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SEVERE Weather

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen at anytime in America, but we definitely know it can happen at anytime in Southern Maryland. Each year as a country we deal with natural disasters more than you would imagine.

STORM Averages for the USA

10,000 severe thunderstorms

5,000 floods or flash floods

1.300 tornadoes

2 landfalling deadly tornadoes

That is a lot of storms every year causing nearly $15 billion in damage and 650 deaths. This was an eye-opening fact for me when I read it, noaa.gov. The only thing we can do is to be prepared.  You should always educate yourself on the weather risk you could face in the places that you live and work. Sign up for wireless emergency alerts and listen to the radio. Create a communication plan for work and home. Put together and Emergency Kit and make sure everyone knows what it includes and where it is. Be prepared so you can be safe!

Even during Storm conditions SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill is Here to Help! You can always reach someone from our office @ 301.753.8313.

Flooding in Charles County, MD and Oxon Hill, MD

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common disasters in the United States. No matter where you are located there is always potential for flooding. In the last five years FEMA reported that all 50 states had experience floods or flash floods. Floods cause more damage than any other natural disaster every year. Here are some flood safety tips…

  • Stay away from flood waters. As little as six inches of flowing water can sweep you off your feet, and not in a good way!
  • DO NOT drive over a flooded road. If you get stuck on a flooded road and the water is rising get out of the vehicle and move. Two feet of moving water can easily sweep your car away.
  • Keep children out of the water. The water could be contaminated.

If your home is affected by flood water, please call SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill. Minor floods can cause MAJOR damage when not treated appropriately. We are always Here to Help! Call us today @ 301.753.8313

Spring Cleaning and Maintenance to keep your business thriving

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning and Maintenance to keep your business thriving

As we exit the dreadful cold and enter the glorious days of extended sunshine, beautiful flowers and sensational warmth, we tend to find a little more energy here in the DMV! When this happens, EVERYONE starts to think Spring Cleaning! Well this should go for your business as well.

As working adults, most of us spend more time at work then we do in our homes, so we should take great care of our offices. Besides the fact that we want our customers, clients and employees to be in a clean comfortable space, we want to reduce the probability of damage to our business because this is how we provide for our families. Everyday that our offices are closed could mean lost revenue and that is not something we want to lose. Being proactive in your maintenance and preparation can save you thousands of dollars in the long run and SERVPRO® is Here to Help!

There are a few things SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill recommends all our businesses complete to ensure they are proactive and prepared!

  • Carpeted Areas

If you have carpeted areas in your office, examine the condition of the carpet.

  • Professional carpet cleaning of high trafficked areas will prevent bacteria, allergens, and dirt from building up which could prolong the life of your commercial grade carpet. (P.S. Carpet isn’t cheap!)
  • Hard Floors

If you have hard floors in your office please examine them carefully.

  • A buckle in your flooring could be a trip hazard for employees and customers but it could also mean there is/was water intrusion. Water intrusions that are not dried properly run the risk of mold problems in the future. Sanitizing/Disinfecting hard floors is something that SERVPRO® specializes in to ensure that there is no additional moisture left behind to create other problems.
  • Upholstery

Do you see stains on your waiting room chairs?

  • Unfortunately, dust mites and other organisms tend to stick themselves to fabric. (We all have heard of a bed bug issue! EW!) If you have waiting room chairs or other fabric pieces call SERVPRO® today for a free estimate on cleaning. The last thing we want is one of your customers to have an issue that traces back to your chair.
  • Ceilings

Have you noticed a stain on your office ceiling?

  • Call SERVPRO® and we will come out to provide a free moisture check in that area. Often we don’t realize that there is water intrusion or a moisture issue until its too late and we see a stain. When you first notice that stain investigate it right away! If it happened this time it will happen again, and improperly dried materials run the risk of developing mold and that is the last thing we want or need!
  • GET PREPARED

Do you have an emergency plan in place that is mobile?

  • You guessed it! SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill will come out and provide you will a FREE Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) that comes with an APP! (Available on Android and Apple devices) The ERP can contain all your information that you will need to be able to get your business back up and running in the care of an emergency.

Here at SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill we know how difficult it can be to run a business and that’s why we want you to know that we are ALWAYS available… 24/7/365! You can call us @ 301-753-8313 and someone from our office is always available!

Fire Extinguisher Safety and Information

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher is a lifeline in an emergency fire situation when used correctly. NFPA recommends remembering the phrase PASS!

P Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle away from you.

A Aim low towards the base of the fire.

S Squeeze the trigger evenly and slowly to control the release.

S Sweep the nozzle from side to side.

You should always read the instructions on a fire extinguisher before an emergency happens. Being comfortable with the use of this device could save your family, your property and your life!

It is also important to know that there are different classes of fire extinguishers specifically designed for certain types of fires.

CLASS A: This is the most common type of fire extinguisher as it used to put out normal items such as cloth, wood, rubber, paper and many plastics.

CLASS B: This should be used on fires involving flammable liquids such as grease, gas and oil.

CLASS C: This is designed for fires involving appliances, tools and other products that are plugged in.

CLASS D: Class D is normally found in factories and warehouses as they combat fires involving metals.

CLASS K: This type is seen in commercial kitchens as it fights fires involving vegetable oils, animal oils or fats in cooking appliances.

Please take the time to educate yourself, your family and your staff about Fire Extinguisher Safety! Please know that SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill is always Here to Help! You can call us 24/7/365 @ 301-753-8313.

A COVID-19 Update to our Community

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

A COVID-19 Update to our Community

Here at SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill we would like you to know that we are open and working. The safety of our staff and community are MOST important during these difficult times.

SERVPRO® offers cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have specialized training and products to get your property back to business. SERVPRO® is actively performing proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfecting where the customer states there is no active known threat of COVID-19 contamination or exposure.

It is important that you know, we are also still providing our standard Fire, Water, Mold and Crime Scene mitigation services if needed. Making sure that we are here for our community is our #1 priority at this time.

If you can stay home, please do so and protect yourselves and others. Coming together as community is how we will persevere through this pandemic and in the end we will be stronger.

Thank you and stay safe,

SERVPRO® Of Charles County

(301) 753-8313

SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill

(301) 292-4447

Soda Blasting is HERE for 2020!

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Soda Blasting is HERE for 2020!

Soda blasters can be used to remove paint, grease and dirt build up from practically any surface including Steel, aluminum, sheet metal, brick, concrete, granite, glass and fiberglass. Soda blasting can also kill mold spores and remove mold growth from almost any surface. Soda blasting is also very helpful in Smoke removal because the soda absorbs the odor during the cleaning process, leaving you with a clean and fresh smelling area.

Sodium bicarbonate is used in these processes because it has a much milder abrasive factor than sandblasting. Therefore, we can clean so many different surfaces without the worry of damaging the base material.

SERVPRO® Of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill has heard your request and invested in the IBIX 25 system to meet your needs. We can now handle any and all your soda blasting needs from Soot, Mold and graffiti removal on any surface. Call us today to schedule your FREE Inspection @ 301.753.8313.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Charles County and SERVPRO of Oxon Hill is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Charles County (301) 753-8313 or SERVPRO of Oxon Hill (301) 292-4447.

Healthy Building + Healthy Employees= Healthy Business

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Most business owners realize the struggle of an employee being out sick and having to find coverage. But it’s even harder when that employee is dedicated and still comes to work sick to make sure that the operation runs smoothly. But what you often notice is that when one employee gets sick, another gets sick and another gets sick. Soon enough they are passing around the sickness from person to person and there is the potential for major gaps in your operation. Now let’s add in the scenario of customers coming in and out of your business. You never know what germs are being left behind.

With all the stuff going on in the world today, NOW is the time for complete office sanitization or disinfection! The last thing we want is an interruption to your business.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to post a sign stating, “This facility has been sanitized/disinfected by SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill.”

SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill offers a wide variety of options to accommodate your needs. SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill has over 30 years of experience dealing with Commercial buildings both large and small. We cover all of Charles County including Charles County Government and Charles County Board of Education as well as the National Harbor and MGM Hotel and Casino.

SERVPRO® will provide you with a FREE inspection with verbal ballpark for your office/building. Call today to schedule your Free inspection, 301.753.8313 or email Lauren Lancaster.

2020- BE READY - BE PREPARED

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

2020- BE READY - BE PREPARED

Every New Year people make resolutions to be better than they were the year before. People want to lose weight, be healthier, quit smoking, etc. Well this year SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill urges your to BE READY- BE PREPARED! No one ever plans for a disaster to strike their home or business, but you can prepare for it.

The SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) will help ensure your home or business is “Ready for whatever happens” in 2020.

In the event of an emergency the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your home or facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your home or facility including emergency contacts, shut off valve locations and priority areas. Preparation is key to making it through and size disaster. Having a plan in place will get you back to normal faster.

The ERP is a NO COST assessment and all it requires is a little of your time and voila, you are prepared! 

SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill urges you to schedule your ERP appointment today! You can call us @ 301.753.8313 or email Lauren Lancaster – marketing@SERVPRO5407.com.

Ice Queen and I’m not talking about Elsa!

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Ice Queen and I’m not talking about Elsa!

Winter weather in Southern Maryland has a tendency to be fickle lately, but what we do know is our temperatures can dip below freezing in an instant. With this being the case, we are at a risk of freezing pipes which can create major disaster to your home.

Frozen pipes occur when pipes are exposed to cold weather outside or even inside your home in areas such as your basement or attic. When a frozen pipe burst the pipe typically rupture causing a back flow of pressurized water to expel into your home. Depending on where the pipe is located this could cause damage to a certain area or your entire home from top to bottom. The pressure can be so significant that it can flood your entire home in minutes.

If frozen pipes damage your home call SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill immediately! We are available 24 hours a day/7 days week @ 301.753.8313.