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Does Your Family Have a Fire Escape Plan?

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

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Most people do not spend a lot of time considering what they would do if there were a fire in their home. Consider though that the American Red Cross responded to more than 74,000 disasters in communities across the United States last year and 93 percent of these were fire related.

Having an escape plan is an important part of fire safety. According to the American Red Cross, only 26 percent of families have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. You don't want to wait for an actual fire to find out if your family can escape.

Eighty percent of Americans don’t realize that home fires are the single most common disaster across the nation.

It's important to remember children under five and adults over 65 are more than twice as likely to die in a home fire than the rest of the US population.

Make a plan and ensure everyone in your home knows what to do. Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and escape plans are all part of saving lives. After a fire, and after everyone is safe, give the damage your immediate attention. 

If you have fire damage to your home call the restoration team that takes care of the Eastern Shore. SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester (410) 749-2221. 

We have trained technicians that are ready to help. We are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.  

We are locally owned, and operated. Our restoration teams are well trained and properly equipped.  

We respond to your call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. If you have fire damage our technicians can also help you recover items that are damaged.

Fire damage needs immediate attention, SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester provides 24-hour water damage restoration service (410) 749-2221.

Don’t Let a Small Leak Become a Big Issue

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

A green square is shown with SERVPRO orange logo and the words “Check for small leaks under your sinks” If you suspect a leak or water damage call SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester (410) 749-2221

Often times our team is called to a home or business where a small leak is now a larger problem. Homeowners have told us many times that they regret ignoring a small leak. In some cases, they thought they may have heard something, but didn’t investigate. Hoping it goes away is never a good approach to plumbing problems. 

Monitor your water bills, if you receive one that’s unusually high, and you haven’t been using excess water, a leak is a possibility.  

If you suspect a leak, check the cabinets under the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom sinks to make sure they’re dry. Look for water around the bases of tubs, toilets, and showers and beneath the water heater, dishwasher, and laundry.  

There are other signs of leaks and water damage. Bubbling paint or bulging wallpaper wall discoloration. This could indicate water leaking from behind the drywall and soaking through to the front side. Musty odors and dripping sounds can also indicate a leak.

If you have water damage or suspect a leak, call the local restoration team that the Eastern Shore counts on. SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester (410) 749-2221. 

Our restoration teams are well trained and properly equipped. We are locally owned, and we know this community. 

We have trained technicians that are ready to help. We are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.  

We respond to your call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Our technicians can also help you recover items that are damaged.

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester provides 24-hour water damage restoration service (410) 749-2221.

Local Professional Restoration Help is Available on The Eastern Shore

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

A detachable shower head is shown If you have water damage SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester (410) 749-2221.

Residential leaks can be tricky to find. Some leaks are obvious, like frozen pipes that burst. Other leaks are more difficult to detect, like loose connections in plumbing lines under floors. If you suspect a leak, it’s important to try and find it as soon as possible. If left untreated, even for a short amount of time, it could cause serious damage to your home.

Some leaks can be obvious like:
Wet drywall
Cracks in the foundation
Stains on floors, ceiling, and walls
Wet spots beneath leaks from the ceiling    Visible mold and mildew in or near showers and tubs

Possible leak sources in your home:
Leaking Tubs & Showers
Leaking Appliances
Leaking Water Heaters

If you have water damage or suspect mold, call the local restoration team that the Shore trusts. SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester (410) 749-2221.


We have trained technicians that are ready to help. Our restoration teams are well trained and properly equipped. We are locally owned, and we know this community. We respond to your call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Our technicians can also help you recover items that are damaged. We want to help restore your home.

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


SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester provides 24-hour water damage restoration service (410) 749-2221.

Wet Weather and Being Near the Water Can Lead to Serious Mold

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

Mold in shower is shown close up Mold in a bathroom that is not removed by professionals can spread quickly.

Whether you’re in Cambridge or all the way down in Pocomoke, mold can be a serious concern throughout the Eastern Shore. Mold can spread through your home or business in as little as 24 hours. If you suspect mold be sure to stay out of affected areas until our technicians arrive. Turn off your HVAC system and any fans.

Contact our team, so we can help. SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester, we respond with the right equipment and experience you can trust.

It’s important that you do not touch the visible mold. We’ll take care of it, don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants. Finally, don’t blow air across surfaces where you suspect mold.

A small mold problem can quickly become a major expense if left untreated. Our team can start the remediation process immediately after you contact us. A faster response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester has trained, knowledgeable technicians ready to help. 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, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO of The Lower Shore, Mid-Upper Shore and Talbot / Dorchester provides 24-hour water damage restoration service (410) 749-2221.

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)

A hand is shown holding a moisture detecting monitor to a wall, a SERVPRO orange logo is shown. SERVPRO of The Lower Shore uses technology to make sure your home is dry after water damage.

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)

Mold is shown with different colors including green and yellow, caption reads Mold growth starts in as little as 24 hours. Don’t Hesitate if You Have Water Damage on the Eastern Shore, call The Lower Shore Restoration Team (410) 749-2221

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.