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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.

What to do if a tornado is threatening in Kingsville MD

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

What to do if a tornado is threatening in Kingsville md



  • The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.

  • If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative

  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds. Do not seek shelter in a hallway or bathroom of a mobile home.

  • If you have access to a sturdy shelter or a vehicle, abandon your mobile home immediately.

  • Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately, using your seat belt if driving.

  • Do not wait until you see the tornado.


If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:  Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.



  • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort: Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.

  • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.

  • Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.


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.

Moores Orchard MD Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

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.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

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

Cooking fire Statistics you ought to know Parkville MD

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Cooking fires are very common and often times fatal. We’ve all been in the position of feeling like we’ve lost control of the stove for most of us it doesn’t get to serious but it causes 1/3 of all structure fires in the United States. Here are some cooking fire statistics to consider.

  1. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries.**
  2. Home fires are more likely to start in the kitchen than any other room in your home.***
  3. Unattended cooking causes nearly 90 percent of all kitchen fires.**
  4. Cooking was the cause of 36% of all structure fires in 2002.**
  5. The number of home fires the American Red Cross has responded to has risen 10% since 2000.*
  6. Every two and a half hours someone is killed in a home fire. In a typical year, 20,000 people are injured in home fires.**
  7. 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

Reference and more reading

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.

What to do to prepare for a tornado that may be in Kingsville md

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

What to do to prepare for a tornado that may be in Kingsville MD



  • During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.

  • Know your community’s warning system. Communities have different ways of warning residents about tornadoes, with many having sirens intended for outdoor warning purposes.

  • Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado. This should be a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.

  • Practice periodic tornado drills so that everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching.

  • Consider having your safe room reinforced. Plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection can be found on the FEMA Web site at http://www.fema.gov/ plan/prevent/rms/rmsp453.shtm.

  • Prepare for high winds by removing diseased and damaged limbs from trees.

  • Move or secure lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants or anything else that can be picked up by the wind and become a projectile.


Watch for tornado danger signs:



  • Dark, often greenish clouds—a phenomenon caused by hail

  • Wall cloud—an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm

  • Cloud of debris

  • Large hail

  • Funnel cloud—a visible rotating extension of the cloud base

  • Roaring noise


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.

Important Tips on Disaster Safety from the International Code Council for Commercial and Property Managers

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

May is National Building Safety Month. Building Safety Month is an opportunity to education insurance and commercial property professionals as well as the general public on “what it takes to create safe, resilient, affordable and energy efficient homes and buildings,” according to the ICC website. The theme for  this week is managing natural disasters!

Here are some life and property saving tips on Disaster Safety and Mitigation from the ICC!

  • If you live in a high wind or hurricane prone area and do not have tested and code approved shutters for protection from windborne debris, consider temporarily protecting your doors and windows by mounting with exterior grade 7/16" minimum thickness plywood and fastening it into place. Go to http://flash.org/peril_inside.php?id=108 to learn how.
  • Consider buidling or retrofitting to create a tornado safe room in your business. Follow ICC/NSSA 500 standard for detailed construction information and how to achieve the highest level of protection for your business or tenants.
  • In Wildfire prone areas, remove fine (dead grass, leaves, etc.) within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of a wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litters from roofs, rain gutters, decks and walkways.
  • Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by flood waters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. Remember it only takes 6 inches of water to sweep you off your feet and 2 feet to move an SUV sized vehicle.

Reasons how mold got into your White Marsh basement

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

While mold occurs naturally in the outdoors, it needs excessive moisture to survive indoors. That’s why mold is problem when there is a water damage, high levels of humidity or dampness. Here is a guide on where to find sources of moisture-causing mold.

Common Source of excessive mold-causing moisture:

  • Flooding from storms coming from outside
  • Sump pump overflow
  • Roof leaks from damaged roofs, ice dams or blocked gutters
  • Rain from storms through window frames, exterior walls, or doors
  • Leaking pipes
  • sewer back-ups or overflows
  • Damp basements due to high water table or badly managed water drainage
  • Condensation on cold surfaces

Then mold needs these 3 main factors to thrive and survive!

  1. High Relative humidity
  2. Warm or temperate temperature
  3. Poor ventilation

Mold is easier to prevent than it is to clean so keeping a watch on common sources of mold and maintaining a dry, ventilated home and drying homes from water damage within 24 hours of the incidence is the best way to prevent mold from happening in the first place. If you have a mold problem and you would like information about how to get it professionally cleaned, please call us and we will direct you on where to get your mold tested.

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

Ice maker leaks - what causes them and how to prevent it from happening in your Fullerton Maryland Home.

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Ice maker leaks are common and often go unnoticed. These slow leaks damage both the wall, flooring, and lower levels of homes which can lead to decay. You may have an ice maker but no signs of leaks. Keep on reading, we’re going to give you some advice on how to detect leaks and how to prevent them from happening.

When an ice maker is added to an existing home, the installer will use an "ice maker valve," a small metal saddle secured to a cold water pipe near the refrigerator, with a small clear plastic pipe for the water to feed into the ice maker. The plastic tubing will most likely be the cause of an ice maker leak. Pinholes form in the tubing go unnoticed during installation and remain unnoticed for years, hidden behind the refrigerator. Over a long period of time, hundreds of gallons of water seeping from the tubing can lead to serious structural decay and damage to the wall and floor systems around the refrigerator. You can detect this if you have a water bill, by seeing if it suddenly increases without any reason why. Or by periodically checking behind the fridge…this is hard to do though depending on where your fridge is located.

Modern homes usually have a shut-off valve installed in a wall panel behind the refrigerator where soft copper tubing is used to connect the valve to the refrigerator. Pinhole leaks or fractures of copper tubing are possible, but not as likely as in the plastic tubing. If your home is not modern, use the copper tubing for connection and install a battery operated flood alarm. Doing this before a problem occurs will reduce your risk for a costly water damage in the future.

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.

Continue: 4 Things to do in 4 Hours of Discovering your Wet Basement

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Nottingham MD, this is how you protect your pets in a Fire!

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Pets are often lost in a fire. Save your pets and consider these tips for when leaving your home

  1. Keep pets near entrances when away from home.
  2. Keep collars on pets and leashes at the ready in case fire fighters need to rescue your pet
  3. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where fire fighters can easily find them
  4. Save rescuers time by affixing a pet alert window cling and write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. Make sure number of pets are listed

Were these tips helpful? Check out some other tips on our website about what to do after a fire occurs in your home, and checkout our fire section of our blog!

Fire Damage Emergency Tips

http://www.SERVPROperryhallwhitemarsh.com/fire-damage-tips

Fire blog

http://www.SERVPROperryhallwhitemarsh.com/blog/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

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.