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The Characteristics of Water Damage

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

standing water We will use a variety of equipment depending on the scope of the water damage!

Water damage can occur in the blink of an eye from a wide variety of sources. No matter the cause, our expert technicians here at SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor can identify the source and type of water damage that has occurred and will work promptly to resolve the issue to restore your home or business to its normal state and give you peace of mind as soon as possible. 

If you are in the unfortunate position that your home or business has suffered any extent of water damage, it’s very important that you give us a call immediately. At SERVPRO, our highly trained professionals are ready to respond to the situation immediately to remove the water as quickly as possible. Whether coming from a burst pipe or flood moves extremely quickly and can damage an entire building’s contents if not dealt with right away. Chemicals and other contaminants in water can leave surfaces permanently tarnished or stained and can also open up the opportunity for mold and bacteria growth. 

The long term effects of water damage include the increased risk of allergens in the area, mold and bacteria growth, as well as an unpleasant odor. Standing water in any location left unattended can also create issues within your property by warping floors, splitting frames, and leading to structural failure. Give us a call immediately and let the experts here at SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor ensure your home or business is properly inspected, repaired, and restored to prevent extensive damage. Identifying the water damage quickly will allow our trained water damage professionals to help significantly reduce the cost and the time needed to repair and restore your home or business. 

There may be times when water damage may not be apparent as the source may not be visible until it’s too late. Even the smallest leak can turn into a massive problem if left unattended and unnoticed for long enough. 

Firstly when dealing with any water damage, we ensure all areas are adequately dried. We use a variety of equipment depending on the scope of the water damage from air movers to dehumidifiers to force dry any affected areas so that they may be adequately cleaned and repaired and to minimize further damage. When you give our water damage professionals here at SERVPRO a call, we will first identify and stop the source of water on the scene, determine the level of damage and contamination, and begin the drying and repair process. By quickly removing all moisture from the premises, the chance for mold and bacteria growth is significantly limited as well as the potential for any further damage by standing water to be caused. 

If you are in the unfortunate position of having water damage in your home or business, give our experts at SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor a call at (301) 255-0019, and we will make it our top priority to restore your property as quickly as possible - because we’re faster than any size disaster. 

What is Foundation Water Damage & How to Protect Against it

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Home Foundation What are you doing to protect your home's foundation?

Your property’s foundation is arguably the most important part of its entire structure. It’s what it sits on and gives it sturdiness and stability and keeps it from slowly sinking into the soft earth below. If you asked most people what they’re doing to protect their homes’ foundation, unfortunately, most of them would probably say they were doing nothing. The secret for the longevity of the foundation of a home is keeping water as far away from it as possible. Water damage at the foundation level can lead to cracks and shifts in the foundation, which ultimately weakens it and can compromise the structural safety of your home or business.  

Here are some tips to help avoid water damage on your foundation:

Clean Your Gutters & Use Downspouts

It might be unclear at first what gutters have to do with a building’s foundation, but it comes down to water runoff. The purpose of gutters is to transport water from the roof to the ground and away from the building. If the gutters are clogged either at the top of the roof or at the ground, it can cause water to build up and collect on the ground around the perimeter of your home or business. This can lead to trouble down the line when water seeps into the foundation and weakens it and the surrounding soil. Downspouts are also important to use in your gutter system to ensure that runoff water is actually being directed away from the base of the building.  

Place a Sump Pump in Your Basement

Groundwater is something that may always penetrate even the best water damage preventative maintenance and seep into the basement of your property. Once water collects in a basement it can be very difficult to remove and allowing it to sit and puddle will only lead to further and more severe foundation water damage. A sump pump can be installed in these below-grade areas to quickly pump out water in the event that the area floods to prevent water damage. In the event that your basement has flooded and you do not have a sump pump installed or floodwaters overwhelm your pump, our highly experienced professionals at SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor are available and ready to immediately service any water damage emergency 24/7.  

Keep Soil Around Your Home from Drying Out

As important as it is to keep excess water away from the ground around your property’s foundation, it is also important to ensure that it does not get too little water either. During periods of dry time with less rain and moisture, the soil around your home can dry out and shrink in size. When a heavy rain finally does come, this can cause the soil around your foundation to quickly swell and apply pressure in areas of the foundation that can lead to extensive damage. A way to maintain this is to water the soil directly around your property during long periods of dryness to prevent the grade from shrinking too much. 

In the event your home or basement floods, it is best to contact a company of professionals to quickly respond and properly help the situation. Give us here at SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor a call at (301) 255-0019 for any water damage restoration emergency and we will respond right away. 

The Difference Between a Storm Warning and a Storm Watch

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

Storm overhead forecast A storm warning is a less severe storm watch.

Population size can affect the severity of a storm by at least 2% in rainfall. This is due to a higher temperature in cities like Rockville, Maryland. Our phones have the useful ability to alert us of an oncoming storm, whether the storm happens tonight, tomorrow, or within the next few days. However, these alerts come with two different descriptions of the storm, a storm watch or a storm warning. Without being informed on the difference between the two, how can we know how prepared we need to be for storms headed our way? Here’s the difference. A storm warning is a less severe storm watch. 

storm warning is for a storm that:

  •   will arrive soon 
  •   lasts between twenty minutes and an hour
  •   covers only portions of a county
  •   indicates we should take cover when the message is received

storm watch is for a storm that:

  •   will arrive within a few hours
  •   lasts for several hours
  •   can cover across multiple states
  •   indicates we should have a plan prepared for when it arrives

With this information, we can better prepare ourselves for when that message shows up on phones. The next time a storm message arrives, whether a watch or a warning, save your stress about the possibility of damage until the following day. And before looking for how to handle storm damage from last night, consider hiring storm damage specialists directly from businesses like your local SERVPRO, who have the power of a commercial company with the speed and customer service of a local company. SERVPRO can take all the hassle out of the inevitable. While we cannot avoid the path of a storm, they can restore our homes as though storms never happen.

The Best Way to Protect Your Home from Water Damage

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Window Caulking Windows can be caulked to prevent snow and other moisture from penetrating inside.

Dealing with water damage in your home or business can be overwhelming and costly. The average bill to repair and restore water damage to a home or business is thousands of dollars and damage can be anywhere from the basement to the roof. You should be especially aware if you live in a flood zone, however, water damage can still occur any time and anywhere around your property. At SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor, we pride ourselves on our industry expertise with handling water damage and restoring your home or business to its original state. Here’s how you can best protect your home from water damage to be prepared year-round. 

It’s first best to know the most common causes of water damage to know what to look for and where to look if your home or business suffers water damage. Here’s a list of some common cause of major water damage: 

  • Roof damage (broken/missing shingles, cracked flashing, etc.)
  • Burst or leaking pipes
  • Leaking household appliances such as laundry machines or dishwashers 
  • Extreme weather and floods 

Some things to look for when trying to determine if there is water damage in your home or business are: 

  • Warped or sagging ceilings 
  • Peelings paint/wallpaper
  • A musty smell of mold and moisture 
  • Warped floors
  • Water pooling in areas of your lawn

The big secret to best protecting your property from water damage and other damages is how you maintain it. Inspect your roof, it takes the forefront of the elements 24/7 year-round. Your roof should be inspected periodically to ensure all shingles, caulk, and flashing are in place and undamaged. Your gutters should also be maintained to ensure that proper drainage is available to water running off your roof. If your gutters are clogged and water cannot properly escape your roof, it can pool on the roof or around your foundation, leading to potentially severe water damage. Your windows can be caulked to prevent snow and other moisture from penetrating inside during inclement weather. This also applies to indoor areas that may be exposed to water as the kitchen and bathroom by caulking things like sinks, tubs, and backsplashes so that water cannot get into the walls of your property. The best sealant to use for these indoor areas is one that is 100% silicon. Silicon caulking is waterproof, doesn’t crack over time and is flexible, unlike acrylic caulk which can shrink over time allowing water through. 

While all these steps may be taken to prevent water damage from occurring, it cannot be guaranteed that water damage can be prevented. Things like natural disasters and floods occur and water damage can still occur. However, no matter what event may occur, you can call our trained water damage restoration professionals here at SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor and we will make it our top priority to get your home or business back to its original state so that you can take a breath. No one wants to deal with water damage to their property, SERVPRO will be there for you. 


SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor at (301) 255-0019 is ready to help local homeowners with flood damage. They have the advanced equipment and expertise to turn the loss around and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

How to Spot Water Damage Pt 1

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Moisture Meter A moisture meter in action

There are many signs that your home or business has been damaged by water that can range from a burst pipe spraying into a hallway to something as subtle as a small dripping leak that goes unnoticed for months. No matter the source, water damage is crucial to respond quickly to restore anything damaged and prevent any further damage from being done. The problem sometimes with spotting water damage is that it isn’t always apparent so you may not even realize you have a problem until it gets out of hand and becomes a bigger problem. A professional water damage restoration company like us here at SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor can detect most issues with specialized equipment and trained professional technicians.

How to Spot Water Damage Pt 2

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Standing Water A pool of water can indicate an indoor leak or a burst pipe.

Here are six simple ways to spot potential water damage: 

Pooling/Standing Water 

A pool of water can indicate an indoor leak or a burst pipe or a number of issues related to water damage. If you notice moisture or water collecting in any area that doesn’t go away or gets larger, you may have a leak or seepage somewhere. There may also be times you see water pooling in areas of your lawn. If you see this it may indicate a rise in the level of groundwater usually after heavy rainfall or a burst pipe underground which could result in significant foundation water damage. 

Smell

Areas that have been exposed to moisture for long periods of time tend to have a very distinct musky, moldy odor. If you notice any areas in your home or business that have the strange odor of mold or moisture, you may have water damage somewhere not immediately visible. The professionals here at SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor are trained to clean, sanitize, and deodorize your home after water damage resulting in a lasting odor. 

Coldness

Frequently along with the musky smell, areas that are damaged by water are usually noticeably cooler than other areas due to moisture in the walls and other materials evaporating. If there are colder areas around your home or business that are cooler than others, check for some of these other signs of water damage as well to determine if you may have a leak or seepage somewhere. 

Discoloration 

A very easy to spot indicator of water damage is discoloration of materials like the walls and ceilings of your property. Standing water in a ceiling will eventually seep through the insulation and drywall and leave a yellowish stained spot where the water has collected. Over time these areas can sag if they’re large enough and even collapse if enough water has collected and sat long enough. 

Mold

Mold can be caused by many sources of moisture, and things such as bathroom condensation may cause mold that wouldn’t be extensive enough to require water damage restoration, however, mold in any area of your home is any indicator that there is too much-standing moisture that needs to be removed. Our professional technicians here at SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor are specially trained in water damage restoration and can properly locate and remove all sources of mold in your home or business. 

Sound 

The final and more subtle sign of water damage to your property is sound. While sounds of moving water, dripping, and creaking may all be sounds of a perfectly normal plumbing system, it is important to keep an ear out for changes in these sounds to identify if there are any problems with your plumbing system or if there is a leak somewhere in your home or business. 

In the event your home or basement floods, it is best to contact a company of professionals to quickly respond and properly help the situation. Give us here at SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor a call at (301) 255-0019 for any water damage restoration emergency and we will respond right away. 

What to Expect In the Water Restoration Process

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Air Movers This Marriott had a sprinkler head brake and called SERVPRO to clean up the damage.

Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored to the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. The process begins when you give us a call. SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor is available 24 hours a day for any size water emergency. 

Immediate action is crucial when facing flooding or water damage and a delay of just a few hours can drastically increase the severity of water damage left behind. While water damage can be chaotic and traumatic to deal with, SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor has the expertise and experience to help you through a water damage disaster. 

When you give us a call, we will ask you questions to assess the situation and determine what equipment and resources will be necessary to bring. Upon arrival at the site of water damage, we begin with a detailed inspection and damage assessment of your home or property to determine the scope of the water damage to create the best plan of action. After inspection, we will identify the source of moisture in your home or business and the type of water. When dealing with water damage, there are three types of water according to their level of contamination: “Clean Water”, “Gray Water”, and “Black Water” are used to classify how contaminated the water is so that our trained SERVPRO Professionals can restore your property to industry guidelines. 

The next step of the water damage restoration process is the actual water removal. After the damage assessment and the source of moisture have been stopped, the water extraction process may begin. If the water damage is great enough to call for extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor can assist with an organized and efficient move-out to ensure your belongings are protected from any further damage. Our highly trained technicians will then begin the water removal process immediately once the surrounding area is cleared. Depending on the level of damage, our technicians may use equipment varying from industrial wet/dry vacuums to powerful submersible pumps. 

Once all water has been successfully removed, the drying and dehumidification process is next. While floors and walls may appear to be dry, they will be wet to the touch as most building materials such as wood and drywall retain water once submerged. Our Professionals use measurements, temperature, and humidity to best determine how much equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers will be needed to dry your home or business. 

Most of your home or business will require professional cleaning following water damage from the floor to the ceiling. After monitoring the drying process, our technicians will clean your property’s structure, furniture, upholstery, clothing, and any other restorable items or property damaged by water. Following any kind of water damage, your home or business will require cleaning, odor removal, and sanitization depending on the scenario. Our technicians here at SERVPRO North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor are trained to deodorize, sanitize, and dispose of damaged materials in your home or property. 

The final step following a water damage disaster is the restoration of your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. This may involve minor repairs such as replacing drywall to major repairs such as the reconstruction of various rooms or areas. Our professionals will provide immediate protective measures during the water damage restoration process such as tarps and will handle rebuilding all affected areas. We are a company qualified to handle the initial damage and rebuilding of the area afterward, and can guarantee to get any building back up to full functionality. 

SERVPRO of North Bethesda / Aspen Hill / Rossmoor at (301) 255-0019 is ready to help local homeowners with flood damage. They have the advanced equipment and expertise to turn the loss around and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

A Rainy, icy, windy, yucky Thanksgiving forecast

11/26/2013 (Permalink)

(CNN) -- The nasty weather tantrum that has already left a mess on its march from California through Texas and soaked the South is now expected to ice up roads in the Northeast.

So if your spouse is mad that you put off making Thanksgiving travel plans, you can respond that you may have actually done your family a favor.

The whole family may be glad you stayed at home, as a wintry storm threatens to upend the best-laid plans.

"All of these interstates, all of these roads across Pennsylvania -- the Thruway, the Turnpike, 80, 90, 66 -- they all will have ice and snow," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

If you're driving ...

Snowmageddon won't hit any of the major cities. And it may only rain on the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

But west of the Big Apple, and around Philadelphia and Boston, the wicked weather will pile snow onto roadways, just as far-flung relatives are zipping in to town.

AAA projects that 38.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday.

Drive carefully.

The storm has already left more than 100 wrecks and claimed at least 12 lives.

If you're flying ...

With an estimated 3.14 million Americans taking to the skies this week to eat turkey with loved ones, planes will be as stuffed as bellies.

Passengers on nearly 500 flights out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had to find alternate routes when the storm iced the area over the weekend.

The outlook, however, was positively rosy early Tuesday morning. None of the major airlines had cancellations planned.

"We decided to leave early, and we're just going to keep our fingers crossed," said Beth Hundley, who was taking a flight from Washington Dulles International Airport to Des Moines, Iowa.

But the snowy weather has yet to hit its target. It should finish icing up New England by Friday.

"The issue they run into is if you cancel one flight, there may not be capacity on the later flights to accommodate all the displaced passengers," said Daniel Baker, who runs flight tracking website FlightAware.com.

The weather may put a further dent in the trip home, as winds rev up to 40 miles per hour as the holiday wraps up, Myers said.

It could make flying harder and cause some of you to miss work Monday.

And then you'll have to deal with an angry boss.