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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert County today at 301-862-9500 or 410-535-4733 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How To Conserve Water In Your Calvert County Home

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

rain water on cement Conserve Your Water

Conserving water can extremely useful for many things. Not only is water the second most important element we humans need, next to air but it is also very easily conserved. 

Need some cost effective, simple tips on lowering your water bill?

  • Check your toilet for leaks
  • Check your faucets and pipes for leaks
  • Put a plastic bottle filled with rocks or sand safely in your water tanks
  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn off water when you are brushing your teeth
  • Turn off water while you are shaving
  • Only do laundry with a full load
  • Only use your dishwasher when you have a full load
  • Turn off the water while you are hand-washing your dishes
  • Put a layer of mulch around your trees and plants
  • Use a broom, instead of a hose, to wash your driveway/steps
  • Capture rainwater

These simple steps will not only help YOU save money but will be beneficial to our environment. Consider these steps and take action today!

Protect Your Commercial Property From Flood Damage

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

flash flood warning red on map Flood Warning

According to FEMA, "flooding most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere." 

A flood is when an area of land that is usually dry fills with water covering a couple inches or covering an entire building. Flooding can happen when a lake or river cannot contain the amount of water that has been put into it from excessive rain, snowmelt, waterways are blocked and various other factors. 

Floods have the ability to have serious impacts that automatically depends on the speed and level, duration, terrain and soil conditions and the property environment. Meaning flood can have a great effect on your property and it is important that if you are in a flood watch or flood warning that you take the necessary precautions.

Some precautions you may want to take are:

  • elevating critical utilities 
  • make sure your sump pump is functioning properly 
  • install a battery back-up on your sump pump
  • clear debris from your gutters and downspouts
  • move valuable items to a safe place

Small Craft Advisory In St. Mary's and Calvert Counties

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

red flag Small Craft Advisory

When checking the weather via the news or internet often times there are alerts that run through a banner on the bottom of the screen with different advisories, watches or warning or show as alerts at the top the internet screen. Often times during the spring season you see an alert for a Small Craft Advisory and here in St. Mary's and Calvert Counties we are luckily enough to have our communities surrounded by water and the education behind this advisory is important. 

According to the National Weather Service, a Small Craft Advisory is, "Sustained wind speeds or frequent gusts* of 20 to 33 knots (regionally defined**) and/or seas or waves 4 feet and greater and/or waves or seas are potentially hazardous due to wave period, steepness, or swell direction and/or waves in or near bars are hazardous to mariners due to the interaction of swell, tidal or river currents in relatively shallow water."

When a Small Craft Advisory is issued, it would be wise to avoid the water without the proper training and equipment. The Coast Guard recommends that boaters take precautions and to be prepared for whatever is thrown at them. The ocean, along with other bodies of water can be very unpredictable. Hazards can arise with little to no warning. 

Worried A Freeze Warning Might Ruin Your Plants?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

NWS freeze warning sign National Weather Service Freeze Warning

Freeze Warnings are to alert you when there is expected to be significant and widespread freezing temperatures. According to the National Weather Service a Freeze Warning is issued in the spring at the start of growing (when it is late enough to cause damage to new plants and crops).

Have you recently planted new crops and/or plants and are worried that the upcoming Freeze Warning is going to damage them? 

Check out this tips that could help protect your plants and crops from the frost:

  • water the soil around them thoroughly the night before as wet soil holds heat better than dry soil
  • lay a bed sheet, blankets, cloths or tarp over the plants but use material to keep them from coming into contact with the crop or plant
  • Mulch can be used as a protective layer on the short plants but must be removed once danger has passed
  • 100-watt outdoor lamp can be used to protect a small tree

Huntington Home Humidity Solutions

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

mold cells tan & green Avoid Humidity!

Humidity can be very uncomfortable, leaving everything feeling damp and moist and when it comes to your home humidity is one of the last thing people want to feel when they walk in. Humidity can create many problems within your home, one being mold. 

According to Energy Star, the ideal humidity that you want to have present within your home is 30-50 percent. If you are able to keep your home in between those percentages you may see a variety of positive effects on your home, such as, improve personal comfort, prevent moisture damage on home's wood, paint, and siding, increase indoor air quality and more.

According to State Farm, here are some ways that you can help reduce and control the humidity levels within your home.

  • Set the fan to automatic
  • Invest in a unit with a variable-speed air handler.
  • Consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier.
  • Install vent fans in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Run a dehumidifier.
  • Select houseplants that absorb moisture from the air, such as Boston ferns.

For more ways on how to control and/or remove excess humidity within your home check out https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/conquer-home-humidity-problems-with-these-tips

Flash Floods In Prince Frederick, MD

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding in a street Turn around, Don't drown

Did you know that flash floods are the #1 weather related killer in the United States? According to the National Weather Service, there are two key factors that relate to a flood. The first one being the rate of rainfall (intensity) and the second being how long the rainfall last (duration). 

Flashfloods can occur within minutes or hours of rainfall and can cause the rolling of boulders, trees, destroy buildings, take out bridges and sweep up cars. It is important to know your areas floods risks and avoid those areas when there is heavy rainfall. 

Never try and drive or walk through a heavy stream of water. It only takes as little as six inches of water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to uplift your car. If you see flood waters, turn around do not try and cross!

Listed below are the multiple different types of floods:

  • River Floods: along rivers caused seasonally in winter and spring from rain and melting snow
  • Coastal Floods: Tropical storms, hurricanes or intense offshore low pressure system driving ocean water inland.
  • Urban Floods: land converted from woods or fields to parking lots and roads losing its ability to absorb rain water. Can lead to roads and streets becoming swift rivers and basements filling with deep waters. 
  • Flash Floods in Arroyos/Washes: Water carved gully or a normally dry creek-bed that can quickly become filled with fast moving water
  • Ice Jam: Floating ice that stops the flow of water

Grilling Season In Charolette Hall, MD

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

food on a grill Grill Safely

As the weather is getting warmer, people have started to uncover their outdoor grills and putting them back into use. As the usage of outdoor grills increase, so does the increase of accidentally grill fires. According to National Fire Protection Association, Gas grills were involved in an average of 8,700 home fires per year, including 3,600 structure fires and 5,100 outdoor fires annually. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills. Eleven percent of gas grill structure fires and 23% of outside gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks.

While using your grill on these warmer days and as we head into summer use these safety tips provide by Nationwide on how to keep you safe as you whip up your delicious meal. 

1. Grill outside and away from any structures

2. Make sure you grill is level and stable 

3. Clean your grill before and after use

4. Check for leaks in your propane tank

5. If the flame goes out, turn your grill off and gas off and wait a couple minutes before re-lighting

6. Never leave the grill unattended and keep children and pets away

7. Be precautionary with charcoal started fluid

8. Be properly dressed

9. Always have a fire extinguisher nearby if things go south

How To Properly Water Your Dunkirk, MD Garden

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Colorful Garden DON'T water too little but DON'T water too much

Do you ever feel like you either are watering your garden too much or not enough?

According to HGTV, "Water for too long, and you engrave an open invitation for fungus. Water too little, and roots become shallow. Water in the evening, and insects come out to feast. Water from too high, and half the moisture is lost to evaporation."

Not so simple, huh? Well you are not the only one but the good thing is it only takes a little education and a small amount of practice before your become good! Check out a few of my favorite tips from HGTV and follow the link to check out all of their Do's and Don'ts on "The Proper Way To Water Your Garden."

DO's:

  • Water early in the morning when sunlight is weakest, the ground is coolest and foliage will have hours to dry before nightfall.
  • Water deeply and at fewer intervals so that you reach roots, the part of the plant that needs the nutrients, sugars and hormones contained in water.
  • Direct water at the base of a plant and avoid wetting foliage, which invites fungus.
  • Give trees and shrubs—especially newly-planted ones—direct watering every 7 to 10 days.

SAFETY Burning Candles In Mechanicsville, MD

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Four different colored candles Candle Safety!

Candles can really make or break your home. They put out amazing smells that capature an entire room, they add as decoration to empty areas in your home, they have the power to make a room feel istantly cozy and they add just that little bit of light needed but if the proper safety measures are not taken, they can tear down your home in minutes. 

According to "U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that 85 percent of candle fires could be avoided if consumers followed three basic safety rules:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets."

Let's talk about a couple safety burning measure to be taken:

  • Never leave a candle unattended
  • Never burn the candle around anything that can catch on fire
  • Keep candles at a safe distance, away from children or pets
  • Never leave a candle on while you are sleeping