When Ice Strikes
Ice Dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air from your home or business rises into the attic spaces and heats the roof from the inside out. This heat melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas causing water and mold damage to insulation, ceilings and soffits. This can also loosen your shingles, pull or tear off gutters.
Climbing onto your roof to fix the problem yourself is dangerous and could lead to serious personal injury and increase the damage to your home or business. There are multiple methods to help avoid ice dams on the market, including attic insulation and ventilation and having a good quality waterproof underlayment. Please refer to a licensed contractor for assistance in protecting your home to ensure your personal safety and the safety of your home or business.
One of the biggest steps in ice dam prevention is making sure your gutters are clean and having a debris protection system. Debris causes water to back up and gives the ice dam process a jump start.
The interior leaks caused by ice dams might not be visible right away. It is not uncommon that the water pushed into your structure will travel around walls and vapor barriers until it finds a path that might lead to an area where you do see it. By the point you see water inside, it usually has been there for a while which can cause mold to develop.
SERVPRO of Talbot/Dorchester's Professional staff can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to pre-loss condition. Contact our offices for fast, efficient service at (410)749-2221 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROtalbotdorchester.com .
Cleaning and Restoring Commercial Properties
SERVPRO of Talbot/Dorchester specializes in commercial clean ups. There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Talbot county, commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
- Commercial Clean Up
Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Talbot/Dorchester has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At - (410) 822-6442
Holiday Fires - Christmas Tree Fire Safety
Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) show the holidays are a high-risk time for home fires. Christmas trees are responsible for 240 home fires each year, and other holiday decorations are the cause of another 1,170 fires.
Here are some tips to keep your home safe this holiday season:
•Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree.
•Keep trees at least three feet away from major sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, and direct sunlight). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process.
•Use lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, to reduce drying of the tree.
•Always inspect light sets before placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set.
•Do not overload electrical circuits.
•Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.
•Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree is dry, remove it from the house.
•Install and ensure smoke alarms work inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
If you have a fire, call SERVPRO of Talbot/Dorchester. We make it like it never even happened.
Does Your Talbot Home Have A Mold Problem?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
· Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
· Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
· Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
· Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
· Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
· Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 410-822-6442
Talbot / Dorchester Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
· Stay out of affected areas.
· Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
· Contact SERVPRO of Talbot/Dorchester for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
· Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
· Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
· Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
· Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Talbot/Dorchester specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 410-822-6442
State Farm Regional Event
Chief of the Ocean Pines VFD Steve Grunewald (left) and Deputy Chief Bill Bounds (right) recently accepted SERVPRO Personal Emergency Assistance Bags
SERVPRO got invited to attend the 2016 Regional State Farm Training. SERVPRO's finest in attendence: Brian MCCabe, Dani Farabaugh, Samantha Chesley, Bogdan Rati, and Philip Kirlew. Everyone was so thankful for the opportunity to sit and meet with State Farm Representatives.
2016 RPS Frisbee Golf Tournament
2016 SERVPRO Frisbee Team
October 15, 2016 (Salisbury, MD)
Imagination Library Scores at RPS ISG International’s 5th Annual Disc Golf Tournament
RPS ISG International recently held their 5th Annual Disc Golf Tournament raising a record $14,315 to benefit United Way’s Imagination Library Program. 36 teams from local businesses competed to raise funds for the program, providing free, home-delivered books each month to local children from birth to age five. Event sponsors included Chubb Insurance, XL Catlin Insurance, CareFirstBlueCrossBlueShield, PNC Bank, Beazley Group, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Travelers Insurance, CNA Insurance, Hanover Insurance Group, HISCOX Insurance and The Hartford. Tournament teams included employees from 1880 Bank, Affordable Business Solutions,Amedisys Home Health Care, APPI Energy, BesTemps, Black Diamond Catering, Davis, Bowen & Friedel, Deaf Independent Living Association, Delco Packaging, Delmarva Media Group, Dorchester County Public Schools, Egide USA, Hebron Savings Bank, Interstate Container, Intercoastal Trading,LWRC, One Beacon Insurance, PNC Bank, Pohanka of Salisbury, SERVPRO, TGM Group, LLC, Tri Gas & Oil, USLI Insurance, Vantage Point Solutions Group, WBOC/Draper Holdings, Wellspring Insurance Network, and Xenith Bank.
Dean Goodwin, Marketing Manager of RPS ISG International and event coordinator of the tournament shared, “This year was the most successful disc golf tournament to date! It’s heartwarming to see our business community come together to ensure the kindergarten readiness of children on the Lower Shore."
The Imagination Library Literacy Program is administered by the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, and to date has distributed over 81,000 books to nearly 4,000 children in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester Counties since its inception in 2012. The proceeds of the tournament will provide over 6,600 books to localchildren. United Way Executive Director Kathleen Mommé stated, “We continue to be amazed at the leadership RPS ISG International provides each year with this event.Thanks to their creative support, local children and their parents will have the materials they need to foster a love of reading and learning.”
About United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore:
Now in its 72nd year, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore continues to be the largest non-governmental source of funding for 74 critical programs in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester Counties. United Way helps Eastern Shore residents obtain Educational Success by reducing the achievement gap between low and middle income students, Financial Stability by advancing the economic security of families and individuals in our community, and Good Health by improving access to and awareness of local health and wellness services. In 2016, United Way provided nearly $1.4 million to community programs and helped to change the lives of over 77,000 individuals. For more information, visit www.unitedway4us.org.
Got Mold in Talbot / Dorchester County? Better call SERVPRO
Mold thrives under the right conditions in your Talbot / Dorchester Home.
Mold remediation is one of our primary areas of expertise here at SERVPRO® of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland. We have the training and experience to contain the infestation, scrub health-threatening spores out of the air, remove the contaminated materials, and help prevent future microbial growth.
A Moldy Situation
Imagine you were cleaning out a storage closet at work, and you found mold growing on the back wall. Most likely this year, an ice dam supplied the water that created an ideal situation for microbes to grow in this closet. Once you identified and resolved the source of the leak, you would still want to contact a professional to mitigate the mold and ensure healthy air for your employees and customers to breathe.
Containing the Infestation
When SERVPRO® franchise professionals begin a mold job, our first concern is to contain the mold infestation. The mold you can see is only a small part of the danger posed to building occupants. Mold reproduces by releasing invisible spores into the air. These spores pose the real hazard for those who breathe the air in the infested building. Therefore, we begin by preventing air from the contaminated area traveling to other parts of the building.
Scrubbing Mold Out of the Air
Each job is unique in its challenges and solutions. However, in most cases, a SERVPRO® mold mitigation team will set up a containment barrier and create a “negative air” situation inside the infested area. A “negative air” situation is essentially a vacuum that ensures air only flows into and not out of the contained area while the air scrubbers filter the spores and other contaminants from the air.
Removing Contaminated Materials
Organic materials like drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles must be removed and discarded once they become contaminated with mold. This is why we encourage people to contact us immediately after a water loss to dry all the materials before microbial growth begins. Blowing a fan across moldy materials hoping to dry them and save them spreads mold spores in the air and increases the health risk to building occupants.
Inhibiting Future Growth
SERVPRO® franchise professionals can never promise to prevent all future mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere in the atmosphere, and they take root and thrive whenever they find the perfect mix of moisture, food (organic materials) and temperature. However, our team does have several products that discourage microbial growth. Once your moldy materials have been removed and the air has been scrubbed to reduce the concentration of spores, we can apply one of these anti-microbial agents to help protect your building’s structural elements.
Call SERVPRO® for Mold ASAP
When you see mold, remember you cannot see the biggest threat that mold presents. Contact our Talbot / Dorchester mold remediation team at 410-822-6442 for a free estimate and good advice about protecting yourself and other building occupants until the mold is removed and the air is clean again.
Flooded Basement in Talbot / Dorchester County
This flooded basement was quite large but our crews were able to quickly remove the water to begin drying.
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Talbot basement could flood, including:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- And many more
The flooding in this Talbot home was caused by heavy rain runoff. Talbot had received over several inches of rain that week and it overwhelmed the system.
We were onsite within an hour, to inspect the damage and to begin the water extraction process. In less than four days we had basement dry. We use advanced inspection and monitoring equipment to determine you’re your home’s structure is actually dry.
If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your home’s structure not to mention the potential harmful health effects of mold. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- We have advanced inspection and extraction equipment
Have Questions? Call Us Today – We’re Here To Help - 410-822-6442
Hurricane Prepardeness in your Talbot / Dorchester Home - Be Prepared
With Hurricane season approaching, there are two keys to weather safety that everyone should know. That is to PREPARE for the risks and to ACT on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials.
Before a Hurricane:
- To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
- Know your surroundings
- Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone.
- Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
- Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground.
- Make plans to secure your property
- Cover all of your home's windows
- Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure.
- Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
- Reinforce your garage
- Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Determine how and where to secure your boat.
- Install a generator for emergencies.
- If in a high-rise building, when high winds are present, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor because wind conditions increase with height, and in a small interior room without windows.
- Consider building a safe room.
Call SERVPRO of Talbot/Dorchester - (410)822-6442