Runway to Success
Heading to Orlando this summer, thanks to Southwest.
Building a business in Annapolis has been a terrific opportunity for our owners. It has been over 40 years and there are still new opportunities that become available to help small companies like ours. We found out today that we have been awarded a round trip ticket to attend a conference this summer. Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation and Southwest Airlines teamed up to host Runway to Success for local businesses.
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian submitted an application in 2017 in the hopes of funding the travel for a conference that will enhance our team’s knowledge of trends in the water damage, fire restoration and mold remediation arenas.
You can see what other local companies were awarded tickets from Southwest here.
We will be sure to share everything we learn with you and our crews this summer.
Our IICRC certified techs are available now to help with frozen pipes, water or fire damage at 410.647.8181.
Nobody in Lothian Likes a Cold Shower
The white covering is the BLANKET that helps insulate your water heater.
Waking up and taking a warm shower in the winter is what makes getting out of bed bearable, until, the water is COLD! The frigid temperatures of winter can cause some issues inside the home and for your water heater. Many water heaters are in basements that can be drafty and poorly insulted. Your pipes that run all the way to your shower are probably exposed. With a few inexpensive tips, you can be back bathing in hot water!
- Wrap foam pipe insulation around the pipes that lead from the water heater to your bathrooms
- Insulate the water heater with a specialty water heater blanket
- Have a professional check your heating element, pilot light and the thermostat on the heater
We are Fire and Water Damage Specialists
SERVPRO OF Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian specializes in fire and water damage restoration. Our technicians have extensive training and equipment to get you back to pre-fire condition. Our technicians are experts in fire & smoke restoration, odor identification and removal, upholstery & fabric cleaning, and water damage restoration.
SERVPRO OF Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian Offers:
- Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
- Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
- Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
- Cleaning and Repair
Call us today at 410-867-3590
“Like it never even happened.”
Roadside bottles in Deale
Bottles around Hardwood will take over 400 years to naturally disintegrate.
Have you seen those clear sparkly things on the side of Route 2? One more than one occasion we have passed piles of plastic bottles scattered down the sides of the roads. Statistics show globally we buy a million plastic bottle per minute. Now that we know we are the cause of all these bottles, what can we do to help eliminate them?
Our family recently purchased a bottle less water cooler similar to those at bottleless.com. We had been using the 5 gallon jugs but felt bad even about that. So now we are bottle less and we use refillable water bottles or glasses, which makes us feel like we are doing our part. Some people are concerned about having a water line in another part of the house, which could leak and cause water damage to the kitchen or the basement below.
Using a professional plumber to help us install the water line and verify all the connections were sealed, we felt very comfortable that we are doing the best thing for the environment. Checking lines when you change the filter to make sure you spot any small leaks ahead of time., is a best practice.
If you find yourself with any type of water damage or in need of water restoration services, call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian 410-867-3590 anytime.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles all around Edgewater
Train schedules could be impacted by stormy weather in parts of the county this holiday season.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles are out in full force the last few weeks of the year. Getting people to shops, parties and family destinations. The streets of Edgewater are bustling with friends from near and far and those finishing their holiday to do list. It looks like the area is in good shape until possibly Christmas Day when the region could get a rain or snow storm.
If you are expecting to travel by plane, train or automobile it is good practice to check the weather before you leave so you can be prepared for any hazards the weather may bring. AAA says more people will be hitting the road in personal vehicles this season. We suggest packing extra blankets, water bottles, a small shovel and cat litter which can all come in helpful if there is snow in the area that effects travel.
We wish everyone a Happy Holidays and Safe New Years as you travel near and far!
Overloaded outlets can spark electrical fires
Festive yards in Galesville and West River need to take precautions to avoid electrical fires.
Frosty, Olaf, a reindeer, Santa, The Polar Express are all on the same front lawn in Mayo. Lite up and blowing in the wind. Driving by it looks wonderful and brings smiles to everyone’s face, but can that be dangerous? All those cords plugged in to the same house is reason to pause.
All the lights and decorations are joyous only if they are installed safely.
The top there safety tips to follow when using lights outside are:
- Purchase certified and lab tested cords
- Make sure they are rated for outdoor use
- Do not use multiple plug outlets chained together
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has other great safety tips that will help limit your holiday fire risk. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian will have crews working throughout the holiday if you find yourself in need of smoke, soot or fire damage repair.
Icicles are pretty but can mean water damage to Shady Side Homes
Beautiful roof line of icicles can be a sign of underlying water in your Deale's attic. Be sure to check attic space for wet spots.
Icicles look so pretty!!Shady Side and Deale residents should be weary of those pretty winter creations. They can be a sign that your roof has an ice dam. Ice Dams occur when a snow-covered roof has some melting that seeps under the snow drift and then refreezes at the edge of the roof line. Once frozen any further water that is melting has nowhere to go other than under shingles or into holes in a roof line.
If you see icicles on the roof line you should check your attic for any possible wet spots which would indicate a problem. Catching these early is key to avoiding a larger water damage in your Deale or Shady Side home.
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has a team of technicians that can assist should your water damage become more than you can handle.
Don't let your Edgewater Christmas Tree Dry out
Fire Damage from a dry tree can be serious in Edgewater homes.
For many folks in Deale, Churchton or Lothian last weekend included putting up the Christmas Tree. This is a festive time of year, but also a time to remember some safety tips.
At SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian we rely on the National Fire Protection Association for key fire safety tips. They recommend the following:
- Keep tree at least 3 feet from a heat source
- Be sure to add water to tree daily
- Make sure lights are not broken or have frayed cords
- Turn off holiday lights before bed or when leaving the home
Most importantly is to get rid of the Christmas tree once it is dried out. Removing the dead tree from the home and garage is the best prevention for accidental holiday fires.
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian will be available all holiday season to assist with any smoke, fire or water damage needs. Call 410-867-3590 anytime!
Old vs. New Homes and Mold in Shady Side
Preservation is important to our team.
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian recently worked with the City of Annapolis and its KEEPING HISTORY ABOVE WATER conference in October and continues to support the City of Annapolis and its Weather It Together initiative.
Part of SERVPRO’s involvement with Weather It Together (and I urge you to visit their website) is because, of course, we love the history and community that is Anne Arundel County but mostly, as a SERVPRO owner, I am keenly aware of preservation and restoration. After all, our motto is, “Like it never even happened.” ... not tear it down and start over.
As we got more involved in the conference, my staff and I learned a few things. My team researched building materials and recreated structural samples spanning from pre-Civil war to the present day and how they have changed. A question presented itself. Why, for example, is mold so much more of a problem now with assumingly better modern-day materials?
In the 1920’s, indoor plumbing was introduced (great source of moisture). Builders moved from plaster and lath to drywall and from solid lumber to composites. In the 50’s, along comes air conditioning and the 60’s brought us updated HVAC systems. Buildings became more comfortable and energy consumption increased and we end up with an energy crisis in the 70’s! Energy efficiency became a priority and building design changed to reduce energy consumption. Construction became “tighter” reducing heat flow and air movement and more importantly, reducing drying potential of a commercial building or home. In the early 80’s, energy efficient structures were being built in quantity and by the late 80’s, health complaints start being connected to tight buildings and interest in mold problems began to grow.
So, for those of you who love vintage and historical properties, commercial or residential, you will be happy to know that older structures typically dry out better with less demolition than modern structures.
Calling SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian when your commercial or residential structure needs attention is your best bet!
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.