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Practical Steps to Prepare for Rain Flooding

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Rain is unpredictable and if excessive, can cause flooding into a home or basement in just a few hours. The water can be difficult to remove and therefore stands a very high chance of causing mold. Be aware that most insurance companies will not cover flooding that results from an outside source unless your home is covered by flood insurance. If your home stands a high chance of flooding during the rainy season, you may want to consider purchasing flood insurance. Beyond this, there are several steps that you can take to guard your home against flooding.

  1. Ensure that exterior drains are clear, free of any blockage & properly working. If the drains are clogged with leaves and debris, the rainwater will not be able to drain and could flood back into the house.
  2. Check roof gutters and make sure that these are clean. Dirty gutters will not allow rainwater to run-off properly and the water will be forced to flow in other directions – including back into the house.
  3. Move items away from flood-prone areas or elevate them, especially electrical appliances or outlets. If your basement or a lower area of your residence is prone to flooding, take precautions to remove important and moveable items out of the area. For items that cannot be removed, attempt to elevate them by at least a few inches using 2x4s or alternative methods. This will prevent your items from being damaged by the rainwater.

If you have water damage from flooding, call SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties 434-525-9559.

If Your Home Floods

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

Even if you have taken the precautions listed in the blog post “Practical Steps to Prepare for Rain Flooding,” there is still a chance that your home may experience flooding. If this happensthere are several additional steps that you can take to contain the water and mitigate any damage that may occur until a SERVPRO crew can arrive to take care of it.

  1. Identify and stop the source, if safe to do so.  This will ensure that the work done by the crew is not damaged by more water coming in.
  2. Stay out of the area if the flooding becomes excessive. Do not attempt to walk through deep water as the water may become electrically charged, even if this is the only way to get to and stop the source.
  3. Do not walk barefoot through the water. It could be contaminated (especially if the flooding caused a sewage backup) and pose a serious health hazard. If you must enter the area – and only do so if the flooding is not excessive and it is safe to enter – wear high boots and gloves and avoid touching the water unless necessary.

As always, SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties is ready to help if you experience any form of flooding or water damage. Call us at (434)-525-9559 and allow us to assist you. We are Here to Help!

When Rainstorms Cause Flooding, Call SERVPRO

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

It is tragic when a flood brings devastation and water damage to your home. But rapid water removal, clean up and repairs certainly must get under way for you home to get back to normal with minimal losses.
 
Safety is a top priority. After the flood damage, evaluation of the home's safety issues must be completed before you dare to enter your home again. 
 
You do need to call your insurance agent to be certain if you are covered under your standard home owners policy or if you do possess flood insurance coverage.  An insurance adjuster will be dispatched to your property to inspect the damage and eventually offer a settlement. Ask for help in retaining a competent water damage restoration company. SERVPRO does work with many agencies. We can assess and document all water damaged items, help you with your claims and paperwork, and expedite the water removal and restoration.  Our inspection will indicate to you the severity of the water damage that your home has suffered and any potential health issues you may have to address during the process of getting the flood damage repairs done on your home. 
 
When these concerns have been addressed, and if you have been given permission to enter your home, you should also document all the flood causing water damage for insurance purposes. Be sure that you do take pictures of the flooded areas of your home and any damaged belongings, including damaged furniture. This, along with the input from SERVPRO, will help you to be fairly compensated by the insurance company. 
 
Once you have done the documentation and the adjuster had done his inspection, then the clean up starts to get under way. The home needs to be made dry and needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent any other damage from occurring. This will also lessen the likelihood of mold and mildew growth.  Contamination is a given if the flooding is the result of groundwater intrusion, whether from rain, bodies of water, or a sewage blockage. Do not attempt to clean and sanitize on your own. The potential for future illness is too great.
 
It is wise to call the professionals from SERVPRO because they can immediately begin to pump out the water and mitigate on-going water damage. And they have the skill and knowledge, along with the professional equipment required to start and complete the entire restoration process for you. 
 
After the water removal and clean up are in operation, then repairs need to be done. They could be extensive, depending on how much structural damage has occurred and the condition of the contents of your property.

If you have water damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties at 434-525-9559.

Mold Remediation Process for Commercial or Residential

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Process

SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties technicians are professionally trained and will work quickly and efficiently to ensure that your home or business is properly treated for mold in a timely, safe and effective manner.

Step 1: Timely Response. Within one hour of receiving your call, a SERVPRO team member will reach out to you and confirm a time to come and survey the mold damage. A SERVPRO team will be on sight within four hours of the call.

Step 2: Appropriate Procedures and Safeguards. SERVPRO technicians will arrive and assess the damage.   Protective suits, masks, and headgear are required when dealing with mold.

Step 3: Containment.  SERVPRO technicians will create a containment area around the affected part of the house so that the mold does not spread further. The SERVPRO technicians will set up containment barriers under negative air using a HEPA filtration system, in order to isolate the mold.

Step. 4: Remediation.

Whether an area or object can be cleaned or has to be removed depends on the stage of mold growth, as well as the type of material that makes up the affected area or object. 

Step 5: Assessment.  A SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties' project manager will inspect the area upon completion. 

When Wind and Rainstorms Flood Your Home

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties delivers the help you need.  We are able to call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond. 
  
Storm damage can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face.

Call SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties.  We are Here to Help!

Storms Caused This Home to Flood

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties is FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER!

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. 

Able to access a network of over 1,600 Franchises strategically located throughout the United States allowing for a faster response time, SERVPRO is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters.

In the aftermath of a disaster, SERVPRO is Here to Help!

Commercial Cleaning Service

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties understands that cleanliness is an important part of running a successful business and we are here to partner with you in order to keep your business looking as sharp and professional as the services that you provide.

SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties offers high-quality and professional cleaning services to businesses and commercial properties. Our franchise specializes in a variety of techniques designed to make your business appear at its absolute best.

Below are some of the services that we provide, as well as information on how to reach us to schedule a commercial cleaning.

  • Upholstery cleaning and odor/stain removal
  • Basic sanitization and disinfection cleaning services
  • 5 different forms of carpet cleaning
  • Rug cleaning
  • Limited duct cleaning

If you would like to have your commercial property cleaned by a company dedicated to high-quality service and professionalism, then call SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties 434-525-9559.

Have Mold in Business or Home?

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:
  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

Mold is an invasive fungus that grows in wet or humid environments and can spread rapidly in only a few days. Mold can be very dangerous to the health of those living in the home, especially if it spreads into air ducts or grows in an area of the house in which the family is frequently present.

Mold can be visible or hidden and will almost always occur in areas that have recently been affected by excessive moisture or humidity.  If you suspect that there is a mold problem in your home or business, there are several steps you can take to get help and resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties if you see mold.

Tornado Hits Businesses in Campbell County, VA

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at 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.

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Lynchburg/Bedford & Campbell Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a storm 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.

What Causes Water Damage

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can be caused by a variety of factors, including leaks, storms, burst pipes or appliances, sewage overflows, etc., and each of these can create extensive and long-lasting damage in a short period of time. Therefore, the best remedy for water damage is to take preventative steps to avoid and then mitigate as much damage as possible. Below is a list of the most common causes of water damage; select one to learn more about the steps you can take to prevent each incident from occurring, as well as steps that you can take to mitigate the problem should an incident occur.

  1. Frozen pipes
  2. Pipe leaks (for reasons other than freezing)
  3. Sewage overflow/backup
  4. Burst appliances (such as a dishwasher or washer machine)
  5. Excessive rain that leads to flooding (See the article listed under Storms for more information on this type of water loss)

Should you experience a water loss from one of these or any other causes, SERVPRO of Lynchburg / Bedford & Campbell Counties has teams of professional and highly-trained technicians who specialize in water-damage repair and recovery.

If your home or business has suffered a recent water loss, call us at (434)-525-9559 and make an appointment for one of our experienced teams to come out and repair the damage.