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We are Cleaning Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Deep cleaning Many local business are being proactive by deep cleaning.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today –SERVPRO of Frederick County 301-662-1747

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

 

Quality Water Restoration Means Efficiency for Frederick Homes

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

"We are here to help" SERVPRO teams are always ready and available to assist you. Call us any time!

SERVPRO Team’s Work to Restore Your Home After a Water Incident Occurs

While the discovery of a water loss emergency in your Frederick home might initially feel overwhelming and stressful, the acquisition of experienced restoration specialists like our SERVPRO team should help ease these tensions. We have a skilled roster of qualified technicians accredited through multiple firms that continue to shape and develop our professionals even years after their first certifications. Water restoration technicians exist at every level of our company, meaning that you are getting an educated and experienced response from your first notice of loss (FNOL) to the final walkthrough after the restoration completes.

With how quickly water damage in Frederick homes can spread to new areas and material assemblies, mitigation services must begin right away. The response to this emergency is one of the keys to our customer commitment, as we strive to reach loss sites within hours of the FNOL. There are a few keys to ensuring that we can begin working on the damage in your home as soon as possible, including:

  • Stocked Vehicles
  • Ongoing Training
  • Central Location

Stocked and Ready to Roll

Vehicles and trailers in our SERVPRO Green Fleet all serve a purpose. Keeping several of these service vehicles stocked and ready to move with extractors, air movers, moisture detectors, and other water loss equipment can reduce preparation time when disasters strike.

The Latest Techniques and Practices

While it is critical for our technicians to have competent and capable equipment, ongoing training and educational opportunities through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can showcase modern techniques for water removal, drying, and post-disaster cleaning.

In the Neighborhood

Because our warehouse is right here in Frederick, we can reach anywhere in the county faster than many property owners might think. We strive to be on-site within hours, and that is much easier to do when your 24/7 response team is right in the neighborhood.

Water loss incidents do not have to mean untold property damages for your home. Efficient restoration relies on our fast and experienced response. Give our SERVPRO of Frederick County team a call anytime at (301) 662-1747.

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SERVPRO Helps Keep Open the Opportunity for Higher Learning in Frederick with Rapid Water Extraction and Cleanup

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

above ground broken cast iron water main by rocks Frederick Commercial Structures when Plumbing Fails, Management Calls SERVPRO for Water Damage Cleanup

Commercial Water Cleanup in a Frederick College after an Old Water Pipe Bursts

A water spill of any kind can disrupt normal business operations because it leaves materials wet and surfaces slippery. A severe water spill necessitates thorough cleanup to restore normal conditions. SERVPRO was called to help deal with one such major spill in a Frederick area college.

Before taking any restoration steps during a commercial water damage cleanup in Frederick, scoping the loss site is crucial to determine issues such as what caused the loss, the source point, and the extent of affected areas. The water loss at the college occurred when a pipe burst due to what we later determined as the effects of old age. In many places, pipes installed before the 1980s are made with brittle materials such as cast iron, and the constant changes in temperate and pressure can lead to cracking. Because replacing the pipes required extensive processes, including excavation, our SERVPRO technicians had to wait for plumbers to finish replacement before we could clean the area next to the leak source.

The spilled water had spread from the source point to other areas, pooling mostly on the floors. Our SERVPRO technicians started on extracting the water to stop moisture migration and the possibility of microbial growth, which would complicate the cleanup process. We have sufficient resources to handle this extraction since we have different types of pumps, including high-speed, truck-mounted, and portable extractors.

The spilled water had dissolved different soils spreading them across the property, necessitating cleanup. However, the soiling mostly affected hard surfaces such as tiles and concrete. By applying professional cleaning products and agitating with rotating brushes and water pressure, our SERVPRO technicians removed all the soils, leaving surfaces clean. We also removed the debris that accumulated from the replacement of the burst pipe.   

The soiling and other damages from a water spill can have a negative spiraling effect, especially in a learning institution. Call SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 to help manage any incident, “Like it never even happened.”

Combating the Effects of Flood Damage In Frederick

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home In case flooding affects your property, there is a need to find a solution fast.

Combating the Effects of Flood Damage Incidents in Frederick with Timely Restoration

Flooding incidents in Frederick have both short term and long-term effects. For instance, an incident can displace your family immediately, but this is only short term if restoration is done immediately. On the other hand, if mold or structural damages develop, their effects are long term. SERVPRO helps restore in a way that solves both immediate and long-term issues.

Scoping the Loss Site
Evaluating the extent of flood damage loss in Frederick properties helps in creating a response plan that can deliver results faster. It also helps identify issues that can develop into significant problems in the future. Our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches when scoping a loss site. Doing a physical inspection helps establish whether there are severe issues such as damages to the structural supports, roof, or walls. We also monitor the extent of water migration using moisture meters. Thermal cameras help identify wetness in hidden areas without needing to open them up.

Expediting Restoration of the Loss
Depending on the level of damages established from scoping the loss, various strategies can be utilized to expedite the restoration process. Controlled demolition helps open up hidden parts of the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians remove baseboards and make flood cuts, among other steps, to open up hidden areas affected by flooding. Such demolition makes it easier to remove any standing water and unsalvageable materials such as drywall and insulation. It also limits the damage done, therefore shortening the restoration period.

Eliminating contaminants
Floodwater spread contamination over the areas they affect. Common contaminants include biohazards, chemicals, and even fuel oils.  When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at a loss site, we spray EPA registered disinfectants directly to control the contaminants. Apart from the contaminants collected elsewhere, microbial growth also occurs at the loss site over time. By cleaning up and drying the affected areas fast, our crews help prevent such outcomes.

In case flooding affects your property, there is a need to find a solution fast. Call SERVPRO of Frederick County to help with the restoration. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Fire Damage Cleaning In Your Frederick Home

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home SERVPRO of Frederick County is ready with a range of cleaning strategies to remove fire residue, “Like it never even happened.”

Glossary of Frederick Fire Damage Cleaning Terms

The smoke, soot, and rubble left after a fire in your Frederick home are far different from the day to day soiling typical in our area.

When our crews arrive, a thorough assessment of the residues and the affected surfaces in your home completes. We keep you informed as we create a cleaning plan for your dwelling, so it is helpful for you to understand the fire damage specific terms we use in Frederick.

Two Major Types of Cleaning

Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning is appropriate when light to medium non-grease-based soils are prevalent.  It works most effectively when the soiling is loose. We also use dry cleaning methods as a pre-treatment for more intensive cleaning methods.

Wet Cleaning
Wet cleaning is more aggressive, used for clearing moderate to heavy soot residues. The surface must withstand partial or complete saturation for what cleaning to be appropriate.

Dry Cleaning Methods
Dry cleaning methods include a wide range of mechanical techniques. SERVPRO uses that agitate and loosen the particulates left on surfaces by smoke, freeing them for removal.

    •    Feather dusting -- particulates are loosened for vacuuming or attract to the duster for disposal
    •    Dry sponging -- special “chemical” sponges absorb and lift off residues
    •    Compressed air -- dislodges particulates, particularly in tight spaces
    •    Vacuuming -- uses suction to contain loose, dry particulates for disposal

Wet Cleaning Methods
SERVPRO workers use fluids to dissolve or emulsify residues, suspending the soils for removal along with the cleaning solution.

Spray and Wipe
We use diluted cleaning products misted via a sprayer on solid surfaces, followed with a wipe off with clean towels or clothes after a prescribed dwell time. Abrasive tools or additives to the product help dislodge tightly adhered residues.

Foam Cleaning
Agitation of a cleaning solution creates suds or foam that SERVPRO technicians apply with a tampico upholstery brush or a pump-up sprayer to fabrics. The foam attracts and contains the soil for removal.

Immersion Cleaning
Articles that can handle submersion soak in basins filled with cleaning solutions, scrubbed, and rinsed to rid them of residues. Under the certified operation of SERVPRO technicians, we also use ultrasonic technology, sound waves creating jets of high-temperature cleaning solution intended to disrupt the bond of fire damage residues with surfaces, including intricate detailing.

SERVPRO of Frederick County is ready with a range of cleaning strategies to remove fire residue, “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (301) 662-1747 for a comprehensive evaluation.

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Drying Techniques for Saturated Carpet in Frederick Homes

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Wet floor You can depend on our technicians to respond quickly to any catastrophe that occurs in your Frederick home.

SERVPRO Has a Plan for Your Homes Water Damage, You should too

Drying and extraction are not one-size-fits-all solutions for the various saturated materials and wet areas of your Frederick home. Damp carpeting, for example, can be an ideal location for the development of mold colonies, so it is essential that drying these materials begins as quickly as possible. To restore carpeted areas without the need for widespread controlled demolition and reinstallation, our SERVPRO professionals can respond to your emergency 24/7.

As with all instances of water damage to Frederick homes, our professionals must first determine the severity of the situation. We have many moisture detection tools from hygrometers and probing detectors to surface meters and thermography. With a combination of these approaches, our technicians can map the spread of water migration and the concentration of moisture trapped in carpet fibers, padding, and saturating into the subflooring material.

Our SERVPRO technicians have access to some of the most powerful and efficient extraction and drying tools in the water restoration industry. For carpets, we often utilize light wands for suitable removal of the moisture trapped in the layers, though this often works best when the padding is not getting saved. Weighted extractors and air movers can force moisture to the surface and evaporate or extract this lingering wetness to protect installed flooring.

Our professionals seek to provide your home with the most efficient and cost-effective recovery solutions, which might not always hinge on preserving installed carpeting. There might be many situations where removing saturated flooring to protect subflooring OSB or plywood could be more cost-effective than risking the penetration of moisture into this structural element. We have a team of licensed in-house contractors that can help with carpet removal, repair, and reinstallation, where it fits into the work getting done.

No matter how our SERVPRO of Frederick County team can help after a water loss incident, our rapid response team is ready. We know that water emergencies can happen without warning and the critical need for restoration within the first 48 hours. Give our professionals a call anytime that you need us at (301) 662-1747.

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We Get You Back In Business In Frederick After A Water Damage Disaster

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

A collage of pictures showing our water restoration equipment drying up the water damage We have the expertise and equipment to take care of any size water damage disaster big or small. We arrive right away to prevent further damage.

Frozen Pipes Can Damage Your Frederick Quick Service Restaurant

Severe snowstorms that can pass through all of Maryland can leave commercial districts of Frederick without power when the storm is bad enough. A lack of electricity to your fast food restaurant can lead to some unfortunate consequences, including freezing temperatures inside that can adversely affect exposed plumbing. With prolonged periods without heat in the building, pipes can freeze and burst, allowing for substantial water loss before you return to the restaurant.

With freezing conditions, you might contend with several inches of standing water when drains get dammed up with ice, and water damage in your Frederick restaurant stays in the building. It is vital to remove this standing water and begin drying out the restaurant as soon as possible to prevent substantial reconstruction needs and even longer spans with your doors closed to the public.

Once the heat can get reestablished in the building, and the power has gotten restored, freezing conditions can subside, and we can focus our restoration efforts on extraction and drying. Before we can re-pressurize your water lines within the restaurant, our in-house general contractors must repair the damaged portions of plumbing. This step can often occur during initial mitigation after the standing water concerns have gotten addressed with electric sump pumps and wet vacuums.

Tile flooring in both the dining areas and food preparation areas can help to resist water penetration, leaving the bulk of lasting damages being the drywall and areas immediately surrounding the plumbing breach. Our team of contractors can provide controlled demolition to remove compromised wallboard. Once the structural cavity has gotten thoroughly dried, we can set our sights on replacing the water damaged materials.

We have years of experience as restoration specialists, and with the expertise and guidance of our owner Art Hall, we have more than 30 years of experience in the building trades to offer our commercial customers as well. No matter how we can help after a water loss incident, you can count on our experienced SERVPRO of Frederick County water restorers. Call us today at (301) 662-1747.

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Flooding In Your Frederick Home

1/25/2020 (Permalink)

flooding in home Give our SERVPRO of Frederick County team a call whenever flood damages occur at (301) 662-1747.

The Right Cleaning Product for Your Flooded Frederick Home

In natural flooding situations, many of the exposed construction materials and contents must get removed and discarded when contamination of your Frederick home occurs. Surface elements, like drywall and flooring, are often unsalvageable, even with the fast and confident response of our flood recovery professionals. Protecting the framework and support materials requires cleaning and disinfection of these areas so that build back can happen more efficiently when the mitigation phase completes.

Our owner Art Hall has brought his decades of construction experience to help recover flood damage in Frederick homes, but these steps cannot begin without the controlled demolition and initial cleaning of the exposed areas. Selecting the correct cleaning product for the job depends on multiple factors. We must determine the type of material damaged by microbes and bacteria and the appropriate product to address these concerns.

Disinfectants
These solutions can destroy 99 percent of the organisms they contact when applied to surfaces. Germicides like this can help to clear out harmful microorganisms on the surface of the exposed framework after drywall, flooring, and ceiling tiling has gotten removed. Depending on the circumstances, however, they may not affect all of the bacterial or fungal spores, which can often be dormant.

Biocides and Sporicides
These products have gotten designed to eliminate active organisms that can be dangerous for your home or property. Biocides and sporicides target different microbes, meaning that different products might need to get used together to achieve the desired results. Once active spores on the surface have gotten eliminated through the application and cleaning by our SERVPRO professionals, we can bring in our licensed general contractors to begin build back of the property safely.

Preventing flood exposure to your home and its construction materials is unfeasible when water penetrates openings and vulnerabilities in the lower levels of your residence. Addressing these concerns involves the knowledgeable team of trained professionals who understand the variances in our cleaning products and solvents to provide the best and safest approach every time. Give our SERVPRO of Frederick County team a call whenever flood damages occur at (301) 662-1747.

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Our Fire Damage Specialists Can Save Your Frederick Home

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

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.

Wood Surfaces
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.

Ceilings
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

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

A ceiling in a building with the ceiling cut out showing pipes. 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.

Call SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Mt Airy, Union Bridge, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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