Where does mold come from?
Mold looks pretty under a microscope, but not in your Deale home.
Molds or fungi are microscopic organisms that can be found just about anywhere and anyone can be exposed to mold almost daily. Molds are usually not a problem indoors UNLESS mold spores land on damp or wet surfaces and begin to grow. Elevated moisture/humidity levels create a flourishing breeding ground for molds to produce the allergens and irritants that can make a person sick. As long as moisture is not present, mold cannot grow. You must discover the reason for elevated moisture levels (leaking pipe, hot water heater, toilet, etc.). When water leaks indoors – respond quickly! If you can dry the affected area within 24-48 hours, in most cases mold will not grow.
If you “SMELL” mold, remember that the mold may be hidden atop ceiling tiles, or by wallpaper or paneling or inside ductwork. Use caution if you are investigating the “Smell/Odor” yourself as the simple act of pulling away wallpaper can release spores and NEVER turn a fan on to hasten drying as it will most likely blow those pesky spores around, causing more damage.
The area SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian services is surrounded by water! We’ve remediated hundreds if not thousands of mold projects over our 40 plus years. Most property managers or homeowners call us frantically when they believe they may have a mold problem but it is not alarming to us as we are educated and trained. A mold situation is fixable if properly remediated.
Freezing Temperatures Getting Ready to hit Anne Arundel County
Frozen pipes can cause major water damage. We are here to help 24/7/365.
The weatherman is telling us that freeze warnings are going into effect as of tomorrow. The next week or so is going to be colder than average for November in Maryland. Are you and your home ready?
If you have not checked your heating units, gotten out your gloves and scarves now is a good time to do that. One thing many people do not think of when doing winter preparations is freezing pipes. Pipes that are exposed to the cold on the exterior of your home, near your pool or garage and interior pipes with little insulation are all at risk.
Draining outdoor water lines, insulating attic and crawl space pipes and keeping indoor temperatures to above 55 degrees, even if no one is home, are simple steps to help prevent frozen pipes. The American Red Cross has a full guide to winter preparations for your pipes.
Should you get caught with a burst pipe and have water running everywhere, you need to call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian to mitigate the water quickly. Our professionals are available 24/7/365 even holidays.
Just woke up and there is water everywhere, Now What?
Shut off the water source and then call SERVPRO!
First thing is to find the source of the water and stop the flow if possible. If you need to, turn off the water shut off for the whole house. Usually located in the basement.
Now take a deep breath and make sure any electrical or trip hazards are addressed. You can now call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian who will arrive and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
Our content cleaning division is capable of sanitizing items, drying documents and photos, and electronic cleanup. We understand that your personal belongings are an important part of any restoration job. The entire team will be with you from beginning to end when you suffer an unexpected water loss.
Have A Water Damage Emergency?
Cooking Fires are the #1 Cause of Home Fires
Harwood, Galesville and Deale crews are available 24/7/365.
The holiday season is upon us and that means an increase in kitchen fires. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Leaving items unattended, or forgetting items in the oven are the top causes of these incidents.
Top Safety Tips Include:
- Stay in kitchen when cooking on stovetop
- Set timer on phone and kitchen to alert before completion
- Keep kitchen towels and oven mitts away from fire source
- Never leave lit candles unattended
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian wants you to have a happy and healthy holiday. Our neighbor’s safety is important to us. If you find yourself or a friend in need of fire or water remediation we are available 24/7/365 to assist. Call 410.867.3590 anytime.
Fast, Professional Restoration for Storm Damage to your Edgewater Home
We can restore your home and contents, "Like it never even happened."
Rain, Snow and Wind are a bad combination for Maryland residents. Winter Storm season is approaching our area and the predictions are for more precipitation than last year. Temperatures are expected to be lower than normal which can lead to frozen and busted pipes. All these predictions mean is that it is time to get prepared!
Shovels, Generators, Clean Gutters, Roof Patches and saving SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian's number (410.867-3590) to your cell are the most important steps. It is unrealistic to think storm damage cannot affect you. If it does you need to act fast for a better chance of restoring your home and possessions. Our IICRC-Certified technicians come equipped to extract water and assess the damage to the structure. We understand that getting your home dry and your belongings restored is your number one priority. We are here to help!
Hiring a Professional for Mold Remediation is Essential
We can help with commercial and residential mold in South County.
Once you suspect you have mold you should call the SERVPRO professionals who have a proven process when dealing with mold infestation. Containment is the first step to prevent mold spores from cross contamination into other areas of the home. Air ducts need to be sealed as well since they are pathways to other rooms. Once sealed off our crews remove all active mold by cleaning the surfaces and using HEPA vacuums to extract the spores. Industrial sir scrubbers are used to cleanse the air.
Maintaining a low humidity and dry environment is the key to keeping mold growth from forming. We can show you how to do this using dehumidifiers and air movers.
Our commitment to returning you to a clean and safe home is what drives each step of the process. If you have any questions about our process or suspect you have mold, call 410.867.3590 today.
Paper, Paper Everywhere
Document Restoration is possible when you call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian.
How much paper do you think your office uses in a day?
In a month?
In a year?
Many businesses have made efforts to go “paperless” but paper is still a large part of many commercial businesses. Law firms, education institutes, accountants, and medical offices all have important documents that, if lost, would devastate the business.
Did you know there is a way to restore those documents if damaged?
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has the capability to restore important documents using different restorative drying processes. In many water damages there is bacteria introduced to the environment. The latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing allow us to preserve and sanitize the documents most important to you. The technology we use is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration and General Services Administration. For your home or office document needs call 410.867.3590.
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Safety Planning can save lives.
National Fire Protection Association has offered these tips during Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14,2017. Fire moves very fast, estimates say you have less than 2 minutes to get out safely.
- Draw a map of your home including all windows and doors
- Find two ways out of every room
- Clear path from all windows and doors
- Choose an outdoor meeting place away from the structure & Call 911
- Test your smoke alarm
- Practice your drill with the whole family
- Fine tune the plan based on the practice run
Remember that people cannot be replaced, nothing is as important as getting out safely. Once you can safely return to the home you can then think about calling for assistance with smoke, fire or water damage. The sooner you have SERVPRO professionals on site, the sooner they can begin the restoration process.
Who cleans those cushions?
SERVPRO cleans those cushions!
Do you ever think about what you are sitting on? In the hotel lobby, on the bus, in a conference room, or auditorium where hundreds of people have been before you. You do not need to be a germaphobe to know that all those people have left behind something,and germs can cause health effects.
As individuals, we can wash our hands or use sanitizer to combat these leave behinds. As commercial businesses, you too can do something to keep your property clean, Call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian for a cleaning estimate. We have been cleaning commercial upholstery, carpets and train cushions for years to minimize visual dirt as well as those pesky germs. These cleanings are a value add to your guests and enhance the longevity of your property. For a free estimate call 410.647.8181 now.
What will your sign say?
Don't let a disaster close your doors.
Almost forty percent of business do not reopen after a disaster per FEMA. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage affect your business.
Would staff know where to direct first responders?
Do your employees know your chain of command?
Do your managers know where water shut off valves are?
Thankfully, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian can help with getting your plan underway. Not only do we offer a FREE customized Emergency Ready Profile, we have Pre-Disaster Agreements that set us up to be on call for your fire, water, and mold damages.
Creating a plan now is what will make the difference in what your sign will say. Call 410.647.8181 to schedule your FREE planning appointment.