage Remediation in Your Rockingham and Augusta Home

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

We make water damage "Like it never even happened." Flood damage almost always occurs at the most inopportune times.

Flood Damage in Your Rockingham and Augusta Homes? Call Us!

Summer storms in Rockingham and Augusta are a common occurrence. Large puffy clouds regularly roll over the area, helping keep the weather cool in the summer. However, it’s essential to keep in mind that clouds can quickly unleash torrents of rains, causing flooding in your home.  

Often flood damage in Rockingham and Augusta homes occurs after heavy storms. If this happens to you, then you need professionals who can quickly work to resolve your issues. Our teams of SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians (WRT) can arrive on your property within hours of your call to begin extracting water. We can utilize industrial-grade wet vacs and pumps to speed up the process. Floods typically consist of Category 3 black water, which can soil absorbent substances, forcing us to discard them. 

As a homeowner, you have several options for mitigating any further damage before SERVPRO crews arrive. Here are some tips we recommend you follow to help reduce damages: 

- For your safety, make sure to wear protective clothing (such as tall rubber boots) before coming into contact with contaminated water. 

- Extract contaminated upholstery pieces from your home so that they can be properly disposed of. 

- Move your furniture out of the floodwaters. 

- Wipe down wooden sections of furniture with a wet rag to help prevent the formation of water lines. 

Once we are present, we can remove absorbent materials such as carpeting that can be more difficult for you to remove on your own. This can be accomplished with the use of carpet removal tools. We can then use air movers and dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of your sub-flooring to fully dry it. 

Additionally, we can identify hidden moisture in your home using moisture sensors after pumping out the floodwater. This allows us to identify areas that require further use of dehumidifiers and air movers to thoroughly dry out. 

SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties at 540-433-6100 is ready to handle flood damage in your home. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and restore the house to its pre-flood condition.

Discover Secrets to Waterproofing Your Rockingham and Augusta Crawlspace Before Storms Set in

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Here To Help If your crawlspace is getting excess water, contact SERVPRO to remediate and offer waterproofing options for your home.

Waterproofing and Sump Pumps for Rockingham and Augusta Crawlspaces

Severe storms are a regular part of Rockingham and Augusta's weather. They flood homes quickly, leaving a mess of not only a homeowner’s personal property but also their residence itself. For homes with crawlspaces underneath, this can be a problem that affects the structural integrity, destroys items in storage, and even lead to a mold infestation if not dealt with quickly.
 
In these cases, waterproofing is needed for Rockingham and Augusta residential crawlspaces. SERVPRO restoration teams can seal off almost any type of leak into one unless there is major damage to the exterior walls or the sub-floor above it.
 
If standing water is a recurring issue with every rain, then the homeowner has two problems: Leaks and seeps into the crawlspace, and very slow or no drainage. Our technicians can address both of them simultaneously.
 
Team members remove water with a commercial pump and then use a combination of hand-drying methods and dehumidifiers to remove any moisture left in the crawlspace. Then they cover the dirt floor with thick, polyethylene sheets to serve as a vapor barrier, preventing water from seeping up inside. Team members extend these sheets up and onto the walls, securing them together and to the walls with two-sided, foundation tape.
 
Before securing them to the walls, however, an inspector carefully examines the walls for any cracks or leaks. SERVPRO specialists fill them with hydraulic cement that blocks further water intrusion. Next, they seal every wall with a masonry cement that reduces water seepage from outside the home. Once they complete the walls, team members seal the polyethylene sheets in place.
 
Water can still penetrate through wood floors, however. In areas that flood regularly, the solution for recurring flooding may be to install a sump pump. These devices work automatically, and when water is detected, they switch on to remove it until the level returns to normal. Our technicians can install a sump pump and have it working in a day.

SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties at 540-433-6100 is ready to handle flood damage in your home. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and restore the house to its pre-flood condition.

Share the Warmth

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

The Salvation Army. Doing the most good. Provide heating assistance to those in need in the valley.

Harrisonburg Radio and SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties are teaming up with The Salvation Army in an effort to provide heating assistance for those in need in the Valley. Come on in and drop off your blankets to Share the Warmth!

SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties at 540-433-6100 is always here to help out the community! 

SERVPRO will clean your flood damage in Rockingham and Augusta the right way

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Harrisonburg had a cold-water supply line in a bathroom upstairs that burst in a particularly cold snap in the winter. Have flood damage? Contact our certified team for a fast response.

Two things about flood damage when it occurs: first, cleanup has to start quickly. Second, all water requires the removal, and inadequate extraction of water leaves the property open for more costly issues. 

SERVPRO technicians utilize a wide array of water extraction equipment when working on flood damage in a Rockingham or Augusta property. Each surface and amount of water dictates the type of removal equipment chosen for use. Before water removal efforts commence, technicians scope the property using different kinds of moisture detection devices to ascertain areas where there are excessive levels of moisture that require extraction or drying attention.

Special Attention to the Subfloor

When water enters a property, it follows the path of least resistance and migrates into the subflooring rapidly. The use of inadequate or improper removal methods leaves the property open for the weakening of the building materials, foul odors, and mold infestations. Technicians use squeegee attachments when pooling water is an issue. 

Hardwood Flooring with Water Damage

Wood flooring constructed from composite never fares well with water exposure and is generally a loss. Hardwood flooring has restoration potential on a case by case basis partly determined on the category and length of water exposure. SERVPRO technicians use squeegee attachments with wet vacuums and follow up using drying mats to limit the warping or buckling. 

Water Extraction from Carpets

In cases of wet carpeting from rainwater entering the home and the cleanup started within 24 hours, there is potential for restoration of the carpet. SERVPRO technicians use a host of tools such as pumps with weighted carpet wands or deep extractor tools, and Rovers that use the weight of a technician to push water out of carpeted surfaces. When carpet absorbs groundwater, there is no restoration potential. The technicians extract the water and cut the rug into strips for easier handling. 

SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties at 540-433-6100 is ready to handle flood damage in your home. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster and restore the house to its pre-flood condition.

Don't Let A Pipe Burst Cause Water Damage In Your Rockingham and Augusta Home

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage occurred in the basement of this Harrisonburg, Virginia home. SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties can help to solve water damage problems before they get out of hand.

Leaky pipes are the banes of homeowners everywhere. While modern engineering and sealants help to prevent many of the widespread issues that plagued us in the past, even the most well-made water lines and faucets can start to leak and cause damage to your home. If you identify a leak early on, you should be able to seal up the problem on your own, but often a few hours is enough to cause enough damage to call for help from a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. Here's how a small leak can cause significant problems for your home.


Bleeding Colors and Finishes
Some dyes and finishes used on wood and other materials in your home may react poorly with water, potentially causing permanent damage to your home as colors wash out and bleed into one another over time. Again, the only way to stop these problems from progressing is to dry up the water as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you may need to re-paint, re-finish, or even replace any affected parts of your home.


Mold Growth
One of the most popular reasons why we get called in to help remove mold from local homes is due to the presence of longtime leaks in cabinets and similar environments. With a steady supply of water, an environment that is almost always dark, and little activity to disturb its growth, mold can spread quickly underneath your kitchen sink. Patching up the leak and removing the water before any mold can grow is imperative to avoiding a widespread problem in your home.


Mixing with Chemicals
One of the most dangerous aspects of water damage in Harrisonburg and Augusta homes is the potential for water to mix with hazardous chemicals stored nearby. Many homes we visit have buckets and stores of cleaning chemicals directly below leaking pipes and sink basins. These can represent a significant safety hazard, especially if any of the substances are outside of their bottles (which may happen if you re-use rags and sponges). SERVPRO technicians know how to identify and take precautions against these potential safety risks so that you do not have to.

SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties can help to solve water damage problems before they get out of hand. Call us 24/7 at 540-433-6100 for our services or a quote.

Preventing Your Pipes from Freezing

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

List of 7 indoor and outdoor tips Tips for preventing frozen pipes inside and outside your home

Frozen Pipes Can Burst!

It has been colder here lately in Rockingham and Augusta Counties! When cold temperatures happen that can cause pipes to freeze. Frozen Pipes can result in costly repairs to you as a home or business owner. The good news is there are ways to prevent pipes from freezing. Here are some tips for this winter. Frozen pipes are a problem by themselves because they prevent water flow, but even worse, frozen pipes can eventually burst, causing damage and potential flooding. There are ways to protect your pipes from freezing. These include:

  1. Keeping your house warm - If you are leaving for a period of time, make sure that the heat is kept on at your property. You should inform them that the heat can help prevent pipes from freezing, and if pipes freeze and burst, it can cause a lot of water damage to the property and to their possessions. The heat doesn’t have to be kept as high as you normally would keep it if you were home but keeping it set above 50 degrees Fahrenheit at all times is a good idea. This should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and to prevent any water inside from freezing.
  2. Opening faucets - When temps hit the freezing level it is a good idea to allow faucets to drip. Allowing the faucet to be open like this will relieve pressure in the pipe. If a pipe freezes, it is actually the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet that will cause the pipe to burst. With the faucet open you avoid blockage in the pipes.
  3. Insulation is key - Pipes can be fitted with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to help decrease the chances of freezing. This can be an easy solution for pipes that are exposed but can get expensive if walls, floors or ceilings have to be opened in order to properly insulate the pipe. Additional insulation can also be added to walls and ceilings to keep the pipes warm.

SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at (540) 433-6100.

Taking on Storms with Technology

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ERP app on a tablet and laptop Free ERP App for your home or business

These days, it is important to be ready for a storm and disaster can strike at a moment’s notice! Technology working hard to let us be aware of danger with more time to prepare before it hits! Technology can also be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare. Below are a few things that will help you be ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Store Information Online

There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer a free way to store different types of files, from a Word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary.

Follow the News

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed through Twitter.

Mark Yourself Safe

The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish. Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook if you’re located in the affected area at that time.

Get in Touch

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family, friends, business contacts, and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster.

Charge Up

Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well. Get an Emergency READY Profile SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties is proud to offer Emergency READY Profiles (ERP) for free at ready.SERVPRO.com to help prepares you, your property, or your business for an emergency. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your property or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your property or business. Put help in the palm of your hand with the Ready Plan App.  Get in touch with SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties today for more information on developing an ERP for your property or business! 

Thanksgiving Cautions: Dangers to Consider before Deep Frying Your Turkey

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

woman pulling smoking turkey out of the oven Thanksgiving safety tips

Serving a deep-fried turkey on Thanksgiving has grown in popularity over the years as people experiment more in their kitchens. While it may be a mouth-watering option is the risk truly worth it? Many of you may have seen the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires publicized online. Don’t run the risk of property damage or injury – make sure you take the proper precautions when menu planning this season; especially if you are taking on a deep-fried turkey.

  • Turkey Fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area. Consider the placement of the fryer, is it flat, sturdy, out of reach from children?
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause the oil to spill when the turkey is put in and a frozen or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter (sometimes with great force) when putting in the pot
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilled on a hot burner can cause a considerable flame or fire
  • Without thermostat controls, some turkey fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire. Make sure it’s not too hot.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and handles can get dangerously hot. Protect your hands when maneuvering to prevent injury or spillage

Your friends at SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and remind you to stay safe. Remember, our team is on call 24/7 365 days a year, no matter what holiday or time of night. If you experience a fire SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties will come to your rescue, don’t hesitate to call (540) 433-6100.