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How to Prepare your Sparrows Point Business Before Disaster Strikes

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Here are the top things to do to prepare your business from flood damage before the storm strikes 

BEFORE THE FLOOD

  • Have a qualified professional elevate the furnace, water heater, electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
  • Install Check valves in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your business.
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid Seepage.
  • Arrange to have a free Emergency Ready profile made for your business in advance so if the flood does happen, then you will be able to manage the restoration process remotely.
  • Make sure you have flood insurance; flood insurance takes 30 days to get into effect so it is imperative that you have it long before you need it.
  • Document your business. Take quality pictures of vehicles, computers, inventory and office set up. You'll be glad you have this later.

ABOUT SERVPRO OF SPARROWS POINT/ESSEX/CHASE

SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/ Essex/Chase are the flood clean up experts in the Baltimore Metro area.

IF a flood strikes your business, give SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/ Essex/Chase a call:

(443)-231-6179

even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly and the clean-up is often and overwhelming task. The SERVPRO team at SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/ Essex/Chase is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it "Like it never even happened." 

What to do after you call SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase and what to do when the crew begins work - Dundalk, MD, USA

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What to do after you call SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase and what to do when the crew begins work - Fullerton, MD, USA

Call your insurance company

Ask your agent if this is a covered loss, and what your deductible will be.  This can be done before or after calling SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase as we accept all insurance plans and you can also pay yourself – whether you are covered or not, this will not affect your ability to receive service.

What to do while the Crew is at work

Once the services have been arranged, and the SERVPRO crew is at work, do your best to keep all equipment running, still keep children out of the area as well as pets and do not be afraid to ask questions. While your plumber is there ask if there are ways to prevent a Sewage back up or back flow from happening again and ask him about installing a Backflow valve.

When the work is done

First off, pat yourself on the back for making it through this turbulent time! When the services are complete, SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase will arrange to have your walls and flooring replaced and then it will be "Like it never even happened." 

Need to get in touch with SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase? Give us a call! (443)-231-6179

Commercial Emergency Clean up for Essex, Maryland

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Sparrows Point Property managers - ACTION during the first 24 hours following a water damage will help prevent secondary or permanent damage to your units.

That is why 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:

  1. Intake– ask client questions to determine which size crew, how many pieces of equipment, and what precautions to take.
  2. Inspection– Using information from phone intake, 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.
  3. Emergency service- SERVPRO of Sparrows Point will begin by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying for each unity. They will explain the needed emergency services to you as well as the tenant, step by step.
  4. Document pre-existing damage and damage caused by water.
  5. Arrange for contents to be restored or disposed, with the owner signature and insurance approval (if applicable).
  6. Monitoring- monitor drying of structure and contents to ensure they are dried to appropriate industry standards; updates will be consistently communicated with you and your insurance company.
  7. Reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property as well as arrange for reinstallation of walls and baseboard.
  8. Final walk through will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was restored to preloss conditions.

By following these steps, SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/ Essex/Chase will efficiently dry and restore your structure to its pre-existing condition with minimal impact on tenants, the structure and contents while also reducing secondary damage and permanent damage to your property following a water damage.

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 Rosedale, Maryland, right on Yellow Brick road (yes Dorothy is our neighbor) and are able to help when disaster strikes!

Eastern Baltimore County: SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase is your local Basement Water Damage Clean Up Expert!

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall – especially in Sparrows Point, Essex and Chase Maryland. That’s because of our close proximity to the intricate water ways in our area. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Eastern Baltimore County basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (443)-231-6179

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (410) 633-4383

Why Storms cause Sewer Back Ups in Bowleys Quarters Maryland

8/14/2021 (Permalink)

A sewer backing up, or contaminated water backing out of your tub, sink or toilet can be an absolute nightmare for Bowleys Quarters homeowners. Sewer backups happen frequently during storms because the sewer system is overwhelmed causing it to "back-up" through your toilet or drains.


The truth is you can’t (and shouldn’t) do very much; sewage contaminated water is dangerous to your health and should be avoided at all costs. If you have water backing up out of toilet, sink or bathtub in your Colgate home, then follow these steps and call SERVPRO of Sparrows Point Essex/Chase

410-633-4383

Your Game Plan

  • Stay out of the area/avoid cross contamination
  • Determine the source
  • Arrange repair and cleanup services with SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase or your local SERVPRO/Water restoration company
  • Call your Insurance Company

Keep Children and Pets away from sewer-water affected areas

Keep children and pets away the moment sewer water is discovered, until the clean-up crew and sanitation is complete. Sewage is Category 3 water, more commonly known as black water. Category 3 water or Black water is defined by the IICRC as “the worst classification and is grossly unsanitary. It could cause severe illness or death if ingested” Keep children and pets away at all times and if you yourself must go in the area, wash your hands thoroughly and avoid touching cuts, eyes, mouth or ears with your hands or any item that came in contact with the black water.

Risks of Sewage back up debris

Category 3 water/Raw sewage contains diseases such as Hepatitis, Salmonella, E.Coli and Parasites just to name a few, would you risk cleaning this yourself without proper training or the tools and chemicals to do it correctly? These diseases survive weeks even months if not properly killed. Doing it yourself, or hiring the wrong professional puts you, your family, pets and house guests at a great risk. Call SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase to schedule emergency Service to have the job taken care of "Like it never even happened."

Determine whether the waste is local (as in, from your own home) or from the sewer system also known as “backflow”

IF you are able to do some inspecting, then determine the source by the amount and the flow rate. Determine the source of the sewage backup – if entering the area seems like it would be dangerous to your health (no proper protective equipment) then just skip on down to arrange services. A local waste product would be from a blockage, tree roots affecting plumbing lines or broken or collapsed lines on your property, this waste would be from your own home but is still considered a category 3. Backflow is when the sewer system in your neighborhood or municipality is overwhelmed, and it reverses in your pipes, causing it to erupt from toilets, sinks and tubs. This can happen from heavy rain-flow overwhelming your municipality’s sewer system, causing it to backflow into your home.

Arrange Services with SERVPRO of Sparrows Point /Essex/Chase

Call an Emergency Restoration company such as SERVPRO of Sparrows Point Essex/Chase as we are IICRC Certified and specialize in cleaning up hazardous waste. Most contractors and plumbers do not have the capability to clean up the site after the repairs have been made and may not be approved by your insurance company if you choose to claim the loss.

SERVPRO also has a 1-4-8 policy, which means

  • 1 hour from notice of loss - (When you call), a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange services.
  • 4 hours of calling - a SERVPRO professional will be onside to start mitigating services (or your earliest convenience).
  • 8 business hour- a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to your adjuster by a SERVPRO Professional.

Why call SERVPRO? If any SERVPRO believes they are incapable of responding within this time frame, they will refer you to a different SERVPRO so you are not left waiting!

Call your insurance company

Ask your agent if this is a covered loss, and what your deductible will be.  This can be done before or after calling SERVPRO of Sparrows Point Essex/Chase as we accept all insurance plans and you can also pay yourself – whether you are covered or not.

If you are not covered, not a problem, we will begin services after a deposit has been made and the rest will be due upon completion. Please call for deposit details!

Having a sewage back-up can stink up your day but no sewage backup is too small or too big for SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase.

Give us a call at (443)-231-6179

Water Damage Clean Up Experts in Sparrows Point

8/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (443)-231-6179

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Sparrows Point/Essex/Chase has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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.

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