Winter Weather Can Lead To Water Damage
Winter weather has the potential to lead to water damage! Wait what do you mean a type of weather can lead to water damage? Well no, not the weather itself but the factors that fall in between.
Winter weather brings low temperatures. When water is mixed with low temperatures, the water freezes. When water freezes, it expands. That water could be within your pipes and a solid structure will be filled with more pressure than it can handle leading to the bursting of your pipes if they are not properly thawed. If your pipes burst, the water needs to go somewhere and unfortunately that place will be your home.
Some simple factors to take into mind as the temperatures continue to drop are:
- Remove any excess water from water sources around your home such as hoses or sprinklers
- Add insulations to places such as your attics, basements and crawl spaces to help maintain higher temperatures within your home
If water starts to trickle out of your faucets, your pipes are most likely frozen.
What to do:
- Open the cabinets or doors where your pipes are to allow heat to reach them
- Keep faucets open. The water will need to drain out once pipes are thawed
- Place some sort of heat around or near the pipes
- Check all faucets to determine what other pipes are frozen
As always, if you are not able to unthaw your pipes before it is too late... give SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County a call!
A New Year....
2020... WOW. The year is coming to an end and I think everyone can agree that this year did not go as planned. We all knew that this year was going to be an historic one as we turned to a new decade but none of us could prepare for what the year has brought. As the days are winding down, people have started to look back on all that the new year has brought to our country and world. It is safe to say that more than most are ready for a new year.
While this year did not go as planned, SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County would like to thank all of you for simply making it through this tough year. It has not been easy for most and we all have had to make many sacrifices. While it is hard to see more bad than good right now, we urge you to take the time to still reminisce on the positive features that came out of 2020. Such moments where you got to spend more time with your family, grew a greater bond with community members, supported a small business or thanked a health care worker / first responder. One thing that is for certain we all learned from 2020 is to not take things for granted and that time and people are precious.
2021 is right around the corner but there is still time in 2020 so take these next couple days and cherish them! We have made history and let's all do are part in not letting 2020 slide into 2021.
Happy Holidays and a very HAPPY New Year.
Things To Know About Your Local Snow Forecast
There are typically two types of emotions people have when it comes to the thought of snow. You either love it or hate it. But when it comes to the idea of snow, people typically have the same questions.
How many inches will we get?
Will it stick?
Will I be trapped inside?
Will I be able to drive?
All questions we hope that the meteorologist will be able to give us answers too. SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County would like to enlighten you about 6 things they learned from about Meteorologist when it comes snow forecasts from the weather channel while looking at the latest forecast.
- They typically are not able to predict precise snow totals beyond a couple of days
- Model Snowfall graphics are not necessarily a forecast
- The first snowfall forecast you hear a few days out will likely change
- Snow can be highly variable over short distances
- Timing, temperatures and winds matter
- It is important to pay attention to light snow, too
For more information about these 6 features check out The Weather Channel.
SERVPRO of St. Marys and Calvert Counties would also like to remind you that we have endless resources when it comes to Storm Damage. If our community gets hit with a natural disaster and your home or business is effect, give us a call! We will be sure to help you faster than the rest.
Sump Pump Failure
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SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County handle many calls yearly that deal with water damage from a sump pump failure. Does not seem fair right because sump pumps are supposed to be your emergency appliance you use when you need to get rid of water quick. But, like all machinery and equipment there is always a chance of a malfunction.
Some reason you see sump pumps failing according to City WIDE Plumbing are:
- power failure
- stuck switch
- overwhelmed pump
- frozen or clogged discharge pipe
- lack of maintenance
- old age
- improper installation
- product defect
While there is time where sump pumps malfunction, sump pumps are typically what saves your basement from becoming a swimming pool. Regular maintenance on your sump pump will definitely lower your odds of it failing. In the case that it does, know that SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County will be there to make it "Like it never even happened."
Safe and Healthy Work Environment
Stay Safe and Healthy
With Flu Season coming quickly and COVID-19 making another hard hit to our community it is important to do our part in making sure that ourselves, families and people around us are staying healthy. SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County care deeply about our community and are here to help in any way we can. There are many precautions we can all take to slow the transmission of these diseases and it is important to pay close attention to them when at work or in other public settings.
During the work day, it is possible that you come in to contact with many objects, surfaces and people that are caring various germs. It is vital that you avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and that you are washing your hands often. Some examples when you should definitely be washing your hands are before you eat, after using the toilet, after sneezing, coughing or blowing your nose and after moving room to room. While washing your hands make sure you are using a combination of water and soap, scrubbing all areas for at least twenty seconds and using a towel to dry off. If possible it is always best to elbow the faucet shut.
If someone in your office comes down with an illness, know that we have the proper PPE and disinfects to help sanitize and clean the area. Help stop the spread and give us a call for all your cleaning needs!
Preparing Your Home For The Winter
Winter is coming!
Winter is coming quick and it is important not only you are prepared but your home is too. The last thing you want to do during the mist fridig cold is have a to deal with house maintence, so do it now!
Some important tips while preparing your home SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County want to point out to you are:
- Clean out your gutters
- Re-caulk any doors or windows
- Inspect your roof
- Clean out your chimney
- Make sure your insurance coverage is up to date
- Wrap/Seal off windows
- Reverse ceiling fans to push any heat on your ceiling down
There are many ways to ensure your home is prepared for the winter and completing the tasks in advance will allow more time to snuggle up on the couch with a warm blanket and hot cocoa.
As always, in you come to a situation and need our assistance do not hesitate to call!
We LOVE To Give Back To Our Community
Helping Keep Our People Strong
SERVPRO of St. Mary's County and SERVPRO of Calvert County always loves an opportunity to give back to our community. Being that SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties is a locally owned and operated business we want nothing but the best for our people.
Over this tough year, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties has been looking very every opportunity to help support and keep our community strong.
SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties has been able to donate a variety of services to our local first responders. The technicians spent weeks cleaning and disinfecting patrol cars, fire trucks and living quarters to help show our gratitude to our first responders.
SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties was also able to give back to our local hospital by making a fine donation, yet again, to the Med-Star St. Mary's Hospital.
Most recently, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties donated boxes filled with canned foods, baby food, baby formula and diapers to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office annual "Stuff the Squad" food drive.
While those are just a few of the events SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties has been to do over the year, they do a great job at highlighting SERVPROs love for their community.
Dirty Air Ducts Leading To Fire
Check Your ~Air~ Ducts!
Dirty air ducts can be not only a health hazard but also a fire hazard. It is important to routinely get your air ducts professionally cleaned every 3-5 years.
Overtime, dust, dirt and lint will build up within your air ducts which can cause an ignition automatically leading to a fire. Cleaning your air ducts is comparable to cleaning the lent out of your dryer, except unlike the dryer you do not need to do it every use.
Unfortunately, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties in the past has received calls for fire damage clean up where the fire started from dirty vents in their bathroom. We want to help you prevent that from happening, so if you have not had you air ducts looked at in a while, give SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties a call! We can get you scheduled quickly and have the best technicians around to ensure that your home and family will be taken care of.
Is That Mildew Smell In Your Car Water Damage?
Water Damage Within Your Car
Have you ever got into your car and noticed an unwanted mildew or mold smell? Finding the water is not necessarily a hard task but locating where the water came from can be difficult at times. With laws of gravity in mind, water will always sit at the lowest point but can often travel in many unique ways to reach that point.
Some important questions to ask yourself once you notice the water are:
- Was it raining?
- Did you just go through a car wash?
- Did you just use your heat, defroster or AC?
Some causes amongst your car that could be causing the leaks are:
- Door Membrane
- Door Seal
- Window Seal
- Cabin Air filter
It is important to get the water out of there as quickly as possible. Sitting water can damage the interior of your car as well as cause mold. Mold can grow as quickly as within 24 hours. Once you have identified what is causing the water damage you need to fix that problem in order to avoid more water. Drying your car completely is very important and calling the professional may be wise!
Did you know we treat cars as well? Give us a call!
Tropical Storm Eta & Topical Storm Theta
Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in Florida (Southwest of Jacksonville) and continued to move North-Northeast at about 15 mph. As the storm continues to move, Southern Maryland and other Northern regions along Eta's path have been experiencing heavy rain and slight cold fronts.
According to WeatherBug, two to five inches of rain will fall this afternoon before the storm pushes off the Southeast Atlantic Coast. Flash Flood watches have been issued all over St. Mary's County! Be careful driving the next couple of days as many roads have been covered with water. Remember to always turn around and never try driving through! Most flood death occur while in a vehicle.
On the latest update record setting 29th storm of the 2020 Hurricane Season, Tropical Storm Theta is currently being located 455 miles of the Azores packing strong winds of 65 mph. According to WeatherBug, "Theta will turn eastwards within the next couple of days before turning northeastward and passing several hundred miles of Azores on Saturday and Sunday."