Clean your Kitchen!
Did you know that a vast majority of all fires in the home are started in the kitchen? It makes sense when you think about it, but the reasons for these fires sometimes have simpler solutions than you may think! Many fires are started simply by means of messiness. If food is near your toaster oven or a flammable liquid spills near your stove top, you have a potential fire on your hands! So, what’s the solution to these sticky situation? CLEAN!!!
Simply scrubbing your appliances (while they are turned off and unplugged, of course) or wiping down dry surfaces can save your home from disaster! Also, be sure to strategically place any food or cardboard boxes so that they are not able to catch on fire by a nearby source!
Even though SERVPRO of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is always here for you and ready to help with any fire disaster, we would much rather know the wonderful residents of Baltimore stay safe and avoid any and all disasters! So be sure to keep your kitchen spick and span to help prevent future potential fires in your home!
The Problem with Water Damage
The problem with water damage is that it’s not like most other damage. When a fire ignites in your house, there are many signs that your house is burning. When an earthquake shakes underneath your office building, you know there is something going on. Most damage happens suddenly and will cause immediate damage.
Water damage can create a sudden, major disaster, or it can sit places for a long time and become a slow moving, silent destructive force. Water will find its way just about anywhere, and when the quantity of water and the force behind the water is great enough, the chance of it causing a disaster sooner or later can be very high! With all the storms and flash flood warnings happening recently, we must all stay vigilant and protect our homes!
If you need an inspection of your home or office to prevent water damage or if you need restoration work done on your space, you know exactly who you can trust. SERVPRO of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is here for you 24/7, and we are ready to take on any mitigation task!
Giving you Peace of Mind
With all these crazy flash floods (or flash flood warnings) happening in the Baltimore area recently, it’s hard to know whether your home or office is safe from water damage. Water can get into places that you would never expect and can cause damage that you never even knew existed! Damage over time can sometimes be worse than immediate damage because it becomes deep-rooted and can harm the actual foundations or supports of certain structures.
Don’t let something as simple as water affect your daily routine. The last thing we ever want to see is anybody suffering from water damage (or any damage for that matter) during this coronavirus pandemic. We care about our city and we care about you, that’s why SERVPRO of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is dedicated to giving you peace of mind through our 24/7 restorative services. Feel free to give us a call any time and we will be ready to send out a crew of our professionally trained staff members to inspect or restore your home or office! (410) 637-3433.
Breaking Heat Records!
The heat lately has been unbelievable!! According to meteorologists, Maryland has broken a record for the most days in a row above 90 degrees! And I’m sure you can guess what comes with extreme heat: fire. Maryland is notorious for wild weather changes, so on those days where the air becomes dry out of nowhere, our homes and offices become particularly susceptible to fires.
Fires usually come without any warning whatsoever and can severely damage your space in an instant. Unlike weather related disasters, there is no news station or website you can visit that will tell you if a fire is about to hit your home. For this reason, it’s extremely important that you have a reliable and local service that can come to your rescue if disaster strikes!
SERVPRO of Baltimore’s Inner harbor is ready for any fire disaster you may undergo, whether it’s a spark or a meltdown. You can trust us to come and restore your space back to its former glory and make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call any time and our professionally trained staff members will be there to help you with any of your mitigation needs! (410) 637-3433.
Guess what folks? Summer is here and it is storm season! For those of you who are new to Maryland and still trying to figure out our crazy whether, you probably shouldn't waste your energy on trying! Maryland is an unpredictable state and whether patterns can be completely erratic. Because of this, we get almost every variety of storm, and each one can affect YOUR property differently.
Whether a storm comes with heavy wind, rain, hail, lightning, or any other unpredictable factor, SERVPRO of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will be there to help you. Storms can come at any time of the night or day, so you need a reliable service with professionally trained staff, ready to get your life back in order right away. Here at SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, we are open 24/7 and will be there for you no matter what.
As storm season continues to waltz its way through our neighborhoods, there's one name you can trust to restore your property and give you peace of mind. Give us a call any time at (410) 637-3433. Did I mention we're always open?
Let's Talk About Storms
Here's the thing, different storms come with different types of damage. This damage isn't unique to its respective storm, but is highly more likely to happen, given the environmental impacts. Here's a quick list of each type of storm we might face this summer in Baltimore and the damage it can bring along. Don't worry, SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor will be there to fix up any and all of the issues you might face during this storm season!
- Rainstorm: can cause water damage, including flooding
- Electrical storm: lightning can cause fire damage and other explosive damage to your roof, siding, etc.
- Windstorm: can cause damage to the outside of your house via projectile debris or even falling trees
- Flash flood: can cause major water damage, typically worse than a rainstorm
- Hurricane: A very extreme and severe combination of all the above. Damage can range from mild to utter devastation.
There are plenty of other types of storms, such as blizzards and tropical storms, but those are much less likely to hit the Baltimore area during this season. At least, we hope! If any type of storm or natural disaster affects your home or business, SERVPRO of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will be there and we will be ready to clean up the mess. Give us a call any time at (410) 637-3433, we’re open 24/7!
Plan, Plan and then Plan some more.
We all know that we should plan and practice our escape route when we have a house fire but we tend to get lazy when we don't plan to practice. Practice time needs to be scheduled. Even if it's scheduled when you change your smoke detector batteries twice year. Use the time when we change clocks back to do both. Battery change and escape route practice.
Now did you plan for things to happen to your plan. Maybe something has blocked your escape route? Think ahead to things that might happen. Keep a phone next to your bed to dial 911. Keep shoes next to your bed to escape with. Keep a fire blanket under the bed. Try to think ahead for anything that will help with obstacles.
You should have a checklist when you leave the house or go to bed.
Things on this list might be:
Check to make sure stove is off and clear of anything flammable.
Make sure your space heater is off and unplugged. Electrical appliances draw current and if there is a faulty plug , there could be a fire. There should also always be 3 feet clearance around the heater.
If you are a smoker, smoke outside. This will cut the risk of having a stray ash start a fire.
Check your dryer vents to make sure they are clean . Do not leave the dryer running when your leaving the house or going to bed.
Be safe and smart. Make your own list of safety checks. There are many more you can add.
Lastly, make sure your house number can be seen from the road for emergency responders.
When you are safe and ready, call SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Plan on putting our number in your phone. We will help get things back to normal. 410-637-3433
Be safe at home this summer.
We all look forward to summer. It's usually a time for fireworks, barbeques, and outdoor fun.
With the Covid-19 Pandemic this summer we will be doing more this summer at home.
Please be safe when cooking on the grill this summer. Always wear the right clothing. Don't wear loose clothing that could catch on fire. Make sure your sleeves are short or rolled up.
The grill should be away from bushes etc. Make sure there is at least 3 feet of clear space around the grill.
If you are using coals to grill , have a metal bucket for the ashes.
Fireworks are nice but can easily start a fire .
Always make sure you have a clearing away from where you are setting them off.
Never let children set off fire works.
Never try to re-light a "dud" firework.
Many accidents happen in the home. Try your best to be safe and not make one of them a fire.
SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is here to help 410-637-3433.
Water damage is a problem in many ways.
Water damages thousands of homes and properties each year due to floods, extreme weather events and plumbing disasters. The problem with water inside your home, besides from damaging your home and contents, is the fact that there are a variety of environmental concerns that can affect your health.
Here are some water damage tips:
Find the source of water leakage. If your problems result from plumbing pipes, then you should turn off the main water valve and seek help from a professional.
Lower humidity levels in your home by removing wet items such as rugs, carpets and furniture. Use a large fan to keep air moving inside your home.
If flood waters enter your home, you should immediately vacate the area. Plan ahead for natural disasters by packing important papers inside waterproof bags.
Most areas of the country that are prone to flooding have warning systems in place. Listen carefully to the news when heavy rains are headed into your area.
Flood waters are almost impossible to remove without consulting a professional service. You really shouldn't try to mitigate yourself without training.
Make sure you have flood coverage on your homeowners policy. If you live in a flood zone, then you should prepare in advance.
Your home can fast become flooded even from running your washing machine. Never leave your home while your washing machine is running.
Wet floors and carpeting must be completely dry to prevent mold and bacteria from forming.
A professional service will remove the wet items and dry your floors. Check your homeowners policy to ensure your furniture, carpets and other items are covered. Planning ahead for natural disasters is the key to reducing costs.
Prepare an emergency strategy with all members of your family that include severe weather events and flooding.
Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every type of water damage, situation from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, carpet water damage, basement water damage, flooded crawl space, sewer backup and sewage removal.
Call the professionals of SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor if water damage happens at your home. 410-637-3433
What to do after the fire trucks leave.
What to do when the fire trucks leave? It starts out as fire but after the truck leaves you really left with a lot of different types of damage.
Fire, water, soot and odor is left.
SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is an expert in all of these areas of clean and more.
Here are some tips while waiting for help.
What To Do After A Fire
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
What NOT To Do After A Fire
- Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
- Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
- Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
- Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.
Call SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. 410-637-3433.