Holiday Safety Tips for Your Home
Follow these tips for a safe and jolly holiday season!
Christmas is right around the corner!
During the winter holiday season, we notice a pattern of catastrophes, many caused by ovens, stoves and also, Christmas trees. Due to the busyness and excitement-overload of the holidays, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Set reminders and alarms in your phone to ensure you don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off or to take the cookies out of the oven!
To avoid issues such as a tree fire, house fire, outlet overload, and even electrocution, follow the tips below to keep you and your family safe and happy during this 2020 holiday season!
- Water your tree daily! A dry tree can quickly transform into a tree in flames.
- Do not connect more than three strings of lights.
- Got cords? Keep them away from heat sources. Do not nail or staple them either. Placing them under a rug isn’t a safe idea. Neither is completely shutting a door or closing a window with a cord running through it. This is a fire hazard.
- Plugging in too many appliances can overload the outlet. Avoid doing so.
- Before plugging in appliances, lights, yard decorations, etc., make sure your sockets are in good condition and that wires are not bare. Oftentimes, we use these decorations or particular outlets just once a year, so it’s important to carefully inspect them.
- Turn off and unplug any lights before going to sleep or leaving your home. Extinguish any candles before leaving the vicinity.
- Cooking or baking for the holidays? Make sure to stay in the kitchen when doing so.
- Use battery-operated candles instead of candles with actual flames.
- Water and electricity never mix well. Be careful your string lights are not touching or partially in the tree’s water bowl. Make sure you are dry when plugging in outdoor lights, especially.
- It’s cold, but be careful where you place space heaters. They should always be at least three feet away from furniture, etc. and even farther from Christmas trees.
We at SERVPRO of Laurel and Beltsville-Greenbelt wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and safe holiday season!
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Conserving Water in Your Laurel-Beltsville-Greenbelt Area Home
Follow these tips to help conserve water at your residence!
At SERVPRO of Laurel and of Beltsville-Greenbelt, we see the aftermath from home floods, which means a lot of wasted water. Excessive amounts of water leaking, bursting, or draining cause these floods. Our website mentions all the details on how we clean up and restore the flooded areas (https://www.SERVPROlaurelgreenbelt.com/water-repair-process).
In this blog, we will talk about water conservation. We hope to provide you with useful tips you can follow to save on your water bill and to our natural resources alike. Following these tips can also prevent a water catastrophe from occurring in your home!
Try the following suggestions below. You can see if your monthly water bill decreases by doing so.
- Check your toilet for leaks (the old food coloring trick is a sure way to discover any)
- Check for leaks in pipes and faucets too
- Do not leave you water running the entire time you brush your teeth, shaving or showering
- Purchase water-saving appliances (a shower head is probably the cheapest and will save you)
- Wait until you have enough clothes for a full load to do laundry
- Position your lawn sprinkler in the most efficient way possible. Often times, sprinkler water ends up watering the road or sidewalks
- Plant drought-resistant plants and trees
- Use a broom, instead of a hose, to remove dust and dirt from your sidewalks, etc.
- Reuse water when possible. You can water your garden instead of allowing a lot of the water you’ve used to flow down the drain
- Capture rainwater! Invest in a water drum to catch water from gutters and downspouts
What's Causing the Odor Within Your Commercial or Residential Property?
Spraying a pleasant scent in the air may be a quick fix, but may not solve the odor problem for good depending on the extent of the issue.
Do you have an odor in your Laurel or Beltsville-Greenbelt residence or commercial building?
If so, you might ask where it’s coming from. Is there a specific source that’s letting off this smell? What’s causing it, and how can it be eliminated once and for all?
Sometimes, an odor can originate from a deceased animal trapped in your attic. That’s a simpler cleanup. Other times, the odor could be much more difficult to pinpoint. When the situation is more complex or dispersed, there’s more of a science to identifying the root of the issue.
This is when SERVPRO of Laurel and Beltsville-Greenbelt steps in. Our highly trained technicians have taken IICRC technical classes to learn how to properly identify and remove odors.
Oftentimes, people try masking a serious odor. In attempt to scare the smell away, here are a few common methods used, but are either very temporary or to be used with caution:
- Purchase and light a candle warmer
- Spray a pleasant scent
- Sprinkle baking soda everywhere (which can neutralize odors permanently, however, use caution or avoid if you have pets. If ingested, animals can become ill)
- Cleaning furniture or walls with soapy water
- Leaving windows open (which is sometimes a preventative measure to take, but can also allow additional moisture to travel inside depending on climate and temperatures)
If the odor stems from an issue such as mold, a gas leak, improper heating equipment, a blocked chimney, or spilled chemicals, the methods above might cover the smell for a short while, but will not be able to stop the smell from resurfacing. In many of these instances, the smell could lead to sickness or could even be fatal.
If you discover the source, and it’s an easy fix (rotting vegetables in your refrigerator, a bag of old gym shoes in your garage, food stuck in your drain because you forgot to use the garbage disposal, etc.), then you’re in luck. However, you will want to call a professional immediately if the circumstances seem more dangerous/hazardous or if you cannot pinpoint a harmless source after searching.
Leave it to SERVPRO of Laurel and of Beltsville-Greenbelt if you want a safe, thorough, and effective cleanup. With our extensive knowledge and latest, state-of-the-art equipment, we will have the smell source identified, located, and carefully eliminated.
Give us a call at (301) 323-8862 with any questions or needs for odor removal and deodorization, and see our page for more details: https://www.SERVPROlaurelgreenbelt.com/odor-removal-deodorization.
Restoring Residential or Commercial Property After a Fire
Call SERVPRO of Laurel and of Beltsville-Greenbelt if you are in need of immediate fire damage restoration.
Fire Damage on Residential or Commercial Property
Life has enough interruptions and bumps along the way without the unwanted disaster of a house fire. The aftermath is almost as bad but much longer-lasting. Even small fires can merit the use of a professional restoration company. Cooking fires that spread beyond the stove, barbecue grills that go haywire, and even small appliances that catch fire can cause damage to surrounding areas.
Small Fires can Pose High Risks
While you should never pour water on a grease fire, nor on an electrical one, many times that is a person's first reaction anywhere. This can cause even more damage. Cooking fires and electrical shorts are common causes of Montgomery County, Howard County and Prince George's County fire damages. It can also create physical risks to people standing nearby. With grease fires, baking soda should be poured into the skillet and any grease or oil that has caught fire outside of the cooking pan or skillet instead of water.
With electrical fires, the appliance should be unplugged if it can be safely done, but not by pulling on the cord. This can cause the cord to snap, leaving the plug, without the cord, still in the outlet. The power to the area where this is happening should be shut off at the fuse box as quickly as possible to eliminate the hazard.
After the Fire is Out, It's Time to Repair the Damage
When there has been a localized fire, you should have someone assess the damages for you. This can often help with insurance documentation. Landlords, if you are renting, will also appreciate if you inform them of the fire, and they can see the damage for themselves. It is every landlord's worst nightmare to have a fire or flood damage their properties. If they can see the amount of damage, they can rest easier knowing the extent of the repairs required. Fires do happen, through nobody's fault, and your landlord will know this.
Damage can range from blackened walls and countertops to heavily burned surfaces, electrical wires being damaged and requiring replacement, to floors suffering damage so severe they must be replaced to be safe again. Having experts conduct the repairs needed can greatly facilitate insurance claims being resolved, as well.
Hopefully you will never have to experience a fire in your home, business or building, but if you have recently dealt with this catastrophe and need professional restoration to your residential or commercial property, give us a call today at 301-323-8862. We are always “Faster to any size disaster.” No job is too large or too small!
Introducing SERVPRO of Laurel and SERVPRO of Greenbelt-Beltsville
Always ready to help - 24/7, 365 days of the year!
With great excitement we’d like to announce that SERVPRO of Laurel and SERVPRO of Greenbelt-Beltsville are now under the management of Team Thompson, who have owned and operated SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney and SERVPRO of Silver Spring North for over 40 years. Over the many years, our family-owned business has met countless families throughout the region and has established many priceless and personal connections to many wonderful people in our communities. We truly look forward to helping those living in the Laurel, Greenbelt, and Beltsville areas and to form many new relationships and bonds. We feel very fortunate to expand our team and to share our expertise in restoration and remediation with even more people.
Whatever damage your property may have, whether it be water, fire, storm or mold, our two new franchises are now ready to restore and repair your commercial or residential property. We realize you may be suffering a huge loss, so we will always be “Faster to any size disaster” to minimalize the disruption in your life and to prevent further damage. With our team of highly-trained and seasoned crew chiefs and technicians, SERVPRO of Laurel and SERVPRO of Greenbelt-Beltsville will restore your damaged property, so it’s, “Like it never even happened.”