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How Does Airflow Impact Effective Drying of Water-Damaged Frederick Homes?

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

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We can utilize air movement to maximize evaporation in Frederick properties.

The manipulation of airflow and other drying principles can make for fast and thorough drying of the property. We understand how these individual components work together towards efficient results, and we can begin utilizing tools in our inventory as soon as we arrive.

The Placement of Air Movers

Water damage restoration in Frederick homes relies heavily on the placement and frequency of air movers. There are multiple types of these units, each with its ability to assist the efficient and thorough drying of the property and its contents. Some of these units include:

  • Centrifugal Air Movers – these high-velocity air movers direct a focused blast of air at a target surface.
  • Axial Air Movers – Unlike a designated target, axial units are best at moisture removal of a general area and environment.
  • Low-Profile Air Movers – Like traditional centrifugal air movers, low-profile units can reach less accessible areas more easily.

Eliminating a Boundary Layer

Direct airflow into moist surface materials can overcome barriers of vapor that prevent efficient drying of the underlying material. As a surface dries, cool air forms as a shield directly above the surface, which can be challenging to penetrate for further drying without focused blasts of air from high-velocity air movers in our inventory.

Circulating the Dry Air Produced

Another advantage of air movers is the ability to circulate dry air throughout the designated zone. Dehumidification through desiccants and low grain refrigerant units produces dry air exhaust, which can help promote further evaporation of surface moisture when circulated by air movers.

Harnessing specific drying sciences to efficiently restore homes after water loss effects is critical to efficiently recovering costly damage. Our experienced SERVPRO of Frederick County team is ready to help 24/7 with hundreds of air movers and drying tools. Give us a call today at (301) 662-1747.

How Contents Play a Role in Fire Restoration Efficiency for Frederick Homes

11/14/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire with soot damage on the ceiling SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians use the latest technology and equipment for every fire damage restoration project.

The Needed Actions for Impacted Contents Can Influence The Time and Costs of Fire Restoration for Frederick Properties.

Considering how destructive fire damage can be, contents often bear the worst of these post-fire effects. The management of your valuables and treasures can be as important to homeowners as repairing and restoring the house itself.

Prepare the First Room to Get Cleared

Fire damage restoration for Frederick homes might focus on the steps we can take with your personal belongings and furniture, but to reach this point, we must clear the first room of our restoration plan. Contents cannot be gathered, assessed, or cleaned without first managing physical threats and hazards present in the workspace. Initial actions we must provide include:

  • Fire debris removal
  • Water removal
  • Air filtration

Setting Up a Packing Area

An inventory station provides a clean and stable space, often created with a foldable table brought in by our SERVPRO team to evaluate and categorize all contents within one room. Items can be tagged based on their needs and organized accordingly to continue the restoration of the room.

Pack-Out Contents to Our SERVPRO Facility

Once the contents and items have been individually evaluated and categorized based on their restorability and need for cleaning, smaller items can be boxed up in clean boxes we provide at the job site. As these possessions get boxed up, they are loaded into our Green Fleet production vehicles for relocation to our SERVPRO facility for cleaning and safe storage.

The treatment of your valuables and personal belongings can be one of the advantages of choosing our SERVPRO of Frederick County team. We follow a specific pattern to assess damages and to protect these items whenever possible. You can reach our experienced remediation and fire restoration team anytime at (301) 662-1747.

How SERVPRO Manages Mold in Confined Spaces of Mt. Airy Homes

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

Got mold? Mold remediation for your property is no DIY project. SERVPRO techs are ready at a moment's notice for the help you need.

Mold Damage is a Threat to Mt. Airy Structures, But Our Team has Effective Remediation Solutions to Help.

Moist conditions can see mold developing within days, making the need for remediation pressing when possible microbial threats are not discovered for weeks in confined and generally unused areas like the attic. When mold colonization is found, several hosting materials might already exist and require attention.

Moist Attics Can Become Mold-Damaged

Before mold cleanup can begin in Mt Airy homes, we must determine the extent of the damage in exposed areas. With storms being a substantial threat to Frederick County, many vulnerabilities in roofs can exist that allow for moisture penetration. Mold developing in the attic space can be a challenge to access and eliminate, but we have several approaches to accomplish this.

Mold Removal Approaches for Smaller Spaces

Confined spaces can provide a remediation challenge for our technicians. Ultimately, the choice in mold removal tactics is based on data collected during the inspection phase. We can choose among multiple options, including:

  • Sanding
  • Media blasting
  • Antimicrobial sprays
  • Mold inhibitors
  • Controlled demolition

Containment Limits the Work Area

One of the actions that our professionals can take to protect area homes after mold exposure is to begin containment. With physical polypropylene sheeting and barriers made with air scrubbers and negative pressure chambers, we can limit the movement of active spores that might find suitable hosts in other areas of the house.

Mold can substantially threaten area homes and businesses, especially when these organisms thrive in confined spaces. Our SERVPRO of Frederick County team provides fast and efficient remediation solutions to overcome these harmful organisms and the damage they can cause area residences. Our experienced remediation team is available 24/7 at (301) 662-1747.

Preventing Irreparable Damage to Carpets in Frederick Offices After Water Damage

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Fast Action Prevents Carpeting From Becoming Unsalvageable After Frederick Water Damage.

Carpeting is one of the most readily installed flooring materials for office spaces because of its long life and ease of cleaning. However, it is highly permeable and porous for water absorption. When disasters strike, water can quickly damage this flooring without swift, professional action.

Clearing Standing Water

With water damage mitigation for Frederick offices, short pile carpeting can be a direct target of moisture damage and pooling. One of the initial objectives of our fast response is to clean surface water with extraction devices and water removal tools.

The Effect of Moisture on Materials

Knowing how moisture exposure can impact materials in your office building can showcase how valuable a fast response from our SERVPRO professionals can be. Depending on the material affected, especially sensitive flooring elements like carpeting, the timeline for restoration can be narrow. Some of the factors to consider include:

  • Permeance – Our professionals must evaluate how sensitive materials are to absorption and subsequent damage. With the high permeance of carpets, delamination can begin quickly where these materials become oversaturated. 
  • Exposure Time – How long these materials and building elements remain directly exposed to the standing water also plays a role in the salvageability of the flooring. The longer moisture exposure, the more damage that the water causes. 
  • Cost – The costs of clearing water and cleaning the carpet must be considered against the expected money involved in pulling up the flooring and replacing it altogether. Often the most cost-efficient choice is preferred. 

Carpets are among the most directly impacted materials when water damages exist. Our SERVPRO of Frederick County team works fast to determine the best possible scenario to help protect these installed elements without the need for excessive reconstruction and reinstallation of flooring. Our business is to get you back in business – so call us today at (301) 662-1747.

What Does a Mt Airy Hardwood Floor With Flood Damage Look Like?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

warped floor boards after flood damage Quick response time is necessary when your wood flooring is affected by flooding. Contact SERVPRO for efficient remediation services.

SERVPRO Techs Have Specialized Equipment for Handling Water Damaged Flooring

The signs of a hardwood floor with water damage in a Mt Airy home may be subtle. In particular, after heavy rains that leaked through a roof or window, signs that floorboards have issues are:

  • Staining and discoloration
  • Cupping or buckling
  • Nails lifted out of the boards due to warping

SERVPRO technicians have extensive training in handling flood damage to the flooring in Mt Airy properties. The techs look for visible signs of water migration and map out the worksite using their moisture detection equipment such as infrared cameras and probes. These two devices assist in confirming what the visual signs show the techs.

Most homeowners consider their wood flooring an investment in their home. There are different types of flooring, and only some of them have the potential for restoration after meeting floodwater.Older flooring may consist of double pine boards or wider oak Engineered wood is less prone to warp after exposure to moisture, while laminate wood floors generally do not fair well after water damage due to the internal core material that deteriorates rapidly after water exposure.

SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians do not lower the moisture content down to zero in floorboards. After they extract the water and dry the boards, they look for a range from six to twelve percent moisture content. Hardwood floorboards can reach forty percent so getting the internal moisture content readings down to an acceptable level needs to happen quickly, so specialized drying equipment such as drying mats may get used. Hardwood flooring should never be allowed to dry on its own.

SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 is ready to assist Mt Airy homeowners with all types of flood damage cleanup and restoration services.

What Type of Fire Damage Restoration is Needed Post-Dryer Fire in Frederick?

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

a washer and dryer wrapped in caution tape and covered in soot from fire damage Fires leave smoke and soot damage throughout the area where they occurred. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 to remediate the fire damage in your home.

SERVPRO Technicians are Experts in Handling Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup in Frederick Properties

Fire and smoke damage in a Frederick property can look daunting, and it may look like nothing has the potential for reuse. However, SERVPRO techs view job sites differently.

With their trained eyes, SERVPRO techs deliver fire damage restoration to Frederick properties from the angle of saving the homeowners from replacing as much as possible. The techs do this through their deep cleaning methods and the use of some specialized equipment.

Smoke Damage

When a fire burns both at lower and higher temperatures, different types of residues get created. The soot settles on surfaces, and most countertops and furnishings will have a coating of black post-fire. The soot can get divided into two basic types, and each kind needs to be handled differently as far as the removal process such as:

  • Wet smoke can be damaging to surfaces and often requires a solvent-based cleaner to break the adherence 
  • Using liquid cleaners on powdery dry smoke should be avoided 
  • It may take several passes using the chosen method to remove smoke residues

Fire Damaged Building Materials

SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians look to determine if structural elements have charring. This level of fire damage cannot get turned around through cleaning. The charred portion of a wall or ceiling should be removed. If parts of the property have fire damage, such as a roof, SERVPRO technicians can set up a temporary tarp or other repairs until the mitigation actions are complete.

Fire Damaged Home Contents

The techs inspect each article in the home and determine if it has cleaning potential for reuse. No items are tossed without the express approval of the homeowner or insurance agent. SERVPRO techs communicate one-on-one to ensure that the homeowner understands what is happening with each step of the restoration service. 

SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 stands ready to assist Frederick property owners with all types and sizes of fire damage restoration needed.

Can SERVPRO Save Electrical Equipment During Commercial Water Mitigation in Frederick Properties?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

a woman working in a server room Your server room is critical to business operations. Contact SERVPRO immediately to assess any water damage or high humidity levels near you.

SERVPRO Techs Work Hard for Frederick Business Owners with Water Damage

The days of manual typewriters and filing cabinets are long over for running the day-to-day functions of a business. Many businesses rely on complex data center setups, and water damage in and around these building areas can halt operations.

SERVPRO technicians do an initial inspection on Frederick properties during water mitigation jobs. This scoping performs a two-fold action of determining where the water damage is within the structure and what items require removal due to exposure to elevated moisture. For safety reasons, SERVPRO technicians recommend the following tips regarding electrical equipment potentially affected by water:

  • Do not test devices
  • SERVPRO can arrange for an inspection by an industry professional
  • Technicians can remove equipment to a safe area

Elevated interior humidity levels can damage sensitive servers, data centers, and switches. For many businesses, the network is the hub of their productivity. SERVPRO technicians can remove the equipment to a safe area on-site or off-site to a secure location until the water cleanup tasks get completed.

The drying equipment utilized by SERVPRO during water damage cleanup can rapidly bring down the air moisture levels. This occurs because the techs set up multiple units and more than one industrial dehumidifier as needed to ensure the excess moisture gets captured and ported off-site as rapidly as possible. The outcome is a low interior humidity worksite that is safe for normal day-to-day computer equipment.

SERVPRO technicians practice the highest safety protocols during the water mitigation service. This includes wearing protective clothing and ensuring that there is no danger of shock from electrical devices where there is standing water. When needed, the techs can turn off the main power to the building and use generators to power their water cleanup equipment. 

SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 helps local business property owners with water mitigation services in Frederick commercial structures.

Can Mold Removal Companies in Frederick Stop Mold Coming Back?

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Mold SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of mold damage, Including the odors that come with it. Call us today, we are always available.

Mold Remediation Companies like SERVPRO Offer Frederick Residents Excellent Remediation Knowledge and Skills

Mold can come from a variety of external environmental sources. Tiny mold spores can be transported into your home on clothing, on materials, and from something as simple as opening windows to let in the fresh air. Given that mold is a natural part of our environment, completely sanitizing a home is not possible. However, using remediation techniques, we can reduce the impact of mold by preventing the growth of colonies and reproduction of other mold spores. Use a professional IICRC certified AMRT applied microbial remediation company if you suspect:

  • A slow leak in the home
  • Dampness or musty odors
  • Visible mold colonies

Residents can use mold cleanup companies in Frederick to deal with existing mold issues, provide preventative measures and give advice or guidance. It is risky to scrub mold colonies away yourself as there is a high chance of the spores becoming airborne and spreading through the home. If your mold issues are seasonal rather than chronic, it may be worth inspecting heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems to block mold spores from entering the home. 

  • HVAC system cleaning can be vital in the fight against mold growth. SERVPRO can clean and dismantle infested parts of your HVAC system. 
  • Return and supply-side vents can be replaced with HEPA filters to reduce other mold spores entering the system. 
  • Where necessary, we can arrange for reliable subcontractors to perform repairs to a malfunctioning HVAC which could be causing the mold growth in your home. 

To join the fight against mold growth, contact SERVPRO of Frederick County for mold removal companies at (301) 662-1747.

Does Flood Damage Have Lasting Consequences for Homes in Frederick?

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded road You need expert assistance for any level of flood damage in your Frederick home. Call SERVPRO today for help.

SERVPRO Technicians Work Hard to Mitigate the Secondary Effects of Flood Damage in Your Frederick Home

The impact of flooding in your home can be widespread and long-lasting. In some ways, the immediate response to flooding is straightforward. Remove excess water, individual belongings, and structure, then allow the property to dry through ventilation. In practice, returning a property to preloss condition through restoration is a complex and nuanced task. Professional restoration technicians can help you with: 

  • Assessing the flooded property for structural damage
  • Itemizing and inventorying wet contents 
  • Performing flood restoration

What complicates flood damage in your Frederick home is the potential for further damages. Water carries with it microbes. These microscopic organisms can have adverse effects on an indoor environment which is usually referred to by restoration services as secondary damages. Secondary damage could include microbial infestations, persistent odors, slow rotting, and weakening of the home's structure. To counteract these painful secondary damages, dehumidification is crucial. Dehumidifiers generally work in two broad categories. The first is refrigerant dehumidifiers which cool air to a dew point and then collect the condensation. Desiccant dehumidifiers use a water-absorbent gel to remove moisture from the passing air.

  • Refrigerant dehumidifiers work best when combined with a heating strategy. The ideal temperatures for refrigerants are 71 degrees.
  • Heating can often be supplied via the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning (HVAC) system, or portable heaters. 
  • Desiccant dehumidifiers can operate efficiently at all temperatures but are most useful for walls, furnishings, masonry, and other solid materials. 

Secondary damages are common in flooded properties. Contact SERVPRO of Frederick County quoting flood damage restoration at (301) 662-1747.

Fire Damaged Belongings in Your Mount Airy, Maryland Home May Need Replacing

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Near Mount Airy, Maryland Can Restore Items Rather than Replace Them

Homes are investments. As homeowners, we invest in our belongings, furniture, and the structure of a home over decades. When an unattended stove or appliance malfunction results in a fire, it can be emotionally devastating to even think about replacing some or all of the belongings that make up your home. Replacing items wholesale may also run up the costs of a home restoration service and take time to source or procure new furniture, electronics, or textile. However, choosing the right restoration service makes it possible to return many parts of the home to a preloss condition. Qualified technicians can help with:

  • Furniture restoration
  • Removing Soot or Ash
  • Odor control and removal

Tackling fire damage restoration in your Mount Airy home can be overwhelming without the guidance of professionally qualified technicians. At SERVPRO, we work hard to communicate with homeowners and understand their needs. In some situations, advanced cleaning methods can help to restore sentimental or precious items in the home. These cleaning methods could include ultrasonic or immersion cleaning. 

  • Immersion cleaning relies on the heat and pressure created by running ultrasonic waves through a cleaning solution. 
  • For dense materials like metal, immersion cleaning is vital for the deep cleaning of chandeliers, rods, or other ornaments. 
  • Some immersion tanks are portable and allow technicians to treat valuable items onsite, returning them to a preloss condition. 

Contact SERVPRO of Frederick County for fire damage restoration for assistance with restoring your home at (301) 662-1747.