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Bonefire Safety

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Bonfires can be outdoor fun no matter the season. Residents of New Kent can have their very own small bonfire. The New Kent County Code states that homeowners can burn small piles of yard debris, leaves, and brush between 4pm and 12am as long as they meet these requirements:

  • The burning pile is 50 feet or more away from the dwelling.
  • It is in a controlled pile where there is no opportunity for fire spread.
  • The burning pile must not contain any refuse of plastics, rubber, hazardous materials, or petroleum products.
  • Any pile larger than normal household brush clearance MUST have a permit issued from the Fire Marshal's office, especially burning for the purposes of land clearing. If a permit is required, it MUST be obtained by the Fire Marshal's office at least 14 days prior to the start of burning.

There are also some general safety precautions to bonfires in general:

  • Check the weather. Never build a bonfire on a high-wind night.
  • Keep a bucket of water or garden hose nearby in case the fire begins to spread. It is important to be prepared in case of emergency.
  • Keep a close eye on the bonfire as well as children nearby. This will help protect others around you.
  • Do not burn aerosols, canisters or anything containing foam or paint. These types of chemicals have extremely flammable ingredients that can cause fire to spread or produce toxic fumes. Containers of these products could explode, causing injury.
  • Ensure the wood you are burning is dry and seasoned. This means no railroad ties, nothing coated or treated and no furniture should be thrown in the fire.
  • The pile shouldn't be bigger than 5' x 5' to keep the flames containable.

The most important part of a successful bonfire is making sure that it is put out properly. After the bonfire is done, turn over the charred materials with metal shovels and rakes, and douse the area with water. Once you extinguish your fire with water, gently stir and spread the ashes to cool. Leave only when they’re cool to the touch.

Williamsburg Homeowners Stay Up to Date on Storms

5/15/2021 (Permalink)

Wireless Emergency Alerts or WEAs are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners included local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency with WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service WEA may share:

  • Extreme weather warnings
  • Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action
  • AMBER Alerts
  • Presidential Alerts during a national emergency

In case of an emergency SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck is here. Give us a call at 804-966-1400.

A WEA will look like a text message on your mobile device. The WEA message will typical show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.


5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Never fear. SERVPRO is here. Storm damage can be devastating. Heavy rains and winds can contribute to a great deal of damage to your Williamsburg home. That is why our company has dedicated ourselves to being there for our customers when they need us the most. Rain or shine we are always open 24/7 to answer your calls.

As a homeowner or business owner it is important that you are aware of what range of storm damage your insurance policy covers. Policies usually cover against storm damage. Some include coverage of outside fences, garden sheds, gates and hedges while others may only include the home. At SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck we will make the process as seamless as possible with our trained staff.

Experiencing any water or wind damage due to an unpredictable storm? Give SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck a call at 804-966-1400.

Williamsburg Storm Help

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is slowly approaching. It officially starts on June 1st through November 30th.  While Williamsburg often does not experience hurricanes directly, we feel the effects that it has, as the rain moves from the beach closer to our communities. The last direct hurricane that the area has had occurred more than 60 years ago. Hurricane Hazel arrive on October 15, 1954. The Category 4 hurricane began to travel from up the Atlantic coast after first hitting North and South Carolina.

While these events may not seem entirely very common in our region it is still important to know who to call incase an emergency occurring.

Experiencing any water or wind damage due to an unpredictable storm? Give SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck a call at 804-966-1400.

Severe Weather in New Kent

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Storms can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americas cope with an average of the following intense storms:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disaster are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk.

The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action.

Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example.

Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire other to do the same.

Experiencing any damage due to wind or rain? Give SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neckat 804-966-1400.

Source: Newport News Storm Ready Community

Let SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck Combat COVID-19 For You

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck Can Help You Stop the Spread within your Northern Neck business or home. Last Year many communities were greatly impacted and plagued by COVID-19. Resulting in the formulation of SERVPROXIDE. SERVPROXIDE is an EPA registered product that helps to protect local businesses, staff, customers, and families alike to regain sense of safety through disinfecting and sanitizing. Many  businesses have fought back through protecting their staff and customers using SERVPROXIDE application. The demand for SERVPROXIDE greatly increased in the winter months. SERVPROXIDE has several types of application options, most popular is our electrostatic fogger.

Electrostatic Fogging of SERVPROXIDE

SERVPROXIDE is an EPA registered product and using our electrostatic fogging equipment, it can be applied as a very fine mist. The fine mist is attracted to all hard surface areas, even the tightest of spaces. This helps to hit all hard-to-reach surfaces including all high-touch point areas such as: light switches, door handles, keyboards, desk chairs, countertops, and many more. These high-touch point areas are more likely to have come in to contact with the COVID-19 virus.

Conducting Proactive and Reactive Cleanings

We offer two types of sanitizing and disinfection options. Proactive Cleaning, this is determined by recognizing there was not been any knowledge of contamination from COVID-19 and is strictly preventative. Reactive Cleaning is conducted when there has been a confirmed active case of COVID-19 virus in the space, thus SERVPROXIDE is needed to be applied to help disinfect the virus upon contact.

Fast Response Times

Not only do we offer precautionary steps and reactive steps towards the fight against Coronavirus, but we also conduct wipe downs of all hard surfaces as an extra precautionary measure known as washing. Our team is available to give you quotes and an intended schedule for a professional sanitization or disinfection conducted by SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck crews and technicians.

Get a Quote. Call SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck at 804-966-1400 for a quote and scheduling options.

Williamsburg Emergency Services

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck is available 24 hours a day for 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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck

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 New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck 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 New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck

SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck 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.

Give us a call at 804-966-1400.

Williamsburg Commercial Water Loss

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

A water incident can strike at your Williamsburg commercial property without notice at any time. The impact of such water damage can be devastating for any business owner, but our trained technicians at SERVPRO can be there fast to get to work as soon as possible. We handle each step of the water removal process through to drying and then disinfecting all affected areas. With one call, we can be there to start in so that your commercial space is “Like it never even happened.”

What Do I Need to Do?

Once you call us at SERVPRO, we send out a team quickly to begin the assessment. If you or your maintenance team can shut off the area to a burst pipe or put towels or blankets down with a flooding incident to keep water from migrating, do so. You can then contact your insurance agent to inform them of the event. We take care of detailing every step of the project to turn everything in for your insurance claim.

Water damage may occur at your Williamsburg place of business at any time. Some of the leading causes include:

•    Frozen or broken pipes
•    Storm floods
•    Natural disasters
•    Leaking roofs
•    Sewage backups, and more

Do you need help with water damage to your commercial property? SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck is available 24/7 with crews on standby. Call 804-966-1400.

Thermal Energy System

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

The Thermal Energy System more commonly known as TES is a special drying technique our company offers. This system allows us to combine controlled heat with air flow to produce high-speed evaporation for the drying of major water damages. 

TES is not a drying method that is used for all of our everyday water damage as it does use high temperatures of heat. It is not ideal for all homeowners, as some would will continue living in their homes during the restoration process. 

Special Uses 

However we can use the Thermal Energy System to aid in the drying process in areas such as: 

  • Crawlspaces
  • Hardwood floors
  • Increasing the productivity of dehumidifiers
  • Supplement drying for hard to dry places

The TES system may raise concerns for you as a homeowner when we say high heat temperatures. Worry not, our Hero Ready Team has put safety switches in place. These help to keep the TES machine from reaching over a certain temperature or air flow rate which is set and control.

Your Williamsburg Business May Need A Duct Cleaning

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

It is important to consider the safety of your employees and yourself. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors”. When considering a typical eight-hour work week with 40 hours a week in any commercial building it is reasonable to see that air quality matters. Often customers will get their residential ducts cleaned, but why not your business as well. 

There are various benefits of cleaning your commercial buildings air duct system.

  • Protects your Heating and Cooling System
  • It Boosts Energy Efficiency
    • Reduced Overall Energy Costs
  • Improves your Air Quality
    • Decreases Symptoms of Allergies
  • Removes Lingering Odors

If your commercial business is in need of a duct cleaning give SERVPRO of New Kent, Williamsburg, and Northern Neck a call 804-966-1400.