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SERVPRO Uses the Right Tools

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

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When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. The key to avoiding costly restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your Pasadena home or business. Our technicians hold IICRC certifications, but they also have specialized equipment that helps them perform restoration services.   

Here are a few of the tools used by our technicians:  

Moisture Sensors. Used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.  

Moisture Meters. Used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials.  

Thermohygrometers. Used to measure temperature and relative humidity. This allows us to calculate and create an environment most conductive to drying.  

Thermal Foggers. Used to dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog.   

So, why would you choose SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore? Not only are our technicians industry certified, but we also provide the state-of-the-art equipment needed to get the job done right. 

Are you Ready for Maryland’s First Snow of the Season?

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

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It’s predicted to dump some cold rain and wet snow in Pasadena later this week. Quick! Run to the store and grab your essentials and remember to prepare your property. 

Winter after winter, SERVPRO of Pasadena is called to homes for frozen pipes and ice dams that cause water damage. Here are some types to winterize your property: 

  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water drip when temperatures dip below freezing.  
  • If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes.  
  • Consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space for outdoor faucets. 

Check your business property and home to ensure you're ready for the first snow this week. 

Is Your Car Winter Ready?

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore removes car mold. We get calls about strange smells in cars every Spring. The root cause of these odors is mold. Mold comes from the water that isn’t properly removed. So, before winter weather rolls in, make sure your car is winter ready. 

  • Check the antifreeze. Make sure your car’s antifreeze is at the proper level. If it is running low you run the risk of having the water in your radiator freeze, preventing it from cooling your engine.   
  • Check your tires. Inspecting your vehicle's tires ensures that they aren’t worn which could prevent them from effectively gripping the road. 
  • Test Your Car Battery. Car batteries have a limited life. Don’t wait for yours to fail and leave you stranded. 
  • Lubricate Window Tracks. Freezing water can seep into the window tracks and create drag when you try to open the window. 
  • Lube Weather Stripping. If water seeps between your door and weather stripping and freezes, you could be frozen out of your car or truck. To prevent the water from freezing you out, coat the weather stripping and the mating door surfaces with spray silicone. 
  • If you suspect you have mold in your car, have it professionally treated.  Avoid Spring mold by preparing your car for cold winter weather. 

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

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

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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 can commence 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.” 

Choose the Right Fire Extinguisher

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

black background with fire flames and a red fire extinguisher Fire Extinguisher

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore sees a lot of fires. Many fires start in the kitchen and might be easily extinguished if the property owner had a fire extinguisher. We’ve come up with the following list so you can select the best fire extinguisher for your property: 

  • Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics. 
  • Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, and oil. 
  • Class C: Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electronically energized or plugged in. 
  • Class D: For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found in factories. 
  • Class K: Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. Generally found in commercial kitchens. 

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday season begins and you find yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind. Plan this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free. 

The Importance of an Office Fire Escape Plan

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter in stairwell extinguishing fire. Fire Damage

Fires can be destructive and deadly. The speed at which a fire spreads through a Pasadena facility varies based on the materials and causes of the blaze. Every emergency and fire restoration service likely understands and encourages every commercial property owner to create a fire escape plan. Unfortunately, too many businesses do not know what that entails. Escape plans need not be complicated and should require at least three of the following components:

Two Exit Minimum

The basic emergency escape plan requires a two exit minimum out of every room in your facility. While plans can have more options, two is the minimum because it improves the odds of survival. If a room only has one exit, then people may become trapped if the fire overtakes that exit. Most offices will have a window and a door, these can stand as your exit points, but make sure that there is a feasible way to get to safety from those points.

Clear Pathways

The key to an effective fire escape plan is clear pathways. Make sure that hallways are free of clutter and that exit points are not blocked by shelving. While warehouses and packaging facilities can become overwhelmed with boxes and random items, it is crucial to have processes in effect to maintain order and cleanliness.

Implementation and Practice

It is not enough to create exit strategies. The only way to test the effectiveness of a plan is to implement it and put it into action. Routine practices should take place throughout the year to ensure that every employee makes it safely outside without incident. These scheduled run-throughs will help you tweak the escape strategy if you find there are hiccups.

A fire escape plan is not necessarily complicated to create, but the practice is vital to avoid complacency. If you need help creating a plan for your building, then contact the fire department or a restoration expert for help.

What To Expect From A Commercial Restoration Project

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

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As a business owner, you already have a lot on your plate on any given day. You need to know who to call when something goes wrong or your property gets damaged. Whether the damage your business is experiencing is from water, fire, or other weather-related issues, you need a restoration company with the expertise and availability to assist you quickly. 

Here are some things to look for when seeking a Commercial Restoration Company.

  • Efficiency

Lost time is lost money. When looking for a company to help you restore your business, you need a team that understands how important and necessary it is to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible.

  • Availability

When in the midst of a disaster, you need to be able to pick up the phone and have immediate assistance from a team of highly trained professionals. It is important to pick a company that is available 24/7 for emergencies and near your business. 

  • Communication 

In times of stress, you need people who can talk you through it and communicate a plan, not add to it. When seeking Commercial Restoration, make sure you find someone that is ready to communicate a plan, a time frame, and peace of mind. 

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore will work swiftly to assess your Pasadena building property damage. Our IICRC certified crew will treat your property professionally and communicate with you and your staff on a regular basis. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

What Kind of Equipment Does SERVPRO Use?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

drywall removed from wall with water damage Water Damage Pasadena Property

There's no such thing as a small disaster, especially when a small leak now could blossom into a big claim later. SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore can be there to help remove the water, dry your contents, and mitigate the damage.

With any water disaster, technology and equipment are used by our IICRC certified technicians. Here is some of the drying equipment our team uses:

  • Moisture sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity.

Did you know you should keep the humidity between 30 to 40 percent to prevent mold growth?

  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate.

Unseen water can soak through walls, seep through carpet and pool on sub floors, causing major problems over time. SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore is here to help.

Does Water Need To Be Removed Immediately?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

floor with water damage and wood planks removed Water Damage

When it comes to water damage in a Pasadena home or at Lake Shore Mall, it’s important to remove the water as quickly as possible in order to avoid additional damage. Water damage can quickly lead to mold damage within 48 hours, especially when combined with the heat and humidity that we experience here in Anne Arundel County.

SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore is the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster. Recently, Hurricane Isaias dumped up to 6 inches of rain on Maryland. A small leak from flood waters now could blossom into a big claim later.

No matter what time of day or night, water damage is an emergency. Emergency mitigation means SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore can be onsite within 4 hours to begin drying your building and restoring contents.

Water from a hurricane or from a pipe leak needs to be mitigated quickly; trust our SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore team to ensure your property is taken care of in a timely manner.

Where are These Rain Showers Coming From?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

rain puddle showing building reflection Rain Storm

Hurricanes and tropical storms can dump between 6 and 12 inches of rain during a single storm. On average, Maryland sees about 44 inches of rain every year.  Lately, Anne Arundel County has seen tremendous rainfall.

Scientists believe that Maryland is experiencing so much rainfall for several reasons including rising sea levels and extreme heat. So far in 2020 the area has seen tropical storms, severe thunderstorms, and even a tornado. Scientists predict the number of storms during hurricane season are also increasing. 

Recently, we were called to a small office building in Pasadena for water damage. The sump pump in the basement became overwhelmed and flooded their basement. The building basement had several inches of standing water in it. The water sat until someone came to the office in the morning. Our crew was able to act swiftly and get the water removed and the basement dried out.

Store SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore in your phone (410) 255-1110. Our team is available 24/7 and always ready for whatever happens.