Is Your Dryer Safe?
A dryer seems like a convenient, safe appliance that lets you forget it and go. If you don’t maintain it properly, a lint fire can happen, which can cause sever fire damage to your home.
A Surprising Amount of Lint
Depending on your family size and how often you go through clothes, it is likely that you do a lot more laundry than you realize. An average family does approximately eight to 10 loads a week. Every load means small fabric, dust and dirt particles are collecting in your dryer’s lint trap, vent and duct work. Lint is highly flammable, making it vital to maintain cleanliness.
Cleaning Out the Lint
Instead of dealing with a potential dryer fire and needing expert help in repairing the damage, good habits can go a long way. Lint traps should be cleaned after very load. Most dryers make this easy. The trap usually slides out and the lint can be lifted off. Any lint that is leftover should be removed with a brush. Every few weeks, the screen should be rinsed with water. While the screen is out, vacuum in and around its entry point. Approximately once a year, unplug the dryer and inspect the vent and hose or pipe connected to the dryer. Wipe lint off the opening and clean any leftover in the hose or pipe. A brush can bused to clean the interior of the vent. Don’t forget the exterior vent. Ensure the vent flap is still attached and working properly. Vacuum or wipe out the opening. This should be done a few times a year.
Extra Safety Tips
To further avoid a lint fire, ensure your dryer is properly installed. Additionally, avoid drying clothes stained with chemicals, gas, oil or cleaning products, and only operate the dryer while at home. In most cases, a lint fire happens because of improper cleaning and maintenance. Taking a little extra to be safe is worth it.
What to Expect During the Water Damage Inspection Process
Water damage can strike unexpectedly, causing significant stress and disruption to your property. At SERVPRO®, we understand the importance of a thorough water damage inspection to assess the extent of the damage and to formulate an effective restoration plan. In this guide, we'll walk you through what to expect during a water damage inspection.
Why Is a Water Damage Inspection Crucial?
Before initiating any restoration work, a comprehensive inspection is crucial. This inspection serves multiple purposes:
Assessing Damage Extent: The inspection helps determine the scope and severity of the water damage, including affected areas and potential hidden issues.
Tailoring Restoration Plan: Insights gained from the inspection help in formulating a customized restoration plan tailored to your property's specific needs.
Documentation for Insurance Claims: Detailed inspection documentation provides crucial evidence for insurance claims.
Step-by-Step Water Damage Inspection Process
- Initial Assessment
Upon arrival at your property, our trained professionals will conduct an initial assessment to identify potential safety hazards and evaluate the overall situation. Ensuring safety is important before proceeding with the inspection.
- Determining Water Source and Type
Locating the source of water loss is crucial. Whether it's from a burst pipe, a leaking roof, or natural flooding, identifying the source helps in mitigation efforts. Additionally, understanding the type of water involved (clean, grey, or black) helps assess contamination levels and guides appropriate cleanup procedures.
- Assessing Visible Damage
Our team will meticulously inspect visible areas affected by water damage. This includes examining walls, ceilings, floors, and structural components for signs of moisture, staining, or deterioration.
- Utilizing Specialized Equipment
Advanced moisture detection tools like infrared cameras and moisture meters are employed to identify moisture levels in hard-to-reach or hidden areas. This helps pinpoint areas needing immediate attention and prevents future issues like mold growth.
- Documenting Findings
Thorough documentation via photographs, videos, and detailed notes ensures a comprehensive record of the damage. This documentation is crucial for insurance claims and the formulation of an effective restoration plan.
- Discussing Restoration Plan
After completing the inspection, our team will discuss their findings with you. They'll explain the extent of the damage, and the proposed restoration plan, and answer any questions or concerns you might have.
What Sets SERVPRO® Apart?
With years of experience in handling water damage restoration, our trained professionals bring expertise and know-how to every inspection. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, we ensure precise and accurate assessments, enabling swift and effective restoration processes. Our tailored approach addresses specific needs, ensuring a thorough restoration while minimizing disruptions to your property.
When faced with water damage, trust the expertise of our SERVPRO of Reston/Herndon professionals. Contact us today for a thorough water damage inspection and personalized restoration plan!
Navigating Water Damage Safely: Understanding Electrical Hazards
Water damage is a common concern in our coastal community, and it often brings along unseen dangers—especially electrical hazards. When water and electricity mix, it can lead to serious risks for homeowners and businesses alike. In this blog, we'll delve into the critical importance of understanding electrical hazards during water damage incidents and how to stay safe in Portland's picturesque surroundings.
1. Risk of Electric Shock
Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, and when it comes into contact with electrical systems or appliances, it increases the risk of electric shock. Even a small amount of water can pose a significant danger if it reaches outlets, switches, or electrical equipment.
2. Potential for Fire
Water damage can compromise the insulation of electrical wiring, leading to short circuits or exposed wires. This can generate sparks, heat, and potentially start a fire. Electrical fires are a severe risk during and after water damage incidents.
3. Hidden Hazards
Some electrical hazards may not be immediately visible. Water can seep into walls, ceilings, and floors, making it challenging to identify potential dangers. Hidden electrical hazards can persist even after visible water has been removed.
4. Impact on Appliances
Water damage can affect electrical appliances and equipment. Moisture can damage sensitive components, rendering appliances unsafe to use. Attempting to operate water-damaged appliances can lead to electrical accidents.
5. Damaged Electrical Panels
Electrical panels or circuit breaker boxes can be vulnerable to water damage. If these essential components are compromised, it can result in power surges, outages, or other electrical issues.
Safety Measures During Water Damage
The safety of you and your family or employees should be the top priority. If it's safe to do so, turn off the electrical supply to the affected area or the entire property. Never enter areas with standing water until you're certain it's safe to do so. Standing water can conceal electrical hazards, and contact with it can be life-threatening. Avoid using any electrical appliances or equipment that have been exposed to water until they have been inspected and declared safe by a professional.
Contact a qualified electrician to assess and repair any electrical damage caused by water damage. DIY electrical work is highly dangerous and should be avoided. After water damage, have your electrical systems thoroughly inspected to ensure they are safe for use. This step is essential to prevent future hazards.
Understanding the dangers of electrical hazards during water damage is crucial for the safety of your home or business in Reston/Herndon. By being aware of these risks and taking appropriate safety measures, you can minimize the dangers associated with water damage incidents. If you ever find yourself dealing with water damage and electrical hazards, remember that SERVPRO® is here to assist Reston/Herndon residents with professional cleanup and restoration services. We prioritize safety and are dedicated to helping you navigate the challenges of water damage while ensuring a safe and secure environment.
Commercial Restoration From Reston/Herndon
Our team stands out from the rest by playing a critical role in commercial recovery events. With the capability to respond quickly and efficiently to any size commercial disaster we are your number one call in the event of water, fire, or storm damage. Our proven SERVPRO® strategies reduce overall losses and keep your commercial property running, even during the recovery process. Our culture and team mentality is the key to our success.
Our franchise general managers and owners create a positive, winning atmosphere. Each of our employees is taught to take pride in their work and to recognize the importance of professionalism at all levels.
Our project managers prioritize their responsibilities to help minimize damage to properties in the event of a disaster. Project managers combine years of training with years of practical experience to quickly assess the situation and provide a quick response when faced with a disaster on a commercial property of any size.
SERVPRO is the preferred choice for disaster restoration. Our technicians have the ability to fully understand the processes. They respond immediately to restoration calls, monitor multiple job sites, and work closely with team members in order to ensure that every job site is safe.
We also rely heavily on technology and our equipment to provide the best possible results. We can use a wide range of tools to successfully complete commercial restoration projects. We keep abreast of the latest trends in drying technology, soot and scent removal equipment, and dehumidification.
The Sprinkler System in a Business Can Cause Damage
Damage from fire and the sprinkler system in a establishment require professional restoration services.
Whether your business is a cafe or a yoga studio, you are susceptible to a fire erupting on the premises.
Flames can be devastating, but their effect is often compounded by the gallons of water your sprinkler system pours to quench the fire. Rather than guess at the best method to clean and restore your business, allow a professional crew to help you.
Those needing fire damage restoration in Reston/Herndon n can count on SERVPRO® to give expert advice and mitigate your loss. Upon arrival, our technicians address the sprinkler system and verify that it is safe to enter the premises. With a clear view of the damage, we can make a plan to address the following-
- Soot removal keeping in mind the nature of each surface we’re cleaning
- Deodorizing following the effect of smoke
- Ancillary damage such as mold growth or debris removal
Let SERVPRO of Reston/Herndon be your ally when you face fire damage. Call us at (703)471-6040 and let us protect your business like it was our own.
Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Process
1. A SERVPRO of Reston/Herndonprofessional will contact you within one hour to arrange for service.
- We understand the importance of letting you know help is on the way, right away.
2. Within four hours, a trained professional will arrive on-site prepared to begin emergency mitigation services (if necessary).
- Timely response is key to preventing further damage.
- Timely mitigation can mean the difference between restoring property and replacing it.
3. The loss site will be reviewed with you, and your questions and concerns will be addressed. A SERVPRO of Reston/Herndon Professional will:
- Identify the source of loss.
- Identify the source of your concerns.
- Identify the types of residue present.
- Identify safety issues.
4. A SERVPRO of Reston/Herndon will begin pretesting for restorability. By pretesting, four key questions are answered:
- What is unable to be restored?
- What is restorable and what methods of restoration will be most effective?
- What areas and items are unaffected?
- What areas need to be reviewed by the Adjuster or Property Owner?
5. The scope of the project will be communicated to you or your adjuster if a claim has been filed.
6. The structure and contents will be cleaned and restored by SERVPRO of Reston/Herndon Professionals.
7. After the work has been completed, a final work through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.
SERVPRO of Reston/Herndon has trained and certified technicians to help you in the event of fire damage to your home or business.
Call us at (703)471-6040.
Storms Can Cause Flood Damage...Beware For Scammers
Storm scammers are everywhere and tend to target distressed homeowners who have suffered damage, especially seniors. Below are some tips on what to look out for and how to protect yourself from those individuals.
- Scammers will pretend that they represent your insurance company and ask for personal information over the phone. Your insurance company will always notify you if a representative or contractor will be sent to your home.
- Never sign up with the first contractor to your home. Always get more than one estimate to make sure you do not end up being the victim of price gouging.
- Officials with government disaster assistance agencies do not call or text asking for financial information. Anyone who calls asking is an imposter.
- Contractors may call claiming to be partners with your insurance company. If this were to happen, do not provide any personal information.
- A major red flag is when a contractor says they will only charge you half of what the others will charge. Most times they will take your money and run.
SERVPRO of Reston/Herndon is always available to help you navigate through your storm damage. Call us at (703)471-6040 today!
Is Your Air Clean?
It seems that in addition to the more mainstream celebrations and holidays there are various observances that aren't as well-known. For example, did you know that February was "National Care About Your Indoor Air Month?" It just so happens that your local SERVPRO franchise is equipped to help you with that! If the air is coming out of your vents smells musty, or your air vent looks dirty, it could be time for an HVAC and air duct cleaning from SERVPRO. A healthy living environment starts with clean air. Each time your HVAC system circulates, your air ducts collect dust, dirt, and other airborne particles that were missed by the air filter. In just one year, a typical home can collect more than 40 pounds of dirt, dust and particles. Everyday house cleaning gets most of it, but it takes a professional cleaning service like SERVPRO of Reston/Herndon to clean air ducts.
As a homeowner, you should schedule a routine air duct cleaning if:
- You have pets living in your home
- You have allergies or asthma
- You smoke
- Your home has suffered damage
- Your has been renovated or is being remodeled.
SERVPRO's uniquely trained technicians follow the air duct cleaning process industry standards as defined by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA).
Many people use space heaters to take the chill out of a room in Reston/Herndon during winter, and heating equipment can cause fires. Our local team offers these heating equipment safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
- Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed
- Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel-burning space heaters
- Never use your oven to heat your home
- Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions
- Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional
- Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning. If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company
- If you have a fireplace, make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container, and keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
- All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Call Us Today!
When you need help with a fire damage emergency in your Reston/Herndon home or business, our Reston/Herndon team will restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 703-471-6040.
Franchises are independently owned and operated.
Broken Pipe Causes Water Damage
Our local Reston/Herndon team has been restoring water damage for commercial businesses in Edgewater for many years. Water is invasive and can cause significant damage in as little as one hour when left unaddressed. That’s why our technicians are on call 24 hours a day to respond to your emergency, 365 days a year. We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call and will immediately begin the mitigation process. Our use of powerful, industrial-grade water extraction and drying equipment reduces the chances for secondary damage and more labor-intensive and costly repairs. We have established relationships with all major insurance companies and can assist with the insurance process and paperwork.
Why are we a top choice for commercial water damage restoration services?
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Call Us Today!
Every minute counts when you have a water damage emergency, so when your commercial business in Edgewater has a water damage emergency and you need fast emergency assistance, our local team is Here to Help.® We’ll restore your water damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 703-471-6040.
Franchises are independently owned and operated.