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How to Create the Best Movie Night Ever

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

What are your plans this weekend? Like most of us in the Reisterstown area, you’ll probably watch movies, read books, and play games. Again. Bored just thinking about it? Never fear! We’re here with a plan to make watching any movie significantly more fun.

And it’s not just for the kiddos. Adults home alone… you’ll love this too!

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Step 1: Build a pillow & blanket fort.

You can do this by simply draping sheets or blankets over chairs, tables, and couches and filling the space with cozy throws and pillows.

For something slightly more elaborate, follow this tutorial: https://www.thekitchn.com/an-interior-designers-tips-for-building-an-awesome-indoor-fort-240506

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Step 2: Choose a movie.

At this point, it may feel like you’ve see every movie ever made.

Check out this list for some ideas for classic favorites: https://www.timeout.com/new-york-kids/things-to-do/films-for-families-the-top-50-movies-to-watch-as-a-family

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Step 3: Don’t forget the snacks.

Order delivery or pickup from your favorite local restaurant. Get candy and microwave popcorn delivered with a service like GoPuff. Or check out one of these recipes:

Indoor S’mores: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/indoor-smores-recipe-1941607

Sheet Pan Nachos: https://damndelicious.net/2016/09/06/sheet-pan-nachos/

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Bonus:

Use your fort the next day for quiet reading time for the kids or a FaceTime call to your friends and loved ones.

Household Cleaning Checklist

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Looking for a way to keep track of your household cleaning efforts? Use our checklist below as a guide and add additional tasks based on your own household needs.

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KITCHEN

__ Doorknobs & light switches

__ Drawer & cabinet pulls/handles

__ Appliance handles/knobs

__ Trash can

__ Sink: basin, faucet, knobs

__ Countertops

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BATHROOMS

__ Doorknobs & light switches

__ Drawer & cabinet pulls/handles

__ Toilet

__ Countertops

__ Shower & tub: handles, knobs, doors

__ Sink: basin, faucet, knobs

__ Trash can

__ _____________________________________

__ _____________________________________

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LIVING/FAMILY ROOM

__ TV remote controls

__ Video game controllers

__ Light switches and lamps

__ Table surfaces

__ Doorknobs

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BEDROOMS

__ Doorknobs

__ Drawer pulls/handles

__ Table surfaces

__ Light switches and lamps

__ TV remote controls

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THE REST OF THE HOUSE

__ Doorknobs: entry, closets

__ Stair railings

__ Drawer pulls/handles

__ Light switches and lamps

__ Toys & toy boxes

__ Art/Craft supplies & games

__ Tools

__ Phones

__ Computers/keyboards & tablets

__ Desks & office supplies

__ Fitness/sports equipment & bikes

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Questions? We’re here to help. Call us: 410-242-7371

About SERVPRO of Reisterstown  

SERVPRO of Reisterstown 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Reisterstown is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Reisterstown community.

Cleaning + Disinfecting

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Reisterstown is uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC.

According to the CDC, CLEANING of visibly dirty surfaces followed by DISINFECTION is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.

CLEANING refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces.

DISINFECTING refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces.

CLEANING does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

DISINFECTING does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Overwhelmed by proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures right now? Call us. We can help! 410-242-7371

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html

About SERVPRO of Reisterstown

SERVPRO of Reisterstown 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Reisterstown is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Reisterstown community.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Reisterstown, 410-242-7371

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

"Above and Beyond"

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

A note from a recent customer:

"My wife and I would like to thank SERVPRO for going above and beyond in helping us in our time of need when our hot water heater broke and flooded our basement! Everyone was extremely professional, courteous and kind, and very hard working. We were amazed at how swift, efficient and proficient each employee was in doing their job. We actually felt spoiled as they prepared our basement for the new walls, paint job and new carpeting.

Brandy, the adjustor, was very sweet and really gave the basement a good once over and figured out where all the water and moisture damage was and we were especially thankful to her for her diligence. Brittany, the JFC, was also very friendly and accomadating over the phone, patiently answering any and all questions in her cheerful voice. She and everyone on the crew were very patient, helpful, polite, and extremely professional.

On day one, demo day, Corey, Brandy, and Brandon came in and took charge and we knew we were going to be cared for! Brandon, who cut the affected drywall, did so with such precision, it was awesome -- and he had a lot to cut! On day two, Corey and Will came to monitor and check the drying process. They were so dear and they answered every question, giving up piece of mind. They were so gentlemanly and professional. On the first of 3 pack-out days were Corey, Mike, Johnny, and Bernie. It was unbelievable how quickly they packed and moved so much heavy furniture (and trash!) out to their trucks in such a short amount of time. And these guys did not break a sweat or appear tired! And, on top of their courteousness and professionality, they exuded a great sense of humor which made the process seem effortless.

On day 2 of the pack out, Corey, Jody, and Mike were at it and I have to say, Mrs. Jody was just as strong, fast, and efficient as all of the guys on the job! She was a very gentle and kind and courteous -- a real asset to SERVPRO! The last day of the packout was Corey and Mike and they rounded out the job nicely with placing things that could stay in a neat pile. This was no simple feat because the totes were heavy! They are very kind and courteous and also real assets to SERVPRO!

Everyone who came out did stellar work and we were proud to have them in our home helping us get our basement back to an even better one!! Tim came out to get measurements and get estimates and have us check paint and rug samples. He was very courteous and extremely helpful in answering questions. His professionalism assured us that this job was going to get done right!

We can't wait to see the finished product and continue with another customer review. We believe the saying "Like it never even happened," because of the high caliber of work and professionalism we have seen thus far. May SERVPRO continue to prosper. We highly recommend them to ANY and EVERY one who needs help with restoration due to fire/water damage, etc. You WILL be in good hands for sure!"

Jon and Mary Irene V.

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About SERVPRO of Reisterstown   

SERVPRO of Reisterstown 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Reisterstown is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Reisterstown community.

Thunderstorm Facts

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are defined as storms that produce thunder and lightning. Severe thunderstorms may also produce:

  • Rain
  • High winds
  • Sleet or snow

It’s important to note that thunderstorms do not always produce moisture. A storm in which you see lightning and hear thunder but never feel a drop of water is known as a “dry” thunderstorm. Thunderstorms that produce hail and tornadoes are known as “supercell” storms. Storms occur either in clusters or lines; therefore, they may present as a single thunderstorm or as multiple thunderstorms hitting one after the other.

CAUSES

Thunderstorms are caused when moisture from the lower or mid-level part of the atmosphere mixes with warm, unstable air from the ground. Moisture and air then push upwards into the higher atmosphere to form clouds that produce thunder and lightning, as well as potential precipitation. Spring, summer and fall are most conducive to thunderstorms because the sun heats the ground and moisture is more perceptible in the air, especially in humid climates.

Thunderstorms must also be lifted to begin their formation. Some sources of lift include:

  • More heat on the ground than in the air
  • Changes in atmospheric conditions near mountains
  • Weather front changes caused by clashing cold and hot air
  • Drylines, or when moist and dry air clash
  • Land or sea breezes

Any of these situations can immediately create a thunderstorm without warning, even in the middle of a clear blue day. In many cases, these storms will also be accompanied by lightning.

Have you experienced unexpected water or property damage from a storm? We’re here to help. Call us – 410-22-7371

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About SERVPRO of Reisterstown   

SERVPRO of Reisterstown 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Reisterstown is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Reisterstown community.

Why Should You Clean Your Ducts?

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know what’s lurking in your ducts? You may not be able to see it, but ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

Keeping your ducts clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

  • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
  • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
  • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

SERVPRO of Reisterstown professionals are trained to inspect the HVAC unit. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (410) 242-7371.

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About SERVPRO of Reisterstown

SERVPRO of Reisterstown 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Reisterstown is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Reisterstown community.

You're Invited: Free CE Classes

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

This June, SERVPRO of Reisterstown is hosting 2 Free CE Classes for Insurance Professionals.

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WHEN: June 9, 2020

WHERE: 10 Azar Ct, Baltimore MD 21227

COURSES:

9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry (4 credits)

The insurance professional will gain a better understanding of how mold affects today’s society. They will also become more aware of the different entities that participate in the mold restoration industry.

The insurance professional will learn about mold, mold growth requirements and the goals of mold remediation followed by professional vendors. They will also be educated on the science of mold and the dangers/health effects of mold exposure. Insurance professionals will gain a better understanding of the processes professional vendors use to complete mold remediation projects, including the guidelines recommended by leaders in the mold industry.

The insurance professional will learn the procedures that must take place if any mold remediation is to happen. They will also gain an awareness of common issues related to mold property damages, including education on typical remediation cost parameters and the responses to the mold issue.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry (2 credits)

This course is designed to assist you in understanding the processes that are involved in cleaning homes and buildings that are or may be contaminated with viruses and blood borne pathogens. This course also discusses appropriate ways to communicate with customers who have recently dealt with the traumatic event that has caused this contamination.

As always, lunch will be provided! Please RSVP to Amy: AmyD@SERVPRO1115.com or call 410-242-7371

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About SERVPRO of Reisterstown

SERVPRO of Reisterstown 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Reisterstown is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Reisterstown community.

Own or Manage a Business? Consider the SERVPRO ERP

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

No one ever plans for a disaster, but you can always prepare for it. Did you know 50% of businesses never reopen following a disaster?

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

  • A no cost assessment of your facility
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information

This App is of no cost to you. It is a complimentary service that SERVPRO of Reisterstown will provide to you. While we hope that you will call us for help in the event of a disaster, that choice will always be yours!

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About SERVPRO of Reisterstown

SERVPRO of Reisterstown 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Reisterstown is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Reisterstown community.

2019-2020 Baltimore Co. Winter Storm Data

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Interested in how much winter costs here in Baltimore County? Check out the accumulation, salt use, and total costs for storms so far this winter season:

Storm #1: December 12, 2019 (2 a.m. – 7 a.m.)

  • Accumulation: .50 inches (snow)
  • Labor Cost: $65,948
  • Tons of salt used: 29

Total Cost: $67,386

Storm #2: December 16, 2019 (3 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

  • Accumulation: .50 inches (snow)
  • Labor Cost: $69,465
  • Tons of salt used: 1,277

Total Cost: $131,941

Storm #3: January 7, 2020 (3 p.m.) – January 8, 2020 (3 p.m.)

  • Accumulation: 2 inches (snow)
  • Labor Cost: $256,589
  • Tons of salt used: 7,185

Total Cost: $608,277

Storm #4: January 18, 2020 (5 a.m.) – January 19, 2020 (midnight)

  • Accumulation: .25 inches (snow & freezing rain)
  • Labor Cost: $446,813
  • Tons of salt used: 1,852

Total Cost: $537,472

You can also find a summary list of storm-related costs by fiscal year (dating back to 2001) on the Baltimore County website.

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About SERVPRO of Reisterstown

SERVPRO of Reisterstown 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Reisterstown is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here, too and we are proud to be part of the Reisterstown community.