Toilet Tank Water 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
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
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?
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?
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?
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.
March can bring MOLD to your Edgewater Home
Kitchen sinks can leak and lead to mold on the covered portions of cabinets and flooring.
Our region is surrounded by beautiful waterways that sometimes creep into our homes or businesses. These types of water damages (if not dried correctly) and completely can leave moisture behind, allowing mold to grow. Whether it is water from a sprinkler, refrigerator, sump pump or the local river it is imperative to have it cleaned and dried by professionals. Our qualifications and our equipment can test moisture levels, and confirm dryness which is the key to preventing mold.
Should you find yourself suspecting you have mold because you see it or “smell” it, take caution. Breathing in mold spores may cause irritation.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans
- Contact SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian at 410.867-3590
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
- Don’t assume area is dry without having tested by a professional
This time of year rain (or snow) can leave residual moisture which is breading ground for mold. Keep vigilant to prevent major mold growth.
February Temperatures Still Freezing
FEMA is a great resource for Edgewater and Lothian residents.
When the outside temperatures are still lingering at and below freezing in the Edgewater area, heat is on most people’s minds. Having your heating units serviced at the beginning of each winter season is a good way to get ahead of any issues. This does not guarantee that you will not have any heating issues but if you do, make sure to follow these tips to prevent fires.
- Never use an oven or stove top to heat your home
- Always use a metal or heat tempered glass screen when using a fireplace
- All heater should have 3 feet on each side
Our IICRC certified technicians are available now to help with frozen pipes, water or fire damage at 410.867.3590.
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
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