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What is Winter 2019-2020 going to look like?

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

What is Winter 2019-2020 going to look like?

Anyone who knows me knowssss that I despise Winter. I think Winter is so awful that I don’t like my birthday because it’s during the frigid cold of Winter. Every Fall I find myself looking for predictions on what is just around the corner, yes you guessed it, WINTER!

Over the years I have grown to find the Farmers Almanac reliable so naturally, that’s where I started.

WOW! To my surprise I was pleased, for the most part, with what the Farmers Almanac had to say for our Southern Maryland Region.

Winter temperatures will be much above normal, on average, with the coldest periods in mid- and late January and early and late February. Precipitation will be above normal, with below-normal snowfall.

But of course, it couldn’t all be sunshine in rainbows…

The snowiest periods will occur in mid- and late January and early February.

GREAT! Just what I wanted for my birthday! SNOW! (Complete sarcasm here)

Most people look forward to Snow because of school closings, hot chocolate, sledding, snowman and the beautiful scenery, yes sometimes it is beautiful, but not I. When I hear of snow coming to town, I think about packed grocery stores, wet clothes, dangerous roads and most of all, water damages.

Water damages are frequently paired with snowstorms due to sump pump failure, power outages and burst pipes. I know the damage it can cause a family and that is why I am proud to be a part of the SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill family.

SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are always “Here to Help” and genuinely care about taking care of your family and home!

When is need please do not hesitate to call us 24/7 @ 301.753.8313.

Water in your crawlspace!?!

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water in your crawlspace!?!

When a home is built there are different options for your foundation. You can have an actual basement, a concrete slab on grade or a crawlspace.

Crawlspaces are normally chosen because of cost and accessibility. Crawlspaces allow air to circulate beneath your home, you can easily fix a sloping yard and it also allows you to run piping throughout your home with easy access for maintenance and repairs.

So far crawlspaces are sounding like a no brainer if you are not building out a basement, right? Well, not so fast. Those are all the perks to opting for a crawlspace but let’s talk about what happens when you get water in your crawlspace. Moisture in your crawlspace if not handled correctly or in a timely manner could cause significant issues.

Water in a crawlspace could pose issues to include wood rot, termite damage, hardwood floor cupping, and mold growth. Moisture in the crawlspace will eventually evaporate and could cause damage inside your home.

If you notice water in your crawlspace call SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill today @ 301.753.8313

Fire- Fire escape Plans are a MUST!

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire- Fire escape Plans are a MUST!

When a fire occurs your ability to get out is significantly greater with advanced warning from smoke alarms and with a fire escape plan in place. Seven, 7, people die everyday from a home fire and the thought of that is scary in itself.

Fire is so unpredictable and can spread so rapidly that you are often left with, on average, 2 minutes to exit safely. Having an escape plan and practicing with your family could be a lifesaver! Design an escape plan for each room in the home and discuss regularly. Have fire drills at home to make sure that everyone is aware and remembers how to respond and where they should be going.

Children in the home should have visual aids and have at least two exit plans. There should be a meeting point for the entire family in a safe place away from the home.

Placing a working flashlight in each room is a great way for anyone who would be trapped to signal to firefighter in an emergency. This will allow the firefighters to locate them in a timely manner even through the smoke.

SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill offer free emergency ready plans in case of a disaster, 301.753.8313.

Winter Storm season and your business!

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Winter is approaching here in Southern MD. Even though we are still in the high 80’s and Low 90’s right now, winter will be here before we know it. A winter storm can interrupt and even stop business operations completely. Preparing for winter storms is crucial to your business and your employees’ safety. 

 50% of business that suffer a loss may never recover. Could you imagine suffering a loss and then not being able to resume business? Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to disasters. Unlike large companies, small businesses have less capital and fewer personnel available to resume operations and recover losses. It is vital to the continuity of a small business to have a disaster plan in place and be prepared, as it can make the difference between staying open or shutting down.

The most important asset to any business is its people. Businesses cannot recover from a disaster without their people, and people cannot recover without a job to return to. In order for employees to be able to focus on their work after a disaster, they need to be personally prepared for emergencies.

Encourage your employees to:

  1. Sign up for local text alerts and warnings and download weather apps to their smartphone.
  2. Gather important documents and keep them in a safe place.
  3. Create an emergency supply kit.
  4. Develop a family emergency communication plan.
  5. Know the facts on how to prepare for a winter storm.

Working with SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill we can provide you a FREE Emergency Ready Profile for your business. Our ERP provides a plan that is accessible from anywhere you are and can be the difference between your business reopening or remaining closed.

Call us today to schedule your FREE Emergency Ready Profile- 301.753.8313!

Shocking facts about lightning

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Shocking facts about lightning

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather related deaths even though the odds of being struck in a years’ time is 1 in 500,000. There are multiple factors that put you at a greater risk for being struck. Here are a few safety tips to help you out:

  • Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities- If you decide to go still please make sure there are shelter options nearby.
  • When thunder roars go indoors. – This catch phrase is something to remember at all times. Safe shelters include homes, offices, stores and hard top vehicles with windows rolled up.
  • Avoid windows, doors, porches and concrete as lightening can travel through these things.
  • Avoid water- Do not bathe, shower, do dishes or anything with water as lightning can travel through plumbing.

The Science of Drying

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

The Science of Drying

Did you know that there is an actual science behind the process of drying your property? The knowledge of Psychrometrics is vital to restoring a water damaged structure. Therefore SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill puts a tremendous focus on making sure our technicians are Certified through IICRC standards in the Water Restoration Technician (WRT) program.

When a water damage occurs on your property SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill will

  • Inspect the building to detect every area that is wet in an effort to reduce secondary damage.
  • Measure the amount of moisture in an area and monitor the proper drying is taking place.
  • We will speed up the drying process by using professional drying equipment to regulate the temperature and humidity in affected areas.

Here at SERVPRO® we use state of the art drying equipment and technology to ensure that your property is dried appropriately and in a timely manner. Reducing secondary damage is a main priority for us and we live by the restore vs replace method.

If you have experienced a water damage in your home please give us a call today @ 301.753.8313.

Commercial Water Disaster

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Disaster

There is no such thing as a small disaster when it comes to water damage and your business. Water damage can cause mold, rot and other unseen damages. Water damage can affect the value of your property.

SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill knows how disruptive water damages can be to your business. We are trained and certified to manage the drying process from start to finish. We use the proper equipment and moisture reading equipment so that your commercial building will be quickly dried to industry standards, which will prevent secondary damages. With our rapid response we can help you regain control of your facility and get back to business.

Don’t risk secondary damage by trying to clean up yourself, give us a call today at 301.753.8313.

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

Summer as we all know is our favorite time to break out the grill and enjoy the wonderful food with friends. Grilling is fun when hanging with friends or just cooking for your family, but it can be dangerous. Here are some grill safety tips that can be overlooked easily but can save you a catastrophe.

  • Only use your grill outside and keep it at least 3 feet away from siding, deck rails and eaves.
  • Always keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from your grill.
  • Open your gas grill before lighting.
  • Keep an eye on your grill and never walk away from it.
  • Clean your grill after each use. This will remove grease that can start a fire.
  • Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.

SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill wants you to enjoy a safe and fun summer!

National Day of Service and Remembrance

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

National Day of Service and Remembrance

In honor and memory of those who died on September 11, 2001, as well as the survivors and First Responders, National Day of Service and Remembrance was established in 2009 as a day of reflection. Led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, this is a day to come together as Americans did following the events of 9/11 to help neighbors in need, and to honor veterans and First Responders in your community. On this day and every day, SERVPRO® salutes those heroes who arrive in the greatest times of need and stand strong in the face of disaster. These heroes are the First Responders who keep our communities safe in trying times. Give back and make a difference in your community this year.

To find a volunteer opportunity near you, or to register your National Day of Service and Remembrance event, visit nationalservice.gov/911day.

Water Damage Steps

8/31/2019 (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® asses the water damage in your home. During this inspections 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.