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Annapolis Water Damage

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Annapolis Water Damage Water Damage

Recently, SERVPRO® of Annapolis/ Severna Park provided water damage restoration at a property in Annapolis. The cause of the water was a toilet leak and led to water damage on the top floor and the dining room ceiling. The leak on the ceiling then leaked to the first floor of the home. The carpet was affected tremendously and had to be removed from the first floor.

When your home is damaged by water, uniformed SERVPRO® of Annapolis/Severna Park professionals will arrive on-site usually within four hours of notification to begin providing a resolution to the water damage situation. Technicians will communicate with the homeowner in detail before beginning the cleanup and restoration process.

Our restoration services include moisture detection, water extraction, dehumidification and contents inventory. Franchise Professionals identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action. Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage. SERVPRO® is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Tips for Client:

  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

SERVPRO® of Annapolis/ Severna Park is here to help you during a crisis. You are our priority and we know that your emotions are everywhere when you have a water leak. Don’t stress, we will make your home look “Like it never even happened.”  

Annapolis Building Water Damage

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Annapolis Building Water Damage Commercial Building Basement Water Damage

The basement is a known hot spot for water damage to occur. Basements can flood day or night, on weekends and even holidays, and that’s why SERVPRO® of Annapolis/ Severna Park offers 24 hour emergency service, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. Immediate action is crucial when dealing with flooded basements. As water damage specialists, we have the advanced training that enables them to get your basement dried properly and any affected belongings cleaned and dried. 

Recently, SERVPRO® of Annapolis/Severna Park was called to a commercial property in Annapolis with water in the basement. The first thing our team does is ask the property owner where they think the water came from. Then the team will identify the source to make sure it is stopped before any restoration or drying of the building. Next, we will continue with our inspection and use of equipment to make sure the area is completely dry. Specialized air movers/fans and dehumidifiers were used to draw the remaining moisture out of the basement. The faster the water is removed, the less chance of serious damage to your facility.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the building?
  • Electrical and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Wet materials can be very heavy. Be careful.

The sooner we arrive, the better the chance we can reduce damage and save money.

What Happens When Water Sits?

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Happens When Water Sits? Water Damage

Water is so powerful that it can form mountains. But, when water is left sitting in your property it can become hazardous to your health. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park restored a property where a basement leak left standing water in a home for 2 weeks untreated. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park employees IICRC Water Mitigation Technicians that can properly treat a property with stagnant water.

Standing water is a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and parasites that can be harmful to your health. While contaminated water poses a bigger health risk, bacteria will even grow in clean water. Mold can begin to grow and spread in as little as 48 hours.

In Arnold, Maryland, a home experienced a basement water intrusion that went undetected for 2 weeks while the homeowner was hospitalized. Based on the insurance adjuster’s suggestion, the homeowner contacted SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park when he witnessed the amount of stagnant water as well as mold in the property. The complete basement and first level of the home, up to the ceiling, was covered in mold. This included couches, kitchen cabinets, flooring, and walls…everything you can think of. Our team provided water extraction, drying, dhimmification, as well as mold mitigation. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings.

SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park is highly qualified to handle stagnant water. Our team members are certified and well-trained in water damage and mold mitigation. When standing water is found in your property, remember the team that is faster to any sized disaster, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park.

Is Your Property Storm Ready?

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Your Property Storm Ready? Thunderstorm

Maryland has recently seen different storms wreak havoc on our community. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park can handle large and small storm damage cleanup.

As Spring rain and Summer thunderstorms head toward Anne Arundel County, get your property, team, and family prepared in case an emergency happens. A great resource for information is the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management. Click here to sign up for their Emergency Notifications. This valuable system alerts the public of emergencies and disasters, safety measures to be taken, and information pertaining to government operations. 

Click here to see what’s in store for our area for Spring 2019.

TIP: If you own a commercial property, contact us and we will help you create a FREE Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). An ERP is a disaster plan to help your business be ready for whatever happens.

At SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park we have a team of professionals that can handle water, sewage, and storm cleanup. If your property has a water emergency, it’s important to act quickly to minimize damage. Our team can work with your insurance professionals to make sure your property gets restored properly. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has a reconstruction crew that can install drywall, baseboards, and flooring to ensure your property looks like a storm never even happened.

For major storms and disasters, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country. We are ready to handle any-sized disaster. Make sure you are ready too!

Commercial Spring Cleaning

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Spring Cleaning Bacteria

Are you ready to tackle Spring cleaning in your facility? It seems like every year there are serious viruses or fungi that cause panic. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has performed a variety of commercial cleaning projects to tackle many serious health crises including the flu and bio hazard cleanup.

There is a deadly superbug known as Candida auris (C. auris) that was found recently in New York as well as Maryland and over 600 cases were reported in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently added C. auris to its list of “urgent threats”. Almost half of the individuals infected with C. auris die within 90 days.

Did you know the flu can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours? Could you imagine how many individuals are exposed to the flu at a school with 500 students? In 2017, the CDC reported that 80,000 people died from the flu.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe offices. Call the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster.

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster? Emergency Ready Profile

There are many qualities that separate SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park from the competition. But, one major difference is we help your business put together a disaster plan called an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).

Did you know that as many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster? The businesses that do survive have some type of preparedness plan in place. At SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park we take this statistic seriously. That’s why we provide this free ERP service that prepares your business for whatever happens.

The ERP is a concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It lists specific contact information for your insurance carrier, HVAC company, and other critical points of contact. In addition, the ERP identifies the location for emergency shut off valves, like water and gas. The ERP can also be accessed through a mobile application. Everyone always has their phone on them; now, they can have the plan right at their fingertips.

No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens.”

Philanthropic Endeavors

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Philanthropic Endeavors National Night Out

SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park just celebrated 44 years in business in March. It has always been important to our business that we support the community that supports us. Throughout the years, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has donated and supported many charities including:

  • US Naval Academy
  • Hospice Cup
  • Mary’s Annapolis School
  • Banneker Douglas Museum
  • Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • 100 Club of Anne Arundel County
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Samaritan House of Annapolis
  • Burgers and Bands
  • National Night Out
  • Arnold Volunteer Fire Department
  • Fight Colorectal Cancer
  • Anne Arundel County Food Bank
  • Severna Park and Arnold Shop Local

It means so much that SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park can give back to the community we serve. Our donation is staying local in our community. Giving is a big part of our franchise culture. When a local business succeeds, the community succeeds.

Gardening to Prevent Flood Water in Your Home

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Gardening to Prevent Flood Water in Your Home Water Garden

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?

2/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We’ve Got Credentials Teamwork

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