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If You Experience a Fire in Your Gaithersburg House, SERVPRO Can Help
Gaithersburg, Maryland is located northwest of Washington, D.C, and many consider it a suburb of the capital city. The city itself has a population of about 60,000 people, and it is split in half by Interstate 270, which is the route from Washington.
The first people that began to settle in the region came to the area as early as 1765. This first agricultural community called their settlement Log Town. A little bit later, in the early 1780s, a man named Henry Brookes bought a large portion of land in the area from a land grant and built a cabin and a brick house on the property.
The town remained to be called Log Town or Forest Oak as the region’s post office was named after a large oak tree in the city until the railroad came through the community. By that time, everyone had started calling it Gaithersburg, named after Benjamin Gaither, who married Brookes’ daughter and ended up inheriting his land.
On the east side of the city sits the older part of town before it grew to the size it is now in recent years. The city’s older half is home to the following:
City Hall: The town was established in 1878, and it became a city in 1968 before the town grew onto the west side of the interstate.
Lakeforest Mall: This famous mall is on the east side of Gaithersburg, and it is a two-door indoor shopping area that is home to over 120 stores and a food court.
Bohrer Park: This city park is a popular recreation hang-out spot with an outdoor pool and water park for families.
Montgomery County Fairgrounds: The home of the annual county fair and a venue for other events during the year.
Olde Towne: When visiting this section of the city’s eastside, visitors can see buildings and landmarks of the region’s past.
The west side of the city is where all of the newest regional growth has occurred. Most of the city’s west side developments were designed using an idea called New Urbanism that keeps smart growth design in mind when developing. The newer, wealtheir half of the city is home to the following developments:
Kentlands Community: This award-winning community was made using New Urbanism principles.
The Washingtonian Center: This region is also known as “Rio,” and it is a famous shopping district. The neighborhood is the home to several big-box retail stores, including Dick’s Sporting Goods and Target.
Lakelands Community: This is another newer subdivision that was built with keeping smart growth design principles in its architecture.
Watkins Mill Town Center: This neighborhood is still in the works, and it is slated to be a community oriented around public transportation systems.
“Science City”: This giant development is still under construction, but it is supposed to be one of the most significant new developments in the city.
The City’s Economy is the Home to Several Big Employers
The city is home to several industries, and it is considered one of the most ethnically and economically diverse cities in the country. When matched up against the largest 300 cities in the U.S., Gaithersburg has rated first in ethnic diversity and the top five of the most social class diverse cities. Some of the top employers in the area include:
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Headquarters
Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Services Area Headquarters
United States Army Reserve Legal Command
Don’t Forget to Visit the Kentlands Mansion
Officially labeled as the Tschiffely-Kent Property, the mansion has long been a famous landmark to admire while traveling down Darnestown Road. The mansion was originally built in the early 1900s by Frederick Tschiffely, and then he sold it to Otis Beall Kent in 1942. The property is now owned and kept up by the city of Gaithersburg as a historic structure.
This glorious building is now rented out by the city as an event and wedding venue. The Victorian Style structure can offer dream weddings with its fabulous lawns and beautiful balconies that overlook the exquisite grounds. Right now, the building can only be viewed on an appointment-only basis, but it is still available to rent for private events.
SERVPRO Is Available 24/7 For Anyone Who Suffers from a Fire on Their Property
Fires big and small can happen when the homeowner least expects it. Many structural blazes ignite during cooking mishaps. It is rather easy for someone to get distracted and leave whatever they are cooking unattended. It doesn’t take long for foods to burn or the grease it is being cooked in to get too hot and ignite.
Sometimes, the biggest problem with fires, even if they are small, is the smoke expelled during the blaze. Smoke coming from the flames can travel through rooms of a house that were previously unaffected. Once these partially combusted particles touch cooler surfaces, they can turn into soot residues that can affect several surfaces throughout a home.
Despite the problems associated with soot residues, smoke can also deeply penetrate porous items and become a source of the unpleasant aroma. Luckily, SERVPRO knows how to remove burnt-like odors from structures. The first step is to clean and remove all burnt debris and soot residues, but it is possible that foul odors can still exist. All SERVPRO technicians are certified by the International Institute for Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC program and have access to the following deodorization tools.
ULV Foggers: These foggers can dispense deodorants into a mist, breaking them down into small particles.
Thermal Foggers: These machines add heat to oil-based deodorants and break them down to even smaller particles to mimic the way smoke behaves and penetrate porous items in the same fashion.
Ozone Generators: Ozone units generate unstable O3 molecules into the atmosphere. The ozone molecules give off an oxygen molecule to oxidize and neutralize malodor particles.
SERVPRO of Gaithersburg / Germantown is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to help with fire damage repair needs. Call (301) 963-8474, because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.