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What Is the First Step When Dealing with Water Damage in Frederick?

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

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Extraction is the First Stage of Frederick Water Restoration

Many things can cause water damage in Frederick homes, including a burst pipe, a leaking faucet or bathtub, or moisture seeping in from the exterior. When water damage strikes, the most important thing is to extract excess water quickly from your home.

SERVPRO has access to industry-standard tools for swift water damage remediation in Frederick. As a homeowner, your best first step when you need help is to call SERVPRO. We are here for you 24 hours a day, including holidays. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, so give us a call no matter the size of the spill.

Every Remediation Project Starts with Extraction

Before drying your home, we need to remove as much excess water from the floors as possible. The longer damp materials sit in your home, the greater the risk of damage spreading or getting worse. Extraction equipment is highly efficient, quite literally hundreds of times more effective than dehumidification. We use a range of equipment to perform the extraction.

  • Carpet wands
  • Portable extractors
  • Truck-mounted extractors

Carpet wands are ideal for a first pass and to stop liquid migrating further across the floor. Wands are also suitable for glue-down carpet, where more aggressive extraction could cause delamination (when the secondary backing on the carpet separates from the primary backing.) Because they are small, wands are good for getting into tight corners.

Portable extractors help us get into more hard-to-reach places and make extracting moisture from multiple floors easier. We measure pump strength in both tank size and water lift. Portable extractors have tanks of up to twelve gallons and provide 140 inches of water lift.

Trunk-mounted extractors are powerful machines with up to 100 gallons or more tanks and provide 198.8 inches of water lift. Because truck-mounted units have their own power supply, they are the best solution when there is no power in your home or large volumes of water require extraction.

What Happens After Water Extraction?

Our teams adhere to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards when dealing with water issues. We follow a series of steps designed for maximum efficiency.

  • We set up air movers and axial fans to increase moisture evaporation from damp surfaces.
  • We use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels in the air.
  • We use moisture meters, moisture probes, and thermo-hygrometers to monitor moisture levels throughout the drying process.
  • We tackle leftover damp smells using tools such as wet fogging and odor-fighting beads.

Our technicians select the best equipment for the job. For example, axial fans are more powerful than standard air movers and can move more significant volumes of air. Such fans are the best choice when we need to evaporate a lot of liquid quickly. Axial fans are also helpful for deodorizing, which is an integral part of remediation.

Careful calculation of the placement of drying equipment is key to a job well done. SERVPRO does not leave anything to chance. We calculate and monitor at every step for the best results.

Your satisfaction is our aim. You can rely on our technicians to finish the job professionally. We always carry out a walk-through and check everything is in order at the end of the project, and we take a final set of moisture readings to ensure everything is dry. We will also walk you through your home and answer any questions or concerns.

We are here for you if you need help drying out your home. Call SERVPRO of Frederick County today at (301) 662-1747 for fast and efficient service.

Should Homeowners Try to Restore Fire Damaged Items in Frederick?

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

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Professional Help is a Better Choice for Fire Restoration in Frederick

A house fire can burn and damage almost any item in your home. A blaze can burn some things entirely, while other items may be warped or smoke-damaged. We understand the need to get your stuff clean as quickly as possible. However, it is much better to call for professional help.

DIY attempts to clean up after fire damage in Frederick can worsen the problem. You might end up with streaky walls or soot smeared across surfaces. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, smoke particles can also pose a health problem. It is safer and more effective to let SERVPRO take care of the fire cleanup for you.

SERVPRO is available around the clock, every day. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can reach you and begin the fire restoration process.

Which Items are Salvageable After a House Fire?

When you see smoke-blackened furniture or soft furnishings, you might think that all your belongings are lost. However, with professional cleaning and restoration from SERVPRO, it is possible to restore many household items to their preloss condition.

Our technicians assess the severity and extent of smoke and fire damage in your home. We let you know which items we can salvage and cannot. We have the equipment to clean a wide range of household items, including:

  • Wooden and metal furniture
  • Floors, rugs, and drapes
  • Ornaments and children’s toys
  • Documents, artwork, and photographs

Please note it is advisable to dispose of all food items within the vicinity of the fire. We always give you a realistic estimate of what we can do and the results you can expect to see.

What Cleaning Method is Best for Fire Damaged Items?

Efficient cleaning is more cost-effective than refinishing or replacing items. Cleaning also means you get to keep the article, which is good news. We train our technicians in a range of cleaning methods, including:

  • Dry cleaning
  • Wet cleaning
  • Spray and wipe
  • Foam cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning

We match the method to the type of fire damage. For example, dry cleaning is suitable for light to medium soiling when the soot is not greasy. Dry cleaning includes using feather dusters and sponges to wipe away dry residue. We can also use powerful HEPA vacuum cleaners to remove debris.

Wet cleaning means saturating the items using either water or approved cleaning agents and is often used for heavier soiling. Sometimes we need to dry clean first to lessen the amount of soot before wet cleaning.

How Does SERVPRO Take Care of More Delicate Items?

What happens when neither wet nor dry cleaning is an option? We can use gentler methods. Spray and wipe cleaning means using a spray bottle to apply a cleaning agent, which gives our technicians more control over how wet the material gets. Spray and wipe means we can target smaller areas, too. Foam cleaning is ideal for fire-damaged upholstery that might be at risk of shrinking or dye running if saturated. Our technicians agitate shampoo to whip up a good head of foam, then apply carefully to the affected upholstery using an upholstery brush.

The key to effective fire restoration cleaning is a thorough understanding of each cleaning technique. We train all our technicians to Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. 

IICRC certification covers the whole fire damage process, not just the cleaning part. You can rest assured that our technicians practice industry standards in every aspect, from assessing your home, cleaning items, and deodorizing to documenting the process.

If you need help with fire damage cleaning, call SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747. We are proud to say we always aim to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

When Should I Call for Mold Damage Help in Frederick?

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

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Call for Mold Remediation Help in Frederick at the First Signs of Fungus

Mold often does not seem too bad at first. You might notice a small patch of black, gray, or green fungus. A slight odor might be your first clue that there is a potential problem. The best time to call in professional help is as soon as you notice these signs.

If you are concerned about mold damage in Frederick, SERVPRO is Here to Help. Microscopic mold particles are present everywhere. However, under certain conditions, these particles form colonies. The tiny hyphae can eat organic materials such as paper, cotton, linen, or wood. If you do not tackle fungus quickly, it can easily spread throughout your home and cause further damage.

Can You Fix Mold Damage Yourself?

We do not recommend tackling fungal growth on your own. Many commercially advertised cleaners create more moisture and can worsen the damage. Our teams know which techniques and tools to use for your specific situation.

Mold easily spreads through the air or on clothes and shoes. The spores can also cling to pet fur. One of the critical parts of remediation is setting up containment to prevent further spreading.

  • Thick polypropylene sheets create a physical barrier around the affected area.
  • Negative air machines draw in particles and safely exhaust them.
  • Sealing doors, windows, and HVAC ducts make spores harder to escape.

We also use containment principles to set up clean rooms where technicians can change and remove personal protective equipment (PPE) before re-entering your home. We store equipment and clothing in cleanrooms to prevent spores from spreading.

Dealing with Visible Contamination

We train our technicians to tackle infestations using a variety of methods.

  • Scraping is often effective when removing mold from hard surfaces.
  • HEPA vacuums draw in loose particles.
  • Damp wiping with disinfectant when there is heavier soiling.
  • Soda blasting helps clean larger wood or stone surfaces.

Non-porous surfaces like metal, glass, plastic, and varnished wood, are easier to clean. We usually need to discard more porous materials such as drywall or carpet. 

We may need to carry out controlled demolition on fungus-infected materials in some cases. Rest assured that we will oversee reconstruction and repainting where required to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

What Can be Done About the Smell?

A moldy smell is often one of the first clues of a fungus problem. And those odors can linger, leaving your home smelling less than fresh. Deodorization is a vital part of any remediation project. We have several deodorizing tools we can use.

Wet fogging (also known as Ultra Low Volume fogging) is effective against mold smells. Our technicians use the fogging machine nozzle to distribute antimicrobial products into the atmosphere. The products kill off spores and restore freshness.

We might also use a portable ozone machine. These machines generate ozone, which then causes a chemical reaction with odor-causing molecules. The ozone reverts into normal oxygen molecules when the process is complete, leaving no traces or residues behind. However, all people, pets, and plants must be removed from the premises before using an ozone machine. We will tell you when it is safe to come back inside.

Mold-retardant paint can also suppress odors. We clean and prepare all surfaces for repainting when necessary to ensure a professional finish.

If you notice the signs or smells of mold in your home, do not try to tackle it yourself. Instead, call SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 straight away so we can help you.

Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Save Your Frederick Home

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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Highly Trained Flood Damage Specialists in Frederick

Having a flood in your home can be a traumatic experience; it is hardly something you should deal with alone. Everything you work so hard to obtain through the years can be affected, leaving you wondering what to do next. However, homeowners in Frederick have access to highly trained professionals that can help return their property to normal.

As a homeowner, you can protect yourself from flood damage in the Frederick area by contacting our local office. We have technicians who have received the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), Specialization Training, and our Employee Certification Training Program (ECTP). Our technicians train thoroughly to provide you with the quality restoration services you expect.

We learn lessons about the principles of flood damage restoration, flood damage safety, and how to address specific problems that often arise on the job. SERVPRO technicians learn about humidity, condensation, evaporation, and permeance. Our ECTP teaches us the effects water has on various surfaces, how airflow and temperature can drastically affect drying time, and which methods work best given a variety of situations.

You want to know if SERVPRO technicians are qualified to perform flood damage restoration in your home, and we want to answer any questions you may have. We live, eat, and sleep water and storm damage restoration! Our entire restoration staff is here to ensure that you have help during emergency environmental situations. You can rely on us to provide cleaning and restoration services when you need us the most.

At SERVPRO, we teach our technicians why it is vital to treat water and flood damage incidents with such urgency and care, not just how to perform a service. People like you are at the core of what we do, and we make sure that you know what needs to happen to make informed decisions about your property.

Call our staff at SERVPRO of Frederick County for additional information about our services or schedule your home's initial inspection today. We have technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round, to assist you through even the worst situations. Call us at (301) 662-1747.

Water Restoration in Frederick Demands Professional Services

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Perform Water Restoration in Your Frederick Home

Water damage is one of the most commonplace challenges for homeowners. Even for the insured, it can cause stress and extensive damage if left unchecked for some time. To avoid hiccups, you should contact a restoration service provider as soon as possible.

The process of water restoration in Frederick homes is unique to every situation. However, at SERVPRO, we assure our customers that our technicians are well trained and equipped to take care of water damage of any size or scope. Our restoration process is as outlined below:

  • Inspection and damage assessment
  • Water extraction
  • Drying and dehumidification
  • Cleaning and sanitization

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Upon arrival, SERVPRO can conduct an inspection of your house, followed by a thorough assessment of the level of damage. We can use thermal hygrometers to get a more in-depth look at the humidity in the affected areas. These tools display the dew point, moisture ratio (GPP), and vapor pressure. Thermal hygrometers also reveal if suitable dehumidification conditions exist or if they have been finally achieved. Inspection and damage assessment is essential in drawing up the strategy to be followed in the restoration process.

Water Extraction

The longer the water stays in a house, the more damage it causes. Our team can use wet/dry vacuums or portable pumps to extract as much water as possible.

Drying and Dehumidification

It is necessary to dry the affected structures and contents thoroughly to restore your home. Our SERVPRO technicians can use centrifugal air movers to get dry air into the affected area. After this, we can dehumidify the house to bring the water vapor levels back to normal for a better internal environment.

Cleaning and Sanitization

Our SERVPRO crew can use industrial cleaners to clean all the affected items before sanitizing the building and all materials affected to prevent mold infestation or the growth of other microorganisms.

SERVPRO of Frederick County has the expertise required to perform water damage restoration on your property. Contact us at any time at (301) 662-1747. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Hire SERVPRO to Remove Mold and Reduce the Threat of Future Infestations

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

heavy mold damage on wall Mold spores can grow throughout your home and you should get professional help finding all the mold and eliminating it. Contact SERVPRO for help.

It Does Not Look That Bad; why is SERVPRO or Another Restoration Service Necessary?

Thorough mold removal in Frederick neighborhoods requires much more than scraping stains off surfaces and spraying bleach everywhere. SERVPRO technicians take four primary actions to eliminate mold and reduce the odds of dealing with a recurring problem.

  • Remove visible mold – Our technicians don protective gear and use commercial-grade vacuums with HEPA filters to remove most mold spores.
  • Dry and remove water sources – Mold remains inert without moisture, so our technicians eliminate pools and drips on walls to cut off the ability of mold to grow. 
  • Spray antifungal cleaners on affected surfaces – After removal, technicians use a spray wand to apply cleaners designed to neutralize any missed spores and eliminate the support structure as a ready food source.
  • Repair damage that allows water into the home – Our construction experts can repair roofs, redirect rain gutters, and even replace mortar in brick walls to eliminate entry into your home’s attic. 

It Looks Like the Mold Already Got into Some of the Support Structures. Can You Dig It Out?

Yes. Our IICRC trained technicians can use hand scrapers to eliminate small spots of mold. If the damage is extensive, they soda-blasting to dig out the mold spores without further harming the wood. After, they quickly remove the powder and spores with the same vacuums and HEPA filters before applying cleaners.

Does All This Restore My Home to A Safe Place to Live?

Yes. After these actions, SERVPRO team leaders perform a final check of the affected areas and then return your home to you with a complete list of steps taken and the cleaning agents and devices used by our technicians. 

If you have any amount of mold in your home here or in Mt Airy, call SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 immediately. We will put you back into your home as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO Provides Frederick Property Owners with Premier Fire Loss Mitigation

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Bedroom After Fire Frederick Fire Damaged Homeowners Often Rely on SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration; We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Carpet Cleaning After a Fire in Your Frederick Home

Even without a disaster, the carpets of your Frederick home can be magnets for dust, dirt, debris, dander, and other potential contaminants. While you work to keep up with these threats and hazards with regular vacuuming and cleaning of trafficked areas of your property, when situations like fires occur, this magnetism for soil can severely compromise the look and feel of your carpeted floors. Effects like soot and smoke residue can directly affect these areas of your home.

With a growing roster of IICRC-Certified cleaning technicians capable of handling the often traumatic and widespread effects of fire damage in your Frederick residence, we can approach every disaster with experience and confidence. We understand the risks of improperly cleaning soot and smoke residues, so our rapid response team arrives with the specialized equipment capable of carefully extracting this sediment and the high-strength cleaning agents, some specially formulated, to restore the look and function of your carpeting.

As soot removal is one of the priorities to restore damaged carpets after a fire, our SERVPRO team arrives with our premier carpet cleaning equipment to implement both dry cleaning and hot water extraction approaches depending on the severity of the situation. Not only can this practice help to remove soot/smoke particulates that could lead to staining of the fibers, but it can also help to thoroughly deep clean the carpets as well from another potential soiling, sediment, and buildup that could exist at the base of the fibers. We may be able to turn a bad situation into a much better one with cleaner carpets than before the fire.

Another concern for restoring damaged carpets after a fire is the smoke smell and foul odors that can get trapped through the material. Our SERVPRO team can utilize UV and thermal fogging machines to neutralize these foul odors on contact. These same machines can also address foul scents from the fire present in open environments, fabrics, and other materials throughout the house.

We attempt to offer the most efficient and thorough solutions to address every fire consequence that could threaten your property. With our expertise in the restoration industry and our growing inventory of recovery and mitigation equipment, our SERVPRO of Frederick County can make fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (301) 662-1747.

Removing Flood Damage from a Frederick Basement

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Like Standing Water Is Addressed Fast in Frederick Homes 

There are several concerns for flooded basements. When our experienced restorers first arrive, we must find solutions for:

  • Standing water
  • Contaminants
  • Debris and muck-out cleaning
  • Content management

How Deep Is the Standing Water? 

Choosing the suitable extractor to overcome flood damage in Frederick basements is often decided on the depth of the damaged areas. Standing water can be a concern, but if shallow enough, many extractors in our inventory are inefficient. The choice between submersible pumps and wet vacuums is a matter of inches.

Are There Solids? 

The extraction process is often complicated by solids and debris in the standing water. This makes the choices in available extractors limited to those with large enough intake and discharge hoses to manage this debris without damaging the pumps. Our truck-mount extractors and submersible trash pumps are often ideal for removing standing floodwater.

Are Contaminants a Concern?

After a flood, contamination can often be a concern. Natural floodwater is often considered a blackwater loss event, which carries the same connotations as biohazardous sewer backup and other threatening conditions. We must utilize strong disinfection products within our inventory on non-porous building materials like concrete floors to ensure bacteria and contaminants do not amplify.

What Tools Are Needed to Dry the Basement? 

There are hundreds of drying tools available to our experienced professionals. Often, the drying process hinges on the placement and frequencies of devices like air movers and dehumidifiers. We must also implement portable heaters to increase the temperature of drying surface materials to promote faster evaporation. 

Many questions require answers after a flood loss event in your basement. With the pace of water pooling in this lower level of the house, it is critical to begin extraction and clean up as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO of Frederick County team is ready to help when you need it – call today at (301) 662-1747.

How Our Technicians Will Save Your Brunswick Home After A Water Damage Incident

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

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What To Expect From Brunswick Professional Water Cleanup

When an appliance fails or the kids let a sink overflow, an astonishing amount of water can spread throughout your Brunswick home. A cracked residential water heater held up to 50 gallons, and if the rupture goes unnoticed, the supply line keeps flowing. The standard flow of a bathroom sink is 2.2 gallons per minute, meaning a 10-minute distracting phone call might spill more than 20 gallons out the door and down the hall.

Professional help is required for Brunswick residential water cleanup. The sheer bulk of water collecting in the lowest parts of the affected space is beyond the capacity of a household wet/dry vacuum to manage. Another consideration is that the visible standing water is only part of the problem. Water migrates away from its origin, flooding downstairs and through cracks into building cavities. It also seeps under and into porous structural components.

SERVPRO has the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians to approach water cleanup efficiently, following industry best practices. We also stock a complete inventory of state-of-the-art water removal and structural drying equipment on our service vehicles.

We arrive, assess, and plan your water cleanup project as soon as possible after your first call, answered 24/7. Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) immediately position submersible pumps in water deeper than two inches, also using wanded extractors to mitigate the spread of moisture on carpets and bare floors. Thermal imaging devices help us locate water trapped behind structures, which we access by employing controlled demolition strategies like weep holes and flood cuts.

Our technicians use sensitive moisture meters to detect the level of water absorbed by structural components. This data forms the basis for an applied structural drying goal. Once the standing and trapped waters evacuate, SERVPRO positions air movers and heaters to accelerate the transfer of water from the structures into the air as vapor. Desiccant and evaporative dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, containing it for disposal outside your home.

Call (301) 662-1747 when a water emergency requires prompt cleanup. SERVPRO of Frederick County is prepared to respond swiftly. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Why Frederick Commercial Water Restoration Companies Are Best

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

a ceiling that has been torn apart to reveal pipes above it Dealing with water damage in your commercial space can certainly be trying. Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians and effective restoration.

Frederick Businesses Trust SERVPRO for Water Restoration Companies

When it comes to any fire and water emergencies, Frederick commercial properties need help fast to keep daily operations going. If you have a situation within your restaurant, laboratory, office building, or retail space where a water emergency strikes, you can count on SERVPRO. We act quickly to give our commercial and residential customers peace of mind. By working to restore versus replace, we also help cut costs on your project overall. You can count on our trained team to get the job done right the first time – We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Only trust your Frederick commercial property to the best out of the area water restoration companies. SERVPRO has the equipment, facilities, and authorized staff to provide you with your needed results. Even when carried out by your in-house custodial crew, DIY projects can lead to compounded issues. Failing to remove all moisture not only means possible materials degradation, but you also run the risk of potentially harmful black mold infestation.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart from Other Water Restoration Services?

  • Restore vs. Replace – We can save you money by cleaning and restoring items impacted by your water incident.
  • Advanced Structural Drying (ASD) – We know that your commercial property may pose a challenge, but we use the elements of psychometrics meshed with the latest equipment and technology to get the job done.
  • IICRC-Certification – All of our water restoration technicians (WRT) have been through and keep up with certifications and training from the IICRC
  • Insurance Liaison – Dealing with an insurance claim is just one more thing to add to your plate. When you have a water damage event, we ensure all paperwork, and fine details get recorded and act as a go-between with your insurance company.

SERVPRO of Frederick County is your answer when searching water restoration companies for your commercial property. We get in quick and start working as soon as possible to generate the best possible results. Reach us 24/7 by calling (301) 662-1747.