Check Your Pipes Before Winter Comes
SERVPRO of Glen Burnie wants to help you prepare your property to prevent and avoid any water damage this coming winter. Here are some tips to keep water flowing in your pipes during the winter months.
Know the location of the water shut off valve.
This is the number one thing to know if you were to have a major incident with your home’s plumbing. Typically, shut off valves are found outside the home, about 4 feet away and sometimes beneath the landscape. Occasionally, the shut off valve will be beside the water meter. It is crucial to know where the shut off valve is in case you have a pipe burst and need to cut off the water supply and prevent further damage to your home.
Turn off the spigots to avoid freezing.
The average homeowner spends $10,000 for a pipe rupture. Having an emergency plumber fix the plumbing issues, and then, having SERVPRO of Glen Burnie dry your home and replace any damaged flooring, walls, etc., is a huge expense. Take some time to disconnect garden hoses and purchase a cover to protect these outdoor spigots.
Look for pipes in uninsulated areas of your home.
Pipes that run on the outside edge of your home are most susceptible to freezing. These pipes should be covered with towels or foam to protect them from the freezing temperatures.
Preparation will be key to make it through the winter seasons with no issues with your home. Review these tips with everyone in your home to ensure that water safely flows throughout your property and be ready for this cold winter.
Help Your Sump Pump
Is your home prepared for the fall season? Do you have a backup plan in case your sump pump fails? Sometimes, it can start out as a leak or a bathroom mishap but will often lead to extensive problems. Sump pump failure can happen for a variety of reasons including power failure, stuck switches, overwhelmed pumps and more. When your sump pump fails, it will most likely lead to water damage to lower areas of your home.
If your sump pump fails, do not attempt to clean up the water for yourself as this could lead to further damage. Instead, call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie and we will assess the water damage and determine the affected areas. For most cases, our trained professionals will use the latest equipment to locate the source of the damage, detect moisture levels in your home and effectively dry all affected areas to meet industry standards when possible.
Severe weather storms mixed with power outages can often lead to one dreadful combination which typically results in flooded basements across Anne Arundel County. This is caused by the combination of heavy rainstorms and power outages which completely immobilizes the sump pump’s ability to pump and drain water. Avoid this problem by buying and installing a backup generator for your sump pump. If installed, your backup generator can be manually turned out to ensure your basement does not flood the next time you lose power.
National Brand, Local Presence
Do you know why so many homeowners and property managers work with SERVPRO of Glen Burnie? The answer is because of our quick response time that allows us to respond to any size disaster whenever you need us.
With our Here to Help customer service philosophy, we believe that listening to our customers and supplying solutions in a variety of ways is what separates us from our competitors. This philosophy, along with our industry leading tools, professional training and adaptable skill set, differentiates us from other restoration companies. We provide restoration services to help you get back to your residential and commercial spaces fast.
Here at SERVPRO of Glen Burnie, we care about the readiness of our community. As a national brand with a local presence, SERVPRO will be there for all of your disaster needs.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
With the COVID-19 pandemic, employees may be hesitant to return to work and customers may wonder whether businesses are safe. This ongoing global pandemic has changed what it means to be clean. Luckily for business owners, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie has a program committed to cleaning in light of the pandemic.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that SERVPRO offers to commercial locations to address the pandemic. This service is a proactive viral pathogen cleaning made specifically available for you, your business, employees and customers. SERVPRO professionals go beyond just fire & water damage. Our professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills and always adhere to standards set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. Call us today at 410-766-1110 to find out how we can assist your business.
Severe Fall Weather Might Be Coming Our Way
Did you know that there is a second peak of severe weather in the fall? Hurricane season does not officially end until November 30th and autumn brings a second peak of severe weather. Severe thunderstorms during the fall can be just as violent as those in the spring; these storms bring the threat of tornadoes, harsh winds and flooding downpours.
With humid air coming from the Gulf of Mexico mixing with the cold fronts from the north, severe storms are very common in the Mid-Atlantic region. Fortunately, once the cold air arrives, it helps stabilize the atmosphere, leading to less frequent and less severe storms.
As the second peak of severe storms approaches, it is important for you and your family to be safe this season. Are you ready for the start of fall? SERVPRO of Glen Burnie has trained professionals who can offer a variety of services to help get your home ready for the upcoming season.
Get Your Commercial Property Ready Fast
Are you currently building a commercial facility and in need of post-construction services? Do you want your facility to look its absolute best when the doors open? Contact SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110. At SERVPRO, we have trained professionals who can help you meet your deadlines by supplying thorough post-construction services promptly. At SERVPRO of Glen Burnie, we offer a list of services:
- Post-construction cleaning
- Dehumidification and drying
- Final cleaning
- Fast-track drying
- Emergency response restoration and cleanup services
When preparing to open your commercial facility, do not let fire damage, water intrusion, or mold growth stop you from completing your project. Contact SERVPRO of Glen Burnie for your business cleaning needs. With over 40 years of experience and 24-hour emergency services, SERVPRO will ensure your facility cleanup gets done as quickly as possible.
Car Mold Remediation
On the scale of gross things that can happen to your car, mold definitely ranks way up there, and a moldy car can have an awful smell.
The main cause of mold is damp conditions mixed with a warm environment, which can likely occur in a car if a window or sun roof is left open on a rainy day. Mold grows fast and needs only a few days before it colonizes. Unfortunately, once you have mold, it is extremely difficult to purge and can permanently damage your vehicle.
Mold can grow almost anywhere and can spread quickly and easily. Not only is mold gross and smelly, but it can even be hazardous to your health. If you have mold in your car, or mold anywhere, it needs to be dealt with immediately. Luckily for you, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie has trained professionals who can not only remove the mold, but also detail the interior and shine the exterior of your car.
Have You Checked Your Gutters?
Overflowing Gutters Cause Damage
September 22nd marks the first day of Fall and if you have not already, you should check your gutters to make sure they are not clogged. It may seem unlikely, but clogged gutters can lead to water damage in walls and in some cases, a flooded basement.
A clogged gutter can cause the water to hit a concentrated area on the ground, directly under the roofline. This overflow will create problems for the rest of the gutter system and the foundation surrounding the home. Over time, this excess water seeps into the foundation and makes its way to the lowest point of the home, and damages the basement.
If you notice your gutter system sagging or overflowing, or you notice a trench forming around your home’s foundation, contact SERVPRO of Glen Burnie.
Tips for Preparing Your Home for the Fall Season
While the leaves start to fall and the weather begins to change, you should be preparing your home for the start of the fall season. It is the time of the year when days become shorter, and the weather gets cooler. With the cooler temperatures upon us, get your home ready now.
At SERVPRO of Glen Burnie, we have some recommendations for your fall preparedness plan:
- Clean your gutters and install gutter guards to prevent backups
- Check and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors
- Ensure any exterior water pipes are insulated to avoid freezing
- Make a readiness plan in case of a power outage in the coming months
- Test and prepare your generator
- Replenish the gas in any outdoor equipment you may use in the fall
- Trim and remove any dead or damaged tree limbs near your home
- Have your HVAC unit inspected by a professional
- Make sure outdoor drains are clear of leaves or debris
If you have any preexisting damage in your home and need professional help, contact SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110.
National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month, an annual observance to remind all Americans how important it is for individuals, families, businesses and communities to be prepared for disasters and emergencies that can happen at any time.
This year’s theme is Prepare to Protect and highlights how preparing for disaster is to protect everyone you love. Each week during National Preparedness Month will focus on a theme with easy-to-follow steps that individuals and families can take to enhance their emergency preparedness efforts. Everyone should sign up to receive local alerts and warning on your mobile phone. Download the FEMA app and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service
If your home or business suffers a natural disaster or emergency call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie, 410-766-1110, we can help.