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Home Safety Beyond Emergencies: SERVPRO of North Bethesda's Guide to Year-Round Protection

3/21/2024 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of North Bethesda, we're known for our expertise in disaster recovery and restoration. However, our commitment to your home's well-being extends beyond emergencies. In this blog post, we'll share tips and strategies for year-round protection to keep your home safe and secure.

Seasonal Maintenance: A Must-Do:

Fact: Each season brings its own challenges, from harsh winter weather to scorching summer heat. By staying ahead of the game with seasonal maintenance, you can prevent costly damage and ensure your home is ready for whatever Mother Nature throws its way.
Tip: Create a seasonal maintenance checklist that includes tasks like cleaning gutters, inspecting your roof, and servicing your HVAC system. By tackling these tasks at the appropriate times, you'll stay one step ahead of potential problems.

Invest in Prevention:

Fact: While emergencies can strike unexpectedly, many disasters can be prevented with the right precautions in place. Investing in prevention measures can save you time, money, and stress in the long run.
Tip: Consider installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, as well as fire extinguishers in key areas. Additionally, investing in impact-resistant windows and doors can help protect your home from severe weather events.

Emergency Preparedness: Have a Plan:

Fact: When disaster strikes, having a solid emergency preparedness plan in place can make all the difference. Knowing what to do and who to call can help you act quickly and decisively, minimizing damage and ensuring your family's safety.
Tip: Create an emergency preparedness kit that includes essentials like water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, and first aid supplies. Make sure everyone in your household knows where to find the kit and what to do in case of an emergency.

Healthy Home, Happy Home:

Fact: A healthy home is a happy home. Simple steps like maintaining proper ventilation, reducing indoor air pollutants, and controlling moisture levels can improve indoor air quality and promote a healthier living environment.
Tip: Regularly clean and dust your home, vacuum carpets and upholstery, and use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms to reduce moisture buildup. Consider investing in air purifiers to remove allergens and pollutants from the air.

At SERVPRO of North Bethesda, we're dedicated to helping you protect your home and loved ones year-round. By following these tips and staying proactive about home safety, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home is well-protected, come rain or shine.

Mold Prevention and Remediation in Spring: Protecting Your Home

2/22/2024 (Permalink)

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As the weather warms and the snow begins to melt, spring brings a welcome change. However, along with the budding flowers and chirping birds, this season also brings an increased risk of mold growth in homes and businesses. With damp conditions and fluctuating temperatures, spring provides the perfect environment for mold to thrive. In this blog post, we'll explore the causes of mold growth in spring, the potential risks it poses, and how SERVPRO of North Bethesda can assist with mold prevention and remediation services to protect your property.

Causes of Mold Growth in Spring:

Increased Moisture: Spring showers and melting snow can lead to excess moisture in and around your property, creating ideal conditions for mold growth.
Poor Ventilation: As temperatures rise, windows may be opened for ventilation, but inadequate airflow can trap moisture indoors, promoting mold growth.
Humidity Fluctuations: Fluctuating humidity levels in spring can contribute to condensation buildup on surfaces, providing moisture for mold to thrive.

Risks of Mold Growth:

Mold not only damages property but also poses health risks to occupants. Exposure to mold can lead to respiratory issues, allergies, and other health concerns, particularly for individuals with compromised immune systems. Additionally, mold growth can compromise the structural integrity of buildings if left untreated.

Mold Prevention Tips:

Control Moisture: Keep indoor humidity levels below 60% and promptly address any leaks or water damage.
Improve Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas prone to moisture buildup.
Monitor Indoor Humidity: Use a hygrometer to monitor indoor humidity levels and take corrective actions if levels exceed recommended thresholds.
Regular Inspections: Conduct regular inspections for signs of water damage, leaks, or condensation buildup, especially in areas susceptible to mold growth such as basements, attics, and crawl spaces.

SERVPRO of North Bethesda's Mold Prevention and Remediation Services:

SERVPRO of North Bethesda offers comprehensive mold prevention and remediation services to address mold growth in homes and businesses. Our certified technicians utilize advanced techniques and equipment to identify mold sources, contain the spread of mold spores, and safely remove mold-infested materials. Additionally, we provide thorough cleaning and sanitation to restore affected areas to a safe and healthy condition.


Don't let mold take root in your home or business this spring. By understanding the causes of mold growth, implementing preventive measures, and seeking professional assistance from SERVPRO, you can protect your property and occupants from the risks associated with mold. Contact SERVPRO of North Bethesda today for expert mold prevention and remediation services tailored to your needs. Stay proactive, stay protected, and enjoy a mold-free spring season!

Safeguard Your Home: A Comprehensive Guide to Fireplace Safety

12/27/2023 (Permalink)

Fireplace Safety Professionals at SERVPRO are ready and available 24/7 to help combat fire damage!

Safeguard Your Home: A Comprehensive Guide to Fireplace Safety

Introduction: As the winter chill settles in, many homeowners turn to the warmth and comfort of their fireplaces. While fireplaces add a cozy ambiance to homes, it's crucial to prioritize safety to prevent potential hazards. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of fireplace safety and provide valuable insights into keeping your home secure.

The Beauty and Risks of Fireplaces: Fireplaces, whether traditional or modern, are a focal point in many homes. The dancing flames and crackling sound create a serene atmosphere, but without proper precautions, they can pose serious risks. Common fireplace-related hazards include chimney fires, carbon monoxide leaks, and accidental burns.

Understanding the Risks:

  1. Chimney Buildup: One of the primary dangers associated with fireplaces is the buildup of creosote in the chimney. Creosote is a flammable substance that accumulates over time, increasing the risk of chimney fires. Regular chimney inspections and cleanings by professionals, like our dedicated SERVPRO team, are essential to ensure a clear and safe passage for smoke and gases.

  2. Carbon Monoxide (CO) Emission: Incomplete combustion in a fireplace can lead to the release of carbon monoxide—a colorless, odorless gas that can be fatal in high concentrations. Installing a carbon monoxide detector in close proximity to the fireplace and conducting regular maintenance can help safeguard against this silent threat.

  3. Embers and Sparks: Sparks and embers can escape from the fireplace, posing a risk of igniting nearby flammable materials. Installing a sturdy fireplace screen and maintaining a safe clearance around the fireplace are simple yet effective measures to prevent accidental fires.

Fireplace Safety Tips:

  1. Regular Inspections: Schedule annual inspections and cleanings with certified professionals to ensure your fireplace and chimney are in optimal condition.

  2. Proper Ventilation: Ensure adequate ventilation in the room where the fireplace is located to prevent the buildup of smoke and gases.

  3. Use Quality Wood: Choose well-seasoned hardwoods for burning, as they produce less creosote and burn more efficiently.

  4. Maintain Clearance: Keep furniture, decorations, and other flammable items at a safe distance from the fireplace to prevent accidents.

  5. Invest in a Fireplace Screen: Install a durable fireplace screen to contain sparks and embers, reducing the risk of fires.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Fireplace Safety:

  1. Expertise: Our experienced SERVPRO team understands the intricacies of fireplace safety and can provide thorough inspections and cleanings.

  2. Timely Response: Recognizing the urgency of fireplace safety, our teams are always prepared to respond swiftly to your needs.

  3. Cutting-Edge Equipment: Leveraging the latest technology, we employ advanced equipment and techniques to ensure efficient and effective fireplace-related services.

  4. Professionalism: Trust our trained experts to handle each task with care and precision, ensuring your home is safe and secure.


As you enjoy the warmth and charm of your fireplace this winter, make safety a top priority. By understanding the risks associated with fireplaces and implementing preventive measures, you can create a cozy and secure environment for your family. With SERVPRO as your reliable partner in fireplace safety, you can rest assured that your home is in capable hands. Stay warm, stay safe!

Winter Lights: 8 Essential Tips to Prevent a Fire Disaster

11/27/2023 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a house caused by winter lights. SERVPRO is ready to help you combat fire damage caused by winter lights!

Learn about the hidden dangers of winter lights before it's too late. 

As the winter season approaches, homes and businesses across Rockville, Maryland, begin to sparkle with the warm glow of winter lights. While these lights symbolize joy and celebration, they also bring a hidden danger: fire risk.

Each year, incidents of fire damage due to winter lights remind us of the need for caution and preparedness. 

In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the hazards associated with winter lights and demonstrate how the expertise of SERVPRO® professionals plays a pivotal role in mitigating and recovering from fire damage.

Historical origins of winter light traditions

The tradition of lighting up our homes during the winter has roots in ancient practices. In the past, people lit candles and fires to combat the oppressive darkness of long winter nights. This ritual symbolized hope and perseverance in the face of darkness. As technology evolved, so did the tradition, transitioning from candles to electric lights. These lights illuminate our homes today and serve as a beacon of holiday spirit. However, this beautiful tradition carries risks that require awareness and responsibility.

How do fires caused by winter lights start?

Understanding the causes of fires related to winter lights is crucial for prevention. These fires often start due to electrical malfunctions like overloaded circuits and frayed wires. The heat generated from bulbs, especially incandescent ones, can ignite nearby flammable materials like drapes or dry holiday trees. 

LED lights, while safer, are not immune to these risks, especially when paired with faulty electrical systems. 

Poor installation and lack of maintenance further exacerbate the risk, making education and caution essential during the holiday season.

A real-life recovery by SERVPRO: The Rockville incident

Last winter, a Rockville, Maryland, family's home was devastated by a fire caused by winter lights. This fire, which started from an overloaded electrical outlet, quickly engulfed the property. SERVPRO's team was onsite within hours. Our professionals, equipped with advanced fire damage assessment tools, conducted a thorough analysis to determine the extent of the damage. Utilizing specialized equipment like thermal foggers and ozone generators, we tackled smoke odor and soot residue, while air movers and dehumidifiers addressed water damage from firefighting efforts. Our meticulous approach ensured that the property was structurally safe and comfortable for the residents to return to.

Tips to prevent fires caused by winter lights

Preventing fires from winter lights is essential for a safe holiday season:

  1. Regular inspection: Examine your lights yearly for frayed wires, broken bulbs, and loose connections.
  2. Avoid overloading: Connect lights to multiple circuits to prevent overloading a single outlet.
  3. Distance from flammables: Keep lights away from curtains, furniture, and other flammable materials.
  4. Turn off lights: Unplug or switch off lights when not at home or while sleeping.
  5. Use timers: Employ timers to regulate the operational hours of your lights, reducing the risk of overheating.
  6. Choose LED lights: Opt for LED lights, which are more energy-efficient than traditional bulbs.
  7. Professional installation: Consider professional installation for elaborate displays to ensure safety and compliance with electrical standards.
  8. Smoke detectors: Ensure your smoke detectors are functional for early detection of any potential fire.

Why choose SERVPRO for fire damage recovery

With their inherent risks, winter lights require both caution and readiness for eventualities. In the unfortunate event of a fire, having a trusted partner like SERVPRO assures your property's safety and integrity are in expert hands.

Choosing SERVPRO for fire damage recovery is a decision that ensures peace of mind and comprehensive care for your property. Our team, available around the clock, utilizes the latest fire restoration technology to address every aspect of fire damage. 

From initial damage assessment and emergency board-up to thorough soot and smoke removal, water damage restoration, and complete reconstruction, SERVPRO's holistic approach covers all bases, ensuring that your property is restored to its pre-fire condition and secures it against long-term risks. This commitment to professional, efficient, and compassionate service is why SERVPRO stands out as the go-to choice for fire damage recovery, offering both safety and joy in the festive winter season.

Environmental Responsibility: 5 Effective Ways We Help Out

10/30/2023 (Permalink)

An environmental responsible construction site. SERVPRO professionals perform restoration services that respect and protect the environment.

Now more than ever, restoration contractors need to focus on environmental responsibility.

In a world where environmental responsibility is not just a buzzword but a necessity, companies have a role in ensuring that their operations align with sustainable practices. Restoration services, in particular, often involve potential waste and environmental hazards. But at SERVPRO®, we have taken strides to prioritize and embed environmental responsibility in every step of our restoration process.

What is environmental responsibility in restoration?

Environmental responsibility in restoration refers to the commitment of restoration companies to minimize the environmental impact of their activities. Environmental responsibility could mean using eco-friendly products, recycling waste materials, and adopting techniques that reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint. It's an acknowledgment that every step in the restoration process can and should be evaluated through the lens of its impact on our planet.

How does SERVPRO showcase its commitment to the environment?

A vivid example of our commitment was recently highlighted when our SERVPRO of North Bethesda team was called to a property in Rockville, Maryland, that suffered significant water damage. The property, a mid-sized office building, had a burst water pipe, which led to waterlogged floors, walls, and damaged office equipment. Water damage incidents like this often lead to waste—discarded materials, use of non-biodegradable products for cleanup, and sometimes energy-intensive methods to dry and restore the place.

However, our team approached the situation differently:

  1. Eco-friendly cleaning products: Instead of using harsh, chemical-laden products, our team used eco-friendly, biodegradable cleaning agents to treat and clean the affected areas.
  2. Waste reduction: Damaged materials like carpets, drywall, and insulation often end up in landfills. Our team sorted these materials to separate what could be recycled or repurposed, ensuring minimal waste.
  3. Energy-efficient methods: We used energy-efficient equipment and techniques to extract water and dry the affected areas rather than employing energy-intensive drying methods.
  4. Environmental education: Our team didn't just come in, clean up, and leave. We took the time to educate the property managers about preventive measures, maintenance routines, and the benefits of opting for eco-friendly alternatives in their daily operations.
  5. Continuous improvement: Afterwards, we reviewed to identify areas where we could have been more eco-friendly, ensuring we're continually refining and improving our processes.

Why is waste reduction vital in restoration?

Waste reduction goes beyond just reducing the physical waste in landfills. It's about efficiently using resources and minimizing wasted energy and raw materials. In the restoration industry, where damaged materials are a given, it's essential to have a waste reduction strategy in place. Not only does it contribute to a healthier planet, but it also translates to cost savings, which can be passed on to the customer.

Why choose SERVPRO for water damage cleanup?

Now, more than ever, customers seek services from companies that align with their values, especially regarding environmental responsibility. Here's why choosing SERVPRO is a wise decision:

  • Experience and expertise: Our years of experience have equipped us with the knowledge to handle any situation efficiently and in an eco-friendly manner.
  • Commitment to the environment: As showcased in our approach to the Rockville property, environmental responsibility is not just a catchphrase for us; it's a way of doing business.
  • Value for money: Our waste reduction and efficiency measures often translate into cost savings for our customers without compromising quality.
  • Customer education: We believe in empowering our customers with knowledge. Our team ensures that you're well-informed about our processes and the environmental benefits tied to them.

Wrapping up

Restoration is not just about bringing a property back to its former glory. It's about doing so in a manner that respects and protects our environment. At SERVPRO, we recognize our role in safeguarding our planet; every service we offer is a testament to this commitment.

From the eco-friendly products we use and our waste reduction techniques to our focus on environmental education, our mission is clear: offer top-notch restoration services while prioritizing environmental responsibility. For those needing water damage cleanup or any other restoration service, opting for SERVPRO is choosing a partner that values the planet as much as you do.

Hurricane Damage: 4 Important Signs of Property Issues

9/25/2023 (Permalink)

Hurricane damage to a property in Rockville, Maryland. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to help combat hurricane damage!

Learn about hurricane damage and where to find expert solutions. 

Hurricanes are nature's mighty wrath on display. Their capacity for destruction is immense, and the aftermath is often overwhelming for homeowners caught in their path. 

Knowing what to look for in terms of damage is crucial because it allows for quick intervention and saves time and money in the long run. 

This article delves into the four most common indications of hurricane damage, drawing from a real-life scenario where our dedicated SERVPRO® team intervened. Let's dive in.

What damage is caused by hurricanes?

Hurricanes bring a combination of heavy rain, strong winds, and, in some cases, storm surges. This trio can lead to a myriad of damages:

  • Roofing damage: Often the first to bear the brunt of the force, roofs may have lost shingles, suffer from leaks, or, in severe cases, collapse entirely.
  • Flooded interiors: Torrential rains can flood homes, especially basements and lower-level areas.
  • Broken windows and doors: Winds can shatter windows and push doors off their hinges.
  • Falling trees and debris: Hurricanes can uproot trees, which can fall on homes, cars, and other structures.

What are the categories of hurricanes?

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale categorizes hurricanes into five classes, ranging from Category 1 (least severe) to Category 5 (most severe). The category reflects both the wind speed and potential damage. Homes can withstand Category 1 hurricanes with minimal damage, but Category 5 can cause catastrophic destruction.

When is hurricane season in Maryland?

While hurricanes can occur anytime, the typical hurricane season for Maryland is from June to November. During this period, homeowners should stay updated on weather forecasts and have a disaster response plan.

What is the worst hurricane to hit Montgomery County?

Historically, Montgomery County has seen its share of hurricanes. While many may argue about which was indeed the "worst," Hurricane Ida in 2021 stands out in recent memory. Ida's impacts were felt far and wide, and its trail of damage was a harsh reminder of nature's fury.

The wrath of Hurricane Ida was evident on a property in North Bethesda, Maryland. Within hours of the 2021 storm subsiding, the owners contacted us, noticing several of the hurricane damage signs we highlighted.

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO team conducted a comprehensive assessment. The roof was heavily damaged, windows were shattered, and floodwaters had seeped into the living areas. Understanding the urgency, our team swiftly embarked on the recovery process. Water was extracted, drying equipment was installed, and damaged structures were restored. It was a testament to our commitment to returning properties to their pre-hurricane state.

Why choose SERVPRO for hurricane damage recovery?

With many options available, why should homeowners turn to SERVPRO for hurricane damage services?

  1. Experience: With years under our belt, we've faced almost every hurricane damage scenario imaginable.
  2. Speed: We understand the importance of swift intervention. Our teams are always ready to respond.
  3. Equipment and techniques: We leverage the latest technology to ensure efficient and effective restoration.
  4. Professionalism: Our trained experts handle each task carefully and precisely.
  5. Comprehensive service: From initial assessment to the final touches, we cover every aspect of recovery.


Hurricane damage is a testament to the sheer power of nature, ranging from the intense winds that tear off roofs and shatter windows to the heavy rainfall and storm surges that inundate properties, causing structural damage and the potential for mold growth. 

In many cases, the aftermath is so devastating that properties become uninhabitable, local infrastructures are paralyzed, and entire communities grapple with overwhelming repair and recovery expenses. This multifaceted destruction emphasizes the necessity of being prepared and the timely response required to mitigate the fallout. 

In such trying times, recognizing the signs of hurricane damage becomes paramount, and having a steadfast partner for hurricane damage repair becomes a lifeline. 

SERVPRO doesn't just stand out for its expertise; our unwavering commitment to restoring normalcy in adversity truly sets us apart. With every challenge, from a shattered window pane to a flooded living space, our goal is unwavering: to restore properties to their optimal condition. Remember, SERVPRO is your beacon of hope and help in the daunting shadow of hurricane damage.

5 Useful Tips When Kitchen Water Damage Strikes Your Home!

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Recover from kitchen water damage quickly with help from SERVPRO of North Bethesda!

Water damage is one of the most common problems that homeowners face. Kitchen water damage can be exceptionally costly and inconvenient since it affects one of the highest-trafficked areas in a home.

There are many reasons why kitchen water damage can occur, such as a faulty dishwasher or a leaking sink. If not addressed quickly, kitchen water damage can lead to mold growth and structural problems.

Water damage restoration is a necessary process to restore your home to its former glory. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of kitchen water damage and the steps you need to take to get your home back in order!

What is kitchen water damage, and what are the causes?

Kitchen water damage can occur for many reasons, but a leaky sink or dishwasher most commonly causes it. Water leaks out of these appliances and pools on the floor can quickly damage cabinets, flooring, and other kitchen fixtures. 

Nowadays, connected refrigerators can also cause kitchen water damage. If anything happens to the connection between the plumbing and the fridge, you may find water spilling onto the floor. 

Problems with the home's plumbing can also cause kitchen water damage. For example, pipes may leak water into the kitchen area if they become corroded or damaged. Additionally, water may back up and flood the kitchen if there is a clog in the drain line.

What are the consequences of kitchen water damage?

If kitchen water damage is not addressed quickly, it can lead to mold growth and structural damage. Mold spores are everywhere, and they can quickly grow into colonies when they come into contact with water. These colonies can damage your kitchen fixtures and cabinetry.

In addition to mold growth, kitchen water damage can cause the wood in your cabinets and floors to swell and warp, which can lead to cracks and breaks in the structure of your kitchen. If left unaddressed, water damage can seriously jeopardize the safety of your home.

How can kitchen water damage be prevented?

The best way to prevent kitchen water damage is to keep an eye on your appliances and plumbing fixtures. If you notice any leaks, make sure to address them right away. You should also regularly check your pipes for any signs of corrosion or damage.

It is also a good idea to invest in a water detection system. These systems can help you identify kitchen water damage early on before it has a chance to cause serious problems.

If you encounter kitchen water damage, it is vital to act quickly. The first step is to shut off the water source and call a professional water damage restoration company. These companies have the tools and experience necessary to quickly dry out your kitchen and repair any damage that has been done.

Water damage restoration

Water damage restoration is a necessary process to restore your home to its former glory. If your kitchen has been damaged by water, here are some steps you need to take:

  1. Remove the water: The first step is to remove the water from the kitchen. We do this with specialized vacuums and moisture meters, making sure we get as much as we can.
  2. Dry the kitchen: Once the water has been removed, you need to dry the kitchen as quickly as possible. We use industrial fans and dehumidifiers until the moisture is back to typical levels. 
  3. Clean the kitchen: Once it is dry, it's time to clean it, including sanitizing all surfaces, appliances, and floors.
  4. Repair the kitchen: If there is any damage to the kitchen, it needs to be repaired. This may include fixing leaks, replacing drywall, or painting.
  5. Prevent mold growth: mold can start growing within 24-48 hours of water damage, so it's essential to take steps to prevent it. We use specialized cleaning products that prevent mold growth.

SERVPRO of North Bethesda: water damage restoration experts!

With so many significant appliances hooked up to water in your kitchen, it's no surprise that kitchen water damage is one of the most common types of water damage we see. Kitchen water damage can occur for many reasons, such as a faulty dishwasher, a leaking sink, or a refrigerator.

If not addressed by professional water damage restoration, kitchen water damage can lead to warped floors and cabinets or mold growth.

SERVPRO of North Bethesda is a water damage restoration company with years of experience in kitchen water damage restoration. We use the latest tools and techniques to quickly dry out your kitchen and repair any damage that has been done. Reach out via our contact page, and we'll help you every step of the way!

Grill Fire Prevention: 4 Simple Steps For a Safe Summer

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

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If a grill fire does affect your property, make sure you call SERVPRO of North Bethesda for fire damage restoration.

Grill fires are common during the summer months and can cause extensive damage to your home if not extinguished quickly.

This article will discuss grill fires and the steps you can take to prevent them from happening. We will also cover what to do if a grill fire does occur and how to minimize the damage caused by the fire.

How does a grill fire start?

A grill fire typically occurs when the grill is left unattended or when fat and grease build up on the grill grates. If you are grilling, it is crucial to stay close by and keep an eye on the fire. If you see flames beginning to lick up the sides of the grill, take action immediately to extinguish the fire.

How can I prevent grill fires?

There are several things you can do to prevent grill fires:

  1. Clean your grill regularly. Grease and fat build-up is a significant fire hazard, so it is essential to keep your grill clean. Wipe down the grates after each use, and scrub them with soapy water regularly.
  2. Don't grill in an enclosed area. Grilling in an enclosed space can cause dangerous levels of smoke and carbon monoxide. 
  3. Keep flammable materials away from the grill, including paper plates, towels, and clothing.
  4. Never leave the grill unattended. If you have to leave the area, turn off the grill and ensure that all embers are extinguished.

What should I do if a grill fire occurs?

If a grill fire does occur, it is important to take action immediately to extinguish the flames. Do not try to move the grill, as this can spread the fire. If the fire is small, you may be able to smother it with a wet towel or blanket. However, if the fire is large or out of control, you should immediately call 911 and evacuate the area.

Once the fire is extinguished, you will need to assess the damage. If the fire was small and contained to the grill, you may be able to clean the grill and continue using it. However, if the fire caused extensive damage, you should contact a professional fire damage restoration company to assess the situation.

A fire damage restoration company will have the equipment and expertise necessary to safely clean and repair your grill and any other damage caused by the fire. They will also be able to advise you on whether or not it is safe to continue using the grill.

Can a grill fire damage a house?

Recently, a grill fire at a house caused extensive damage to the property.

The grill was on the deck, next to the house underneath an overhanging roof. While the roof did protect against the elements, it also posed a fire hazard.

When the grill fire started, the flames rose and caused extensive fire damage to the roof and adjacent wall. Don't worry; the firefighters put out the blaze before the entire house succumbed to fire.

The fire damage restoration process included replacing the damaged portion of the deck and kitchen and a recommendation not to grill close to the house!

SERVPRO of North Bethesda: fire damage restoration experts

In this article, we have discussed grill fires and the steps that you can take to prevent them. We have also covered what to do if a grill fire does occur and how to minimize the damage caused by the fire.

Once the fire is extinguished, you will need to assess the damage. If the fire was small and contained to the grill, you may be able to clean the grill and continue using it. However, if the fire caused extensive damage, you should contact a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO of North Bethesda. We'll make your property "Like it never even happened."

Apartment Odor Removal: 2 Safe Methods For Your Property

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO professional cleaning a up animal feces that was causing apartment odor. The professionals at SERVPRO are available 24/7 to help combat the toughest apartment odors!

Our experts can take care of your apartment odor removal, so your next tenants move into a fresh-smelling space!

No one enjoys living in a smelly apartment, but unpleasant smells can sometimes be challenging to remove. Don't worry, though—professional odor removal services can help! They will use special equipment and techniques to eliminate the smell and leave your apartment smelling fresh and clean.

If you're a property manager, you must be aware of the options for odor removal. This way, you can quickly and easily eliminate unpleasant smells in your apartment complex. Keep reading to learn more about professional odor removal services.

4 types of smells that require professional apartment odor removal

The odor from pet urine

If you have tenants with pets, be aware that pet urine can sometimes cause unpleasant smells; act quickly if you notice this smell in any area of your apartment complex. Professional odor removal services can help eliminate the smell and prevent it from returning so that your next tenant doesn't have any issues when they arrive.

The odor from mold and mildew

Mold and mildew can sometimes cause an apartment to smell musty. If you notice any areas in your apartment complex that have a musty smell, it's vital to have them professionally cleaned as soon as possible. The poor air circulation and the damp environment combined with the mold will cause your entire apartment to smell musty. If you don't want mold or mildew in your house, hire professional odor removal services.

The odor from cigarette smoke

Removing the smell of cigarette smoke can be challenging. If you have tenants who smoke cigarettes, be aware that the odor can linger long after they've finished smoking. Ozone therapy—often called air filtration or air purification—can help you eliminate the cigarette smoke in your home and make it smell fresh and clean.

Odor from cooking

Cooking odors can sometimes be difficult to remove, especially if the apartment doesn't have proper ventilation. If you notice any areas in your apartment complex that smell like cooking odors, it's vital to have them professionally cleaned as soon as possible. Cooking odors can be removed by professional odor removal services, leaving your home smelling fresh.

Odors leftover from a fire

If there's been a fire in your apartment complex, it's crucial to have the area professionally cleaned as soon as possible. The next tenant will appreciate the fresh smell of your apartment after these odors have been professionally eliminated.

The 2 methods we use when eliminating odors

Dry fogging

The two main methods for professional apartment odor removal are dry fogging and ozone therapy. Dry fogging is a process that uses a fine mist to eliminate odors. The haze will attach to the odor particles and break them down, leaving your apartment with a fresh smell. This is a safe and effective method that we can use on various odors.

Ozone therapy

Ozone therapy, also called air filtration or air purification, is another popular method for apartment odor removal. This process uses ozone to eliminate odors. Ozone is a gas that is produced when oxygen molecules are broken down. When we use ozone to eliminate odors, it will attach to the odor particles and break them down. This is a straightforward approach that may be utilized on several different smells.

Trust SERVPRO of North Bethesda with your apartment odor removal!

When it comes to apartment odor removal, there are a few different methods that you can use. Professional odor removal services can eliminate unpleasant smells in your apartment using dry fogging or ozone therapy. These methods are safe and effective and will leave your apartment smelling fresh and clean.

If you have any areas in your apartment complex that smell terrible, trust SERVPRO of North Bethesda to eliminate the odor—we're always here to help! Reach out via our contact page today.

Disaster Recovery Plan: Helpful Advice From the #1 Team

7/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Emergency ready profile Our Emergency Ready Plans help streamlines the insurance claim process.

A disaster recovery plan helps when your property experiences flood or fire damage.

Disasters can happen at any time, and it's essential to have a disaster recovery plan in place in case of an emergency. Your disaster recovery plan should include:

  • Evacuation routes.
  • A list of contacts.
  • Information on how to restore your business operations after a disaster.

Make sure you update your plan regularly and practice it with your team, so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.

This article will detail why a disaster recovery plan is important, what's typically included in a disaster recovery plan, and how the disaster restoration specialists at SERVPRO can help.

What is a disaster recovery plan, and why do you need one?

A disaster recovery plan is a documented action plan outlining how a business will recover from a disaster. It's important to have one in place in case of an emergency, as it can help you get your business back up and running quickly.

Here at SERVPRO, we call these profiles the Emergency Ready Plan (ERP). We offer these assessments at no cost so that you and your property can be ready in the event of a disaster!

What should be included in your disaster recovery plan

Your disaster recovery plan should include a list of contacts, evacuation routes, and information on how to restore your business operations. Make sure you update your plan regularly and practice it with your team so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency like a flood or fire.

Some other things commonly included in a disaster recovery plan include:

  • A list of critical systems and how to restore them
  • Procedures for notifying employees, customers, and suppliers
  • Facility information like circuit breakers and shut-off valves
  • Building access information, including all windows and exits

Benefits of using a disaster recovery plan

Critical information all in one place. 

An ERP provides a central place to store all of your critical information so that it's readily available in the event of an emergency. This information includes contact information for key personnel, insurance policy numbers, and evacuation routes.

Minimize downtime

By having a disaster recovery plan in place, you can minimize the amount of downtime after a disaster. In addition, you will have a plan of action to follow to get your business back up and running quickly.

Reduce stress.

In the event of a disaster, having a disaster recovery plan can help reduce stress. You will know what needs to be done to get your business back up and running.

Streamlined insurance claims

If you have a disaster recovery plan in place, it can help streamline your insurance claims because you will have all of the necessary documentation and information readily available.

How SERVPRO can help with disaster recovery

SERVPRO is a nationwide provider of disaster restoration services. We have extensive experience in helping businesses recover from disasters and can help you get your business back up and running quickly.

Our disaster restoration services include water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, storm damage restoration, and mold remediation. We also offer emergency response services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you need help with disaster recovery, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help!

Call SERVPRO of North Bethesda for your Emergency Ready Plan!

Having a disaster recovery plan in place can help you minimize downtime after a disaster. SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Plans make sure your local SERVPRO franchise has the correct information on hand if your property requires any of our expert restoration services.

Whenever disaster strikes, you can count on the experts at SERVPRO of North Bethesda to make your property "Like it never even happened." So give us a call or reach out via our contact page to get started today!