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COVID Lingering in Your Business?

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that our professionals here at SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and sanitize your business?  We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform daily.  

IICRC Certified. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Not only is SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park IICRC certified as a firm, but most members of our staff carry several IICRC certifications.  

Cleaning Experts. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. Most of our cleaning tactics will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform daily.  

The CDC also recommends regular cleaning of the following areas/items:  

  • Kitchen/Food Areas 
  • Bathrooms in Schools/Classrooms 
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving/Racks  
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevators and Escalators 
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Cleaning Products. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims.  

Our proprietary cleaning agents, Benefect and Shockwave, are EPA-certified, hospital-grade disinfectants that have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses like Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) on hard, non-porous surfaces.  

We carry multiple hospital-grade disinfectants and provide our personnel with proper PPE. Not only does this protect everyone, but it also protects the building and people in it.    

Cleaning Procedures. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park technicians are experts in infectious disease cleanup and bio-hazard cleaning. Our proven cleaning procedures and protocols have been used to clean and sanitize rhinovirus and norovirus in the past.  

Bring the professionals in! Call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park (410) 647-8181. 

Do You Hear Something Dripping? Leaky Roofs Spell Problems

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Do you hear that? That quiet dripping noise? Yep, that would be your roof leaking. Roof leaks can be detrimental to your home and if left untreated, can cause extensive damage and costly repairs. By being proactive, homeowners in the Severna Park area can prevent these damages or address them before they become major. Here are some ways untreated roof damage can cause issues for your home:  

Rotting Frames/Structural Damage 

Even the strongest, most durable homes are susceptible to the rot that follows any water damage. What starts as a small leak in the roof can develop into an alarming concern for your home’s foundation. Water is persistent and WILL find its way to your foundation causing rot. Stop roof leaks in their tracks before it becomes an overwhelming issue.  

Leaky Roofs Can Cause Mold 

A leak in your roof can inevitably lead to issues with mold or mildew growth. Mold spores in water damage can pass through HVAC systems, leading to serious health and safety concerns. Mold acts fast, so should you. 

Damaged Insulation  

As water leaks or pours through your roof, it can seriously damage any insulation you may have inside your roof or attic. The water causes the insulation to clump, making it essentially ineffective in insulating warm or cool air inside your home. Be sure to have your roof professionally expected in order to avoid damaged insulation. 

Sagging Drywall/Ceilings 

Drywalls are very commonly used to divide spaces within homes during the construction process. Drywall exposed to water can hold and trap moisture causing it to sag, buckle, crumble and fall apart. Water can even travel through drywall, causing more damage to surrounding areas.  

Flash Storms In Annapolis

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

If you have lived in the Annapolis area during the summertime, then we’re sure that you’re aware of the severity and suddenness of flash storms rolling through the skies. What was once a calm summer afternoon with clear skies and cool breeze quickly turns into dark ominous clouds with high winds and heavy rain. Just on Friday, August 5th, Annapolis saw 0.37 inches of rain in just under a couple of hours.  

 Thunderstorms move swiftly and even more so does water damage. Water damage can often be sudden so knowing how to react can help save your business. When storms roll out, know how to protect your business with these preventative measures! 

  • Clean leaves out of your gutters  
  • Ensure downspouts are pointed away from the foundation 
  • Clean your roof if it is a flat roof or call a professional 
  • Know where your emergency water shut offs are 
  • Have your HVAC unit inspected by a professional 
  • Schedule an ERP with SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park! 

When water damage acts fast, use these tips to act faster! If you have water damage in your home or business, call the experts over here at SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park at 410-647-8181! 

Water Acts Fast - Act Faster!

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage does not wait for resolution patiently. It has a destructive timetable that is as predictable for water restoration professionals as it is devastating for Annapolis homeowners. Some of the damage occurs just minutes to hours after the water event, and the severity of the consequences increases exponentially. Experts recommend contacting water restoration professionals immediately after the discovery of a water loss to arrange for swift removal of the damaging fluids and application of the industry’s best practices supporting structural drying. 

How Fast Damage Occurs 

First minutes to a few hours 

  • Documents, pictures, books, and other papers become soggy, with pages weakening and sticking together, bindings and glues loosening, inks spreading, and images blurring. 
  • Stain, varnish, and paints can transfer from wooden furniture legs and supports to carpeting, rugs, and floors. 
  • Textiles stretch or shrink, depending on composition, and dyes can run and stain adjacent surfaces. 
  • Electronics and electrical cords short out and expose occupants to the risk of shock. 

Up to 24 hours 

  • Pressed wood and particle board furniture and supports swell and warp. 
  • Hardwood frames on furniture swell and distort. 
  • Metal fasteners tarnish. 
  • Drywall and ceiling tiles bulge and begin to crumble, increasing personal safety and property damage risk when significant quantities of collected water force a structural breakdown. 
  • Insulation compresses, packing down between walls. 
  • Carpets stretch and become prone to rips and delamination. 
  • Laminate flooring peels and disintegrates. 

48-72 hours to a week 

  • Mold growth commences on all surfaces and contents. 
  • Water quality deteriorates, with pathogen growth possible. 
  • Door and window frames swell, preventing security issues due to improper closure. 
  • Metals corrode, and fasteners break down. 
  • Hardwood floors cup or crown, and planks or strips can buckle, pulling up from the subfloor. 

7 days or more 

  • Structural supports can fail. 
  • Molds, mildews, and other hazards proliferate, affecting air quality and infecting surfaces. 

When you notice water in your home, call the water restoration professionals, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park. We have over 40 years’ experience and we can make it “Like it never even happened. 

Condensation on the Ducts

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Who doesn’t love the summer? With the warm weather, constant sunshine, trips to the beach and so much more, summer seems like a great time. What people forget to mention about the summer is the amount of water damage insurance claims that are made in the Metropolitan area. A large portion of these water damage claims are a result of an accumulation of condensation on ductwork. If you see bubbling or staining in your ceiling or roof, that may be a sign of condensation forming on your ductwork. This can lead to several problems, such as:  

  • Damage to insulation  
  • High indoor humidity levels 
  • Mildew and mold growth  
  • Water damage to structural elements  

Typically, “sweating” ductwork is caused by improper insulation around or from an outside source. If a home’s siding is exposed, warm or hot air can seep into spaces around the ductwork. When the hot and cold air mix, condensation forms. To avoid this, have your ductwork properly insulated to avoid the mixing in air temperature. Additionally, HVAC units that have not been inspected in some time can add to this issue. Have your HVAC unit professionally inspected and request a new filter to be installed. A dirty HVAC filter can cause the unit to freeze up which can contribute to the ductwork condensation. 

If you see bubbling or staining from water damage in your home, don't wait! Call us at SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park at 410-647-8181!

Summertime Water Damage

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Summertime is great for fun vacation days and relaxing “chill by the pool” days. However, summer is also the peak time for water damage. Naturally, summer puts strain on your home’s plumbing with the more water you use. Whether it is taking that extra shower to cool off, watering the plants around the house or trying to drink more water to stay hydrated, chances are, your plumbing is being put under more stress. In fact, 30% of all homeowner insurance claims are because of water damage. So that begs the question, what are the most common causes of water damage during the summer? We got you covered: 

Summer Rainstorms  

Living in Maryland, we are accustomed to huge thunderstorms throughout the year, especially in the summer. These thunderstorms can cause power outages and debris to fall on or around your home. This, along with heavy rain, can spell problems for your basement or roof.  

Mold  

Water works fast once it is in homes. Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours so being alert to water damage in your home. Poor air quality along with humidity can help create a breeding ground for mold as well. If you spot mold in your home, act quickly and call us! 

Flooding  

One of the most common forms of water damage in residential homes is flooding. With houses close to the water, some being below sea level, and massive thunderstorms, Anne Arundel County homes are extremely susceptible to flooding damage. Ensuring your sump pump is running and having a backup battery is crucial to avoid flood damage. 

Leaking/Broken Pipes  

Your plumbing is under more stress than usual during the summer. Heavier use equals more wear and tear on your plumbing systems. Typically, pipes are in constant use in the summer for the reasons mentioned above. Whether leaks are obvious or hidden in your foundation or crawlspace, water damage is always a threat.  

If your home has experienced water damage, act fast and call the PROs over at SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park at 410-647-8181. 

When the Storm Rolls out, We Roll in

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

It is OFFICIALLY hurricane season! Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. During this time, it is crucial for home and business owners to know how to prepare their property to prevent disaster. Luckily, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help keep your property safe from hurricane damage. 

Tips for Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane  

  • Cover all your home’s windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect them from high winds 
  • Plan to bring in ALL outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else not tied down 
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed  
  • Turn off utilities and turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting 
  • Turn off any propane tanks 
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitation purposes, such as cleaning and flushing toilets 

Tips for Preparing Your Business for a Hurricane 

  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which materials and procedures are necessary to keep the business operating 
  • Identify operations critical to recovery 
  • Plan what you will do if your business is not accessible  
  • Consider if you can run your business from a different location or at home 
  • Develop relationships with other companies to use their facilities in case a disaster makes your location inaccessible 

When the storm is a major event, you need more comprehensive restoration support. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park is ready to make any size disaster “Like it never even happened.”  

COVID-19 Cleaning, by the Pros

5/20/2022 (Permalink)

Since the beginning of the pandemic, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has been working with our local officials and small business owners to ensure the proactive cleaning and sanitizing of many facilities throughout Anne Arundel County. We have worked in schools, government facilities, as well as general offices to sterilize and disinfect their spaces. The “official” pandemic may be over, however COVID-19 cases have been spiking in recent weeks.  

As cleaning experts, we are often asked, how are janitorial cleaning services different from our commercial cleaning services? Well, here are four ways in which our professional cleaning services differ from regular janitorial cleaning services:  

Here are 4 things that show how our cleaning is different than janitorial cleaning:  

IICRC Certified. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Not only is SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park IICRC certified as a firm, but most members of our staff carry several IICRC certifications.  

Cleaning Experts. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables at a minimum. Most of our cleaning tactics will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform daily.  

The CDC also recommends regular cleaning of the following areas/items:  

  • Kitchen/Food Areas 
  • Bathrooms in Schools/Classrooms 
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving/Racks  
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevators and Escalators 
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Cleaning Products. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims. We follow all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.  

Our proprietary cleaning agents, Benefact and Shockwave, are EPA-certified, hospital-grade disinfectants that have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses like Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) on hard, non-porous surfaces.  

We carry multiple hospital-grade disinfectants and provide our personnel with proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). Not only does this protect everyone, but it also protects the building and people in it.  

Cleaning Procedures. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park technicians are experts in infectious disease cleanup and bio-hazard cleaning. Our proven cleaning procedures and protocols have been used to clean and sanitize rhinovirus and norovirus in the past. We are implementing similar protocols, and we are "battle tested" regarding virus cleanup. 

Keeping Your Property Safe from Mold

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park specializes in mold remediation. It’s common for us to get called to commercial buildings with mold problems. Even small water damages have the potential to cause poor indoor air quality over time.

As a property manager/homeowner, here are a few things you can do to keep mold away:

- Keep the humidity between 30-50 percent.

- Provide for proper drainage away from the building foundation.

- Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.

- Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.

- Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance.

- Respond to all water intrusions immediately.

Got mold? Contact us, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park at (410) 647-8181 for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold

Can My Property be Restored?

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

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.