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Lean on Our Team to Finish Your Remodel or DIY | SERVPRO of Washington County

8/17/2023 (Permalink)

Home renovation in an attic with vaulted ceilings Need a team you can count on for your home renovations? Call SERVPRO of Washington County for all your remodeling needs!

Picture this: You have been dreaming of a kitchen cabinet makeover for years and have saved all kinds of pictures and inspiration on your phone. You finally buy all the supplies, get out your tools and get to work.

Halfway through, you realize you are in over your head and you are staring down half-painted cabinets, doors off their hinges and a serious problem on your hands. What do you do?

You call SERVPRO® of Washington County, of course! In addition to our restoration services, we also offer full reconstruction services to all homeowners and business owners in the area. Read on to learn more. 

What Our Construction Process Looks Like
We are well-known for our restoration services, and we are proud of it! Part of that restoration process involves rebuilding or restoring whatever was damaged by the disaster. 

That is why we have to be fully trained in all kinds of construction processes and procedures. Our talented team can do everything from cabinet repair to finishing up that basement room you have always dreamed of. 

We start with a full inspection of the space to get a better idea of the project, and then we create a plan personalized to your home’s unique needs. From there, we will gather supplies, collaborate with other contractors if needed and then get right to work. We can even handle the less exciting parts of renovation like dust control and sanitization needs.

We Offer the Confidence You Deserve

We know you care about your home, and we do, too. That is why we are constantly learning and training to align our current practices with the latest and greatest processes and procedures. We can handle everything from the smallest drywall repair to serious projects like marble floor repair

Don’t forget that we are also here to help you overcome whatever damage you face after any sort of disaster. We will secure your home with tarps and window boarding services and then get to work helping you recover from a fire, flood or storm damage.

Our team is so confident in our services that we won’t leave until you are 100% satisfied with the final product. What are you waiting for? Let’s finish off that DIY together today!

In need of a reliable construction team? Contact SERVPRO of Washington County today.

Tracking Down the Source of Water Leaks | SERVPRO of Washington County

8/17/2023 (Permalink)

Woman mopping flood from water leaks in basement or electrical room. Do you have water damage in your Washington County home? Call SERVPRO® to get your space back in preloss condition!

We can all appreciate a soft and gentle rain from time to time, especially if that rain brings more pleasant and seasonable weather to the Hagerstown community. The fall season offers a nice reprieve from the hot and humid summer temperatures, but we are still vulnerable to the effects of the weather. 

Heavy rain can cause all kinds of issues in our homes and can lead to stubborn water leaks that turn into significant water damage. We want you to stay nice and dry no matter what is going on outside! Our SERVPRO® of Washington County team explains more about water leaks and how to prevent them below. 

Common Locations for Water Damage

Anywhere that is directly connected to the outside and the elements has the potential to leak. Windows, doors, skylights and even wiring holes can leak water in the right conditions. 

The older your home is, the more vulnerable it becomes to things like sagging window panes and rotten door jambs that can easily invite water inside your home that leaks through your walls and floors. 

Another common place for water leaks to occur is on your roof. Our roofs are the first line of defense in keeping us dry, but they can be quickly overwhelmed if your gutters are clogged or the rain comes down too fast for your system to keep up. The tiniest crack or gap along your roof line can encourage water to leak down into your attic that can spread anywhere in your home. 

The Trouble With Water

The problem with water leaks is that they can sometimes be hard to spot right away. If the leak happens behind your walls, it can spread and soak into your drywall, insulation and support beams before making itself known on the other side. It might be too late by then! 

Another issue is that if water isn’t cleaned up and dried out right away, mold can start to grow behind your walls that can turn into an infestation in just a matter of days. That can impact your home’s structural integrity and eventually become a health hazard to you and your family. 

Where We Come In

That’s why having a professional water damage restoration company come out to your home right away is key! Water spots or warped floors or walls are all classic signs of something more serious lurking beneath. Call us out right away for a quick evaluation. Our team will use thermal imaging cameras to detect hidden moisture, and we will get to work drying out your space with our industrial equipment

Once everything is dry, we will get to work on the repairs. Water has the unfortunate ability to ruin building materials in a short amount of time, but we can easily tackle those repairs and return your home to its pre-water damage state in no time at all. 

Concerned about potential water damage? Contact SERVPRO of Washington County right away.

The Sneaky Characteristics of Mold | SERVPRO of Washington County

8/17/2023 (Permalink)

Female worker of cleaning service removes mold from wall using spray bottle with mold remediation chemicals and scraper tool Has your home been impacted by mold? Call SERVPRO of Washington County to restore your home's health!

Being a homeowner is a lot of work, but that work is definitely worth it in the long run. You are constantly running around cleaning, repairing, tinkering and troubleshooting no matter what time of year it is! That’s why it can be easy to overlook seemingly innocuous things such as minor water spots or a humid part of your home that doesn’t ever seem to dry out.

Unfortunately, those unsuspecting places are also where serious mold situations can grow, and they can often become full infestations in a matter of days. If you discover mold in your Hagerstown home, call SERVPRO® of Washington County for immediate assistance. 

Where Does Mold Start Growing?
Mold is basically everywhere all the time. It floats through the air in microscopic spores both indoors and outdoors and can easily transfer back and forth through open windows, vents or air leaks anywhere in your home. 

While it is found everywhere, it doesn’t grow everywhere. Mold only likes to grow in spaces that are dark, moist and a little warm. If a mold spore makes it into an area like that, it can grow into a colony in as little as 48 hours. Common places for infestations tend to be places that have a hard time drying out completely, like your bathroom, attic and crawl spaces. 

How to React When You Discover Mold
Many people’s first reactions are probably along the lines of “ew” followed by a discussion on how to clean it up. We really recommend not disturbing the mold yourself. 

Sometimes mold spores can be dangerous, so it is best to leave it to the professionals to investigate for you. We will determine the type of mold it is and we will also investigate any moisture problems that caused the spores to take hold in the first place. 

We first work to contain the mold and filter the air to get any residual spores out. This also helps remove the odor as mold often produces a musty, earthy smell that can linger even after the mold is gone. Then we will sanitize the entire space to ensure the mold can’t grow back. 

From there, we will work on restoring any possessions that were impacted by the mold. Keep in mind that not everything can be saved once mold starts to grow, but we do our best to restore whatever we can and clean to the best of our ability. Finally, we will seal up any air leaks or gaps that caused the water leak or moisture issue in the first place. 

The Repair Process

Mold has the ability to cause widespread damage in a short amount of time. Coupled with the lingering moisture, mold can degrade beams and internal structures, rust metal and rot wood and other materials in your home. This can sometimes make your living areas unsafe to be in even after the mold is gone. 

We can repair whatever the mold ruined quickly and thoroughly to return your home back to its pre-mold condition. You can count on us when mold is discovered on your property! 

We are ready to help you overcome a mold problem. Contact SERVPRO of Washington County right away.

Commercial Restoration with SERVPRO of Washington County

8/10/2023 (Permalink)

business woman at lunch Restoring your business to its prime: SERVPRO of Washington County makes disruptions a thing of the past

When disaster strikes your business, time is of the essence. Whether it's water damage from a burst pipe, fire damage from an unexpected blaze, or mold growth that's affecting the health of your employees and customers, you need rapid, professional assistance. Enter SERVPRO of Washington County, your trusted partner in commercial restoration.

Our team understands the complexities of commercial spaces. We know that every hour your business is down affecting your bottom line, and our goal is to get you back up and running as quickly as possible. With state-of-the-art equipment, certified technicians, and a commitment to excellent customer service, SERVPRO of Washington County is the first choice for businesses in need of restoration services.

Don't let unforeseen events disrupt your operations. Trust in the expertise and efficiency of SERVPRO of Washington County to make it "Like it never even happened."

When Fire Strikes: SERVPRO of Washington County to the Rescue

8/10/2023 (Permalink)

burnt building From ashes to excellence: SERVPRO of Washington County revives businesses with expert fire restoration

The aftermath of a fire can be overwhelming for any business owner. Beyond the initial shock and trauma, there's the daunting task of restoring your property to its former glory. That's where SERVPRO of Washington County steps in, offering unparalleled fire restoration services.

The havoc a fire wreaks isn't just about burnt walls and charred furniture. There's smoke damage, water damage from firefighting efforts, and potential structural issues. SERVPRO's team, with its vast expertise in fire damage restoration, ensures that every nook and cranny of your commercial space is addressed. We utilize the latest equipment and methodologies, ensuring a thorough cleanup, deodorization, and restoration process.

You've built your business with dedication and hard work. When a fire threatens its foundation, trust in the prompt and professional services of SERVPRO of Washington County. We're committed to bringing your business back to life, making the aftermath "Like it never even happened."

Preparing for Coastal Storms and Hurricanes | SERVPRO of Washington County

6/16/2023 (Permalink)

Street view photo of a home in the middle of an intense thunderstorm with heavy rain and lightning Hurricane season can bring wicked weather to our area. If you're impacted by a storm, call SERVPRO of Washington County to restore you home.

Living near the coast is one of the best parts about living in Washington County. All of the sand, sun and soft sea breezes can make every day enjoyable. What is not enjoyable, however, is the potential for a strong storm or even a hurricane to make its way to our shores.

By taking steps to prepare your home for the possibility of high winds, heavy rain and potential flooding conditions, you can avoid widespread and costly damages to your home and property.

SERVPRO’s emergency restoration team lays out some easy ways to start preparing your home now, so read on to gain some great insight.

<h3what-to-expect">Knowing What to Expect

Not all coastal storms are hurricanes, so knowing the differences can help you make your action plan. The good news is that most incoming storms are able to be predicted days to weeks in advance, so that should be enough time to get things together and prepare your home.

Hurricanes and severe storms vary when it comes to severity level, so having as much advance notice is crucial. Starting two to three days out, make your lists and keep a close eye on the forecast. In certain instances, evacuating might be necessary or hunkering down might be the best choice.

<h3for-getting-your-home-ready">Steps for Getting Your Home Ready

The goal is to always prevent as much damage as possible around your home or property. Securing your home as best you can help keep your loved ones safe as the winds blow and the rain falls outside.

Storm shutters are a great investment since they can provide an additional layer of protection from flying debris and potential broken glass, so get them ready to use so you can close them quickly when the storm starts. Go around your property and secure anything that could be tossed by the wind or picked up by floodwaters. This includes garbage cans, outdoor equipment and lawn furniture.

Now that you are confident that your home is ready, it’s time to get your family ready! If you are staying put, ensure your family’s safe shelter location is clear and ready to get to in an emergency.

Stack food, water and any necessary medications in the room and include any personal necessities that your family would need to be comfortable. If you are evacuating, do the same to your car, but plan for a few extra days away as severe storm damage can make the roads difficult to travel on immediately after a storm.

<h3to-do-after-discovering-damage">What to Do After Discovering Damage

After the wind is done howling and the downpour turns into a quiet mist, you should take a walk around your property to look for damage. Flooding issues and general home damage are common problems when it comes to hurricanes and coastal storms, so investigating your home should always be your top priority.

If you do suffer damage, call SERVPRO of Washington County as soon as possible. Our team is dedicated to helping you recover quickly and efficiently, no matter what level of damage you are facing.

Has your home suffered storm damage? SERVPRO of Washington County is here for you.

Atlantic Hurricane Season 2022 Update

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

National Hurricane Center hurricane tracking image showing 3 storm systems that are being tracked in the Atlantic Ocean. SERVPRO Team Luzzi's water damage restoration experts are available when natural disasters damage your property. Call us 24/7.

Unpredictably, the Atlantic storm season of 2022 has been quiet. There were no named storms in the August for the first time since 1997. On September 1, Tropical Storm Danielle was named. It is the fourth Atlantic tropical depression to develop this year. Danielle will be at sea, and is not a danger to land. Two other storm systems are being monitored by meteorologists. However, conditions in the Atlantic Ocean remain too dry for tropical depression formation. The Atlantic's warm waters are ideal for generating hurricane activity, but the air is still dry and dusty, which reduces the likelihood of tropical storm formation. It is possible that the first disturbance in the image will be the fifth named storm of this season, Earl. Although it is too early to predict the storm system's path, it is moving slowly west to northwest and appears to be passing north of the Caribbean islands. There is a possibility that parts of the east coast could become affected if the storm moves along its current path. We will keep an eye on the storm to ensure we are ready for anything.

It is well-known that the most recent tropical storm systems have caused more water damage and have been wetter than the storms of the past. Although there are many causes for this destruction, most scientists point out that man-made climate change is the main catalyst. This includes the increase in rainfall and storm surge seen in nearly all major storms of 21st century.

We are water damage restoration specialists and will be ready for any type of severe weather. We can provide a preliminary assessment of your property prior to a storm and even offer preventative measures to reduce damage.

Store Damage Preparation and Restoration

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Waves crash on a waterfront walk way. SERVPRO of Washington County is prepared for the next major storm. Call us 24/7.

SERVPRO's Storm Response Team was established to provide assistance in coordinating a larger chain command in the event that a storm strikes. This is a testament to our dedication in these unpredictable situations. Our team has to brave dangerous and horrible messes in order help communities recover. It is not surprising that our ability to quickly grow our workforce, equipment stockpile, and mobilize has enabled us to become the most recognizable restoration restoration company in the USA.

Our team is available to mobilize thousands of miles and transport equipment when and as needed. Some of the most experienced storm restoration project managers and technicians are part of our ranks. 

We remain steadfast and foresighted in the event of major storms. We will mobilize our teams to assist those who will be most affected. We offer pre-storm services such as board-up services and pump and sandbag placing... and we offer restoration services to residential and commercial properties that are in dire need of repair after a storm.

We will keep an eye on all major hurricanes and will be prepared to respond in case of emergency. Call us today if you suspect that your building may be at risk. A project manager will help you to map your property and can also assist with restoration in case of a major storm.

Smoke & Soot Damage Repair

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

Forest fire picture taken from space. SERVPRO fire damage restoration includes clean up and removal of soot and smoke odors.

The heat waves of the summer of 2022 have broken temperature records around the globe. In Spain meteorologist have decided to start naming these events, like hurricanes, has the destruction and death brought on by prolonged heat has warranted such a designation. Forest fires in Europe and across the US have forced thousands of people to leave their homes in search of a safer locations and the summer is only at the midway point. 

Residential and commercial properties in the way of an out-of-control forest fire stand little to no chance of survival... but even properties miles away from the blaze can be subject to fire, smoke, and soot damage. SERVPRO is available to help properties recover from smoke and soot damage, as well as the clean-up and repair of buildings directly affected by fire. 

Our team is trained to manage and resolve issues resulting from smoke and soot damage including:

  • Clean-up and sanitation of all surfaces
  • Removal of all visible soot
  • HVAC & Ductwork Cleaning
  • Removal of odors
  • Cleaning of textiles (clothing, rugs, curtains, etc)
  • Restoration of furniture
  • Restoration of electronics
  • Reconstruction

SERVPRO is the #1 choice for fire damage restoration because we offer a complete start-to-finish product that saves you time and money. If your property, commercial or residential, is damaged by property call us immediately. Our team is available 24/7 and will begin work right away in order to help save and restore as much of your damaged property as possible.

SERVPRO's Storm Team is Prepared to Help In Floods & Storms

7/8/2022 (Permalink)

Two houses are partially under water after a flood. SERVPRO of Washington County is Rhode Island's #1 Storm Restoration & Construction Team.

The country's June 2022 record for highest temperatures was broken in several states this year. Experts believe that this is just the beginning of a hot summer. Record breaking days with nighttime temperatures above 90 degrees are happening in cities throughout the south. There is no relief from heat, even at night. These areas are vulnerable to flooding if it rains. The reason is that the dry, hardened ground won't be able absorb water fast enough in case of a tropical storm or large rainfall. These areas often see heavy rains during hurricane season. These are the types of storms that cause the most damage to commercial and residential properties and homes in the United States. People can't do much to prepare for these storms except to listen to local authorities and be prepared to evacuate commercial properties or homes that are in the path or floods. We will also be there to assist in the event of any damage. If needed, our team of disaster restoration and storm management experts are ready to assist in any storm that strikes New England, New York or elsewhere in the country.