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The Arnold House- Thanksgiving 2019

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving Donations to The Arnold House in Waldorf, MD Donations made to The Arnold House in Waldorf, MD

The Arnold House- Thanksgiving 2019

So as the holidays approach again I find myself being thankful for what I have. Of course we all strive for better and sometimes even more, but at the end of the day, I am blessed.

The Arnold House, located in Waldorf, MD, does a phenomenal job year-round feeding our community. Not until my work with The Arnold House did I realize how many families in our area struggle to provide a meal each night. This realization just made it easier to make The Arnold House one of the organizations we assist with on a regular basis. Here at SERVPRO® of Charles County, we feel as if no one should ever have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from. Though we cannot end world hunger, we wish we could, we can make a difference in our community by partnering with organizations like The Arnold House.

The Arnold House organization is a blessing to our community, and we are proud and honored to be able to assist them with their important mission. Our belief here at SERVPRO® is “If everyone did a little, we would have a lot.” 

Thank you to everyone at The Arnold House for all that you do!

The United State Fire Administration: Carbon Monoxide

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

The United State Fire Administration: Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is very dangerous as you cannot see or smell it but it can kill you in minutes. Often referred to as the silent killer, Carbon monoxide is invisible, odorless and colorless. The United States Fire Administration has offered some tips to protect yourself from Carbon Monoxide.

  • Have fuel burning appliances inspected by trained professionals every year.
  • Open the damper before using fireplace.
  • Never use oven or stove top to heat your home.
  • Make sure all fuel burning appliances are vented outside.
  • If you need to warm up your vehicle remove it from the garage.
  • Only use grills outside away from vents, windows and doors.
  • Only use portable generators outside away from vents, windows and doors.

It is estimated that more than 400 Americans die, 20,000 visit the hospital and 4,000 are admitted to the hospital due to CO poisoning. Symptoms of CO poising include dull headache, weakness, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision and loss of consciousness.

SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill ask you to please be aware and safe when it comes to the potential of CO poisoning and your home!

WINTER is HERE!!

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

WINTER is HERE!!! YIKES!

The temperature is dropping and Winter is coming in with a roar. As a Multi-Unit Property manager here are some tips to help winterize your units.

  • Have boilers and furnaces checked immediately.
  • Clear leaves out of your gutters
  • Check for pooling on the roof after rainfall
  • Have your trees trimmed
  • Setup service contracts for snow removal in advance
  • Install insulated windows or wrap current windows in plastic.
  • Repair outdoor wall cracks
  • Clear out storm drains
  • Stock up on de-icer products
  • Inspect fire alarms and smoke detectors
  • Have chimneys professionally cleaned and serviced

As a commercial property manager in a Multi-Unit setting you are not alone. SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill recommends sending out notices to all of your tenants educating them on what to look for. When you tenants see an issue, they can let you know immediately and this will provide you the opportunity to reduce or prevent damage.

If you find yourself in a situation where the damage is done, please do not hesitate to call us at 301.753.8313.

Space Heater Safety

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Space Heater Safety

Home fires, deaths and injuries are frequent during the winter months. Heating is the second leading cause of winter home fires and space heaters are often the cause or involved in 40% these fires. Space heaters come in handy during the winter months, especially in my home with a basement and hardwood floors! BRRRR.

Safety is a main concern when using space heaters this winter. Below you will find some space heater safety tips to keep you and your family protected this winter.

  • Make sure your space heater has been tested by a recognized laboratory
  • Read instructions and warning labels before using
  • Inspect all visible wires for damage
  • NEVER leave heater unattended
  • Proper placement of space heaters is critical. They should be 3 ft away from anything.
  • Plug heaters directly into wall outlet- never use extension cord
  • Always place heaters flat and level. NEVER place on tables or cabinets.

Please protect your family and property this winter. If you need our services you can call us 24 hours a day- 7 days a week at 301.753.8313.

SERVPRO® : Helping with Hygiene

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® : Helping with Hygiene.

The Charles County Children’s Aid Society located in Waldorf, MD and has been assisting families for the past 85 years. On October 24th I was lucky enough to have been in attendance to their celebration. As most of you already know we have a phenomenal relationship with The Charles County Children’s Aid Society but even I was astonished at the additional things I saw and learned that evening.

Normally I am running through the door to pick up a delivery or rushing to drop of things off that they need, but not that evening. That evening I was able to step back and observe the facility, the working members, volunteers and board members. I noticed things that normally get lost in the hustle and bustle of service. I was able to tour the facility, see work areas, storage for Christmas connection and I even noticed bare shelves. When I asked a board member what should be in that area she informed me that they get so much help from the community but people often forget about personal hygiene. PERSONAL HYGIENE? That’s what should have lined those bare shelves!!! I sat there thinking of how I could help with this as she explained in detail how those items are overlooked. She spoke with such a grateful heart but I knew something needed to be done. This is when the “Helping with Hygiene” campaign was born.  

The next day when I returned to work I immediately sprung into action and got approvals for us to do this on behalf of The Charles County Children’s Aid Society. I sent out mass emails and began making boxes. I had a great response from the community and we are currently running this campaign until December 1, 2019.

If you are interested in helping please contact Lauren Lancaster @ 301.753.8313.

Water- Frozen Pipes and what to look for!

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water- Frozen Pipes and what to look for!

With the extreme drop in temperature, in the Southern Maryland area, we are seeing burst pipes already this year. When the air surrounding pipes drops below freezing it causes ice in the pipes. With ice in the pipes it causes a pressure back up which can cause the pipes to burst. Burst pipe are not only a hassle but can cause severe damage to your property. There are warning signs that your pipes may be beginning to freeze.

  • Strange smells from faucet or drain
  • No or very little water coming out of pipes
  • Frost on the pipes
  • Not at the right temperature

Please be aware of the warning signs as our temperatures drop. Protect your homes from any unnecessary water damage this winter.

If you need help with your water damage please do not hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill @ 301.753.8313.

Winter Storm- Southern Maryland Solar Minimum

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

Winter Storm- Southern Maryland Solar Minimum

Here in Southern Maryland we are currently in a Solar Minimum. What is a Solar Minimum? Well a Solar Minimum is when a Solar Activity is really low. Obviously right? What does this mean? When Solar activity is really low it has a direct impact on our atmosphere and weather. During a Solar Minimum the earth tends to cool. When the earth cools even slightly it could cause extreme drops in temperature which in turn could produce SNOW! With the Solar Minimum occurring please be aware of precipitation and below freezing temperatures. With all of the leaves falling in Southern Maryland be sure to check your drainage pipes for blockages and check your pipes for signs of freezing.

If you are in need of service we are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week at 301.753.8313.

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.