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Water Damage Tips in Washington DC

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Tips in Washington DC Water damage in Washington D.C.

Many DC residents have learned that water damage can not only destroy your home and your finances, but it can also destroy the sentimental items that you can’t put a price tag on. For that reason it’s a good idea to understand what causes water damage so you can prevent it. But if you cannot avoid it then here are some tips on what to do if you have been victimized by it.

The first concern should be the safety of yourself and whoever else is inside the affected home or area. Some of the most common causes of injury that we have seen after water damage to a structure are slip hazards, and electrical shock due to careless mistakes that could have been avoided. On this note, don’t just go about life as usual. Avoid kitchen appliances, and avoid tampering with major electrical devices that are connected to the building until authorities have deemed that it is safe to do so. This includes ceiling fans, lights, and televisions.

The next concern should be to begin the cleanup process. Depending on the severity of your damage you may need to contact the local authorities, and insurance provider, but eventually they will most likely get a SERVPRO® crew out to your location to fix it up.

Learn more about water damage, or any of the other services that we offer at SERVPRO®. If you find yourself dealing with a disaster, and need emergency repair, contact SERVPRO® of Marlton and Morningside today!


Mold Remediation in Washington DC

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Washington DC Mold problems in the Washington DC area

In the Washington DC area, mold is a real problem for many families. That’s because it can cause irritation and allergic reactions for people in the household. Mold thrives in humid environments, and as we all know, the summer months are very humid in the DC, Maryland, VA area.

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 the mold begins to thrive in number, and starts to form colonies. These colonies can produce allergens and irritants to 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 relax you'll want to take care of it right away.

For this reason it is important to monitor the humidity level in your home, especially in the DC area, 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%. When it is above this level that’s when these mold particles start to thrive and form colonies, producing the odor and causing allergic reactions in many people.

SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside 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!

Causes of Water Damage in the Mid Atlantic

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Causes of Water Damage in the Mid Atlantic water damage in the mid atlantic

Water damage is a common problem among home owners. It can cause extensive financial loss, and damage to the home, but more importantly, it can force the inhabitants out of the house temporarily, or even permanently.

So how can we prevent water damage from occurring? We are going to cover that, but first, let's take a look at some of the most common causes of water damage in a residence.

The most common cause of water damage we have found is leaking pipes. Unfortunately, many times it is almost impossible to see that a pipe is leaking or malfunctioning because the problem is out of site.

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

So how do we prevent this from happening? 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. Most people with children know how this goes: action figures dropped in the toilet, kids overflowing the bathtub, anything like that. In this case preventing the water damage is simple enough. 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 cause of water damage is humidity in the basement, attic, or crawl space. In dark, damp, and humid places – especially in mid atlantic, where it's already humid - this environment allows moisture to drip through the foundation, walls, or roof. If left unattended over a period of time this can lead to damage to the walls ceilings, and floors of these spaces.

It’s tricky to spot the development of water damage in these places because the  damage happens gradually over a long period of time. A simple solution is to apply the use of a dehumidifier once in a while in these areas. That 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 Marlton/Morningside for the fastest service in town!

50 % of Businesses will NEVER Reopen...

2/3/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial 50 % of Businesses will NEVER Reopen... Commercial Water Damage

The New Year brings opportunity for new beginnings! Start 2016 off right be being READY!

Did you know up to 50 % of businesses that suffer a disaster may never reopen?

Of the businesses that do survive a disaster, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place.

Make your resolution one that helps protect you and your business. Call us today at 1 (800) 320-0640 to learn nire about how we can help you be "Ready for whatever happens" in the New Year!