Recent Storm Damage Posts

Staying Safe During a Storm

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Warning Sign in front of Cloudy Weather Remember to seek shelter and stay safe during a storm! Call SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton at (703)281-2388 if you require assistance!

Staying Safe During a Storm

Never underestimate the power of a storm! They are dangerous events of nature that can harm you or destroy your home in the right conditions. So how do you minimize your risk in a storm?

1. Find Shelter! If it is storming, make sure you find a place with shelter (home or vehicle) with windows closed that protects you from the rain and lightning. If possible, find a larger closed off structure as they are safer than small and open areas. 

2. Avoid conductive or electrical tool and item use while it's storming so you do not risk shocking yourself. 

3. If you see the lightning/hear thunder, then you are already at risk. 

4. The louder and more frequent you hear thunder, the closer lightning is to your location. 

5. Minimize your driving, especially in areas of outage. Traffic incidents rise sharply at intersections that are suffering from outage problems, and your car may skid on roads especially where flooding exists. 

How to Read Storm Warnings

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Warning Sign in front of Cloudy Weather Never underestimate a storm warning, a storm can devastate your home or property. Call SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton 24/7 at (703)231-2388!

How to Read Storm Warnings

Storm Warnings can pop up anywhere, especially in Fairfax, Vienna, or Oakton: TV, cell phone warnings, radio, etc., but do we really understand what these warnings mean? Know these definitions so you are prepared for any storm:

  • Tornado Watch Conditions are ripe for tornadoes within the watch area. Tornadoes associated with hurricanes and tropical storms are typically a very significant cause of death and damage.
  • Tornado Warning A tornado has been spotted visually or on radar. Usually issued for a county. If a tornado WARNING is issued where you live, GET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STRONG BUILDING IMMEDIATELY!!! 
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch Conditions are ripe for severe thunderstorms within the watch area.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning There is a severe thunderstorm in or heading for the warned area. Treat this like a tornado warning!!
  • Flash Flood Watch Flash floods are likely to occur in the near future. Be alert for rising water and be prepared to have to move to high ground.
  • Flash Flood Warning Flash floods are occurring or expected to occur in the near future. If this happens, get to high ground immediately, and GET AWAY FROM VEHICLES... it only takes 18 inches of water to sweep a car or truck away!
  • High Wind Advisory Windy conditions may occur in the advisory area. This usually makes for unsafe conditions while driving, especially in (but not limited to) large vehicles. Also, avoid boating anywhere in the advisory area.
  • High Wind Warning Very strong winds are expected or already are occurring that present a significant danger while driving, boating and other outdoor activities. Often issued near tropical storms and hurricanes.

How SERVPRO Protects your Contents

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Crew cleaning carpet in a house Don't let a storm destroy the items in your house, be prepared to call SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton at (703)231-2388!

How SERVPRO Protects Your Contents

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  •  A quicker remodeling process
  •  Protecting items from potential damage
  •  Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  •  Television sets
  •  DVD players
  •  Computers
  •  And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO of North Arlington can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

When a storm event happens, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  •  Preloss list and value of contents
  •  Detailed and accurate report
  •  Better information to settle claims quicker
  •  Assistance with burden of proof for claims
  •  Peace of mind when you need it most  

When Storms or Floods hit, our SERVPRO Team is Ready!

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Estimator inspecting damage in flooded home. SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton is always ready to help, you can call us 24/7 at (703)231-2388!

SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Fairfax, Vienna, or Oakton we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us 24/7 at (703)231-2388!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Storm Tips!

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere caption in front of a flooded street Never underestimate the power of a storm, keep your home safe with these tips, and call SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton 24/7 at (703)231-2388!

Storm Tips!

It has been a very stormy summer in Virginia and water damage as well as mold removal has been a problem for many homeowners. We thank all of our customers for choosing SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton to help them during this storm season.


In case of a flood here are some useful tips to protect yourself and your home.

TIPS: 

1. Do not walk through moving water. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

2. If your property suffers flood damage, clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud from floodwaters can contain sewage and chemicals. Dispose of any food or personal hygiene items exposed to floodwaters

3. Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, move to higher ground.

4. Avoid floodwaters because they can be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage.

The SERVPRO Do's & Don'ts After a Flood

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere caption in front of a flooded street Be prepared for a flood or call SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton 24/7 at (703)231-2388 if you need assistance!

The SERVPRO Do's & Don'ts After a Flood

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton @ (703)231-2388!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Hurricane Florence & Other Tropical Cyclones May Hit Fairfax, Vienna, and Oakton!

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

If your home experiences Water Damage, please call SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, and Oakton at 703-281-2388 as soon as possible!

Hurricane Florence to make landfall Thursday as Major Hurricane with catastrophic impacts to SC, NC, and VA. There is also a very high risk of inland flooding due the Florence moving very slowly through the weekend affecting NC, SC, and VA. Over 3 feet of rain is possible in some locations. This amount of rain combined with the previous rain we have gotten in the past couple of months can potentially lead to severe flooding. Please follow the tips below to ensure the safety of your family and home. 

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If your home experiences Water Damage, please call SERVPRO of Fairfax, Vienna, and Oakton at 703-281-2388 as soon as possible!