Paper, Paper Everywhere
Document Restoration is possible when you call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park.
How much paper do you think your office uses in a day?
In a month?
In a year?
Many businesses have made efforts to go “paperless” but paper is still a large part of many commercial businesses. Law firms, education institutes, accountants, and medical offices all have important documents that, if lost, would devastate the business.
Did you know there is a way to restore those documents if damaged?
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has the capability to restore important documents using different restorative drying processes. In many water damages there is bacteria introduced to the environment. The latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing allow us to preserve and sanitize the documents most important to you. The technology we use is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration and General Services Administration. For your home or office document needs call 410.647.8181.
Fire Prevention Week
Emergency Fire Planning saves lives.
National Fire Protection Association has offered these tips during Fire Prevention Week, October 8-14,2017. Fire moves very fast, estimates say you have less than 2 minutes to get out safely.
- Draw a map of your home including all windows and doors
- Find two ways out of every room
- Clear path from all windows and doors
- Choose an outdoor meeting place away from the structure & Call 911
- Test your smoke alarm
- Practice your drill with the whole family
- Fine tune the plan based on the practice run
Remember that people cannot be replaced, nothing is as important as getting out safely. Once you can safely return to the home you can then think about calling for assistance with smoke, fire or water damage. The sooner you have SERVPRO professionals on site, the sooner they can begin the restoration process.
What will your sign say?
Don't let a disaster close your doors.
Almost forty percent of business do not reopen after a disaster per FEMA . Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage affect your business.
Would staff know where to direct first responders?
Do your employees know your chain of command?
Do your managers know where water shut off valves are?
Thankfully, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park can help with getting your plan underway. Not only do we offer a FREE customized Emergency Ready Profile, we have Pre- Disaster Agreements that set us up to be on call for your fire, water, and mold damages.
Creating a plan now is what will make the difference in what your sign will say. Call 410.647.8181 to schedule your FREE planning appointment.
Diane Whittles helps keep local businesses doors open
Diane helps local historical sites, businesses and residences to stay open after a disaster.
Whether it's a coastal storm, tidal flooding or the long-term reality of sea level rise, properties and public spaces within the flood hazard area are at risk. Even the most conservative projections indicate that we might anticipate an increase in sea level and flood elevations of nearly 4 ft. by 2100. Annapolis and the surrounding area have many historical buildings,commercial businesses and monuments in these zones. Area leaders are working on plans to minimize the effect on our local history. Weather It Together is the Annapolis community-based planning initiative designed to adapt communities to minimize the risks associated with flooding.
Diane Whittles, owner of SERVPRO® of Annapolis/Severna Park and SERVPRO® of Edgewater/Deale-Churchton/Lothian has over 40 years of experience with flooding and the effects it can have on individuals, businesses and cities. She has seen the devastation and financial toll that water damage can have. Making every effort to help people prepare for these situations is a key component of Diane’s messaging, she would like to help people avoid disasters. This fell right in line with the Weather It Together initiative. Each month WIT hosts a guest speaker that shares research, experiences or strategies they have been a part of. Ellicott City leaders, Office of Emergency Management, FEMA, DNR, Historic Preservation Council and many more have all participated and collaborated to educate our community.
The collaboration doesn’t stop locally, Keeping History Above Water will be hosting its second annual conference in Annapolis, October 29-31 to share best practices, promote dialogue and engage new audiences. Session speakers will include Dr. David Guggenheim, President, Ocean Doctor Inc., James B, Balocki, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Facilities), and Annapolis’s very own, Lisa Craig, Chief of Historic Preservation. Mrs. Whittles choose to be a sponsor of the conference to help spread awareness of flooding issues and be a resource for those who are effected by flooding and water damage. SERVPRO has been a unique added value to WIT and the KHAW group. Their experience in post disaster assistance has helped people understand the long-term effects from flooding and the cost to recover. In partnership with KHAW and WIT Diane and her team are continuing to serve the community in which they hold so dear.
Help for Sandwich Generation is right here in Annapolis/Severna Park
Boxes can get wet and grow mold. Let SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park help with that.
Sandwich generation is the term for people who are raising their own kids and caring for their aging parents. 47% of those ages 40-50 fall into this category. Caregivers are dealing with health issues, financial issues and many times a second home to take care of if the parent is aging in place.
Many aging parents are not able to maintain the home and can end up with mold, water damage or hoarding. These are all additional stressors for caregivers.
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park can help take some stress away for the sandwich generation. Our team is trained to mitigate water damages, mold and the biohazards that can be associated with hoarding. Not all hoarding looks like what you see on the TV show "Hoarders". Basements, attics or spare rooms can become overrun with boxes and with any bit of moisture, fungi, mold and other bacteria can begin to grow. Our franchise is ARBA certified and will use proper protective gear to assess the situation, decontaminate and restore the property so it is safe for you and your family member.
If you are stuck in the middle and need help call 410.647.8181.
Revised Tropical Storm and Hurricane Forecast has impact on Anne Arundel County
Millersville, is your disaster kit ready?
Forecasters have recently increased their forecast of named storms and major hurricanes. Predictions from May of 2017 were much lower, but due to current conditions in the Atlantic we are in for an “extremely active season”. What does that mean for residents of Arnold, Severna Park and Annapolis?
Peak season is Mid-August through late October. Preparation starts NOW!
- Download a weather or local emergency operations app that will send alerts to your cell phone when there are weather alerts for your location.
- Pack a Disaster Kit -details here
- Know your plan for the family if you need to evacuate, power goes out or what to do if your home is effected by storm damage
- Prepare your home
- Tree limbs cut back
- Secure loose rain gutters, clean debris and leaves from them
- Purchase, check and gas up generator
- Add SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park to your cell phone 410.647.8181
Once a weather alert is issued make sure to stay tuned to radio for local announcements for updates and instructions. Safety is the most important thing during storm cleanup. Avoid down power lines, standing water and debris fields. Calling SERVPRO to help after a storm, and letting our trained professionals help is what we are here for.
For more information about the forecast and preparedness visit the National Hurricane Center.
For assistance with storm damage, flooding, mold or fire restoration call 410.647.8181 for the fastest response.
Waterspout spotted near Annapolis/Severna Park
Waterspouts have recently been spotted near Annapolis/Severna Park.
On Saturday July 15th, around lunchtime, witnesses say a waterspout was seen on the Chesapeake Bay moving east towards the Shore. You can see video HERE. This experience caught many boaters by surprise and brought to light how quickly the weather can change while out on the water. Waterspouts can be difficult to predict like much of the Annapolis areas weather. Here are several suggestions to follow when heading out on the water.
- Check the National Weather Service before you leave
- Install a weather alert app on your phone
- Let someone know what waterway you will be on
- Make sure flares are not expired
Once you are out on the water and encounter bad weather, you should immediately return to land. The closest land may not be your original destination but it is important to return to shore. During the trip to shore you should put on personal flotation devices as a precaution. Returning safely is the most important part of the boating trip.
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park is your local fire, water and mold restoration company.
Available 24/7/365 at 410.647.8181
National Night Out
National Night Out event held in Severna Park.
National Night Out is an annual community-building event created to promote relationship between neighborhoods and law enforcement. The ability to bring police and communities together under positive circumstances is one of the greatest benefits to this event. Local communities can register to host a NNO event that is FREE to the public. Residents from around Annapolis, Millersville, Severna Park and Arnold can participate on August 1, 2017 at Earleigh Heights VFD from 5:30-8pm. Families will enjoy lite fare, beverages, ice cream, giveaways, police demonstrations and vehicles on display. Local business will be supporting these efforts as well. Keep an eye out for the green cars and shirts of SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park! Supporting our local police and fire departments is a top priority for our company, as is supporting residents when fire, flooding or mold situations arise.
Anne Arundel County Eastern District: National Night Out full details HERE
Annapolis/Severna Park offering Summer Cleaning Special
Carpet Cleaning Special is available until September 1st.
It is mid-July and the kids have been out of school for almost 6 weeks! A lot of dirt can build up over that time and the good news is SERVPRO® of Annapolis/Severna Park has the answer.
Our Summer Cleaning Special offers 10% OFF Carpet Steam Cleaning Service*.
- Spot Treatment
*Minimum service call of $225.00 applies. Offer Expires September 1, 2017.
The SERVPRO® carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. Professionally cleaned carpet and furniture will allow you to enjoy the spirit of summer while you let us do the dirty work.
It is not too late to have the Air Ducts cleaned. All that great AC blowing through the house can also be sending dust and bacteria along with it. The kids are home for another 7 weeks, call now to have the cleaned to improve the air quality for everyone in the home.
Summer specials are not only for your home, but also for offices, daycare , businesses, and warehouses. Let us help you get over the mid-summer hump.
Call us today to schedule a cleaning service, 410-647-8181.
Anne Arundel Residents battling dampness and mold- You are not alone!
Mold growth after a small bathroom leak. High humidity in an un-ventilated bathroom can lead to this.
Summer humidity in our area can lead to a constant battle against dampness in your home. As the peak of summer hits and temperatures in the high nineties and one hundreds, with humidity levels over 80% this is the time to make sure you are on top of the situation. Failure to control the moisture in your Annapolis, Arnold, Severna Park or Millersville home can lead to ideal conditions for mold to grow.
Steps to Control Moisture
- Air Conditioning the home
- Dehumidifiers in basements, that are particularly damp
- Promptly fixing any leaky roofs, windows or pipes
- Thoroughly cleaning and drying after flooding
- Ventilating showers, laundry and cooking areas
If you suspect that you have mold SERVPRO of Annapolis/ Severna Park is available to help remediate, you are not alone!
Call 410.647.8181 to schedule our IICRC Certified technicians.
Learn more about our mold services HERE