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Perry Hall Business Owners: We Specialize in Flooded Business Cleanup and Restoration!

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

A business can have a flood at any time, although water damage most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to water intrusion because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level – this is also where busineses typically store important documents and inventory. There are a number of reasons why your Rosedale business could flood, including:

  •  A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface Fire to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Fire supply-line break or hot-Fire tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about business Flooding?

Call Today - 410-529-1664

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your business's structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get. Not only that but the damage to inventory and important documents could be dramatic and irreversible.

The bottom line: a flooded business can jeopardize your health, safety, and your business’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh 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 Business 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

Business Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 410-529-1664

Tips on preventing frozen pipes before you go out of town

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Tips on preventing frozen pipes before you go out of town

Preventing frozen pipes is essential to preventing severe water damage. Broken water pipes rank second only to hurricanes in terms of both frequency and severity in regards to annual claims resulting from water damage. If we had a nickel for every homeowner who came back to town to a water damaged home, we wouldn’t need to work ever again. We’re going to give you tips on how to prevent frozen pipe related water damage the next time you leave town in the winter.

  • Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 65°F, (some people say 55, we think 65 is a safer)
  • Ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure the heat is working, and that there are no other appliance malfunctions – 250 gallons of water that can leak from a 1/8-inch pipe crack in a day.
  • Leave your kitchen cabinet doors open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate pipes
  • If you’re going to be away for a long time – such as a month or so, shut off and drain the water system. Be aware that if you have a fire protection sprinkler system in your house, it may be deactivated when you shut off the water.
  • Leave your kitchen cabinet doors open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate pipes

If your pipes do freeze

What if your pipes still freeze, despite your best preventive measures? First step: Don't panic. Just because they're frozen doesn't mean they've already burst. Here's what you can do:

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • If there is standing water, call SERVPRO and then a plumber. Do not enter the area or use electrical appliances in areas of standing water. You could be electrocuted.
  • Never attempt to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. But you may be able to use a hairdryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. SERVPRO has water and gas shut off valve tags. If you need some please ask your local SERVPRO.

When storms hit Parkville Maryland, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

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

Tips on how to prevent mold in basements and crawl spaces in Overlea MD

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Tips to avoid mold

In basements and crawl spaces:

  • Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawl spaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground. If there is standing water or the soil is wet, dry it out with fans before covering the floor.
  • Be sure crawl spaces are well ventilated by using fans and having vents installed in outside walls if necessary.
  • Consider painting concrete floors and using area rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpet in basements. If you plan to install carpet over a concrete floor, it may be necessary to use a vapor barrier (plastic sheeting) over the concrete and cover that with sub-flooring (insulation covered with plywood) to prevent a moisture problem.
  • Have your basement floor checked for leaks and have them repaired if necessary. Water can enter your home by leaking or by seeping through basement floors or walls.
  • Make sure gutters are working properly and that outdoor landscaping causes water to run away from -- not toward -- the house.
  • Do not finish basement walls with insulation and wall board unless your basement is very dry.

About SERVPRO of Perry Hall/ White Marsh Mold Remediation Services for Overlea MD

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

Tips on how to prevent mold in laundry rooms in Towson

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Tips for how to prevent mold In the laundry room:


You may not think about mold being in the laundry room, but mold can be anywhere. Here are some ways to keep an eye out for mold and prevent it from starting in the first place



  • Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.

  • Make sure the vent is clear of obstructions, such as lint, and that there are no holes that leak air. If the vent duct is damaged, replace it with a metal duct. Have the duct cleaned at least once a year.

  • Avoid leaving damp clothes in the laundry basket or dryer. Wash and dry them promptly.


 


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


 

8 Statistics about home fires to help find fire hazards in your White Marsh Maryland home

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Statistics about fires you may not have heard before. Nobody wants to think about the possibility of a fire taking place in their home or business but its always better to be informed and to look out for potential causes. Here are 8 statistics about home fires to help you look out for potential fire hazards in your White Marsh Maryland home.

  1. A study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that homes with older wiring face an increased risk of electrical wiring fire.
  1. Electrical failures were factors in 13% of home fires.
  2. 7% of fatal home smoking fire victims whose smoking materials started the fire were using medical oxygen.
  3. More than one-third of home candle fires started in bedrooms.
  4. 12% of the home candle fires occurred in December.
  5. The top three days for home candle fires were Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve.
  6. It doesn’t matter whether the damage effects one room, multiple rooms, or an entire structure; the homeowner, property owner, property manager, and/or tenants feel a need to regain control.
  7. Research shows that most individuals experiencing a loss feel violated, invaded or “robbed” of their life as they know it.

SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh is your local SERVPRO for the northeastern baltimore county area. We go wherever we are called, and if you are too far we will locate another SERVPRO for you! The benefit of using a SERVPRO franchise is that we are all approved by all insurance companies, and all billing is pre-approved by your Insurance claims adjuster! 

Why fast response is important to your Baltimore County water damage

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Why fast response is important to your Baltimore County water damage

Fast response is important to your perry hall water damage claim because it places the homeowner at ease and reduces the severity of the water damage claim.

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 3
  • Increases the chance for preserving irreplaceable valuables

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
  • 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.

Why knowing behavior of smoke makes SERVPRO of Perry/Hall White Marsh better equipped to handle your fire damage claim.

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why knowing behavior of smoke makes SERVPRO of Perry/Hall White Marsh better equipped to handle your fire damage claim. example of a "heatline" caused by trapped hot smokey air in a house.

Behavior of smoke is something not often studied by the average Parkville citizen, but here at SERVPRO of Perry Hall White marsh we are Fire and smoke restoration experts. We are going to break down a very complicated science behind smoke behavior so you are able to better understand why cleaning up fires can be so extensive (even if the fire was only in one room).

1. Convection Current

Convection Currents, in relation to home fires is when hot air rises, it forces cool air downwards. This produces a constant circulation as long as the fire is burning. Smoke rises until stopped by the ceiling; the greatest concentration of soot will be on the ceiling immediately above the fire area. This is Where we begin our scope (or inspection) of work to determine what needs to be done since the degree of residue decreases as you scope further from the fire

2. Heat Lines


Remember how the hot air forces cold air down? Well you can actually see it after the fire. Smoke fills a ceiling area, then banks down a wall to a point called the heat line. Above the heat line, residues are more difficult to remove because heat opens up pores in surfaces allowing deeper penetration (heat makes materials expand). This is why we test high on the walls for scoping to determine how to clean the rest of the walls.

3. Temperature of Smoke and Temperature of Surfaces

 Hot air as mentioned before provides the convection current. The hotter the fire, the more turbulent the current and the harder smoke is forced against surfaces. This driven smoke collides with surfaces and deposits residues that may be difficult to remove. Hot smoke eventually cools and becomes a free floating smoke that floats through the building and settles on horizontal surfaces.

4. Temperature of Surfaces

Hot smoke tends to move toward colder surfaces. This is how smoke gets between curtains and windows, and even inside cabinets and drawers. This principle is expressed as hot goes to cold.

5. Airflow patterns

Smoke follows airflow patterns through a building, spreading residues within the structure. Smoke flows upward through openings cut for water pipes and HVAC system. The cavity above a suspended ceiling may also serve as an air return and have heavier smoke deposits than the finished ceiling beneath. This cavity can also spread residues to a wider area of the building. The ductwork of the HVAC system can spread residues throughout a structure by distributing hot, smoke-filled air during the fire. While not every fire needs their duct system cleaned, it must be checked because if its not cleaned, unclean contaminated will redistribute smoke particles back into a restored structure when the HVAC is turned on again


7. Ionization
Ionization refers to smoke particles that become electrically charged. Since opposite electrical charges attract, smoke residues with strong charges may be attracted to surfaces with the opposite electrical charge. Ionized smoke particles cluster on metal surfaces. Through magnetism, charged smoke particles are attracted to plumbing pipes and coat hangers. Nail heads that are invisible beneath drywall become clearly outlined by smoke because their magnetic attraction remains effective despite the covering of paint and plaster. This is often referred to as nail pops, but the statement is misleading since the nails are still in place; it just looks like they have come to the surface.

Can you clean the soot so the nail head is no longer visible? We can.

Can you remove smoke from the very pores of your drywall? We can. 

Can you coordinate the cleaning of all affected contents, the inside of electronics, the affected walls, and ductwork, while communicating with insurance adjusters, textile restoration specialists (and while moving out your home into storage) and maintain a job and while taking care of your family? 

Don't worry, SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh is here to handle it all. We are approved by all insurance companies and are IICRC certified. We have onsite storage and are able to clean everything and anything you can imagine. Don't hesitate to call us 410-529-1664 if you live in the Baltimore county Maryland area!

Water Damage from Busted or leaking pipes Statistics: From SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage from Busted or leaking pipes Statistics:

Water damage from busted or leaking pipes is very common and can cause a lot of damage if gone unnoticed. Here are 5 surprising statistics to consider when buying homeowners insurance coverage.

Busted or leaking pipes

  1. Broken water pipes rank second only to hurricanes in terms of both frequency and severity in regards to annual claims resulting from water damage.
  2. According to the EPA, 13.7% of all water used in the home today can be attributed to plumbing leaks.
  3. 250 gallons of water that can leak from a 1/8-inch pipe crack in a day.
  4. 1,000,000,000,000 Water leaks from U.S. homes can exceed 1 trillion gallons in a year. That’s equal to the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined
  5. 10% of homes in the U.S. have leaks that waste at least 90 gallons of water per day.

The cost of cleaning up busted or broken pipe damage can vary but the best way to reduce cost is to call your local SERVPRO immediately. Time will save you money (link to timeline of water damage). Rest assured all SERVPRO billing is scrutinized and pre-approved by your home owners insurance; and if the loss is not filed through insurance we use a program called Xactimate. Xactimate generates pricing based on the local averages. This program is only used by industry certified, insurance approved Restoration Company, so our prices are the same if not less than our competition due to our ability to minimize water damage impact on the home.

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.

How Ice Dams Damage your White Marsh Home

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

An Ice dam is ice build-up on roofs that form a blockage, preventing snow melt from draining off the roof properly. We Marylanders are at a high risk for ice damming related water damage due to our fluctuating weather; our warm days melt the snow, and our freezing winter nights refreeze the water, this is known as a melt-refreeze cycle. 

How an Ice Dam Damages your White Marsh Property

  1. Heat collects in the attic and warms the roof, except at the eaves. The eaves are the edges of the roof which overhang the face of a wall and, normally, project beyond the side of a building. The eaves form an overhang to throw water clear of the walls
  2.  Snow melts on the warm roof and then freezes on the cold eaves
  3. Ice accumulates along the eaves, forming a dam. Melted water from the warm roof backs up behind it, flows under the shingles, and into the house


This water gets trapped, seeps through the shingles and enters your home through the attic, affecting your walls, ceiling, and roof, causing walls to sag, ceilings to buckle, crumble, and even collapse.


You should call your local SERVPRO you see signs of any water coming into your home. Water damage restoration can be expensive, but it’s more expensive to wait. A water damage specialist will be able to dry the structure, carpet, and hardwood, and salvage contents such as clothing and electronics but not everyone is equipped to do this (WE ARE!). If the water damage in your home is not treated within by a professional within 48-72 hours of the initial leak, it’s highly likely you will get mold, which will cause the removal process to become more hazardous, and difficult to remove as time allows the mold to grow and spread.

*SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh is a Locally owned and independently operated Franchise, nationally recognized by all insurance companies. SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh is IICRC certified, and has an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and has been servicing for 15 years. We go anywhere we are called and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Why fast response is important to your Baltimore County water damage

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Why fast response is important to your Baltimore County water damage

Fast response is important to your Perry Hall water damage claim because it places the homeowner at ease and reduces the severity of the water damage claim.

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 3
  • Increases the chance for preserving irreplaceable valuables

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
  • 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.