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How to Know you have Hired the Professionals
At SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring there is a team of certified and trained technicians who perform mold remediations of any size, and any property time. Whether it be small, large, a home or a commercial building, they are here to help you! Although there are many companies that can perform the work, it is important to remember the following notes to ensure you have hired a professional team, that is reliable and going to treat the affected area properly to return it to its original state.
- All technicians should be properly dressed in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), including Tyveks, gloves and respirators.
- Mold spores can get into other areas of the home, or in the HVAC system and cause issues elsewhere. That’s why it is important for large mold areas to be contained with the proper material and if large enough a negative pressure system will be placed.
- All chemicals used in your home should be properly labeled and identified. Let your technicians know if you have any known allergies.
SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring can ensure that if you choose to use them, you are choosing a team of technicians with integrity whom care for the health and well-being of your family, and home.
Please give us a call for more information at (301)-588-2240
Don't Forget Your Agent
When you experience unimaginable damage to your home or business, Team Randolph and your insurance agent are ready there to help
If you suffer a property loss, your agent is your ally.
Your agent is the person who is trained and licensed to help you buy appropriate coverage for repair or replacement of your stuff if you suffer a disaster, like a fire, flood, burst pipe or mold.
While you may not give your agent much thought over time, SERVPRO of Chevy Chase/Silver Spring sees them in action every day.
Agents understand your policies. This alone provides valuable reassurance during a disaster and the mitigation process. Consider: your condominium (rugs, walls, ceilings, furniture) are soaked by flood in a neighboring unit. In this case, there likely are three policies in effect: yours, neighbors and owners’ association.
The lines of coverage are not always clear. Your agent knows this and knows your policy. You just want your stuff dried, cleaned and repaired; and to get on with your life.
Team Chevy Chase/Silver Spring lives in the disaster world and we know what to do and who to speak with to minimize the disruption to you. That is why we are such fans of engaged agents.
Back To School Home Safety
As we are nearing the end of August, and parents are enjoying their last few days before school we can only think of the many safety tips that parents should consider around the house.
In the Kitchen:
-Are knives, forks, scissors, and other sharp tools in a drawer with a childproof latch?
-Are glass objects and appliances with sharp blades stored out of reach?
-Are matches and lighters stored in a locked cabinet
-Are window blind and curtain cords tied with clothespins or specially designed cord clips?
-Is there a smoke alarm outside the bedroom?
- Are razor blades, nail scissors, and other sharp tools stored in a locked cabinet?
-Are all medication bottles, loose pills, coins, scissors, and any other small or sharp objects out of reach?
- Are all bleaches, detergents, and any other cleaning products out of reach?
-Have you checked for and removed other potential electrical fire hazards, such as overloaded electrical sockets and electrical wires running under carpets?
- Are all unused outlets covered with safety plugs?
August Ladder Safety
LADDER SAFETY TIPS
As the summer comes to an end and people are having work done to get ready for fall such as; paint jobs, cleaning gutters, one should pay careful attention to the following ladder safety tips.
Ladder climbing takes place in almost every home and workplace.
Falls off ladders are near the top in causes of fatal work related injuries in the construction industry and the third leading cause in all industries combined.
- Be sure to inspect the ladder before using it. Check for broken or missing parts, as well as grease, oil or other substances that could result in a slippery surface.
- To ensure stability, place the ladder on firm, even ground. Make sure it is not near any electrical wires or power lines.
- When setting up the ladder, use the 4 to 1 rule. For example, if the ladder touches the wall 16 feet above the ground, the feet of the ladder should be 4 feet away from the wall.
- Before climbing the ladder, make sure the braces are fully extended and locked in place. Never climb higher than the third rung from the top of the ladder, and never try to “jog” or “walk” the ladder to a new location. Descend and relocate the ladder instead.
-When working from a ladder, stay in the center and do not reach more than a comfortable arm’s length away. Keep your feet braced against the side rails and lean slightly forward.
-Always face the ladder when ascending or descending.
-Whenever possible, work within sight of someone who could provide assistance in the event of an emergency.
Lightning Safety Tips:
Don't Let This Happen To You!
Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips.
Be aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.
Go indoors. Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
Avoid water. Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.
Avoid electronic equipment. Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio, and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.
Tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control; cdc.gov.