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Getting Out of the Shower? Dry Off Completely!

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage caused by excess water Over time, getting out of the shower without drying off completely can cause unseen water damage.

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie cares about the state of your home and business and will always try to provide tips for home and business owners alike that may save your property. Owning property can be stressful and even overwhelming at times. Sometimes, you just want to take a shower and relax. However, taking a shower and fully drying off can lead to damage in your bathroom! 

You might ask how is this possible? Water is relentless and will permeate most surface. When someone does not fully dry off before getting out of the shower, the water that drips off their body can cause damage to the sub floor. This water will find its way below the surface.  

For this simple water damage job, we removed the vanity and flooring after a small leak occurred. Our crew found this small area by the corner of the bathtub that was discolored. This discoloring can be signs of eventual mold or rot to occur. Homeowners unknowingly cause this, and it is a common misfortune we see. Yellow or brown caulk can be a sign of this problem. Something like this constitutes Class 4 water damage as the water has been trapped below the surface for an extended period. Some ways homeowners can prevent this are by fully drying off before getting out of the shower, caulking and resealing the affected area and purchasing a matt to place in front of the shower.  

For more tips on how to prevent damages like this, check out the rest of our blogs or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at SERVPRO of Glen Burnie! If you notice water damage occurring in your home, do not wait, call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110.  

Prepare An Emergency Supply Kit

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

With the past few years being filled with the unexpected, one thing we have learned is that it pays to be prepared. If a disaster strikes your home or business, leaving you stranded, you may need to be self-sufficient for a few days depending on the severity of the storm. Luckily in Glen Burnie, there are no current forecasts of such storms. However, here at SERVPRO of Glen Burnie, we want you to be prepared regardless. 

Your basic emergency supply kit should include these recommended items:  

  • Water 
  • Food 
  • Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio for weather alerts 
  • Flashlight  
  • First-aid kit 
  • Extra batteries  
  • Whistle 
  • Dust mask to help filter any contaminated air 
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape 
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties  
  • Wrench and pliers 
  • Manual can opener 
  • Local maps 
  • Cell phone with extra chargers or a backup battery 

If a storm does end up damaging your property, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie is here to help! 

Ice Dams! What To Know and What You Can Do to Prevent Them

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

With the recent snowstorm that passed through Glen Burnie, we have seen several homes directly affected by the falling snow and freezing temperatures. For some homes, ice dams are forming, causing water to leak back into roofs, causing water damage and mold in attics.  

But how do ice dams form? An ice dam forms when the roof over the attic gets warm enough to melt the underside layer of snow on the roof. The water trickles down between the layer of snow and the shingles until it reaches the edge of the roof, which stays cold because it extends over the side of the house. Once there, the water freezes, creating a mound of ice or an ice dam.  

If an ice dam gets big enough, melted water backs up behind it and soaks underneath the shingles. Eventually, the water that seeps into the attic will soak the insulation and down into the ceilings. From there, the water makes its way to the dry wall, ruining the sheetrock, paint and more.  

How do you prevent ice dams from forming? You can scrape snow from the roof whenever it falls, using a snow rake from below or even a plastic shovel from above. We would recommend hiring a professional to clean up your gutters since it will be safer than dealing with adverse conditions on one’s own. Even if your roof is not very steep, an ice dam can still form.  

If you experience water damage in your home this winter, call the experts at SERVPRO of Glen Burnie and we can make any size disaster “Like it never even happened.”  

How Renter's Insurance Can Help Protect From Fire Damage

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

You most likely know someone who has been through a home fire. They are eager to share lessons learned the hard way. One of those lessons is that insurance can help protect your family financially if a fire should affect your home. 

Here are a few ways renter’s insurance can help protect you from fire damage:  

  1. Protect personal property. Your landlord’s insurance will cover the building and items that belong to the property owner, but your items are not included in that coverage. As a renter, you need a policy to provide replacement value of personal property lost from fire damage. 
  1. Prevent financial destruction from liability. Most renter’s insurance policies include protection in case you accidentally start a fire. Of course, this does not cover intentional or criminal conduct. 
  1. Provide money for accommodation. Make sure your policy includes this coverage, which provides for hotel fees or the expense of relocation. A loss of use can help pay for you to live somewhere else if your current space becomes uninhabitable from a disaster, like fire. 

Be sure to remember that flood damage still requires separate coverage, but fire and other disasters, such as wind, lightning, theft, and vandalism, are usually covered. Coverage may have some limits, so consider getting a rider for special items that may be valuable. It is up to the property owner to have adequate coverage for the building and any furnishings that are included. Fire restoration can encompass many different types of damage including water, smoke, and soot. A good restoration company will be able to handle all types of damage, working with you to minimize loss and clean your belongings when it is possible to do so. 

The Risks of Electrical Fires

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

Electrical accidents that occur in an office environment are usually a result of faulty or defective equipment, unsafe installation, or misuse of equipment – specifically, extension cords, power strips and surge protectors.  

To protect against electrical fire, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie recommends: 

  • Make sure the electrical load is not too much for the circuit. 
  • Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances. Never plug in more than one high-wattage appliance at a time. 
  • Unplug appliances when not in use to save energy and minimize the risk of shock and fire. 
  • Inspect electrical cords once a month to ensure they are not frayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. 
  • Do not run electrical cords through high-traffic areas, under carpets or across doorways. 
  • Have a licensed electrician install additional outlets where needed, rather than relying on extension cords and power strips. 

So, what do you do if you see an electrical fire? 

  1. Never put water on an electrical fire. Mixing water with live electricity can shock you to death. 
  1. Shut the electricity down in the building if you can. This should slow the progression of the fire, possibly saving other areas that have not yet been affected. Make sure that you know where the circuit box is and that it is easily accessible and not obstructed by any other objects. 
  1. After the electricity has been shut off, use a Class C Fire extinguisher to put out the local flames. Make sure that you and occupants know exactly where the fire extinguishers are and have them inspected regularly so they are at the ready. Also ensure that Class C fire extinguishers are placed near locations where there is a higher risk of fire (kitchens, workshops, utility rooms, etc.). 
  1. Even if you are able to get the fire under control yourself, do not turn the electricity back on until the fire department has a chance to inspect the area. 

Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pasadena and surrounding areas see too many home and business fires. Protect your business. 

The Importance of Air Quality in your Business

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

In the 1970s, sick building syndrome became apparent as groups of people displayed similar symptoms after having spent extended periods of time in buildings with poor air quality. Good judgment and immediate attention can correct the situation and save your money in the event of litigation.  

When addressing air quality, inspecting the ductwork is your SERVPRO Franchise Professional’s first order of business. Dirty ducts can work to circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout the building. 

The indoor air quality of your business matters. Trust our SERPVRO Professionals to reduce the potential for mold growth, remediate bacteria, restore peak energy efficiency, and eliminate offensive odors. If you need your airducts cleaned call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110.  

Time to Take the Tree Down!

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

We get it, you like Christmas. In fact, you like it so much that you still have your Christmas tree up! If this is you, we recommend taking your tree down ASAP (if you have a real tree). Dried out Christmas trees are a major fire hazard we see constantly. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 160 homes fires are started by Christmas trees, resulting in up to $10 million in property damage annually. The primary causes of such fires are lighting or electrical equipment. Nearly one in five Christmas tree fires were started by decorative lighting.  

Dried out or dead trees increase the chances of fire occurring. A dried-out Christmas tree typically takes less than a minute to burn whereas a well-watered tree can take several minutes to fully burn. Within 70 seconds, an entire room can become engulfed in flames by a flashover. A flashover is a near-simultaneous ignition of most of the directly exposed combustible material in an enclosed area.  

Real Christmas trees are three times more likely to cause a fire than fake trees. If you have a real tree and it is dried out, time to take it out. If you experience fire damage this winter or any disaster in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110! 

The Right Fire Extinguisher for You

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

A picture showing several fire extinguishers Stay safe from cooking fires this holiday season!

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie sees a lot of fires. Many fires start in the kitchen and might be easily extinguished if the property owner had a fire extinguisher. We obtained the following list so you can select the best fire extinguisher for your property:

Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics.

Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, and oil.

Class C: Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electronically energized or plugged in.

Class D: For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found in factories.

Class K: Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. Generally found in commercial kitchens.

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday season begins and you find yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind. Plan this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free.

Freeze Winter Fires

12/23/2021 (Permalink)

Heating units, holiday decorations, winter storms, burning candles. Do you know what all these things have in common? They increase the risk of house fires during the winter months. Luckily for Anne Arundel County residents, SERPVRO of Glen Burnie has some tips on each of these factors that may help reduce the risk of fires in your homes.  

Carbon monoxide 

In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. These carbon monoxide incidents are more common in the winter months due to the increased usage of heating and cooking equipment in the during the holidays. 

Winter Storms 

Most of the United States is at risk for winter storms, which can often bring dangerous, life-threatening conditions. Wind blowing snow, extreme temperatures, icy road conditions, down trees and power lines can all cause major disruptions to our daily schedules. Stay alert with changing weather conditions and only drive in wintry conditions if necessary.  

Generators 

Portable generators can be useful when a power outage occurs, but many homeowners are unaware that the improper use of these generators is risky. Again, carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the most common dangerous associated with portable generators. Electrical shock and fire hazards also pose a threat when using these generators.  

Candles 

Candle fires peak in the months of December and January by 11 in each of these months. Christmas is the peak day of the year for candle fires. If you have company at your house this year, don’t forget about your candles  

Electrical  

Electrical home fires are a leading cause of home fires in the United States. Half of all fires, according to the NFPA involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment, while the other half involved other types of electrical equipment or appliances.  

We hope these tips help you stay safe during the winter this year. If disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110 and we can make any size disaster “Like it never even happened.”  

Fire and Water Damage Specialists

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie is dedicated to responding immediately when you need help with a fire or water damage event. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. We are available 24 hours and day, 7 days a week.  

We are Fire and Water Damage Specialists 

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie specializes in fire and water damage restoration. Our technicians have extensive training and equipment to get you back to preloss condition. Our technicians are experts in fire & smoke restoration, odor identification and removal, upholstery & fabric cleaning, and water damage restoration.  
 

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie offers: 

  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment 
  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present) 
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces 
  • Cleaning and Repair 
  • Restoration 

We know how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your home unsafe and unlivable. We clean and restore your property using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques so you can get back to your everyday life.  

Tips for Saving your Business from Water Damage

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage can cause serious long-lasting effects and can often be complex with numerous issues that may require a knowledgeable and flexible response. When dealing with a flooding or water damage event at Glen Burnie commercial properties, our professionals work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate and treat the damaged area. Whether a small water cleanup or a large-scale loss, we care for your commercial property and understand that every minute your business is not open is detrimental. Here are some things you can do in the event of water damage before help arrives:  

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source 
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution system is safe 
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps or tabletop items 

For more tips on what to do, visit our website at https://www.SERVPROglenburnie.com/ or call us today at 410-766-1110. If you or your business experience a loss due to water damage or flooding, contact us and our SERVPRO professionals will arrive faster to any size disaster.  

What to do and NOT to do after a fire in your home!

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over homeowners after a fire ravages their home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can be overwhelming well after the flames have been extinguished. After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie to help you restore it. With the industry-approved, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to not only restore your home, but your peace of mind as well. While you wait for our SERVPRO professionals to arrive, there are a few things you can do until help arrives: 

  • Limit movement in the house to prevent soot particles from spreading  
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery to help preserve it 
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances in petroleum jelly or oil 
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet  
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces 
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment  
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner 

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make a massive difference between restoring versus replacing your belongings. Luckily for you, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie offers a variety of services to help ensure your property, belongings, and memories are restored to their preloss condition.  

Fire Safety for the Holidays!

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

House fires are more common in the winter than any other season. The reasons for this are because of the use of more candles, excessive cooking, Christmas trees, holiday decorations and heaters. Modern homes also have more synthetic materials that are likely to burn quicker, making fires even more dangerous. That is why it is important for you and your family to know how to take precautionary measures to avoid this disaster.  

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie recognizes the threats to your home and wants to keep you safe during the holidays. Here are a few fire safety tips for the coming months:  

  • Make sure you have working smoke detectors. Check and test your smoke detectors once a month to ensure they are working properly. 
  • Never keep anything within three feet of your space heater and turn it off before you go to bed to avoid overheating.  
  • Do NOT leave any cooking food unattended. It is easy to get distracted during the holiday season with friends and family but always remember your food comes first! 
  • Do NOT leave candles unattended or within a foot of anything flammable. Do not forget about your candles and remember to put them out if you leave the room or go to bed.  

Stay safe from fires during the holiday season and contact SERVPRO of Glen Burnie if your home happens to be affected by a fire. Our trained professionals can make any size disaster “Like it never even happened.”  

What Can SERVPRO Offer You?

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

When most people hear the name SERVPRO, they often think of fire and water restoration and that is it. SERVPRO offers several quality cleaning services for all types of emergency needs. SERVPRO of Glen Burnie has trained professionals who are committed to providing quality services for you and your community. Here are some of the services SERVPRO has to offer:  

  • Fire, smoke and soot cleanup and restoration. 
  • Water removal and dehumidification.  
  • Crime scene, biohazard and vandalism cleanup. 
  • Mold mitigation and remediation.  
  • Contents claim inventory service.  
  • Air duct and HVAC cleaning.  
  • Carpet and hard floor cleaning and care.  
  • Stain removal and stain resistance applications. 
  • Odor identification and deodorization.  
  • Upholstery and drapes cleaning methods.  

If you or anyone you know needs any of these services listed, contact SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110. 

Our 1-4-8 Service Response Guideline

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO van parked outside of a home Our SERVPRO professionals will always try to be faster to any size disaster.

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie knows there’s no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and the revenue of the property owner. From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie has the experience you need for all your fire and water losses.  

To differentiate us from our competitors, SERVPRO has instilled a 1-4-8 service response guideline for all franchises to aid every customer. These guidelines are as follows: 

1 – Within one hour from notice of a loss, our SERVPRO professionals will contact you to arrange for service. This one hour takes into account the 30 minutes for our Call Center to dispatch the loss and another 30 minutes for the franchise to call the customer.  

4 – Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO professional will be on-site to start mitigation services if necessary.  

8 – Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the proper person. Our franchise will commit to providing this verbal briefing to the adjuster within these 8 hours. 

Our SERVPRO professionals will work hard and fast to restore your property and its contents to preloss condition. 

What To Do In The Event Of A Flood

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet stored in a warehouse ready for water restoration In addition to restoration services, we offer reconstruction services to make it "Like it never even happened."

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Even a minor flood can have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly. If a flood strikes your home or business, give SERVPRO of Glen Burnie a call. Until then here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for preparing your home or business for a flood. 

Before the flood: 

  • Have a qualified professional elevate your furnace, water heater and electric panel if they are susceptible to flooding 
  • Install “check valves” in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your property 
  • Seal walls in your basement with waterproofing compound to help avoid seepage 

During the flood:  

  • Turn off all utilities at the main switches 
  • Disconnect any electrical appliances 
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if your hands are wet, you are wet or you are standing in water 
  • Do not walk through moving water (Even six inches of moving water can be enough to make you fall) 

After the flood:  

  • Listen for news reports to learn if your community’s water is safe to drink 
  • Avoid floodwaters as they may be contaminated by substances such as oil, gasoline or sewage 
  • Stay out of any building surrounded by flood waters as you may not know the severity of the situation 
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe 

Check Your Pipes Before Winter Comes

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

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

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

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

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

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

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

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

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

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?

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

overflowing 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

9/22/2021 (Permalink)

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

9/5/2021 (Permalink)

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.

It’s Only Just Begun

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

We are barely into summer temperatures and SERVPRO of Glen Burnie has begun to get lots of calls from homeowners experiencing air conditioning condensation causing water damage to their homes.

So, what causes condensation or “sweating?” To begin with, there are a few reasons this happens. Things as simple as clogged ducts or dirty air filters. But it can also be caused by a leaking drip tray or a condensation tube clogged by dirt, algae or minerals or most serious, a frozen evaporator coil which freezes up on scorching days.

One homeowner did not realize her evaporator coil was frozen and when it started to thaw, days later her bedroom ceiling collapsed! Of course, she called SERVPRO and within hours we began to clean up the mess, including insulation and wet drywall. Once the HVAC company repaired the air conditioning, SERVPRO began the drying process using dehumidification, specialized air movers and daily moisture readings.

The lesson here: Utilize a reputable HVAC provider to perform important maintenance on your unit before you have problems. If all else fails, you always have SERVPRO of Glen Burnie to dry you out.

Mold Can Grow Quickly if Moisture Isn’t Eliminated

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Don’t let a flood in your Linthicum Heights property go unattended! SERVPRO of Glen Burnie professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. The removal of moisture is crucial in stopping the spread and growth of harmful bacteria and microbes. Mold spores germinate quickly, and colonies spread unless dealt with swiftly. Because our technicians hold IICRC certifications, they know the early warning signs. Technicians use a combination of extraction and dehumidification to remove moist air and replace it with warm, dry air. The use of air movers works to pull moisture up and out of walls and flooring and are used in tandem with dehumidifiers.

 If there is an ongoing moisture problem in your building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems. Our mold remediation specialists are here to help and will be happy to provide an evaluation.

Spring Showers Bring May Flowers or Do they Bring Flooded Basements?

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

Do you find as much water from spring storms in your basement as you do in your flower beds? Maybe it’s time to make some adjustments to the landscaping around you home to prevent the water from flowing in. If your yard has high and low points that tend to gather water, creating a sloped swale to guide the water down and away from your home can help you prevent basement flooding and the need for water damage repairs. Some additional landscaping tips to consider are:

  1. Choose native plants or plant grass
  2. Add mulch
  3. Create a rain garden or install rain barrels
  4. Add drainage areas near walkways and driveways

Using a combination of these tips may prevent storm water from getting into your home, if not we are available to assist with the clean up. Give SERVPRO of Glen Burnie if you find water in your home, 410-766-1110.

We Are SERVPRO of Glen Burnie

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie?services Residential and Commercial properties. We are an Emergency Mitigation Service company that is open 24/7, 7 days a week, and ready to do business with your business.  

We offer fire, water, mold and biohazard remediation, but don’t limit our services to emergencies only. We also offer commercial carpet cleaning, general cleanings, vct or vinyl floor cleaning and commercial duct cleaning. We are Professionals and have a team of trusted Operation and Production Managers to lead the way to ensure that your work is done quickly and with the precision you demand. Each production manager is IICRC certified and instructs their crew in the proper way things are to be done. Once technicians have learned the trade we encourage them to test to become certified themselves. Promoting from within our own team, we have found provides us with the best employees.  

Don’t reach out to other companies and pass by the best service provider in the area! Contact SERVPRO of Glen Burnie at 410-766-1110. 

We Strive for Five

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

We ALWAYS strive for 5 star ratings. We want you to know that we value the opportunity to assist when you find your home of business in need of mitigation services.  

Our team knows how difficult this time is for you, your life is in upheaval and your home or business has been devastated by a crisis. If you need us in your Pasadena home, we want you know that were here to help. Our employees are trained in multiple phases of the services we provide, from water damage, to fire, smoke and soot cleanup, to carpet and duct cleanings, we offer the finest service to our customers. From your first contact on the initial call for service to the final visit from our rebuild Project Manager, we want you to be 100% satisfied with our service.  

WE STRIVE FOR FIVE – If you want the best most attentive team in the county call SERVPRO of Glen Burine, 410-766-1110, and we will give you the best service around. #heretohelp. 

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie Sends Help to Devastated Texas

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Talk about the SERVPRO family! Nick Whittles led his team to Houston, TX along with 300 other SERVPRO franchises from all over the country. They worked long hours for three weeks to offer assistance to residents in the Houston area.

Did you know that flood waters are considered biohazardous? The rising water flows through and across many contaminants making it unsafe. That is why when asked, as first responders Nick and his team stepped up to help Texans dry out. Determining exactly what can be saved until everything is dry is difficult, but with the right training and equipment, a professional can restore your home more quickly, safely, and efficiently than you could on your own.

If you are a local victim of flooding, remember that it is important to call in the professionals. Restoration is much more than a simple cleanup of water, and it is a job that should be entrusted to people who are trained and know what they are doing.

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie, conveniently located in Hanover, MD offers 24-hour emergency service, and is a leader in the restoration industry. To learn more or join our team, visit www.SERVPROglenburnie.com or call 410-766-1110.

Is Your Car Cold Weather Ready?

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

tire in snow Check Your Tire Tread

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie removes car mold. We get calls about strange smells in cars every Spring. The root cause of these odors is mold. Mold comes from the water that isn’t properly removed. So, before your car gets water damage, get it winter ready. 

Check the antifreeze.

Make sure your car’s antifreeze is at the proper level. If it is running low you run the risk of having the water in your radiator freeze, preventing it from cooling your engine.   

Check your tire tread.

When getting your car ready for winter, be sure to inspect your tires for tread wear and rotate them during every oil change. Click here to learn how to do the penny test to check your tire tread

Test Your Car Battery.

Car batteries have a limited life. Don’t wait for yours to fail and leave you stranded. 

Check your sunroof.

We’ve all heard of a leaky sunroof. To avoid rainwater and melting snow from getting into your car, check the drain holes for dirt and debris. Use canned air to remove any obstacles.  

Lubricate Window Tracks.

Freezing water can seep into the window tracks and create drag when you try to open the window. 

Lube Weather Stripping.

If water seeps between your door and weather stripping and freezes, you could be frozen out of your car or truck. To prevent the water from freezing you out, coat the weather stripping and the mating door surfaces with spray silicone. 

If you suspect you have mold in your car, have it professionally treated.  Avoid spring mold by preparing your car for cold winter weather. 

Is Your Retail Facility Winter Ready?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO of Glen Burnie our number one priority is getting your business back in operation as quickly as possible. In the past, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie has seen winter and summer storms wreak havoc on Anne Arundel County. Has your business experienced loss during these storms? Is your property ready for the next storm? 

Winter weather can bring frozen pipes when they are exposed to cold weather, such as those outside your building. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused from the backflow of pressure between the water source and the blockage. 

Here are some additional tips for preparing your business for winter weather: 

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. 
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  • Inspect handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. 

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie has experience in the retail industry. We’re proficient in the cleanup and restoration of national chain stores, supermarkets, shopping malls, department stores and more. 

Why are Space Heaters so Dangerous?

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

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When the cold winter weather hits, many people turn on space heaters. Generally speaking, space heaters are safe to use.  Fires occur mostly when space heaters are used improperly.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters account for 43% of home heating fires.  Here are some tips to ensure you use your space heater properly: 

Use an electric space heater.  Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering warns that space heaters that use kerosene, propane, and natural gas pose an additional risk of releasing carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen dioxide into the air if they aren't properly vented, which can lead to serious health problems and even death.  Electric space heaters (when used properly) are always a safer device for indoor heating. 

Plug your space heater directly into the wall outlet.  Never plug your electric space heater into an extension cord or power strip.  Space heaters are often the cause of electrical fires because they overload a circuit.  

Move your space heater away from clutter.  Always keep your space heater at least 3 feet away from any furniture or combustible items (including bedding and curtains). Remember to instruct children to remain 3 feet away from the heater too. 

Turn your space heater off.  Whenever you leave the room or go to sleep, it is important to turn your space heater off.  Unplug the heater when it’s not in use by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Check the cord for damage periodically, and don’t use it if it’s frayed or worn. 

Space heaters are not dangerous if they are properly used.  Keep these safety tips in mind to prevent fire in your property. 

Glen Burnie Restaurants Call Upon Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

The one number restaurants call when help can’t afford to wait, is SERVPRO of Glen Burnie. In March of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began, many Anne Arundel County businesses reached out to us for cleaning solutions.  

As the area's leading cleanup and restoration company, we’ve designed a higher standard of cleaning to protect your customers against illness. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that offers Pasadena commercial locations proactive viral pathogen cleaning. 

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation process over decades. Expertise born out of cleaning up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects the unique experiences SERVPRO of Glen Burnie has in this type of cleanup.  

The program is grounded with our unique 3Cs: Consult, Clean, and Certify.  This program combined with our experience with the food service industry gives SERVPRO of Glen Burnie the advantage when it comes to cleaning food manufacturing facilities, food distribution centers, fast food restaurants, fine dining restaurants, senior living kitchens, and school cafeterias. 

The Importance of an Office Fire Escape Plan

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Fires can be destructive and deadly. The speed at which a fire spreads through a Pasadena facility varies based on the materials and causes of the blaze. Every emergency and fire restoration service likely understands and encourages every commercial property owner to create a fire escape plan. Unfortunately, too many businesses do not know what that entails. Escape plans need not be complicated and should require at least three of the following components: 

Two Exit Minimum 

The basic emergency escape plan requires a two exit minimum out of every room in your facility. While plans can have more options, two is the minimum because it improves the odds of survival. If a room only has one exit, then people may become trapped if the fire overtakes that exit. Most offices will have a window and a door, these can stand as your exit points, but make sure that there is a feasible way to get to safety from those points. 

Clear Pathways 

The key to an effective fire escape plan is clear pathways. Make sure that hallways are free of clutter and that exit points are not blocked by shelving. While warehouses and packaging facilities can become overwhelmed with boxes and random items, it is crucial to have processes in effect to maintain order and cleanliness. 

Implementation and Practice 

It is not enough to create exit strategies. The only way to test the effectiveness of a plan is to implement it and put it into action. Routine practices should take place throughout the year to ensure that every employee makes it safely outside without incident. These scheduled run-throughs will help you tweak the escape strategy if you find there are hiccups. 

A fire escape plan is not necessarily complicated to create, but the practice is vital to avoid complacency. If you need help creating a plan for your building, then contact the fire department or a restoration expert for help. 

Choose the Right Fire Extinguisher

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

fire extinguishers Fire Extinguishers

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie sees a lot of fires. Many fires start in the kitchen and might be easily extinguished if the property owner had a fire extinguisher. We’ve come up with the following list so you can select the best fire extinguisher for your property: 

  • Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics. 
  • Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, and oil. 
  • Class C: Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electronically energized or plugged in. 
  • Class D: For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found in factories. 
  • Class K: Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. Generally found in commercial kitchens. 

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday season begins and you find yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind. Plan this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free. 

How Does Candle Smoke Cause Damage?

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Did you know that smoke from candles is toxic? The cheapest and most widely used candle is made of paraffin—which is derived from petroleum. When burned, it releases a toxin called toluene, which has been found to cause DNA strand breakdown, affecting the nervous system. 

Smoke from candles is actually soot. Smoke is just soot and other particulates carried on the hot air rising off the flame. When you put the top on a jarred candle and trap the smoke, it cools. And, the particulates in the candle settle onto the candle and the inside walls of the jar. 

Fireplaces, cigarettes and the burning of candles can all result in soot stains on walls. Though soot collects on other surfaces in the home, soot stains are easy to spot on light-colored walls. Aside from being unattractive, soot can create a health hazard. 

In general, candles won’t set off your smoke alarm. However, they can cause a fire. SERVPRO of Glen Burniehas provided fire damage remediation and reconstruction to several properties where candles were the cause of the fires. 

Is Your Property Winter Ready?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

snowy winter evening with 2 buildings Winter in Glen Burnie

Is your office winter ready? Temperatures are dipping in Anne Arundel County. December 21 is the first day of winter and even though the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a warmer than normal winter, make sure you take precautions for freezing temperatures. 

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property: 

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 
  • Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to help ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems 
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate a potential flood hazard. 
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present. 
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open, allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. 

When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of Glen Burnie professionals to strike back and help make it “Like it never even happened.”  

Is Your Business at Risk for an Electrical Fire?

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Electrical accidents that occur in an office environment are usually a result of faulty or defective equipment, unsafe installation, or misuse of equipment – specifically, extension cords, power strips and surge protectors.  

To protect against electrical fire, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie recommends: 

  • Make sure the electrical load is not too much for the circuit. 
  • Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances. Never plug in more than one high-wattage appliance at a time. 
  • Unplug appliances when not in use to save energy and minimize the risk of shock and fire. 
  • Inspect electrical cords once a month to ensure they are not frayed, cracked or otherwise damaged. 
  • Do not run electrical cords through high-traffic areas, under carpets or across doorways. 
  • Have a licensed electrician install additional outlets where needed, rather than relying on extension cords and power strips. 

So, what do you do if you see an electrical fire? 

  1. Never put water on an electrical fire. Mixing water with live electricity can shock you to death. 
  1. Shut the electricity down in the building if you can. This should slow the progression of the fire, possibly saving other areas that have not yet been affected. Make sure that you know where the circuit box is and that it is easily accessible and not obstructed by any other objects. 
  1. After the electricity has been shut off, use a Class C Fire extinguisher to put out the local flames. Make sure that you and occupants know exactly where the fire extinguishers are and have them inspected regularly so they are at the ready. Also ensure that Class C fire extinguishers are placed near locations where there is a higher risk of fire (kitchens, workshops, utility rooms, etc.). 
  1. Even if you are able to get the fire under control yourself, do not turn the electricity back on until the fire department has a chance to inspect the area. 

Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Pasadena and surrounding areas see too many home and business fires. Protect your business. 

Choose the Right Fire Extinguisher

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

flame background with red fire extinguisher Fire Extinguisher

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie sees a lot of fires. Many fires start in the kitchen and might be easily extinguished if the property owner had a fire extinguisher. We’ve come up with the following list so you can select the best fire extinguisher for your property: 

  • Class A: This is the most common extinguisher and can be used to put out fires in ordinary combustibles such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper, and many plastics. 
  • Class B: Used on fires involving flammable liquids, such as grease, gasoline, and oil. 
  • Class C: Designed for fires involving appliances, tools, or other equipment electronically energized or plugged in. 
  • Class D: For use on flammable metals; often specific for the type of metal in question. These are typically found in factories. 
  • Class K: Intended for use on fires that involve vegetable oils, animal oils, or fats in cooking appliances. Generally found in commercial kitchens. 

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday season begins and you find yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind. Plan this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free. 

Is That Mold You’re Eating?

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

bread and cheese Fold or Mold

Molds are microscopic fungi that can live on plant or animal matter.  It is estimated that over 300,000 types of mold or fungi exist. Some molds cause health effects.  

Other molds are safe to eat and are even considered delicacies.  Here is a list of some of those foods: 

Brie. Brie is a soft, creamy, buttery cheese that originated in France and is produced internationally. It has a creamy interior with a soft, bloomy, edible rind of white mold

Blue Cheese. The mold on blue cheese is from the same family of spores used to make Penicillin, which makes it safe to eat. If you take it out of the fridge and notice that it's begun to develop fuzzy gray or black splotches of mold or is showing pink and yellow yeast spots, then it's time to ditch it. 

Mushrooms. A mushroom is the reproductive structure produced by some fungi. It is somewhat like the fruit of a plant, except that the "seeds" it produces are in fact millions of microscopic spores that form in the gills or pores underneath the mushroom's cap.   

You may enjoy eating brie, blue cheese, and mushrooms, but some mold that can be found in your property can cause respiratory illness. If you suspect mold growth in your property, give SERVPRO of Glen Burnie a call. We are here to help. 

Attic Fire

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

child's bedroom with ceiling damage from attic fire Fire Damage

Recently, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie worked with a homeowner whose property suffered an attic fire. What surprised the homeowner was the water damage that came with extinguishing the fire. For homeowners, putting out a fire can be worse than the fire itself.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on structure fires: more than one-quarter (27%) of reported fires occurred in homes within the last year. Even worse, 79% of fire-related deaths were caused by home fires.

After any fire, limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring. If you can, place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.

With this particular fire, our IICRC certified fire restoration team was at the property two hours after the fire occurred. As a trusted leader in the fire restoration industry, our Crew Chief went to work on assessing the fire, soot, smoke, and water damage.

When fire and water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. SERVPRO OF Glen Burnie is dedicated to responding immediately, day or night, to your home or business. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce cost.

Three Home Appliances That Can Cause Water Damage

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

laundry room showing washer and dryer Check the Washing Machine Water Line

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie wants Pasadena homeowners to avoid any potential water damage. To ensure that your appliances are in good working condition, we suggest you get the following appliances checked once a year: 

Washing Machine

When a washing machine has a small leak, it can appear to be a small issue. Although a small leak seems to be a minor, it should not be ignored. We have experienced small pinhole leaks in a water supply line that have broken into an all-out basement flood. To prevent water damage, check the connecting hoses leading to your washing machine a couple of times per year.

In some cases, you may want to install an automatic shutoff valve to the water supply line for their washing machines. Most water shut off valves on washing machines work because they automatically shut the water entering the washing machine once a full cycle is complete. The valve will remain closed until the next person is looking to wash the laundry. 

Refrigerator Water Line

Everyone enjoys the convenience of an automatic ice maker. Did you know it can also be the culprit of household floods? Our SERVPRO of  Glen Burnie crews have dried water damage caused by the water line that supplies an ice maker. When the water line gets damaged, they can leak or, worse yet, become completely unattached. We know it might be a hassle to get behind your refrigerator, but it is essential to waterline periodically for crimps and make sure the valve connection is secure. 

Dishwasher

Your dishwasher has a supply line just like your refrigerator and washing machine. If a dishwasher water supply line bursts, your kitchen will be filled with water after a wash and rinse cycle. In some of our more severe water damages caused by dishwashers, we have seen a dishwasher back up. Backup typically occurs when debris clogs the drain, and the water has nowhere to go. 

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie recommends routine inspection of the hoses and connections to your water-based appliances. These are three of the most common home-owner water damage that our team sees. 

If your Glen Burnie property suffers water damage, call SERVPRO of Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore as soon as possible. Our team is available 24/7 at (410) 766-1110.

Great Customer Service

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Did you know each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated? SERVPRO of Glen Burnie is owned by Diane and Nick Whittles. Both Diane and Nick have spent her entire life in Anne Arundel County, and are proud of the business they’ve created.

Diane became the owner of SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park after her husband passed away in 2012.  All of our franchises are a woman-owned minority business enterprise and certified by the state of Maryland.  Since Diane’s time at the helm, she has grown the business exponentially. In 2018, she purchased her third SERVPRO franchise, SERVPRO OF Pasadena/Gibson Island/Lake Shore and in September 2020, she partnered with her son Nick to purchase SERVPRO of Glen Burnie.

SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park has been so successful because of the team Diane has put together. The team is well-trained and highly educated. Team members communicate well with each other and work hard to ensure customer satisfaction. This is why our customers work with SERVPRO of Annapolis/Severna Park and now, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie.

We Work With Hoarders

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

messy house full of old toys kitchen utensils We Help Hoarders

According to the Mayo Clinic:

"Hoarding disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of actual value, occurs.

Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Countertops, sinks, stoves, desks, stairways and virtually all other surfaces are usually piled with stuff. And when there's no more room inside, the clutter may spread to the garage, vehicles, yard and other storage facilities.

Hoarding ranges from mild to severe. In some cases, hoarding may not have much impact on your life, while in other cases it seriously affects your functioning on a daily basis."

Do you live with a hoarder or have a family member of friend with a hoarding problem?  

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie can help with hoarding cleanup. Do you or someone you know need help with hoarding? Call us at 410-766-1110! We are here to help!

Does Storm Water Need To Be Removed Immediately?

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

drywall removed from wall with water damage Glen Burnie Water Damage

When it comes to water damage in a Glen Burnie home or at BWI Airport, it’s important to remove the water as quickly as possible in order to avoid additional damage. Water damage can quickly lead to mold damage within 48 hours, especially when combined with the heat and humidity that we experience here in Anne Arundel County.

SERVPRO of Glen Burnie is the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster. Recently, Hurricane Isaias dumped up to 6 inches of rain on Maryland. A small leak from flood waters now could blossom into a big claim later.

No matter what time of day or night, water damage is an emergency. Emergency mitigation means under our SERVPRO of Glen Burnie can be onsite within 4 hours to begin drying your building and restoring contents.

Water from a hurricane or from a pipe leak needs to be mitigated quickly, trust our SERVPRO of Glen Burnie team to ensure your property is taken care of in a timely manner.

Do you have an Emergency Storm Kit?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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In a year filled with the unexpected, one thing that we have learned is that it pays to be prepared. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days.

Your basic emergency supply kit should include these recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

For more suggestions visit Ready.Gov

If a storm does cause damage to your property, SERVPRO of Glen Burnie is here to help. 

Are you Prepared for a Fire?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Diane Whittles standing next to the microwave Kitchen Safety

This year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) set aside October 4-10, 2020 as fire prevention week. The 2020 theme was, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” This topic works to educate everyone about the simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen. Does your family have a fire evacuation plan? 

To ensure the fastest emergency evacuation plan, consider the following:

  1. Start your fire evacuation plan with a map. This map should include locations of exits, assembly points, and equipment (such as fire extinguishers) that may be needed in an emergency. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm.
  2. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.
  3. When you walk through your plan, check to make sure the escape routes are clear and doors and windows can be opened easily.
  4. Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Make sure to mark the location of the meeting place on your escape plan.
  5. Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can find your home.
  6. Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a neighbor's home or a cellular phone once safely outside.

Now that you have your plan in place, make sure you practice it every year.

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