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Eliminating the Harmful Microbes and Odor from Flood Damage

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian knows how to get you back to normal in no time when you have flood/storm water in your Edgewater home. Don’t let a flood in your Edgewater property get you down! We will be there to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

There are many potential issues left behind after flood water enters and damages your home. Once the water enters, the damage begins almost immediately and compounds from there. Flood water is never clean and often has toxins, sludge, and sewage.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian technicians understand the importance of testing the Edgewater, Maryland flood waters.  The tests will point them in the right direction so they can properly apply chemical treatments to neutralize different types of bacteria and microbes correctly. We use moisture meters to detect moisture in materials. 

Moisture Supports Microbial Growth

The removal of moisture is crucial in stopping the spread and growth of harmful bacteria and microbes. Mold spores germinate quickly, and colonies spread unless dealt with swiftly. Because the technicians hold IICRC certifications, they know the early warning signs. Technicians use a combination of extraction and dehumidification to remove moist air and replace it with warm, dry air. The use of air movers works to pull moisture up and out of walls and flooring and used in tandem with dehumidifiers.

When flood damage is the problem in your home, contact SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian as soon as possible. The technicians will arrive quickly and clean up the mess along with offering their reconstruction services.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian will make the incident "Like it never even happened."

What Does Reopening Your Business Look Like?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deal-Churchton/Lothian has been sanitizing facilities that are getting ready to reopen. From restaurants to retail locations, business owners are following guidelines set forth by our local government. We keep hearing, “It’s time to reopen.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deal-Churchton/Lothian has been working with our local officials to insure the proactive cleaning and sanitizing of many facilities throughout Anne Arundel County. We’ve worked in schools, government facilities, as well as general office spaces.

On Monday, May 18, Anne Arundel County Executive Stuart Pittman provided us with guidelines for reopening. Since then, we’ve received numerous requests to sanitize different commercial properties. Click here to read more about our COVID-19 cleaning process.

Take a look at how Zachary’s Jewelers plans to reopen.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deal-Churchton/Lothian professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. 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. We are cleaning experts.

Water Damage for Facility Managers

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Apartment Building

Facility Managers often implement evacuation plans should an emergency occur. In addition, to an evacuation plan, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian recommends you do the following should a water emergency arise:

  • Shut off the water source.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.

Our team provides a solution to water damage needs. Our IICRC certified water damage restoration technicians will communicate with the facility manager throughout the restoration process.

When a tenant reports a water damage event, please collect the following information:

  • Contact phone number
  • Date/time of event
  • Source of water
  • Type of water
  • Is the water clean, gray or sewer?
  • Is there any structural damage?
  • Is electricity available?
  • Is there standing water?
  • What areas are affected?

You can reduce loss severity by putting the above suggestions into your water emergency plan. Remember, fast response can lower claim costs!

How do Businesses Handle Cleaning Because of the Coronavirus?

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

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As businesses have settled into the new normal of telework, and essential work environments, they also implement new cleaning practices. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has extensive experience with bio-remediation cleanup. This is something our team has done for over 40 years.

The question is, how does your local small business handle Coronavirus cleanup and sanitization?

As small business owners in Anne Arundel County, there are many resources to help you understand the COVID-19 virus. It’s important to understand the virus so you can make a plan for regular cleaning and sanitization. Click here for more information on Coronavirus in our community.

The county has many regulations regarding which businesses can reopen and how essential businesses are operating. Click here to review those guidelines.

The most important factor of opening your business is keeping your employees healthy and safe. The way you do that is by following the Anne Arundel County’s Health Department Compliance Notice. This includes cleaning and sanitizing between shifts.

However you choose to operate your business, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is here to help. If you have questions or would like an estimate on proactive sanitization, including our fogging procedure, please feel free to contact us.

What are the Differences Between Janitorial Services and Commercial Cleaning for COVID-19?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is being called on by numerous business and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean and sanitize their properties for COVID-19.  

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and sanitize your business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. 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. 

Here are 4 things that show how our cleaning is different than janitorial cleaning: 

IICRC Certified. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Not only is SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian IICRC certified as a firm, but most members of our staff carry several IICRC certifications. 

Cleaning Experts. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets,  and tables at a minimum. Most of our cleaning tactics will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis 

The CDC also recommends regular cleaning of the following areas/items: 

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms n Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks 
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevators and Escalators
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Cleaning Products. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.  

Our proprietary cleaning agents, Benefect and Shockwave, are EPA-certified, hospital-grade disinfectants that have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) on hard, non-porus surfaces. 

We carry multiple hospital-grade disinfectants and provide our personnel with proper PPE. Not only does this protect veryone, but it also protects the building and people in it.   

Cleaning Procedures. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian technicians are experts in infectious disease cleanup and bio-hazard cleaning. We are a member in American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA). Our proven cleaning procedures and protocols have been used to clean and sanitize rhinovirus and norovirus in the past. We are implementing similar protocols, and we are "battle tested" in regards to virus cleanup. 

Bring the professionals in! Call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian (410) 867-3590. 

We are Cleaning Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

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, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are 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.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian at (410) 867-3590.

How Does Mold Effect Indoor Air Quality?

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian performs mold remediation and restoration services. When we get calls regarding odor, allergies, and respiratory issues, we may recommend Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) testing. With any health issues, it’s important to contact your physician first. Allergy testing, for example, should reveal specific allergies.

Molds can be found almost anywhere. They can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a measure of how clean the air is inside the buildings where we live, work, and play. IAQ is affected by many different things:

  • a building’s ventilation system (HVAC)
  • chemicals or microbes (such as mold) that enter the building
  • chemicals like cleaning products and art supplies that are used in the building
  • chemicals that are created by activities inside the building

Click here to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s Guide to Indoor Air Quality.

If you have concerns about mold or IAQ, contact us or contact Environmental Solutions Inc.

Why is Candle Smoke Flammable?

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

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The cheapest and most widely used candle is made of paraffin—which is derived from petroleum. When burned, it releases a toxin called toluene, which has been found to cause DNA strand breakdown, affecting the nervous system.

When you are burning a candle, you are essentially vaporizing the liquid wax into a gas that is flammable. This vapor can then be used as fuel for the candle flame. It is this vaporized wax that fuels all candle flames used with conventional wax-based candles. Click here to read more.

Smoke from candles is actually soot. Smoke is just soot and other particulates carried on the hot air rising off the flame. When you put the top on a jarred candle and trap the smoke, it cools. And, the particulates in the candle settle onto the candle and the inside walls of the jar.

Fireplaces, cigarettes and the burning of candles can all result in soot stains on walls. Though soot collects on other surfaces in the home, soot stains are easy to spot on light-colored walls. Aside from being unattractive, soot can create a health hazard.

In general, candles won’t set off your smoke alarm. However, they can cause a fire. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has provided fire damage remediation and reconstruction to several properties where candles were the cause of the fires.

How big is SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian?

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Industries has more than 1,700 franchises that are operating nationwide, and SERVPRO continues to grow. The need for experienced, IICRC certified, trained, and professional cleanup and restoration experts is recession resistant, and the growth potential inside of a proven system presents an opportunity for prospective franchisees.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is a woman-owned business. This franchise shares the same owner as the SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park and currently employs 22 people that operate out of a 10,000 square foot facility in Arnold, Maryland.

Our facility is so vast that we store and restore property right on location. For example, if your dining room set has smoke/soot damage, SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian can restore the damage and store your furniture while your home is being mitigated and restored.

Being the largest restoration company in the industry provides SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian with all the resources to necessary to leave your property “Like it never even happened.”

Does Water Damage Floors?

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Customers often ask SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian if water damages flooring. The answer isn’t always straight forward. Depending on the type of flooring you have, water damage may not occur. Here are some general answers:

Laminate Floors. The top of laminate flooring is technically resistant to water damage. If you spill some water on laminate flooring but promptly wipe it up, then the floor will suffer no damage. Unfortunately, the situation changes if and when flooding occurs. If and when laminate flooring becomes saturated with water, it becomes warped and damaged.

Hardwood Floors. Whether it’s raining outside and water managed to get onto your hardwood floors or there’s a spill or leak within your house, when your wood floors are exposed to water or moisture, they are at risk of cupping and permanently damaged. At SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian we can use Rescue Mats to dry hardwood floors. Rescue Mats pull moisture out of the floor with a vacuum.

Tile Floors. Ceramic floor tiles are not harmed by standing water but it can damage the grout between the tiles and detach the adhesive. The damage may not become noticeable for many weeks or even months, until after flood waters have diminished. Rescue Mats can be used on tile floors to remove moisture in the grout as well as sub floors.

If you feel your floors need further inspection due to a recent water damage, please reach out to us at (410) 867-3590.