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How Fire Damage-Related Odors Are Eliminated in Gaithersburg

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Teams Work Swiftly to Remove Odors and Improve Air Quality in Gaithersburg

Odor-causing particles resulting from fire damage could further harm your home and possessions long after a fire.  They also may have adverse health effects. Fortunately, in Gaithersburg, there are ways to handle these harmful particles.  

House fires are relatively common occurrences.  When they happen, the first concern is to limit and repair obvious structural damage.  Of course, fire damage in Gaithersburg often involves much more than this.  There is usually substantial smoke damage and deposited acidic soot residues that could affect your home long-term.  Associated particles left around your home that produce unpleasant smells could later cause respiratory issues. Over time, these might also impact your interiors.  Acidic soot, if not properly removed from surfaces, could eventually lead to discoloration of materials and corrosion in metals.  

In Gaithersburg, there are several services like SERVPRO that are professionally trained and experienced in handling such fire-related concerns.  They can save you a lot of time and money in the long-run. SERVPRO, for example, has a wide variety of specialized equipment that can quickly eliminate unwanted smells and harmful residues.  Moreover, our technicians are knowledgeable about various cost-effective methods that can mitigate any particular fire damage situation. Within four hours of your call, our experts arrive on-site to fully inspect your home.  We then develop a plan of action specific to the nature of the surfaces and residues involved.

As part of the plan, SERVPRO first removes irreparable odor-causing items and debris.  Our Gaithersburg technicians employ wet or dry cleaning methods, depending on the nature of the surface or material, to remove troublesome smelly residues from structural elements and furnishings.  Next, they work to control odors from hard to remove elements. Generally, this involves either counteracting odors in these things or sealing the smells in. Workers often use foggers to neutralize unwanted smells in these hard to move home elements.  If this is not effective, our technicians usually control these odors by sealing them in with paint.  

The aftereffects of a fire can be troubling and lead to future damage.  While it is stressful to think about these problems, you are better off dealing with them as soon as you can.  If you need help with fire-related cleaning and restoration, call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 for assistance.     

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We are Cleaning Experts

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Gaithersburg/Germantown 301-963-8474


Mold Growth In Your Gaithersburg Home

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Three Main Threats of Mold Growth in Gaithersburg Homes

Microbial threats are among the most stressful situations for Gaithersburg homes, and ones that can easily get misunderstood or underappreciated for their severity. Any time that persistent moisture and dampness exist in the property, be it in the basement, attic, or bathroom, it is possible for mold growth to begin. When mold spores seat into organic materials like drywall and wood framing, it can spread quickly between materials and contents to create a volatile situation.

It is easy to utilize incorrect information you can find on the internet to make light of mold damage in your Gaithersburg residence. Understanding the truth about microbial growth and its actual risks can ensure that you better appreciate the need for removing these colonies before irreparable damage takes place. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT.) Three main threats exist with mold growth.

Health Effects
One of the most significant obstacles for our SERVPRO team when we first arrive to remediate damaged homes is the effect that active colonization can have on those exposed. Homeowners and remediation professionals alike are susceptible to volatile organic compounds, an influx of mold spores, and other airborne threats.

Material Degradation
Mold uses organic material as a food source, which can be detrimental to your home in many ways. The first of these is how it can erode and degrade hosting materials over a brief period to the point that they are not usable. The more deeply and completely colonies spread throughout a material, the more challenging it is to remove this organism. Degrading materials can be among the worst to remediate, and it is often not possible to do so.

Persistent Odors
Odors might not seem like a pressing concern, but it can make comfortable living difficult. This musty scent serves as a constant reminder of the present colonization and requires professional equipment like our thermal foggers to neutralize entirely.

No matter how you discover mold in your home, our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown remediators can help. We have the equipment and expertise to handle each of these threats and make mold damage “Like it never even happened.” Give our professionals a call anytime at (301) 963-8474.

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We Act Fast In Gaithersburg After A Water Loss

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

One of our infrared cameras used to detect damage We use our infrared cameras which allow for more accurate damage assessment when restoring your home. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Don’t Let Water Damage Lead to Immense Costs in Your Gaithersburg Home

Once you get hit with a water loss event, all potential hazards must be contained within the home. If you call the experts right away, years of training and all of the right equipment help ensure your home gets back to normal as quickly as possible. The skilled technicians at SERVPRO can be reached if you find yourself in a bind due to water damage. We can send out a team for emergency services 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, to make it “Like it never even happened.”

After you call SERVPRO, a team of skilled technicians comes to your property to assess your water damage in Gaithersburg. We spring into action quickly to ensure that the water does not begin to migrate into other areas of the home. The more that water seeps into other areas, restoration is slowed, and it calls for invasive measures and highly sophisticated equipment. In order to halt water migration, our technicians use light wand extractors as well as powerful air movers, dehumidifiers, and industrial fans. When strategically placed throughout your home, we can facilitate expedited drying due to optimum airflow.

Minding Mold Growth

Water damage incidents always pose a threat in terms of microbe growth. Microbes are living organisms that thrive when the right conditions arise, such as increased moisture in the home after a water damage event. To limit the amount of damage to porous materials throughout your interior, SERVPRO works to thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces with the help of specialized cleaning agents that not only kill bacteria and inhibit mold growth but also halt foul odor development. 

Assessment and Planning

SERVPRO has devised a plan of action with each water damage assessment, allowing us to get to work quickly to help minimize damage. All of our trucks come fully equipped with the pumps, tools, and chemical compounds that we need to remove water, clean up the area, dry everything, and make sure all surfaces are thoroughly disinfected. Once your home is dry and clean, we then use anti-microbial compounds on all of your upholstery and carpeting with misters or pressure sprayers to finish up the project.

There is no water damage incident that we cannot handle at SERVPRO of Gaithersburg/Germantown. If you need help, put in a phone call to us at (301) 963-8474, and we deploy a team as quickly as possible.

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Flood Damage Recovery In Gaithersburg

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

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What to Expect from Professional Flood Damage Recovery in Gaithersburg

Flash flood warnings last summer and fall and a major municipal water break make many Gaithersburg residents wary about what spring flooding might bring. Partnering with our highly-qualified crews of flood control specialists makes what could have been a long-standing home disaster into a cleaned, deodorized, and dry return to comfort and security, “Like it never even happened.”

Round the Clock Response
Waiting for regular business hours is not the experience had by our customers. Flood damage in Gaithersburg needs a response as soon as possible, and we answer inquiries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Within hours of the first contact, a project manager and crew arrives in a fully-stocked service vehicle. Securing your structure with board-ups and tarps, if needed, is a priority while the crew chief completes a more in-depth evaluation of the damage. Once safety concerns such as electrical, slip and fall, and contamination hazards are noted and accommodated for, water extraction can commence.

Coping with Category 3 Water
Because of the myriad of toxic and infectious substances floodwaters pick up as they move overland or back up from the sewer system, SERVPRO must be vigilant about containment and legally regulated disposal of the contaminated fluids. We often begin with an overspray of EPA-registered disinfectant to minimize the risk before working hard to capture the tainted water and clean soiled surfaces. To avoid airborne drift of hazardous substances and pathogens, we consider sealing the workspace using heavy-duty plastic, using air scrubbing technology to filter dangerous residues and vent to the outside. Our workers wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for safety and to prevent tracking biohazards into unaffected areas of your home.

Mapping and Monitoring Moisture
To ensure all excess flood water, both standing and absorbed, is removed from your home, we use moisture detection and metering tools. Thermal imaging uses temperature variation patterns to pinpoint trapped water, and thermo-hygrometers measure ambient temperatures and humidity levels. SERVPRO crews use the data provided by these devices to set and achieve drying goals. Applied structural drying proceeds with our technicians, striking a balance among air movement, temperature, and dehumidification to reduce elevated moisture levels to normal for your home.

Have confidence that the trained and professionally equipped team at SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown can bring your flooded home back to preloss condition. Call (301) 963-8474 to schedule an assessment.

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Restore Your Fire Damaged Gaithersburg Home

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Once you have successfully extinguished a fire, do not let the aftermath distort your daily life.

Why Trust Experts to Restore Your Gaithersburg Residence After Fire Damage

Most fires happen unexpectedly, and they can ruin a property severely or cause other issues that negatively impact the property owner’s quality of life. Immediately the unfortunate incident is under control; you need to call a restoration firm like SERVPRO that can mitigate fire damage of any size or scope. We respond fast since we understand how devastating the situation can turn out for you.

We have licensed and certified technicians who can handle the fire damage in your Gaithersburg residence to make it “Like it never even happened.” We have decades of experience and training that helps us restore our customers’ properties effectively. Our team of technicians has access to state-of-the-art equipment that helps us handle the restoration process fast and comprehensively.

Once we get to your residence, our team can assess the fire damage. If the firefighters used water to extinguish the fire, our team can use a thermal imaging camera to see how water and moisture traveled. Water reacts fast with smoke and soot. We can use pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers to remove the water and moisture to prevent secondary damage.

Soot removal is another vital step in fire damage restoration. Soot residue is often acidic, and it can destroy metallic items or items with exposed metal components in your property. It is easy to see soot on affected surfaces, but soot particles can get into your HVAC system. The acidic residue can corrode the metallic components inside, and this could cause your HVAC system to fail or become a fire risk. Our team can check your HVAC system and use appropriate cleaning procedures to eliminate soot.

We use unique techniques and products to clean affected surfaces effectively. If the soot ruined fabric surfaces and wool carpeting, our technicians can use a natural fabric brightener that removes oxidized stains produced after water and soot react. The product acts as a bleaching agent and clears the brown color.

Our SERVPRO team can also evaluate your possessions to determine which items are salvageable and which ones are not. We can dispose of the severely damaged items properly. We train our technicians to use various procedures to restore contents made of different materials. For instance, we can use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean delicate items. We place the contents in an ultrasonic tank containing water and the right cleaning solution.

High-frequency sound waves in the tank form millions of bubbles by expanding and compressing molecules of liquid in the tank. The bubbles burst inward or collapse and produce high temperatures and microscopic jet streams of fluid, which remove contaminants from the contents we are cleaning.

Once you have successfully extinguished a fire, do not let the aftermath distort your daily life. Call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 for fast and effective fire damage restoration.

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Fire Damage In Your Gaithersburg Home

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Tackling Attic Fire Damage in a Gaithersburg Home

One of the most common locations for home fires is in the attic. FEMA estimates that thousands of fires — as many as 10,000 — originate in the attics of United States residences every year. These fires can cause an average of $440 million in property damage annually. On top of the stress and devastation that fires can leave behind in their wake, the proliferation of soot and smoke residues can leave behind hard-to-remove stains, odors, and other issues.

If your Gaithersburg home needs fire damage mitigation that can begin within hours of your initial contact, your local SERVPRO has you covered. This team is trained in IICRC standards for fire damage mitigation and restoration so that homeowners can benefit from swift service that seeks to preserve their possessions whenever safe and feasible to do so. Technicians coordinate closely with both you and your insurance adjuster to preserve your possessions where possible and remove debris.

SERVPRO Takes Education Seriously
Educating staff, restoration techs, and franchise owners on the ins and outs of disaster mitigation is a crucial step in maintaining a high standard of service. With this in mind, SERVPRO offers plenty of opportunities for employees to continue their training with self-paced learning modules, videos, and much more. SERVPRO also provides credit and noncredit courses and seminars for insurance and real estate professionals.

SERVPRO Saves the Day
Attic fires pose a variety of challenges for homeowners. Not only do they damage insulation, electrical wiring, and other essential components of your home, but they can also leave long-lasting smells that do not recede when treated with consumer-grade products.

SERVPRO technicians work on the restoration of soot-damaged materials with both wet and dry cleaning solutions before attempting deodorization measures. This is because one of the most effective methods of deodorizing is simply removing odor-causing soils and residues. Demolition of burnt structural materials like drywall and insulation may be necessary. Soda blasting can aid in eliminating light charring and odors from wood supports and flooring.   

Smoke odors on surfaces and in ventilation can be addressed with the help of thermal foggers and ventilation box fans, which are used to eliminate foul odors from fires and circulate clean, fresh air through the residence.

SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown serves the community with cleanup that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (301) 963-8474 for your disaster mitigation needs today.

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We Can Restore Commercial Flood Damage In Your Gaithersburg Fitness Center

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged gym When intense storms damaged a roof at a fitness center, the resulting flood damage left pools of water on the rubberized carpet.

Fitness Center with Commercial Flood Damage in Gaithersburg

Many people make New Year's resolutions to work out and get fit starting in January; however, commercial flood damage can put a halt to those plans and hurt the business of a gym. The goal after any water loss is to restore and reopen as fast as possible.

When intense storms damaged a roof at a Gaithersburg fitness center, the resulting commercial flood damage left pools of water on the rubberized carpet. If there was a positive in the situation, using their moisture detection equipment, SERVPRO techs determined that the floor covering prevented the water from reaching the subfloor and lessened the loss.

Fast Water Extraction
SERVPRO technicians know each water extraction comes with its own unique challenges. In the case of a fitness center, the workout machines get bolted to the floor for safety, and very few are moveable. This is good because their secure placement stops water from running underneath but creates a challenge for working around to ensure all the water gets removed.

Drying Around Equipment
Much like the extraction process, drying requires that the techs ensure each area is dry. In a case where there are immovable items, the techs set up multiple configurations of air movers for complete coverage in tandem with their dehumidification equipment to rapidly lower the moisture. Once the process completes, the techs use their detection equipment to ensure the premises verifies as attaining previously set drying goals.

Odor Control and Sanitizing the Loss Area
There are two things anyone utilizing a gym expects; one is a sanitary establishment and two, a place to work out in that does not have an unpleasant odor. After drying, the techs wipe down the affected area with their exclusive cleaning agents, including deodorizers and antimicrobials. Water can leave behind a musty smell, and SERVPRO techs have multiple applications to eradicate odors.

SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 is available 24/7 to clean up and restore properties with commercial flood damage and leave the business, “Like it never even happened.”

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Winter Storms can Leave Homeowners Dealing with Storm Damage in Gaithersburg

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Storm destruction in home Call us any time at (301) 963-8474. We are always available.

Why You Need Help Fixing Storm Damage In Your Gaithersburg Home  

Storms during the winter bring not only rain but also freezing, damp weather closer to your comfort zone. The wind makes things worse as it lowers the temperature around your Gaithersburg home and whisks warmth off more rapidly than if things were dry. Trees dropping limbs on your roof can let water in, drenching your attic and trickling downward. Debris can clog outside drains and force the water to enter your home.

We want to assure residents in Gaithersburg that while flood damage of any type has serious consequences for residential properties, SERVPRO can handle everything and make things "Like it never even happened." We have the tools to locate unwanted water, extract it, dry content, and get everything clean again for your family. Our building crew can remove any overhead trees and fix your roof. Your family does not need to go through this alone. We can put our experience and expertise to work for your benefit.

The sooner we begin working on your property, the less damage we need to correct. Mitigation stops the spread of contaminated water, decreasing the risk of mold infestations. We use potent antimicrobials that adhere to surfaces to prevent this from developing into a problem later. We make sure that your home holds no known microscopic dangers. 

SERVPRO also gets things cleaned up with the silt and debris often found on floors and pushed into small areas and corners after a flooding event. These items, along with the particles in the water, can make your home's interior smell extremely unpleasant. We can handle this aspect of flood damage, also, making a recovery faster and less costly for you.

Drying out a house after a flood means stringent monitoring must take place. Many of the control panels on our equipment give readings of their performance, and this often includes information that we can use to determine how dry everything is at any given time.

Some of the individual pieces of equipment used during mitigation also have different uses. One example is our InjectiDry systems. They extract water from floors and hollow cavities like underneath cabinets and inside of walls, but we also use it to force air into places that the air currents from our axial fans or air movers can reach. Without these, and our other pieces of equipment, mitigation would not be as successful, and our work would also take longer to finish.

SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown wants to get your family back in your Montgomery Village, Washington Grove, or Oldetowne Gaithersburg residence as quickly as possible. Call (301) 963-8474 for professional fire damage mitigation, rebuilding, and cleanup.

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Fire Damage In Gaithersburg

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Health And Safety Considerations During The Fire Damage Restoration Process In Gaithersburg

When homeowners try to cope with the mess left after a fire, assessment of safety hazards presented might appear to hinder proceeding directly to cleanup. Our crews must take the time to evaluate and address health and safety concerns before starting emergency services and restoration work. Customers need to understand the purpose of moving this phase to the top of the agenda.

Common Hazards
The fire damage your Gaithersburg home suffered and efforts taken to knock down the fire can expose occupants and restoration technicians to a broad array of hazards. As we assess your home, we are always mindful that every fire damage project is unique. Electrical and other utility line configurations, types of building materials damaged, categories of water and chemicals used to fight the fire, and the discovery of hazardous substances previously present or created by heat and combustion vary from structure to structure. Safety risks we encounter include but are not limited to:
    •    Overhead and underfoot hazards -- partially burned ceilings and floors that threaten collapse
    •    Contaminated fire fighting water
    •    Slip, trip, and fall hazards -- wet floors and debris, some submerged
    •    Electrical shock hazards
    •    Poor lighting and unknown parameters of confined spaces
    •    Severe deterioration of air quality -- the release of airborne particulates known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) because of heat or combustion
    •    Occupant or bystander safety --  during work activities or any time if the structure remains unsecured

Safety Risk Controls
SERVPRO crews respond by the implementation of controls to prevent workers and inhabitants from suffering injury. Types of controls we put in place include:

Elimination/Substitution -- avoiding the hazard or using safer means.

Example: Shut off the power until water removal and drying completes.

Engineering -- adapting the work environment to eliminate or reduce hazard exposure.

Example: temporary bracing of floors, walls, and ceilings or sealing off building materials that contain lead or asbestos during mitigation and remediation.

Administrative -- training technicians in safety strategies and  scheduling tasks so to limit exposure during task completion.

Example: partitioning and sealing off the affected space while using air scrubbing technology to limit the effects of off-gassing VOCs before SERVPRO crews enter.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Example: outfitting our technicians with barrier-type work clothing and respirators for working in spaces where airborne or contact hazards are present.

Trust that the time taken by SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown to assess and plan for fire damage restoration task hazards improves both the safety and outcome of your project. Call (301) 963-8474 for a professional evaluation and implementation of industry best practices.

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