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  1. Is a Storm Coming? Here’s How to Prepare

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    Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself for a storm:

    Before the Storm

    • Look for any potential problem areas, especially along your roof, windows, doors and garage doors.
    • Remove tree branches that could harm utility wires or home.
    • Clear debris from gutters and spouts.
    • Secure or bring outdoor furniture or other items inside. – The Halloween decorations will have to come inside!
    • Go shopping: nonperishable items such as canned food, granola bars, dried fruit, nuts, ready-to-eat cereal and snacks, crackers, and peanut butter are best.
    • Set the refrigerator to its coldest setting. If the power goes out, the food won’t spoil as quickly.
    • Charge your cell phones fully.
    • Move valuables to the upper floors of your house, away from areas that could potentially flood.
    • Check your sump pumps to make sure they are operational. If you don’t have one, and if time allows, install a battery operated back-up in case of a power outage.
    • Keep a list of emergency numbers by the telephone. This includes your insurance agent’s phone number – you may have to turn in a homeowner’s claim.
    • Take inventory of your possessions. Your insurance adjuster will need this if there is damage and your contents need to be repaired or replaced.

    During the Storm

    • Stay inside and off the roads.
    • If you absolutely must be on the roads, don’t attempt to drive through flooded areas.
    • If the authorities tell you to evacuate your home – do it! Don’t be stubborn. Be sure to take all of your important documents with you.

    What if the power goes out?

    • Report outages to your power company immediately. Don’t assume your neighbors have already called.
    • Be sure that ovens, ranges or heaters that may have been on before the power went out have been turned off.
    • Don’t use candles. They can be a fire hazard. Use flashlights instead.
    • Unplug appliances and electronics that can be damaged when the power is restored.
    • Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed. Each time you open the door, a significant amount of cold air is lost. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold safely for about four hours. A packed freezer will keep food safe for 48 hours; you have 24 hours if the freezer is half full.
    • Don’t risk eating spoiled food. When in doubt, throw it out!
    • Keep generators and fuel outdoors.
    • Keep your doors closed to prevent warm air from escaping.

    And if it floods?

    • If you’re outdoors, move to high ground.
    • If your basement floods, turn off your pilot light for your basement gas appliances.
    • Turn off the electrical panel box if you can do so safely. Don’t touch electrical switches if they (or you) are wet.
    • Stay away until the floodwaters have receded. Don’t enter your home or attempt repairs until you’re certain it’s safe.
    • Contact a certified restoration contractor and your insurance agent as soon as possible. A fast response to property damage lessens the amount and severity of potential secondary damage.

    If you have suffered any storm damage to your property or are currently experiencing flooding, please do not hesitate to contact us here  or call us @ 410-838-7330 for a free inspection. Duraclean services Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore Counties and the surrounding areas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. . . Remember, “No One is Faster to the Disaster!”

  2. When Disaster Strikes . . . Saving Important Papers and Vital Documents

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    In the event of a disaster, the last thing that you need to be doing is running around from room to room gathering important papers and vital documents. Passports, social security cards, birth certificates, a marriage license, adoption decrees, and a plethora of financial statements, medical records, and passwords (never ever forget the passwords) as well as your favorite family photos, old movies and sentimental keepsakes. . . Wow! That is a LOT of stuff to be gathered, and there is just NO way you are going to be able to grab it all, and safely run out the door at a moment’s notice. So, what can you do to ensure that in the event of a disaster you will have not only things deemed necessary to “starting over”, but also be able to save the sentimental items that you hold dear ? You make a plan. Not tomorrow, but today…right now, at this very moment… you begin.

    Disasters happen every single day, and chances are that in your life time, there will be some sort of emergency that warrants you having to run out of your home quickly. Fires, floods, and an array of natural and sometimes man made disasters can come your way very unexpectedly, forcing you to leave your home immediately  with very little notice (sometimes, with just the clothes on your back).  Although you cannot be prepared for every single thing that may come your way, you can take the time to gather, organize, and put a plan in place for your family to assure that you have the best chance of walking away safely AND still having the important documents necessary for starting over.

    So . . . make a list of things you would NEED to start all over again, then add to that list sentimental things that you would WANT (remember, you don’t have a lot of space, so really think about what is important).  A Social Security card is at the top of the list, followed by a Birth Certificate, Marriage License or Divorce Decree, Adoption or Custody Papers, and even your Will would go in the “necessary” pile. Next, gather your financial statements-numbers of bank accounts, credit cards, or loans. If you are a traveler, find your Passport and throw it into the pile too. Make sure that you have ALL of the passwords to each of your accounts written down somewhere and add them to your ever increasing pile of “necessities” as well. Next comes your medical records. If you battle an ongoing illness, or have reason to keep your medical records at home, add them to the pile too. Now it’s time to tackle the “sentimental” stuff. Favorite family photographs, old movies, or special keepsakes that are irreplaceable, need to find a spot also. By now, your pile should be big … really, really, really, big…and that’s good, that means that you have been thoughtful and intentional to what you would NEED and what you would WANT if you ever have to start over again (which we really, really, really hope that you don’t).

    Now, here is where the work begins, make copies, notice I added an “s” as in several. We aren’t talking one copy of each, but at least 2 or 3. When you have copied everything possible, make 3 distinct piles. Each pile will end up in a different place. Now you can make as many piles as you want, but I think that three is a good number. Here is where you are going to need to invest a bit of money, not a lot, but definitely some. Purchase 2 fire proof safes. One to keep at your home, and one to keep at a trusted family member or friend’s home. You can buy a good safe for less than $100 at any Home Improvement or Retail store. Fill each safe with 1 copy of each thing you would like to save, and then take it to your trusted place and give them a key, and a keep a key for yourself. Now, not that your friend cannot have a disaster as well, but chances are, they probably wont have a disaster at the very same time that you do, so keeping your safe at their home should should give you an extra layer of protection against loosing everything.

    Next, it’s time to fill an envelope and head to the bank and invest in a safe deposit box. Now, you can fit a lot more in these than you think, but still, try to consolidate only what you need, instead of bringing everything but the kitchen sink! Again, have a key for yourself, your spouse, or person that you trust as well.

    Finally, fill that last fireproof safe up and find the perfect spot to keep it in your home. Maybe it’s in your bedroom closet, maybe it’s in the coat closet near the front door, maybe it’s safely tucked under the living room sofa. There is really no wrong place to keep your safe. Just remember, in the event of an emergency, you want to be able to grab it and run right out of the house as quickly as possible.

    Now, chances are, that in the event of a disaster, at least 1 set of your important papers and most likely, even 2 sets will still be be safe and sound, ready and available to help you move forward and start over in rebuilding a new life.  Although it is truly our hope and prayer that you never ever find yourself needing to open these safes and begin again, it is so good to know that the things inside will help make for a much smoother transition in starting over again and moving forward in the rebuilding process.

    Always, be sure to keep watch around your house, aware of anything that could potentially cause an emergency situation. Stay in a routine of regularly changing the batteries in your smoke detector, invest in a carbon monoxide detector, even consider purchasing a flood alarm for your sump pump, and should you ever smell gas, leave the house immediately and call 911. Do what you can to prevent disasters and to be prepared for them, and be sure to pass on your wisdom and knowledge to those you know and love.

    Wishing you and your family safety and protection, at all times. If for any reason you do face a disaster, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to go 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days  a year to get the job done! Call ANY time 410-838-7330. Remember, No One is Faster to the Disaster!


  3. When the Smoke Clears . . .

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    Each and every day, we turn on the news to see tragic stories of local fires and the loss that they bring to families in our area. Through National Fire Safety programs, we continue to educate and encourage our community to take extreme precautions to protect their homes and families from the dangers of Fire and Smoke. Although we have a long ways to go, we are making strides, each year reducing the number of local fires in our area little by little, and for that we are grateful.

    Fire. . . just the thought of the word evokes fear and trembling. Usually unexpected and fiercely swift, there is often very little time to get your family out safely, let alone to gather much else from your home. House fires can be incredibly devastating, but along with the flames comes some pretty intense Smoke that causes lots of damage as well.

    Smoke/soot is the product of incomplete combustion.  It is made visible through the presence of small particles of carbon. Smoke damage can affect your home in a number of ways. Since the fire that causes Smoke and Soot is non-discriminatory(it will burn ANYTHING which can be burned) it is able to destroy whatever is in it’s path and cause tremendous amounts of damage to a house. Residue that has been created through the fire mixing with flammable materials such as particle board, plastic, laminates, or vinyls, will also produce very complex and overwhelming odors that will affect everything around them!


    Three Categories of Smoke Residue and Odors

    Smoke odors can normally be classified into three categories.  These categories also need customized deodorization to restore them:


    1. Protein Odors – These are produced from burned meat, flesh and poultry.


    The residue is identifiable by a brownish or yellowish color and has a greasy texture. Odor removal and deodorization usually entails a complete cleaning of the affected surfaces.

    1. Natural Substance Odors – Natural burned substances include paper, wood, jute, cork, feathers, and wool, anything that has a plant or an animal hair source.  Identification is made through a gray/black residue that has a dry, powdery consistency.  


    1. Synthetic Substance Odors – Synthetic (man-made) burned substances encompass burned plastics and textiles.  Residues from these substances are black in color and smudge easily since they come from petroleum-based sources.  Burned synthetic residue can create smoke webs visible where walls and corners meet the ceiling and in streamers handing from curtain rods.  These smoke webs are called soot tags.


    NOTE:  Soot tags are often misidentified as “spider webs” which supposedly became visible because of the smoke/soot residue.


    Five Factors That Influence Smoke

    There are five factors that influence smoke damage and can affect the related surfaces:


    1. Heat – Warmed or heated air rises and migrates to cold areas such as outside walls and closets.  Heat causes pores in surfaces to expand which then readily accepts the smoke residue and odor.
    2. Pressure – The energy created by the fire produces heat which enables the smoke to penetrate into the most minute cracks and crevices.
    3. Impingement – Burned objects can hit another surface with sufficient velocity so that it will impinge (or splatter) and remain on the surface.  (Think of candle wax.)
    4. Magnetism – Smoke is attracted to metal surfaces such as plumbing pipes, nail heads and metal coat hangers.
    5. Ionization – Opposites attract so smoke webs may form on structural surfaces.  Plastic bags on clothing from dry cleaners retain electrical charges which attract smoke.  More smoke damage can be found on clothing inside plastic bags in a closet as opposed to unprotected clothing!!!


    For expert fire damage restoration contact us here @ 410-838-7330 to have one of our experienced professionals come out to assess your situation. Because we offer 24 hour a day, 365 days a year emergency services, you are able to call both day or night to have us start in the Restoration Process. With over 30 years of experience in Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration, Duraclean is always aware of the newest techniques and most up to date treatments to get the Process done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Let us walk with you through the Restoration Process from beginning to end. . . Call today!


  4. Spring . . .

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    Spring, the time when the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everyone takes a long hard look at their home both inside and out; day dreaming about the newest trends and future wants, but seeing up close and personal the reality of the flaws that are making your home less than perfect in so many ways.

    From deep cleaning Saturday’s, to re-organizing a little bit at a time through out the week, even so, when you step back to take a look, there is still something missing . . . Perhaps a coat or two of a new color on the wall, maybe even a few new pictures or a couple of throw pillows on the couch will make things look fresh and new for the season. You were right, they do, but still something is missing. Finally, instead of looking up or all around,  you look down and realize that what still needs to be cleaned to make Spring Cleaning complete  . . . is your carpets!

    Carpets, most people have them.  In fact, home owners and renters alike seem to enjoy the warmth and coziness that carpets bring to a room. The way the look, the way they feel, and the way they smell when they are freshly cleaned, all set a tone not only for a room, but for an entire home. Still, somehow we seem to focus on Spring Cleaning the rest of the house first, and put them at the bottom of the list, waiting until the very last minute to get the job done! Now you can always go to the grocery store and rent one of those “contraptions” to clean your rugs yourself . . . but the thought of having to fit it into your car, taking the time to read all of the directions to figure out how to properly use it, as well as exposing your household to harsh chemicals, and then having to dispose of the dirty remains after the cleaning is done can be pretty overwhelming. Personally, I don’t think that it’s worth it, and that is definitely NOT how I want to spend an afternoon off at my house!

    Here’s where Duraclean comes in, we are experts in cleaning carpets. We have over 30 years experience in removing debris, getting out tough stains, and cleansing your carpets from pet dander, and other allergens that can be lurking in your carpets and affecting your family’s health. We bring our PROFESSIONAL equipment, we use environmentally SAFE cleaners, and we know how to PROPERLY deep clean a carpet until you are completely satisfied! Our technicians are experienced, trustworthy, dependable and friendly, always PREPARED to get the job done!

    So as we welcome Spring and make the transition from being cooped up with our families for the winter, to opening up our windows and doors to invite our friends and neighbors to come on in and sit awhile, there’s still a enough time to get ALL of your cleaning done. Call 410-838-7330 to set up a Carpet Cleaning appointment, and then tell us what you think. We are confident that you will have a great Carpet Cleaning experience with Duraclean Services, and that you will make us a part of your annual Spring Cleaning routine!

    Have a safe and Happy Spring and enjoy every moment!

    The Duraclean Family


  5. Simple Tips For a Cleaner, More Efficient Home

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    • With Spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for those who want to get a jump start on cleaning (not just straightening up, but actually cleaning),  but don’t quite know where to start. The experts from the Institute of Home Science have some practical advice and useful guidelines to help you get your home in tip-top shape. From the laundry room to the kitchen, here’s  a quick list on how to kick-start your cleaning.
    • The laundry room:  This room sees quite a bit of action in most homes. It’s the place where stains are treated, clothes are folded, and washers and dryers take on the battle of keeping all sorts of fabrics looking their very best. From the smallest, to the largest of families, this room can be a daunting place, but a little effort can go a long way.
      • Organization is key – Make sure to pre-sort your laundry into designated baskets for lights, darks and whites. When you’re ready, your laundry will be too.
      • Less is more – Don’t overload the washer or dryer. Clothes will come out cleaner and less wrinkled when given room to move freely.
      • Go easy on the suds – If you have a high efficiency (HE) washer, use only HE detergents in the proper amount to help prevent over-sudsing and the buildup of odor causing residue. With a regular washing machine, remember that concentrated detergents require using smaller amount.
      •  Don’t over-dry your clothes. It’s actually a lack of moisture that causes your clothes to shrink (which in turn makes people, especially Mama’s annoyed!)
      • Be sure to remember to clean out the lint trap of your dryer after every use, and be sure to have your dryer vent professionally cleaned every 2 to 3 years. This will ensure that your  dryer is working at it’s very best AND protect against a potential fire hazard.


    Next the kitchen:  This room is typically both the busiest and messiest room in a home. Often filled with laughter, sweet conversations and 3 or more meals a day, every square inch of this place is covered with hand prints, tasty ingredients and a plethora of dirty dishes!

    • De-clutter the countertops – Rather than displaying your small kitchen appliances, store them in easy access cabinets and take out only when needed.
    • Shield your cookware – To make cleanup a breeze after cooking or baking, line your cookware with tin foil before placing in the oven. Just toss out the foil and wipe down any spilled residue.
    • Stop pre-rinsing the dishes–Remember, most dishwashers are designed to sense the amount of soil on the dishes and will run the cycle accordingly. Scrape food off, but there is no need to rinse.
    • When in doubt, throw it out – Start clearing the refrigerator by putting contents on the counter. No idea how long that mustard has been in the fridge? Get rid of it.
    • Be sure to clean your oven regularly. By keeping the grime in check, your chances of a kitchen fire decrease, and you have the “freeing” feeling of being able to open your oven door in front of company without the fear of any “judgement” (especially from your mother in law!)


    When deciding what to get rid of, use the three “E” rule as your guideline – if it’s Expired, Empty or makes you say “Ew,” toss it.

    Keep these tips in mind and implement them over the next few weeks, and soon you will begin to see a huge difference. From de-cluttering to deep cleaning, you’re on your way to a cleaner, more organized home . . . which makes for easier upkeep and peace of mind.  To make an appointment for  carpet cleaning or air duct cleaning  contact us here, or call our office @ 410-838-7330. . . And Remember, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to get the job done!

  6. Tips for Making Sure Your Sump Pump is Working

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    As we get ready to head into another rainy weekend, it’s always good to be aware that with drastic weather changes, the likely hood of weather related home disasters increases too. In fact, home flooding, particularly in the basement, soon becomes a real possibility. One of the main causes of basement flooding, is from a sump pump failure. These basement disasters can happen from something as simple as the power going out, to the extremes of heavy rainfall and outside flooding,  to the age and deterioration of your sump pump,  to something as drastic as frozen or clogged pipes, or the lack of routine maintenance, or a faulty installation.

    The way a sump pump works is pretty basic. Your basement has a drain system around the perimeter of the outside wall that feeds into the sump pump. In the corner of your basement, there is a hole dug and a sump pump is placed in order to capture and pump out that water. The pit can fill up from rain, for example, and the pump will switch on and pump the water into various pipes that feed out away from your home’s foundation. It is a very simple mechanism.

    The key to avoid failure all comes down to maintenance. Some of these problems can just occur, and are hard to avoid, but the odds are in your favor if it is something you regularly keep an eye on. It is always a good idea to do regular checks on the pump. The best way is to simply lift the float up and the pump should come on. If not, then you will need to find out why it is not working. Here are some other tips:

    1. Try to check the pump for particles and debris by properly cleaning it
    2. There is a float switch on the sump pump, make sure it is not restricted
    3. Clean all the vents and spaces to allow it to function at its best
    4. Have a battery backup in case of a power outage to ensure your sump pump can still run


    Again, sump pumps sometimes fail, so always be prepared! In order to have a good chance of it NOT failing, be sure to make regular maintenance a part of your routine, and don’t hesitate to call a licensed professional to determine if you are having a serious issue. Remember, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to get the job done! Call ANY time 410-838-7330. #NoOneIsFasterToTheDisaster #WaterFireMold #RestorationSpecialists

  7. 5 Tips to Prevent Mold

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    When it comes to mold in your home, we expect there to be many questions. How does it get there? How do I get rid of it? What can I do to prevent mold? Is it dangerous?

    Mold can be beneficial in terms of medicine and some foods, but undetected in your walls, mold is not a friendly foe. Many times, mold comes from a variety of reasons, and we can help you understand how to keep it away from destroying your home. The biggest thing to understand is that mold can grow in places you cannot visibly see, like the backside of drywall, areas inside the walls around moist pipes, or above ceiling tiles.

    Search for Possible Areas:
    Look throughout your home and look for areas moisture or leaks could possibly occur. Is the basement flooding? Is there constant condensation in the kitchen window?

    If it’s Wet, Dry it Now!
    Without moisture, mold has no chance. When there are wet areas, take care of it immediately. When a basement floods after a heavy rainfall, the carpet should be dried within 24-48 hours; the sooner the better to prevent mold.

    Ventilation is Key:
    Giving your home breathing room can prevent the air from becoming humid. Check AC units and make sure they don’t produce moisture by checking them from time to time and cleaning them regularly. Open a window when washing dishes, or use the exhaust fan.

    Direct Water Away:
    The ground around your property may need to be grading away from your home. This simple fix can prevent water from seeping into your house undetected.

    Clean Those Gutters:
    When gutters are full or damaged, the water from rainfall is not being passed, but instead it is sitting in places above your house. Repair them if needed, and keep an eye out for water stains.

    Remember, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Duraclean Services is ALWAYS ready to get the job done! Call us at ANY time to speak to one of our experienced experts to walk you through the Mold Remediation and Restoration Process from beginning to end… for more information on mold remediation and prevention, please visit our mold removal page or contact us.

  8. Winter Fire Safety Tips . . . the “This Is Us” Edition!

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    If you spend your Tuesday nights like most American’s, chances are you curl up in front of the television watching a very popular  series centered around a lovable, yet oh so complicated family. If you’ve tuned in over the past few weeks, you have probably gone through at least a box or two of tissues AND have decided to forgo any crockpot recipes for a while (not forever mind you, but definitely for a while!) . . . After last night’s episode, there is absolutely no way that Fire Safety has not crossed some of our minds over the past 24 hours . . .Yes, I know a few months back, we did a blog about Fire Safety, and even visited the local Fire Department, but truth is,  it’s a REALLY important topic, so it’s worth talking about one more time.


    So welcome to Fire Safety, (aka the “This Is Us” edition). . . when the snow is falling, the winds are blowing, and the thermometer is far below our preferred comfort zone , that means that Winter has come , and is most likely going to stay for a while! With the change of seasons, comes an important reminder to be aware of fire safety rules, to remember those year round tips, as well as spending a few moments focusing on extra precautions that should be taken during the winter months ahead . . .  so here we go:


    Who doesn’t love to sit around a beautiful fire place or rustic wood stove, curled up under your favorite blanket all warm and cozy, while reading a good book or sipping on a fresh cup of coffee? Even though doing so may feel incredibly relaxing, it is SO important that before ANY fire happens,  to be sure to have had your chimney professionally cleaned and serviced. Also, make sure to keep a screen in front of the fire place. Although often very pretty, don’t be fooled, this piece is far more than a decoration.  It will protect your flooring from “runaway” embers that can start trouble (remember, it only takes a spark to get a fire going ) protecting not only from a possible fire, but from any damage that could occur to your carpet or flooring surface.


    1. Of course, NEVER use flammable liquids to start a fire, or even to keep one going, and move ANY flammable objects at least 3 feet or more away from the fire source. Once you are done enjoying the fire, be sure to take plenty of time to let the ashes cool down before closing the damper. Remember, a closed damper CAN reignite a flame, which will force carbon monoxide into your home . . . causing a potentially deadly threat to you and your family! Also, never place ashes (even cooled ashes in a cardboard or wooden box)  a metal container with a lid is the way to go just in case the ashes aren’t quite as cool as you thought they were!


    1. If you are using gas, verses wood burning appliances, thoroughly check your furnace out before you turn it on. Be sure to place your hands on the walls around it to make sure that no heat is coming through and check for cracks or holes in the furnace or adjacent pipes as well. As as always, keep all flammable and combustible objects far far away from the furnace, a 3-ft “safe zone” is usually your safest bet.


    1. Have that one room that is always “extra” cold no matter how high you turn up the heat?  Space heaters are a great heating source and can make a huge difference in your comfort level without adding to a huge electrical bill. However, just like everything else, you must be wise in how you use them. One heater per outlet is the max. NEVER plug them into an extension cord (they don’t have the safety of a circuit breaker that will “trip” when overloaded!). Be sure to keep heaters clear of ALL flammable objects, and debris, and of  course, remember that electric heaters shouldn’t be near water, so bathrooms and kitchens are NOT the best choice for them. If you do decide to use them in those rooms, be extra careful that they do not get wet, and NEVER ever leave them unattended.


    1. While we are using the NEVER word, NEVER ever  go to bed with a crock pot or oven on, with a dryer running, pre-strung lights (such as Christmas lights) or a lithium battery plugged in ( yes, I know you need to charge your phones and computers friends, but try to get into the habit of charging them while you are awake) Once they are fully charged, unplug them from the wall outlet and sleep with a bit more peace. Remember, a habit can be established within 2 months, and a 2 month investment is definitely worth the safety of your family.


    1. Be sure to have a smoke alarm in EVERY bedroom AND on EVERY floor of your home, and be sure to change the batteries regularly (at least once a year) and remember, smoke alarms need to be fully replaced every 10 years (even if you think they are in good shape, trust me, they aren’t!)


    1. Make sure that EACH floor has it’s own fire extinguisher (if you are a little on the paranoid side like I am, especially after last night’s episode, it probably wouldn’t be such a bad idea to have one in every bedroom either!) . . . and please be sure that EVERYONE  knows HOW TO USE THEM (during a fire is not the time to try to read the directions!)


    1. Know your house inside and out, think ahead and find 2 ways out of each and every room (doors and windows), and practice family fire drills often. Remember to have a meeting place nearby (usually in the front of your home) so family members will quickly know who has made it out of a fire and who is still inside.


    1. This Safety Rule is pretty important friends, in fact, I would probably call it the “Jack Rule!”  . . . NEVER EVER EVER go back into a burning house once you have made it out safely,  let the Fire Department take care of going back in to rescue or bring things out . . . they have the training, the experience and most of all the protective gear to be the person to get the job done! bottom line, GET OUT AND STAY OUT!!!


    1. Go over these fire safety rules with your family often. Don’t make them a conversation that you just check off your list every Winter, but truly make them a way of life for your household . . . Enjoy the Winter months, stay warm, have fun, make memories . . . and most of do your best to STAY SAFE . . . AND be sure to buy a new box of tissues before Tuesday night!
  9. A Visit to our Men and Women in Blue . . .

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    Tuesday, January 9th was Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. A day set aside to take a moment to thank the men and women in Blue who serve and protect our local communities each and every day. From issuing tickets and writing citations, to spearheading anti-drug programs and visiting schools, to recovering stolen merchandise and apprehending criminals, to participating in local parades, and taking children on shopping trips at Christmas time . . . somehow, these officers seem to be able to “do it all”, and still be prepared to handle unexpected emergencies and impending disasters, all at a moment’s notice.

    First established in 1874, the Bel air Police Department has faithfully served Harford County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for over 144 years.  Just like other Departments in our area (Fire and Ambulance) our local Police Department is invaluable to our community. Headed up by Captain Charles (aka Chuck) Moore, the Department strives to meet the daily needs of the community through proactive involvement and compassionate service, doing all that they can to keep our streets safe, our homes peaceful, and our community at ease for all who call this wonderful town, home.

    So if you are out and about this week and see our Men and Women in Blue, maybe, you might want to say “thank you” for all that they do for our community. Perhaps a note, a shout out on social media, or even sending a lunch or dessert from a local restaurant to the precinct. Although I am sure they would tell you that they don’t do it for the thanks . . . we all know that everyone likes to be appreciated every now and then . . . so take a moment to let them know that you care!

    On behalf of Duraclean Services, we would like to personally thank the Bel air Police Department for the service and care that they give to our town each and every day. We enjoyed bringing you lunch, visiting your precinct, and meeting your Captain and a few of the amazing men and women in Blue who call Bel air home. May you be safe, may you be wise, and may you continue to invest in, serve, and protect this wonderful town that we all call home.


    Duraclean Services LLC

    Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to meet ALL of your Restoration needs! Call 410-838-7330.



  10. Flipping Houses and Restoration Services . . .

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    If you are a fan of HGTV, Public Television, or a myriad of other stations  featuring Home Improvement shows, you have seen first hand that hard work, determination, and many long hours can take a house of little to no value and restore it into something of absolute beauty. Over the past 10 years, “flipping” houses has become all the rage. From coast to coast, houses that no one seems to want, are purchased, and poured into to create transformations as dramatic as the story of Cinderella! The thing is, to go from before to after requires experience and knowledge of the inner and exterior workings of a home. More often than not, these homes have flaws, sometimes many flaws, that need to be addressed, corrected, and completely renovated . . . that is where Duraclean Services comes in!

    Homes that have been left to sit for an extensive amount of time usually have damage. Water damage from broken pipes, ill working sump pumps, or roof leaks left to fester, create challenges that MUST be addressed before all of the cosmetic changes can take place. Sometimes smoke damage plays a factor in house flipping  (maybe that’s why you got such a great deal on it), there are even times that mold has begun to run rapid through the walls and ceilings of a dwelling, and there is absolutely no option other than to completely fix the situation.

    Duraclean Service has the experience (28 years and counting),  knowledgeable employees, the most up to date equipment, and the newest techniques to get the job done. From small jobs, to HUGE jobs, our team is always prepared to meet ALL of your Restoration needs. From Mitigation, to Remediation, to Reconstruction, we will walk with you from beginning of your flip, right to the very end (if you need us that long) to see your Restoration to completion.  From installing dry wall, windows and doors . . .  to choosing paint colors and renovating kitchens and bathrooms. . . to installing the latest floorings and carpets from our lovely Showroom . . . Duraclean is One Stop Shopping for both the novice and experienced Home Flipper.

    So as housing prices continue to rise, and the demand for updated homes in nice neighborhoods hits an all time high, Duraclean  Services will still be here just like it has been for the past 28 years, offering high quality craftsmanship, economical pricing, and years of knowledge and experience to get the job done! So whether renovating a Flip, or getting a call about a recent disaster, Duraclean’s commitment to our customers and to our community will never waiver.

    If you are a private homeowner, a realtor, or just someone considering possibly “flipping” a home in the future, give Duraclean a call today 410-838-7330. One of our experienced Sales Representatives or General Contractors will be happy to talk with you and start you on your Restoration journey.

    Remember, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to get the job done!