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Holiday Fire Emergency Tips

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree Fire Christmas Tree Fire

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home/business and property to pre-fire condition.. A fire is always difficult and especially during the holiday season. Here’s a few holiday emergency tips to keep your property safe:

  • Keep space heaters on a single electrical cord and at least three feet away from flammable objects.
  • Check the water in your tree every day. A dry tree Is very flammable.
  • Before guests arrive for the holidays, check your smoke alarm batteries.
  • Get your chimney checked by a professional before lighting the fireplace.
  • Keep candles away from flammable materials, better yet use flameless candles.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of house fires.
  • Keep an eye on what you fry! Most cooking fires start when frying food.
  • During the holidays, do not overload extension cords.
  • Always turn off holiday lights at night or when you leave your home or office.

Be fire smart as you deck the halls this season! Give the gift of emergency preparedness, develop a SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).

Prepare Your Business for Winter

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Trees in the snow Winter Weather

Winter is on its way, is your business ready? SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian can help prepare your business with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). But, here are 5 tips you can implement yourself:

  1. 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.
  2. Stay tuned to radio or television for quickly changing weather conditions.
  3. Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  4. 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 could be present.
  5. Stay aware of your surroundings when holiday shopping especially at night. If you see something…say something. Call 9-1-1.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian can provide you with assistance by developing an ERP. As part of a well thought-out Contingency Plan, your ERP will contain information you need in the event an emergency situation occurs. To get started, call us today (410) 867-3590.

Why SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian logo SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian

As a franchise of SERVPRO Industries, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is required to adhere to several standards. Some of these standards include: brand recognition, training, and quality controls. Let’s dive deeper into each of these topics.

Brand Recognition. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian follows a Brand Identity Guide that is updated regularly. Nationally developed brand standards include logo design as well as how the logo is used in advertising. Brand standard colors and fonts are used throughout the nation to develop a brand that is impossible to miss.

Training. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian Certifications include:

  • 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

Quality Controls. Just like other successful businesses, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has clearly documented processes in place to insure proper disaster cleanup. Whether your property suffers water damage or needs mold remediation, we have a proven plan to restore the damage.

Our franchise has over 45 years of leadership in cleanup and restoration. When fire, water, mold, and other damage take control of your life, we help you take it back.

How to Prevent Your Sump Pump From Freezing

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

wet basement floor with sump pump Sump Pump Water Damage

Winter weather is quickly approaching. Did you know your sump pump discharge lines faces the risk of freezing? Your sump pump is designed to keep all excess water out from your basement, but it can’t do that if the discharge line is frozen. A frozen discharge line not only puts your basement at risk, but it can seriously damage your sump pump.

Here are some warning signs of a damaged sump pump:

  • Your sump pump is constantly running. If your sump pump is constantly running, it could mean a number of problems, call a plumber.
  • Frequent on and off cycling. A sump pump that constantly turns on and off could imply several problems and it should be inspected by a plumber.
  • Wet areas. Because a sump pump is designed to remove any excess water from your basement, it’s best to be located at the lowest spot on the floor. If you can’t locate your sump pump at the lowest spot, installing a PVC feed line should help to remove any remaining excess water.
  • Odors and humidity. Sump pumps have an airtight lid that’s designed to keep all odors humidity from rising out of the sump pit. If you smell something foul coming out of your sump pump, you might have a loose or broken lid.

Here are a few tips to prevent the sump pump drainage line from freezing:

  • Keep your water running. One reason for your plumbing freezing is if there is any excess water that isn’t running. If the water can’t flow throughout your house, it’s more likely that any water inside your sump pump will freeze.
  • Prevent the water from meeting freezing air. The best way to prevent a discharge line from freezing is with as much insulation as possible. To achieve this, you can try burying the line deeper underground, or try adding insulation using hay and a tarp.
  • Give your sump pump a slight slope. One of the easiest ways to prevent a frozen discharge line is by letting gravity do the work. When you’re looking at where the sump pump lines go, try and see if you can make them go at a slope versus a straight line, as gravity will help keep the water running. If your house isn’t on a natural slope, you can make one.
  • Add some insulation. Just like the pipes running through your home, adding some insulation can help drastically prevent a frozen discharge line. To properly insulate your discharge line, you should be able to find what you need at a local hardware store.

Nothing is worse than having damaged plumbing in the dead of winter because it can result in costly damages. You can keep your sump pump discharge line running properly this winter and all it involves is some maintenance.

What Happens When Water Sits?

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

stream from water Water

Water is so powerful that it can form mountains. But, when water is left sitting in your property it can become hazardous to your health. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian restored a property where a basement leak left standing water in a home for 2 weeks untreated. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian employees IICRC Water Mitigation Technicians that can properly treat a property with stagnant water.

Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and parasites that can be harmful to your health. While contaminated water poses a bigger health risk, bacteria will even grow in clean water. Mold can begin to grow and spread in as little as 48 hours.

A home experienced a basement water intrusion that went undetected for 2 weeks while the homeowner was hospitalized. Based on the insurance adjuster’s suggestion, the homeowner contacted SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian when he witnessed the amount of stagnant water as well as mold in the property. The complete basement and first level of the home, up to the ceiling, was covered in mold. This included couches, kitchen cabinets, flooring, and walls…everything you can think of. Our team provided water extraction, drying, dhimmification, as well as mold mitigation. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is highly qualified to handle stagnant water. Our team members are certified and well-trained in water damage and mold mitigation. When standing water is found in your property, remember the team that is faster to any sized disaster, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian.

What Happens When Water Sits in the Basement?

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

pipes in basement Source of Water Damage

One of the most common calls SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian receives is water damage in the basement of a home. Water always seeks to go from high ground to low ground which is why it usually causes damage in a lower level.

When water damage occurs, mold and/or bacteria can begin to form is as little as 48 hours. Recently, a Davidsonville homeowner contacted SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian because a broken drain pipe seal in their finished basement caused water and mold damage. There was damage in the closet, main living area, walls and vents.

The best thing you can do to protect your property is to determine the source of the water leak. Once the cause has been determined and repaired by a plumber, mitigation can begin.

Contact your homeowner’s insurance provider to notify them of the issue. They will assist you with submitting a claim.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian works with all insurance providers and we streamline the claim process. When we arrive at your home, we will inspect the damaged area to ensure proper drying and dehumidification, cleaning and repair.

Otherwise, mold and bacteria can begin to grow. If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

When water damage puts your home at risk, call the water mitigation specialists at SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian.

How to Prevent Mold Growth?

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

drywall with mold near vent Mold Growth

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. The most common cause of mold is water intrusion. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian handles water damages every day and knows prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.

Review these prevention tips our team developed:

Clean and Ventilate Your Bathroom. Mold growing in bathroom tile Mold grows quickly and thrives in warm, moist areas. It’s important to stop mold from spreading before it starts growing on walls and other locations. The best way to avoid mold growth is to keep your home clean and dry.

Keep humidity levels in your home as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. You can buy a meter to check your home’s humidity at a home improvement store. Humidity levels change over the course of a day so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.

Fix plumbing leaks as soon as possible. Standing water can grow bacteria and mold in as little as 48 hours. Mold needs moisture to grow and the best way to prevent this from happening is to cut the liquid source from them. As soon as a pipe or roof leaks, wet materials, especially drywall which is high in cellulose, should be removed and replaced.

Got Mold? Call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian 

What To Do With Fire and Smoke Damage

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

house built from matches with flame Fire and Smoke

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your property to pre-fire condition. Click here to review our complete fire damage restoration process. Every fire is different, and smoke and soot creates a unique type of damage.

Here are 4 tips to keep in mind with fire and smoke damage:

  1. Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  2. Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  3. If electricity is off, empty your freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  4. Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.

Fires can happen at any time, day or night. The most important thing is quick response time. That’s why SERVPRO of Edgewater/Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

How Do Smoke Detectors Work?

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

smoke alarm on wall Smoke Detector

October 6 – October 12 is Fire Prevention Week and smoke detectors play a huge role in preventing loss and injury with property fires. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian wants to know how smoke detectors really work. So, we’ve done some research.

First, there are 2 common types of smoke detectors: ionization detectors and photoelectric detectors. Most smoke alarms use these types of detection as well as heat to warn of a fire.

Ionization Smoke Detectors have a chamber and a source of ionizing radiation. If smoke enters the ionization chamber, the smoke particles attach to the ions and neutralize them, so they do not reach the plate. The drop in current between the plates triggers the alarm.

Photoelectric Detectors contain a T-shaped chamber with a light-emitting diode (LED) that shoots a beam of light across the horizontal bar of the T. When smoke blocks the light beam, the reduction in light reaching a photocell triggers the alarm.

So, which type of smoke detector do you need for your property? Both ionization and photoelectric detectors are effective smoke sensors. Both types of smoke detectors must pass the same test to be certified. Ionization detectors respond more quickly to flaming fires with smaller combustion particles; photoelectric detectors respond more quickly to smoldering fires.

To learn more about the type of smoke detectors your property needs, refer to Maryland Law.

Create a Fire Evacuation Plan

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

fire escape Evacuation Fire Escape

October 6 – 12, 2019 is National Fire Prevention Week.

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for children. Teenagers, adults, and the elderly are also at risk in fires, making it important for every member of the community to take some time during Fire Prevention Week to make sure they understand how to stay safe in case of a fire.

A wide variety of emergencies both man-made and natural, may require a workplace to be evacuated. These emergencies include - fires, explosions, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, toxic material releases, radiological and biological accidents, civil disturbances and workplace violence. 

To ensure the fastest emergency action plan, consider the following:

  • Similar to a home fire drill, start your fire evacuation plan with a map. These maps should include locations of exits, assembly points, and equipment (such as fire extinguishers, first aid kits, spill kits) that may be needed in an emergency.
  • Many employers designate individuals as evacuation wardens to help move employees from danger to safe areas during an emergency. Generally, one warden for every 20 employees should be adequate, and the appropriate number of wardens should be available at all times during working hours.
  • Certain equipment and processes must be shut down in stages or over time. Establish a method for accounting for non-employees such as suppliers and customers.

For more information on workplace evacuation plans and procedures, visit www.osha.gov.

Emergency situations are an unfortunate reality in workplaces and homes. If your prepared for these events, your employees and families are more likely to be protected.

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore is a woman-owned independent franchise. For more information, call (410) 255-1100.