Recent Storm Damage Posts

6 steps to prepare your family and home a thunderstorm before it hits Nottingham md

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

6 steps to prepare your family and home a thunderstorm before it hits Nottingham md

  1. Pick a safe place in your home to gather during a thunderstorm event: make sure its away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
  2. Make a list of items to be brought inside if a thunderstorm is on its way
  3. Make trees and shrubbery more wind tolerant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  4. Protect your pets by making sure they are inside, or in a safe, secure barn.
  5. If you are considering installing lightning rods, consult your fire department
  6. Put together an emergency kit

Review this step-by-step plan with your family, and keep a hard copy handy for babysitters and homesitters.

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

Lightning Safety Tips for Nottingham Maryland.

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Although lightning can stirke anytime, the chance for lightning increases in the summer months. Stay safe with these basic tips!

  • Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel/postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected.
  • if you get caught outside, avoid high ground, open space, and metal objects including electric wires, fences, etc. Seek shelter in a substantial building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle
  • If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone. Consider unplugging computers, power tools, and T.V. sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric/phone lines which may induce shock to inside equipment.

About SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh

SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh is part of a network of over 1,700 franchises, who are all ready to help in the event of a fire, water or mold loss. SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh has been serving the communities of the north easter Baltimore county region since 2001 and are approved by all insurance companies. 

The Fema App: download to protect your Perry Hall family and business!

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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

Stats on severe weather and how to set an example to your peers in Parkville Carney Maryland

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen in any time, anywhere. Each year Americans cope with the average of the following intense storms

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5000 flash floods or floods
  • 1300 tornadoes
  • 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes

Carney Maryland, did you know...

Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to about 650 deaths PER YEAR and nearly 15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others

Know your risk. The first step to becoming weather ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business, and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating an emergency communication plan for: work, family, and home. Put together or purchase and emergency ready kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example. Once you have taken actions to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers, family friends or on facebook or twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others.

Towson Maryland: Safety tips when encountering flood waters (inside and outside your home)

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Safety tips when encountering flood waters (inside and outside your home)

  1. Stay away from flood waters – if you come up on a flowing stream where the water is above your ankles, stop and turn around. 6 inches of water can sweep you off your feet.
  2. If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooding road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away in less than 2 feet of water
  3. Keep children out of the water. They are curious and lack judgment about running or contaminated water.
  4. If a flood strikes your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh immediately! Even minor floods have the potential to cause MAJOR damage and if not treated properly, can result in mold growth.
  5. SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh is prepared to handle any sized disaster, when fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh will help you take it back and is approved by all insurance companies

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.

Why living in Parkville Carney Maryland, doesn't mean you are safe from natural disaster flooding.

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a a river such as the gunpowder, along the streets of towson, or in the valley of hydes, or EVEN in the deserts of Arizona – there is always potential for flooding. Fema.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to 27,000. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster

About SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh

SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh specializes in the cleanup and restoration of baltimore county 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 Parkville Carney property.

Three safety tips to follow while using your residential generator in Rossville Maryland

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow the safety tips below (from the American Red Cross). Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning device INSIDE a home, basement, garage, crawlspace or even partially enclosed area.

  1. To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure such as under a tarp held up by poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands.
  2. Opening doors and windows or fans will not prevent Carbon monoxide build up in the home. Although Carbon monoxide can’t be smelled, it can rapidly build up and lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed. IF you start to feel dizzy, week, sick while using a generator, get to fresh air IMMEDIATELY
  3. Install Carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside of sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

Storm or Water Damage from a power outage? Call SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh 410-529-1664

When storms hit Rosedale Maryland, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We are accepted by all insurance companies and are certified in Water restoration, mold remediation, Applied Structural Drying, and more from the IICRC. 

7 things to do to prepare for a Major blizzard event in White Marsh Maryland

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

White Marsh has experienced major blizzard (hello Snow-maggeden) damage in recent years. Here are some tips we recommend to keep yourself safe during a winter storm event.

  1. Buy non-perishable food and build an emergency kit; supplement with winter gear such as gloves, scarves, blankets, pocket warmers.
  2. Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe blizzard.
  3. Stay indoors if blistering wind, and artic temps are affecting your area. Keep pets inside as well until the blizzard has passed.
  4. Secure objects that could blow away or cause damage (trash cans, toys)
  5. Keep salt and kitty litter near your door so you can create safe walkways. Remember salt stops working at 10 degrees.
  6. Keep your home warm by blocking drafty windows, and make sure your fire place is cleaned and inspected every year in case you need to build a fire for heat.

Dangers of Extreme Cold in Towson Maryland

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service, $2.84 million dollars of property damage was caused by extreme cold in 2015. Even scarier? 53 people died and 3 were injured due to extreme cold the same year. It is important to be aware of the impact of extremely cold temperatures can have on you. The two main conditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms are white or grayish-yellow skin, Skin that’s feels unusually firm, or waxy numbness.

Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone’s body temperature is below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, seek medical attention immediately. To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not dress warm in layers and try to keep dry!

Tips on preventing frozen pipes in your Kingsville Maryland home before you go out of town

2/21/2018 (Permalink)

Tips on preventing frozen pipes in your Kingsville Maryland home before you go out of town

Preventing frozen pipes is essential to preventing severe water damage. Broken water pipes rank second only to hurricanes in terms of both frequency and severity in regards to annual claims resulting from water damage. If we had a nickel for every Kingsville Maryland homeowner who came back to town to a water damaged home, we wouldn’t need to work ever again. We’re going to give you tips on how to prevent frozen pipe related water damage the next time you leave town in the winter.

  • Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 65°F, (some people say 55, we think 65 is a safer)
  • Ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure the heat is working, and that there are no other appliance malfunctions – 250 gallons of water that can leak from a 1/8-inch pipe crack in a day.
  • Leave your kitchen cabinet doors open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate pipes
  • If you’re going to be away for a long time – such as a month or so, shut off and drain the water system. Be aware that if you have a fire protection sprinkler system in your house, it may be deactivated when you shut off the water.
  • Leave your kitchen cabinet doors open while you are gone to allow warm air to circulate pipes

If your pipes do freeze

What if your pipes still freeze, despite your best preventive measures? First step: Don't panic. Just because they're frozen doesn't mean they've already burst. Here's what you can do:

  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and call a plumber.
  • If there is standing water, call SERVPRO and then a plumber. Do not enter the area or use electrical appliances in areas of standing water. You could be electrocuted.
  • Never attempt to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame because it could cause a fire hazard. But you may be able to use a hairdryer. Start by warming the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff your family knows where the water shutoff valve is and how to open and close it. SERVPRO has water and gas shut off valve tags. If you need some please ask your local SERVPRO.

When storms hit Kingsville Maryland and the surrounding baltimore county area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 410-529-1664. We are located in Rosedale Maryland, only 15 minutes away!

How Ice Dams Damage your White Marsh Home

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

An Ice dam is ice build-up on roofs that form a blockage, preventing snow melt from draining off the roof properly. We Marylanders are at a high risk for ice damming related water damage due to our fluctuating weather; our warm days melt the snow, and our freezing winter nights refreeze the water, this is known as a melt-refreeze cycle. 

How an Ice Dam Damages your White Marsh Property

  1. Heat collects in the attic and warms the roof, except at the eaves. The eaves are the edges of the roof which overhang the face of a wall and, normally, project beyond the side of a building. The eaves form an overhang to throw water clear of the walls
  2.  Snow melts on the warm roof and then freezes on the cold eaves
  3. Ice accumulates along the eaves, forming a dam. Melted water from the warm roof backs up behind it, flows under the shingles, and into the house


This water gets trapped, seeps through the shingles and enters your home through the attic, affecting your walls, ceiling, and roof, causing walls to sag, ceilings to buckle, crumble, and even collapse.


You should call your local SERVPRO you see signs of any water coming into your home. Water damage restoration can be expensive, but it’s more expensive to wait. A water damage specialist will be able to dry the structure, carpet, and hardwood, and salvage contents such as clothing and electronics but not everyone is equipped to do this (WE ARE!). If the water damage in your home is not treated within by a professional within 48-72 hours of the initial leak, it’s highly likely you will get mold, which will cause the removal process to become more hazardous, and difficult to remove as time allows the mold to grow and spread.

*SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh is a Locally owned and independently operated Franchise, nationally recognized by all insurance companies. SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh is IICRC certified, and has an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and has been servicing for 15 years. We go anywhere we are called and we will make it "Like it never even happened."

Winter Storm Checklist for your Carney Maryland Family

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Make sure your family is ready for a winter storm to strike. Here is a list of items from the Center of Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/beforestorm/supplylists.html)

  • Make sure you have at least one of the following in case there is a power failure:
    • Cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries.
    • Battery-powered radio, with extra batteries, for listening to local emergency instructions
  • Drinking water
  • Canned/no-cook food (bread, crackers, dried fruits)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Baby food and formula (if baby in the household)
  • Prescription drugs and other medicine
  • First-aid kit
  • Product that melts ice on walkways
  • Supply of cat litter or bag of sand to add traction on walkways
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Battery-powered lamps or lanterns
    (To prevent the risk of fire, avoid using candles.)
  • Use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns.
  • Never use charcoal grills or portable gas camp stoves indoors. The fumes are deadly.
  • Avoid using candles as these can lead to house fires.
  • If you do use candles, never leave lit candles alone.
  • Turning on the stove for heat is not safe; have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
    • Extra blankets, sleeping bags, and warm winter coats
    • Fireplace that is up to code with plenty of dry firewood or a gas log fireplace
    • Portable space heaters or kerosene heaters
  • Check with your local fire department to make sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area.
  • Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.
  • Have the following safety equipment:
    • Chemical fire extinguisher
    • Smoke alarm in working order (Check prior to winter storm season and change batteries, if needed.)
    • Carbon monoxide detector (Check prior to winter storm season and change batteries, if needed.)
  • Generators should be located at least 20 feet from any window, door or vent and in a space where they rain or snow will not reach them. 
  • Never use an electric generator indoors, inside the garage, or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Do not use the generator or appliances if they are wet.
  • Do not store gasoline indoors where the fumes could ignite.
  • Use individual heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords to plug in other appliances.

What to do when a Winter Storm has passed

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

What to do after a Winter Storm has passed: 

The winter storm has passed but what can you do? Here is a list of safety precautions to take while dealing with the aftermath of a winter storm:

  • Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle. Could cause icy conditions on already snow covered roads
  • IF your home lost power and heat - go to a designated public shelter or to a friends house.
  • Protect from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loosefitting lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors if possible.
  • Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.
  • Check on your animals and make sure their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles. If possible bring them indoors.
  • Before removing snow off walkways, driveways, roofs, and cars consider the conditions and your physical ability. Take breaks, do small amounts of snow at a time. Don’t over exert yourself.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Be sure to install carbon monoxide alarms to be safe.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 410-529-1664

First Inspection when you return home after a hurricane hits.

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Returning home to your home after a hurricane or flood: Before returning

  • Find out if it is safe to enter your community or neighborhood.
  • Follow the advice of your local authorities.
  • Carry plenty of cash. ATMs may not work and stores may not be able to accept credit or debit cards.
  • Bring supplies such as flashlights, batteries, bottled water and nonperishable foods in case utilities are out.
  • Create back-up communication plans with family and friends in case you are unable to call from affected areas.
  • Plan for delays when traveling. Bring extra food, water, pillows, blankets and other items that will make the trip more comfortable.
  • Keep the fuel tank of your vehicle as full as possible in case gas stations are crowded, out of fuel or closed.
  • Carry a map to help you route around heavy traffic or impassable roads.
  • Find out if local medical facilities are open and if emergency services are functioning again. Do NOT call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number to do this.
  • Understand that recovery takes time. Focus on the positive and have patience. Others will have similar frustrations.

First inspection of home after a hurricane

  • If possible, leave children and pets with a relative or friend. If not, keep them away from hazards and floodwater.
  • Beware of rodents, snakes, insects and other animals that may be on your property or in your home.
  • Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines, foundation cracks and other exterior damage. It may be too dangerous to enter the home.
  • Smell for gas. If you smell natural gas or propane, or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and contact the fire department.
  • If your home was flooded, assume it is contaminated with mold. Mold increases health risks for those with asthma, allergies or other breathing conditions.
  • Open doors and windows. Let the house air out before staying inside for any length of time if the house was closed for more than 48 hours.
  • Turn the main electrical power and water systems off until you or a professional can ensure that they are safe. NEVER turn the power on or off, or use an electrical tool or appliance while standing in water.
  • Check the ceiling and floor for signs of sagging. Water may be trapped in the ceiling or floors may be unsafe to walk on

We can’t stop disasters but preparing for the worst is what will save you time and money if a hurricane or tropical storm causes damage to your home!

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.

Hurricane Supply kit for Towson MD 11/6/2017

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Supply kit for Towson MD 

Hurricanes last for hours and usually result in flooding, downed trees, washed out streets and power outages. Here is a list of essentials for hurricane preparedness for the Towson MD region

Essential supplies recommended by the American red Cross

  • Water and food – 3 day supply; one gallon of water for each person per day and non-perishable easy to prepare food for 3 days.
  • Working Flashlights with batteries
  • Battery powered hand-crank radio
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Medications (7 day supply) with medication list and pertinent medical information
  • Copies of personal documents (proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, medication list)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family emergency contact info
  • Extra cash (no power, no ATM or credit card)
  • Baby supplies: diapers, bottles, formula, baby food.
  • Pet Supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, Carrier, Bowl
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Emergency blanket
  • Maps of the area
  • Tools and supplies for securing home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

We can’t stop disasters but preparing for the worst is what will save you time and money if a hurricane or tropical storm causes damage to your home!

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.

What to do before a hurricane hits Parkville Maryland

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

What to do before a hurricane hits Parkville Maryland 10/2/2017

While Maryland doesn’t get as many tropical storms (or tropical storms as Florida) it’s still important to protect your property from damage. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane, here is a list of things to do before a hurricane to protect yourself and your property from flooding or other kinds of damage.

  • Listen to NOAA Weather radio for critical information from the National Weather Services
  • Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bikes, lawn furniture, flags, toys)
  • Close the windows, doors, and hurricane shutters. IF you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances
  • Fill your cars gas tank
  • Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
  • Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges
  • Because homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. It’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the us. For more info on flood insurance please call your insurance agent and know that flood insurance takes 30 days to get into effect.
  • Make sure your sump pump is working!

We can’t stop disasters but preparing for the worst is what will save you time and money if a hurricane or tropical storm causes damage to your home!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tornado damage: Tornado Terminology

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Tornadoes in Perry Hall White Marsh

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornado intensities are classified on the Fujita Scale with ratings between F0 (weakest) to F5 (strongest). They are capable of completely destroying wellmade structures, uprooting trees and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. Although severe tornadoes are more common in the Plains States, tornadoes have been reported in every state

Tornado Watch

  • Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and
  • discuss your emergency plans, and check supplies and your safe
  • Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a
  • tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!

Tornado Warning

  • A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado
  • warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go
  • immediately underground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior
  • room (closet, hallway or bathroom).

Winter ready checklist for Winter Storms in Loch Raven Maryland

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Winter Storm Safety Checklist 3/13/2017


Know your Winter Storm terminology so you can gauge your plans and preparations before a winter event.  Here is some key winter storm terminology you may hear on the news or on the radio:


Winter storm outlook: The potential forecast


Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 2-5 days. This is the best time to get a shovel, bread, and eggs if necessary


Winter Weather Advisory: Inconvenient but not life threatening


Winter conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.


If a winter advisory is in effect, consider preparing for your morning commute by waking up early to clear car and driveway and get gas the night before it happens.


Winter storm watch: 36-48 hour notice of potential storm


Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36-48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions. If you haven’t prepared for the storm, it’s time to get to the grocery store to buy shovels, bread, eggs and a water supply.  Get Generator ready if available.


Winter storm warning: Storm is beginning or will begin in 24 hours


Life threatening sever winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.


Winter weather is never convenient and can be unsafe but being prepared can help homeowners protect their home and make life easier when these weather events happen. If you experience a flood, sewage back up or a puff-back please call SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh, we will come out once the storm is over and all roads are clear to your home from our shop.

Items to take with you when returning home after a hurricane:

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Items to take with you when returning home after a hurricane:


Items to Take When Returning Home:



  • Government-issued photo ID and proof of address

  • Important phone numbers

  • Bottled water and non-perishable foods

  • First aid kit

  • Cleanser/ hand cleaning gel for personal use

  • Hygiene products and toilet paper

  • Insect repellent and sunscreen

  • Long sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy waterproof boots and work gloves

  • Flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries

  • Cameras for photos of damage for insurance claims


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.

Supplies needed for a winter storm warning in Perry Hall Maryland

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Perry hall wants you and your family to be prepared for winter storms in Perry Hall. Here is a basic list of supplies you will need based upon the Red Cross Ready Winter storm checklist



• Water and food – 3 day supply; one gallon of water for each person per day and non-perishable easy to prepare food for 3 days.
• Working Flashlights with batteries
• Battery powered hand-crank radio
• First aid kit
• Extra batteries
• Medications (7 day supply) with medication list and pertinent medical information
• Copies of personal documents (proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies, medication list)
• Cell phone with chargers
• Family emergency contact info
• Extra cash (no power, no ATM or credit card)
• Baby supplies: diapers, bottles, formula, baby food.
• Pet Supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, Carrier, Bowl
• Tools/supplies for securing home
• Sand/rock salt or non -clumping kitty litter
• Warm coats, gloves or mittens. Hats boots and extra blankets: must be enough for everyone in household.
• Ample alternative heat methods such as fireplace or wood stoves


 


For more info on what you need to prepare please visit the American Red Cross Website.



Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 410-529-1664

What to do if there may be a tornado in Kingsville MD

2/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do if there may be a tornado in Kingsville MD SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh does Storm damage clean up - call now to start the process 410-529-1664

What to do to prepare for a tornado that may be in Kingsville md 6/5/2017



  • 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.

Preparing your Home for a Flood in White Marsh

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing your Home for a Flood in White Marsh Call SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh if you experience fire or water damage from a storm. 410-529-1664

Flooding can happen fast in many environments. Given the numerous bodies of water in the Chesapeake region, it is important that residents near the Patapsco and gunpowder river regions are well prepared. Here is a list of things the American Red Cross recommends having set aside so your family can be ready for a flood evacuation.



  • Water - 3+  day supply per person

  • Food- 3+ day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food

  • Flashlight

  • Battery powered or hand crank radios

  • Extra batteries

  • first aid kit

  • medications (7 day supply) and medical items, hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)

  • Multi-purpose tool

  • sanitation/personal hygiene items

  • copies of personal documents (medications list and pertinent medical info, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)

  • cell phones with chargers

  • family and emergency contact information

  • extra cash

  • emergency blanket

  • map of the area

  • baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)

  • pet supplies (collar, leash, id, food, carrier,bowl)

  • tools/supplies for securing your home

  • extra set of car keys and house keys 

  • extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes

  • rain gear

  • insect repellent and sunscreen

  • camera for photos of damage

4 ways to winterize your Parkville MD home

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Cold weather is one of the leading causes of storm damage property claims. To prevent costly damage due to weather take the following precautions to protect your property - its best to do them before winter weather hits but if its cold outside and your concerned, bundle up and get to work!

1. check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. weather such as heavy rain, wind, ice and snow can cause branches to fall which could cause damage to property and potentially cause personal injuries.

2. Inspect roof, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. leaves and other obstructions can lead to ice damming which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.

3. Make sure walkways, parking lots have proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential

4. Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm air inside to circulate. If the building has outside faucet to ensure it drains preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water freezing in the pipe.

8 Things to do before a Severe Storm arrives in White Marsh, Maryland

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 8 Things to do before a Severe Storm arrives in White Marsh, Maryland Call SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh if you experience Water Damage or storm damage and we will make it "Like it never even happened." 410-529-1664

The Baltimore Metro area is known for its whacky weather. and while some might not believe it, White Marsh has experienced tornado, flood, wind and hail damage in recent years. Here are some tips we recommend to keep yourself safe during a storm


1. build an emergency kit and a communication plan


2. remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm


3. postpone outdoor activities


4. Go indoors if you hear thunder shortly after hearing lightning, remember the 30/30 rule. Go indoors if you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder


5. Secure objects that could blow away or cause damage (trash cans, toys)


6. Remember, rubber soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.


7. Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.


8. Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives

When Storms or Floods hits Baltimore, SERVPRO is ready!

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SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh specializes in storm and flood water damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. We are IICRC certified and work with every insurance company in the Nation.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit White Marsh, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 410-529-1664

Storm Preparation: Power Outage Supply Check list

4/1/2016 (Permalink)

If the power were to go out today for weeks is your family able to sustain its self? Chances are, you might have some flashlights and some canned food but maybe the batteries are dead, or maybe it’s enough for one person but not enough for the family. Below we have compiled a basic checklist of what to prepare before a power outage.

If you experience a flood from a power outage in the Baltimore county Area Call SERVPRO of PERRY HALL WHITE MARSH

What To Do Until Help Arrives.

 Recommended Storm Kit

  • Coolers filled with ice to keep perishable food cold (and a thermometer to check for food safety
  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  •  Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) Think granola bars, canned food, dried fruit and nuts.
  •  Flashlight, glowsticks, are and solar powered lanterns. (Do not use candles during a power outage due to the extreme risk of fire.
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  •  Extra batteries
  • Stocked First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and required medical items
  •  Multi-purpose tool
  •  Sanitation and personal hygiene items: toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, toilet paper, baby wipes, diapers, feminine napkins,
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  •  Cell phone with chargers, portable charged batteries, and car chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information.
  •  Extra cash – remember no ATMS or credit card systems will be functioning.
  •  If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining equipment, remember to include backup power in your evacuation plan
  • Keep a non-cordless telephone in your home. It is likely to work even when the power is out.
  •  Keep your car’s gas tank full – gas stations might not be in operation if power is down.
  • IF your house operates on a well, clean your clothes before major storms and keep the tubs full of water so you can manually flush the toilet using this technique

 *Do not forget your pets! Keep extra food and water for your pet and any  medications they might need.

 List of nonperishables you can store indefinitely

  • Wheat
  • Vegetable oils
  • Dried corn
  • Baking powder
  • Soybeans
  • Instant coffee, tea, and cocoa
  • Salt
  • Noncarbonated soft drinks
  • White rice
  • Bouillon products
  • Dry pasta
  • Powdered milk — in nitrogen-packed can

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Ice Dams: Why your Kingsville home is leaking after a heavy snowstorm

2/1/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ice Dams: Why your Kingsville home is leaking after a heavy snowstorm 3 Ways Ice Dams Damages Propety: If your home experiences water damage from Ice dams give SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh a call 410-529-1664

An Ice dam is ice build-up on roofs that form a blockage, preventing snow melt from draining off the roof properly. We Marylanders are at a high risk for ice damming related water damage due to our fluctuating weather; our warm days melt the snow, and our freezing winter nights refreeze the water, this is known as a melt-refreeze cycle. 


This water gets trapped, seeps through the shingles and enters your home through the attic, affecting your walls, ceiling, and roof, causing walls to sag, ceilings to buckle, crumble, and even collapse.


You should call your preferred water damage restoration company if you see signs of any water coming into your home. Water damage restoration can be expensive, but it’s more expensive to wait. A water damage specialist will be able to dry the structure, carpet, and hardwood, and salvage contents such as clothing and electronics but not everyone is equipped to do this (WE ARE!). If the water damage in your home is not treated within by a professional within 48-72 hours of the initial leak, it’s highly likely you will get mold, which will cause the removal process to become more hazardous, and difficult to remove as time allows the mold to grow and spread.


*SERVPRO of Perry Hall/White Marsh is a Locally owned and independently operated Franchise, nationally recognized by all insurance companies. SERVPRO of Perry Hall White Marsh is IICRC certified, and has an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and has been servicing for 15 years. We go anywhere we are called and we will make it "Like it never even happened."