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Christmas Decorations can Cause Fire Damage in Harford County, MD

December 10th, 2018 · No Comments

You survived hosting your first Thanksgiving in your Harford County, MD home. You had friends and family over and it was great. Now you’re looking ahead to Christmas and getting the house decorated to look as festive as possible. Your tree is up, the music is playing, and you’re happily hanging decorations around the house. You’d had a few second thoughts about the lights you put on the tree; they came from your grandfather’s attic and you weren’t sure how old they are, but fire damage was the furthest thing from your mind.

After a quick trip to the basement to put away some boxes, you return to the living room to find smoke billowing from the tree! You quickly run to the kitchen, retrieve the fire extinguisher, and dowse the smoldering blaze! Your home is now filled with nasty smelling smoke and fire extinguisher gunk seems to be everywhere. Where do you turn for help restoring your home?

The fire damage restoration professionals at ServiceMaster by Libby Green are here to help! We’re not only here to help when disaster strikes, but we want to help you prevent fires this holiday season! Check out our tips for avoiding and coping with fire damage:

  1. Make sure all your decorations are in good working order. Check all your decorations before putting them up. Make sure lights and other electrical decorations work and are in good condition. Look for frayed wires and missing bulbs which can spark and cause fires. Also, if you’re using candles in your decorating, make sure open flames are kept away from flammable materials such as curtains and ribbons. Never leave open flames unattended, and ensure they’re completely extinguished before leaving the room.
  2. Remove as many items as possible from the area where the fire occurred. If a fire has occurred in your home, remove as many items from the area as possible once the fire has been extinguished. Items that remain in the area can be exposed to soot or other fire debris during the cleanup process, making the process take longer.
  3. Contact fire damage restoration professionals. Fire damage restoration is never something you should attempt on your own. Improperly treating fire damage can actually lead to more damage. Instead, contact the professionals at ServiceMaster by Libby Green. We’re available 24/7/365 and can be onsite quickly to begin cleanup right away. Our technicians have the tools and training to make sure the fire damage restoration is quick and painless, and we’ll work with your insurance company to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

If you find yourself coping with fire damage in Harford County, MD, contact the professionals at ServiceMaster by Libby Green immediately at (800) 570-4206. We’ll get your home back to its pre-loss condition quickly so you can return to business as usual.

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When You Have a Leaky Roof, Find Reliable Water Damage Cleanup in Baltimore County, MD

November 9th, 2018 · No Comments

The ice on your roof from last week’s storm is melting as the temperatures have risen. While the warmer temperatures are welcome, the leak in your roof made apparent by the melting ice is definitely not. How do you handle the water damage that comes with a leaking roof on your Baltimore County, MD, home? The water damage cleanup professionals at ServiceMaster by Libby Green are here to help!

 

  1. Find the source of the leak. The first step is to find the source of the leak and get it repaired. When it comes to your roof and rafters, it’s best to obtain the help of a professional when assessing the source of the leak. A professional roofer not only knows how to find a leak, but also how to fix it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
  2. Start the water extraction process. Once the leak has been identified and fixed, the next step is to start the water extraction process to get your home back to normal. Water extraction sounds simple enough, but can really be quite difficult. Proper water extraction requires knowing what type of flooring you have, how big the space is, and how much moisture could be in the flooring and walls. ServiceMaster by Libby Green is here to help you with all of your water damage cleanup needs. Our technicians know exactly which types of water extraction techniques are needed regardless of the materials in your home.
  3. Detect moisture. Moisture detection requires detective skills. When doing the water extraction, the technicians of ServiceMaster by Libby Green use moisture detection technology. This technology gives the technicians the tools they need to be water damage detectives. Water takes the path of least resistance, which means it can find its way into your walls and furniture along with your flooring. If the water is allowed to remain in your home, you may find yourself in need of mold cleanup. Therefore, it’s important to get the proper professional help with all your water damage cleanup.

 

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is—the cold-weather holiday season or just another summer day—water damage is stressful and difficult to handle. So, to keep your stress at a minimum when faced with water damage cleanup needs in Baltimore County, MD, make your first call be to ServiceMaster by Libby Green at (800) 570-4206.

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Preventing Winter Damage and the Need for Disaster Restoration in Harford County, MD

October 31st, 2018 · No Comments

Whether or not you like winter, it’s critical to prepare if you’re going to keep your home and family safe. Winter in Harford County is very unpredictable, fluctuating from freezing wind and blizzards to warmer temperatures and dry conditions. These fluctuations can lead to serious problems for your home if you’re not prepared. The disaster restoration specialists at ServiceMaster by Libby Green want to help you stay safe this winter with our top preparation tips!

 

  1. Remove snow & ice buildup. As snow and ice accumulate, it’s important to keep up with removing it. The additional stress that snow and ice put on your roof can cause the rafters and plywood to crack or even collapse. Also, ice buildup can lead to ice dams forming which prevent melting snow from draining off your roof, causing water damage.
  2. Safely use heating elements. Fireplaces and space heaters are great for keeping your home warm and toasty, but they can also lead to fire damage. Before using your fireplace, make sure your chimney has been cleaned, that your smoke detectors are working, and that your fireplace is never unattended while in use. When using space heaters, make sure they are far away from any flammable materials, that the cords are in good condition, and that it is never left on while unattended.
  3. Know where to find disaster restoration help. Even if you do everything right, things can still go wrong. That’s why it’s also important to be prepared in the event of a disaster and know who to call. ServiceMaster by Libby Green is here to help those residents of Harford County, MD. Our highly trained technicians are prepared for any disaster restoration scenario and, armed with the latest technology, can return your home to its pre-loss condition quickly. If your home has suffered storm damage or destruction in the home, we provide debris cleanup and emergency board up services to make sure your home stays safe and secure while it is being returned to its original condition.

 

If your home suffers damage this winter, contact the disaster restoration professionals at ServiceMaster by Libby Green for help! We’re available 24/7/365, so we can get to your home and begin work quickly. For immediate assistance, contact us at (800) 570-4206.

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Top Fire Damage Prevention Tips from the Experts in Harford County, MD

October 29th, 2018 · No Comments

With the end of October, winter is quickly approaching Harford County, MD. Your business has been swamped. As you walk into your bakery you notice a new smell in the air. You begin to investigate to find a fire in the storage room. You call the fire department and get the fire put out quickly. The fire chief comes to find you to tell you the start of the blaze was faulty wiring. While the fire damage restoration professionals at ServiceMaster by Libby Green are here to help with the aftermath, we also want to help you prevent fires. Here are our top tips below!

 

  1. Make sure your appliances are in good working order. Every few months or every time you use an appliance make sure that you check the wiring of that appliance. As years go on and appliances are used frequently the wiring can get old and start to fray. If there is breakage or the wiring looks old, make sure to buy new appliances and not use the broken appliance. This problem with the wiring can be the cause of fire and fire damage.
  2. Keep the counters and kitchen area clean and usable. If the kitchen counters in your Harford County, MD home or bakery are full of stuff, including papers and mail, these flammable items can be the cause of a kitchen fire. It’s important to do your best to keep your kitchen as clean as possible to reduce the chances of fire damage.
  3. Keep things such as candles and air fresheners in a safe spot. Make sure that candles and air fresheners are kept in an area clean of clutter and away from children and pets. Candles are an open flame that can cause a fire by merely being too close to flammable material. Air fresheners that are plug into the wall use electricity to heat the oil and cause the room to smell better. The warmed oil and the outlet can both be sources of fire damage if they’re not maintained. Make sure that the outlet is in good condition and isn’t damaged before plugging in your air freshener.

If you’ve done everything you can to prevent fire damage to your Harford County, MD home or business, but still find yourself facing fire damage, give ServiceMaster by Libby Green a call. ServiceMaster by Libby Green is here to help those in Harford County, MD with all their fire damage restoration needs. Our technicians have the tools and techniques to make sure that your home or business is as good as the day it was built.

ServiceMaster by Libby Green will be able to help you with odor removal to remove the smell of smoke, making your business smell like baked goods again. So, when faced with fire damage restoration needs in Harford County, MD your first call should be to ServiceMaster by Libby Green, at (800) 570-4206.

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What Elizabethtown, PA Homeowners Should Know Before Storm Damage Happens

September 28th, 2018 · No Comments

Summer storm season is still trudging onward towards fall in Elizabethtown, PA. Winds remain strong, rains continue to be heavy, and the sturdiest homes can still fall victim to weather-related damage even in these late summer months. The disaster restoration specialists with ServiceMaster Fire & Water Clean Up recommend that homeowners everywhere take note of what damages a summer storm may bring. With the proper knowledge in hand after a storm, the first steps towards disaster restoration will be readily at your fingertips.

Storm damage varies widely based upon where you live, and not just internationally speaking. Of course, different states and countries deal with different types of storm damage, but even a much smaller area such as a town or even a neighborhood can suffer from varying degrees of damage from a single storm. The build of your home, the lot you live on, the elevation, and sheer dumb luck may all factor into the storm damage you deal with and the type of disaster restoration required.

For instance, if your home is located out in the open or on a hill, you may want to be more aware of dangers such as heavy winds and lightning. Unlike homeowners living in valleys, strong gusts and major lightning storms may see your elevated, open home as something of a target. Lightning and wind can, of course, occur anywhere, but if your home sticks up and out, it may be more susceptible to catching a stray charge or one good gust. This doesn’t mean that homes located in dips and valleys are completely safe, but the risk factors may not be fully equivalent.

For homeowners living in lower altitudes, on flat areas, or in valleys, storm damage may come in the form of water damage and flooding. Water by nature likes to travel downwards, and if that’s where you happen to live, you may be paid a visit when heavy rains come to town. Even if you don’t have full-fledged flooding to contend with, other types of storm damage can include leaking roofs, overflowing gutters, and increased potential for after-storm mold.

Luckily, thanks to the wide, wide variety of storm damage that’s possible, disaster restoration comes in many forms as well. No matter where in Elizabethtown, PA you live, disaster restoration services are available for your use after storm damage has occurred. Homeowners impacted by storm damage can call ServiceMaster Fire and Water Clean Up today at (717) 299-2261 or visit our website here for additional information.

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Winterizing Your Cabin to Avoid Water Damage in Bel Air, MD

September 19th, 2018 · No Comments

The fall weather in Bel Air, MD is taking hold and winter isn’t too far behind. It’s been a busy few months, but you’ve finally made it up to your cabin to get it winter ready. Without proper winterization your cabin can become a water damaged mess by spring.  Do you know how to winterize your cabin to avoid water damage? The water damage cleanup experts at ServiceMaster Libby Green are here to help with our top tips!

 

  1. Shut off the water and drain the pipes. The first step in winterizing your summer cabin is to shut off the main water line to your cabin. Once the water has been shut off you should open all the faucets and drain the pipes. By doing this you will ensure there isn’t any water in the pipes to freeze. If water is left in the pipes and they burst, you’ll be facing the need for burst pipe cleanup.
  2. Insulate or drain your water heater. If the water heater is in a part of the cabin that isn’t fully insulated, you need to make sure to either fully insulate or drain the water heater. The reasoning behind this is the same as draining the pipes in step 1. Any water left behind that can freeze can result in water damage come spring when everything thaws.
  3. What to do if facing water damage. If after doing everything you can to avoid water damage you still find yourself in need of water damage restoration, where do you turn? ServiceMaster by Libby Green is here to help you with all of your water damage restoration needs. Our technicians are trained in all the latest water extraction techniques. Once the water is removed they have the tools to perform moisture detection to ensure there isn’t any water hiding anywhere.

 

ServiceMaster by Libby Green technicians can help those in the Bel Air, MD area with everything from flood damage restoration to sewer damage cleanup. Our technicians will do all the work so you don’t have to worry or stress. At ServiceMaster by Libby Green we’ll even work with your insurance company so you don’t have to. When faced with water damage restoration needs your first call should be to ServiceMaster by Libby Green at (800) 570-4206.

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3 Tips for Managing Fire Damage in Your Fallston, MD Home

September 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

As the weather becomes cooler, residents all over Fallston, MD are looking to stay warm and cozy. Whether you’re stoking the fire or lighting candles, staying warm comes with the risk of fire damage. The restoration professionals at ServiceMaster by Libby Green want to help you stay safe this season with our top 3 fire damage management tips!

 

  1. Keep the fire isolated. As with most things, prevention is the best medicine. It doesn’t matter if you’re lighting candles or a fire in the fireplace, make sure the fire is isolated from its surroundings. Candles should be placed on either small plates or heat-proof surfaces to ensure the heat of the candle doesn’t cause a fire. Also, keep candles away from flammable materials such as curtains. If using a fireplace keep the space clear and keep children away from the flames.
  2. Rely on professionals. If a fire occurs in your home, it’s not the end of the world. Fire damage can be treated with professional restoration services by the experts at ServiceMaster by Libby Green. Our technicians have the training and tools to help get your home back to normal quickly. Part of the fire damage cleanup process is odor removal to ensure your home smells as good as it looks.
  3. Don’t wait to treat fire & smoke damage. When fire damage isn’t treated quickly, secondary damage occurs. If left untreated too long, the fire damage can become permanent. The quicker damage is addressed, the more treatable it is.

 

Fires causes damage quickly. It isn’t just physically damaging to the home but also to you emotionally due to the added stresses of dealing with everything that comes afterwards. ServiceMaster by Libby Green makes it a priority to keep the fire damage restoration process as stress-free and easy as possible. To meet that goal ServiceMaster by Libby Green will work with your Fallston, MD insurance representative to ensure every step is met. For all your fire damage restoration needs in Fallston, MD, give ServiceMaster by Libby Green a call immediately at (800) 570-4206.

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Storms Can Mean Disaster Restoration for Your Harford County Business!

August 31st, 2018 · No Comments

With the changing weather, your business faces new challenges such as cooler temperatures, costal winds, and storms. Where in Harford County do you turn if you’re preparing for a disaster or your business has already experienced damage?

ServiceMaster by Libby Green is here to help with disaster restoration services. Whether you’re preparing for an approaching storm or dealing with the aftermath of one that’s already wreaked havoc, we’re here for you. Here’s what you need to know about our disaster restoration services!

  1. Getting help before and after the storm. Are you faced with the possibility of future damage, or has your business already incurred damage? ServiceMaster by Libby Green is here for those in the Harford County area not only prepare for incoming storms but cleanup once the storm has come and gone. We offer board up services to help prepare your business as the storm grows closer. Once the storm has come and gone we offer emergency board up services to help close-up and secure your business until repairs can be made.
  2. Not all disasters are natural disasters. It’s possible to find yourself facing a disaster that wasn’t created by nature. Disaster restoration applies to the cleanup from any event that leaves behind damage. This can include everything from a natural storm damage to man-made disaster such as vandalism. Regardless of the cause of the disaster, ServiceMaster by Libby Green is here to help business owners with all their disaster restoration needs.
  3. We reduce the stress of cleanup. Our technicians understand that facing disaster restoration can be very stressful for you. We’re here to make it simple and get your business up and running again quickly. We’re capable of tackling any disaster scenario and will handle every aspect of restoration, from plan to completion. Don’t stress. Let us do the heavy lifting!

Your business is your livelihood and you’d do anything to protect it. When faced with disaster, let the professionals at ServiceMaster by Libby Green help. Our disaster restoration technicians will restore and repair your business, so you don’t miss a beat. We’re available 24/7/365, so just contact us at (800) 570-4206 for immediate assistance.

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The Dishwasher Turned the Kitchen into a Pool! Recover with Water Damage Restoration in Jarrettsville, MD

August 13th, 2018 · No Comments

As things begin to wind down in Jarrettsville MD, your family enjoys a rare calm meal at home in an otherwise jam-packed summer. Everyone begins to settle in as the table is cleared and the dishes are loaded into the dishwasher. However, it doesn’t take long for you to notice a river flowing out from underneath your dishwasher, filling the kitchen. You quickly turn the dishwasher off, but your kitchen has already transformed into a small swimming pool. It’s time to call the water damage restoration professionals at ServiceMaster by Libby Green. How do we return your kitchen to its pre-loss condition? Keep reading to learn more!

 

  1. Appraise the damage. Did you know there are different types of water damage? Depending on the source of the water damage, our water damage restoration technicians utilize different techniques and types of equipment. Before we do anything, we’ll appraise the water damage and develop a restoration plan to ensure your home is restored effectively.
  2. Use the right tools and techniques. Once we’ve appraised the damage and created a restoration plan, we get to work. Depending on the type of water damage and severity, we utilize different techniques and tools for water extraction, drying, and repairs. All of our equipment is industrial grade to give you the best results. This also helps to expedite water damage restoration, preventing mold growth and permanent damage.
  3. We don’t leave until you’re satisfied. ServiceMaster by Libby Green understands how important your Jarrettsville, MD home is to you. We ensure your property is properly restored and there’s no lingering moisture. Using moisture detection technology, we’re able to find additional moisture behind walls, in the ceiling, or under the floor. Our job isn’t done until you’re satisfied.

 

Experiencing water damage in your Jarrettsville, MD home is overwhelming, but recovery doesn’t have to be. We’ll restore your home to its pre-loss condition quickly and effectively so you can get back to business as usual. For quick, reliable, and thorough water damage restoration, contact the experts at ServiceMaster by Libby Green for immediate 24/7/365 assistance at (800) 570-4206.

 

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Prevent the Need for Biohazard Cleanup in Your Bel Air, MD RV This Summer

July 31st, 2018 · No Comments

As the summer starts to come to a close you’re busy getting your Bel Air, MD home and RV winter ready. While it’s only just the beginning of August you and your family are booked every weekend through September and won’t have time to use the RV for the rest of the summer. You’ve spent a majority of the summer in Bel Air, MD instead of roaming the open road in the RV, so as you get ready to winterize it you’re not sure what you’re going to find.

As you approach the RV you’re greeted with the most intense and unpleasant smell you’ve ever experienced. In the air vent leading into the sleeping area of the RV, you find a critter has found its way into your RV and never left. It’s time for biohazard cleanup, but do you know who to turn to and how to prevent this in the future? The biohazard cleanup pros at ServiceMaster by Libby Green are here to help with our top tips!

  • Make sure all openings are sealed. The first step in ensuring that rodents and other small animals don’t find their way into your RV is to make sure that all openings are sealed. Things like air vents can be sealed using a small gauge fencing, like chicken wire, to ensure that the airflow isn’t interrupted but also so that living creatures can’t find their way in.
  • Make sure there isn’t anything to entice visitors. Before you close up your RV make sure you have cleaned up any food or other things that could entice visitors. If your cabin or RV has food and other edibles laying around the rodents and other animals will smell it and come to investigate. Trash needs to be taken out and removed from the property for the same reason.
  • Don’t perform cleanup yourself. If you find yourself in a situation where something has gotten in but couldn’t get back out, you shouldn’t do the cleanup yourself. Deceased animals present a host of biohazardous materials that can put your health at risk. ServiceMaster by Libby Green is here to help those in the Bel Air, MD area with all their biohazard cleanup needs. Our technicians utilize the appropriate protective gear and techniques to clean biohazardous materials, so your space is safe and usable again.

Whether it’s a critter in your RV or a crime scene, ServiceMaster by Libby Green can tackle any biohazardous situation. Our experienced, compassionate professionals will perform thorough biohazard cleanup to your Bel Air, MD, property, allowing you to get back to business as usual quickly. Don’t put yourself at risk by tackling biohazards yourself; contact our professionals at (800) 570-4206 for immediate assistance.

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