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When Mold Growth Threatens Exhibits and Documents What Can Museum Management Do?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

"Mold" 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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Commercial Water Cleanup In Frederick

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

office flooded after a water leak 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
    •    Biocides
    •    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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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.”

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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Become Familiar With Flood Damage Success in Your Frederick Commercial Space

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

modern apartment complex 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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We Can Manage The Various Challenges Of Commercial Fire Damage In Frederick

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

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Managing Various Challenges Of Commercial Fire Damage In A Frederick Drug Store

Fires can happen any time leaving widespread damages in the commercial establishment that they affect. In a drugstore, the situation is different, unlike other commercial establishments because of the materials burnt. Restoring normal operations at your Frederick drug store fast can be possible, but the restorer must be ready to deal with the different prevailing challenges.

Dealing with Harmful Chemicals
Being safe when restoring commercial fire damage in your Frederick Drug Store is essential. During a fire, the combustion process breaks down materials giving off smoke and other residues which are then deposited on surfaces or suspended in the air. In a drugstore, the fire burns medicines and other dangerous chemicals, so the residues left can be hazardous to those cleaning them. Our SERVPRO technicians can work safely in such an environment because we have the necessary PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, such as:
    •    Chemical Resistant Gloves
    •    Respirators
    •    Rubber Boots
    •    Full Body Suits

Restoring normal services faster
More people might rely on your store than you imagine. For example, your store might be the only place they get rare medicines, or maybe you might have an extended operation schedule that allows them convenience. Restoring operations soon after a fire incident might, therefore, be more urgent to your customers than you. Restoration is likely to involve cleanup, rebuilding, and refinishing different areas in your store. Our SERVPRO crews have members highly trained in different fields including FSRT, Fire, and Smoke Restoration Technicians, equipping them with the skill sets to expedite restoration.

Finishing the restoration
All the effort you put in restoring your store after fire damage might not be recognized if the final stage is managed correctly. Finishing involves several steps including drying off excess moisture leftover from firefighting and cleaning efforts as well as deodorization. Our SERVPRO technicians use superior equipment such as hydroxyl generators during the restoration process to remove bad odor. We also have commercial-grade air movers and desiccant dehumidifiers to dry excess moisture.

Watching flames consuming your drugstore can be a tough pill to swallow, but doing prompt restoration can help you rebuild your business. Call SERVPRO of Frederick County at (301) 662-1747 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Restores Your Water Damaged Frederick Factory

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

You can trust the SERVPRO Brand to restore your water damaged factory.

Restoring Normalcy After Commercial Water Damage in Your Frederick Factory

A water spill can quickly derail the routines you have established in your factory. Apart from the deterioration of materials exposed to the water, it also creates various hazards in the work areas, including elevating the risk of accidents. Fast extraction can help minimize the damage levels and restore normal operations. You can achieve the intended results faster when you enlist the help of a professional.

The incident that leads to commercial water damage in your Frederick factory might not be significant, but the open layout that characterizes most factories creates ideal conditions for water to spread. Unlike small premises where the water would form deeper pools easier to extract from one location, in an open space, the water spreads thinly requiring considerable movement during extraction. Our SERVPRO water restoration technicians use equipment such as ride-on high volume extractors, which are best suited for such tasks.

In the chemical-filled environment, spilled water can dissolve and spread chemicals or other substances creating safety issues your employees. Exposure to such dangerous materials is risky, so having the right protective equipment is essential when cleaning the affected areas. Our SERVPRO team takes safety seriously, so we have the equipment to prevent exposure through skin contact, inhalation, or otherwise. Among the PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, we have in our production trucks include:

Chemical Resistant Gloves

Splash Goggles


Full-Body suits

Rubber Boots

Excess moisture in a factory can interfere with the production processes or the general comfort of the workers. Restoring normal humidity levels is therefore essential for optimized production. After extracting standing water, our SERVPRO crews take steps to dry any excess moisture. We run high-speed air movers to increase the evaporation rate then use LGR dehumidifiers, or giant desiccant dehumidifiers to extract moisture from the air. To reduce uncertainty, we make calculations and set a drying goal, ensuring that you know approximately when your facility can be fully operable.

When there is a water loss incident in your Mt Airy, Brunswick or Middletown factory, call SERVPRO of Frederick County to help. You can reach us at (301) 662-1747 any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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In Frederick County, SERVPRO Provides Polite, Professional Service for Trauma Scene Restorations

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Techs with Personal Protective Equipment Can Restore Trauma Scene Incidents in Frederick Commercial Stores

Efficient Cleanup for a Trauma Incident at a Frederick County Grocery Store

Traumas like what our team recently dealt with in a Frederick County food store happen without warning. With no way to prepare for these often stressful and overwhelming circumstances, business owners depend on the expertise and the skills of our professional cleaning technicians to address every potential concern in an efficient restorative approach. With an entire area of the store that must get cleaned, disinfected, and recovered, you need experience. We have a team with both training and continued education to know safe practices for pathogenic threats, viral risks, and other detrimental circumstances.

When our SERVPRO professionals were called one evening to this Frederick biohazard trauma scene caused by a personal tragedy at a grocery store, we knew how vital a fast response would be. The upset owner hoped to have the store back open again the following day, and that would require each phase of recovery to be completed, including the thorough cleaning, deodorization, and disinfection. Through the energetic efforts of our entire team, we were able to achieve this goal, and the grocery store did open again the following day “Like it never even happened.”

With trauma recovery, every moment counts. Staining and worse situations can arise from allowing bodily fluid to remain on surfaces for prolonged periods. The American Bio Recovery Association (ABRA) provides guidelines and certifications. We utilized the inventory of our OSHA-approved cleaning and disinfection agents, which can restore surfaces and exposed materials without requiring demolition and replacement. These same products helped to ensure that we could meet the deadline of our client.

As this was still an active investigation supervised by the police, our SERVPRO technicians also had to work alongside these first responders to meet specific safety guidelines and strict protocols to ensure we did not impede this investigation happening adjacent to our recovery efforts.

We know that when contending with traumas, it is difficult to think of anything other than your employees, your customers, and your building. We understand the need for subtlety and compassion during the cleanup service. Let our SERVPRO of Frederick County biohazard restoration specialists help you shoulder some of this weight, as we did with this grocery store, with our fast response and expertise. We can help by calling (301) 662-1747.

Our Certified Technicians Are Prepared To Restore Your Frederick Landmarks After A Water Damage Disaster

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

We have the necessary equipment for any water damage big or small. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so call us anytime.

Comprehensive Water Damage Restoration a Must for Frederick Historic Structures

The city and county of Frederick reach out to residents and visitors many opportunities to experience the rich and robust history of our area. Museums, battlegrounds, and historical markers and buildings lend a lens to the past. If any of these venues suffer a water crisis, the loss affects a portal into the past and limits the lessons learned. Our team of expert water mitigation technicians pledges to restore these special properties “Like it never even happened.”

Old plumbing, severe weather, human error, and unfortunate decisions like pranks or vandalism can all cause water damage to Frederick landmarks. Fast, professional mitigation of water loss is an essential first step. We also offer full restoration services, permitting our commercial customers to streamline the process, relying on one experienced company to take a water loss from chaos to wholly rebuilt.

SERVPRO’s technicians are uniquely qualified to manage damage to local attractions. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is our go-to for employee training. The industry standards developed and taught by the IICRC ensure that our crews always deliver high-quality outcomes based on industry best practices.

Commercial water damage restoration begins with efficient water removal and extraction. SERVPRO invests in state-of-the-art commercial-grade equipment for fast results. We pump out standing water more than two inches deep using gas-powered, submersible units. Wanded water extractors allow us to reach tight corners and use a vacuum-like motion to pull significant amounts of moisture out of saturated building materials.

Our technicians use sophisticated water metering and thermal imaging equipment to locate caches of water that migrated behind, over, and under structural components. SERVPRO uses strategies such as flood cuts, drilled holes, and top-down extraction to release the trapped water. We remove lingering moisture from hardwood floors and building cavities with negative air pressure systems that suction the water out, even from several layers of building materials.

Rebuilding experts on SERVPRO crews address the controlled demolition done to access water and improve structural drying results. We install drywall, repair trim, hang new ceilings, and more to return the historic premises to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Frederick County is a one-stop remediation and restoration contractor for commercial properties in our area. Contact us at (301) 662-1747 to turn back the pages on water damage.

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