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Germantown Residents can Create Entries for the First Annual Snowpeople Pageant

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Squirrel in snow eating an acorn. No matter the weather, SERVPRO is on call to restore your fire damage.

Earn the People’s Choice Award and Make Germantown Proud!

Between 9 AM and 5 PM, everyone is invited to come to the Meadowside Nature Center (a short drive from Germantown) on Monday, January 25, 2021, and make their best snow creation. Bring snacks, extra gloves or mittens, a box of facial tissues, and your imagination (plus your camera!) Staff from the Nature Center are ready to post photos of the Pageant entrants on their Facebook page so your friends and neighbors can view them and vote for their favorites. The three with the most votes receive an award.

Here are a few more facts about this (hopefully) snowy day:

  • Only all-natural materials are allowed (some materials provided at the Center’s doorway),
  • Participation is free,
  • Registration is optional, and
  • You can call (301) 258-4030 for more information about this activity in Rockville.

Fire Damage Restoration and Cleanup Eliminates Dangers in Germantown Residences

As white as snow is, a fire can leave your Germantown home’s interior coated in black soot. Call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 for fire damage cleanup services.

The Diverse Culture of Gaithersburg

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Lighted buildings along waterfront against night sky Gaithersburg has it all! Including SERVPRO-the only call you need to make for water damage restoration.

The City of Gaithersburg is Second on The List of Most Diverse American Cities

Living in a highly diverse area like Gaithersburg might seem daunting to some individuals who have lived in more homogenous surroundings. However, having many different backgrounds can make a community much stronger and vital than in other populated areas. 

The Chinese are One of the Many Asian Cultures that Settled in Gaithersburg

China has a bountiful number of subcultures, with the Han being the largest and most known. Splendid Chinese Ethnic Groups carries out many educational activities for the public regarding China’s inner diversity, as does the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center (CCACC). Celebrations held in Gaithersburg sometimes showcase one culture or another as its centerpiece. These two organizations typically celebrate the Chinese New Year together at Lakeforest Mall.

The traditional respect and reverence for the elderly in Chinese culture is a year-round focus of the CCACC. They provide services for elderly adults and their families, working within our community as a highly dedicated non-profit. 

The Hispanic and Latino Presence is Even More Populous

Most communities from other countries living in Gaithersburg do not have a festival of their own like China does. However, the Hispanic community relies on the El Salvadoran Festival to help share widely held customs, including music, food, and different styles of clothing. Their festival includes a raffle and a beauty pageant.

Amongst all the individuals from Central and South America, Spain also has a few families living here. Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Panama help give our city a genuine experience of colorful clothing and delicious cuisine not available elsewhere in America.

The “Melting Pot” Continues in Gaithersburg

Other Asian countries represented in Gaithersburg include Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Sri Lankan, and Indonesian. Ethiopians, Indians, and Pakistanis live in our area who contribute daily to occupations ranging from domestic services to medical science technology.

We are fortunate to have people from around the globe as our neighbors, coworkers, classmates, and friends. Other nations with individuals who have decided to call Gaithersburg “home” include those in Europe:

  • Germany,
  • Ireland, 
  • Poland, and 
  • Scotland

An inclusive worldview acknowledges the abilities and cultures of those who made the often-arduous move from their home country to ours. It shows our appreciation for those who now live here. Understanding that they might miss their birthplace but want to share their culture with us enriches everybody’s lives.

Why SERVPRO Should be Your Go-To Water Restoration Company in Gaithersburg

The diversity that comes from the individuals in our community is a benefit. However, there are numerous ways that water can damage your property. Our ability to handle any damage left behind by water, flooding, or elevated humidity is why SERVPRO is a trusted Gaithersburg water restoration company. 

We keep up to date with the latest advances in our industry. Our employees become certified technicians in various areas of mitigation, remediation, and restoration. Each team member learns how to use several methods in a highly effective way. 

Many of these methods require specialized machinery and tools. We invest in these items, just as we do our team members’ training. Each piece of equipment, tool, and chemical has its own space, both at our facility and in our Green Fleet. Not only does maintaining a high level of detail keep us highly efficient, but it also cuts down immensely on wear and tear.

Clean Water Damage is Still Damage

Water from a leaky pipe or loose feed line to an appliance drenches floors with clean water. With this kind of problem, SERVPRO technicians first repair the plumbing issue. Then we perform the extraction, followed by drying of the affected area. Large amounts of water saturating your residence often require extraction machinery, air movers, desiccant machines, and heaters. We follow up to ensure that everything in your house reaches dry conditions according to standardized measurements. 

Specialized treatment needs to happen when it comes to certain flooring types, like wood flooring. Pieced wood tiles prove much more fragile than wooden boards. Any significant amount of time can destroy more fragile flooring, and we can help you decide the best approach if this happens to your house.

Dirty Floodwater Can Quickly Mess up a Home

When clean water sits inside a home for more than a few days, microbes begin affecting the water, making it like floodwater. We often perform the same techniques when there is a delay between the incident and our arrival.

Because flooding also brings debris into a home, we use a different approach overall:

  • Extraction includes removing water, silt, sand, mud, and debris.
  • Removal of damaged furnishings – flooring, low-to-the-floor furniture, wet walls.
  • Rinsing of nonporous surfaces with clean water, followed by a disinfectant spray.
  • Drying out of the property, including basement areas, crawlspaces, and enclosed areas like under stairways.
  • Replacement materials brought in and installed to complete the restoration project, ranging from drywall, and paneling to electrical systems, HVAC ducts, and floor coverings.

Elevated Humidity can Cause Residential Damage and Unwanted Health Effects

SERVPRO technicians do more than cleanup situations. They also help families in Gaithersburg prevent conditions from escalating and becoming worse. While some humidity inside your home makes the air more comfortable to breathe, too much can lead to mold and other microbes. A growth explosion of such microbes can soil clothing, eat away at walls and wood, and create a musty odor. 

Before this happens, we can come in and use specific cameras to locate the source of excess humidity. Frequent sources are clogged appliances, a leaky roof, and disintegrating drain systems. Other problems can also cause this, but our infrared cameras readily locate these areas.

All these reasons are why calling SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 for your water restoration needs makes sense. We are always available.

Shop at the Holiday Arts Market in Gaithersburg

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Shop around a the Holiday Arts Market while SERVPRO takes care of your homes water removal.

Shop at the Holiday Arts Market in Gaithersburg

The Holiday Arts Market in Gaithersburg Has Several Unique Items to Buy

One of the best places to shop in Montgomery County is the annual Holiday Arts Market put on at the Arts Barn Gallery during the holiday season. The market takes place every year through a collaborative effort between the city and the Gaithersburg Artist Collective. The special holiday art show gives visitors the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind art pieces created by over 30 different kinds of artists in the area.

When coming to the Holiday Arts Market, it is wise to remember the following:

The market is open starting in mid-November, and it runs until December 30.

This event is currently available by-appointment-only, and people can make appointments between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The market will feature the Gaithersburg Artist Collective's collaborative pop-up exhibit that includes works from artists specializing in various forms of artwork.

If you ever need water mitigation inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 24/7.

Don't Miss Butler's Orchard Farmer's Market in Germantown

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Fruits & Veggies at market Stop by Butler's Orchard's Farmer's Market in Germantown on December 20th.

The Farmer's Market at Butler's Orchard Is One of Germantown's Best Attractions

The famous farmer's market is open year-round, and this year everyone is welcome to come and make those last-minute purchases before Christmas on December 20. The market offers everything you think a farmer's market should offer and more. Something, the Butler's Orchard is known for including their unique sweets to enjoy while shopping. The farmer's market venue is the home of their famous slush, or you can also enjoy some of their Butler's Apple Cider Donuts.

Other items shoppers can find during the holiday season at the orchard's farmer's market include:

Honey Crisp Apples

York Grapes

Pink Lady Pears

Moorenko's Ice Cream

Delightful Dairy Milk

Cherry Hill Farm's pork, chicken, and beef products

Palmyra Cheeses

Butler's Famous Lemon Pound Cake

Fresh Kettle Corn

Caramel Apples

If a rainstorm ever devastates your property, you can always call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 24/7. We can return your home back to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

Professional Fire Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO Proudly Serve Gaithersburg

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle Leave your fire damage to the experts. SERVPRO will leave your home looking "Like it never even happened."

If You Experience a Fire in Your Gaithersburg House, SERVPRO Can Help

Gaithersburg, Maryland is located northwest of Washington, D.C, and many consider it a suburb of the capital city. The city itself has a population of about 60,000 people, and it is split in half by Interstate 270, which is the route from Washington.

The first people that began to settle in the region came to the area as early as 1765. This first agricultural community called their settlement Log Town. A little bit later, in the early 1780s, a man named Henry Brookes bought a large portion of land in the area from a land grant and built a cabin and a brick house on the property.

The town remained to be called Log Town or Forest Oak as the region’s post office was named after a large oak tree in the city until the railroad came through the community. By that time, everyone had started calling it Gaithersburg, named after Benjamin Gaither, who married Brookes’ daughter and ended up inheriting his land.

On the east side of the city sits the older part of town before it grew to the size it is now in recent years. The city’s older half is home to the following:

City Hall: The town was established in 1878, and it became a city in 1968 before the town grew onto the west side of the interstate.

Lakeforest Mall: This famous mall is on the east side of Gaithersburg, and it is a two-door indoor shopping area that is home to over 120 stores and a food court.

Bohrer Park: This city park is a popular recreation hang-out spot with an outdoor pool and water park for families.

Montgomery County Fairgrounds: The home of the annual county fair and a venue for other events during the year.

Olde Towne: When visiting this section of the city’s eastside, visitors can see buildings and landmarks of the region’s past.

The west side of the city is where all of the newest regional growth has occurred. Most of the city’s west side developments were designed using an idea called New Urbanism that keeps smart growth design in mind when developing. The newer, wealtheir half of the city is home to the following developments:

Kentlands Community: This award-winning community was made using New Urbanism principles.

The Washingtonian Center: This region is also known as “Rio,” and it is a famous shopping district. The neighborhood is the home to several big-box retail stores, including Dick’s Sporting Goods and Target.

Lakelands Community: This is another newer subdivision that was built with keeping smart growth design principles in its architecture.

Watkins Mill Town Center: This neighborhood is still in the works, and it is slated to be a community oriented around public transportation systems.

“Science City”: This giant development is still under construction, but it is supposed to be one of the most significant new developments in the city.

The City’s Economy is the Home to Several Big Employers

The city is home to several industries, and it is considered one of the most ethnically and economically diverse cities in the country. When matched up against the largest 300 cities in the U.S., Gaithersburg has rated first in ethnic diversity and the top five of the most social class diverse cities. Some of the top employers in the area include:

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Headquarters


Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services Area Headquarters



United States Army Reserve Legal Command

Don’t Forget to Visit the Kentlands Mansion

Officially labeled as the Tschiffely-Kent Property, the mansion has long been a famous landmark to admire while traveling down Darnestown Road. The mansion was originally built in the early 1900s by Frederick Tschiffely, and then he sold it to Otis Beall Kent in 1942. The property is now owned and kept up by the city of Gaithersburg as a historic structure.

This glorious building is now rented out by the city as an event and wedding venue. The Victorian Style structure can offer dream weddings with its fabulous lawns and beautiful balconies that overlook the exquisite grounds. Right now, the building can only be viewed on an appointment-only basis, but it is still available to rent for private events.

SERVPRO Is Available 24/7 For Anyone Who Suffers from a Fire on Their Property

Fires big and small can happen when the homeowner least expects it. Many structural blazes ignite during cooking mishaps. It is rather easy for someone to get distracted and leave whatever they are cooking unattended. It doesn’t take long for foods to burn or the grease it is being cooked in to get too hot and ignite.

Sometimes, the biggest problem with fires, even if they are small, is the smoke expelled during the blaze. Smoke coming from the flames can travel through rooms of a house that were previously unaffected. Once these partially combusted particles touch cooler surfaces, they can turn into soot residues that can affect several surfaces throughout a home.

Despite the problems associated with soot residues, smoke can also deeply penetrate porous items and become a source of the unpleasant aroma. Luckily, SERVPRO knows how to remove burnt-like odors from structures. The first step is to clean and remove all burnt debris and soot residues, but it is possible that foul odors can still exist. All SERVPRO technicians are certified by the International Institute for Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC program and have access to the following deodorization tools.

ULV Foggers: These foggers can dispense deodorants into a mist, breaking them down into small particles.

Thermal Foggers: These machines add heat to oil-based deodorants and break them down to even smaller particles to mimic the way smoke behaves and penetrate porous items in the same fashion.

Ozone Generators: Ozone units generate unstable O3 molecules into the atmosphere. The ozone molecules give off an oxygen molecule to oxidize and neutralize malodor particles.

SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to help with fire damage repair needs. Call (301) 963-8474, because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Keep your Swing this Winter with Indoor Golfing Practice at Germantown's Topgolf Center.

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Golf ball Let SERVPRO professionals take care of your business property's water removal while you enjoy a game of indoor golf.

Topgolf Tournaments are Open for Booking From November to December for Germantown Businesses and Residents. 

At the beginning of 2020, Topgolf opened in Germantown to provide an indoor golf entertainment center for guests and residents. The indoor, climate-controlled ranges offer all year round golf experiences that can be booked for parties, events, companies, or personal practice. The tournament opportunities can host an incredible 612 players at a time with room for 600 spectators. Bookings are accepted for those who have never taken a swing as well as experienced players. Best of all, the indoor environment means no rain-outs are allowing for a rich golfing experience all through November and December.

  • Tournament bookings include a golf professional to help guide and assess the logistics of supporting your dream tournament. 
  • Golf clubs, as well as reserve bays, are available for all entrants into your golf tournament.
  • Refillable soft drinks and catering staff are available to help you host your golf tournament this winter. 

As temperatures drop below freezing, the risk of burst water pipes or plumbing issues increases at your business. Contact SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 for commercial restoration technicians.

Relax to a Live Orchestral Performance from the BlackRock Center in Gaithersburg While Sitting in your Living Room.

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Concert Enjoy a Live Orchestral Performance from home. Played From the BlackRock Center for Arts in Gaithersburg, December 6th.

On December 6th, A Live Virtual Stream of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Compositions is Played From the BlackRock Center for Arts in Gaithersburg.

This virtual streaming performance is a donation-based, one-hour performance from the INSCAPE Chamber Orchestra. Renditions of both Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and Deep River are set to be performed on December 6th. The BlackRock Center is situated next to Montgomery County Public Library on Middlebrook Road. The arts center gets its name from historic BlackRock Mill in Germantown and has been providing performing arts to Gaithersburg residents since 2002. While the center remains open during Covid, masks are mandatory and temperature checks on arrival. They have a 210 seat theater, dance studio, and rehearsal rooms available for booking. 

  • Classes at the BlackRock Center cover dance & fitness, music, theater, and visual arts. 
  • The learning methodology includes face to face classes, private tuition, as well as e-learning tools.
  • People of any skill level can apply for expert tuition or classes on their performance of choice.

The presence of mold in your business could drive away customers or force a temporary closure. Contact SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474.

Groundwater Flooding Can Occur During Seasonal Rainfall or From Rising Sea Levels and Salt Water Rivers.

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO technicians are always available to assist you. Call right away, if your property experiences storm damage.

SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / German Town is Equipped to Secure your Home and Reduce Floodwaters Rapidly.

Gaithersburg is a thriving city in Maryland County with a growing populace of around 60,000 people. We are one of the largest cities in Maryland, alongside Frederick, Rockville, and Baltimore. Originally a small township established in 1878, we gained city status in the late sixties as urban redevelopment and businesses made their way to this corner of the United States. While our residents enjoy the opportunities afforded by our growing business district and technological innovation companies, Gaithersburg still retains much of its small-town feel with a welcoming community and a wealth of natural beauty. However, by heading into the West Side of the city, visitors can experience a thriving business and tech hub of the Kentlands community, the Lakelands, and the Washingtonian Center- colloquially known as the Rio. 

The west side of Gaithersburg is the home to some of the biggest multinational corporations in America. These have helped drive the local economy and secure a continuous regeneration of the West Side's various districts. Our list of companies includes the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the Bureau Dr, IBM on Frederick Avenue, and Astra Zeneca HQ. A short commute to Washington has made this city an ideal spot for many businesses worldwide, including French Multinational Sodexo. At the heart of Gaithersburg is a rich, traditional history, shopping centers-which offer some of the best Black Friday deals, and an excellent school system. Visitors often enjoy the wealth of activities that are available in Gaithersburg, including:

  • The BlackRock Center for Arts is a premier performing and visual arts venue that attracts the top 1% of talent from all over the country. Located on Towns Common Drive, this venue covers music, theater, comedy, circus, exhibitions, and dance. 
  • The Butler's Orchard provides various products on its 300-acre plot, which visitors can fill bags full of when visiting. The Butler family has owned and cultivated this land for three generations and sell home-made preserves as well as cider at their unique marketplace.
  • The Great Seneca Stream Valley is popular among cyclists, hikers, families, and kayakers for its fulfilling trails, natural visages, and wildlife. The national park is replete with pavilion cafes, playgrounds for kids, and canoe boat rentals. 
  • The Lancaster County Dutch Market on Wisteria Drive has been running strong for twenty years due to its firm commitment to providing the best local produce to residents and visitors all seasons. We celebrate holiday seasons here while a visit to the hand-made furniture section provides visitors with a unique piece of Gaithersburg to take home with them.

Learning to Kayak on Gaithersburg's Near by Potomac River

The Potomac River is the fourth largest river on the Atlantic coast spanning 405 miles through Washington and Maryland County. Close to Gaithersburg, this river offers opportunities for visitors to experience serene wildlife by taking canoes and paddle-boats or testing their skills on the white water rapids by Kayaking. The Valley Mills Kayaking Club has a rich history in training some of the world's greatest Kayakers, with the first Olympic medals awarded to our very own Kayakers. Today, they offer classes to suit all skill levels from beginners right up to experienced professionals. In nearby Rockville, the Valley Mills Club has its indoor heated pool to train you in freestyle and rolls before heading onto the river. 

  • Beginner, intermediate and professional classes, are available to Kayaking enthusiasts with patient and inclusive instructors.
  • There are several freestyle clinics to improve your style on the waters with private instruction options to nail your form. 
  • Stand-up paddling lessons and top-sitting techniques are also trained for those who want a leisurely drift on the calmer parts of the Potomac River.

Relaxing with some of Gaithersburg's unique breweries and eateries

Gaithersburg has an agricultural history, which has made it an ideal place to brew ciders and unique beers. On East Diamond Avenue is the local legend Growlers Brew Pub which was the first to open in Maryland County. They have an award-winning selection of beers to compliment a tasty traditional pub menu. In the summer months, you can while away a few hours on the outdoor heated deck bar or head into the saloon for live music and late-night serving hours. Alternatively, head over to Ellington Boulevard to sample the 90 craft beers on offer at the Old Town Pub House. This Chicago-based business has set up an outpost here in Gaithersburg and serves modern cuisine, including fried pretzels, Crab Fondue, and Duck Confit Nachos. Experiencing this ever-evolving town's flavors and culinary traditions is an essential part of living or visiting Gaithersburg this winter. 

SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown Can Provide Emergency Floodwater Extraction to Residents within Four Hours of Notification of Loss. 

Groundwater flooding can occur when underground aquifers overflow as a result of heavier rainfall or riverine rises. These events can be sudden and cause the swelling groundwater to come up through the floors of your home. In some cases, these floods can contain saltwater, damaging wood framing, and building assemblies in your home. Controlling and mitigating groundwater flooding losses often involves carefully removing the layers of a building assembly such as the carpets, subfloors, and fittings. SERVPRO technicians can help to dry these areas of the home quickly and mitigate potential losses. 

  • Our technicians can adapt drying equipment like air-movers to provide warm air circulation on both the upper and lower layers of a building assembly to speed up drying times. 
  • Using a combination of hygrometers, moisture meters, probes, and infrared imaging cameras, our technicians can uncover hidden moisture pockets and rectify them before they cause lasting damage.
  • Using proven techniques, we can return semi-porous materials like lumber or hardwood to their natural equilibrium moisture content, preventing permanent warping or buckling.

If your home begins to flood due to rising groundwater levels, contact SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474.

Why Does My House Still Smell of Fire After Cleaning Soots and Smokes?

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

woman covering her nose SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle every level of fire damage, including the odors that follow. Call us today, we are always available.

Getting Rid of Soots and Smokes May Require Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services. SERVPRO is Based in Gaithersburg with Expertly Trained Fire Technicians. 

What causes the blackening of walls during a fire?

A house fire in your Gaithersburg residence could lead to soot and smoke residues sticking on walls and ceilings. The chemicals that combusting materials produce can adhere to surfaces and bond with them on a molecular level. These residues appear as thick black soiling on covers, which can be incredibly tough to remove. Sometimes, smoke residues can travel far beyond the initial fire location, leading to light or moderate odor-causing residues that are virtually invisible to the naked eye. SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training to trace smoke throughout a property and ensure that soilings are cleaned appropriately. 

What influences smoke deposits in a burnt property?

  • The temperature of the ashes or soots is produced by combusting materials and traveling in smoke.
  • The relative temperature of the surfaces that hot smokes contact with cold surfaces typically attracting hot smokes
  • The amount of pressure created by the changes in temperature which can drive soots into surfaces.

How does convection affect fire damages?

A key component of fire damage restoration for Gaithersburg residents is convection. Convection refers to the transference of air- with hot air rising and cold air pushing downwards. These convection currents can lead to continuing damage after a fire is extinguished. It is vital to open windows or use vent boxing fans to establish substantial property ventilation and mitigate against losses. A property with poor ventilation can often have fire odors throughout the house even after a low-level kitchen fire. 

What are the different types of smoke?

  • Driven smoke may refer to smoke damages that occur from a high-pressure fire quite literally driving smoke into wall or ceiling surfaces
  • Free-floating smoke is gases from smoke that lose their temperature and float through a building until gravity pulls them down onto surfaces.
  • Temperature differentials between smokes and surfaces can result in more massive smoke deposits on colder surfaces like windows or draperies' backing. 

Understanding how smoke moves through a building can help to ensure an active restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474.

Can Proactive Inspection Minimize Water Damage to My Germantown Shower?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown offers mitigation and restoration that lets homeowners feel, “Like it never even happened.”

Certified Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO Provide Water Damage Restoration for Germantown Homeowners

According to the Insurance Information Institute, one in 50 homes are affected to some extent by water damage each year in the United States. A pinhole leak or small crack in a pipe can add between $100 to $600 additional dollars a month to a Germantown property owner’s water bill.

SERVPRO professionals can render water damage restoration for Germantown homes that returned your property to a preloss condition. Restoration technicians are certified to not only handle water damage mitigation but also make necessary structural repairs and replacements so that you can enjoy a safe and comfortable living space once more.

How Can SERVPRO Availability Save Homeowners Time and Money?
SERVPRO technicians are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays, to ensure that homeowners get the access necessary to minimize damage to their homes and belongings. Proactive disaster mitigation is key to maximizing cost-saving measures and reducing the potential presence of mold and microbes on surfaces and in the air.

    •    Water saturates surfaces within minutes of exposure and begins damaging items within hours of contact. This damage can include waterlogged drywall, damage to wall studs and subfloors, and delaminating adhesives holding down such materials as vinyl flooring.
    •    After as little as 24 hours, mold can proliferate on water damage surfaces, especially porous surfaces like carpeting, wood, and drywall.
    •    In less than a week, water damage can multiply damages to your home considerably. This can include corroding metals, delaminating carpet, destroying drywall, and warping, swelling, and cracking wood in both structural materials and furniture.

How Can Property Owners Detect a Shower Leak Behind a Wall?
    •    Take note of water stains and leaks. Homeowners with a first-floor shower and a basement underneath, or second-floor bathroom with the leak, may find signs of water damage on the ceiling immediately under the bathroom or water dripping from the ceiling.
    •    Create an inspection window in your drywall. If rear access to your shower is possible, use a stud finder to cut an approximately 8" x 10" rectangle for viewing the wall interior. Consider installing an access panel for ease of inspection.
    •    Evaluate the wall interior for signs of water damage. If there is an internal leak, you may find water stains on the drywall beneath the tub drain. Examine pipes for signs of fresh moisture or oxidation on copper pipes, especially after running your tub or shower.
    •    Run the shower to see if leaks occur. While rear access to a shower valve can be difficult for many homeowners, front access is doable, though it is often more challenging to find the source of a leak. Sometimes the showerhead or arm may be the cause. rather than the shower valve.

If you are still unsure of the source of the water leak in your shower, contact a licensed plumber about repairs and a trusted restoration team like SERVPRO for cleanup.

What are Some Common Fixes for a Leaking Shower Valve or Arm?
A leaking shower valve is one of the more common culprits of a shower leak. If this component is the source, consider the following solutions:
    •    A leaky valve stem can indicate that the cartridge needs replacement.
    •    A direct leak from the body of the shower valve may necessitate the removal and replacement of your shower valve.

When replacing a shower valve on copper pipes, take care that you leave enough room to piece in a new valve with a repair coupling. Germantown homeowners with PEX pipes do not have to be as precise to perform the same task.

If the shower arm is the issue, begin repairs by removing the escutcheon around the shower arm. This plate can be either split or solid. The former can be removed without unscrewing the showerhead, while the latter means that the showerhead requires removal to take off the cover. Once you have access to the shower arm, you can:
    •    Tighten screws.
    •    Clean and dry pipe threads.
    •    Wrap the pipe in plumbers tape or seal with Teflon pipe dope.

How Does SERVPRO’s Sanitation Resources Remediate Microbial Growth and Odors?
SERVPRO technicians have access to over 100 EPA-registered proprietary antimicrobial solutions that virtually eliminate microbes and odor-causing particles, especially when used in tandem with moisture extraction, structural drying, and odor control equipment. This multi-pronged approach removes water damage odors in your bathroom at the source.

After performing moisture extraction, SERVPRO can focus on remediating potential microbial growth if signs of mold are present. Mold containment and remediation are performed before drying to prevent spores from spreading through the air while centrifugal air movers are operational.

SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown offers mitigation and restoration that lets homeowners feel, “Like it never even happened.” Call (301) 963-8474 to begin the cleanup process.