Gardening to Prevent Flood Water in Your Home
It’s that time of year! Spring is teasing you with warmer temperatures and you are ready to get your hands in the soil and start your Summer garden. What kind of plants can you use and how can you layout your flowerbeds to prevent water from getting into your home? Gardening doesn’t have to be all about “curb appeal”, it can also be functional. Here are a some quick tips to help prevent water from getting into your home.
Create a water garden. A natural-looking water garden should have sloped sides with planting terraces that step down toward the deepest area of the pond. This allows you to plant a diversity of plant material and create different habitats and keeps water drainage to one area.
Plant native. Using native plants can help prevent soil erosion. Here are a list of wild flowers you might consider: black-eyed Susan, Foxglove Beardtongue, Cardinal Flower, and Butterfly Weed.
Use mulch. Covering the bare areas in your lawn or garden with mulch or straw is an effective method for preventing erosion from rain. Mulch spread over the surface of the soil reduces the impact of raindrops striking the soil. Using mulch in landscaping and on bare spots near your home keeps water away from your foundation.
TIP: Always wear a mask when spreading mulch. It contains mold spores that can irritate your throat, nasal passages, and lungs.
Install rain barrels. Did you know that up to 40% of total water use during the summer can come from watering lawns and gardens? Rain barrels are an effective way to capture rain water to use in lawns and gardens. Rain barrels can be attached to storm drains to catch runoff from your roof. The water you collect can then be reused to water your lawn and garden. For more information on rain barrels, contact The Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Grade your yard. To avoid incoming water, the ground should always slope away from your home in all directions surrounding your perimeter. You’ll need to understand the high and low points of your home, and use extra dirt to slope accordingly. Have a plan in place or work with a professional to make sure vents, basement windows, pipes, drains, and other areas aren’t negatively impacted during the grading process.
The first day of Spring is March 20, 2019. Be ready for April showers by landscaping your lawn to prevent water damage to your home.
Why are Space Heaters so Dangerous?
Prevent Space Heater Fire
When the cold winter weather hits, many people turn on space heaters. Generally speaking, space heaters are safe to use. Fires occur mostly when space heaters are used improperly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters account for 43% of home heating fires. Here are some tips to ensure you use your space heater properly:
Use an electric space heater. Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering warns that space heaters that use kerosene, propane, and natural gas pose an additional risk of releasing carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen dioxide into the air if they aren't properly vented, which can lead to serious health problems and even death. Electric space heaters (when used properly) are always a safer device for indoor heating.
Plug your space heater directly into the wall outlet. Never plug your electric space heater into an extension cord or power strip. Space heaters are often the cause of electrical fires because they overload a circuit.
Move your space heater away from clutter. Always keep your space heater at least 3 feet away from any furniture or combustible items (including bedding and curtains). Remember to instruct children to remain 3 feet away from the heater too.
Turn your space heater off. Whenever you leave the room or go to sleep, it is important to turn your space heater off. Unplug the heater when it’s not in use by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Check the cord for damage periodically, and don’t use it if it’s frayed or worn.
Space heaters are not dangerous if they are properly used. Keep these safety tips in mind to prevent fire in your property.
We’ve Got Credentials
When a disaster strikes your property, the last thing you want to do is vet remediation companies. Trust a national brand with local presence, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park. Our team caries various certifications and our General Manager, Chris Goedeke, has more certifications than another other remediation specialist on our team.
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park Certifications
- AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
- ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
- CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
- CMR - IAQC Certified Mold Remediator
- CMT - Certified Mold Technician
- CMT - Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician
- CPM - IAQC Mold Certified Project Manager
- CRMR - Council-certified Residential Microbial Remediator
- ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
- FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
- HST - Health and safety Technician
- IICRC Certified Firm
- OCT - Odor Control Technician
- OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
- OSHA - 30-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program
- RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
- RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
- WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
Chris is the GENERAL MANAGER of SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park. Chris is an ACAC Certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor and a Certified Commercial Drying Specialist with 11 years of emergency response experience. He is IICRC certified in Water Damage Restoration, Applied Structural Drying, Fire and Smoke Restoration, Carpet Cleaning, Odor Control, Carpet Repair and Installation. He recently became an IICRC Master Water Restorer. Chris oversees all construction projects following a loss and heads up the Carpet and Hard Floor Sales Division.
Trust an industry leader at the local level. Call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park for any restoration needs (410) 647-8181
When Winter Weather Strikes, We Strike Back
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park wants your home or business to be prepared for winter weather. Water damage can occur for different reasons during cold winter months. Follow these winter weather tips to prevent water from damaging your property.
TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR WINTER WEATHER
Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off”.
Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.
TIPS FOR PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR WINTER WEATHER
Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water can be present.
Contact SERVPRO of Annapolis/Serverna Park for an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.
When water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That’s why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park is so important. Just go to www.SERVPROannapolis.com on your mobile phone or call (410) 647-8181.
Winter Weather and Your Pets
Protect Your Pet From Winter Weather
It’s no surprise that Marylanders love their pets. Your furry family members need to be safe during the winter just like humans. At SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park we know that your pets are an important part of your family. Most pets in Anne Arundel County are indoor animals and those animals are prone to the same winter hazards as humans. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind for your furry friend.
Limit outdoor time on bitter cold days. Try to go out when the sun is shining. If you have a dog with fur, they can still suffer from hypothermia. Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Dogs with long or short hair should have winter sweaters or coats to help them maintain their body temperature.
Avoid the ice. Animals can slip and fall just like you. More importantly, animals cannot recognize the danger of breaking through thin ice on frozen water. It is always better to keep your pet on a leash during the winter to help them steer clear of hazards.
Wipe their paws when you come inside. The streets and sidewalks of you neighborhood are often treated with salt or other de-icers. These substances can irritate your animal's paws. Some can be toxic, which is especially dangerous if your pet licks its paws.
People and pets want a safe place inside for the cold months. If a winter emergency, like a burst pipe, makes your home unsafe, contact SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park. We are here to help the residents of Anne Arundel County recover when winter storms hit.
How to Train Employees for Fire Safety
Practice Fire Safety
At SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park we restore buildings after fires have taken place. We encourage you to train your employees on some basic fire safety techniques on an annual basis.
Here’s a quick list of some techniques you should use.
Fire extinguisher training should be done on an annual basis, at least, and should also be part of the initial training for new employees.
The P.A.S.S Technique
If employees aren't confident they can safely put out a fire, they should evacuate instead. The acronym P.A.S.S. helps employees remember each step of using an extinguisher to reduce fire damage.
- Pull the pin. Find the pin at the top of the canister and pull it out to break the tamper seal.
- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire. When the source of water is doused, the flames should die down.
- Squeeze the handle to release the pressurized chemicals inside the canister.
- Sweep the spray from side to side, maintaining your focus at the base of the fire.
After working through the steps, keep your eye on the area. If flames reappear, repeat steps 2 to 4.
Annual Fire Response Drills
Use the following steps in case of a fire (and during yearly drills.)
Pull the fire alarm and alert the fire department.
Protect the designated evacuation path. If fire, heat, or smoke threatens to come between employees and the exit, personnel should evacuate instead of fighting the fire.
Choose an appropriate extinguisher.
Complete the P.A.S.S. technique.
Observe the location of the fire to catch any flames that may reignite.
Evacuate immediately if the fire is too big, if the air isn't safe to breathe, if the room is too hot or smoky, and/or if the evacuation path is compromised.
Once the ability to use the fire extinguisher has been mastered and employees have been trained in the fire response routine, schedule opportunities for employees to practice their responses to a fire.
It doesn't take long for a kitchen fire to pop up in a restaurant or flames to appear in an industrial setting. Protect your employees with training on how to use a fire extinguisher and regular drills in fire safety techniques.
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park Facility
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park Facility
If your home or business suffers from a water or fire loss, 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 (43 years!) 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. 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.
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park Tackles Large Commercial Losses
High Rise Fire
When your Anne Arundel County business suffers a large loss from water, fire or natural disaster, you can count on SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park to restore your facility. Our project management staff is well-qualified to handle any disaster. Plus, we own the equipment needed to mitigate large loss fire and flood restoration.
As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster. You can do this by taking three simple steps:
- Plan to stay in business
- Encourage your employees to become ready
- Protect your investment
At SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park we employee experienced leaders in the restoration industry that specialize in all varieties of emergency cleanup with the capacity for any size job. Our team includes IICRC certified technicians. The IICRC certification is the highest standard of cleaning and remediation. We are American Bio Recovery Association certified in biohazard recovery/infectious disease and blood-borne pathogens. Our crew chiefs provide complete job file maintenance and electronic communication protocols. And, as a service to SERVPRO nationwide, we are part of the SERVPRO Industries traveling “STORM” team.
SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park owns a variety of specialized mitigation equipment, including testing and monitoring equipment. Our 18,000 square foot warehouse facility houses over 45 warehouse crates providing extra-large storage capacity. Our Ozone Room eradicates odor from business property and our clean room dedicated to content cleaning only.
When fire or water damage puts things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That’s why knowing contacting SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park is so important.
Are You Winter Weather Ready?
Are you prepared for the cold Maryland weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your Annapolis home or business if you’re not ready for it. From freezing rain and low temperatures, to damaging winds, sleet or snow, can all cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to prepare your Severna Park home or business.
To help prevent costly winter storm damages, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before winter weather hits.
Check your Annapolis business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to your property and potentially cause personal injuries.
Inspect your roof, pipes, and gutters, downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Winter starts December 21, 2018 and leaves can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage.
Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potentially slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water or ice could be present.
When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park to strike back.
Christmas Tree Safety
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County has seen it’s share of tragedies caused by Christmas tree fires. As your family decks the halls this holiday season, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park encourages you to consider the following Christmas tree safety tips.
Selecting your Christmas Tree. Pick a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Setting up the tree. Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. Add water to the tree stand and be sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree. Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect. Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Additionally, after Christmas, get rid of your tree! Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Christmas trees must be free from all lights, ornamentation and tree bags in order to be picked up by Anne Arundel County Waste Management. Only natural trees will be collected and tall trees should be cut in half in order to fit into the collection truck. Click here for more information on Anne Arundel County Yard Waste.