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How Does Mold Effect Indoor Air Quality?

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore performs mold remediation and restoration services. When we get calls regarding odor, allergies, and respiratory issues, we may recommend Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) testing. With any health issues, it’s important to contact your physician first. Allergy testing, for example, should reveal specific allergies.

Molds can be found almost anywhere. They can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a measure of how clean the air is inside the buildings where we live, work, and play. IAQ is affected by many different things:

  • a building’s ventilation system (HVAC)
  • chemicals or microbes (such as mold) that enter the building
  • chemicals like cleaning products and art supplies that are used in the building
  • chemicals that are created by activities inside the building

Click here to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s Guide to Indoor Air Quality.

If you have concerns about mold or IAQ, contact us or contact Environmental Solutions Inc.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today SERVPRO Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore at (410) 255-1110.

Fire Damage and Concrete

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore works with a variety of different types of fire damage. One type is fire damage to concrete.

A fire pit can cause fire damage to concrete. Wood burning fire pits typically have a wrought-iron, aluminum, or copper bottom meant to conduct heat well. This is great when you have folks crowded around it for warmth. It’s not so good when it’s sitting a mere six inches above your concrete patio. In fact, the heat from an unmitigated fire pit can cause your concrete patio to literally explode. Click here to read more about the dangers of fire pits.

Concrete has good fire resistance. However, the visual appearance of concrete after a fire can be quite shocking with extensive blackening often accompanied by spalling and cracking. Concrete is a porous material that can absorb odors and soot. When constructing anything with concrete or concrete materials, make sure you seal the concrete. Click here to view different types of concrete sealants.

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore sees a lot of fire damage and recommends you educate yourself on concrete when it comes to fire pits as well as other structures so that everyone is safe.

How Big is SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore?

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Industries has more than 1,700 franchises that are operating nationwide, and SERVPRO continues to grow. The need for experienced, IICRC certified, trained, and professional cleanup and restoration experts is recession resistant, and the growth potential inside of a proven system presents an opportunity for prospective franchisees.

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore currently employs 22 people that operate out of a 10,000 square foot facility in Arnold, Maryland. SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park was one of the first SERVPRO Industries franchises in the United States. In December of 2018, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park purchased the SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore franchise.

Our facility is so vast that we store and restore property right on location. For example, if your dining room set has smoke/soot damage, SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park can restore the damage and store your furniture while your home is being mitigated and restored.

Being the largest restoration company in the industry provides SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore with all the resources to necessary to leave your property “Like it never even happened.”

How Does Candle Smoke Cause Damage?

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Did you know that smoke from candles is toxic? The cheapest and most widely used candle is made of paraffin—which is derived from petroleum. When burned, it releases a toxin called toluene, which has been found to cause DNA strand breakdown, affecting the nervous system.

Smoke from candles is actually soot. Smoke is just soot and other particulates carried on the hot air rising off the flame. When you put the top on a jarred candle and trap the smoke, it cools. And, the particulates in the candle settle onto the candle and the inside walls of the jar.

Fireplaces, cigarettes and the burning of candles can all result in soot stains on walls. Though soot collects on other surfaces in the home, soot stains are easy to spot on light-colored walls. Aside from being unattractive, soot can create a health hazard.

In general, candles won’t set off your smoke alarm. However, they can cause a fire. SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore has provided fire damage remediation and reconstruction to several properties where candles were the cause of the fires.

Prepare Your Pipes for Winter

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore wants to help you prepare your property to prevent any water damage. Here are some simple tips to keep water flowing the way it should through the winter months.

Know the location of the water shut off valve.

If you were to have a major incident with your home’s plumbing this is the number one thing to know. Typically, shut off valves are outside about 4 feet from your home and can be hidden beneath landscape. Occasionally, it can be beside the water meter. It is crucial to know where the shut off valve is in case you have a pipe burst and need to cut off the water supply to your home to prevent further damage.

Turn off outside spigots to prevent them from freezing.

Did you know the average homeowner spends $10,000 for a pipe rupture? Having an emergency plumber fix the plumbing, and then, SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore dry your home and replace flooring, walls etc. is a huge expense. Take a few minutes and disconnect garden hoses from the spigot and purchase a cover from your local hardware store to protect the outdoor spigots. Plumbing pipes, like all materials, deteriorate overtime. Along comes old man winter, and the water in that thin pipe freezes and burst. As it begins to thaw you are left with a plumbing emergency.

Look for pipes in uninsulated areas of your home.

Pipes running on the outside edge of your home’s exterior are most susceptible to freezing. They should be covered with towels or foam to protect them from cold temperatures. Allowing your faucets to drip water slowly to encourage water flow is another good winter weather tip.

Preparation is the key to make it through any type of disaster, whether it is a small water leak or a ruptured pipe. Review these tips with everyone in your home to ensure safe water flow throughout your property.

Get Winter Storm Ready

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Maryland weather can be very unpredictable and winter is on its way. Are you winter and snow ready? Here are some tips to keep your pets safe:

  • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to their feet.
  • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
  • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside.

According to the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Winter outlook says that “temperatures are favored to be above average with no parts favored to be colder than average; precipitation includes wetter-than-average conditions; and drought conditions will continue to improve….” Click here to read more.

  • Here are a few tips to consider for your family:
  • Make a family communications plan while together for the holidays.
  • Travel safely, well-rested, and during daylight hours.
  • Keep space heaters on a single electrical cord and at least 3 feet away from flammable objects.

Anne Arundel County has a mass notification system. Click here to learn more.

Faster to any Disaster

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Homeowners and property managers trust SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore because of our response time. SERVPRO Industries requires each franchise to respond quickly to any size disaster.

We care about readiness for our community, we are faster than our competition, we are the trusted leader with a Here to Help customer service philosophy that involves listening to our customer and providing solutions in a variety of ways, and we validate industry standards through DryBook™. The SERVPRO® DryBook™ is a proprietary tool that manages industry requirements on drying to validate your restoration is done to standard. This improves results and restores your property at a faster rate, getting you back in your home or business sooner.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore is open 24/7/365? Whether a job is big or small, our team will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened,” so you can get back to your home or business and on with your life.

When a disaster puts the things that matter most to you on the line, you want to contact the team that is faster to any disaster.

Water Damage for Facility Managers

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Facility Managers often implement evacuation plans should an emergency occur. In addition, to an evacuation plan, SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore recommends you do the following should a water emergency arise:

  • Shut off the water source.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.

Our team provides a solution to water damage needs. Our IICRC certified water damage restoration technicians will communicate with the facility manager throughout the restoration process.

When a tenant reports a water damage event, please collect the following information:

  • Contact phone number
  • Date/time of event
  • Source of water
  • Type of water
  • Is the water clean, gray or sewer?
  • Is there any structural damage?
  • Is electricity available?
  • Is there standing water?
  • What areas are affected?

You can reduce loss severity by putting the above suggestions into your water emergency plan. Remember, fast response can lower claim costs!

Keep Your Pet Safe During The Winter

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

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December 21 is the first day of Winter. As a property owner, we often prepare our homes and businesses for cold winter weather. But, it’s also important to remember to keep your pets safe too. Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet and snow can cause chapped paws and itchy, flaking skin, but these aren’t the only discomforts pets can suffer. Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, consider the following tips:

  • Repeatedly coming out of the cold into the dry heat of your home can cause itchy, flaking skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as he comes inside, paying special attention to their feet.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is long-haired, simply trim him to minimize the clinging ice balls, salt crystals and de-icing chemicals that can dry their skin.
  • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells. Washing too often can remove essential oils and increase the chance of developing dry, flaky skin.
  • Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. 
  • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.
  • Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
  • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside.

For more information, go to The Humane Society of the United States.