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Winter Weather and Your Pets

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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. 

Are You Winter Weather Ready?

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Winter Weather Ready? Winter Weather

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.

Storm Preparedness Important County Numbers

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Preparedness Important County Numbers Important County Numbers

In the event of a storm, it’s important for our community to know how to get help they need. Anne Arundel County has many resources available and our citizens. We encourage you to sign up for the CodeRED systems and print this list of Important Numbers you should have in the event of a storm.

Did you know that Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis utilize and emergency notification system called CodeRED? The CodeRED system contacts citizens and businesses quickly in the event of an emergency.  To sign up for CodeRED, visit: www.aacounty.org/OEM or call (410) 222-0600.

As SERVPRO Annapolis/Severna Park takes the month of September to engage with National Preparedness Month, we feel it’s important to provide our customers with important phone numbers they can use.

Are you Prepared for a Flash Flood?

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you Prepared for a Flash Flood? Annapolis Flash Flood

While Summer is an exciting time of year, Summer storms can create flood conditions faster than you may realize. Knowing the difference between a flood warning and flood watch is important. A Flash Flood Watch means there is possible flooding in Anne Arundel County. A Flash Flood Warning means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in the county.

Preparing Your Family for a Flood

Your family will be better prepared to withstand a flood if you have the following items available, packed and ready to go in case you need to evacuate your home.

3 day supply of water, 1 gallon per person per day  3 day supply of non-perishable food items  Flashlights, extra batteries and multi-purpose tools  A first aid kit and a extra medications “ Sanitation and person hygiene items Extra pet supplies, food, ID and vet records. Extra clothing, blankets, sturdy shoes and rain gear Sunscreen and bug repellent - Emergency contact information and copies of important person documents. A camera to take photos of flood damage. Extra charges for electronic devices.

Annapolis Red Cross Emergency Number - (410) 952-8940

Baltimore Gas and Electric – 1-800-685-0123

SERVPRO Annapolis/Severna Park – (410) 647-8181

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration: What to do after a Flood or Water Damage

Floods and water damage often occur with little warning and can be devastating to homes, business and entire communities. Taking immediate action after a disaster is vital. Communicating with your insurance company and calling upon the emergency response restoration experts at SERVPRO Annapolis/Severna Park will help you move forward faster. Taking pictures, collecting items, extracting water and starting the dry-out process can be helpful, but safety must come first. If your home or business is not sturdy, do not go in. Leave that to us!

What to Do After a Flood or Water Damage

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.


What NOT to Do After a Flood or Water Damage

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging. 

5 Tips on Preventing Storm Damage

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Summer thunderstorms can wreak havoc on Maryland.  Almost every other day we hear about how weather is affecting people around the country. The good news is you can prepare for severe weather and help prevent storm damage.

Here are some quick tips from SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park.

  • Remove dead branches from trees and remove dead trees. Dead trees and tree branches can fall on cars, damage your roof, or cause major destruction. Be sure to remove all dead wood.
  • Dirty or cluttered gutters are a common cause of drainage problem. However, make sure you fix drainage problems with patios and landscaping too. Do you see any puddles in your yard? This can be a sign of drainage problems. To avoid water damage, get those drainage problems addressed before a storm.
  • When was the last time you had your roof inspected? Ideally, your roof should be inspected and maintained on a yearly basis.
  • Sump Pump. Ensure you have a sump pump battery backup in place. These batteries can save you from having a real mess on your hands. A batterybackup system is needed most often when heavy rains have resulted in a power outage, or the primary sump pump is overwhelmed by heavy water volumes during a rain event. 
  • Shut Off. Know where your shut off valves are for your utilities. If you have a flood, for your safety, it is important to know where the shut off valves are locating both inside/outside your home.

If you have concerns with a commercial property having an emergency plan, please let us know. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park can develop an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your building and provide your facilities staff with a telephone application that will keep them prepared for severe weather. Call us for more information (410) 647-8181.

Spring Storms are good for Something

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Storms are good for Something Spring storms in Arnold helped relieve allergies by washing away the pollen.

The recent spring rain storms that have passed through brought more colder air and rain than anyone wanted in April.  The long cold and dark winter has many people on edge and willing to do just about anything to get some sun.  I am with them, but I did find some comfort in the rain. Wait, what?

Yes, comfort. Comfort for my allergies.  Leading up to the weekend the dry windy air was spreading pollen all over the place.  The cars and patio furniture were coated in green pollen and my eyes were red and itchy. Then the rain came and there was some relief. 

The National Institute of Health recommends saving outside activities for late afternoon or after a heavy rain, when pollen counts are lower. This is a great tip, but I am still in the camp that wants the sun and real spring weather to head our way.

Storms could cause Holiday Travel Delays

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms could cause Holiday Travel Delays Holiday travel around Annapolis could include rain or snow!

Holiday Travel is upon us! Whether you are traveling by car, air or boat you need to be aware of what the weather will be in your area of travel.  Winter storms can come in the shape of snow, wind, rain and even fog.  These conditions can cause travel hazards and delays.

Keeping your phone charged, having a charger on hand or back up battery is important in case your area loses power.  Adding some key phone numbers to car rentals, airlines, and hotels in your zone of travel will help should storms change your initial plan.  Airline passengers recently learned that when all the power at the Atlanta airport went out, they could not scan their boarding passes.  Call me old school but I still print directions for long trips and print my boarding passes!

Checking the weather before you leave is the first step in being prepared for travel this holiday season.  Stay Safe and Happy Holidays!

Ice Dams can cause water damage to Millersville homes

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ice Dams can cause water damage to Millersville homes Millersville and area residents should know that icicles are a good sign there is ice damming on their roof.

We Marylander’s can to be somewhat unprepared for freezing temperatures and having sixty degree temperatures in December does not help!  But in SERVPRO’s line of business, ice damming and broken pipes can wreak havoc on a home or commercial facility during a snow storm.

It is interesting to note that water damage restoration companies in the New England area have fewer freeze related losses than we do in Maryland!  New Englander's know the importance of proper ventilation, insulation and controlling heat loss. 

When parts of a snowy roof surface become warm enough, ice damming can occur.  This occurs when part of your roof on your Millersville home warms above 32 degrees F.  The melted snow runs down the roof under existing snow cover and refreezes as temps go down or the roof edge temperatures remain below freezing.  The melted snow becomes trapped behind the ice dam and if it has nowhere to go and that can create leaks as melting snow can back up under shingles!    If you currently have an ice dam you can gently break free the ice chunks or use calcium chloride ice melter to slowly break up the dam. Prevention is key, keep ceilings air tight so no warm air from the structure can travel into attic space and keep the insulation dense.  Strive for temperatures on a roof deck to be similar to those in an attic space.

It is a best to check attic space in the winter to make sure you have no minor leaks that can potentially turn into larger issues.  SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has technicians available who can assist if you find the water damage is too much to handle.

Fast, Professional Restoration for Storm Damage to your Annapolis Home

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Fast, Professional Restoration for Storm Damage to your Annapolis Home We can restore your home and contents, "Like it never even happened."

Rain, Snow and Wind are a bad combination for Maryland residents.  Winter Storm season is approaching our area and the predictions are for more precipitation than last year.  Temperatures are expected to be lower than normal which can lead to frozen and busted pipes.  All these predictions mean is that it is time to get prepared! 

Shovels, Generators, Clean Gutters, Roof Patches and saving SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park’s number (410.647.8181) to your cell are the most important steps. It is unrealistic to think storm damage cannot affect you. If it does you need to act fast for a better chance of restoring your home and possessions. Our IICRC-Certified technicians come equipped to extract water and assess the damage to the structure.  We understand that getting your home dry and your belongings restored is your number one priority. We are here to help!

Revised Tropical Storm and Hurricane Forecast has impact on Anne Arundel County

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Revised Tropical Storm and Hurricane Forecast has impact on Anne Arundel County Millersville, is your disaster kit ready?

Forecasters have recently increased their forecast of named storms and major hurricanes. Predictions from May of 2017 were much lower, but due to current conditions in the Atlantic we are in for an “extremely active season”.  What does that mean for residents of Arnold, Severna Park and Annapolis?

Peak season is Mid-August through late October.  Preparation starts NOW! 

  1. Download a weather or local emergency operations app that will send alerts to your cell phone when there are weather alerts for your location.
  2. Pack a Disaster Kit -details here
  3. Know your plan for the family if you need to evacuate, power goes out or what to do if your home is effected by storm damage
  4. Prepare your home
    1. Tree limbs cut back
    2. Secure loose rain gutters, clean debris and leaves from them
    3. Purchase, check and gas up generator
  5. Add SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park to your cell phone 410.647.8181

Once a weather alert is issued make sure to stay tuned to radio for local announcements for updates and instructions.  Safety is the most important thing during storm cleanup.  Avoid down power lines, standing water and debris fields.  Calling SERVPRO to help after a storm, and letting our trained professionals help is what we are here for.

For more information about the forecast and preparedness visit the National Hurricane Center.

For assistance with storm damage, flooding, mold or fire restoration call 410.647.8181 for the fastest response.

Hurricane Preparedness - Be Ready

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

With Hurricane season approaching, there are two keys to weather safety that everyone should know.  That is to PREPARE for the risks and to ACT on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials.

Before a Hurricane:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground.
  • Make plans to secure your property
  • Cover all of your home's windows
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • If in a high-rise building, when high winds are present, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor because wind conditions increase with height, and in a small interior room without windows.
  • Consider building a safe room. 
  • Call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park – 410-647-8181

    Anne Arundel County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

    6/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Anne Arundel County Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! This Annapolis home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

    A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Annapolis basement could flood, including: 

    ·         A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe

    ·         Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home

    ·         Storm sewer backup

    ·         Sanitary sewer backup

    ·         Foundation drainage failure

    ·         Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

    ·         And many more

    Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

    Call Today – 410-647-8181

    If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

    The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

    We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

    ·         We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week

    ·         We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies

    ·         We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About

    ·         Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques

    ·         We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards

    ·         Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

    Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 410-647-8181

    Take Action after a Natural Disaster

    3/17/2016 (Permalink)

    If your property has been damaged in a natural disaster—hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake or fire—there are some important steps you can take in the immediate aftermath to ensure your safety and minimize financial loss. Consider the following actions:

    Enter with caution. Damaged homes or buildings could be structurally unsafe; use extreme caution when navigating those areas, and don’t enter unless absolutely necessary. Debris and other hazards are unsafe.

    Secure the property. In cases of significant structural damage or security concerns, determine whether the damaged area needs to be secured with temporary fencing or another type of barrier to keep out unwanted guests.

    Notify your insurer. Call your insurance company to inform them there’s been a disaster and to file an official claim. Take down the claim number and any relevant contact information for whomever will handle your claim. If your vehicle sustained damage, contact your automobile insurer.

    Notify utility companies. If property damage includes disruption to water, gas or electric utilities, contact the companies right away to shut off service. Failing to do so could pose a safety risk to you or emergency responders in and around the disaster area.

    Take photos of the damage. Beginning with the property’s exterior, take photographs of the damage. If it’s safe to enter the structure, take photographs of interior damage as well. These will come in handy for insurance purposes.

    Take inventory of your damaged belongings. Make a list of your damaged personal items and ensure you have photographs. Include the price of large appliances or valuable items with your list and, if possible, surviving receipts.

    Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage? Fire damage? Call Us Today 410-647-8181

    Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

    2/24/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

     SERVPRO is faster to any disaster. We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.


    What you can do until help arrives:

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

    • Is it safe to stay in the house?
    • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
    • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
    • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!


    What To Do After Flooding

    • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
    • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
    • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
    • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
    • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
    • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
    • Gather loose items from floors.


    What NOT To Do After Flooding

    • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
    • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
    • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
    • Don't use television or other household appliances.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

    Do you have a water emergency? Call us today at 410-647-8181

    Do you have water damage from the storm?

    1/27/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Do you have water damage from the storm? Winter Storm Jonas.

    When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

    Check out the tips below on what to do until help arrives.

    What you can do until help arrives

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

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!
  • Have A Water Damage Emergency? 
    Call 410-647-8181

    What to Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

  • What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
  • How much snow is to much?

    1/19/2016 (Permalink)

    Stressing about the amount of snowfall your roof is equipped to handle? Check out this informative read and make sure you're taking the proper steps to keep your home safe. http://bit.ly/22IY6nU

    Before a Winter Storm

    1/14/2016 (Permalink)

    Winter Storms & Extreme Cold

     

    While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

    One of the primary concerns is the winter weather's ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region.

    The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

     

    Before Winter Storms And Extreme Cold

    To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following:

    • Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
      • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
      • Sand to improve traction.
      • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
      • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
      • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
    • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
    • A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services.
    • Download FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications at:www.ready.gov/prepare. Free smart phone apps, such as those available from FEMA and the American Red Cross, provide information about finding shelters, providing first aid, and seeking assistance for recovery.
    • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
    • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

    Winterize Your Vehicle

    Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

    • Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.
    • Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
    • Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
    • Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
    • Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
    • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
    • Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
    • Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
    • Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
    • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.
    • Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

    Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with:

    • A shovel
    • Windshield scraper and small broom
    • Flashlight
    • Battery powered radio
    • Extra batteries
    • Water
    • Snack food
    • Matches
    • Extra hats, socks and mittens
    • First aid kit with pocket knife
    • Necessary medications
    • Blanket(s)
    • Tow chain or rope
    • Road salt and sand
    • Booster cables
    • Emergency flares
    • Fluorescent distress flag

    Winterize Your Home

    • Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
    • Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment. Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm.
    • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
    • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
    • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
    • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
    • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
    • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
    • Hire a contractor to check the structural ability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.

    Know the Terms

    Know the terms used to describe changing winter weather conditions and what actions to take. These terms can be used to determine the timeline and severity of an approaching storm. (Advisory / Watch / Warning). The NWS also issues advisories and warnings for other winter weather, including blizzards, freezes, wind chill, lake effect snow, and dense fog. Be alert to weather reports and tune in for specific guidance when these conditions develop.

    Freezing Rain - Rain that freezes when it hits the ground, creating a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.

    Sleet - Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.

    Wind Chill- Windchill is the temperature it “feels like” when you are outside. The NWS provides a Windchill Chart to show the difference between air temperature and the perceived temperature and the amount of time until frostbite occurs. For more information, visit: www.nws.noaa.gov/om/windchill.

    Winter Weather Advisory - Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening. The NWS issues a winter weather advisory when conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous. If caution is used, these situations should not be life-threatening.

    Winter Storm Watch - A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information. The NWS issues a winter storm watch when severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area but the location and timing are still uncertain. A winter storm watch is issued 12 to 36 hours in advance of a potential severe storm. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio, TV, or other news sources for more information. Monitor alerts, check your emergency supplies, and gather any items you may need if you lose power.

    Winter Storm Warning - A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.

    Blizzard Warning - Sustained winds or frequent gusts to 35 miles per hour or greater and considerable amounts of falling or blowing snow (reducing visibility to less than a quarter mile) are expected to prevail for a period of three hours or longer.

    Frost/Freeze Warning - Below freezing temperatures are expected.

    Carbon Monoxide

    Caution: Each year, an average of 430 Americans die from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, and there are more than 20,000 visits to the emergency room with more than 4,000 hospitalizations. Carbon monoxide-related deaths are highest during colder months. These deaths are likely due to increased use of gas-powered furnaces and alternative heating, cooking, and power sources used inappropriately indoors during power outages.

    • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal¬ burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep these devices at least 20 feet from doors, windows, and vents.
    • The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
    • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
    • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
    • Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

    For More Information Visit http://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

    Ice Dams

    1/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Ice Dams

    The winter season brings snow and ice to roofs all across the East Coast and along with the snow melt, damaging ice dams. With all the warm and cold fluctuations in our weather this year, ice damming is going to be a problem for many homeowners. Serious damage from ice damming is often subtle and slow to appear. Stained ceilings and walls, peeled paint, damaged plaster are all easily recognized and repairable. But other damage is not as obvious and often goes unchecked until very expensive repairs become urgently necessary. Here is information on exactly what ice dams are, what causes them, and what you should do if they do appear on your roof or cause damage inside your home:


    What Are Ice Dams?

    An ice dam is a wall of ice that forms at the edge of the roof, usually at the gutters or soffit. When it forms, the water then backs up behind the ice dam and creates a pool of water. This pool of water can leak into your home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and flooring.

    What Causes Ice Dams?

    Ice dams are usually caused by heavy snowfall and improper ventilation in the attic. When the roofing system isn’t working right, indoor heat can rise through the ceiling into the attic and warm the roof surface. Snow on the heated part of the roof melts and flows down until it meets the part of the roof that is below freezing. At that point, the water freezes again. This process of thawing and refreezing is what causes an ice dam.

    How to Identify Ice Dams

    Below freezing temperatures come with warning signs on the exterior and interior of your home. Here are some warning signs:

    Exterior Signs

    ·         Icicles are usually one of the first warning signs of possible ice dams on your roof – especially if they are large, about 2 to 3 inches or more in diameter.

    ·         Ice buildup at the roof eaves

    ·         A buckled drip edge

    ·         Bowed face boards

    ·         Bowed exterior faucets

    Interior Signs

    ·                 Bubbling paint

    ·                 Buckling joint tape

    ·                 Smells/odors of moisture

    ·                 Bowing baseboards

    ·                 Dark stains on hardwood floors

    ·                 Signs of mold, mildew, and air quality

    ·                 Stained ceilings and walls

    Preventing Ice Dams

    If you think your home may be prone to experiencing an ice dam situation this winter, it’s a good idea to investigate the current condition of your home. Here are a few suggestions for preventing ice dams:

    ·         Check your roof for air leaks.

    ·         Ensure your home is well insulated. A well-ventilated attic is a cold attic, and a cold attic will not support the formation of ice dams.

    ·         Look for signs of inadequate ventilation. If you spot rust spots, rusty nails or a mildew smell these are all signals that moisture has formed on the inside of your roof.

    ·         Keep gutters clear of leaves and debris. A clogged gutter causes ice and snow to build up.

    ·         Install snow and ice slides. The slick metal allows snow to slide off the roof before it can melt and spawn an ice dam.

    ·         Don’t let snow accumulate. Consult a roofing professional to remove snow accumulation from your roof.

    ·         Inspect your roof regularly for signs of ice dams forming.

    If you experience water damage from ice dams and melting snow this winter, call SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park at (410) 647-8181 to discuss your options. Our trained technicians can assess the damage caused by the ice dam and work with your insurance company to get all the problems fixed. Contact us to schedule an appointment today! 

    Hurricane Joaquin

    10/2/2015 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Hurricane Joaquin Hurricane Joaquin

    Hurricane Joaquin is still a major hurricane at category 4 strength with maximum sustained winds at 130 mph. Impacts along the east coast are still possible including: minor coastal flooding and strong gusty winds.

    Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

    We specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO’s technicians have extensive water damage restoration training that enables us to get you back to normal.

    Hurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation, and can affect both coastal and inland areas. Protect yourself and your property, here are steps to take now so that you can act quickly at a time when every second counts.


    Before a Hurricane:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground.
  • Make plans to secure your property
  • Cover all of your home's windows
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • If in a high-rise building, when high winds are present, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor because wind conditions increase with height, and in a small interior room without windows.
  • SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park provides emergency water restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

    Need Emergency Service? Call Now 410-647-8181