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Cooking Fires

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire related injuries a year and cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. We all love a good home cooked meal, but it is important to keep fire safety as a priority so it will not be your homes last meal.

  • Be alert; make sure if you are going to bed the oven or stove is turned off
  • Do not leave the fryer, grill, boiling or broiling unattended
  • Remain in the kitchen while cooking and check regularly
  • Use a timer 
  • Keep items that can catch on fire away from the stovetop

In the event of a cooking fire, have a fire extinguisher in reach. Only use if you are confident in your ability to active and use it. While using the fire extinguisher, remember the acronym P.A.S.S.

  • Pull the pin
  • Aim low at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the handle slowly
  • Sweep the nozzle side to side

Your safety is one of our priorities!

Preventing Storm Damage To Your SOMD Home

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Severe storms can come out of nowhere and we want your home to be prepared and protected for when they do. Preparing your home can be what saves you from having to deal with the cost of damage in repairs. 

  • Remove Dead Limber: Trim trees and bushes around your property to help prevent branches from falling onto your home from heavy winds. Be sure to remove the entire tree or bush if it is dead.
  • Secure Outdoors Items: Tables, chairs, grills, decorations. High winds, rain or hail can damage or move your outdoor items. Bring them inside if you can or make sure they are secured to your home 
  • Drainage System: Clear out your gutters, drain tiles and pipes to allow the precipitation to flow properly off your home. 
  • Inspect Roof: Check for whole, cracks or loss ends that could be further damaged by the storm. Have repaired to avoid water from entering your home.

Allows be aware of the weather. It is better to take extra precautions in event of a storm rather than having to pay the cost of not. 

Do I Need Renters Insurance?

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

You may wonder if Renter Insurance is a necessity or if it is just an extra cost and if you really need to have it. Well the answer is YES! Yes, Renter Insurance is a must. 

As a renter, you need insurance to protect your belongings. The owner of the property you are renting from will likely have insurance on the house but that does not include what you own. For example, if you have damage to your property from a pipe burst, a flood, a fire, hail, trees falling or other related events that were not planned, renters insurance will have you and your belongings covered.  

Renter Insurance is afforable and will help you have that peace of mind in the event of the unthinkable happening. SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties works directly with your insurance company to insure your belongings are repaired and restored "Like it never even happened." Be sure to call us if you need services to your retail property!

Tornado Warning in St. Mary's and Calvert Counties

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

On Sunday, April 14th, the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch early evening leading into the dawns of the night and ending around 4am for many Maryland Counties. Around 2:45am, the Southern area of St. Mary's County Tornado Watch was turned into a Tornado Warning and residents were advised to take immediate shelter. 

SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties urges the importance of knowing the difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning and the precautions you should take. 

Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop

  • Have a reliable weather source in reach to keep you updated on weather changes
  • Have a plan of where and how you will take shelter 
  • Watch for changes in the weather. Green or orange sky and hail are tornado-friendly conditions

Tornado Warning: A tornado is in the area or radar indicates that a tornado is developing 

  • Take immediate shelter. Go to the lowest level in the building or safety shelter
  • Stay away from windows and grab blankets/furniture to cover yourself to avoid being injured by flying debris
  • If you are outside, find the lowest area like a ditch and lay face down covering your neck and head with your arms and hands. (Do not go under a bridge or overpass) 
  • Do not leave safety area until Warning is lifted 

If your area is heading into the night with a Tornado Watch in affect, make sure you have a way to get alerts while you are sleeping. Have your phone set up to get emergency alerts and listen for the Fire Departments siren. 

Mold At Its Finest

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

If moisture finds its way into your home, mold can quickly take over in as little as 48 hours. Mold can be a major health risk and cause signficiant damage to your St. Mary's and Calvert Counties homes. 

There are a few things to understand when it comes to mold:

  • Mold can present a greater risk to children, elderly people and those with respiratory problems
  • Mold is not always seen. Mold can hide behind drywall or under carpeting and can be noticed by a strong musty odor.
  • Mold can spread within 48-72 hours

If you suspect mold in your home do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties. We have the training, equipment and expertise to make it "Like it never even happened." and will be there in no time.

In the meantime while you wait for our arrival:

  • Stay out of affected areas 
  • Turn of HVAC system and fans 
  • DO NOT touch or disturb the mold
  • DO NOT attempt to dry 
  • DO NOT blow air near the area
  • DO NOT spray any products on affect area 

Flash Back Friday

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Talk about a flash back! This photograph was taken with SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties original sign back in 1984, located on their present office on 235. Photographed is the owner Vince Whittles, with five of the first employees to ever work for him. Three of the six photographed are still with us today, but with a little more grey hair.

  • Vince (second one on the left) has been the Owner of SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties for the past 35 years, with many years to come.
  • Frank Turner (furthest one from the right) started back in 1991 as the Production Manager and still is 28 years later.
  • Eddy Farell (last one on the left) has been with us since 1996 making 22 years as Duct Cleaning Production Manager.

Since this photo, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties has grown significantly through excellent costumer service and dedication to the brand. Having employees still with us from the start, we can definitely say that we are one of the most experienced restoration companies in Maryland. We are excited about the future for SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties as we get ready for our next move into a larger facility. Relocating to a larger facility in the area will allow us to provide even better services for our customers and allow us to build our brand, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties, even larger. 

Is That Thunder You Hear in Southern Maryland?

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

With May being right around the corner, it is time to start preparing yourself for the season of thunderstorms here in Southern Maryland. While thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year, they are most common within in the months of May - August. A thunderstorm is considered severe when it contains one or more of the following: winds 57.5 mph or above, hail one inch or greater or a tornado. Here at SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties we want you to be safe during all storms! 

Tips for Safety:

  • When you hear thunder, go inside!
  • Follow weather reports and warning signs
  • Be prepared to change plans if weather premits
  • Avoid windows, running water or using landlines phones
  • Unplug appplicances and other electric devices
  • If necessary take shelter in a vechile 
  • Avoid flooded areas, fast moving water can knock you down and take you away

What Should You Do If A Fire Has Happened?

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fires are devastating. They leave a hopeless feeling and worry of what you should do after the flames are extinguished. All you can see is the soot and smoke damage that is left behind on your ceilings, walls, carpet and floors. SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties see your property restored to back to pre-fire. 

If your home or business has suffered a fire it is important that appropriate steps are taken in order to prevent further damage. SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties wants to make sure that your property has a successful restoration, therefore, we would like to provide you with some helpful tips.

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets 
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean to not further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • If electricity is off, empty refrigerator/freezer and prop doors open 
  • Clean soot off of appliances and protect them by applying a light coat of petroleum jelly or oil
  • Change HVAC filter and tape doubles layers of cheesecloth over air registers to prevent foot from entering

It is also important to know what NOT to do after a fire to ensure you are not further damaging your property.  

  • Do NOT attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery
  • Do NOT attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water
  • Do NOT use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water
  • Do NOT turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
  • Do NOT send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning could set smoke odor.

In an event of a fire call, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties, to ensure that your property is in great hands and follow our tips for a successful restoration. 

Clothes Dryer Safety

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Over 2,900 house fires are reported each year with the cause being a clothes dryer. Leading to an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property damage. 

It is important to know how to keep yourself safe from fire. Regular cleaning and maintenance can be the simple solution to protecting your family and home. Knowing when and how often is a key step.

First - you want to have your dryer is properly installed. Have a professional make sure the correct plug and outlet are being used and that it is connected correctly. 

Cleaning:

Before Each Load - make sure that you clean the lint filter out before each load. Cleaning the lint filter is simple; all you have to do is pull the screen out a wipe the lint out. If it seems that the filter is clogged, submerge it into hot water and use a bristle brush to remove any excess lint. Check areas around the dryer to make sure there is no lint being built up.

Every Three Months - remove the lint from the lint pipe which is usually located behind the dryer and can be removed. Taking a damp wash cloth can help make sure any remaining lint is cleaned out.

If your clothes seem to be taking longer to dry call a professional to come inspect your dryer. 

Don't:

  • Use without a lint filter or one that is damage or lose
  • Overload
  • Leave dryer on when you are not home or going to bed 
  • Dry foam, rubber or plastic  

Rain Tips for Your Southern Maryland Home

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is here! The weather is getting warmer, birds are chirping in the morning and trees are starting to get their color back. Does it not make you want to jump into a cool pool!? Well of course that being outside and not in your home or business.

We all know, here in Southern Maryland our Spring weather typically brings a decent amount of rain. Often times rain can show problems within our homes or business that we did not know were there. Such as, holes in your roof which can lead to water damage and flooding in your basement. 

SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties knows the excitement Spring brings and want to make sure you are fully prepared for what the weather could bring. 

Tips:

  • Check Roofing: carefully inspect your roof to locate any damaged area or areas that look susceptible to leaks. 
  • Check Door and Windows: make sure no water can slip through the cracks of your window sills or under your doors. An easy fix could be purchasing waterproof sealer.
  • Clear Gutters: gutters tend to get clogged with leaves and debris stopping the water being able to flow proper off the roof which can cause flooding or even in caving your roof. Check your gutters every couple of weeks, especially after a storm bringing a lot of rain and/or wind.
  • Garden: heavy mulch or hay along your property helps reduce the effect rain has on soil.

Here at SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties we want to quickly Cleanup and Restore any small disaster before they become a big disaster. SERVPRO is always here to help. In result of an emergency or a simple question give us a call!