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Managing Mold: Personal property and other mold infested materials in your Towson Maryland Home.

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

So you have structural mold and you have mold damage on your personal property? SERVPRO of Perry Hall / White Marsh understands mold, mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. This is what SERVPRO of Perry Hall / White Marsh can do for you to restore your mold infected belongings:

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials and Belongings:

The process of removing mold from belongings and materials depends on the severity of mold growth, and the type of surface on which the mold appears. Professional-grade anti-fungal and anti-microbial treatments  will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming (yes, colonies). However if the material is porous, such as drywall, and flooring then it may be necessary to be removed in order to re-mediate the mold, and most importantly to keep mold from returning. Don't worry, we can reinstall the drywall, baseboard, carpet, and flooring when the process is complete.

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh will clean your furniture, decorative items, and curtains as well as other restore-able items affected by mold. We have ultrasonic machines which can gently remove, kill and detail clean the nooks and crannies out of every knick-knack in your home. On top of that, we will use a variety of cleaning and sterilization techniques as well as deodorize. Anything that cannot be restored will be brought to the homeowner or tenants attention and the homeowner can sign off on its disposal if they choose so. If you'd rather not throw it away - don't worry, we have a form for that too.

To start the mold remediation process, please call SERVPRO of Perry Hall / White Marsh (Baltimore County, Maryland) at 410-529-1664 and we will help get you started!

Towson Maryland: Safety tips when encountering flood waters (inside and outside your home)

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Safety tips when encountering flood waters (inside and outside your home)

  1. Stay away from flood waters – if you come up on a flowing stream where the water is above your ankles, stop and turn around. 6 inches of water can sweep you off your feet.
  2. If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooding road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away in less than 2 feet of water
  3. Keep children out of the water. They are curious and lack judgment about running or contaminated water.
  4. If a flood strikes your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh immediately! Even minor floods have the potential to cause MAJOR damage and if not treated properly, can result in mold growth.
  5. SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh is prepared to handle any sized disaster, when fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh will help you take it back and is approved by all insurance companies

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. 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 SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh does when responding to a multi-unit apartment loss.

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Property managers, as you may already know the first 24 hours following a water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage to your facility. Within 4 hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO franchise professional will be on site to help ensure water damage is handled by completing the following steps

Inspection – SERVPRO of Perry hall will inspect all affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning work.

Emergency service- SERVPRO of Perry hall will begin by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying and take steps to help protect your business as well as the personal belongings and other contents through the renter’s insurance of each tenant. They will explain the needed emergency services to you as well as the tenant, step by step

Monitoring-To help ensure all belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, SERVPRO will monitor the drying process, and updates will be consistently communicated with you

Restoration- SERVPRO will reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property as well as arrange for reinstallation of walls and baseboard. A final walk through will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was restored to preloss conditions

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. 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.

4 signs of mold to watch out for

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Perry Hall / White Marsh understands that some homeowners prefer to clean water damages themselves. What many homeowners and property managers do not realize is professional, nationally ranked ,water damage specialist such as SERVPRO of Perry Hall / White Marsh not only restore the water damage but take measures to prevent mold. Here are four signs to look out for if you have recently cleaned your own water damage.

  • Strong musty odors
  • Excessive humidity
  • reoccurring water damage or signs of it
  • presence of visible mold

SERVPRO of Perry Hall / White Marsh understands and we are certified to clean mold and can create a plan with a qualified indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional, and the diligence of the homeowner to keep it from coming back.

SERVPRO of Perry Hall / White Marsh has been serving Baltimore county and parts of baltimore city since 2001. We are certified mold remediation, and water damage restoration and we are approved by all insurance companies! 

Important documents to locate after a fire and How to replace them if necessary

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Vital Documents and Whom to Contact About Replacement

Driver’s License - Department of Motor Vehicles

Government Issued ID -Contact the issuing authority

Insurance policies - Your insurance agent or company

Military discharge -Department of Veterans Affairs, papers 1-800-827-1000 or TDD/TTY 1-800-829-4833

Passports - State Department—Passport Services, 202-955-0430 (24 hours)

Birth, death and marraige certificates - Bureau of Records in appropriate state

Social Security Card - Security or Local Social Security office

Medicare cards 1-800-772-1213 or TDD/TTY 1-800-325-0778

Credit cards The issuing companies as soon as possible

Mastercard, contact issuing financial institution

VISA, contact issuing financial institution

American Express, 1-800-441-0519

Discover, 1-800-DISCOVER (1-800-347-2683), TDD/TTY 1-800-347-7449

Titles to deeds - Records department of the area in which the property is located

Stocks and bonds - Issuing company or your broker

Wills - Your attorney

Income tax record - The IRS center where filed, your accountant or 1-800-829-1040

Citizenship papers - Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 1-800-375-5283

Mortgage papers - Lending institution.

Site source: http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m38840101_picking-up-the-pieces-after-a-fire.pdf

The beginning stages of the certified mold remediation process.

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Although every mold damage scenario begins when you call SERVPRO of Perry Hall / White Marsh, the general remediation process stays the same. Here is what the "typical" mold remediation process looks like:

When you call SERVPRO of Perry Hall/ White Marsh:

A representative will ask you a series of questions to determine the severity, necessary equipment, resources and if personnel (such as an environmental hygienist) is needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment:

depending on the size of visible mold, your property will be inspected by an environmental hygeniest or by SERVPRO mold certified professional. It will be inspected using technology, air samples, and hidden water sources.

Mold Containment:

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold, and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure. This will keep the spores from spreading during the clean up process

Air Filtration: 

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of Perry Hall / White marsh technicians  utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress. 

Restoration:

Depending on the species of mold, drywall, subfloors and other building material may be removed, and some contents may need to be disposed. SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh will be able to reinstall drywall, baseboard, as well as flooring once the home has been cleared of mold.

If you need help with a mold problem in your Nottingham Maryland home please call SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh at 410-529-1664

Mold inside your Towson Maryland home and what to do about it.

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Hey Towson, it’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh at 410-529-1664 and we will help get you started.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh for mold remediation services.

Why living in Parkville Carney Maryland, doesn't mean you are safe from natural disaster flooding.

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a a river such as the gunpowder, along the streets of towson, or in the valley of hydes, or EVEN in the deserts of Arizona – there is always potential for flooding. Fema.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to 27,000. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster

About SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh specializes in the cleanup and restoration of baltimore county 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 Parkville Carney property.

Parkville Carney - 8 important things to do after you experience a home fire.

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

8 Things to do after a Fire in your Parkville-Carney Maryland home. 

The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.

  1. Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire
  2. The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site.  DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
  3. Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
  1. If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting fire damage restoration companies. SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh is approved by all insurance companies. 
  2. Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items. Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made. SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh crews are trained to properly document, clean and store damaged items. Nothing will be disposed of without your knowledge or permission and we do our best to salvage your precious items.
  3. Try to locate valuable documents and records-deed to home, car, bank information, birth certificates, etc. 
  4. Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss. The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax
  5. notify your mortgage company of the fire.

If you've experienced a home fire, and aren't sure what to do, please call SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh, or your insurance agent. 

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 Today – 410-529-1664

Why an immediate response is important to your Multi-unit water damage

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fast response is important to your perry hall Multi-unit water damage claim because it places the tenant at ease and reduces the severity of the water damage claim and increases the chance for preserving irreplaceable valuables.

Benefits of Immediate response

  •  Takes less time and effort to achieve “dry”
  • The drying project is less complicated when drying occurs before microbes can multiply
  • Lowers the cost of drying
  • The longer an item is exposed,
  • the greater the chance of
  • additional damage.
  • The more you restore, the less
  • that has to be replaced.
  • Immediate Response Lessens Damage
  • Delamination
  • Furniture stains
  • Rust stains
  • Warping floors
  • Mold/mildew
  • Swelling

Decreases or eliminates risk Secondary Damage:

 Examples of Secondary Damage:

  •  Deterioration of structural components and contents (delamination, etc.)
  • Excessive water and humidity can result in microbes multiplying
  • Category 1 can deteriorate to Category 2 or Category

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today - 410-529-1664

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 Perry Hall/White Marsh 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, and which units were affected.
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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. 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.