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Edgewater Water Damage

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Edgewater Water Damage Refrigerator Water Line Leak

SERVPRO® of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian recently worked on a property in Edgewater that suffered water damage. When there’s a water intrusion, like a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home. It’s important to clean the water as soon as possible.

This townhome suffered water damage from a leaking water line to the refrigerator. A refrigerator water line usually lasts several years.  Warning: Unplug the refrigerator so you don’t get shocked or electrocuted! This leak caused water damage in the kitchen, basement hallway, ceiling, and carpeting. Typical refrigerator water lines are made of plastic. We recommend you change them to a sturdier material. You can read more about the other options for refrigerator lines in this article by Family Handyman.

If your property suffers water damage, keep in mind that water intrusions invade floors, ceilings, and walls to find the lowest point in the structure. Water from a refrigerator water line will search for pinhole crevices and cracks in your floors and walls looking for a way to travel down. SERVPRO® of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian responds to water losses within 4 hours to start mitigation services. While we are on our way, remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying and place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.

Did you know mold can start growing within 24-48 hours after water damage? Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Make sure your property is properly dried if your refrigerator water line leaks. Call SERVPRO® of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian to get professional water mitigation to service your property needs.

Risks of Lightning

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Risks of Lightning Thunderstorm

A lightning bolt is the width of a thumb and hotter than the sun. The temperature of lightning reaches five times hotter than the surface of the sun.

SERVPRO® of Edgewater/ Deale/ Churchton/ Lothian wants you to be safe this Summer when you’re outside in a Summer storm. Although most lightning occurs in the Summer, people can be struck any time of the year. Even though there may be a small chance of you or a loved one getting struck by lightning, it is important to know the factors of being struck.

Remember these tips:

  • Be aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities.
  • Go indoors. Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
  • Avoid Windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
  • Avoid Water. Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.

National Weather Service (NWS) advises you to follow these steps if a loved one is struck:

  • Call for help. Call 9-1-1.
  • Give first aid. Begin CPR if you are trained.
  • Use an Automatic External Defibrillator if one is available. These units are lifesavers!
  • If possible, move the victim to a safer place. Lightning can strike twice and you don’t want to put yourself or the victim at risk.

For the latest storm forecasts, click here to visit the NWS website. SERVPRO® of Edgewater/ Deale/ Churchton/ Lothian wishes you a safe Summer.

"Like It Never Even Happened"

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO "Like It Never Even Happened" One candle caused a fire

The national slogan for SERVPRO® is "Like it never even happened." At SERVPRO® of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian, we embodied this tagline with the work we performed at an Edgewater property fire. Not only did we mitigate the fire and water damage, we also reconstructed the property.

This house fire was started by one candle. The fire ripped through this family's home causing a significant amount of physical damage to four rooms. Fortunately, the family was unharmed physically. Firefighters stopped the fire, but left behind water damage. The water damage became a secondary loss for the home. This fire ended up being a large insurance loss, but the good news is that SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian was asked by the insured to mitigate the fire as well as reconstruct the damaged rooms in the property.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian specializes in fire and water restoration. We’ve received advance training in restoration techniques, and we have the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property. This “restore first” mentality also allows us to get your home or business back to pre-fire condition quicker and with less disruption.

In addition to restoration, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has the capability to reconstruct. This includes installing drywall, replacing flooring and/or carpeting. We can also provide painting, new cabinetry and even a new kitchen sink! We are a woman-owned business that has worked in the mitigation industry for 44 years.

Our mission, tagline, and slogan is “Like it never even happened”, and we are happy to be your one stop shop.

Fire Restoration Done Right

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Restoration Done Right Building Fire

When your office suffers a fire, the amount of damage may be the first thing on your mind. Fire damage is especially devastating for a commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Restoring your work space after a fire involves 3 restoration facets: water damage, smoke damage, and fire damage. Our goal at SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is to get your business up and running as quickly as possible.

Technically, water is NOT part of a fire event. However, the hoses and amount of water used to extinguish a fire typically causes some sort of water damage. If this damage isn’t treated properly, the property may suffer mold damage later.

Smoke and Soot cause a large amount of damage in a property. Not only for the obvious discoloration, but for their harmful odors and contamination. Some structural framing can be treated for odor contamination, but most of the contents in a property affected by smoke and soot will need to be transported to our facility. In some cases, SERVPRO can remove odors in our ozone chamber and our Ultrasonic Cleaning Equipment can easily remove black soot that cannot be removed by human hands.

Finally, we can talk about the actual fire damage. Fires spread quickly and destroy furnishings and appliances but oftentimes, electronics can be restored to pre-fire condition. It’s important that these contents are disposed of properly. But, a very important element in fire restoration is to restore or remove the HVAC system to ensure no harmful particles will spread through the air and cause future health problems.

When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is open 24/7 and ready for emergency service.

Commercial Spring Cleaning

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Spring Cleaning Bacteria

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?

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Gardening to Prevent Flood Water in Your Home Water Garden

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?

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We've Got Credentials Teamwork

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

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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.