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Water and Sewage Damage

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water and Sewage Damage Basement water damage

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is committed to educating our customers. As soon as you realize there is a water issue in your home or business, you need to call us for help and here’s why. There are different types of water and sewage damage and the sooner you fix the problem the better.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Sewage cleanup must not be taken lightly. Serious long term health issues to adults, children and even pets may occur due to bacteria, viruses and even parasites. Don't delay. Take immediate action. Call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian today at (410) 867-3590

Commercial Fire Safety

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Safety Emergency Ready Profile

Commercial fire is one of the common issues during the summer months. Smoke alarms are a key part of a commercial as well as a well-rehearsed fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. Here are a few fire safety tips you can implement in your building.


  • Install smoke alarms in every room. They should also be outside each area and on every level of the building. Install alarms in the basement.
  • Large commercial property may need extra smoke alarms in large, open rooms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian provides a free Emergency Ready Profile, which includes a telephone application. This powerful resource is available to property managers, building owners, and company safety representatives.

5 Tips on Preventing Storm Damage

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

5 Tips on Preventing Storm Damage

Summer thunderstorms can wreak havoc on Maryland.  Almost every other day we hear about how weather is affecting people around the country. The good news is you can prepare for severe weather and help prevent storm damage.

Here are some quick tips from SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian.

  • Remove dead branches from trees and remove dead trees. Dead trees and tree branches can fall on cars, damage your roof, or cause major destruction. Be sure to remove all dead wood.
  • Dirty or cluttered gutters are a common cause of drainage problem. However, make sure you fix drainage problems with patios and landscaping too. Do you see any puddles in your yard? This can be a sign of drainage problems. To avoid water damage, get those drainage problems addressed before a storm.
  • When was the last time you had your roof inspected? Ideally, your roof should be inspected and maintained on a yearly basis.
  • Sump Pump. Ensure you have a sump pump battery backup in place. These batteries can save you from having a real mess on your hands. A batterybackup system is needed most often when heavy rains have resulted in a power outage, or the primary sump pump is overwhelmed by heavy water volumes during a rain event. 
  • Shut Off. Know where your shut off valves are for your utilities. If you have a flood, for your safety, it is important to know where the shut off valves are locating both inside/outside your home.

If you have concerns with a commercial property having an emergency plan, please let us know. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian can develop an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your building and provide your facilities staff with a telephone application that will keep them prepared for severe weather. Call us for more information (410) 867-3590.

Women in Restoration

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

General Women in Restoration Diane with her award!

The Recognizing Women in Restoration was launched in 2016, and celebrates its third year in 2018. This year, more than 40 women were nominated for the award by fellow industry peers and colleagues. Each boasts at least a decade of experience in the industry, which is the only requirement to be considered for the award – position with a restoration company, title, etc. do not matter. Entries are accepted each year starting in early February, through March. Four industry judges, including myself, carefully read and judge each nomination on six criteria:

  • Thoroughness of the entry
  • Supporting documentation
  • Journey/experience in the industry
  • Job growth and future reach
  • Worthiness of recognition
  • Industry awards and certifications

This year’s award will be presented on Friday, June 22 at the Violand Executive Summit in Canton, Ohio. All ladies involved in this year’s campaign are invited to attend the Summit itself, as well as a very special half-day Women in Leadership event leading into the Summit on Wednesday, June 20, facilitated by R&R Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Blevins.

First Runner-Up

Diane Whittles

Diane Whittles

Owner  |  SERVPRO of Annapolis  |  Annapolis, MD

Diane’s journey in the restoration industry began in 1986 when, as she puts it, she “married into it.” For many years, she acted as bookkeeper and helped her husband with administrative tasks. This allowed her to follow the calling on her life in those years - to be very present in raising their three children, until the unexpected happened several years ago, and her calling shifted.

“When my husband passed away from cancer a few years ago, I had some choices to make,” Diane explained.  “While some colleagues may have been surprised that I decided to maintain and operate the business, they soon realized I intended to grow the business as well.  My daughter, her husband and my son pitched in to help me and I am pleased to say that I have not looked back. I took the basic knowledge I had and built on that by getting all the training I could find.”

As a strong and fruitful leader, Diana has carefully surrounded herself with a very strong team of managers who have years of experience in their fields. She calls them one of the keys to her success.

Here is her advice to fellow ladies in restoration:

“Learn what you can about the industry, watch for new trends in restoration.  Invest in equipment, infrastructure and education. Most importantly, empower your employees and support your community.”

Click here to read the full article.

Toilet Tank Water Damage

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Toilet Tank Water Damage Ceiling Damage

During the recent rain storms, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park was inundated with requests for help. However, even though most calls were about storm damage, some were routine water issues.  One such call came from Severna Park.

When this commercial building owner called us to attend to his three-story office building that was flooded, we discovered the loss occurred from a broken toilet tank on the third level.  The water ran all weekend long and the by the time Monday morning rolled around, all three levels were affected.  Most of the carpet was ruined, drywall was wet, and even the ceilings suffered from water damage. Nothing SERVPRO hasn’t seen before and within hours, 50 air movers and a 1200 CFM desiccant dehumidifier were installed, working off 55 KW generator to quickly dry the structure with as much minimum damage as possible.  Upon removing the carpet, we discovered asbestos tiles which no one wanted to disturb.  Being able to dry the structure so quickly and efficiently saved a lot of time and money for both the property owner AND the insurance company.  SERVPRO turned the building back over to the owner in under 96 hours!

May 2018 Record Breaking Rainfall in Anne Arundel County Maryland

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage May 2018 Record Breaking Rainfall in Anne Arundel County Maryland Rain in Annapolis

Wow! Have we seen rain or what?! During the first 3 weeks of May, Anne Arundel County, Maryland has seen record-breaking rainfall.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton and Lothian was inundated with requests to assist with flooded basements, leaks in roofs from fallen trees and more. Our crews worked around the clock and provided outstanding service to residents and business owners in Anne Arundel County.

When you suffer a water emergency, we will do our best to get to you as soon as possible. However, there are a few things you can do to make sure you are safe and to prevent additional damage. Here’s a list of questions you can ask:

  • Is it safe for you to stay in your house?
  • Are there any electrical risks? Is the water near an outlet?
  • Is it possible someone can fall in the water?
  • Can you move materials to dry areas?

Safety is our top priority. Always make sure you and your home are safe first. Wet items can be dried or replaced.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton and Lothian is strategically located to provide rapid response to water emergencies. We are water removal and cleanup specialists and are ready to service your home when flooding or water leaks cause water damage. We quickly dry your property using state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques, documenting the drying process to make sure your property is dry and the job is done right.

If you have concerns with water damage, call us (410) 867-3590.

Mulch Fires in Harwood

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Mulch Fires in Harwood Decorative mulch is an unsuspecting place where fires can start.

There was a day or two of sunny weather in Galesville last week.  Many homeowners took to cleaning up their yards and front porches.  Cleaning up the flower beds was a big part of the yard cleanup at our house and that meant lots of mulch. 

What many people do not know is that mulch is a combustible material and can easily be ignited. Hundreds of fires start this way each year according to Fire Engineering.  Large mulch piles have been known to build up enough heat from internal decomposition and start a fire. Keeping mulch moist and raked is an effective way to prevent this from happening.

It is also important that cigarettes and matches are properly extinguished to avoid igniting mulch.

Fire cleanup is no easy task, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian are your fire restoration professionals.

Who you going to call?

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Who you going to call? Not everyone is open 24/7365 like SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton-Lothian.

Who are you going to call if the power goes out?

The Power Company

Who are you going to call if your internet goes down?

The telephone Company

Who are you going to call if there is a fire?


These are all obvious answers to serious questions.

 Do you know who you would call if your business had a commercial water damage?

Do you know who you would call if your business had a commercial fire damage?

Do you know who you would call if your business had commercial mold damage?

Do you know who you would call if your business had a commercial bio hazard issue?

SERVPRO of Edgewater/ Deale-Churchton/Lothian at 410-867-3590 is available 24/7/365 to take care of your business.

Moldy Coffee in Davidsonville?

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Moldy Coffee in Davidsonville? Nothing but Anchors a weigh in this coffee. Mold clean up should be left to the professionals.

Have you ever seen mold on your bread, cheese or fruit?  What about your coffee? 

I have never seen mold on my coffee, but there are some articles out there where they speak about mycotoxins (metabolites produced by mold) that can be found in coffee.   There are studies that say many coffee beans are affected and we are all consuming them on a regular basis, other studies rebut that the quantities are so low and within regulation standards. 

One thing I am sure we can all agree on is that if you SEE mold on your bread, cheese or fruit, DO NOT EAT IT.  The second thing we can agree on is that if you SEE or SUSPECT Mold in your home or office calling SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian for remediation is wise!

More Flu coming to Edgewater?

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial More Flu coming to Edgewater? SERVPRO can help keep the flu away with deep cleaning services.

Did you hear that the CDC is warning of second flu outbreak?

During the week ending March 17th labs were reporting a high rate of B-strain viruses.  The previous strains of the flu were predominantly A strain, so people can still get sick with this different strain. CDC is warning people to remain vigilant and seek treatment if they suspect infection.

Businesses in Edgewater can help stop the spread of flu and other infectious diseases by getting DEEP CLEAN. Daily cleaning routines are a good start, but to sanitize and restore properties to clean safe environments will give customers peace of mind.

Residents of Deale, Churchton and Lothian are concerned about staying healthy and thinking about all the places that germs might be lurking.  Where do you go on a daily basis? The grocery store, work, restaurants, the gym, movie theater, schools or the mall might be a part of your travels.  These busy populated places can be breading grounds for infectious diseases.  Make your business a place people do not hesitate to go, by calling SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian for a deep clean/sanitizing estimate.  Our services can get to that deeper level than surface clean.