Recent Cleaning Posts

Clean dryer vents often to prevent a fire

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

Fire flames in laundry room Clean your dryer vent after each load for optimal performance and to prevent a fire.

It can take minutes, but can prevent a fire that may cost a life or more.

Some 34% of home fires are caused by failure to clean the vent in a clothes dryer. A lint fire is a dangerous possibility. To avoid the hazard on lint buildup, occasionally pull out the vent and clean. Thoroughly dry the lint screen with a clean towel. You can also use a vacuum to clean the lint trap filter. SERVPRO® of Laurel & Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

The National Fire Protection Agency gives us advice on how to keep your vents clean. Clean the lint filter before and after each load. It is vital to clean your dryer vents every so often to ensure your safety.

Here are some signs that your dryer vent may need to be cleaned:

  • Drying times are taking longer.
  • Your dryer is getting hot when you’re using it and your clothes are being damaged.
  • You can’t see any steam or head any noise outside your house at the wall vent when you run the dryer.

At SERVPRO of Laurel & Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E, we want to make sure you are taking the right precautions to avoid a house fire. If you do experience a fire caused by your dyer or any other appliances in your home call us today! 301-323-8862 or 301-615-4884.

The pandemic may be winding down, but we still need to be cautious!

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

Certified Clean decal If you see this SERVPRO decal in businesses and commercial buildings, you can rest assured you're in clean and safe spaces.

While the pandemic is steadily improving over the past year with the wide availability of the Covid-19 vaccine, times are still not yet 100 % safe as we still need to take precautions to keep everyone healthy.

Since the height of the pandemic, SERVPRO of Laurel and SERVPRO of Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E -- part of a leading national company that provides fire & water cleanup and restoration, as well as mold & biohazard remediation – kicked off a certified cleaning program designed to provide communities with a way to know that a structure has been cleaned, sanitized and disinfected to minimize harmful pathogens.  

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program allows business and company locations to address the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a level of clean that goes beyond janitorial and carpet cleaning. It is “proactive viral pathogen cleaning.” When businesses choose SERVPRO, their employees, customers and community can rest assured they’ve selected a higher standard of clean -- Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (CSC).  

At SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney and Silver Spring North, as well as our other recently-acquired SERVPRO of Laurel and SERVPRO of Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E franchises, we have been quite busy with our disinfecting service as businesses small & large are bringing back their workforce. Our crews use special equipment to provide this Covid cleaning; equipment such as the Electrostatic Disinfectant Spray, for example, and fogging  devices are effective in covering even those harder-to-reach spots around offices and work environments. Our goal: to help keep our communities safe and protected during this pandemic.  

How would you know if a business has had a SERVPRO-certified cleaning? If a structure is sanitized and disinfected as part of the CSC program, a window decal shield will be left at the structure, as well as a separate window decal that is dated by our crews to let everyone know when it was last sanitized and disinfected.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean. Being open for business is just the beginning of our new journey forward. Employees may be hesitant to return to work, and customers may wonder whether the businesses they patron are safe. Our CSC program will give patrons and employees peace of mind that the space has been protected by SERVPRO, an authority on what it means to be clean.

Businesses & companies preparing to reopen their doors are encouraged to reach out to us 24/7, as we are happy to discuss the 3 C’s: Consult, Clean and Certify. We can create a custom cleaning plan for the business or property owner, followed by our best-in-class cleaning and disinfecting services, and finishing with a certification they can share with their patrons and staff. Rest assured all our crew members and products adhere to Centers for Disease Control and local cleaning guidelines. 

Contact us today at 301-323-8862 or 301-340-1313. We are locally-owned and operating for 43 years, and always open & ready to help!  

Routine Duct Cleaning Keeps Indoor Air Safe & Extends HVAC System's Life Span

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

hand with green cloth cleaning floor vent Routine duct cleaning can keep indoor air safe and your HVAC system operating efficiently.

Dust, pet dander and other containments from everyday living are circulated through your ducts and can decrease the efficiency of your HVAC heating & cooling system, causing it to work much harder. Keeping the ductwork clean can extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak condition, which saves you money.

Duct Cleaning Can:

  • Remediate Bacteria, Fungi and Mold
  • Reduce Potential for Mold Growth
  • Restore Peak Energy Efficiency
  • Eliminate Offensive Odors

Since the ventilation system is often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality, keeping your ductwork clean should be a high priority. In most cases, the HVAC system has been operating for some time without much attention. Dirty ducts can circulate odors, contaminants such as mold and irritating dust throughout your building or home.

These contaminants from day-to-day living are sucked into your HVAC system and recirculated throughout your home over and over. This causes a buildup over time inside the ductwork. This buildup can cause problems for people with asthma and other respiratory health conditions, auto immune disorders, and environmental allergies. 

The EPA’s website states: “In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.”

Cleaning your ducts can sweep away years of dust and dirt, helping to reduce potential for damage and health risks.

In some circumstances, such as after a fire, smoke or suspected mold growth, duct cleaning becomes an essential part of the cleanup process. This includes certain odors as well. In these cases a Duct Cleaning Professional can often restore the ductwork to pre-damage condition. It is also recommended that you have the ductwork cleaned after buying a home or after a renovation. Just like carpet cleaning, having your ductwork cleaned should be part of your home maintenance routine. 

Call SERVPRO of Laurel & Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E today to schedule a cleaning! 301-323-8862.

Prevent a Home Fire by Cleaning Your Dryer Vent Regularly!

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

dryer vent on fire Prevent a home fire by cleaning your clothe dryer vent regularly.

Did you know that 34% of home fires are caused by failure to clean the vent in a clothe dryer?

A lint fire is a dangerous possibility. To avoid the hazard on lint buildup, occasionally pull out the vent and clean. Thoroughly dry the lint screen with a clean towel. You can also use a vacuum to clean the lint trap filter. SERVPRO® of Laurel & Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup.

The National Fire Protection Agency suggests we clean the lint filter before and after each load. It is vital to clean your dryer vents every so often to ensure your safety.

Here are some signs that your dryer vent may need to be cleaned:

  • Drying times are taking longer.
  • Your dryer is getting hot when you’re using it and your clothes are being damaged.
  • You can’t see any steam or hear any noise outside your house at the wall vent when you run the dryer.

If you do experience a fire caused by your dryer or any other appliances in your home, call SERVPRO® of Laurel & Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E  at 301-323-8862. Our teams stand ready 24/7 to clean up and restore your property from fire, smoke, water and mold.

SERVPRO Proactive Viral Pathogen Cleaning Program Goes Beyond Clean!

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO cleaning decal When a structure is sanitized & disinfected as part of the CSC program, a window decal shield will be left at the structure.

Though we have moved forward since the Covid-19 pandemic began in March 2020, times are still uncertain for much of the world, including Montgomery County, Maryland. SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney and our sister franchise SERVPRO of Laurel, continue to provide the SERVPRO certified cleaning program designed to provide communities with a way to know that a structure has been cleaned, sanitized and disinfected to minimize harmful pathogens.  

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program allows business and company locations to address the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a level of clean that goes beyond janitorial and carpet cleaning. It is “proactive viral pathogen cleaning.” When businesses choose SERVPRO, their employees, customers and community can rest assured they’ve selected a higher standard of clean -- Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned (CSC).  

At SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney and Silver Spring North, as well as SERVPRO of Laurel and SERVPRO of Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E, we have been quite busy yet again with our disinfecting service as businesses small & large are deligent in keeping their workplaces safe for employees and customers. Our crews use special equipment to provide this Covid cleaning; equipment such as the Electrostatic Disinfectant Spray, for example, and fogging  devices are effective in covering even those harder-to-reach spots around offices and work environments. Our goal: to help keep our communities safe and protected during this pandemic.  

How would you know if a business has had a SERVPRO-certified cleaning? If a structure is sanitized and disinfected as part of the CSC program, a window decal shield will be left at the structure, as well as a separate window decal that is dated by our crews to let everyone know when it was last sanitized and disinfected.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean. Being open for business is just the beginning of our new journey forward. Employees may be hesitant to return to work, and customers may wonder whether the businesses they patron are safe. Our CSC program will give patrons and employees peace of mind that the space has been protected by SERVPRO, an authority on what it means to be clean.

Businesses & companies preparing to reopen their doors are encouraged to reach out to us 24/7, as we are happy to discuss the 3 C’s: Consult, Clean and Certify. We can create a custom cleaning plan for the business or property owner, followed by our best-in-class cleaning and disinfecting services, and finishing with a certification they can share with their patrons and staff. Rest assured all our crew members and products adhere to Centers for Disease Control and local cleaning guidelines. 

Contact SERVPRO of Laurel today at 301-323-8862. We are locally-owned and operated and always open & ready to help!  

Are your schools, daycares safe to welcome back students? SERVPRO of Laurel can help!

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

A child walking down school hallway SERVPRO of Laurel can clean & sanitize your schools, daycares to make them safe for students.

Most area school students & staff, including those in Montgomery and Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland, return to class at the end of August or after Labor Day. And already most school districts and colleges in the DMV and throughout the country are requiring mask-wearing due to increased Covid-19 cases as a result of various variants.

For facilities managers, it's still important to make schools, daycares and places where students and faculty & staff will be spending their daytime learning and teaching and interacting with one another.

SERVPRO of Laurel & SERVPRO of Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E. offer a variety of cleaning services, including fogging, electrostatic disinfectant spraying, and proactive cleaning. We have been helping businesses and residences stay safe and protected throughout this COVID-19 crisis. We’d like to remind you of the services we can provide to your school, classroom, cafeteria, teacher lounges & offices, etc... to keep it disinfected and clean! 

Our services can be recurring, too! Get scheduled for a one-time cleaning, or make services recurring.

If you’d like to learn more about our services, to schedule a cleaning, or for a quote, call us today at 301-323-8862 or 301-615-4884.

Give Your Customers, Patrons a Higher Level of Clean!

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned table tents Customers expect a higher level of clean in the business place. SERVPRO of Laurel can help!

Businesses small and large in Maryland now have the green light to operate at full capacity; while that is great news for all, business owners and patrons are encouraged to continue to take safety measures and common sense when among large gatherings.

State officials eased most of the remaining restrictions on public gatherings and commerce in mid-May, ending the Covid-19 pandemic that upended most everyday life since March 2020. Businesses such as hair salons, boutique shops and restaurants can return to 100 percent capacity, both indoors and out. Even entertainment & arts venues, conventions and other indoor places such as gyms and houses of worship, can now take place at full capacity, as can professional sports venues including baseball parks.

Owners and property managers of business shops and larger facilities may consider a professional, deep sanitization before welcoming back your customers and patrons. Our latest program —Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned — is a defensive cleaning program that gives your business a way forward by providing your employees & customers ongoing safety and assuredness. Our proactive viral pathogen cleaning program will help your business meet a higher standard of clean.

Call SERVPRO of Laurel & Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E today at 301-323-8862 to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you; our SERVPRO of Laurel & Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E teams are here to help!