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Biohazard Cleanup

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Over the years, SERVPRO of Catonsville has been called to work on many different jobs that would be considered Biohazard Cleanup. But what exactly is does that mean?

A biohazard situation occurs when exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. This can be anything from sewage backups or animal waste to crime scene or homicide.

A very common situation is a sewage backup. Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. In this situation, our trained technicians remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

One of the most devastating and emotional situations that requires cleanup is a trauma scene. Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Their first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. Additionally, our professionals will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Most recently, our most prevalent biohazard cleanup situation has been cleaning homes and businesses after a positive case of Covid-19. Coronavirus, a viral pathogen, is another type of biohazard and our technicians have completed our specialized viral pathogen-cleaning program.

Other biohazard situations we’ve encountered are hoarding scenes, accident cleanup, animal waste or remains, and chemical spills.

Biohazards may occur in homes, businesses, public spaces, and even cars. These situations are never easy, but we’re here to help.Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, our technicians help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe spaces.

Water Damage Amid Covid-19

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Unexpected water damage during the COVID-19 crisis?

You know you need to address and fix the problem but you may still be concerned about inviting anyone into your home at this time. What do you do?

At SERVPRO of Catonsville, we’re open and here to help. Not only to fix the water damage but to make you feel comfortable with our presence in your home.

Rest assured, we are absolutely committed to keeping your family, your home, and our technicians safe during this challenging time.

What we’re doing:

1. Additional questions: When you call our office, we’ll ask additional questions to understand your individual household situation.

  • Is anyone in your home currently sick?
  • Has anyone in your home recently been sick?
  • Has anyone in your home recently traveled?

2. At a minimum, our Technicians are required to wear gloves and at least a mask on any and all jobs until further notice.

3. Our Technicians will respect your space and work quickly and efficiently to fix the damage

We know this is a difficult time, so if you’ve experienced a recent water loss, call us: 410-242-7370. We’ll answer all of your questions and get the problem fixed quickly and safely.

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About SERVPRO of Catonsville  

SERVPRO of Catonsville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Catonsville is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Catonsville community.

Commercial & Residential Cleaning Services

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Catonsville, 410-242-7370. 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Cleaning + Disinfecting

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Catonsville is uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC.

According to the CDC, CLEANING of visibly dirty surfaces followed by DISINFECTION is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.

CLEANING refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces.

DISINFECTING refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces.

CLEANING does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

DISINFECTING does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Overwhelmed by proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures right now? Call us. We can help! 410-7242-7370

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html

About SERVPRO of Catonsville  

SERVPRO of Catonsville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Catonsville is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Catonsville community.

Media Blasting

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Late last year, our office received a call for a job cleaning up a home after a fire. The fire had started in the basement, then pressurized and spread throughout the entire house. The basement was the most damaged.

To remove the soot from the surfaces, our crew used a process called Media Blasting.

Media Blasting is a process that uses compressed air to blast mildly abrasive particles out of a nozzle against a surface to remove build up, grease, soot, mold, paint, grime etc. Abrasive material may include sand, baking soda, CO2 or dry ice. For this job, our crew used granite.

We had to soda blast the concrete masonry walls in the basement, the steel I-beam support, all the floor joists and studs in the basement, all the first floor studs, some exterior brick and concrete, and the entire roof and attic area.

The soda blasting technique allowed our team to restore this home and leave it ready for the homeowners to paint, refinish, and reside in comfortably.

In addition to fire damage, soda blasting can also be used to remove old paint from buildings, remove grease build-up from restaurant kitchens, remove unwanted graffiti from public spaces and much more.

About SERVPRO of Catonsville

SERVPRO of Catonsville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Catonsville is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Catonsville community.

Employee Spotlight: February 2021

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Employee: Brandy Weitzel

Position: General Manager

This month we're featuring our General Manager, Brandy, who has been a part of our team for over 15 years.

From Brandy:

“After 15 years of being part of the team, I can honestly say it has been one heck of a ride. I truly look forward to the future I have with SERVPRO!

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.’"

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About SERVPRO of Catonsville

SERVPRO of Catonsville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Catonsville is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Catonsville community.

Why Should You Clean Your Ducts?

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know what’s lurking in your ducts? You may not be able to see it, but ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

Keeping your ducts clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

SERVPRO of Catonsville professionals are trained to inspect the HVAC unit. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today: 410-242-7370

What Causes Mold?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

We’ve all heard horror stories about mold. Maybe you’ve even experienced mold in your own home. But where does it come from? What causes mold?

Below are some of the most common source of mold-causing moisture:

  • Flooding from storms coming from outside
  • Sump pump overflow
  • Roof leaks from damaged roofs, ice dams or blocked gutters
  • Rain from storms through window frames, exterior walls, or doors
  • Leaking pipes, sewer back-ups or overflows
  • Damp basements due to high water table or badly managed water drainage
  • Condensation on cold surfaces

To grow and thrive, mold needs:

  • High humidity
  • Warm or temperate Temperature
  • Poor ventilation

Mold is easier to prevent than it is to clean so keeping an eye on common sources of mold, maintaining a dry, ventilated home and drying homes from water damage within 24 hours of an incident is the best way to prevent mold from happening in the first place.

SERVPRO of Catonsville, specializes in mold cleanup and restoration. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If you have mold, call us 410-242-7370

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About SERVPRO of Catonsville   

SERVPRO of Catonsville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Catonsville is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Catonsville community.

Benefits of Professional Carpet Cleaning

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet cleaning can improve the appearance of your home and extend the life of your carpet, but perhaps the most valuable benefit from the process is improving your family’s health. 

According to the American Lung Association, if members of your household suffer from conditions that can affect their breathing, such as snoring or asthma, it’s especially crucial that you vacuum your carpets at least three times a week. Beyond vacuuming regularly, you may also benefit from having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year.

Here are the top three ways the process leads to a healthier home:

Carpet cleaning eliminates trapped pollutants.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a dirty carpet can retain several sources of indoor air pollutants, including pet dander, cockroach allergens, lead, particle pollution, and everyday dirt and dust. Toxic airborne gases can adhere to these particles and get trapped within the carpet. These toxic gases can be released through everyday activities such as vacuuming and walking across the carpet, which can cause them to contaminate the air in your home. Professional carpet cleaning services kills these bacteria through special shampooing formulas and can remove deeply trapped pollutants with high-powered vacuums.

Carpet cleaning can clear out dust mite infestations.

Many homes have dust mite infestations, yet most homeowners aren’t aware of the infestation, because the creatures are microscopic. Dust mites themselves aren’t allergens, but they often leave behind feces and body fragments which are. Because of the microscopic size of these particles, they can easily be inhaled when the area is disturbed, which can exacerbate allergies. Many professional carpet cleaning companies utilize a technique known as steam cleaning when performing carpet maintenance work, which exposes your carpet to high temperatures that dust mites can’t survive.

Carpet cleaning can help prevent mold growth.

Especially in areas with high humidity levels, dirty carpets are at a high risk of developing mold growth when exposed to moisture. In precipitous weather, moisture frequently gets tracked into the home and can sink deep in the carpet fibers if not dried and vacuumed immediately. Having your carpet cleaned regularly can prevent mold and mildew growth, because professional carpet cleaners have high-powered drying tools that annihilate moisture. By eliminating moisture, you can prevent mold growth that can cause health effects if ignored for too long.

Call SERVPRO of Catonsville for your next carpet cleaning: 410-242-7370

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

No one ever plans for a disaster, but you can always prepare for it. Did you know 50% of businesses never reopen following a disaster?

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information

This App is of no cost to you. It is a complimentary service that SERVPRO of Catonsville will provide to you. While we hope that you will call us for help in the event of a disaster, that choice will always be yours!

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About SERVPRO of Catonsville

SERVPRO of Catonsville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Catonsville is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Catonsville community.