Recent General Posts

Indoor Air Quality

11/8/2023 (Permalink)

Indoor Air Quality is important because it refers to the air we breathe everyday in our homes and at the work place. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of pollutants indoors can be 2 to 5 times higher than in the air outside. Indoor pollutants usually increase, however, after a fire, water or mold damage. One way to improve indoor air quality is through cleaning and restoration services provided by SERVPRO of Springfield/Mt Vernon Professionals.

Duct Inspection and Cleaning

Duct cleaning is often necessary following a fire or water damage situation. When contaminants such as soot enter a duct system, they must be cleaned out to restore the structure to preloss condition. Dirty ducts can be a source of re-soiling if they are not properly cleaned. Particles and contaminants in the system will be continually recirculated until they are removed from the system. After a fire, your SERVPRO of Springfield/Mt Vernon Professional can determine whether smoke has damaged your insureds’ HVAC system, if duct cleaning is needed and make recommendations about the best way to address any concerns.

Control Moisture and Mold Growth

Spend time educating your insureds that prompt response is key to preventing and controlling water damage and moisture problems. Moisture in a duct system can contribute to the growth of molds and other biological contaminants. Before a SERVPRO of Springfield/Mt Vernon Professional arrives, occupants can follow these simple steps to help reduce the likelihood of costly water and mold claims.

  1. Correct any water leaks or standing water
  2. Properly maintain humidifiers
  3. Ensure proper ventilation of the area.

In many cases, your SERVPRO of Springfield/Mt Vernon Professionals can restore the HVAC system and ductwork to previous condition. You know SERVPRO of Springfield/Mt Vernon as an industry leader with a proven track record. You can be confident in the consistent quality service from a one-step vendor.

How to Replace Damaged Drywall

11/8/2023 (Permalink)

Drywall is a common building material that is used in homes and businesses. It is relatively easy to repair, but if the damage is extensive, you may need to replace the drywall altogether.

Here are the steps on how to replace damaged drywall:

  1. Inspect the damage. Before you start repairing the drywall, you need to inspect the damage to determine the extent of the damage. If the damage is small, you may be able to repair it with a patch. However, if the damage is extensive, you will need to replace the entire sheet of drywall.
  2. Remove the damaged drywall. Once you have inspected the damage, you need to remove the damaged drywall. Use a utility knife to score the drywall around the damaged area. Then, use a pry bar to pry the drywall away from the studs.
  3. Measure the new drywall. Once you have removed the damaged drywall, you need to measure the opening to determine the size of the new drywall sheet. Add 1 inch to all sides of the opening to allow for a 1/2-inch overlap.
  4. Cut the new drywall. Use a drywall saw to cut the new drywall to the correct size.
  5. Install the new drywall. Attach the new drywall to the studs with drywall screws. Use 1-inch screws spaced every 16 inches on center.
  6. Tape and mud the seams. Once the drywall is installed, you need to tape and mud the seams. Use a joint compound to fill the seams and feather the edges.
  7. Sand the mud. Once the mud has dried, you need to sand it smooth.
  8. Paint or wallpaper the wall. Once the mud is sanded smooth, you can paint or wallpaper the wall.

Here are some additional tips for replacing damaged drywall:

  • Use a level to make sure the new drywall is installed straight.
  • Use a damp sponge to wipe away any excess mud.
  • Allow the mud to dry completely between coats.
  • Apply two coats of paint or wallpaper.

By following these tips, you can replace damaged drywall like a pro.

How to Prevent Pipe Bursting

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

As the winter time approaches us it’s time to prepare and take precautions, when cold temperatures happen that can cause pipes to freeze and burst. Frozen Pipes can result in costly repairs to you as a home or business owner. The good news is there are ways to prevent pipes from freezing. Frozen pipes are a problem by themselves because they prevent water flow, but even worse, frozen pipes can eventually burst, causing damage and potential flooding. There are ways to protect your pipes from freezing. Here are some tips for this winter

Keeping your house warm – keeping your thermostat set above 50 degrees Fahrenheit at all times is a good idea. This should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and to prevent any water inside from freezing.

Opening faucets - When temps hit the freezing level it is a good idea to allow faucets to drip. Allowing With the faucet open you avoid blockage in the pipes.

Leave cabinet doors open- leaving cabinet doors open will help warm air flow to the pipes keeping them warm.

Seal leaks in your home- it’s important that there are no leaks in your home. If a leak is present it can allow cold air in causing your home to get cold and potentially bursting some pipes.

Insulation is important - Foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves can help reduce the chances of your pipes bursting so make sure you’re up to date with them.

SERVPRO® of Springfield/Mt. Vernon is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at 703-644-0620

Hurricane Season Preparation

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Atlantic hurricane season goes from June 1 - November 30. Hurricanes can be devastating to people’s lives and property. With rising threat of the approaching Hurricane Barry it is important to take all precautions when it comes to protecting your home and keeping your loved ones safe. Some ways to help protect your homes and lives is to start by analyzing your home. Find your homes weak spots (inside and outside) such as holes, overgrown trees, and clogged gutters and fortify areas of need. As you are scanning also look at your outdoor furniture and think which ones could become extremely dangerous if it were to be picked up by high winds. Then prepare an emergency kit along with an evacuation game plan. It is always best to cautious when it comes to protecting your family and property.