Summer Storm Inspection Checklist

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Summer is here – time for cookouts, swimming in the pool and vacations!  But it also means the arrival of severe, damaging storms.  Before you are hit by a storm, be proactive.  Review your Homeowner’s Insurance policy to make sure you are aware of what is covered, and document your home and personal property with photos and video.

Most homeowners fail to inspect their home after a storm, especially if there is no reason to suspect a problem, however that can be a costly mistake and a huge headache.  To prevent bigger problems such as structural damage, mold and leaks, it is imperative to inspect all elements of the exterior of your home, starting with the roof.

Here is a checklist of what to look for on the outside:

Roof

  • Loose or missing shingles or metal flashing
  • Dented, torn or gouged shingles
  • Holes from debris
  • Tree limbs or other large debris on roof

Exterior Walls

  • Dents or holes in siding
  • Missing siding, soffit or fascia
  • Cracks or splits

Windows and Doors

  • Shattered or broken window panes
  • Fogging between panes
  • Damage to trim or frame

Damage can range from annoying to downright dangerous. If you find any damage, there are certain steps you need to take to secure your safety and make sure your home is restored to it’s prior condition.  If the damage is severe, or there are dangerous conditions such as downed power lines or issues with a gas line or tree on a house, you will need to vacate the property immediately.

  • Document the damage by taking pictures and video of both interior and exterior damage.
  • Call in a contractor to inspect and tarp the damage so as to prevent further water intrusion. Do your homework and hire a local, reputable contractor, not a storm chaser who may not be properly licensed or insured for your area.
  • Call your Homeowner’s Insurance Agent to file a claim for the damage. Your contractor may meet the adjuster at your home to assess the damage.
  • Receive an estimate from the contractor for restoring your property.
  • Communicate with your Insurance Agent regarding the Scope of Work for the repairs and what they are going to compensate you for. Most times homeowners have a deductible to meet.
  • Coordinate with your contractor to have your property restored.

If you ever have the need for storm damage restoration, give Fichtner Services a call.  We have experts on staff to help with the initial securing of your home, to the estimating, to the restoration process!

Now is the time to take care of any issues before they become costly problems.  Fichtner Services can help.   Call us for a FREE ESTIMATE or to schedule a Maintenance Service for any of the above items.

Call (410) 519-1900

July 2019 – Fourth of July

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HAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY!

Safety is Our Top Priority!

We just closed out the month of June which is national safety month!  Fichtner Services takes safety precautions very seriously and jobsite safety is actually a daily concern for us.  To help us with our safety program, we’ve been partnering with safety expert Randy Gardner of RG Risk Management Services for the last 6 years.  Randy handles safety program for a wide range of clients, from huge energy companies, to small owner operated installation crews. He handles all of our required OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and MOSH (Maryland Occupational Safety and Health) training, inspections and implementation of safety programs.

We get a visit from Randy on a monthly basis to do our required “Tool Box Talks”, which cover a variety of subjects that are important to our workers and customers alike. Our main concern is fall protection in our business, but other issues such as overhead power lines, falling debris, distracted driving, forklift training and more are reviewed. If you have any needs for Randy’s services, he can be reached at 410-703-7008 or rgriskmanagementservices@gmail.com.

Fichtner Services Wins New Awards!

We are excited to announce that we won several awards in the What’s Up Annapolis, What’s Up West County and What’s Up Eastern Shore magazines:  “Best Roofing Contractor”, “Best Window/Door Contractor”, and “Best Siding/Gutter Contractor”!  We are proud to have experienced and detail-oriented installers in each of these categories, making us a true complete exterior remodeler!  We thank everyone who took the time to vote for us and has supported us for the last 25 years!

Summer Storm Inspection Checklist

Summer is here – time for cookouts, swimming in the pool and vacations!  But it also means the arrival of severe, damaging storms.  Before you are hit by a storm, be proactive.  Review your Homeowner’s Insurance policy to make sure you are aware of what is covered, and document your home and personal property with photos and video.

Most homeowners fail to inspect their home after a storm, especially if there is no reason to suspect a problem, however that can be a costly mistake and a huge headache.  To prevent bigger problems such as structural damage, mold and leaks, it is imperative to inspect all elements of the exterior of your home, starting with the roof.  Here is a checklist of what to look for on the outside:

Roof

  • Loose or missing shingles or metal flashing
  • Dented, torn or gouged shingles
  • Holes from debris
  • Tree limbs or other large debris on roof

Exterior Walls

  • Dents or holes in siding
  • Missing siding, soffit or fascia
  • Cracks or splits

Windows and Doors

  • Shattered or broken window panes
  • Fogging between panes
  • Damage to trim or frame

Damage can range from annoying to downright dangerous. If you find any damage, there are certain steps you need to take to secure your safety and make sure your home is restored to it’s prior condition.  If the damage is severe, or there are dangerous conditions such as downed power lines or issues with a gas line or tree on a house, you will need to vacate the property immediately.

  • Document the damage by taking pictures and video of both interior and exterior damage.
  • Call in a contractor to inspect and tarp the damage so as to prevent further water intrusion. Do your homework and hire a local, reputable contractor, not a storm chaser who may not be properly licensed or insured for your area.
  • Call your Homeowner’s Insurance Agent to file a claim for the damage. Your contractor may meet the adjuster at your home to assess the damage.
  • Receive an estimate from the contractor for restoring your property.
  • Communicate with your Insurance Agent regarding the Scope of Work for the repairs and what they are going to compensate you for. Most times homeowners have a deductible to meet.
  • Coordinate with your contractor to have your property restored.

MEET THE MAY 2019
REFERRAL PROGRAM WINNER

Congratulations go out to Ms. Maureen O’Rourke of Heritage Harbor!  Ms. O’Rourke is our referral winner for May and she chose this bright green Grizzly cooler as her prize.  We replaced her roof in 2013 and she has been referring Fichtner Services to her friends and neighbors ever since and says it’s because we are trustworthy.

Thank you Ms. O’Rourke for the highest compliment we can get – your referrals!  If you want a chance to win an awesome prize, make sure your referrals mention your name when they call in for their estimate, or you can CLICK HERE to fill out our form!

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April 2019 – Memorial Day – We Remember

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Memorial Day - We Remember

Military Appreciation Month

It is Military Appreciation Month and we would like to show our appreciation to one of our own at Fichtner Services: Steve Finn.

Staff Sergeant Steven J Finn spent almost 13 years in the United States Marine Corps. SSgt Finn (we call him Steve at work!) did FIVE (5) deployments overseas: 4 tours in Iraq and 1 to Afghanistan. SSgt Finn was in the VMU-2 Night Owls under the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW).

Steve now resides in Gambrills with 3 beautiful girls in his life: wife Charli, and daughters Evelyn and Izzy.  Steve works as a manager and estimator with us at Fichtner Services.  Thanks again to you Steve and ALL the Service Men and Women that are serving and have served our country.

Home of the Month - May 2019

May is National Historic Preservation Month! What other city in America encompasses more about historic preservation than Annapolis does? The city of Annapolis became one of the first cities in the country named as a National Historic Landmark District (NHLD). This designation was made 50 years ago, and the Historic Preservation Commission in Annapolis has been working hard to preserve the authentic look and feel of Annapolis ever since.

Our featured Home of the Month is an historic home in Annapolis belonging to Vernon (V.P.) Loggins and his wife Becky. The home was built in 1900 and has been well maintained. However, the roof was becoming a problem, so V.P. reached out to Fichtner Services to take a look.  The existing terne metal had about 100 coats of paint and could not handle one more layer! A roof replacement was in order and the closest possible match was a 1 inch standing seam his historic panel, with fully folded seams into all joints at hips, ridges, and flashing areas. The new roof, with some hidden modern day technology, came out looking and feeling as historic as it once did 120 years ago. Our customer V.P. Loggins could not have been more thrilled! V.P. had this to say about our work: “We are quite pleased not only with the roof but also with all of the people involved. Fichtner Services personnel were a delight to work with. Thanks to you and all the staff.”

V.P. is a published writer and poet. His poetry works include The Green Cup (2017), winner of the Cider Press Review Editors’ Book Prize, The Fourth Paradise (2010), and Heaven Changes (2007), as well as two critical books on Shakespeare.  You can see more information about V.P. Loggins and his works at www.vploggins.com.

Fichtner Services Wins The 2019 Capital Reader's Choice Award!

MEET THE APRIL 2019
REFERRAL PROGRAM WINNER

Steve Hawk with Artisan Renovations is our referral winner for April!  We have installed a number of products for them including shingle roofing, gutters, Acrymax roof coating, metal roofing and various repairs.  We really appreciate the partnership!

Steve says, “I have been working with Fichtner services for over ten years. I would recommend them to anyone. They know their products and how to install them with high quality workmanship.

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