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Lightening Safety

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm: Lightening Safety

Lightening Strikes the United States over 25 million times a year. That is a crazy big number! Mostly we see lightening in the summer months due to the heat but you can see lightening at any time.  Did you know that thunder is created by lightening so even if you don’t see lightening but you hear thunder it is there! If you hear thunder or see lightening you should go inside. Most lightening strikes involving people are due to people enjoying themselves outside and not seeking shelter.

Have you ever heard of the 30/30 rule when it comes to lightening? “If it takes less than 30 seconds to hear thunder after seeing the lightening flash, lightening is close enough to pose a threat! After a storm wait 30 minutes before going back outside”

The best way to protect you and your loved ones from lightening is to avoid the threat. Stay indoors!

The water damage process

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Do you have a Water Damage in your home and don’t know what to expect? Well let SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill walk you through it!

  • Inspection: Let SERVPRO® assess the water damage in your home. During this inspection SERVPRO® will determine the severity, class of water and outline the next steps!
  • Water Removal: SERVPRO® uses the latest technology to extract water from your property, rather it is 2 feet of standing water or just enough to soak your carpet and pad, SERVPRO® can take care of it for you.
  • Drying: After the water is extracted drying is begun with air movers and dehumidifiers. This step may seem fairly easy but it is completely scientific in nature. The appropriate amount of fans, dehumidifiers, room temperature and air humidity is needed to dry out the remaining moisture in your property.
  • Cleaning: Your things in this area need to be determined as salvageable and unsalvageable depending on the class of water damage you have. SERVPRO® believes in a Restore VS. Replace system so we will try to save the items that can be safely restored. The area will also be cleaned with anti-microbial if necessary! BENEFECT™ is an amazing all natural product that disinfects.
  • Restoration- This is the final step in getting your home back to normal. SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill now offers reconstruction so we can repair anything that needed to be replaced.

If you experience a water damage in Southern Maryland give SERVPRO® a call today @ 301.753.8313.

Commercial Restoration in Southern Maryland

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Most people in Southern Maryland think of SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill as the Premier Residential Fire & Water Cleanup & Restoration company, but did you know that we also handle Commercial Restoration as well?

SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill handles commercial losses from major hotel chains, popular restaurants, major shopping malls and even medical facilities. We make sure that our team of professionals are highly trained and certified to handle any loss large or small, residential or commercial.

Here at SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill we know that the most important thing in a commercial loss is reducing the down time. The quicker we can stabilize your loss, the quicker we can get you back to business and making money.

If you have a commercial loss give us a call @ 301-753-8313 today!   

Heating Safety Tips

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

HEATING SAFETY TIPS FROM SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill

Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove or a portable space heater. Have a three foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.

Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.

Test smoke alarms monthly.

Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.

Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

If your property does suffer fire damage, contact SERVPRO® of Charles County, 301.753.8313 or SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill, 301.292.4447 today!

How many gallons of water per person per day do you need for an emergency?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

How many gallons of water per person per day do you need for an emergency?

When the weather around us gets crazy it has the tendency to disrupt our day to day lives. Natural disasters, water main breaks and contaminated water is not so uncommon in today’s world. If this occurs in your life you and your family could be without water for 48 hours or more. In this situation would you be able to continue your day to day?

The rule of thumb is to have one gallon of water per person per day. The Center for Disease Control and prevention suggest drinking a half gallon of water a day and using the other half gallon for hygiene. You should always be prepared for at least three days of water per person or pet.

In my household we have Three humans and a fur baby. This would mean that we should stock 56 gallons of water for two weeks of disruption. That sounds like an abundance of water right? Where would I keep this much?

Did you know that in a 24 pack of bottled water there is slightly over 3 gallons of water? With this said it would require for my family 18 cases of water to meet our water needs for two weeks. The great thing about cases of water is they can be easily stored in a closet, garage, under the beds and of course in the pantry. I believe this is worth it to make sure your family prepared in the face of disaster.  

If you find yourself in an emergency situation and need water assistance call SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill @ 301.753.8313, as most of the time is we have cases of water on hand.

Electrical Safety Tips

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Electrical Safety Tips

Electrical cords, receptacles and light bulbs can be very dangerous. Every year these things cause 41,000 residential fires, 350 deaths, 1,400 injuries and $620 Million in property damages. Here are SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill we would like to offer you some electrical safety tips.

Extension Cord Safety Tips

  • Never run a cord under a rug
  • Only use them for temporary situations
  • Damaged cords should be replaced immediately as they can cause shock or fires.
  • Only buy approved safety cords
  • Never overload the extension cord based on rating label

Receptacle Safety Tips

  • Replace broken receptacles right away
  • Never alter the plug
  • If you must use a grounding adapter first verify the plug is grounded
  • Do not use multi plug adapters for extended periods
  • Never install 3 slot receptacles where a ground is not available
  • Use child safety plugs when children are present

Most Common Causes of Commercial Fires

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

If you own or manage a business or building in the Southern Maryland area, fire protection should be among your primary concerns. There are many cases of commercial fires, so it is best to understand fire safety. One of your best defenses against commercial fires is to understand and mitigate your risks.

Most Common Causes of Commercial Fires

Commercial fires are more common than you may think. It is always better to know the common causes of most commercial fires.

Cooking Equipment

Because of high cooking temperatures, flammable oils and grease, and the hectic nature of commercial kitchens, this is the single most common cause of commercial fires.

Cooking equipment is responsible for these shocking numbers;

  • 65% of fires in healthcare facilities
  • 61% of fires in restaurants
  • 38% of fires in educational institutions
  • 29% of fires in office properties
  • 13% of fires in stores and mercantile properties

Heating Equipment

Commercial buildings require heat to stay comfortable for several months of the year in Southern Maryland. As with other mechanical equipment, furnaces, boilers, and radiators are at risk of overheating. This, in turn, can lead to a fire.

Heating equipment is responsible for:

  • 14% of fires in industrial or manufacturing properties
  • 11% of fires in office properties
  • 9% of fires in restaurants
  • 5% of fires in healthcare facilities

Electrical & Lighting Equipment

All of todays buildings feature electrical wiring behind the wall for light and power. Electricity carries inherent fire risk. Old or defective wiring, overloaded circuits, loose connections, faulty fuses, imbalanced electrical loads, and many other electrical or lighting problems can develop that lead to overheating or sparks that ignite a fire.

Electrical problems are responsible for:

  • 12% of fires in office properties
  • 10% of fires in stores and mercantile properties
  • 9% of fires in restaurants
  • 5% of fires in healthcare facilities

Smoking Materials

Cigars, cigarettes, and other smoking materials can start fires if disposed of improperly after smoking. Smoking materials remain one of the top five most common causes of commercial fires.

Smoking materials are responsible for:

  • 9% of fires in office properties
  • 7% of fires in restaurants
  • 5% of fires in healthcare facilities

Intentional

An intentional fire is one that occurs as the result of the deliberate misuse of a heat source. Arson fits into this category, though to be considered arson, the fire starter must have malicious, criminal intent.

Intentional fire-starting is responsible for:

  • 36% of fires in educational institutions
  • 10% of fires in office properties
  • 6% of fires in healthcare facilities
  • 4% of fires in restaurants

Fires are definitely scary and overwhelming so if you find yourself dealing with this please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO® of Charles County or SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill @ 301.753.8313.

The three types of floods… and yes they can all occur in Southern Maryland!

7/14/2019 (Permalink)

The three types of floods… and yes they can all occur in Southern Maryland!

A flood is an overflow of large amounts of water in what is normally pretty dry areas. There are three main types of floods that can occur depending on your geographical area. The scary thing about floods is that each kind is different and requires different actions to prepare and to recover. The three main types of floods are Fluvial (river), Pluvial (surface) and Coastal Floods.

Fluvial floods (river floods)

A Fluvial flood happens when the water level in a river overflows the surrounding areas due to excessive rain or snow melting. The damage from river floods can be widespread depending on the river, lake or stream size and the area around it.

Pluvial floods (flash floods and surface water)

Flash Floods and overwhelmed drainage systems make up the Pluvial flood family. Pluvial floods occur when extreme sudden rainfall hits an area and causes a flood that is not caused by an overflowing body of water.  An Overwhelmed drainage system water flows out into the surrounding areas and could potentially flood surrounding areas. Flash floods occur with torrential rain in a short amount of time. Flash floods are extremely dangerous not just because of the abundance of water but because of the potential debris associated with the area.

Coastal flood (storm surge)

Coastal flooding is conducive of areas along the coast. Coastal floods are normally caused by windstorms occurring at the same time as high tide- called storm surge. This is when the high wind forces the water to land and causes coastal floods.

Floods are very unpredictable and can happen in a moment, so it is very important that you listen to your local weather and emergency services personnel. Be prepared and be careful. If you experience flooding in Southern Maryland please do not hesitate to give us a call @ 301.753.8313.

Seven signs that you may have a water damage in your home

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Seven signs that you may have a water damage in your home

Knowing the signs of water damage in your home could potentially save you hundreds even thousands of dollars.  Most people overlook everyday things that should raise red flags and alert you to a problem. Here at SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill we want you to be aware of these signs.

  • Sudden unusual dampness or humidity
  • An unexplained increase in your water bill
  • Hearing running water when all faucets are turned off
  • Damp, musty, moldy or even sewage smell
  • Puddles or west spots around plumbing
  • Cracked or flakey drywall
  • Dark or wet spots on the walls or ceiling

Seeing any of these things in your h9ome should alert you to the possibility of a problem. The faster you respond to this potential problem the less risk for secondary damage. Reducing the amount of damage to your home will greatly reduce the amount of money spent to fix the issue.

If you notice any of these 7 things please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO® of Charles County, 301.753.8313, or SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill, 301.292.4447, TODAY!  

Hurricane Season Ready

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season is upon us and while most commercial facilities along the coasts have been built to withstand hurricane-force winds, building managers can take several additional steps to reduce the damage that can occur during major storms.

These actions can help protect your facility and help the Utilities when and if they need to restore service in your area.

Understand Your Risks 
The four key trademarks of a hurricane are high wind speeds, storm surges, torrential rains, and tornadoes – any one of them can put your business at risk during a storm.

Know Your Disaster Response
Although most major commercial and industrial organizations have well-established disaster response plans in place, conducting an audit of your emergency strategy is never a bad idea. Before a storm hits, be sure to:

  • Review the company’s property insurance policy to ensure the business is adequately covered against major storm damage.
  • Remind staff of all hurricane-related policies and procedures and inform essential employees of their specific roles and responsibilities in the event of an emergency.
  • Make sure all emergency supplies are adequately stocked.
  • Revisit plans for protecting computer files to make certain critical data is secured through a backup system.
  • Have your SERVPRO® ERP handy so that you can have and give direct access to the information needed.

As a Storm Approaches
As soon as a warning is issued for a hurricane or tropical storm, property managers should check the facility’s interior and exterior surroundings and take appropriate safety measures.

  • Bring in exterior displays and remove any outdoor signs or other items that could become airborne in high winds. Board up glass doors and windows or tape an “X” over them to prevent shattering.
  • Disconnect all electrical devices except for refrigerators. Experts also recommend turning off electricity (except for those circuits running refrigeration) at the power supply box.
  • Clear all desk or work surfaces of small items and take down all loosely secured items hung on the walls.
  • Move equipment and furniture away from windows.
  • Make sure key employees know the processes and procedures that will need to take place before allowing people back in the building once the storm has passed.
  • Shut down non-critical building systems when all employees are evacuated.

After a Storm Passes 
Employees should wait to return to the building until authorities indicate it is safe to do so. A designated emergency response team should then conduct an assessment of the property before allowing people back onto the premises.