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SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover is an IICRC Firm

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover is an IICRC firm. What does it mean to be an IICRC firm? The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification develops industry standards and offers restoration companies training and certification. We strive for excellence at every job that we complete. Therefore, our employees receive ongoing training and certifications.

Under the IICRC certification firms, must satisfy the following criteria:

Firms must provide consumers with the correct information and conduct business with fairness and integrity.

On all jobs, a technician professionally trained is required.

Technicians must participate in an ongoing education program to stay up with the latest industry standards.

A firm needs to maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or equivalent arbitration to settle disputes, as well as endorse the arbitration’s findings and recommendations.

The IICRC Develops Standards for The Restoration Industry

The IICRC offers certifications in several categories of Cleaning, Inspection, and Restoration. Journeyman certifications are available to those with advanced levels of recognition. Determined by having several certifications in select categories and a minimum of three to five years of experience in the cleaning/restoration industry.

Your local SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights technicians are IICRC-certified and continue their education and certification throughout their employment. Our company ensures that our technicians are certified in the latest techniques and services. Our customers can rest assured knowing that only the most qualified technicians are sent into your business or home to restore and repair damage when you use our services.

We are here 24/7 to help tackle fire, smoke, and water damage. Call us at 301-779-3662 or 301-577-1166.

How To Prevent Washing Machine Water Damage

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

A picture containing a washing machine SERVPRO certified technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of water damage mitigation.

One of the most common causes of water damage in a home comes from washing machine hoses. A leaking washing machine hose can cause water damage and potentially damage the subfloors of your home. Our SERVPRO certified technicians can limit water damage in your home or business and prevent further damage.

What causes hoses failure?

One of the most common reasons is the material in traditional rubber hoses. Rubber hoses lose their structure over time and are subject to cracks, leaks, and bursting. In addition, most hoses will eventually break from everyday wear and tear. Every time the washing machine shuts off, water sends shockwaves through the water pipes and hoses.

When water damage occurs in your home, time is of the essence, which is why we can respond to your calls 24 hours a day. SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover will dispatch a crew of certified technicians. Our technicians will promptly arrive at your home to begin a fast mitigation process. Leaks from washing machines are tackled with industrial-grade wet vacuums to clean up standing water.

Water Clean-Up in College Park/Hyattsville/District Heights/Landover

The project manager will start the mitigation process by searching for moisture reading in your home. We can identify moisture levels in your carpet and flooring using a moisture meter. Once moisture readings are reading dry, we can use carpet tools to separate the carpet from the subflooring. Keep in mind that some carpeting may have to be discarded and replaced depending on the water damage.

To ensure that the sub-flooring is not at risk of rotting, we can deploy air movers to force water out of the floor. Placing dehumidifiers can also draw moisture from the wood to quickly dry out your home.

If you have experienced a washing machine leak and need assistance, contact SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover at 301-799-3662 and 301-577-1166. We are available 24/7 and can immediately put you on track to getting your home back in order.

Mold in a College Park, Hyattsville, District Heights, and Landover Home Can Cause Significant Problems if Left Untreated

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on tile wall SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover have the Knowledge & equipment to respond quickly.

The most destructive consequences of water overflows and house fires are water damage and mold damage. There are different ways to prevent mold growth in your Prince George’s County home. It is recommended to hire a professional restoration company to handle your mold remediation process. It can be beneficial to understand that water left untreated for over 24 hours, mold is likely to start developing.

Water Damage Leads to Mold and Mildew Damage

Water leaks into the structure of your home can lead to swells and warps in the wood. The water allows for mold damage to develop in the core structure of your home. It is best to prevent mold at all costs because eliminating mold can be challenging. To remove excess water from your home, you can turn off the water supply, use towels to keep the water from spreading, place fans and dehumidifiers throughout your house. When possible, hire SERVPRO certified technicians for mold and mildew damage restoration processes in College Park, Hyattsville, District Heights, and Landover.

Water and Mold Damage Requires Professional Equipment

After a water overflow or fire, mold can be challenging to remove once it is already present. As part of the process, we search thoroughly for any leaks in your property to determine where the source of excess moisture exists. We use specialized equipment such as air filtration equipment, powerful “air scrubbers,” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of mold spores while the mold remediation is in process. We will perform the following to remove the mold from your home:

  • Establish temperature control to slow down the mold’s growth cycle allowing our certified technicians to remove the mold efficiently.
  • Use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and prevent new colonies from forming.
  • Remove odors and deodorization by using fogging equipment. 

Call SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover

It is essential to take care of water damage. Trying to self-remediate the problem can most likely set the stage for a bigger problem in the future. The best approach against mold complications is to call SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover. To know more about our services, call 301-799-3662 or 301-577-1166.

Why try to self-remediate the mold from your Prince George’s home when SERVPRO certified technicians use advanced equipment and products. We can help!

The Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that poor air quality is frequently caused by your poor ventilation system? In most situations, the HVAC system has been running unattended for a long time. Ducts that are clogged can spread odors and irritating dust particles throughout your Prince George’s County home or business. Air ducts inspection in your home or business should be a top priority. 

What is possibly living in my air ducts?

Over time, different contaminants or foreign objects can enter and collect in your air ducts that may diminish the indoor air quality of your home or office or cause other damages to your HVAC system.

  • Dust 
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants
  • Germs and bacteria
  • Insects and pests
  • Mold

A clean HVAC and ductwork system can potentially extend the lifespan of the equipment by allowing it to operate smoothly, which might save you money. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary. Our certified trained technicians will inspect your HVAC system and air ducts to recommend the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. A clean HVAC system and ductwork potentially save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

To tackle the job, we use portable ventilation and air cleaning system to examine ductwork and make a clean sweep, removing years of build-up. The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Restore peak energy efficiency.
  • It may help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Help reduce the potential for mold growth.

Why SERVPRO

SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover specialize in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a disaster. Our technicians are highly trained in property damage restoration. Rest assured that our technicians are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Call us at 301-799-3662 or 301-577-1166.

Severe Storms Around Prince George’s County Can Impact Your Business Operations

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Office Building with Green SERVPRO sign If you have any questions about commercial water damage call, SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover!

When storms approach the Prince George’s County region, they can be bad news for your business. Heavy rains and strong winds cause trees and powerlines to fall.

Here are a few tips you can do to minimize any water damages during a storm:

Keep a supply of sandbags.

Protect your files and back up your data.

Store valuable items on high-mounted shelves.

Raise sockets, fuse boxes, and any electrical devices to at least 1.5m above the floor.

Check your roof regularly.

Clear your gutters and pipes and make sure they are free of debris.

If you know a storm is approaching, make sure you have a plan in place. Regardless of the extent of the damage, our highly trained professionals examine each scenario immediately and isolate the damaged area. While we restore your business space, normal operations can continue in a temporary space. 

Storm and water damages to businesses are often complex, with numerous issues that require an expert and a quick response. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damages, and reduces costs. SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover is locally owned and operated. We can restore anything from a small to large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. We exceed your needs both to repair your property and the trust invested in your commercial management. 

Why SERVPRO?

Whether it is a business or residence, SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover are equipped to come to your property, and our certified technicians will do a detailed examination of your property damages. We are proud to be part of our community and strive to provide the residents and business owners in our area with the fastest response times. Call us 24/7 at 301- 779-3662 or 301-577-1166. 

Thanksgiving and Holidays Fire Safety Tips

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

table full of food Plan this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free for your family and friends

Everyone needs to practice safe cooking habits this holiday season. Thanksgiving Day is one of the most celebrated holidays, but it is also the leading day for home cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and injuries. It is important to be always alert when preparing a delicious feast: 

  • Check your food while it is cooking, whether it is simmering, baking, or roasting.
  • Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking and when it’s time to turn off the stove or oven.
  • Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen readily available when cooking.
  • Keep all flammable debris away from the stovetop, including mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, and or hand towels.
  • When cooking, do not wear loose-fitted clothing and roll up your sleeves.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove, hot food, and liquids.
  • Ensure your smoke alarms are working by testing them at least once a month and replacing the batteries once a year.
  • Do not use the stove if you are too sleepy or have consumed alcohol.

In the event of a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe. 

  • When a fire breaks out, leave the premises and keep you, your family, and your pets safe.
  • Call your local emergency number for help after you get out to safety.
  • If you have an oven fire, keep the oven door closed to contain the fire and turn it off.
  • To smother small grease fires, keep a lid nearby. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover professionals wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving! For additional information on fire prevention, fire safety, and fire restoration services,

visit: https://www.SERVPROcollegeparkhyattsville.com/fire-damage-tips 

Prepare Your Business With A SERVPRO ERP PLAN! Do Not Wait Until A Disaster Strikes.

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover are ready for whatever happens!

Planning ahead of time prepares your company for when a disaster takes place. Does your business have an emergency plan in place for when a disaster strikes? According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report, 40% of companies do not reopen following a disaster. On top of that, another 25% fail within one year. Developing a contingency plan for when the unknown happens is critical to getting back in business and recovering from setbacks as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover has a program that allows one of our District Managers to come to your business and create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).

The ERP contains critical facility information to help speed up response time. The documents overview of your building, including electrical shut-offs, water mains, fire extinguishers, most critical areas. The documents included in the ERP are easily accessible, and there is the ability to make changes at any time and from your devices. This information is shareable with your employees for accessible communication.

The SERVPRO ERP Advantage

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERPVO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Suppose you would like to discuss your interest in the ERP program and meet with the College Park/Hyattsville/District Heights/Landover District Manager. Give us a call at SERVPRO of College Park/ Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover today at 301-779-3662 or 301-577-1166. When you are trying to recover from a disaster, we are help to Help! Call us today to protect your business and to make “Like it never even happened,” happen!

How To Prepare Your Prince George’s Business For Fall Storms

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Air conditioning large fans on roof of building view from above It is essential to prepare your business for the colder months.

Know that we are always prepared when you call SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover. If you are expecting storms to hit your Prince George’s location, you need to prepare for any type of harm that may affect your business. There are many risk factors to watch out for, from strong winds to hail damages as you work to prepare your business for the storm. Here are some of the steps you can take to prepare your business for autumn storms.

Inspect Your Roof

It is essential to closely identify any roof problems before attempting to shelter in your home during a storm. Signs to look out for include:

  • Cracks and holes
  • Loose roof materials 
  • Debris
  • Leaks and discoloration

In severe storm weather, a vulnerable roof can increase your chances of leaks, overflows, and damages to your property’s structure. If your roof is showing signs of damages, make sure to take care of it as soon as possible.

Check Your Commercial HVAC System

Make sure that you give your commercial HVAC system a fall season maintenance. Ensure that the state of the unit and metal panels are properly secured onto the roof to prevent any roof damage from occurring. An HVAC system contractor will ensure that your ac unit will run seamlessly all year round. Having a maintenance schedule in place can assure issues that may surface can be taken care of ahead of time.  

SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover are Here to Help!

Post-storm damages are not limited to, but can certainly include water, fire, and even mold damages. If you have experienced any problems, either residential or commercial, SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover will get you back on your feet with a quick response. Call us at 301-779-3662 or 301-577-1166.

Burst Pipe Overflow? We can help!

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Green water extractor machine placed in a water overflow area Call SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover the experts in fire & water, mold, and bio-hazards remediation.

Get fast water removal after a burst pipe with the help of SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/ Landover. 

Indoor plumbing can quickly cause damage to the structure and contents of your home. You may think you can take care of a pipe burst clean-up on your own, but this requires the help of professionals. SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover can provide you with water removal services. Every homeowner cares about protecting their property, and poor cleaning can create more significant damages. 

Our certified technicians understand that water damage situations are time-sensitive. The longer the water lingers throughout the affected areas, the structure and materials can weaken and become even more damaged.

Fixing the source of the water and shutting off the water is essential when requesting water mitigation services. Before our SERVPRO team can start the restoration process, you must ensure that the source is fixed. When the problem has been located, we can get the pipe repaired and reassure that water does not contribute to mold or a recurring disaster event.

Our highly trained technicians will determine what equipment should be used depending on the amount of water. During the water removal process, technicians will carefully monitor the drying progress using moisture meters until the materials read acceptable drying goals. In addition to cleaning your property’s structure, we will clean your furniture, upholstery, clothing, and other restorable belongings damaged by the water. Most flooding and water damage also require odor removal and deodorization by professionals.

Your home can face multiple threats in a lifetime. You can not always account for or prevent some of them. Most homeowners do not realize there is a problem until they face the pool of water the incident created. Trust in our SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover technicians to help you clean up the mess, remove the water, and get back to your regular life. You can call us 24/7 at 301-779-3662 or 301-577-1166.

When Accidents Happen, count on SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of College Park and SERVPRO of District Heights Immediate Board-up and Roof-Tarp Service

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

When your home or business has had a fire, the restoration process involves more than the structural restoration of the house. After a fire occurs, buildings are likely to have windows or doors that are no longer secure. Boarding up ensures that personal belongings do not get tampered with and that your property is secured.

Board-ups

SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover can help you with the board up. Our team uses sturdy, durable materials designed to protect your homes from outside elements such as rain, snow, and intrusion by outsiders. After a fire, this is the first step we often take when we arrive at the job site. 

How will we assess the damage of your fire?

When a commercial and residential has happened, the first thing our certified trained technicians will do is inspect the extent of the damage. Your property may contain smoke and soot damage in one area, or it may have spread to multiple rooms, depending on the scope of the fire damage. Before help arrives, be prepared, take note of all damages that have occurred. Taking notes and photos of damages allows your insurance company to cover your claim efficiently and quickly.

Fire Cleanup

A significant concern for College Park/ Hyattsville/DistrictHeights/Landover property Managers, tenants, and homeowners is getting rid of the soot and smoke smell. When fire damage is not taken care of the right way, smoke can linger and ruin moments spent in your property. If your property has suffered from soot and smoke damage, take care of it right by scheduling a restoration like SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights.

Call Us at 301-779-3662 or 301-577-1166

Working with a professional who specializes in fire damage repair is essential when dealing with fire damage. Call our office to set up an appointment to ask any questions you might have concerning fires.