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Keeping You and Your Work Community Safe

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

CDC recommendation from Governor Hogan Stay Safe & Healthy

During this unprecedented time, it is important that we are keeping our workspace safe! 

Here are a couple things as a business we are during and encourage you to do the same.

Practice good hygiene:

  • Stop shaking hands
  • Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer 
  • Avoid touching your face including nose, eyes & mouth
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes 
  • Disinfect highly touched areas like doorknobs, tables, desks, handrails and keyboards/tablets regularly 
  • Open windows or adjust air conditioning to increase ventilation 

Hold virtual meetings / avoid traveling

  • Use videoconferencing 
  • If not possible, hold meetings in open, well ventilated areas 
  • Postpone large meetings or travels

Stay home if you are...

  • Able to work virtual 
  • Feeling sick
  • Have a household member who is feeling sick

The safety and health of our employees and those around us are very important to us. We went to make sure everyone is staying safe during this uncertainty time and we hope you can follow the same!

We Are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

corona virus biology with HERE TO HElP SERVPRO, always HERE TO HELP

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – [SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties, 301-862-9500 or 410-535-4733]

20% of Carpet Cleaning & Lock Yourself In For One In the Fall For The SAME Price

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

yellow flowers with sky background and SERVPRO house with franchise names and spring carpet cleaning special written in white 20% of Carpet Cleaning AND lock yourself in for a Carpet Cleaning in the Fall for the SAME price if scheduled before Christmas!

Spring is just around the corner! Flowers are starting bloom and we are already feeling the warmer temperatures.

Have you started to think about when you are going to get started on your Spring cleaning!? Well let SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties get you started!

SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties is offering a special that you will NOT want to pass up on. 

20% off Carpet Cleaning AND if you schedule one with us before May 1st, you can also lock yourself in for another Carpet Cleaning in the Fall for the SAME price as long as you schedule it before Christmas. 

Give us a call and schedule your cleanings today at 301-862-9500 or 410-535-4733! 

Why Should You Sleep With Your Bedroom Doors Shut In Prince Frederick?

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

UL FSRI logo Close Your Doors!

As a kid, did you prefer your bedroom door shut or closed when you were sleeping? As you got older, did those habits change. And now maybe as a parent, do you shut your kids door or shut yours? 

While I am sure there are some pros and cons of sleeping with your bedroom door shut, today I would like to highlight a key reasons why you should sleep with your bedroom door shut, that being in case of a fire.

According to, UL's Firefighters Safety Research Institution (FSRI), only 29% of people close their door while they are sleeping. Having a closed door can be the difference between 1000 degree temperatures and 100. A door closed is critical to ones survival when it comes to a fire. Most people see that there is smoke and they want to get the smoke out so they open a door or a window but really what they are doing is feeding the fire. Fires need oxygen to survive, the second you open the door or window you may be letting the smoke out but you are letting the air in, giving the fire exactly what it needs to grow larger and move faster. A closed door can give you those extra seconds you need to get yourself out of the house. 

The FSRI has continued to promote the Close Your Door public fire safety campaign which give real life examples of how closing your doors can make all the difference when it comes to a fire. For more information check out their site, https://closeyourdoor.org/

Have You Cleaned Your Dunkirk Home's Exhaust Fans?

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

soot all over small bathroom Exhaust Fan Fire

When you are doing your daily, weekly, monthly or even seasonal cleaning, does cleaning your bathroom exhaust fans ever cross your mind?

If it has been over 6 months or you never have clean your exhaust fans at all, you should get to it right away. Exhaust fans present great fire hazards. An exhaust fan is used to eliminate steam from the bathroom that cause fogged mirrors, windows and damp walls as well as remove odors. You can imagine what is passing through those fans and over time the lint that is building up. Build-up of lint can cause the fan to become over-heated igniting the lint, plastic fan blades and the combustible wood structure. 

Some newer exhaust fans have a sensor that will automatically turn off the fan if it starts to over-heat but with that being said you should not always rely on it. It is important that you clean and maintain your exhaust fans twice a year. If you can see lint building up on the outside of the fan, it is time for a deep cleaning! If you start to notice a bad smell or hear a notice, it may be time to replace the fan. 

Don't let the small things go unnoticed!

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.