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What will your sign say?

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 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.

Diane Whittles helps keep businesses afloat

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Diane Whittles helps keep businesses afloat Keeping businesses, historical properties and residences open is a big priority for Diane.

Whether it's a coastal storm, tidal flooding or the long-term reality of sea level rise, properties and public spaces within the flood hazard area are at risk.  Even the most conservative projections indicate that we might anticipate an increase in sea level and flood elevations of nearly 4 ft. by 2100. Annapolis and the surrounding area have many historical buildings,commercial businesses and monuments in these zones.  Area leaders are working on plans to minimize the effect on our local history. Weather It Together is the Annapolis community-based planning initiative designed to adapt communities to minimize the risks associated with flooding.

Diane Whittles, owner of SERVPRO® of Annapolis/Severna Park and SERVPRO® of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has over 40 years of experience with flooding and the effects it can have on individuals, businesses and cities.  She has seen the devastation and financial toll that water damage can have. Making every effort to help people prepare for these situations is a key component of Diane’s messaging, she would like to help people avoid disasters.   This fell right in line with the Weather It Together initiative. Each month WIT hosts a guest speaker that shares research, experiences or strategies they have been a part of.  Ellicott City leaders, Office of Emergency Management, FEMA, DNR, Historic Preservation Council and many more have all participated and collaborated to educate our community.

The collaboration doesn’t stop locally, Keeping History Above Water will be hosting its second annual conference in Annapolis, October 29-31 to share best practices, promote dialogue and engage new audiences.  Session speakers will include Dr. David Guggenheim, President, Ocean Doctor Inc., James B, Balocki, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Facilities), and Annapolis’s very own, Lisa Craig, Chief of Historic Preservation. Mrs. Whittles choose to be a sponsor of the conference to help spread awareness of flooding issues and be a resource for those who are effected by flooding and water damage.  SERVPRO has been a unique added value to WIT and the KHAW group. Their experience in post disaster assistance has helped people understand the long-term effects from flooding and the cost to recover. In partnership with KHAW and WIT Diane and her team are continuing to serve the community in which they hold so dear.

Edgewater Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/29/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today –  410-647-8181

Help for Sandwich Generation right here in Edgewater

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard Help for Sandwich Generation right here in Edgewater Boxes can get wet and grow mold. Let SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian take care of that for you.

Sandwich generation is the term for people who are raising their own kids and caring for their aging parents. 47% of those ages 40-50 fall into this category.  Caregivers are dealing with health issues, financial issues and many times a second home to take care of if the parent is aging in place.  

Many aging parents are not able to maintain the home and can end up with mold, water damage or hoarding. These are all additional stressors for caregivers.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian can help take some stress away for the sandwich generation.  Our team is trained to mitigate water damages, mold and the bio-hazards that can be associated with hoarding.  Not all hoarding looks like what you see on the TV show "Hoarders". Basements, attics or spare rooms can become overrun with boxes and with any bit of moisture, fungi, mold and other bacteria can begin to grow. Our franchise is ARBA certified and will use proper protective gear to assess the situation, decontaminate and restore the property so it is safe for you and your family member.

If you are stuck in the middle and need help call 410.647.8181.

Revised Tropical Storm and Hurricane Forecast will effect Anne Arundel County

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Revised Tropical Storm and Hurricane Forecast will effect Anne Arundel County Shady Side, is your disaster kit ready?

Forecasters have recently increased their forecast of named storms and major hurricanes. Predictions from May of 2017 were much lower, but due to current conditions in the Atlantic we are in for an “extremely active season”.  What does that mean for residents of Arnold, Severna Park and Annapolis?

Peak season is Mid-August through late October.  Preparation starts NOW! 

  1. Download a weather or local emergency operations app that will send alerts to your cell phone when there are weather alerts for your location.
  2. Pack a Disaster Kit -details here.
  3. Know your plan for the family if you need to evacuate, power goes out or what to do if your home is effected by storm damage
  4. Prepare your home
    1. Tree limbs cut back
    2. Secure loose rain gutters, clean debris and leaves from them
    3. Purchase, check and gas up generator
  5. Add SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian to your cell phone 410.647.8181

Once a weather alert is issued make sure to stay tuned to radio for local announcements for updates and instructions.  Safety is the most important thing during storm cleanup.  Avoid down power lines, standing water and debris fields.  Calling SERVPRO to help after a storm, and letting our trained professionals help is what we are here for.

For more information about the forecast and preparedness visit the National Hurricane Center.

For assistance with storm damage, flooding, mold or fire restoration call 410.647.8181 for the fastest response.

Waterspout spotted near Edgewater/Deale/Lothian

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

General Waterspout spotted near Edgewater/Deale/Lothian A Waterspout was visible from Edgewater last weekend.

On Saturday July 15th, around lunchtime, witnesses say a waterspout was seen on the Chesapeake Bay moving east towards the Shore.  You can see video here. This experience caught many boaters by surprise and brought to light how quickly the weather can change while out on the water.  Waterspouts can be difficult to predict like much of the Edgewater area weather.  Here are several suggestions to follow when heading out on the water.

  1. Check the National Weather Service before you leave
  2. Install a weather alert app on your phone
  3. Let someone know what waterway you will be on
  4. Make sure flares are not expired

Once you are out on the water and encounter bad weather, you should immediately return to land. The closest land may not be your original destination but it is important to return to shore. During the trip to shore you should put on personal flotation devices as a precaution. Returning safely is the most important part of the boating trip.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is your local fire, water and mold restoration company.

Available 24/7/365 at 410.647.8181

National Night Out

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Community National Night Out August 1, 2017 at 6243 Shady Side Road, Shady Side, MD 20764

National Night Out is an annual community-building event created to promote relationship between neighborhoods and law enforcement.  The ability to bring police and communities together under positive circumstances is one of the greatest benefits to this event.  Local communities can register to host a NNO event that is FREE to the public.  Residents from around Edgewater, Deale, Churchton, Shady Side, Davidsonville can visit the Lula G. Scott Community Center in Shady Side on August 1, 2017 from 6-9 pm for the local NNO event. Families will enjoy free refreshments, giveaways, police demonstrations and vehicles on display.  Local business will be supporting these efforts as well.  Keep an eye out, you might spot a green car or shirts of SERVPRO of Edgewater, Deale-Churchton,Lothian! Supporting our local police and fire departments is a top priority for our company, as is supporting residents when fire, flooding or mold situations arise.

Summer Cleaning Special for Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Summer Cleaning Special for Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian Cleaning Special is valid until September 1, 2017.

It is mid-July and the kids have been out of school for almost 6 weeks!  A lot of dirt can build up over that time and the good news is SERVPRO® of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has the answer.

Our Summer Cleaning Special offers 10% OFF Carpet Steam Cleaning Service*.

Services Include:

  • Vacuum
  • Pre-Treatment
  • Spot Treatment

*Minimum service call of $225.00 applies.  Offer Expires September 1, 2017.

The SERVPRO® carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. Professionally cleaned carpet and furniture will allow you to enjoy the spirit of summer while you let us do the dirty work.

It is not too late to have the Air Ducts cleaned. All that great AC blowing through the house can also be sending dust and bacteria along with it.  The kids are home for another 7 weeks, call now to have the cleaned to improve the air quality for everyone in the home.

Summer specials are not only for your home, but also for offices, daycare, businesses, and warehouses. Let us help you get over the mid-summer hump.

Call us today to schedule a cleaning service, 410-647-8181.

Anne Arundel residents battling dampness and mold – You are not alone!

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Anne Arundel residents battling dampness and mold – You are not alone! A small drip lead to this mold situation in a local home.

Summer humidity in our area can lead to a constant battle against dampness in your home.  As the peak of summer hits and temperatures in the high nineties and one hundreds, with humidity levels over 80% this is the time to make sure you are on top of the situation.   Failure to control the moisture in your Edgewater, Deal, Churchton or Lothian home can lead to ideal conditions for mold to grow.

 Steps to Control Moisture

  1. Air Conditioning the home
  2. Dehumidifiers in basements, that are particularly damp
  3. Promptly fixing any leaky roofs, windows or pipes
  4. Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
  5. Ventilating showers, laundry and cooking areas

If you suspect that you have mold SERVPRO of Edgewater, Deale-Churchton, Lothian is available to help remediate, you are not alone!

Call 410.647.8181 to schedule our IICRC Certified technicians.

Learn more about our Mold services HERE

Anne Arundel County Parks and Rec have much to offer Edgewater/South County Residents

7/4/2017 (Permalink)

July, starts Parks and Recreation Month. Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation offer an array of activities for people of all ages.  Getting out and being a part of your community has benefits ranging from easing stress to increasing physical activity which can lead to health improvements.  In July you can visit Mayo Beach Park on Sundays July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30th. If music is more your speed Sweet Leda will be performing at Quite Waters Park in Annapolis on July 15th at 6 pm.  For those looking to get active this summer The Hope, Skip and Jump 5K is on July 29th in Annapolis.  All these events and more can be found at  SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian would like to also invite you to the Greater Severna Park & Arnold Chamber of Commerce July 4th parade which is always a summer favorite. Enjoy the amazing activities in our county and do not forget to call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian for your water and fire restoration needs.