Recent Storm Damage Posts
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.
Spring Showers Bring May Flowers or Do they Bring Flooded Basements?
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:
- Choose native plants or plant grass
- Add mulch
- Create a rain garden or install rain barrels
- 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.
Is Your Car Cold Weather Ready?
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?
City of Glen Burnie, Maryland
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.
Do you have an Emergency Storm Kit?
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
- 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.