Spring Storms are good for Something
Spring storms in Arnold helped relieve allergies by washing away the pollen.
The recent spring rain storms that have passed through brought more colder air and rain than anyone wanted in April. The long cold and dark winter has many people on edge and willing to do just about anything to get some sun. I am with them, but I did find some comfort in the rain. Wait, what?
Yes, comfort. Comfort for my allergies. Leading up to the weekend the dry windy air was spreading pollen all over the place. The cars and patio furniture were coated in green pollen and my eyes were red and itchy. Then the rain came and there was some relief.
The National Institute of Health recommends saving outside activities for late afternoon or after a heavy rain, when pollen counts are lower. This is a great tip, but I am still in the camp that wants the sun and real spring weather to head our way.
How much is on your facility managers plate?
Let us take care of your commercial water, fire and mold restoration.
Annapolis facility managers have a lot of responsibilities. At one local Class A building I have seen the facility manager change lightbulbs, check on the cleanliness of the ladies’ room, head to the roof and check the systems, check the air flow in various locations of an office space, work with window washing vendors and talk the firemen at a fire drill. That was all in one morning.
One thing I did learn over the years in that building was that as talented as our facility manager was, he was smart enough to have good help. He was aware that he was not able to manage every type of situation himself so he would call in experts for each area.
Their commercial water restoration company on call was SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park.
Their commercial fire restoration company on call was SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park.
Their commercial bio-hazard company on call was SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park.
Their commercial mold mitigation company on call was SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park.
Trust our team with your commercial space and take something off your facility managers plate.
Are you drinking mold in Crownsville?
Have you seen mold in your coffee? If so call SERVPRO.
I was away on Spring Break in North Carolina when someone began talking about mold in coffee. Those two words together caught me by surprise because I LOVE coffee and I work in the mold remediation industry. The story that was being shared was about mycotoxins that can be present in coffee, which can come from molds found in the coffee beans before processing. Most of us would agree that the thought of ingesting mycotoxins, mold or any chemicals can be harmful, so I did a little digging when I got home.
There are several websites that say any amount of any toxin is harmful to humans. Many other websites debunk this as a myth, explaining that many foods have insignificant amounts of “toxins” in them and coffee is no different. My take away was that, I will keep drinking my coffee unless I see Green fuzzy mold on top!! You can research the web and decide for yourself.
If there is mold in your home, car or office you should just call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park at 410.647.8181
Cleaning Deeper in Annapolis
Germs can be spread during our daily activity in Annapolis.
Businesses all around the Annapolis/ Severna Park area should be thinking deeper about cleanings. Most companies have nightly cleaning service or even day porters, but with the increase of infectious diseases, everyone should be thinking DEEPER CLEAN.
Some interesting facts to back up this notion:
Fact: C. Diff has killed more people than Ebola and can live outside the body for 70-90 days.
Fact: Tuberculosis is one of the fastest growing communicable diseases in the world.
Fact: This flu season 48 states had high levels of flu activity
Locals are concerned about staying healthy and thinking about all the places that germs might be lurking. Where do you go on a daily basis? The grocery store, work, restaurants, the gym, movie theater, schools or the mall might be a part of your travels. These busy populated places can be breading grounds for infectious diseases.
If you work or own a business in the area you can call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park for a deep clean/sanitization estimate. Our services can get to that deeper level than surface clean.
Mold Madness in Severna Park
Sinks, washing machines,and ice makers are just a few places slow leaks can lead to mold growth in your Severna Park home.
We hear about mold all the time on the news, on buildings (got mold?) and after all the major flooding incidents. You might be wondering if it really matters to you. The answer is YES!
Mold or fungi are microscopic organisms that can be found just about anywhere and everyone is exposed to natural mold daily. Molds are usually not a problem indoors unless mold spores land on damp or wet surfaces and begin to grow.
Your home, office and schools all have water sources that can create extra moisture and allow mold to grow. Dishwashers, refrigerators, leaking water pipes, hot water heaters, toilets, sprinkler systems, can all be quick or slow culprits that create an environment ripe for mold growth. Checking your appliances and potential water sources regularly can help find moisture situations before they get out of control.
This kitchen sink is a perfect example of a slow leak that allowed for mold growth all the way under the flooring and down to a basement wall. If you suspect water damage, it is best to call a local professional who can mitigate to prevent this situation from happening to your Severna Park or Crownsville home.
Creosote can cause chimney fires in Severna Park and area homes
The black and white flaky soot is creosote. This was taken in an employees chimney right before a cleaning.
The groundhog saw his shadow calling for six more weeks of winter and it might even snow this weekend. Keeping warm is on many local’s minds, so heating up that fire place is on the top of the list. Do you know the last time you had your chimney cleaned? If it is too long to remember or over 2 years, call a chimney sweep now.
After burning wood on a regular basis, the byproduct of it all can form in to a residue called creosote. It is the blackish crusty, flaky tar- like soot that is seen in the picture. This material is flammable and can catch fire inside the chimney. These fires can be small and go unnoticed until they break through the wall or surrounding area. Most importantly these fires are preventable with proper chimney maintenance and inspections.
If you find you have smoke or soot damage from a fire our IICRC trained technicians are available 24/7/365 to assist.
Heating Safety Reminders for February
FEMA is a great resource for safety tips for everyone in the Annapolis/Severna Park area.
Temperatures in the Annapolis and surrounding area still hover around freezing throughout February. For many of us we are just about done with the cold and snow. I am done with my electric bill being so expensive, due to increased gas use to heat the house. Weather your heating unit has failed, you are tired of paying the expensive bill or you have spaces in the home that do not heat well, here are some winter heating safety tips to prevent fires.
- Never use an oven or stove top to heat your home
- Always use a metal or heat tempered glass screen when using a fireplace
- All heater should have 3 feet on each side
Our IICRC certified technicians are available now to help with frozen pipes, water or fire damage at 410.647.8181.
We are off, thanks to Runway to Success
Our team is going to Orlando, thanks to Runway to Success powered by Southwest Airlines.
Building a business in Annapolis has been a terrific opportunity for our owners. It has been over 40 years and there are still new opportunities that become available to help small companies like ours. We found out today that we have been awarded a round trip ticket to attend a conference this summer. Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation and Southwest Airlines teamed up to host Runway to Success for local businesses.
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park submitted an application in 2017 in the hopes of funding the travel for a conference that will enhance our teams knowledge of trends in the water damage, fire restoration and mold remediation arenas.
You can see what other local companies were awarded tickets from Southwest here.
We will be sure to share everything we learn with you and our crews this summer.
Our IICRC certified techs are available now to help with frozen pipes, water or fire damage at 410.647.8181.
Bottles Bottles all around Arnold
Plastic Bottles around Severna Park will take over 400 years to naturally decompose.
The ball fields, the lunch rooms, the playgrounds and even the side of the roads. There are water bottles everywhere we turn. Statistics show globally we buy a million plastic bottle per minute. Now that we know we are the cause of all these bottles, what can we do to help eliminate them?
Our family recently purchased a bottle less water cooler similar to those at bottleless.com. We had been using the 5 gallon jugs but felt bad even about that. So now we are bottle less and we use refillable water bottles or glasses, which makes us feel like we are doing our part. This did come with the concern of having a water line installed and running. Which could leak and cause water damage to the kitchen or the basement below.
Using a professional plumber to help us install the water line and verify all the connections were sealed, we felt very comfortable that we are doing the best thing for the environment. We do check our lines once a month when we change our filter to make sure we spot any small leaks ahead of time. So far so good!
If you find yourself with any type of water damage or in need of water restoration services, call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park 410.647.8181 anytime.
Storms could cause Holiday Travel Delays
Holiday travel around Annapolis could include rain or snow!
Holiday Travel is upon us! Whether you are traveling by car, air or boat you need to be aware of what the weather will be in your area of travel. Winter storms can come in the shape of snow, wind, rain and even fog. These conditions can cause travel hazards and delays.
Keeping your phone charged, having a charger on hand or back up battery is important in case your area loses power. Adding some key phone numbers to car rentals, airlines, and hotels in your zone of travel will help should storms change your initial plan. Airline passengers recently learned that when all the power at the Atlanta airport went out, they could not scan their boarding passes. Call me old school but I still print directions for long trips and print my boarding passes!
Checking the weather before you leave is the first step in being prepared for travel this holiday season. Stay Safe and Happy Holidays!