We’re Here to Help!!
When you see your office going up in smoke or water is running down the walls and across the floors of your business, it’s an emergency. It doesn’t matter if it’s 3AM or 3PM, you need help now, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian prides itself on a rapid response time.
Recently, we received a call for service from a church in the middle of the afternoon, they had several feet of water in one of their buildings and needed it pumped out right away to start getting things dried out. We were on site in an hour but stayed long into the night to finish the initial stages of service. We used air movers and dehumidifiers to dry out the structure and were able to get the space put back together with minimal disruption to their services.
It doesn’t matter if its fire, flood, biohazard, mold or just a general carpet cleaning we always provide the BEST service in the industry. We pride ourselves on being available 24/7 to help in any disaster. We strive for FIVE on every service call and value your online reviews and comments.
How Can You Limit Your Exposure to Mold?
We’re all exposed to mold every day, but living or working in a moldy environment increases the likelihood of developing mold-related symptoms.
If you think a space you frequent is affected, it’s important to limit your exposure.
Limit exposure you say, how am I to do that when mold is found in every environment? You may feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. With mold in so many places, indoors and out it can be challenging. You can take steps to limit your exposure indoors and make your home or business less mold-friendly. The key is to control the amount of moisture in the air. Mold is most frequently found in bathrooms, kitchens, attics and basements.
Follow these steps to help limit moisture in these areas:
- Use an exhaust fan or open a window in the bathroom it will draw moisture up and out
- Quick action can pay off! Fix leaky pipes, faucets or appliances right away
- Lower the humidity in your basement by using a dehumidifier and choosing flooring that doesn’t hold moisture. Be careful what you store there. Mold will grow on old papers bedding and clothes. Use waterproof plastic containers instead of boxes whenever possible. Rake dead leaves from around the foundation of your home. Make sure as much as possible that rainwater drains away from your home. Clear out that drain at the bottom of your basement steps if it clogs water will run right in around the door flooding your basement.
- Check roof gutters for proper drainage so waters isn’t leaking back into your attic area.
Any and all of these steps will help to prevent mold growth, if you do find you have a mold problem. Call the experts, at SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian at 410-923-6166. We are here to help and will provide you with the expertise that comes with over 40 years of service in the mold remediation industry in Anne Arundel County.
We Are The Cleaning Experts!!
Corona Virus Germs
During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services. We adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards and our employees are trained and experienced.
As a member of American Biorecovery Association, your local SERVPRO is prepared to clean and disinfect your business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. As schools are re-opening and retail spaces are allowed to increase capacity, enlist the help of SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian.
If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park, 410-647-8181
Do You Have a Home Evacuation Plan?
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you with as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds.
If a fire breaks out in your home have you established an evacuation plan? Pull together everyone in your household and make a fire escape plan. How will you exit and where will you meet are both key aspects that should be discussed.
A couple tips to remember; stay low to avoid smoke, fumes and super heated gases. Close doors as you leave to confine fire as much as possible. Most importantly if a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP.
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian technicians are IICRC trained to handle even the toughest of losses. The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process, but trust professionals to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Training Makes SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian the Best Choice
So, why would you choose SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian? Because we are qualified. We pride ourselves on continual learning. Recently, our technicians attended a mold awareness class.
Most remediation industry companies are IICRC certified. This type of certification promotes the highest quality concepts, terminology, and procedures recognized in the cleaning and restoration industry.
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian goes above the basic mold remediation. We work closely with environmental specialists to ensure we understand the type of mold we are tackling. In the past few weeks, our crews went to Environmental Solutions, Inc. (ESI) for a 3-hour class. They learned more about the different types of mold that effect Anne Arundel County as well as the latest treatment techniques.
To that end, when your property demands the best, contact SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian. We are your highly trained mold remediation specialists.
Edgewater Water Damage Cleanup
Edgewater Water Damage
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian can provide a solution to your water damage needs. Recently, our team worked in an Edgewater property that had a pipe burst. Learn how our restoration process works so you can feel confident calling on us.
As you can see from the picture, this home suffered water damage when a pipe burst. Many rooms in the property suffered including a bedroom, a living room ceiling, and floors. The most important thing to remember is to get water damage mitigated quickly.
Our process for water cleanup and restoration is as follows:
A uniformed professional will arrive onsite usually within 4 hours of notification to begin providing a resolution to the water damage situation.
A SERVPRO professional utilizes industry guidelines, knowledge, training and industrial equipment to examine the extent of the damage.
Restoration services include moisture detection, water extraction, dehumidification, contents inventory and drying validation.
Technicians will close the claim in a timely manner through electronic claims reporting, consistent communication and professional restoration techniques.
Remember, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Why is it so Important to Get Water Cleaned Up Quickly?
Get Water Cleaned Quickly
We’ve all been there...Sitting at the kitchen table and someone spills a glass of water. Quick! Clean it up! How does that relate to water that spills out of a pipe? Is it so important to clean water from your property?
SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian offers 24/7 water mitigation services because of the importance of quick remediation. Here’s a timeline of how water can create damage in your Edgewater home or Deale business:
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
When it comes to water in your property, the key to lowering your expenses and minimizing damages is get it cleaned quickly.
Dangers of Extreme Cold
While your Edgewater home may get damaged by winter weather and extreme cold, your personal health is also at risk.
Winter storms create a higher risk of accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as heart attacks from overexertion, according to Ready.gov. That is why it’s important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on you.
Frostbite can occur while your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms include white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, and numbness.
Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone’s body temperature is below 95°F, seek medical attention immediately.
To avoid these conditions, stay indoors, if possible. If not, dress in layers to stay warm and keep dry.
Tools Used for Water Mitigation
Water Mitigation Tools
Small water damage can cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your Edgewater home or business. Not only do our technicians hold IICRC certifications, but they also have specialized equipment that helps them perform restoration services.
Here are a few of the tools used by our technicians:
- Moisture Sensors. Used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
- Thermohygrometers. Used to measure temperature and relative humidity. This allows us to calculate and create an environment most conductive to drying.
- Thermal Foggers. Used to dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog.
So, why would you choose SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian? Not only are our technicians industry certified, we provide the state-of-the-art tools they need to get the job done right.
How Does Smoke Permeate?
The damage to your Edgewater home or business following a fire is complicated due to the unique behavior 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 after any fire, our SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian professionals will survey the property to determine the impact from the fire, smoke, heat, and moisture. The soot will be detested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Based on the results, our IICRC certified technicians perform the proper cleaning method.
Smoke can penetrate various cavities withing a structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Our team will investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. Here are some facts about how smoke permeates:
- Hot smoke migrates to cooler area 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.
If your Edgewater property suffers fire or smoke damage, contact us. We strive to make it “Like it never even happened.”