Are You Prepared For A Drought Here In Southern Maryland?
While here in Southern Maryland we do not often suffer from droughts, we do go long stretches without much rain and it is always important to be prepared as droughts can lead to an insufficient amount of water which many rely on to survive.
It is important that you always are practicing conserving water in your daily lives even without a drought. Conserving an essential resource now will keep you ahead of the game if it ever becomes a necessity.
If a drought ever comes our way, practice these tips that way you can conserve as much water as you can until the drought passes.
- Avoid flushing the toilet, taking baths and letting the water run longer than needed
- Place a bucket in the shower to catch excess water to use on your plants
- Hand wash dishes in two containers and only run the dishwasher once it is completely full
- Store drinking water in the refrigerator
For more tips go to, https://www.mass.gov/info-details/drought-safety-tips.
Top Performer: Contractor Connection
Top Preformer Award
SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County earned Contractor Connection 's Top Performer Award for the third year in a row! SERVPRO of St. Mary's County has been a member of the Crawford Contractor Connection network for over 15 years and we are honored to be receiving this award, yet again.
The Top Performer Award is earned by providing top notch customer service, and program accuracy for one of our biggest clients! We could not have done this without our amazing team of assosiates as well as our outstanding clients.
If you or someone you know is looking for services we provide, give us a call! We are always here for our community and would love to help in any way we can.
Keeping Your Storm Drains Clear Of Debris
As severe weather begins to come into our region it is wise to understand the importance of keeping your storm drains clear! Storm drains can become clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris that are washed towards them with excess rain and heavy winds. If your storm drains become clogged that could lead to the flooding of your streets, yard and even your basement if not taken care of.
Here are some tips to help ensure that your storm drains will not become clogged.
- Keep a tight lid on your trash cans and recycling bins
- Pick up trash around your community
- Do not rack your leaves into the street
- Do not blow your grass clippings into the street
If you have stairs that lead down into your basement from the outside, it is VERY important that storm drain remain clear and unclogged ALWAYS. The drain is one of the most important to keep clear as that area will quickly fill up and eventually make way into your basement.
If you or someone you know experiences water damage from a storm, do not hesitate to call. We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, including holidays.
Join our team!
SERVPRO of St. Mary’s and Calvert currently looking for highly motivated, hardworking individual to fill two open production technician positions.
Production technicians assist in all aspects of performing job specific tasks related to fire and water damage restoration, as well as various additional cleaning services.
Applications can be submitted through our webiste at www.SERVPROstmarysandcalvert.com or in person at 22690 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park. You can also send a complete resume directly to chad@SERVPROsomd.com
Is Your Name On The List?
Hurricane Season 2021
With hurricane season right around the corner, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties wants to know if your name is on the list?!
FUN FACT: If you are named after the Greek alphabet than we can answer that question for you. No! Your name is not on the list. Say what?! Yep, this year the World Meteorological Organization has taken out all of the Greek alphabet names that typically are used once the hurricane season runs out of names.
Hurricane seasons official start date is June 1st but with the consecutive years of early tropical cyclones the National Hurricane Center will start storm forecast May 15th. Here is the list of hurricane names for the 2021 season.
Did you find your name?! If not here is the list for if all those names get exhausted.
Prepare For The Worst, Always Have A Plan
Have a plan!
Have you and your family members established a plan in the case of a fire? While we hope you never have to use your plan but it is always important to plan for the worst.
SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties would like to help you establish an emergency plan for you and your family.
Step 1: have a family meeting and walk through all exits of your home including windows.
Step 2: choose an outside meeting place. one that is a safe distance from your house and easily to remember and access.
Step 3: make sure all members of the family know the household number and know how to call the fire department
Step 4: if there are infants or older adults that need assistance assign one person to be responsible for them
Step 5: test your plan!
Once you have successfully exited your home make sure you do not return inside until you have been given the all clear from the fire department! Be sure to give us a call for all your clean-up and restoration needs.
Red Flag Warning For Southern Maryland
Red Flag Warning
A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures are all contributing factors in a red flag warning. A Red Flag Warning means the current or future weather conditions are favorable for critical fires.
SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and Calvert County wants to educate you on what NOT to do during a Red Flag Warning here in Southern Maryland as temperatures continue to rise.
During a Red Flag Warning you should avoid all outdoor burnings including bonfires, fireworks, smoking and more, especially near wildland. If you are grilling or other equipment be cautious of your area.
Brush fires can spread quickly cause widespread damage and evicting thousands of animals from their homes. If you see a Red Flag Warning, do you part and avoid any potential factors that could increase the risk of a fire.
Check out the link below to read an article on a local Brush Fire that happened this past March 2021.
Cleaning Your Gutters 101
If you do you not ensure that your gutters are clear of debris and are able to properly direct that water away from your home then you increase your homes chance of water damage. The main function of the gutters around your home are to collect the water that is falling around your home and direct it to an outside area that is not near your home foundation.
Clogged gutter can cause multiple issues within your home and property. Check out Allstate for more detail descriptions on these issues. It is recommended that you have your gutters cleaned by professional at least twice a year. It is possible to clean your gutters yourself but for your safety make sure you use protective eye wear, dust mask and a spotter, along with tools to remove the debris.
We LOVE To Sponsor
Not only is sponsoring a great way to get our name out there but an awesome way to show our love and support for our community.
SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County loves to find any way to connect with the community, as we are all personally apart of it. Currently we are sponsoring the Calvert County Little League as well as an Adult Mens Soft Ball Team!
In addition to sponsoring sports event, we also love to donate to many different local events such as food drives and school fundraisers.
Are you a part of something that you need sponsors for or know of any events that could use donations? Reach out! We are always looking for more and would love to participate.
Did You Know Their Are Many Benefits To Dogs In A Workplace?
We want more pups!
March 23 is National Puppy Day so what better day to talk about why dog-friendly work places have been proven to be very beneficial for the work environment.
Getting to see all your lovely coworkers faces shinning bright every morning is always something to look forward too but I think we can all agree a fluffy, sweet pup wagging its tail as you walk through the door is that much better.
Now one may think it is just a preference to having dogs at a work place but it has actually been proven that having dogs there is very beneficial!
- Improves mental health
- Drive recruitment
- Overall enjoyment of job
- More of a welcoming & healthy environment
- Improves productivity
So, no more saying goodbye to your dog at your front door every morning, grab their leash and bring them along! And not to worry, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties will be happy to clean up any accidents or messes!