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The Damage To My Home Doesn’t Look That Bad. Do I Still Need To Worry?

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Hidden Damage in Montgomery Village Can Occur During Storms That Can Lead to Major Problems

Rain, wind, and hail can inflict severe damage on homes in Montgomery Village when storms strike. Often the impact is easily seen, but hidden damage could be lurking beneath the service. SERVPRO seeks out and restores homes hit with storm damage.

What hidden damage do you look for from flooding?

Flooding is one of the biggest problems caused by storms. In February 2020, five tornadoes touched down in Maryland, according to the National Weather Services. Tropical storms send torrential rains inward in many places in Maryland. If your home has weathered flood damage in Montgomery Village, you may wonder if the water intrusion truly damaged it. Here is what can happen:

  • Walls, floors, and ceiling cavities can become flooded.
  • Structural frame warping
  • Water migration 
  • Problems from black water migrations
  • Mold or microbial damage
  • Electrical systems damaged
  • Plumbing systems damaged
  • Condensation can cause problems

Act Quickly – Stop Flood Damage in its Tracks

The wisest thing any homeowner can do is to get emergency water mitigation quickly. The quicker our SERVPRO Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technicians are on the scene, the lower the chance of things spiraling out of control. Our techs are experts at searching out hidden water. The right equipment will remove the water and moisture and leave your home “Like it never even happened.” Here are some ways we clean, restore, and repair: 

  • Moisture sensors
  • Powerful water extractions methods
  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Restore as much as possible
  • Specialty cleaning for your contents
  • Move out services if you can’t stay in your home

 Don’t let flood damage cause hidden problems in your home. Contact SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301 963-8474 for emergency water mitigation service that is Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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I Need Help with Water Removal in Montgomery Village, What Tools Does SERVPRO Use?

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property Water damage restoration will ensure your interior is like-new once again.

Prompt, Reliable Water Damage Restoration is Where SERVPRO Shines – Call Us to Your Montgomery Village Home for Emergency Service

The kitchen and the bathroom are two common areas around the home where water incidents happen. Whether you had a dishwasher that malfunctioned or a pipe burst in your bathroom, the moments after the event are the most critical. Any water loss scenario calls for prompt cleanup to mitigate the damage and cut back on the severity of the loss. SERVPRO features highly-trained technicians who arrive prepared to get to work quickly so that your interior gets restored sooner. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we come to your Montgomery Village property with all of the technology and tools for the job.

I Started to Clean Up the Water, Is That Okay?

The main goal for water removal is to ensure that the standing water does not migrate into other areas. Water likes to travel to dry spaces while following the path to least resistance. Until we arrive, you can carefully try to mop up the water, but you must be mindful that you are not pushing it into hidden cracks and crevices. In many situations, we suggest that you leave the water damage restoration in Montgomery Village to our trained water restoration technicians (WRT) at SERVPRO.

Leave Water Extraction to the Trained Professionals

Whether you have hardwood flooring or carpeting in the water loss zone, our skilled team has the training necessary to remove standing water quickly. Handheld wet vacuums allow us to pull up water from hard-surface floorings, such as tile floors, linoleum, and hardwood. Weighted extractors, or rovers, are beneficial for removing water from carpeting as well as the carpet padding below.

We Track Water Migration

Once water removal begins after the initial water loss incident, there might not be any visible signs of water remaining. This is why our IICRC-certified team uses moisture detection equipment to determine whether we need to address potential problem areas, such as:

• Behind your baseboards
• Under cabinetry
• Within your walls or ceilings
• Under carpeting and subflooring

These are all common areas where residual moisture might be found, which calls for the use of professional drying and dehumidification equipment.

Detecting Moisture in Hard-to-Reach Areas

There are occasions when water may get between walls or into the subfloor as it travels to find lower points within your home. We utilize several moisture detection tools that allow our team to detect hidden moisture spots while also helping us to avoid the onset of mold. A few of the moisture detection tools that we use include:

• Moisture sensors
• Moisture meters
• Infrared cameras
• Thermal hygrometers

In some instances, the team might have to drill a few holes into the walls and then use a vacuum to pull water out of the cavity. This gets done while also blowing dry air into the space to facilitate drying.

What Happens During the Drying Phase?

For total water damage restoration to occur, the use of industrial-grade, specialized drying equipment is essential. If your subflooring call for drying attention, our technicians carefully remove your flooring or tile as needed. We utilize a range of drying equipment and technicians to circulate the air while cutting back on moisture levels. What this does is allow for optimum drying using technology such as:

• Industrial-strength fans
• Drying mats
• Centrifugal air movers
• Dehumidifiers

Should there be any small spaces that call for special attention, we utilize our InjectiDry system. This is ideal for addressing wall cavities once we remove the baseboards. The advanced drying method helps us to dry the space without the need to open the wall further with controlled demolition.

We Have a Special Formula to Enhance Drying

Once we put the plan in place to help with water damage restoration, our crew chief determines how many drying units and dehumidifiers are necessary to handle the project. Air movers work to pull moisture to the surface from materials like flooring, paneling, and drywall. Because water moves from wetness to dry spaces, it creates a reverse action where moisture makes its way out to get closer to the air currents.

Do I Have to Worry About Mold?

Many homeowners forget that even the slightest bit of leftover moisture can create the perfect atmosphere for mold and mildew growth. This is why professional restoration is best to ensure your interior is arid after a water loss incident. Elevated moisture levels and the right amount of humidity must be addressed to ensure your interior is clear and ready for you to enjoy once again. Our skilled technicians perform a variety of proactive treatments to the surfaces and structural materials throughout your home to eliminate the onset of bacterial growth.

Water damage restoration will ensure your interior is like-new once again. Call us at SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 to enlist our team for emergency service 24/7.

Can I Stay in a Burnt Property While Restoration Takes Place?

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

"Q" "A" For your many questions regarding your homes Fire damage, Call us at SERVPRO. We are always available to help you.

SERVPRO Makes Every Effort to Work Around your Needs During Fire Restoration While Maintaining an Efficient Service

Can restorers work around my schedule?

Restoration is a time-sensitive task that could lead to permanent harm of possessions or structure if there are delays. But we understand how technicians, chemical agents, and equipment can be an inconvenience to the homeowner. When it is safe for occupants to stay in their homes after a fire, SERVPRO performs emergency cleaning to make it livable. This cleaning may include essential rooms like kitchens or bathrooms, as well as laundry and dry cleaning services. Frequently, we can seal off areas of the property where damage is most severe while leaving the main functional areas of your home free to use. 

What should I do first when cleaning fire damage?

The first twenty-four-hours of fire restoration in your Gaithersburg home is crucial to controlling the extent of harm. Water, which may have been used as part of a firefighting procedure, can begin to damage fabrics or textiles, bond with soots, or create a microbial growth issue. Equally, odor particles may still emanate from the worst affected areas and spread throughout the home. SERVPRO can perform the emergency drying of the property. We can also seal or remove fire debris to prevent them from causing further odor issues while cleaning takes place. 

How can I remove fire odors from the house?

- Locate and remove the source of the odor

- Clean surfaces thoroughly to clear away odor-causing residues

- Use deodorant solvents ideally with misting or fogging equipment at sites of odor

- Apply odor sealant primer to surfaces that continue to produce fire smells

Fire and odor issues can be a massive inconvenience to your everyday life. Our technicians can make your home livable while performing the efficient restoration. Contact SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474.

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How Can I Get Mold Out of My Office’s Ceiling?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

looking under floor space There are many different ways for mold to be detrimental to your Gaithersburg store. Call SERVPRO to learn what needs to be done properly for company.

SERVPRO Techs Provide Fast-Acting Commercial Mold Remediation in Gaithersburg 24/7

If your Gaithersburg office’s conference room had a ceiling leak repaired recently, you might think that your problems are over for the moment. However, moist conditions can allow for mold to thrive in other areas without thorough mitigation.

When you need commercial mold removal for your Gaithersburg business, SERVPRO is ready to answer the call 24/7 so that you and your staff can enjoy better indoor air quality once more.

What Situations Can Allow Mold to Develop?

All mold needs to proliferate is water and oxygen. Consider if your building has endured one or more of the following conditions recently:

  • Inconsistent building maintenance schedules
  • Poor construction or building with wet materials
  • Leaky window seals, doors, or pipes
  • Unusual amounts on condensation or humidity
  • Landscaping that causes water to flow toward the building

If any of these situations have affected your office, have a licensed professional inspect your facilities for potential mold growth.

What Does SERVPRO’s Mold Remediation Process Entail?

SERVPRO’s mold remediation strategies can be broken down into four major steps:

  • Establishing containment: Sealing entryways and vents, introducing negative air pressure, and dedicating space to decontamination prevent mold spores from spreading outside of the affected area.
  • Removing contamination: Technicians clean loose mold deposits with HEPA vacuums. Agitation methods such as sanding or brushing are better-suited to semi-porous materials like wood and concrete.
  • Cleaning dust and spores: Several rounds of damp cleaning combined with HEPA vacuuming eliminates settled mold spores.
  • Drying the structure: After cleaning, structural drying returns items to normal moisture levels and prevents conditions that allow mold to return.

Contact SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 for mitigation that keeps your business looking, “Like it never even happened.”

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg/Germantown today at 301-963-8474 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO Offers Pandemic Cleanup for Gaithersburg Communities

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

yellow gloved hand holding a blue bottle and a green rag wiping a counter SERVPRO procedures generally include the cleaning of porous surfaces using an EPA-registered product.

Protecting Our Community Through Deep Cleaning With Disinfectants

In these troubling times, extraordinary measures are sometimes required to protect our health. It is important to follow the advice from expert sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other government announcements and orders. Preventative cleaning is always mentioned as a line of defense against this pandemic.

SERVPRO offers Gaithersburg and Germantown Professional Cleaning Services

There is a notable difference between professional-level specialty cleaning and the DIY cleaning that is being done by the majority of our population. Professional cleaning companies such as ours have employees who have completed training and have earned certifications in performing a variety of difficult cleaning processes, such as crime and death scenes, sewage spill cleanup, mold, and other anti-microbial remediations. Many of our people even have experience in past cleanup of the SARS virus. Our technicians know how and when to don protective clothing and equipment. They are careful not to spread contamination. Our expert team members are accustomed to following various protocols from OSHA, the CDC, and EPA on a number of different cleaning scenarios.  All of this knowledge and experience can be applied toward proper deep protective cleaning against this current outbreak at your home or place of business.   

We welcome you to reach out to us with questions. We look forward to learning about your needs and discussing how we may be able to help you.

SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown protects the community by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (301) 963-8474 for reliable sanitation services 24/7.

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Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

How Do I Deal with Basement Soiling After Storm Flood Damage In My Gaithersburg Home?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

concrete pad and walls flooded in a basement Gaithersburg Residents trust SERVPRO for water restoration and removal from their basements

SERVPRO Can Help With Challenges Such As Accessing the Soiled Areas and Waste Disposal, Restoring Pre-loss Conditions

Cleaning a Gaithersburg basement or other crawl spaces is challenging at best. Soiling from flooding incidents worsens this challenge, and unlike spring-cleaning, you cannot postpone it until it is convenient for you. Doing so would lead to other problems such as mold development or worse. Successful basement cleaning is 50% planning, without which the challenges involved can make the exercise overwhelming.

What complicates cleaning in such confined areas?

In case of storm flood damage, your Gaithersburg basement is likely to be filled with significant volumes of water, silt, or mud. Cleaning must remove all these foreign materials promptly to restore preloss conditions and prevent secondary damages. Several factors can get in the way when trying to accomplish the cleaning goals. Typical issues include:

  • Limited space in the basement
  • Small access points
  • Unseen hazards such as the presence of sewer gas
  • Presence of bugs such as spiders, or even snakes and raccoons

How does SERVPRO address these challenges?

Cleaning a flooded basement or crawl space is less challenging with access to the right resources. For example, removing the water and other foreign materials poses the main challenge because of the small access points. Our crews have a variety of pumps, which counter the challenge. High-pressure pumps help lift water from the basement conveniently since they have a discharge head of up to 360'. We also have self-priming trash pumps, which remove water with solid materials. The slurry variety handles mud and sand efficiently.

Lack of sufficient natural light or lighting fixtures is another challenge that can complicate your efforts to clean confined areas after flooding. At the very least, venturing into a poorly lit area where there might be bugs such as spiders, is scary. It is also unsafe since there might be sharp objects and other hazards. Our SERVPRO technicians use different lighting fixtures to ensure the basement is well-lit as we perform the cleanup. Wobble lights help us when we need a flood of light from a single point. We also use stand lights for directional lighting, which is essential in identifying items or hazards within the basement area.

What issues do SERVPRO technicians look out for when cleaning?

Although the main goal when cleaning the basement is dealing with soiling to restore preloss conditions, preventing additional damages or injuries is also crucial. Knowing in advance what issues might lead to such damages or injuries helps in formulating a plan to avoid them. Typical things to look out for include:

  • Electrical wiring, gas lines or other utility hazards
  • Exposure to hazardous materials
  • Contaminants
  • Fragile items

Use of PPE, Personal Protective Equipment such as rubber boots, heavy-duty gloves, bodysuits, and hard hats protect our SERVPRO crewmembers from most of the hazards. We inspect the area to identify any fragile items stored there and identify the utility lines to avoid damaging them during cleaning.

What cleaning steps are necessary?

  • Removing dirty
  • Sanitizing or disinfection
  • Deodorization
  • Moisture control

Various approaches can help remove soils from the basement after extracting the water, including agitating with brushes or spraying the surfaces with pressure washers. These methods help remove soils from rough or unfinished surfaces conveniently.

Sanitizing the area with mild cleaning agents such as bleach helps remove undesirable substances that cleaning fails to address. In case the flooding involves raw sewage or other biohazards, our SERVPRO technicians use products with disinfectant and antimicrobial properties to disinfect the area.

The accumulation of soils and other wastes in the basement can leave foul smells. Another source of bad smell in the basement is the deterioration of materials when wet. Deodorization is the best way to deal with such odors. Our technicians can mix the water-based deodorizers with the cleaning or sanitizing solutions to replace the bad odor with a sweet scent. Alternatively, we apply the deodorizer on surfaces using misting tools such as ULV foggers for better penetration into materials.

Leaving moisture or wet materials in the basement after cleaning is almost as bad as leaving the soiling in place. Mold develops quickly in such conditions since organic materials in the area provide a food source.  Our crews set up drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers for some time to remove excess moisture. In case access points limit the possibility of setting up equipment in the affected area, we rely on our training to find other solutions. For example, we can use flex hose as ducts to move air between the confined space and the drying equipment.

Although a flooded basement presents many challenges, SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown can find ways to address the problem, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (301) 963-8474.

How Much Damage Can a Leaking Pipe Do in Gaithersburg?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water spreading on parquet floor in a house Regardless of the level of water damage that is present in your home, you can trust that our team at SERVPRO gets to work fast.

Promptly Addressing Water Damage from a Leaking Pipe in Your Gaithersburg Home is What SERVPRO Does Best!

Even the smallest leak coming from a pipe within your home can send out enough water to cause plenty of damage. There are times when a household develops a slow leak within their plumbing system that begins to seep into the walls, behind cabinets, and other tight areas. The moment that you notice a leak has been dripping and soaking an area, calling in the help of trained water restoration technicians (WRT) is the best way to get the cleanup and repair necessary to return your home to preloss condition.

Why Should I Call SERVPRO for Restoration?
Water damage in Gaithersburg should never be left to chance with a do-it-yourself cleanup job. We have IICRC-certified technicians that come to your home quickly so that we can get started on assessing the water loss.

    •    Our skilled technicians are available for water cleanup and restoration 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and always ready to get to work on your schedule!
    •    The Green Fleet arrives at your property with trucks loaded with the latest equipment and products to help us facilitate fast, efficient service for quality results.

After we assess the loss and formulate a plan to address the water from the leaking pipe in your home. We use moisture sensors, and thermal imaging cameras allow us to find hidden pockets of moisture trapped behind baseboards, wall cavities, and cabinets. Our team removes any damaged materials using controlled demolition so that we can restore your home to make it look, “Like it never even happened.”

Regardless of the level of water damage that is present in your home, you can trust that our team at SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown gets to work fast. Give us a call at (301) 963-8474 to schedule an emergency service call, and we will deploy a crew as quickly as possible.

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How Can I Stop Water Damage from Ruining My Gaithersburg Office?

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage is Best Left to the Professionals – Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Gaithersburg Office

Whether you had a leaky roof during a storm or a pipe burst, an immediate response is necessary to get your commercial space back in order. If you have an office that suffers from water intrusion on any level, you need to act fast to help lessen the damage. While you may think that a wet-dry vacuum and some cleaning supplies will do the trick, this is a situation best left to trained professionals. Our team at SERVPRO not only arrives quickly, but we also have the training and equipment necessary to ensure everything is done right the first time.

How Does Water Damage Restoration Work?
With any water loss, removing the water from the equation helps to decrease the severity and allows our team to concentrate on other things. We arrive quickly to assess your commercial water damage in Gaithersburg so that we can implement necessary restoration steps. We have equipment that allows us to quickly remove vast amounts of water while keeping a steady pace. If the culprit was a burst pipe that put out a lot of high-pressure water over a period of time, we suggest that the water supply gets shut off until we are able to arrive and get to work.

Our Green Fleet
Once you call our team here at SERVPRO, we send out technicians in as little as four hours to get started. When our Green Fleet arrives at your office space, our trucks are loaded with all of the right equipment for water extraction and cleanup of your interior, including:

    •    Extraction Equipment – We have both truck-mounted and portable extraction equipment that allows us to remove water from floors, carpets, and upholstery throughout your office.
    •    Air Moving Equipment – Helps to speed evaporation and drying throughout the structure.
    •    Dehumidification Equipment – Removes water vapor from the air to help speed up the drying process.

Do I Need to Worry About Water Seeping into Other Areas?
Water migration is a common issue that occurs with water damage situations. With a water loss, the moisture likes to move into dry spaces, so our team follows this path of migration to find all water to eliminate it. Any leftover moisture that is left in various cracks or crevices can destroy the building materials as well as pose a potential threat for mold and mildew growth. Depending on the level of destruction, our crew may need to cut holes in the ceilings or walls of your Gaithersburg office to allow for proper drying. We use strategically placed holes or flood cuts along with the placement of air movers and industrial fans to enhance airflow and drying.

How Can You Be Sure No Moisture is Left Behind?
Moisture control and detection is a significant component of our water removal and cleanup process. We take the time to use special equipment that allows us to monitor moisture levels in the air as well as to detect any patches of hidden moisture. Some of the equipment that we have on hand includes:

    •    Moisture Detectors: We have a vast array of moisture detection tools, which includes moisture meters and moisture sensors. They allow us to find any area within the small spaces or your walls where moisture may be lurking.
    •    Inspection Cameras: We have thermal imaging camera technology, including borescopes, which allow for the detection of moisture within walls and other hidden spaces. This technology is ideal for finding moisture without the need for complete removal of wallboards.

I Have a Dehumidifier, Can I Bring it to My Office to Remove Moisture?
At SERVPRO, we have industrial-strength dehumidifiers that allow us to get the job done in a fraction of the time that it would take traditional units. Our skilled technicians also use a unique formula that tells us how many air movers and dehumidifiers should be placed within your building to get the most drying done in a specific timeframe.

    •    Refrigerant dehumidifiers are sometimes used in the beginning phase of a water cleanup job when the humidity levels are high within the structure.
    •    Desiccant dehumidifiers are best used with structure materials that are still fairly wet, but porous materials throughout your office are dry.

Before We Leave, We Clean and Disinfect
For any water damage call in Gaithersburg, professional cleaning agents and disinfectants must be used to help control or inhibit harmful microbial growth. We start by removing moisture with drying procedures, followed by the removal of all contaminated materials. Our team then ensures everything is thoroughly wiped down and cleaned with EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectant.

Whenever you are hit with water damage in your commercial space, you can count on our expert technicians at SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Give our specialists a call 24/7 at (301) 963-8474, and we make it “Like it never even happened.”

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What to Avoid When Dealing With Commercial Water Damage in Gaithersburg

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged office or commercial space If water damaged has affected your commercial space, contact team SERVPRO. Our certified technicians are ready 24/7 to take your call.

We Act Quickly in Gaithersburg When You Require Commercial Water Removal

Any amount of water damage in your commercial space can translate into significant hassles and expensive repairs if not addressed quickly. Waiting too long to have the water and moisture removed means the potential for mold growth that leads to health hazards for your staff and customers. Should the water loss include sewage, then the cleaning event is rated at the biohazard level to deal with potential pathogens and contaminants properly.

When you need commercial water removal in Gaithersburg, you must never rule out the idea that sewage may be a problem. Your janitorial crew does not have the powerful equipment or the right cleaning products to deal with such a situation, so you need to contact our team at SERVPRO. We provide you with industrial-grade solutions and professional equipment used by trained technicians.

Water Extraction

With a commercial water loss event, our technicians have protective gear that includes the use of respirators to ensure no airborne molecules get breathed in. If the bathrooms are impacted in your commercial space, we scope the bathrooms and use extraction pumps to pull out all solid waste and water quickly. A standard measure taken in such a situation is the application of anti-microbial solutions to the water to cut down on the potential hazards in the standing water.

Contaminated Materials

Water loss events often have damaged sheetrock as the water wicks up through the materials. Our SERVPRO technicians make flood cuts above the water line to remove and discard the contaminated pieces. This also allows for the airflow to get into the wall cavities to speed up drying. 

Drying Process

SERVPRO has tried and true methods to speed up the drying process after the extraction phase. We have a unique formula that allows us to determine the right number of air movers and dehumidifiers to place throughout your commercial space. To help capture air particles and to improve upon the air quality in the building, we also commonly run air scrubbers.


In a heavily contaminated water loss situation, we step up the amount of antimicrobial and anti-bacterial agents used to clean and disinfect. This not only ensures that potential hazards from bacteria are eliminated, but it keeps foul odors from developing.

The team at SERVPRO of Gaithersburg/Germantown is ready to help when you have commercial water removal needs. We can send a team out to make it “Like it never even happened,” when you call us at (301) 963-8474.

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