Cleanup and restoration crews are used to the unexpected. One day, a crew could be repairing mold damage to a house. The next day, it could be at a homicide.
Crews deal with residue of all kinds from fire, water, mold and hazardous materials. Crews show up after a fire department extinguishes flames, after homicide detectives comb through a crime scene and after a storm barrels through the city.
They clean it up.
At Servpro, one of the Peninsula’s many cleanup and restoration companies, the business’ slogan is painted on the bright green walls at its Newport News office: “Like it never even happened.”
Jason Riker, operations manager for Servpro, would know. His team of 15 is hired by insurance companies and occasionally individuals.
As soon as he gets the call, Riker gets an idea of the environment he’s about to enter. If it’s a gunshot wound, he prepares to