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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.

Hurricanes and tropical storms what they are and common terminology

9/4/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are strong storms that cause life-and-property threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high wind and tornadoes. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane so it's important to know the difference between a hurricane, tropical storm, hurricane watch, and hurricane warning.

Hurricane and tropical Storm

Tropical Storm: a localized, very intense low-pressure wind system, forming over tropical oceans and with winds of hurricane force. All hurricanes are tropical storms, but not all tropical storms are Hurricanes.

Hurricane: a violent, tropical, cyclonic storm of the western North Atlantic, having wind speeds of or in excess of 72 miles per hour (32 m/sec). The term for hurricane on the west coast of the united states is called a typhoon.

Hurricane: Watch Vs. Warning

Hurricane watch: Conditions are a threat within the 48 hours.

Hurricane warning: Conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.

Hurricane events cause extensive damage to properties. SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh receives on average about 40 calls an hour, following a hurricane event. This call volume is true for all restoration companies so be sure to get on multiple waitlists if your home is flooded after a major weather event. This includes extreme freezing, blizzards and excessive amounts of rain.

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.

Heating fire statistics you ought to know in White Marsh MD

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Heating fire statistics for the United States

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.

  • Heating fires are the second leading cause of home fires.**
  • Fixed and portable space heaters, including wood stoves, are involved in 74 percent of fire-related deaths.**
  • Nearly half of American families use alternative heating sources such as space heaters, fireplaces, or wood/coal stoves to stay warm.*
  • Each year over 200 people die from carbon monoxide produced by fuel burning appliances in the home including furnaces, ranges, water heaters and room heaters.***
  • The number of home fires the American Red Cross has responded to has risen 10% since 2000.*
  • Only 26 percent of families have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.*
  • Eighty percent of Americans don’t realize that home fires are the single most common disaster across the nation.*
  • Having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.**

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

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

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.

 

In Parkville MD, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

 

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

 

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

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

Risks of hidden mold in Parkville MD

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Hidden mold and undiscovered leaks go hand in hand. Sometimes what you smell or what you see on the surface is only a fraction of what’s really going on. In some cases, indoor mold growth may not be obvious. You may suspect hidden mold if a building smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and building occupants are reporting health problems. It is possible that mold maybe growing on the back side of drywall, wallpaper, or paneling. Mold can even be in the ceiling, HVAC or under the carpets and carpet padding. Laminate flooring is especially susceptible to mold because of its ability to trap pools of water beneath the boards.  


Possible locations of hidden mold can be where there is a high concentration of condensation such as  pipe chases and utility tunnels,walls behind furniture,condensate drain pans inside air handling units, porous thermal or acoustic liners inside duct work. Unknown roof leaks can also cause mold and aren’t typically inspected if the roof is above a crawlspace or unused attic.


Some building materials, such as drywall with vinyl wallpaper over it or wood paneling, may act as vapor barriers, trapping moisture underneath their surfaces and thereby providing a moist environment where mold can grow.


Exercise caution when investigating hiding mold and make sure to use PPE. For example, removal of wallpaper can lead to a massive release of spores from mold growing on the underside of the paper. If you believe that you may have a hidden mold problem, you may want to consider testing from an Environmental hygienist and hiring SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh.


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

Two things you must do to stop water from leaking out of Your Hot Water Heater in your Rosedale Maryland home.

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Two things you must do to stop water from leaking out of Your Hot Water Heater in your Rosedale Maryland home.

If your hot water heater is leaking, and your reading this blog right now, chances are you have no idea what to do and have a whole mess of water hanging out in your home right now. We’re going to get you started before you call your certified water damage team and your plumber.

Cut the power to the hot water heater that is leaking

The first thing you should do when you find a hot water leak is turn off the power source leading to the water heater. If you have a gas water heater, find your thermostat. You should see a little knob with three settings: ON, OFF and PILOT. Switch it to OFF or PILOT to shut off the gas and make the heater safe to work on. If you have an electric water heater, go to your breaker panel and find the breaker labeled “Water Heater”. Turn it off to cut the power to your unit.

 

Shut off the water to stop the leak from expanding

Time to turn off the water, this part is easy. First, you’ll need to find the cold water line leading to your water heater. There should be a valve on the line – turn it to the right until it closes. This will cut off the water and allow you to move on to the next step: calling your hot water heater company, and calling your water damage clean up team.  If you’re located in the Baltimore county area, then call SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh – we will set you up with a plumber. Then call your insurance if you’d like to put in a claim or wait till we arrive if you’d like to decide later.

 

ABOUT SERVPRO OF PERRY HALL WHITE MARSH:

SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh has been serving the Baltimore metro area since 2001. We are family owned and operated, accepted by all insurance companies and are certified in Mold, Fire, and water damage clean up for residential and commercial properties. Give us a call at 410-529-1664 if you'd like us to clean up your home after a hot water heater leak.

 

What to do after a Tornado hits

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

What to do after a tornado. 8/7/2017

The tornado has passed. If your home or anywhere in your neighborhood has been damaged by the twister, please be careful and follow the following precautions:

? Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. ? If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.

? Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.

? Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.

? Stay out of damaged buildings.

? Use battery-powered flashlights when examining buildings—do NOT use candles.

? If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department.

? Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.

? Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

? Keep all of your animals under your direct control.

? Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.

? Check for injuries. If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need until emergency responders arrive.

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.

Water Damage Timeline: What happens to your Nottingham Maryland home after a water damage.

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. More often than not, homeowners choose to haphazardly clean up water damage, or do not even notice the water damage until days after the water entered their home. We are going to tell you what happens to your home from the minute a water damage occurs, to a weeks after the incident.


Water Damage Timeline:


WITHIN MINUTES OF THE WATER DAMAGE



  1. Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path

  2. Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings

  3. Furniture finishes may bleed, causing staining to carpets

  4. Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp 


HOURS 1-24 AFTER THE WATER ENTERS THE HOME



  • Drywall begins to swell and break down

  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish

  • A Musty odor appears


48 HOURS TO 1 WEEK AFTER THE WATER DAMAGE



  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread

  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp

  • Furniture warps and show signs of mold

  • Paint begins to blister

  • Wood flooring swells and warps


MORE THAN 1 WEEK AFTER THE WATER DAMAGE



  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated and structural rebuilding may be extensive

  • Structural safety, mold growth, and bio hazard contaminants pose serious risk to occupants 


Always always ALWAYS! Address water damage the moment it occurs, and always use qualified IICRC professionals. Use a house sitter when going out of town, and always check your elderly families home periodically to save them the hassle of dealing with a dramatic water damage.

Fire Damage Prevention tips for Kitchen and Grill fires

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Here are some tips for preventing a fire while you are operating cooking equipment

  1. Never leave cooking food unattended.
  2. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  3. If you are simmering, baking, boiling, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.
  4. Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  5. Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of three feet around the stove.
  6. Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top and oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  7. Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  8. Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  9. Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  10. Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

Visit www.redcross.org/homefires for more information on how to prevent cooking fires.

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.