Did you know?
Did you know wet materials start developing very serious problems, under the right conditions, in as little as 24 hours? Mold being one thing that can happen.
Did you know there are 3 types of water?
Clean water= this is usually from rain, condensation, leaking pipe to name a few. This water poses very little health problems with the clean up.
Grey water= this is slightly dirty water. Some examples are water from dishwasher, washing machines, and clean toliets. You would want to wear protective gear to sheild you when cleaning up.
Black water= This water can be from sewage, flooding from rivers etc. It does not have to be black in color as the name suggests. This type can pose serious health problems when cleaning it up. This clean up should really be left to professionals.
Did you know that if you find mold, whether it's been growing a short time or a long time, you need to be careful. Shut down any air flow and call a professional. If it is a small area, you can try to cut it out, bag it, and throw it away immediately.
Did you know that getting the water out is just the beginning. You need to also have the area dried right away using fans and or large capacity dehumidifiers.
Did you know that porous materials, like carpet,insulation, carpet padding, fabric and similar items more than likely have to be thrown away. Water will permanently damage many of these things.
Did you know that SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is an expert in water clean up. Call us if you have a water loss. We are here to help 24/7.
Are you ready for a Winter Storm?
Are you ready for a storm? You can be with 3 simple steps.
1)Build kits. These kits should be for different situations. Kits for loss of power, kits for evacating or staying. Always, you should have at least 3 days of non-perishable food and water for everyone in your home or office. Don't forget pets.
You should have go kits for winter evacuations. Make a list of important things you will need to bring and have them ready in one place. Don't forget pets , have carring cases for all of them.
2)Have a plan and PRACTICE it. Having a plan is great but if your family or employee don't know about it and haven't practiced it, failure can happen.
3)Knowing winter weather hazards and where to find resources to prepare is vital to protecting your property and those you love. Keep on top of winter weather warning. Look up local resources before the storm hits. Be prepared for the worst before it happens so things will turn out for the best.
Can you protect your home from a wildfire?
In recent years it seems like there are more wild fires then ever.
Right now Australia is going through a devastating fire right now.
Many times we have no control if we are going to lose our home to a wildfire but there are things we can do to prepare and hopefully at times save our home.
So be prepred. Create a defensible space around your home. Keep at least 30 feet between yohbur home and your potential sources.
Clean and remove all dead and dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof and rain gutters.
Create a seperation between trees, shrubs and items that would catch fire. These could be things like patio furniture, wood piles , swing sets etc.
If there is a wildfire in the area be prepared.
Stay aware of the latest news and updates from your local media and fire department.
Get your family, home and pets prepared to evacuate.
Place an emergency supply kit and other valuables in your vehicle.
Close and protect your home’s openings, these could be the attic and basement doors and vents, windows, garage doors and pet doors to prevent embers from penetrating your home.
Connect garden hoses and fill any pools, hot tubs, garbage cans, tubs, or other large containers with water.
Leave as early as possible, before you’re told to evacuate.
SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is here to help. Please be safe!
New Year, New Chance to get it right!
2020 is here. The New Year Begins!!! This is a great opportunity to get things organized and protected as well. It's a great time to plan ahead for the not-so-good things, Fire and Water damage.
Make on of your resolutions to have your business protected. Call SERVPRO of Howard County to lean more aobut our Emergency Ready Profile that will help ensure your business is ready for whatever happens in 2020.
There are so many advantages of the SERVPRO ERP.
Here are a few:
- No-cost assessment of your facility
- A concise profile document containing on the mosts critical information needed about your business and building structure in the event of an emergency.
- Provides facility details, such as shutoof vlave locaitons, priority areas, and priority contact information.
- Assessible electronically
- Establishes SERVPRO of Howard County as your fanchise professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is here to help get you prepared. Call us at 410-637-3433
If Disaster Sticks today are you ready?
We all know in the back of our minds that we shoudl be ready for a disaster. We think we will get to a plan of action, someday. Well, you really need to make it today.
Some steps to help you prepare for an emergency situation.
You should sign up for local alerts/warnings. Download apps but also have wireless emergency alerts.
Design emergency communication plans but also test them in advance.
Assemble emergency supplies. There are many organiztions that can help give you a checklist.
Educate yourself and others on local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency responses.
Sign up for traings and classes on preparedness for yourself and even your business employees.
Organize and safegaurd critical documents.
Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
Make documents of property and check your insurance to make sure you have relevant coverage. Keep documents at another location if possible.
Keep up your property and make improvements to reduce injury as well as property damage.
You never know when an emergency situation will occur. Make today the day your start to get prepared.
Make the fall your prep time for winter.
September is a great month for preparing for winter. It's not too hot or cold to check some areas of the house that need attention.
Check the roof for any loose or missing shingles. This should be repaired before winter hits.
Ducts should be checked. Over time the seal can come loose.This can let heat into the attic causing snow to melt and refreeze causing ice dams on your roof.
The end of Fall is a great time to drain your water heater. This should be done once an year. Do it now before you find out your only have really cold water in your house.
If you have a chimney, make sure you sweep it (or have it professionally swept) before lighting any fires for the season. Removing the excess soot, as well as the birds and animals that made their homes in chimneys throughout the year, will help prevent fires and smoke damage. Also, examine the damper to make sure it’s still looking good. If it’s bent or warped, warm air will be able to escape through the chimney.
If you have ceiling fans, now is the time to reverse them. Putting them in reverse will help blow down warm air that would otherwise be stuck near the ceiling, which will likely mean you can turn your heat down a degree or two.
Enjoy the fall weather but also make it a time to check your home for the winter.
Commercial work interruption.
When your business has a situation that calls for SERVPRO's help, SERVPRO is there to work for you. SERVPRO understands that if possible you will want your business to still operate during clean up, even if at sub capicity.
SERVPRO will put containment walls up around the work area. If possible, SERVPRO will work during non-traditional business hours to get the if that is what is requested.
SERVPRO will be descret when it's needed for any sensitive clean ups. SERVPRO takes pride in our staff and their sensitivity to the fact that your business is the priority. We want to make sure your business is up to full capacity as soon as possible.
SERVPRO understands that an unexpected period of lost productivity and revenue can be devastating to any buiness large or small.
SERVPRO has the training and resources to get your business up and running in the fastest time possible.
Water damage doesn't always come from the weather.
If you are like a lot of people you might think of water damage to your home being caused by weather; maybe a hurricane or heavy rains.
In reality most water damage comes for non-weather conditions. This might mean a plumbing issue such as pipes, drains and valves failing. It could also be many times from an applicance. This is something that most people don't think about.
Appliances do not always offer warning signs until the damage has already occurred. That is why it is important to check them regularly.
First, know where the main water supply is located in case of emergency.
If you will be away from home for an extended period, shut off the water supply and drain the pipes.
Exceptions might be if your home is heated with steam system or your fire spinkler system so consult with a professional if you can turn this supply off when leaving.
Consider having your air conditioning system inspected regularly by a professional. Check the drain lines annually and clean them if they are clogged.
Inspect water heaters, showers, tubs, toilets, sinks and dishwashers annually, and have them repaired if there are any signs of leaks or corrosion. When possible, install water heaters in areas with floor drains to minimize damage if leaks should occur.
Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases, and make repairs as needed.
If your refrigerator has an ice machine or water dispenser, the hose between the wall and the refrigerator should be made of braided copper.
Check pipes for cracks and leaks. Have pipe damage fixed immediately to prevent more costly repairs in the future.
Check appliance hoses and plumbing fittings for breakage, crimping or bending.
You can't always prevent water damage from happening in your home but may times prevention is your best friend in avoiding water damage from happening.
The warmth of a summertime fire.
Who doesn't love sitting outside in the summer with a nice fire going? It just goes hand and hand with summertime and roasting marshmallows.
It sure can be relaxing but don't get too relaxed. You still need to be safe when having a fire.
When you have campfires, make sure you build them at least 25 feet away from tents, shrubs or anything that has the potential to catch on fire.
When using a fire pit, outdoor fireplace or chiminea , you are going to want to make sure you have placed these things at least 10 feet away from your home or structure or again anything that could possibly catch on fire.
Make sure when your tending the fire to not have loose sleeves or articles of clothing on that could catch on fire as well.
Always think ahead and look around you for possible fire hazards. Once that is all done you can relax around the glow of the fire.
If anything happens though, you know that SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is here to help. We never take a night off even in the summertime. 24/7 365 days a year . There when you need us. 410-637-3433
Prepare your house to leave it.
Summertime is a great time for relaxation and travel for most. It's also a good time to get your house checked for leaks etc so you can take a vacation with a good piece of mind.
Check your home for leaks at the pipes under the sinks and check the water heater for cracks and rust.
Look at the seals around your windows and make sure their in good condition. If you have any shingles dislodged on the roof, now is a good time to have them replaced.
All the hoses that connect major appliances, such as washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerator ice maker lines need to be checked for kinks, cracks etc.
Examine your sump pump and check that it is in good condition and clear of debris by filling the sump pit and running the pump. Listen to the motor for strange sounds and watch that the water is going outside. Install a battery-powered backup source in case there is a power outage while you are gone.
Turn off the water at the main if there is no one to check your house. Drain the pipes as a precaution and flush the toilets after .
If possible have someone check on your house while your away.
Have a relaxing Summer but nothing is more relaxing then taking the time to prepare your house for your absence.
SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor will be there if you need us of course if anything goes wrong. We are there 24/7 and we don't take a vacation.