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Conserving Water in Your Home

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

water Follow these tips to help save on your water bills, as well as our water resources!

Our crew members at SERVPRO of Laurel and SERVPRO of Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E see a lot of aftermath from home flooding, which means a lot of wasted water. Excessive amounts of water leaking, bursting, or draining cause these floods. 

We'd like to share some useful tips to help save on your water bill and at the same time, our valuable natural resources. Following these tips can also prevent a water catastrophe in your home:

  • 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. Oftentimes, sprinkler water ends up watering the road or sidewalks, or your neighbor's yard!
  • 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

SERVPRO is the area’s water & storm damage restoration experts. Large or small, we will restore your water-damaged property, residential or commercial, with efficiency and detail. 

Call us 24/7 at 301-323-8862 or 301-615-4884 if we can help!

Winter 2021-22 in Maryland

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Snow surrounding a property Winter-proof your property to prepare for cold weather

Winter 2021-22 officially begins Dec. 21, reminding us it’s that time of year to winter-proof our homes. If you live in Maryland and haven’t already, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the warmer days in order to get your property ready for the colder weather coming our way.

Below are a few tips for keeping your property at its peak during the winter season:

  • Seal gaps around door frames and windows to keep cold air from slipping in
  • Insulate pipes and hot water tanks to avoid freezing and to reduce heat loss
  • Check your drainage. To avoid saturation, and then the thawing of the soil near your property’s structure, add extra soil to the affected area.
  • Clean your gutters to avoid a backup and potential overflow.
  • Clean your chimney! Before you begin using the fireplace, have it inspected and cleaned, or else, many problems can arise!
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and make sure they work properly. House fires most commonly occur in the winter months. While homes and offices are closed up tight during the winter to keep the cold air out, it also means carbon monoxide becomes more of a hazard.
  • Drain any outdoor faucets
    • These faucets can develop a costly leak
    • Faucets can also freeze over, sometimes splitting the water line, which can lead to a house flooding
  • Cover outdoor furniture to avoid damage from snow, hail, etc., but do so on a nice, dry day, so no moisture can become trapped under whatever you cover your furniture with
  • Find your shovel or snow blower ahead of time. One of the last things you want to do in a snowstorm is crawl your way through piles of snow to your shed to retrieve such items.
  • Check your trees. Is there any risk it could fall on your home or building? Could one of its dead branches? Is a branch touching your property? If so, it’s a good time to chop off whatever necessary before snow and ice come
  • Check your attic
    • Heats rises, so if you don’t insulate your attic well, the heat you’re paying for will rise right out of your home.
    • Check for critters! Animals want a warm place to stay during wintertime. Just make sure it’s not in your attic or home in general!

Time to winterize your property to avoid pipe burst & other damages

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

frozen pipe Got pipe burst or other water-related damages to your home or business? SERVPRO of Laurel is a phone call away. 301-323-8862

With Winter upon us, we are reminding our customers & friends to walk around your home and yard and take a few simple steps to winterize your property.

The below 30 temperatures can freeze exposed water pipes. In the event you have frozen pipes, take these steps to be safe and help prevent further damage:

  • First, find your home’s main water supply and shut it off.
  • Next, turn off your main electrical supply to reduce the risk of electrical shock and damage to circuits and electrical appliances.
  • If the water comes from a hot water pipe, shut the main valve to your hot water heater as well.
  • Call a plumber for help as soon as possible.
  • Your safety is most important. Please do not attempt potentially dangerous repairs. Be aware of submerged electrical outlets, appliances or chemicals that may be inside standing water.

The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) offers the following tips to winterize your pipes and doors & windows this winter:

  • Make sure to drain outdoor water spigots and winterize water pipes. You can winterize water pipes by locating your hose bib shut-off valve, which may be in a basement or crawl space, and turning it off at the source. For extra protection, purchase a Styrofoam cover that attaches over the outdoor spigots to keep them from freezing.
  • You may also want to shut off water to exterior faucets and drain sprinkler systems for extra protection against freezing pipes and water lines.
  • Heat lost through windows and doors can account for up to 30 percent of home energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To keep heat in the house, look for cracks or gaps in the exterior caulking, check seals around exterior door and add caulking or weather stripping as needed. While these do-it-yourself fixes can reduce heat loss, a professional energy assessment can provide additional insights into areas where you may be losing heat and recommend fixes. Call your utility company to ask about their services or get a recommendation for a pro.

Check out this article from the AARP website for more tips to winterize your home and save money:

https://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-10-2012/8-ways-to-save-money-this-winter.html

In the event you experience pipe bursts and other water-related damages to your home or business property, SERVPRO of Laurel & Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E is available 24/7 to respond to water damage emergencies. We are a water & fire cleanup and restoration company and can help. Call us at 301-323-8862.

In Montgomery County, call our parent franchises SERVPRO of Rockville-Olney & Silver Spring North at 301-340-1313. We are “faster to any size disaster” and here to help!

Conserving water in & around your home

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

water Follow these tips to help conserve water around your home

At SERVPRO of Laurel and SERVPRO 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:

  • 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 showerhead is probably the cheapest and will help cut your water bills)
  • Wait until you have enough clothes for a full load to do laundry
  • Position your lawn sprinkler in the most efficient way possible. Oftentimes, 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

How to Keep Your Pet Safe During a Storm

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

white dog on sofa It's important to make sure your pets are safe and comfortable during inclement weather!

Pets can face a lot of anxiety amidst a storm.

If you know a storm is approaching, or see the first sign of one, immediately bring your pet indoors. Animals can become disoriented and panicky when witnessing intense conditions, and it’s not uncommon for them to wander away under these circumstances. Also, if a veterinarian has prescribed your pet any anxiety medication, this would be a good time to administer the medication.

It’s also important your pets wear ID tags, or better yet, are microchipped. If they do get lost, they will be much easier to identify and more quickly returned to you.

It’s very common for your pet to become frightened when they hear thunder or feel the house shake due to high winds. In case of emergency, in an instance where you have to pick them up and flee your home, be sure to remember their favorite hiding spaces. This way, you won’t waste time wandering around your home in search of them.

If you are leaving your home, it’s best to bring your pet with you. Create a list of surrounding lodging choices that are pet-friendly. See if you could drop off your furry friend at a friend’s or relative’s home, or call to see if any boarding kennels have space.

If you are staying home, keep your pets away from windows as much as possible. In a state of panic, your pet could either try jumping out (however, your windows should definitely be shut), or something may cause your window to shatter, sending pieces of broken glass everywhere.

In the event of heavy rains beginning to come inside your home, and it begins to flood, move yourself and your pet to the highest location inside your home. Your pet can take shelter in cabinets or shelving.

A few tips include moving your pet inside a room with no carpeting, in case of bathroom emergency, and having a fresh supply of water readily available, as you do not want your pet to dehydrate. Taking them to a veterinarian would be nearly impossible in the case of a serious weather crisis.

Additionally, make sure there are no poisonous substances or baits your pet can get ahold of. When taking shelter, your pet might either be in an unfamiliar room which you are not used to them being in, or they might get bored and begin getting into boxes, bins, or shelves. Again, if they consume something that will cause them to fall ill, it would be nearly impossible for you to bring them to the veterinarian.

Lastly, consider creating a first-aid kit for your pet. ASPCA has created a list of items you should include in your own kit. Check out their link: https://www.aspcapro.org/resource/saving-lives-shelter-health-poison-control/how-make-pet-first-aid-kit

For other tips or for fire and water cleanup & restoration, SERVPRO of Laurel and SERVPRO of Greenbelt NE/Beltsville E are here to help. Call us 24/7 at 301-323-8862.