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Powerful Virginia Storms and Other Causes of Flooding

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

A flooded basement with items in water is shown Poor drainage is often the cause of a flooded basement

A flooded basement can be a serious headache. Thankfully, there are preventative measures you can take to lessen the odds it happens to you.

Difficult To Control Causes


Water can invade your basement as a result of complications that cannot be easily remedied without the expertise of a specialist. These origins include:

Surface water leaks.


Storm sewer systems backing up.


Wet soil pushed via hydrostatic pressure.


Preventing these causes may lie outside your immediate control. Other reasons you may experience a deluge within your basement can be handled much more directly.

Easy To Implement Prevention Measures


Poor drainage is often the cause of a flooded basement. Therefore, it is recommended you install gutters and downspouts to divert water away from your residence. You can bolster this improvement by upgrading windows and doors with ones that are certified watertight.


Deteriorating plumbing is another source of basement inundations. Pipes have varying lifespans. Hire a professional to inspect older homes. Pay attention to water-based appliances such as washing machines that reside within your lower quadrant. Replace supply hoses every three to five years as wear from prolonged usage puts them at risk of cracking or collapsing.


Water leak detection systems are fantastic forms of flood deterrence. Through the use of automatic shut-off valves, these beauties shut down your water supply at the first sign of irregular flow or after floors become damp, preventing troubling situations from developing.


Owning a sump pump means you can remove water and mitigate the damage as soon as it accumulates. Test yours twice a year to be certain it stands ready for when the need suddenly arises. Once your basement has been dried, the next stage is hiring a water restoration service professional to carry out the necessary repairs.


A flooded basement requires intense cleanup.

Lessen the chances you ever have to recondition yours, by implementing these recommended defensive actions.

If you have flooding or storm damage, call the local team of specialists, SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison Counties, (540) 513-3111.

Immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.


Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison Counties arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. Our specialists provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Businesses Dealing with Mold Issues

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

A hand is shown near mold on a ceiling Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

If your commercial property has water damage, there will be a lot of things for you as a business owner to deal with. One of the most important is preventing mold growth.

How Water Incursion Leads to Mold
There are a variety of reasons that your business could be inundated with water. The following are some of the most common:

Pipe breaks
Malfunctioning appliances
Heavy rains and flooding
Snow melt

When water from any source enters a building, the risk for mold increases. This is because most indoor areas have all of the conditions necessary for mold growth except a water source. Most commercial buildings are in the right temperature range to sustain mold and have a variety of sources of nutrients present, including drywall, upholstery, and other materials.

If you suspect mold in your business call SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange, and Madison Counties (540) 513-3111. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Important to Know About Mold:


Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.


Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.


Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.


Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.


If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. Mold damage often co-occurs with water damage. Fortunately, acting quickly decreases the likelihood of mold appearing and increases the likelihood that you can get back to business. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

Call SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange, and Madison Counties (540) 513-3111.

Understanding Complicated Commercial Insurance

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

A flood insurance form is shown Your insurance agent can recommend the policies that are necessary for your particular business in your location

You may feel pretty confident about the commercial insurance package your agent has put together for your business, but it may still be lacking something. If you don't have flood insurance, you could be setting yourself up for a devastating loss, particularly if you live in an area that is prone to flooding. Here are some reasons to have proper flood coverage in addition to all the other policies in your portfolio.

Commercial Property Limitations

Your commercial property insurance is essential. A solid policy will cover most of the damages that might occur:

Fire damage to the structure of the building


Stolen property


Vandalism


Damaged business personal property


Repairs to building

Natural disasters are generally not covered under a standard commercial property policy. To protect against flooding from storms, you need additional flood insurance.

Flood Policy Coverage

While a flood policy does not cover damage from the storm to landscaping or others' property, it protects your building and the items in it. Good flood coverage can pay for repairs after a storm. It also covers any damage done to insured items, such as office or production machines, that need to be restored by water remediation specialists.

Legal Requirements

Finally, if you live in an area prone to flooding, a commercial insurance policy that specifically protects against the damage it can cause may be required by law. This is particularly likely if you have a federally backed mortgage or if you rent your commercial property from someone else. In the latter scenario, if the law doesn't require insurance for flooding, your landlord probably does.

Your business needs protection from many problems that may arise. Your insurance agent can recommend the policies that are necessary for your particular business in your location. If you live in an area that floods often, make sure you get flood insurance.

If you have damage, including flooding, to your business or commercial site, call SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange, and Madison Counties (540) 513-3111. We have trained, certified technicians that can respond quickly.

Lightning, Thunder and Severe Storms

4/13/2022 (Permalink)


Most lightning occurs in the summer, people can be struck at any time of year. Lightning kills about 20 people in the United States each year, and hundreds more are severely injured. Lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year. Lightning is interesting to watch but extremely dangerous.

According to the National Weather Service, in the United States, lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top weather killers in the United States. Understanding the dangers of lightning is important so that you can get to a safe place when thunderstorms are on the way.

Understanding Thunder

Thunder is the sound made by a flash of lightning. Lightning heats the air quickly as it passes through the air. Usually, you can hear thunder about 10 miles from a lightning strike. Since lightning can strike outward 10 miles from a thunderstorm, if you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance from the storm.

Storms can be severe at times and very dangerous. If you have storm damage to your home or business it can be over whelming, luckily there is a place for help. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison Counties is here to respond quickly when you have storm damage in the Louisa, Orange and Madison areas.

If you are a business owner, storm damage can be very costly. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need. 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. SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison Counties.

If You Suspect a Leak in Your Home, Don't Put Off Getting It Fixed

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

a shower pan leak is shown Give us a call if you have water damage or suspect mold, SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange, and Madison Counties (540) 513-3111.


If you have a bathtub leak, fixing it quickly will lessen the amount of time the water can damage your property. Many homeowners suspect a water problem, but do not know how to determine the source of the leak.

Here are four ways to determine if you might have a water leak coming from your bathroom.


1. Check Ceilings for Rings


Even tiny water leaks can lead to damage over time. If you suspect a bathtub leak and have a room underneath your bathroom, check its ceiling for signs of water damage. Water rings, discolored paint, and sagging ceilings are all signs of water damage coming from above.


2. Look for Warped Walls and Floors


Water can break down and weaken fibrous material. Drywall, baseboards, and sub-floors can all become less stable when water damage occurs. Check your walls and floors for any signs of warping or peeling.


3. Test the Shower Pan


Test your shower pan for leaks by closing off the drain and marking the pan with a piece of tape. Next, fill the basin up to the level of the tape. Leave the water to sit for 24-72 hours. At the end of the waiting period, the water level should still be in the same place it was originally. If the water level has gone down, you may have a shower pan leak.


4. Smell the Bathroom


Leaks can lead to moisture problems, which can lead to mold and mildew overtaking your bathroom. If you cannot see the mold, but suspect a moisture problem, try closing the door for an hour or two. When you re-enter the room, notice if there is an unexpected musky smell. If so, you may have mold or mildew hiding where you cannot see it.


A bathtub leak is a fairly common problem that needs to be taken care of quickly to avoid further damage. Luckily, a professional water remediation company can fix the source of the problem and return your home to its pre-leak condition.


SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange, and Madison Counties provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is critical.

The technician that responds to your water damage is well trained. 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.

Give us a call if you have water damage or suspect mold, SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange, and Madison Counties (540) 513-3111. We'll get to you quickly. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Protecting Your Home After a Fire

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Firefighters are shown fighting a house fire If you have fire damage, or questions about restoration, call us, SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange, and Madison Counties (540) 513-3111.


After a house fire has been extinguished, it may seem like no more damage can be done, this isn't always the case. It is important to board up your home and take other precautions to prevent further problems. The following are three things you can do after a house fire to protect your home.


Secure the Property


Your home is vulnerable to a variety of threats after a fire has occurred, including:

Wildlife


Trespassers


Inclement weather

After the fire department has told you it is safe to do so, you can begin making temporary repairs to your home. There will likely be broken windows, holes, and other openings resulting from the fire damage and extinguishing efforts. Board up or tarp over these openings to protect the inside of the home. Installing a temporary security fence can add an extra layer of protection. Remember to keep receipts for emergency board up materials and other security expenses, because your homeowner's insurance may reimburse you.


Begin Cleanup


In addition to the fire itself, residual smoke and soot from the fire and standing water from the extinguishing efforts can cause further damage. Soot is often corrosive and standing water fosters mold growth, so acting quickly is key. Make sure to use the appropriate cleaning product and technique for the type of soot with which you are dealing. Otherwise, you may end up doing more harm than good. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need professional restoration assistance.


Prevent Future Damage


During the restoration process, you may consider taking measures to prevent future fires. Possible steps include investing in flame-resistant paint and installing a sprinkler system. Test your smoke detectors regularly and make sure you have enough fire extinguishers.


Whether you are dealing with major or minor fire damage, it is important to take steps to prevent further damage from occurring. From board up to cleanup, acting quickly but cautiously is the best way to protect your property.

Your Local Restoration Team is Ready to Help

SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange, and Madison Counties 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. 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.

We are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. If you have fire damage, or questions about restoration, call us, SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange, and Madison Counties (540) 513-3111.

When You Are Out of Town, A Small Leak Can Be a Big Problem

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO drying equipment is shown We were able to save the 80-year-old white oak floors

This homeowner went out of town for vacation, while they were away the toilet supply line broke. This is a common occurrence and can easily be avoided by turning the main water supply valve off when leaving the home for several days.

SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange, & Madison was contacted by a local insurance agent asking if we could save these floors. Prior to contacting our franchise, another competitor had been to the home and had proposed that these floors needed to be removed and could not be saved.

Our crew arrived the same day and we set up the Injectadry system with rescue mats. We also placed a couple fans and a dehumidifier. After 3 days of drying, we removed the moisture from the floors, the floors had no cupping and were left in preloss condition.

The homeowner was extremely pleased to know we were able to save the 80-year-old white oak floors that were just refinished 2 months prior to the loss. This is another example of how SERVPRO training separates us from the competition, we always try to restore before we remove, if possible.

Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.

A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison County, (540) 513-3111. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.

Smoke Damage in Your Home and Professional Restoration

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

An illuminated smoke detector is shown surrounded by smoke SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange & Madison County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a fire.


Getting your home put back together after a fire is no small task. There are so many things to think about during fire cleanup that you might overlook a small chore like cleaning electronics. While it may seem trivial, smoke damage is no joke, and cleanup should always be a team effort.


Team Up to Clean Up Damage

Checking for issues and fixing devices is not easy. Here are three steps that you can do to help start the fire cleanup process:

1. Unplug all electronics. Do not turn on any possibly affected devices.


2. Use a cloth to wipe away soot and assess external damage.


3. Let equipment sit and air out thoroughly.

Why Smoke and Soot Are Serious Problems
Smoke causes electronics to overheat. When devices reach high temperatures, they shut down and may not be salvageable. There are also corrosive chemicals and other elements in smoke that can cause hardwiring to short circuit.
Soot is made up of particles that are left behind once the smoke has dissipated. It blankets components and acts as an insulator. It is also acidic, so it will corrode surfaces. The damage might not be immediate but will happen over time.


Because smoke and soot can cause problems after a fire has been put out, it is important to check all electronics immediately to avoid future mishaps. Even if a device does not have any apparent issues, there could still be underlying smoke damage.


Once you’ve done your part, call a professional fire damage restoration company. Their team of certified technicians will examine all of your devices for possible problems. They will get your electronics back to working condition and returned to you as soon as possible.
Fire cleanup comes with a long list of to-dos. Getting your devices checked and cleaned promptly will make getting life back to normal, a little easier.


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 Louisa, Orange & Madison County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event.

If you have fire damage call SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange & Madison County (540) 513-3111.

Basement Flooding and Concerned Homeowners

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

Green restoration equipment is shown in a flooded basement If you have water damage in your basement, call the experts at SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison County, (540) 513-3111.

Basement water damage is a big concern for many homeowners. What can you do to avoid this expensive problem?

Here are a few tips:

Keep your gutters clean and check around your home for pooling water.

Clean your downspouts regularly, and make sure all downspouts drain 5 to 6 feet away from your exterior walls.

Seal any cracks in the walls and floors in your basement to keep it dry.

Invest in a backup drainage system like a battery-powered sump pump.

If you experience heavy rainfalls, avoid using water during storms.

If you have water damage in your basement or anywhere in your home call SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison County, (540) 513-3111, so we can get a trained technician to you. A delay of just a few hours might increase the severity of the water damage.

Check to see if your basement is safe to enter. You should never enter a flooded area while the power is still on. Make sure to shut off any power, including electricity and gas, before going into the flooded basement. If the water appears to be over an inch deep, it may be best to wait until the water has been pumped out to enter the basement.

Remember, when you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is critical. SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison County, is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison County, provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of your home. They are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall.

If you have questions about water damage or restoration, call SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison County, (540) 513-3111.

Protecting Your Business from Water Damage

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO equipment is shown ready to repair water damage SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange, and Madison County is ready to help you with water damage. We have the right equipment for your restoration.

Water Damage in Lousia, Orange and Madison County can be Expensive


Water damage can be a costly mess for your business. Generally, water damage is caused by three things: plumbing, appliances or roofing issues.

In the winter, pipes can freeze, burst and damage the building and the occupants' personal property. A small break in a pipe can release up to 250 gallons of water a day. Plumbing is susceptible to clogs and stoppages, which can lead to overflowing in toilets, and sinks.

Damaged roofing materials and ice dams can allow water to enter through the roof causing significant damage. Exposure to wind, snow, ice, and rain prevent water from properly flowing or draining off a roof.

There are some preventative measures you can consider to protect your business.

Passive leak detection systems:


These commercial leak detection systems are intended to alert you to a possible water leak. Passive systems are usually battery-operated, stand-alone units. They are easy to install and inexpensive. There is a moisture sensor on the bottom of the unit, and it activates the alarm when it detects moisture.


Active leak detection systems:


Commercial leak detection systems generate an alarm, but also can stop the water flow. They have a shutoff valve and a way to determine that there is a leak. Some units use moisture sensors, other systems utilize a flow sensor and a timer. An active leak detection system can operate only for an individual appliance or control the entire commercial site.

If you have water damage in your home or business, don't wait to call SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison County. Well respond quickly with a trained technician. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison County 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.


If you have questions about water damage or restoration call SERVPRO of Louisa, Orange and Madison County (540) 513-3111.