Duraclean Services

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  1. Integrity, Community, and Longevity; the Story of Duraclean Services

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    Integrity- Doing the right thing, even when no one else is watching. Such a short and simple statement, but one that has been the primary foundation that Duraclean Services has built it’s reputation upon for 30 years and counting.

     

    Rick Criss, the owner,  had a comfortable management position with a local supermarket chain in the 80’s, and although he liked the company he was working for, he was definitely looking for something more. He had heard about a franchise called Duraclean from a friend, and after looking into it, and going to a 10 day seminar, he decided to give it a try. Rick started off strictly as a carpet cleaning company, but with a lot of hard work and determination, soon he was servicing over 1,800 clients in the area (by word of mouth only, no marketing at that point.). As his clientele continued to grow, so did their needs, and soon he was learning about new, high level cleaning methods that would be beneficial for his customers and his community. With the help of his close friend Peter Carpenter, soon Water Mitigation, Water and Smoke Damage Restoration, and Mold Remediation became the newest services that Rick and his staff perfected. In 2006, Rick’s younger brother Tim came on board, and the Criss family continued to expand and grow Duraclean Services, bringing in the latest equipment, most experienced employees, even offering 24 hour emergency service to ensure a job well done every single time.

     

    From dealing with the effects of raging storms that pass through the Maryland area, to handling every day life situations (aka broken pipes and flooded basements ) to offering full reconstruction on those tough restoration jobs, air duct cleaning, and of course, the carpet cleaning that has been their “trademark” for so many years, Duraclean Services continues to put the customer first, helping people navigate through difficult circumstances, easing their burdens and always getting the job done!

     

    Through it all,the Criss brothers have made sure that the same  integrity, quality, and high standards that Duraclean Services began with so many years ago, still continue on today. At the heart of things, Duraclean is a BIG business, able to tackle any job that comes their way (remember, No One is Faster to the Disaster!)  . . . BUT at the same time, they make  sure to keep that “small business” feel,   always wanting to stay connected with their neighbors. From hosting golf tournaments and bull roasts to benefit those in need, to partnering on special projects with non-profits such as Habitat for Humanity, to simply bringing lunch to their local Fire Department, Duraclean strives to connect with and support their community as much as possible.

     

    “We look to the future with great anticipation, excited to see what lies ahead. Continuing to be a leader in the industry, expanding and growing to serve our customers in the best possible way, while always making the time to invest in and be a part of the community that we are blessed to call home.”

     

  2. National Fire Prevention Month, the “Hot” topic of the week . . .

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    Did you know that the month of October has been declared National Fire Prevention Month? Over the course of 31 days, local Fire Departments all over our nation will focus extra attention on going to schools, fairs, churches, pancake breakfasts, parades and a host of community events to get the word out about Fire Safety, Early Detection, and Ultimate Prevention.

     

    Each year, millions of lives are affected by fires. The loss of homes and irreplaceable cherished “treasures” completely overwhelm families, and the devastating death of a loved one changes everything forever! Although there are times that we have absolutely no control over terrible situations that come our way, it is so important to be informed and aware that simple routines can be implemented to keep those we love as safe as possible.  The act of checking fire alarms and changing batteries on a regular basis, placing fire extinguishers in strategic areas around your home, and practicing a family fire safety plan are just a few of the things you can do to ensure that you have protected your family to the best of your ability.

     

    When Fire Safety Programs such as “Stop, Drop, and Roll” and “Learn Not to Burn” are introduced to children at an early age and reiterated throughout childhood and the teenage years, they equip an entire generation with the knowledge and understanding of what emergency situations can occur, how best to prevent them, and the life saving steps to take when they arise. By supporting your local Fire Department and their mission to “get the word out”, you not only empower the youth in your area, but the entire community as well.

     

    -Install smoke alarms on every level of your home

    -Test smoke alarms every month

    -Change batteries on a regular basis

    -Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan

    -Have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected yearly

    -If a fire occurs in your home; Get Out, Stay Out, and Call for Help!

     

    Take the time to support your local Fire Department. Write them an encouraging note, say thank you when you see them out and about the community, treat them to lunch, or send a generous donation to keep their programs running strong. Remember, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… they’ve got your back and are there to protect you and your family, no matter the cost…So do your best to support them any way that you can!

     

    Always remember in the event of fire or water damage, Duraclean is ALWAYS ready to go to provide your Mitigation, Remediation, and Restoration needs. Call anytime, day or night 410-838-7330.

  3. Helpful Tips Before Leaving on a Trip

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    It is that time of year when we start thinking about getting away on vacation. Below are some tips that you can use to keep your home safe when leaving on a trip.

     

    • Be cautious who you tell that you are going away.
    • Use timers to turn on and off your lights and TV.
    • Be sure to lock all doors and windows including your basement and shed.
    • Keep all valuables locked in a safety deposit box.
    • Have a neighbor park their car in your driveway.
    • Install an outdoor motion sensor light.
    • Make arrangements for your mail.
    • Make arrangements for your newspaper.
    • Call your home security company to advise them of your plans.
    • Turn off your water at the main shut-off.
    • Turn off ice makers.
    • Turn off the humidifier/ dehumidifier.
    • Unplug the water softener.
    • Turn your hot water heater to the vacation setting.
    • Set your thermostat at desired level.

     

     

    By following these tips you can relax and enjoy your trip knowing that your home is safe and sound.

  4. Outdoor Patio & Yard Ideas

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    If you long for a more beautiful backyard space, but lack the funds to hire a landscape designer, check out these DIY tips and tricks to improve your outdoor patio and yard space on a dime.

    Build a Pallet Wood Sofa

    Convert leftover pallet wood into a cozy sofa, a perfect place to sip your morning coffee or enjoy an evening cocktail.

    Take Advantage of Tree Stumps

    If you’re cutting down a tree, leave a few feet of the stump in place and turn into a small outdoor serving table

    Tin Can Lanterns

    Let these easy-to-make lanterns cast a soft glow by hanging them from tree branches or aligning them atop a porch railing. Just drill holes, paint, then attach some wire or string for hanging.

    Design Easy Seating

    If you love to throw summer parties and are always in search of extra seating, here’s your solution: Spray-painted milk crates topped with scrap wood combine color and convenience, plus they’re easy to store when not in use.

    Use Cinderblocks to Create a Bench

    This colorful, re purposed bench can be made from cinder-blocks, lumber, and concrete adhesive. Add colorful cushions for comfy and stylish outdoor seating.

    Add Pattern to Outdoor Patio Pavers

    Jazz up your backyard by turning plain cement steps into brightly patterned patio pavers. Place stencils on each and spray with colorful paint. Put coat of clear sealant over.

    For more information or to learn more about Duraclean and what services we provide, visit our about section here!

     

  5. The Ultimate Guide to Office Spring Cleaning

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    Spring is the time to refresh and reset. It’s the time to clean all the clutter and give yourself a fresh start. If you’re working in an office odds are you spend most of your time there during the week, and giving your space a good cleaning can really help the stress of working dissipate. Here are some ways to get started.

    Start with your filing cabinet.

    Your filing cabinet is more like the closet of your office, and organizing it can do wonders. It’s easily cluttered and taking some time to cipher through it to discard any extra or useless paperwork can be very helpful.

    Clean off your desk.

    It’s so easy to fill your desk with papers, pens, staplers, whiteout, business cards, highlighters, coffee, coffee…wait did I say coffee twice? I was staring at my own desk thinking I should take my own advice. Anyway, that is the point I’m trying to make! It’s easier to focus and increase determination when the desk I am spending most of my time at is clean and organized.

    Dust your electronics.

    Dusting is the easiest task to overlook, mainly because we do not see it all the time. Monitors and keyboards love dust bunnies, but also germs and allergens.

    Carpet cleaning

    It can be super beneficial for offices. For more information, visit our carpet cleaning section and contact us!

  6. Mold Remediation: What Happens?

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    Leading to Mold…

    Homeowners, apartment, hotel and condominium complex managers and school districts are just some of the entities that are prime candidates for water damage restoration.  There are occasions when in the process of investigating the water damage that mold is found.

     

    This can lead to mold remediation.  How does this process occur?

     

    Initial Telephone Call

    Professional restoration and remediation companies have some form of an “initial telephone call checklist.”

    The checklist covers water and fire damage restoration; however, it is applicable to mold as well since mold is caused by a water source.

     

    When the call comes in from a customer we ask questions regarding his/her situation.

     

    We ask:

     

    • Is this a new water loss or a repeat situation?
    • How long were the areas/surfaces wet?
    • How much was affected by the water exposure?

     

    The customer’s answers can give us a better feel for possible mold presence but we never tell the customer on the phone that they have mold. We want to visit the affected site for a more detailed evaluation.

    There are other things that we ask the customer.  If they say they have mold we ask them what the basis is for their conclusion.  If the customer has test results and a remediation plan that was written by an industrial hygienist then we approach the job in a different way.  The plan leads us to working with an industrial hygienist which leads to a mold remediation project.

     

    The plan has specific procedures (protocol) that details the project from the beginning to its final completion and site clearance.

     

    If water is present the restorer/remediator may need to consider drying out procedures. He can deal with the mold remediation after the drying has been completed or do it concurrent with the drying process through dehumidification.

     

    For expert mold remediation services contact us.

     

     

  7. 5 Benefits of Air Duct Cleaning

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    Why should you clean your air ducts? Here’s the short answer: Because they get dirty! Air ducts are the life blood of air quality in your home, and what’s more vital to life than oxygen. Here are five benefits to regularly getting your air ducts cleaned.

     

    1. Indoor Air Quality

     

    Your HVAC system is the lungs of your home. Dander, dust, and chemicals produce over time, and they are pulled into the heating and cooling system. The circulation of these things can eventually build up in your air ducts and affect the cleanliness of your air.

     

    1. Save Energy!

     

    Twenty-five to 40% of energy used in the HVAC system is wasted. When contaminants build up and pollute your system, they have to work harder to run and it can cause the life span of your system to shorten. If your system is working harder, it’s going to cost you more to run it.

     

    1. Smell Better

     

    We don’t mean you smell, but your house can if your air ducts aren’t clean! Pets, household cleaning agents, tobacco use, and some foods can repeatedly flow through the house and accumulate in your ducts. Cleaning these ducts can remove odor trapping particles.

     

    1. It Makes a Good Selling Feature

     

    Spring time is a busy time of year for the housing market. If you’re selling your home, having your air ducts cleaned can show a buyer than you take good care in maintaining your home.

     

    1. Mold Be Gone

     

    Mold being present in an HVAC system is a complaint that happens more often than not. It’s sneaky, and can grow without being seen. If you’re routinely inspecting your air ducts and cleaning them, mold will be something that won’t stand a chance in sneaking up on you.

     

    Call Duraclean at 410-838-7330 or contact us through our web form to get your free estimate. Chances are, you will like what you hear.

  8. Why Professional Carpet Cleaners Should Be Hired

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    You come home from work, put your feet up and watch some TV to relax at the end of a long day. You start thinking about the holiday season that is upon us and you start looking around the house. Because you come home to the house every day, you are used to the clutter and the coffee stain on the carpet from the spill that happened six months ago. You tell yourself it’s not that noticeable but now you look at it through the eyes of the guests you will be having for the holidays. Ok, it’s time to have the carpets cleaned.

    There are many benefits to having a professional come in and clean the carpets. Driving to the store to rent the machine, transporting it to your home and figuring out how to use the machine can be very time consuming and costly. When hiring a professional you are getting a technician who is experienced with the process, can tackle those tough stains (that you have tried to get out of your carpets) with products that work, and will leave your carpets looking like new.

    Professional carpet cleaning takes away pollutants and odors. Pet dander, indoor air pollutants, allergens, and everyday dirt nestles itself in the carpet and can cause contamination in your home. Our truck mounted heavy extraction hot water foam system will kill the bacteria and remove deep seeded pollutants.

    Professional floor cleaning can breathe life back into your carpets leaving them looking like new. Oils in dirt that gets trapped in your carpet can damage the carpet over time. Cleaning your carpet not only refreshes it’s look, but can extend how long it lasts.

    Over all, there are many reasons to get your carpets professionally cleaned. Feel free to contact us to learn more extensively about the process!

  9. You’ll Never Guess the Reasons Mold Grows in Your Home

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    Most homeowners call us regarding mold in their home and it is usually caused by these four reason

     

    • While trying to sell their home, the home inspector found signs of mold
    • They had a flood in their home, for example in their basement, and it was not dried professionally
    • The foundation in the basement leaks and mold started growing on the walls
    • Someone in the house has gotten sick, usually with breathing problems and mold may be why

     

    Do not fear, there are a couple of options on how to solve your issue on removing mold! One option you can do is contact a certified mold inspector or contractor and let them guide you through the process. If the mold is easily seen, this can be a good option for you. The other option is to contact an industrial hygienist who will inspect your home and test the air quality. An industrial hygienist will give you an explanation of the lab results and provide a scope of work on what needs to be done to remove the mold. A certification letter will then be given to you after the work is done so that you can sleep better at night knowing your home is mold free.

    One mistake that homeowners make is hiring a testing company that takes air samples. Testing companies are not qualified to provide an explanation or the results of the lab work or provide a scope of work for proper mold removal. It you hire a company who comes into your home and uses words like “toxic”, “hazardous”, and “dangerous” beware. Often times this is a scare tactic used to drive up the cost of the job. One last thing. It is never an accepted practice for a testing company to do their own mold removal. If either of these things happen with a contractor, always get a second opinion or call an industrial hygienist.