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Electrical Home Fires in Montgomery County

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Pictured is an outlet diagram that has caught on fire Prevent electrical fires by using your home's electrical system properly.

SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring want Montgomery County residents to know that by taking precautions, electrical fires may be prevented when using electricity in the home. According to ready.gov, you can help prevent electrical fires at home simply by using your home’s electrical system properly. Certain items can expose you and your family to the risk of fire, such as:

  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old, or damaged appliance cords immediately.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Make digital copies of valuable documents and records like birth certificates.
  • Install good-quality smoke detector alarms and fire extinguishers. Contact your local fire department for assistance on proper use and maintenance.
  • Consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system in your residence.
  • Repair and replace loose outlets as soon as you notice them.
  • Call a qualified electrician who follows the National Electrical Code to look over your home.
  • Do not run cords under floor rugs, which could generate excessive heat.
  • Check cords for excessive heat or exposed wires. If a device makes strange noises or operates improperly, do not wait until the cord catches on fire.

SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring experts understand your unique set of problems when faced with fire damage and can respond immediately to your call. Our certified professionals have the expertise and equipment needed to get the job done to your satisfaction as quickly as possible. Call us at 301-530-7400.

Preventing Home Water Damage This Summer

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

A picture containing tree, outdoor, ground, plant Protect your Montgomery County home from water damage this summer

The worst time for water damage is when you are away from home. While you cannot do anything to control the weather, you may be able to prevent or reduce the outcome of water damage. The following tips will help you protect your home from weather-related water damage.  

Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts

Leaves and sticks accumulate in the gutters and downspouts, preventing rainwater from draining properly. When the gutters are clogged, the water can overflow into your foundation and lead to a basement flood. Remove trash and debris from your gutters and downspouts to prevent significant problems. Also, make sure the downspouts are long enough to discharge the water at least three feet away from your home. 

Shut Off the Main Water & Supply Valves 

Turn off the water in your home at the main shut-off valve. The main shut-off valve will prevent leaks that can lead to major damage, so you won’t have to worry about returning home to a water damage issue. In addition, you can shut off the water supply to the most frequent causes of water damage, such as toilets, washing machines, etc. These appliances will feature individual shut-off valves. Turn the valve clockwise to stop the water flow.

Test Your Sump Pump

Sump pumps prevent excess water from entering your home. Testing your sump pump before leaving on vacation ensures that the groundwater stays out of the basement. You can test the sump pump with a bucket of water and assess whether it is pumping the water out.

Backup Pipes

A sewer backup can occur when wastewater does not properly drain away from your home due to an obstruction or damage. If you experience any difficulties with your sewer lines, call a plumber right away to have them look at them. 

The chances of experiencing water or flood damage are higher during the summer. If you discover significant water damage in your home, business, or commercial building, call SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring. Our certified professionals provide effective water mitigation and flood cleanup services to remove excess water from your home and restore damaged materials.

To learn more about SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring water damage repair and restoration, click here.

Call us at 301-530-7400

Clean Up Services in Montgomery County

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Sewage leaks or vandalism & graffiti can occur at any time. The water is unsanitary and may contain bacteria, microbes, and other viruses that can cause serious illness.

When a sewage backup occurs, SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring is ready to provide cleanup services to remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture. We can then clean, disinfect, and deodorize the structure and contents. Our certified professionals will inspect the contaminated water to determine the type of water and plan the appropriate response to restore your home or business safely.

We also offer vandalism and graffiti cleanup services for commercial & residential property owners. Our certified technicians will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from your home and commercial spaces. Our certified technicians can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metal, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. In addition, we can also offer the following services:

Need Sewage or Vandalism & Graffiti Cleanup Services?

Call Us Today – (301) 530-7400 or (301) 588-2240

If you find yourself dealing with a sewage backup or vandalism & graffiti emergency, SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring is here to help. When fire or water damage strikes your business, you need professional help to get your property back to business. Every hour spent cleaning and restoring is lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring has the training, experience, and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.” You can depend on our team for these commercial services.

Fire Damage: Outdoor Grilling Safety 101

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

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The most popular way to cook food during the summer season is grilling. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), gas and charcoal grills cause an annual average of $1,500 structure fires and 4,200 outdoor fires in commercial or residential properties, resulting in a combined direct property loss of $29.8 million. SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition. Read more to learn about fire safety grilling and our fire restoration process.  

This Summer, Make Fire Safety A Priority

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills.
  • When using a gas grill, check for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
  • Keep children and pets far away from the grills. 
  • Use propane and charcoal BBQ grills only outdoors.
  • Never store a grill with a propane tank inside your home.
  • When grilling is complete, let the coals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container. 

Fire Damage Restoration Services

When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differ greatly and require a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. 

  • Emergency Contact
  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)
  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  • Cleaning and Repair
  • Restoration

Even when taking the appropriate measures, fires can still happen. Our team hopes that you do not experience fire damage, but if you do, call SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring. Our certified technicians have the expertise, equipment, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. 

SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring is locally owned and operated

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (301) 530-7400 or (301) 588-2240

Be Prepared in Case of a Thunderstorm in Montgomery County

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

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April showers do not always bring May flowers. Residential and commercial property owners cannot always prepare for severe weather. Severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, and flash flooding. Storms can be incredibly dangerous, and it is important to put your family and pet safety first.

Protecting Your Home from Thunderstorms & Lightning

Pay attention to the weather forecasts for information on thunderstorms in the Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, and Silver Spring areas. Protect your home before a thunderstorm by cutting down or trimming trees that may fall on your home during a storm. Also, consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your electronic devices, appliances, and home. In addition, make sure that your sump pump is working properly.

Prepare Your Family and Pets for Thunderstorms

  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household.
  • Identify a safe space in your home for household members, including pets to gather during a thunderstorm.
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit.
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings.
  • Unplug appliances.
  • Avoid flooded roads, six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of water is not safe for vehicles. 

SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring can respond immediately to storm and water damage. Our certified technicians are ready to restore your home, business, or commercial property quickly. Your home may need construction work, and we can simplify the restoration process by handling the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. You should choose the company with the most storm damage experience and the best understanding of treatment. To learn more about SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring storm resources click here.

SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring is always Here to Help! Call us at (301) 530-7400 or (301) 588-2240.

24 Hour Emergency Response Team

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring is available 24/7 for water emergencies, large or small. Our certified professionals specialize in residential & commercial water damage restoration, with training focused on restoring salvageable items and accelerating drying time while documenting the entire restoration process. We have more than 45+ years of experience in the cleanup and restoration industry. Our certified technicians care about your Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, and Silver Spring property and want to help you get your property to its pre-existing state.

What to Expect When You Call

Our customer service representative will ask you a series of questions regarding the water damage emergency. A water damage event can be traumatic, and when you call our office, we understand that you may be feeling confused and stressed out. SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring will guide you through your water damage emergency. 

When you call our local office, you can expect us to ask you a series of questions regarding your water emergency. These questions will help our team determine the type of equipment and resources to bring, including how many certified technicians are needed to complete the job successfully.

Here are some questions you may be asked:

  • Name & Contact information
  • Insurance information (if applicable)
  • The address where the loss occurred
  • The source of the water damage (if identified)
  • If electricity and water are available on the on-site
  • The time and date of the flood or water loss

Our certified technicians are here when the unfortunate happens. We provide water mitigation, fire restoration, contents manipulation, and reconstruction services. We also offer general cleaning, biohazard services, and so much more! Rest assured, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your home, business, or commercial building. SERVPRO can complete the job from beginning to end. If you need emergency services, we recommend calling SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring immediately at 301-530-7400 or 301-588-2240.

Water Damage In Montgomery County

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Faster to Any Size Water Emergency

Water is invasive, quickly spreading throughout your business or industrial property in Montgomery County. Water can be absorbed into your floors, walls, furniture, and documents. SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring certified technicians arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost always immediately. Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, and Silver Spring residents and business owners can expect us to respond immediately to your water emergency.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • The paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Call SERVPRO ASAP

Call SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring when your home has been left partially submerged. Our technicians specialize in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential properties after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. Click here to see what our customers have to say about us. Our office is always ready to respond to your call.

Water or Flood Damage?

Call today - 301-530-7400 or 301-588-2240!

4 Common Causes of Water Damage in the Kitchen

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

If you have never experienced water damage in the kitchen, that does not mean you won’t in the future. Kitchen appliances can be a source of water damage. The refrigerator, kitchen sink, and dishwasher can become worn over time or can malfunction onto your kitchen floors. When water damage is not addressed, it can later develop into significant problems.

Refrigerator broken water lines can cause leaks and water damage. Water line cracks can cause major flooding quickly. Water lines tend to break from pulling out the refrigerator to pushing it back into place. The refrigerator’s freezer tubing can also freeze and burst.

Dishwasher wear and tear can cause water to spill out through the door. Leaks underneath the dishwasher may result from cracks in the hose, gasket failure, and loose connection to the drainpipes or water source. Unnoticeable leaks underneath the dishwasher can cause damage to floors and mold growth.

A Kitchen Sink without basic maintenance could lead to water damage. The sink and faucet’s gaskets, washers, and O-rings become worn and defective as time passes and are causes for leaks. Improperly installed faucets will leak from the start, even if the water intrusion is not visible. In addition, buildup and corrosion on the faucet’s moving parts can also lead to a greater problem.

Water Pipe damage in the kitchen can occur when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing. The pipes under the kitchen sink can freeze and burst. If a pipe does not burst, the frozen water can interfere with the water connection and cause a leak.

SERVPRO is Here to Help!

Water damage in the kitchen is not always predictable. Hire a professional for your water damage needs. SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring have the expertise and equipment to restore your home, business, or commercial property quickly. Our water removal and clean-up approach emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end. Your home may need construction work, and we can simplify the restoration process by handling the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Call us today at 301-530-7400 or 301-588-2240.

Fire Damage from Dryer Vents and Ducts

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

A picture containing text, indoor Learning about dryer vents and ducts safety can prevent your home from experiencing fire damage

Cleaning the lint buildup in your dryer vents and ducts reduces the risk of home dryer-related fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters across the country respond to about 13,820 home fires caused by dryers every year. SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring can help clean dryer vents and ducts that have lint buildup. Keeping your air vents and ducts clean can extend the life of the equipment, save you money, and prevent a fire. Keep reading to learn a few simple tips you can take to help prevent a clothes dryer fire.

Tips for Keeping Your Vents Cleaned:

  • Clean the lint from the dryer’s lint screen after every load.
  • Do not use your dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent flap opens correctly and is not restricted by potential obstacles.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with ridges. They can allow lint to build up at low points and trap lint in the ridges.
  • In addition to self-cleaning your dryer, hire a certified technician to conduct dryer vent and duct cleanings to ensure proper cleaning.

Fire Damage Restoration in Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, & Silver Spring

It is essential to take care of your dryer vents and ducts for the safety of your home. When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. Contact SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring to get the team that’s faster to any size disaster. We help give control back to homeowners, property managers, & our local communities. If you experience a fire caused by your dryer or any other appliances in your home, call us at 301-530-7400 or 301-588-2240.

Storm Safety Spring Thunderstorms

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Spring is finally here, and we are starting to experience warmer temperatures. A common spring weather hazard is a thunderstorm. Thunderstorms can produce a combination of large hail, damaging winds, and flash floods. Keep reading to learn more about thunderstorms and how they can impact your home, business, or commercial building.

Signs of Approaching Thunderstorms:

  • Increasing winds
  • Sound of thunder
  • Flashing of lightning

When are thunderstorms likely to happen?

Thunderstorms are not uncommon in the Bethesda, Potomac, Chevy Chase, and Silver Spring regions. Thunderstorms are most likely to occur during the spring and summer months. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, thunderstorms can occur year-round and are more likely to occur during the afternoon and evening hours. 

Thunderstorm Safety Tips for Your Home

During a thunderstorm, homes or businesses are subjected to flash flooding, lightning strikes, and large hail. To stay safe during a thunderstorm event, get to shelter, have a plan, and stay indoors. The following are safety tips to strengthen your home or business:

  • To protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system.
  • Cut down or trim down trees that may fall on your home.
  • Install a backup generator.
  • Close all windows, doors, and garage doors when lighting is in the area.

SERVPRO Storm Damage Team

Regardless of the weather season, SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring provide Storm Damage Restoration services that will help return your home or business to its pre-existing state. Team Hargrove has the experience and equipment to help with your clean-up, restoration, and construction needs. Our local office provides 24-hour Emergency Service call SERVPRO of Bethesda/Potomac and SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring at 301-530-7400 or 301-588-2240. Our certified technicians can help make it "Like it never even happened."