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What is involved in COVID-19 Cleanup?

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. Our team is being called by numerous business owners and community leaders to perform necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize their facilities.

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). You can read more about the disease by clicking here.

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore cleaning procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porus surfaces, sanitize of non-porous surfaces, cleaning of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

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.

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore offers commercial cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business.

Summer Fire Pit Safety

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

fire pit near pile of leaves Fire Pit

According to The Spruce, the second most requested outdoor feature in landscape design is a fire pit. Fire pits are functional and fun, but can be dangerous if not used properly.

Did you know you should alert your insurance provider about your fire pit?

If you need ideas on firepits, SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore, check out these ideas from Diamond Decks.

Need a fire pit party idea? Click here for some fun ideas.

Unfortunately, fire pits can also be very dangerous. Here are 5 quick tips to keep you, your property, and your family safe:

  1. Make sure the fire pit is, at minimum, 10 feet away from any structure or neighboring yard—25 feet is preferable.
  2. Make sure the ground or surface is even to reduce the risk of fire escaping beyond your fire pit.
  3. Avoid using your fire pit on windy days, since flames or embers can spread to your home, yard and nearby trees.
  4. Make sure guests maintain a proper distance and don’t exhibit risky behavior. Keep close tabs on children and pets.
  5. Once you extinguish your fire with water, gently stir and spread the ashes to cool. Leave only when they’re cool to the touch.

Click here to read some additional tips on fire pit safety.

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore hopes you have a safe and enjoyable time around your fire pit!

Eliminating Microbes and Odor from Water Damage

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

water damage to drywall and basement Water Damage

SERVPRO of Pasadena / Gibson Island / Lake Shore knows how to get you back to normal in no time when you have flood/storm water damage in your Pasadena home or business. Don’t let a flood in your Pasadena property get you down! We will be there to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

There are many potential issues left behind after flood water enters and damages your home. Once the water enters, the damage begins almost immediately and compounds from there. Flood water is never clean and often has toxins, sludge, and sewage.

SERVPRO of Pasadena / Gibson Island / Lake Shore technicians understand the importance of testing the Annapolis, Maryland flood waters. The tests will point them in the right direction so they can properly apply chemical treatments to neutralize different types of bacteria and microbes correctly.? We use moisture meters to detect moisture in materials. 

Moisture Supports Microbial Growth

The removal of moisture is crucial in stopping the spread and growth of harmful bacteria and microbes. Mold spores germinate quickly, and colonies spread unless dealt with swiftly. Because the technicians hold IICRC certifications, they know the early warning signs. Technicians use a combination of extraction and dehumidification to remove moist air and replace it with warm, dry air. The use of air movers works to pull moisture up and out of walls and flooring and used in tandem with dehumidifiers.

When water damage is the problem in your home, contact SERVPRO of Pasadena / Gibson Island / Lake Shore as soon as possible. The technicians will arrive quickly and clean up the mess along with offering their reconstruction services.

SERVPRO of Pasadena / Gibson Island / Lake Shore will make the incident "Like it never even happened."

Can Outdoor Grills Cause Fire Damage?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Technician cleaning soot on carpet Grill Damage

Recently, SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore provided fire mitigation services to an Annapolis homeowner after a grill caught fire in their screened in porch. The fire was quickly extinguished by the homeowner, but the flames, smoke, and extinguisher already caused damage. 

Outdoor grills should be at least 10 feet away from your home whether it’s a charcoal or gas grill. It’s a common mistake to think you can grill using a small grill in a garage or screened-in porch.

Did you know that grills release carbon monoxide (a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly)?

As Summer is now if full swing, stay safe. Keep the grill outdoors and a safe distance from your home.

If your home gets fire or soot damage from your grill, call the fire mitigation specialists at  SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Where is the Water Coming From?

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

hallway wet with water on carpet and sub floor Water Damage

We get these calls all the time. Help! There’s water all over my basement. Or, there’s water coming from my ceiling. It doesn’t matter if it’s 1:00 in the afternoon or 1:00 in the morning, but water causes damage to your property when it wants to, especially in Pasadena, Maryland. 

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore sees water damage mostly from:

  • Ice-Maker Water Line. This is the water line that connects to your refrigerator to provide cold water and ice.
  • Toilet. Whether it’s a sewage backup or broken pipe, we often get calls to clean dirty water from bathrooms.
  • Storm. Basement sump pumps often experience problems during rain, thunderstorms, and hurricanes. 
  • Roof. Most homeowners don’t know they have problems with their roof until water is coming from their ceiling.

The first step to resolving the water problem is to determine what is causing the intrusion. Call us at (410) 255-1110, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. We will help you stop the flow of water immediately, and SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore can mitigate and restore your property. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

How Quickly Can Water Cause Permanent Damage to My Pasadena Home?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

basement storm water damage Storm water damage in basement

Storm water damage does not wait for resolution patiently. It has a destructive timetable that is as predictable for water restoration professionals as it is devastating for Pasadena homeowners. Some of the damage occurs just minutes to hours after the water event, and the severity of the consequences increases exponentially. Experts recommend contacting water restoration professionals immediately after the discovery of a water loss to arrange for swift removal of the damaging fluids and application of the industry’s best practices supporting structural drying.

How Fast Damage Occurs

First minutes to a few hours

  • Documents, pictures, books, and other papers become soggy, with pages weakening and sticking together, bindings and glues loosening, inks spreading, and images blurring.
  • Stain, varnish, and paints can transfer from wooden furniture legs and supports to carpeting, rugs, and floors.
  • Textiles stretch or shrink, depending on composition, and dyes can run and stain adjacent surfaces.
  • Electronics and electrical cords short out and expose occupants to the risk of shock.

Up to 24 hours

  • Pressed wood and particle board furniture and supports swell and warp.
  • Hardwood frames on furniture swell and distort.
  • Metal fasteners tarnish.
  • Drywall and ceiling tiles bulge and begin to crumble, increasing personal safety and property damage risk when significant quantities of collected water force a structural breakdown.
  • Insulation compresses, packing down between walls.
  • Carpets stretch and become prone to rips and delamination.
  • Laminate flooring peels and disintegrates.

48-72 hours to a week

  • Mold growth commences on all surfaces and contents.
  • Water quality deteriorates, with pathogen growth possible.
  • Door and window frames swell, preventing security issues due to improper closure.
  • Metals corrode, and fasteners break down.
  • Hardwood floors cup or crown, and planks or strips can buckle, pulling up from the subfloor.

7 days or more

  • Structural supports can fail.
  • Molds, mildews, and other hazards proliferate, affecting air quality and infecting surfaces.

When you notice water in your home, call the water restoration professionals, SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore. We have over 40 years’ experience and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

What Does Reopening Your Business Look Like?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

Man wearing PPE fogging a van with EPA-hospital grade disinfectant Certified SERVPRO Clean

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore has been sanitizing facilities that are getting ready to reopen. From restaurants to retail locations, business owners are following guidelines set forth by our local government. We keep hearing, “It’s time to reopen.”

Since the beginning of the pandemic, SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore has been working with our local officials to insure the proactive cleaning and sanitizing of many facilities throughout Anne Arundel County. We’ve worked in schools, government facilities, as well as general office spaces.

On Monday, May 18, Anne Arundel County Executive Stuart Pittman provided us with guidelines for reopening. Since then, we’ve received numerous requests to sanitize different commercial properties. Click here to read more about our COVID-19 cleaning process.

Take a look at how Zachary’s Jewelers plans to reopen.

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. 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. We are cleaning experts.

How Do Businesses Handle Cleaning Due to Coronavirus?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Man in PPE fogging building Fogging

As businesses have settled into the new normal of telework, and essential work environments, they also implement new cleaning practices. SERVPRO of Pasadena / Gibson Island / Lake Shore has extensive experience with bio-remediation cleanup. This is something our team has done for over 40 years.

The question is, how does your local small business handle Coronavirus cleanup and sanitization?

As small business owners in Anne Arundel County, there are many resources to help you understand the COVID-19 virus. It’s important to understand the virus so you can make a plan for regular cleaning and sanitization. Click here for more information on Coronavirus in our community.

The county has many regulations regarding which businesses can reopen and how essential businesses are operating. Click here to review those guidelines.

The most important factor of opening your business is keeping your employees healthy and safe. The way you do that is by following the Anne Arundel County’s Health Department Compliance Notice. This includes cleaning and sanitizing between shifts.

However you choose to operate your business, SERVPRO of Pasadena / Gibson Island / Lake Shore is here to help. If you have questions or would like an estimate on proactive sanitization, including our fogging procedure, please feel free to contact us.

Prepare for Spring/Summer Thunderstorms

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

National Weather Service Storm Prediction National Weather Service Storm Prediction Website

Being prepared for a storm usually means you need to know when a storm is coming. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has the best storm prediction system in the country. The Storm Prediction Center is part of the National Weather Service. mission is to provide timely and accurate forecasts and watches for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes over the contiguous United States. The SPC also monitors hazardous winter weather and fire weather events across the U.S. and issues specific products for those hazards.

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore recommends the following tips for thunderstorm preparedness:

  • Know your area’s risk for thunderstorms. In most places, they can occur year-round and at any hour.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • Identify nearby, sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study, and play.
  • Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.
  • Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.

At SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore we see a lot of water damage and fires from thunderstorms. We hope these tips will keep you safe and prepared.

What are the Differences Between Janitorial Services and Commercial Cleaning for COVID-19?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore is being called on by numerous business and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean and sanitize their properties for COVID-19.  

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and sanitize your business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. 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. 

Here are 4 things that show how our cleaning is different than janitorial cleaning: 

IICRC Certified. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the non-profit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. Not only is SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore IICRC certified as a firm, but most members of our staff carry several IICRC certifications. 

Cleaning Experts. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets,  and tables at a minimum. Most of our cleaning tactics will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis 

The CDC also recommends regular cleaning of the following areas/items: 

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

Cleaning Products. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered 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.  

Our proprietary cleaning agents, Benefect and Shockwave, are EPA-certified, hospital-grade disinfectants that have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19) on hard, non-porus surfaces. 

We carry multiple hospital-grade disinfectants and provide our personnel with proper PPE. Not only does this protect everyone, but it also protects the building and people in it.   

Cleaning Procedures. SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore technicians are experts in infectious disease cleanup and bio-hazard cleaning. We are a member in American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA). Our proven cleaning procedures and protocols have been used to clean and sanitize rhinovirus and norovirus in the past. We are implementing similar protocols, and we are "battle tested" in regards to virus cleanup. 

Bring the professionals in! Call SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore (410) 255-1110.