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Commercial Services in Richmond

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Richmond is the 2nd largest SERVPRO Franchise on the East Coast. Out of 1,700 franchises, SERVPRO of Richmond was ranked #4 Best Franchise in 2016. We take pride in our work and we provide great service to our local commercial businesses.

Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Richmond has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Here is a list of some of the businesses we provide service to:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

SERVPRO of Richmond responds quickly to your Richmond fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation.

Richmond - 5 Important Ways to Winterize Your Business

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage experts: for the best repair of your home after a fire or flood

Richmond water damage can be one of the most devastating events to happen to a home. If and when such an unfortunate and traumatic incident occurs, it is extremely important that you:

a) Contact your insurance company, and

b) Immediately hire the services of an expert Richmond water damage restoration company to fix the damages and restore your home to its former glory


The experts at professional restoration companies have the knowledge, experience and resources to quickly and efficiently repair your home. Using the right tools and equipment, they not only fix the problems, but they can also make sure that no nasty after-effects such as mold and mildew will remain behind to cause further problems.


In the immediate aftermath of a Richmond flood or fire, it is vital that you call on the expertise of water damage professionals. They can be quickly and easily found via professional restoration companies.


Working Together to Repair Your Home
To prevent the development of the secondary water-related problems mentioned above -- and the potential spread of dangerous spores and fungi -- it is better to have a team of experts undertaking the restoration in various parts of the home at the same time. Working together as a team in this manner, the water damage experts are better able to dramatically reduce the chances of secondary water damage.


Use of Specialized Tools
The experts at water damage restoration companies have immediate access to a variety of specialized tools and equipment that might not be readily available to you. 


- They can use tools such as industrial-strength dehumidifiers to easily pull more than 50 gallons of water each day from the affected area.


- They will use air-moving machines to move over a 100 cubic feet of around a particular room. This has a great impact on the evaporation process.


Used together, those two machines play an incredibly vital part in any restoration undertaking. Consider: Thoroughly drying out the area is the only way by which secondary water damage can be prevented, and the best way to do so is by the combined use of an air-moving machine and an industrial-strength dehumidifier. In addition, the water damage experts can also elect to use powerful chemical cleansers to destroy spores, mildew, mold and other fungi that might have already begun to grow in parts of your home.


Water Damage Experts Are Highly Experienced
You can depend on the experience of water damage experts. Whatever the cause of the damage, the experts are quick to use their extensive knowledge, training and experience to select the proper tools and right approach to carry out repairs effectively and efficiently.


Water damage experts are certified in multiple ways. For each type of certification level, they must demonstrate complete mastery of the corresponding restoration technique.


Ultimately, in the event of a fire or flood, water damage experts should be your go-to professionals for complete restoration services. Working in teams, they will use their combined years of experience and specialty equipment and tools to effectively repair your home in a quick and timely manner.


It is easy to hire Richmond water damage experts via professional restoration services, but you might need a referral from your home insurance provider before hiring them. However, once you have obtained said referral and instructed the restoration company to undertake the work, the water damage experts will respond immediately to begin the full and complete restoration process.


Contact your home insurance provider for more information and details concerning water damage experts.

How to Deal With Mold in Your Richmond Home

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold in Richmond, and Why a Remediation Team is the Answer  

When mold infestation becomes a problem at your residential property in Richmond, mold remediation is the solution. To learn more about what mold infestation is and how mold remediation can correct the issue, refer to the following short outline:

Mold: A Brief Overview

Have you ever noticed at your Richmond library, local university, or government building, a musty, dank odor? Often, people have this experience and assume the odor was caused by dust, old papers, or poor ventilation. However, it's important to note that the smell could have resulted from mold spores located somewhere in the building's structure. Additionally, the smell could be coming from the air conditioning and heating systems. In many cases, this health hazard goes ignored because visitors and employees are unaware that the culprit is mold. 

Richmond private homes, schools,  government buildings and public offices all contain natural amounts of mold spores. These spores are endemic in the environment. Once a natural disaster such as a flood or fire occurs, commercial and residential spaces become breeding grounds for mold. Water and moisture are conducive conditions for this explosive growth. These mold spores breed and grow within the building, and this can result in a toxic environment. In the event that a mold infestation becomes too profound for regular removal methods, it is appropriate and advantageous for you to seek professional services. 

What Is Mold Remediation? 

Although defined broadly, mold remediation is the process of eliminating any mold growth that exceeds a size of 10 square feet. Mold remediation differs from conventional mold removal methodologies. Specifically, the potential health hazards involved in the remediation process, coupled with the challenges of effectively removing the spores, necessitates the assistance of a professional team that has extensive experience in this field. These experts will use advanced techniques and specialized tools to get the job done. When you hire a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO to complete the mold remediation process, the crew will use precautionary containment procedures and industrial chemicals to prevent further contamination and proliferation of the mold spores. Experienced technicians with HEPA breathing equipment are the only individuals who should be completing this work.  Safety always comes first.

How Does The Mold Remediation Process Work?

Prior to cleaning the mold, expert mold remediation technicians will contain the area. This objective utilizes special plastic sheeting. The poly sheeting is thick enough to stop the small spores from escaping. Next, the remediation specialists will use an HEPA filtered vacuum, industrial strength cleansers, and wet vacuums to clean the mold and prevent it from spreading. Once this process is complete,  the remediation specialist can suggest if your furniture and books can be saved or if you'll need to replace them. 

Conclusion 

If you find your home subjected to the presence of mold, it's time to hire a professional remediation team. The team to call is SERVPRO. As mold remediation specialists, these experts provide detail-oriented, customer-centric services that yield results and earn high ratings on customer satisfaction. 

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of Richmond is locally owned and operated, so we are part of the Richmond community too. When you have a mold or water damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help. 

We use specialized mold remediation equipment.  We can help.

Call (804) 740-6151.

Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Richmond has been remediating mold in homes and businesses for over 30 years. Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Richmond has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

It is important, especially after a water damage, to quickly address any signs of mold in the home or business. If there is moisture present, growth can start in as little as 48 hours. If not addressed in a timely manner, mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants. Mold can also produce a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

If you discover mold in your home, don’t hesitate to call the professionals who will abide by a remediation process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (804) 740-6151
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Soot Damage to Delicate Contents

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Soot from a fire damage can have a big impact on walls, appliances, and furniture.  Be sure to have your belongings cleaned as soon as possible to limit the potential damage soot can leave behind.  SERVPRO of Richmond takes the time and diligence necessary to make sure everything is cleaned properly leaving no residue behind to stain. We understand how important it is to save a customer's personal items and return them back looking better than ever. That's why we invest in the best technology in the restoration industry to do just that! Our new ultrasonic content cleaning system is designed to carefully and thoroughly clean items affected from smoke and soot damage. Everything is transported in carrying baskets to cut back on human errors.

Safety Tips

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Safety Tips When Water Damage Occur: 

Do

  1. Shut off water source if possible
  2. Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting the saturated area
  3. Wipe furniture to remove excess water
  4. Place aluminum foil between legs and wet carpet
  5. Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying
  6. Lift drapes off flooring, loop through a coat hanger and hang on curtain rod
  7. Remove wet area rugs
  8. Move valuable paintings, art objects and photos to a safe, dry place
  9. Open closet doors, furniture drawers and luggage to aid in drying
  10. Remove any wet fabrics and dry immediately
  11. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature

Do Not

  1. Use your household vacuum to remove the excess water
  2. Use electrical appliances while standing on wet flooring or carpets
  3. Go into any room where the ceiling is sagging
  4. Wait to call for professional help. The longer you wait the more damage will occur

Moisture Control is Key to Mold Control

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%--all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Humidity levels change throughout the day as changes occur in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • If you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes ACT QUICKLY to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source.  Condensation can be a sign of high humidity.
  • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans, which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom. Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
  • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls, or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
  • Clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly (within 24–48 hours) after flooding.
  • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly. Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture. 

Call SERVPRO of Richmond at 804.740.6151 to remediate your mold growth.

The Benefits of Hiring a Local Richmond Professional Water Cleanup Company

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

The benefits of hiring a professional water cleanup company

Does your home have Richmond water damage from a flood or house fire? If so, it is imperative that you contact a professional restoration company immediately. It is likely that you have already experienced thousands of dollars in damage due to this unforeseen disaster. A Richmond restoration company has the professional expertise and equipment you need to mitigate water damage, thereby preventing structural damage and mold and mildew growth to your home. With the assistance of a professional restoration company, you can restore your home to its previously habitable condition and avoid thousands more in financial loss.

Prevent Structural Damage

When water fills your home due to a flood or during the extinguishing of a fire, it does more than just wreak havoc with your furniture and other personal belongings. Water seeps into your home’s wooden structures, causing them to swell or warp. If you do not address this problem immediately, it will eventually compromise the structural integrity of your home. This can result in stairs or roofs that collapse within days or weeks of the disaster. To prevent further structural damage to your home and begin the cleanup process, it is essential that you contact a water damage cleanup professional as soon as possible after a fire or flood. They have the necessary equipment, superior expertise, and trained professionals to respond to your problem immediately. A Richmond professional cleanup comapny will get the job done quickly and effectively, allowing homeowners to occupy their homes and restore their lives soon after a disaster.

Prevent Mold and Mildew
In addition to the structural damage a flood or fire can cause, water in your home can cause the growth of mold or mildew often referred to as “secondary water damage.” This can happen as quickly as 24 hours after a disaster occurs, without a homeowner even realizing it. Mold and mildew growth is much more severe than the initial damage caused by the flood or fire because it can result in severe health issues for you and your family if left unchecked. Homeowners in warmer climates, or those who experience disasters during warmer months, are especially susceptible to mold and mildew growth. A warm, moist environment provides the perfect conditions for mold and mildew growth—damage that can be even more onerous and costly than water damage cleanup. Mold and mildew mitigation is a complex process that can take months. And if it’s not properly addressed, it can result in reducing your home’s value. Therefore, it is imperative that homeowners contact a professional restoration company immediately after a flood or fire. 

Although many homeowners are tempted to conduct some cleanup on their own, it is never a wise decision. Not only do you risk causing further damage to your home, you risk jeopardizing your personal safety. A water-damaged home is unsafe for you to enter after a fire or flood, but it is essential that you begin water damage cleanup immediately to prevent secondary water damage and advanced structural damage to your home. The best way to go about this is to contact a professional restoration company to help you in your cleanup efforts. For more information about finding the best restoration company in your area, you should consult with your homeowners’ insurance agent. The agent has experience with local water cleanup companies and can likely recommend companies that may suit a particular homeowner's needs.

Hurricane Preparedness Week

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 7 – 13, 2017. This week is your time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. It only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to tropical cyclones, you need to be prepared. Even areas well away from the coastline can be threatened by dangerous flooding, destructive winds and tornadoes from these storms.

Determine Your Risk

Hurricanes bring many hazards to U.S. coastlines and inland areas, including storm surge along the coast, inland flooding due to heavy rainfall, tornadoes, strong wind, rip currents and large waves.

Develop an Evacuation Plan

Find out today if you liv in a hurricane evacuation zone. Plan where you’ll go and how you would get there. Leave immediately if ordered to evacuate and be sure to plan for your pets.

Assemble Disaster Supplies

Get your supplies before hurricane season begins. Have enough food and water for each person for at least one week. Be sure to fill your prescriptions and have medicine on hand. Radios, batteries and phone chargers are also must haves. Gas up your vehicle and extra cash on hand.

Get Insurance Checkup

Check in with your insurance agent well before hurricane season, remember that flood insurance must be obtained separately. Prepare your home/vehicles according to your policy, and know where your insurance documents are located – take them with you if you evacuate. Visit floodsmart.gov for more information. 

Strengthen Your Home

There is a lot you can do around your home to help protect it from the strong winds that come with hurricanes. Well ahead of the approaching storm, trim trees on your property, shop for approved window coverings, collect loose outdoor items, secure all doors on you property, and find a safe location for your vehicle.

Help Your Neighbor

Many people reply on the assistance of neighbors before and after hurricanes. Help your neighbors collect the supplies they’ll need before the storm. Assist them with evacuation if ordered to do so or check on them after it’s safe for you to head outside.

Complete your Written Plan

Writing down your plan will help you avoid mistakes when faces with an emergency and ensure everyone in your home is prepared for the next storm.

Air Quality in Your Home and Business

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

May 1 – 5 is Air Quality Week! The theme for 2017 is Be Air Aware. This includes topics such as: Wildfires, Asthma and Air Quality, Air Quality Trends, Air Quality Around the World, and Citizen Science.

Why is it important to be knowledgeable when it comes to indoor air quality? Indoor air often contains higher concentrations of hazardous pollutants than outdoor air; however, the good news is that everyone can reduce indoor air pollution.

According to the National Safety Council:

Over the years, buildings have been made more airtight to conserve energy. A variety of methods have been employed to keep the hot or cool air from escaping from our homes: installing storm windows and insulation; applying caulk and weatherstripping to seal cracks and other openings; and heating our homes with kerosene, wood, coal, and natural gas. Unfortunately, when we trap in hot or cool air, we also trap in pollutants and sometimes generate more.

On average, people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. Sixty-five percent of that is spent at home. To make matters worse, those who are most susceptible to indoor air pollution are the ones who are home the most: children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses. Children breathe in 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults do. EPA studies have found that pollutant levels inside can be two to five times higher than outdoors. After some activities, indoor air pollution levels can be 100 times higher than outdoors.

Children may be more susceptible to environmental exposures than adults and, because of their developing systems, particularly vulnerable to their effects. Asthma is a case in point. About 4.2 million children in the United States, and more than 12.4 million people. A recent study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine concluded that 65 percent of asthma cases among elementary school-age children could be prevented by controlling exposure to indoor allergens and environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). By controlling biological contaminants (e.g., dust mites and cat allergens), asthma cases could be reduced by 55 to 60 percent.

Therefore, it is crucial to have your HVAC system in your company building and in your home professionally cleaned. This will reduce the circulation of dust, pollen and other contaminants that could affect people who are more susceptible to these effects.

SERVPRO of Richmond is professionally trained to thoroughly clean out air ducts and provide your family or company with clean air.

For more information, please visit: https://www3.epa.gov/airnow/airaware/