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How Early Steps Can Reduce Flood Damage In Your Germantown Home

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Early Steps Can Reduce Flood Damage In Your Germantown Home 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 The Ultimate Guide to Water Damage Remediation in Your Germantown Residence 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)

Commercial Gaithersburg Trauma Scene Cleanup--SERVPRO Does It Right 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)

Why SERVPRO Why Training is Important for Water Damage Restoration Professionals in Gaithersburg 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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After A Fire In Your Gaithersburg Home, You Need To Be Concerned About Indoor Air Quality!

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After A Fire In Your Gaithersburg Home, You Need To Be Concerned About Indoor Air Quality! Whenever disaster strikes, you can reach our qualified professionals 24/7 at (301) 963-8474.

Indoor Air Quality Concerns After Fires In Gaithersburg Homes

There are legitimate concerns for the safety and wellbeing of those living in your Gaithersburg home after a fire. Even apart from structural damage that could exist, some of the most detrimental effects for homeowners and their families is contaminants, debris, and other particulates in the air. Addressing these effects must happen quickly, and is often a part of the mitigation work that begins as soon as our professionals first arrive at your damaged address.

Fire damage in your Gaithersburg residence might exist in many forms after an incident, but our SERVPRO team of professionals must work to overcome the most hazardous of these conditions before anything else. While structural compromise can open the door to other damages and effects to damage your property, indoor air quality concerns can provide immediate health concerns for those exposed without the appropriate personal protective equipment.

We can set up machines to help with these damages as soon as our team first arrives at your home. While some of our professionals work towards moving fire debris and starting controlled demolition, others are working to both reduce the created dust and to eliminate particulates and contaminants that already existed in the environment after the fire loss incident. Some of the best machines for this task are the air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and ozone machines. All of these options have onboard HEPA filters to trap contaminants, debris, and other particulates as small as 0.3 microns.

Odors can also prove hazardous to those exposed, but more often, they threaten comfortable living when a family does not require relocation after a small fire. Many of these same machines our SERVPRO team uses to address air quality concerns can also help to reduce the strength and presence of harsh smoke odors after a fire as well.

Indoor air quality concerns can prove hazardous to the health of homeowners and their families without the appropriate preventative actions taken by our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown professionals. Whenever disaster strikes, you can reach our qualified professionals 24/7 at (301) 963-8474.

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Does Your Gaithersburg Business Have an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile?

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Does Your Gaithersburg Business Have an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile? SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown is standing by 24/7 to handle all of your water damage restoration needs.

Collaboration Makes Your Gaithersburg Business Stronger in the Face of Commercial Flood Damage

Tornadoes and other fierce wind and rain storms can batter the Gaithersburg area, causing significant damage to commercial property and exposing your business to flooding. Extreme weather is more common than ever before, with record-breaking precipitation and wind speeds. Forward-thinking business leaders make it a priority to plan for weather-related disasters. Consult with us for a flooding recovery agenda that sees you through every aspect from mitigation of flooding to rebuilding. 

When heavy rains and severe winds expose your Gaithersburg business to flood damage be ready with a comprehensive response plan from our full-service restoration company. When we consult with businesses ahead of a crisis, we are better able to dive right into the tasks needed to get you back up and running.

SERVPRO invites you to take advantage of our Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). We send an experienced project manager to your premises to sketch out a blueprint of your space and learn about how your business functions. Once we have a firm grasp of your layout, inventory, equipment, storage, and front and back office operations, we make suggestions that improve the odds of flooding, causing only a minimal negative impact. 

You give us the details we need to do our best restorative work by using our mobile app. List for SERVPRO the vendors and contractors that created your systems and sold you equipment and materials. If we contact them during the recovery, we can increase the probability of a successful outcome. Use the mobile app to appoint us as your preferred restoration company, eliminating delays when an event occurs, and you need immediate assistance. Designate staff members you trust or other individuals to act on your behalf if you are out of the area or otherwise unavailable when the flood waters rise. 

The ERP is a concise compilation of both our careful assessment and documentation and your vital insights as an owner-operator. SERVPRO knows skills, training, cutting-edge equipment make all the difference, but pre-planning makes gaining “Like it never even happened” condition faster and more efficiently an attainable goal. 

SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown is eager to start planning for the worst by offering you the best through our innovative ERP program. Call (301) 963-8474 to set up an appointment to begin the process.

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Don’t Tackle Water Damage Remediation Alone in Your Gaithersburg Home

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Don’t Tackle Water Damage Remediation Alone in Your Gaithersburg Home Water damage starts out small before becoming a large problem. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Water Damage to Full Restoration: Why SERVPRO is the Only Choice in Gaithersburg

After a water loss disrupts your life in Gaithersburg, the last thing needed is to change horses in midstream. Many disaster remediation companies commit only to water removal and drying of a property. Homeowners are on their own when the time comes to replace and repair structural components damaged by moisture or the remediation efforts. Our decision to provide our customers with rebuilding services is an important reason why we are a local restoration leader.

Cleanup after water damage in Gaithersburg can be complicated. Water tends to migrate far from the source of the break or leak. It absorbs quickly into porous building materials like drywall, ceiling tiles, hardwood, and insulation. As it wicks into the structural components, it might disappear from view, but it continues to promote deterioration. The risk of secondary damage including  mold growth increases. Hidden moisture must not be ignored, and our proven ability to locate and eradicate pockets of water is why we need to be your partner.

Finding and drying out wet building cavities is a vital part of any remediation efforts. To do so efficiently often requires controlled demolition. Our willingness to create flood cuts, careful removal of wall sections a foot or so above the water damage line gives our technicians access to the pooled water behind walls and supports better airflow when we move to applied structural drying. Our rebuilding capability explains why SERVPRO is comfortable with seemingly bold strategies during water removal and drying.

Our technicians are masters of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses that form the knowledge base for the water remediation industry. The construction and rebuilding skills we bring to a project are why SERVPRO can push the boundaries to achieve complete water removal and thorough cavity drying.

As you consider the beginning and the end of a water damage restoration project, it is clear why SERVPRO made a strong rebuilding division a priority. Our customers want the best outcomes, which must include cautious demolition to release water and give access for drying. Hiring a different contractor to repair and replace the materials removed is a daunting prospect. Working with us from the initial assessment of the water emergency until the finishing touches after rebuilding truly make it “Like it never even happened.”

Trust SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown to work by your side from your initial call for help until the complete restoration of your water damaged home. Contact us for an assessment at (301) 963-8474.

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How Our Extraction Gear Can Restore Your Water Damaged Germantown Home

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Our Extraction Gear Can Restore Your Water Damaged Germantown Home Our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown professionals have the expertise and the equipment to make these damages “Like it never even happened.”

Extraction Gear For Substantial Water Loss In Germantown Homes

Water loss incidents can often leave standing water in areas of your Germantown home. Without the appropriate means of handling this situation, homeowners often struggle to address the concern fully, allowing moisture and dampness to persist without a full understanding of the extent of the damage. Pooling water and oversaturation can continue to be concerns in areas out of sight, affecting points like wall cavities, flooring, ceilings, and other structural elements or materials.

While most owners can immediately appreciate a need for water removal services in their Germantown home when incidents arise, some fail to see the urgency of the situation when they can begin drying and sopping efforts on their own. Our SERVPRO team has sophisticated devices to identify moisture content and saturation levels in materials and spaces, but also a wide array of extraction tools to remove standing water that water loss incidents can cause in the property.

We can appreciate how important the right tool is for the job, and that is why our technicians roll out from our facility with a sample of our full inventory of recovery equipment. We have multiple extraction units that begin with full-sized extractor trucks in the SERVPRO Green Fleet that can remove water at 300 psi. This approach is one of our most effective removal practices, but it is not always necessary for the location or severity of the water loss situation.

Portable options are among the most popular for getting standing water under control in your home after an emergency. We can quickly maneuver portable sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands to address the lingering pooling water throughout the house and prepare the property for the drying solutions that must follow.

We have many different devices and machines that can help to get the most severe effects of a water loss incident under control quickly. Our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown professionals have the expertise and the equipment to make these damages “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (301) 963-8474.

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Flood Damage Remediation Your Key To Success

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Remediation Your Key To Success Flood damage can lead to mold and other issues. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation needs.

Start to Finish -- Flood Damage Restoration in Gaithersburg

Heavy rains in Gaithersburg can cause flash flooding headaches for upcounty residents. When several inches of water fall during a short time, storm drainage systems become overwhelmed, and the soil becomes saturated. These circumstances can force water into the lower levels of your home, exposing your home’s structure to deterioration and the risk of microbial infestation from the contaminated fluids.

To assure that our crews respond efficiently to Gaithersburg flood damage we use advanced technology like thermal imaging and moisture meters as we assess and plan the remediation. These tools permit the discovery of pockets of water that migrated behind, above, and below structural components. Leaving moisture behind during remediation risks secondary damage like mold growth and persistent resaturation of walls, ceilings, and floors.

SERVPRO employs limited and controlled demolition to expose the trapped moisture. Flood water is typically considered highly contaminated Category Three, black water. We tear out porous materials like drywall and insulation to prevent microbial growth. Flood cuts extending 12 to 18 inches above where the wetness stops permit access to the cavities behind the damaged drywall. We pull the insulation and remove the trapped water.

Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained technicians use pumps and wanded extractors to evacuate standing water, containing it for appropriate disposal. SERVPRO employees use cleaning tools and products clear away residues from the dirty water, and EPA-registered disinfectants sanitize the areas. Opening a portion of the wall increases the speed and efficacy of applied drying equipment like air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers.   

Once the flood-damaged space is cleaned, disinfected, and dry, our SERVPRO team offers rebuilding services. We are proud to take a flooding disaster from chaos to “Like it never even happened.” Our rebuilding contracting crews restore the areas where we removed structural materials to expedite water removal and drying. Professional insulation and drywall installation followed by finishing touches mean our customers enjoy a streamlined process from a wet mess to a completely restored home.

SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown is prepared for all aspects of flood damage restoration in Montgomery County. Call us at (301) 963-8474 for a comprehensive evaluation of what your property needs to return to preloss condition.

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SERVPRO Provides Gaithersburg Homeowners a Full-Service Fire Damage Cleanup, Restoration, and Rebuild

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Provides Gaithersburg Homeowners a Full-Service Fire Damage Cleanup, Restoration, and Rebuild For Gaithersburg House Fire Cleanups and Reconstruction SERVPRO has No Match!

Cleanup and Rebuilding Your Gaithersburg Home After a Fire

Cleaning technicians of our team are vital components to making every disaster and emergency that affects Gaithersburg homes “Like it never even happened.” Many homeowners want to take the necessary steps on their own to help their house back to original condition after a traumatic ordeal with cleaning and recovery, but this is not always an option. Unfortunately, with situations like a fire, damaging effects can spread far beyond the ignition point and prove impossible to overcome without the experience and advanced equipment available to professional restoration teams like ours.

Cleaning up after fire damage in your Gaithersburg home can require multiple approaches with several pieces of equipment and high-strength cleansing agents and products. With many hurdles to overcome, it is wise to rely on the experience and continued education of our SERVPRO IICRC-Certified Fire & Smoke Restoration and Odor Control Technicians. We have ready trailers at our facility stocked with effective mitigation equipment and many of these industrial-grade cleansers and cleaning agents to help your home get back to looking its best after a disaster.

Our team works to get mitigation started from the moment that we arrive at your damaged address, but much of the cleaning that your home requires must wait for debris removal and other immediate effects to get addressed to make the property safe for your family and our SERVPRO team working to restore it. Cleaning occurs in many different phases, including soot and smoke residue removal, deodorization, and even wiping down surfaces and removing dust and debris during the demolition of non-salvageable components  of your house.

As we care about your family and your home, we only choose the best approaches to recover your damaged property after a fire. While ozone machines, for example, can be highly effective for the purification of indoor air quality concerns, they are not safe to use around humans, pets, and plants. We approach every situation with a full working knowledge of the effects to overcome and what our customer needs. Hydroxyl generators are a viable alternative to improve indoor air quality during the cleanup.

Cleaning is vital to restoring fire loss effects, and there are many phases to this facet of the restoration industry. For significant fire damaged homes, we offer a reconstruction program, work with you and your insurance adjuster, and make a seamless transition from cleanup to renovation.

When you want to get your home looking its best after a fire, you can trust the experienced technicians of our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team. You can reach us 24/7 at (301) 963-8474.

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