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The First Step When Dealing with Water Damage in Frederick

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

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Extraction is the First Stage of Frederick Water Restoration

Many things can cause water damage in Frederick homes, including a burst pipe, a leaking faucet or bathtub, or moisture seeping in from the exterior. When water damage strikes, the most important thing is to extract excess water quickly from your home.

SERVPRO has access to industry-standard tools for swift water damage remediation in Frederick. As a homeowner, your best first step when you need help is to call SERVPRO. We are here for you 24 hours a day, including holidays. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, so give us a call no matter the size of the spill.

Every Remediation Project Starts with Extraction

Before drying your home, we need to remove as much excess water from the floors as possible. The longer damp materials sit in your home, the greater the risk of damage spreading or getting worse. Extraction equipment is highly efficient, quite literally hundreds of times more effective than dehumidification. We use a range of equipment to perform the extraction.

  • Carpet wands
  • Portable extractors
  • Truck-mounted extractors

Carpet wands are ideal for a first pass and to stop liquid migrating further across the floor. Wands are also suitable for glue-down carpet, where more aggressive extraction could cause delamination (when the secondary backing on the carpet separates from the primary backing.) Because they are small, wands are good for getting into tight corners.

Portable extractors help us get into more hard-to-reach places and make extracting moisture from multiple floors easier. We measure pump strength in both tank size and water lift. Portable extractors have tanks of up to twelve gallons and provide 140 inches of water lift.

Trunk-mounted extractors are powerful machines with up to 100 gallons or more tanks and provide 198.8 inches of water lift. Because truck-mounted units have their own power supply, they are the best solution when there is no power in your home or large volumes of water require extraction.

What Happens After Water Extraction?

Our teams adhere to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards when dealing with water issues. We follow a series of steps designed for maximum efficiency.

  • We set up air movers and axial fans to increase moisture evaporation from damp surfaces.
  • We use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels in the air.
  • We use moisture meters, moisture probes, and thermo-hygrometers to monitor moisture levels throughout the drying process.
  • We tackle leftover damp smells using tools such as wet fogging and odor-fighting beads.

Our technicians select the best equipment for the job. For example, axial fans are more powerful than standard air movers and can move more significant volumes of air. Such fans are the best choice when we need to evaporate a lot of liquid quickly. Axial fans are also helpful for deodorizing, which is an integral part of remediation.

Careful calculation of the placement of drying equipment is key to a job well done. SERVPRO does not leave anything to chance. We calculate and monitor at every step for the best results.

Your satisfaction is our aim. You can rely on our technicians to finish the job professionally. We always carry out a walk-through and check everything is in order at the end of the project, and we take a final set of moisture readings to ensure everything is dry. We will also walk you through your home and answer any questions or concerns.

We are here for you if you need help drying out your home. Call SERVPRO of Frederick County today at (301) 662-1747 for fast and efficient service.

Restoring Fire Damaged Items in Frederick

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

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Professional Help is a Better Choice for Fire Restoration in Frederick

A house fire can burn and damage almost any item in your home. A blaze can burn some things entirely, while other items may be warped or smoke-damaged. We understand the need to get your stuff clean as quickly as possible. However, it is much better to call for professional help.

DIY attempts to clean up after fire damage in Frederick can worsen the problem. You might end up with streaky walls or soot smeared across surfaces. It is safer and more effective to let SERVPRO take care of the fire cleanup for you.

SERVPRO is available around the clock, every day. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can reach you and begin the fire restoration process.

Which Items are Salvageable After a House Fire?

When you see smoke-blackened furniture or soft furnishings, you might think that all your belongings are lost. However, with professional cleaning and restoration from SERVPRO, it is possible to restore many household items to their preloss condition.

Our technicians assess the severity and extent of smoke and fire damage in your home. We let you know which items we can salvage and which cannot. We have the equipment to clean a wide range of household items, including:

  • Wooden and metal furniture
  • Floors, rugs, and drapes
  • Ornaments and children’s toys
  • Documents, artwork, and photographs

Please note it is advisable to dispose of all food items within the vicinity of the fire. We always give you a realistic estimate of what we can do and the results you can expect to see.

What Cleaning Method is Best for Fire Damaged Items?

Efficient cleaning is more cost-effective than refinishing or replacing items. Cleaning also means you get to keep the article, which is good news. We train our technicians in a range of cleaning methods, including:

  • Dry cleaning
  • Wet cleaning
  • Spray and wipe
  • Foam cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning

We match the method to the type of fire damage. For example, dry cleaning is suitable for light to medium soiling when the soot is not greasy. Dry cleaning includes using feather dusters and sponges to wipe away dry residue. We can also use powerful HEPA vacuum cleaners to remove debris.

Wet cleaning means saturating the items using either water or approved cleaning agents and is often used for heavier soiling. Sometimes we need to dry clean first to lessen the amount of soot before wet cleaning.

How Does SERVPRO Take Care of More Delicate Items?

What happens when neither wet nor dry cleaning is an option? We can use gentler methods. Spray and wipe cleaning means using a spray bottle to apply a cleaning agent, which gives our technicians more control over how wet the material gets. Spray and wipe means we can target smaller areas, too. Foam cleaning is ideal for fire-damaged upholstery that might be at risk of shrinking or dye running if saturated. Our technicians agitate shampoo to whip up a good head of foam, then apply carefully to the affected upholstery using an upholstery brush.

The key to effective fire restoration cleaning is a thorough understanding of each cleaning technique. We train all our technicians to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. 

IICRC certification covers the whole fire damage process, not just the cleaning part. You can rest assured that our technicians practice industry standards in every aspect, from assessing your home, cleaning items, and deodorizing to documenting the process.

If you need help with fire damage cleaning, call SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747. We are proud to say we always aim to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO for Mold Damage Help in Frederick

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

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Fast Mold Remediation Service in Frederick

Mold often does not seem too bad at first. You might notice a small patch of black, gray, or green fungus. A slight odor might be your first clue that there is a potential problem. The best time to call in professional help is as soon as you notice these signs.

If you are concerned about mold damage in Frederick, SERVPRO is Here to Help. Microscopic mold particles are present everywhere. However, under certain conditions, these particles form colonies. The tiny hyphae can eat organic materials such as paper, cotton, linen, or wood. If you do not tackle fungus quickly, it can easily spread throughout your home and cause further damage.

Can You Fix Mold Damage Yourself?

We do not recommend tackling fungal growth on your own. Many commercially advertised cleaners create more moisture and can worsen the damage. Our teams know which techniques and tools to use for your specific situation.

Mold easily spreads through the air or on clothes and shoes. The spores can also cling to pet fur. One of the critical parts of remediation is setting up containment to prevent further spreading.

  • Thick polypropylene sheets create a physical barrier around the affected area.
  • Negative air machines draw in particles and safely exhaust them.
  • Sealing doors, windows, and HVAC ducts make spores harder to escape.

We also use containment principles to set up clean rooms where technicians can change and remove personal protective equipment (PPE) before re-entering your home. We store equipment and clothing in cleanrooms to prevent spores from spreading.

Dealing with Visible Contamination

We train our technicians to tackle infestations using a variety of methods.

  • Scraping is often effective when removing mold from hard surfaces.
  • HEPA vacuums draw in loose particles.
  • Damp wiping with disinfectant when there is heavier soiling.
  • Soda blasting helps clean larger wood or stone surfaces.

Non-porous surfaces like metal, glass, plastic, and varnished wood, are easier to clean. We usually need to discard more porous materials such as drywall or carpet. 

We may need to carry out controlled demolition on fungus-infected materials in some cases. Rest assured that we will oversee reconstruction and repainting where required to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

What Can be Done About the Smell?

A moldy smell is often one of the first clues of a fungus problem. And those odors can linger, leaving your home smelling less than fresh. Deodorization is a vital part of any remediation project. We have several deodorizing tools we can use.

Wet fogging (also known as Ultra Low Volume fogging) is effective against mold smells. Our technicians use the fogging machine nozzle to distribute antimicrobial products into the atmosphere. The products kill off spores and restore freshness.

We might also use a portable ozone machine. These machines generate ozone, which then causes a chemical reaction with odor-causing molecules. The ozone reverts into normal oxygen molecules when the process is complete, leaving no traces or residues behind. However, all people, pets, and plants must be removed from the premises before using an ozone machine. We will tell you when it is safe to come back inside.

Mold-retardant paint can also suppress odors. We clean and prepare all surfaces for repainting when necessary to ensure a professional finish.

If you notice the signs or smells of mold in your home, do not try to tackle it yourself. Instead, call SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 straight away so we can help you.

Dealing with a Frederick Storm and Water Damage

1/23/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Water Damage Cleanup in Frederick

As a Frederick homeowner, one of the situations you dread most is water damage and flooding after a storm that leaves your interior in disarray. Home floods are always challenging to tackle, especially if this is your first time experiencing one. Storm flooding brings damage and potential hazards that can leave your living situation in chaos, uproot your life, and lead to immense costs. SERVPRO is here 24/7 to handle your water restoration needs – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

You may wonder what can get done after stormwater damage develops in your Frederick home. SERVPRO specializes in flood and water damage repair and restoration, so we can give you some insight into what may be happening.

Possible storm and water damage causes

Flooding can occur at any time during or after an area storm, often stemming from one or more of the following:

  • Leaking roof from storm damage – Wind and debris damage can cause a breach in your roof. Depending on the severity, you could have slight water damage to your ceiling and walls or a hole that causes significant damage and leaves standing water and debris.
  • Sump pump failure – A sizable flood sending water into your basement or first floor can always happen. However, some people with a properly working sump pump can avoid issues with slight water infiltration. Should your pump fail, it can expel the gathered water into your basement or crawlspace and lead to flooding.
  • Foundation cracks – During heavy rainstorms, your foundation could spring a leak and allow water to rush in. Such a hydrostatic event is tricky and calls for prompt attention before the problem worsens.

Once you notice flooding or storm damage, calling our skilled water damage technicians at SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 900-4364 is the best course of action. We can mobilize our Green Fleet to your door within hours to begin water mitigation, extraction, and drying measures to get you the desired results.

Effective Surface Cleaning Helps Frederick Mold Remediation

12/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Remediation Begins with Surface Cleaning

When our professionals first arrive to assess the condition of your home after mold exposure, we inspect all impacted materials and areas for the kind of remediation approaches necessary. It is often best to utilize our surface cleaning products when possible to limit intrusive and destructive removal tactics.

Mold Damage Surface Cleaning 

One of the keys to mold remediation for Frederick homes is addressing these conditions quickly enough for surface cleaning to be effective. It is prioritized to utilize this less aggressive approach to limit any needed controlled demolition or repairs. Surface cleaning can introduce several sporicidal and antimicrobial agents from our inventory. 

Mechanical Action Can Help

Sporicidal products in our inventory can be effective on contact but do not always reach the full hyphae of the organism. Combining mechanical action with these products can have a positive effect, such as:

  • Hand Sanding – Sanding can be important to remove a developing colony from elements like wood framing. 
  • Steel Wool – Another abrasive tool that can work sporicidal agents deeper into the affected surface without requiring more aggressive and direct measures.
  • Brushing – Hard-bristled brushes combined with antimicrobial products can help to eliminate surface mold without destroying the entire material in the process. 

Additional Remediation Solutions

When surface cleaning is insufficient or the damage is too severe to attempt, more aggressive methods might be required. We can work with solutions like sanding and media blasting to have a more direct and abrasive impact on the conditions of a mold-infested surface. In the worst conditions, we can employ controlled demolition tactics to help. 

It is always a preference to use surface cleaning strategies for mold remediation in Frederick homes than to employ controlled demolition or other aggressive removal methods. SERVPRO of Frederick County professionals can work fast to protect your home after mold exposure using our effective antimicrobial products. Call us today at (301) 662-1747.

Water Damage Restoration in Frederick Kitchens

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Parts of Kitchen Water Damage Restoration

The kitchen is one of the most common areas for water damage recovery with water-fed appliances and the convergence of the plumbing system. It is crucial to safeguard your residence with a fast response by experienced professionals when disasters arise like:

  • Broken fixtures
  • Appliance malfunctions
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Pipe bursts

Drying Base Cabinets

The cabinetry can often be one of the first things addressed with water damage restoration in Frederick homes because it hides some plumbing or has a directly shared wall with these pipes. Base units, especially with common materials like fiberboard or laminates, can be rapidly overwhelmed by migrating moisture and require immediate attention with centrifugal air movers and other drying tools.

Removing Standing Water

Before much of the house cleaning can begin, we must remove standing water from the kitchen. While many flooring materials installed in this room are resistant to water, pooling still provides pressure against these materials that could allow them to be damaged when these defenses ultimately fail. The extraction must happen swiftly with submersible pumps, vacuums, and light wands.

Should Building Materials Get Removed?

Choosing to remove materials after water emergencies is only done with careful consideration. Some factors play an essential role:

  • Degradation – The greatest concern with water damage to the building materials and cabinetry of the kitchen is the weakening of these elements. Loss of structural integrity leaves little choice but to replace the impacted assembly fully.
  • Staining/Discoloration – Staining can be a concern with the minerals in water like iron, calcium, and manganese. Materials like drywall can show these stains most readily during evaporation, where the minerals are left behind as the water dries out. Staining could require material replacement. Always try to keep carpets dry to prevent staining.
  • Mold Development – Another concern from prolonged moisture damage is mold development. When mold is discovered and thought to have spread, this can significantly impact the salvageability of materials. 

Water damage restoration for Frederick homes might start with a compromised kitchen. Having skilled professionals like our SERVPRO of Frederick County team to help makes a difference in getting life back to normal quickly. Call us at (301) 686-5217. 

What Should I Do When My Auto Mechanic's Shop Has Standing Water on the Floor?

10/12/2022 (Permalink)

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For Commercial Water Mitigation at Your Mechanic Shop in Frederick, Call SERVPRO

Any building that has running water has a chance of a pipe breaking and leaking water into the building. A small quarter-inch crack in one of your pipes can cause hundreds of gallons of H2O to pour out into the structure of your Fredrick auto shop.

How do you remove standing water on the floor in my shop?

During any commercial water mitigation project in Frederick, our SERVPRO technicians first work towards removing moisture. At the same time, it is still a liquid before it evaporates into the air and soaks into your contents and building materials. If there are more than two inches of standing water present, then we can use a submersible pump to suck the liquids and put them into one of your sewage drains. If there is water left on the concrete floor of your shop, we can clean it up with a mop, squeegee, or wet and dry vacuum.

What can you do if moisture is soaked into my concrete floors?

Create Air Circulation: We can set up large box fans or air movers to create air circulation in a counterclockwise motion. We can arrange the fans and air movers to push the wet air away from your concrete floors so that moisture can evaporate from the materials faster.

Set Up Dehumidifiers: Dehumidifiers can be placed in the affected area to keep humidity down during the drying process. The machines remove moisture from the air and dispense it in liquid form while exhausting warm, dry air circulation created by the fans.

Desiccant Dehumidifiers: We utilize desiccant dehumidifiers for drying concrete because they use silica gel instead of refrigerated coils. These dehumidifiers can pull out more moisture in a shorter period. We do not use desiccant systems to dry out wooden items because they can cause them to crack.

If you ever notice standing water inside your mechanic shop in Brunswick or Thurmont, call SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 24/7.

How Can I Restore My Frederick Business After a Leak Without Disrupting my Operations?

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Call a Professional Water Restoration Service to Protect the Operations of your Business in Frederick and Eliminate Water Damage Quickly

If you own a beauty salon or a commercial warehouse in Frederick, you must pay attention to your establishment's general upkeep. Water damage can occur from a leaking pipe or other plumbing concerns, leaving some telltale signs along the way. Bubbling of vinyl flooring, discoloration on your walls, and even a musty smell should alert you to a leak. Rather than taking a wait-and-see approach, call a professional water service restoration company to inspect the incident.

In Frederick, your water restoration team is accessible 24/7 by placing a call to our SERVPRO office. Our crew of experts habitually assists business owners in the area with their needs. We do that within parameters established by your commercial building and in coordination, with any insurance guidelines you need to follow. We recognize the importance of disrupting your operations as little as possible to protect your assets and revenue. We focus on mitigating your loss while restoring and repairing your place.

Can I Wait a Few Days Before Calling a Water Restoration Technician?

Many underestimate the impact of water on their business and fail to make a call to the experts. Any delay in water extraction opens the possibility of more severe damage, further disrupting your life. Ideally, you would reach out to our SERVPRO team within the first 24 hours of the incident to avoid issues such as:

  • Laminate flooring separating into layers
  • Hardwood floors and wood materials buckling due to excessive humidity
  • Dry-wall weakening and damaged insulation
  • Increasing probability of a mold infestation
  • Moist and stained ceiling tiles

As you can see, excess moisture's impact is tangible and can pose a real threat to your business. Let our SERVPRO of Frederick County help you protect what you've built. Call us at (301) 662-1747 and let us leave your business "Like it never even happened."

Where to Find Local Fire Damage Remediation Services In Brunswick?

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Brunswick Can Bring Expert Fire Damage Remediation Services to You!

Many instances of fire damage inside local Brunswick homes are not catastrophic. When it comes to fires inside any home, the most common causes range from cooking accidents to candles being left unattended. Fortunately, many of these fires can be extinguished before the damage becomes catastrophic.

Imagine a situation where your Brunswick home suffered a slight fire damage loss. In your kitchen, a faulty crockpot was left unattended and caught fire. Smelling smoke, you return to the room to find a minor fire burning and causing plumes of unpleasant smoke. By the time you extinguish the fire, soot stains, melted plastic, and molten food stains have spread across the back wall of your kitchen.

If the Fire is Small, Do I Need Professional Help?

Even small fire losses can leave behind an unpleasant mess to clean up. If you were to clean up the damage by yourself, you would need to:

  • Discard any ruined plastics, foods, and the faulty crockpot
  • Scrub soot and smoke stains on the wall with less potent chemical cleaners
  • Try to air out your home to rid yourself of the malodor

When you leave the job to SERVPRO, our expert technicians can do the hard work for you.

What Equipment Can You Use to Remediate My Home?

While the average civilian can access general cleaning agents and equipment, professionals can use advanced technology. Our SERVPRO techs can use the following devices to remediate the fire damage in your home:

  • Housemade cleaning agents designed to break down soot at a chemical level and lift it from various surfaces
  • Thermal foggers, which can trap and neutralize the very particles causing the malodor left from the fire
  • Priming paints to lock in any stubborn smells

Our technicians have access to advanced technological devices designed to remediate fire damage and have the training to use them expertly. Trust us to take the load off your shoulders.

If your home needs fire damage remediation, call us now. Communicate with SERVPRO of Frederick County by dialing (301) 662-1747. We're open 24/7 and are always ready to assist you!

How Can I Prepare for Flood Damage Before it Happens?

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Restoration Technicians Aid Mt. Airy Residents with Flood Damage Mitigation and Rebuilding Services

Flooding is a disaster so prevalent that no region, not even Mt Airy, in the United States is free of flood risks. Fortunately, the number of people covered by flood insurance is increasing: rates increased from 12% in 2016 to 15% in 2018.

If flood damage has affected your Mt. Airy home, SERVPRO technicians have the tools and know-how necessary to return your property to a pre-damaged condition. SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to provide mitigation and restoration services and can respond to emergencies within 24 hours of your call. However, respondents are typically able to visit your property for an initial inspection and consultation within four hours of your contact.

Preparing Your Property for Flooding

There are a variety of steps you can take to protect your Mt. Airy property from flooding, including the following:

  • Inside the home, use sandbags and high-quality weather-stripping to minimize the amount of water penetrating vulnerable openings around doors and windows.
  • Outside the house, implement trench drains, landscaping, and rain gardens to redirect water away from your property. Rain gardens absorb excess water while the rest makes way onto the street.
  • Consider installing or updating your basement sump pump to ensure that it can handle a potential home flood.

SERVPRO technicians coordinate with you and your insurance adjuster to ensure that you have the documentation necessary to get your claim filed and compensated as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Another step to take into account for flood preparedness is ensuring that your homeowner’s insurance policy has flood coverage added. Most plans do not come with flooding coverage.

Here are some tips for checking or updating your homeowners’ insurance:

  • Take inventory of the items in your home to determine the amount of coverage you need.
  • Evaluate your location’s propensity for floods on FEMA’s digital flood map or a local flood map.
  • Coordinate with an insurance adjuster to evaluate your policy on an annual basis.

How Does Flood Damage Affect Homes?

Standing water carries sanitary concerns with it. On top of that, 90% of all-natural disaster damage is caused by flooding. The prevalence of this type of disaster generates billions of dollars in damages each year.

Floodwaters can also increase your home’s fire risk with the following:

  • Generator overuse or improper maintenance
  • Using alternative heating or cooking devices near flammable materials.
  • Gas line, tank, and container leaks
  • Waterlogged electrical appliances and electrically-charged water

To reduce the risk posed by flooding in your home:

  • Make careful use of generators and other alternative power sources. Avoid using faulty equipment.
  • Remove potential fire hazards from your surroundings when using heat sources.
  • Contact your utility providers about shutting off gas and electrical systems to prevent fire and shock risks.
  • File a claim as soon as possible after flooding to streamline the compensation process.

SERVPRO can assist Mt. Airy residents with the claims filing process with additional documentation of structural and contents losses. Photos, videos, and written records alike from an accredited firm are a helpful supplement to any proof of loss claim.

SERVPRO’s Disaster Restoration Services Salvage Flood-Damaged Homes

SERVPRO technicians focus on extraction and sanitation before structural drying can begin. Safety is key to preventing the spread of microbes throughout your home.

A variety of EPA-registered proprietary cleaning agents exist that aid in removing odors and returning your home and its contents to a pre-damaged state.

  • Antimicrobials are designed to inhibit the growth, development, and spread of microbes.
  • Disinfectants are a class of antimicrobials that can kill as much as 99% of germs on contact. Quaternary, phenols, chlorines, and alcohols are common disinfectants used in both residential and commercial capacities.
  • Sporicides are designed to remediate bacterial growth and fungus, including mold.
  • Biocides, fungicides are composed of chemical agents designed to mitigate living organisms.
  • Sanitizers are cleaning agents designed to reduce microbial levels

Sanitizing solutions can be implemented with a variety of tools, including pumps, sprays, injection systems, manual cleaning, and fogging devices. This process not only eliminates microbial growth but can also lessen the impact of flood damage odors before drying and deodorization begin.

SERVPRO of Frederick County provides comprehensive service to the community that is Faster for Any Size Disaster. Call (301) 662-1747 to begin the mitigation process for your property.