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SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover is Here to Help during this time of need

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? When an unprecedented event hit Texas this past winter, SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover went to help! It is a reminder to our customers that we are here to help no matter how big the job. We are dedicated to ongoing training and keeping up with the latest industry standards.

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The Winter Storm Uri was unusual because it was a storm coupled with power failures all over Texas. The power outages caused a surge of burst pipe claims in several major Texas cities, including Houston and Dallas. SERVPRO had the opportunity to help the community of Texas during this severe storm. When a natural disaster strikes and hits your home or commercial property, it is important to act fast. We have dispatchers strategically placed and are on the call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Not only can SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover clean up the aftermath of large disasters, but we can also clean valuable items damaged by the disaster. Some of these items include carpets, upholstery, blinds, blankets, and drapes. We can also counteract lingering odors and deodorize your property.

In the event of any natural disaster, our team will come to your rescue. We understand that damaged building materials and contents can not only cost you money but can also cost you your time.

Learn more about SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover Faster to Any Size Disaster.

If your home or commercial property is in the College Park, Hyattsville, District Heights, and Landover area and has suffered water damage, fire damage, and or mold damage, please call us today! Our team of professionals are available 24 / 7 / 365.

For College Park / Hyattsville Call: 301-779-3662

For District Heights / Landover Call: 301-577-1166

Source: https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com/us/news/catastrophe/why-was-the-texas-freeze-such-an-unprecedented-event-252763.aspx

Thunderstorms & Lightning Hazard Information

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms and cloudy sky in the neighborhood. Photo by Peter from Pexels SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover specializes in mitigation and restoration services.

When thunder roars, go indoors! Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that can create hail, cause flash floods and tornadoes. Which often leads to structural roof and mold problems. According to FEMA, no state in the U.S. is 100% safe from severe weather threats. When a thunderstorm threatens the College Park / Hyattsville and District Heights / Landover area, it is important to stay safe.

Here are a few Storm Facts provided by Ready.Gov:

Thunderstorms can produce damaging straight-line winds over 50 MPH.

Storms can create a temporary overflow of water onto dry land.

Thunderstorms can cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings, and create landslides.

At any given time, there are about 2,000 thunderstorms in progress.

Here are a few steps to take to prepare for thunderstorms:

Create an emergency plan

Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home

Sign up for your community’s warning system

Assess your area’s risk for thunderstorms

Prep your first aid kit

Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for storm and water emergencies. SERVPRO of College Park/ Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover provides emergency mitigation and restoration services 24 / 7 / 365.

Thunderstorms and water leaks can be very damaging. Water can easily seep into your home and soak into the floors, walls, furniture and other surfaces. SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover respond quickly and immediately begin the water extraction process.

If flood water is not dealt with quickly and correctly, it can cause structural damage to your house. Keep in mind that the longer you wait, the more serious the damage will get.

Call Us Today! SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover

The bottom line: thunderstorms can affect your safety and your home’s integrity. Let our trained professional at SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover handle the situation safely and correctly.

For SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville Call: 301-779-3662

For SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover Call: 301-577-1166

Understand Why You Need Trained Pros When Dealing With Mold

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Sky view of commercial buildings. Photo by Philipp Birmes from Pexels Don’t delay, if you have mold problem call SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover today

Mold damage incidents in commercial buildings are often a challenge to fix. If you suspect mold in your commercial building, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover. When you are dealing with mold, it is time-sensitive. Severe damages to your commercial building can occur if you do not control moisture levels and eliminate mold growth.

Moisture problems may include:

  • Unvented combustion appliances
  • Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems 
  • Landscaping/gutters that direct water into or under the commercial buildings
  • Roof leaks and pipe leaks

Places where you can find mold:

  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Carpet
  • Foods
  • Insulation
  • On organic substance
  • In commercial buildings and on commercial building materials

When mold growth occurs in commercial buildings, bring in the experts, SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover, to check out the damages. We tackle commercial and residential damage. Let us help you prevent damage to building materials, and save money.

So How Are Our Crews Trained?

SERVPRO is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standard for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

We Are Here to Help

For SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville (301) 779 - 3662.

For SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover (301) 557 - 1166.

Commercial property loss doesn't wait for regular business hours, and neither do we. SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 / 7/ 365.

Fire Damage in College Park / Hyattsville and District Heights / Landover

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Outlet Damage Fire Damage can be a lot to handle, SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and District Heights / Landover is here to help CP/H (301) 779 - 3662; DH/L

Fire Damage in College Park / Hyattsville and District Heights / Landover

Post - Fire Damage Tips:

  • To prevent soot particles from being embedded into textiles, limit movement in the home. 
  • Place clean towels or old linens on top of rugs, upholstery, and carpet to prevent further damage.
  • Change/replace the HVAC filter.
  • Over air registers - tape double layers of cheesecloth.
  • Empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open if the electricity has gone off.

Common Hazards Found in Fire-Damaged Alerts!

  • Stay alert! - although the electrical power may be off, there are existing electrical currents.
  • Use extreme caution when dealing with electricity in wet environments. Water used to extinguish the fire may have saturated the wiring system.
  • Do not wash walls, painted surfaces, carpet, upholstery on your own without contacting us. This may lead to smoke odor and further damage.
  • Throw out canned or packaged food or beverages damaged in the fire.
  • Never smoke where oxygen is present.
  • Be cautious of loose or falling debris. Damaged structure components may cause puncture wounds.

SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and District Heights / Landover is here to help! Give us a call if you have fire damage or additional questions.

For SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville (301) 779 - 3662.

For SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover (301) 557 - 1166.

At SERVPRO, we understand that when you call, you may be under distress and confused. When you need an expert to help you through a job loss, SERVPRO is here to help. We specialize in fire damage restoration and are trained for these situations.

Water Damage From Hurricanes

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

A neighborhood after the hurricane. Photo by Alari Tammsalu from Pexels. SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover specializes in mitigation and restoration services.

Heavy rain and damaging wind speeds can cause flooding in a matter of minutes. In our area, hurricane season begins June 1st to November 30th, with its peak in September. According to Ready DC, mapping out an emergency communication plan is essential. The National Weather Service provides safety regulations and alerts to keep us informed during the storm.

After The Hurricane

After the hurricane, rains and high winds usually cause flooding. Standing water is a breeding ground for all types of mold and bacteria. The level of damage to your home or business depends on how long the standing water is ignored. There is no set time frame to tell how long the water will be present in a business or residence. 

After the hurricane has passed and before you think of entering your home, refer to this checklist.

  1. Be aware of wires, power lines, and places where the floor washed away
  2. Watch out for poisonous snakes and wild animals that may have entered your home
  3. Throw out food that could have been in contact with the water
  4. Document and take any photos of all damaged for your reference and the insurance

Call SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville (301) 779-3662 and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover (301) 557-1166. No matter how big the job may be, we are here to help. 

SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our technicians at SERVPRO are highly trained professionals and use specialized equipment to restore your home or business to its pre-existing state. As our tagline states, “Like it never even happened.”

We Are Local And Can Get To You Faster

Since we are a locally owned franchise, we can get a dispatcher to your location as soon as possible. Having a fast response from our team lessens the damage and limits any further damages.

What Every Family Should Know About Fire Damage Prevention

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

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We understand the importance of keeping our families and loved ones secure as a family-owned franchise. According to the NFPA, "over five years, house fires claimed the lives of 2,620 civilians and caused $6.9 billion in property damage." The majority of fire deaths occur in the kitchen. SERVPRO upholds our dedication to being a resource in Prince George’s County. We want to make sure that our community is taking precautions to stop home fires. To avoid infamous kitchen mishaps, follow the advice below.

Recipe For Kitchen Safety

  • When cooking on the stovetop, stay in the kitchen to keep an eye on the food.
  • When cooking food, stay at home and keep an eye on it.
  • When you're cooking, keep children away from the kitchen.
  • Keep cooking surfaces clean to avoid food and grease buildup.
  • Curtains, blankets, and pot holders should be kept away from hot surfaces.
  • Solvents and flammable cleaners should be kept away from heat sources.
  • Never store fuel in your home.
  • To avoid food spills, turn the panhandles inward.
  • Check that no electric cords from your appliances are hanging from the counters.

Smoke Detector tools

  • Replace the smoke detector every six months.
  • Remove any dust from the device as it can interfere with the sensor.
  • Check the status of your smoke detectors.
  • Plan a fire escape strategy for family members.
  • In the event of a fire or smoke damage, please contact SERVPRO to help restore your home or property to normalcy.

Hurricane Preparedness for Drinking Water Utilities

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Hurricane Preparedness for Drinking Water Utilities from SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover

Drinking water services must be proactive. Public water suppliers in the storm's path should brace themselves for

  • high winds 
  • storm surge
  • torrential rain
  • flooding
  • prolonged power outages. 

SERVPRO understands how imperative drinking water utilities for the Prince George's County community. They must continue to provide their services before, during, and after the storm. Below are suggested hurricane preparedness tips for Drinking Water Utilities 

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Drinking Water Utilities

Water Storage 

Fill the storage tanks to meet demand during a power outage. This will help anchor the tanks during high winds and flooding.

Back-Up Power 

Refuel the generators' fuel tanks. Test each generator under load to ensure that they are operating. Also, check that power transmission is secure, in case of a prolonged power outage. Estimate how long it will take to meet demand using the backup power, fuel, and water storage on hand. Count the number of alternative fuel sources in case the main supplier is unable to supply them.

Continuity of Operation

Contact all-important workers and put them on high alert. Ensure that enough resources will be on duty for the duration of the predicted storm. Provide adequate food and clean water for employees who work long hours. Employees should bring extra dry clothing. Also, they should arrange their sleeping quarter so that extended duty staff does not get too tired.

Chemical and Fuel Storage 

Check the tanks to ensure there are critical chemicals (e.g., disinfectant) to last the storm. Check that the tanks are anchoring to ensure that it is safe from wind damage and forces (floating or overturning) if it becomes submerged.

Water Sources 

Determine which sources can become overburdened. Prepare to remove any sources that may be vulnerable to damage from a flood. This includes intrusion by flood-borne pathogens or saltwater before the flood.

Emergency Communications 

Make sure the emergency communications equipment is in good working order. Both batteries should be changed or replaced. Distribute relevant communication equipment to the appropriate personnel.

Public Communications 

Prepare to make public information available as appropriate. Check with local radio and television stations for contact information. If there isn't adequate storage and/or dedicated backup power for three days, consider pre-planning water conservation alert notices that can be released if necessary.

Vehicles 

Fill vehicle fuel tanks to ensure that they are ready for use in the event of a storm. Provide necessary equipment (radios, instruments, tools, safety equipment, lights, ropes, etc.).

SERVPRO is Here to Help

If recent storms have caused flooding or a pipe has burst, our highly trained technicians are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Prince George's property. 

Learn more about our Water Damage Repair and Restoration >

Facts provided by EPA.gov

Keeping PG County Residents Safe During Storms

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

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As a property manager, Leaving your property after a big storm can be terrifying. The extent of the damage to your property can vary from mild to serious. You can rest assured that a SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover restoration specialist in Prince Geroge’s county will be able to assist in cleaning up and rebuilding from almost any damage. You can begin recovery before support arrives by following these storm recovery tips.

Storm Recovery Tips

Safety

Your first priority is protection. Look for fallen power lines, trees that have been damaged and are at risk of falling, structural damage to your house, and any other dangerous storm damage.

Company

If you are alone, try to connect with others, particularly residents who may be alone or in need of assistance. Many individuals can be pushed to their best by hardship. You can work together to accomplish things that you couldn't do alone, such as food planning, shelter setup or cleanup, or even fire starting if the weather is especially cold.

Information

Look for radio, television, telephone, or another useful communication device in a secure location. News sources and emergency broadcasts may provide useful information on where to anticipate rescue teams.

Water

If help is unlikely to arrive for more than a day, water can pose the greatest threat to your and your resident’s health. Water that has been stored can be incredibly useful. If you don't have clean water, make sure to purify any available water. Here are a few strategies for purifying water: 

  • Iodine solution
  • Chlorine fall 
  • Filtering

Following these storm tips will help ensure that you and your residents recover safely from the effects of storm destruction. And if the post-storm damage is too big for you to handle, don't wait! Call SERVPRO of College Park / Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights / Landover right away. 

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Look Listen Learn | Prince George's County Fire Hazard Information

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Look, listen, and learn. Keep an eye out for something unusual. Fire can begin anywhere. The National Fire Protection Association reports that four out of every five fire deaths in the United States occur in the home. Take a look, listen, and learn how to stop deadly fires.

Look 

Be aware of fire hazards around you.

    • Cooking:  Cooking: Cooking and kitchen-related injuries account for 47 percent of all home fires.
      • Remove any covers, discarded wrappers, or other flammable materials from any cooking surface.
      • Keep an eye on what you're cooking. Food that is cooking should not be left unattended for an extended period of time. Cooking when intoxicated is often not a good idea.
    • Heating: The second leading cause of home fires.
      • Every year, get your heating system and chimney professionally tested. Any maintenance should be done by a specialist as well.
      • If you have a space heater, never leave it unattended.
  • Electric Distribution:
    • Only plugin one heat-producing appliance (coffee maker, toaster, space heater) at a time.
    • Extension cords are only for TEMPORARY use.
  • Candles:
    • Don’t leave candles light unattended. 
    • Blow all candles before you go to sleep or leave a room 

Listen

Listen for smoke alarms and make sure your home is adequately equipped.

  • Make ensure that you have smoke detectors on each floor of your house, as well as in each bedroom.
  • Replace any smoke detectors that are more than a year old and monitor the batteries on a monthly basis.

Learn

Learn an emergency exit plan

  • Learn two ways out of every room
  • Learn how each exit leads outside of the home
  • Learn a meeting spot outside where your family will meet in the case of an emergency.

Home fires are more common than you may think. Firefighters across the United States respond to a house fire every 90 seconds. In 2020, 35 Maryland home fire fatalities were reported by the news media. Do not be caught unprepared.

Facts provided by esfi.gov

Water Damage Statistics

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Statistics

Water damage can cause a wide range of losses. Homeowners recognize that wear and tear can occur in every situation; however, there is a range of unexpected incidents that can result in water harm. Natural disasters are often blamed for water pollution, and understandably so, considering that the majority of water-related losses are caused by an external environmental factor.

Nonetheless, water damage can manifest itself in a variety of ways. Understanding the causes of this form of harm is vital not just for avoiding an injury, but also for understanding where you stand in the eyes of your insurance company. Water damage in homes is most frequently caused by the following factors:

  • Frozen pipes
  • Leaking pipes
  • Leaky roof
  • Broken washing machine hose
  • Plumbing problems
  • Insulations issues

The water damage statistics provided below demonstrate the pervasiveness of this issue. Although many people do not consider water damage to be a normal event, it accounts for a large number of homeowners insurance claims. Some of the most interesting water damage figures are as follows:

  • Almost 40% of all homeowners have reported that they have suffered financial losses as a result of water damage.
  • Approximately 93 percent of all water damage can be avoided.
  • Water damage is the second most common explanation for insurance claims in the United States.
  • A 1/8-inch gap in a pipe leaks 250 gallons of water every day.
  • Water damage accounts for nearly 20% of all insurance claims.
  • Every year, billions of dollars in property losses are incurred as a direct result of water damage.
  • Homeowners who realize the potential harm caused by water are far more likely to avoid problems before they become big issues.

Water Damage Insurance Coverage

Homeowners must be aware of what is and is not protected by their new insurance policy. Without this understanding, homeowners will be taken back if a disaster happens, and they are forced to pay for the losses out of pocket. In addition to buying a flood policy, you might be able to add coverage to your current policy. These additions may include the following.

  • Mold remediation (varies on the state)
  • Backup of drains or sewers
  • Plumbing water damage
  • Air conditioning damages
  • Water heater damage

We Work With Your Insurance

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call us for more details.

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

(301) 779 3662