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Holiday Season Fire Prevention

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Stove top fire Stove top fires are very common during the holiday season.

The Holidays are here and you know what that means? Large Family gatherings with lots of food! With all this cooking it should come to no surprise that their is a increase of fires. According to the National Fire protection Association from 2014 to 2018 fire departments nationwide responded to approximately 172,900 cooking related fires, that averages out to 470 fires per day. 

here are some tips to prevent cooking related fires,

  • Never leave a cooktop unattended when in use.
  • Use a timer to remind you when the food is done cooking. 
  • Don't Cook if you are sleepy or intoxicated. 
  •  Keep Flammables away from stove tops.
  • If you leave the kitchen shut off the stove top.  

Here at SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties we hope you have a wonderful holiday season.  

Generator Safety

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Generator outside a house. Generator Safety

After a large storm it is common to have power loss if your powerlines were effected. A way to combat this is to have an emergency or portable generator to give your home some temporary power. while using these generators here are some basic rules to follow. 

  • Keep generators outdoors and away from any structure. Generators put off large amounts of carbon monoxide which can be fatal. 
  • Turn generator off and allow for it to cool before refueling. Any fuel that spills to hot parts of the engine could cause a fire.  
  • Don't run generator in the rain. Best to keep dry to prevent any issues that may occur from water entering your generator. 
  • Keep extra fuel on hand. It is important to understand how fast your generator runs through fuel so you don't run out. 
  • Don't plug into your home. Generators are not designed to power your house, this is known as back feeding. If you plug this into a wall outlet it creates a high risk for utility workers and can also cause an electric fire in your home. 

If you experience any storm damage give us a call so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Stains on your ceiling?

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

Water Stain on a ceiling. Water Staining on a ceiling in a residential home.

Have you ever glanced up and saw a stain on your ceiling and wonder what causes it?  The stain is normally caused by mostiure or water that seeped into the ceiling and dried up causing the stain. This stain should cause you to figure out what the source of the moisture or water is that is seeping throuhg and into your ceiling. 

Their could be a few difffrent causes of the staining such as follows. 

  • Roofing Problem- Damages such as missing shingles or faulty flashing can cause leaking after a minor rain storm. 
  • Leaking Pipes- Plumbing leaks from pipes that are overhead are on of the most common factors of these stains. having a plumer come out and fix the leak is a must. 
  • Attic Condensation- A issue with a lot of attics is that their is a lack of ventaltion it can cause high levels of moisture which in return cause condensation which drips onto your ceiling. 

If you are experincing any of these problems it is highly reccommed that you get it fixed right away so it does not lead to future and more costly problems. Give us a call today so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Do you have a Plan for when disaster strikes your business?

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

ERP on different screens. Our ERP App fully customized for you.

Do you have a plan for when disaster strikes? Who are you going to call? Do your employees know what to do? As many as 50% of businesses don’t recover after experiencing a disaster and here at SERVPRO of St. Mary’s and Calvert Counties we have a solution for you, our Emergency Ready Profile.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a plan of action for when disaster strikes your business or property.  The ERP provides you with an emergency list of contacts and critical information that will be needed when you have an emergency. We come to your facility and do a walk through of your property to identify the chain of command for authorizing work to be done, where your water and gas shut off valve locations are, priority areas are that need special attention, and where the best access is for our vehicles and our crews to use. The best part about all if this is that it is free, you won’t owe us anything.

Give us a call today so we can get your Emergency Ready Profile started!

Common Water Damages Homeowners Experience

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo with free and water We are here to help.

Here at SERVPRO of St.Mary's and Calvert Counties we see a lot of diffrent water damages rangeing from a small leak under the kitchen sink to a commercial water loss. Here are a few of the most common ones we see and some tips on how to avoid them. 

  1. Washing machine hose burst. When was the last time you inspected your washing machine hose? Over time the rubber hose that connects to your washing machine eventually wears down and burst which leads to a water damage. A way to fix this is to upgrade your hose to a stainless steel reinforced hose. 
  2. Leaky Roofs, your roof is exposed to the elements at all times and will eventully suffer some wear and tear. A great way to stay on top of this is to regulary inspect yourroof espically after a storm for missing or damaged shingles. 
  3. Refrigerator leaks, with refrigators thaey too have a hose like washing machines, make sure those lines are unkinked and in good condition as well. 

If you experince a water damage give us a call, We are here to help. 

Commercial Duct Cleaning

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

In your place of work have you ever noticed the vents covered in dust? If you haven't next time take a look. Those vents lead to your duct work which circulates the air within the building. It is highly important to make sure the ducts are clean. Here are a couple reasons why.

  • Improved indoor air quality: When you have dirty ducts that are pumping dust, mold spores, and many other debris into the air that you breath. 
  • Increase life and efficiency  of your HVAC: By having your ducts cleaned it keeps debris out of the components of the unit which can cause malfunctions within the HVAC system. 
  • Reduced energy cost: When you remove debris build up from your ducts it allows your HVAC to work at a more efficient rate which in return allows for lower energy cost. 

Give us a call today to have a free estimate to have your duct and HVAC system cleaned! 

Commercial pressure cleaning

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck with Trailer The newest addition to the fleet, our brand new power washing trailer.

Here at SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties we do commercial pressure washing. We have just recently purchased a trailer mounted power washer that holds 525 gallons with two wands to meet the demands for our commercial clients. We have brought on two techs who have extensive background within the pressure washing industry to ensure we provide the best possibly service to our clients. We have done jobs ranging from basic home to a 100,000 square foot facility. 

Some reasons why you should have your property power washed is that it increases your curb appeal, imagine walking into a building that looks brand new or walking into a building that looks dirty, first impressions are huge when it comes to customers. 

Improves the life of your building, it washes away harmful contaminants that can degrade your property over an extended period of time  

If you are interested in having your property or even residential home give us a call today!  

Winter Storm Preparation

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

As winter approaches we are thinking about those harsh winter storms that come with it. These storms bring a lot of risk and challenges to property owners. In this blog we will share with you a few tips on how to prevent and protect your property from these hazards that winter storms present. 

Outside your property 

  • Inspect and clean your gutters. Remove any debris that you find. The debris can cause build ups which wont allow to the to drain, when this water freezes up it causes ice damming which will cause water to flow into your home from the ceiling or walls. 
  • Remove tree branches that can fall onto your property which can case damage to your roof. 

Inside your property

  • Have your heating system serviced by a licensed contractor. If you have a indoor fireplace have it cleaned to prevent smoke or fire damage. 
  • Add extra insulation to your home especially in unfished spaces, exterior walls, and pipes to prevent pipe burst.
  • Know where your main water shut-off valve is located. if you are put in the situation of having a pipe burst it is crucial to know how to shut off the water to prevent further damages.
  • Have a back-up power source to aid in the event of power loss. Back-up power such as a generator will be able to provide yo with heat and also help prevent frozen pipes.  

If you experience damage to your property from a winter storm give us a call at 301-862-9500 so we can make it "Like it never even happened."

The many Services that we offer.

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck Ford F-250 outside a dentist office We can handle it all.

When you hear about SERVPRO you think of Mold Mitigation and Remediation, Fire and Water Cleanup & Restoration, but did you know we offer many other services! These other services that we offer go hand in hand with our line of work.

After we provide mitigation services on your property we can also do the Rebuild and Construction of your property. We have an experienced construction crew that has seen it all and understands what needs to be done. They work with our mitigation crews to ensure the job is done right. 

We do Move outs and Contents Restoration, we will gather your belongings after your property has suffer a disaster take an inventory of them and bring them to our facility where we do specialized cleaning on them. 

We provide Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning for both commercial properties and residential homes. We put our technicians through extensive training provided by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). 

Biohazard and Crime Scene Cleaning ranges from unintended deaths to graffiti. We work with local first responders and have specialized training and equipment that we use for these jobs.

Duct Cleaning, General Cleaning, and Power Washing are a few more services that we offer. Our crews for Duct cleaning are certified through NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association). General cleaning is a top to bottom cleaning of your home or property. Our power washing crew can handle everything from commercial properties to residential homes.

When disaster strikes give us a call here at SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."  

Outdoor Bon Fire Safety for Southern Maryland

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Flames Bon Fire Season

This time of year in St. Mary's and Calvert county we are starting to experience cool fall weather that many in our area love! These dropping temperatures are brining out an outdoor activity that is loved by most...Bon Fires! They are a great way to sit back, relax, and enjoy some time with family and friends. While bon fires are fun to be around they can also be extremely hazards and pose a threat to your home. Here are some tips to keep you and your home safe while enjoying a fire.  

First is to have the right location. Never have an fire with overhead structure such as roofing from your home or overhang from tree branches . Keep your fire pit at least 15-20 feet  from any structure. It is important to make sure you rake away any dead leaves and twigs from your fire pit. Also make sure your fire pit is lined with a barrier such as rocks. 

Second is to check the wind. You don't want to have a fire on a windy day due to the fact it can blow embers and sparks towards flammable material such as the woods (Dry leaves and sticks) or your home which can result unintentional fires. When you have a good wind advise your guest and family to sit upwind of the fire so they don't have smoke blowing on them.  

Third, make sure you have a way to extinguish the fire. It would be good to have a bucket of water or even a fire extinguisher nearby so if something happens you are prepared. Lastly, never leave the fire unattended and make sure somebody is there to keep an eye on it.

We here at SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert hope these tips will be useful for you this fall season. If you have any questions about fire safety give your local fire department a call and they will be glad to help.