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Home Holiday fire statistics to consider when buying a tree this holiday in Carney MD

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Holiday fire statistics

We all have heard about the fire risks of live Christmas trees, candles and fire place fires. This information has been beaten into our heads countless of times, holiday season after holiday season but did you know that holiday fires are still on the rise? Here are some more holiday fire facts that may surprise you, provided by the American Red Cross.

  • Nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays claiming more than 500 lives, causing more than 2,200 injuries, and costing $554 million in property damage.**
  • On average, one of every 22 home fires started by Christmas trees result in death.***
  • Candle fires are four times as likely to occur during the winter holidays.**
  • During the winter holiday season, an average of 40 home fires per day are caused by children playing.**
  • The number of home fires the American Red Cross has responded to has risen 10% since 2000.*
  • Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.**

Visit the National Fire Protection Association for More statistics on home holiday fires

http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/wildfire-and-seasonal-fires/winter-holiday-safety/holiday-fires-by-the-numbers

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call us at 410-529-1664

About SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

What you need to know about Restoring your White Marsh Commercial property after a weather event.

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events that happen at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

http://www.SERVPROperryhallwhitemarsh.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

http://www.SERVPROperryhallwhitemarsh.com/restoration-training-certifications

11/8 Safety Tips While Investigating and Evaluating Mold and Moisture Problems

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

 

11/8 Safety Tips While Investigating and Evaluating Mold and Moisture Problems

  • Do not touch mold or moldy items with bare hands.
  • Do not get mold or mold spores in your eyes.
  • Do not breathe in mold or mold spores.
  • Consult Table 2 and text for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and containment guidelines.
  • Consider using PPE when disturbing mold. The minimum PPE is an N-95 respirator, gloves, and eye protection

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 410-529-1664

 

 

  • Do not touch mold or moldy items with bare hands.
  • Do not get mold or mold spores in your eyes.
  • Do not breathe in mold or mold spores.
  • Consult Table 2 and text for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and containment guidelines.
  • Consider using PPE when disturbing mold. The minimum PPE is an N-95 respirator, gloves, and eye protection

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 410-529-1664

 

How to Protect Your Pipes From Freezing and flooding your Baltimore County Home.

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Protect Your Pipes From Freezing and flooding your Baltimore County Home. Call SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh if your Baltimore county home is affected by Burst pipes or for any of your Fire, Water and Mold Clean up needs

Frozen pipes cause large water damages all over the baltimore county area. When temperatures drop below 20 degrees for more than 3 days SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh becomes inundated with water damages from burst pipes. 


#1: FOAM


#2: DOME


#3: DRIP


FOAM: Insulate pipes exposed to the elements or cold drafts. By keeping your water warmer, you reduce the risk of frozen pipes - not to mention the second hand bonus of saving on energy costs during the winter months.


DOME: Place an insulating dome or other coverings on outdoor faucets and spigots to reduce the likelihood of water pipes freezing, expanding and causing a costly leak.


DRIP: Allow a slow drip from your faucets to reduce the buildup of pressure in the pipes.


-OR-


If you are going out of town and suspect the temperature will drop, turn off the water and open all of the taps to drain the water system. This way pipes won’t
freeze and you won’t return home to a mess.


If you or anyone you know does experience frozen pipes, be sure to turn off your water, and call SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh 410-529-1664 or your local SERVPRO Franchise.


https://protect-your-home.org/2015/11/12/foam-dome-drip-tips-for-preventing-frozen-pipes/

Hurricane Supply kit for Towson MD 11/6/2017

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Supply kit for Towson MD 

Hurricanes last for hours and usually result in flooding, downed trees, washed out streets and power outages. Here is a list of essentials for hurricane preparedness for the Towson MD region

Essential supplies recommended by the American red Cross

  • Water and food – 3 day supply; one gallon of water for each person per day and non-perishable easy to prepare food for 3 days.
  • Working Flashlights with batteries
  • Battery powered hand-crank radio
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Medications (7 day supply) with medication list and pertinent medical information
  • Copies of personal documents (proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, medication list)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family emergency contact info
  • Extra cash (no power, no ATM or credit card)
  • Baby supplies: diapers, bottles, formula, baby food.
  • Pet Supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, Carrier, Bowl
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Emergency blanket
  • Maps of the area
  • Tools and supplies for securing home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

We can’t stop disasters but preparing for the worst is what will save you time and money if a hurricane or tropical storm causes damage to your home!

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 410-529-1664

 

About SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

Here are some mold prevention tips from the EPA

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Here are some mold prevention tips from the EPA

  • Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
  • Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture problem(s) as soon as possible.
  • Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity). To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  • Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
  • Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  • Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30 – 50%, if possible.
  • Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
  • Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  • Don’t let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 410-529-1664

 

Pet Fire safety and fire prevention for Cowenton MD

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Pets: you may not think of them as fire starters but accidents happen and we are sharing this list from the American Red Cross which gives some tips on how to prevent these accidents from happening.

  1. Extinguish open flames: pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving home
  2. Remove stove knobs or protect them with covers- stove cook tops are the number one piece of equipment involved in pets starting fires (they jump up and put their paws on the knobs)
  3. Invest in flameless candles – these candles contain a light bulb rather than an open flame, and take the danger out of your pet knocking over a candle. Cats are notorious for starting fires when their tails turn over lit candles
  4. Secure young pets away from fire starting hazards when you aren’t home using crates or baby gates.

Visit the American Red Cross Pet Fire safety page for more info!: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/pet-fire-safety

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call us at 410-529-1664

About SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

What to do before a hurricane hits Parkville Maryland

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

What to do before a hurricane hits Parkville Maryland 10/2/2017

While Maryland doesn’t get as many tropical storms (or tropical storms as Florida) it’s still important to protect your property from damage. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane, here is a list of things to do before a hurricane to protect yourself and your property from flooding or other kinds of damage.

  • Listen to NOAA Weather radio for critical information from the National Weather Services
  • Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bikes, lawn furniture, flags, toys)
  • Close the windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. IF you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances
  • Fill your cars gas tank
  • Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
  • Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges
  • Because homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. It’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the us. For more info on flood insurance please call your insurance agent and know that flood insurance takes 30 days to get into effect.
  • Make sure your sump pump is working!

We can’t stop disasters but preparing for the worst is what will save you time and money if a hurricane or tropical storm causes damage to your home!

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 410-529-1664

 

About SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.

How to investigate your Rosdale home for Mold

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

If you suspect mold, follow these steps to evaluate your mold problem. Please practice caution; wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, organic face mask and protective glasses. If you discover mold turn off the HVAC system immediately to prevent mold from spreading throughout the home.


Investigate and evaluate moisture and mold problems



  • Assess size of moldy area (square feet) –this is the first question all mold removal companies should ask for. If its more than 3x3 you have a more serious problem and it will require an environmental hygeniest to do testing.

  • Consider the possibility of hidden mold – there are hundreds of types of mold that only grow behind walls, wallpaper, under carpets, in air duct systems and such.

  • Clean up small mold problems and fix moisture problems before they become large problems

  • Select remediation manager for medium or large size mold problem – the SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh has a very thorough process to reduce the chances of the mold reoccurring.

  • Investigate areas associated with occupant complaints

  • Identify source(s) or cause of water or moisture problem(s)

  • Note type of water-damaged materials (wallboard, carpet, etc.) – again some types of mold can only grow here and not on other fibers. Do not disturb it, if not handled properly it could spread to other areas of the home.

  • Check inside air ducts and air handling unit

  • If you feel the mold is too much to handle or are


About Our Mold Remediation Services


SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.


If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 410-529-1664


 

Home heating fire prevention tips for Rosedale MD

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Home heating fire prevention tips for Rosedale MD

Heating appliance related fires are the leading cause in fire related deaths and causes of home fires. Some people are very aware of the dangers of home heating appliances and take great care to make sure they are watched after properly – other people think itll never happen to them. Hopefully these statistics will help reinforce the idea of protecting your home against home heating appliance fires.

 

  • Keep all potential sources of fuel like paper, clothing, bedding or rugs at least three feet away from space heaters, stoves, or fireplaces.
  • Portable heaters and fireplaces should never be left unattended. Turn off space heaters and make sure any embers in the fireplace are extinguished before going to bed or leaving home.
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface (such as ceramic tile floor), not on rugs or carpets or near bedding or drapes. Keep children and pets away from space heaters.
  • When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over as another safety measure.
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
  • Keep fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, and furnaces professionally inspected and cleaned once a year.
  • Visit www.redcross.org/homefires for more information on how to prevent heating fires.

 

For more info visit http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/home-fire-preparedness

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call us at 410-529-1664

About SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.