Don't Clean it Yourself!
After a fire, your house is left with lingering smoke that can be harmful to your health and property. The best thing to do in such a situation is to clean smoke immediately because if you ignore it, the smoke will cause massive damage on your property which will require more money to clean than if you had cleaned it soon enough.
If the smoke is not cleaned as soon as possible, the items that will be mostly affected by smoke are drapes, carpets, upholstery and walls because they will become permanently discolored. Glass will become extremely etched, and metals will tarnish which will require replacement.
You might think that you can do a good job at cleaning smoke by yourself without any basic knowledge and skills on how to go about it but this can lead to you causing further damage on the items. The best thing to do is to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Howard County to do the cleaning and restore the home to the state it was in before the fire disaster struck.
One of the advantages of calling SERVPRO to clean soot is that they have specialized tools which are crucial in eliminating smoke. These are tools such as extractors, rotary scrubbers, and wet cleaning tools. Another advantage is that they have a lot of experience in doing such work; therefore, they will know the right steps to take in cleaning hour home and preventing further damage on your property.
Starting the Water Mitigation Process
When you have water damage the first thing you want to do is call the experts at SERVPRO of Howard County 410-465-7333
Here are some tips to do while waiting for SERVPRO.
Turn the water off. This might seem like the obvious thing to do but some people forget to do this. Water damage mitigation can't start until the water is off.
Remove excess water.
Mop up as much excess water as possible. To speed the drying process, in cool weather, open windows. In hot weather, turn on the air conditioner.
Prop up upholstery. Any cushions on couches, etc should be propped up for more even drying.
Remove area rugs. Anything that is wet and can be moved should be moved away to dry. This includes area rugs, magazines, books, or anything that is sitting on top of the wall-to-wall carpet.
Open storage containers. Open any boxes, suitcases, etc that may contain moisture to let them dry.
Protect furniture.Place plastic bags between the legs of your furniture and the wet carpet. This will keep the pain and lacquer on the furniture from bleeding down into the carpet and ruining it permanently. Also, open any drawers or cabinet drawers to allow them to dry.
Protect your valuables. Remove any valuables from the affected area. This includes, paintings, papers, computers, etc. Drying out an area creates heat and humidity. Anything that can be affected by this should be move away.
Dry clothing. Dry all of your clothing as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather somewhere to dry. If necessary call a garment restoration professional. Our technicians can give you referrals to good, reputable companies who can help.
Construction, Home Improvement, & Remodeling
SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is ready and willing to do any construction or repairs that you may need done on your residency or business.
More than Mitigation
When you think of SERVPRO, what do you think of? Restoration, disasters, fires, floods? Did you know that SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor has the professional equipment and highly trained teams that are ready to do construction or remodeling on your home or business? That's right, we're more than just a restoration company, we're also your local experts on rebuilds! There's no job too tough for us, we're always ready and willing to come to your location and work on your space, whatever your needs may be!
Wait, SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor Does More Than Just Restoration Work?
Yes! Our teams have years of experience under their (tool) belts and can do any type of work you need done in your space. Check out this list of services we provide:
- Board Up
- Carpet, Vinyl Plank, Laminate, and Hardwood Installation
- Complete Remodels
- Door Replacement
- Drywall Repair and Installation
- Drywall Removal
- Electrical Services
- General Contracting
- Hardwood Floor Repair
- HVAC Services
- Kitchens and Baths
- Linoleum Floor Repair
- Marble Floor Repair
- Painting – Interior and Exterior
- Roof Tarp
- Roofing Repair and Replacement
- Siding Repair and Replacement
- Tile Floors, Showers, Backsplashes
- Window Replacement
- Any and All Other Carpentry Repairs
Here is a list of some of the types of spaces that SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor will work on:
- Single-Family Homes
- Apartments and Condos
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
To sum these lists up, our Rebuild Services Department is ready and willing to work on anything, anywhere. You name it, we’re on it!
Why Should I Choose SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor for my Remodeling Needs?
SERVPRO has been a trusted name in the United States since 1967. Although SERVPRO is a broad name across the country, each of our 1,500 franchises are independently owned, so you know that you’re getting your individual needs fulfilled by a local business! Here at SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, we value our customers, and we strive to do our best on any type of job.
Because we also specialize in all other forms of remediation, we are ready for any other surprises that may arise while doing a home improvement job. If your space has unknown water under the floorboards, mold in the walls, or any other type of damage causing issue, SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor will get you all fixed up! We have specialized teams that will come out any time to get your space back to normal, we won’t just have our rebuild team cover it up with a few nice looking slabs of wood!
We also place a strong emphasis on family. In fact, many of our employees are family members who were born and raised locally and have grown in and around the community! Our family values set us apart from many other local businesses and provide the work ethic needed for tough rebuild work. If you’re looking for a remodeling company that has all the state-of-the-art equipment and tools and has highly trained staff members with strong core family values, SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor should be your first phone call!
All of This is Sounding Too Good to be True
Of course any company that you talk to is going to say they are the best local remodeling business and you should go with their services. Here at SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk. If you still don’t trust us, just look at what our customers have to say on Google! And if that isn’t good enough for you, check out our Facebook page too!
Our Rebuild Services Department exists to fulfill your construction needs. Keeping our customers happy and satisfied is our main goal, and so far, we believe we’ve done a pretty darn good job of doing just that! We work as a team under one roof and are here for you!
So, How Can I Set Up an Appointment?
Give us a call! We’re always open and always ready for you. You can reach us 24/7 any day of the week at (410) 637-3433.
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Storms and Insurance
One of the most expensive things you will ever own is your home. We all try and try to keep up with things but there are things we just can't expect and plan on at times. Storms can be one of them.
The first thing to note is to make sure that your insurance covers all that you think it does. Did you know that water that enters your home from the bottom up (flooding) isn’t covered by homeowners insurance? You can usually get coverage for it but it typically does not come standard. For people living on flood plains, adding flood insurance is common practice. Most people don't know that neither flood insurance nor a homeowner’s policy covers sump pump failure though.
Avoid the stress associated with sewer back-ups, seepage issues, or flood waters by purchasing targeted pump failure insurance coverage. We have seen people taken by complete surprise finding out that they don't have the coverage that they thought they did.
Having a conversation with your insurance agent is one of the best things you can do to protect your home. Know what coverage you have and don't have so your not taken by surprise when a storm rolls in!
Water Damage - It's not your Fault!
Sometimes, water damage isn’t your fault at all. And by sometimes, we mean oftentimes. Water can seep into your home or business from all sorts of outlandish sources! From a freak accident in your pipes involving an unknown wild animal, to a neighborhood wide pipeline-burst all the way down the street. Just because we do everything right and take all the necessary precautions doesn’t mean that water can’t find a way to make our lives difficult.
The tricky thing about water damage however, is that if left alone for a period of time (which is different depending on the severity of the damage), it can continue to get worse. Water damage is not the kind of damage that likes to come and go, it would much rather come and stay! So even if you’ve cleaned out your gutters, sealed all the joints in your pipes, and double checked the strength of that 55 gallon fish tank in your living room, you should still be ready to eliminate the damage as soon as possible if it ever occurs. SERVPRO of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is ready to help 24/7 and will be there whenever you need us! Don’t let unexpected water damage continue to deteriorate your space, give us a call! (410) 637-3433.
If there’s one thing we can all agree on right now, it’s that this pandemic stinks. We have all had to adjust in one way or another and for some of us, that adjusting has been much more difficult than others. Many small business owners who once welcomed friendly customers into their shops with open arms just a few months ago are now struggling just to pay their monthly bills. The absolute last thing that a business owners needs right now is a disaster to strike their commercial property.
Here at SERVPRO of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, we know that unfortunate things like this do happen and they have the potential to ruin the livelihoods of certain people. We don’t want to see anybody in our neighborhood suffer from Murphy’s law, that’s why our trained professionals are here to mitigate any damage done to your commercial property in a thorough, efficient, and timely manner. Our team is ready to help you whenever you need us, no matter what the circumstance.
We are the kind of company that hopes that you never have to experience a disaster emergency, but if you do, we will be there helping you get your business and life back in order! We are open 24/7 and we are ready to help! (410) 637-3433.
Don't Let Water Stay Stagnant
Mitigation companies talk about how water damage typically gets worse and worse if left untreated, but what exactly does that mean? How can damage that’s already so bad get any worse? For starters, water damage is not like fire damage. Once a fire is completely put out, the damage is what it is (in most cases). When water soaks into your floor or floods your home, it continues to deteriorate whatever it is touching. Even if you think that you’ve sucked up all the water and your carpet is dry, there is mostly likely trace amounts of water keeping your foundation damp and causing further issues underneath your home.
If left untreated, water can lead to mold and mildew growth. This is an entirely different kind of damage that can lead to major health effects and needs to be removed by separate means. Additionally, as water stays stagnant in an area and continues to dilapidate your foundation, it can make parts of your home unstable and unsafe. Rotted wood is not stable and as we all know, water can very easily cause wood to rot.
If you think there may be water in your home, call us for an inspection! Our team is here for all of your water removal needs, so don’t hesitate to contact us so you can relax knowing that your space is safe and dry.
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.