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Floods - The most common reason for Water damage homes in Eastern Baltimore County

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a a river such as the gunpowder, along the streets of towson, or in the valley of hydes, or EVEN in the deserts of Arizona – there is always potential for flooding. Fema.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to 27,000. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster

About SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase

SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase specializes in the cleanup and restoration of baltimore county residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your Bowleys Quarters Middlesex property.

Severe Weather Stats for Middlesex, Maryland Residents!

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen in any time, anywhere. Each year Americans cope with the average of the following intense storms

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5000 flash floods or floods
  • 1300 tornadoes
  • 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes

Middlesex Maryland, did you know...

Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to about 650 deaths PER YEAR and nearly 15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others

Know your risk. The first step to becoming weather ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business, and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating an emergency communication plan for: work, family, and home. Put together or purchase and emergency ready kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example. Once you have taken actions to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers, family friends or on facebook or twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others

11 Tips to Prevent Mold Growth in your Bowleys Quarter Home in Baltimore Maryland

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Prevention Tips for Bowleys Quarters, Baltimore County, MD!

  1. Fix leaky plumbing and leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.
  2. Watch for condensation and wet spots. Fix source(s) of moisture problem(s) as soon as possible.
  3. Prevent moisture due to condensation by increasing surface temperature or reducing the moisture level in air (humidity).
  4. To increase surface temperature, insulate or increase air circulation.
  5. To reduce the moisture level in air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify (if outdoor air is warm and humid).
  6. Keep heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) drip pans clean, flowing properly, and unobstructed.
  7. Vent moisture-generating appliances, such as dryers, to the outside where possible.
  8. Maintain low indoor humidity, below 60% relative humidity (RH), ideally 30-50%, if possible.
  9. Perform regular building/HVAC inspections and maintenance as scheduled.
  10. Clean and dry wet or damp spots within 48 hours.
  11. Don't let foundations stay wet. Provide drainage and slope the ground away from the foundation.

Source- http://www.epa.gov/mold/mold_remediation.html

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

7 steps to prevent a fire damage in your kitchen – Sparrows Point, Maryland, USA.

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

7 steps to prevent a fire damage in your kitchen – Sparrows Point, Maryland, USA.

  1. Stay in the kitchen – Fires happen when cooking is left unattended. If you have to leave the kitchen, turnoff the stove, and take pots and pans off the heat. This is especially important if you are broiling – remove food from the oven and turn off the broiler.
  2. Watch your clothing- Long sleeves that can get caught or catch onto things can catch fire. Instead wear short or close-fitting sleeves, and keep shirts tucked in or tied back with a well fitted apron.
  3. Beware of items around stovetop – move flammable items away from your stovetop before you begin cooking. Keep oven mitts, kitchen towels and appliance cords away from burners.
  4. Keep fire extinguisher in kitchen – keep a fire extinguisher nearby to put out any potential fire. Make sure the extinguisher is up to date and hasn’t expired.
  5. Learn your fire extinguisher – Read and get to know your fire extinguisher, practice operating it using expired fire extinguishers outside.
  6. Never throw hot grease in garbage can – hot grease can cause the contents of the trashcan to catch fire. Always pour hot grease into a heat safe container with a aluminum foil underneath to catch drips!
  7. Extinguish candles – candles themselves are a leading cause of fires in homes. Keep candles extinguished while cooking and if you do decide to use a candle in the kitchen, opt for short wide candles that are hard to tip over and keep the wick trimmed!

About SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase

SERVPRO of Sparrows Point Essex/Chase is a fire water damage restoration franchise and is accepted by all insurance companies. If your home is affected by a kitchen fire damage, please call SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase 443-231-6179

7 steps to prevent a fire damage in your kitchen – Sparrows Point, Maryland, USA.

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

7 steps to prevent a fire damage in your kitchen – Sparrows Point, Maryland, USA.

  1. Stay in the kitchen – Fires happen when cooking is left unattended. If you have to leave the kitchen, turnoff the stove, and take pots and pans off the heat. This is especially important if you are broiling – remove food from the oven and turn off the broiler.
  2. Watch your clothing- Long sleeves that can get caught or catch onto things can catch fire. Instead wear short or close-fitting sleeves, and keep shirts tucked in or tied back with a well fitted apron.
  3. Beware of items around stovetop – move flammable items away from your stovetop before you begin cooking. Keep oven mitts, kitchen towels and appliance cords away from burners.
  4. Keep fire extinguisher in kitchen – keep a fire extinguisher nearby to put out any potential fire. Make sure the extinguisher is up to date and hasn’t expired.
  5. Learn your fire extinguisher – Read and get to know your fire extinguisher, practice operating it using expired fire extinguishers outside.
  6. Never throw hot grease in garbage can – hot grease can cause the contents of the trashcan to catch fire. Always pour hot grease into a heat safe container with a aluminum foil underneath to catch drips!
  7. Extinguish candles – candles themselves are a leading cause of fires in homes. Keep candles extinguished while cooking and if you do decide to use a candle in the kitchen, opt for short wide candles that are hard to tip over and keep the wick trimmed!

About SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase

SERVPRO of Sparrows Point Essex/Chase is a fire water damage restoration franchise and is accepted by all insurance companies. If your home is affected by a kitchen fire damage, please call SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase 443-231-6179.

What it means to be an IICRC Certified Firm in Eastern Baltimore County and Beyond

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase

SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Essex, you can't plan for a disaster - but you can prepare for them!

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

No one ever plans for a disaster, but you can always prepare for it. Did you know 50% of businesses never reopen following a disaster? Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your Edgemere business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO emergency Ready Profile

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • a concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • a guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information

This App is of no cost to you. It is a complimentary service that SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase will provide to you. We hope that you use us in the event of a disaster, but in the end that choice will always be yours!

Property owners in Middlesex Maryland - the 1st 24 hours are the most important when disaster strikes!

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Middlesex Property managers, as you may already know the first 24 hours following a water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage to your facility. Within 4 hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase franchise professional will be on site to help ensure water damage is handled by completing the following steps

Inspection – SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase will inspect all affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning work.

Emergency service- SERVPRO of Sparrows Point will begin by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying and take steps to help protect your business as well as the personal belongings and other contents through the renter’s insurance of each tenant. They will explain the needed emergency services to you as well as the tenant, step by step

Monitoring-To help ensure all belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards, SERVPRO will monitor the drying process, and updates will be consistently communicated with you

Restoration- SERVPRO will reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property as well as arrange for reinstallation of walls and baseboard. A final walk through will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was restored to preloss conditions

About SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase

SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. We are located in Edgemere, Maryland, right on Yellow Brick road (yes Dorothy is our neighbor) and are able to help when disaster strikes!

Bowleys Quarter Fire Damage Prevention Tip: How to Extinguish an Oven Fire

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

How to put out an oven fire to prevent a fire damage – Bowleys Quarters MD, USA

SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase has cleaned smoke damage from hundreds of Bowleys Quarters homes since our doors opened in 2001. Oven fires are one of the main causes of smoke damage clean up in the Bowleys Quarters Maryland area and can happen for numerous reasons:

  • Fat and grease splatter, causes a flame
  • When batter overflows
  • Simply forgetting something in the oven
  • using the self-cleaning feature.
  • Electrical malfunction

Here are tips on how to put out an oven fire:

What to do if something in the oven catches fire

    1. Leave the oven door closed! – this will starve the fire of oxygen.
    2. Turn off the oven and allow the fire to deplete existing oxygen in the oven.
    3. If it does not go out on its own, leave the house and call 911.
    4. If it does go out, thenopen your windows before opening the oven door. If you’re not positive, just wait a bit longer to be sure.
    5. With your fire extinguisher close-by, carefully open the oven door (it will be smoky!) and remove the hot pan.
  • Allow the smoke to clear before determining the cause of the fire and possibly resuming cooking.

When Disaster Strike your Chase home or Business, Call SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase!

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Baltimore County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs for your Eastern Baltimore county home.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 443-231-6179

Residential Services

Whether your Eastern Baltimore County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Eastern Baltimore County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: Click Here

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration