SERVPRO is here to help no matter how big the storm.
SERVPRO always has a plan to help, even when they need help.
When you have a business you always want to be prepared for all the 'what if's' that might happen but how can you be prepared when a major storm hits your area?
The best way is to have SERVPRO's number handy. Even when the event becomes too big for many mitigation companies to help all the businesses in the area , SERVPRO is able to help.
SERVPRO plans also for the "what if's." What if the local SERVPRO becomes overwhelmed? How can they help all their neighbors and important businesses that they have promised to be there for? SERVPRO has a disaster ready team just waiting to be called in.
The Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes from across the country as needed. They are ready to support large storm events.
SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team is there to help the local SERVPRO keep their promise to the businesses in the area to be there to help recover and get back on their feet.
We are there for you 24/7.
Sometimes the business helping people need help themselves.
Our trained technicians know the proper procedure to cure you headaches . SERVPRO is there for your business when you need then, just like your local Pharmacy is there for you 24/7, so is SERVPRO.
We're even there when the Pharmacy needs us in their crisis.
This pharmacy, that's pictured, couldn't help people that needed them if they were told they had to wait for help during regular business hours.
SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor got out to them on a Saturday to help them get back in business ,because when their clients need them they have to be ready.
SERVPRO is not the, "Take two of these and call us in the morning" type. We are ,"Let us treat you and your business anytime, any day, so your better in the morning."
Isn't that what everyone wants?
Should you have your home tested for Mold?
Mold can be hidden behind the molding.
Many people get a mold testing when they see mold. Kind of sounds a little obvious that you have mold. At this time, I would get someone to remove it, not test for it, you know you have it.
There are times though that it makes perfect sense to have your home tested for mold.
If you have a musty smell. There may be mold.
If you have had water leaks behind the wall, it might be wise to see if mold is present.
If your having health concerns, your Doctor might advise you to have your home tested for mold.
Those are all good reasons to have your home tested for mold.
SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is here to help you whether you see the mold or want to know if you have it when you can't see it.
Are there more than one way to clean your items after a fire?
Now to clean up the items after a fire.
You had a fire and were so glad that it was able to be put out but then your realize, " Wow, what a mess now."
You now may have water damage, fire extinguisher damage , odor damage, soot damage, just to name a few.
SERVPRO is here to help figure out exactly how to clean what and with what method.
There is: Dry Cleaning, Wet Cleaning, Spray and Wipe, Foam Cleaning, Abrasive Cleaning, Immersion Cleaning to name some.
If you have valuable documents SERVPRO might use: Air Drying, Dehumidification, Freeze Drying, Vacuum Freeze Drying or Vacuum Thermal Drying.
SERVPRO can coordinate with your Electronic Clean up. Believe it or not, some or all of your electronics can be restored.
So to answer the question...Yes, there is more than one way to clean your items after a fire.
What the difference between Mildew and Mold?
Many people might say," It's mildew , not mold".
The truth is both are fungi and both are necessary for out environment. But not in our bodies or our homes. To answer the question, mildew is mold in it's early stages.
Mold can grow fast. It can take only 24 to 48 hours for it to grow. In 1 to 12 days mold can colonize and grow fast.
Mold can come from many sources, some you may not have even thought of.
Here are a few:
Damp Basement/crawl space
Over Flows from sinks and tubs
So keep the mold outside where it's needed for soil and leaves to break down.
Keep it out of your home. SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor has the training and chemicals to help you do just that.
Flood water from a storm is the same as rain water , right?
Flood waters entered this ground lever apartment.
By the time that flood water gets to your living room it may have picked up some bad baggage along the way.
There can be pathogens, parasites and chemicals to name a few.
You need to be very careful to protect yourself when cleaning up during these conditions.
SERVPRO makes sure they have the right protective gear and clothing when working during these conditions. Many people can get lung infections or infections in a cut or abrasion from the contaminated water.
Be careful when trying to mitigate this yourself. If you are trying to get the water out please make sure you realize that it is not clean water and take the right precautions. You have enough to worry about without worrying abut your health.
SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is hear to help.
Water Damage doesn't take the weekend off.
Flooded Business site.
Many business's close for the weekend. The owners may decide to turn the heat down or even off (yikes), No one is there right? Well the pipes are still there and boy do they need heat when the weather gets cold.
A cold wind will make matters even worse. Maybe what's even worse is that no one is there to see a pipe break; no one is there to turn off the water and help to stop things from getting worse.
So if you have a business , remember, keep the heat on to help with pipes breaking.
A little money spent on heat is better than a lot spent on water damage later, not to mention loss of work while getting repairs done.
Disaster does not wait to happen 9-5 Mon-Fri.
Can we always predict a storm?
Having the pipes properly insulated would have more than likely prevented this disaster.
Even the Farmer's Almanac can be wrong and miss a storm predication.
Our high tech equipment, can miss a prediction when it comes to the weather as well.
Maybe your relying on the fact that the so-called "experts" predict a mild winter so your going to pass on getting your roof checked for cracks, or will wait another year before properly insulating your pipes. This could be a costly mistake.
The fact is that being prepared for storm damage will benefit you in the long run.
Having a well sealed home can save your home from damage.
If you do get storm damage though it's not recommended to try and do the mitigation yourself.
The experts at SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor have the correct tools and equipment to help save your home when it looks like a total loss. We are the remediation experts and that's a fact not a predication.
Flash Flooding: A Warning vs. A Watch
The difference between watches and warnings could be the difference between being prepared and being at increased risk for storm damage.
We've definitely seen our fair share of summer storms so far this season, especially with Harvey closing out the season with the potential of 3 more to come. We have additionally had a good bit of flash flood warnings and watches. Since SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is one of the most reliable sources in the community for storm and water damage remediation, we figured it's only fair we provide you some flash flood facts. Knowing the difference between and warning and a watch could be the difference between being prepared and being at risk for flood damage.
When your local agencies (whether it be NWS or a local weather station) issue a flash flood/flood warning this means flooding is happening or will happen soon. When you see this warning, it means you should move to high ground or be prepared for flooding ASAP. Often times it is important to be aware of any announcements from local officials if the flooding is projected to be particularly severe.
When local agencies issue a flash flood/flood watch, it means that flooding is possible. Upon the release of this watch, you should be sure to stay tuned to radio or TV for more information about the potential severity of the flood, should the watch be converted into a warning.
We know this can seem confusing, but if you're connected with us on Facebook or Twitter, we are sure to clarify what and when each watch/warning means, when we can. But be sure to connect with your local Emergency Management channels. We recommend MDMEMA, Baltimore OEM, NWS Baltimore, Maryland OPR, and FEMA.
Smoke Behavior Is No Joke
Your belongings after a fire, aren't just debris. Your belongings are pieces of your life that deserve care to be restored to the best of our ability.
Fire losses and the damage they leave behind can be an incredibly complex job to deal with. This is caused largely by the behavior of smoke. When our SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor professionals respond to a call for a fire job, their initial goal is to determine the extent of damage from fire itself, smoke, heat, and moisture. Not only do we deal with damage to building structures, but we work to clean a building's contents and your belongings as well.
Our SERVPRO trained professionals are trained to understand how smoke penetrates various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Our teams' knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. We know it can be stressful when you don't understand the issues facing your home, so take a moment to read up on the different kinds of smoke and soot that could potentially effect your property.
While there are technically only two different types of smoke - wet and dry, there are varying types of soot residue after a fire. Here's a handy glossary of smoke and soot types that might come in handy if you're ever faced with the misfortune of dealing with a property fire:
Wet smoke (plastic & rubber): Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. These smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
Dry smoke (paper & wood): Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises and thus so does the smoke
Protein fire residue (caused by evaporation of material instead of fire): Virtually invisible discolors paints and varnishes, extremely pungent odor
Fuel oil soot (furnace puff backs): While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO can, in most cases, restore your contents and your Baltimore structure quickly (thanks to their training)
Additionally, we do deal with tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher resides. These special situations require special care and evaluation.
Understanding and having the ability to differentiate between these different types of smoke and soot is part of SERVPRO's specific training which makes us a cut above any other Baltimore local restoration team. Trusting a company to care about your home like you do can seem daunting and feel impossible, but when it comes to SERVPRO, you can trust that you're always in good hands. We make it, "Like it never even happened."