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Are there Approaches That Simplify the Cleanup of Valuables after Fire Damage?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment ready for action. Fires produce enormous amounts of smoke and soot damage when a fire occurs. SERVPRO techs are trained and ready for the job.

SERVPRO Capitalizes on the Four Elements of Cleaning to Simplify Restoration of Mt Airy Properties

Fires produce considerable amounts of residues, which are deposited on surfaces all over your home. Therefore, you have a substantial cleanup task after the fire is put out. Cleaning all the items can take considerable effort and time, especially if you do not know how to deal with different residues.

Although residue deposit is one of the better outcomes you have to deal with after fire damage at your Mt Airy property, using the wrong cleaning approaches can increase the challenge or lead to permanent damages. When SERVPRO technicians handle the cleanup of fire-damaged contents or structural materials, we manipulate four elements to simplify the process:

  • Temperature
  • Agitation
  • Time
  • Chemical action

Agitation is any physical action that removes residues from surfaces. Unless we determine residues can be easily wiped off, we combine physical agitation with another factor like chemical action by incorporating a professional cleaning product. We can also boost the cleaning agent's effectiveness by giving it more dwell time or heating the cleaning solution to promote the chemical action that removes residues. When correctly balanced, the four aspects simplify cleaning.

SERVPRO of Frederick County seeks the most convenient ways to manage fire damage for better outcomes. Call us at (301) 662-1747 to assist you.

Are Odors Avoidable After Water Cleanup In Brunswick Business Premises?

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians at work. Moisture in your commercial building may cause odors. SERVPRO has the means and experience to eliminate the odors.

SERVPRO Uses Odor Free Cleaning Agents and Deodorizers in Brunswick Properties

After extracting water and cleaning up your business premises when there is a water intrusion incident, you may still experience some bad odor discomfort. Such odors can develop for various reasons, including cleaning products with heavy fragrances, microbial growth, or ineffective cleaning.

When handling water cleanup in Brunswick business premises, one of SERVPRO’s objectives is to guarantee a comfortable environment for your customers and staff members. Our technicians use various approaches to help eliminate or control bad odor, including:

Since moisture fuels microbial development, drying wet materials within the first 72 hours and applying antimicrobial products helps stop microbial growth and the musty odor it is associated with. Since some cleaning products can leave a sharp smell, our SERVPRO teams use specially formulated cleaning products with no fragrance, dyes and have neutral pH. The products also biodegrade quickly, removing any traces from your property.

SERVPRO of Frederick County ensures water cleanup is effective and creates a comfortable environment. Call us at (301) 662-1747.    

Has Flood Damage Affected Your Home’s Basement?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged home walls with flood cuts Storms may damage with flooding to your home. SERVPRO technicians are ready for the water restoration process you need.

SERVPRO Helps Remove Floodwater and Cleanup Frederick Properties

The city of Frederick, Maryland, has an interesting formative history. For example, even though it was laid out as a town in 1745, it is not very clear whom it was named after between Frederick Calvert and Frederick Louis. Calvert was the sixth Baron of Baltimore while Louis was the Prince of Wales. During the civil war, the city had to pay a $200,000 ransom after the Battle of Monocacy to confederate general Jubal Anderson Early to avoid destruction. 

Fredrick was also the origin of some individual actions that had significant national implications. For instance, on September 14, 1814, local amateur poet and lawyer Francis Scott Key decided to write new lyrics for an old drinking song of the Anacreontic Society of London, inadvertently creating the first version of the United States National Anthem. It was adopted as the official national anthem in March 1931. Chief justice Roger Brooke Taney who lived in Frederick in the early 19th century is known for delivering the Dred Scott Decision, which made slavery legal in all United States territories.

The Flood Control Project that Created a Scenic Park

The city has always been affected by periodic floods. However, two major flooding incidents in the 1970s prompted officials to seek a long-term solution for the perennial flooding woos. The flooding incidents were aggravated by the extensive growth of the western side of the city, especially along the Golden Mile area. The development meant paving of previously open areas, thus reducing water seepage into the ground. Most of the surface runoff ended up in the Monocacy River that lies east of the central city. 

Engineers and city officials figured that a flood control project along Carol Creek with underground concrete water conduits would help convey water safely through downtown Frederick, eliminating the usual destruction. Apart from controlling flooding, the system also created an opportunity to building one of the most beautiful linear parks stretching one and a half miles. The park has several beautiful features, including:

  • Brick pedestrian paths
  • Uniquely designed pedestrian bridges
  • Shade trees and benches
  • A 350 seat amphitheater that hosts outdoor events 

Most people recognize Carroll Creek Linear Park for its beautiful sculptures, landscaping, and waterways, making it a perfect place to relax. However, it still plays its original role of protecting the downtown properties from severe flooding.

How Does SERVPRO Help Manage Flood Damage in Frederick?

Even with elaborate flood control systems, some issues such as flooded basements still affect Frederick properties sometimes. Immediate action is necessary in such cases to minimize the chances of adverse outcomes. Removing the intruding water and cleaning up the soiled surfaces are the two vital actions. 

Since basements are rarely empty, the cleanup and water extraction processes may not be that easy. SERVPRO helps ease the removal by providing the necessary resources, including equipment and human resources. 

  • Our technicians help pack and move out the contents you have in your basement
  • We combine mechanical and chemical processes to ensure clean up of the entire basement 
  • After extracting water, we set up air movers and dehumidifiers in the basement to dry it

SERVPRO of Frederick County helps restore properties affected by flood damage. Call us (301) 662-1747 when you need assistance.

Removing Water from Brunswick Businesses After a Flood

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle outside job site. Flooding causes substantial risk to your business. SERVPRO technicians are trained and ready any time of the day or night 365 days a year.

Warehouses can become devastated by standing floodwater without direct mitigation assistance.

For so many warehouses and manufacturing facilities throughout Brunswick and nearby Frederick, flooding threats can become devastating loss incidents for these commercial properties. As a large loss recovery team, we have the equipment and personnel to handle significant water disasters and flooding that impact these structures and become overwhelming to property managers.

Removing Standing Water Quickly 

One of the most threatening aspects of flood damage in Brunswick businesses is standing water that impacts stored wares and inventory in the facility. Assessing this damage allows our team to determine the best extraction approaches to remove this surface water threat and protect the contents when possible. We have multiple extraction units capable of pulling several inches of standing water quickly from the grounds, including:

  • Truck-mount extractors
  • High-pressure pumps
  • Self-priming trash pumps

With flooding being such a substantial risk to your investment and wares in the storage facility, you can count on our SERVPRO of Frederick County team for efficient extraction solutions. Give us a call today at (301) 662-1747.

Controlled Demolition in Frederick After Water Damage

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

an abundance of SERVPRO equipment Water damage to a home or business can put a damper on things. SERVPROs IICRC certified trained technicians are ready for any size disaster.

Our contractors can work to protect the property through careful material removal procedures.

Because water loss disasters can occur so rapidly in Frederick homes or businesses, restoration can vary depending on many different conditions. The more widespread and overwhelming water disasters can become, the more structural elements and sensitive materials exposed might require more attention than drying can allow. 

When is Controlled Demolition Necessary? 

While it is not always required or necessary, controlled demolition does play a role in water restoration for Frederick homes. Our competent project manager can determine whether this type of mitigative strategy is needed during the job scoping process. There are multiple advantages for controlled demolition and material removal when water exposure occurs, including: 

  • Access to water-damaged areas of the property
  • Removal of structurally unsound materials 
  • Elimination of deteriorated building materials 
  • Access to plumbing and other utilities in need of repair

Water restoration requires multiple technicians and approaches, but our SERVPRO of Frederick County team can help however your home needs. Give our professionals a call today at (301) 662-1747. 

Protecting Frederick's Charm and Attractions from Fire Losses

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles outside job site. Fire restoration is no easy task. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the help you need.

As a community of the Greater DC area, Frederick is alive with culture and history. 

As both a town and a county, Frederick has been an influential part of the country since before winning our independence from Britain. As such, there are multiple historic properties and landmarks that can tell the story of Maryland and its role in colonial America. Likewise, modern attractions appeal to tourists and travelers passing through on their way to the nation's capital or using Frederick as a bedroom city to avoid the District of Columbia's hectic conditions.

Historic Downtown Frederick Appeals to Nostalgia 

Many have described Frederick's downtown area as a cluster of spires, which refers to the volume of old churches found in the city. Much of the municipality is still laid out to favor those walking the streets on foot, with storefronts and services appealing to the pedestrian rather than oversized billboards to attract vehicle traffic. If you are looking to learn more about this region's history and role in events like the American Revolution, there are walking tours and specific sites better seen on foot.

Retail and Entertainment for All 

  • Francis Scott Key Mall – With nearly 60 stores and services within the structure, this shopping location is one of the most favored areas for retail enthusiasts. There are multiple anchor stores and a wide variety of goods available to appeal to shoppers of every taste. 
  • Frederick Keys Baseball – During the summer and fall, baseball fans can appreciate the cheap admission and thrill of America's pastime watching the Frederick Keys minor league baseball team. This is a farm program for the Baltimore Orioles, so those sitting in on the games could watch Major League Baseball's future stars.
  • Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) – In the lower level of the Francis Scott Key Hotel here in Frederick, you will find the Maryland Ensemble Theatre. This group has been performing together since 1997 in this location, though the company began in 1993 as an improv troupe without a steady stage.

How to Restore Frederick Homes After a Fire Loss

When fire restoration in Frederick homes is required, insurance providers need homeowners to pursue credible and experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team to help. As a preferred vendor in the area, we have a leading inventory of recovery tools and continued training for our technicians to provide homes and businesses with an efficient and thorough cleaning.

Restoration involves multiple steps and stages, beginning with mitigative options like debris removal and controlled demolition. Cleaning up soot residues can be among the most challenging segments of restoration, requiring several tools and products depending on the composition of these soils. Job scoping can determine the appropriate cleaning technique to make soot and smoke threats "Like it never even happened."

As damaging as fire can be after extinguishment, our SERVPRO of Frederick County team is ready 24/7 to get mitigation and restoration started. Call us today at (301) 662-1747.

Improve Your Balance with a Local Frederick Dance Instructor

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

a dance class full of women dancing SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing all the fun at the all-ages dance classes!

Fun Classes in Frederick Every Monday in January

Frederick contains no shortage of artistic experts and establishments, and from time to time, these treasured people and places set up events that really catch our eye. Local dance instructor Anam Cara takes the cake this month with an exciting idea for an all-ages class that blends dance techniques with a bit of everyday practicality. Although focused on performance art, these balance classes can be of great use to anyone who struggles to stay upright throughout their day. 

At a price of just $12, these lessons can be tough to beat as an evening activity. Hosted at 6:30 PM every Monday in January, you can drop into lessons online or head over to Cara’s fabulous and unique studio. These classes are made for all ages and are a great way to spend some time as a family. If you like what you see, be sure to check out her other classes, too: she runs year-round instruction in belly dancing, on top of other seasonal specialties.

SERVPRO of Frederick County provides 24/7 emergency fire damage mitigation services to Frederick and surrounding communities. Call us as soon as possible after a disaster at (301) 662-1747.

Mt. Airy Area Played a Pivotal Role in the Underground Railroad. Do You Know the Story?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

a sign that says underground railroad It will be exciting to see the community at the Mt. Airy Tours to learn more about the Underground Railroad!

Join Us on a Mt. Airy Tour to Discover History

In the latter days of slavery, many patriots in towns like Mt. Airy knew it was profoundly wrong. Still, they felt powerless to stop landowners and politicians from perpetuating the trade. To fight back, they founded the Underground Railroad, helping to shuttle slaves away from their cruel masters and into the arms of welcoming Northern cities. As a vital border region between the free states and the slave states, the areas around Mt. Airy became a focus of both the Railroad operators and those who sought to stop them.

This incredible history is set to be recounted by local historian John Muller in a guided road tour around many of the most important surviving locations. Starting from the Sunshine General Store in Brookeville, the caravan will spend a bit over four hours traveling around the area, with tidbits of history given out at each important site. Further details remain unannounced, but the date is set for February 7th.

SERVPRO of Frederick County can help your household in Mt. Airy with 24/7 professional water restoration services. For more information or our emergency services, give us a call at (301) 662-1747.

Arts and Architecture Define the Past, Present, and Future of Frederick

12/27/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room on the ceiling Mold can spread very quickly and may present in many colors. Contact our certified team for effective remediation services.

How The Clustered Spires of Frederick Influence Arts and Culture on Local and National Levels

Frederick's downtown area has something that few other communities in the world can compare to – the fantastic, clustered spires of our historic buildings. These spires, hallmarks of architecture and competition of a bygone era, set our community apart from other landmark downtown areas across the eastern United States. Beyond the pleasant appearance of this architectural oddity, the spires have proven to be important in both local and broad understandings of culture and construction.

Frederick is well-regarded among American architecture classes as a shining example of how buildings can shape and support the community inhabiting them. In addition to being excellent examples of many religious construction styles, Frederick's churches have helped to give our community a healthy and unique character and identity. Additionally, they demonstrate how to create a prominent skyline without skyscrapers (or the population to support them). Consequently, artistic spires, towers, and other tall elements have begun making an appearance in many architectural styles across the country.

This educational focus has led to many changes in projects nationwide. Religious organizations increasingly turn to neo-Gothic and other architectural styles incorporating stone, spires, and heavy emphasis on art. As a result, many growing communities see grand and gorgeous religious buildings rather than standard church houses that might have been built otherwise.

Such attention would likely not be placed on our community without the admiration that local businesses and residents place on the spires. Multiple locations around town, including Church Street, take their names from the spires, either directly or indirectly. Local art installations, community events, and organizations have inspired these buildings and the religious organizations that built them.

Next time you take a trip through downtown, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful buildings we have. In the future, we must be careful to preserve and maintain these establishments, lest they be knocked down for newer but less unique modern buildings.

Frederick Fits Well Among Notable Historic Districts

The historical significance and attractive appearance of the Frederick downtown area have not escaped the eye of preservationist groups across the country. Since the 1970s, much of our community's core area has been protected as a national historic district, ensuring that large and modern buildings cannot replace the city's character with a parking lot. In those days, many historic places were designated, and Frederick was not the only town to receive a large area of protection.

State-level preservation of historic buildings began in the early 20th Century, but it would not be until 1966 that the National Register of Historic Places became a formalized entity. In the years that followed, many individual buildings and locations entered the books, but Frederick was one of only a few places in the country that committed entire neighborhoods to the cause. Along with a handful of other communities, we became one of the first Historic Districts in the nation.

Today, communities continue to seek out historic status based on their inherent beauty and desire to create variety in contrast to uniform modern styles. If you ever visit another historic district, such as New Milford, Connecticut, know that these places found their inspiration in towns like Frederick.

The Legendary Rock Band that Calls Frederick Its Home

For the past thirty years, Frederick has hosted its own homegrown legendary rock band, Clutch. Formed in early 1991 by recent high school graduates from Germantown, Clutch began to expand locally across Maryland. Within a decade, they began releasing albums with top record labels as a nationwide success in the Rock scene. Our town has always played a crucial role in its success and continues to do so today.

In the band's early days, they searched tirelessly for gigs across Maryland, with establishments in Frederick hosting many of their performances. Here, they found such welcoming and exciting crowds that they decided to keep coming back, even as they garnered fame and expanded outwards. By 1998, they had signed with Columbia and began touring nationally, but the band still conducted much of its business close to home.

With almost no breaks in their relentless tour and album release schedule, the band was always on the move from place to place across the country. However, to practice and relax, the band still took the time to return to Frederick at the start of any album recording stint or performance tour. They continue that tradition today, and at the beginning of their next tour, you might find them at one of several local stages.

How to Understand Mold Inspections in Frederick

Our Frederick mold inspection services often leave owners of local restaurants and other businesses confused about how and why we do many of the things we do. Mold can often seem mysterious, foreign, and perhaps even a bit frightening, especially when we need to take certain safety precautions. However, once you start to understand how fungi grow, you may also see why we do some seemingly unusual things to combat it.

Every patch of mold starts with a spore or two landing somewhere in your home. By themselves, spores are harmless. Fungi spread their spores everywhere, and they are present everywhere on earth, even in the air we breathe. The problems start to come when moisture gets added to an indoor space. With enough water, these spores can begin to grow, like seeds birthing a tiny plant. In the calm, warm conditions of your property, many common species of fungus may proliferate.

Microscopic spores do not grow into sizable patches instantly. It can take a very long time for the mold to spread out enough to be seen by the naked eye. In many of the most aggressive situations revealed by our inspections, many small patches grow at once before meshing into one large colony. These events can happen during seasons such as autumn when spores are released into the air outside in larger amounts.

Depending on the species, a fungus may take anywhere from two days to many months to become visible on your walls. An early warning sign of growth may be an unusual white spot on the wall. If you identify or even merely suspect mold growth, you should call us as soon as possible so that we can arrive before things get any worse. We conduct thorough investigations, even scanning behind walls and ceilings, to know for sure whether or not your business needs immediate care.

If you think that your restaurant may have signs of growth, SERVPRO of Frederick County can help with a professional mold inspection. Call us 24/7 at (301) 662-1747.

Santa's Workshop at the Train Station Rear Deck

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

santa workshop date Snowstorms and flooding do not stop SERVPRO from clearing a path to your Mt. Airy home for Santa!

Mount Airy Parents Can Help Create Holiday Cheer for Their Kids or Other People

This year has been challenging for many people, that even the usual holiday cheer around Christmas seems unlikely. A chat with Santa can lift your spirits. Mt Airy parents can bring their kids to the Santa's Workshop on December 12 2020, from 1 PM to 3.30 PM. Parents can also take the opportunity to donate canned food items to Mount Airy Net to help create holiday cheer for others. It is a perfect chance for parents to get a rare picture of their kids with Santa in 2020.

Other important details about the event include

  • The event location is on North Main Street at the train station rear deck
  • Reservation is essential since slots are limited per kid
  • The event conforms with current health safety guidelines, including Santa speaking to kids from a socially distanced spot

SERVPRO of Frederick County helps when flood damage affects Mt Airy residences. Call us at (301) 662-1747 to mitigate any damage and restore your property to its preloss state.