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Why You Should Choose An IICRC-Certified Specialist For Water Removal In Havre De Grace

5/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why You Should Choose An IICRC-Certified Specialist For Water Removal In Havre De Grace Water damage to your home is stressful.

Always Choose An IICRC-Certified Specialist For Water Removal


Water damage to your home is stressful. Once water gets into your home, there are so many ways it can cause harm. Before you know it, you are dealing with water-logged carpets, wet and fragile documents and books, or perhaps wet floorboards, walls, or even ceilings if the water seeps through from one level to the next.

When you require water removal services in your Havre de Grace home, it is natural that you want to call in the very best professionals. You need someone whom you know you can trust to treat your house and possessions with care and do a thorough job of removing the water to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Every SERVPRO technician is a certified member of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). The IICRC provides training in all the important aspects of inspection, cleaning, and restoration following an incident such as a flood or water damage. They currently have more than 53,000 certified technicians on their books.

What does that mean for you? It means that you can call on SERVPRO with confidence because you know we only work with fully trained and certified professionals. To maintain our IICRC certification, we must:

•Present accurate information to you and act with honesty and integrity
•Send a formally trained technician to all jobs
•Use a continuing education program to keep our technicians up to date
•Have insurance to protect all parties
•Have a written complaint policy and agree to arbitration in the event of a dispute

That means that you can always rely on receiving the help you need from a fully qualified professional team, every time.

SERVPRO teams come equipped with a range of free standing and truck mounted pumps to assist with water removal. We have submersible pumps to clear free standing water and a range of extraction tools including weighted extractors and wands to draw water out of carpets and rugs. We do not stop at water removal. We continue with the drying process using air movers, dehumidifiers, and box fans until your home and possessions are restored to their pre-damage dryness levels.

Because we are IICRC-certified, you can rest assured that we are trained in the best methods and know how to use the range of equipment to the greatest effect. Do not let water damage ruin your home. Call SERVPRO of Harford County at (410) 679-6260 for help.


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How SERVPRO Assesses Flood Damage After A Dishwasher Breakdown In Havre de Grace

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Assesses Flood Damage After A Dishwasher Breakdown In Havre de Grace Havre De Grace Flooding Relies on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Water Removal

SERVPRO's Array of Measuring Devices Ensures a Dry Home Post Flooding

Dishwashers are a welcome addition to many households. After all, who does not love being able to simply rinse the dishes, set the cycle, and let the machine do the work? It is very convenient. However, like any other appliance, a dishwasher might malfunction, and a dishwasher breakdown often equals a flood of water in your kitchen.

Flood damage to your Havre de Grace home can be a serious cause for concern. A dishwasher might cause a surprisingly large flood in your kitchen, so naturally, you want to get that cleaned up as quickly as possible to mitigate any further damage. That is why we recommend you put in a call to SERVPRO at once -We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
 
An essential element of our job is assessing the damage to your home. A thorough assessment lets our experts know how much moisture is present, which is vital information that we need to decide upon the best course of action.
 
A visual inspection is an important first start, but of course, that is only one part of the process. Our teams come prepared with a range of powerful equipment to help us assess the flood damage to your home:
 
A moisture sensor to help us ascertain how deeply water has penetrated into soft materials. The sensor displays a blinking light and makes an audible beep when moisture is present, and this allows us to measure the extent of the damage. We have other models that work silently.
 
A moisture meter to help us measure how much moisture is in any structure. Meters are useful for testing the damp content of every part surrounding your dishwasher including not only the floor but also walls, wall insulation, cabinets, and rugs or carpets. Do not worry if you have a wooden floor. Our SERVPRO experts also come equipped with penetrating moisture meters that can be used to take a reading under wood flooring or even inside the wall. Our technicians calibrate the instrument to suit the material that we are testing.
 
Thermo-hygrometers. Thermo-hygrometers measure the temperature and the relative humidity in your kitchen. Our technicians use these readings to determine the extent of the water damage. This is usually used after the water has been removed, a verification that a standard RH has been attained.
 
A complete evaluation of the situation assists us in drawing up an effective individual drying plan for your kitchen. We monitor moisture and humidity throughout the drying process so you can rest assured your kitchen is at optimum dryness and humidity before we call the job done. We can also provide documentation to your insurance company.
 
If your dishwasher breaks, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of Harford County at (410) 679-6260 today for an assessment of the damage and a swift restoration service.

How Safe Is A Home With Small Amounts Of Unrepaired Fire Damage In Edgewood?

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Safe Is A Home With Small Amounts Of Unrepaired Fire Damage In Edgewood? There are situations where even small amounts of fire damage can pose ongoing problems to residents in the home.

Unrepaired Fire Damage

When a home is damaged on the interior, neighbors and building code inspectors may never know about the problem. However, this lack of knowledge cannot provide protection from damage caused by fire or other types of damage-causing elements, such as water or mold. There are situations where even small amounts of fire damage can pose ongoing problems to residents in the home.

Edgewood homes that have even insignificant fire damage should have the area inspected by a professional. A charred wall may seem to be okay and a simple covering, such as a large painting or mirror, might be thought of as being enough. The damage from a fire can extend into the wall, where wiring runs. This wiring can be damaged, even if that damage is not apparent immediately. Subsequent fire from wiring that becomes too hot is a very real danger in this type of situation. Also, insulation in exterior walls can suffer from fire damage and allow problems to develop in the vicinity.

One thing to remember about fire damage is that in addition to the fire itself, the heat generated often causes extensive and costly damage to nearby structures. If an area is damaged by flames near a doorway, this can affect how the door closes. Locked exterior doors might not be as secure when locked because many locks have plastic parts that quickly melt when exposed to high temperatures. Having a false sense of security can result in dangerous consequences or costly thefts that might not be covered by insurance.

Fire damage can also create charred areas that might not be visible because they are located higher than the area that is exposed. These areas can allow rain and snow to enter, albeit slowly. When moisture can enter into your exterior walls, many other types of damage can develop. These are also very costly to repair and remediate.

Because of these reasons, even small amounts of fire damage should be inspected and repaired as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Harford County can help you with this and many other types of damage that can affect the safety of your home. We can elaborate more about how our services can benefit you. We are always available to take your call at (410) 679-6260.

Drying Lino Floors When Dishwasher Causes Flood Damage In Havre de Grace

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying Lino Floors When Dishwasher Causes Flood Damage In Havre de Grace If your dishwasher breaks down and causes flood damage to your home, you need to get things dried out as quickly as possible.

Drying Flood Damaged Flooring


Dishwashers are great when they are working with no problems. Any busy person can appreciate being able to put dirty dishes in the washer and forget about them until later. Unfortunately, a dishwasher can also break and when it does water in the kitchen becomes a problem.

If your dishwasher breaks down and causes flood damage to your Havre de Grace home, you need to get things dried out as quickly as possible. Any delay means a greater risk of damage to your house and more chance for mold or mildew to grow. That is why we recommend calling SERVPRO as soon as you find the water leak in your kitchen.

When a dishwasher leaks, the principal concern is often getting the floor and floor covering dried out. Many kitchens have lino floor coverings. Although lino does not absorb water like carpet does, fast drying is still a must to prevent further damage or mold growth. There is a particular risk of water becoming trapped under any loose sections of lino floor. Our IICRC-certified technicians start by using truck mounted and free standing pumps to draw out any standing water. Next, we remove lino so we can thoroughly dry both the lino and the floor underneath.

Our team uses a combination of dehumidifiers and air movers to dry your kitchen floor and lino. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air to decrease humidity and therefore reduce drying times. We carefully calculate how many dehumidifiers to use and where to position them based on the cubic feet of area to be dried and the extent of the water damage.

We also train our technicians to use air movers and dehumidifiers together to dry out your kitchen floor. Air movers are not like the fans you pick up at your local hardware store. Rather they are designed to blow air across wet surfaces and replace it with drier air. While the dehumidifiers produce more dry, warm air, air movers circulate that air across wet materials.

SERVPRO understands that getting the right balance of air movers to dehumidifiers is key to successful drying. Too many air movers can result in secondary water damage, but too few air movers slow down the drying process. That is why our team carefully calculates the exact number and position of air movers and dehumidifiers for your specific situation. When drying is complete, we replace your lino - “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Harford County at (410) 679-6260 for help cleaning up after a broken dishwasher.

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Aberdeen Home

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration for Your Aberdeen Home Aberdeen Fires Result in Damage After the Fire re Gone--Call SERVPRO

Aberdeen Properties Benefit from SERVPRO Fire Restoration Services

The destruction fire causes can be devastating. It can quickly gut your home, leaving a path of ruin in its path. At SERVPRO, our team is available to help you throughout this tough time. We are insured, certified, and licensed as fire restoration contractors. Our team is IICRC certified, meaning we have on-going training in all kinds of fire restoration equipment, methods and diagnostics and follow best practices.

When fire damage does occur, you want someone who can repair any of the structural damage, plus get rid of any smoke stains, odors, and soot coatings to get your Aberdeen home back to its condition preloss. That is where SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians come into the picture. We are onsite quickly to mitigate the damages, secure your property, and start emergency cleaning to items of priority. While we are there, we inspect your home, assess the damage and write preliminary estimates to give you a comprehensive restoration plan, which includes smoke and odor removal, structural cleaning, deodorizing, content restoration, repairs, and more.
 
Timing is critical once the fire is out. Fire damage repairs must start quickly to maximize the effectiveness and minimize damage. We are available to answer your call at any time and move into action right away. We recognize the emotional upset and trauma which you are going through, and considerately and quickly mitigate the damage on your property which is salvageable, like fixtures, household items, metals and other items. Our processes for cleaning and techniques of restoration can many times prevent replacement costs, therefore lowering total costs. Knowledge and skill are both needed for proper fire, and smoke damage restoration and our SERVPRO professionals have the expertise to get the job done right.
 
Treatment can include odor and smoke removal when necessary, complete cleaning and sanitation, air vent and duct cleaning, and professional deodorization. Our treatments always include respectful handling of your property like it was our own and we take extra care plus the steps necessary to protect personal belongings and flooring.
 
Our emergency repair services can reverse a lot of the effects of fire and smoke damage. Repairs and restoration with us can make a time that is very trying much less unpleasant.
 
Do not hesitate to get in touch with SERVPRO of Harford County when your home has gone through a fire. We are ready to take your call any day of the week, at any hour when you dial (410) 679-6260. We use care and compassion, along with our expertise, to restore your home, so it looks as though nothing ever happened.

Information For Safe Remediation Of Mold Damage In Your Havre De Grace Area Home

3/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Information For Safe Remediation Of Mold Damage In Your Havre De Grace Area Home Havre De Grace Mold Remediation is Best Left to SERVPRO

SERVPRO Suggests to Call Us for Mold Cleanup in Your Home

Visiting the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website presents you with a variety of measures to take when dealing with mold growth in your home. If you read far enough into it, the documentation tells you that there is no such thing as an acceptable type or amount of mold growth and that any mold that you find requires the attention of professionally trained technicians, like those available from SERVPRO.
 
If you insist on tackling the mold damage situation in your Havre De Grace home on your own, it is vital for you to read every bit of information provided by the CDC, EPA, and IICRC certification websites. Do not leave anything to chance, or you may end up causing far more harm to your property. SERVPRO strongly recommends that you hire a professional, certified mold remediation company to tackle an attack by these fungi.
 
The information available through the CDC also states that if the affected area you face exceeds 10 square feet, that you should contact a professional remediation company to handle the situation. Keep that in mind before you proceed.
 
The staff at SERVPRO can provide you with all of the services you need to deal with your mold remediation properly. There is no reason for you to attempt to do these things on your own, we already have IICRC certified technicians available to assist you.  

Protect Yourself – Make sure that you use personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and goggles to protect yourself and anyone else present during the remediation process. Safety is #1.

Physically Remove Contaminated Materials – Anything that has the slightest amount of exposure within the contaminated area requires disposal. Just remember to take pictures for insurance purposes. Can you safely discard these contaminated items?

Properly Ventilate The Area – Open every door and window possible while working and leave as many as possible open once you leave for the day. Keep security in mind as well, but remember you only have 24 to 48-hours before the growth process begins. SERVPRO using containment protocols and limiting air circulation to reduce the chance of mold spore migration.

Purposefully Circulate The Air – After you make sure that zero electrical hazards exist, you can use fans and dehumidifiers to assist with removing moisture from the affected area. It is important to dry every area as soon as possible to prevent additional growth.

Products For Cleaning – Avoid mixing cleaning products like bleach and ammonia. When mixed, they create toxic vapors that cause health issues.

Painstakingly Scrub All Surfaces – Clean any contaminated surfaces found with the proper detergent mixture and dry the area immediately. Make sure to remove mold growth effectively before performing repairs. Once again, this information is for the DIY'er. We offer these suggestions to keep you safe, but please call us and play it safe.

If you feel things getting out of control, or you want professional help immediately, contact SERVPRO of Harford County. We are here to help. (410) 679-6260

Furniture and Other Household Items Should be Dried and Cleaned After Flood Damage in Joppa

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Furniture and Other Household Items Should be Dried and Cleaned After Flood Damage in Joppa Flood in Joppa? Call SERVPRO to Save the Day!

Damage From Flooding Ruins Belongings and Furnishings

Floods affect every aspect of a home. It is more than the water you see flowing through your home that should cause you concern. Keeping windows and doors closed can keep looters out, but at the same time, it also holds moisture in.

The amount of time spent submerged affects the amount of flood damage in Joppa. Damage does not stay contained but can spread within a home rapidly. Heat from the interior of your home can cause water to evaporate. This humidity must go somewhere, and it will typically end up in the drier areas of your home, as these locations can absorb moisture more readily. As this water evaporates, it can hold microbes.

When moisture condenses on surfaces within your home, it can also deposit any microorganisms, mold spores, chemicals, and other contaminants. When furniture is affected in such a way, mold can begin growing. This microbe can easily penetrate upholstery, just like it penetrates into semi-porous surfaces like wood and drywall. Not only should furniture be placed on blocks that will keep your floor from being stained, but upholstery also requires special care as part of any flood damage cleanup.

At the same time that upholstery is being cleaned of contaminants, metal fixtures from braces to foot rest extenders need to be cleaned of water to ensure they do not rust. A light coating of oil can also be applied to increase protection. The undersides of furniture often have a protective dust cover that can retain moisture, so this is often unfastened, allowing it to dry more quickly. This allows for increased air contact when air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers are used.

Plants need to be placed outside before ozone-producing machines can be implemented. Potted plants can be flooded with clean water after being placed outside, flushing any contaminants out of the soil and allowing them to drain away. Just as food needs to be thrown away that has been contaminated by flood water, potted plants that produce edible berries or other fruits should be considered a possible hazard. Disposing of potted plants that produce fruit may be in your best interest.

SERVPRO of Harford County can do more than repair the structural problems that arise with flood damage – they can also clean the contents of your home. Call us as soon as you have a flood emergency at (410) 679-6260. We are a locally owned business and can arrive promptly.
 

Valuable Water Damage Services Available In Joppa

2/24/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Valuable Water Damage Services Available In Joppa Waterlogged Furniture in Joppa, Call SERVPRO for Restoration

Damage in Joppa from Water Gets Help from SERVPRO

A massive leak develops under your kitchen sink overnight, causing water exposure throughout your kitchen and into the dining area and hallway. You remember a friend talking about services they used and make the call for help.
 
Never attempt taking water damage in your Joppa home on alone. You never know what to expect and can easily make things worse than they were before you started. Seeking help from a professional service is always a good idea.
 
SERVPRO restoration crews receive the proper training to assist you with any disaster you may face and follow particular procedures to provide you with the services you deserve. Upon arriving at your home, a technician is assigned to answer your questions, perform an initial inspection and help you understand what happened.
 
This same technician reports any immediate hazards they find such as the electrical risks, falling ceilings, or warped flooring, offers solutions to these problems and puts together an action plan to address the damages to your property.
 
Once approved, SERVPRO technicians put their experience and training to work for you by using quality extraction equipment to pump out any standing water that is present. Hand-held extractors have a 5 to 12-gallon storage tank, while truck mounted extractors with 60 to 100-gallon tanks are used for larger jobs.
 
We check all of your flooring and walls below the damaged area, as well as any crawl spaces for hidden water and remove as much as possible. Moisture meters are used to determine the extent of water penetration into carpeting, floors, walls, and ceilings.
 
While SERVPRO IICRC Certified Technicians also take the time to move or place blocks under any furniture hit by the moisture intruding on your home. During many situations, removal of your carpet and padding may be necessary. In most cases, the padding gets discarded due to exposure. However, it is possible to dry and re-install your carpeting most of the time.
 
We examine your carpet fully for damages and apply treatments to the back of your carpet and the floor before reinstalling. Positioning air movers to deliver rapid airflow to wet surfaces and following IICRC recommendations for the proper amount of movers used based on available space.
 
Dehumidifiers help deliver warm, dry air into the affected area, helping complete the drying process as quickly as possible. Once finished, we perform any necessary repairs to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition and take you on a final walk-through to ensure your satisfaction.
 
SERVPRO of Harford County has technicians waiting for your call. Contact us anytime for 24-7 emergency service in your home. (410) 679-6260

Flood Damage Affecting Businesses In Havre De Grace

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Damage Affecting Businesses In Havre De Grace Natural disasters present business owners with unique situations that require specific attention to overcome.

Flood Damage And Your Business


Natural disasters present business owners with unique situations that require specific attention to overcome. The last heavy rain and flash flooding in our area occurred late last year. However, there are a variety of museums and other businesses within walking distance of Penny's Shoal that would benefit from a little preparation against flooding.
 
The utility managers were able to save downtown from flooding during a rather light event. However, what happens when we experience the intensity of a 100-year storm? These events could cause severe flood damage to businesses in Havre De Grace and make preparing to battle these kinds of events necessary, but whom do you call?
 
SERVPRO is a locally owned and operated company with years of experience in handling many situations that business owners experience, just like you. We have access to the resources necessary to provide you with the equipment and personnel needed to help prepare your business for surviving large-loss flooding events and prevent massive damage to your property. Restoring flood-damaged property is the cornerstone of SERVPRO's business, we are dedicated to quickly responding to your call for assistance and provide you with the services you need to get things back to normal as soon as possible during an emergency. However, why would you wait?
 
SERVPRO technicians have experience in handling a variety of issues, including breaches in your roofing that allow water to enter your show floor or office space. It is entirely possible for us to provide you with cleaning and drying services during off hours, working on a schedule that fits your situation to help limit interruptions and loss of revenue or productivity. However, in some cases, the damage is severe enough, or the flood waters are contaminated enough to require implementation of safety and containment protocols, which means that we make every effort to protect your building and its occupants from exposure.
 
Our technicians have access to quality personal protective equipment to remain safe while performing their duties and follow very strict guidelines to maintain containment and safety on all of our job sites. Special boots, gloves, masks, and even entire body suits protect those that enter contaminated areas. Contact SERVPRO of Harford County today for access to IICRC qualified technicians that can assist with providing you with the protection your business deserves (410) 679-6260.

Office Disasters in Aberdeen from Water Damage

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Office Disasters in Aberdeen from Water Damage Keep Your Office Humming without Water Damage to Your Equipment

Trust SERVPRO to Keep Your Office Humming

Although offices usually have fewer sources of potential water damage than other businesses, they are far from immune to it. Office buildings contain expensive equipment, furniture, and appliances that are highly susceptible to damage from high volumes of water, and in the event of a disaster, the results can be costly. Fast responses are critical so that SERVPRO can arrive and begin mitigation work to prevent expenses from piling up. Otherwise, some of these scenarios could crop up in your office building.
 
Structural Collapse
Ceiling collapses are some of the most costly effects of water damage in Aberdeen office buildings. When large volumes of water soak into a second floor, the weight may become unbearable or materials may be sufficiently weakened to cause a full collapse. In addition to costs related to restoration of the caved-in area, these events often occur far away from walls and supports. In an office environment, this is typically where computers, equipment, and other workspaces are located. By getting SERVPRO inspectors out to the property at the first sign of damage, you help to increase our inspectors' efficacy in identifying structural weak points before a collapse is allowed to happen.
 
Electronics Damage
In addition to computers, most offices now contain other expensive electronics such as televisions, copy machines, kitchen appliances, and more. With high volumes of water, these can be severely and permanently damaged, typically many thousands of dollars to replace. Documenting inventory is critical here for insurance purposes, our SERVPRO team can help.
 
Basement Damage
Many offices use basements for storage or server hosting purposes. In the event of a flood, be it human-made or natural in origin, these basements often take the worst of the damage. Any problems encountered elsewhere in the building are usually worsened underground, and it may be difficult to salvage expensive equipment lost down there.
 
SERVPRO of Harford County has the tools, technique, and technicians to handle even the most serious water damage cases in the local area. Call us anytime at (410) 679-6260 for our restoration services.