How Can I Prepare for Flood Damage Before it Happens?
SERVPRO has a large arsenal of drying equipment to mitigate storm damage in your Mt Airy home
Restoration Technicians Aid Mt. Airy Residents with Flood Damage Mitigation and Rebuilding Services
Flooding is a disaster so prevalent that no region, not even Mt Airy, in the United States is free of flood risks. Fortunately, the number of people covered by flood insurance are increasing: rates increased from 12% in 2016 to 15% in 2018.
If flood damage has affected your Mt. Airy home, SERVPRO technicians have the tools and know-how necessary to return your property to a preloss condition. SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to provide mitigation and restoration services and can respond to emergencies within 24 hours of your call. However, respondents are typically able to visit your property for an initial inspection and consultation within four hours of your contact.
Preparing Your Property for Flooding
There are a variety of steps you can take to protect your Mt. Airy property from flooding, including the following:
- Inside the home, use sandbags and high-quality weather-stripping to minimize the amount of water penetrating vulnerable openings around doors and windows.
- Outside the house, implement trench drains, landscaping, and rain gardens to redirect water away from your property. Rain gardens absorb excess water while the rest makes its way onto the street.
- Consider installing or updating your basement sump pump to ensure that it can handle a potential home flood.
SERVPRO technicians coordinate with you and your insurance adjuster to ensure that you have the documentation necessary to get your claim filed and compensated as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Another step to take into account for flood preparedness is ensuring that your homeowner’s insurance policy has flood coverage added. Most plans do not come with flooding coverage.
Here are some tips for checking or updating your homeowners’ insurance:
- Take inventory of the items in your home to determine the amount of coverage you need.
- Evaluate your location’s propensity for floods on FEMA’s digital flood map or a local flood map.
- Coordinate with an insurance adjuster to evaluate your policy on an annual basis.
How Does Flood Damage Affect Homes?
Standing water carries sanitary concerns with it, including sewage, pests, chemical runoff, and sharp debris. On top of that, 90% of all-natural disaster damage is caused by flooding. The prevalence of this type of disaster generates billions of dollars in damages each year.
Floodwaters can also increase your home’s fire risk with the following:
- Generator overuse or improper maintenance
- Using alternative heating or cooking devices near flammable materials.
- Gas line, tank, and container leaks
- Waterlogged electrical appliances and electrically-charged water
To reduce the risk posed by flooding in your home:
- Make careful use of generators and other alternative power sources. Avoid using faulty equipment.
- Remove potential fire hazards from your surroundings when using heat sources.
- Contact your utility providers about shutting off gas and electrical systems to prevent fire and shock risks.
- File a claim as soon as possible after flooding occurs to streamline the compensation process.
SERVPRO can assist Mt. Airy residents with the claims filing process with additional documentation of structural and contents losses. Photos, videos, and written records alike from an accredited firm are a useful supplement to any proof of loss claim.
SERVPRO’s Disaster Restoration Services Salvage Flood-Damaged Homes
SERVPRO technicians focus on extraction and sanitation before structural drying can begin. Safety is key to preventing the spread of microbes throughout your home.
A variety of EPA-registered proprietary cleaning agents exist that aid in removing odors and returning your home and its contents to a preloss state.
- Antimicrobials are designed to inhibit the growth, development, and spread of microbes.
- Disinfectants are a class of antimicrobials that can kill as much as 99% of germs on contact. Quaternaries, phenols, chlorines, and alcohols are common disinfectants used in both residential and commercial capacities.
- Sporicides are designed to remediate bacterial growth and fungus, including mold.
- Biocides, virucides, and fungicides are all composed of chemical agents designed to mitigate living organisms and sanitary concerns associated with these microbes.
- Sanitizers are cleaning agents designed to reduce microbial levels low enough that public health officials would generally recognize them as safe.
Sanitizing solutions can be implemented with a variety of tools, including pumps, sprays, injection systems, manual cleaning, and fogging devices. This process not only eliminates microbial growth, but it can also lessen the impact of flood damage odors before drying and deodorization begin.
SERVPRO of Frederick County provides comprehensive service to the community that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (301) 662-1747 to begin the mitigation process for your property.
What Should I Do When My Auto Mechanic's Shop Has Standing Water on the Floor?
No matter the scope of the water damage, call SERVPRO! We are equipped to handle any water loss situation.
For Commercial Water Mitigation at Your Mechanic Shop in Frederick Call SERVPRO
Any building that has running water has a chance of a pipe breaking and leaking water into the building. A small quarter-inch crack in one of your pipes can cause hundreds of gallons of H2O to pour out into the structure of your Fredrick auto shop.
How do you remove standing water on the floor in my shop?
During any commercial water mitigation project in Frederick, our SERVPRO technicians first work towards removing moisture. At the same time, it is still a liquid before it evaporates into the air and soaks into your contents and building materials. If there are more than two inches of standing water present, then we can use a submersible pump to suck the liquids and put them into one of your sewage drains. If there is water left on the concrete floor of your shop, we can clean it up with a mop, squeegee, or wet and dry vacuum.
What can you do if moisture soaked into my concrete floors?
- Create Air Circulation: We can set up large box fans or air movers to create air circulation in a counterclockwise motion. We can arrange the fans and air movers to push the wet air away from your concrete floors so that moisture can evaporate from the materials faster.
- Set Up Dehumidifiers: Dehumidifiers can be placed in the affected area to keep humidity down during the drying process. These machines remove moisture from the air and dispense it out in liquid form while exhausting warm, dry air circulation created by the fans.
- Desiccant Dehumidifiers: We utilize desiccant dehumidifiers for drying concrete because they use silica gel instead of refrigerated coils. These dehumidifiers can pull out more moisture in a shorter period. We do not use desiccant systems to dry out wooden items because they can cause them to crack.
If you ever notice standing water inside your mechanic shop in Brunswick or Thurmont, call SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 24/7.
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Can My Mt Airy House Recover After A Fire?
Fire damage can be quite overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate right away after a fire.
Bring in a SERVPRO Fire Response Team to Professionally Restore Your Mt Airy Home
Every home is at risk from a fire. As the weather continues to heat up, it increases as more people begin cleaning out their garages. Improperly handled paint thinners and other chemicals can start burning before any realizes what has happened.
How Bad Can the Damage Get?
A larger percentage of Mt Airy fire damage is often from smoke, but there can still be a significant amount of physical damage at the point of origin. As an example, an electrical short in a bedroom lamp can cause damage to not just the lamp, but the table it rests on, the outlet it is plugged into, and the surrounding walls, floors, and ceilings. SERVPRO technicians can remove all of this damaged property, and repair or replace it.
What if the Damage is Severe?
Our Restoration Teams can replace all interior wall paneling, ceiling tiles, and even custom wood flooring. Staff Electricians can install new outlets and run new wiring in many instances. Our Cleaning Specialists can remove smoke and soot residues from every surface in the bedroom from the floor trim to the ceiling fans.
What about my carpets, can they be restored?
In many cases, the answer is yes. Out teams can remove most residues and other debris with Hot Water Extraction, which is excellent for all carpets. SERVPRO also uses Bonnet Cleaning for short pile carpets when a more gentle approach is needed. Technicians also have the option of Dry Cleaning when there is a concern over risk to the color and Deluxe Precondition and Rinse for deeply soiled carpets that had soot and other debris ground into the surface.
To schedule a service call or find out more about what SERVPRO of Frederick County can do for your home, contact us today at (301) 662-1747.
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What Does Water Mitigation Mean for My Frederick Home?
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Mitigation is a series of actions taken to improve the efficiency of restoration and the customer's expense.
As with any industry, there are technical terms often used with restoration and recovery teams that might require an explanation for Frederickhomeowners. Several of these practices have gotten designed to make recovery efforts faster and more cost-efficient, like mitigation. As you might expect, this is not a one-size-fits-all solution for varying loss incidents, especially the variety of water emergencies that our team addresses annually.
Understanding water mitigation for your Frederick home begins with appreciating the fast and dedicated response of our restoration technicians. Mitigating losses hinges on reaching the damaged areas as soon as possible, and that is why you can reach a real person on our emergency line whenever disasters strike. We can comprise pertinent details and information to ensure that we arrive with the appropriate tools, personnel, and products.
What is Mitigation?
Mitigation is one of the commitments that our SERVPRO professionals have with the customers that we serve. It is an ongoing assurance that with the actions taken during the initial stages of water loss recovery, we are doing everything possible to make it "Like it never even happened." The literal principles of mitigation and the emergency services that we can offer after a disaster can get broken down into three sections:
- Reduce Costs – It is always our customers' objective to make restoration and recovery as cost-efficient as possible. Mitigation works to protect more of the contents, materials and affected areas of your residence. In this regard, these efforts can reduce the time and needs of restoration, saving money.
- Reduce Loss – Protecting what matters most to you is one of the most valuable aspects of our mitigation approach. Content management, for example, assesses affected personal belongings, furniture, and clothing to determine what can get salvaged on-site and which items require focused attention, cleaning, and deodorization at our SERVPRO facility.
- Reduce Time – Because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, we can often reach residences and commercial structures within hours of the first notice of loss. With that turnaround, we can protect more of your belongings and set up better containment systems to reduce water migration.
Who is Qualified to Do This in My Home?
While the term mitigation is one that can get used in many different professional arenas, the mitigation services that we offer require skills and training to do correctly. It can be valuable for your home and its contents to trust professionals that can not only work to reduce the severity of loss effects after a water emergency but a team that can also provide competent contractors. As a full-service restoration team, we can offer several practical mitigation aspects, such as controlled demolition and temporary construction solutions. Our competent professionals have extensive training and accreditations with standard-setting organizations such as:
- IICRC – Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification
- OSHA – Occupational Safety & Health Administration
- ABRA – American Bio Recovery Association
What Does Mitigation Entail?
Because not every loss incident is the same, the necessary mitigation and recovery efforts are not identical. After a water emergency threatens your home, several vital actions should get taken when necessary to ensure that restoration costs stay at a minimum and that more of the house does not become threatened by migrating water effects. These include:
- Extraction – While not every water loss requires water removal from the surface of flooring materials, pooling water can be a hazardous situation for exposed materials. We have multiple extraction units ranging from submersible pumps and vacuums to truck-mount systems.
- Drying – No water loss emergency involves our SERVPRO technicians that does not require some form of drying. Depending on the affected materials and areas of the house, this could require multiple tools and devices. Evaporative drying processes can get managed by appropriately placed dehumidification equipment like desiccants and low-grain refrigerant models.
- Content Management – Drying decisions in your home often involve what to do with personal belongings. Since your possessions often are more valuable than the structure itself in some regards, choices on how to restore your contents occur during the initial job scoping phase.
- Controlled Demolition – Damaged structural elements are not always a factor when our professionals arrive, but if this exists, it is critical to remove affected portions of materials immediately. Moisture-wicking can be prevented by removing damaged sections of drywall or pulling up wet carpeting that cannot be restored.
Mitigation is a vital stage of restoration and recovery for your home that our SERVPRO of Frederick County team implement as soon as possible. No matter how we can help to save you time and money through reducing your losses, you can reach us 24/7 at (301) 662-1747.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.
Let us help you get back to business
As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive training and specialized products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify
When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
- Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
- Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
- Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation
We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Frederick County today at 3910662-1747 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.
Take Time to Contact a Cleaning Company in Frederick During This Pandemic
When you feel like germs are everywhere and you can't keep up, SERVPRO is here to help.
Office Precautionary Cleaning Measures for Frederick Businesses
If you are a business owner you might have recently viewed a copy of the regulations sent out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) entitled, “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.” The document also includes addressing the concern of keeping your facility cleaned by using disinfectants continually.
Need Help With Frederick Preventative Cleaning?
Our SERVPRO professionals have unique strategies involving EPA registered, hospital-grade cleaning agents that track with the latest data about this virus and how to best eliminate viral pathogens on surfaces, materials, and contents throughout an office building or commercial location. SERVPRO of Fredrick’s cleaning experts follow strict protocols for biohazard cleanup, including the elimination of microorganisms, viral pathogens, and airborne contaminants. Our employees take measures to wear proper protective clothing and equipment (PPE) while performing this form of environmental cleaning. They also use commercial grade equipment that does a more efficient and thorough job of dispersing cleaning agents than consumer tools such as trigger sprayers.
Our employees can work around your schedule to keep your office building clean and to provide a higher measure of protection that goes beyond do-it-yourself methods. Please, give our SERVPRO of Frederick County team a call today at (301) 662-1747.
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Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.
When Mold Growth Threatens Exhibits and Documents What Can Museum Management Do?
When mold damage happens, contact SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 no matter how big or small the problem.
SERVPRO Saves the Rich History of Frederick with Professional Commercial Mold Damage Remediation
Our city has a deep commitment to cultural preservation and community enrichment. Part of the authentic charm and accurate feel in our historic homes and museums is the age of the venerable structures protecting the tales and artifacts. Leaking ancient plumbing or other long-hidden water damage reveals a vulnerability that microbes exploit. Available moisture activates mold infestations that put both structures and contents at risk of severe damage.
How Can Museum Management Arrange to Eliminate the Mold?
The fastest way to identify unscrupulous mold damage predators in Frederick is to be very wary of a company that promises mold elimination. Because mold spores are ubiquitous in commercial buildings, the achievable goal is the remediation of damage. When skilled remediation pairs with the elimination of the water source and moisture control, mold damage recurrence is rare to non-existent.
What Is Mold Remediation?
SERVPRO’s mold remediation crews follow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols developed for schools and commercial buildings. Preventing drift of moldy debris or spores and avoid worsening the outbreak through the use of ineffective cleaning agents make it essential to follow the following steps:
- Locate the mold -- usually by seeking staining, observing multiplying colonies, smelling the characteristic musty odor. Testing is expensive and rarely needed if other signs are apparent.
- Contain the mold -- wrapping the mold-affected surfaces and spaces with 1.6 mil polyethylene and using a negative pressure air scrubber to seal the area and force the contaminated atmosphere through HEPA filters to capture mold particles and exhaust to the outside.
- Remove the mold and clean up debris -- mechanical methods including brushing, scraping, and blasting with gentler abrasives like soda, dry ice, or corn cobs. Debris is vacuumed and wet-wiped, then bagged for hazardous waste disposal per local regulations.
The trust put in SERVPRO of Frederick County’s managers, and technicians are repaid with successful mold remediation and a moisture management plan that inhibits future damage. Call us at (301) 662-1747 when your historic building and business are plagued by microbial proliferation.
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What Type of Equipment is Used to Resolve Flood Damage Issues in Frederick?
Fooding can damage the structure and contents of your family home. Contact our certified flood damage remediation team right away.
Remediation Services in Frederick Employ a Wide Range of Equipment to Handle Your Floodwater-Related Damage.
Strong storms in the Frederick area sometimes cause flooding, especially in the spring and during hurricane season. Regular seasonal storms are often at fault, but they are not the only potential culprits of raging floodwaters. Although it is well inland, the city still suffers the yearly effects of powerful coastal storms that can drop torrents of rain in exceedingly short periods of time. Knowing when and where storm-related flooding is going to occur is not always that easy to predict. Weather forecasts are often unreliable and compounding factors can exacerbate storm effects, causing high waters in unexpected areas. When such disasters strike, flood damage cleanup and restoration companies like SERVPRO employ certain tools.
What Specific Equipment Does SERVPRO Use?
When floods occur, the damage they cause is usually quite severe. So, flood damage companies in Frederick, including SERVPRO, use the most powerful state-of-the-art equipment available to effectively deal with it. Some advanced tools we have at our disposal are:
- Moisture sensors/meters that detect and measure moisture in baseboards, walls, carpets, and household contents
- Thermohygrometers to evaluate the moisture content of your home’s air and provide related measurements
- Powerful extractors to rapidly vacuum up standing liquids
- Trash pumps for removing water with trash and other particulate matter in it
- Dehumidifiers that dry the air in your home’s interior
- Air movers that aid interior and content drying
- Injectidry systems that remove moisture from difficult-to-reach areas behind ceilings and walls
- High-tech foggers to inject fungicides, disinfectants, and deodorants into even the most hard-to-reach places
Why are Trash Pumps Often Necessary to Remove Frederick Floodwaters?
Many times, regular extractors are simply not enough to take on floodwaters. This is because such waters usually contain trash and other things that would likely clog up these devices. On-the-other-hand, trash pumps can easily suction up both standing water and this particulate matter without getting clogged.
With all this said, remember that help is available if you ever experience flood damage. When you need help, contact SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747.
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Commercial Water Cleanup In Frederick
You can contact SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 for twenty-four-hour assistance and to arrange a call-out.
What can your Catering Business in Frederick do to Overcome an Unforeseen Water Emergency?
Running a business is busy enough. But unforeseen circumstances can lay extra pressure on your catering service. SERVPRO offers professional water restoration technicians (WRT) with experience working with small, medium-sized, and large commercial operations. We can get you back in business on-time and with a minimum loss of revenue.
What can I do when a water emergency goes beyond the scope of my staff?
Spillages frequently happen in commercial services that deal with food and drinks, with most mishaps possible to deal with by in-house staff. However, severe water emergencies that can cause temporary closure may require commercial water cleanup services in Frederick. Our team hold qualifications from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certifications body (IICRC.) We act responsibly to protect your business during a time of urgent need. Our services encompass the mitigation and restoration of clean, grey, and black water emergencies.
When should I reach out for professional help in my catering business?
The sooner you reach out to SERVPRO, the sooner we can put in place plans to get your business back on track. Water damage is time-sensitive, which means the longer you leave it, the more likely it is to degrade. When moisture comes into contact with pre-existing grime as well as potential mold spores, it can become an increasingly severe issue. It takes as little as seventy hours for a clean water emergency to become a black or grey water emergency.
How can you help my business deal with a contaminated water emergency?
Water contamination may occur when a malfunctioning appliance spills water overnight. It may also occur when water intrusion occurs from a non-clean supply such as a sewer back-up or wastewater pipe issue. The process to correctly restore water contamination involves returning your business to a sanitary condition using a combination of water removal equipment as well as chemical agents.
What cleaning products do I need to restore grey or black water damages?
• Industrial Disinfectants
• Alcohol and Alkaline-based solvents
• Emulsifying powders
• Deodorizers including solvents, pellets, and spray-on
What is the difference between commercial restoration and residential?
While many of the principles of cleaning are the same in residential and commercial cleaning, we generally mobilize more resources for the latter. Commercial sites tend to be larger but also require a much faster turnaround with every moment of closure, causing a loss of revenue. We reduce standing water levels quickly using extraction equipment before removing and discarding any contaminated items or solid waste.
How to remove water odors from my catering business?
Most water spills involve malodors, which can be tough to explain to customers. In some situations, wet areas with higher humidity can make odors more noticeable, and these may disperse once the cleaning and drying of the property are complete. Other odors can be more stubborn, which is why SERVPRO uses specialist odor control technicians to ensure your business makes a full recovery.
How does odor control work in commercial buildings?
Odor control works either by neutralizing odor particles or by exchanging air and ventilating the space. We can speed up the dispersal process by using vent box fans to exchange inner and outer air up to sixty times over. Our technicians can strategically place odor control pellets to mask odor until natural dispersal. These areas may include venting ducts. For thorough fumigation, our team can deploy misters or fogging equipment to ensure any residual odors are removed altogether.
How can your restorers help to process commercial insurance claim forms?
• We inventory the condition of all contents within your business which is stored in a digital ledger
• Our technicians can conduct a walkthrough with you at the end of service to explain the outcome of work
• We can help to complete parts of our insurance paperwork for a stress-free claim
• When enlisting the help of third-parties, we ensure that you only have to deal with one point of contact throughout service
• Our crew chiefs are here to communicate with you every step of the way
While commercial water restoration can be a stressful experience, our crew chiefs have extensive experience in helping businesses toward a full recovery. Using our resources, education, and commercial expertise, we can guide you through the mitigation process into restoration and return your business to its preloss condition.
Water spills can occur at any-time day or night. You can contact SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 for twenty-four-hour assistance and to arrange a call-out.
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Water Damage In Your Frederick Home
For professional results when dealing with a pipe break, call SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 24/7.
Drying During Water Damage In Frederick Can Take Several Steps To Ensure Success
During most scenarios, when a pipe breaks in your house in Frederick, the destruction is not always as severe as you may think. Many water damage scenarios consist only of your carpets getting wet and possibly soaking into your drywall. However, wet carpets can be the source of other issues like raised humidity levels or mold growth if it is not extracted and dried out quickly after the leak occurs.
If your carpets got saturated during your water damage incident in Frederick, then extraction may be required. Moisture is much easier to remove when it is still in liquid form before it soaks into your contents and building materials or evaporates into the air. Once our SERVPRO technicians remove all of the liquids, we can then begin the applied structural drying (ASD) phase.
Testing Materials For Moisture
When our SERVPRO team first arrives at your home, we conduct the following testing procedures to see both how wet items got and how far the moisture went:
• We can use a moisture sensor that will tell us which sections of your carpet got wet.
• We can use a non-penetrating moisture meter that can give us a good idea as to where the water traveled.
• Using a penetrating moisture meter can give us moisture content of your drywall and any wooden items in a percentage.
• A hygrometer can tell us the relative humidity levels of the affected rooms in your house.
• We use thermometers to let us know whether we need to increase your house's temperature to speed up the drying process.
Checking Multiple Areas
During the initial inspection process, our SERVPRO team tests both materials that we know got affected and those that did not. We take the difference between the two measurements to determine how wet items got. We also use both test results to come up with numbers for a final drying goal.
After we find the wet regions of your structure and determine a drying goal, we set up air movers and dehumidifiers. After the equipment gets set up, we return to your house every day and take readings to make sure our efforts are working effectively. Once the results meet the drying goals, we can then remove all drying equipment.
For professional results when dealing with a pipe break, call SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 24/7.
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