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Water Damage In Washington, DC

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

A green truck with water mitigation equipment Our certified technicians respond to a water damage loss at a local hospital

SERVPRO of Washington, DC is the answer to water damage in your home or business.

Water damage in your home or business needs immediate attention. Water damage caused by storm flooding or a leaky pipe needs immediate attention. If you do not address the situation quickly you could end up with serious issues like mold. Trying to self-mitigate water damage can be tricky. The best approach to water damage is to call SERVPRO of Washington, DC certified technicians.

Our certified technicians respond to a water damage emergency with a detailed inspection of your home or property. At this point, our technicians will try to determine the scope of the damage so that we can develop an appropriate plan of action. The level of contamination of the water will affect the specific restoration process we use.

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 3: "Black Water"

Our certified technicians will inspect and test the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration. Our team will also inspect for safety concerns that may be evident. If there are any safety issues like lead or asbestos, please bring them to our attention.

SERVPRO of Washington, DC specializes in the cleaning and restoration of commercial and residential properties 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.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Washington, DC provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays.

SERVPRO of Washington, DC (202) 737-8776

Destructive Washington DC Storms

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

Storms can be intense this time of year, sometimes with little warning. Here are some tips to help you in case you find yourself in a storm.


Tornadoes can strike without warning and destroy a community in seconds. Before a tornado warning is issued for your area, here are some things you should do:

1. Know your community’s warning system.

2. Pick a place where family members can gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.

3. If you are in a high-rise building and don’t have enough time to go to the lowest floor, pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.

4. Remove diseased and damaged limbs from trees.

5. Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.


Thunderstorms injure an average of 300 people every year, and cause about 80 fatalities. Here are the top thunderstorm safety steps you should follow:

1. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.

2. As the storm approaches, take shelter in a building.

3. If you are driving, pull off the roadway and park. Stay in the car with the windows closed and turn on the emergency flashers. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle.

4. If you are inside, unplug appliances and avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Avoid taking a bath or shower or running water for any other purpose.

5. If you are caught outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe.

If you have storm or flood damage hire a professional restoration company. SERVPRO of Washington DC is here to help, we have experienced, trained technicians (202) 737-8776.

Professional Storm Damage Response Can Save You Money

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

A person is shown in protective gear to treat mold Experienced, Professional, Restoration Response is critical when you have storm or mold damage.

Washington DC Storm Damage Can Lead to a Big Mold Issue

The presence of mold leaves behind an unmistakable musty odor. Although this fungus can develop inside a house when it is simply a little too humid, it is more likely to develop after floodwater damages the premises. When that flooding is accompanied by sewage loss, the contaminants only exacerbate the problem.

Homeowners should try to prevent mold growth entirely. If mold does develop, then you need to address it right away before a bad stench turns into something much worse.

1. Structural Damage

Mold is particularly destructive to certain materials, including gypsum board, plaster and wood. Over time, these materials may weaken and change color. You may not even see the damage if the item is painted, but the paint merely hides the mildew. The only way to ensure your home remains structurally sound is to remove all presence of mold. Certain structures may need to be replaced entirely to make sure your house is safe.

2. Rapid Growth

Mold growth can get out of hand in just 24 hours. It can spread exponentially when exposed to the right conditions. Leaks, condensation and high humidity can accelerate the growth process, causing the mold to overtake entire sections of walls and flooring. Over time, this can lead to toxic black mold.

An even more dangerous aspect is that visible mold is only half the story. If you see mold, then there is a very high likelihood there is even more growing out of sight. You need someone to come out to your place immediately to ensure your house remains mold-free.

When bringing in a professional team to address mold in your home, it is vital that every sign of it is removed. This includes the mold you see on the wall as well as spores that have entered the air.

Without addressing the problem comprehensively, the mold growth will simply resume, sometimes in less than a day.

SERVPRO of Washington, DC has the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to restore your home or business to its pre-existing state. If you need someone to help you with any fire, soot, or smoke damage, our certified technicians will be there to start the restoration process.

If you have storm damage or suspect mold, SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776.

Understanding Fire Damage in Washington DC

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), there are some simple things we can do to prevent fire in our homes.

The (USFA) says that cooking is the number one cause of home fires.

Take these steps today to prevent a cooking fire in your home:

Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.

If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
Keep things that can burn away from your cooking area.

Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so they won’t get bumped.

Put working smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside and outside sleeping areas.

Test your alarms each month.

Create and practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year.

If you need help because of fire damage, give SERVPRO of Washington DC a call (202) 737-8776.

SERVPRO of Washington, DC is locally owned and operated, and we’re a part of this community. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.

Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.

Trained Technicians in Washington DC

Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your home look its best.

Protecting Your Washington DC Business When Severe Weather Hits

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Natural Disasters damages normally create water damage, Storm damage, unprecedented mold, and accidental fires. We don't want any loss to occur to your business, but it is a topic that needs to be talked about. Unexpected property damage happens more often than we like.

During natural disasters, profits can be reduced as a result of lost sales and additional losses. Insurance does not cover all costs, and it is unable to replace customers who defect to a competition.

Here at SERVPRO, of Washington DC, want to make sure that our community is prepared to face any obstacles.

Common Natural Disaster Damages

Natural disasters have caused severe damages. Here are common natural damages that have impacted small businesses in Washington, DC.

Flood + Storm Damage

Damage caused by strong winds and heavy rain can remove roof tiles, break windows, and more. Depending on how severe the storm is, flood remediation might be needed, as well as water remediation and mitigation services.

Water damage mitigation services commonly consist of drying, cleaning, and sanitizing contaminated areas and items. Following that, materials that have been damaged are repaired. This preserves the structural integrity of water-damaged floors, walls, and ceilings. Restoration work starts after the remediation process is completed and continues until your property is completely restored to its pre-flood condition.

Fire Damages

Although in Washington DC, we don’t face many wildfires, other weather factors can. Lightning strikes, sparks in arid climates, and human error are the most common causes of fires. many commercial properties can be severely damaged by fire. In addition to fire and smoke loss, firefighting efforts may have resulted in significant water damage to your business.

Every fire damage situation is unique and necessitates a customized approach, but the general procedure remains the same. When different materials burn, the soot they produce varies greatly, necessitating a unique cleaning technique. The measures outlined below show how we handle “typical” fire damage reconstruction.

Emergency Contact

Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)

Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Cleaning and Repair


Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

Water Damage

Burst, floods, rain, and a variety of other factors can all contribute to this type of injury. In either case, polluted water can damage surfaces and furniture, lead to mold growth, and cause objects to erode. When electricity and water damage are mixed, they can be extremely dangerous.


Not only is this unsanitary, but it's still unappealing to look at. Mold spreads easily as airborne spores within structures. Timely remediation is essential to prevent it from spreading out of hand. Mold can grow in any moist environment. Mold will grow even from a small leak under the bathroom sink in your office.

Every mold infestation is unique, from the amount of mold present to the materials that have been impacted. Each situation necessitates a different approach, but the overall procedure remains the same. Following are the steps in our mold remediation procedure for a "typical" mold infestation:

Emergency Contact - (202) 737-8776

Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

Mold Containment

Air Filtration

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

Cleaning Contents and Belongings


How Can I Protect My Business?

Small businesses must protect themselves and stay proactive. All businesses should have a business continuity plan. According to Ready.Gov Planning, a business continuity plan includes the 4 steps below:

Conducting a business impact analysis

Thinking of a recovery strategy

Developing a plan framework

Testing and exercising the plan

Trust The Leader in The Restoration Industry

Don’t remain unaware of what can happen to your commercial building. And for emergency Fire and Water Remediation Services, call SERVPRO Washington DC. 202-737-8776

Commercial Site Damage and Restoration

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial property water damage presents unique challenges and can be very stressful. SERVPRO certified technicians understand the importance of getting your commercial property up and running as fast as possible.

Our trained technicians work quickly to assess the situation, communicate a cleanup and drying plan, isolate the damaged area, and start work immediately. We have the necessary resources to handle any job, large or small. Time is always of the essence to minimize damage, and to resume operations as soon as possible. SERVPRO has access to large loss teams specifically trained and ready to go in event of a large loss.

If your commercial property experiences a water damage event call SERVPRO of Washington DC so we can put our experience and resources to work for you. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, we are readily available to make your property “Like it never even happened.”

Professionally Trained Restoration Specialists in Washington DC

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Flooding and water damage events at Washington DC 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.

If you have damage or questions about Commercial Restoration call SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776.

Hidden Water Damage and Mold in Your Home

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of Washington DC for water damage and mold remediation services (202) 737-8776.

There are a number of things that can cause water damage in your home. Leaky pipes that you can't see, broken appliances, and even rain and flooding. What is important to remember is to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Washington DC if you have water damage or suspect mold. There are some things to keep in mind until help arrives.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

Stay out of affected areas.

Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

Contact SERVPRO of Washington DC for mold remediation services (202) 737-8776.

What Not to Do:

Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Washington DC specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (202) 737-8776

Preparation and Planning for DC Area Storms

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

If your Washington DC home or business has storm damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776.

Spring and Summer bring sunshine and warmer weather to the Washington DC area, but also can mean thunderstorms.

According to Ready DC, it is important to know the difference between a thunderstorm WATCH and a thunderstorm WARNING. A severe thunderstorm WATCH means a severe thunderstorm (damaging winds of 58 miles per hour or more, or hail three-fourths of an inch in diameter or greater) is likely to develop. A severe thunderstorm WARNING means that a severe thunderstorm has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

In Washington DC severe storms can cause downed trees/power lines, flash flooding, lightning-related damage, tornado damage, hail and massive amount of debris on roads.

Ready DC recommends having these items organized before a storm strikes:


One gallon of water per person, per day, for at least three days, to be used for drinking and sanitation


At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food for each member of your family (while non-perishables do last for a long time, you should be regularly checking these supplies to make sure that nothing in your kit is expired)

Battery, solar powered, or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for each

Flashlight and extra batteries

A whistle to signal for help

Dust mask to help filter contaminated air

Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Fire extinguisher

Extra cell phone with batteries/chargers

First aid kit

Prescription medications and eyewear

Emergency reference material such as first aid book

Important documents such as: insurance policies, copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, birth certificate, and bank account records stored in a watertight container

Cash and change

Copies of local maps

A list of emergency contacts with phone numbers

Call The Restoration Professionals SERVPRO of Washington DC

If your Washington DC home or business has storm damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.

SERVPRO of Washington DC arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Fire Damaged Businesses IN Washington DC

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damage is a risk for any business. No matter what type of business you have, the problem is, a fire can quickly destroy your building and put your staff in danger. Flames can damage costly equipment and vital paperwork.

Below are four top damage risks for local businesses:

Outdated Fire Safety Equipment Up to date fire safety equipment is a must. Having the correct tools on hand means you can act faster in the event of a blaze. Every office needs a fire alarm system and appropriate fire extinguishers on every level. Different extinguishers are suited to different types of fire, so SERVPRO recommends contacting a local fire extinguisher company to come onsite and do an assessment of your facility. Remember to test fire alarms and sprinklers regularly.

Electrical Equipment

Offices have plenty of electrical equipment including computers, copy machines, phones, fax machines, and servers just to name a few. Electrical equipment is vital to the running of an office, but it is also a severe fire hazard. It does not take much for electronic items to spark and start a fire.

Damaged or frayed cords, or worn out devices, are also a common fire source. It is a good system to all keep all electric devices in good working order.

Lack Of Training

Your employees need to know how to avoid fire damage risks, for example by being careful with flammable liquids and not overloading sockets. Your staff also needs to know what to do in the event of a fire. SERVPRO of Washington DC recommends every local business have an Emergency Plan and we can provide you with our Emergency Ready Plan at no cost. Emergency Ready Plan is a free app that helps you plan what to do in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Combustible Materials

Every office has combustible materials such as paper and cardboard. Paper waste and old boxes seem like harmless junk, but they quickly burn once alight. Put a protocol in place for regular emptying trash receptacles to outdoor trash bins.

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. 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.

SERVPRO of Washington DC specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776.

Local Homeowners Dealing with Fire Damage

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

If you have fire or water damage in Washington DC call SERVPRO of Washington DC today (202) 737-8776.

Fire Damage in Your Washington DC Home

Fire and smoke damage can be devastating to personal property and structures. Swift action is the only way to minimize the damage.

SERVPRO of Washington DC provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service.

The Right Training and Certifications Are Important

Our technicians are trained and certified. SERVPRO of Washington DC is an IICRC firm.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, IICRC, is a globally recognized organization whose mission is to establish higher industry standards.

As a referral source for consumers, IICRC certified firms are more likely to provide a faster, better service than non-certified competitors.

Fire And Protecting Your Home

Immediately after a fire, soot residue settles onto the property. Discoloration of porous materials is permanent, but other surfaces may be properly cleaned to remove the discoloration. Acidic soot begins staining other surfaces if not treated quickly.

Within hours all surfaces begin to suffer from fire and smoke damage. Wooden furniture may require refinishing. Metal begins to rust, pit and corrode. Painted walls begin to yellow. Clothing can become permanently stained. And finally, flooring may require refinishing or replacement.

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.

Prolonged soot exposure permanently harms all surfaces and embeds in fibers. If you have fire or water damage in Washington DC call SERVPRO of Washington DC today (202) 737-8776.

We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.