Commercial Spring Cleaning
Are you ready to tackle Spring cleaning in your facility? It seems like every year there are serious viruses or fungi that cause panic. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has performed a variety of commercial cleaning projects to tackle many serious health crises including the flu and bio hazard cleanup.
There is a deadly superbug known as Candida auris (C. auris) that was found recently in New York as well as Maryland and over 600 cases were reported in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently added C. auris to its list of “urgent threats”. Almost half of the individuals infected with C. auris die within 90 days.
Did you know the flu can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours? Could you imagine how many individuals are exposed to the flu at a school with 500 students? In 2017, the CDC reported that 80,000 people died from the flu.
Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe offices. Call the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster.
Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?
Trish Turner, SERVPRO Commercial Marketing Representative
There are many qualities that separate SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian from the competition. But, one major difference is we help your business put together a disaster plan called an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).
Did you know that as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster? The businesses that do survive have some type of preparedness plan in place. At SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian we take this statistic seriously. That’s why we provide this free ERP service that prepares your business for whatever happens.
The ERP is a concise profile document/app that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It lists specific contact information for your insurance carrier, HVAC company, and other critical points of contact. In addition, the ERP identifies the location for emergency shut off valves, like water and gas. The ERP can also be accessed through a mobile application. Everyone always has their phone on them; now, they can have the plan right at their fingertips.
No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens.”
Gardening to Prevent Flood Water in Your Home
It’s that time of year! Spring is teasing you with warmer temperatures and you are ready to get your hands in the soil and start your Summer garden. What kind of plants can you use and how can you layout your flowerbeds to prevent water from getting into your home? Gardening doesn’t have to be all about “curb appeal”, it can also be functional. Here are a some quick tips to help prevent water from getting into your home.
Create a water garden. A natural-looking water garden should have sloped sides with planting terraces that step down toward the deepest area of the pond. This allows you to plant a diversity of plant material and create different habitats and keeps water drainage to one area.
Plant native. Using native plants can help prevent soil erosion. Here are a list of wild flowers you might consider: black-eyed Susan, Foxglove Beardtongue, Cardinal Flower, and Butterfly Weed.
Use mulch. Covering the bare areas in your lawn or garden with mulch or straw is an effective method for preventing erosion from rain. Mulch spread over the surface of the soil reduces the impact of raindrops striking the soil. Using mulch in landscaping and on bare spots near your home keeps water away from your foundation.
TIP: Always wear a mask when spreading mulch. It contains mold spores that can irritate your throat, nasal passages, and lungs.
Install rain barrels. Did you know that up to 40% of total water use during the summer can come from watering lawns and gardens? Rain barrels are an effective way to capture rain water to use in lawns and gardens. Rain barrels can be attached to storm drains to catch runoff from your roof. The water you collect can then be reused to water your lawn and garden. For more information on rain barrels, contact The Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Grade your yard. To avoid incoming water, the ground should always slope away from your home in all directions surrounding your perimeter. You’ll need to understand the high and low points of your home, and use extra dirt to slope accordingly. Have a plan in place or work with a professional to make sure vents, basement windows, pipes, drains, and other areas aren’t negatively impacted during the grading process.
The first day of Spring is March 20, 2019. Be ready for April showers by landscaping your lawn to prevent water damage to your home.
Why are Space Heaters so Dangerous?
Prevent Space Heater Fires
When the cold winter weather hits, many people turn on space heaters. Generally speaking, space heaters are safe to use. Fires occur mostly when space heaters are used improperly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters account for 43% of home heating fires. Here are some tips to ensure you use your space heater properly:
Use an electric space heater. Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering warns that space heaters that use kerosene, propane, and natural gas pose an additional risk of releasing carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen dioxide into the air if they aren't properly vented, which can lead to serious health problems and even death. Electric space heaters (when used properly) are always a safer device for indoor heating.
Plug your space heater directly into the wall outlet. Never plug your electric space heater into an extension cord or power strip. Space heaters are often the cause of electrical fires because they overload a circuit.
Move your space heater away from clutter. Always keep your space heater at least 3 feet away from any furniture or combustible items (including bedding and curtains). Remember to instruct children to remain 3 feet away from the heater too.
Turn your space heater off. Whenever you leave the room or go to sleep, it is important to turn your space heater off. Unplug the heater when it’s not in use by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Check the cord for damage periodically, and don’t use it if it’s frayed or worn.
Space heaters are not dangerous if they are properly used. Keep these safety tips in mind to prevent fire in your property.
We've Got Credentials
When a disaster strikes your property, the last thing you want to do is vet remediation companies. Trust a national brand with local presence, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian. Our team caries various certifications and our General Manager, Chris Goedeke, has more certifications than another other remediation specialist on our team.
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian Certifications
- AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
- CMR - IAQC Certified Mold Remediator
- CMT - Certified Mold Technician
- CMT - Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
- CPM - IAQC Mold Certified Project Manager
- CRMR - Council-certified Residential Microbial Remediator
- ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
- FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
- HST - Health and safety Technician
- IICRC Certified Firm
- OCT - Odor Control Technician
- OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
- OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
- RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
- RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
- WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
Chris is the GENERAL MANAGER of SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian. Chris is an ACAC Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor and a Certified Commercial Drying Specialist with 11 years of emergency response experience. He is IICRC certified in Water Damage Restoration, Applied Structural Drying, Fire and Smoke Restoration, Carpet Cleaning, Odor Control, Carpet Repair and Installation. He recently became an IICRC Master Water Restorer. Chris oversees all construction projects following a loss and heads up the Carpet and Hard Floor Sales Division.
Trust an industry leader at the local level. Call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian for any restoration needs (410) 647-8181
Winter Weather and Water Safety
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Anne Arundel County contains several water ways and winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and a sidewalk to shovel. You are also at risk for frozen pipes and ice dams.
With colder air and water temperatures, it’s crucial to be prepared for anything if you happen to be heading out on the water for any activity this winter –boating, kayaking, paddle boarding or even ice fishing and snowmobiling.
If you plan to participate in any water activity this winter – know what will keep you safe! Click here to read more about Winter Water Safety.
FROZEN PIPES Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.
To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross:
- Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
- Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate near the plumbing.
- When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
- Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.
Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof ’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.
Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.”
Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melter.
If winter weather causes water damage to you or your insured’s property, the SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian are only a call away, 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.
When Winter Weather Strikes, We Strike Back
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian wants your home or business to be prepared for winter weather. Water damage can occur for different reasons during cold winter months. Follow these winter weather tips to prevent water from damaging your property.
TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR WINTER WEATHER
Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off”.
Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.
TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR WINTER WEATHER
Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water can be present.
Contact SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian for an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
When water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That’s why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is so important. Just go to www.SERVPROedgewaterdeale-churchtonlothian.com on your mobile phone or call (410) 867-3590.
Winter Weather and Your Pets
Protect Your Pets From Winter Weather
It’s no surprise that Marylanders love their pets. Your furry family members need to be safe during the winter just like humans. At SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian we know that your pets are an important part of your family. Most pets in Anne Arundel County are indoor animals and those animals are prone to the same winter hazards as humans. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind for your furry friend.
Limit outdoor time on bitter cold days. Try to go out when the sun is shining. If you have a dog with fur, they can still suffer from hypothermia. Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Dogs with long or short hair should have winter sweaters or coats to help them maintain their body temperature.
Avoid the ice. Animals can slip and fall just like you. More importantly, animals cannot recognize the danger of breaking through thin ice on frozen water. It is always better to keep your pet on a leash during the winter to help them steer clear of hazards.
Wipe their paws when you come inside. The streets and sidewalks of you neighborhood are often treated with salt or other de-icers. These substances can irritate your animal's paws. Some can be toxic, which is especially dangerous if your pet licks its paws.
People and pets want a safe place inside for the cold months. If a winter emergency, like a burst pipe, makes your home unsafe, contact SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian. We are here to help the residents of Anne Arundel County recover when winter storms hit.
How to Train Employees for Fire Safety
Practice Fire Safety
At SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian we restore buildings after fires have taken place. We encourage you to train your employees on some basic fire safety techniques on an annual basis.
Here’s a quick list of some techniques you should use.
Fire extinguisher training should be done on an annual basis, at least, and should also be part of the initial training for new employees.
The P.A.S.S Technique
If employees aren't confident they can safely put out a fire, they should evacuate instead. The acronym P.A.S.S. helps employees remember each step of using an extinguisher to reduce fire damage.
- Pull the pin. Find the pin at the top of the canister and pull it out to break the tamper seal.
- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. When the source of water is doused, the flames should die down.
- Squeeze the handle to release the pressurized chemicals inside the canister.
- Sweep the spray from side to side, maintaining your focus at the base of the fire.
After working through the steps, keep your eye on the area. If flames reappear, repeat steps 2 to 4.
Annual Fire Response Drills
Use the following steps in case of a fire (and during yearly drills.)
Pull the fire alarm and alert the fire department.
Protect the designated evacuation path. If fire, heat, or smoke threatens to come between employees and the exit, personnel should evacuate instead of fighting the fire.
Choose an appropriate extinguisher.
Complete the P.A.S.S. technique.
Observe the location of the fire to catch any flames that may reignite.
Evacuate immediately if the fire is too big, if the air isn't safe to breathe, if the room is too hot or smoky, and/or if the evacuation path is compromised.
Once the ability to use the fire extinguisher has been mastered and employees have been trained in the fire response routine, schedule opportunities for employees to practice their responses to a fire.
It doesn't take long for a kitchen fire to pop up in a restaurant or flames to appear in an industrial setting. Protect your employees with training on how to use a fire extinguisher and regular drills in fire safety techniques.
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian Facility
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian Facility
If your home or business suffers from a water or fire loss, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is here to help. With over 18,000 square feet of warehouse space, we have the capacity to handle any size disaster. Our experience and proven leadership (43 years!) in the restoration industry with mold remediation, fire and water damage and biohazard recovery along with our large facility make us your local restoration leader.
There are several reasons why a large facility is important when selecting an emergency cleanup company. At SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian we have the capability to store (and clean if necessary) your belongings while your home or business is being repaired. Our experienced crew will inventory and pack out your property carefully and efficiently. Our content clean- room houses state of art ultrasonic equipment that works miracles on soot damaged items.
From air scrubbers to dehumidifiers and air movers, we have the right equipment to get the job done. The proper equipment allows a structure to dry properly and reduce further contamination and damage.