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Professional Commercial Cleaning in Hampton, VA

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

With businesses being fully open again with foot traffic increasing, and now that flu season is upon us. Keeping your commercial building clean is more important than ever for not just your customers but your staff too!  Fear not, for our local SERVPRO of Hampton North is here to help with any of your commercial cleaning needs.

Cleaning Services that we offer our local businesses:

  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Odor Removal
  • Walls, Floors, and Ceilings
  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • And more!

Anything that your regular cleaning staff doesn’t handle, we do!

We train our employees constantly so that you can be sure your commercial building is getting the best techniques and expertise that you deserve to keep your business in tiptop shape.

No matter the size of your building or business, high-rise apartments, industrial warehouse, or boutique restaurant, SERVPRO of Hampton North will take on any job, there are none too large! Give us a call at 757-825-9700 and let us know how we can help!

Fire Prevention Week - College Fire Safety

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

During Fire Prevention Week, our SERVPRO of Hampton North team would like to share some important information to ensure our college attendees are staying safe in case of an emergency. First, get the facts:

  • According to the National Fire Protection Association, Fires in dorms are more common during the evening hours of 5-11pm and on weekends.
  • Roughly 6 out of 7 fires in dorms are started by cooking.

Here are some safety tips that college students should consider:

  • Check your school’s rules before using electrical appliances in your room.
  • If you live in a dormitory, make sure your sleeping room has a smoke alarm, or your dormitory suite has a smoke alarm in each living area as well as the sleeping room.
  • If you live in an apartment or house, make sure smoke alarms are installed in each sleeping room, outside every sleeping area, and on each level of the apartment unit or house.
  • Always test smoke alarms monthly
  • Always keep batteries handy and never remove betteris without replacing them
  • Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills
  • Have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room
  • If you live off campus in an apartment, always stay in the kitchen when cooking
  • Do not start cooking if you are feeling sleepy, always stay alert

The Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist by SERVPRO

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fall is the perfect time to tackle your home’s needs and prepare it for the winter months. Follow this ultimate checklist to make sure you hit those not so thought about areas of your home.

  • Vacuum all lamp shades
  • Hand clean all light fixtures
  • Check gutters, clean if needed
  • Wash windows
  • Have rugs professionally cleaned
  • Wipe out kitchen and bathroom cabinets
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Wipe out window wells
  • Sweep out garage
  • Clean and store patio furniture
  • Clean or replace shower liners
  • Clean washing machine
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Clean oven
  • Go through food pantry
  • Clean and organize closets
  • Clean grill
  • Donate what you don’t need, wear, or use.

If you want a deeper, professional cleaning of your home, call SERVPRO of Hampton North at 757-825-9700.

Water Damage Process in Hampton, Virginia

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs, it can cause a lot of stress, especially for the business owners. We understand the negative impact that this can cause a business by closing its doors and losing essential revenue. Here is a quick understanding of the water restoration process that the SERVPRO of Hampton North professionals will perform:

  1. Inspection and Water Damage Assessment -  inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected.
  2. Water Removal/Extraction - water is removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process.
  3. Drying and Dehumidification - use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They  draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.
  4. Cleaning and Sanitizing - we can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
  5. Restoration - replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

SERVPRO of Hampton North’s knowledge of the water mitigation and restoration industry is no match for the other guys who may cut corners. Our experienced crews will work diligently and efficiently to restore your business back to pre-water damaged condition.

Hurricane Season is Coming - Time To Prepare

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, this Atlantic Hurricane season is going to be an active one. They are predicting above-active storms during this season that falls between June and November, however the most active months are August and September. The NOAA is urging the nation to do what they can now to prepare for heavy winds and rains that could cause damage to homes and businesses.

According to Ready.gov, here are some key points that are important to know before the storm hits:

  • Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem, find out how rain, wind, water could happen where you live so you can start preparing now.
  • Discuss your hurricane emergency plan with your household and the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on COVID-19 
  • Gather supplies for everyone in your household, include medication, disinfectant supplies, cloth face coverings, pet supplies in your go bag or car trunk.
  • Check on your elderly neighbors and help them gather supplies if needed. Also if you or anyone in your household is an individual with a disability, take extra measure that accommodate them.
  • Know your local evacuation zone in case of emergency evacuation.
  • Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide
  • Review your insurance policies and make sure personal documents (like ID) are up to date. Flood insurance needs to be purchased separately.
  • Prepare your business with a continuity plan or contact SERVPRO of Hampton North for a free Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to continue operating when disaster strikes.

Emergency Preparedness for Your Building

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hampton is a 24/7 Emergency Service provider no matter the time or the day, we will respond when disaster strikes.  

We want to help you make a quick recovery which is made possible with a quick response after disaster strikes. SERVPRO of Hampton has prepared an Emergency Ready Profile sample for you to view and to consider implementing in your own business. 

Did you know that we will come to you and help you get your business profile set up so that when disaster does strike, the information in your Hampton Emergency Ready Profile will help to get your business up and running.

At SERVPRO of Hampton, we are here to help get your business doors open again and minimize your loss of revenue caused by the loss of operations. Call us at 757-825-9700 to schedule your complimentary profile.

Disaster Recovery Team

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

DISASTER RECOVERY TEAM BAHEN


Independently owned and operated by Andrew and Theresa Bahen as of September 2020, SERVPRO® of Hampton North is now operated by a team with 35 years of experience in the restoration industry. Our experience, people, capacity and equipment uniquely qualifies us to handle large jobs no matter how extensive the damage.

Because we are considered a SERVPRO Extreme Team, our Disaster Recovery Team is able to travel outside of our franchise location in the event of a natural disaster or other major fire or water losses. We can lend our Large Loss experts and their knowledge of how to handle these disasters to the communities who need assistance.

In the unfortunate event of a fire or water damage, call SERVPRO® of Hampton North. We will respond 24/7 with trained employees, state-of-the-art equipment and the resources required to perform emergency services to help limit property damage.

Understanding Water Damage Timeline

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Understanding the Water Damage Timeline

Our team at SERVPRO of Hampton North understands the urgency required to act fast after water damage occurs. When water damage is left unchecked here is a timeline of what might happen:

Within Minutes:

  • Water will always flow and find a way to enter any space it can squeeze in. Water spreads quickly throughout the home and can saturate all surfaces it comes into contact with. Floors and walls can all be affected in a matter of minutes.
  • Furniture touching the water-damaged area can quickly soak up the damage, causing warping, or bleeding, which can stain.
  • Your personal contents such as photos, books, and other paper goods begin to warp

1 to 2 Hours:

  • Drywall begins to warp and break down
  • Metal begins to tarnish & furniture begins to warp and crack
  • Musty odor appears

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • water left untreated leaves the perfect conditions for mold growth to form
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically
  • Potential for unsalvageable floors and other materials
  • Health risks posed to those living inside who may be exposed to biohazardous scenarios.

Don't wait, act FAST! Call our team at SERVPRO of Hampton North to quickly address your water damage issues. 757-825-9700.

Fire Pit Safety

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Check Out These Fire Pit Safety Tips

Warmer weather is upon us and it is time to work on your s’mores game. Here are some tips on how to play it safe for your next backyard fire. 

  • Never place a firepit closer than 10 feet from anything flammable, including your house, shed, and overheard tree branches. Also avoid bushes, fencing, awnings, and electrical wires, which are vulnerable to sparks and extreme heat. 
  • Homeowners’ associations and local authorities are great resources to find out the exact regulations of fire pits in your area. There may be rules about the hours of use, type of pet allowed, size, and location. Knowing these specific guidelines before adding a fire pit to your yard can prevent you from receiving potential fines and tickets.
  • Choose your fire pit fuel wisely. Avoid using softwoods like cedar or pine, which tend to smoke or spark. Use hardwoods like ash, hickory, or oak which burn longer. Also, avoid logs that are longer than three-quarters of your fire pit’s diameter, this prevents sparks from flying. It is recommended that you use seasoned wood that was cut six months earlier. Construction materials are off-limits to burn, as they release toxic chemicals into the air.
  • When using gas fire pits, make sure all vents are clear to avoid smoky flare-ups. Only use the fuel your fire pit is built to burn.
  • NEVER use lighter fluid, gas, or kerosene to light a fire.
  • Children and pets should always be supervised and should stay 10 feet back from any fire. Always be cautious of someone walking around the fire, anyone can trip and end up in the fire. Drinking makes this an even greater risk.
  • When putting out a fire, check ahead of time to see if your pit can withstand a dousing of water. Sometimes water can crack ceramic or even metal fire pits. Douse the fire with a garden hose with the nozzle set on a wide spray so that it can lower the temperature gradually and cool the area. Try to avoid using a focused steam of water (like pouring a bucket) because this could spread embers. If it cannot get wet, or you are not sure, keep a bucket of dry sand nearby to dump on the flames. For a gas or propane pit, turn off the supply before attempting to extinguish any fire.
  • If a fire spreads beyond the confines of the fire pit or flares above your head or prevents you from switching off the supply, calmly evacuate everyone from the area and call your local fire department. 

Fire safety is important for every member of your household to follow. If you are planning on using your fire pit this season, be sure to practice proper fire safety to prevent emergencies and injuries.

SERVPRO Spring Cleaning Tips

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

The first day of Spring is right around the corner and this is the time to start thinking about spring cleaning around your house. It might be a little overwhelming trying to tackle everything at once, but check out this handy checklist to help get yourself organized:

Whole Home:

  • change smoke alarm batteries
  • clean/polish fixtures
  • clean mirrors/glass
  • clean rugs, floors, baseboards
  • dust/polish furniture
  • dust bookshelves; donate books
  • dust light fixtures, bulbs
  • wipe walls and ceilings
  • wash curtains
  • wash light fixtures/ceiling fans
  • wash windows

Outside:

  • clean garage/shed
  • clean gutters
  • clean house siding
  • clean patio furniture
  • clean porch/deck/patio
  • landscaping/mulch
  • seal driveway
  • wash/inspect light fixtures

Bedrooms:

  • clean out closets and donate
  • put away winter bedding and clothes
  • rotate mattress
  • wash bedding

Living Room:

  • organize room clutter
  • shampoo sofa cushions

Bathrooms:

  • clean and sanitize sink
  • clean and sanitize tubs, shower & toilet
  • clean out medicine cabinet
  • clean under bathroom sink
  • dispose of expire medicine

Kitchen:

  • clean and sanitize sink
  • clean appliances inside and out
  • clean oven
  • clean pantry; toss old food
  • clean refrigerator/freezer
  • polish stainless steel appliances
  • wash cabinet inside and out

For a deep, professional cleaning of your home or business, call our team at 757-825-9700.