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.
Do you have an Emergency Kit?
Do you Have an Emergency Kit? It's never too early to prepare your family and your home for hurricanes, severe weather or natural disasters. Use this guide to help you prepare a basic storm kit, to survive for 48 hours to 1 week or more without electricity. It’s as simple as getting a plastic tote and filling it with the these items and tucking it away until the day comes that you need it. Your basin emergency kit should include these items:
- Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- Flashlight and/or light sticks
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Basic tools - a hammer, screwdriver, and a wrench or pliers
- Manual can opener
- Cell phone chargers - including a car charger
For more suggestions visit Ready.Gov. Take a page out of the boy scouts manual and be prepared, for the hazards mother nature brings our way. If a storm does cause damage to your property, SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore will be here to help. Call us any time day or night 410-255-1110.
Pasadena is a Boating Community
boats at a marina
Did you know there are almost 1000 boat slips at commercial marinas in Pasadena? Keeping your boat clean and looking good is not just a matter of pride, it is also important part of basic boat maintenance. Knowing how to clean a boat is imperative for any boat owner or professional cleaner. It extends the useful lifespan of the materials in and on your boat that are exposed to the environment, it improves functionality in many cases, and if you keep it looking good you can sell your boat for more when the time comes to upgrade.
Ready to get scrubbing? Effective boat cleaning focuses of four specific areas.
- Interior surfaces – carpet, fiberglass, vinyl, cushions, head
- Exterior surfaces – hull, gel coat, canvas
- Teak - Use a gentle brush and teak cleaner
We here at SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore can help you with all the interior surfaces of your boat; whether it’s a big cabin cruiser, or a bowrider or a sailboat. We can clean and sanitize the marine carpet in the cabin and head compartments, scrub and treat the fiberglass areas with a fiberglass protectant to increase the lifespan. Marine vinyl normally comes treated with antimicrobials, this is the best long-term defense against mold and mildew, a wipe down with a soft soapy rag and a reapplication of the antimicrobial it the best way to handle that. Interior cushions can become musty over time, cleaning the cushion covers and the foam inside must be done separately and may take several washings prior to getting all the grime out.
Don’t have time for all this give us a call at 410-255-1110 we would be happy to take on this daunting chore for you. Mention seeing this for a free estimate to get your boat in ship shape before the warm weather arrives.
***** We Strive For Five *****
SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore has a 5 star rating. Do you know why? Because we hire employees who care about their customers, and we train them to follow industry standards to give you the best service possible.
Our employees begin training from their first day on the job and continue through their last. Employees go through a rigorous training program to ensure you won’t get better service from any of our competitors. Our Hero Ready Training Program, provides employees with the stepping stones to success. Communication, is another key requirement to ensure that every job and customer gets superior service. Production managers visit every job to confirm that work is going smoothly and that the customer understands what is involved with their job. From the Owner, to the Production team to the Administrative team, to the Marketing and Sales team we all want the service provided in your home to get top quality.
WE STRIVE FOR FIVE – If you want the best Call SERVPRO Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore 410-255-1110, and we will give you the best service around.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Water Damaged Business
Flooding and water damage events in Pasadena and Lake Shore commercial properties are often complex, with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Situations require quick assessment and quick action to keep damage to the most minimal level. Some losses need water extraction and demolition, while others need drying and/or dehumidification and others need cleaning and sanitizing. These are all services we offer that may come into play when providing service for a loss. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. In many instances, normal operations can continue in an unaffected area of your business, while we restore the rest of your facility. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need. Call us! 410-255-0111.
DON’T LET LEAVES CLUTTER THE GUTTER OF YOUR PASADENA HOME!
Gutter cluttered with leaves
Did you know? Clogged gutters can lead to roof leaks, foundation damage and even a flooded basement? When a Lake Shore homeowner found moisture in their attic they called SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore to help with the clean up and dry out. We cleared out the wet insulation and dried the structure. To help prevent your home from being in this predicament you should clean your gutters at least twice a year. Your spring yard cleaning should include a close look at your gutters.
Gutter cleaning has it’s own worries, some things to consider as you take on this task are:
- Ladder placement and reliability, make sure the legs of your ladder are on solid ground.
- What your wearing, can your clothes get caught on something as you move up and down the ladder?
- Vertigo, do you lose your balance easily? Are your healthy enough to be on a ladder?
- Check for overhead electrical wires, lines carrying power to your home can be very close to the gutters, take care when working in this area.
During this chore do a quick inspection of the fascia to make sure it appears to be in good condition. Water intrusions can cause quick and extensive damage, if you see something that looks like it might be a problem give us a call at 410-255-1110, and we can check the inside of your home for unwanted water.
Septic System Backups Stink
Sewage lines blocked with Roots
Sewage can enter a home in a number of ways. Water will seek the lowest level, if the level of sewage or floodwater is higher than the drains in the home, such as those in the basement, a backup can occur. A sewer backup occurs when something blocks the normal flow of wastewater from your house to the sanitary line. Septic systems can back up if the system is covered by water. Rapid and excessive storm drainage can cause water and sewage to back up into your home. There are several factors that can contribute to a sewer backup, including:
- Aging, broken or collapsed sewer systems and lines
- Too much rainwater or melted snow entering the sewer system at once
- Tree roots entering sewer lines
- Blockages I sanitary mains or blockages within your home or business
- Sump pump failure
Sewage not only can damage building components and flooring, it also has high concentrations of bacteria, protozoans and other pathogens that can pose serious health risks. If this happens call the professionals at SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore. We have the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to safely clean these messes, and return you home to “Like it never even happened,” condition.
CHANGE THE BATTERY IN YOUR SMOKE DETECTOR WHEN SPRINGING FORWARD THIS MONTH
Fire can spread rapidly throughout your home, leaving you with as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. It’s important to make sure the smoke detector in your home is operating properly.
It is recommended that smoke alarms be installed inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. On levels without bedrooms, install alarms in the living room or family room and near the stairway to the upper level.
This month it’s time to spring forward and set your clocks ahead one hour to mark the beginning of daylight saving time. It’s also time to change the batteries in your smoke alarm. Smoke alarms have saved many lives, but I think we have become so used to them we sort of take them for granted. Smoke alarms should be tested once a month. I know it’s not convenient, but if it saves a family member, is it that big of a chore? I think not. The smoke alarm itself should be replaced every 10 years.
Protect yourself and your family by replacing the battery in your smoke detector every six months.