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Winter Warm and Cozy

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Snow Covered Homes Snow Covered Homes

Although you may be all warm and fuzzy with thoughts of freshly fallen snow, a crackling fire and a warm mug of hot chocolate, damage that may come from a winter storm is infinitely less cozy.  Storm and flood damage can be devastating and occur when you least expect it. Storm damage may include flooding from heavy rainfall, snow, freezing pipes or roof leaks from heavy wind and driven rains. Here are some steps to make your home more resistant during a storm:

  • Protect potential wind and water entry points
  • Make sure roof shingles are secure using roofing cement
  • Make sure any openings or cracks by phone and cable lines are chalked up
  • Install proper weighted shutters to cover your windows and doorways
  • Invest in a heavy-duty garage
  • Protect and secure your HVAC system
  • Secure any loose item outside i.e., bikes and trashcans

But in the event your winter dreams of sugar plums fairies and candy canes turn into a personal version of the Grinch who stole Christmas, SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Charles‌ ‌County‌ ‌and‌ ‌SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Oxon‌ ‌Hill‌ are here to help! We can be reached by calling on (301)‌ ‌753-8313 for storm damage repair and restoration service.‌

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Candles Beautiful Candlelight

During the holiday season, warm wishes, family time and good cheer come to mind, however, there are a few precautions that should be remembered because no one wants a reenactment of the infamous National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Cooking

  • In the U.S., most home fires and accidents are cause by unattended cooking.
  • Anything that can catch fire must be kept away from the stove and it should be turned off when you leave the kitchen.
  • At least three feet around the stove and hot food areas, create a “kid-free zone”.

Heaters

  • Create a three feet zone for heating equipment such as furnaces, fireplaces, wood stoves and portable space heaters.
  • Turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Never use an oven to heat your home. This is very dangerous and can lead to an electrical fire.

Christmas Trees

  • U.S. fire departments annually respond to an average of 160 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. 44% of these fires are caused by electrical problems, and one in five resulted from a heat source that’s too close to the tree.
  • Three feet zone rule which suggests that fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, candles and heat vents or lights should be followed for trees as well.  Make sure your tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Before leaving the home or going to bed, always turn off Christmas tree lights.

Candles

  • December is the high month for candle fires.
  • Keep candles at least 12” away from anything that can burn, and blow candles out when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • More than one third of home candle fires begin in the bedroom or in other areas where people may fall asleep.

Enjoy your holiday season safely!

SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Charles‌ ‌County‌ ‌and‌ ‌SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Oxon‌ ‌Hill‌

(301)‌ ‌753-8313

Ahh Choo!

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Flu and Cold Season Flu and Cold Season

As the COVID pandemic continues to wreak havoc, we at SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Charles‌ ‌County‌ ‌and‌ ‌SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Oxon‌ ‌Hill‌ support your efforts to keep your business open and your employees safe. There are a few steps you can take to help keep your facility clean, sanitized and the viruses at bay.

Identify the frequently touched areas and regularly wipe them down

  • Focus on tables, door handles, sinks, fridge/microwave handles and coffee pots
  • Use disposable disinfectant wipes/paper towels
  • Recommended to wipe down these areas three times a day
  • Provide Hand sanitizer
  • Remind employee to clean and sanitize their desks
  • Invest in commercial cleaning services
  • Remind employees to stay home or take a sick day if not feeling well
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Practice respiratory hygiene

SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are STILL Here to Help!

We are being called on by many businesses and community leaders to perform the necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect and sanitize their facilities. SERVPRO® uses EPA approved products and follows CDC guidelines for all cleanup practices. 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.

Many things have changed during these unprecedented times, but one thing remains the same. We are here to support our community and help get us back to normal as best we can.

Call today for your free Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned evaluation today, (301) 753-8313.

Icicles

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage in your home or business is a tragic event. The causes of water damage vary from a pipe bursting, leaking appliances, sewer backups, and or an extreme storm. In these events many people have no clue what first steps to take in order to deal with this flowing problem. Some of the immediate steps to take after water damage in your home and business include:

  • Turn off the power! If the water level reaches any electric sockets in the area, it creates a bigger hazard zone.
  • Call your insurance company. Contact an adjuster to assess the damage and determine if it is a covered loss.
  • Start water damage repair immediately. Mold can build up under wet surfaces within 24 hours.
  • Once all standing water is removed from your home or business, the area must be dried out removing all humidity. Air movers and dehumidifiers can help dry damp areas.
  • Determine what needs to be fully restored after water damage. Flooring and walls are typical a major concern in the restoration process.

We at SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Charles‌ ‌County‌ ‌and‌ ‌SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Oxon‌ ‌Hill‌ are here to safely ensure the water damage removal process is done thoroughly and correctly. Give us a call at (301)‌ ‌753-8313.

Thank you to the Fire Fighters!

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Firefighters Fearless Firefighters

October is not only fire prevention month, but it is also a time to honor those strong firefighters that took an oath to protect our communities. The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation was honored to announce their 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial during the first weekend of October 2-3, 2021. The memorial service honored the names of 215 firefighter who are now a permanent part of the National Memorial in honor of their sacrifices. Many landmarks and fire departments far and wide across the United States were lit up red to honor our fallen firefighters.

The National Fallen Fire Fighter Foundation is also very dedicated in providing families of the fallen firefighters with important resources, programs, and support as they face a long and difficult journey. Some of the resources and programs include scholarships, wellness conferences, and a remembrance program. We at SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Charles‌ ‌County‌ ‌and‌ ‌SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Oxon‌ ‌Hill‌ salute our firefighters and thank them for their service.

When the Storms Come...

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Storm and Houses Stormy Weather

Storm and flood damage can be devastating and occur when you least expect it. Storm damage encounters may include flooding from heavy rainfall or roof leaks from heavy wind-driven rain. Here are some useful measures you can do to make your home more resistant during a storm:

  • Protect potential wind and water entry points
  • Make sure roof shingles are secure using roofing cement
  • Make sure any openings or cracks by phone and cable lines are chalked up
  • Install proper weighted shutters to cover your windows and doorways
  • Protect and secure your HVAC system
  • Secure any loose item outside, i.e. bikes and trashcans

After the Storm, SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are here to support you!  Call SERVPRO® of Charles County, 301.753.8313 or SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill, 301.292.4447. We provide free visual inspections, and we will guide you through the claim, cleanup and reconstruction processes as necessary. We are Here to Help!

Every Business is Unique

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Owning a business is a considerable investment. The saying “it takes a village” could not be more accurate. That is why it is essential to hire someone you can trust who provides excellent service and can perform critical restoration tasks without interfering with the business itself. Just like every person is different, every business is different and has unique needs. We will cater to each of your needs to ensure all services requested are completed not only promptly but in a way that makes sense for you and your business.  Our technicians at SERVPRO of Charles County and SERVPRO of Oxon Hill are trained to mitigate the damage quickly and manage the restoration process.  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.

Smoke and Soot

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Smoke and soot covering everything.

An unexpected fire in your commercial property can cause damage for which you are completely unprepared. Along with the structural damage, fire damage leaves a mark on your heart as well. The soot, odor, damage of belongings and water damage are some of the effects in the aftermath of a fire. Soot can cover almost every inch of your business.  Smoke can seep into walls, air ducts and surfaces.  Unseen odors may be everywhere. However, SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Charles‌ ‌County‌ ‌and‌ ‌SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Oxon‌ ‌Hill’s fire damage restoration process can reverse this damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

Burned equipment and fried possessions after a fire, are just the damages visible on the surface. Even after the flames have been put out and the smoke has cleared, your business is still in trouble. Smoke and soot are highly acidic and can damage a wide range of materials they come in contact with. The unexpected amount of smoke damage can easily devastate any business owner. That's why it's important to call SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Charles‌ ‌County‌ ‌and‌ ‌SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Oxon‌ ‌Hill at  (301)‌ ‌753-8313 to restore your building to a clean, healthy, and safe condition for yourself and your employees.  We are always Here to Help!

Fire Prevention Month

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

October is fire prevention month. The overall goal of fire prevention month is to raise fire safety awareness and help ensure your home and family are protected. Fire prevention month was established in 1922 by The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA along your local firemen celebrate fire prevention month by raising fire safety awareness and educating communities, families, students, and encouraging everyone to practice fire prevention and keep their home and families safe.

The NFPA campaign theme for 2021 Fire Prevention Month is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”. With so many devices in our homes today from safety systems to personal electronics, it is important to be able to distinguish the difference between a potential emergency or push notification. Smoke alarms when triggered make a continuous beeping sound to alert those around of smoke coming from a potential fire. Smoke alarms may also make a chirping noise indicating that the batteries need to be changed. If the alarms continue to chirp after a battery change it may be time to fully replace the smoke alarm with a new one.

SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Charles‌ ‌County‌ ‌and‌ ‌SERVPRO®‌ ‌of‌ ‌Oxon‌ ‌Hill‌ join with the NFPA and firefighters to celebrate National Fire Prevention month and all efforts to keep our community safe!

When the Water Rises...

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

During these seasonal changes we tend to see more wet weather and heavy winds. These factors cam have an adverse effect on your home. Here are some of the ways to detect signs of water damage if they occur in your home.

  • Listen for leaks or constant water flow around your home.
  • Be mindful of your water bill, note any high fluctuation.
  • Look out for cracks in the wall that may spread or seem to have movement.
  • Be aware of a distinct, musty order, mold may be present.
  • Look for dark spots or white patterns that may differ from the flooring, roof, & base boards.
  • If you have hardwood flooring, be aware of any buckling or lifted nails from the floorboard.
  • Be mindful of pooling water or puddles that may appear in random areas of your home.

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.‌