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Specializing in Storm Restoration

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor was able to be there right away with the flooding of Ellicott City

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help business owners and residents.

Call your neighbor , SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, when you need help quickly.

(410) 637-3433

Storms lead to Flooding

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

A storm comes and everything seems okay but then you go downstairs and find that your basement is flooded. They first question might be, how did this happen?

There are many reasons that could have lead to this. 

Water tables vary and if the water table under the house gets too high it will find a way into the house. It might even find a small crack in the floor. This would be a great reason to see a water proofing company to take a look at the foundation etc.

Some other things to check would be the gutters. Sometimes they are clogged and will cause water to find a way in. Also, check if your down spouts. If they are not directed away from your home properly then water will get in. 

Check for clogging in storm drains is always best as well. 

Landscaping and pavers can shift over time and the slope can direct water towards the house. 

SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is always there to help whenever you need us. We will get your basement back to normal.

Call us 24/7 (410) 637-3433

Soot, Smoke, and SERVPRO

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

No Business is out of our League

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

If you are a Commercial Property Manager you want to know if your large building can be handled if a large loss occurs, rest assured knowing that SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is ready and able to handle any type of loss in any type of building!

SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is proud to be part of the large loss division of SERVPRO. The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

Contact the Commercial Fire and Water damage experts at SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor when you discover damage at your business. Call (410) 637-3433 to set up an appointment for an inspection, an Emergency Ready Profile, and consultation.

Fireworks this 4th of July

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Here's a fairly well-known joke about the 4th of July. It goes something like this: always buy fireworks from the guy missing a few fingers; you know he always has the good ones!

Kind of funny but not so much if it happens to you!

Every 4th of July, people get hurt with fireworks. Some lose a finger, some lose their home to fire and some even worse. It's not hard to believe that some people call the 4th of July the deadliest of holidays. If you're going to enjoy setting off fireworks this year, make sure to follow the instructions on the fireworks as well as these additional tips:

Have a bucket of water near by

Light one at a time

Don't try to re-light a "dud" firework. Give it some time and then soak it in water

Wear safety glasses

Don't let children handle fireworks

Always be a safe distance from any buildings or cars

Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting and then tossing in a metal trash can

The last thing to remember is don't forget to pack your common sense this holiday and anytime you light off fireworks, check your surrounds and look for things that could go wrong!

You don't want to be like the guy in joke!

Fire Escape!

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Fire experts agree that people have as little as two minutes to escape a burning building before it is too late to exit safely. When it comes to a fire escape plan, every second counts. In a matter of seconds, even the smallest flame can become a massive blaze. The American Cross conducted a survey that found only 26% of families have made and practiced their fire escape plans. If you don't have a plan in place for your home or business, use these tips to develop one!

Draw a map of each level of your home indicating exits (windows and doors)

Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on higher floors. Store them near the window. If you buy these ladders, make sure they are tested by a reliable testing laboratory

Pick a meeting place outside that keeps a safe distance from your home. Mark it well so everyone remembers where it is

Teach the youngest members of your family how to escape on their own if no one is able to help them. Make accommodations for the elderly, disabled, and your pets

Practice your plan at least twice a year (once during the day and once at nighttime)

Fires can be unpredictable, so your escape plan shouldn't be! Restoring your property after a fire shouldn't be difficult either. That's why SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor works so efficiently to cleanup your property ASAP after damage or a loss.

Where is your Home Most Likely to Flood?

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Did you take a guess? Well if you guessed your bathroom; you're right!

Bathrooms are the most likely place that flood will occur in your home. If you were like me you might have guessed laundry room or kitchen but if you think about it , I guess it does make sense. Think of all the water sources there. Sinks, toilets, bathtubs/showers. All of these features are connected to pipes and if these are clogged or leaking it could cause a flood.

The most common way a flood in the bathroom happens is from a clogged or blocked pipe/drain.

Malfunctions such as a leaking toilet or a broken toilet is a very common reason.

But guess what a very common reason is? Human error. Us, we leave the water running, forget about it, water slowly accumulates, and eventually you're home is flooded!

Life is busy and we get called away and think we will remember to be right back but that's not always what happens.

It's hard to keep on top of all your household features but take an extra moment and make sure your bathroom is in great running order and maybe leave a little note on the door for when your leaving. It could say something like , "make sure the water is off". Check under sinks once a month for leaks and ceilings under the bathroom for water stains. Staying ahead of a problem is always best.

Business as Usual After Water Damage

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events affecting Baltimore commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor

SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Warm Storms

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

As you know, summer brings storms, and storms bring storm damage. Storm damage can come from a bunch of different sources. Whether it's fire, wind, water, or even the weather...SERVPRO is here to help!

While meteorologists do their best with the tools they have access to, it's sometimes tough to determine how much damage one storm can do to your home or business. They can be completely harmless...or they can destroy your roof and flood your home. No matter the size of the loss, SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is specially trained to deal with the mess summer storms leave behind.

Wind is a pretty major culprit for summer storm damage. When it comes to storms with heavy winds, they can leave trees on the roof of your home, drag shingles off your roofing, or even bust out your roof to invite water damage into your home. While you should be sure to keep your roof in the best most up to date condition as you possibly can, you can never be certain when disaster will strike.

Wind isn't the only suspect to watch out for with summer storms. As you know, where there's thunder...there's lightning. If lightning strikes your home or business, it goes without saying, there is an immediate risk for fire.

And, of course, water damage can follow any of the above causes. This is because any holes in your home allow water to seep in and keep coming as the rain continues to fall.

Storm readiness is crucial to preventing severe storm damage to your residence or place of business...but if you get caught off guard, SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is always ready to make it, "Like it never even happened."

What to Expect

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

Your business has had a water loss. What can you expect when you give SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor a call? Every loss is unique but this is basically what you might see happen. 

First SERVPRO will inspect the site. Our professional staff will review and inspect and answer all questions before beginning work. We will be there that day or night when the loss occurs. 

Emergency SVC's will begin. This will look like extracting to get the excess water out and preparing the site for drying. Our equipment will be placed and monitored during the drying process. You will informed of readings all along the process.

SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor will be able to repair structural materials, reinstall carpets and flooring, following with cleaning affected areas of the property and contents. 

A final walk through of your site will take place to make sure that everything is back to where it was before the loss. 

SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor

(410) 637-3433