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FEMA app is the Mobile app to use to stay on top of extreme weather in Perry Hall Maryland

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Extreme weather can be unpredictable in Perry Hall Maryland! We at SERVPRO of Perry Hall / White Marsh recomend having an app that warns you of inclimate weather conditions is key to staying safe. 

The weather FEMA app is 

The FEMA App is the best option to receive emergency alerts and information so that you and your loved ones know what to do. Be prepared to weather the storm with the FEMA App. This App allows you to get National Weather Service alerts for up to five locations to keep you informed on-the-go.

This means you can keep an eye out on your Home, place of work, and at risk family members!

It also has information on what to do before, during and after disasters! In the midst of an emergency, the app can give you directions to open shelters nearby, help you location someone to talk to at the Disaster Recovery Center, and let you share images of damage and recovery efforts to help first responders and emergency managers. 

This app is available for download for iOS (apple) and Android at the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

About SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh

SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh is a premier water damage restoration franchise, and is accepted by all insurance companies. If your home is affected by a storm please call SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh 410-529-1664

Fire Facts for Parkville Carney, from the American Red Cross

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Timing is everything, in just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, it can engulf a residence in flames.

Learn About Fires

  • 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.
  • 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. Always crawl on the floor!
  • Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
  • Fire is Scary! 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.

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. 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

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

Fire Damage in Perry Hall: Here is all you need to know about Wet & Dry Smoke, and Protein Residue

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that there are different types of smoke? Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your 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. For example, hot smoke in a room will escape to the cool air vents.

Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor. This is why smoke clean up involves deodorization of all rooms in a structure, in addition to those affected by fire.

The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process. Different smoke requires different techniques, chemicals, and cleaning applications.

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 – SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh

410-529-1664

2 Steps to take when Your Hot Water Heater is Leaking in your Parkville Carney Home

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Two things you must do to stop water from leaking out of Your Hot Water Heater in your Parkville Carney 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 Parkville County area in Baltimore County, 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 Parkville Carney home after a hot water heater leak.

Homeowners in Seven Courts - Here are Key Signs of Mold to Look Out For

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh understands that some Seven Courts homeowners prefer to clean water damages themselves. What many homeowners and property managers do not realize is professional, nationally ranked, water damage specialists 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! We are also located right in Rosedale, off Yellow brick road!

Why SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh is different

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Not all Water damage Restoration companies are equal: Here is how to pick the best one.

Get to know your options and make sure to read reviews from their website and from review sites, inspect before and after pictures, and check certifications. Water damage restoration is not something that anyone can do, in fact the proper equipment and chemicals aren’t even available to those who are not properly trained, licensed and insured in this field. These licenses and certification cost thousands and thousands of dollars each year to renew not to mention the mind-boggling hours to get trained. Someone not trained properly will not know how to completely dry a structure or prevent mold growth.

Hiring an amateur or someone who considers themselves a handyman (or plumber with water damage experience) will lead to future problems and a bigger bill in the long run.

Often the costs are triple what a normal emergency restoration company would charge in the first place. SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh or your local SERVPRO franchise has systems in place to guarantee accurate, fair and consistent pricing using Xactimate. If you are filing your water damage as an insurance claim then the bill will be approved, finalized, and processed efficiently through both SERVPRO and your insurance adjuster to make sure it is accurate, fair and correct.

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh has access to disaster recovery specialists and “Storm Teams”. If the area is inundated with catastrophic flooding or fires. During the Polar Vortex, we averaged at about 15 new calls per hour for 3 days, Hurricane Sandy we received 120 calls in 4 hours; this is a standard circumstance for storm situations and if you call a SERVPRO, you will automatically be put into the system and you will be seen by either us or a “Storm Team” who come to our area from other states to help with large scale disaster recovery.

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!