National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month, an annual observance to remind all Americans how important it is for individuals, families, businesses and communities to be prepared for disasters and emergencies that can happen at any time.
This year’s theme is Prepare to Protect and highlights how preparing for disaster is to protect everyone you love. Now is the time that everyone should have a conversation with their family, neighbors an co-workers to discuss what you would do in the event of a disaster in your area. Also, everyone should sign up to receive local alerts and warning on your mobile phone. Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service
If your home or business suffers a natural disaster or emergency call SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore, 410-255-1110, we can help.
A fast Clean Up with SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore
fire sprinkler spewing water
SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore provides mitigation services for all parts of Anne Arundel County. Recently we did a job for a management company that suffered a sprinkler system malfunction in one of their shopping centers. Several businesses suffered water damage and needed our help. As luck would have it the loss happened at night and by the time employees arrived the next morning there was extensive damage to the flooring and walls.
When we arrived at the location, we were fast to start removing non-salvageable items and get the structure started to dry. Once the structure had dried, drywall was replaced, walls painted and flooring was replaced we were able to assist in the replacement of the office furniture in the business, to help the business get back to full operation quickly.
Although a commercial loss is different than a residential loss the desired result is the same, return the customers life back to normal as quickly as possible. We at SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore take that to heart and do everything we can to make it happen. Call us at 410-255-1110 if you find yourself in need of service. We are available 24-7, 7 days a week. You can count on our team to get your business backup and running FAST, FAST, FAST.
Preventing Restaurant Fires
Restaurant Kitchen Skillet on Fire
As restaurants return to full operation after partial or full shutdowns it’s important to remember fire safety. Restaurant fires destroy more than property, many restaurants hold priceless memories of celebrations and firsts, backgrounds for special announcements or the reliable spot to pick up favorite weekday takeout meals. With a fire, this all goes up in smoke - literally. Restaurant fires can be devastating, not only to the owners and patrons, but to the employees as well.
Thousands of restaurant fires occur each year resulting in millions of dollars in property damage. What’s the best way to protect your restaurant from a fire? Understand the dangers and prevention measures you can take to skirt disaster in your establishment. Below are a few tips to follow:
- Twice a year have the hood cleaned by a professional
- Clean grease traps regularly
- Perform daily equipment inspections and repair any concerns found timely
- Place fire extinguishers in easy to find and reach locations
- Train your staff on what to do if a fire does occur
If despite following these tips you have a fire in your restaurant call SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore 410-255-1110, we are #Here2Help.
Doing Our Part!!!
Firefighters posing in front of a staged accident
We are doing our part to help keep Pasadena, Lake Shore, Gibson Island and the rest of Anne Arundel County safe! Rather than sell several of our franchise vehicles outright and make a profit, we donated them to the Anne Arundel County fire department to use for training! These vehicles were past their usable life for us, but could easily save the lives.
The AACO Fire Department used these vehicles to practice their lifesaving extraction skills. Different scenarios involving motor vehicle accidents were acted out and the firefighters were able to practice and improve their skills. The Anne Arundel County Fire Department's mission is to stand ready as an all-hazards organization to assure the safety of our communities. It is our pleasure to assist them in reaching this goal. Exercises such as this are invaluable to improving performance and the likelihood of saving a life. SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore #Here2Help.
Always Be Prepared
SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore can help you clean up after a fire affects your home but we would rather your never find yourself in a situation that requires our soot/smoke and fire clean up services.
Review the following emergency tips to keep your family safe if you find yourself in a fire situation.
Have working smoke detectors throughout your home. Check batteries every month
Get out and stay out! - If you smell smoke, hear the smoke alarm or see flames get everyone out! Don’t investigate or wait for any reason.
Crawl Low to Stay Under smoke - If you encounter smoke while you are escaping a fire, use another exit route. If you must escape through smoke, remember that heat and smoke rise so cleaner air is near the floor. Crawl on your hand and knees keeping your head 12 to 24 inches above the floor.
Stop Drop and Roll - If your clothing catches fire - Stop, don’t run. Drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands and roll over and over until the fire goes out.
Planning and Prevention are the key to fire safety, if you need our service know that we will do our best to return your home to normal as quickly as possible.
We Can Help With Water Related Damages
SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore offers restoration services to homeowners, insurance companies, commercial businesses, and property managers in Pasadena and adjoining communities. Our water damage restoration services include water removal, emergency water extraction, drying and dehumidification, carpet restoration, and mold and odor removal.
We can help you with any water-related damage from pipe breaks, basement floods, storms, hurricanes, roof leaks or sewage backups. Our technicians inspect your property to assess the unseen damage as well as the obvious visible damage. Our trained and certified teams use technology such as moisture meters and hygrometers to help complete a thorough cleanup of your property. The team will communicate with you throughout the drying process and walk you through the entire restoration step by step. We are available to assist you twenty-four hours a day seven days a week, service you need when you need it.
SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore is #Here2Help, call us at 410-255-1110.
Water Damage Can Take a Big Toll On Your Property
Water damage can take a big toll on your home, office, or commercial property. Water damage needs to be addressed as soon as possible, as the accumulation of water can rapidly ruin walls, including both the paint and sheetrock. Floors and floor coverings are another concern. In some instances when the water has damaged the structure of your property, walls may need to be taken down and carpets may need to be removed. Bacteria can buildup causing an odor and mold can start growing in 24 to 48 hours after a surface has been exposed to water.
Whether you live in a flood zone, near a river, or on the coastline, you want to make sure you have a plan in case a problem occurs. Be sure you know where the water shut offs are and prepare for storms by checking drains and ensuring your sump pump is operating properly.
SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore offers water damage restoration services including water removal, full cleanup, dry out, dehumidification and restoration of your property, including personal belongings.
What to Do If You Have Storm Damage
When a storm is approaching our area, you know it. For days and days in advance it's all you hear about on the radio and television. Lots of times we hear it and it doesn’t happen like projected, so we just stop heeding the warnings. If you don’t prepare and a storm does hit our area and you get storm water in your home and you’re dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.
SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly. Check out the tips below on what to do until help arrives.
WHAT to Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Gather loose items from floors.
WHAT NOT to Do After Flooding
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
Don’t wait call SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore at 410-255-1110 as soon as you find the damage. We are here2hlep, and will get things dried up quickly and efficiently.
Can this Business Be Saved?
Water in unwanted places is never good – especially when your a commercial establishment trying to open your place of business. Your employees come in for the day and find water everywhere, whether you are a retail business owner or a medical facility or a restaurant wet floors and walls never work.
The key is to act quickly because the faster you act, the greater your chances of saving items from being ruined. During a water damage, carpet, drywall and content can become wet. Here are some factors in determining what can be saved:
- What was the source of the water? Is it clean or contaminated water. Determining the source of the water in your business will help decide what can be saved.
- When did it happen? The amount of time from when the water enters until you discover it matters.
Once we know the answers to these two questions we can begin to work. There may be items that can be rescued, but there are also some that are no longer salvageable. Drywall and carpet are the most frequent items the need evaluated.
DRYWALL - is made of porous materials and can absorb more water than wood does. When it is wet, it may swell, sag, bow and most of all, it can create the best breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Drywall needs to dry up as soon as possible for it to be rescued. If the drywall is soft and looks distorted, then it won’t need drying but should be removed.
CARPET – Wet carpeting poses many of the same challenges as drywall. It absorbs water as does the padding beneath it and can create a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. The longer it is wet the less likely it can be saved. The fibers within the carpet deteriorate and reinstallation then presents a huge challenge.
Call in the experts at SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore for a professional evaluation of your situation, 410-255-1110.
PBA Scholarship Fundraiser
As members of the Pasadena Business Association and silent auction donors for this event. SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore would like to thank the wonderful people who put together the annual PBA Scholarship Fundraiser.
It was held at Kurtz's Beach, and was a great success even in the middle of the pandemic. We would like to thank them for sharing the spectacular setting for our event and the delicious food. Sandi Parrish, PBA Executive Director, and Christine Richardson, President of the PBA put in untold hours, to make this event a success, which we recognize and appreciate.
We hope everyone that were able to attend had a great time! The food and company at the event were truly amazing. We are hopeful that next year, with the global pandemic behind us, we will be able to have more of our friends and family join us for an even bigger fundraiser event.
Thanks everyone, that donated to the Silent Auction, and helped raise money to support students in the Pasadena school systems. We are truly blessed to be part of such a great association and community.