What Is A Dehumidifier...? Do You Know...?
A dehumidifier is specialty equipment that lowers and retains the intensity of humidity in the air, generally for health or convenience purposes. SERVPRO uses dehumidifiers to quickly dry a wet structure. Our high quality equipment can minimize stinky odors and reduce the possibility of microbial growth by removing moisture from the atmosphere.
Dehumidifier’s Will Stop Mold Growth?
If you have a mold issue in your commercial or home, don’t delay. Mold will grow as soon as it has a supply of water. When a room’s relative humidity rises, the mold will begin to show dark black spots on walls, fabrics, and much more. It is very common for rooms that do not have quality ventilation to have mold issues. Common places for mold to develop are inside an attic, crawl spaces, and in the bathroom.
Placing a dehumidifier in the common places will help stop the growth of mold. Make sure that you work on finding the cause of the growth. The source of the moisture should not be neglected; neglecting may cause mold growth to occur in the future.
How Long Do You Need To Place A Dehumidifier On-Site Due To Water Damage?
It’s difficult to tell how long water damage equipment will remain in your commercial or home. The time can vary based on the level of water damage, the region’s extend, and the kind of dehumidifier.
Here at SERVPRO, our goal is to have your property dry within three to five days. The dry time can vary on the size of the water loss, the category, and the number of contents in the property. In some cases, we have had to leave dehumidifier’s on-site for prolonged periods due to microbial growth.
When it comes to any restoration job, it is important to get in touch with SERVPRO of Culpeper & Fauquier Counties. We will provide the appropriate specialists to help find a prompt solution. Our restoration experts perform standard procedures taught by the IICRC.
Crawl Space Water Damage...
Standing water in the crawl space of any home can lead to rot and structural damage along with mold and mildew growth which in addition can be a health hazard.
SERVPRO of Culpeper & Fauquier Counties is specialized in providing the best of the best services no matter the size.
SERVPRO of Culpeper & Fauquier Counties was called in to mitigate the aftermath. The owner was in complete shock with the work we provided.
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Heavy Rain Leads to Flooding...
Heavy Rain Leads to Flooding…
Our team here in Culpeper & Fauquier restores storm damage throughout the year.
Although, we don’t experience many Tornadoes in our county here are the National Weather Service alert definitions for tornadoes and high winds:
Tornado Watch: This means a tornado is possible.
Tornado Warning: This means a tornado is already occurring or will occur soon.
Go to a safe place immediately.
High Wind Watch: Be Prepared! Sustained, strong winds are possible. Secure loose items and adjust plans as necessary, so you’re not caught outside.
Wind Advisory: Take Action! A thunderstorm is happening or is imminent in the warning area. Severe thunderstorms have wind gusts of 58 miles per hour and or hail one inch or larger. Seek shelter inside a sturdy building.
Preparing for High Winds
- Remove any dead trees or overhanging branches near structures
- Remove loose objects outdoors, on patios, roofs, or balconies that could blow away.
- Shutter windows securely and brace outside doors
- Bring in unsecured objects from outside and secure things that could blow away and cause damage or injury
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When your home or commercial business has storm damage, you can trust our local team here in Culpeper & Fauquier to restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 540-423-6688.
Lightning Safety Tips…
Even though your home is a safe shelter during a lightning storm, you may still be at risk.
Here are some indoor safety tips per CDC:
- Avoid Water – Do not bathe, shower or wash dishes. Lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.
- Avoid Electronic Equipment – Do not use your computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
- Avoid Corded Phones – Corded phones are not safe to use during a thunderstorm. However, it is safe to use cordless or cellular phones during a storm.
- Avoid windows, doors, porches and concrete – Do not lie on concrete floors during a thunderstorm or lean on concrete walls. As mentioned lightening can travel through any metal wires or bars.
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Common Causes of Water Damage...
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Water damage is a common problem that many homeowners in Culpeper & Fauquier face each year. These problems can cause thousands of dollars in damages, and even force the family out of the house temporarily. The worst thing about water damage is that it can happen at ANY time.
When water creeps into areas of your property where it shouldn’t be, your floor could warp. Water damage also discolors walls and ceilings. Moisture can cause microbial growth if the damages are not immediately addressed.
List of Common Causes:
- Severe Weather (Thunderstorms)
- Clogged gutters
- Leaking / Burst pipes
- Washing Machine / Water Supply Line
- Blocked drains
- Water Heater
- Toilet leaks
If you discover water damage inside your home, call SERVPRO of Culpeper & Fauquier our highly trained and certified professionals are here to handle any disaster you find yourself in (540)423-6688.
What Category & Class Is Your Water Loss?
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The category and class of your water loss refers to the level of contamination in the water, considering its originated source. ALL water damages require restoration, but some cases are a little less severe.
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3 Basic Categories of Water:
Category 1 – Originates from a sanitary source. It may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.
Example: Water supply lines, toilet tank, or faucet.
Category 2 – Significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans.
Example: Washing machine overflow, toilet overflow, or a dishwasher overflow. These situations can quickly escalate into a Category 3 if not properly taken care of.
Category 3 – Grossly unsanitary contaminated water. This contains human and/or animal waste, along with other contaminants that could cause severe illness or even death if ingested.
Example: Sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
4 Basic Class of Water:
Class 1 – It affects only part of a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture.
Class 2 – The entire room or area is affected. Water has gone up less than 24 inches. There is moisture reading in structural materials like plywood, particle board, structural wood and concrete.
Class 3 – Water may have come from overhead. The ceilings, walls, carpet, insulation and subfloor are saturated in the entire area.
Class 4 – Wet materials with very low permeance like hardwood, plaster and concrete have deep pockets on saturation. They may need to be treated with low levels of humidity and often take longer drying times and more specialized methods.
30 Seconds Is ALL It Takes!!!
Did you know the most common cause of a grease fire is cooking food unattended? Two of every five homes start in the kitchen while food is cooking. It takes less than 30 seconds for a fire to start, so never leave your pan unattended.
Oils and grease are highly flammable, which means they can catch fire easily. Studies have shown that different oils burn at different temperatures. Any oil you purchase from a grocery store is capable of catching on fire.
The most flammable cooking oil has to be coconut oil it has a smoke point of 385°F or 196°C and a flash point of 563°F or 295°C. It may catch fire easily than other oils in comparison. If you catch your cooking oil boiling and smoking this is a sign to turn down the heat.
Oils have a smoke point – What does “Smoke Point Mean?”
The “smoke point” is also referred to as the burning point of cooking oils & fats. When an oil or fat is heated past its “smoke point” it gives off bluish smoke.
The most recommended cooking oils to use that tend to have a higher smoke point making them suitable for frying – Peanut oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, safflower oil & corn oil.
SERVPRO of Culpeper & Fauquier Counties keeps your safety a priority. IF there is a fire in your home, call SERVPRO of Culpeper & Fauquier Counties (540)423-6688.
Do You Know How To Put A Grease Fire Out...?
If you experience any fire damage to your home or business please don’t hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Culpeper & Fauquier Counties – (540)423-6688
Grease fires happen when oil, grease or fat get hot enough to ignite. Grease fires can be extremely dangerous because grease is a liquid that can easily spread. If you suspect the fire is larger than you can handle contact 9-1-1.
NEVER THROW WATER ONTO A GREASE FIRE THIS CAN CAUSE THE FIRE TO WORSEN.
Steps to take if this happens to you:
- Turn off the Stove – If you’re cooking and a pot catches fire, the first step is to remove the heat source. Turn off the burner or oven. (If your grease fire is in the oven, leave the door closed.) A fire can reignite if it’s not smothered.
- Cover with a Lid – Using a metal pan lid or baking sheet can be another to way to cut off oxygen to a grease fire. Do not use any type of Kitchen fabric the material may catch fire. ALWAYS avoid using glass or ceramic pan lids these materials can shatter.
- Products to use – Baking soda or salt can help to extinguish the fire; however this would require smothering the fire with salt or baking soda to fully extinguish the fire. Sometimes it’s easier and more effective to quickly find a lid & cover the fire. *DO NOT USE FLOUR OR BAKING POWDER as these products are highly combustible and can explode.*
- It is always recommended to have a fire extinguisher close by.
Can You Trust SERVPRO of Culpeper & Fauquier Counties?
SERVPRO of Culpeper & Fauquier Counties is here to provide your specialty services! Give us a call for more information at (540)423-6688.
At SERVPRO, we take pride in sending highly trained Technicians to service Culpeper & Fauquier locations. Each Technician of ours is IICRC Certified and is required to maintain that certification. Here at SERVPRO our Technicians are trained to look for damages that may not be visible to the eye and utilize the latest method & equipment to locate damages.
IICRC Training & Certification
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning & Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, biohazard remediation, carpet & upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning courses.
SERVPRO’S Technicians Arrive Quickly to Help Prevent Additional Damages
Whether you have an overflow in an upstairs Bathroom or water damage caused by a recent storm, SERVPRO of Culpeper & Fauquier can provide you with services to recover quickly and efficiently.
You only have to make one call! SERVPRO of Culpeper & Fauquier offers full service solutions, making your restoration experience as stress free as possible.
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Water Damage is something that is never an enjoyable experience. It can be extra difficult to experience. Many people put off planning for water damage as it seems like something that may never occur, but it is more frequent than most anticipate. Approximately one in 50 homeowners file a water damage claim each year in the United States, but for those who plan ahead, the damages tend to be much less severe.
Do you know what to do in the event of a Burst Pipe?
- Shut off your water main – When a pipe bursts and is left unattended, it will continue to pour into the area until it is taken care of. It is very important to be able to find and switch off your home’s water main as this can prevent water from fully affecting the area.
- Shut off your electricity – Keeping water away from electricity is KEY, so it is safe to do so, turn off your home’s power from your breaker box to prevent the soaked area from becoming a shock or fire hazard.
- Contact your local restoration company – One of the things you can do to plan for water damage in advance is decide which Company you will be working with. This way, you can contact them immediately when you discover water damage to have the restoration started right away.
- Record of the damages – If you are filing an insurance claim, it is important to keep your own thorough records of all the damages via photos, videos and lists. Even if you can’t file a claim, these can come in handy as to work to recover.
- Contact your Insurance Company – While all insurance policies are different, contacting yours is the best way to determine if you are eligible to file and confirm your policy coverage.
If you have water damage in your home or commercial building due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for your needs.
Contact SERVPRO of Culpeper & Fauquier at anytime to learn more about our services!