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Leaky Pipes Can Be A Significant Problem In Washington DC

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

A drawing of a faucet is shown with facts about leaks Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Washington, DC (202) 737-8776

Some Ways To Know If You Have Leaky Pipes


Musty smell


Old water that accumulates smells musty. So if you clean your bathroom, but it still has a musty smell, chances are there is a hidden leak somewhere that’s allowing water to accumulate somewhere in your home.

Significantly higher water bills


If your water bill has been way above the norm for several months, and you can’t recall any change in your water usage, you may have a hidden leak.

Water meter shows you’ve got a leak


Your water meter can confirm that you have a water leak in your home.

Mold or mildew on non-shower walls


A leaky pipe in your wall is the perfect breeding ground for mold.

Stained, damaged, or sagging walls, ceilings and flooring


Warping, bubbling, sagging or staining on your walls, ceilings or flooring can be caused by hidden leaks.

Keep in mind that high humidity can cause some of these problems. If you combine the issue of humidity with high water bills and the previously mentioned symptoms, chances are you have a hidden water leak.

If you have water damage call SERVPRO of Washington, DC (202) 737-8776.


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.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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 Call today (202) 737-8776.

Water Damage In Washington DC, A Hidden Leak Could Lead To Costly Repairs

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO technicians are shown taking care of water damage and the words helping make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of Washington D.C. specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a water damage event.

Signs you have a hidden leak


If you notice any of the following, you may have a leak somewhere in your home:


You hear water running without any open faucets


You notice signs of mold or mildew


Your tile or concrete floors feel warm


You have excessively high water bills, with no extra usage


Your carpets feel wet or damp

What causes pipes to leak?

The material of your pipes: Some pipe materials wear out faster than others, causing them to spring a leak. We especially see leak problems with copper pipes (pinhole leaks).
Hard water: If you have hard water, which means you have corrosive minerals in your water supply. These minerals can wear down pipes, especially if the pipe is made out of weak material.

Lightning or construction damage: Both of these can cause pipes to crack and form leaks.

The conditions of your soil: Some of the minerals found in soil can corrode pipes. Additionally, if soil shifts under your foundation, it can increase pressure on the pipes, eventually causing a leak.

SERVPRO of Washington D.C. 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

The IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.

SERVPRO of Washington DC provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.

We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. If you have questions about water damage or restoration in general call us today (202) 737-8776.

With More Rain In The Forecast, How Well Is Your Sump Pump Working?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

A sump pump is shown If your sump pump does fail and your basement is flooded, give us a call. SERVPRO of Washington, DC (202) 737-8776.

With late summer storms moving through the area, flooding is on the mind of many in the area. A sump pump can be a great way to avoid basement flooding.


A sump pump protects homes with basements and crawlspaces from damaging groundwater, directing the water into a pit where it's then pushed out and away from the house. This small but important addition to your home helps prevent your basement from flooding.

If the system ever fails or the power goes out, water overflow may occur. While your sump pump will usually protect you from a flooded basement, sometimes it is not enough or just fails altogether.

Make sure any landscaping around the foundation slopes away from the house.


Be prepared by having the proper insurance coverage in case your sump pump fails.


Install window well covers to keep rain from leaking in.


Clean your gutters and downspouts to keep them from clogging and overflowing.


Install a backup battery or generator in case you lose power.


Install a second sump pump if you live in an especially rainy area.


Install window well covers to keep rain from leaking in.


If your sump pump does fail and your basement is flooded, give us a call. SERVPRO of Washington, DC (202) 737-8776.

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


SERVPRO of Washington, DC is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


If you have any questions about restoration and what we do call us SERVPRO of Washington, DC (202) 737-8776.

Warm Weather And Good Times Outdoors, What About Lightning?

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning is shown with the words faster to any disaster If you have storm damage call SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776

Lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun, it can reach temperatures around 50,000 degrees F. That is according to the National Weather Service. While we still have some good outdoor weather ahead, use caution.

Here are some outdoor activity guidance from The National Weather Service:


Coach of Outdoor Sports Team
Your little league team has an evening game at the local recreational park. The weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies, with a chance of thunderstorms by early evening. When you arrive at the park, you notice the only safe buildings are the restrooms.

Shortly after sunset, the sky gets cloudy and you see bright flashes in the sky. What should you do? Get everyone into vehicles or the restrooms. Do NOT stay in the dugouts; they are not safe during lightning activity. Once in a safe place, wait 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder before resuming play.

At the Beach or Lake


Your family plans to go to the beach today. The weather forecast calls for a nice morning followed by a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms. When you get to the beach, you see that the only nearby structures are open-sided picnic shelters.

The parking lot is a 5 minute walk from the beach. By early afternoon skies are darkening and hear distant thunder. What should you do? Go to your car! Do NOT seek shelter under the beach picnic shelters. Wait 30 minutes until after the last rumble of thunder before going back to the beach.

Camping, Climbing and Other Wilderness Activities


You're cooking dinner on the camp stove when you hear distant rumbles of thunder. Your tent and a large open sided picnic shelter are nearby. Your vehicle is about quarter of a mile away parked at the trail head. What should you do?

Go to your vehicle! The tent and picnic shelter are NOT safe places. Wait 30 minutes until after the last rumble of thunder before going back to the campsite.

SERVPRO of Washington DC is locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

We specialize in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

If you have storm damage call SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776

Understanding The Research On Electrical Fires May Help You Avoid One In Your Home

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

An old circuit breaker is shown Aging electrical systems in older homes can be a source of arc faults.

Electrical Fires In Washington DC

Fires involving electrical failures or malfunctions accounted for the highest share of civilian deaths (18%) and direct property damage (20%). This is according to a National Fire Protection Association report that was done in 2019.

Home electrical fires can start in wiring, electrical distribution systems, and lighting equipment, as well as in any equipment powered by electricity such as cooking, heating, office and entertainment equipment, washers and dryers, as well as electrical distribution or lighting equipment.

If you own an older home in the Washington DC area it's important that you have your outlets and wiring checked. Aging electrical systems in older homes can be a source of arc faults, either through normal wear and tear or because the systems cannot accommodate the greater demands of modern appliances.

Proper care of electrical outlets and appliances will help to prevent electrical fires. It is very important to follow manufacturer guidelines when using electrical appliance and systems, such as the wattage guidelines given when changing lightbulbs.

Be sure that you do not plug in too many electrical units into one outlet, as this could burn out the outlet and cause a fire. Be sure that you have your wiring checked regularly by an electrician.

Faulty wiring is a leading cause of electrical fires and is a common problem in homes. If you hear a sparking sound near a particular electrical outlet or appliance, or see smoke or smell burning after plugging a unit in, immediately unplug the object and call an electrician to check your wiring.


The NFPA report also points out that smoke detectors are important. Home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction are less likely to occur in the overnight hours between midnight and 8 a.m. (22% of total), but these fires account for 60% of the civilian deaths. Working smoke alarms can provide an early warning of fire and allow additional time for evacuation.


The peak months for home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction are November through March (47% of total), and these fires account for 52% of the civilian deaths. Having this information can be helpful when it comes to prevention. It is also helpful to know who to call if you have fire damage in Washington DC.

Fire Damage In Your Home


SERVPRO of Washington DC 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm.

Training And Experience

We believe in continuous training: 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.

Quick Response Around Washington DC


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


Give us a call if you have questions about fire damage or the restoration process. SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776.


SERVPRO of Washington DC provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.

Powerful Storms Around Washington DC Can Be Bad For Business

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Washington DC Can Help Get Your  Commercial Space Back Up And Running

Spring is here, and as we head for summer powerful storms continue to make their way through the Washington DC region. With these heavy storms there is always a lightning, lots of wind and of course flooding. This can be very bad news for your business.


Some of the storms start with light rain and then shift to more pronounced lines of showers and thunderstorms along with strong winds, causing damage to businesses throughout the region.
This can also mean power outages, which also doesn't help your Washington DC business.

Knowing You Have Help And Resources

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.


Flooding and water damage events at Washington DC commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response.

SERVPRO of Washington DC offers the resources locally and on a national level to restore anything from a small or complex commercial water damage scenario. We exceed your needs both to repair your property and also to restore the trust the companies and individuals have invested in your professional commercial management.

SERVPRO of Washington DC professionals understand how important it is to limit the downtime of your and your tenants’ business operations. We make every effort to clean and dry the structure quickly, staging the restoration process with an eye to reestablishing business operations even before the entire remediation is accomplished if appropriate and safe.

Preventing secondary damage from contaminated water is important, this is more likely if we are involved as soon as possible in the process. We follow up with our state of the art procedures for saving and drying paperwork, books, pictures and other crucial work products you and your lessees may have feared would be lost due to the water infiltration.

First Call For Commercial Water Damage In Washington DC

SERVPRO of Washington DC specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event, call us if you have questions (202) 737-8776.

Commercial Property Fires In Washington DC Can Lead To Large Loss Situations For Businesses

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Property Loss In Washington DC


Fire losses account for approximately $2.3 billion in commercial and industrial direct property loss each year. At times you can have large-loss fires that damage buildings such as apartments, facilities, and places people work.

These types of losses affect multiple lives. It can take a lot of effort on everyone's part to provide support.

Here are some tips for commercial property owners to consider:

Make sure everyone is safe and away from the property. Safety is the number one concern.


Get the community involved in helping families or workers that may be affected.


Bring your adjuster in early to help manage things such as photos, mitigation, and documenting.


Analyze your policy, including all clauses, additions, extensions, and exclusions.


Bring in experts, SERVPRO of Washington DC to check out the damages.


Communication is key.

Everyone should stay in good contact to get the job done as smoothly as possible.


Know that the process can be long and require a lot of patience.


There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Washington DC commercial property.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. SERVPRO of Washington DC is your first call (202) 737-8776.


Whether it's commercial or residential damage SERVPRO of Washington DC has you covered.
SERVPRO of Washington DC provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster.

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

24-Hour Emergency Service


Faster to Any-Sized Disaster


Highly Trained Restoration Technicians


A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry


Locally Owned and Operated


Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Water Damage From Storms And Flood

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

 Floods And Damage Across Several States

Storms and heavy rains can cause heavy flooding in a short period of time. Certain parts of the country experienced heavy rains earlier this year. People experienced dangerous storm water and flood damage in 6 states in early March. The National Weather Service is warning that rivers will stay in flood stage for days. The flood waters forced evacuations and millions in damage.

After The Flooding


Flooding means that not only will a homeowner have to think about the current situation of being displaced from their home and losing some of their personal belongings, but the results after the water is gone. Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria.

Once the water has subsided the presence of dirt, grime, bacteria and mold will be present. The level of expensive damage depends on how long the standing water is left unattended. There is no telling when the water can be extracted from the towns let alone peoples houses.

After the waters have subsided and before you immediately enter your home refer to this checklist.

1. Watch out for wild animals, poisonous snakes that may have entered the home, check thru the debris.

2. Watch out for plaster, loose ceiling structures and document everything for yourself and for insurance purposes.

3. Throw away any food, anything that may have come in contact with the flood waters, anything in the fridge.

4. Check electrical systems, gas leaks, sewage and water lines all for damage.

Call SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776. Even if your flood damage is not as dramatic as what we saw in the south earlier this year, we'll be there to help.


SERVPRO of Washington DC specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

We'll Get To You Faster


Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

If You Understand Water Damage And Mold, You Understand Why You Need Trained Pros When You Have Damage

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is shown close up SERVPRO of Washington DC, specializes in mold cleanup and restoration.

Training, Experience, Equipment, And Response Time, Are All Important When You Have Damage To Your Washington DC Home


If you suspect mold in your home or business, don't hesitate to call professional help. Water damage can turn to a large mold problem quickly. SERVPRO of Washington DC 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.

So What's Causing The Mold In Your Washington DC Home?

Flooding from storms coming from outside

Sump pump overflow

Roof leaks from damaged roofs, ice dams or blocked gutters

Rain from storms through window frames, exterior walls, or doors

Leaking pipes, sewer back-ups or overflows

Damp basements due to high water table or badly managed water drainage

Condensation on cold surfaces

Mold needs these 3 main things to thrive and stay alive.

High humidity

Warm or temperate Temperature

Poor ventilation

Mold is easier to prevent than it is to clean so keeping a watch on common sources of mold and maintaining a dry, ventilated home and drying homes from water damage within 24 hours of the incidence is the best way to prevent mold from happening in the first place. If you have a mold problem and you would like information about how to get it professionally cleaned, please call us and we will direct you on the companies that we use to test for mold.

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.

So How Are Our Teams Trained?

SERVPRO of Washington DC is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

If you need more reasons to call us for your water damage or mold issue, call us today (202) 737-8776.

Fire Research Information Might Help To Keep Your Family Safe

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

More than one-quarter of the reported fires occurred in home environments, according to the National Fire Protection Association. They have also researched specific causes.

Most home fires and fire casualties result from five causes: cooking, heating equipment, electrical distribution and lighting equipment, intentional fire setting, and smoking materials.

Here are some tips to help avoid some of these causes:

Cooking


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

If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.


Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.


Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.


Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.


Smoking


Smoke outside and completely stub out butts in an ashtray or a can filled with sand.


Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away.

Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.


Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off.

Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.


Be alert - don’t smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.


Electrical and Appliance Safety


Frayed wires can cause fires.

Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.


If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet.

Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.


Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.


Portable Space Heaters


Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.


Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).


Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.


Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters.

Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.


Fireplaces and Woodstoves


Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.


Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.


Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.


Children


Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.


Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.


Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.


More Prevention Tips


Never use stove range or oven to heat your home.


Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.


Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors and should only be refueled outdoors or in well ventilated areas.


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services In Washington DC


If you have fire damage in your home, SERVPRO of Washington DC can help.


SERVPRO of Washington DC is available 24 hours a day for restoration after damage, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is critical.

A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the damage.


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 are ready to help when you have fire damage, SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776.