Ice Dams can cause water damage to Millersville homes
Millersville and area residents should know that icicles are a good sign there is ice damming on their roof.
We Marylander’s can to be somewhat unprepared for freezing temperatures and having sixty degree temperatures in December does not help! But in SERVPRO’s line of business, ice damming and broken pipes can wreak havoc on a home or commercial facility during a snow storm.
It is interesting to note that water damage restoration companies in the New England area have fewer freeze related losses than we do in Maryland! New Englander's know the importance of proper ventilation, insulation and controlling heat loss.
When parts of a snowy roof surface become warm enough, ice damming can occur. This occurs when part of your roof on your Millersville home warms above 32 degrees F. The melted snow runs down the roof under existing snow cover and refreezes as temps go down or the roof edge temperatures remain below freezing. The melted snow becomes trapped behind the ice dam and if it has nowhere to go and that can create leaks as melting snow can back up under shingles! If you currently have an ice dam you can gently break free the ice chunks or use calcium chloride ice melter to slowly break up the dam. Prevention is key, keep ceilings air tight so no warm air from the structure can travel into attic space and keep the insulation dense. Strive for temperatures on a roof deck to be similar to those in an attic space.
It is a best to check attic space in the winter to make sure you have no minor leaks that can potentially turn into larger issues. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has technicians available who can assist if you find the water damage is too much to handle.
Tips to avoid Christmas Tree Fires in Annapolis
Water your Annapolis Christmas tree everyday.
Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday have all come and gone. It is now December and officially the holiday season. Many people are out shopping for Christmas trees and putting up holiday lights. This is a festive time of year, but also a time to remember some safety tips.
At SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park we rely on the National Fire Protection Association for key fire safety tips. They recommend the following:
- Keep tree at least 3 feet from a heat source
- Be sure to add water to tree daily
- Make sure lights are not broken or have frayed cords
- Turn off holiday lights before bed or when leaving the home
Most importantly is to get rid of the Christmas tree once it is dried out. Removing the dead tree from the home and garage is the best prevention for accidental holiday fires.
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park will be available all holiday season to assist with any smoke, fire or water damage needs. Call 410-647-8181 anytime!
Old vs. New Homes and Mold in Annapolis
Restoring historic properties is important to our team.
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park recently worked with the City of Annapolis and its KEEPING HISTORY ABOVE WATER conference in October and continues to support the City of Annapolis and its Weather It Together initiative.
Part of SERVPRO’s involvement with Weather It Together (and I urge you to visit their website) is because, of course, we love the history and community that is Annapolis but mostly, as a SERVPRO owner, I am keenly aware of preservation and restoration. After all, our motto is, “Like it never even happened.” ... not tear it down and start over.
As we got more involved in the conference, my staff and I learned a few things. My team researched building materials and recreated structural samples spanning from pre-Civil war to the present day and how they have changed. A question presented itself. Why, for example, is mold so much more of a problem now with assumingly better modern-day materials?
In the 1920’s, indoor plumbing was introduced (great source of moisture). Builders moved from plaster and lath to drywall and from solid lumber to composites. In the 50’s, along comes air conditioning and the 60’s brought us updated HVAC systems. Buildings became more comfortable and energy consumption increased and we end up with an energy crisis in the 70’s! Energy efficiency became a priority and building design changed to reduce energy consumption. Construction became “tighter” reducing heat flow and air movement and more importantly, reducing drying potential of a commercial building or home. In the early 80’s, energy efficient structures were being built in quantity and by the late 80’s, health complaints start being connected to tight buildings and interest in mold problems began to grow.
So, for those of you who love vintage and historical properties, commercial or residential, you will be happy to know that older structures typically dry out better with less demolition than modern structures.
Calling SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park when your commercial or residential structure needs attention is your best bet!
Where did mold come from?
Mold under the microscope can look pretty. Not in your Cape Saint Claire home.
Molds or fungi are microscopic organisms that can be found just about anywhere and anyone can be exposed to mold almost daily. Molds are usually not a problem indoors UNLESS mold spores land on damp or wet surfaces and begin to grow. Elevated moisture/humidity levels create a flourishing breeding ground for molds to produce the allergens and irritants that can make a person sick. As long as moisture is not present, mold cannot grow. You must discover the reason for elevated moisture levels (leaking pipe, hot water heater, toilet, etc.). When water leaks indoors – respond quickly! If you can dry the affected area within 24-48 hours, in most cases mold will not grow.
If you “SMELL” mold, remember that the mold may be hidden atop ceiling tiles, or by wallpaper or paneling or inside ductwork. Use caution if you are investigating the “Smell/Odor” yourself as the simple act of pulling away wallpaper can release spores and NEVER turn a fan on to hasten drying as it will most likely blow those pesky spores around, causing more damage.
The area SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park services is surrounded by water! We’ve remediated hundreds if not thousands of mold projects over our 40 plus years. Most property managers or homeowners call us frantically when they believe they may have a mold problem but it is not alarming to us as we are educated and trained. A mold situation is fixable if properly remediated.
Freezing Temperatures Getting Ready to hit Anne Arundel County
Frozen pipes can cause major water damage to local homes. We are here to help 24/7/364.
The weatherman is telling us that freeze warnings are going into effect as of tomorrow. The next week or so is going to be colder than average for November in Maryland. Are you and your home ready?
If you have not checked your heating units, gotten out your gloves and scarves now is a good time to do that. One thing many people do not think of when doing winter preparations is freezing pipes. Pipes that are exposed to the cold on the exterior of your home, near your pool or garage and interior pipes with little insulation are all at risk.
Draining outdoor water lines, insulating attic and crawl space pipes and keeping indoor temperatures to above 55 degrees, even if no one is home, are simple steps to help prevent frozen pipes. The American Red Cross has a full guide to winter preparations for your pipes.
Should you get caught with a burst pipe and have water running everywhere, you need to call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park to mitigate the water quickly. Our professionals are available 24/7/365 even holidays.
Just woke up and there is water everywhere, Now What?
Find the water shut off then call SERVPRO!
First thing is to find the source of the water and stop the flow if possible. If you need to, turn off the water shut off for the whole house. Usually located in the basement.
Now take a deep breath and make sure any electrical or trip hazards are addressed. You can now call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park who will arrive and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.
Our content cleaning division is capable of sanitizing items, drying documents and photos, and electronic cleanup. We understand that your personal belongings are an important part of any restoration job. The entire team will be with you from beginning to end when you suffer an unexpted water loss.
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Cooking Fires are the #1 Cause of Home Fires
Crews are in Millersville, Arnold, Davidsonville 24/7/365.
The holiday season is upon us and that means an increase in kitchen fires. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Leaving items unattended, or forgetting items in the oven are the top causes of these incidents.
Top Safety Tips Include:
- Stay in kitchen when cooking on stove top
- Set timer on phone and kitchen to alert before completion
- Keep kitchen towels and oven mitts away from fire source
- Never leave lit candles unattended
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park wants you to have a happy and healthy holiday. Our neighbor’s safety is important to us. If you find yourself or a friend in need of fire or water remediation we are available 24/7/365 to assist. Call 410.647.8181 anytime.
Fast, Professional Restoration for Storm Damage to your Annapolis Home
We can restore your home and contents, "Like it never even happened."
Rain, Snow and Wind are a bad combination for Maryland residents. Winter Storm season is approaching our area and the predictions are for more precipitation than last year. Temperatures are expected to be lower than normal which can lead to frozen and busted pipes. All these predictions mean is that it is time to get prepared!
Shovels, Generators, Clean Gutters, Roof Patches and saving SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park’s number (410.647.8181) to your cell are the most important steps. It is unrealistic to think storm damage cannot affect you. If it does you need to act fast for a better chance of restoring your home and possessions. Our IICRC-Certified technicians come equipped to extract water and assess the damage to the structure. We understand that getting your home dry and your belongings restored is your number one priority. We are here to help!
Hiring a Professional for Mold Remediation is Essential
We can treat residential and commercial mold in Anne Arundel County.
Once you suspect you have mold you should call the SERVPRO professionals who have a proven process when dealing with mold infestation. Containment is the first step to prevent mold spores from cross contamination into other areas of the home. Air ducts need to be sealed as well since they are pathways to other rooms. Once sealed off our crews remove all active mold by cleaning the surfaces and using HEPA vacuums to extract the spores. Industrial sir scrubbers are used to cleanse the air.
Maintaining a low humidity and dry environment is the key to keeping mold growth from forming. We can show you how to do this using dehumidifiers and air movers.
Our commitment to returning you to a clean and safe home is what drives each step of the process. If you have any questions about our process or suspect you have mold, call 410.647.8181 today.
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.