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How Can I Prepare for Flood Damage Before it Happens?

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

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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 Type of Equipment is Used to Resolve Flood Damage Issues in Frederick?

5/17/2020 (Permalink)

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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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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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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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SERVPRO Explains the Science Behind Flood Damage Restoration in Frederick

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded street; road closed and high-water signs Flooding can happen any time of the year. Should floodwaters enter your home, call SERVPRO for a fast and complete restoration.

Proper Calculations Underlie Successful Flood Damage Outcomes in Frederick

Homeowners might not realize how much the success of professional flooding response efforts rely on applied math and science. Every phase of our disaster recovery plans depends on our management team and technicians mastery of content presented by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) concerning psychrometry, the science of drying. We commit to keeping current on all the psychrometry standards developed by the IICRC, ensuring we adhere to industry best practices during every job.

Extract Then Dry 

When flood damage invades your Frederick home containing and removing the water is the priority. Our service vehicles arrive with commercial-grade equipment capable of removing up to 36,000 gallons of fluid daily. Physical extraction is fundamental to flood damage mitigation and remediation, and every drop of water pumped or extracted substantially reduces the time it takes to restore moisture levels to normal. We do not shortchange this step, as it is the foundation for appropriate applied structural drying. 

Principal Drying Factors 

Once the bulk of floodwater exits, SERVPRO determines the drying goals and the blueprint for reaching those goals. This planning is time well-spent and involves numerous calculations based on moisture detection readings and spacial measurements in the affected areas. We balance the following elements according to research-based formulas to dry out your flooded space fast. 

Temperature  

The “sweet spot” is 70 to 90 degrees, as hot air holds higher moisture levels. It can be challenging for dehumidifiers to keep up with the moisture load when temperatures exceed 85 degrees, which requires extra care on our end. If more vapor is present than can be captured by dehumidifiers, structural components and contents can reabsorb moisture from the higher humidity air. We might need to add dehumidifier units to account for this disparity. 

Quantity of Water Needing Evaporation 

This amount reduces with aggressive extraction. Physical extraction is known to be 1200 times more efficient than dehumidification, so SERVPRO tries to eliminate as much liquid water as possible before drying activity. 

Humidity 

During active drying, we try to maintain relative humidity (RH) below 60 percent, adding dehumidifiers if needed to hit that mark. SERVPRO aims for RH dropping to 40 percent or lower after 24 hours of drying to ensure the process is moving along and to inhibit microbial growth. 

Air Movement 

Proper positioning of air movers is vital to drying, primarily directing the airflow at an angle to walls so as not to re-saturate them by blowing back humid air. We periodically reposition air movers to ensure even drying, supported by moisture level data.  

The managers and technicians at SERVPRO of Frederick County are confident when they apply drying theory to your flood damage scenario. Call (301) 662-1747 to set up an assessment and plan for the flood abatement project. 

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Professional Flood Damage Restoration In Frederick

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

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Let us be the professionals for your flood damage in Frederick.

When dealing with restoration companies after a flood on your Frederick property, you want access to restorers that follow specific guidelines and standards when performing restoration services in your home. Since any water intrusion can often lead to mold issues, your restoration company should be able to perform remediation services, as well.  

As a homeowner in Frederick, dealing with flood damage, you should reference the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mold Remediation Guidelines and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S520 Mold Remediation Standard. You need access to this information to stay informed, especially when trusting others to work on something so innately valuable to you and your family. 

Even though these guidelines developed by the EPA specifically address mold remediation in schools and commercial buildings, they offer invaluable recommendations applicable to your residential flood damage restoration and any mold contamination that may occur. EPA Mold Remediation Guidelines include three necessary steps to prevent issues that may develop after an event:

  1. Clean and dry moldy materials. 
  2. Discard moldy items that cannot be cleaned. 
  3. Dry non-moldy items within 48-hours.

Some may say that mold remediation has nothing to do with your flood damage restoration. However, they would be wrong. You should always have access to a restoration company, like SERVPRO, who understands the issues relating to microbial growth. We encourage our clients, like you, to learn as much as possible, so that you understand which services are needed to restore your home correctly. One of our core principles is to communicate and keep our customers informed before, during, and until the final walk-through of restoration services.  

The IICRC was the first to develop the first standard for mold remediation for professionals in the field. As a result, SERVPRO follows the S520 Mold Remediation Standard that describes the best practices for restoration and remediation.

  1. Provide For Health and Safety: Protect the health of workers and occupants by utilizing safe work practices. 
  2. Document Conditions and Processes: Keep detailed records of the condition of the property, showing the extent of damage or the amount of moisture saturation. 
  3. Control any Mold Contamination at Its Source: Inspect the entire area and perform services aimed at keeping mold contained, preventing airborne contamination, or the spread of mold during restoration.
  4. Remove Contamination: Once perceived that mold goes beyond normal levels, provide the most effective solution. 
  5. Correct the Moisture Problem: Stop the source of moisture that initially contributed to the problem.

Contact SERVPRO of Frederick County for additional information today. (301) 662-1747.

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Who to Call When my Mount Airy Basement Floods

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO corn hole board. SERVPRO can treat your Mount Airy flood damage promptly and professionally.

We strive to assist our Mount Airy community with their flood damage.

If last year is any indication, residents of Frederick County need to be on our toes regarding flooding and rise in water levels. Heavy rains alone can be responsible for overflowing bodies of water that make their way into your basement, leaving homeowners in need of specialized services to recover from flood damage and restore our homes as soon as possible. It only takes an oversaturated sewage line to divert water into our homes, along with debris and bacteria that can cause problems in the future if it is not treated correctly.

When your home in Mount Airy is the victim of flood damage and your basement is underwater, reach out to SERVPRO for our expert services. Our team is certified in the latest techniques and equipment to restore your home while minimizing your losses. In water events, time is of the essence, and minimizing the time floodwaters live in your home is the key to success. Our crew is available 24/7, so we can respond as soon as the emergency happens; all you need to do is call.

As the water extraction process evolves, we work with you to dispose of any items posing a threat to your home. Typically, these include upholstery, carpets, and any porous materials soaked in water. As soon as we can, we remove them from your home to prevent unwanted bacteria from traveling throughout your property and affecting other areas. Upon arrival, we utilize a variety of equipment which may include submersible pumps, handheld extractors, and drying mats to dry out the area. Our SERVPRO crew may also use moisture sensors and thermal imaging cameras to inform us of our progress in removing excess moisture from your basement. When our staff members continue with disinfecting your home, they can also focus their attention to airborne particles and may use air filtration devices to purify the air and remove any lingering contaminants left behind in the air. All these steps are necessary to protect your home now and in the future.

SERVPRO of Frederick County is your ally when water comes into your home uninvited.  Call us at (301) 662-1747 and let us leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Flood Damage Specialists Can Save Your Frederick Home

6/29/2019 (Permalink)

We have technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round to assist you through even the worst situations.

Highly Trained Flood Damage Specialists In Frederick

Having a flood in your home can be a traumatic experience; it is hardly something you should deal with alone. Everything you work so hard to obtain through the years can be affected, leaving you wondering what to do next. However, homeowners in Frederick have access to highly trained professionals that can help return their property to normal.

As a homeowner, you can protect yourself from flood damage in the Frederick area by contacting our local office. We have technicians who have received the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), Specialization Training, and our Employee Certification Training Program (ECTP). Our technicians train thoroughly to provide you with the quality restoration services you expect.

We learn lessons about the principles of flood damage restoration, flood damage safety, and how to address specific problems that often arise on the job. SERVPRO technicians learn about humidity, condensation, evaporation, and permeance. Our ECTP teaches us the effects water has on various surfaces, how airflow and temperature can drastically affect drying time, and which methods work best given a variety of situations.

You want to know if SERVPRO technicians are qualified to perform flood damage restoration in your home and we want to answer any questions you may have. We live, eat, and sleep restoration; it is in our blood. Our entire restoration staff is here to ensure that you have help during emergency environmental situations and that you can rely on to provide cleaning and restoration services when you need us the most.

At SERVPRO, we teach our technicians why it is so vital to treat water and flood damage incidents with such urgency and care, not just how to perform a service. People like you are at the core of what we do, and we make sure that you know what needs to happen to make informed decisions about your property.

Call our staff at SERVPRO of Frederick County for additional information about our services or to schedule your homes initial inspection, today. We have technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round to assist you through even the worst situations. Call us at (301) 662-1747.

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What Everyone Must Know About Flood Damage in Frederick

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage can cause serious structural damage if not checked. Contact SERVPRO today for all remediation needs.

SERVPRO is Ready with a Comprehensive Solution for Flash Flood Damage in Frederick

When heavy rains fall in northern Maryland, anticipate flash flooding in Frederick. The storms might be predicted, but the level of damage your home eventually experiences is difficult to anticipate. Be ready for all aspects of torrential rainstorms and the flooding that follows by partnering with our dynamic team of experienced managers and highly-qualified technicians.

You cannot miss a beat when your residence in Frederick suffers from flood damage. The force of the water pouring in and its destructive properties all contribute to the risk of severe and permanent damage to the lower levels of your house. Engaging our services as soon as the unfortunate path of the water into your basement, foundation, or crawl space is clear is one way to ensure a successful outcome.

Expect the SERVPRO team to arrive ready to assess the scenario rapidly, confident that we can devise a plan covering everything from water removal and drying to controlled demolition and rebuilding of structures as needed. We are proud to offer a one-stop-shop of comprehensive services to streamline your flood damage recovery journey.

Our crews prepare to do their best on your job with training from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We bring the restoration industry’s best practices and successful strategies to every work site. We manage water removal after the fluid is categorized. Typically flooding is considered black or category 3 water, highly contaminated and in need of containment and appropriate disposal according to local rules. The SERVPRO team takes care of this as a matter of course.

To release all the water infiltrating your lower levels, we might choose to make flood cuts. Several inches above floor level and the flooding marks we cut out the wall to allow access to trapped moisture and permit better airflow during the structural drying that follows. SERVPRO’s commercial grade air movers and heaters accelerate the natural drying process, causing the moisture absorbed into structures to vaporize in the drier air. Dehumidifiers condense or absorb the airborne moisture for removal.

Our rebuilding crew addresses the flood cuts and other structural damage as soon as we reach the drying goals established by baseline moisture metering. SERVPRO truly makes it “Like it never even happened.” with the addition of these project completion services.

SERVPRO of Frederick County has you covered from assessment up to the last touch-ups on your newly rebuilt walls, ceilings, and more. Call (301) 662-1747 when the rains overstep their bounds.

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