Water and Sediment Clean Up
Sediment left Behind After Flooding
Sometimes the biggest challenge with a water damage is what you find after the water has been removed. Most often its mold, but in some cases flood waters leave behind a layer of sediment on the floor after the water has been extracted. This most often occurs when storm waters come so fast that the sump pump cant keep up and the water overflows into the basement of the home.
When this happens it almost always requires a second visit with the pressure washer and extractor to re-saturate the area and extract the water as the sediment loosens. It often takes technicians several hours working after the initial mitigation services are complete to remove the fine sandy sediment, that can often be present in these Annapolis communities. Never fear when you call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park we have the knowledge and equipment to do the job right. We are #HeretoHelp, 410-647-8181.
Thanks for Leading the Way
Nick in the crawl space with and employee wearing PPE
When you call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park to come to your home for a water damage don’t be surprised if the operation manager himself shows up to assist.
This job in a Cape Saint Claire neighborhood presented trouble to the service team, they were having difficulty getting into the crawl space because of the limited size of the area. Once Nick arrived and gave the crew some pointers, he decided to take a tour of the crawl space himself.
Although some employees are worried about being in a restricted space as well as the critters that might be inhabiting the space our fearless leader led the way and showed these guys how to get the job done regardless of the obstacles you encounter.
Thanks Nick for leading the way!!
Is There Water in Your Basement?
water in block wall
Anne Arundel County is fairly used to water damage and mold since the area tends to be low lying and humid. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park recently did a water remediation job in Millersville.
With a lot of rain in the previous month, water seeped into a Millersville basement, when the homeowner went downstairs to do laundry they noticed several puddles of water around an exterior wall. Thinking the water had come in through a casement window they simply cleaned it up and went on with their day. A few weeks later after some heavy rains the customer again found puddles in the basement. This time they were extensive and she could still see water seeping in through the block wall.
What a mess and potential health problem this could have been. Fortunately, the homeowners called SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park to come out and evaluate the home. That evening our trained technicians used specialized equipment to properly dry the structure and move the unaffected contents to another area of the home.
If you find a water damage in your home call us, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park at 410-647-8181, we will be there fast to help and solve your problem. #Here2help
Building Picture - Got Mold?
Got Mold? The nose knows!! If you encounter a musty, damp smell in your home you might have a mold problem.
Much of the time mold grows out of sight: behind drywall or in your crawlspace or attic. The cause of mold is almost always a hidden moisture source. The key to long term mold control is finding and eliminating the source of the moisture within your home. Once the water intrusion has been taken care of and you have the existing mold issue addressed you should have eliminated the odor that goes along with it as well. Whether it’s a leaky pipe, backed up gutters or water coming in through doors or windows, we at SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park will put together an estimate to get your home dried out and smelling as fresh as a spring daisy in no time.
Don’t delay call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park at 410-647-8181, we will be happy to send out one of our trained and knowledge experts to diagnose your problem and put together an estimate for service.
The Challenges of Reopening your Business After Covid
The front door hinges may make a squeaky protest as you open them; but it's time to get back to the business of doing business. Everyone is excited to be reopening, but you’re also apprehensive. What has changed, what will be done differently, how can I adjust my business to these new ways?
Some of the challenges when we reopen will be:
Reluctant employees - can I count on old employees to return or will I need to start training a whole new team?
Social distancing adjustments - do I need to adjust the location of employee desks, or customer tables, add dividers to respect social distancing guidelines?
Will Your Customer Base Return - Should I consider marketing to different base of customers?
Supply Chain disruptions – Can I get what I need to start doing business again?
One of the challenges you don’t need to worry about is cleanliness . The world has changed what it means to be clean and we have adapted to that change. SERVPRO is the nation’s #1 choice in cleanup and restoration. Call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park at 410-647-8181 to discuss new cleaning needs for your business. We proudly support our local businesses and would be honored to assist you in re-opening your business. Hold us to a higher standard of clean, we will proudly accept the challenge.
April Showers Bring May Flowers
April showers bring May flowers or do they bring flooded basements? The old saying holds true but heavy rains can lead to water in your basement, as well as beautiful flowers gracing your landscaping. There are many things that lead to flooded basements, but heavy rains are what we find to be the most prominent culprit. When you hear that we are expecting heavy or long lasting downpours of spring rains some things to check that could prevent basement flooding are:
Is your sump pump working?
Is the drain at exterior basement entry door clogged?
Are your gutters and downspouts overflowing with leaves and debris?
Is you spring mulch piled up on the foundation wall causing window and foundation seepage?
We love the smell after a nice spring rain just like everyone else but if you find yourself with enough water in your basement to grow flowers give SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park a call to get things dried out 410-647-8181. We are the experts and can have things “Like it never even happened," super quick.
Hope You Never Need Us, But if You Do We’re Here For You!
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
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?
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
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.