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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. 

Don't Let The Flu Swipe Through Your Southern Maryland Commercial Building!

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Flu Shot in blue writing scheduled on a calendar Have you gotten your flu shot this season?!

As the colder weather moves in, so does the flu. Keeping the flu far away from our office is extremely important as we are sure it is the same for you! When one employee get sick the chances of it spreading to other colleagues is high which in return leads to more sick days and lose of production. Which is why we want to ask you, have you thought about getting the flu shot?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent yourself from getting the flu this season is to get vaccinated. You can get yourself vaccinated at any local health clinic, select pharmacy's and health fairs. Some places even give the flu shot for free!

You may wonder why people should be getting the flu shot?

Influzenza is the "flu's" official name and is a disease that can lead to hospitalization or even death. Millions of people get the flu each year with hundreds of thousands hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of deaths due to flu related illnesses. The flu shot will reduce the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalization and/or flu related death in children.

Why does one need the flu shot every year?

That reason everyone should get an annual flu shot is because a person's immune protection declines over time. Another reason is because the flu virus is constantly changing, therefore, the vaccination can be altered and updated from one season to the next. 

Can I still get the flu even if I get vaccinated?

The answer is yes. Yes, you can still get the flu even if you get vaccinated because you could have already been exposed to the virus shortly before you received the vaccination or during the time it takes your immune system to gain protection from the virus. You could also be exposed with a different strain of the flu that is not included in the seasonal flu vaccination. The flu vaccination is not perfect, so although you may receive the vaccination there is always still a chance to be exposed which can be based on your age and health factors. 

Preventative Flu Tips for Your Office:

  • Have your employees get vaccinated!
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Feeling sick? Stay home!
  • Cover your mouth and nose
  • Clean your hands regularly 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Disinfect frequently touched areas 
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Be physically active 
  • Manage your stress
  • Drink plenty of fluids 
  • East nutritious foods

For information about the flu visit, www.cdc.gov 

Commercial Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning For Your St. Mary's and Calvert Counties Business

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

Different types, color and textures of carpets Which kind of carpet do you have? When was the last time they were professionally cleaned?

Did you know that even the highest quality of carpets and upholsteries still will show soiling as time goes on? Luckily for St. Mary's and Calvert County business owners, SERVPRO has numerous carpet and upholstery cleaning services available to you. 

Some of our cleaning procedures include:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore the deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: For when color-fastness is an issue.

To expand the life of your carpet there are a couple actions you can do in between carpet cleanings such as:

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removals 
  • Pliating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

It is important to keep up to date with your professional carpet and upholstery cleaning (about every 12 months) to help maintain the glow and comfort your carpet or upholsteries. How often you may need the professional carpet cleaning will differ on the amount of traffic, type and color of your carpet. Waiting until your carpet is completely soiled can result in them not being able to be restored to their orginial appearance. Most times you are only seeing the top layer of dirt on your carpet, the other layers are hidden below the surface. 

Call us today, (301)-862-9500, to ensure that your commercial carpet and upholsteries won't lose their professional appearance. 

How To Save Water Damaged Photos

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

News paper articles all over a office room Need helping saving important documents or photos after a disaster strikes!?

After a major storm hits causing flooding in your home or office, your first thought is not couch or desk that is going to be damage but the pictures that hold special memories or files that contain important documents that are submerged under water. While it may seem like a hopeless cause to try and salvage them, following a few simple steps cause make it possible. 

  1. Carefully lift the photos/files from the water and separate them so they stand alone. 
  2. Gently rinse the photos/files in cold, clear water. Do not rub photos/files!
  3. Lay each photo/file on a dry non-inked paper towel, face-up. Change the paper towel every hour until the photos/files are dried. To avoid your photos/files from curling faster, dry them inside away from the sun or wind. You can also create a clothesline inside and hang the files from there. 
  4. If you do not have to dry your photos/files right away, rinse all photos/files and stack them between wax paper and then put them in a zip lock bag in the freezer. Freezing your photos/files will allow you to properly defrost, serparate and air dryer your photos/files.
  5. It is a good idea to have a fan circulating air where you are drying your photos/files to speed up the process. 

When dealing with photos or files that have been damaged by water, it is important to remove them from the wet surfaces and to a dry area as soon as possible. 

Damages books or files can often times linger a musty smell. If so, place them in a cool, dry place for a couple of days. If the smell is still present, place them in an open box, placed inside a larger closed container with an open box of baking soda which will absorb the smell. 

Need Help Conserving Water In Your Southern Maryland Home?

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Rainwater dripping off a roof during a rain shower Converse water and reuse rain-water to garden your plants!

The privilege of having a steady supply of clean water is one that not everyone around the world has. It is often times that we abuse and take for granted that privilege but with minimal care and a little common sense you can work to minimize your water waste. 

Follow our tips to help conserve water at your St. Mary's or Calvert County home:

  • Turn off all faucets while not in use: never leave the water running while you are washing dishes, brushing your teeth, washing your face or shaving. 
  • Check all faucets for leaks or drips and get them fix immediately 
  • While waiting for your water to warm up, save the cold water and repurpose it. Such as watering your plants or garden, or rinsing food off. 
  • Fill your sink with soapy water to rinse your dishes and reuse the water
  • Scrape your dishes off instead of rinsing them before putting them in the dish washer. Only run the dish washer if there is a full load.
  • Switch your toilet out to a Water-Sense toilet or a Dual-Flush toilet
  • Take shorter showers
  • If you have a small garden, avoid using the hose. Hand watering your plants can save gallons of water
  • Capture rain water from gutters and downspout that can be used reused. Lay a cover over the bucket to keep bugs out. 

Halloween Safety Tips

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

Craved pumpkins on a table with fall leaves set in a spooky evening in the woods Happy Halloween, Trick-Or-Treaters!

Today is the day! Where kids are swarming the streets, running house to house trying to collect as much candy as they can, dressed up as their favorite character. Whether you are going to be passing out the sweets or going door to door with the trick-or-treaters, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert County wants you and your children to be safe during this spooky evening. Below are simple tasks and procedures that could be important to you and your children on All Hallows Eve.

  • Never let children trick-or-treat alone! Always have a trusted adult travel with them. Bringing a flashlight and/or phone is always a good idea. 
  • Never trick-or-treat alone. If you are of age, find a group of people to go along with and have a way of communication or plan with your parents.
  • Make sure costume shoes fit and the outfit is not too long to prevent tripping, falling or contact with flames. 
  • Travel to well-lit neighborhoods or communities and always walk on the side walk.
  • Avoid walking in the street, on long trails or long driveways as those can be dangerous. If necessary, the adult should walk through as well. 
  • Adding reflective tape or bright clothing to your costume is always recommended for better visibility in the dark.
  • Trade in your mask for face paint as mask can block proper eye sight and avoid sharp objects to avoid injuries.
  • Parents should remove any tripping hazard from the front door or front yard such as a garden hose, toys or lawn decorations.
  • Parents should turn on front porch light for better visual and to signify they are passing out candy 
  • Remove wet leaves from the porch or driveway to avoid slips and falls
  • Have your pets away inside where they cannot get outside to jump or bite the trick-or-treaters.
  • Never enter a home! Candy should always be passed out at the front door, lawn or in a bowl sitting outside. 
  • Always check your childrens candy when they get home for any wrappers to look to be opened or tampered. 

St. Mary's and Calvert County Fall Bonfire Safety Guideline

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Eye level view of someone sitting around a bonfire during the night Create memories without losing other memories and follow out bonfire safety guidelines!

There is truly nothing better than sitting near the water on a chilly fall Southern Maryland night, next to a warm bonfire, with family and friends gazing at the stars. Although it is a time to relax and debrief from the day, it is especially important to remember bonfire safety tips. 

Follow these brief safety guidelines to help ensure the safety of those around before, during and after you set fire!!

Before:

  1. Only burn dry material, wet material will cause more smoke
  2. Build the bonfire away from structures such as trees, sheds, buildings and fences
  3. Using petrol or paraffin can cause the fire to get out of control
  4. If the winds are strong, pick another day to build the fire!

During:

  1. Keep a bucket of water or fire extinguisher near by
  2. Do not leave the fire unattended
  3. Keep children and pets away from fire 
  4. Do not burn aerosols, canisters, plastic or anything containing foam or paint - many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury

After:

  1. Wait till the fire has completely turned to ash
  2. Pour water until all pieces are wet
  3. If you hear a hissing sound or see red embers, the fire is still lit... pour more water!
  4. Dirt or sand are also good tools to use to cool the fire
  5. Never leave a fire that is still hot!

Do Not Wait To Call Your Southern Maryland SERVPRO

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Small water puddle on the tile floor Small water puddle on the floor the could be resulting from a much more serious issue

You know the saying, "Don't read a book by its cover?" Well that can also be true for water leakage. When you walk into your St. Mary's or Calvert County business after a night of heavy rain fall and notice wet floor, be sure to dial our number and give us a call. Something as small as a little drip or small puddle can be the least of your problems from what is hiding behind the walls or under the floor. A pipe can burst overnight and turn small porblem into a much larger disaster for your business. One single pipe can outburst hundreds of gallons per hour so it is important to not hesitate on call, even when you think the problem is mynute. 

Our water damage restoration technicians are highly trained and exeperienced in mitigating commercial water damage in St. Mary's and Calvert County businesses of all types. We will make sure to properly handle any water related damages and work with you on the best arrival time so there is minimal distruption to your business, such as overnight or off hours. Amongst arrival, we will locate the source of water and stop the flow to further evaluate the situation. Once the source if fixed and the flow of water is stopped, we are then able to begin the water removing and drying process.  

If you or someone you know is threatened by water damage be sure to give us a call or refer them our way, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert County.