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Flu Shot Vaccination in St. Mary's and Calvert Counties

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal Let's stay safe together!

Do you typically get the flu shot every year? If not every other year, have you looked into why it is more important to getting the flu shot this year than any other year? Well here is something to think about...

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever" because while the vaccination cannot protect against COVID-19, healthcare systems may be overwhelmed with the amount of flu and COVID cases that are predicted to be rising during this fall and winter.

Two key reasons for getting the flu vaccine that the CDC highlighted are that the flu vaccination has been proven to reduce the risk of the flu illness, hospitalization and death. The second reasoning being the flu vaccination will allot more time for healthcare workers and resources to focus on patients with COVID-19. 

Healthcare experts are uncertain what effects the two diseases (Influenza and COVID-19) combined may have on one. While getting the flu vaccination is not mandatory, it may be wise to take a deeper look into why you should get the flu vaccination this year. 

As always, it is important to continue to wash your hands regularly and wear you mask when in public places. Stay safe!!

Using Cloth Face Masks During Covid-19

4/7/2020 (Permalink)

face masks with fabric in the background #HERETOHELP #InThisTogether

According to the Center for Disease Control and Preventionit is important to wear a cloth face masks during these unpreceded times while you are in public. Wearing a cloth face mask in public will help slow the spread of the virus especially in areas where there is a significant amount of community transmission. 

SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties being a locally owned and operated business, they have a strong relationship with the community and care greatly about their people's safety and health. To show their support during the difficult and scary time, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties has started collecting a variety of fabric and elastic to use to create mask that will be donated back out to the community. 

It is important to note that although these masks can help prevent the spread, they are not a cure and should be washed regularly! Throwing them in the washer machine with normal detergent will properly wash them. It is also important to avoid touching your face while putting on the mask as well as taking it off and to wash your hands immediately after. 

SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties is making a variety of sizes. The main ones being Adult Medium (6x11) and Adult Large (7x12), with also a smaller portion of Adult Small (5x10) and kid's ones. There are multiple different patterns that will hopefully bring some color and smiles to someone's day! 

We are all in this together and together we can do anything! SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties hopes everything is safe and healthy during this difficult time.

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! 

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. 

15% Off Duct, Carpet and/or Upholstery Cleaning

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Holiday themed card with red ornaments and tag with SERVPRO logo. Holiday's special written with wooden background. Holiday Special: 15% Off Duct, Carpet and/or Upholstry Cleaning! Schedule your appointment before Christmas and mention this ad to receive offer.

Can you believe that we have entered the countdown stage for the holidays!?

It seems like just yesterday we were packing our bags for a weekend trip to the beach and now we are packing our bags for a long day at the office. The never-ending list of things that need to get done before the holidays come rolling through seem to only be getting longer. And with our daylight coming to an end by five, it seems that our days are only getting shorter. 

Here at SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties we would like to spread our Holiday cheer and tackle some of the items on your list for a great deal. We are offering a limited time holiday special of 15% off any duct, carpet and/or upholstery cleaning if you schedule an appointment before Christmas and mention this ad!

We know cleaning is the last thing one wants to worry about with the other long list of items that need to be completed during such a busy time. But also understand that it is a vital part of the list. Allowing us to take care of some of your household cleaning will allot that extra time you need for different tasks while making sure your ducts, carpet and upholsteries are well taken care of. We will make sure that you are nothing but satisfied during this holiday season. 

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!

Southern Maryland Bio-hazards, Crime Scene and Vandalism

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Although SERVPRO of St. Marys and Calvert Counties is a recognized leader in the fire and water damage restoration company, we also specialize in bio-hazard, crime scene and vandalism clean-up for both commercial and residential properties. 

Clean-up for such substances can be very critical due to the dangers that are present when bio-hazardous substances are left within one's home or commercial property. These substances can be very dangerous to one's health when these living conditions are present. Professional and equipped equipment are key in returning your home or commercial property to clean and safe living conditions. 

That is why our certified technicians have gone through the proper training and have the experience to make sure that all bio-hazardous materials will be safely and properly removed from your property and disposed following the state and local health agency guidelines. 

Our team is ready to tackle any bio-hazardous conditions such as:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide death/accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanups
  • Accident cleanups
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas Clean up
  • Meth Lab Cleanup

If you ever find yourself living or working in a dangerous enviornment due to one of the above, do not hesitate to call. We are always here to help!

2019 Beach Safety Tips!

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Vacation is a time to relax with family and friends, not to be stressed or worried. Here at SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties, we want to make sure when you take that trip to the beach this summer you are being safe!

Things to remember:

  • Always swim near a lifeguard, and never when they are not on duty!
  • Ask the lifeguards about hazardous water conditions and things to look out for while taking a dip.
  • The ocean is not a pool! Swim where you are comfortable. 
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Know where you are staying so if you drift away you can find your way back.
  • Apply sunscreen regularly throughout the day and be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
  • SMILE, you are at the beach! Enjoy your time and make smart/safe decisions.

Do I Need Renters Insurance?

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

You may wonder if Renter Insurance is a necessity or if it is just an extra cost and if you really need to have it. Well the answer is YES! Yes, Renter Insurance is a must. 

As a renter, you need insurance to protect your belongings. The owner of the property you are renting from will likely have insurance on the house but that does not include what you own. For example, if you have damage to your property from a pipe burst, a flood, a fire, hail, trees falling or other related events that were not planned, renters insurance will have you and your belongings covered.  

Renter Insurance is afforable and will help you have that peace of mind in the event of the unthinkable happening. SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties works directly with your insurance company to insure your belongings are repaired and restored "Like it never even happened." Be sure to call us if you need services to your retail property!

Flash Back Friday

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Talk about a flash back! This photograph was taken with SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties original sign back in 1984, located on their present office on 235. Photographed is the owner Vince Whittles, with five of the first employees to ever work for him. Three of the six photographed are still with us today, but with a little more grey hair.

  • Vince (second one on the left) has been the Owner of SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties for the past 35 years, with many years to come.
  • Frank Turner (furthest one from the right) started back in 1991 as the Production Manager and still is 28 years later.
  • Eddy Farell (last one on the left) has been with us since 1996 making 22 years as Duct Cleaning Production Manager.

Since this photo, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties has grown significantly through excellent costumer service and dedication to the brand. Having employees still with us from the start, we can definitely say that we are one of the most experienced restoration companies in Maryland. We are excited about the future for SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties as we get ready for our next move into a larger facility. Relocating to a larger facility in the area will allow us to provide even better services for our customers and allow us to build our brand, SERVPRO of St. Mary's and Calvert Counties, even larger. 

What Can SERVPRO Do For You?

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO has over 1,700 Franchises in the United States and Canada!? Or that SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and are the preferred vendor for many National and Local Insurance Companies!? 

Our highly trained restoration technicians are dedicated to responding faster to any disaster. We provide 24 hour services with experts that are highly qualified and trained to properly take care of your cleaning and restoration needs. 

We are here to take the stress and worry you may have when a disaster occurs and make it "Like it never even happened." You can depend on us for services to your residential and commercial properties that include but are not limited too: 

  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Cleaning Services 
  • Building Services 

It's the people

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Crew

Here at SERVPRO of St. Mary's County we often get the question of Why SERVPRO?  What is that SERVPRO can do differently than all the other cleaning and restoring companies out there.  The answer to the questions always starts the same way, with the list of all the training and certifications held by SERVPRO employees, the systematic process that are used to manage different projects, and the support provided by corporate and the SERVPRO network.  While those are all valuable assets what truly sets SERVPRO of St. Mary's County apart is the people.  Between the office manager, production manager and four crew chiefs they average 15 years of experience just with SERVPRO.  This amount of experience provides them all of the tools and knowledge necessary to handle project of any type or size.  Wether its routine carpet cleaning or a large commercial water or fire damage, the crew at SERVPRO of St. Mary's County has the experience to make it "Like it never even happened."