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Our Crew Is Here To Help After A Fire In Your Gaithersburg Home

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

kitchen burnt in fire and covered in soot Give our professionals a call anytime that disaster strikes at (301) 963-8474 and we can help you however you need.

Improving Content Management For Fire-Damaged Gaithersburg Homes

We know that to truly protect a Gaithersburg home after a fire loss incident, we need the help of the residents before we arrive as much as they need efficient recovery practices we provide. Preemptive actions taken by the homeowners can work to protect the contents of your home from damaging effects like soot residue. This spreading effect can leave a layer of thick carcinogens on the surface of your belongings and furniture that can be challenging for even our experienced team to clean.

With the vast array of effects that follow fire damage in Gaithersburg homes, it is no surprise that our recovery team is one of the most experienced and well-trained on our SERVPRO team. Our technicians not only pursue the accreditation from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Fire & Smoke Restoration, but many of our team pursue secondary endorsements, including structural drying, odor removal, carpet cleaning, and content management.

The sciences behind restoring your belongings after a fire loss incident are continually evolving and expanding, weaving in new practices, equipment, and products. Even with our efficient approach to loss incidents, we encourage homeowners to move at-risk contents and furniture in their house to unaffected areas. Not only can this prevent unnecessary damage to these items, but it can also provide a better space for our mitigation processes to begin.

While we strive to provide on-site recovery for specific belongings when possible, it is unlikely that our content department does not need to move some of your possessions to our nearby facility for focused restoration. When your items reach our SERVPRO facility, we can focus on elements like soot removal, deodorization, drying, and safe storage of your belongings until they are to get returned to a restored property.

As damaging as fire losses can be for your home, our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team can help to reduce the cost of this recovery with our content pack-out process. We can get lightly damaged items to our facility nearby for cleaning, restoration, and storage. Give our professionals a call anytime that disaster strikes at (301) 963-8474 and we can help you however you need.

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Residential Floors, Evaluation and Restoration by SERVPRO, Can Vary from Home to Home and Event to Flood-Damaging Event

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

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How SERVPRO Handles Flood Damage to Different Kinds of Flooring

When flood damage happens, flooring bears the brunt of the accident. Even a small amount of groundwater that enters the home has the potential to spread into carpet, padding and into the subfloor.

Flood damage in a Gaithersburg home requires a quick turnaround. Every minute the water remains in the house, it increases the amount of loss and lessens the chances for restoration.

Thorough Extraction Lessens Drying Time
When SERVPRO technicians handle flood damage, they use different methods to prep the flooring and room for drying depending on the surface or materials affected. Evaporation is one technique, and the other is the extraction of excess water.

Types of Extraction Used
The most common method utilized by SERVPRO technicians during groundwater cleanup is wet vacuuming using the power of a truck-mounted unit. This type of extraction technique gives techs the ability to remove copious amounts of water efficiently due to the lift of the vacuum function pulling moisture up and out of flooring. If the water in the property is more than two-inches in-depth, pumping is usually the removal option of choice.

Carpet Removal
Groundwater renders both carpet and padding unrestorable due to its unsanitary nature. However, even lightly saturated carpet is extremely heavy and has the potential to cause injury from the wet. SERVPRO technicians extract and dispose of the water, so the carpet is lighter and easier to handle for removal and discarding.

Hardwood Flooring Extraction
 It is vital to remove the water to dry hardwood floorboards thoroughly. Due to the porous nature of wood, this often presents a challenge for SERVPRO technicians. Along with using a portable pump or truck-mounted unit for a maximum pull of the embedded moisture, sometimes a drying mat is also set up to force warm, dry air into the boards to dry them even faster. In instances where a large area of flooring has effects of water damage, the application of several drying mats is commonplace. These can be daisy-chained with vacuums or set up with injectidry systems for maximum water and moisture extraction.

When flood damage occurs, homeowners need a fast response. Call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474, and our technicians arrive within four hours after the call because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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  Our Experts Explain the Water Damage Remediation Process in Your Germantown Home

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaking under a door. Water damage has occurred. If there is substantial water damage to your home don't try and clean it up alone. Call SERVPRO today for professional remediation assistance.

Protecting Belongings in a Water-Damaged Germantown Home

One of the strengths of our SERVPRO team is our content management professionals that can protect the belongings of your Germantown home. With how quickly water loss incidents can sweep through properties, many of your possessions can become affected or at-risk. As much as many homeowners have opted to seek the professional assistance that our team members can provide, there are ways that you can help reduce your loss in the items you own.

With the substantial level of water damage possible to Germantown homes, it is not surprising how a small circumstance can blossom into something severe. More importantly, spreading water can begin absorbing into material directly exposed, leaving both structural elements and your items susceptible to saturation. While we have a rapid response mitigation team that can begin protecting these belongings with our pack-out and containment efforts, what do you do until help arrives?

Even with more widespread water loss incidents that occur in the house, these emergencies are rarely enough to force homeowners and occupants to vacate the premises. Once a situation gets discovered in your property, you can save yourself time and money on the ultimate restoration costs by starting to move at-risk or compromised possessions to a safe place in the house. If protected from the developing water loss incident, even our content management might not need to remove all of the belongings from your house when we arrive.

While you might not have a great idea of how water damage can affect treasured belongings throughout your property, you can at least work to elevate essential, irreplaceable items to get collected first by our response team. The SERVPRO professionals we entrust to protect these items are with them through every step of their restoration, including transportation to the facility and the cleaning and deodorizing many of these same items. 

The team we dispatch to your address arrives with the full measure of tools needed to begin crucial mitigation efforts right away. Part of this recovery involves the earmarking and removal of at-risk items to our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown facility nearby. We go above and beyond to get things back to normal as promptly as possible. Give us a call today at (301) 963-8474.

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Our Technicians Will Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Gaithersburg

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Soot covering walls and ceiling Whenever disaster strikes, let our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team show you that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Content Management Solutions For Fires In Gaithersburg

Keepsakes, heirlooms, possessions, and belongings all make up the contents of your Gaithersburg home. Each can hold a place of regard with homeowners as something that they have purchased or acquired through the years. In many ways, the items within a house are more important than the home itself according to its owners. That is why our crew of professionals has a division of technicians devoted exclusively to protecting your possessions from the harmful effects of fires and other disasters.

Acquiring the services of our experienced content management division can help to address multiple aspects of fire damage in Gaithersburg homes. Our SERVPRO professionals understand the finite amount of time before affected furniture and other items become too severely and profoundly damaged to restore with our methods. As a leading name in fire recovery throughout Montgomery County, our team has decades of experience to lend to our customers in their time of need.

Content management begins with the assessment of your property once our professionals first arrive at the house. Items get earmarked to get removed from the home to allow for better protection from the spreading fire effects or to give them focused cleaning and deodorization attention. Whatever the reason, our technicians carefully package each item to protect it in transit to whichever of our three facilities within Frederick and Montgomery Counties is the closest. Once it arrives, we can address each concern to ultimately make these fire effects “Like it never even happened.”

Soot cleaning is a considerable step to restoring the look and function of items removed from a damaged home. Our SERVPRO team has multiple strategies for cleaning damaged belongings affected by these carcinogens, and a leading approach is our ultrasonic submersion tank. A combination of vibration and microscopic bubbles can restore many contents of your property, including silverware, dishes, porcelain, glassware, and more.

Keeping track of your items throughout their recovery and even their storage in one of our facilities provides peace of mind to our customers. We give each box of your belongings a unique QR code, allowing us to quickly identify where individual items are upon a customer’s request, and allow them access to these items whenever they might need it.

Pack-outs and content management are a considerable element to our respected fire recovery efforts. Whenever disaster strikes, let our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team show you that We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. Give us a call at (301) 963-8474.

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How Our Technicians Will Save Your Gaithersburg Home After A Fire Incident 

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

After fire damage you need help getting your apartment back on track. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

A Candle Left Alone in Your Gaithersburg Apartment Can Cause Fire Damage

Fire damage becomes more likely in a small living space, such as an apartment, than it does in a larger home. In your apartment, in particular, you used candles very often for aromatherapy, to erase the stress of a long day at work. Using candles isn't a problem, so long as you always keep fire safety in mind when it comes to your home. 

Unfortunately, in your case, the fire damage in your Gaithersburg apartment was caused by a lapse in fire safety. You placed a candle on the edge of your bookshelf and then laid down on the couch to read a book. While reading, you fell asleep and left the candle to its own devices. You woke up from your nap to the smell of smoke and saw that the candle had caused a fire to break out on the bookshelf. The fire ate through a row of books and was beginning to burn the bottom of the shelf above. Acting quickly, you used an extinguisher to put the fire out, but there was a noticeable odor left behind and scorch marks on the shelf. 

Even if the fire damage left behind was relatively small, that doesn't mean that you cannot reach out for professional help. Here at SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we are happy to work with you during your time of need. Our fire damage restoration technicians (FDRT) are certified by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC.) Going through the course, and all of the training scenarios associated with it, means that our technicians are ready for anything. 

When SERVPRO arrives at your apartment, we can start with a brief investigation. After factoring in all of the details, we can create a remediation plan. We can start with setting up an air scrubber outfitted with a carbon filter, to remove the odor left by the fire as we work. From there, SERVPRO can use a specially formulated lubricative cleaning solution, designed to gently lift soot and staining from the surface of your shelf. Once we finish, and return your living room to its preloss state, our technicians hope to leave you feeling, "Like it never even happened." 

If you need cleanup and remediation assistance, large or small, get help immediately. Reach out to SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown by phoning (301) 963-8474. Night or day, we keep the damage away.  

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Our Fire Damage Professionals Will Save Your Gaithersburg Diner!

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

When your diner sustains fire damage, call us, SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown, at (301) 963-8474.

Mitigation And Restoration Of The Mess When Commercial Fire Damage Takes Out Your Gaithersburg Diner

Kitchen fires often spread quickly, moving from the stove to cabinets and food products, and soon begins affecting non-cooking areas with flames, heat, and smoke. The smoke coming from burning food quickly spreads a heavy, greasy, foul-smelling smoke into dining areas, offices, adjoining bars, and restrooms. The odor produced by the smoke deposits becomes more than a detrimental nuisance, as soot contains many substances that can cause unwanted health effects. Restoring your Gaithersburg diner requires considering all these and other factors.

Helping business owners like those in Gaithersburg after commercial fire damage destroys all of part of their property keeps our community thriving. SERVPRO technicians gain extensive experience on top of the work they earn recognition from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, including restaurants, medical and dental clinics, housing complexes, and many other situations.

When your diner has problems with fire-related odors, water, and destruction, we know how to get things normalized again and fast. To get rid of of the majority of the odors that detract from your fantastic menu items, we perform a deep cleaning of surfaces covered in smoke residue. Removing the soot leaves surfaces clean and ready for your staff when you re-open.

Sometimes, materials get destroyed in a fire, so we remove anything that falls into this category. This helps reduce the source of odors even more. Smoke particles that found their way into deep grooves (like you might find in the sliding mechanism of shelving units and drawers), carpets, interior spaces of your diner's walls and ceiling, and also your ventilation system become the source of highly unpleasant scents. Our building services department is on call, just as our mitigation team, to help out in these areas.

Once mitigation and restoration work concludes, we ask for your opinion on odors that you feel might bother your employees or patrons. We use different methods to bring this facet of your diner up to your expectations. Even though we use air scrubbers during the initial phases of restoration, particles continually disintegrate and float back into the air.

Using some of these methods, like thermal fogging, combats odors at their source. When carpeting seems hit especially hard by smoke odors, we use cleaning, followed by gels injected directly into the padding so more pleasant odors waft through your establishment.

When your diner sustains fire damage, call us, SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown, at (301) 963-8474. Our coverage area includes Montgomery Village, Washington Grove, and Laytonsville.

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How Early Steps Can Reduce Flood Damage In Your Germantown Home

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Give our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team a call anytime that you could use our expertise and cutting-edge equipment at (301) 963-8474.

Early Steps You Can Take To Reduce Flood Damage In Germantown

Recovering your Germantown property after a flood loss often begins with what resources are available to a homeowner after this disaster occurs, including the use of professional restoration services. With the widespread devastation that often comes with flooding scenarios in the area, the faster that you can react to the situation and begin mitigation and cleanup, the less time and money get tied up in the full recovery of the property.

Keeping restoration costs down for the flood damage in your Germantown home, you must consider the ways that you can begin reducing the severity of the situation. There are steps that you can take pre-emptively, and in the early stages of mitigation, to reduce the devastation flooding can bring. Whether you intend on reaching out to our SERVPRO professionals for assistance or not, here are a few things our team would suggest for the DIY enthusiast after a flood:

Sandbags and Barriers
Sandbags are a reliable choice for preventing water penetration, especially past the doorway thresholds. If you have a little more time, you can install a flood barrier surrounding the house which is a durable plastic fencing that you can put in place around the house to keep any water from getting through.

Content Management
Nothing is quite as overwhelming as the loss of something irreplaceable. Take the time to gather up items of sentimental value and exceptional worth to get them out of the line of the floodwater approaching the property.

If the damage to your property is not extreme, and you are still around when water begins to penetrate the exterior of your house, you can employ a wet/dry vac to begin managing extraction as standing water occurs. This partial mitigation can either make restoration much more manageable for our SERVPRO professionals or help you to clean the home after the floodwater and threat subside more thoroughly.

Knowing how to help your home amid a crisis can be the difference between manageable restoration times and drawn out recovery processes that require considerable out of pocket expense. Give our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team a call anytime that you could use our expertise and cutting-edge equipment at (301) 963-8474.

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The Ultimate Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Your Germantown Residence

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage remediation due to an overflowing bathtub can cause major headaches. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

How to Deal With Water Damage Affecting Your Germantown House 

The road to recovery after water spill in a home is rarely straightforward. In most cases, one incident such as faulty appliance causes the loss, but the damages are widely distributed affecting several areas within the property. Involving professional water damage restorers can help in managing such distributed nature of the loss efficiently.  

Different types of stains can develop after water damage in your Germantown home affecting carpets, upholstery items, and even items with polished wooden surfaces. Stains are irritating because, even though they do not cause actual physical deterioration of the item, they diminish the visual appeal. This problem is even more pronounced for high-end items. Our SERVPRO technicians use different strategies to deal with stains and other problems left after a water loss incident. We do spot cleaning, which helps remove any settled stains from carpets. We also schedule stain removal before the affected item dries to prevent further settling. To deal with stains and patches affecting upholstery items, we wet the entire item during cleaning to prevent the formation of waterlines. 

Different materials forming the structure deteriorate after exposure to high amounts of water or moisture. Wood, which is used in different sections of the house, including floors and other surfaces in the house, can rot, warp or even crack depending on the period of exposure and the speed of extraction. Other materials like drywall and wood composite lose structural integrity. Our SERVPRO technicians help take steps that prevent or reverse the effects of water exposure. Moisture detection equipment such as moisture sensors and meters help us to establish the level of wetness in different materials. Thermal cameras, on the other hand, help us identify wet materials in concealed sections of the house. We usually bring a variety of moisture control equipment to a loss site including: 

  • Truck-mounted water extractors 
  • Portable water extractors 
  • LGR Dehumidifiers 
  • High-velocity air movers 

Water spills might lead to bad odors, which can originate from different sources, including stagnation, dissolved materials, or the products used during cleanup. Our SERVPRO technicians use different odor control techniques, including fogging, which vaporizes deodorizing agents, allowing deep penetration into materials neutralizing stubborn odors. 

To address all the problems that crop up after water loss incidents, call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 to assist. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Gaithersburg Trauma Scene Cleanup--SERVPRO Does It Right

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Gaithersburg Area Commercial Shops Rely on SERVPRO for Biohazardous Recovery Services

Our Fast Response to Biohazard Trauma in a Gaithersburg Grocery Store

Recently, our professionals were called to help clean and restore a Gaithersburg area grocery store contending with the damaging and stressful effects of a personal trauma. The call came in sometime in the night, and to meet the request of our client to reopen the business the following morning, our team worked tirelessly to restore and clean the damaged property thoroughly. In these situations, owners need assurance that their business does not have to stay closed for long, and that experienced professionals trained by both the American Bio-Recovery Association (ABRA) and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) can help.

Cleaning biohazard traumas in Gaithersburg businesses requires implementing every facet of the extensive training and experience that our SERVPRO professionals have for this niche of the industry. We undergo OSHA training to prevent the spread and harmful effects of bloodborne pathogens as well as thorough cleaning practices to ensure that 100% of the damage, including odors, get entirely addressed. Per the request, we got the grocery store back up and running the following day, “Like it never even happened.”

We know in these traumatic situations, much like this grocery store, your mind is with the recovery of your property and the effect that traumas can have on your staff and customers. We are empathetic and understand the need to proceed unobtrusively. Law enforcement also must secure the scene and require working technicians to follow strict safety procedures, and specific guidelines and protocols to not compromise the active investigation. Our SERVPRO team can help both our customers and law enforcement with our detail-oriented approach to recovery.

With a focus of remediation and cleaning, we could isolate the damaged areas and work to restore these spaces quickly. From the OSHA-approved cleansers, biocides, and disinfecting agents among the products that we use, we can clean surfaces, materials, and other damaged areas. We do not leave the premises until all is clean and fresh smelling. Our skilled crew can don full PPE personal protective equipment from boots to googles, and hardhat to follow minimum risk protocols.

You can never account for specific traumas and other bio-threats that can compromise your business. While home and business owners can work to fix many emergencies on their own, biohazards can be threatening to inexperienced and unprepared individuals. Let our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team help you. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call today at (301) 963-8474.

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Why Training is Important for Water Damage Restoration Professionals in Gaithersburg

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment and training to dry your home quickly. Call us today!

The Training of Our Water Restorers for Gaithersburg Homes 

Effective cleanup and restoration of your Gaithersburg home after substantial water loss incidents can often be more problematic to secure than you might think. You cannot trust just anyone to this task, as you want technicians with extensive experience and training in water restoration and recovery. Our professionals have some of the most rigorous continuing education programs for being knowledgeable assets to the restoration industry. 

We understand how valuable it is to have experienced professionals respond quickly to your home when you need water removal and recovery solutions in Gaithersburg. Substantial water loss incidents can spread effects throughout the property, allowing for a considerable volume of saturated structural elements, construction materials, and exposed contents. 

Knowing how to address each of these concerns is a trait that homeowners should look for in a restoration team. Our SERVPRO professionals have an intricate training process and continued educational programs to ensure that we are among the most experienced and knowledgeable water restoration specialists in the region. 

Each of our SERVPRO technicians on the water restoration and recovery team must obtain certification through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). At a minimum, these professionals must become certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), though many also obtain secondary accreditations in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and even related niches such as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT). 

Continued education is a big part of our preparedness for disasters and emergencies. Through in-house training opportunities and online coursework, we can stay up to date with the most current extraction and drying approaches to make our efforts more efficient and less expensive for our customers. Additionally, we study the use of the latest technologies and equipment for water restoration to ensure that we always have industry-leading tools to get the job done quickly. 

You cannot predict when water loss incidents might occur in your home, but you do have a choice as to what team can help you to restore these effects. You can count on the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (301) 963-8474. 

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