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Do You Know How to Shut Off the Water Going into Your Home?

4/9/2022 (Permalink)

A residential water valve with a red handle is shown. If you have water damage, turn off the valve and call SERVPRO of The Lower Shore.

Handling a Water Leak in Your Home 


You suspect a water leak in your home and you’re not exactly sure where the problem started. First you will want to find the main shut-off valve for the home. If your leak is somewhere in the main branch line, or if there is no fixture shut-off valve near the fixture you need to repair you’ll want to find the main shut-off valve. This is usually found in a utility space near where the main water line enters the house, or near the water meter.

This valve will always be located on the same side of the house as the water meter, and it is usually a rather large valve. This valve rarely gets closed, so it may be a little tight. After shutting off the main shut-off valve, open the lowest and also the highest faucet in the home. This will allow water standing in the plumbing system to drain away.

If you discover water damage in your home, you should call the highly trained restoration specialists. Their training is focused on restoring items that can be saved, drying and documenting the process.

We’ve earned trust and a solid reputation on the Eastern Shore. Our staff can also help you navigate the insurance claims process.

A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.


SERVPRO of The Lower Shore is the clear choice for restoration services (410) 749-2221.

Recent Delmarva Thunderstorms Lead to Wind Restrictions on Bridges and Residential Flooding

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Some of the thunderstorms that came through the Eastern Shore caused gusty winds and heavy rains. This can lead to inconveniences like temporary bridge closures or restricting certain vehicles. It can also lead to flooded homes. A high volume of rain in short amount of time can make a mess of your home.

Being aware of National Weather Service warnings and coastal flooding are part of life on the shore. Sometimes the routine spring thunderstorms aren’t so routine. One thing you can do before the next storm is check your homeowner’s insurance policy and be clear on what is covered. If you have water damage, who can you call for help?

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore is ready to help. When you call, we’ll respond quickly so that there isn’t more damage. When the SERVPRO of The Lower Shore professionals arrive, they will inspect and assess the damage to your home. The severity, hazards and restoration options will be explained to you. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The next step is removing the water using powerful pumps and extraction units. Damaged materials and items will be removed in order to start the drying as soon as possible. Cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing will help the restoration process after water damage.

Our team of experts will begin drying areas of water that you may not be able to see. They will use industry-leading equipment. During the drying process, technicians will monitor your property to make sure everything is drying properly.

Our staff is well-trained and ready to help. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. SERVPRO of The Lower Shore provides 24-hour water damage restoration service (410) 749-2221.

Ocean City Businesses are Getting Creative to Solve an Ongoing Resort Problem

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

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New Ways Around a Tough Problem in Ocean City   

Many beach communities around the country are facing the same issues that business owners are experiencing in Ocean City, Maryland. Often times there isn’t enough affordable housing for employees. Affordable housing that is on or near the business has a number of advantages for the business owners and the employees. It is a valuable incentive that employers can offer when hiring. 

Recently one Ocean City business owner hoped to convert office space to housing that can hold up to 15 employees. In early March of 2022, the Ocean City Planning Commission unanimously approved the second-floor conversion. 

If you’re an Ocean City business owner or commercial property manager, you have a lot of responsibilities. From trying to keep costs under control, to hiring and retaining employees. The last thing you might be thinking about is what to do if you have water, storm or fire damage.

Ocean City business owners have a great local restoration team they can count on. SERVPRO of The Lower Shore is locally owned and operated. Our technicians can get to your commercial site quickly and begin restoration. Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we.   

We have extensive training and are certified in areas like water damage and treating mold. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our staff is well-trained in commercial damage restoration. 

Whether it’s resort restaurants, hotels or any other business on the Eastern Shore, SERVPRO of the Lower Shore is ready to help. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. 

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service (410) 749-2221.

Serious Water Damage and Mold on the Lower Eastern Shore

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

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If You Suspect Mold in Your Eastern Shore Home, Call a Professional Restoration Team 

Water damage can be caused by many different things. Storms and flooding are often associated with water damage in the home, but there are many other causes.   

Here are some home maintenance tips that relate to appliances. This will help make your home safer and prevent water damage.   

Appliance maintenance in your laundry

Washing machine: Look for any cracks, weak spots or deformities in the hoses connected to your washing machine to prevent floods or leaks. Replace hoses every five years or as directed by your owner's manual.

Dryer: Clean the filter after every use, no exceptions. Use guidance from the manufacturer to clean out the vent. 

Appliance maintenance in the kitchen

Oven: Check the owner’s manual for recommended maintenance. Regularly inspect the burners to ensure they light up evenly. Check the seal on the oven door; a poorly sealed oven door can cause your appliance to lose a large portion of its heat, driving up utility bills and unevenly cooking food. Inspect the rubber or fiberglass seal around the perimeter of the door for any breaks, and check for leaks with the door closed. Replace if necessary.

Garbage disposal: Check for blockages and remove with tongs, then run the disposal with a deodorizing or cleaning agent such as ice cubes and salt, vinegar or even frozen citrus.

Dishwasher: Follow manufacturer recommendations for cleaning. Regularly inspect the racks for chips and go over them with special touch-up paint to prevent exposed metal and rust, which can damage your dishes.

Fridge: Clean the interior, exterior and coils according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Regularly inspect the seals on the doors for cracks or breaks.

Microwave: Regularly inspect the interior of the microwave to ensure the seals and coatings are intact.

Simple steps to make your home safer and prevent water damage. If you suspect water or mold don’t hesitate to call the trained professionals at SERVPRO of The Lower Shore (410) 749-2221.  

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.  SERVPRO of The Lower Shore has the specific water damage training and experience to help you.

We’ll respond to your Eastern Shore home or business quickly. SERVPRO of The Lower Shore arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. 

MOLD REMEDIATION and RESTORATION 

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service (410) 749-2221.

Flooding and Water Damage on The Eastern Shore

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

The interior of a home damaged by flooding is shown If Your Home has Water Damage from Leaking Pipes or Flooding Call The Lower Shore Restoration Team (410) 749-2221

Flooding and leaking pipes can be a serious threat to your home. There is one thing for sure, if you experience large scale water damage, it will leave behind a large-scale mess. The Eastern Shore has several areas that are known to flood on a regular basis. 

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the US, this is according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There are some good reasons to see if you can improve your home’s chances during a flood. One inch of flood water can cause $25,000 in damages to your home.  

A few tips to think about: 

Consider replacing carpet with tile 

Floodproof basements (consider waterproofing compounds and a sump pump) 

Install flood vents in foundation walls 

Invest in a sewer backflow valve   

Call a Professional Restoration Team

If you have water damage in your home call SERVPRO of The Lower Shore (410) 749-2221. We are locally owned and operated, so we can get to you quickly. Don’t let a small mess become a larger, expensive problem. 

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore technicians use advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as fast as possible. The drying process can help avoid the spreading of mold. Water damage in your home can lead to mold in as little as 48 hours. 

The SERVPRO of The Lower Shore team is knowledgeable and experienced. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.  

You can learn more about our advanced water repair process.

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service (410) 749-2221.

Winter Weather Advisories and Damaging Storms on The Eastern Shore

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

A pier covered in snow is shown as it extends into the water. Snow scenes across the Shore can be beautiful, but heavy snow and wind can cause damage to your home. SERVPRO of The Lower Shore (410) 749-2221.

Winter has arrived on the Eastern Shore and with it comes Winter Weather Advisories. The individual advisories outline what emergency officials are recommending, depending on the weather event. For example, if a few inches of snow are being forecasted overnight, the advisory might ask you to slow down on your morning commute. The Winter Weather Advisories also warn about specific conditions like, "plan on slippery road conditions."

Winter weather can also mean storm damage. SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  If your home or business is damaged by winter storms call SERVPRO of The Lower Shore (410) 749-2221.

Trained to Restore Your Home or Business  

Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. SERVPRO of The Lower Shore is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. We believe in continuous training, from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

It's not just about our training and experience. It's also about being able to respond to your damage quickly. SERVPRO of The Lower Shore is available 24 hours a day for storm emergencies, large or small. We can also handle fire and water damage as well as remediate mold.

If you want to learn more about how our team can help if you have storm damage  

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore Storm Damage

If you have questions about storm, water or fire damage give us a call (410) 749-2221. Stay safe this winter and for the latest road conditions in Virginia or Maryland, call 5 1 1.

Flooding and Water Damage Can Be Dangerous and Costly on the Eastern Shore

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

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When the state of emergency was recently declared in parts of Maryland, including counties on the Eastern Shore, people started talking about the potential of water damage to their homes. The potential for coastal flooding was beyond routine nuisance flooding. Flooding can be dangerous and water damage can be costly, especially if it’s not handled quickly by professionals. If you’d like to learn more about flooding check with Maryland's Department of Emergency Management.

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore is ready to help when your home or business is threatened by water damage. One of the concerns is mold. Our trained technicians are experts in handling mold problems. Response time is important, before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be taken care of, or the mold may return.

Why Our Team?

Our technicians specialize in water and mold damage restoration, we have advance training in restoration, the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your home or business.

Learn more about what we do and what makes us different. 

WATER DAMAGE

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore is also ready with other kinds of water damage. Maybe you suspect mold after problems with leaky pipes, we’re here to help. We can get to your damage faster because we are locally owned and operated.

Expertise is critical because every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination. The process we use provides validation and documentation that your property is dry.

When you have damage to your home there is already a lot of stress. Let our team work with your insurance during the claims process. 

From Ocean City to Centreville we have you covered 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If you have questions about water damage or restoration call SERVPRO of The Lower Shore (410) 749-2221.

Fire Safety Tips to Keep Your Family Safe During the Holidays

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

A red burning candle is shown surrounded by holiday decorations Have a safe and joyous holiday season

Every year there seem to be a lot of fire safety information that comes out as the holidays get closer. There are a few reasons for this. Did you know the top three days of the year for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve?  That’s according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). They are responsible for developing and delivering fire prevention and safety education programs.   (USFA) offers the tips below:  

  • Only use decorations that are flame-retardant or not flammable.
  • Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear.
  • Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
  • Keep your live Christmas tree away from heat sources and room exits.
  • Water your live Christmas tree daily to keep it from becoming dry.

If you experience a fire during the holiday season, call the right team when the first responders have left your home or business. 

After the fire it’s important to call experts, that have the right equipment and training. Each fire damage situation can be a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.   

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your property with care.        

Training Matters When Selecting A Restoration Service  

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore 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. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification. 

OUR TRAINING

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester, will respond quickly because we know the Shore. Our technicians will get to you quickly and we use advanced restoration and cleaning equipment.

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore provides 24-hour fire and water damage restoration service (410) 749-2221.

6 Things to Teach Your Kids About Home Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

You’ve likely had a lifetime’s worth of fire safety education (although despite it all, the top cause of home fires is still ignoring food while it’s cooking, but we feel sure you’re working on that). However many years you’ve been alive, you’ve got that many years of fire drills, NFPA advertising campaigns and OSHA talks at work under your belt.

Your kids, though, are at a natural disadvantage, because while they may have had some education, they don’t have the years and years of engrained fire safety knowledge you may now possess. But their knowledge and reactions as it pertains to fire safety are certainly no less important than yours, so it’s crucial that you do everything you can to empower them to react quickly and safely in the event of a fire.

Here’s the basic knowledge you should go out of your way to impart.

The sound of a smoke alarm. Make sure your kids know this is the sound of warning, but that it should provoke action, not fear. Younger children especially may be tempted to run and hide.

What firefighters wear. Listen, if a person showed up in your bedroom in the middle of the night looking like Darth Vader with a big ax, you might be a little skittish, too. Get your kids acquainted with the look of firefighters who are actively in rescue mode and gear.

The way out. Kids need to know the escape route you have established as a family and two ways out of every room.

How to exit safely. Teach kids to test doorknobs with the back of their hand to ensure it’s safe to open, and make sure they know to crawl out under smoke to avoid inhalation.

Get out, stay out and meet up. Teach your young ones to move quickly to your family’s designated meeting spot outside the home, so that you and the on-scene firefighters know everyone is accounted for. Stress to them the importance of staying out of the house once they’re outside, and that they shouldn’t reenter the home for any pets, toys or other items.

Call 911. If your underage child happens to be home alone without a cell phone, make sure he or she knows to knock on a neighbor’s door to quickly call 911 to get first responders on the scene.

Hammering home this information can help your kids react quickly and safely in the harrowing event of a fire.

Fire can cause serious damage to your home, but we can provide serious restoration. Contact SERVPRO today if you need fire recovery.

Hail Is a Threat to Your Ocean City Business | SERVPRO® of The Lower Shore

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

You know how every superhero team has somebody who, though they may possess incredible powers and abilities, still gets viewed as kind of an also-ran? That’s the story of hail for many people.

Maybe it’s because other natural weather occurrences possess more spectacle or pizazz that they get all the headlines, but whatever the reason, hail is the Hawkeye of natural disasters. But hail deserves more respect—it’s actually one of the most damaging weather threats we face in the United States.

Hail causes an average of about $11 billion in damages every year, and it’s not surprising considering there were over 4,600 hailstorms last year alone.

And while Maryland isn’t exactly part of the Midwest’s “hail alley” (though the alley is widening), hail can strike anywhere, at anytime, when the conditions are right, and the conditions are right across the U.S. more often than almost anywhere else on the planet.

So as an Ocean City area business owner, what can you do to prevent hail damage and protect your valued assets?

Take care of your roof. Your roof takes a beating constantly from sun, rain, critters and their factors, but hail can cause acute damage, especially large hail. Always inspect your roof after any major storm, looking for broken or damaged shingles, or granules on the ground or in your downspouts. Don’t wait when you see damage or when your roof starts to show signs of wear—get it fixed or replaced to save yourself damage from invasive water.

Reinforce your windows. Impact-resistant windows are doubly helpful for coastal businesses, because they can minimize the potential impact of both hail and tropical storms. Large hail can definitely shatter standard glass, and of course you’re certainly aware of the power of hurricanes—installing stronger windows can help prevent breakages, and it may actually decrease your insurance costs in the process.

Keep assets covered. Some hail damage is preventable simply by moving some things indoors or under covers. Any outdoor equipment that can be moved inside or covered should be taken care of in an impending storm, and company vehicles can be moved to garages or carports for protection. Even if you have to pay a few bucks to park in a carpark, it’s worth it to keep from having to repair dents or broken windows. Keep important indoor assets away from windows during heavy storms as well. And of course, keep your most valuable assets—your team—safe during hail and thunderstorms as well, by keeping them indoors until it’s safe outside again.

Hail damage happens, but when it does we’ll be there to fix your business up. Contact SERVPRO today to see how quickly we can help you recover from damage of all kinds.