Flash Flood Warning vs Watch
We've definitely seen our fair share of summer storms so far this season, and plenty of those have come with a good bit of flash flood warnings and watches! Since SERVPRO of Washington County is one of the most reliable sources in the community for storm and water damage remediation, we figured it's only fair we provide you some flash flood facts. Knowing the difference between and warning and a watch could be the difference between being prepared and being at risk for flood damage.
When your local agencies (whether it be NWS or a local weather station) issue a flash flood/flood warning this means flooding is happening or will happen soon. When you see this warning, it means you should move to high ground or be prepared for flooding ASAP. Often times it is important to be aware of any announcements from local officials if the flooding is projected to be particularly severe.
When local agencies issue a flash flood/flood watch, it means that flooding is possible. Upon the release of this watch, you should be sure to stay tuned to radio or TV for more information about the potential severity of the flood, should the watch be converted into a warning.
We know this can seem confusing, but if you're connected with us on Facebook or Twitter, we are sure to clarify what and when each watch/warning means, when we can.
Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen
Although house fires are generally down in numbers during the summer months, you still need to be on your toes when cooking. Cooking is one of the top leading causes of house fires by far. Grease and oils can ignite an unattended stove or fires can even occur by igniting dish towels, cardboard boxes, or other flammable objects left near it.
Summertime is a time to be careful as always whether you are cooking indoors or outdoors. Enjoy the easy breezy days of summer but be sure to stay on your toes when cooking! Taking the cooking outdoors in the summer doesn't necessarily keep you safe from a cooking fire. Surprisingly enough, mishandled propane tanks are responsible for many fires and injuries!
If you ever have too many cooks in the kitchen and a fire ignites, you know that you can always call SERVPRO of Washington County for any of your restorative needs! We are always ready and always here to help.
Best of Both Worlds
When you experience a disaster in your home or business, how do you know who to call? There are so many restoration companies out there to choose from and so many small businesses or large companies chains whose names you may or may not recognize. Why not get the best of both world?
SERVPRO was founded in 1967 and has grown across the country over the last 53 years! Our franchise is staffed by many local families, husbands and wives, parents and children, etc. SERVPRO of Washington County is made up of families and we run on family core values!
SERVPRO is a name you know and trust and has a reputation for excellence with our highly trained professional staff and decades of experience in the mitigation industry. And SERVPRO of Washington County is your local franchise ready to treat you like family! We care about our neighbors and our community and want the best for you. Give us a call any time for any of your restoration needs. We are here for you!
Don't Let Water Wait
When a disaster occurs in your home or business, it typically comes and goes. Fires burn and then they die out, wind blows through your neighborhood and then disappears, but water works a little differently than other types of damage. Water stays, and in many cases it continues to get worse and worse.
If you find an area in your flooring, walls, ceiling, appliances, etc. that is affected by water damage, it must be coming from some source. If that water is not removed and the source fixed, then the damage caused by that water will only grow. The longer you wait to mitigate the problem, the more of a problem it will become!
Water damage can also come in many forms such as rotting wood, rusting metal, or even something as simple as mold or mildew. Sometimes it can be very hard to spot, but if you think you’ve spotted the beginnings of a water issue in your space, give us a call for an inspection so we can help you as soon as possible! We are here for you no matter how big the disaster may be.
Soot is Small
Soot is small. And we mean VERY small. In fact, one particle of soot is typically 2.5 micrometers or smaller, try imagining that! After a fire burns in an area, those teeny tiny soot particles float all over the place and spread burnt carbon, wood, oil, dirt, etc. in every nook and cranny that you didn’t even know existed.
Soot is so tiny that it doesn’t just cover the surface of everything in your space, it also gets INSIDE of almost everything. Your cabinets, drawers, air ducts, it can even make its way into the airtight sealed doors of refrigerators! How crazy is that?
When you have a fire in your home, you need a local team of highly trained professionals to come and clean all of those microscopic soot particles out of your space. You don’t want an unsanitary space that smells like burnt carbon, and neither do we! Give us a call and we will be there right away, we’re open 24/7!
Safety in Uncertain Times
COVID-19 has really changed the way we run things. A small amount of you have hardly been affected by this pandemic while others have suffered greatly trying to make ends meet. Small business owners throughout the country have had difficulty drawing in customers as the virus continues to spread across the nation.
As a business owner, the last thing you need right now is for your customers to feel unsafe in your facility. If somebody feels as though they are in danger entering your space, they may never step foot in there until the pandemic is over. For many of us, that is far too long of a time period to sit around and wait!
Our new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is a cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitization of your space from top to bottom. This cleaning is done by our highly trained professionals with state of the art industrial grade cleaning gear! We want to help slow the spread of this virus and allow you and your customers to feel safe entering your facility.
As we continue to reopen Maryland, let’s make our businesses feel safe and secure for all to enter and enjoy! Give us a call and ask about our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program!
Maryland's Unpredictable Storms
Maryland blue crabs, black-eyed Susans, great blue herrings – Maryland is such a lovely state for so many reasons. One of the greatest things about our great state is that we get to experience the perfect amount of all four seasons. However, Maryland does come with its disadvantages as well. With a wide range of weather also comes completely unpredictable weather. How many other states can go from snowy to shorts and t-shirt temperatures overnight?
With all these crazy weather swings, Maryland experiences a lot of storms, especially in the summer! This summer, we have been riddled with storms. Many storm-lovers have been on cloud 9 as the beautiful clouds roll in and the thunder booms, but many other Maryland residents have unfortunately endured flooding, wind damage, and all sorts of other disasters to their spaces.
Storms have their ups and downs, but just know that even if you experience a major issue in your home or business, SERVPRO of Washington County will be there to help – rain or shine! We are faster to any size disaster!