Recent Water Damage Posts

Water Damage to Your Commercial Roof

11/10/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage roof It is important to learn ways to spot water damage in commercial properties' roofing.

As they say, “out of sight, out of mind.” Roof damage is difficult to detect for precisely this reason. Since we can’t see our roofs, how can we possibly know if it experiences damage? Today’s blog will focus on spotting water damage in commercial properties' roofing. Knowing what to look for on both the inside and outside when inspecting your commercial property’s roof can help prevent the problem from festering and causing further damage.

Interior Indicators

On the inside of your property, there are several things you can look for as indicators of water damage. First, be on the lookout for any leaks or spaces where water is accumulating. You may even see water spots on the ceiling, which are areas of discoloration and are often damp to the touch. Lastly, if you see or smell mold, this can be a sign that mold is growing as a result of a roof leak, caused by roof damage.

Exterior Indicators

On the exterior of your property, when inspecting your roof, you may find cracks and tears, which are typically the result of aging. Water can seep into these small areas of damage. Additionally, if you spot puddles of water on your commercial property’s roof, it may be indicative of an issue with your roof’s draining system. This is not a problem to ignore, as the water must move or else, your property will be at risk of roof and water damage. Finally, if water is visibly leaking into the seams of your roof, which can occur when your roof seams loosen, be sure to get professional help right away. The more proactive you can be and the sooner you can take action after spotting a problem, the better you can avoid sizable roof damage and repairs.

Call SERVPRO Team Wall with Water and Roof Damage

For more information about our Commercial Restoration and Building Services, you can visit our website or give us a call at (410) 229-0012 to speak with one of our knowledgeable SERVPRO Team Wall team members. On our website, you can also learn more about the Water and Storm Damage Restoration that we offer in the event that any of the aforementioned topics in this blog occur on your commercial property. At the first sign of damage, don’t hesitate. Call SERVPRO Team Wall for trustworthy, professional service. We’re committed to making it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Emergency Preparedness with SERVPRO

8/19/2022 (Permalink)

Storm approaching It is imperative that your home or business is prepared for whatever mother nature has in store.

As we near September, which is National Preparedness Month, it is imperative that your home or business is prepared for whatever mother nature has in store. Right now, we find ourselves in the middle of hurricane season, which lasts from June 1st-November 30th this year. NOAA also tells us that thunderstorms and severe weather are more likely this time of year due to summer’s heat and humidity. All this considered, it is proactive to have an emergency plan in place before the storm strikes and what better way to be prepared than getting acquainted with SERVPRO Team Wall’s Storm Damage Restoration capabilities ahead of time? Keep reading for 3 reasons why you can trust SERVPRO to help your property stay prepared for any emergency that comes your way.

1. We Provide 24/7 Emergency Service

Even with forecasting, no one can predict the precise moment when a disastrous storm, flood, or any weather emergency will reach your home or business. Additionally, there’s no way of telling exactly how a storm will impact your property. SERVPRO Team Wall works around these uncertainties, as we are available to be of assistance to you 24/7, 365 days a year. No matter the day or time, you can count on us to be there for you and your property.

2. We’re a Team of Highly Trained Technicians

Our team is composed of professionals with years of training and expertise in storm damage restoration. Additionally, we have the equipment necessary to provide thorough cleanup services to fully restore your home or business to its preloss condition. Our top priority is helping you get things back to normal as quickly as possible following a storm damage emergency.

3. We Are #1 in the Storm Damage and Flood Cleanup and Restoration Industry

Being #1 in the storm damage and flood cleanup and restoration industry, we are trusted industry leaders upon whom you can always rely to thoroughly restore your residential or commercial property after a storm of any kind. With more than 2,000 locations across the country, we have the resources necessary to handle storm damage emergencies of any size. Our professional technicians have experience restoring hospitals, universities and government facilities. We also provide full-service restoration, as we are capable of handling construction services in addition to storm damage restoration. Check out our Building Services to learn more.

Have an Emergency? Call SERVPRO Team Wall today or visit our website’s Storm Damage Restoration overview page to find more information about our Large-Loss/Disaster Recovery Team, Water Restoration Process, and Commercial Storm Damage services.

Why Your HVAC Unit Is Leaking and What You Can Do

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Leaking HVAC unit If your HVAC system starts leaking, you may have a few questions.

Every summer, HVAC units and, specifically, air conditioning systems, fight the heat, working overtime to facilitate the flow of cool air throughout homes and businesses. If your HVAC system starts leaking, you may have a few questions, like: 

  • Why is my HVAC unit leaking?
  • Can I keep using my HVAC while it is leaking?
  • What should I do if I notice my HVAC leaking?

In today’s blog, we’ll answer all three of these questions.

Why Is My HVAC Unit Leaking?

There are many reasons as to why your HVAC unit might start leaking. During the summer, high humidity levels can cause an accumulation of excess moisture from condensation, overwhelming your drain pan and causing an overflow. Additionally, if your drain line becomes clogged for any reason with debris or mold, it can back up and prevent water from draining out of your property. In this situation, it is best to call a professional for help in unclogging the line. It is also possible that your filter is dirty. Lastly, it is possible for your HVAC unit to leak as the result of an aging, damaged, or broken drain pan or pump.

Can I Keep Using My HVAC Unit?

While your HVAC unit will not completely stop working when it begins leaking, more damage can be caused to the unit itself and surrounding walls, ceilings, and furniture if you continue using it. Another consequence is mold growth, which may result from the leaking water.

What Can I Do?

There are several preventative measures that you can take in order to decrease the chances of your HVAC system leaking. The most important of these measures is scheduling regular, frequent inspections and maintenance by an HVAC professional. Additionally, especially during the summer months, you can monitor humidity levels inside of your home or business in order to ensure that they do not become so high that they cause a buildup of moisture. However, in the event that you discover a leak originating from your HVAC unit, be sure to turn off the unit immediately and call a professional.

We Are HVAC Professionals

During any HVAC malfunction or water damage emergency, know that SERVPRO Team Wall is here to help. HVAC professionals and water damage restoration experts, our team members regularly inspect HVAC units and perform reliable water damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties. Visit our website to learn more about our HVAC Cleaning services, in addition to our residential Water Damage Restoration services, Commercial Water Damage Restoration services, Water Restoration Process, and Water Damage Tips. Upon first discovery of water damage or a leak, call SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County at (410) 229-0012 right away.

Highlighting Our Storm and Water Damage Restoration Services

6/16/2022 (Permalink)

Storm damage No job is too large or too small for our storm damage restoration and construction professionals, and our exceptional techniques and equipment.

When we say, “no matter the disaster,” we mean any disaster under the sun (or storm cloud, for that matter). No job is too large or too small for SERVPRO Team Wall, our storm damage restoration and construction professionals, and our exceptional techniques and equipment. Severe storms, whether they be long storms that leave a trail of damage in their paths or short yet strong storms that wreak havoc on a small area, SERVPRO Team Wall is standing by and ready to help make it “Like it never even happened” for your residential or commercial property. 

Our Services Are Full Capacity

When you recruit SERVPRO Team Wall’s help after a storm emergency, know that we are full-capacity, meaning that we are prepared to handle the job from start to finish. Oftentimes, after a destructive storm, your home or business may require construction work in order for it to return to its preloss condition and function properly. By offering construction services alongside storm damage restoration, we can simplify the process of restoring your property. Think about it this way- having only one qualified company to supervise and carry out every part of the process benefits your peace of mind and keeps the cost low. Learn more about our Storm Damage Restoration services, construction capabilities, and Building Services on our website or give us a call at (410) 229-0012.

Expertise Cultivated Through Experience

SERVPRO Team Wall’s experience in storm damage restoration doesn’t stop with the Mid-Atlantic region. Rather, our team has traveled across the country to serve our customers near and far. With access to SERVPRO’s network of SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams, we can access resources from a network of thousands of franchises across the country. The storm damage specialists on our team possess the experience and extensive training necessary to get your home or business back up and running quickly after any emergency. Specifically, SERVPRO Team Wall has experience restoring homes and businesses affected by storms and flooding in the aftermath of numerous hurricanes, including Sandy, Matthew, Irma, Harvey, and Lee. Additionally, we have assisted homes and businesses recovering from flooding situations in Kentucky, Ohio, and North Carolina, as well as freeze losses resulting from winter storms in Massachusetts, New York and Maine. Put simply, no matter where your property is located, SERVPRO is nearby and ready to help in any way we can 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Need to Know About Mold This Summer

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth Mold thrives in warm environments, so summer and its temperature changes make for a particularly fruitful time for mold growth.

Summer is almost here, and with all the fun that entails, it is important to understand that it is also a time of year in which mold growth is more likely to occur. Why is that? During the summer, there is often increased humidity, which means that there is more moisture in the air and on surfaces. Mold also thrives in warm environments, so summer and its temperature changes make for a particularly fruitful time for mold growth. Today, we’ll introduce you to three of the most common types of mold in homes and share with you the ways in which we care for them.

Categories of Mold

Three different types of mold that are most commonly found in homes are alternaria, stachybotrys (black mold), and cladosporium. Alternaria is the most common variety of allergenic mold. Water damaged and damp areas within the home, such as showers, bathtubs, and leaking sinks, are prone to the growth of Alternaria if preventative measures are not taken. Black mold, stachybotrys, appears black, as its name suggests, and is commonly found in damp areas, as well as the spaces around ventilation systems if they leak during the summer. Lastly, Cladosporium is usually blue/green to brown or black in color and can be found on decaying plant surfaces.

How We Care for Mold & Our 5 Principles of Mold Remediation

Here at SERVPRO, we abide by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification’s S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. The IICRC outlines three condition levels for mold remediation, which include: 1) Normal Fungal Ecology, 2) Settled Spores, and 3) Actual Growth. Our primary focus when handling mold is containment, as we aim to prevent spread. Through the use of advanced technologies like negative air chambers, which isolate the affected area with negative air pressure and physical barriers, prevent mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. Additionally, we ensure thorough results through our 5 principles of mold remediation: 

  1. Safety and Health
  2. Documentation
  3. Control Contaminants
  4. Remove the Contamination
  5. Correct the Moisture Problem

We also consult an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP), who conducts final clearance testing as soon as the moisture problem is corrected.

Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation Services This Summer

If your residential or commercial property experiences mold growth this summer, look no further than SERVPRO. For more information about SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall’s professional mold remediation, check out our web pages dedicated to specific topics, like Commercial Mold Remediation and Mold Restoration Process, or call your local office of SERVPRO Team Wall, SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County, at (410) 229-0012. Trust SERVPRO for thorough and reliable mold remediation services that make your emergency “Like it never even happened.”

From Restoration to Construction: We Do It All

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

Senior Living Center Facility As illustrated in our work with this senior living center facility, the services that we offer cater to both restoration and construction needs.

Here at SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall, we never miss an opportunity to stress the fact that we are capable of handling the entire job from start to finish, as we provide top-of-the-line restoration and construction services alike. In this blog, we’re highlighting a long-term job in which our team has been able to help our customer restore their property to its preloss condition through both Water Damage Restoration and Construction services.

The Details

When the sprinkler system inadvertently went off and flooded all three levels of a full wing of a senior living center’s facility in Baltimore, it was clear that the restoration job was going to be extensive. The customer immediately called us for help and our crew was able to arrive at the job site within two hours, ready to get to work with our professional mitigation and emergency services. Throughout the water damage mitigation process, we also spent time removing and safely storing contents from the affected seniors’ rooms in order to prevent additional water damage. The scope of this project was colossal, evident in the fact that we had anywhere between 40-50 crew members working at any one time throughout the project. In addition to water damage restoration, our work included a wide variety of rebuild services, such as full floor replacement, new carpet installation, new coats of paint for affected walls, and more. This has been a full-fledged reconstruction project, but thanks to our team’s hustle, expertise, and experience, we were able to move some residents back into their rooms within two weeks. 

We Do It All

As illustrated in our work with this senior living center facility, the services that we offer, both emergency and non-emergency, satisfy three categories: Restoration Services, Cleaning Services, and Industry Technology. Our restoration services tend to Water, Fire, Mold, and Storm Damage mitigation, as well as sewage clean up & removal and even Temporary power, heat, & A/C. Biohazard Removal, Carpet Cleaning and Reinstallation, and COVID-19 Virus Disinfection are just three of the many Cleaning Services that we offer here at SERVPRO Team Wall. Lastly, Industry Technology refers to our advanced technological resources, including Docusketch/Matterport, Assured Pack Out, Moisture Mapper/MICA, and Restoration Manager, which all aid in quickly and thoroughly assessing and completing the job according to customers’ unique needs. The moral of the story? SERVPRO has your back until the very end, which means that you don’t need to waste time finding someone else to handle any reconstruction needs that your property may require, saving you time and money. 

Call SERVPRO for Advanced Restoration and Reconstruction Services

No job is too big for SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall. All three of SERVPRO Team Wall’s offices, including SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County, SERVPRO of Harrisburg West, and SERVPRO of Metro Pittsburgh East, form a partnership that increases our accessibility to equipment and resources. If your property requires restoration and reconstruction services, look no further than SERVPRO. Call us today at (410) 229-0012 to speak with one of our experts. For more information about our Commercial Restoration and Building Services, check out the rest of our website. We look forward to helping our customers make it “Like it never even happened,” after any disaster.

Water Damage Timeline: An Overview

2/24/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage Water damage is an especially destructive and invasive type of emergency.

In our business, the restoration industry, we deal with dire situations day in and day out that require immediate attention and action. In particular, water damage is an especially destructive and invasive type of emergency. In order to prevent the water from spreading throughout your home or business, becoming absorbed into a variety of surfaces, SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall can always be relied upon to arrive on site and initiate the water extraction process as soon as possible. Have you ever wondered what happens if you let water damage sit on its own for extended periods of time? In this blog, we’ll illustrate just how devastating water left alone can be for residential and commercial properties alike by sharing our Water Damage Timeline, which breaks down damage that can be sustained in mere minutes, a day, more than 2 days, and more than a week:

In Minutes

When water sits untouched for a period of minutes, the water is already spreading and becoming absorbed into surfaces such as floors, walls, and upholstery, as well as your home or business’ belongings. In this time frame, the water’s infiltration into furniture and upholstery can cause dyes to bleed and eventually stain other surfaces and upholstery. If the water gets to other items like books, paper, or photographs, swelling and warping can occur. 

1 Hour - 1 Day:

After 60 minutes have passed, drywall begins to swell and eventually break down. Additionally, furniture may also swell and crack, while metal surfaces tend to tarnish. Stains on carpeting and upholstery continue to deepen and spread. Lastly, the emergence of a musty odor is not uncommon during this period.

2 Days - 1 Week:

During this time window, there is a dangerously increased risk for biohazard contamination. Your property may experience the growth and spread of mold and mildew, which can pose serious consequences to structures and anyone inhabiting or frequenting the property. Mold may also begin to grow on furniture and other wet surfaces. Wood flooring is also significantly impacted during this time frame, as it may swell and warp, risking ruin. 

After 1 Week

Once a week has passed without restoration efforts, the cost and overall scope of the restoration necessary to salvage the property drastically increase. It is likely that contaminated materials, including walls, floors, and other surfaces, would not be salvageable and therefore, they would require replacement. Additionally, structural elements may require rebuilding, which can be an expensive process. In this scenario, occupants of the property are at risk of danger due to biohazard contaminants, unsafe structural, and mold growth.

Call SERVPRO Immediately 

Based on this information, it is obvious that water damage restoration services are absolutely necessary as soon as possible following the discovery of water in your home or commercial property. Be sure to call SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall and SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County immediately at (410) 229-0012 for professional Water Damage Restoration Services for residential and commercial properties alike. SERVPRO Team Wall is committed to restoring your home or commercial property to its preloss condition, no matter how big or small the damage. On our website, you can read more about our trusted Water Damage Restoration Process, which has allowed us to help make water damage “Like it never even happened,” for multitudes of customers over the years. You can even find our best tips for ways to deal with a water damage emergency before help arrives.

Snowmelt Flooding: What You Need to Know

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

Snow melting Flooding from snowmelt is most likely when the soil is already highly saturated prior to the snow event.

This winter has already dumped a fair amount of snow onto Hunt Valley, Harford County, and the greater Baltimore area. All the while, there will surely be more snow in store for us before the season’s end, which means that we must be prepared for the possibility of flooding from snow melt. Flooding can cause significant water damage, which can be expensive, risk devastation to your home or business and its contents, and cause a host of other issues, including mold growth and structural problems. In order to most effectively protect your home or business, it is critical to understand what flooding specifically resulting from snow melt entails and how to best prepare.

What is a Snowmelt Flood? 

According to, “A flood is considered a snowmelt flood when melting snow is a major source of the water involved.” They go on to explain that whereas rain immediately soaks into soil upon impact, moisture from snowfall takes longer to make its way into the soil, as it must first melt back into water. Once melted, this water either saturates the ground or it accumulates above ground as runoff, with the latter of which resulting in flooding. Flooding from snowmelt is most likely when the soil is already highly saturated prior to the snow event, perhaps due to frozen ground, heavy rain, or snowfall in the days preceding the storm or during the melting period, which leaves little room for water to melt into the ground, resulting in increased runoff. This type of flooding is not rare either, as it occurs yearly in the U.S. As a matter of fact, shares that “eight of the most significant floods of the 20th century (in terms of area affected, property damage, and deaths) were related to snowmelt.”

How Should You Prepare?

First thing’s first- move that snow! Be sure to remove any snow from your roof and shovel snow at least 4-6 ft away from the perimeter of your property as best you can when it is safe to do so. Inside, you can proactively prepare for flooding by moving valuables away from the ground. It may be beneficial to store important items in water-tight containers or move valuable items out of the basement entirely, opting to store them on higher levels of your property that are less vulnerable to flooding. At the very least, the best step that you can take is creating an emergency plan that can be implemented in the event of a flood. It all starts with a phone call to SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall.

Experiencing Snowmelt Flooding? Call SERVPRO

Flooding is rare and therefore, it often comes as a shock. In the event of an emergency, take comfort in knowing that SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall is always ready to help no matter the time of year, the size of the flood, or even the time of day. We offer Water Damage Restoration Services, both residential and commercial, as a part of our 24-Hour Emergency Service. Call your local SERVPRO Team Wall office, SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County, at (410) 229-0012 and trust our water damage restoration experts to make your property’s water damage “Like it never even happened.” Check out our website for more information about our Water Damage Restoration Process and the ways in which we commit ourselves to properly caring for your water damaged belongings.

Moments After a Flood: What Should You Do?

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

Mops At the first notice of flooding or water accumulation in your home or business, don’t wait - call SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall.

Flooding is a stressful event for any homeowner or business owner and, after dealing with the initial shock and realization that a flood has occurred, it may be difficult to determine what to do immediately after in order to best prevent water damage. In this blog, we will break down our Water Damage Tips, which can help you understand what you can do to protect your home or business when disaster strikes. 

What To Do After a Flood

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting in order to prevent further water damage
  • Remove art objects and relocate them to a safe, dry place

What NOT To Do After a Flood

  • Don’t leave items on wet surfaces. Instead, move them to dry spaces or hang them outside to dry
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use any items that require electricity, including your television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and if the ceiling is sagging in any rooms, move to a safer area

Call SERVPRO For Immediate Water Damage Restoration

At the first notice of flooding or water accumulation in your home or business, don’t wait - call SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team - Team Wall. Contact SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County, which is your local SERVPRO Team Wall location, by picking up the phone and talking to one of our knowledgeable team members at (410) 229-0012. You can learn more about our residential and commercial Water Damage Services on our website. Additionally, you can find information about the ways in which we care for your water damaged belongings and our 24-Hour Emergency Service, which ensures that your property receives professional attention as soon as possible after an emergency. Trust SERVPRO to make your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

3 Reasons Why You Need a Mold Damage Restoration Professional

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

Moldy wall Our mold damage professionals are trained to both remove current mold growth and prevent future mold infestations.

Due to its potentially negative effects on the health of those living in your home, mold damage inside of your property can be alarming and you will want to get rid of it as soon as possible. Mold growth stems from an abundance of water and moisture in your home. In order to ensure that your home and those living in it are best protected from the harmful effects of mold and water damage, it is important to enlist the assistance of a mold damage restoration professional. In this blog, we’ll explore three reasons to hire a mold damage restoration professional:

Effective Mold Removal is Difficult and Complicated

In order to safely remove mold, the correct tools as well as expertise are required. Trying to remove mold growth on your own can lead to illness or even increase the probability of the mold spreading to other areas of your home. As a result, professional mold damage removal services are non-negotiable when a mold infestation occurs in your home.

Professionals Can Identify the Source and Cause of the Mold Growth

Mold damage professionals are equipped with extensive training that allows them to assess your mold situation upon their arrival onsite. A professional can identify the source of the mold growth, as well as the cause of the infestation, which are two critical pieces of information that will lend a hand in the prevention of further mold-related issues. 

Prevent Future Mold Infestations

Instead of treating your residential property’s mold situation as a one-and-done scenario, our team of mold remediation specialists aim to decrease the probability of future mold growth situations. Our mold damage professionals are trained to both remove current mold growth and prevent future mold infestations in order to best protect your home from the negative effects of mold growth. 

Trust SERVPRO’s Team of Mold Damage Restoration Professionals

Residential mold growth is not a situation to take lightly. Our mold damage restoration professionals here at SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County are highly skilled, work with the best equipment, and have undergone rigorous training. Read about our Mold Damage Remediation and Restoration Services on our website and check out some of our other blogs dealing with the subject of mold, including “The Need to Know on Mold”, “Bathroom Mold”, and “Black Mold in the Shower.” If you discover mold growth in your residential property, call SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County at (410) 229-0012 immediately for mold damage remediation and restoration services that will make your home’s mold situation “Like it never even happened.”

Our Top Hurricane Season Tips

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Waves The risk of water damage from hurricanes can be decreased when additional safety and preventative measures are put into place.

As we near the end of August, we find ourselves in the middle of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which began on June 1st and stretches until November 30th. Preparing your property, whether it be residential or commercial, is difficult during any given year due to a variety of factors. This year brings its own set of challenges, as NOAA has predicted a strong hurricane season yet again this year and there is a 60% chance that this season will be above-average. While they do not believe that the 2021 hurricane season will be as strong as the disastrous season of 2020, the risk of damage can be decreased when additional safety and preventative measures are put into place. In this blog, we’ll share a few tips about ways in which you can protect your residential or commercial property from water damage caused by hurricanes during this unique year.

Hurricane Season Preparation Tips

Create a Hurricane Emergency Kit

Having an emergency kit for hurricanes is a beneficial tool for your home or business. provides a thorough list of items to include in your emergency kit, including water, food, flashlights, maps, and portable cell phone chargers. When designing an emergency kit, consider creating three kits so that they can be stored in three different locations: Home, work, and in your car. In this way, you can take comfort in knowing that wherever you happen to be when disaster strikes, you will have access to the tools that you need.

Utilize Resources from FEMA

The United States’ Federal Emergency Management Agency, better known as FEMA, offers a plethora of online resources to help homes and businesses alike prepare for hurricane season. One tool that we would like to highlight is FEMA’s Mobile App, which places you in touch with the information that you need in the event that a hurricane is imminent. For example, the app will send you live updates from the National Weather Service, locate nearby centers for disaster recovery, and provide hurricane safety tips.

Experience Water Damage This Hurricane Season? You Know Who To Call

When a hurricane strikes the Hunt Valley and Harford County area, as with any other weather-related event, it is difficult to know exactly what to expect in terms of damage to your property. Luckily, SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County possesses years of experience in Storm Damage Restoration and is a proud member of SERVPRO’s national Large Loss Disaster Recovery Team. No matter the scope of your home or business’ storm damage, SERVPRO is ready to help with advanced training and resources. Call us today at (410) 229-0012 or visit our website to learn more about our Commercial Storm Damage Restoration Services and to read more of our Water & Storm Damage Tips.

Job of the Quarter: Water Loss Close to Home

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded warehouse Our team got to work pushing water out of the bay doors and into drains only 30 minutes after we initially received word of the flood.

The following blog is an excerpt from our upcoming newsletter:

The “Job of the Quarter” article in our quarterly newsletters is characteristically devoted to highlighting a job that our team responded to away from home, whether it be another location within our community or another region of the country altogether. This quarter, however, our standout job did not require our crew to travel at all. As a matter of fact, the job in question occurred right here in our own Hunt Valley office and warehouse.

Strong storms rolled through the area during the evening of Thursday, June 3rd. While office manager, Tracy Summers, was working late in the office and Water Crew Technician, Brian Rhodes, was preparing to head home for the night, they discovered water rushing into the warehouse due to the heavy rain. Entering through our warehouse’s closed bay doors, the rainwater quickly became a significant concern. In just one hour, we received almost 4 inches of rain. Thanks to Tracy and Brian’s quick thinking, they were able to get people in to help that evening, which prevented us from discovering an overwhelming water loss the next morning. 

The process of remediating the water damage that we had endured was no small feat, as a large area of the warehouse was covered by approximately 1 inch of water and several other areas of our office, including the main entry hallway, main conference room, and a few individual offices, were also affected by the water. According to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s categories of water involved in water damage, the water damage in our warehouse and office fell under Category 3, which is the most significantly contaminated, as it often contains “harmful pathogens'' and poses risks to human health. Therefore, it was critical that our team remediated the area quickly and safely.

Our team got to work pushing water out of the bay doors and into drains by 5:30 PM, only 30 minutes after we initially received word of the flood. Working quickly, we were able to successfully extract all of the water, cut walls, remove wet insulation, and set up drying equipment by 10 PM that evening. This was made possible by the help of about 20 crew members working late into the night. Even after the water was extracted, several members of our rebuild team worked to complete drywall and painting. By Tuesday, June 15th, work on all of the projects was finished and the affected area looked as good as new.

Making it “Like it never even happened,” for our customers and getting the job done quickly are hallmarks of every job that we complete. However, what makes this job worthy of our “Job of the Quarter” title is that it happened on our own turf, a place in which we don’t usually directly experience the stress of water damage and its possible impacts on our office’s schedule. Our team had to deal with an overwhelming amount of water and was faced with the task of removing and repacking contents from boxes that got wet in our office, while juggling an influx of calls from customers due to the storm. In order to get the job done and keep up with our clients’ needs, many of our team members made the selfless decision to turn around and head back to the office after arriving home from a long day of work. Our team members’ dedication incontrovertibly saved the day. 

In order to best serve our customers, it is critical that we first know how to handle an emergency on our home turf. The storm that moved through our community that Thursday night inundated our office with calls from customers in need of immediate help. Our ability to deal with a crisis in our offices and warehouse while simultaneously responding to those in need in our community emphasizes our persistence and determination to be there for our community at all times. Here at SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County, we know firsthand the disruptions to business that damage of any kind can bring, whether it be flooding from a storm or scorched documents after a fire. Therefore, when you call our offices at (410) 229-0012 in need of a helping hand after a disaster of any type or size, our team will arrive immediately, ready to work quickly to make it “Like it never even happened,” for your home or commercial business. Visit our website to learn more about our many services that can be of assistance to your property, such as our Water Damage Restoration Services, Storm Damage Restoration Services, Commercial Storm Damage Restoration Services, and more.

Navigating the 3 Types of Water Damage

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

The phrase “water damage” is an umbrella term that describes a variety of different situations and conditions. Every incident involving water is unique and its resulting water damage varies. It may come as a surprise that even the water itself can be categorized into a variety of classifications. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification details three different “Categories of Water” that are involved in water damage in homes and businesses alike. In this blog, we’ll break down these three categories of water, which can help you assess the severity of any water damage that should occur in your home or business.

The IICRC’s 3 Categories of Water

The three water categories presented by the IICRC in its S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration” article aim to classify water by its contamination level, “considering both its originating source and quality after it contacts materials present on the job site.” The document also asserts that the amplification of the water’s contamination level can be increased or decreased by both time and temperature.

Category 1- Clean Water

Water that is classified as Category 1 is commonly referred to as “clean water,” as the water’s source is sanitary and does not pose any risks from exposure. Category 1 water examples may include melting ice or snow, rainwater, and broken water supply lines. While it does not appear as though Category 1 water poses a significant risk, this water can deteriorate depending on how long microorganisms remain wet after exposure and the environment’s temperature. If the water develops an odor, its sanitation has likely worsened, dropping its classification to category 2.

Category 2- Gray Water

When water falls under Category 2, it is significantly contaminated. Upon exposure or consumption, humans can experience symptoms ranging from discomfort to sickness. A wide variety of circumstances fall under Category 2, including common household water damage situations like dishwasher discharge, washing machine overflow, and toilet bowl overflows. Category 2 water also includes a few surprises, such as punctured water beds and broken aquariums. Like Category 1 water, this water can also deteriorate to Category 3, also known as “black water.”

Category 3- Black Water

The most severely contaminated category of water according to the IICRC, Category 3 water, is commonly known as “black water.” Water of this category is “grossly contaminated,” according to the IICRC, and sometimes contains pathogens, toxins, or other “harmful agents.” Category 2 water is known to occasionally cause health concerns, but upon contacting or consuming Category 3 water, humans can experience very serious health concerns. Types of water that fall under this category include sewage, flooding that originates from seawater and rivers, as well as wind-driven rain from tropical storms or hurricanes. It is important to understand that Category 3 water is capable of carrying harmful substances like toxins and pesticides, so it is best to allow a professional to handle the situation.

We Have the Expertise That You Need

Our team of water damage professionals at SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County abides by the IICRC’s S500 Standards, as every team member undergoes training with SERVPRO Industries Inc., an IICRC-approved school. When you call us at (410) 229-0012, our team will arrive onsite immediately, identify the category of water damage onsite, and tailor the water damage restoration services to your home or business’ specific needs in accordance with industry guidelines. Additionally, we offer unique services, such as Sewage Cleanup for different categories of water scenarios. To learn more about our water damage restoration team’s qualifications and the Water Damage Restoration Services that we offer, be sure to check out our Water Brochure.

The Need to Know on Mold

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in Bathroom Mold in Bathroom. Source: Unsplash.

Mold is a common issue in residential homes and businesses alike. Because mold problems and infestations are somewhat frequent occurrences, it is beneficial to gain a thorough understanding of what mold is, how it spreads, how it can be contained, and what we here at SERVPRO can do to help.

The Biology of Mold

Mold is a type of fungus and is more specifically classified as saprophyte. We know that there are at least 20,000 different species of mold, but there may be even more. Deriving the nutrients it needs to survive from organic matter that has decomposed, mold grows on various different types of surfaces, branching out in order to spread. These branches are called hyphae.

5 Common Types of Mold in Buildings

There are five different varieties of mold that can grow on indoor surfaces inside of buildings. The first is penicillium, which is often blue or green in color and has a texture similar to velvet. Aspergillus tends to grow in oxygen-rich environments. A third variety, chaetomium, usually takes on a cotton-like texture. On fabrics, cladosporium is the most common variety of mold that will grow. Lastly, the fifth variety is stachybotrys, which tends to grow in areas that are high in humidity and damp.

Containing the Spread of Spores

While it’s impossible to completely get rid of mold because there has always been some mold in the air and on surfaces, mold remediation seeks to contain mold spores in order to prevent mold issues from reaching extreme levels of severity. Mold begins as small spores, but its structure is capable of holding thousands more spores. Aerosolization, or any event that causes airflow to pick up mold spores, facilitates the spread of mold. When remediating mold infestations, it is critical to prevent the spread of mold spores to other, clean areas as best as possible. Therefore, we utilize advanced containment procedures, such as negative air chambers, to contain areas contaminated by mold through the use of physical barriers while we clean affected areas.

Why Should We Be So Worried About Mold?

Some types of mold, like Penicillin or bleu cheese, are not a cause for concern. Bad molds, on the other hand, can cause health effects. Additionally, while large colonies of mold become visible to the eye, mold is generally an enemy that we cannot see, making it difficult to know if materials in your home or business are contaminated.

Mold in Buildings

When buildings become infested with mold, “sick building syndrome” (or SBS), in which occupants of the building experience minor health effects that result from spending time in the building, sometimes occurs. These problems can worsen over time if air circulation is lacking in the building or the building is not being properly maintained. Above all else, HVAC systems often serve as the impetus of mold growth in buildings. Mold can quickly and easily grow in the malfunctioning drain pans, filters, and piping of HVAC systems if they are not maintained and if mold grows in HVAC systems, they double as a delivery service, spreading mold spores throughout the building.

Mold Growth Requirements

In order for mold to grow successfully, several factors are required to be present. These include mold spores first and foremost, an organic material to serve as a food source, a temperature between 32 and 122 degrees fahrenheit, water or moisture, and as little as two days’ time. In terms of organic matter, mold can feed on wood, paper, drywall, insulation, paints, starch in wallpaper paste, and caulk, just to name a few surfaces.

Preventing Mold Growth

When preventing mold growth, the response to water damage must be immediate and moisture is the most critical factor to get under control?. Often, it is more beneficial to mitigate than to remediate? mold-damaged areas. There are also several things that building owners and occupants can do to prevent mold growth. These actions include frequently surveying areas that are often overlooked, such as dishwashers, ice maker connections, washing machine connections, shower doors, and space behind the dishwasher. Additionally, washing machine connections should be replaced every 5 years. Ultimately, good ventilation, maintaining a dry environment, limiting food sources for mold, and utilizing fungicides and biocides all help in preventing mold growth in homes and businesses.

Mold Remediation Basics

Here at SERVPRO, we follow the IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. There are three condition levels for mold remediation as stated by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. Condition 1 is Normal Fungal Ecology, which describes an indoor environment that may contain spores or traces of growth that are characteristic of a natural environment. Condition 2 is Settled Spores, indicating that indoor areas have undergone secondary contamination from settled spores. Lastly, Condition 3 is Actual Growth, in which the indoor environment is contaminated with actual mold growth.

Our 5 Principles of Mold Remediation

As we explained earlier, our primary concern when working with mold is containment in order to prevent further spread. We achieve successful containment through the use of negative air chambers, which are used to isolate the area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to prevent mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. ?In order to ensure the best results, we adhere to 5 principles of mold remediation:

  • Safety and Health;
  • Documentation;
  • Control Contaminants;
  • Remove the Contamination;
  • and Correct the Moisture Problem.

    As soon as the moisture problem has been corrected, an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) conducts final clearance testing, surveying all Condition 3 and Condition 2 areas as suggested by the IICRC S250 Standard in order to make certain that all areas have returned to Condition 1 before containment can be removed.

Have a Mold Problem? Call SERVPRO

Learn more about our Mold Remediation and Restoration Services by clicking here and in the event that your home or business experiences mold growth of any capacity, call SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County at (410) 229-0012 immediately for trustworthy and efficient mold remediation services. Check out our website to read more about our Commercial Mold Remediation Services, as well as our Mold Remediation Process.

Storm Recap: Winter Storm Uri

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

This February, our team went head-to-head with Winter Storm Uri after it made its mark on Texas and Oklahoma. In this article, we’d like to share some experiences from the various job sites, as well as testimonials from our crew members describing their most meaningful moments from the Winter Storm Uri experience.

“We had the privilege of travelling to Oklahoma and Texas to assist local franchises, residents, and businesses affected by winter storm Uri.  Team Wall had participation from all three of our offices.  The one thing that stands out to me the most is the teamwork I witnessed between local franchises and our team members from different offices.  We travelled thousands of miles to perform the work and the One Team approach was easily recognizable.  Our teams worked long hours to help homeowners and businesses restore their lives.  Participation and support was needed by the travelling teams as well as those who remained at home to continue servicing our local business.  I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”

- Jim Wall, Owner

“Every storm you go to is different and it’s nice to be out helping. Everybody’s so backed up, so when you go out and help the people, it means a lot.”

- Vinny Matthews, Resource Coordinator

“The satisfaction of knowing our clients are happy and content with the work that we performed makes it all worth it at the end of the day. The support from all aspects of this brand is amazing. This team is united in our efforts to help our clients out in the worst of times.”

- Brian Barry, Fire Production Manager

We’re always grateful for opportunities to get out into the community, no matter we may travel from home, in order to help those in need regain a sense of normalcy after a disaster. Whether it be storm, water, fire, or mold damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County to restore your home or commercial business to its preloss condition. Call us today at (410) 229-0012 for our trusted Storm Restoration Services and Commercial Storm Damage Restoration Services, as well as our professional Building Services, which together cover the entire remediation and rebuild processes that your home or business needs.

Black Mold in the Shower

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

When you’re taking a shower, the last thing you want to see is the detestable substance that you fear to be mold. Mold, which grows and thrives in damp or humid environments, is not uncommon in bathrooms. There are many different types of mold, but perhaps the most feared and dreaded variety is the infamous black mold. Oftentimes, it’s stated that black mold causes health effects, which has made it synonymous with the name “toxic mold”. But, is black mold really as alarming as it’s often depicted? And, either way, what should you do if you discover black mold in your shower?

What is Black Mold?

For a more detailed breakdown of black mold, check out our page “Black Mold, What is It?”.

Black mold, or “Stachybotrys chartarum”, is a variety of mold that is often dark green or black in color. It also releases mycotoxins, which are toxic substances believed to pose effects to health. However, it has not yet been proven that inhaling mold spores directly causes these effects, according to Medical News Today. Many varieties of mold do, however, cause allergies and irritations. Therefore, if you spot black mold or mold of any kind in your shower, it is important to eliminate it as soon as possible in order to limit its health hazards to those living in your home. In order to keep those living in your home safe, don’t attempt to clean or remove the mold on your own, as handling mold is dangerous and requires specialized equipment. Instead, call SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County at (410) 229-0012 immediately for our professional black mold removal and mold remediation services.

Black Mold Infestation in Your Shower

Where does black mold grow? Just like other types of mold, black mold grows in areas with excessive moisture or humidity, making the shower a prime location. You can usually spot black mold in your shower by its black or dark green color and slimy texture. At first sight, you may wonder if there is a treatment for black mold or anything that you can do to prevent the mold growth and its effects. However, it is best to leave the mold alone, as attempting to touch it in any way may facilitate the spread. Upon discovering mold growth that resembles black mold, give us a call.

Preventing Black Mold

There are also several steps that you can take to prevent the growth of black mold in your shower. First, limit the amount of moisture and humidity in your shower by making sure that your bathroom is properly ventilated. This can be achieved by keeping a fan on or window open for the duration of your shower. You can also hinder the accumulation of moisture by drying damp areas or using a squeegee after taking a shower. Lastly, should you discover any broken pipes or leaks in your bathroom or shower, be sure to have them fixed as quickly as possible to avoid mold growth.

Call SERVPRO Today for Professional Mold Remediation

Here at SERVPRO, we know from experience just how quickly a minor mold problem can turn into a dangerous mold infestation. That’s why we’re committed to arriving on the scene immediately, prepared to begin the mold remediation process. With our comprehensive training in water and mold remediation, as well as our advanced mold remediation equipment, we can take on any type of mold problem. By picking up the phone and calling SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County upon first notice of mold growth in your shower, you can protect your home from further mold damage. Check out these articles on our website, Overview of Mold Services and Mold Restoration Process, to learn more about the wide array of mold services that we offer.

What Is A Polar Vortex?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Every winter, the phrase “polar vortex” means suiting up in our warmest winter coats, hats, and gloves. The Polar Vortex refers to a zone of cold air that gravitates toward the Earth’s poles, according to the National Weather Service. We experience the Polar Vortex when that air takes a trip south during the winter via the jet stream, bringing us our own slice of Arctic air. It creates almost unbearable, cold conditions. It may come as a surprise to know that our homes and businesses, too, can suffer from the cold. Just as we need our heavy coats and cozy scarves, our homes and businesses need protection. 

Effects of The Polar Vortex

Our homes and businesses can fall victim to freezing pipes and ice dams, which can both lead to serious water damage, during the “polar vortex” of the winter. It's freezing, Arctic temperatures can cause the water inside of pipes to freeze and expand, which can result in pipes bursting. On the roof, when snow and ice accumulate, ridges of ice can form and block melting snow from leaving the roof. This is called "Ice Damming" and causes water to leak down through the roof and into the home.

How Do I Prepare?

  • Clean snow off of the roof as soon as possible. Be sure to remove any lingering snow or ice from a previous storm off the roof first.
  • Be sure that your attic or top floor is properly insulated before a storm. If your amount of insulation is lacking, adding extra insulation may be helpful.
  • Before a storm, be sure that all pipes are insulated and any cracks are sealed.
  • When temperatures drop, let your faucets drip in order to keep water flowing.
  • Maintain consistent, warm temperatures inside of your home or business. Additionally, make certain that your insulation is sufficient throughout the home or building

Caring For Your Water-Damaged Contents

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO, we know that your home is much more than its physical foundation. Rather, what makes your house your home is its contents- your personal belongings. When your home undergoes water damage, the risk for destruction extends beyond just your property. Your home’s contents, your cherished photographs, furniture, and other personal belongings, can sustain serious water damage as well. By placing more value on restoring than replacing, we believe that it is our responsibility to take the utmost care of not only your property but your personal contents as well. Regardless of the type of water damage that your home has endured, SERVPRO has a contents restoration service that will fit your needs. Continue reading to learn about the different ways in which SERVPRO can protect your belongings.

Contents Restoration

Because every restoration is different, we offer a variety of contents restoration services depending on your individual needs. For example, if there is light residue, we will utilize dry cleaning. Wet cleaning will be used for moderate or heavy residue. Additionally, we often utilize spray and wipe cleaning for any items that cannot withstand wet cleaning and foam cleaning for fabric items. We may also use abrasive cleaning or immersion cleaning, depending on the item affected.

Move-Out and Pack-Out Services

In the event that your home’s contents are in need of substantial cleaning services, it is possible that a move-out of the affected area can be initiated. A move-out can facilitate the remodeling process and protect your belongings from any further damage. Depending on your insurance, move-in day services may vary.

Electronic Cleanup

If your electronic devices have been affected by water damage, it is important that you do not attempt to use them, as the combination of electronics and water can be incredibly dangerous. Electronic devices may include the computer, T.V., or DVD player. Our team will work to clean the exterior of the electronics in order to preserve the insides. Additionally, all impacted electronic devices will be inspected by a professional electronics technician.

Document and Photograph Drying

Physical documents and photographs can be destroyed by water damage, so it is critical that we prevent further damage of any kind. Even if documents can’t be completely restored to their condition before the water damage, our goal is to dry the contents and mitigate the possibility of additional damage. We offer 5 different options for drying services, including air drying, dehumidifier, freezer drying, vacuum freeze drying, and vacuum thermal drying, based on the type of document/photograph and severity of the damage.

Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS)

Here at SERVPRO, we offer Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS for short), which helps limit some of our customers’ feelings of anxiety during such a stressful event. What does our CCIS do? By developing a detailed and thorough list of your belongings, it helps you keep track of all your belongings and the damage that they’ve endured during your water damage emergency. We construct this list by going room by room, making note of each item and its value prior to the water loss through a process of taking photos and sometimes barcoding. These elements ensure that we compile an accurate report of the belongings in your home.

Our CCIS program has many benefits, but the most important perk of all is its ability to give you peace of mind when you need it the most.

Need More Information?

If you’ve experienced water damage and are in need of our services, don’t delay. Pick up the phone and call SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County right now at (410) 229-0012. Have questions about how we care for belongings after water damage? You can click here for an overview of how we care for the items that make your home your own. You can also learn more about our water damage restoration services by clicking here. We understand that the value of your home lies in its contents, so you can trust us to handle them with care and work our hardest to restore any water-damaged belongings to their pre-water damage condition.

Top 3 Sources of Water Damage in the Kitchen

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen sink While water damage can occur anywhere in the home, the kitchen is a particular hot spot.

While water damage can occur anywhere in the home, the kitchen is a particular hot spot. Think about it: kitchens are used daily to cook meals, wash dishes, and so much more. For the majority of the time that you are using the kitchen, most of your activities involve water in some capacity. Knowing where problem spots are in the kitchen can help you know where to keep an eye out for leaks and ultimately, protect your kitchen from the harmful effects of water damage.
Here are the top 3 sources of water damage in the kitchen:
The Dishwasher
Everyday, plates, cups, silverware, and many more kitchen items need to be washed in the dishwasher. This frequent usage increases the chances of a leak forming, whether it’s the result of the dishwasher door latch becoming bent, using the wrong type of detergent, or the dishwasher overfilling with water. Frequently check for water accumulating beneath the dishwasher in order to catch any leaks as soon as possible.
The Sink
Sinks are another appliance that are used all the time in the kitchen for hand washing, washing the dishes, or filling up a cup of water. Sink leaks can have a variety of causes, ranging from a drain or faucet leak to corroded sink parts. Be sure to inspect piping underneath the sink about every 6 months and keep an eye out for puddles of water and corroded sections.
The Refrigerator and Ice Maker
We all love a nice, cold glass of our favorite drink during the heat of the summer, which calls for ice cubes. The refrigerator and ice maker can be helpful in this regard, but they are also notorious for causing unwanted leaks and water damage. Leaking refrigerators and ice makers are not limited to just one cause. Instead, they can be the result of improper installation or worn-out parts. In order to catch a leak before irreparable damage is done, look for pools of water on the floor beneath the fridge and ice maker. For further water damage prevention, refrigerators and ice makers should receive regular maintenance and inspection.
Leaks in the kitchen causing water damage can result in major structural damage, as well as the growth of mold and mildew. These issues can be overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that SERVPRO is here to help. We are water damage specialists, experienced with all types of residential kitchen water damage. Call SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County today at (410) 229-0012 and click here to learn more about our water damage services.

How to Deal With Toilet Overflow

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Abandoned Bathroom In some cases, it is possible to handle a toilet overflow on your own if it only requires a simple fix and minimal cleanup.

It goes without saying: No one wants to deal with a toilet overflow. It’s unpleasant, messy, and something that you want to avoid at all costs. The consequences of a toilet overflow can be devastating, damaging bathroom floors and even leaking down into the ceiling below. Keep reading to learn more about why toilets overflow in order to avoid disaster or, if you’ve experienced a toilet overflow, make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

What Causes a Toilet Overflow?

Several different events can trigger a toilet to overflow, including a clogged drain, a blocked vent, and sewage complications.

A clogged or blocked drain prevents proper flushing, causing the toilet to overflow. In this situation, plunging the toilet may relieve the problem.

Every time you flush, air is pumped and needs replacing from the vent pipe. If the vent pipe is blocked, proper flushing isn’t possible and can eventually result in a toilet overflow. This issue usually requires the help of an experienced plumber.

Finally, two issues related to sewage, a clogged sewer line and a full septic tank, can be the catalyst of a toilet overflow. A clogged sewer line occurs when the sewer line becomes blocked by items ranging from tree roots to sanitary wipes. A full septic tank can be problematic, as excess water will have nowhere to go but back up into your home, potentially resulting in a toilet overflow.

How to Clean Up

After you’ve expressed your fair share of “ew gross!”s, it’s important to quickly clean up a toilet overflow in order to best protect your home from serious water damage. Before taking any action, make sure that the overflow has stopped and that the water is turned off. Then, clean up standing water as quickly as possible using a wet vacuum, a mop, or towels. The longer water sits on a surface, the more damage it may inflict. After this, dry out the bathroom to your best ability using a high-power fan to eliminate moisture and prevent growth of mold and mildew. Finally, clean and disinfect the affected surfaces as well as any surfaces situated close by.

We’re Water Damage Specialists

In some cases, it is possible to handle a toilet overflow on your own if it only requires a simple fix and minimal cleanup. However, if your toilet overflow has created a major problem, it is necessary to call a professional for help. SERVPRO’s team of experienced and trustworthy water damage experts will arrive quickly and restore any and all water damage resulting from a toilet overflow. Click here to learn more about our trusted water damage services.

Bathroom Mold: A Growing Concern

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

Bathroom Tile It’s no secret that mold adores bathrooms.

It’s no secret that mold adores bathrooms. Mold thrives in bathrooms because they’re isolated, damp, and dark spaces. These characteristics create the perfect conditions for mold growth, which can escalate quickly. Mold infestations can lead to serious damage to your bathroom and threaten the health of those in the house, so protecting your home from mold growth is incredibly important. While preventing moisture in bathrooms is a relatively impossible feat due to the moisture that results from taking baths and showers, there are a few things that you can do to protect your bathroom.

Understanding the Causes of Bathroom Mold Growth

The top cause of mold growth in bathrooms is lacking ventilation, which causes moisture to linger, creating a damp environment. Leaking sinks, toilets, and plumbing can also be the catalyst of bathroom mold growth due to the excess moisture that they leave behind. Finally, after taking a bath or shower, fabric materials in the bathroom, such as rugs, hand towels, or shower curtains, can become damp and present an opportunity for mold to grow.

How to Prevent Mold Growth

In order to avoid mold growth in your bathroom, there are several steps that you can take. First, to combat lacking ventilation, make it a habit to turn on the bathroom fan for at least 30 minutes after taking a shower or a bath. It is also helpful to maintain a humidity level that is below 45% throughout the house. To decrease the chances of mold growth on damp fabric materials, be sure to wash towels, rugs, and other bathroom fabrics frequently. You can also check plumbing for leaks on a regular basis in hopes of catching a leak before it gets out of control. Finally, habitually using a squeegee to remove stagnant water on your shower walls can be effective in removing moisture that can lead to mold growth.

What to Do If You Spot Mold Growth

Oftentimes, mold grows in hidden areas of the bathroom, including corners and between tiles, making it difficult to spot. If you see mold growth, it is crucial that you follow these steps. First, don’t touch the mold, as doing so may result in allergic reactions. Secondly, don’t attempt to get rid of the mold or dry it out. Both activities can kick up mold spores and risk them traveling to other parts of the bathroom. Finally, don’t panic. While mold growth may appear frightening, remember that you are not alone. Call SERVPRO at (410) 229-0012 for an inspection and mold damage assessment, We provide professional and reliable mold remediation services to ensure that your bathroom quickly and safely returns to normal. For more information about our mold remediation services, visit

Tips for Dealing With a Leaky Dishwasher

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

So many of us rely on our dishwashers on a daily basis for washing and cleaning dishes, cups, and silverware. Because dishwashers are an everyday appliance, they are used frequently, which can instigate leaks or flooding. If enough water escapes the dishwasher at once, your kitchen and surrounding areas may be at risk for serious water damage. Additionally, even a small leak that can be resolved easily and does not appear to be a major threat to your home can have significant repercussions if a series of small leaks creates a large enough buildup of water over time. For these reasons, it is important to note some of the common causes of dishwasher leaks and floods, as well as effective means of cleaning them up in order to reduce the amount of water damage that your home must endure as a result of a leaking dishwasher.
While there are many reasons as to why your dishwasher might flood, there are three common causes to consider. The first common cause is an issue with the dishwasher door, such as the door latch becoming bent or not being latched properly. If you observe water accumulating directly underneath your dishwasher’s door, the leak or flooding is most likely due to a complication with the door. Using the inappropriate type of dishwasher detergent can also lead to leaking or flooding. Regular dish soap creates a plethora of foam and suds, so if it is used in the dishwasher in place of detergent, the excess suds can push against the dishwasher door and potentially escape, resulting in a significant leak or flood. Finally, the third common cause is the dishwasher overfilling with water. Occasionally, a dishwasher unit can take in a greater amount of water than it should, which prevents the unit from being able to drain properly. When this occurs, water can be forced out of the dishwasher and pushed onto the floor.
Cleaning Up
The first step in the clean up process should always be to shut off both water and electricity in order to stop water from flowing out of the unit and prevent electric shock if electrical outlets are located near the unit. Next, it is important to remove as much standing water as possible in order to minimize the amount of restoration needed. This can be achieved by mopping or using towels to absorb the water. Once this has been completed, check for water damage in any surrounding areas, such as cabinets, pantries, and furniture. Be sure to remove items from cabinets or pantries that have experienced water damage, as well as those nearby if the water spreads and affects other areas. Finally, use a wet-dry vacuum to remove any remaining standing water from the floor. In order to prevent the growth of mold or mildew, it is important to disinfect any surfaces that came into contact with the leak or flood from the dishwasher in addition to opening any kitchen windows and utilizing dehumidifiers to keep air circulating.
Need Additional Help?
Call SERVPRO for help resolve water damage to your home caused by a leaking dishwasher. SERVPRO’s trained water damage specialists and advanced drying equipment offer fast and effective remediation, making it “Like it never even happened.”

Spring Mold Prevention

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

Special Cleaning Mold needs to be handled properly, in the wrong hands, mold can regrow.

Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and temperatures are getting warmer little by little. It’s evident that spring is in the air. Spring weather motivates us to open windows and breathe in the fresh air, but it may be surprising to know that doing so can increase the chances of mold growth in your home due to the presence of moisture and humidity in the air.

What Do I Look For?

Many different surfaces, such as carpet, wood, and insulation, can serve as reservoirs for mold as long as moisture is present. It is also important to note that mold is capable of growing at any point during the year, but warmer temperatures and greater humidity in the spring increase the risk of mold growth during the season. Understanding what actions you can take in order to prevent mold growth will prove absolutely essential in protecting your home and those living in it from the potential health effects of mold this spring.

How Do I Handle Mold?

It is extremely important when protecting your home from mold growth during the spring to facilitate the circulation of air within your home so that warm air will not become stagnant in one area. Air can be circulated efficiently with the help of fans and moisture in the air can be decreased through the use of a dehumidifier. It is important to remember that humidity levels indoors should not be greater than 45%. It may also be beneficial to keep an eye on areas of the home that are cold or dark, which are especially susceptible to mold growth. To help prevent mold growth in these areas, do your best to expose these areas to natural or artificial light.
Finally, after rain showers or storms, which are prevalent during the spring, make sure to frequently check areas around windows and doors for mold growth. Moisture from rainwater can gather around windows and doors, which can lead to mold growth if not dried immediately. Additionally, because temperatures indoors and outdoors differ during the springtime, condensation is often prevalent on doors and windows. Moisture from condensation, when met with humidity, can also lead to mold growth if the area is not dried.

If mold becomes visible on a surface in your home, be sure to diligently scrub the surface with water and detergent. After doing so, make sure that you dry the surface thoroughly in order to prevent further mold growth in that area.

When Mold Gets Out of Hand -- Call a Pro.

Small-scale, isolated mold growth is typically manageable, but larger-scale mold growth can be overwhelming and require professional remediation. Call the mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO in order to assess the situation and take care of your home’s mold infestation in a timely manner.

Job of the Quarter (Q4 2019)

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

pipes coming out of a building One of our Air Scrubber's in action.

Job of the Quarter - “One Stop Solution Shop”

Baltimore was founded in 1729, 47 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed. In terms of the “new world”, it’s an old city.

 In the last 291 years since the city’s founding, major advances in construction, engineering, and innovation have occurred. Unfortunately, Baltimore city’s sewage system has not made the advances necessary to bring it to modern-day standards. An article from summarizes it best:

“Baltimore City’s sewage system was designed with dozens of Sanitary Sewer Overflow Structures: intentional release valves that allowed sewage to overflow into streams, rather than streets or people’s basements. Although this was a best practice in the early 1900’s, using streams as open sewer pipes is a significant public health and environmental threat…”

“In 2002, Baltimore City finalized a Consent Decree… outlining how it would end the chronic sewage overflows into local streams that were fouling the Inner Harbor…”

“Between 2002 and 2016, Baltimore City completed half the work that was described in the Consent Decree - but backups of sewage into homes in Baltimore grew from a minor problem to a major hazard” According to an investigation by the Baltimore Sun, in 2004, the Department of Public Works responded to 622 sewage backups and by 2015, that number had hit nearly 5000.

 “When we closed those other 60 overflows that actually increased the number of basement backups that we saw in the city. Again, because the sewage has to go somewhere.” ~Department of Public Work’s General Counsel

At SERVPRO of Hunt Valley & Harford County, we see sewage backups quite regularly throughout the city and counties. In early November, we were honored to help multiple homeowners recover from a large sewage backup affecting the basements in all eight of their attached city row homes. We decided to choose this job as our “Job of the Quarter” not only for our expedited response to completion timeline, but also because it is a great example of our full-service capabilities.

The call came into our office early on a Friday afternoon and we had crews onsite within 30 minutes to start extraction of sewage from the row home basements. Because drywall will wick up water as quickly as 1inch per hour and sewage qualifies as a Category 3 water loss (water containing unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness), it was necessary to cut drywall and remove insulation to 2’ to allow for proper drying and sanitation. All contents in the basement affected by sewage were removed and disposed of as well. Even including a few appliances. We pride ourselves on being the “one-stop solution shop” for all of our customer’s problems. We were able to handle replacing appliances for those homeowners and continued on to provide even more timely solutions.

Many people don’t realize SERVPRO of Hunt Valley & Harford County not only mitigates your disaster, but we will put it all back together as well. “Like it Never Even Happened”, remember? That’s exactly what we did for the 8 row home basements affected by this mass sewage backup. Our mitigation teams finished up and our rebuild team moved in, We replaced all of the contaminated insulation, installed fresh drywall, and repainted the entire basement. Our team laid new carpet, tile floors, installed new kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanities, and tiled the kitchen backsplashes. New doors and trim work were installed and painted and appliances were put in place. All of this, times 8 homeowners and completed in a matter of 35 days. 

Our team members certainly signed up for a dirty, messy, and labor-intensive job. However, the pride they take in making people’s lives come back together quickly and efficiently couldn’t be greater. This is what all of us at Team Wall’s SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team love to do… we love being your “One Stop Solution Shop”!

In The Know: Ceiling Stains

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

broken water pipe causes ceiling stains Source of ceiling stains

Water Stain on Your Ceiling? Here’s What You Should Know.

There’s nothing worse than glancing up only to spot a yellow ring or discolored blemish on your ceiling. This is a visible mark of water damage in your home, which can not be remedied with a simple coat of paint, as doing so can facilitate the growth of mold or mildew. Water stains should instead be repaired immediately in order to avoid further damage to ceilings. But before breaking out any tools, determining the cause of your stain can help in deciding the best course of action to take.

Common Causes

Several different scenarios can result in ceiling water stains. The first of which is clogged gutters. Full or clogged gutters are the likely culprit if you’ve experienced heavy or persistent rain. The second scenario is leaky pipes. Leaky pipes could run from a bathroom, air conditioner, refrigerator, or dishwasher if one is located in the room above the stained ceiling. Another common source is a caulking issue. If the caulking that surrounds your bathtub or shower deteriorates, water can leak down into the ceiling below. Think about any recent events that could have kickstarted the leak, such as yesterday’s heavy rainstorm or the last time someone in the house took a shower, as one of those situations could have led to your ceiling’s water stain.

Taking Action vs Calling a Professional

Verifying the source of a leak can sometimes involve drilling holes in the ceiling in order to search for the source, which may be uncomfortable for some homeowners. If the idea of removing the water stain on your own generates unease, hiring a professional may be beneficial. A professional can also get the job done in a fast, efficient, and cost-effective manner, as most homeowners are not equipped with the knowledge or skills necessary in order to repair a leak.

Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking?

8/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking?

     Even though summer is winding down, hot temperatures will persist and our air conditioning units will continue to work hard throughout the coming months. With this constant use, you may find evidence of water leaking from your home’s air conditioning unit. Although a small leak may not appear to be a cause for concern, malfunctioning air conditioning units and the persistent leaking that they can cause can lead to serious damage. Such damage often includes water damage, which can range from the growth of mold or bacteria to structural damage including ceilings caving in. There are many reasons as to why air conditioning units leak, but a clogged drain line, improper installation, and frozen coils account for the majority.

     When rust, debris, or dirt accumulate inside of your air conditioner’s drain line, it can clog, causing the drain pan to overflow. Overflowing of the drain pan can result in water leaking onto nearby objects, such as walls, ceilings, carpets, and floors. You may also experience leaking if your AC unit was installed improperly, leading to an insufficient fitting of the drain pipe. When its connection is not secure, the drain pipe can loosen and potentially disconnect from the unit, causing water to leak. Lastly, when AC units are working overtime during the summer, your unit’s filter can become dirty and clogged if not replaced regularly. With a clogged filter, ice can form in the evaporator coils and when that ice melts, your air conditioner can leak. In order to prevent your AC unit from leaking, it is crucial that you replace your air filter regularly.

     You may be wondering: what should I do if my AC unit leaks? If you notice a leak, immediately turn off your air conditioner and call a professional. A professional can also install a switch that will automatically shut off the unit in the event of a dirty air filter or clogged condensate line, preventing leaks before they become an issue.

What to Do When Your Washing Machine Floods

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Considering how often we use washing machines in our daily lives, simply the idea of them  inopportunely breaking and flooding is one that evokes dread and an aggravated groan. Unfortunately, washing machines can flood and strike at any moment if a seal or hose inside the machine breaks. When this does occur, cleanup must be hasty in order to protect surrounding objects from the harmful effects of water damage.

When you notice that the washing machine is flooding, immediately turn off the water to prevent any more water from escaping and unplug the washer to eliminate the chance of electric shock during the cleanup. Be sure to also empty any clothes out of the washing machine while you clean up. Use towels, a mop, or a wet water vacuum to remove any standing water from the surrounding area. To dry out the area, turn on fans and dehumidifiers. You could also open windows if the weather is pleasant. Sanitize the area and replace any items that could not be salvaged after the flood. Examples of such items usually include carpets and walls, which can be replaced by the instillation of new carpet and fresh drywall.

There are several things that you can do in order to prevent your washing machine from flooding. Refrain from using too much detergent when running loads of laundry, as excess detergent can create too many suds, which can overflow. Regularly check the condition of the washing machine’s hoses and be on the lookout for corrosion, which can signify that they may be on the verge of breaking. Be sure to also monitor the drain line, as it can cause the washer to flood if it becomes clogged.

What Causes Pipes to Leak?

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Leaky pipes is a common cause of flooding in homes, which can ultimately lead to water damage. By understanding what causes pipes to leak and learning how to identify warning signs, you can prevent water damage due to leaky pipes in your home.

Corrosion can eat away at pipes, rusting and consuming them until they begin to leak. Be sure to keep your eyes out for any discoloration of the water or warping of pipes, as these can be signs signifying corrosion, alongside any common visible signs of corrosion, such as rusting, on the pipe itself. Ways to avoid pipe corrosion include inspecting pipes before buying a home to make certain that they are in decent shape, having the pH of your water professionally tested, and stifling any leakage with sufficient clamps until professionals can repair the damage.

When pipes are installed, seals are secured in order to attach water connectors. These seals can break with age and/or wear, which can result in flooding. You can tell that seals are breaking or have broken if there is condensation present on the pipes or if there are any puddles of water gathering on the ground beneath the seal. In order to prevent the seals from cracking and breaking, watch for the aforementioned physical signs of broken seals and refrain from neglecting to run water for extended periods of time. Doing so can dry out the pipes and cause seals to crack. If you leave to town for several days, it might be wise to ask a neighbor to stop by and run the water to make sure that everything is working properly.

Rapid and drastic changes in temperature can force pipes to expand and contract, which can cause the pipes to crack under pressure and therefore, leak. A heightened water bill, a musty smell around the drain, and changes in water pressure or its flow can indicate broken pipes. To prevent pipes from freezing in cold temperatures, allow warmth to circulate by opening cabinet doors, running water through the pipes, and keep your thermostat set at a consistent temperature.

Preventing Water Damage To Carpets

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

What Causes Water Damage to Carpets?

Whether you’re dealing with flooding, leaky pipes, or any other household event that can cause water damage, wet carpets are an issue that should not be taken lightly. Water damage in carpets can be caused by plumbing issues, weather, or buildup of water in areas such as basements or attics that collect water.

How Can I Detect It?

Water damage is not always evident in carpets, so it is important to be aware of other warning signs that could signify it. A foul, musty odor that won’t go away when the area is cleaned and constant illness or allergy symptoms of family members or pets living in the house are signs that water damage to carpets is occurring somewhere in the house. Another physical indicator of water damage to carpets is discoloration of the affected area.

What Will Happen If It Isn’t Removed?

Leaving such water damage to sit would be unwise, as it causes harm to the sub-floor in addition to the carpet itself. The longer the damaged carpet remains untreated, the risk of mold and mildew growth is amplified. Once it grows in the carpet, it cannot be destroyed through cleaning and would therefore have to be eliminated through complete removal. It is crucial to get rid of mold and mildew, as it can contaminate the home’s air supply, which can cause detrimental effects to the health of anyone living in the home.

What Can I Do To Prevent This?

To eliminate water damage to carpets, the moisture should be removed using a wet water vacuum. Furniture surrounding the affected area should be checked for damage as well. Dry out the room by opening windows and utilizing fans or a dehumidifier. The carpet padding that lies under the carpet should also be replaced. When it comes to treating the specific area, it can be steam cleaned to remove dead mold spores or baking soda can be sprinkled onto the affected area and then vacuumed. It would also be wise to scrub carpets and walls within the room to prevent further mold growth. Trust SERVPRO to sufficiently re-mediate any water damage to your carpets.

Why Did My Basement Flood?

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water will find the least path of resistance and it could be into your basement. Be prepared and know how to prevent a flooded home!

Why Did My Basement Flood?

Flooding of basements is one of the most common issues most homeowners face. Although flooding occurs during heavy rains or rapid snowmelts, it can also occur in dry weather.

There are many reasons for basement flooding including seepage, storm sewer backup, and improper grading among others. As the basement lies in the lowest level of a building, it is prone to flooding.

What causes basement flooding?

These are the most common causes of basement flooding:

Foundation Leaks: Water can seep into the foundation if there are cracks in it. The risk of flood in your foundation is more if your home is near groundwater. Cracks in the foundation can lead to significant water leakage into the basement.

Leaking basement windows: Windows in the basement can leak and let water creep in during rains. Whenever it rains, there could be a significant collection of water on the windowsills. Fixing the windowsill is the only option to prevent basement flooding.

Blocked sewer: If the manifold that connects the public sewer system to your house is blocked it can lead to floods in your basement. It is important to call local authorities immediately to address blocked gutters and SERVPRO of Hunt Valley to mitigate the sewage and water damage.

Debris in gutters: The gutters play a critical role in preventing basement flooding as they carry away rain water from the home.  If they are clogged or damaged, they can overflow during rains and allow water to build up. If the ground near the basement soaks up too much water, it can seep into the basement as well.

Improper grading or sloping: If the yard does not slope away in the right manner, rain water does not drain effectively. If the sloping is towards your home rather than away, excess water can result in basement flooding. 

Improper downspouts: Downspouts channel water away from the foundation and should be at least 5 to 6 feet away from the wall of the basement. If the downspouts are missing or broken, water tends to pool near the house and slowly seeps into the basement.

SERVPRO provides professional emergency clean up and restoration services on a 24/7 basis. Should you encounter water or sewage damage call our office directly at 410-229-0012.

Understanding Why Your Sewer Backed Up

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage back up in Towson North,MD

One important part of a residential sewer cleanup in Towson North, MD, is figuring out why your home was flooded with sewage. Your team of water damage experts can help you figure out the source of the damage, which helps you create a better repair plan. You can also use this quick guide to learn more about the potential causes.

1. Damaged Pipes

A damaged pipe may allow sewage to leak into your home. If a tree root has cracked open the pipe in your yard, the sewage may fill the ground and travel into the lower levels of your home. In some cases, a pipe in your walls could have burst and unleashed sewer water.

2. Faulty Fixtures

A flooded toilet could also be the source of dirty flood water. While this water may not contain fecal matter, it may still have traces of urine from the bowl of the toilet. A broken or clogged toilet can cause the water to fill your bathroom.

3. Heavy Rainfall

When there's a lot of rain in Towson North, MD, the water table level can rise exponentially. This extra water can flood into the city sewer line. When this line reaches its capacity, the water and sewage have to go somewhere. You may not think of a sewer cleanup being tied to a storm, but it does happen when the system gets overloaded.

4. Clogs

Clogs and blockages are another common cause of a sewer backup. The blockage could be located in your plumbing or it could be in the sewer main pipes. No matter where the clog is, it causes the same problem. The sewage leaving your house cannot travel past the clog. The pressure builds up and causes the contents of the pipes to travel backwards into your home.

Sewer doesn't often fill a home, but when it does you need to start sewer cleanup as soon as possible. Understanding the potential cause of your flooding can make creating a repair plan easier.

Don't Neglect Your Bathroom Water Supply Line

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Supply lines should be checked frequently to avoid flooding

Every homeowner in Towson, MD, needs reliable water. Since bathrooms account for 71 percent of daily water use, a simple check for water supply line damage may help prevent a bathroom leak.

1. How do I evaluate a supply line? Look behind the toilet for either a plastic or stainless steel pipe with a metal shut-off valve at the base. There will be a similar pipe under your sink. Check for cracks in the plastic or corrosion in the stainless steel.

2. What causes a bathroom supply line to fail? Water damage can come from aging plastic. A water supply line leak or burst can occur in either plastic or stainless steel lines if they are not rated correctly for the city water pressure. Stainless steel pipes have a robust metal skin and a tougher internal sheath, but even they can corrode from small amounts of airborne bathroom chemicals. Supply line damage can be detected in most cases before water escapes.

3. Will my warranty cover a damaged supply line? Your homeowner's policy may cover certain types of water damage. Plastic pipes last only a few years and are unlikely to have significant warranties, whereas metal pipes usually have lifetime warranties. If your house is not new and you have plastic lines, it may be a good idea to upgrade them to stainless steel.

4. What if my water supply line is already leaking? Turn off the valve to the line. Mop up any water, and then notify your homeowner's insurance company. If you have a supply line warranty, call to report the damage. You may want to immediately call a professional water control expert in Towson, MD, to help salvage property and stop hidden damage from progressing.

With a quick, routine check, you can lessen the possibility of impending water supply line damage. In the event trouble is brewing, preventive measures can pay off.

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What to do about drywall water damage

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

If your drywall is actually compromised by water, you will need to address the situation before development of mildew or mold takes place.

When you have Baltimore drywall water damage in your home, which often happens after a flood or fire, it is not always necessary to get new drywall. In order to successfully deal with drywall water damage, you will need to follow a series of steps. This kind of damage can vary quite a bit in extent; if the damage is severe, it may be necessary to call a professional for assistance. If your drywall is actually compromised by water, you will need to address the situation before development of mildew or mold takes place. The development of these fungi can present danger to everyone in your home and can lead to even more severe damage.

Detection of Drywall Water Damage
The first thing you should do is assess how much Baltimore water damage has happened within your drywall. This kind of damage shows up as softened or discolored areas within the drywall. If you have just dealt with a house fire, it is probably that any drywall water damage present will be spread all through the home. If the damage is widespread, it will be important that you contact a professional restoration company for help. However, if the damage is more mild or only has an effect on a small number of panels of drywall, you can actually consider replacing the panels yourself, as long as you have experience with drywall and can safely complete this task. It is important that you make sure to hire a professional company in any case where there is extensive damage to the home.

Mildew and Mold As A Consequence of Drywall Water Damage
If the drywall panels are not dried to an adequate extent, the possibility will exist that mildew and mold can start growing. This is a great danger to the inhabitants of any home. If black spots are visible, or if a foul smell starts to emerge from the drywall, you must call a professional right away. These fungi will most often start to grow in cases where there is damp or moist drywall in an area that is poorly ventilated. You can easily see that there is no mildew on the outside of your drywall, but what you may be missing is that the interior may have a high amount of spores. This is a determination that is best left to experienced professionals; you should not try to make this assessment on your own if you do not have the appropriate qualifications.

Actions That You Can Take to Prevent Drywall Water Damage
No matter where the damage is located or how severe it is, it is important that you use machines that can force air to circulate and provide the maximum amount of ventilation, such as dehumidifiers. The standard oscillating house fan will not be capable of moving enough air for the room to be able to dry adequately for safe and sanitary conditions. You will find that there are special machines that move air that you will be able to rent. However, once again, if the damage is extensive enough that these machines are necessary, you should probably contact a professional to make sure that everything is being done correctly. These professional restoration companies will have all of the necessary equipment for the job, as well as the experience needed to use it properly and the expertise to ensure that your home is safe.

When you are dealing with Baltimore drywall water damage, make sure that no additional damage (typically an infestation of mildew and/or mold) occurs. A professional restoration company will have all of the resources to be able to tackle any job that involves drywall water damage. With all of their experience, expertise, and equipment, these professionals will be able to assess which parts of the drywall need to be repaired or replaced. If you want to know more about the process, you should call a professional restoration company.

Why You Need A Cockeysville Water Damage Company

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Another advantage of hiring a water damage company is that they can offer high-quality mold and mildew prevention services.

Once a flood or fire damages your residential property, attaining an excellent Cockeysville water damage restoration services is important. This is the case for numerous reasons, including the fact that the restoration process is complicated and requires completion by a team of trained experts. There is a broad range of remediation services that water damage companies can offer to help restore your property. Refer to this quick reference guide to get a basic understanding of how professional remediation specialists can assist you:

Speedy Home Restoration
When your property is impacted by a natural disaster, getting immediate assistance is important. If you do not, your house can suffer from secondary Cockeysville water damage, structural weakening, and serious sanitation issues. Luckily, water damage restoration companies are highly skilled in completing the cleanup, repair, and restoration services with excellence and expediency. By working quickly and efficiently, remediation specialists prevent secondary water damage and help whip your home back into its original state.

Mold and Mildew Growth Prevention
Another advantage of hiring a water damage company is that they can offer high-quality mold and mildew prevention services. These services are important because mold and mildew accumulation can pose serious health risks to you and your family. Additionally, mold growth can cause severe damage to the structure of your property. In the event that water damage specialists find mold growth on your property, they can use industrial cleaners and disinfectants to eradicate the problem quickly. Although some homeowners are inclined to complete this process for themselves, it is best left to professionals who possess the extensive experience and specialized equipment necessary to expedite the process speedily and safely.

Don't Delay: Call SERVPRO Now
When Cockeysville water damage impacts your residential property, the best thing to do is call a company you can trust to offer you cutting edge, efficient restoration services. We are that company. As a team of talented technicians who offer 24/7 emergency assistance and impeccable customer service, we're your first choice when you want to have your home restored with speed and skill. Our fast response helps limit costs, repair damages, and decrease the likelihood of secondary water damage. Additionally, our commitment to excellence has made us industry leaders as well as the preferred vendor for numerous insurance companies. We're ready to restore your property right now, so call us today at (410) 229-0012 to attain a free estimate and consultation.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hunt Valley/Lutherville is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel. 

Our expertise in fire damage and water restoration is extensive. SERVPRO utilizes IICRC training as part of our on-going education to stay ahead of the curve. Call us for help. (410) 229-0012

What To Do With Belongings After Water Damage

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Professional help to restore belongings to original state

If your Towson, MD, home has experienced water damage, salvaging your valuable belongings should be dealt with quickly. Any water in your home resulting from a flood, severe storm, broken pipe, or a leaking roof or window can lead to significant damage to your household items. Whether you are concerned for your everyday tools or sentimental keepsakes, your objects will benefit from quick action to preserve whatever possible.

Salvaging Your Water-Damaged Belongings

It’s important to quickly take stock of affected items if damage from water in your home has recently threatened your possessions. Follow these tips to recover items as best as possible:

• If objects are still wet, rinse with clear water first. You can also wipe off dry debris with a soft cloth or brush. This prevents any remaining debris or silt from further harming your items.

• Whenever possible, allow objects to air-dry indoors. Avoiding sunlight can help prevent warping and buckling of many materials.

• Air-dry photographs, documents, and books for best ventilation and recovery. Papers are very fragile when wet – be sure to handle important documents carefully and utilize indirect airflow to dry.

• Airflow and quality is important while recovering your items. Use open windows, fans, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers to your advantage while drying out your belongings. Also, be sure to preclude any mold or mildew from growing in the space. If you have visible mold growth, clean it with a disinfectant to prevent further growth and moisture in the air.

• If there are metal objects that have been exposed to flood water, wash with clear water and dry with a clean cloth as soon as you’re able.

• For clothing and other textiles, dry cleaning is often the most effective method of preservation. Air dry first and take to a professional soon.

Get Help From a Professional

With quick action, many objects can be saved and restored to their original state. It is possible, unfortunately, that some items may be damaged beyond repair after a natural disaster. It is always a good idea to contact a restoration specialist or professional conservator to help treat damaged goods while recovering from water in your home.

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3 Steps for Handling a Flooded Furnace in Your Commercial Building

4/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Commercial Building

When a plumbing mishap occurs in your Lutherville, MD, commercial building, electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems can be vulnerable to water damage. If you discover that a pipe burst in your basement during a cold snap or because of some other issue, you may also be facing a furnace flood. While this can be troubling, there are a few actions you can take to handle the situation and resolve it as soon as possible.

1. Avoid Operating the Furnace

When you realize your furnace is flooded, your first instinct may be to try and operate it to see if it is still functional. However, this can be dangerous and cause further damage to the unit. If your furnace is electric, it is especially important that you avoid touching the furnace or its controls, as this could result in a serious electric shock. Seal off the basement and contact your local electric company to inform it about the furnace flood.

2. Call In Professional Flood Cleanup Services

Contacting a qualified flood cleanup and restoration company can be an effective step in dealing with a flooded furnace. Flood technicians have the equipment and experience needed to drain flood waters from your basement and employ drying and cleaning techniques that can prevent the growth and spread of mold, which can be especially important if flood waters have sat for more than 24 hours. Removal of the water may also help your furnace repair crew reach and repair your unit with more efficiency.

3. Have the Furnace Repaired

Once flood waters are cleared, HVAC experts can assess the damage to your furnace and advise you about whether it should be repaired or replaced. They can also perform air duct cleaning to ensure your building’s ducts are free of mold, which can spread quickly after a flood.

Dealing with a furnace flood in your Lutherville, MD, commercial building can be a stressful experience. However, when you know how to approach the problem, you can resolve it with confidence and get your heating system up and running again as soon as possible.

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3 Tips for Cleaning Up After Your Home Is Damaged by Water

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Water loss in Hampton

When you think of water damage, you might think of issues caused by heavy rains or hurricanes. However, your Hampton, MD, home can be affected by flooding as the result of a plumbing disaster or a failed water appliance, such as a washing machine or dishwasher. When this type of problem occurs, there are a few steps you can take to clean up the water and assess the damage.

1. Avoid Flooded Rooms

Water from your dishwasher or washing machine can contain detergent chemicals that might harm your skin, and a malfunctioning water heater may burst and give you serious burns. It is wise to shut off the water supply to the broken appliance and then seal the room until help arrives. Do not let anyone go into the room, especially if you know electrical systems might have been damaged.

2. Call in Restoration Services

A professional flood cleanup and restoration company can help get the cleanup process started when you are dealing with water damage. Flood technicians may assist with removing any remaining water and advise you on what kind of repairs you might need to make. For example, if broken pipes have caused a flood in your kitchen, restoration experts can help you understand whether wall sections or flooring can be repaired or if they will need replacing.

3. Sort Through Wet Items

Once the area is safe to enter, you can then take stock of water damage by retrieving wet items and sorting them. Dry what you can in a low-humidity area, out of direct sunlight, and then disinfect smaller objects. You may want to ask your restoration company which items are safe to keep and which you must throw away after the water cleanup.

When a water appliance breaks and causes a flood in your Hampton, MD, home, it can cause a variety of problems. However, knowing how to deal with water damage may go a long way in keeping you safe and preventing long-term harm to your home.

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What To Do After Your Toilet Overflows

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

It can happen in an instant. You flush the toilet, and without warning, it backs up and overflows onto the bathroom floor of your Cockeysville, MD home. If you’re lucky, a flooded toilet is all you have to worry about. If you’re not so lucky, sewer damage may spread to other rooms and, in a worst-case scenario, the entire basement. Your first call should be to a plumber to stop the backup, followed by another call to a sewage company that can help you begin immediate cleanup and restoration.

What Not To Flush

Sewer backups seemingly come out of the blue, and nobody is ever really prepared for one. To help prevent a blocked sewer line, never flush items such as:

• Cotton balls or Q-tips
• Feminine products
• Baby wipes
• Paper towels
• Cigarette butts
• Dental floss

These things may or may not cause a blockage by themselves, but they can accumulate and block the toilet trap and pipes. Even too much toilet paper at one time can create or add to a blockage and the resulting sewer damage.

Removing the Clog

A professional plumber may be able to break the clog with the help of a sewer “snake,” or auger line. These handy tools can reach up to 100 feet in length to dislodge whatever is causing the clog. If a snake fails to resolve the problem, you’re likely going to need to reach the clog from outside, digging down to the line through your yard. This is often the only way to repair a line that is blocked by roots from a tree planted too close to the sewer line.

Cleanup and Restoration

Sewage is obviously full of contaminants and requires special cleanup and disposal of contaminated items, which may include flooring, baseboards, drywall and insulation. If you have a flooded toilet in your Cockeysville, MD home, contact a sewage company with restoration expertise that can help you assess the sewer damage, remove affected surfaces and clean and sanitize items that are salvageable. Visit for more information on water damage.

How A Restoration Company Will Restore Your Home After Water Damage

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

How A Restoration Company Will Restore Your Home After Water Damage

After a long rainfall, hurricane, or any kind of storm, many people suffer from water damage. A pipe break or a supply line break can also cause water damage. Water damage can ruin your furniture, cause structural damage to your home, ruin your appliances, and make your home unlivable. Supply line breaks and pipe breaks are fairly common and can cause unexpected damage. If you have water in your home or water in your business, you’ll need to take the right steps towards the mitigation of future damage and the restoration of your flooded home. That will involve drying the water in your home and doing water cleanup. To do that, it is best to call a restoration company.

A restoration company will come down to your flooded home as soon as possible after you give them a call. They will do an inspection of your flooded home and find out the extent of the flood damage. This is something they need to do before starting the mitigation, water cleanup, drying, and restoration process. They will take steps towards the mitigation of future flood damage. This includes fixing whatever is causing the water in your flooded home or the water in your business, which may be a pipe break or a supply line break. They might have to shut off the valve which controls the flow of water in your home or water in your business.

They will use special equipment to clean up the water in your home or the water in your business. This includes flood pumps and other special tools. You do not want to try to do this yourself, as the water may be contaminated and the electric circuits must be turned off. You also do not know how to fix a pipe break or supply line break yourself. You also do not know how to do the kind of deep drying and water cleanup that is necessary after water damage occurs.

Keep in mind that water seeps into your furniture, walls, floors, ceiling, and anything else in your home. There will be pockets of moisture hiding behind tiles, in the walls, in your HVAC system (such as your air ducts), and in corners. This requires special equipment, and it is an aspect of flood damage that not everyone knows about. A professional restoration company will use special equipment to detect pockets of moisture around your home. Then they will use special tools to do a deep drying and water cleanup. Cleaning up the water that is hiding and which has seeped into your furniture is an important part of the mitigation and restoration process. This is because the longer the water stays there, the more water damage there will be. For example, mold, a common part of water damage, usually grows when water lingers around.

Next, after your home is completely dry and there is no more water left, the restoration company will take steps to restore your home to the way it was before the flood damage occurred. The restoration process requires repairs to parts of your home that are damaged. A restoration company is experienced with making these repairs.

There will be parts of your home that are damaged beyond repair. This is not a cause for concern, however. Whatever can not be fixed can easily be replaced. You may only have to replace parts of something. For example, perhaps only a few planks in your wall may need to be replaced. Replacing damaged objects is important in restoring your home back to normal. Any structural damage must also be repaired so that your home is safe to live in.

The restoration company will do a final inspection before they finish. The goal of this second inspection will be to make sure that everything is truly restored to the way it was before. Once your home is ready to be lived in, they will let you know and you will be able to safely move in without any concerns.
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Reasons to Get Professional Water Damage Restoration

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Reasons to Get Professional Water Damage Restoration

When a flood or any other water events like supply line break or pipe break destroys your home, it's necessary for you to act quickly by getting professional flood restoration services. Cleaning up water damage involves more than just drying and wiping the residue away. Additionally, delaying makes the damage worse because the water will seep into the walls, furnishings, floors, and this may result in mildew and mold growth. Water mitigation can be devastating, but when one gets professional services, restoring the home becomes easier and you can put the traumatic event behind.

Water damage mitigation

Water/flood damage is the destructive process which occurs when water gets into a building. This can be caused by a pipe break, supply line break, or floods after it has rained heavily. Water in a home or water in a business can cause damage like oxidation of metal (rust), rotting wood, composite building materials de-lamination, and microbial growth. Immediately water seeps into the building materials, a chemical reaction begins to occur hence breaking down the strength of the material. In case water cleanup and drying aren't done immediately, the stability of the structure can be compromised. This makes the flooded home unsafe for human occupancy. Sometimes the effect just comes from a simple pipe break.

Restoration Solutions

The first step for handling flood damage when you have a flooded home is emergency mitigation. This involves locating the cause of the problem (be it a pipe leak or a supply line break) and eliminating the problem. The next step in managing water in home or water in business damage would be assessing the water damage and any dangers to humans. All these services are to be handled by licensed and trained water cleanup professionals. What follows is the drying and dehumidifying all the affected areas.

After the restoration company team assess the documents, equipment as well as other items to know if the contents can be restored or not. Mold mitigation services also come in handy as they help with getting rid of any microbial growth associated with a flooded home. Once the structure is safe for occupation, your family or employees can get back to their normal operations.

Reasons to get professional help

Rapid restoration

Tackling the task of restoring your flooded home or business after flood damage can be slow and exhausting. This increase the probability of further damage especially when the cause of the problem, like supply line break or pipe break, hasn't been addressed. By working with a reliable restoration company, water damage mitigation becomes manageable. The water cleanup and drying process is handled efficiently and quickly by flood damage professionals.

Preventing mold and mildew

In case you have experienced mildew or mold after water in home or water in business, you know how hard it is to get rid of the problem. Prompt water and flood damage restoration can reduce the chances of mold growth.

Insurance issues

When you have water or flood damage coverage in, the mitigation firm will assist you to deal with the needed procedures and forms. The restoration company helps its clients to document the losses they suffered so that they can get the proper settlement from the insurance company. With the water cleanup company, you will get a list of the needed repairs and proof of damages in case the insurance company decides to dispute the claim.

In case you have suffered water in home or water in business damage, consider contacting a restoration company immediately to prevent further damage. Although hiring experts will cost you to get restoration services, the expenses can't compare to the costs you'll incur if you do nothing or decide to handle the restoration all by yourself.
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Restoring a Flooded Property

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Restoring a Flooded Property

There are few events more serious for a property owner than incurring major water damage. A pipe break, supply line break or other source of water damage, even if the amount seems small and has apparently been contained, has the potential to cause major damage to the property, up to and including its total loss.

As a result, water damage must be treated as an acute emergency. The only effective way to deal with a flooded home is to call in a professional restoration company. A team of restoration professionals, with the high-powered and sophisticated equipment that the emergency calls for, will be able to act quickly, minimizing or eliminating the chances of permanent flood damage befalling the property. However, if the restoration of water damage is delayed, the chances of the property incurring costly superficial or structural damage begins rising quickly.

If a home experiences a pipe break, supply line break or other source of potential flood damage, there is an established protocol for dealing with the problem. A flooded home doesn't have to fall victim to serious flood damage or even being condemned. With the right restoration and mitigation techniques and with a timely response, the flood damage can be contained and completely reversed.

Any time there is water in a home or water in a business, the first and most crucial step is to call in a professional water restoration company. The sooner the mitigation process is started, the higher the likelihood of a complete success. If the water cleanup process is started within five hours of the initial flooding event, the likelihood of a successful mitigation is near 100 percent. But if the water cleanup is delayed more than 24 hours, the chances of the property incurring serious and lasting damage begin to rise starkly, with every hour that goes by.

When the water cleanup team arrives, they will use high-tech gear to assess the extent of the water in the home or water in the business. They will be able to determine if water has seeped into the materials that make up the subflooring or if structural elements, such as beams, joists and studs, will require a thorough drying.

If there is any standing water in the business or home, the team will begin extracting it. This will be accomplished through the use of heavy equipment. Industrial pumping systems and specialized vacuum hoses will be used to remove up to 2,000 gallons of water per hour. The water extraction phase should only last an hour or two, at the maximum. During this stage, if there are any active leaks from pipe breaks or supply line breaks, they will be addressed. In some cases, pipe breaks or supply line breaks may need to be welded.

Once all the water in the home or water in the business has been removed, the drying process can begin. The cleanup team will use industrial-strength drying apparatuses to both dry materials in the home as well as dehumidifying the air. The drying process is usually the longest part of the total restoration effort, usually taking between a couple of hours and an entire day. Once completed, the structure will no longer be at any risk of further damage. And it is likely that a full restoration to the property's prior condition will be nearly complete.

Finally, the home or business will be cleansed and sanitized. This will be carried out on furniture, household items, carpeting, flooring and walls. At this point, the property will be fully restored.
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Four Reasons To Hire a Water Damage Professional

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Four Reasons To Hire a Water Damage Professional

Encountering water and flood damage in your home or business can be a stressful situation. Accumulated water in an inside area can damage belongings, electrical systems and equipment. Without proper drainage outdoors, water can flow into low-lying areas of your home or business, including basements.

Professional Water Damage Restoration and Mitigation

Our company offers professional services for water damage restoration, water cleanup and mitigation and drying services. These types of situations are best handled by professionals instead of dealing with the problem yourself. What follows are three reasons to use a water damage and restoration company to help you remove water in home or water in business effectively.


A professional water restoration and mitigation company will cover every square inch of your home that’s affected by flood damage. It requires multiple comprehensive steps to fix, and each step has to be completed correctly before moving onto the next one. These steps include:

Full visible water cleanup, including water extraction from the area
Repairing and cleaning sections of walls and floors
Inspect for signs of mold and mildew
Inspect electrical systems for any issues
Complete drying of the area using large fans to circulate air and dehumidifiers.

Professional Equipment

Professional flood damage restoration and mitigation companies like us have industrial-grade, professional equipment for addressing water in home or water in business. This equipment helps us complete proper water extraction, cleanup processes, mitigation and drying. These types of tools are not available to the average consumer and many of them require special training to operate correctly. Special tools and equipment also ensure we’ll complete the job thoroughly and as efficiently as possible, so you can proceed with normal operation of your business or normal day-to-day living at home.

Even Though It Looks Dry, It May Not Be

Even after visible water is removed, there are often areas underneath the floors or behind the walls that have soaked in lots of moisture, creating a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Our specialized fans and dehumidifiers help remove built up water to help with drying and removing moisture in areas that you can’t see until the water cleanup process is complete.

Training & Experience

Finally, the last reason to hire a professional for flood damage repair and water damage restoration is our team of professionals has the proper training and experience to handle these situations. We’ve performed these tasks on a routine basis for many years, and that experience helps us do a better job for our customers.

When we repair the area that’s been affected by water in home or water in business, we’ll make sure to apply preventative measures, such as installing flooring and wall materials with moisture barriers, to prevent the future growth of mold and mildew. We’ll also make recommendations for how to avoid flood damage in the future. If the water entered from the outside as a result of a powerful storm, for instance, it may require making changes to your home or business’s drainage system. If it occurred as the result of a malfunctioning appliance, like a washing machine or dishwasher, that appliance may need to be repaired, replaced, or have some of its essential parts replaced, such as the hoses if they ruptured.

As a professional water damage company, we’re required to wear special clothing and gear to safely address your home or business’s flood damage problem. The average consumer doesn’t have this type of protection, and can end up exposing themselves to harmful water or chemicals.

If you’re in need of water cleanup services for your home or business, look no further than our professional water damage and mitigation company. Give us a call today to find out how we can provide you with excellent customer service and help restore your home or business to much drier levels. Visit for more information on water damage.

Providing You With The Water Removal Services You Deserve To Protect Your Lutherville Area Home

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Having a flood in your house can be a terrible, unfortunate experience, and it could happen to anyone of us at any time.

Water Removal Services To Protect Your Home

Having a flood in your house can be a terrible, unfortunate experience, and it could happen to anyone of us at any time. The sheer destructive power of water can be nightmarish and amazing to behold at the same time.

When water begins inching its way into the living area of your Lutherville home having highly-trained water removal technicians on your side can benefit you greatly. You can learn a lot about what to do, or what not to do, as an event unfolds that makes a severe difference in your experience. SERVPRO water removal technicians greatly increase your chances of survival and decrease any losses you might experience when flooding incidents occur on your property. As always, we instruct customers to look at flood waters as if contaminated with a life-threatening biohazard. Even fresh water floods can develop biohazards over time that pose a significant risk to you and your family, never take chances.

At SERVPRO our IICRC certified water removal technicians follow strict guidelines to deal with floods on your property. We handle all of the contents of your home and your home itself with great care and professionalism. Our technicians remove water from a variety of objects found in your home, making drying, cleaning, and restoration easier, saving many of the items you thought lost forever. SERVPRO takes the time to address each area of your home, including those with hidden pockets of moisture that often cause excessive damage over time. We use infrared moisture detectors and a variety of water extraction equipment to reach even the smallest areas, ensuring total water removal on your property after an event occurs.

Never attempt to remove flood waters from your home on your own, especially without the proper protection. We can help you make your restoration as stress-free and safe as possible and give you an opportunity to concentrate on more important issues, the safety, and well-being of your family. Contact SERVPRO of Hunt Valley / Lutherville at the first signs of water intrusion, or before. We can provide the solutions you deserve, make changes to your home, and prevent massive loss during situations that you have no control over. We are available anytime, 24-hours, day or night, call today (410) 229-0012.

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Historic Homes in Lutherville Need Special Care With Water Removal

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

When hardwood flooring is not dried out properly after damage, staining and discoloration can result. Call SERVPRO for certified water removal.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Years of Experience Remediating Historic Properties

Our area boasts spacious yards and pre-World War I housing stock, a very special, not to be recreated ambiance. When water seeps, leaks or floods into any interior space of a one-of-a-kind home, it is critical you seek out an experienced water removal specialist. SERVPRO is a trustworthy source of water removal knowledge and practical experience.
Beautiful hardwood floors have some natural defense against superficial moisture, but significant soaking requires expert water removal from your Lutherville house. A sudden leak in the aging radiators threatens the integrity and elegance of century-old parquet and strip flooring. When hardwood floors are at risk, we make sure the crew assigned has advanced training in targeted water removal techniques.
SERVPRO follows professionally researched protocols when removing water from antique flooring. First, water is extracted using specialized equipment, pulling standing water from the surface. Our technicians take care not to dislodge individual strips during the extraction. Visible water is removed from the surface, and then staff positions air movers to reduce the moisture content of the wood further. Since water often remains under the floorboards, we also employ efforts to dry from beneath. Aiming fans at the subflooring beneath the affected area, drilling small holes to release moisture, and lifting up some boards are all in the repertoire when stubborn water deposits remain.
We also use hardwood rescue or drying mat systems, consisting of special absorbent pads applied to the floor to draw moisture out gently yet persistently. This technique requires monitoring by our well-qualified technicians. Our staff continuously monitor moisture levels as sanding and refinishing of the soaked floor occurs only after the moisture content of the wood dips below 12 percent. Patience is essential as it can take weeks or months for the wood to reach that level. Pressing ahead before the wood has nearly all water removed results in unsightly warping.
To remove the remaining water, SERVPRO technicians recommend dehumidifiers and routine use of air conditioners, which remove water from the air to achieve cooling. In some cases, heat is added as an accelerant to the drying process. All efforts aim to restore the beauty of the original hardwood flooring, a highly sought after feature in traditional older homes.
Explore your options for expert water removal with the staff at SERVPRO of Hunt Valley / Lutherville. Schedule an appointment at (410) 229-0012 now.

The Water Removal Process In Blue Mount

1/9/2017 (Permalink)

Just a few inches of standing water can create thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs if it is not removed quickly and efficiently.

Water Removal

Flooding from overflowing creeks and streams can destroy a home in under a day. Even if the damage is not immediate and obvious, just a few inches of standing water can create thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs if it is not removed quickly and efficiently.

It is not likely that Big Gunpowder Falls is going to flood your Blue Mount home, but water removal will be required for nearly every house, condo and duplex at some point. SERVPRO has the expertise and equipment needed to accomplish it quickly and efficiently.

Our response teams will start with one or more commercial pumps. The size and number will depend on the amount of water present and the size and type of your home. For example, a duplex will require at least two pumps even if there is only an inch or two total. A single family home may require a single but large capacity pump if there is an excessive amount of water left standing.

Once the standing water has been extracted, then our technicians will deploy specialized vacuums that remove water from carpet fibers and the cracks between floorboards without damaging them. If done quickly enough, these extractors can draw water from the pads underneath carpets to restore them as well. This process also serves to prevent floorboards from warping due to extensive submersion in water.

While extraction from your floors is being performed, other team members will place fans in key areas to help draw water out of the surrounding walls. It may also be necessary to set up heaters and dehumidifiers to extract water from drywall before it is compromised and has to be replaced. Besides the physical damage, extracting the water will also help prevent the expansion and growth of mold. Water soaked drywall is a perfect food source for mold spores.

It is dry now, but rain is expected next week. If you want to get ahead of the next rain, call us today for an inspection to see where we can help you prevent or lessen the effects of flooding. When you do have water in your home, call us at (410) 229-0012. SERVPRO of Hunt Valley / Lutherville is here to help.

Immediate and Long Term Water Damage Issues in Hampton

11/3/2016 (Permalink)

Appliances that are water damaged can create problems. Call SERVPRO to assess!

Quick Remediation After Water Damage Can Prevent Secondary Damage

There are unforeseen dangers from flooding and different water damage events. Inundation by water creates present and future consequences. Long-term damage is often delayed and isn't visible until time has elapsed. Dealing with the dangers of flooding means to mitigate the immediate problems after an incident. You must also be prepared to prevent hidden after-effects from water damage that is not visible.
Any water damage experienced in a home or office in Hampton can present several problems, including toxic mold growth. Mold spores exist everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. They remain dormant and harmless unless they are activated. An activation trigger is water. When mold spores become wet, they grow exponentially, within 24 to 48 hours. For this reason, qualified mold remediation specialists, like SERVPRO experts, should always be called for time-saving water damage remediation services.
Flooding may damage the foundation of any building, in ways that aren't immediately obvious. A flooded basement places a great deal of weight on a building's foundation, causing cracks in the floor and walls. Removing flood water is a gradual remediation process. Pumping water out too quickly after flooding, saturates the soil around the foundation, exerting external pressure on the basement sub-structure.
When appliances are affected by flooding, this is very dangerous. Heavy water levels and gas operated appliances like a furnace or water heater is not a safe mix. Water causes corrosion in contact with gas burners and electronic controls like igniters which cause failure problems. These situations could also be the cause of a fire.
Our professional technicians at SERVPRO of Hunt Valley/Lutherville are nearby and ready to help. We are locally owned and operated. Water damage is an unanticipated event, but we are ready to help you. We are available 24 hours a day. Call us at (410) 229-0012 and let us restore you quickly to a normal condition.

Mold Damage Found in Your Home

7/26/2016 (Permalink)

Bathroom Mold Damaged Bathroom - Result of Damp Conditions

Regardless of Type, Mold Damage Must be Remediated Thoroughly

Many people are concerned about mold growth they may have found in their home, or because of musty odors they have encountered. Some wish to know which kind of mold they have, although according to the CDC, this will not provide anything beneficial to them. Mold is mold, and all types can cause health effects in people.

But what can mold do to your home's health? In Lutherville, mold damage can affect any part of your home where moisture exists, including walls and ceilings, floors, under stairways, and the contents and belongings you have in your home. These can all be damaged by mold. You need to remove any mold growth, and then have the air cleaned so that spores are filtered out.

Air ducts in your heating and cooling system should be scraped and then vacuumed with a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner.  If your home does not have central air, then your air conditioner should be examined to ensure that it does not have mold growing inside of it. At SERVPRO, we have mold detecting equipment that can quickly determine how much mold is present. We are certified in IICRC methods of not only measuring mold contamination but also remediation of mold.

Mold can grow on the surface of painted drywall, spreading underneath the painted surface. Because of this, it is tough to control without training and specialized equipment. While many sites online claim that mold can be controlled with a bleach and water solution, what they fail to point out is that mold is very hardy, and thrives in damp conditions. This is why many homeowners who attempt to get rid of mold on their own find that the mold not only comes back but comes back in additional locations. We do not recommend homeowners to clean mold because of this, and the fact that when mold is disturbed, it will send off spores, which is a part of its life cycle.

Mold can also grow inside the crevices of natural wood, in the porousness of concrete that never can dry out, and under your roof's eaves outside. Mold can grow anywhere, and scientists have found that while most strains of mold enjoy living in warmer temperatures, there are strains that find it easy enough to survive temperatures that were once thought to kill them off. This means that mold can make it through the winter in warmer states and not be killed off. The most reliable solution is to have certified professionals who are experienced in remediating mold growth in homes and other settings assess your home for mold growth. If mold damage is found, SERVPRO professionals are also skilled and experienced in performing the work needed to protect your home from further damage while restoring and repairing the damage that currently exists.

When mold damage is a concern in your home, call us at SERVPRO of Hunt Valley / Lutherville at (410) 229-0012. We can assist you in cleaning and repairing mold damage and ensure that mold does not easily return. We can also point out practices that we observe that may be the reason behind the mold damage's presence.

Water Damage Experts Restore Residential Lutherville Homes

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with a water damage emergency in your Lutherville home, SERVPRO of Hunt Valley/Lutherville will take care of it!

Restoring Residential Lutherville Homes From Water Damage

It is a stressful occurrence when you have water everywhere in your home, and there seems to be no stopping it. This is the time when your local residential water damage Lutherville professional is on hand to mitigate the problem. To get water situations under control, the next step is to get you and the family back to some form of normalcy. That begins with the latest and most powerful drying equipment in the industry. SERVPRO technicians are certified in water restoration, so you will have the confidence in knowing things are done properly. 

Occasionally, Lutherville residents experience flooded basements due to storms or burst pipes. A rising water table can shift the soil beneath your home's foundation. This action can cause some structural movement of your home's foundation. In an extreme case, it can cause a home to collapse. Now, most of the time, basements don't flood in Lutherville, but they do experience some minor seepage. 

Seepage is when your basement floor gets little rivulets and water puddles. This type of standing water is not deeper than 1/4" to 1/2." But, just this amount can easily soak and ruin any carpeting and furnishings in your basement. Seepage can happen when there are cracks in your basement's concrete walls or if you have an older home, or when the CMU, the brick or stone foundation leaks. 

It is one thing to get the job done, but it is another to do it with compassion and genuine care. Our professional team will work with you and your insurance company to find out what your immediate concerns are. They will walk you through the cleanup process to make sure that everything goes well. Lutherville water damage extraction is our area of expertise. As an established local business with a strong reputation of quality service in Maryland, we are competent and effective in resolving any water damage concerns. 

Remember, if standing water is not addressed immediately, you could be at risk of many germs causing bacteria and even microscopic mold growth to occur. Our SERVPRO team has the skill needed to disinfect, sanitize, and cleanup after water damage emergencies. We have multiple Disaster Recovery Teams on call 24 hours a day for emergency services, and we are ready and willing to rescue you in the worst of situations. All of our specialists are IICRC-certified and experienced in residential water damage restoration. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Hunt Valley/Lutherville is locally owned and operated. We are a part of the community which enables us to respond quicker with the right resources. We will work diligently to help you and your family get back to a pre-water condition. We are proud to serve all of our Maryland communities, including Timonium, Hunt Valley, and Towson. Call us today at (410) 229-0012 to alleviate your emergency concerns. 

The Bathroom: Towson Water Damage Hot Spot

12/23/2015 (Permalink)

Don't Let a Leaky Faucet Become a Service Call from SERVPRO

Call SERVPRO to Restore Your Water Damaged Towson Bathroom

Water damage in Towson often originates in the bathroom. Given the fact that multiple plumbing systems are often confined to a small space, it's not surprising to find that bathrooms tend to experience a wide variety of water damage emergencies. Although these issues can pose serious problems in your household, especially if a sewer or septic tank backup is the cause, learning more about them can prevent your property from becoming a mess. SERVPRO offers the following information you need regarding water damage in the privy.

Leaking Shower Pipes & Pans. Water damage that transpires from a small constant drip over time can be problematic for several reasons. First, it can cause mold problems. Second, the insurance company may not support your claim. And unfortunately, you may run into both of these problems if you experience a leaky shower fixture, pipe or a cracked shower pan. Over the course of time, the water can wick into your subfloor and wall voids. The accumulation of moisture in an enclosed, dark space is an open invitation for mold spores to start a colony. To prevent these issues from taking place, be sure to inspect your shower visually and ensure that there are no cracks in the shower pan area. Keep jointed areas with tile well caulked. If you fear a hidden leak, call SERVPRO to inspect the bathroom and offer suggestions or service.

Sinks. The most common type of water damage results from the breakdown of the supply line connection. When this connection is broken, pooling water will accumulate in the base cabinet of the sink. Don't put a pan there. Fix the leak before it becomes a deluge requiring water damage service. Be aware of this problem area.

Toilets. Toilets can be a big culprit for water damage. Even toilets that were installed and well maintained can malfunction and generate excess standing water in the bathroom. With this idea in mind, make sure that you inspect your toilet every couple of months to detect any tiny cracks in the porcelain. Replace the water tank float at the first hint of sticking. Also, be sure to check the toilet's supply lines and taps. If the commode rocks, the wax seating leading to the drain should be replaced.

Let The Professionals Of SERVPRO Assist You. While maintaining your household appliances and equipment is a great way to prevent water damage in Towson, it's important to know that disaster could still strike at any moment. To ensure that you can secure professional remediation services from a team of IICRC-certified technicians, keep the experts of SERVPRO in mind. If possible, we will assist you with your insurance claim. Don't let a drip become a flash flood. Call us 24/7 to restore your home to its pre-loss condition.

Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists

As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of Hunt Valley/Lutherville has advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-water damage condition. Call us for 24/7 service. (410) 229-0012

Why Time is of the Essence in Lutherville Water Damage

11/24/2015 (Permalink)

According to the EPA, the first 24-48 hours are the most crucial when dealing with water damage.

Lutherville Water Damage Time Crunch

Water Damage: A Brief Overview

Once your home or office is affected by water damage in Lutherville, there are numerous things you will need to do to restore order and safety to your property. In many cases, residential and commercial property owners feel overwhelmed upon considering all of the steps they will have to take to accomplish this objective. However, learning more about water damage and companies that offer restoration services can empower you to optimize and expedite the remediation process.

 Water Damage: The Basics

Water damage can result from numerous factors, including a natural disaster. In addition to surfacing as a result of a flood or fire, Lutherville water damage can be caused by household issues such as a burst pipe or malfunctioning washing machine. Irrespective of the cause, excess water in your home or office is a serious issue that must be addressed immediately and effectively. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that water can begin seeping into your walls, carpet padding, hardwood floors, and other property structures. If left unattended, water damage can cause serious issues such as the collapse of your ceiling.

 More Consequences Of Water Damage

 In addition to compromising the structural integrity of your residential or commercial property, water damage in Lutherville can lead to a plethora of health problems. This is the case because water damage creates the ideal conditions for mold to thrive in. Once property residents haven been exposed to mold, they become increasingly susceptible to health complications like skin infections, respiratory problems, lung complications, sinus infections, and cancer. Additionally, mold growth and proliferation can give rise to unwanted smells that begin to permeate ceilings, floors, and walls.

 Getting Professional Assistance

 After you realize that your home has been impacted by water damage, you should immediately call for professional assistance. Trained remediation specialists will be able to offer you comprehensive services that restore your property. The first step in the restoration process is the property inspection and assessment. This process will enable the remediation specialists to determine the extent of damages done to the property. Once these determinations have been made, the restoration experts will know which equipment and techniques to deploy to restore your property to its original condition.

 The Importance Of The Drying Process

 One of the best ways to prevent water damage from creating a high moisture environment that gives rise to mold is to thoroughly dry the property. Water remediation specialists understand this principle, and they use specialized equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers to accomplish the objective. In many cases, a thorough drying of the property can eliminate the need to replace hardwood floor, carpet, and walls.

 The professionals of SERVPRO possess advanced water damage restoration skills, and we also offer the type of exceptional customer service that will set you at ease throughout the process. Our IICRC-certified technicians utilize a proven six-step restoration process to ensure that your residential or commercial property is made new with lightning speed.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Hunt Valley/Lutherville is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When water damage occurs in Lutherville, Parkton, or Towson, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (410) 229-0012

Mold Remediation Can Be a Serious Matter in a Towson Home

9/25/2015 (Permalink)

Mold on a wall Don't Let Mold Take Over Your House

SERVPRO'S Mold Remediation Process Will Make Your Towson Home Healthy Again

Most homeowners know mold growth that occurs in your Towson residential property can pose a variety of health risks to you and your loved ones. Additionally, mold growth can cause structural damage to your property. For these reasons, it is important that you handle any mold issues you experience as soon as they surface. To learn more about mold and the importance of obtaining professional assistance with the mold remediation process, consider the information found below:

Mold Assessment

Although you may be inclined to remove mold by completing a do-it-yourself project, this is not the most practical way to get rid of the fungus. Mold removal is difficult for several reasons. Though household mold is likely not toxic, there is a great chance that the infestation caused by growth due to excess water or humidity is toxic. Second, using incorrect cleaning techniques to remove mold can cause the spores to proliferate and grow in other regions of your home. SERVPRO will assess the situation in your home environment and then start to execute a plan of action specific to your home in Towson.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you should contact a professional company in the event that the infestation covers a region totaling over 10 square feet. A mold remediation company like SERVPRO has all of the training, experience, and tools necessary to expedite and optimize the remediation process. Careful protocol must be followed to prevent mold proliferation during the removal and remediation processes. This may include containment devices (negative air chambers), "air scrubbers', and HEPA vacuums. Other equipment and chemicals are at the ready.

When Should You Call A Mold Remediation Company?

There are several situations in which you should call a mold remediation company. Some of them include:

• The mold is covering 10 square feet (a rule of thumb)
• You think there may be some hidden mold on the property (odor)
• You don't know how expansive the mold issue is
• The mold returns despite your repeated cleaning
• There are moisture issues in your home
• One or more people in your household suffer from allergy symptoms or asthma

If you are currently experiencing mold issues at your residential property in Towson, it's important to know that professional solutions exist that will successfully eradicate the mold. By calling a team of well-trained, highly skilled remediation specialists, you can receive the expedient assistance necessary to get your home back in healthy condition. When you're ready to get this process started, the team to call is SERVPRO. With over 50 years in the industry, we possess the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to quickly return your home to its previous healthy condition. Contact us today so we can get the mold remediation process going!

Call us at (410) 229-0012