Water Damage Arlington
& Fairfax VA
Certified Restoration for Water Damage: 703-349-1189
and Fairfax Emergency Services:
24 hours a day!
Direct Insurance billing
Basement and Crawl
Space mold removal
Basement and Crawl
Space dry out
Clean Water and Sewage
Mold Remediation and
Mold Testing Services
Fire Damage Restoration
Soot Damage Cleaning
Complete Smoke Damage
mitigation and restoration
PuroClean Certified Restoration has been taking care
of commercial and residential Water Damage and Mold
Damage losses in Arlington VA, Fairfax VA and all surrounding
areas for over 10 years
Damage in Fairfax and Arlington VA? We can dry it!
Below are a number of tips to consider anytime there
is a water loss, however, get hold of PuroClean Certified
Restoration first so we can get a crew of specialists
to your loss quickly!
- Figure out exactly where the water is originating
from or precisely what triggered it and stop the source,
or contact a plumber.
- Work out what type of water it is? Are you dealing
with clean water (category 1), somewhat unclean water
(category 2) or storm water or sewage (category 3)?
Out of these water damage types, clean fresh
water is the easiest to work with because of the lack
of bacteria, viruses and other contaminants. Category
2 water is also known as grey water and contains a
small degree of contaminants. Grey water originates
from areas like washing machines, toilet bowl leaks
(without solids) and similar sources. Category 3 water
(Black water) is by far the worst to deal with like
sewage. It has to be handled with care and is completely
different to a clean water loss. Because sewage is
grossly unsanitary itís best not to touch any items
that have come into contact with it. Even when professional
water damage mitigation technicians deal with category
3 water they use full PPE which is comprised of eye
protection, gloves, face masks and full disposable
- Electricity is another area of concern and the chance
of electrical shock can be reduced by wearing rubber
soled shoes and keeping power cords out of the water.
Donít use any electric powered items and shut off
the power to the flooded area at the breaker box.
Ask PuroClean or your local power supply company for
help if needed.
- If youíre going file a claim be sure to keep a record
of all water damaged contents by means of photos or
video Ė donít throw items away until your adjuster
has inspected them.
- Remove as much furniture from the affected area
- Remove artwork from the walls if that room is affected
and place in an unaffected room. PuroClean has a business
relationship with the best art restoration company
around and art pieces can be sent to them if they
are expensive or hold sentimental value.
- Place affected cushions on edge to assist with drying
and loop drapes through a coat hanger, hanging from
rod to keep off wet floor.
- To prevent discoloring or bleeding onto wet carpets,
place pieces of foil or plastic under wood and metal
- If you want to get a head start while PuroClean
is on the way, use a wet/dry shop-vacuum instead of
a household vacuum. You can also use cotton or paper
towels. To prevent further damage to carpets remember
not to put newspaper down on the wet carpet Ė the
ink will transfer to the carpet.
- Donít leave wet rugs rolled up, but rather remove
them from the floor and hang them to dry outside or
inside if thereís enough air movement.
- Wipe as much standing water from wood furniture
including table tops if water came from above. This
could be a good time to remove lamps and tabletop
- Your HVAC system is a large dehumidifier, if itís
safe to do so and water didnít come from above turn
on the HVAC system to begin the drying process. Alternatively
you can also open windows and door if it's safe and
- If you havenít already, then call the experts at
PuroClean certified restoration 703-349-1189 for water
damage mitigation and restoration services.
- Household contents affected by sewage or category
3 water will have to be bagged, tagged and possibly
discarded, but document the items first.
- If you have valuable papers or books that have been
affected store them in the freezer until a document
restoration company has been called in to freeze-dry
- Even with high powered dehumidifiers and air movers
carpets will take about two days to dry, but walls
and cabinets could take longer, and hardwood floors
can take an extra few days to release all the moisture.
Carpets that were affected by sewage with need to
be thrown out. Itís important to call PuroClean when
your carpets are water damaged - homeowners can't
effectively dry large areas of soaked carpets in the
time required. Contact us at 703-349-1189 now!
- Moisture trapped in wall cavities will grow mold
if not dried which is why PuroClean uses moisture
meters to examine all walls for moisture and ensure
they are within the dry standard.
- Itís important to call your insurance company and
report the water damage. They will assign a claim
number and in all likelihood an adjuster will contact
you in a day or two. If your adjuster canít respond
timely DO NOT wait for them, get PuroClean out immediately
to start the process Ė remember you have a responsibility
to mitigate the damages to your insured property
Restoration is certified by:
of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
mitigation following water damage causes Mold!
90% of all mold damage is a result of inefficient
water damage mitigation, poor air circulation
and excessive humidity levels in rooms like bathrooms.
Mold inside a home can cause headaches, upper respiratory
problems, nose bleeds, drowsiness, muscle aches, or
even more serious issues. If you have any of these symptoms
and suspect mold call an industrial hygienist to get
your home tested. DO NOT call a mold remediation
company to perform the testing for you as the mold
testing should be completely independent from the remediation
company. PuroClean certified restoration can
help with your mold removal problem by recommending
a testing company. PuroClean will then get rid of the
mold and treat the contaminated areas with an anti-microbial.
We will get your home to pass a mold clearance test.
Mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours
under ideal conditions if water that makes contact with
organic building materials (like wood or the paper backing
on drywall) isnít extracted and removed efficiently.
This mold growth may not be immediately visible if the
source of water is such that the inside of the wall
or other surface is wet. The mold damage may stay hidden
beneath the floor boards, inside the walls, or above
the ceiling until the damage is severe enough that itís
noticed or someone gets sick.
Regardless of the size of the job, it's always best
to call a professional mold removal company like
Puroclean for the cleanup. Often general contractors
use inefficient and often dangerous methods which can
cross contaminate the entire home or office building
and cause more issues for people in the building.
Don't delay. Call PuroClean certified restoration
Arlington Water Damage
|If the temperature falls
to 34 or below your frozen pipes could burst and
flood your house causing water damage.
|Water can leak from an
above ground swiming pool ruining your lawn and
flood your basement with category 3 water.
|If your washine overflows
or the water supply line breaks your home could
water damaged in hours, ruining floors and walls.
|Your sewer could backup
and flood your house with catgegory 3 sewage water
causing costly sewage damage.
|Water entering your basement
from underground - normally from storms causing
foundation & home water damage
| During a heavy rainstorm,
water can come through the roof and ceiling. This
class 3 water damage can damage a whole house.
| A levee could break or
river could burst it's banks causing a flash flood.
Cleanup is costly since it's category 3 water damage.