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Conditions In Perry Hall Might Be Right For Mold

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

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 us today at 410-529-1664

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.

Fullerton Business Owners: We Specialize in Flooded Business Cleanup and Restoration!

7/29/2021 (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 businesses typically store important documents and inventory. There are a number of reasons why your Fullerton, MD 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

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

4 Fire safety Tips for Evacuating a Fire Safely

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

WARNING: If you are in a home fire RIGHT now, Call 9-1-1!

Timing is everything, in just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames. Here are things many people don’t expect after escaping a home fire, and tips on how to escape safely.

Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a serious fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames - impairing vision and breathing.

Tip: make sure all fire alarms are in working condition and appropriately placed fire extinguishers

Fire is HOT! Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.

Tip: Always crawl on the floor – the air will be cooler and there will be more oxygen.

Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.

Smoke is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that disorient you. asphyxiation (suffocation) is the leading cause of death from home related fires.

Tip: If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services for Rosedale and Rossville MD

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White marsh has 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

Source: https://www.ready.gov/home-fi

How Water damage causes mold damage in Nottingham, MD.

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

How Water damage causes mold damage in Nottingham, MD.

Mold needs moisture to colonize

So, you have structural mold damage on your personal property, but how did it get there? Most likely answer – a previous water damage, or leak that went unnoticed. SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh understands how to clean up water damage, how to prevent mold growth and has the training and equipment to remediate whatever mold or mildew might appear in your home or business.

Treat water damages properly to prevent mold.

If untreated, a water damage forms the perfect habitat for mold growth within 48 hours of the initial loss. If any water-effected areas go unnoticed, or if the water damage isn’t treated to prevent mold, it can result in a serious mold problem… loss of contents and structural damage.

Mold Loves drywall, insulation, and flooring

Both water damages, and mold damages often require removal of the drywall or flooring. Water damage structural damage is often limited to the wet building materials and can be salvageable through special equipment.

  1. Centrifugal air movers
  2. Dehumidification
  3. Inject-a-dry (salvages wooden floors)
  4. Antimicrobial sprays

Mold however, burrows itself into porous material such as drywall and flooring, which often results in the affected area being stripped to its studs. followed by various, meticulous treatments of professional-grade anti-fungal and anti-microbial treatments are used to eliminate mold colonies (yes, colonies). Don't worry, SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh will install drywall, baseboard, carpet, and flooring when the process is complete.

Content cleaning during Water or Mold damage

Mold and Water damaged items can be dried and cleaned if they are non-porous, and if they are textiles such as clothes, they can be evaluated and restored by a textile restoration specialist (we’ve got you covered).

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh will clean your furniture, decorative items, and curtains as well as other restore-able items affected by mold and Water damage. 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 water damage or 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!

IICRC Certified Firm

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

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.

Parkville, these are the steps to take when you discover a sewage back up in your basement

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

What to do when there is sewage in your basement

A sewer backing up, or contaminated water backing out of your tub, sink or toilet can be an absolute nightmare for Nottingham homeowners. The truth is you can’t (and shouldn’t) do very much; sewage contaminated water is dangerous to your health and should be avoided at all costs. If you have water backing up out of toilet, sink or bathtub in your Nottingham home, then follow these steps and call SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh.

Your Game Plan

  • Stay out of the area/avoid cross contamination
  • Determine the source
  • Arrange repair and cleanup services with SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh or your local SERVPRO Water restoration company
  • Call your Insurance Company

Keep Children and Pets away from sewer-water affected areas

Keep children and pets away the moment the sewer water is discovered, until the clean-up crew and sanitation is complete. Sewage is considered Category 3 water,more commonly known as black water. Category 3 water or Black water is defined by the IICRC as “the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested” Keep children and pets away at all times and if you yourself must go in the area, wash your hands thoroughly and avoid touching cuts, eyes, mouth or ears with your hands or any item that came in contact with the black water.

Risks of Sewage back up debris

Category 3 water/Raw sewage contains diseases such as Hepatitis, Salmonella, E.Coli and Parasites just to name a few, would you risk cleaning this yourself without proper training or the tools and chemicals to do it correctly? These diseases survive weeks even months if not properly killed. Doing it yourself, or hiring the wrong professional puts you, your family, pets and house guests at a great risk. Call SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh to schedule emergency Service to have the job taken care of "Like it never even happened."

Determine whether the waste is local (as in, from your own home) or from the sewer system also known as “backflow”

IF you are able to do some inspecting, then determine the source by the amount and the flow rate. Determine the source of the sewage backup – if entering the area seems like it would be dangerous to your health (no proper protective equipment) then just skip on down to arrange services. A local waste product would be from a blockage, tree roots affecting plumbing lines or broken or collapsed lines on your property, this waste would be from your own home but is still considered a category 3. Backflow is when the sewer system in your neighborhood or municipality is overwhelmed, and it reverses in your pipes, causing it to erupt from toilets, sinks and tubs. This can happen from heavy rain-flow overwhelming your municipality’s sewer system, causing it to backflow into your home.

Arrange Services with SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh

Call an Emergency Restoration company such as SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh as we are IICRC Certified and specialize in cleaning up hazardous waste. Most contractors and plumbers do not have the capability to clean up the site after the repairs have been made and may not be approved by your insurance company if you choose to claim the loss.

SERVPRO also has a 1-4-8 policy, which means

  • 1 hour from notice of loss - (When you call), a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange services.
  • 4 hours of calling - a SERVPRO professional will be onside to start mitigating services (or your earliest convenience).
  • 8 business hour- a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to your adjuster by a SERVPRO Professional.

Why call SERVPRO? If any SERVPRO believes they are incapable of responding within this time frame, they will refer you to a different SERVPRO so you are not left waiting!

Call your insurance company

Ask your agent if this is a covered loss, and what your deductible will be.  This can be done before or after calling SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh as we accept all insurance plans and you can also pay yourself – whether you are covered or not.

If you are not covered, not a problem, we will begin services after a deposit has been made and the rest will be due upon completion. Please call for deposit details!

Having a sewage back up can stink up your day but no sewage backup is too small or too big for SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh.

Give us a call at 410-529-1664

Parkville Apartment Property Managers - Take action within 4 hours of water damage to minimize secondary and permanent damage

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Parkville Aparment Property managers - ACTION during the first 24 hours following a water damage will help prevent secondary or permanent damage to your units.

That is why within 4 hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh franchise professional will be on site to help ensure water damage is handled by completing the following steps:

  1. Intake – ask client questions to determine which size crew, how many pieces of equipment, and what precautions to take.
  2. Inspection– Using information from phone intake, SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh 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.
  3. Emergency service- SERVPRO of Perry Hall will begin by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying for each unity. They will explain the needed emergency services to you as well as the tenant, step by step.
  4. Document pre-existing damage and damage caused by water.
  5. Arrange for contents to be restored or disposed, with the owner signature and insurance approval (if applicable).
  6. Monitoring- monitor drying of structure and contents to ensure they are dried to appropriate industry standards; updates will be consistently communicated with you and your insurance company.
  7. Reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property as well as arrange for reinstallation of walls and baseboard.
  8. Final walk through will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was restored to preloss conditions.

By following these steps, SERVPRO of Perry Hall/ White Marsh will efficiently dry and restore your structure to its pre-existing condition with minimal impact on tenants, the structure and contents while also reducing secondary damage and permanent damage to your property following a water damage.

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. We are located in Rosedale, Maryland, right on Yellow Brick road (yes Dorothy is our neighbor) and are able to help when disaster strikes!

Perry Hall Maryland Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your Perry Hall home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Perry Hall / White Marsh will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

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

Restoring Your Baltimore County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at Baltimore county 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.

Parkville Homeowners, this is what you need to do when your sewer backs up into your home.

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

A sewer backing up, or contaminated water backing out of your tub, sink or toilet can be an absolute nightmare for Parkville homeowners. Sewer backups happen frequently during storms because the sewer system is overwhelmed causing it to "back-up" through your toilet or drains.


The truth is you can’t (and shouldn’t) do very much; sewage contaminated water is dangerous to your health and should be avoided at all costs. If you have water backing up out of toilet, sink or bathtub in your Nottingham home, then follow these steps and call SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh

410-529-1664

Your Game Plan

  • Stay out of the area/avoid cross contamination
  • Determine the source
  • Arrange repair and cleanup services with SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh or your local SERVPRO/Water restoration company
  • Call your Insurance Company

Keep Children and Pets away from sewer-water affected areas

Keep children and pets away the moment sewer water is discovered, until the clean-up crew and sanitation is complete. Sewage is Category 3 water, more commonly known as black water. Category 3 water or Black water is defined by the IICRC as “the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested” Keep children and pets away at all times and if you yourself must go in the area, wash your hands thoroughly and avoid touching cuts, eyes, mouth or ears with your hands or any item that came in contact with the black water.

Risks of Sewage back up debris

Category 3 water/Raw sewage contains diseases such as Hepatitis, Salmonella, E.Coli and Parasites just to name a few, would you risk cleaning this yourself without proper training or the tools and chemicals to do it correctly? These diseases survive weeks even months if not properly killed. Doing it yourself, or hiring the wrong professional puts you, your family, pets and house guests at a great risk. Call SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh to schedule emergency Service to have the job taken care of "Like it never even happened."

Determine whether the waste is local (as in, from your own home) or from the sewer system also known as “backflow”

IF you are able to do some inspecting, then determine the source by the amount and the flow rate. Determine the source of the sewage backup – if entering the area seems like it would be dangerous to your health (no proper protective equipment) then just skip on down to arrange services. A local waste product would be from a blockage, tree roots affecting plumbing lines or broken or collapsed lines on your property, this waste would be from your own home but is still considered a category 3. Backflow is when the sewer system in your neighborhood or municipality is overwhelmed, and it reverses in your pipes, causing it to erupt from toilets, sinks and tubs. This can happen from heavy rain-flow overwhelming your municipality’s sewer system, causing it to backflow into your home.

Arrange Services with SERVPRO of Perry Hall /White Marsh

Call an Emergency Restoration company such as SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh as we are IICRC Certified and specialize in cleaning up hazardous waste. Most contractors and plumbers do not have the capability to clean up the site after the repairs have been made and may not be approved by your insurance company if you choose to claim the loss.

SERVPRO also has a 1-4-8 policy, which means

  • 1 hour from notice of loss - (When you call), a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange services.
  • 4 hours of calling - a SERVPRO professional will be onside to start mitigating services (or your earliest convenience).
  • 8 business hour- a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to your adjuster by a SERVPRO Professional.

Why call SERVPRO? If any SERVPRO believes they are incapable of responding within this time frame, they will refer you to a different SERVPRO so you are not left waiting!

Call your insurance company

Ask your agent if this is a covered loss, and what your deductible will be.  This can be done before or after calling SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh as we accept all insurance plans and you can also pay yourself – whether you are covered or not.

If you are not covered, not a problem, we will begin services after a deposit has been made and the rest will be due upon completion. Please call for deposit details!

Having a sewage back-up can stink up your day but no sewage backup is too small or too big for SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh.

Give us a call at 410-529-1664