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The Urgency of Gaithersburg Water Damage Events

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

water damage on a ceiling Not sure what to do when you have a ceiling leak in your Gaithersburg home? Call SERVPRO for water damage remediation.

SERVPRO Acts Fast Against Water Damage Threats

Damages from water to a household or business are a standard callout for our professionals to address. These situations must be met with the same urgency, as these conditions often only worsen the more prolonged exposure occurs. We prioritize effective mitigation solutions to resolve standing water and prevent the further migration of moisture through materials or open areas.

SERVPRO shows that with Gaithersburg water damage, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster by keeping our Green Fleet of vehicles stocked and ready to help with rapidly developing emergencies. We arrive with:

  • Air movers
  • Extractors
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Heaters
  • Cleaning products

What Do Extractors Do?

Extraction is a vital process of the mitigation that our professionals perform to protect the property and its contents from greater water damage. Standing water is a significant issue for residences, as this can begin to absorb into building materials and overwhelm structures. We have several types of water removal tools to help:

  • Weighted extractors
  • Carpet wands
  • Vacuums
  • Submersible pumps
  • Trash pumps

Placing Air Movers Correctly

There are multiple types of air mover equipment in our inventory to address any potential issues that could result for the household. Air movers are the foundational element of successful drying, as we have hundreds of these units that can be placed throughout the structure and impact a broad area of damp surfaces. The placement of movers is continually evaluated as progress gets monitored to ensure that we are achieving the best production possible.

What Impact Does Humidity Have?

Humidity can be a significant hindrance to the drying process. Restorers must seek a balance in the production of evaporative drying tools and moisture management devices like dehumidifiers. Prolonged humid conditions can result in the development of mold and microbial threats.

Managing Moisture Content

The more productive evaporation is with the placed air movers throughout the property, the more that this humidity increases in the drying zones. We place dehumidification equipment to manage this growing moisture content and can remove grains of moisture with processes like:

  • Condensation – refrigerant dehumidifiers pull moist air over cold coils within the unit to produce condensation. This water is then collected and removed.
  • Absorption – desiccant dehumidifiers absorb moisture, allowing them to manage a greater volume of vapor before discarding the collected deposit.
  • Ventilation – proper ventilation in a room can also help the dehumidification process and prevent conditions like mold growth by promoting greater airflow.

How Do You Know Water Damage is Dried?

Providing peace of mind to our customers is a priority of restoration. After damage events like leaking pipes and moisture present in the structural cavities, customers need to know that the water is removed and the building materials affected are dry enough not to support mold colonies. We have several sensors and detection devices to track moisture and damp pockets in the house, including thermal imagery.

Who Does Repairs?

You might find that not all water damage restoration efforts after damages from water require repairs and reconstruction. When these build-back efforts are needed, it is beneficial to have a team like our SERVPRO professionals capable of completing these actions without requiring a subcontractor. From controlled demolition to more intricate replacement of installed building materials that return a property to its original state, we have a general contractor license to allow us clearance to complete these actions.

As soon as Gaithersburg water damage begins, it is essential to work fast to overcome these pressing threats to the property. As leading restoration technicians for the area, many look to our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team for mitigative and restorative solutions. Give us a call today at (301) 963-8474. 

Factors Making Gaithersburg Fire Damage a Restoration Challenge

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

male standing by a SERVPRO car SERVPRO professionals in Gaithersburg are trained to handle every level of fire damage, including the odors that follow. Call us today!

SERVPRO Has Solutions for Fire Damage Effects

It is important to recognize how destructive fire events can be for homes and businesses. In many cases, there is no option other than pursuing professional restoration and cleaning, as the insurance company is involved and the thorough level of repair necessary is beyond the capacities of the average homeowner. In addition, there are specific factors that can make fire cleanup complicated, including:

  • Safety Concerns
  • Structural Damage
  • Soot Damage
  • Offensive Malodors

Gaithersburg fire damage events require experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team to address. We have experienced FSRT-certified technicians accredited through the IICRC to mitigate loss, clean up after fire damage effects, and restore the damage that smoke and fire effects can do to contents and the structure. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Fire Damage Mitigation

Mitigating damages is one of the priorities of our responding technicians, especially as soon as our team arrives. Emergency services allow us to regulate the spread and severity of loss effects without compromising the structure. It is necessary to overcome safety concerns through specific mitigating actions to make the cleaning and restoration faster and safer for our technicians and any remaining house occupants. Focuses of this effort include:

  • Airborne Threats - Soot and smoke solids can become airborne. We utilize air scrubbers and filtration equipment to make the environment safer.
  • Standing Water - The extinguishment process can leave standing water throughout the structure. We must remove this water damage threat to protect the property from secondary effects.
  • Debris Removal - It is essential to remove burned materials, ash, debris, and other solids related to combustion. Heaps of charred remnants amplify soot and malodor threats.

How Is the Structure?

Evaluating the structure's condition is a focal point of the job scoping process. Fires are destructive and overwhelming for many building materials used in residential construction, causing complete or partial combustion of these elements in many house areas. Our professionals must evaluate where controlled demolition is necessary and if any building materials impacted can still be preserved and restored to their original appearance.

Can Soot Damage Be Removed?

Soot is one of the most formidable obstacles to remove after fire damage. We must carefully determine the type of smoke damage, the hosting material, and test various cleaning methods to ensure that the selected methods are the kindest to underlying substrates. Typical cleaning solutions include:

  • Surface Cleaning
  • Abrasive Action
  • Controlled Demolition

Managing Odors After Fire Damage

Malodors are a common byproduct of the combustion process. Not only must our responding OCT-Certified technicians address these smells throughout the structure, but we must also pay careful attention to when porous materials have absorbed smoke molecules and can continue to influence damaged rooms with offensive odors. We have several deodorization practices and products to help.

Restoration vs. Replacement

Careful considerations must be made to determine the best actions when SERVPRO can restore materials at a higher cost. Unique building materials and exotic items can be beneficial to restore over replacing. However, highly available and accessible materials like drywall and particle board cabinetry are often easier to replace than to fix at great length and cost.

Gaithersburg fire damage loss events are destructive and compromising to households and businesses. Because of the urgency of these situations and the requirements of insurance companies to use professional restoration services, we are a preferred vendor to complete the recovery of your home. Give our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team a call today at (301) 963-8474.

Finding and Removing Gaithersburg Mold Damage

8/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trailer in a parking lot We have the equipment and training to complete mold damage remediation at your Gaithersburg home quickly. Call us today!

Remediators Work Fast to Manage Mold Damage

Mold is a microorganism comprised of innumerable spores found in almost every living space. These organisms rarely pose a safety threat to households while microbes. When damp conditions exist, such as infiltrating water after flood events, colonies can be facilitated and supported. Common areas where colonies can form include:

  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Crawlspace
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry room
  • Bathroom

There are multiple concerns with developing mold damage in Gaithersburg homes. The most significant issue is the direct impact on the structure itself. Not all mold colonies are offensive, but nearly all can use organic matter like drywall and wood as a food source to continue their growth and spread.

Naturally Occurring Mold Spores

Many homeowners do not realize that mold occurs naturally in almost every environment. These mold spores threaten the structure only when conditions are met. This knowledge should make you cautious of any restoration group claiming to offer complete mold removal, as this is not a feasible course of action.

How to Discover Mold Damage

It is not always easy to determine where mold exists in your home. Some telling signs could indicate that microbial threats are probable, and these should be used to encourage homeowners to pursue professional inspections to validate these findings. Some signals that mold might be present in your home include damp materials and a lingering musty smell.

Honest Inspections and Work

The development of mold damage in your home can be traumatic and overwhelming. Without knowing what steps lies ahead, you can be uncertain whether you should pursue professional restoration and remediation or attempt to remove colonies on your own. Our technicians guarantee an honest inspection and detailed remediation plan, so you fully understand what is necessary, why it is needed, and the expected costs.

Remediation Solutions After Mold Damage

The remediation process focuses on the removal of active colonies in the house. There is no single appropriate action for this process, as infestations vary significantly in their penetrative properties, the hosting materials involved, and the location of this damage. Be careful inspections and evaluations of the affected areas in your home are necessary to ensure the appropriate remediation response is selected. Some options include:

  • Wet Cleaning
  • Abrasive Tactics
  • Controlled Demolition

Contending with Secondary Effects

Removing active colonies from the residence is only the start of completing the necessary restoration of the property after these disasters. There are also additional ways these organisms impact comfortable living conditions, the most direct of these being offensive malodors. To overcome the musty smells generated by active colonies, we must implement multiple deodorization and neutralization practices and products. Some of the tools used in this effort include:

  • Thermal fogging
  • Hydroxyl machines
  • Ozone generators

Can Damaged Materials be Restored?

It is often a question if SERVPRO can restore mold-damaged materials or if it is more beneficial to pursue replacement and repair. When choosing SERVPRO for this work, we can complete both possible outcomes. The choice lies in the restoration cost and whether the proposed costs of replacing the material are greater than the expected estimated restoration.

With mold damage in Gaithersburg homes, there are multiple steps and stages to remediating the situation and restoring the damage to affected materials. We have extensively trained AMRT-certified technicians on our roster, ready to mobilize quickly to help when mold gets discovered in your home. Give our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team a call today at (301) 963-8474.

Dealing with Fire Damage Restoration in Gaithersburg

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

power strip with cords plugged in burning Plugging appliances into extension cords can cause fires. Be sure and practice fire safety!

SERVPRO Assists with Fire Remediation in Gaithersburg

Currently, a heat wave has struck the country sending temperatures into the 90s and 100s in some places. People use home appliances like fans and portable air conditioning units when it gets hot. However, one thing many people don’t realize is that many household appliances are not supposed to be connected to power strips or extension cords. Plugging them into extension cords can cause shorts to occur, which might ignite a fire.

When our SERVPRO technicians work on fire damage restoration in Gaithersburg, one of the first things we do is find the source. If the origin was an extension cord shorting out, we could start our inspection process at the location of the short. We can inspect from there to see which of your contents and building materials got torched and ruined. We can also perform wipe tests from the source to other sections of your home to determine where soot residue is present. The wipe tests can also help us determine the type of soot and what methods will work best to clean them.

Once we finish our inspection phase, we can formulate a plan of attack to return your house to its preloss state, “Like it never even happened.” We will first determine which building materials and contents need to be removed and replaced. Then, we can devise a plan for cleaning your possessions and structural components.

Services we can offer after a fire ignites inside your house:

  • Smoke Remediation
  • Water & Fire Damage Restorations
  • Structural Deodorization
  • Content Cleaning

If you ever notice that an extension cord in your home has melted and caused a fire, call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474.

How Early Steps Can Reduce Flood Damage in Your Germantown Home

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

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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, including professional restoration services. With the widespread devastation that often comes with flooding scenarios in the area, the faster 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 how to 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 reliable 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 durable plastic fencing that you can put in place around the house to prevent any water from getting through.

Content Management

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

Extraction

If the damage to your property is not extreme, you can employ a wet/dry vac to begin managing extraction as standing water occurs. This partial mitigation can make restoration much more manageable for our SERVPRO professionals or help you 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 requiring considerable out-of-pocket expense. Give our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team a call anytime you can use our expertise and cutting-edge equipment at (301) 963-8474.

Is Water Damage Being Stored in Your Montgomery Village Cabinets?

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

water pooling on kitchen floor Did appliance leaks cause water damage to your kitchen cabinets?

Water Removal Montgomery Village – Drying Under Kitchen Cupboards

Water often finds its way under the cupboards whenever there is a water leak in the kitchen or the bathroom. It may travel into areas that are difficult to reach. Confirming the area is wet may be challenging unless you remove baseboards or utilize moisture meters. Allowing water to remain can cause damage to the subfloor to your cupboards, and a mold infestation may begin. 

Fortunately, SERVPRO knows the areas to check for water removal in Montgomery Village homes. We have the experience and knowledge about where to check for water. We also have the tools to take measurements without tearing apart your kitchen cupboards. We also have tools to remove water from under cabinets and dry the area. 

It is Important to Avoid Delays 

If water remains for any period of time, penetration of porous materials such as wood subfloors, particleboard, and even solid wood cupboards can occur. These materials swell as the wood absorbs moisture; before long, these structures can lose strength. Swelling of the wood cabinets can cause deformation, which causes cabinet doors and drawers to go out of alignment. 

SERVPRO can react to a client's call within four hours. We are available on a 24 / 7 basis. We urge consumers not to hesitate to deal with the water leak, remove the excess water, and initiate drying activities. A fast response can limit the damage and avoid additional loss, which can be much more expensive — E.G., replacing your cupboards.

We utilize specialty drying equipment to push dry air into a cavity under your cabinets. The dry air absorbs moisture, drying the area. We may suggest homeowners turn on their A.C. systems in addition to SERVPRO deploying dehumidifiers to lower overall humidity levels in the home to normal levels. 

Call SERVPRO for assistance before water damage can cause even more damage. 

Call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 963-8474 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Washington Grove, Stewart Town, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Fast Water Removal Saves Your Gaithersburg Shop

7/9/2022 (Permalink)

water on tiled convenience store floor Call SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, to keep your Gaithersburg convenience store open for business following a water leak

Stores in Gaithersburg Depend on Emergency Water Extraction

It is staggering how much damage the water from a clogged floor drain in a restroom with a broken pipe can cause to a small shop in Gaithersburg. Water removal is one of our emergency services that businesses of all sizes rely on in our area.

A flooded showroom in your shop in Gaithersburg needs water removal fast. SERVPRO can help get things back to normal for you. We understand the implications this can have for your business, both currently and in the future. We take a proactive stance on the entire situation, including preventative measures to help reduce future restoration costs related to the existing emergency.

Removing water deeper than a few inches means we arrive ready to use our truck-mounted submersible pumps. These can extract large amounts of water in a short time. As this occurs, we are assisting this by pushing water toward the extraction units. We switch to handheld wands to extract more water as soon as possible.

Some water that floods businesses in our area are clean, while other times the water is considered dirty. Clean water comes from a water line that broke or an overflowing sink. Dirty water comes from these sources but has been in place, stagnant, for a day or more, or from a drain, toilet, or other contaminated location. Regardless of how damaged your shop is, we can help you rebuild.

There are differences in what needs to take place, according to the water we find in your shop:

? We cannot salvage porous or absorbent flooring if water is considered contaminated,

? Decontamination and cleaning of impervious surfaces are sufficient when water is not clean, and

? The more contaminated the water, the more intensive our odor control efforts must be once everything is dry.

Waiting to call SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown at (301) 973-6257 for services can worsen the situation. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster to minimize damage to your property.

Flood Damage Remediation Is Your Key to Success

7/9/2022 (Permalink)

removed ceiling and wall panels from storm damage Our SERVPRO team can restore your storm-damaged home with reconstruction, "Like it never even happened."

Start to Finish -- Flood Damage Restoration in Gaithersburg by SERVPRO

Heavy rains in Gaithersburg can cause flash flooding headaches for up-county 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 the 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 several 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) 246-8636 for a comprehensive evaluation of what your property needs to return to pre loss condition.

First Steps When Mold Gets Discovered in a Gaithersburg Office

7/9/2022 (Permalink)

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Don't Delay in Seeking Professional Mold Damage Remediation

Mold can be a challenging situation to overcome, especially when preventative measures do not get taken in Gaithersburg offices as quickly as they could. Many property owners do not recognize the signs of budding mold colonization; before long, the situation has gotten out of control. Even with the prompt response of our SERVPRO remediation technicians, there are still some initial steps that business owners can take in the office space to help.

As problematic as mold damage in Gaithersburg offices can be for those exposed, we have a full division of qualified personnel capable of responding quickly. Mold can migrate from surface to surface, seating into these materials and contents. As the organism feeds, the host surface deteriorates, leading to structural failures and costly reconstruction efforts. Our skilled IICRC --Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) are ready to help.

 We have a quick response in a crisis, but there are still ways that you can help while you wait for our response team to arrive. Applying these tactics can help you get your doors back open and get the business up and running much faster than you might have expected.

- Protect your electronics and other valuable items by getting them out of the moist or damp areas of the facility. Not only does this reduce the exposure to mold growth, but it can help to keep this investment safe.

- Get employees out of the office until the appropriate measures are taken to seal off contamination and potentially allow the business to reopen in a limited capacity.

- Do not attempt to remove mold growth on your own. With thousands of varieties of structural mold, you need experienced professionals like our SERVPRO AMRTs to identify the best approach for removal.

Many steps are essential to protecting your business after you discover mold growth. Knowing what to do immediately and steps to follow can limit recovery times and costs. Our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team can help however you need by calling (301) 246-8636.

Drying Wood Floors of Gaithersburg Shops During Water Restoration

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

Broken Pipe Leaking Looking for a restoration company? Look no further, SERVPRO is just a call away at (301) 963-8474.

Water Restoration Includes Effective Drying

With water leaks or plumbing damage, it is essential to get mitigation and restoration efforts started as soon as possible. Fast response to these emergencies can often protect your business from closing completely, allowing technicians to section off the affected space and work around your schedule to recover the property. Early mitigation for your shop includes:

  • Content relocation 
  • Surface cleaning
  • Structural assessment

How Do Wood Floors Become Damaged?

Absorption begins immediately with high porosity materials before water restoration in Gaithersburg businesses. With semi-porous wood flooring, moisture infiltration into these planks does not happen immediately like with carpets. If caught early enough and the right tools get deployed in the mitigation window, surface water can be removed before the infusion of water molecules threatens structural integrity. 

Drying Trapped Water from Wood Flooring

When surface water removal is not feasible and the water absorption has already begun, it is essential to eliminate this trapped water before it impacts the molecular composition of the planks. When water bonds with cellulose in the wood planks, the units will begin to bloat or distort, requiring them to be removed. 

Verifying the Floors Are Dry

Just applying floor drying mats over the impacted areas is not enough. We must verify and monitor the progress of drying tools deployed in a business to ensure we do not overlook damp caches that could lead to more challenging secondary damage like mold and microbial growth. Moisture sensors, meters, and thermal imagery all work to track the presence of moisture in the work zone. 


Water damage can compromise a shop, especially if the flooring where inventory is displayed becomes damaged. Our SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown team has a quick mobilization after the first notice of loss to get you back in business. Call today at (301) 963-8474.