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SERVPRO Cares - School Bus Safety

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

When the panic of a disaster hits you will be glad you thought ahead...put SERVPRO of North Prince William County in your phone NOW.  If disaster strikes we are here for you 24/7/365! Call SERVPRO of North Prince William County (703) 368-4399

It’s that time of year again.  Yep, you guessed it, back to school!  Some kids are happy, some kids are sad.  Some Moms are sad, some moms are happy. Wherever you fall on the happy/sad spectrum one thing is the same ...school bus safety.

We all have a responsibility to help keep the kids of North Prince William County safe.  Here are the rules of the road when encountering a school bus with flashing lights:

  • When the school bus is flashing Yellow Lights motorists need to slow down and prepare to stop.  The bus is either about to pick up or drop off children.
  • Red Lights flashing (and extended stop arms) indicate to motorists the bus has stopped to pick up or drop off children.  Motorists must stop and remain stopped until the lights stop flashing, the extension arm is withdrawn and the bus begins moving.
  • Please be aware of your surroundings as well.  A child late for the bus may run out without looking for traffic and the same goes for a child that may have dropped something after getting off the bus.
  • If the school bus is stopped with flashing red lights and extended stop arm but is traveling in the opposite direction on a roadway divided by a median or barrier then the motorist does not need to stop per Virginia law.  

The next time you hear someone ask “Why SERVPRO?”  You can tell them: “Because SERVPRO cares!”  

Be safe and be prepared, add SERVPRO of North Prince William County to your contacts now:  (703) 368-4399

Fire Safety - Campfires

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of North Prince William County we pride ourselves on being a leader in fire and water damage restoration.  Our highly trained specialists are trustworthy and “faster to any size disaster.” Our “restore first” mentality helps keep the costs down and get you back into your home or business faster.

When the panic of a disaster hits you will be glad you thought ahead...put SERVPRO of North Prince William County in your phone NOW.  If disaster strikes we are here for you 24/7/365! Call SERVPRO of North Prince William County (703) 368-4399

Having said that...let’s discuss outdoor fire safety.

It’s the end of Summer.  School is starting. The temps are high and the ground and brush are most likely dry.  You have a lot on your mind while trying to soak up the last days of summer camping and outdoor fun.

My name is Anne Marie and today I’d like to share the rules of building a campfire.

First things first, make sure ahead of time that you are allowed to have a campfire where you are located.  (That would certainly put a damper on things.)

Next, check that there are no burn bans in place.  If there aren’t then observe the area for windy conditions.  Very important so things don’t get out of hand.

You are now ready to dig your pit.  Select a spot without any overhanging branches.  

Now that you have your pit, circle it with rocks and rake a 10 foot area around the pit.  Once completed there should be just dirt in this area, nothing that could catch fire should be left on this ground.

If you have extra firewood/kindling stack it upwind and away from the fire.  Don’t leave anything around that could be a tripping hazard.

Never leave a campfire unattended by an adult.

Keep a hose or a bucket of water close by at all times.  You should always have a metal shovel as well.

When you are ready to call it a night or leave the fire be sure it is extinguished.  This means douse it with water, stir it up with a shovel and dump more water on it. The fire should be cold beyond a shadow of a doubt before you leave.

Please also remember:  Only burn wood.

The above rules are not just for camping they are for the fire pit in your backyard as well.  When things are easy and convenient we sometimes become more lax with adhering to these rules.

This is a personal experience of mine.  I was visiting a friend that had a fire pit in their yard.  It was around 10 AM when I knelt down to pick something up in the area of their fire pit.  The ground was quite warm. I alerted my friend to the situation. They had used the fire pit the night before.  Upon stirring the ashes we saw that down below there were still red coals. There was a plant/weed that had very long roots that connected from plant to plant that grew in the area.  These roots had “caught fire” so to speak, there wasn’t enough oxygen for them to ignite but they were red at the pit and carried the heat just below the surface of the ground. If this had reached the woods or an uncleared area this story could’ve ended very differently.  What did they do wrong? The fire had been left cold enough instead of completely cold. So, while no one in my story needed to call SERVPRO, make sure you are prepared in case someone in your story does.

Add SERVPRO of North Prince William County (703) 368-4399 to your contacts today!

What to Expect From a Water Main Break

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

water main break

A water main break can cause lots of damage. Perhaps the worst part is that you don’t always know when it happens, which means you can be gone from the house or building for a long period of time before you realize that you have a big problem. This is because the pipes are not usually in plain sight, therefore if they fail it often goes undetected until it becomes a bigger problem. If that’s the case you could be looking at a disaster by the time you finally come back.

Water main breaks can be caused by factors such as extreme temperature, corrosion, or impact to the pipes, among other potential factors. However, even if your house, condo, or building is relatively new you should still dedicate some funds and resources to routine maintenance, and inspection for cracks, or for other potentially unsafe environmental hazards. This practice could save you thousands later on.

Those who are have experienced a water main break often have to deal with an interruption in their water service, and potentially days or weeks of being relocated as crews repair not only the pipes, but the areas of the home or office that have been affected with water damage. This is another reason having a routine maintenance inspection of plumbing system is a good idea.

At SERVPRO® of North Prince William County we are always here to help. Contact us immediately if you have experienced this, or any other type of water damage, or if you have any questions regarding such things.

SERVPRO of North Prince William County – Most Trusted Restoration Company

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Near Me

At SERVPRO of North Prince William County we pride ourselves on being not just the biggest, and most well-known restoration company in the area, but the most trusted.

The North Prince William County office is owned by Rob Wise, is a forward-thinking entrepreneur with years of experience in the home construction industry. Under his leadership area residents have received the highest quality service for everything from water damage and mold removal, to fire damage and soot removal.

Contact SERVPRO of North Prince William County now!

Our office is consistently a top performing franchise location, so in addition to benefiting from the top notch services of the corporate hub residents and businesses also receive top notch service from the one of the top performing locations in the country. That’s because we are always ready to help clean up water damage emergencies, hoarding or death scenes, smoke damaged items, and more.

Perhaps one of the reasons our company is so well trusted, is that we have the benefit of relying on different arms within the company to respond to different situations. For example, we have a Fire division that deals with only restoring items that were damaged by soot, smoke, and flames. Our employees who work there do not have to spend time responding to flooded basements or buildings because other employees are ready to respond to those emergencies.

Another attribute that area residents admire about our office is that we are able to respond day or night, at any hour, on any day. This means that if one of our customers insists on service immediately, we provide it, regardless of when it is. That puts you in control of the situation, and let’s you get back to your life at the speed and rate that you need to.

For all your home and business restoration needs, call SERVPRO of North Prince William County, and find out why we are Manassas, Manassas Park, Bristow, Lake Jackson, Gainesville, Haymarket, Yorkshire, Nokesville area’s most trusted restoration company!

Water Damage Tips For Office Buildings

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

commercial water damage

Water damage is a very significant threat both to the safety of the occupants, and to the finances of the owners, not just of residential homes, but also of commercial buildings. In North Prince William County that means plenty of medical buildings, professional buildings, and the like. In times of severe flooding or plumbing failure this damage could even stop your business from daily tasks, which means you are losing money!

In this article we go over some basic preventative and responsive measures so that hopefully you can avoid being in this situation, or if you do find yourself in this situation, at least you can get your office back to normal quickly.

Preventative Measures

In the office there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of damage due to water leaks. For example, educate your office managers on water damage preparedness. This means that your managers should know how to turn off the water, electric, and gas supply. If they don’t have access, then they should know who to call in order to have these items completed. It’s also a good idea to have some basic tools in the office so that they are readily available in the event of an emergency. Lastly, it’s important to have a list of emergency contact phone numbers for all employees, as well as local fire and police numbers, so that in the worst case the loved ones of those injured can be notified, and they can get medical attention if needed.

Response

Just as with residential structures, rapid response is critical to water damage in an office. The longer you wait before the area is restored the more of a chance you there is that you will have mold, which is another problem altogether.

The best course of action is:

  1. Call a plumber to fix the source of the loss;
  2. Call SERVPRO of North Prince William County to remediate the damage.

Of course, you can call your insurance first, but remember, we are also experts at the insurance side of damages as well, and can help you get the best coverage, so you may call us to work with your insurance as well.

At SERVPRO of North Prince William County we are the leaders of commercial water damage restoration. Contact us today to learn more!

Flooded Basement Service and Causes

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded basement

flooded basement is an emergency situation that cannot be ignored for very long because it can cause major damage to the walls, floors, carpet, or even furniture. Not to mention, it can lead to mold if left untreated, that this is all fairly quickly.

SERVPRO of North Prince William County understands this. That’s why we are on-call 24/7 because you can’t wait for tomorrow when you have standing water in your house tonight.

Call our Flooded Basement team right away!

Our team can deploy technicians at any hour to remove the water from your basement, dry the carpet, repair the damage, and do whatever needs to be done in your situation, so that you can get back on with your life.

Here are some of the common sources that cause a basement to experience flooding.

There are generally only a few sources for a basement to receive water:

  1. Either it is coming through the foundation in the form of rain penetrating the walls;
  2. Water from over-saturated soil being pushed through the floor;
  3. Storm water from the sewer system; or
  4. Sanitary sewer water from a clog in your homes’ sewer line.

In the case of water seeping in from a crack in the foundation, you can know if this the cause of your water damage if the water is coming in at only one particular location, or at the exterior foundation wall.

As for the subsurface groundwater, this is when your basement acts as a boat in a pond, water will enter through any hairline crack whenever the groundwater levels ride above the level of your floor. A perimeter drain system can be used to solve this problem.

In the case of storm water from the sewer system the rainwater in the sewer system can rise to such levels that the water flows backwards toward the house. If you already have a sump pump for this reason then you either need a new one, or the alternative is to dig up and cap the pipe that is running from the house to the street.

Lastly, if the event of sanitary sewer water backing up, you will know this is your problem if the water is coming through the drains of the floor and the sinks in the basement. In this case the installation of backflow preventers will do the trick. Also, pouring tree root killer down your toilets once a year can help with prevention of such disasters.

If you have a flooded basement contact SERVPRO of North Prince William County and have our team of experts help you out today!

Insurance Claims on Water Damage

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Insurance Claims on Water Damage

Water damage is one of the most common claims for home insurance. At SERVPRO of North Prince William County we not only repair water damage in your home, but we also specialize in dealing with insurance companies to get you covered for our services.


If you need help dealing with your home insurance company for water, fire, or mold damage call us today.


Problem Areas:


You might run into some trouble with your insurance claims for water damage in some cases. For example, if you are claiming something that was the result of gradual damage they might give you some problems. Gradual damage is anything that happened over time as opposed to an accident or sudden damage. These can be things such as a leaky ceiling that was due to plumbing defects, water damage caused by cracks in the foundation, and a lot of times mold will also fall into this category. Basically, anything that has been happening for a long time is generally not covered by home insurance.


However, there may be some exceptions to this. For example, some insurance companies allow coverage for mold remediation. For example, in the case of mold resulting from another claim that was covered under insurance, but was not properly fixed, and the mold was the result.


On the other hand if water damage is sudden and accidental you’ll probably have a much easier time getting covered for the damages. Of course everything is dependent upon the language of the policy that you purchased, but this is the very nature of insurance: coverage for sudden and accidental loss.


A good practice for homeowners is to keep record of all repairs and transactions for services that are made to your home. This will prove valuable in the event you ever make a claim. It is also worth mentioning that there are different types of water damage as far as insurance is concerned. Some cover flood, some cover sewer backup, and many times the items that are covered reflects what is commonplace for the region that you live in.


At SERVPRO of North Prince William County we are not only experts at restoring your home as if it never even happened, we are also experts at dealing with insurance companies. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you through the entire recovery process today!

What To Do About A Leaky Ceiling

5/11/2017 (Permalink)

A leaky ceiling can cause big problems

Leaky Ceilings can be costly. They can significantly damage your home or business, but also it is sometimes hard to determine the cause of them, which can delay, or even add to the expense of the repair process. That’s why the first thing you should do when you have a leaky ceiling is an inspection so that you can eliminate all the obvious non-causes.

One thing to consider is whether the leak occurs only in inclement weather. If the leak is constant, regardless of whether it is raining outside or not, then you can probably eliminate the roof as being the source of the leak. That’s because if that leak is caused by the rain, then the rain would have come from the roof through the ceiling. In this case the leak is most likely caused by a plumbing line inside the house or structure.

Another thing to consider is the water itself. Does it appear to be clear and fresh? If so, then that could be an indication of the water coming from the water supply line. That’s because if water was coming from the roof it would track a lot of dirt and substances from the roof along with it.

If you have determined that the leak is possibly from the roof, start at the top and work your way down. Be sure to take all the necessary precautions, and have all required safety gear needed for a roof inspection.

Of course, not all people are prepared for home improvements and repairs, especially when it comes to major repairs. If you have a leaky ceiling, or any kind of water damage to your home or business, give the pros a call. For more information visit our water damage services page. We’re faster to any size disaster.

Mold Remediation

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold remediation in Manassas

Mold Removal in Manassas Area

 In the Manassas area, mold is a real problem for many families. That’s because it can cause irritation and allergic reactions to people in the household. Mold thrives in humid environment, and as we all know, the summer months are very humid in Northern Virginia.

What is mold?

Mold is a microscopic particle that exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to completely remove all mold from a home or business. However, it doesn’t necessarily need to be removed, nor does it become a problem until the humidity – or moisture level – increases. That’s when mold particles begin to grow in number, and form colonies. These colonies are the culprit when it comes to producing allergens and irritants for people, especially to children and people with compromised immune systems.

Another effect of excess mold is the strong odor it produces. It’s an odor that you won’t want to smell again, if you’ve ever smelled it before. If that smell is in your home, where you and your family expect to be comfortable, and to relax, you'll want to get rid of it immediately.

For this reason it is important to monitor the humidity level in your home, especially in Northern Virginia, where the humidity is present year-round, and the summer months can produce conditions in the environment that are favorable for mold growth. 

Generally, you want to keep the humidity level below 49%. This is the level at which these mold particles start to thrive and form colonies, producing the odor and causing allergic reactions in many people.

SERVPRO of North Prince William County properly inspects your home for mold, identifies the cause of the odor, and completely removes it without a trace. Give us a call for more information on our mold removal process today!

Water Damage: Causes in Manassas Park

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Manassas Park

Common Causes of Water Damage in Manassas Park

Water damage is something that every homeowner should be concerned about. It can cause thousands of dollars of damage, but more importantly, it can force the inhabitants out of the house temporarily, or even permanently.

So what are some of the most common causes of water damage in a residence? We’ve done the research, and list them out for you below, so read on to find out.

The cause of water damage we have found to be most common is broken, busted, or leaking pipes. Unfortunately, many times it is not easy to even tell that a pipe is leaking or malfunctioning in any way because the problem is out of site.

What can happen is in some cases the pipe can rust over time, or freeze over. In fact any drastic change in temperature can cause stress on the pipe, and lead to minor damage of the structure.

There are a number of ways to prevent this from happening, and a few dollars here is well worth saving thousands later. The most common way is to simply allow the water to trickle out of the tap, even if it’s at a drip, through the night on particularly cold nights. This allows the water to continue to move, and discourage freezing.

Another cause of water damage is accidents. Yes, plumbing accidents. Perhaps if you have children you know what we mean: action figures dropped in the toilet, kids overflowing the bathtub, anything like that. Simply being aware of what your child brings into the bathroom with them, and keeping an eye on their baths should help you avoid water damage in these cases.

Another very elusive cause of water damage is humidity in the basement, attic, or crawl space. These areas are dark, damp, and often times humid – especially in the Manassas area. This environment allows moisture to drip through the foundation or roof. If left unattended – over a period of time – can lead to damage to the walls ceilings, and floors of these spaces. It’s tricky to spot because this happens over such a long period of time, but simply using a dehumidifier once in a while in these areas should prevent any significant water damage to them.

There are many other causes of water damage, but these are just some of the most common. As always, if you have a case of water damage in the Northern Virginia area you can contact us at SERVPRO of North Prince William County for the fastest service in town!

Fire Extinguisher Tips

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

Fire tipes from SERVPRO

Fire extinguisher tips 

Only use a fire extinguisher if.....

*The fire is contained to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing.

*Everyone has exited the building

*The fire department has been called or is being called; and the room is not filled with smoke.