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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.

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.  

When Winter Weather Strikes, We Strike Back

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Winter Weather Strikes, We Strike Back Ice Dam

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian wants your home or business to be prepared for winter weather.  Water damage can occur for different reasons during cold winter months.  Follow these winter weather tips to prevent water from damaging your property.

TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR WINTER WEATHER

Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.

Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.

Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off”.

Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.

Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR WINTER WEATHER

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.

Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

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 can be present.

Contact SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian for an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

When water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That’s why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is so important. Just go to www.SERVPROedgewaterdeale-churchtonlothian.com on your mobile phone or call (410) 867-3590.

Sump Pump Failure Leads to Flooded Basement

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sump Pump Failure Leads to Flooded Basement Sump Pump

During a recent rain event, SERVPRO of Edgewater / Deale-Churchton / Lothian went to a home in Anne Arundel County to handle a sump pump failure.  Sump pump failures happen for a variety of reasons including power failure, stuck switch, overwhelmed pump and more.  For this specific home owner, there was a problem with their battery backup. 

When SERVPRO of Edgewater / Deale-Churchton / Lothian assessed the water damage, our water damage and restoration team determined that the effected areas included the storage/sump pump room, the recreational room and a basement bathroom.

In the recreational room, the laminate floor was removed because there was bound water underneath. Air movers and de-humidifiers were set up to dry the concrete subfloor. The bathroom tile is adhered to concrete subfloor and won’t facilitate mold growth.  The SERVPRO of Edgewater / Deale-Churchton / Lothian crew treated any effected areas with an anti-microbial and set air movers for a three day dry out.  Lastly, the storage/sump pump room was also treated with an anti-microbial and air movers were set for drying. Our crew removed all furniture during the cleanup process.

After 3 days of drying, the team monitored the effected materials and determined everything was dry.  All equipment was removed and the homeowners are ready to start with their reconstruction.

Bad weather storms and power failures often coincide to make one deadly combination that often results in flooded basements across Anne Arundel County.  This is due to the fact that the heavy rain storms result in excess water and a power outage completely immobilizes your sump pumps ability to drain water.

This problem can be avoided by simply purchasing and installing a backup generator for your sump pump. If you ever lose power during a bad storm, you can manually turn this generator on to ensure your basement does not flood.

Record Rainfall for Anne Arundel County

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Record Rainfall for Anne Arundel County Water Damage

Did you know 2018 has been one of Southern Anne Arundel County’s wettest years on record? So far in 2018, Edgewater, Deale, Lothian, and other areas in the county have seen 60 inches of rain.  That means 2018 will go down in record books in the top 10 wettest years in history.  Anne Arundel County’s rainfall average is typically 42 inches.

So, what happens to your home or business when we get all this rain? You see water damage, flooded basements, sewer backups, flood damage and more.  SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/ Lothian  has been working with Anne Arundel County business and residents to help cleanup water damage for over 42 years. Throughout the years we have seen lots of water damage.  Here are a few tips to help you keep water away from your structure:

Safety First.  Make sure it is safe for you to enter the wet area. Be sure to check for electrical hazards.  Only do activates that are safe to perform.

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/ Lothian  is your emergency contact when you need water damage restoration. We answer the phone ready to help 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Water and Sewage Damage

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water and Sewage Damage Basement water damage

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is committed to educating our customers. As soon as you realize there is a water issue in your home or business, you need to call us for help and here’s why. There are different types of water and sewage damage and the sooner you fix the problem the better.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Sewage cleanup must not be taken lightly. Serious long term health issues to adults, children and even pets may occur due to bacteria, viruses and even parasites. Don't delay. Take immediate action. Call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian today at (410) 867-3590

Toilet Tank Water Damage

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Toilet Tank Water Damage Ceiling Damage

During the recent rain storms, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park was inundated with requests for help. However, even though most calls were about storm damage, some were routine water issues.  One such call came from Severna Park.

When this commercial building owner called us to attend to his three-story office building that was flooded, we discovered the loss occurred from a broken toilet tank on the third level.  The water ran all weekend long and the by the time Monday morning rolled around, all three levels were affected.  Most of the carpet was ruined, drywall was wet, and even the ceilings suffered from water damage. Nothing SERVPRO hasn’t seen before and within hours, 50 air movers and a 1200 CFM desiccant dehumidifier were installed, working off 55 KW generator to quickly dry the structure with as much minimum damage as possible.  Upon removing the carpet, we discovered asbestos tiles which no one wanted to disturb.  Being able to dry the structure so quickly and efficiently saved a lot of time and money for both the property owner AND the insurance company.  SERVPRO turned the building back over to the owner in under 96 hours!

Nobody in Lothian Likes a Cold Shower

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Nobody in Lothian Likes a Cold Shower The white covering is the BLANKET that helps insulate your water heater.

Waking up and taking a warm shower in the winter is what makes getting out of bed bearable, until, the water is COLD! The frigid temperatures of winter can cause some issues inside the home and for your water heater.  Many water heaters are in basements that can be drafty and poorly insulted.  Your pipes that run all the way to your shower are probably exposed.  With a few inexpensive tips, you can be back bathing in hot water!

  1. Wrap foam pipe insulation around the pipes that lead from the water heater to your bathrooms
  2. Insulate the water heater with a specialty water heater blanket
  3. Have a professional check your heating element, pilot light and the thermostat on the heater

We are Fire and Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO OF Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian specializes in fire and water damage restoration. Our technicians have extensive training and equipment to get you back to pre-fire condition. Our technicians are experts in fire & smoke restoration, odor identification and removal, upholstery & fabric cleaning, and water damage restoration.

SERVPRO OF Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian Offers:

  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Cleaning and Repair
  • Restoration

Call us today at 410-867-3590
“Like it never even happened.”

Roadside bottles in Deale

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Roadside bottles in Deale Bottles around Hardwood will take over 400 years to naturally disintegrate.

Have you seen those clear sparkly things on the side of Route 2? One more than one occasion we have passed piles of plastic bottles scattered down the sides of the roads.   Statistics show globally we buy a million plastic bottle per minute. Now that we know we are the cause of all these bottles, what can we do to help eliminate them?

Our family recently purchased a bottle less water cooler similar to those at bottleless.com.  We had been using the 5 gallon jugs but felt bad even about that.  So now we are bottle less and we use refillable water bottles or glasses, which makes us feel like we are doing our part.  Some people are concerned about having a water line in another part of the house, which could leak and cause water damage to the kitchen or the basement below. 

Using a professional plumber to help us install the water line and verify all the connections were sealed, we felt very comfortable that we are doing the best thing for the environment.  Checking lines when you change the filter to make sure you spot any small leaks ahead of time., is a best practice.

If you find yourself with any type of water damage or in need of water restoration services, call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian 410-867-3590 anytime.

Freezing Temperatures Getting Ready to hit Anne Arundel County

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Freezing Temperatures Getting Ready to hit Anne Arundel County Frozen pipes can cause major water damage. We are here to help 24/7/365.

The weatherman is telling us that freeze warnings are going into effect as of tomorrow.  The next week or so is going to be colder than average for November in Maryland. Are you and your home ready? 

If you have not checked your heating units, gotten out your gloves and scarves now is a good time to do that.  One thing many people do not think of when doing winter preparations is freezing pipes. Pipes that are exposed to the cold on the exterior of your home, near your pool or garage and interior pipes with little insulation are all at risk.

Draining outdoor water lines, insulating attic and crawl space pipes and keeping indoor temperatures to above 55 degrees, even if no one is home, are simple steps to help prevent frozen pipes.  The American Red Cross has a full guide to winter preparations for your pipes.

Should you get caught with a burst pipe and have water running everywhere, you need to call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian to mitigate the water quickly. Our professionals are available 24/7/365 even holidays.

Just woke up and there is water everywhere, Now What?

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Just woke up and there is water everywhere, Now What? Shut off the water source and then call SERVPRO!

First thing is to find the source of the water and stop the flow if possible.  If you need to, turn off the water shut off for the whole house. Usually located in the basement. 

Now take a deep breath and make sure any electrical or trip hazards are addressed.  You can now call SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian who will arrive and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

Our content cleaning division is capable of sanitizing items, drying documents and photos, and electronic cleanup.  We understand that your personal belongings are an important part of any restoration job. The entire team will be with you from beginning to end when you suffer an unexpected water loss.

Have A Water Damage Emergency? 
Call 410-8
67-3590

Faster to your South County Water Damage Event

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Faster to your South County Water Damage Event SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Annapolis, Severna Park, and Arnold.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 410-867-3590

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

·         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.


About Us

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

South County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage South County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in South County.

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 410-867-3590

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

·         Your name and contact information

·         Your insurance information (if applicable)

·         The street address of the water-damaged home or business

·         When did the flooding or water damage occur?

·         What caused the water damage (if known)?

·         Is there electricity available (on-site)?



About SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian

SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

The 3 Categories of Water Damage

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

In the event of a water damage, We will identify the category and classification of water damage to ensure our professionals restore your property based on industry guidelines. The level of contamination of the water will affect the specific restoration processes we use.

Category 1 Water Damage

That which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Category 1 water may become progressively contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings or building assemblies (walls, decking, subflooring). Time and temperature, which promote the growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade. Examples: burst water pipes, failed supply lines on appliances, vertically falling rainwater.


Category 2 Water Damage

That which begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. As with Category 1 water, time and temperature can cause Category 2 water to become progressively more contaminated.


Category 3 Water Damage

That which is highly contaminated and could cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans. Examples: sewage, rising flood water from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes. There are two ways in which water enters a building as a result of wind storm damage:

The first involves falling or windblown rainwater that enters as a result of damage to roof components or wall assemblies. The second involves horizontally traveling ground surface water (Category 3) containing silt and soil contaminants that infiltrate into structures, generally through doors or around foundation walls. This ground surface water (storm surge) may accumulate to a depth of several inches or several feet. When structures are partially submerged or remain substantially flooded for weeks, far more elaborate procedures usually are required.

Have a water damage emergency? Call us today, 410-867-3590

South County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

4/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage South County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! Basement Flooding in South County

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your South County basement could flood, including: 

·         A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe

·         Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

·         Storm sewer backup

·         Sanitary sewer backup

·         Foundation drainage failure

·         Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

·         And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?


Call Today – SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

·         We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week

·         We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies

·         We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About

·         Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques

·         We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards

·         Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 410-867-3590

Annapolis Regional Library

4/12/2016 (Permalink)

Annapolis Regional Library reopened today! SERVPRO Owner, Diane Whittles, and General Manager, Chris Goedeke are pictured with library staff Rudy Rodela, Maribel Ibrahim, and Gloria Harbertz.  SERVPRO of Annapolis was thrilled to be a part of the process, drying out an essential county facility!  Whittles said, “We perform restoration services daily but to work with such a cooperative and cohesive team at the library made our job that much easier.  I hope county residents realize how fortunate we are to have the plentiful resources provided by county libraries and their dedicated staff!”  

Freezing Pipes

2/11/2016 (Permalink)

One of the most common things to happen to a home during a cold snap is water damage caused by frozen pipes, especially if your pipes aren't insulated. Even where extremely cold weather is normal in winter, pipes freeze and cause all kinds of problems. Pipes freeze when they're exposed to freezing weather for a few days. Problems come up when frozen pipes thaw; cold weather makes pipes brittle and frozen water has less volume than running water. The pipe breaks due to the cold, water starts running and then you've got a mess on your hands.

Pipes can freeze in 2 main areas – water coming in and water going out. You know water coming in is frozen because nothing comes out the tap. Frozen outgoing pipes from showers, toilets and sinks are a bigger problem because these will back up into the house; that's the reason it's always recommended to keep a little water dripping into the sinks and opening the cabinet doors under the sink ... running water doesn't freeze as easily as standing water.

Every winter season, the pipes in your home are at risk of damage from freezing conditions. Low temperatures can cause your water pipes to freeze, and in some cases burst. Here in Maryland, we can go days with temperatures in the teens. The following tips can help you safeguard your home before, during and after a pipe freezes.

Prevent Your Pipe From Freezing

  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
  • Keep your house temperature at 68 degrees or higher, even if you're leaving the house for an extended period of time.
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow heat from the home to circulate.
  • Identify the location of the main water valve and the valve on your water heater. (Learning the location of these valves may come in handy during an emergency.)
  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape. This can prevent freezing, especially for interior pipes that run along outside walls.
  • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
  • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
  • If you plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, shut off water supply valves to your washing machine.
  • Monitor Freezing Pipe Conditions

  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing.
  • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.
  • Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.
  • Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces.
  • These tend to be vulnerable to freezing conditions.
  • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flute or chimney chase and caulk gaps that are near pipes.
  • If a Pipe Bursts 

  • Shut off water at the main valve.
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
  • Call a professional restoration expert such as SERVPRO of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian at 410-867-3590. Keep our number nearby for quick access.
  • Protect your Home this Winter

    1/4/2016 (Permalink)

    Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. 

    Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. 

    A few tips for preparing your home for winter weather from your local SERVPRO

    10/28/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage A few tips for preparing your home for winter weather from your local SERVPRO Example of water marks on a drop ceiling. "It's the water you don't see!"

    - Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes. 
    - Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home. 
    - Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off"...
    - If you follow the previous steps, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off. 
    - Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. 
    - Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.