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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Infographic on fried turkey safety. Find flat area, use gloves, and be prepared with fire extinguisher. Tips for your fried turkey!

Thanksgiving dinner is one of most special meals of the year for any family, but without proper care and attention, it may turn disastrous. In fact. according to the National Fire Protection Association, “Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires with more than three times the daily average.” This is why it is so important to practice the proper fire safety when cooking your delicious turkey. Check out these tips listed below to ensure your Thanksgiving doesn’t go up in flames.

For general oven and stovetop cooking:

  • Always stay in the kitchen to attend your food while cooking on the stove.
  • Frequently check the oven where your turkey is being cooked.
  • Keep children and pets away from any hot surfaces.
  • Keep all cooking surfaces clear of unneeded items, including the floor to avoid trips and falls.
  • Test your smoke alarms before starting
  • Know where you keep your fire extinguisher and make sure it hasn’t expired.

If you prefer your turkey deep fried:

  • Only use a deep fryer outside, at least 10 feet away from your house and anything flammable.
  • Make sure the fryer is at ground level on a flat and sturdy surface
  • Place the turkey in the pot with water before using oil to test the correct amount needed for cooking.
  • Wear long protective gloves that cover your hands and arms.
  • Thaw the turkey completely before frying.
  • Frequently use a cooking thermometer so that the oil doesn’t overheat.
  • DO NOT use water on a grease fire so make sure to always keep a fire extinguisher handy.

Bonus tip:

  • If you don’t have a working fire extinguisher on hand, you can use baking soda in an emergency.

The most important safety tip, however, is to call 911 when a fire grows out of control.

We hope that this friendly fire safety reminder will help you and your family enjoy Thanksgiving to the fullest.  And if your family does experience a fire, know that our family is just a phone call away, fully prepared to clean up any damage. For more fire safety tips, you can visit https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Thanksgiving and https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html

Introducing Our SERVPRO Construction Team!

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Two professional women smiling. Alexis Chavez and Maria Fuster, Our SERVPRO Construction Team!

We are extremely excited to announce our continued commitment to our SERVPRO Construction Team! Tasked with furthering the excellent work our Mitigation Team performs, the Construction Team turns our motto “Like it never even happened,” into a reality by closely working with our customers and ensuring we exceed their needs and expectations. Our team wouldn’t be possible without the two hard working ladies leading it, so we are even more proud to introduce the awesome Alexis Chavez and Maria Fuster!

Alexis graduated from The University of Mary Washington in 2019 with a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Business Spanish. While at UMW, she played soccer at a highly competitive level, where she honed her cooperative spirit and perseverance. When she’s not at work helping our construction process run smoothly, she still enjoys playing soccer in the local adult league and cooking for family and friends.

Maria was born and raised in Northern Virginia and graduated from George Mason University in 2016 with a BA in History. After five years of teaching high school history, she decided her planning and organizational skills could be utilized elsewhere. Taking a leap of faith, she earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and changed her career path to commercial construction. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her two dogs.

Both Alexis and Maria excel at bringing the goals of our customers to life, whether that be to restore what was or improve upon it. Their dedication to customer service is impressive and their attention to detail upholds our pledge to only the highest standards of performance. Rest assured, our customers are in good hands with either one leading their projects. As such, we could not ask for a better pair to lead the future of our Construction Team!

Understanding How Wet Smoke Can Affect Your Home After A Fire in the Rose Hill/Fort Hunt Area

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Wet smoke is one of the trickier forms of smoke damage to deal with as a homeowner. In this short article we'll take a closer look at wet smoke and discover what makes it so difficult to clean as well as explain why you'll probably need a fire and smoke damage restoration professional (like SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt) to clean any belongings that have sustained wet smoke damage.

Wet Smoke

Wet smoke damage is a result of fires caused by rubber and plastic. Such fires typically result in smoldering, low-heat fires which cause thicker and darker smoke. 

The composition and nature of  wet smoke residue creates this very dense and sticky residue that can easily cover the entire surface of an affected object and very difficult to remove without professional grade equipment.

and dense, it has no problem completely covering your home or business’s surfaces and often smears during the cleaning process. This makes it difficult to remove without special equipment.

This means if any of your belongings were exposed to a plastic or rubber based fire it is going to be almost impossible to get them properly cleaned without attention from a fire and smoke damage restoration specialist (like the ones at SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt.)

If any of your belongings were exposed to a house or commercial building fire give SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt a call at (703) 665-7420 today. We handle all our clients quickly, professionally and with the highest quality of customer service!

Rose Hill/Fort Hunt Area 24 Hour Commercial Building Emergency Water Damage Service

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt is available 24 hours a day for any commercial building water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

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We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt

SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt 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.

SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt is also committed to keeping our streets clean!

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt team members under street sign SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt loves this community!

We recently became members of the Adopt a Block program in Alexandria. We adopted a section a South Van Dorn Street, that extends for 2 blocks from Pickett to Stevenson. To maintain our membership in this program, and our commitment to a cleaner community, we will complete several litter clean ups throughout the year, and report them to the City of Alexandria.

Know that when you decide to contact SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt for all of your restoration needs, that we are committed to all members of this community, in more ways than just one. 

We love our community here in the Rose Hill/Fort Hunt area and as such we take every opportunity possible to do our part to make it better. Hope to see you all out there with us!

Understanding How Dry Smoke Can Affect Your Home After A Fire in the Rose Hill/Fort Hunt Area

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

pan with high fire A picture of how high even a controlled flame can get

Smoke damage is an often overlooked consequence of a fire. Many of our customers tell us they could never imagine that belongings that weren't directly touched by the flames could be so damaged! In this short article we'll explore the one of the most common types of smoke damage. Hopefully this information will help you identify the level of smoke damage your belongings may have sustained if they were in a fire.

DRY SMOKE

Dry smoke is created by fires caused by paper or wood. Its powdery in texture and doesn't smear when being wiped, making it one of the easier types of smoke damage to clean IF it hasn't fallen into small cracks or pores of your furniture or belongings. If it has, the smoky odor will remain, even after you clean the visible residue off, and you'll need professional help, like the help we provide here at SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt, to deep clean it for you.

Remember, its easy to think you can clean and repair smoke damaged objects by yourself, but smoke damage is tricky and will often times need professional attention.

In the event of smoke damage please call SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt at (703) 665-7420.

Understanding How Fuel/Oil Residue Can Affect Your Home After A Fire in the Rose Hill/Fort Hunt Area

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

A house fire is one of the hardest things to plan for. The devastation of a fire is always overwhelming, and the aftermath can leave a homeowner numb. This is because, in addition to direct damage from flame exposure, many pieces of furniture and household belongings can sustain serious smoke damage often times making it feel like the fire took everything. In this article we'll explore how a very specific type of smoke damage can affect your home and belongings after a fire and how you can hope to salvage them.

Fuel/Oil Residue

Fuel/oil residue, also known as petroleum residue is a little more common in commercial building fires than in residential (because residences typically don't store petroleum based products), however,it’s common for a building’s furnace to have a “puffback” where it doesn’t ignite properly and releases soot and smoke into the surrounding space in the form of a small leak or even minor explosion.

This means you can be dealing with fuel residue smoke damage even when there hasn’t been a fire!

Petroleum residue is difficult to clean because it's dense, sticky and has a strong odor that can seep deeply into upholstery.

This means if any of your belongings were exposed to a petroleum based fire it is going to be almost impossible to get them properly cleaned without attention from a fire and smoke damage restoration specialist (like the ones at SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt.)

If any of your belongings were exposed to a house or commercial building fire give SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt a call at (703) 665-7420 today. We handle all our clients quickly, professionally and with the highest quality of customer service!

Cleaning Carpeted Floors of Commercial Buildings After A Fire in the Rose Hill/Fort Hunt Area

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

A fire is always heartbreaking, especially if it occurred in a commercial building because so many more lives are usually affected. Today we'll be examining how a damage restoration company can help get things back to normal by exploring how they would approach cleaning damaged carpeting on a commercial building. This article should give you some insight as to why you should probably call a professional even if the damage doesn't seem severe.

Water Damage Assessment

Many people don't realize this, but after a fire, smoke and fire damages aren't the only forms of damage a commercial building will sustain. Because of the use of fire hoses to put out the fire, water damage is EXTREMELY common after a commercial building fire.

A professional damage restoration company will need to assess the water damage first to address any immediate damage. If the building and its contents aren't professionally dried out in the first 24-48 hours after a fire the building runs the risk of developing mold.

If the carpet got wet during the extinguishing of the fire, the padding from underneath will need to be removed and discarded. After it is completely dry, it can be swept or vacuumed to remove debris and followed up with sponging with a commercial rug shampoo. 

Fire/Smoke Damage Assessment

After the initial water damage assessment, the restoration professionals will asses the extent of the fire and smoke damage. In this case we're looking specifically at carpeted floors so the specialists will be looking for burned or scorched carpet that will likely need to be replaced.

Some carpeting will be able to be salvaged via deep cleaning, but often times its best practice to simply replace the carpeting.

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Depending on the extent of the damage, cleaning it yourself can take hours, and without years of professional expertise, you'll likely spend time trying to clean flooring that's too damaged to be cleaned.

This is why it is important to call a professional fire and smoke damage restoration company after a commercial building fire!

If you have suffered through a commercial building fire, please give SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt a call at (703) 665-7420.



Cleaning Tile Floors of Commercial Buildings After A Fire in the Rose Hill/Fort Hunt Area

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial building fires are always so devastating no matter the extent of the damage. Today we'll be examining how a damage restoration company can help get things back to normal by exploring how they would approach cleaning damaged tile or vinyl flooring on a commercial building. This article should give you some insight as to why you should probably call a professional even if the damage doesn't seem severe.

Water Damage Assessment

Many people don't realize this, but after a fire, smoke and fire damages aren't the only forms of damage a commercial building will sustain. Because of the use of fire hoses to put out the fire, water damage is EXTREMELY common after a commercial building fire.

A professional damage restoration company will need to assess the water damage first to address any immediate damage. If the building and its contents aren't professionally dried out in the first 24-48 hours after a fire the building runs the risk of developing mold.

Fire/Smoke Damage Assessment

After the initial water damage assessment, the restoration professionals will asses the extent of the fire and smoke damage. In this case we're looking specifically at tile floors and since tile is the most resistance flooring material clean up should be fast and relatively easy.

Linoleum and vinyl on the other had damage very  easily and will usually need to be replaced.

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Depending on the extent of the damage, cleaning it yourself can take hours, and without years of professional expertise, you'll likely spend time trying to clean flooring that's too damaged to be cleaned.

This is why it is important to call a professional fire and smoke damage restoration company after a commercial building fire!

If you have suffered through a commercial building fire, please give SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt a call at (703) 665-7420.

How to Protect Your Garage from Storms in the Rose Hill/Fort Hunt Area

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Garages are an often under protected structure during severe storm conditions. Many people conclude that since no one is in the garage, they don't have to work as diligently to secure the space. What many people don't realize is, an unsecured garage leaves the rest of their home extremely vulnerable to storm damage. As high winds shoot into a garage door, they meet a hard wall, forcing them upward into the roof. Sometimes the pressure is great enough that the roof blows off!

So to protect your garage, home and roof, its important to properly secure your garage door in the event of severe storm conditions.

Sometimes this can mean replacing the door with a sturdier one.

I know it may seem extreme, but as we explained in the article, a vulnerable garage is a vulnerable home during a high wind storm.

If your home has sustained storm damage give us a call here at SERVPRO of Rose Hill/Fort Hunt at (703) 665-7420!