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Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

A structure being destroyed by hurricane storm winds Hurricane Damage

Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared?

With September right around the corner, hurricane season is on our heels. Notorious for their fierce winds, torrential downpours, and devastating flooding, hurricanes can batter your home’s exterior. In addition to marking the beginning of hurricane season, September is also National Preparedness Month. During this time, homeowners across the country can focus on taking preventative measures in order to best protect their homes from hurricanes and other types of natural disasters. Understanding the most efficient methods of preparing your home before a hurricane hits is the first step in protecting your home from the detriments of hurricane season.

Depending on where your home is located, you can determine your individual storm risk. For homes located in low-lying or coastal areas, flooding is more likely. This knowledge can help you to get an idea of how much preparation will be required to protect your home. In addition to knowing your risk, understanding your homeowner’s insurance will point out what your policy does and does not cover. Among the items that your policy should cover include flood damage and the cost to rebuild your home in the case that it undergoes irreparable damage.

Take a close look at your roof and gutters prior to hurricane season. If shingles are loose or missing from your roof completely, your roof may not be able to sustain the force of a hurricane. Replace shingles in order to strengthen your roof and consider sealing your roof for additional protection. Clogged gutters can also damage your roof, as overflowing water can slosh against your roof, resulting in water damage. Clear your gutters of all debris and make certain that water can properly drain through them before a storm.

Producing heavy rainfall, hurricanes often cause massive flooding, which can allow water to enter your home, damaging carpets, floors, and more. That being said, diverting flood water away from your home through the use of sandbags is key in protecting your home from water damage. Lastly, weather can wear your home’s window seals, breaking them over time. Broken seals can allow water to leak through the window and into your home. Have a professional inspect your windows prior to hurricane season so that they can make any necessary repairs in time.

Urban Flooding

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Urban flooding has become increasingly more prevalent as cities continue to sprout in areas around the world. With virtually no soil into which water can be absorbed, cities flood easily. This absence of soil requires excess water to be eliminated through a limited number of sewage and draining systems that are interspersed throughout cities.

Urban flooding in particular can flood city streets, blocking roadways in its path, and have other negative effects on day-to-day life. When water builds up in drainage systems, drain covers can lift off of the ground in an occurrence called “dancing drain covers”. In addition to dancing, the covers can shift or travel a distance from the drain itself, leaving massive holes in streets that could prove to  be dangerous for cars or pedestrians traveling on the road.

Though the reputation of urban flooding isn’t quite as serious as that of the flooding caused by hurricanes, the damage may be comparable if the storm produces a large amount of rain. It is therefore important to recognize how likely flooding may be in your city based on its geography. The risk of urban flooding is increased in cities that are located by rivers due to their tendency to overflow or those situated by major bodies of water due to high tide and the potential for storm surge. If you live in a city that is of greater risk, it may be helpful to prepare an emergency flood kit, containing necessities such as snacks, water, flashlights, and batteries in case your city suffers from a severe flood.

Surviving Summer Storms

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Over this past 4th of July weekend, parts of Frederick, Maryland and Washington, D.C saw tremendous rainfall and intense flooding as storms blew through the area. Streets were inundated with rain as they began to resemble rivers in a short period of time, swallowing cars and flooding even The White House’s basement. During the summer season, thunderstorms are prevalent due to the increased presence of moisture and rising warm air in the atmosphere, which combine to create the perfect conditions for thunderstorms to form. With this enhanced risk of thunderstorms during the summer and their occurrence throughout the year, it is crucial to be aware of the dangers of thunderstorms and how to protect your home or business from becoming damaged during a thunderstorm.


Thunderstorms often produce lightning when rolling through an area, which could directly strike your home or business, resulting in several types of serious damage. Firstly, lightning is powerful enough to sear through roofs and attics or tear shingles and gutters from roofs. Lightning can also cause electrical damage, as the risk of an electrical fire igniting is enhanced during a thunderstorm if lightning strikes the building. Computers, refrigerators, and other electrical appliances have the potential to be destroyed if they are plugged into an outlet when lightning strikes the building.

Flash Flooding

Thunderstorms can also produce large amounts of rain that can result in rapid or flash flooding, inundating road ways and submerging areas in water. The flood water often carries sediment as well as mud, which can contaminate all objects that flood water may touch in your home or business. Understand that mold can grow if the water damage is not removed quickly. Flooring, carpet, drywall, and electrical systems such as heating and cooling systems are usually impacted in floods, so be on the lookout for any signs of damage to those items. It would also be beneficial to check that the flood water has not shifted the building off of its foundation, as it can be a possibility and may require significant restoration.

What Can I Do After the Storm?

 When a thunderstorm hits, check for physical signs of lightning or flood damage to your property as soon as the storm is over and it is safe to enter potentially flooded areas. Also check that your breakers and light switches are functional in order to assess any electrical damage. Leakage from plumbing systems and visible water damage to carpets, walls, or flooring indicate that flood water has contaminated the area and that cleanup must be hasty in order to prevent mold growth. Lastly, lessen the chance of water and electricity reacting during the cleanup by turning off water and electrical systems.

Flooding in Iowa

6/22/2019 (Permalink)

13 inches of rain hit Burlington, Iowa by storm this May over a 2 day period, leaving the city flooded and in need of remediation. In addition to the rain, large hail, high winds, and tornadoes hammered the area, which resulted in flooding that swept through the city as well as the flooding of nearby rivers, such as the Missouri River.

During February of this year, a remarkable 25 inches of snow blanketed Des Moines, Iowa. The melting of all that snow left the ground completely saturated with liquid, unable to hold any more water. Therefore, the 13 inches of rain spread across the ground just as it would across a cement or tile floor, flooding highways, roads, and homes in its path. SERVPRO received around 30 job files and three crews were sent to Iowa to restore what was damaged in the flood.

Flooding can result in the contamination and damage of drywall, support beams, and even the foundation of homes. The damage to homes ranged anywhere from wet finished basements of 500 square ft to 3,000 square ft to wet flooring, walls, and content. Mold is most likely to grow in the initial 24 hours of the flooding, which calls for swift action from restoration crews.

The most satisfying component of restoring flooded homes was the crews’ ability to help flood victims bounce back in addition to the gratifying feeling that emerged as a result of helping those affected by the floods.

Broken Pipes in Chicago

6/22/2019 (Permalink)

In February of this year, five consecutive days of subzero temperatures chilled the city of Chicago, Illinois. Popular sites in the city such as The Chicago River froze completely. Just a few days later, the weather changed drastically from temperatures of -50 degrees Fahrenheit to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This rapid change in temperature resulted in broken pipes in Chicago homes, which is where SERVPRO crews were able to step in.

Broken pipes are not uncommon during the winter in many areas, as drastic changes in temperature, which can occur before the transition to spring, can lead to the bursting of pipes. In Chicago, the extreme cold heightened the probability of pipes bursting in the homes of Chicago residents this year.

Freezing temperatures cause the water in the pipes to freeze, so when temperatures rise, the pressure in the pipes increases, causing the pipes to burst and therefore, flood. Flooded basements and water damage to walls and carpets are amongst the damage that burst pipes can cause. Wet areas and homes that have been damaged by flooding are more susceptible to mold growth because mold grows and multiplies in moist areas.

Objects such as drywall or ceiling tiles that cannot be repaired must be removed in order to protect the rest of the home from further mold growth. Objects such as glass and ceramic, on the other hand, do not need to be removed, as simply cleaning those objects would be sufficient.

About 30 job files were received, so SERVPRO recruited three crews for the restoration. Journeying to a different region of the country and planning to tackle such widespread flooding excited and motivated the crew to travel to Chicago and help those in need to recover.

Storm Floods are the Worst Kind

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage in a Riverside, MD home

Officially, flooding from a storm is classified as Category 3. In comparison, if the water pipe coming into your home in Riverside, MD, was to break, that would cause a Category 1 flood. The difference is that the Category 1 flood is clean water and the Category 3 flood is some combination of sewage, sea water, river water and stream water.

Some Aspects of Flood Restoration are the Same Regardless of Category

When it comes to water damage, the difference between categories is their levels of contamination. The damage from the wetness is the same across all categories. The damage is found in:

  • Drywall that needs to be torn out.
  • Insulation that needs to be replaced.
  • Flooring that needs to be removed and discarded
  • Items that need to be restored or replaced.
    Category 3 Flood Restoration Presents Special Challenges

The differences between a Category 1 and Category 3 flooding can be seen through a microscope.

Whereas Category 1 water would be relatively clear, Category 3 water would be teeming with bacteria and mold spores. Both categories bring moisture into the home, but the Category 3 flood also seeds it with mold and the nutrients required for growth. This gives the home a virtually instant mold problem.

Category 3 Flood Restoration Requires Immediate Attention

The number one priority in dealing with Category 3 flood damage is to dry out the house as quickly as possible. A totally dry home is not conducive to mold growth. After everything that can be torn out, thrown out or sent out is gone, the goal is to dry out everything that remains. This is where high volume specialty fans come into play. They circulate the air which picks up moisture and takes it outside.

Floods of All Categories Need to Be Addressed Promptly

All categories of flooding are bad. Even the moisture from a Category 1 flood can foster mold growth. With an early start, flood restoration experts can eliminate your flood damage in short order. In the end, that’s what really counts.

How to Minimize Damage to Your Roof

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

This roof suffered significant damage after a recent storm

Of all the part of your office building, the roof should be among the most durable. A high-quality roof should last for decades; however, years of wear and tear from harsh elements and other factors can weaken it. If you detect a roof leak or other damage to your roof, you need to act quickly so the damage doesn’t accelerate and cause more problems.

Inspect It

You should have a qualified professional periodically inspect your company’s roof to ensure it’s in good working order. You can’t always detect issues before the damage is severe, so the inspection process is important. You or a professional in Harford County, MD, should do the following:

• Clear debris from rain gutters.
• Looking for missing shingles.
• Evaluate the soundness of the roof by looking for weak or soft spots.
• Look for holes or other openings where water could find its way into the building.

Cover Affected Areas

If your inspection yields bad news, and you’ve found a damaged roof, you need to cover areas as soon as possible. You can do this with plywood or with tarps. This will help prevent water from getting into the building during rainstorms or snowstorms. This will also help ensure the damaged areas don’t get larger or turn from a roof leak into something more significant.

Repair Quickly

A trained professional in roof cleanup should get your roof ready for restoration. The tart or plywood will do a sufficient job for a time, but it’s vital that you get a competent roofer on the job to replace shingles, repair holes, and handle any other issues your building is facing. The longer you wait to repair the damage, the more likely leaking or other problems will persist.

Over time, a roof leak can develop into a larger problem that could result in disaster. Once you identify the cause of your leak, make sure you follow these steps to avoid more complications.

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What Should You Throw Away After a Flood?

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Drywall and Flooring Mold Damage

Sifting through your precious belongings after a flood in Harford County, MD, is a difficult thing to do. It can be emotional and exhausting to figure out what you have to throw away and what you can keep. Once the water damage has been assessed, content cleaning must begin immediately. Here are a few tips as you start the cleanup process:

1. Beware black water – There are three classifications of water damage and this is the most severe. Whether the source is a nearby flooded river or a sewage overflow in your residence, black water is heavily contaminated and has serious health risks if ingested.

2. Throw away appliances with insulation – In the process of content cleaning, appliances such as refrigerators, stoves and washing machines may need to be discarded because they contain insulation that can carry mold.

3. Toss porous materials – Carpet, wood, and paper are places where contaminants like mold can hide. Because mold can spread within two to three days, these materials should be thrown away immediately.

4. Determine what can be saved – You can save anything that is nonporous as long as it isn’t too damaged, so anything made of glass, ceramic, plastic or metal can be kept. These items do, however, need content cleaning well.

Remember that any kind of moisture can encourage mold growth, so it’s important to reduce the risk of further damage by throwing away anything that can harbor mold or unsafe microbes. Even if your belongings look okay, spores can go undetected to the human eye. It’s also important to remove any items that come into contact with wet carpet and remove excess water in any place you can.

It can be a daunting process to go through your residence after a flood. It’s good to know what you can keep and what should be thrown away so that you can move on with restoring your home to a clean, livable condition.

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What Is That Smell? Removing Bad Odors After a Flood

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

After flood water recedes in Harford County, MD, sometimes unpleasant odors are left behind in commercial buildings. Unless addressed properly, these odors can linger, which can make getting back to business difficult. However, it does not have to be this way. These three tips can help get your building back to normal after a flood.

Tip 1: Prevent Fungus Growth

Some of the primary causes of unappealing smells after a flood are mildew and mold growth, which can occur if carpets, walls, and upholsteries are left damp for a long period of time. After a flood, there are a few things you can to stop the process:

• Remove water from carpets with a wet vacuum to begin the drying process.
• Run dehumidifiers.
• Increase circulation in the room with fans.

The quicker you can get your commercial building dry, the less mildew and mold growth will occur.

Tip 2: Try a Natural Approach

Some of the best post-flood odor removers are common household products. There are many different cleaning solutions you can use to remove odor, but sometimes the simplest are the best:

• One part white vinegar mixed with two parts warm water is an effective odor-removal spray for curtains.
• Baking soda poured directly onto carpet can help absorb smells, exactly like it does in the refrigerator.
• Unused kitty litter is also an effective odor absorber when left in bowls around the room.

These often-overlooked items may help to get rid of an unwelcome smell.

Tip 3: Know When To Call a Professional

Sometimes, even after you have tried all of these tips, an odor can linger longer. This may be caused by sewage loss during a flood, which can cause an overgrowth of odor-causing bacteria. This can be resolved with the help of flood reparation professionals, who have special equipment to sanitize the items in your commercial building, killing these bacteria and stopping mold in its tracks.

Calling professionals can help you to get your commercial building up and running after a natural disaster. Rely on their assistance and these tips to eliminate mold growth and make your commercial building safe and odor-free.

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A Guide To Preparing Your Home for a Flood

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

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When the threat of an impending storm is approaching your Aberdeen, MD, home, it can be difficult to maintain your composure and stay focused enough to prepare your home for flood water. Therefore, it’s important to create a flood preparedness plan for your property ahead of time that can help prevent excess water damage when disaster strikes. Read on to discover how to safeguard your home in the event of a massive storm, giving yourself a go-to resource to use when your adrenaline is overtaking your ability to think and act accordingly.

? Elevate the important interior and exterior components of your home. The first thing flooding can damage is your home’s electrical systems and your various appliances. Therefore, it’s crucial to raise items like your water heater, furnace and electrical panel to higher levels in your home, if possible. If there’s time, contact a professional for help with this matter.

? Invest in check valves to install into your plumbing. A check valve can help prevent any potential flood water from backing up into your home through your drains. If this option isn’t feasible, acquiring large-scale stoppers or corks to plug your tubs, sinks, etc. can be highly valuable.

? Make or restock an existing emergency kit. Keeping things like common medications, bandages, bottled water, non-perishable foods and more in an easy-to-grab storage container or sealed bag can be a life-saving preventative measure for you and your family.

? Line up sandbags around your home. While this presumably isn’t an option if you only have hours left to prepare for an impending storm, filling up sandbags and placing them around your home’s perimeter in the days before a major weather event can help prevent your property from becoming a flooded building.

Controlling your emotions under the threat of an oncoming natural disaster in Aberdeen, MD, can be hard to do. Therefore, having a reliable and handy preparedness plan to protect your home from flood water is key to ensuring you and your family are safe as well as safeguarding your property against maximum water damage.

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How To Sort Through Wet Items After a Flood

3/24/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Edgewood Home

Not all flood water in a home is caused by heavy rains or storms. A sudden flood could occur in your Edgewood, MD, home as the result of a broken washing machine or a burst pipe during cold weather. When flooding happens, it can be difficult to know how to handle your water-damaged items. From furniture to toys and more, the drying and restoration process can be different for each object, but there are a few strategies you can use for sorting them safely.

Prepare a Drying Room

Having a room to dry soaked items properly can help prevent further damage, especially to fragile items like books and documents. Set up a dry cleaning room before you sort, and create an environment that includes the following:

" Low humidity
" Oscillating fans
" Little to no exposure to sunlight

Having a drying room can help you sort belongings with more efficiency and get the drying process started faster after a broken pipe or leaky washer causes a flood.

Sort Items by Material

Sorting items by their material can help you assess the worst of the damage. Metal objects, for example, will probably have suffered the least amount of harm from water in the home and can be dried, then sanitized. Porous items, like plastic toys and wooden objects, may suffer discoloration or warping after a flood. A flood cleanup and restoration company can advise you on whether furniture can be salvaged or repaired.

Treat Photos With Care

Sorting and salvaging photographs can be difficult, but it is possible to save them with a bit of patience. If photos are stuck together, do not pull them apart. Soak them in tepid water until they separate, and then dry them face up in your drying room. The low humidity can help prevent curling and fading.

Floods can happen in your Edgewood, MD, home for a variety of reasons. Knowing the best practices for sorting and salvaging wet items after water in a home causes damage may help you prevent further harm to family heirlooms and reduce loss.

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Taking Care of Your Business’s Leaky Roof the Right Way

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Loss

Having a leaky roof isn’t just bad for business – it’s also likely to have long-term effects on other parts of your commercial building if left untreated for long enough. That’s why taking care of your roof leak quickly and correctly is important to your business’s future. In order to get things done the right way, there are a few key steps you should follow, including:

• Tearing out wet, damaged materials
• Drying and disinfecting the affected areas
• Having your roof and ceiling professionally restored

Following these steps can sometimes be a lengthy process, but it’s the best way to get your Edgewood, MA, business back in operational order as quickly as possible.

Out With the Old

If you have carpets, walls or other materials that have been damaged by your existing roof leak, the best thing you can do is tear them out and replace them. Wet materials – especially carpets, rugs and other fabric pieces – are prone to developing mold growth, which presents its own unique challenges. It’s best to nip the problem in the bud and stop mold growth before it ever has a chance to begin.

Disinfectant Is Key

While most rainwater is harmless, some may contain harmful bacteria – especially if it’s been sitting there for a while. Disinfecting areas that have been in contact with your leak is important for suppressing both mold growth and bacterial illnesses during the cleanup and restoration process and is easy to do with the right tools and know-how.

Professional Assistance

When it comes to missing shingles and an otherwise damaged roof, you could try and take on the challenge of repairs yourself, but why would you? Hiring a team of professionals is much safer, is affordable, and means your roof will be getting the care it really needs and deserves, thanks to the regulations that all professional crews have to adhere to.

Following these simple steps can help you take care of that pesky roof leak at your commercial property in no time, so you can focus on business and not on the status of your roof.

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How To Prepare for a Future Flood

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Some areas of the country are more prone to flooding than others. It can be devastating to try to recover the costs associated with repairing flood damage. However, homeowners in Aberdeen, MD can reduce the impact by adequately preparing for such disasters.

Pack Everything Essential Beforehand

In the event you need to evacuate, you and your family members need to leave the house immediately. You should have all essential items already packed up so that you do not forget anything. Some crucial items to bring include:

• Prescription medication
• Clothing
• First-aid kit
• Important documents or a flash drive
• Priceless belongings

When you have to evacuate, there may be no time to ensure you gather everything. You should leave your home with peace of mind.

Clean Storm Drains and Gutters

You should already clean your gutters regularly. You especially want to do it right before flooding occurs. Debris in the gutters can cause rainwater to back up. Too much pressure will cause the gutters to break. The water will flood your home’s siding, resulting in more storm damage.

Keep Important Items Away From Potential Flood Areas

If your house has a basement, then you need to waterproof it. You should also keep important items out of this area. The furnace and water heater in particular should be located in areas of the house that are not likely to flood. You should also avoid storing family heirlooms out of the basement. Some items can be restored after a flood, but paper and photographs may be lost forever.

You should develop an evacuation plan for your neighbors, especially if any of them are elderly or sick. They may not have their own transportation. Flooding has been known to occur in Aberdeen, MD so do not get caught off-guard by it. Have a plan, and make sure to review it regularly with your children and whoever else you live with. Visit for more information on storm damage.

Flood Cuts: Are They Really Necessary?

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Flood Cuts: Are They Really Necessary?

You may have experienced flooding in your basement in Aberdeen, Maryland and, while talking to a restoration professional, heard the term “flood cut.” It’s easy for them to get wrapped up in the vernacular of the business, but it’s a term you may not have heard before. The flood cut process is outlined below, along with reasons why it’s sometimes necessary.

Tearing Out Drywall

Basically, a flood cut is an industry-specific term for when restoration professionals will tear out drywall anywhere between 12 to 18 inches above the flood line. For example, if your basement has been flooded with two feet of water, the cut will begin at three feet above the floor. This allows the restoration workers to assess water damage behind the wall, which is often overlooked by many property managers and can cause mold or severe odor when left unchecked.

When Are Flood Cuts Unnecessary?

Even if your basement has flooded with two or more feet of water, a flood cut is not always necessary. The purpose of a flood cut is to treat water damage behind drywall, but if the water in question is category one or white water, the cut will not be necessary. This is because flooding from white water is mostly harmless as far as pathogens and bacteria go. This kind of water damage can be treated via a relatively non-invasive method that involves pumping water out of the wall void via injection.

When Are Flood Cuts Necessary?

There is an exception to the white water rule, however, when it comes to insulation. If the insulation behind the drywall has been damaged by flooding, a flood cut will still be necessary with white water. Insulation cannot be dried properly and still function the way it’s intended. With categories two and three, or grey and black water, respectively, a flood cut will definitely be necessary to prevent contamination due to the bacteria those types of water can carry.
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Professional Storm Damage Restoration

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Professional Storm Damage Restoration

This year has been a doozy when it comes to hurricane, floods, and other natural disasters requiring home restoration and storm remediation. Many people probably sighed when they hear the words Storm remediation.

A list of a homeowner's nightmares would probably look a lot like this:

Removing standing ground water or flood water (especially resulting from a roof leak and requiring a floor pump)
Wind damage to the siding and paint
Dealing with frozen pipes or an ice dam (really any kind of ice damage...)
Water restoration, and other utility problems

Whether you're dealing with frozen pipes, ground water, or flood water, we'll explain why you should enlist the help of a storm restoration professional.

Your home is one of the most important investments you'll ever make; whether your home has undergone hail damage or ice damage, you deserve the peace of mind that an only experienced storm remediation expert can provide.

Hurricane Damage: A Little Bit of Everything

Hurricane damage means not only flooding, but wind damage. This can destroy even solidly-built homes caught in the direct flood water--especially in cases of river flooding. Hurricanes such as Irma and Harvey present major problems in many areas of home remediation.

Even "lesser" hurricane damage like

Wind damage can affect your entire home, but it is notable for causing extensive roof damage, usually requiring professional roof repair. Let's learn more about storm remediation...

After the Storm

In the wake of a storm, you'll likely be worried about your home restoration and water restoration. With the help of a flood pump and other tools, an expert can fix whatever problem your home or office has undergone--from ice damming all the way to expert roof repair.

A flood pump is one of the storm remediation expert's most potent tools in the fight against flooding and storm damage. Remove all standing ground water is an important step in fighting mold, thereby protecting your home's livability.

Some of the most common home restoration issues occurring as a result of flooding include:

Roof leak, serious enough to require roof repair
Pools of Collected Flood Water
Damaged Siding and Roofing (most often associated with hurricane damage)

Know your home and understand your storm damage risks. Many older homes sustain roof damage or a roof leak. This quickly adds up to a ground water problem.

Is your home in danger of river flooding? River flooding issues can turn into ice damming problems (if you've never dealt with an ice dam, consider yourself lucky). Ice damming is often a symptom of frozen pipes, and ice damage can affect your home's plumbing.

If ice damming isn't your problem, wind damage might pose a problem for home remediation. Also common is hail damage; it's hard to fix hail damage, due to the sheer amount of hail damage that usually occurs from a single, serious storm system (notably, roof damage or a roof leak).

Can't I Fix Storm Damage By Myself?

Why should I hire someone for storm restoration?

Leave water restoration, frozen pipes, and ice dam issues to professionals who have the know-how to repair river flooding and ice damage without causing further damage to your home. Storm restoration is serious business--ground water removal shouldn't be left to chance--unless you want an ice dam, that is.

Roof damage is a difficult process, requiring an in-depth understanding of roof repair to ensure proper home remediation. Do you, for example, own a flood pump? If you don't own a flood pump, it's going to be difficult to remove flood water by yourself.

Best of luck with your home restoration after flooding. Let us know if you have any questions about storm remediation or have any storm damage or water restoration problems.
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How SERVPRO Assesses Flood Damage After A Dishwasher Breakdown In Havre de Grace

5/8/2017 (Permalink)

Havre De Grace Flooding Relies on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Water Removal

SERVPRO's Array of Measuring Devices Ensures a Dry Home Post Flooding

Dishwashers are a welcome addition to many households. After all, who does not love being able to simply rinse the dishes, set the cycle, and let the machine do the work? It is very convenient. However, like any other appliance, a dishwasher might malfunction, and a dishwasher breakdown often equals a flood of water in your kitchen.

Flood damage to your Havre de Grace home can be a serious cause for concern. A dishwasher might cause a surprisingly large flood in your kitchen, so naturally, you want to get that cleaned up as quickly as possible to mitigate any further damage. That is why we recommend you put in a call to SERVPRO at once -We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
An essential element of our job is assessing the damage to your home. A thorough assessment lets our experts know how much moisture is present, which is vital information that we need to decide upon the best course of action.
A visual inspection is an important first start, but of course, that is only one part of the process. Our teams come prepared with a range of powerful equipment to help us assess the flood damage to your home:
A moisture sensor to help us ascertain how deeply water has penetrated into soft materials. The sensor displays a blinking light and makes an audible beep when moisture is present, and this allows us to measure the extent of the damage. We have other models that work silently.
A moisture meter to help us measure how much moisture is in any structure. Meters are useful for testing the damp content of every part surrounding your dishwasher including not only the floor but also walls, wall insulation, cabinets, and rugs or carpets. Do not worry if you have a wooden floor. Our SERVPRO experts also come equipped with penetrating moisture meters that can be used to take a reading under wood flooring or even inside the wall. Our technicians calibrate the instrument to suit the material that we are testing.
Thermo-hygrometers. Thermo-hygrometers measure the temperature and the relative humidity in your kitchen. Our technicians use these readings to determine the extent of the water damage. This is usually used after the water has been removed, a verification that a standard RH has been attained.
A complete evaluation of the situation assists us in drawing up an effective individual drying plan for your kitchen. We monitor moisture and humidity throughout the drying process so you can rest assured your kitchen is at optimum dryness and humidity before we call the job done. We can also provide documentation to your insurance company.
If your dishwasher breaks, do not delay. Call SERVPRO of Harford County at (410) 679-6260 today for an assessment of the damage and a swift restoration service.

Drying Lino Floors When Dishwasher Causes Flood Damage In Havre de Grace

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

If your dishwasher breaks down and causes flood damage to your home, you need to get things dried out as quickly as possible.

Drying Flood Damaged Flooring

Dishwashers are great when they are working with no problems. Any busy person can appreciate being able to put dirty dishes in the washer and forget about them until later. Unfortunately, a dishwasher can also break and when it does water in the kitchen becomes a problem.

If your dishwasher breaks down and causes flood damage to your Havre de Grace home, you need to get things dried out as quickly as possible. Any delay means a greater risk of damage to your house and more chance for mold or mildew to grow. That is why we recommend calling SERVPRO as soon as you find the water leak in your kitchen.

When a dishwasher leaks, the principal concern is often getting the floor and floor covering dried out. Many kitchens have lino floor coverings. Although lino does not absorb water like carpet does, fast drying is still a must to prevent further damage or mold growth. There is a particular risk of water becoming trapped under any loose sections of lino floor. Our IICRC-certified technicians start by using truck mounted and free standing pumps to draw out any standing water. Next, we remove lino so we can thoroughly dry both the lino and the floor underneath.

Our team uses a combination of dehumidifiers and air movers to dry your kitchen floor and lino. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air to decrease humidity and therefore reduce drying times. We carefully calculate how many dehumidifiers to use and where to position them based on the cubic feet of area to be dried and the extent of the water damage.

We also train our technicians to use air movers and dehumidifiers together to dry out your kitchen floor. Air movers are not like the fans you pick up at your local hardware store. Rather they are designed to blow air across wet surfaces and replace it with drier air. While the dehumidifiers produce more dry, warm air, air movers circulate that air across wet materials.

SERVPRO understands that getting the right balance of air movers to dehumidifiers is key to successful drying. Too many air movers can result in secondary water damage, but too few air movers slow down the drying process. That is why our team carefully calculates the exact number and position of air movers and dehumidifiers for your specific situation. When drying is complete, we replace your lino - “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Harford County at (410) 679-6260 for help cleaning up after a broken dishwasher.

Furniture and Other Household Items Should be Dried and Cleaned After Flood Damage in Joppa

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Flood in Joppa? Call SERVPRO to Save the Day!

Damage From Flooding Ruins Belongings and Furnishings

Floods affect every aspect of a home. It is more than the water you see flowing through your home that should cause you concern. Keeping windows and doors closed can keep looters out, but at the same time, it also holds moisture in.

The amount of time spent submerged affects the amount of flood damage in Joppa. Damage does not stay contained but can spread within a home rapidly. Heat from the interior of your home can cause water to evaporate. This humidity must go somewhere, and it will typically end up in the drier areas of your home, as these locations can absorb moisture more readily. As this water evaporates, it can hold microbes.

When moisture condenses on surfaces within your home, it can also deposit any microorganisms, mold spores, chemicals, and other contaminants. When furniture is affected in such a way, mold can begin growing. This microbe can easily penetrate upholstery, just like it penetrates into semi-porous surfaces like wood and drywall. Not only should furniture be placed on blocks that will keep your floor from being stained, but upholstery also requires special care as part of any flood damage cleanup.

At the same time that upholstery is being cleaned of contaminants, metal fixtures from braces to foot rest extenders need to be cleaned of water to ensure they do not rust. A light coating of oil can also be applied to increase protection. The undersides of furniture often have a protective dust cover that can retain moisture, so this is often unfastened, allowing it to dry more quickly. This allows for increased air contact when air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers are used.

Plants need to be placed outside before ozone-producing machines can be implemented. Potted plants can be flooded with clean water after being placed outside, flushing any contaminants out of the soil and allowing them to drain away. Just as food needs to be thrown away that has been contaminated by flood water, potted plants that produce edible berries or other fruits should be considered a possible hazard. Disposing of potted plants that produce fruit may be in your best interest.

SERVPRO of Harford County can do more than repair the structural problems that arise with flood damage – they can also clean the contents of your home. Call us as soon as you have a flood emergency at (410) 679-6260. We are a locally owned business and can arrive promptly.

Three Appliances That Commonly Cause Flood Damage

11/27/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding from a Storm or Internal Problem Affects Homes in Joppatowne

A Flooded Floor Should Get Immediate Attention to Mitigate Water Damage

While many homeowners have plans to protect their homes in the event of flooding caused by natural disasters, floods that result from appliance malfunction are harder to plan for. Such water emergencies are often sudden, come with little warning, and leave homeowners scrambling to solve the problem.

Before your home is affected by flood damage in Joppatowne, it is important to know the common culprits of household flooding. Here are three appliances that often cause flood damage and how SERVPRO can help.
Water Heaters
Because approximately 70% of water heaters fail by the time they have been in use for 12 years or more, this is one of the most common causes of flood damage in homes. The majority of flooding from water heaters is due to burst tanks or leaks. Since flood damage from hot water heaters involves clean water, SERVPRO technicians are typically able to restore most affected household items and extract the water from all types of flooring and rugs.
When a dishwasher floods a home, it is often mid-cycle and usually, happens with units that are at least ten years old. Though old dishwashers fail more often, even newer models can cause a water emergency if there's a detached drain line or the appliance was improperly installed. We aim to quickly and thoroughly restore homes with this type of flooding, so structural damage does not become a problem in the future. In this case, preservation of the base cabinets requires the fast removal of any standing water.
Washing Machines
It is not usually washing machine units that malfunction and cause flood damage, but the hoses which connect washers to their water source. Check your washer's hoses monthly for signs of cracks, discoloration, or blistering, especially if you use it frequently. Though gray water is typically involved with flood damage from washing machines, our experts can save most flooring and furniture affected by it. When we restore your possessions, you do not have to spend extra money on replacements. Fast water removal simplifies the entire flooding issue.
The experts at SERVPRO of Harford County are well equipped to restore your flooded home after any water emergency quickly. Call us 24/7 at (410) 679-6260 for a rapid response.

Preventing and Alleviating Flood Damage

8/21/2016 (Permalink)

Clean Gutters and Drains Keep Water From Damaging Your Walls

Gutter System Inspections Can Prove to Be Invaluable

Homes can be made unlivable in less than a day with only a few inches of water. Damage to the house and furnishings can be caused by ruptured pipes and broken sprinklers, but right now, the primary threat is from thunderstorms.

Regardless of the source, flood damage in Havre De Grace can destroy homes and displace families very quickly. The keys to stopping this from happening are preventing it and quickly responding when it does happen. SERVPRO has the personnel and equipment to help you do both.

We offer a free, first-time inspection of your home to identify potential risks. For damage to homes, some of the first things our people look for are broken or clogged drainage systems. If drain pipes are not adequately secured to the rain gutters, then water that should be flowing away from your home could be pouring down the wall. This will destroy siding and landscaping.

If it continues, there will be damage to the walls and eventually the foundation. Once water gets past the siding and into the house, drywall is quickly compromised. Once it becomes soaked, then rot can quickly get started in the frame holding the drywall. Carpets are soon soaked, and wood floors can start to warp in only a day.

If it does happen, our team of technicians has the equipment to rapidly remove water and dry carpets, floors and walls. We use commercial grade pumps and maintain our own generators when the power may still be off-line. To remove the moisture, we have an extensive inventory of fans, blowers, and dehumidifiers to preserve the structure of your home, reduce the damage to drywall and paneling and prevent the need to replace carpets, flooring, and furniture.

The weather is looking OK now, but thunderstorms and the damage they bring can strike at any time. If you want to get ahead of the next flood, call us today at SERVPRO of Hartford County at (410) 679-6260. We're ready to help.

Flood Damage: Call in Experts to Handle Flood Damage

3/29/2016 (Permalink)

Floods are incredibly damaging to your personal belongings.

Flood Damage - Call in Experts to Handle Flood Damage

Find Out How SERVPRO Can Help With Flood Damage

Flooding can cause tremendous water damage in the home, and consulting with professionals who specialize in flood damage can help you avoid a variety of problems. Instances of flood damage manifest in different ways, but no matter the extent, the entire house may suffer if the flood damage is left unattended.

Loss of Personal Belongings
Floods are incredibly damaging to your personal belongings. Everything from furniture to electronics can be destroyed by a flood. Some items are still salvageable if the water is clean enough, and haste is of the essence in taking care of such problems. If you spot water or flooding damage in your basement, do not hesitate to call in specialists as quickly as possible to minimize the loss of your personal belongings.

Long-term Structural Problems
If left unattended for too long, the damage may become structural. It is not uncommon for flooding damage to begin seeping into the foundation of your home, wearing away at it. Surface damage can be restored quickly, but if you do not call remediation experts immediately, you may need major renovations to take care of your home's structural damage.

When you need assistant taking care of your flood damage, contact experienced specialists who can help. SERVPRO of Harford County is proud to provide customers with an efficient and reliable cleanup service, responding quickly to all types of water damage issues. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, be sure to call us at (410) 679-6260.