Our Fire Damage Specialists Can Save Your Frederick Home
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Solutions for Heavy Fire Residue Soiling in Frederick Homes
Cleaning up after a fire loss incident can be an intricate process in Frederick homes, primarily because the approaches change based on multiple factors. The type of soiling, the severity of soiling, type of material affected, and location of the damage all play a role in determining the most efficient approach for removing present residues and greases left behind after fire losses. For more substantial concentrations of residues and soiling, our SERVPRO team has several potential products and techniques to help.
Depending on the affected surface, fire damage cleanup in Frederick homes involves multiple products and practices. Residues can heavily mar surfaces, especially acidic soot and smoke residues. Without a prompt response to these situations with the appropriate cleaning techniques, more structural elements and materials must get removed and replaced after a fire loss incident.
For heavier soiling that could come to rest on wood surfaces, it is vital to address these concerns very directly. We have wood-specific restoration products like crème pastes that can get applied with extra-fine steel wool pads to provide an agitative cleaning approach for the surface. It is also possible in cases of severe damage to expensive wood surfaces to strip the finish redo it.
Soot and smoke residues can often migrate to the ceiling during the fire, leaving the densest concentrations of these particles in the upper portions of walls and on the ceiling materials. Depending on the construction of this ceiling, the cleaning varies. Wet cleaning, for example, is an excellent approach for painted or metal ceiling materials that are not too severely damaged by the fire to protect. Peroxide active cleaning, on the other hand, is effective with textured, blown ceiling materials.
Knowing how to address specific threats that exist for damaged surfaces and materials can help our SERVPRO of Frederick County team to save our customers time and money. Despite how stressful fire losses can be, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we are available 24/7 when you call (301) 662-1747.
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Water Damage Frederick – Client Protection
Let SERVPRO help protect you and your workers from your Frederick water damage.
The many impacts that water damage can have on your Frederick business.
Damage caused by water can have many impacts, some that are obvious and others that only become an issue sometime later. High moisture areas often lead to mold infestations if left untreated. These same moisture conditions can also cause structural weakness, and the mold can cause health effects to manifest in occupants, employees, and even clients of commercial buildings.
SERVPRO emphasizes client protection whenever there is water damage in buildings in Frederick. We focus on making sure that short term safety is our primary concern, as well as potential long term issues, are considered. And of course, we aim to return your home or commercial business to its original condition as quickly as possible.
How do We Protect Our Clients?
Water damage can impact many systems within a building in addition to the physical damage. Electronics may be damaged, electrical circuits may short circuit, there may be fuel leaks, water carried in from outdoors may be contaminated, and the entire area may also be slippery with mud and debris. We work closely with the homeowner to identify these risks and help the owner and our employees avoid these safety hazards.
Our fast response to calls from our clients often reduces the amount of damage and saves many items from having to be replaced. Water penetrates floors, walls, and ceilings. The amount of time your contents are exposed to moisture affects the potential damage. Removing and drying items as soon as possible, reduces the overall loss significantly.
Mold spores are everywhere in our environment. The spores love warmth, moisture, and the food available after water enters your home. SERVPRO not only removes standing water quickly, but we also dry your home bringing humidity levels down to normal ranges. We also search out moisture hotspots using moisture sensors and focus on their removal.
We aim to protect your home and our clients from the devastation that water damage can cause.
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Mt. Airy Home Moist from a Water Spill? Ask SERVPRO to Inspect and Mitigate
SERVPRO Has You Covered, "Like it never even happened," after a Water Loss in Mt. Airy
Stopping Secondary Water Damage in Your Mt. Airy Home
After a dishwasher overflowed in your home, you may think that you have sopped up all of the excess water with towels and old rags. The floors, walls, and contents of your home may even appear and feel dry. However, there are instances where moisture goes unseen in the form of water vapor, slowly damaging materials within your home. This type of degradation is called secondary damage.
If you suspect secondary water damage in your Mt. Airy home, then seeking help from the mitigation specialists at SERVPRO may help you restore your home to pre-damage condition. Our technicians know where and how to detect moisture and effectively remove it while ensuring there are no visible mold infestations.
When items within your home come into direct contact with water at the time of the event, this is primary water damage which may include rusting of metal surfaces, delamination of carpet backing, and swelling and buckling (warping) of hardwood flooring. However, when excess moisture or water vapor damage items and materials, this is secondary damage and may include wallpaper softening, mold growth, and ceiling tiles, crumbling.
Water vapor passing through any material is called permeance. If something absorbs much water, it is a hygroscopic material such as carpets or upholstery. Alternatively, if materials do not allow much moisture to pass through, it is, in effect, a vapor barrier. For example, a hardwood floor with a glossy finish acts as a vapor barrier. When there is a vapor barrier on flooring, pockets of moisture from the dishwasher overflow can become trapped under the surface of the wood if there are any cracks or holes that water can get through. Secondary damage manifests itself when the wood begins to swell, and buckle or mold begins to grow.
SERVPRO technicians use moisture meters to detect these moisture pockets. From there, they ventilate inside any cavities and use dehumidifiers to remove any excess water from the air, and air movers to push warm, dry air into the pockets.
For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747.
SERVPRO Explains the Science Behind Flood Damage Restoration in Frederick
Flooding can happen any time of the year. Should floodwaters enter your home, call SERVPRO for a fast and complete restoration.
Proper Calculations Underlie Successful Flood Damage Outcomes in Frederick
Homeowners might not realize how much the success of professional flooding response efforts rely on applied math and science. Every phase of our disaster recovery plans depends on our management team and technicians mastery of content presented by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) concerning psychrometry, the science of drying. We commit to keeping current on all the psychrometry standards developed by the IICRC, ensuring we adhere to industry best practices during every job.
Extract Then Dry
When flood damage invades your Frederick home containing and removing the water is the priority. Our service vehicles arrive with commercial-grade equipment capable of removing up to 36,000 gallons of fluid daily. Physical extraction is fundamental to flood damage mitigation and remediation, and every drop of water pumped or extracted substantially reduces the time it takes to restore moisture levels to normal. We do not shortchange this step, as it is the foundation for appropriate applied structural drying.
Principal Drying Factors
Once the bulk of floodwater exits, SERVPRO determines the drying goals and the blueprint for reaching those goals. This planning is time well-spent and involves numerous calculations based on moisture detection readings and spacial measurements in the affected areas. We balance the following elements according to research-based formulas to dry out your flooded space fast.
The “sweet spot” is 70 to 90 degrees, as hot air holds higher moisture levels. It can be challenging for dehumidifiers to keep up with the moisture load when temperatures exceed 85 degrees, which requires extra care on our end. If more vapor is present than can be captured by dehumidifiers, structural components and contents can reabsorb moisture from the higher humidity air. We might need to add dehumidifier units to account for this disparity.
Quantity of Water Needing Evaporation
This amount reduces with aggressive extraction. Physical extraction is known to be 1200 times more efficient than dehumidification, so SERVPRO tries to eliminate as much liquid water as possible before drying activity.
During active drying, we try to maintain relative humidity (RH) below 60 percent, adding dehumidifiers if needed to hit that mark. SERVPRO aims for RH dropping to 40 percent or lower after 24 hours of drying to ensure the process is moving along and to inhibit microbial growth.
Proper positioning of air movers is vital to drying, primarily directing the airflow at an angle to walls so as not to re-saturate them by blowing back humid air. We periodically reposition air movers to ensure even drying, supported by moisture level data.
The managers and technicians at SERVPRO of Frederick County are confident when they apply drying theory to your flood damage scenario. Call (301) 662-1747 to set up an assessment and plan for the flood abatement project.
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Become Familiar With Flood Damage Success in Your Frederick Commercial Space
Commercial properties suffer from flood damage quite often. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services.
Handling Commercial Flood Damage in Your Frederick Apartment Complex Can Prevent Many Issues
Large commercial properties have unique needs when it comes to flood damage restoration. You need an insured and licensed restoration firm with the technical capacity to take work in a larger space. The firm should also respect your priorities as an investor by assisting you in minimizing downtime and disruption.
When there is commercial flood damage in your Frederick apartment complex, you can seek help from SERVPRO to restore it. Typically, apartment complexes contain many household items that are at risk of water damage. The apartment buildings can also be susceptible to several problems that can have repercussions for all tenants. The impact of floodwater on tenants on every level of apartment buildings can include:
- Water damage to ground floor apartments.
- Inaccessible entry and exit points.
- Water damage to sheds and garages.
- Disruption of utility services like gas, water and electricity.
- Seeking temporary accommodation.
- Lift failures
- Backing up of drainage or sewerage systems.
As the property owner, flood damage can create unfavorable conditions that cause long-term consequences. You can lose revenue if tenants find another property to rent. You may also deal with lawsuits because of the loss of personal possessions. Loss of income can also lead to other issues, like being unable to pay your employees.
Apart from the financial repercussion, secondary water damage in an apartment building like mold growth can cause health effects to your tenants. Our SERVPRO crew can respond to your flooding emergency quickly to prevent these repercussions. We can assess the destruction to understand your unique needs and work to restore your apartment complex as soon as possible.
Our technicians can remove standing water from affected apartments using different pumps like self-priming trash pumps and high-pressure pumps. Our crew can also take out any salvageable contents that the water did not ruin. Floodwater typically contains microorganisms. Therefore, if porous materials like mattresses and upholstery are saturated with water, we can dispose of them appropriately.
Our technicians can also remove wet carpeting and padding, and any drywall or plaster that is saturated with the floodwater. We can also remove wall insulation like fiberglass, mineral wool, and wood fiberboard. Our technicians can also remove all debris and clean up the affected apartments thoroughly. We can use various water damage restoration products like antimicrobial agents, sanitizers, and disinfectants to stop or limit the growth of microbes.
We can also promote drying by using air moving and dehumidifying equipment to remove excess moisture or humidity from the affected areas. Before you perform any refinishing task on building materials like wood framing and drywall, it is essential to check the moisture content. Our crew can use infrared cameras and moisture meters to confirm that the building materials are dry.
If flooding has happened in your apartment complex in Mt Airy, Brunswick, or Middletown, contact SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 for help. We have the expertise and equipment required to handle damage to make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”
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Addressing Chimney Fire Damage in Mt. Airy
We know how serious a chimney fire can be, for your Mt. Airy home call SERVPRO. We don’t want Santa to get covered in too much soot!!!
Let SERVPRO be the professionals addressing your Mt. Airy fire damage.
According to the NFPA, $25.6 billion worth of property damage occurred as a result of fires in 2018, which includes $8 billion in property loss due to home fires. The sources of these fires can vary, and one source that requires special attention is in the fireplace and chimney. A fire that burns too hot in this part of the home can cause damage to the chimney, as well as creosote buildup, which can aggravate problems.
If your Mt. Airy home suffers fire damage due to a fireplace or chimney-related disaster, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to mitigate damage and odors to return your home to a preloss condition. No matter the size of the disaster, SERVPRO professionals can mitigate both short and long-term damages while minimizing the need for costly replacement of possessions, furniture, and other materials.
Warning Signs for Chimney Fires
Homeowners should keep an eye out for these telltale signs that their chimney may put them at risk for a fire:
A damaged rain cap or damper. The immense heat from a chimney fire is likely more than your chimney cap or damper can reliably handle. As a result, warping and discoloration are typical and can increase the likelihood of a chimney fire.
Puffy residues. Creosote, a dark, oily substance that can come from burning resinous woods like pine, leaves deposits that expand and create a puffy residue when it burns. Because chimney fires can be so high in temperature, these deposits can ignite.
Flue tile damage. Many homeowners likely have clay flue tile liners. While this tile is rated to withstand the high temperatures of a chimney fire, there are limits to what it can take. There are cases where chimney fires can burn at over 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is much too hot for most flue tiles, and can crack or otherwise damage them.
How SERVPRO Can Help
Depending on the number of soils and residues in your chimney, technicians have a variety of tools available to address the damage. To tackle more substantial damages, professionals may use Roto pads or brushes to dislodge soils. Creosote deposits may be removed with blast media like baking soda, ground corn cobs, or sand. The lighter fare can be addressed with cleaning tools like dry cleaning sponges, dusting cloths, and other dry or wet cleaning techniques.
SERVPRO of Frederick County has a team that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. For disaster cleanup that you can count on, call (301) 662-1747 today.
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Our Water Damage Experts Will Extract Water From Your Frederick Home
“Like it never even happened.”
Possible Water Extraction Damage In Your Frederick Area Home
Your water removal technician (WRT) needs to understand specialty drying situations before attempting to perform these services in your Frederick area home. You want someone with years of experience and training while also having access to more sophisticated types of extraction & drying equipment, moisture detection devices, and monitoring methods that enter the market every year.
We run into a variety of specialty drying situations while working in your home. In Frederick, water extraction damage can often occur, which is why we need to know what to do when faced with a problematic drying situation. Our technicians can identify tricky situations and provide creative solutions unique to your specific situation.
SERVPRO technicians may offer in-place drying of carpet and pad, under the right circumstances. The basic concept involves extracting water from carpeting thoroughly while using additional air movers and dehumidifiers. We leave the carpet and pad where it is; however, there are several advantages and disadvantages you should consider.
Disadvantages of In-Place Drying
• There is an increased amount of equipment.
• Possibly increased drying time.
• Not useful in every situation.
• Initial emergency services require additional labor-hours.
• Increased chance of mold growth if not done correctly.
• There is an increased chance of damaging the subfloor during extraction.
Advantages of In-Place Drying
• You experience less disruption in your home.
• Furniture can remain in-house during drying.
• Carpet suffers less damage, minimal chance of delamination.
Situations Not Appropriate For In-Place Drying
• Exposure is longer than 72-hours.
• Evidence of mold growth or biological contamination already exists.
• Carpet installed over hardwood or laminated flooring.
• Any evidence of structural damage.
• The loss is grey or black water damage.
• If multiple layers of subflooring exist, or a vapor barrier is present.
• The pad is non-porous or made of organic material.
SERVPRO technicians never use in-place drying as a primary method for all jobs. Our pretesting and evaluation of your specific situation helps determine the best approach. We work with you and your insurance company whenever necessary. When performing water extraction, our technicians continually evaluate the situation to make on-the-spot changes, should a specific method prove ineffective.
Call SERVPRO of Frederick County for access to 24/7 emergency cleanup and restoration services throughout Mt Airy, Brunswick, Middletown, and surrounding areas. Call (301) 662-1747.
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Professional Flood Damage Restoration In Frederick
SERVPRO wants to be your go to, let us help your Frederick flood.
Let us be the professionals for your flood damage in Frederick.
When dealing with restoration companies after a flood on your Frederick property, you want access to restorers that follow specific guidelines and standards when performing restoration services in your home. Since any water intrusion can often lead to mold issues, your restoration company should be able to perform remediation services, as well.
As a homeowner in Frederick, dealing with flood damage, you should reference the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mold Remediation Guidelines and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S520 Mold Remediation Standard. You need access to this information to stay informed, especially when trusting others to work on something so innately valuable to you and your family.
Even though these guidelines developed by the EPA specifically address mold remediation in schools and commercial buildings, they offer invaluable recommendations applicable to your residential flood damage restoration and any mold contamination that may occur. EPA Mold Remediation Guidelines include three necessary steps to prevent issues that may develop after an event:
- Clean and dry moldy materials.
- Discard moldy items that cannot be cleaned.
- Dry non-moldy items within 48-hours.
Some may say that mold remediation has nothing to do with your flood damage restoration. However, they would be wrong. You should always have access to a restoration company, like SERVPRO, who understands the issues relating to microbial growth. We encourage our clients, like you, to learn as much as possible, so that you understand which services are needed to restore your home correctly. One of our core principles is to communicate and keep our customers informed before, during, and until the final walk-through of restoration services.
The IICRC was the first to develop the first standard for mold remediation for professionals in the field. As a result, SERVPRO follows the S520 Mold Remediation Standard that describes the best practices for restoration and remediation.
- Provide For Health and Safety: Protect the health of workers and occupants by utilizing safe work practices.
- Document Conditions and Processes: Keep detailed records of the condition of the property, showing the extent of damage or the amount of moisture saturation.
- Control any Mold Contamination at Its Source: Inspect the entire area and perform services aimed at keeping mold contained, preventing airborne contamination, or the spread of mold during restoration.
- Remove Contamination: Once perceived that mold goes beyond normal levels, provide the most effective solution.
- Correct the Moisture Problem: Stop the source of moisture that initially contributed to the problem.
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SERVPRO is the Best Choice for All of Your Emergency Restoration Needs in Frederick
SERVPRO of Frederick County is available for all of your emergency restoration needs.
Are You in Need of Storm, Mold, Fire, or Water Damage Restoration? SERVPRO of Frederick County Has You Covered
From our unforgettable historical events like the Battle of Antietam to structures that can get dated as far back as colonial times, Frederick and its surrounding areas are rife with culture and rich with history. This understanding helps to drive our SERVPRO team forward in advanced techniques for preserving original construction materials, both in these properties and in the homes and businesses that depend on our team as well. We are ready 24/7 to help any customer in Frederick County with water, fire, mold, storm, flood, and even asbestos emergencies.
Storm Damage Restoration
Our storm response team has become an instrumental force of our SERVPRO brand, helping to be there for customers when they need it the most. When devastating storms occur during any season of the year, multiple properties throughout Frederick and beyond can become compromised and damaged. We have the skilled professionals to address both structural concerns and the pressing symptoms that occur inside the house, such as flooding and contamination.
Storm recovery fixates both on our abilities to immediately address structural concerns with emergency solutions like board-ups and tarping as well as our ability to address flooding concerns. Storm damage in Frederick homes can compromise roofs, siding, basements, and many other areas of the property, and we have an in-house division of reconstruction specialists with more than three decades of experience to help. Once mitigation completes, including extraction and drying of the flooding effects, these same professionals can work to repair fully and reconstruct damaged portions of the property.
We are a large loss recovery team and also a part of a larger national storm response division that can help with major natural disasters occurring far from Frederick. We understand that in times of considerable need in other areas of the country, resources can get strained, and our expertise and skills can help to return homes and businesses to preloss condition despite how bleak the scenario appeared.
Because so many homeowners seek to address water loss and storm loss scenarios on their own, the likelihood of mold growth and colonization increases exponentially. Without the sophisticated moisture detection tools available to our professionals to determine the presence of moisture pockets and dampness, many DIY efforts leave drying efforts only half-accomplished. Lingering moisture is the catalyst for mold and microbial threats in Frederick homes. Still, our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) accredited through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can help.
There is an adage that suggests if you smell mold, you have mold. You should regularly inspect problematic areas of your home to discover these musty odors or spotting on drywall. If you are unsure if mold exists, it is always wise to have an inspection and assessment by our remediation professionals. We have the tools to identify the moisture and trained eyes to locate budding concerns and work to remove these threats before they get out of hand. In many situations, the application of our antimicrobial sprays and disinfectants can eliminate mold colonies in Frederick homes.
In other situations, prolonged exposure can require remediation to take a turn towards controlled demolition. Our experienced contractors have more than 30 years of experience under the tutelage of our owner Art Hall, allowing us to manage demolition, repair, and reconstruction as needed quickly. We can help to make mold losses “Like it never even happened” for your Frederick home.
Fire Damage Restoration
Fire loss incidents present a substantial threat to Frederick residents, and this does not stop because the fire gets extinguished. There are many hazards and health threats that persist once the first responders have left, and these are situations best left to the experience and training of our SERVPRO professionals. We have established relationships with area insurance companies, helping us to manage the red tape of damage claims to help our customers navigate this trying experience.
There are decades of experience within our fire recovery division, and this experience can help us to protect our customers and our team during the mitigation process. Our team can contend with harmful soot particles in the air, cleaning residues, debris removal, controlled demolition, potential asbestos exposure from structural damages, and we have the education, personnel, and equipment to manage these scenarios in your Frederick house.
Fire damage in Frederick homes often also requires the experienced hand and response of our content management professionals. These technicians pack-out at-risk items to our SERVPRO facility for cleaning, deodorization, and safe storage until these items can get successfully returned to a restored property. With sophisticated tools in our warehouse, such as submersion ultrasonic tanks and ozone chambers, we can restore large assortments of your personal belongings.
Water Damage Restoration
We understand how vital having the right personnel is when contending with water loss incidents. These emergencies are among the most common that our SERVPRO team faces, so all of our team members have certifications as Water Restoration Technicians and many in Applied Structural Drying through the IICRC. This experience and a vast roster of qualified professionals ensures that our customers have a fast and qualified response when amid a water loss crisis in their Frederick home.
Thousands of properties depend on the fast response and experience of our water recovery specialists, and that is why the Green Fleet at our facility stays stocked and ready to address these concerns at all times. Between our range of extraction tools to our premier drying equipment, including mats, positive pressure systems, air movers, and dehumidifiers, we are ready for any loss situation. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and having production vehicles and stocked trailers ready to mobilize with the first contact helps us to maintain this reputation through Frederick County.
Within 24 hours, drywall and other porous materials can become too severely damaged by direct water exposure to get preserved. We have a full division of contractors that can oversee controlled demolition tactics like flood cuts that can protect portions of damaged materials streamlining later reconstruction after mitigation completes in Frederick homes.
You might have many options throughout the area when you need restoration services. Our SERVPRO of Frederick County team has built our reputation on exceeding your expectations, saving you money, and getting the job done quickly. Let our local professionals help you through any emergency by calling (301) 662-1747.
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We Discuss How To Properly Clean Up Water Damaged Areas In Your Federick Home
Whether flooding originated inside or outside your home, contact SERVPRO for efficient water removal and remediation services.
Renovating Your Frederick Bathroom Can Cause Water Damages
Whether you are tearing out your bathtub and shower combination for a low-entry shower stall or you are replacing some of the fixtures in your Frederick bathroom to match a new theme, work around the plumbing of your property can be a risk. Because many older homes throughout the area still have lead and copper pipes, undue stress on these plumbing elements can expose weak or compromised craftsmanship or the degradation of these materials over time.
Preventing water damage in Frederick homes, especially related to the plumbing during renovations and remodeling might not be entirely possible. While you can work around these components with caution, demolition of bathroom elements and the installation of new features can often provide enough vibration and damage to rupture, puncture, or separate lines. Reducing the water damage begins with a fast response to turn this water off so that it does not pool on the bathroom floor and require extraction on top of professional drying efforts.
Our SERVPRO professionals already have the experience of building new construction projects from precise specifications, so homeowners might have already sought out our contracting expertise for their renovations. Should the plumbing become a concern and breach inside your property, our team of restoration technicians can seamlessly transition to full recovery efforts. Our skilled contractors can repair compromised portions of pipe, fittings, and fixtures based on age, wear, and appearance.
Once vulnerabilities in your plumbing system have gotten repaired, our team or your designated contractor can resume the remodeling of the bathroom. With the installation of new fixtures like showerheads, faucets, and other elements, homeowners are getting ahead of degradation that can lead to leaks in these points.
It can be a considerable stress in the times where your property is most vulnerable during construction and renovation projects. Knowing whom to trust with your plumbing system and the rapid-spreading effects of a water loss emergency is vital to protecting your home and keeping its occupants safe. Our SERVPRO of Frederick County team has the experience to handle both this reconstruction need that you have as well as the fallout of compromised utilities. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (301) 662-1747.
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