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Water Damage in Washington DC, Who Should You Call?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)


When you have a water emergency you don't have time to sort through all of the companies claiming to be the best. What sets one company apart from the rest? We believe there are a number of factors you should consider.


If you have a water emergency right now, call SERVPRO of Washington, DC (202) 737-8776, you can come back and read the blog later.

Choosing A Leader in Water Restoration

SERVPRO of Washington, DC specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event.

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

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

Water damage that is not addressed quickly can lead to mold. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

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

Fires In Washington DC Commercial Properties

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Control center is shown with SERVPRO logo If you have questions about commercial fire damage call SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776.


Businesses are vulnerable to fire dangers, from restaurants to gas stations, from office buildings to manufacturing, commercial sites are all exposed to fire risk. A fire occurs in a structure at the rate of one every 64 seconds, and a home fire occurs every 89 seconds. This is according to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).

(NFPA) research has found that structure fires accounted for 20% of the fires, but 49% of civilian deaths, 80% of civilian injuries, and 67% of direct property damage.

They have also learned electrical distribution and lighting equipment was the leading cause of structure fires in industrial properties, accounting for 24% of the total, while heating was the leading cause of structure fires in manufacturing facilities, accounting for 15% of the total.

A serious fire in a business is dangerous and costly. Even if everyone gets out and the fire is controlled quickly, there is still likely going to be damage. SERVPRO of Washington DC has trained staff and the right equipment to respond.

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 specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. SERVPRO of Washington DC (202) 737-8776.

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.