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The 3 Categories of Water Damage

Burst pipes, floods and snow can cause serious water damage to property if you don't clean up as soon as possible. In some cases, however, the type of water that floods your home or business damages property upon contact. Concrete, drywall, metal and wood are all at risk, and these materials are used for building beams, supports and walls. Professionals are trained to identify the categories of water and classes of damage that they cause to determine the best restoration methods. Categories of Water The first category of water isn't a hazard if it touches your skin or you ingest or inhale it. The water comes from a sanitary source such as rain, sink or tub overflow, water supply lines or melted snow. However, this clean water can become contaminated by flooring and soil. It only takes two or three days for mold and other microorganism growth to degrade the water....
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Tips to Prevent Fires While BBQing This Summer

The warmer months are a popular time to enjoy outdoor living spaces with your family and friends. These social gatherings often include a meal prepared using a gas or charcoal grill. Outdoor grilling is enjoyable, but it can be dangerous if certain precautions are not taken. According to the National Fire Protection Association, thousands of home fires occur every year because of outdoor grills. Regardless of the type of grill that you use, the following safety tips will reduce the risk of an accidental fire. Grilling Safety Tips Ensure that your grill is a safe distance away from any structure. Numerous fires occur because the grill was positioned too close to patio overhangs and siding materials or underneath low-hanging branches. Never use a grill rated for outdoor use inside your house. Make sure that your grill is clean and stable. The grill should be placed on a flat, level surface to...
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Tips for Cleaning up After a Flood

If your home has been flooded by a pipe that has busted or because of a storm, you need to clean the home as soon as possible to prevent any kind of mild or mildew from forming. If you follow a few tips for cleaning, then your home should be dried out in a short time with little damage done to the structure of the home. At times, you might need to contact a professional cleaning service like Hydro Clean. Professional cleaning services have larger pieces of equipment that can quickly dry the floors and walls of your home if there has been a substantial amount of flooding. The first thing that you need to do after a flood is to concentrate on drying as much as you can. Large fans can help to dry the floors and the walls. If you can begin drying the home soon after the flooding...
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Wipe Away Winter with Pressure Washing

The winter season often brings snow and ice. When snow and ice accumulate on the home and on the driveway, it often means that you use products to assist in removing these weather elements, such as salt or sand. These products can leave stains behind on the sidewalk, the patio and the side of the home. Pressure washing is a way to remove the dreary components of winter so that you can start fresh in the spring. Impacts of snow, ice, and freezing temperatures can cause severe damage to your home if left untreated. Using a power washer is easy to do and removes the dirt and grime that accumulates, offering protection for your home while delivering a beautiful appearance for the spring and summer months as well. As with other maintenance jobs that you can perform around your home, pressure washing can save you money in the long run. It...
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Tips for Tile & Grout Cleaning

Sometimes your tile and grout still look dirty no matter how many times you scrub. Whether it's the floor or the shower, the grout can easily absorb dirt and appear stained within a week or two. If you're tired of dealing with messy tile and grout, you can do a few things to make them look a bit fresher. 3 Tips to Clean Tile and Grout 1. Use baking soda and vinegar. Mixing baking soda and vinegar together may help to clean your grout. If you have marble or limestone tile, avoid using vinegar as it can ruin natural stone. Instead, use baking soda and water to remove stains from the grout and to clean the tile without harming the surface. 2. Use bleach and water. Apply warm water to the tile and the grout before applying bleach to the surface. Use a brush to scrub the bleach into the tile,...
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Why Do Dryer Vents Need to Be Cleaned?

If you're like most people, then you're probably well aware that you're supposed to clean your dryer's lint trap between loads. What the warnings on your appliances don't tell you, however, is that you also need to clean the vent that leads from the dryer to the outside of your home. Failing to keep your dryer vent free of lint can have a number of side effects that you'd rather not have to deal with. Here are just a few great reasons to maintain a clean appliance. Inefficient Dryer Function Vents let dryers expel the humid air that they produce as a byproduct of removing moisture from clothing. If the vent is obstructed, however, then all of that water can't escape. You may not notice too much of a difference if your dryer vent is only slightly clogged. When it gets really backed up, however, you'll start to observe that your...
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What Are The Benefits of Carpet Cleaning?

Clean carpets offer more than just an aesthetically pleasing view in the home. If you maintain your carpets, you'll notice health benefits and flooring that will last longer than carpet that remains stained or left to undergo daily wear and tear. When carpets are cleaned, pests that bury deep under the surface can also be removed, such as fleas. Children who crawl and play on the floor are subject to the dirt on the carpet more than an adult. Since the immune system isn't as developed as an adult's, the dirt that lingers on the carpet can irritate the respiratory system. When you clean your carpets, avoid using a lot of cleaning products as these can be left behind unless you shampoo the carpet as well. Mold and mildew that you might not be able to see on the surface of the carpet are removed when you clean the floor. Pet...
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Start the New Year Mold Free

There are many things that can wrong with a home that requires immediate attention. If you've ever experienced a burst water pipe or flooded basement, you understand that some situations are a true emergency. Almost all homes experience leaks from time to time. This means that mold can become an issue in virtually all homes across the country. Issues with mold need to be handled immediately since it has the potential to create undesirable health effects in you and your loved ones. What is the big deal with mold and what is involved in mold remediation? We will discuss the answers to these questions below.  Why is Mold Dangerous? Mold is something that exists in many homes and offices all over the country. What's the big deal about this common substance? The main problem with mold is that exposure to it can result in a wide variety of health problems. Mold...
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Clean up for the holidays with Hydro Clean

It's not too early to start preparing your home for holiday guests. The most wonderful time of the year can quickly become the most stressful without a little advanced planning. Hydro Clean can also help in executing some of your most daunting household chores.  Breathe A Little Easier Along with gifts and fruitcake, some friends and family will arrive with allergies and breathing issues. Create a comfortable and safe environment for sniffle-prone guests by thoroughly dusting, laundering quilts and duvets, attending to dusty ceiling fans and having your air ducts professionally cleaned. Did Uncle Henry stay in the guest bedroom over the summer leaving the stench of smoke in his wake? Hydro Clean technicians can freshen your carpets and drapes after they remove all dust and mites from your ducts. Cleaning The Bathroom On Your Own Really Stinks What's worse than eight people using one bathroom? Eight people noticing your dirty...
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When to Call for Restoration After a Fire?

Having your home catch on fire is one of the most stressful situations that a person could face, and you are likely feeling confused, lost and devastated. Once the fire department has contained the fire and the initial shock starts to fade, you will realize that you need to control the damage. The parts of your home that the fire did not destroy have likely been damaged by heat, smoke and water, and you will want to contact a restoration company right away so that you can preserve your house and personal belongings. Before you move forward, take some time to learn about our business and what we can do for you.  Water Damage Restoration When the fire department contains a fire, most people don't consider the amount of damage that water can cause, and this oversight can lead to a lot more problems down the road. Even if you think...
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5 signs that you might have water damage

If you step into a flooded basement, you won't be too surprised to discover water damage in your home. However, water damage is not always obvious; in some cases, you have to look carefully for early signs of a growing problem. Learning about the signs of water damage can help you mitigate the severity of the damage. 1. Odd and Musty Smells If you walk into a room and notice a musty smell, there's a good chance that water damage is fueling an aggressive mold infestation. Rooms that have poor ventilation, such as your basement, are prone to developing this smelly issue. 2. Sudden Increase on Your Water Bill A change in your water bill may indicate a leak somewhere in your home's plumbing. When a new bill arrives in the mail, compare it with the previous bill to look for a large jump in usage. However, be sure to keep...
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Why You Should Trust Hydro Clean for Certified Restoration

If you are looking for restoration services that will leave your home looking like new, then you have come to the right place. At Hydro Clean, we specialize in carpet, furniture, and tile cleaning, and we will always go the extra mile so that we can provide each customer with unbeatable results. Our team can also work wonders for fire and water damage, but we will even do what it takes to clean your air ducts. We are confident that you will be pleased when you see what we can do, and you will know that you have made a smart move. Whether you want to increase the value of your home or to have an even nicer place in which to live, we can get the job done right. Carpet Cleaning Does the look of your carpet leave you feeling down? If so, we will gladly solve the problem in...
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Most Common Stains on Carpet and How to Clean Them

Following simple rules, such as banning food from your living room, are great ways to reduce spills and stains on your carpet. However, life is full of unpredictability, and your carpets will sometimes bear the brunt of an accident from an errant child or dog. Adopting a few practical techniques can help minimize the damage these accidents can bring. Mud Stains Mud is a common carpet stain culprit. Even if you diligently try to wipe your shoes clean when you come indoors, it's hard to get every bit of mud. Allow the mud to dry so that you can easily vacuum most of the remaining dirt. After vacuuming, you can use water and dish soap to blot the stain with a sponge. You may need to use some elbow grease if the stain is stubborn. Drink Stains Coffee, wine, and soda leave behind noticeable stains on carpet and can become permanent...
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Keeping Your Carpets, Furniture, Tile & Grout, and Air Ducts Clean

If you are like many people, you are feeling excited as summer approaches, but when the weather gets warm, you will also want to consider keeping your home clean and in top shape. The condition of your heating and cooling system, carpet, tiles and air ducts can impact your health and energy bill more than you might think. You can take many steps to prevent dirt and grime from building up, but every home still needs the care of a professional on occasion. When you enlist the services of Hydro-Clean, we will get the job done right. Carpet Cleaning As you decide whether or not you want to opt for our expert cleaning service, learning about the benefits of having clean carpet is a good starting point. When you and your family come inside, you will bring in dirt, moisture and pollen that will get into your carpet. Vacuuming twice a...
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Prepare The House For Your Memorial Day BBQ

If you're planning a big barbecue party for your Memorial Day gathering, it's time to start cleaning your house so that it will shine for your guests. Starting early and getting the essentials, such as your floors, professionally cleaned can make a big difference in the cleanliness of your home. Focusing on the areas that will see the most traffic, including the bathroom and kitchen, is a good way to efficiently prepare. Eliminate Clutter Piles of clutter scattered throughout your home can hide the true beauty of your house. With a garbage bag in one hand, cut through your clutter to help your guests see your home decorations. Items that you no longer want can be donated to your local thrift store, and belongings that are broken can be thrown away. Once you're done removing clutter, simply dust your home's surfaces to finish. Deep Clean Your Floor Your floor endures foot...
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April Showers Bring Water Damage

Spring bears the promise of improved weather, but for homeowners, it also brings the risk of flooding. Marylanders may be particularly vulnerable due to their proximity to waterways and shorelines. With state government models estimating that 100-year floodplains account for almost one-seventh of Maryland’s area, those who reside here need to plan ahead to survive potential water damage. Understanding Springtime Flooding When the weather warms up, water that was formerly bound in ice melts. As this liquid drains into rivers and streams, their water levels rise, which can impact artificial waterways. Storm drain channels, culverts and other human-made management systems may become overloaded by the sheer amount of moisture that they suddenly have to handle. These problems also occur on a local scale in neighborhoods and cities. When the storm drains near your home get backed up, the water has to go somewhere. Your building’s basement and other low-level floors might...
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Cleaning Up After the Winter Thaw Out

While most of us welcome the end of winter because it means no more icy roads and freezing temperatures, the change of seasons can also bring some unexpected water damage to your home. Even if you survived the winter without any frozen or burst pipes, you may find that you have mold or water damage to contend with. The way that most mold forms during the change of seasons is that water remains frozen in colder temperatures throughout the perimeter and on the roof of a home. When the temperatures begin to warm, the begins to melt and leaves small puddles of standing water behind. The longer this water is left in one place, the more likely it is to cause serious damage to the structure, including mold and structural damage. In addition, ice dams are a common result of winter thaw out. These occur when ice accumulates on the roof...
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Getting ready for Spring Cleaning

Getting ready for Spring Cleaning Spring brings not just flowers and lush greenery but also the promise of renewal. It's only natural to experience the fresh hope of a new year as melting snow makes way for emerging flower buds. Make sure your home is part of the transformation with professional cleaning services in Baltimore MD. Clear the Air Spring cleaning is good for the soul, but it's also essential to keeping your family healthy. Deep cleaning keeps harmful allergens and irritants at bay, helping to ensure household members' short-term comfort and long-term well-being. The same well-sealed windows and doors that prevent the cold from entering also trap dust and airborne particles indoors. A Deeper Clean Carpets are a great place to begin when refreshing your house for spring. Go beyond vacuuming with a spring carpet cleaning that gets below the surface for truly clean floors. Eliminate any lingering odors from...
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Make Sure Your Home Is Spotless For The Super Bowl

Make Sure Your Home Is Spotless For The Super Bowl As the year comes to an end and holiday festivities wind down, the excitement of the Super Bowl is just warming up. If you are planning your first big Super Bowl party or you host a regular party hot spot each year for the big event, making your home spotless in advance is important. Why You Should Hire A Cleaning Professional Most people who host Super Bowl parties also host holiday parties. When the holidays end, many homeowners are too caught up with planning a Super Bowl gathering that they do not realize hidden messes and problems. Some glitter or pine needles from a tree may be easy to whisk away with a broom. However, there are other cleanliness issues that are not so easy to overcome, and we address them with our professional services. Our Cleaning Services Our goal is...
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Call Hydro Clean To Clean Up After The Holidays

Call Hydro Clean To Clean Up After The Holidays When the holidays and the festivities that come with them are over, you are often left with a mess in your home. Glitter or pine needles from trees and decorations may be scattered everywhere. However, these are the smallest cleaning tasks that need to be addressed. There are more serious issues that can lead to home damage or health risks. Dirty Air Ducts The air ducts of your home are responsible for circulating the warm air needed to keep your holiday gatherings comfortable. If you have not cleaned them this year or in several years, you and your guests are breathing in an abundance of allergens and spores that can worsen existing health problems or create new ones. Also, dirty air ducts can pipe in unpleasant odors that may not be masked with candles and air fresheners. Wet Carpets If your house...
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