Understanding Common Types of Storm Scenarios
Storms can be sometimes, really frightening and dangerous. Once the disaster is passed, call the professionals from SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill to assess your property and start the repair and restoration process. Here are some common storm scenarios that you should be aware of:
Hail Damage: Dents and bents are common during a hailstorm, but deeper damage may not be visible. In this case, take an expert opinion as hailstorm damage can lead to serious roof leaks causing structural issues.
Lightning and Thunderstorm Damage: Electrical Damage can be a life-threatening during lightning and thunderstorms. Stay indoors till the storm is over and once it has passed, give us a call at SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill.
Storm-related flood Damage: Flooding can have a serious impact on your property. River floods, flash floods, coastal floods and storm surges can destroy your home. It is recommended to keep a track of weather reports and stay alert in certain situations.
Please call us at SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill by calling (301) 753-8313 for storm damage repair and restoration service. We are Here to Help!
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Did you know that in the United States alone, an estimated 100,000 thunderstorms occur each year? Not only do thunderstorms produce rain, thunder, and lightning, they can also produce high winds, heavy rain, and flooding. The safest place to be during a thunderstorm is inside.
That is why it is so important to properly prepare your home for all the unexpected things that can happen when a storm comes your way. We at SERVPRO are here to help you prepare you and your home and help you after a storm has come through. Here are some helpful tips to prepare your home before a storm comes:
- Trim the trees in your surrounding area
- Buy a backup generator
- Install storm shutters
- Check your insurance to ensure flood coverage is available
- Flood-proof your home
- Have an expert check your home for any weak areas
- Protect your belongings – elevate all critical items in your home to ensure they do not get damaged due to flooding.
If your home sustains damage as a result of a storm, contact SERVPRO at 301-753-8313 because we are here to help!
SERVPRO Helping Friends and Neighbors
We are here to help!
No one can prepare for the stress that fire, smoke, water, or mold damage in your home or place of business can cause. Feeling confused, violated, upset, and unsure of how to move forward and fix the situation can be very daunting.
Here at SERVPRO of Charles County and SERVPRO of Oxon Hill, we have trained IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) experts who receive continued training throughout their employment and provide 24-hour services. We know how hard this can be for you; we know how frustrating and confusing this situation is for you. That is why we at SERVPRO believe in treating all our customers like family. There is no better feeling than knowing we are helping our friends and neighbors get back on their feet, restore their homes and businesses. What is better than having those that genuinely care help you restore your home or business? Contact SERVPRO at 301-753-8313.
SERVPRO Supports All Businesses
We support all types of businesses!
Owning a business is a huge investment. The saying “it takes a village” could not be more accurate. That is why it is so essential to hire someone you can trust, who provides excellent service and can perform daily tasks without interfering with the business itself. Just like every person is different, every business is different and has different needs. We will cater to each of your needs to ensure all services requested are done not only in a timely manner but in a way that works for you and your business.
Especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is so important that work areas are sanitized regularly. Our crew at SERVPRO are trained to provide the day-to-day tasks at your business as well as assist when the unexpected occurs. Whether it is cleaning/maintaining, fire or water damage restoration, sanitization, etc. you need someone you can trust and SERVPRO is here to help!
No Matter the Size
Water damage from anywhere... we can help!!
When people think of water damage, they usually imagine flooding due to a storm. But what a lot of people do not realize is that flooding in your home can come from something as simple as leaving the faucet or bathtub running, your dishwasher flooding, or your washer or toilet overflowing.
Water damage is not only a hassle, but it can also cause a domino effect and create even more problems within your home. These include but are not limited to:
- Hazardous health conditions
- Roof damage
- Foundation damage
- Electric and plumbing issues
- Home value
When it comes to water damage, time is of the essence. If you currently have damage to your home, no matter the size, please contact us and one of our highly trained experts will come to your house and assist. We at SERVPRO provide 24-hour service. Please contact us at 301-753-8313.
April Showers Bring May Flowers
Enjoy the flowers and leave the showers to the professionals!
April showers may also result in a variety of different types of water damages. Freezing and thawing pipes as the weather tries to make up its mind, torrential spring storms, clogged gutters, or overflowing downspouts may cause various types of water damage. Flood and water damage are quite common in the U.S., with more than 83 percent of water hazards resulting from flash floods. We all fear water disaster as it creates havoc and gives rise to several other problems such as mold or structural damage.
SERVPRO of Charles County and SERVPRO of Oxon Hill understand the importance of keeping your business's doors open! We respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration process with experienced, trained, and certified technicians. No matter the size of your emergency, SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are here to help! We can be reached by calling on (301) 753-8313 for water damage repair and restoration service.
Dirty Duct Cleaning!
The spring is a time to refresh, reinvigorate and renew. Is your home ready for the spring season? Now is the perfect time of year for air duct cleaning. Spring is when we tend to focus on a clean house, but what if it is not as clean as you imagine. Air ducts can collect a lot of dust, dirt, and allergens that are not visible. As air conditioners draw in outside air, they may also pull contaminants. Duct cleaning is a complicated job and SERVPRO has professional technicians with specific knowledge to do a thorough job. Some indicators that you should have your ducts cleaned include:
- In an annual service of your air conditioning system, if mold is detected, then you should have your ducts cleaned.
- If your home has been newly renovated home, then your ducts should be cleaned from the dust and dirt that may have resulted from the construction
- If your home is still dusty despite cleaning, take a look at the supply and return vents and if they look dirty, it may be time to schedule a duct cleaning.
- Every year your heating and cooling costs should be predictable and similar to the previous year. However, if those costs have increased then you should schedule a duct cleaning.
At SERVPRO of Charles County and SERVPRO of Oxon Hill, our professionals will be able to help you with keeping your air ducts clean. Feel free to contact us for more information about our services today!
Should You Worry About Kitchen Fires?
Unattended Kitchen Fire
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking accidents resulting in fires are the #1 reason for house fires in the US. It is estimated that around 189,300 home structure fires started each year due to cooking between 2016 and 2018. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
It is more than clear by the above mentioned that Kitchen Fires are not to be taken lightly. Safety tips recommended to prevent a Kitchen fire are:
- Don’t leave your pan. If you have to leave the kitchen, turn the burner off.
- Pay attention. Fires start when heat is too high. If you see smoke, turn the burner off.
- Pot handles should be turned toward the back of the stove so that no one can bump them or pull them over.
- Make sure flammables are away from cooktop. Keep oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains away.
- Keep a pan lid or baking sheet nearby because you can use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire which will put out the fire.
In the event of a kitchen fire:
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
Lastly, if you need help because of fire damage, SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are here to help 24 x 7 at (301) 753-8313.
A rain shower in which you hear thunder is a thunderstorm. All thunderstorms have lightning since thunder comes from lightning. A “severe” thunderstorm is one which contains one or more of the following: hail one inch or greater, winds gusting in excess of 57.5 mph, or a tornado. Spring and summer months are when thunderstorms are most likely to occur during the afternoon and evening hours.
Many hazardous weather events are associated with thunderstorms. Under certain conditions, thunderstorm rainfall may cause flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. Fires started from lightning cause fatalities. These storms may produce hail up to the size of softballs which can do a lot of damage. Strong winds associated with thunderstorms can knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes.
A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center meteorologists who are watching the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for severe thunderstorms. In the case of a Watch, be prepared for more severe weather.
A Severe Thunderstorm WARNING is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office meteorologists who watch a designated area 24/7 for severe weather that has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings mean there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the storm. In the case of a warning, act immediately to find safe shelter!
If your home or business is damaged by a storm, our professionals at SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are here to help 24 x 7 at (301) 753-8313.
Top Causes of Water Damage
Water damage can substantially affect buildings wherein water creeps into the areas of a property discoloring walls and adding moisture. This moisture can lead to the formation of mold causing excessive damage. Without water damage repair and restoration, all this can weaken the structure of the building. Below are some common causes that can cause water damage in the property:
Plumbing Issues: Plumbing issues are quite common in every property; therefore, it is essential to inspect the plumbing systems once a year to fix hoses, pipe joints and drain pipes.
Severe Weather/Natural Di: Natural disasters such as thunderstorms, hurricanes and snowstorms can cause excessive damage to your property. Strong winds and heavy downpour can damage your roof letting rainwater enter your home.
Clogged Drains: Clogged drains are quite common in the residential and corporate areas. Bathroom or sink drains can get clogged with dirt, hair or other substances. This can case pipe damage as well as structural damage. If left untreated, this can damage to other places in the home.
Structural Damage: Moisture creeping in the walls of your home can cause mold formation and rotting.
SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are here to help! We can be reached by calling on (301) 753-8313 for water damage repair and restoration service.