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How to put out an oven fire - Parkville, MD, USA

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

How to put out an oven fire to prevent a fire damage – Parkville MD, USA

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh has cleaned smoke damage from hundreds of Parkville homes since our doors opened in 2001. Oven fires are one of the main causes of smoke damage clean up in the Parkville Maryland area and can happen for numerous reasons:

  • Fat and grease splatter, causes a flame
  • When batter overflows
  • Simply forgetting something in the oven
  • using the self-cleaning feature.
  • Electrical malfunction

Here are tips on how to put out an oven fire:

What to do if something in the oven catches fire

  1. Leave the oven door closed! – this will starve the fire of oxygen.
  2. Turn off the oven and allow the fire to deplete existing oxygen in the oven.
  3. If it does not go out on its own, leave the house and call 911.
  4. If it does go out, thenopen your windows before opening the oven door. If you’re not positive, just wait a bit longer to be sure.
  5. With your fire extinguisher close-by, carefully open the oven door (it will be smoky!) and remove the hot pan.
  6. Allow the smoke to clear before determining the cause of the fire and possibly resuming cooking.

What to do when your basement or crawlspace is flooding – Perry Hall, Maryland, USA

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Following these steps to regain control until help arrives. 

If it can be done safely, determine the source, and stop water form coming in.

Did it rain like cats and dogs last night? Is water coming from the hot water heater? Maybe your refrigerator (sometimes, the ice maker line breaks and causes extensive flooding). Turn the water off or skip to step two if it is storm related and it’s still raining.

Move items out of the wet areas

Do what you can without hurting yourself, do not do heavy lifting or awkward bending if your doctor has instructed you not to. Start by “block” furniture (place aluminum foil under furniture legs or wood blocks, this prevents the furniture from staining the flooring, this happens often when a water damage occurs). 

Wipe water excess from surfaces after removing lamps and objects on top, and move wet area rugs away from floors, their dyes often bleed and stain wood flooring and carpet.  Perhaps the garage, or on top of a large trashbag/tarp.

The mitigation company should handle the rest, Here is how the SERVPRO System handles your contents

Remove excess water with towels, or Mop.

Blot or mop excess water from carpet with clean neutral colored towels and clean mops. (heavily dyed or soiled towels may bleed and dye the area).

Schedule repairs and mitigation services to restore your wet basement. 

If you’ve determined the source, call to schedule to have it fixed immediately, then call your insurance company to file a claim if you wish to, then call an IICRC certified restoration company. 

Not all Restoration companies are equal

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. This 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, all of which cost thousands and thousands of dollars each year to renew not to mention the mind boggling costs to get trained. Hiring an amateur or someone who considers themselves a handyman will lead to future problems and a bigger bill in the long run, and often times these handymen cost triple what a normal emergency restoration company would charge in the first place.

Why you should hire SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh instead of a handyman or general contractor.

6/18/2019 (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.

Rosedale property managers - Take action within 4 hours of water damage to minimize secondary and permanent damage

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

ROSEDALE 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!

7 steps to prevent a fire damage in your kitchen – Perry Hall, Maryland, USA.

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

7 steps to prevent a fire damage in your kitchen – Perry Hall, Marylan, USA.

  1. Stay in the kitchen – Fires happen when cooking is left unattended. If you have to leave the kitchen, turnoff the stove, and take pots and pans off the heat. This is especially important if you are broiling – remove food from the oven and turn off the broiler.
  2. Watch your clothing- Long sleeves that can get caught or catch onto things can catch fire. Instead wear short or close-fitting sleeves, and keep shirts tucked in or tied back with a well fitted apron.
  3. Beware of items around stovetop – move flammable items away from your stovetop before you begin cooking. Keep oven mitts, kitchen towels and appliance cords away from burners.
  4. Keep fire extinguisher in kitchen – keep a fire extinguisher nearby to put out any potential fire. Make sure the extinguisher is up to date and hasn’t expired.
  5. Learn your fire extinguisher – Read and get to know your fire extinguisher, practice operating it using expired fire extinguishers outside.
  6. Never throw hot grease in garbage can – hot grease can cause the contents of the trashcan to catch fire. Always pour hot grease into a heat safe container with a aluminum foil underneath to catch drips!
  7. Extinguish candles – candles themselves are a leading cause of fires in homes. Keep candles extinguished while cooking and if you do decide to use a candle in the kitchen, opt for short wide candles that are hard to tip over and keep the wick trimmed!

About SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh

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

How ice makers leak and how to check for ice maker related water damage - Perry Hall, MD, USA

6/17/2019 (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.

Why Ice makers cause significant damage

When an ice maker is installed, an “ice maker valve," a small metal saddle is secured to a cold water pipe near the refrigerator, with a small clear plastic pipe for the water to feed into the ice maker. 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. It can take weeks to become exposed as the water is trapped in your counters and between your walls.

If you own a refrigerator with an ice maker, periodically check behind the fridge for evidence of a leake, or keep an eye on your water bill for unexplainable increase in water use.

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 to put out a fire in your oven to prevent a fire damage – Parkville MD, USA

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Common instances of home kitchen oven fires happen when fat and grease splatter and cause a flame, when batter overflows, forgetting something in the oven, or using the self-cleaning feature.

What to do if something in the oven catches fire

  1. Leave the oven door closed! – this will starve the fire of oxygen.
  2. Turn off the oven and allow the fire to deplete existing oxygen in the oven.
  3. If it does not go out on its own, leave the house and call 911.
  4. If it does go out, thenopen your windows before opening the oven door. If you’re not positive, just wait a bit longer to be sure.
  5. With your fire extinguisher close-by, carefully open the oven door (it will be smoky!) and remove the hot pan.
  6. Allow the smoke to clear before determining the cause of the fire and possibly resuming cooking.

Use this App to stay up to date on SEVERE weather in Perry Hall White Marsh.

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

You never know what's going to happen when it comes to weather in Maryland; protect your business and property in nottingham MD, 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. 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

The difference between Washing Machine Hoses when you need to replace yours after your Parkville Carney Maryland Flood.

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Chances are, if you’re reading this right now, it’s because your washing machine hose broke, and caused a flood in your home or business of biblical proportions. If you haven’t gotten help yet, call SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh, or Call 1-800-SERVPRO for the SERVPRO in your area.

Let’s get started.

WASHING MACHINE HOSE

REINFORCED RUBBER:

Inexpensive, comes standard with all washing machines. It is reinforced with braided rayon or polyester mesh. These need to be changed every 5 years.

STEEL BRAIDED:

Mid-price, stainless steel braids make an encasement around a rubber hose. They are durable, more likely to not burst than reinforced rubber. However, if there is a kink or bend in the hose it will cause issues. Look for a hose with an elbow to prevent this.

AUTO SHUT OFF STAINLESS STEEL BRAIDED HOSE:

These are top of the line, Stainless steel braided hoses that has a shut off mechanism; it senses a difference in pressure and automatically shuts off, tremendously reduce the size of your flood.

Overview:

  • Reinforced rubber: Replace every 3-5 years, standard with washing machines. Higher failure rate.
  • Steel braided rubber hose: very strong, not very flexible, less failure rate.
  • Auto Shut off Stainless Steel Braided hose: Strong, added security, most expensive, least failure rate, contains damage.

Why SERVPRO of Perry Hall/ White Marsh? See what Google Customers have to say...

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

We Know you have a choice when selecting your water damage restoration specialist, but here are some people who chose SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh:

They did an amazing job and quick! They had come in and diagnosed what needed to be done and executed that plan within 2 hrs of arriving. I am 100% satisfied! Jeff M and Charlie worked super hard and efficiently! They kept me aware of everything they were doing and why they were doing it. I hopefully won’t have my basement flood again, but if I ever need them again, I will call them immediately! Thanks SERVPRO and especially Jeff and Charlie!

David , White Marsh

John Rappazzo and his team at SERVPRO of Perry Hall have been absolute life savers for our family multiple times. Not only is their work done right, their work ethic and value for their customers on an individual level makes them the best company to go to when emergencies strike. Over the last nearly ten years, we have had horrible luck with water damage in our basement. Every time, SERVPRO of Perry Hall is present and ready to give us our peace of mind back immediately. They are a fair, dedicated, family business that exceeds our expectations every time. We know our home is in the best hands when they come to work.

Anne, Lutherville

John Rappazzo and his crew including, Jeff, Chelsea, Ted and Stephanie have been wonderful to deal with. They are extremely responsive and did a tremendous job. You should not hesitate to use their services.

Carlos, Parkville

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