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Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing!

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

ice built up around pipes that are frozen Frozen disaster

You won't think it will happen to you, until you go to wash your hands and the water does not come out. With temperatures dropping in the next couple of days it is important to take the necessary precautions to prevent your pipes from freezing and potentially bursting. 

So what do you do?!

  • Open cabinets in your kitchen and bathrooms where the pipes are to allow heat to reach your pipes.
  • Let water drip from your faucets. The constant flow of water, even if it is at a drip, will keep the water from becoming stagnate and freezing 
  • Keep your thermostat at a steady temperature. You want there to be a constant flow of warm heat circulating throughout your home.
  • Look into adding insulation in your attic, basement or crawl spaces and seal off any draft areas such as windows or doors. 

While some of these task may cost you a couple extra dollars at the end of the month, you will feel much better about paying that bill than paying the bill when your pipes burst and flood your home.  

What if you come home and you notice that your pipes have frozen? There is still time to save them!

  • Make sure all cabinet doors in kitchen and bathroom.
  • Turn on the faucets to allow the flow of water once the water begins to melt.
  • Use a space heater warm up the pipes or wrap a heating pad around the pipe to get the water thawed out.
  • Apply heat until the full pressure of the water is restored. 

The New Decade: 2020

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Black background with fireworks gold sparkly numbers 2020 This New Year is your year! This decade is your decade!

The New Year is right around the corner and this year we turn over a new decade. As the days are winding down, people have started to reminisce on all that the new year has brought to them. Most are all the amazing things that have happen and some are the things we wish we could change. Although we all know leaving things in the past is easier to say than do... it is time to leave the bad things in the past and look for the future!

Have you started thinking about what you want to accomplish, create or resolute in the New Year? Let's do it together!

  • Become an expert! We all have thing we are good at and things that we could be better at. Write them down, pick one or a couple and use the year to become an expert at them.
  • Highlight your traits. Do you have a trait about yourself that you feel sometimes you don't apply it to yourself well enough? Focus on it, learn ways in which you can make that trait stand out among the others.  
  • Get rid of the old! Don't bring the negative aspects in your life with you into the new year. Trade a bad habit with a good one and a negative person with a positive one. 
  • Small accomplishments matter. Some days will be harder than other but don't doubt yourself. Success takes time and failure means you are trying. Be patient and understanding. 
  • Make a goal each day! They can be a small as making your bed in the morning or washing your hair. Little goals can be both mind and life changing. 
  • Try something you said you would never try. Step out of your comfort zone. Fear is often what stops people, don't let it stop you. Use that fear as motivation and energy to do it!
  • Be grateful. The journey is long, tiring and rewarding. Let the people who were brave enough to take the journey with you know how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate their presences. 

The good life is at your finger tips. Whether you grab on and hold tight or let it slip away is on you. Go into this New Year looking for the best and that is what you will get. 

Have You Thought About Winterizing Your Business?

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

snow flakes and ice on a window zoomed in Is Your Business Prepared For December 21st?

Winter is coming quick and we want to make sure you are prepared! These simple procedures will help keep your business both safe and warm this winter season. 

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows to keep needed heat in.
  • Clean out gutters and inspect your roof to ensure that there are no needed repairs.
  • Remove any broken tree limbs that could fall due to weather such as wind, rain, ice and snow. 
  • Have your heating system serviced to ensure it is working properly.
  • Test your smoke detectors
  • Identify any potential flood hazards and ensure the proper flow of drainage systems. 
  • Install mats and/or carpets in areas where water could be present. As well as check handrails and steps to avoid slipping hazards. 

December 21st is coming up quick! Implement those steps above and give us a call to get your business set up with a Emergency Ready Profile. 

Winter Is Coming!!

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

icicles hanging down from a homes with big Christmas lights and mountain back ground Is Your Home Prepared?

Two days ago Southern Maryland saw its first glimpse of snow! December 21st is coming faster than we know it. You already are worried about how we can possibly see it through another cold winter, you don't want the extra task of getting your home fixed if a tragedy were to arise. Protecting your home this winter is a must! 

PIPES:

  • When water freezes, it expands. Therefore, if you have water in your pipes that freeze, your pipes could crack and burst. A burst pipe can cause massive destruction within your home. 
    • To Avoid:
      • Drain water from outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems.
      • Protect water pipes that run through unheated areas of your home with insulation.
      • Know where your water shut off valve is
      • If you notice your water stops running, open cabinet doors where pipes are located to allow the flow of heat to reach the pipes to hopefully unfreeze the water before the pipes burst or crack.

ICE DAMS

  • Ice dams form when melted snow flows to your roof's edge and refreezes. Which then creates a later problem when other snow melts and does not have an area to properly drain. 
    • To Avoid:
      • Make sure gutters are clear of any dirt or debris that could potentially cause a clog
      • Make sure all possible leaks or cracks are sealed

FIREPLACE

  • Fireplaces are not only decorative for your home but are also a large part in keeping your home warm and cozy. 
    • Before Use:
      • Clean out soot and other debris
      • Close flue when fireplace is not in use to keep cold air from coming in

Snowy Driving In St. Mary's and Calvert Counties

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

drive safely written with a frosty snow scene in the background A smart driver is a good driver!

Driving period can be dangerous and frightening to many and factoring in bad weather only makes it worse. According to research that was done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 2,000 road deaths every winter are factored in by winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions. 

It is important every day when you are driving that you drive with caution and awareness especially when there is snow on the ground. We want everyone to get home to their families at the end of the day. Follow our snowy driving safety tips will help make that possible. 

  • If you are not comfortable driving in the snow, STAY HOME! 
  • Drive slowly and with caution. Accelerate and decelerate appropriately. There is no need to hurry
  • Increase your following distance. Remember it takes longer to stop on ice or snow.
  • Keep contact with your brake. Have your heel on the floor and ball of foot on the petal. 
  • Try to always be moving. Unless you have to stop try to maintain a low speed as it is harder to regain traction at a complete stop. 
  • Don't apply extra power as that will only cause your tires to spin
  • Let go of gas when you are traveling downhill. Too much speed will make it harder to stop and easier to spin out.
  • Don't stop going up a hill, you will get stuck. 

A smart driver is a good driver. Be safe while driving and remember that your not only in the hands of your life on the road, but the others around you. 

15% Off Duct, Carpet and/or Upholstery Cleaning

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Holiday themed card with red ornaments and tag with SERVPRO logo. Holiday's special written with wooden background. Holiday Special: 15% Off Duct, Carpet and/or Upholstry Cleaning! Schedule your appointment before Christmas and mention this ad to receive offer.

Can you believe that we have entered the countdown stage for the holidays!?

It seems like just yesterday we were packing our bags for a weekend trip to the beach and now we are packing our bags for a long day at the office. The never-ending list of things that need to get done before the holidays come rolling through seem to only be getting longer. And with our daylight coming to an end by five, it seems that our days are only getting shorter. 

Here at SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties we would like to spread our Holiday cheer and tackle some of the items on your list for a great deal. We are offering a limited time holiday special of 15% off any duct, carpet and/or upholstery cleaning if you schedule an appointment before Christmas and mention this ad!

We know cleaning is the last thing one wants to worry about with the other long list of items that need to be completed during such a busy time. But also understand that it is a vital part of the list. Allowing us to take care of some of your household cleaning will allot that extra time you need for different tasks while making sure your ducts, carpet and upholsteries are well taken care of. We will make sure that you are nothing but satisfied during this holiday season. 

Give Thanks & Use Our Turkey Safety Tips

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

A cooked turkey on a dining room table set for thanksgiving dinner How do you cook your turkey?

Did you know that according to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments responded to about 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving in 2016, the peak day for such fires? And that the number 1 reason was because of unattended cooking. 

It seems so simple to not let should disaster happen but as simple as it is to think that way, is as simple it is for those flames to sparks. You may believe that this will never happen to you, but here at SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties we want to help ensure that your holiday doesn't turn into flames. 

Planning on frying your turkey?

  • Don't use fryer inside! Keep fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Extra ice or water mixing into the hot oil can cause the oil to overflow leading to flare-ups.
  • Place the fryer on a level surface, and do not move it once it's in use.
  • Keep a safe distance between the tank and the burner (when using a propane-powered fryer).
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best.
  • Never leave fryers unattended.
  • Watch the oil temperature carefully. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  • Wear protective eye-wear, use oven mitts and keep a fire extinguisher close by. 
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.

Baking?

  • Make sure bird is completely thawed and dried
  • Ensure the appropriate time for cooking the turkey. Use a meat thermometer to check if the bird is cooked.
  • Clean the oven and areas around
  • Use pot mittens 

Thanksgiving is a time for family and holiday traditions! Don't let a simple mistake turn into huge disaster. 

SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Need Ways To Lock In The Heat In Your Home Without Having Your Energy Bill Skyrocket?

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Save heat energy saving and recycle symbol with snowflake in the middle Are you trying to save money?

As the weather is getting colder on the outside, so is it on the inside. The days of opening a window to let the fresh air in are over and the days of wrapping yourself up in a cozy blanket on the couch are in. One day soon a blanket, jacket, scarf, hat, socks and whatever else you can find laying around the house to keep you warm will not be enough and you will have to turn the heat on higher. 

Are you looking to save heat and fuel this winter and in turn save money!? Below of tips on how you can do just that.

  • Take advantage of the heat from the sun. Open curtains during the day to allow the natural sunlight to heat your home and close them at night to trap the heat in
  • Cover your windows with a clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your windows. Tight fitted drapes or curtains installed on your windows is a good option too.
  • When you are home and awake set your thermostat to as low as comfortable. When you are asleep turn down your heat 10 to 15 degrees to save energy overnight. 
  • Seal any air leaks around utility cut-through for pipes, gaps around chimneys and/or unfinished spaces. Use caulk or weatherstripping for leaks around doors or windows 
  • If you have a fireplace:
    • Keep damper closed unless a fire is burning 
    • If you don't use the fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue 

5 Factors That Can Affect The Cost Of Water Damage Repairs

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties, one of our goals is salvage as much as we can to minimize your losses. Although, there are a number of factors that your cost will depend on.

How Quickly You Contact Us:

Time is of the essence when it comes to water damage. The longer the water sits in your home, the higher your cost can get. 

Mold: 

Untreated moisture can lead to mold growth. In the event of mold present our water removal experts are trained to make repairs that will save you the most money.

Roof Repairs:

If the cause of water came from your roof, the repair of the roof will be an extra cost. The repair can be as simple as fixing a few shingles, finishing around the chimney or skylight. 

Basement Flooding:

Depending on the amount of water needed to be pumped out of the basement would vary the prices. As well as the damages found after water was removed. 

Plumbing Problems:

How serve the damage is to the busted pipe or the reason to why the pipe is leaking. Having regular plumbing expectations can go a long way for your home. 

November 11th - 101 Veterans Day - 2019

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

The American flag being risen to Veteran names written on a memorial site. "We don't know them all, but we owe them all"

There is no doubt, that we are forever indebted to the service and sacrifice paid by both, past and present, veterans. The courage and bravery those men and women show every day is one of a true hero.

Yesterday was the 101 Veterans Day and SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert County would like to provide you with interesting facts about Veterans Day.

  • Why November 11?: To honor the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the date and time that signaled the end of World War I. 
  • Name Change: In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed the holiday's name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
  • Veterans of Vietnam: Approximately 35% of the veterans living today served in the Vietnam War.
  • A Change Nobody Wanted: In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. That did not last long as the law went into effect in 1971 and in 1975, President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11th.
  • Two Different Holidays: People often confused Memorial Day with Veterans Day. The difference is that Memorial Days honors those who died while serving in the military and Veterans Day honors all those who have served in the U.S. military, alive and deceased. 
  • A Nation of Veterans: 18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war as of 2018.
  • The Greatest Generation: Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 496,777 were still alive in 2018.
  • East Coast: Connecticut was home to the highest percentage of WWII veterans as of 2018 at 7.1 percent. 
  • Highest Percentage of Veterans: As of 2017, the top three states were Alaska, Maine, and Montana 
  • Leonardtown: Our own St. Mary's County holds one of the largest Veterans Day Parades in Maryland.

Remember to thank a Veterans not only on Veterans Day, but every day. SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties thank our Veterans with respect, honor and gratitude.