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Why Does Edgewater Flood Easily?

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

basement steps that are wet and wet concrete floor Flooded Basement

Edgewater and Anne Arundel County are situated along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Edgewater and Deale border numerous creeks, streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. This fact makes the southern portions of Anne Arundel County vulnerable to flooding during certain storm conditions.  Click here to learn more from Anne Arundel County. If you need Flood Insurance, click here

Most properties in Edgewater, have well and septic systems as well as sump pumps. Sump pumps can easily get overwhelmed during a heavy rain event. We see this a lot. Another common source of flooded basements is when power is lost and the battery backup fails on the pump.  

Tired of your Edgewater basement flooding? Be sure to know your local flood zones and your equipment is working well.  

The best way to avoid water damage from rain is to stay aware and be prepared. If you need assistance in a water emergency, call us 24/7 at (410) 867-3590. 

How to Choose the Appropriate Fire Extinguisher

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

woman using fire extinguisher putting out a fire on a cement sidewalk Fire Extinguisher

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian sees a lot of fires. Many fires start in the kitchen and might be easily extinguished if the property owner had a fire extinguisher. We’ve come up with the following list so you can select the best fire extinguisher for your property:

  • Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.
  • Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, and oil.
  • Class C: Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electronically energized or plugged in.
  • Class D: For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found in factories.
  • Class K: Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. Generally found in commercial kitchens.

The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free.

4 Tips to Prevent Fall Fires

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

cute pumpkin and fall decorations on black background Fall Decorations

The fall season brings brilliant colors and cooler temperatures to Anne Arundel County. Retailers all over the area are offering you pumpkin-flavored items and autumn decorations.

In October of 2019, SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore was called to a Pasadena house fire that started from a pumpkin-scented candle. So, this year, we’d like to give you 4 tips to help you keep your fall fire free.

  1. Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  2. Keep emergency exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  3. Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  4. Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric.

The safety of your family and property is your top priority. If your home suffers fire, smoke, or soot damage this fall, trust our team of IICRC certified professionals to clean and restore your property…”Like it never even happened.”

Fire Prevention Week 2020

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

house boarded up after fire Fire Damage

Fire Prevention Week 2020 begins on Sunday, October 4 and ends on Saturday, October 10. Does your family have a fire evacuation plan? 

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

  1. Start your fire evacuation plan with a map. This map should include locations of exits, assembly points, and equipment (such as fire extinguishers) that may be needed in an emergency. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.
  2. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  3. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  4. Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  5. Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
  6. Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor's home or a cellular phone once safely outside.

Now that you have your plan in place, make sure you practice it every year.

Where is all This Rain Coming From?

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

rain water coming out of gutter Rain

Hurricanes and tropical storms can dump between 6 and 12 inches of rain during a single storm. On average, Maryland sees about 44 inches of rain every year.  Lately, Anne Arundel County has seen tremendous rainfall.

Scientists believe that Maryland is experiencing so much rainfall for several reasons including rising sea levels and extreme heat. So far in 2020 the area has seen tropical storms, severe thunderstorms, and even a tornado. Scientists predict the number of storms during hurricane season are also increasing. 

September is National Preparedness Month. It’s important to prepare long before a rain and flooding disaster occurs. Sign up for local alerts from Anne Arundel County. Develop and test emergency communications plans. Collect and safeguard critical documents. Document property and assets and make sure you have enough business insurance. 

Lastly, store SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deal-Churchton/Lothian in your contact list. Our team is available 24/7 and always ready for whatever happens.

Prepare Your Business for Whatever Happens

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

hurricane satellite image Hurricane

September is National Preparedness Month and Homeland Security has given 2020’s theme “Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today”. Click here to learn preparedness planning for your business.

One thing that keeps your business prepared for whatever happens is to create an office emergency kit. Here’s a list of office survival kit items to make sure that your office is equipped with all the necessary supplies to survive several days without electricity, food, and water.

For search and rescue: Leather palmed work gloves, Safety goggles, Pry bar

For hydration and nutrition: Emergency drinking water, Food bars with several years of shelf life 

For shelter: Tarp/ground cover, Cord

For communication and light: Whistle with lanyard, AM/FM radio with extra batteries, Flashlight with extra batteries, Light sticks

For Maintaining Proper Hygiene and Sanitation: Portable toilet, Toilet bags, Deodorizer packets, Toilet paper rolls, Vinyl gloves, Sanitary towelettes, Hand sanitizer

Anne Arundel County utilizes an emergency notification system, CivicReady©, capable of contacting citizens and businesses quickly in case of an emergency. CivicReady© alerts the public of emergencies and disasters, safety measures to be taken, and information pertaining to government operations. Click here to register for emergency notifications.

Prepare for Disasters

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today graphic Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today

A workplace emergency is an unforeseen situation that threatens your employees, customers, or the public; disrupts or shuts down your operations; or causes physical or environmental damage. Natural emergencies may include the following:

  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes

Recently, Edgewater Maryland had a tornado that brought severe damage to several businesses. Was your business prepared?

“Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today” is the theme for 2020’s National Preparedness Month.

September 13-19: Prepare for Disasters: Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your business.  Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your building stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert. 

Anne Arundel County utilizes an emergency notification system, CivicReady©, capable of contacting citizens and businesses quickly in case of an emergency. CivicReady© alerts the public of emergencies and disasters, safety measures to be taken, and information pertaining to government operations. Click here to register for emergency notifications.

During September (National Preparedness Month), we urge you to train and educate internal personnel on your emergency response plan.

How to Avoid a Flash Flood?

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Flash Flood waters and trees Flash Flood

Edgewater, Maryland is in the middle of Hurricane Season 2020 and the National Weather Service predicts we will have an extremely active season. One hazard Anne Arundel County often sees is flash floods.

Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.

Flash floods are the most dangerous kind of floods, because they combine the destructive power of a flood with incredible speed. Flash floods occur when heavy rainfall exceeds the ability of the ground to absorb it.

If your area is under a Flash Flood Warning or a Flood Warning, you need to take action. This means a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground.

Water moving at 9 feet per second is a common speed for flash floods. At this speed, water can move rocks weighing almost a hundred pounds. Flash floods carry debris that elevate their potential to damage structures and injure people.Most fatalities in the US from flash flooding are from vehicles driving into flooded roadways.

Turn around, don’t drown! 

Does Water Need To Be Removed Immediately?

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

water damage in basement Edgewater Water Damage

When it comes to water damage in an Edgewater home or a Churchton building, it’s important to remove the water as quickly as possible in order to avoid additional damage. Water damage can quickly lead to mold damage within 48 hours, especially when combined with the heat and humidity that we experience here in Anne Arundel County.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster. Recently, Hurricane Isaias dumped up to 6 inches of rain on Maryland. A small leak from flood waters now could blossom into a big claim later.

No matter what time of day or night, water damage is an emergency. Emergency mitigation means under our SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian can be onsite within 4 hours to begin drying your building and restoring contents.

Water from a hurricane or from a pipe leak needs to be mitigated quickly, trust our SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian team to ensure your property is taken care of in a timely manner.

Can I Protect My Property From Mold?

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

water damage on concrete floor Edgewater Building Water Damage

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deal-Churchton/Lothian specializes in mold remediation. It’s common for us to get called to commercial buildings with mold problems. Even small water damages have the potential to cause indoor air quality over time. 

As a property manager, here are a few things you can do to keep mold away:

  • Keep the humidity between 30-60 percent.
  • Provide for proper drainage away from the building foundation.
  • Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.
  • Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.
  • Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance. 
  • Respond to all water intrusions immediately.

Got mold? Contact us, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deal-Churchton/Lothian at (410) 867-3590 for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold.