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Hope You Never Need Us, But if You Do We’re Here For You!

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

We offer services to customers that most hope they will never need.  We’re kind of like Insurance, until you make the call you don’t really know if you have the BEST TEAM at your disposal to help.  

SERVICES WE OFFER 

  • We provide water remediation services to dry your home and business.  
  • Carpet Cleaning services that are often requested in the spring to freshen up your home or business after a winter of snow and salt.  
  • Fire, soot and smoke clean up to allow your life or business to return to normal as quickly and smoothly as possible after a fire event.  
  • Duct cleaning is often done during the season change when we switch from heating to air conditioning.  
  • Mold remediation services have been offered in Anne Arundel County for over 40 years.   
  • Trauma and crime scene clean up are often one of our toughest assignments, but a necessary service, we provide it with as much care and respect for family members as possible.   

If the day arrives, make sure you call the BEST and MOST experienced in the business SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park, 410-647-8181. We will offer aid for whichever situation you find yourself in. 

Locals Count on SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

A local Anne Arundel County dental office called SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park to remediate the mold in their office crawlspace. The insulation throughout the crawlspace was removed and discarded. All visible framing and masonry walls were HEPA Vacuumed and washed with an EPA registered disinfectant.

The heavily contaminated floor joists were sanded down to expose the clean framing and finally, encapsulated. During the cleaning process SERVPRO installed multiple HEPA filters to remove contaminants from the air to maintain a clean environment. The tiniest amount of water or condensation can quickly (24-48 hours) create mold growth.

When managing a commercial property, it is important to remember to look for moisture problems, listen to building occupants reporting moldy or musty odors and notice any visible signs on building materials and furnishings. For more information call us at 410-647-8181 or visit us at our website; www.SERVPROannapolis.com.

If Mold is Everywhere, What’s the Big Deal?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on the wall Moldy basement wall

Mold is a fungus and it is a natural part of both our indoor and outdoor environments. There are hundreds of different types of molds, all of which thrive in moist environments. In nature mold plays an important part in breaking down organic matter, indoors such a role is not needed.  

Three important things to remember  

  • Not all molds are created equal 
  • Not everyone is affected in the same way 
  • With more exposure you are more likely to develop mold-related symptoms 

The key to mold growth indoors is to control the amount of moisture in the air. Dehumidifiers and air conditioners will help. The humidity needs to be below 60%, between 35% and 50% is even better. Mold thrives in warm damp bathrooms, humid kitchens and damp cellars. If you think you have mold in your home or business and would like to schedule an appointment for an inspection by a professionally trained and experienced staff member call us at SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park.  We will be happy to do a moisture check of your home, don’t delay call 410-647-8181. 

Electrical Fires and What you Need to Know

2/27/2021 (Permalink)

The majority of home fires are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions. These fires result in billions of dollars in property damage each year. Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Don’t become one of the statistics, know the warning signs of an overloaded electrical circuit:

  • Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses
  • Warm or discolored wall plates
  • Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles
  • Burning odor coming from receptacles or wall switches
  • Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches

Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system. If you do experience a fire in your home or business call the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park to help. We have the training and specialized equipment necessary to clean effectively and quickly.

What Does It Mean To Be An IICRC Certified Firm?

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

iicrc certified firm logo IICRC Certified Firm

IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. When your Annapolis property suffers fire or water damage, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park recommends you hire an IICRC certified firm.  

IICRC is an international non-profit organization for the Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Industries that was founded in 1972. The organization provides professional training in 25 different areas including: Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, Applied Structural Drying Technician, Commercial Drying Specialist, and more. The standards developed by IICRC are implemented so that SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park provides the highest quality concepts, terminology, and procedures recognized in the cleaning and restoration industry. 

Not sure if your company is a Certified Firm? Click here to search. 

There are many benefits to being an IICRC Certified Firm. We feel the most important benefit is the investment in education for our employees. As an IICRC Certified Firm, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park is recognized an industry leader in Anne Arundel County. 

How Property Managers Handle Water Damage

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

men shaking hands Working With Property Managers

When property managers need to get water damage removed quickly, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park is here to make it “Like it never even happened.” Our team of quality technicians who focus on excellent service can help mitigate the damages. 

Property Management companies are a top priority for water mitigation services. Here’s an overview of our Emergency Damage Process Overview: 

One Hour: Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park professional will contact you and let you know help is on the way. 

Four Hours: Within four hours of loss notification, one of our professionals will be on-site to start mitigation. 

Detailed ExplanationA trained, uniformed and equipped crew chief will walk you through the job process explaining what to expect. 

Pretesting: A SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park will pretest for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward. 

Cleaning and Restoration: Our team will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure the property is taken care of the first time. 

Final Walkthrough: After the work is completed, a final walk-through will be conducted to help ensure satisfaction. 

When it comes to water mitigation and property management, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park will do what you need to get you back to business quickly.  

Winter Storm Hazards

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

winter cold with a snowflake Winter Storm

Did you know that there are normally 5 hours of bright daylight during January in Anne Arundel County? With decreased sunlight and decreased temperatures, January in Annapolis is typically filled with winter weather property hazards such as frozen pipes, winter precipitation, and ice damns. 

The average low temperature for Anne Arundel county in January is 29.1°.  With temperatures below freezing, it’s important to prepare your property for winter, especially your pipes. Did you know water expands when it freezes? Click here to learn how to prepare your pipes for winter weather

Precipitation is part of the water cycle. During the cold weather months, Anne Arundel County sees of sleet, freezing rain, and snow. If temperatures sit below 30° for several days, there are dangers for ice dams.  

If winter weather causes water damage to your property, call the Annapolis water mitigation professionals at SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park. We can make it “Like it never even happened.”

How to Prevent a Chimney Fire

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

Chimney with fire damage Chimney Fire

Many Annapolis homes suffer chimney fires every year. Chimney fires start for a variety of reasons: bird’s nest, creosote, or leaf debris. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park wants you to know how prevent a chimney fire as well as know the signs of a chimney fire. 

Your chimney–and the flue that lines it–adds architectural interest to your home, but its’ real function is to carry dangerous flue gases from your fireplace, wood stove or furnace safely out of your home.  The best was to prevent a chimney fire is to get an annual inspection.  

Slow-burning chimney fires happen when the flammable substances on the sides of the chimney flue become hot enough to catch fire but don’t have enough oxygen or fuel to be visible or audible from outside. You can also help to reduce creosote buildup by: 

  • Burning smaller, hotter fires of appropriate size for your fireplace 
  • Burning only properly seasoned, untreated wood 
  • Making sure your chimney has sufficient draft while you burn 

Chimney fires can be fast-burning or slow-burning. Fast-burning chimney fires are obvious. These fires rapidly consume flammable residue on the inside of the chimney flue. You may detect: 

  • A loud, crackling or popping noise from the chimney flue. 
  • A lot of dense, thick smoke coming into the fireplace or chimney. 
  • Flames from the top of the chimney. 
  • A roaring sound often described as being like a freight train. 

Keep your Annapolis home safe from chimney fires, get your fireplace inspected annually. 

SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park Facility

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park Buidling SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park Facility

When disaster strikes your home or business, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park is here to help. With over 18,000 square feet of warehouse space, we have the capacity to handle any size disaster. Our experience and proven leadership in the restoration industry with mold remediation, fire and water damage and biohazard recovery along with our large facility make us your local restoration leader.

There are several reasons why a large facility is important when selecting an emergency cleanup company. We are a lot more than just the lime green building on Ritchie Highway. At SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park we have the capability to store (and clean if necessary) your belongings while your home or business is being repaired. Our experienced crew will inventory and pack out your property carefully and efficiently. Our content clean-room houses state of the art ultrasonic equipment that works miracles on soot damaged items.

From air scrubbers to dehumidifiers and air movers, we have the right equipment to get the job done. The proper equipment allows a structure to dry properly and reduce further contamination and damage.

By the way, we’ve been in business for 45 years.

Can My Property Be Cleaned Instead of Replaced?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

basement with wet concrete floor Storm Damage

SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park works with business and homeowners when disaster strikes. If there is a storm, a basement may flood. We strive to restore items instead of replace.  

SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. Our IICRC technicians pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including: 

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues  
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues. 
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning. 
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.  
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

There's no such thing as a small disaster. Storms can hit at any time. Trust SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park, because we are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We are faster to any size disaster.