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Preventing Roof Damage to your Cecil County Home

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County often receives calls from our local residents about roof damage to their homes.  During hurricane season and strong storms, this damage is extremely common.  Often, this damage can lead to water damage and flooding in your home as well.

As storms continue to occur in our area, our water and storm restoration professionals would like to remind you to inspect your property for any signs of roof or structural damage, or have a certified professional visit your home in order to take a closer look.

  • Check your roof for broken or missing shingles or flashing.  This issue can cause strong storms to destroy parts of your roof as well as allow water to enter your home.
  • Be mindful of water collecting on your roof.  This can mean that your roof is susceptible to leaks and therefore water damage.
  • Gutters should also be checked and repaired if they are loose as well as cleaned to ensure they are not clogged.  This will ensure that water is being carried away from your home during a storm.
  • It is important to trim any nearby trees and keep branches and limbs away from the roof.
  • Inspect your attic as well for signs of roof damage by checking for signs of water or mold on the ceiling.

SERVPRO of Cecil County is here to help during any size storm disaster!  We offer 24/7 emergency services for fire, water and storm damage.  For more information, please give us a call at 410-620-3322.

Preparing Your Business For Hurricane Season

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County is prepared for any storm damage that may occur in our Elkton and local area during this hurricane season.  With the season officially here, it is critical to be prepared for what the bad weather can bring to your home or business.  Having a plan in place for you and your employees is essential in the event of an emergency for proper safety protocol as well as actions to take when the storm is over.

In the event of severe weather due to a hurricane, please remember to create and share a plan with all employees and ensure they are aware of the proper steps to take.  Often, businesses hire an inspector who can identify any issues or structural damage that can significantly impact a facility in the event of a large storm.  Issues such as roof leaks, loose gutters, and broken pipes can all lead to severe water damage and should be fixed immediately.  An inspector can also ensure that all windows and doors are sealed tightly and safe for strong winds.

Once your business is declared safe and any structural damage has been repaired, be sure to remove any outdoor safety hazards such as yard signs.  Continue to listen for weather alerts in your local area and decide on a plan that is best for you and your staff.

Should you discover that your home or business is suffering from water, storm or structural damage, our restoration professionals are ready to help.  SERVPRO of Cecil County offers 24/7 emergency services for destruction due to hurricanes, flooding and other severe weather.  We handle any size water, fire, mold or storm disaster, and we take pride in helping our customers to overcome an often overwhelming situation.  To learn more about our services for your business during this hurricane season and beyond, please give us a call at 410-620-3322.

Introducing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County is dedicated to helping our local community during this overwhelming time.  As we find our way to a new normal, we are helping to ease the tension you may be feeling by offering peace of mind and a cleaner, safer environment to local businesses.

Our new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is designed for viruses and bacteria in mind.  Going far beyond standard cleaning services, this program was introduced to help with viruses like COVID-19 in the air and on surfaces of a facility. 

SERVPRO has years of experience due to viruses like Norovirus, H1N1, SARS and bacteria like MRSA.  Additionally, all of our procedures and cleaners strictly adhere to both CDC and EPA guidelines.

Our cleaning professionals will utilize this new program in order to

  • Consult with you on what type of cleaning is best for your business
  • Clean using our hospital-grade disinfectant and adhering to CDC and EPA protocols 
  • Certify that your business has been professionally cleaned while offering peace of mind to your clients

SERVPRO of Cecil County has been working hard these past few months to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as to help protect homes and businesses with confirmed cases.  Our cleaning and restoration crew is also highly trained and experienced in other biohazard situations in addition to fire and water cleanup and restoration, mold remediation and more! 

Our team is here when it matters, and we are "Ready for whatever happens."  For more information, please give us a call at 410-620-3322. 

Cecil County Equipment Rental

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County is happy to help our local businesses with their restoration and construction needs.  We offer our equipment to contractors for construction projects including home renovations.  Our Air Filtration devices can be rented for containing dust particles during a demolition.

We also offer equipment including our dehumidifiers, which are often used to dry an affected area of water damage that has no need of our water restoration services.  Many of our local businesses have benefited from this equipment, which helps to prevent future mold damage to their property.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides equipment rental to businesses including facilities such as hospitals and schools for when they need it most.  Our team is here for your maintenance needs.  To learn more about renting our equipment, call us at 410-620-3322.

Smoke Damage in Your Home or Business

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to a fire in your home or business, we often forget that the smoke left behind can be much worse than the actual fire itself.  Smoke that occurs in a home or building and that is left to set on our belongings can leave a lingering odor and cause severe damage that sometimes can’t be saved.  This pertains to contents such as furniture, artwork and electronics.  The structure including its walls and ceilings are also at risk of smoke damage.

The effects of smoke after a fire are not only present in the odor it causes to our property and belongings, but also often in the form of discoloration.  Our fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County are equipped to handle these types of situations.  Our team has been successful on countless occasions with handling our customer’s belongings and making them like new again.  We are happy to pack out, store, and clean smoke-damaged items with our specialized cleaning techniques.  It is important to let a professional take care of this for you, since cleaning the smoke off of surfaces improperly can lead to more damage.

SERVPRO of Cecil County is happy to help with any size fire disaster.  We offer 24/7 emergency services in the event of a fire and are highly experienced in fire damage events including content cleaning and complete reconstruction.  We understand that every type of fire damage matters to our customers, no matter how big or small.  Our professionals are here when you need us!

Guidelines for Fire Safety

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Our fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County know better than most that fire damage can be extremely overwhelming for those involved.

Before you need to call for fire restoration services, we want to ensure that you and your family or employees are safe from harm.  The American Red Cross provides important fire safety guidelines that should be taken before, during and after a fire that will help to keep you safe and prepared.

Before a fire, you should take the steps necessary in order to be prepared in the event of an emergency.  Install smoke alarms on every floor.  Test the alarms on a monthly basis, and change the batteries as needed.  Plan and practice an escape plan with all family members or employees.

In the event of a fire, leave the building immediately.  Do not open doors that feel warm.  Do not leave the building through smoke-filled areas unless it is the only option.  If that is the case, be sure to stay low to the ground and underneath the smoke.  If there is no escape route possible, keep doors closed and place a wet towel under the door.  Call the fire department and open a window to call for help.

After a fire, you should cool and cover any burns you may have and seek medical help if the condition is serious.  Communicate with others that you are safe and do not reenter the property until you are told by authorities that it is safe to do so.

These guidelines are critical in maintaining your safety in the event of a fire. Once the damage is done and emergency personnel has done their part, our fire restoration professionals are here to help with the rest!  SERVPRO of Cecil County is happy to help restore homes and businesses in our local area from any size fire damage event.  This includes smaller scale work such as smoke odor and soot cleanup in addition to complete fire restoration and property reconstruction.  We offer 24/7 emergency services for when disaster strikes, and we’re always ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Up Sewage in Cecil County

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage can be overwhelming, but when sewage is involved, the experience can feel much more intense.  SERVPRO of Cecil County is IICRC-trained, meaning we are equipped with the proper skills, knowledge and equipment to help clean and restore a property after such a disaster.

We have recently received calls from our local Cecil County area regarding numerous damages to homes and businesses involving sewage.  One of those calls was from a local restaurant in Havre de Grace where we immediately visited the property in order to remove and clean up to four inches of sewage water.  The business owner was extremely satisfied with our work, our team and our quick response to their critical situation, while we were happy to help keep the business open with minimal downtime.

Another job we received involving water damage and sewage was located in Perry Point.  The sewage was found in the basement after an unexpected toilet issue and left the homeowner worried and in desperate need of proper water mitigation and cleaning procedures.  That’s where we were once again happy to offer our services and able to help restore the affected area “Like it never even happened.”  This customer was very pleased with our work as well.

SERVPRO of Cecil County offers 24/7 residential and commercial services for those who’ve experienced water or sewage damage.  We are proud to offer these and many more services to our local Cecil County community at a moment’s notice.  To learn more about all of the services we provide, visit our Homepage!

We are Experts in Cleaning and Disinfecting!

3/18/2020 (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 Cecil County, 410-620-3322

Protecting Your Home From Flooding

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Cecil County, our restoration professionals work hard to help restore homes and businesses in our local community.  We are equipped with the knowledge and equipment to restore your property from any size storm disaster.  However, there are steps you can take on your own to prevent damages after a storm.

  • Be prepared for emergencies and ensure that your insurance policy will cover water damage in the event of a flood. 
  • Inspect your home for pre-existing damages in order to prevent a worse water issue.
  • Stay alert of weather in your local area.
  • Inspect your gutters, and regularly clear them of dirt and debris.
  • Install barriers to prevent water from entering your home.
  • When renovating your home, remember to use flood-resistant materials to protect the property from further damage.

These measures will protect your home in the event of flooding and significantly minimize the damages to your property.  If you experience any flooding or storm damage, call SERVPRO of Cecil County at 410-620-3322. We are equipped for any size flooding disaster.

Storm Safety During a Tornado

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County is always prepared to help when a storm disaster strikes.  Natural storm events such as tornadoes are common during this time of year through the United States, so it is important to be ready if one strikes in your area.  When tornadoes wreak havoc in our area of Cecil County, our storm restoration professionals are quick to help restore the damages.  We want to help make even the destruction from a large scale storm “Like it never even happened.”

Accuweather forecasts an average of 1,350 to 1,450 tornadoes for this year with active weather to be continued mainly across the South in March and early April.  However, tornadoes are still a possibility in our local area, so it is critical to be prepared in case of a storm emergency.  Some of the important steps you should take in order to be prepared and remain safe in the event of a tornado are outlined below.

  • Follow updates on the storm and listen for evacuations in your area.
  • Create an emergency kit of supplies including a list of emergency numbers as well as flashlights, blankets, extra clothing and non-perishable food items in case of a power outage.
  • Communicate an emergency plan with your family in case of a storm.
  • During the storm, stay out of rooms with windows and evacuate to the basement or an interior room on the lowest floor.
  • If you are evacuated, do not enter the area of the storm or your home until it is declared safe to do so. Have a professional inspect your home for structural damage as well.

SERVPRO of Cecil County understands the devastation that occurs after these storms, and we are here to help when we are needed the most.  We offer 24/7 emergency services for the Cecil County area for storm damage.  Contact us at 410-620-3322 to learn more.