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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

Restoration

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.

Mold

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

Restoration

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:


Water

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


Food

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.

Professional Restoration After Residential Fires

4/6/2022 (Permalink)


In the wake of a residential fire, the primary focus is on repairing the damage done to the inside of the house. However, moderate to severe incidents can lead to visible marks and blemishes on the outside of the building too. It is why SERVPRO of Washington DC conducts a full inspection of fire-damaged properties before we start any restoration work.

The good news is that stains on masonry, concrete and other structural materials are almost always superficial. While brick and concrete are not impervious to fire damage in homes, they are extremely sturdy and don’t succumb easily to heat. It means that, in most cases, we can use straightforward cleaning techniques to restore the outside of the property.

Light Stains

If there is no structural damage to the masonry, the SERVPRO of Washington DC technicians use mild cleaning agents to wash soot and smoke deposits from the surface. Where the staining is very light, dry sponging is enough to wipe away grime on block, brick, and concrete. Stubborn marks get lifted with alkaline detergents and direct scrubbing. Sodium hypocrite is highly effective when it comes to soot removal, and it leaves no residues.

Moderate Stains

The difficult thing about soot is that it can be highly acidic. If it is not removed quickly, particularly from structural materials, there is a chance of corrosive residues becoming embedded deeper and deeper into the masonry. It is why SERVPRO of Washington DC specialists pay close attention to cracked joints.

They are delicately cleaned and re pointed to dislodge any soot deposits which may be trying to move into the capillaries. Once this is complete, larger areas are dry sponged and vacuumed. Then, they are jet washed with a high powered pressure cleaning device.

Heavy Stains

The most severe staining occurs when heavily combustible materials have caught fire and burned for some time. In some cases, jet washing is still a suitable method of cleaning. We can add soot dissolving formulas like high PH degreasers, dry ice, or soda ash to increase optimal results.


SERVPRO of Washington DC is ready to help, with trained technicians and the right equipment for your restoration. IF you have questions about fire damage, call us (202) 737-8776.

Ever Notice DC Fire Sends an Engine with an Ambulance? Wonder Why?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

DC Fire Emergency Response 


The Fire and EMS Department in Washington DC is a fire-based Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department. The vast majority of their employees are trained in both EMS and fire suppression.

If you have a life-threatening emergency, the DC Fire and EMS goal is for an EMT to arrive at your location within four to six minutes to start providing you with emergency medical care. They staff their fire trucks with EMTs, which are strategically located throughout the District, this allows them to meet their goal almost 80 percent of the time.

If you live in the District, it's good to know that help is nearby. If you have fire damage to your home you will want to call SERVPRO of Washington DC. After the fire, when it is safe to return to your home or business, call DC's trusted restoration company.

In many cases, restoration after a fire isn't easy. SERVPRO of Washington DC has trained technicians, that have the right equipment to restore your home. There maybe more to the restoration process than you realize.

Did You Know There Are 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 Washington DC 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.


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. If you have questions about fire damage, give us a call SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776.

Storm Damage and Looking for Mold

3/24/2022 (Permalink)


Stains on your floors can be an indication of water damage.


When it's contained properly, water doesn't pose too big of a threat to your home. The water that is not dried up or that sits causes a cozy environment for mold and mildew to begin growing. Mold is a fast-spreading, hard-to-remove fungus that can weaken your property's structural integrity. Here are several methods for detecting water damage in your house. Walk around and look carefully at both the interior and exterior of your home.

Walk around and Inspect Outside


Carefully look over the entire exterior of your house. Look for pools of water. These can indicate poor drainage in the yard, gutter spouts that maybe aren’t moving water far enough from the house or leaky rain gutters. Any of those issues can threaten your homes foundation since water that’s standing may get into your home.

Make sure to check your roof. The most common signs of water damage to your roof often include pools of water; cracked, curled up or missing shingles.

Inside Check your Floors


No matter what kind of flooring you have throughout your home, if water damage is present the signs will show. For tile and wood floors, look for cracked, buckling or warping. On carpeted floors, be wary of damp spots, stains, gradual rises and soft spots.

Smell your way around


If you see any active mold growth it means that moisture is contacting microscopic mold spores in your home. Since mold often hides, you can’t rely only on your site. If there’s a smell of mold and dampness, then that water damage might be present. Water, when it’s stagnated, causes mold and bacteria can grow, which is what produces the musty, unpleasant smell. 

Look for Stains Everywhere


Look for stains on your floors, walls and ceiling. If you find water stains on your floors or around your bathtub, toilet or sink than those are signs of water damage. If you find stains on your ceilings and walls than those too are some of the most obvious signs of water damage. Some of these stains can be concealing mold behind them beneath the flooring or in your walls since water damage that’s left unattended can often lead to mold. Unusual stains may indicate that there is a leaky pipe inside the wall. Perhaps there’s a leaky drain. Cracks in your drywall often mean there’s trouble. If any areas of your walls appear swollen and are soft to touch that too may signify trouble. If pain is peeing that is another sign of water loose within walls. When drywall gets saturated, paint will usually lose adhesion.

Look for Rust and Mold


Frequent Inspections of your water heater can be very beneficial. Checking for rust that’s developing on the tank or if you see rust already present on the tank, that typically indicates a slow leak. Rust around pipe connections can also be caused by water seepage.

If you suspect storm damage but you're not sure where it is, call the experts at SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776.
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. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.