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Water Damage? Don't Wait, Call the PROs

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

Don’t let a flood in your Linthicum Heights property go unattended! SERVPRO of Glen Burnie professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold 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 our 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 are used in tandem with dehumidifiers.

 If there is an ongoing moisture problem in your building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems. Our mold remediation specialists are here to help and will be happy to provide an evaluation.

Water Damage Acts Fast! So Should You!

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage does not wait for an invitation. It has a destructive timetable that is as predictable for water restoration professionals as it is devastating for Annapolis homeowners. Some of the damage occurs just minutes to hours after the water event, and the severity of the consequences increases exponentially. Experts recommend contacting water restoration professionals immediately after the discovery of a water loss to arrange for swift removal of the damaging fluids and application of the industry’s best practices supporting structural drying.

How Fast Damage Occurs

First minutes to a few hours

  • Documents, pictures, books, and other papers become soggy, with pages weakening and sticking together, bindings and glues loosening, inks spreading, and images blurring.
  • Stain, varnish, and paints can transfer from wooden furniture legs and supports to carpeting, rugs, and floors.
  • Textiles stretch or shrink, depending on composition, and dyes can run and stain adjacent surfaces.
  • Electronics and electrical cords short out and expose occupants to the risk of shock.

Up to 24 hours

  • Pressed wood and particle board furniture and supports swell and warp.
  • Hardwood frames on furniture swell and distort.
  • Metal fasteners tarnish.
  • Drywall and ceiling tiles bulge and begin to crumble, increasing personal safety and property damage risk when significant quantities of collected water force a structural breakdown.
  • Insulation compresses, packing down between walls.
  • Carpets stretch and become prone to rips and delamination.
  • Laminate flooring peels and disintegrates.

48-72 hours to a week

  • Mold growth commences on all surfaces and contents.
  • Water quality deteriorates, with pathogen growth possible.
  • Door and window frames swell, preventing security issues due to improper closure.
  • Metals corrode, and fasteners break down.
  • Hardwood floors cup or crown, and planks or strips can buckle, pulling up from the subfloor.

7 days or more

  • Structural supports can fail.
  • Molds, mildews, and other hazards proliferate, affecting air quality and infecting surfaces.

When you notice water in your home, call the water restoration professionals, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie. We have over 40 years’ experience and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Damage Can Wreak Havoc

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

A combination of moisture in the air with rising warm air leads to lots of summer storms in Maryland. Our SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Glen Burnie team is specially trained to deal with the mess a storm can leave behind. Not only does our franchise have you, but our whole company does. SERVPRO has mobilization teams across the country to travel as needed to support large storm events. No matter what, you can always count on us to be faster to any size disaster.

After the Summer storm, check your home or building of damage. Make sure all electricity and outlets are working. Be aware if there is water damage by sinks pipes or toilets. There could be many possible damages after a storm. Below are a few of the types to look for:

Lightning Damage

If the home is hit by lightning during a storm it can burn through roofs, shingles, or gutters from the building and even tear into attics. Electrical damage can happen if appliances such as refrigerators were plugged into an outlet during the storm.

Wind Damage

Roof damage is possible with heavy winds or even worse a missing roof. Wind damage is seen the most when it comes to the after effects of storm damage. High winds can be anywhere from 50-60 mph and can ruin homes. Roof damage can lead to a roof leak which leads to bigger problems… water damage.

Flood Damage can be Typically the water that floods into your home is not clean. The water has sediment that will contaminate whatever touches your home. Water damage is not an easy task to clean on your own. It should be cleaned up with more than just a mop to make sure there is no left over residue that could grow mold.

SERVPRO® of Glen Burnie wants you to stay safe from Summer storms. Call us at 410-766-1110 if you experience storm damage!

Indoor Air Quality at Your Business

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professionals understand that every second counts when it comes to your business. That is why we offer 24/7 emergency services and are ready for any size disaster. When most people hear “SERVPRO,” they think of water, fire, and mold remediation. While those services are our most common, we also offer a variety of other services that keep businesses IN business!  

“Cents” of Smell 

Everyone knows the saying, “you only have one chance to make a great first impression.” This holds true when new customers enter your business space. Using safe and biodegradable products, SERVPRO franchise professionals can create a clean, fresh, and long-lasting impression. Some ways in which SERVPRO can help you impress your customers are: 

  • Clean dirty and stained ceilings 
  • Scrub lobby, furniture and draperies 
  • Help establish maintenance plans for furnishings and carpets 
  • Clean HAV & air ducts systems 

Clean Sweep 

When addressing air quality, inspecting the ductwork can be your SERVPRO franchise professional’s first order of business. Dirty ducts can work to circulate unwanted odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the building. SERVPRO of Glen Burnie uses a portable ventilation & air ducts cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep removing years of dust and grime.  

If you need your business cleaned, call our experts over at SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110! 

Leaders in Restoration

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes your home or business, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie is here to help. With over 18,000 square feet of warehouse space, we have the capacity to handle any size disaster. Our experience and proven leadership in the restoration industry with mold remediation, fire and water damage and biohazard recovery along with our large facility make us your local restoration leader. 

There are several reasons why a large facility is important when selecting an emergency cleanup company.  At SERVPRO of Glen Burnie we have the ability to store (and clean if necessary) your belongings while your home or business is being repaired. Our experienced crew will keep inventory and pack out any damaged contents at your property carefully and efficiently. Our content cleaning-room houses state of the art ultrasonic equipment that works miracles on soot damaged items. 

From air scrubbers to dehumidifiers and air movers, we have the right equipment to get the job done. The proper equipment allows a structure to dry properly and reduce further contamination and damage. 

With over 45 years of restoration experience, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie can make any size disaster “Like it never even happened.”  

Getting Out of the Shower? Dry Off Completely!

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by excess water Over time, getting out of the shower without drying off completely can cause unseen water damage.

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie cares about the state of your home and business and will always try to provide tips for home and business owners alike that may save your property. Owning property can be stressful and even overwhelming at times. Sometimes, you just want to take a shower and relax. However, taking a shower and fully drying off can lead to damage in your bathroom! 

You might ask how is this possible? Water is relentless and will permeate most surface. When someone does not fully dry off before getting out of the shower, the water that drips off their body can cause damage to the sub floor. This water will find its way below the surface.  

For this simple water damage job, we removed the vanity and flooring after a small leak occurred. Our crew found this small area by the corner of the bathtub that was discolored. This discoloring can be signs of eventual mold or rot to occur. Homeowners unknowingly cause this, and it is a common misfortune we see. Yellow or brown caulk can be a sign of this problem. Something like this constitutes Class 4 water damage as the water has been trapped below the surface for an extended period. Some ways homeowners can prevent this are by fully drying off before getting out of the shower, caulking and resealing the affected area and purchasing a matt to place in front of the shower.  

For more tips on how to prevent damages like this, check out the rest of our blogs or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at SERVPRO of Glen Burnie! If you notice water damage occurring in your home, do not wait, call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110.  

Prepare An Emergency Supply Kit

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

With the past few years being filled with the unexpected, one thing we have learned is that it pays to be prepared. If a disaster strikes your home or business, leaving you stranded, you may need to be self-sufficient for a few days depending on the severity of the storm. Luckily in Glen Burnie, there are no current forecasts of such storms. However, here at SERVPRO of Glen Burnie, we want you to be prepared regardless. 

Your basic emergency supply kit should include these recommended items:  

  • Water 
  • Food 
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio for weather alerts 
  • Flashlight  
  • First-aid kit 
  • Extra batteries  
  • Whistle 
  • Dust mask to help filter any contaminated air 
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape 
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties  
  • Wrench and pliers 
  • Manual can opener 
  • Local maps 
  • Cell phone with extra chargers or a backup battery 

If a storm does end up damaging your property, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie is here to help! 

Ice Dams! What To Know and What You Can Do to Prevent Them

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

With the recent snowstorm that passed through Glen Burnie, we have seen several homes directly affected by the falling snow and freezing temperatures. For some homes, ice dams are forming, causing water to leak back into roofs, causing water damage and mold in attics.  

But how do ice dams form? An ice dam forms when the roof over the attic gets warm enough to melt the underside layer of snow on the roof. The water trickles down between the layer of snow and the shingles until it reaches the edge of the roof, which stays cold because it extends over the side of the house. Once there, the water freezes, creating a mound of ice or an ice dam.  

If an ice dam gets big enough, melted water backs up behind it and soaks underneath the shingles. Eventually, the water that seeps into the attic will soak the insulation and down into the ceilings. From there, the water makes its way to the dry wall, ruining the sheetrock, paint and more.  

How do you prevent ice dams from forming? You can scrape snow from the roof whenever it falls, using a snow rake from below or even a plastic shovel from above. We would recommend hiring a professional to clean up your gutters since it will be safer than dealing with adverse conditions on one’s own. Even if your roof is not very steep, an ice dam can still form.  

If you experience water damage in your home this winter, call the experts at SERVPRO of Glen Burnie and we can make any size disaster “Like it never even happened.”  

How Renter's Insurance Can Help Protect From Fire Damage

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

You most likely know someone who has been through a home fire. They are eager to share lessons learned the hard way. One of those lessons is that insurance can help protect your family financially if a fire should affect your home. 

Here are a few ways renter’s insurance can help protect you from fire damage:  

  1. Protect personal property. Your landlord’s insurance will cover the building and items that belong to the property owner, but your items are not included in that coverage. As a renter, you need a policy to provide replacement value of personal property lost from fire damage. 
  1. Prevent financial destruction from liability. Most renter’s insurance policies include protection in case you accidentally start a fire. Of course, this does not cover intentional or criminal conduct. 
  1. Provide money for accommodation. Make sure your policy includes this coverage, which provides for hotel fees or the expense of relocation. A loss of use can help pay for you to live somewhere else if your current space becomes uninhabitable from a disaster, like fire. 

Be sure to remember that flood damage still requires separate coverage, but fire and other disasters, such as wind, lightning, theft, and vandalism, are usually covered. Coverage may have some limits, so consider getting a rider for special items that may be valuable. It is up to the property owner to have adequate coverage for the building and any furnishings that are included. Fire restoration can encompass many different types of damage including water, smoke, and soot. A good restoration company will be able to handle all types of damage, working with you to minimize loss and clean your belongings when it is possible to do so. 

The Risks of Electrical Fires

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

Electrical accidents that occur in an office environment are usually a result of faulty or defective equipment, unsafe installation, or misuse of equipment – specifically, extension cords, power strips and surge protectors.  

To protect against electrical fire, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie recommends: 

  • Make sure the electrical load is not too much for the circuit. 
  • Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances. Never plug in more than one high-wattage appliance at a time. 
  • Unplug appliances when not in use to save energy and minimize the risk of shock and fire. 
  • Inspect electrical cords once a month to ensure they are not frayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. 
  • Do not run electrical cords through high-traffic areas, under carpets or across doorways. 
  • Have a licensed electrician install additional outlets where needed, rather than relying on extension cords and power strips. 

So, what do you do if you see an electrical fire? 

  1. Never put water on an electrical fire. Mixing water with live electricity can shock you to death. 
  1. Shut the electricity down in the building if you can. This should slow the progression of the fire, possibly saving other areas that have not yet been affected. Make sure that you know where the circuit box is and that it is easily accessible and not obstructed by any other objects. 
  1. After the electricity has been shut off, use a Class C Fire extinguisher to put out the local flames. Make sure that you and occupants know exactly where the fire extinguishers are and have them inspected regularly so they are at the ready. Also ensure that Class C fire extinguishers are placed near locations where there is a higher risk of fire (kitchens, workshops, utility rooms, etc.). 
  1. Even if you are able to get the fire under control yourself, do not turn the electricity back on until the fire department has a chance to inspect the area. 

Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pasadena and surrounding areas see too many home and business fires. Protect your business.