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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.

Restoring Your Books After Water Damage

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

When water enters your home and destroys your belongings, it can be an overwhelming experience.  SERVPRO of Cecil County understands how difficult it can be to throw your damaged contents away.  What some people may not know is that you can still save some of your damaged content after it has been severely damaged. Our cleaning and restoration professionals not only help to clean and restore your home from fire, water or mold damage, we also can pack up, store, clean and restore some of the items damaged after these types of disasters. 

While there are times we can save your items for you, other times the damage is too extensive to restore them.  But, there are also steps you can take as well to save even your paper products, such as books.

If your books aren’t heavily wet, simple air-drying can be the solution.  Wet paper tears easily so be careful when handling.  When air-drying, do not open the books.  Place them standing up on absorbent paper to allow the water to drain out. Place paper between the text and covers and change the papers as they become fully wet.  Use fans to circulate air but do not point them directly at the books.  Continue this technique until the items do not appear to be soaked.

Freeze drying is the best option for preventing damage and mold growth.  SERVPRO uses the process of sublimation which skips the liquid stage to turn a solid right into a vapor to avoid causing more damage to your documents.  We also use the method of gamma irradiation when needed to clean and disinfect documents that are infected by bacteria from contaminated water.

Whether you are able to air-dry your books or they need a more specialized process by our professionals in order to be restored, these techniques will help to save your books and other documents after water damage has occurred in your home.  SERVPRO of Cecil County is also happy to help restore your property and your belongings after smoke and soot damage.  We work hard to make every form of an unexpected disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Continuing Education Classes

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County is grateful to work with insurance agents, insurance adjusters and real estate agents in our local area.  We enjoy building relationships and working together with these business professionals to help make an overwhelming fire, water or mold damage event for a home or business owner “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Cecil County is proud to offer free continuing education classes for our local insurance and real estate professionals!  We provide both credit and non-credit courses that will give participants a background of various topics in the cleaning and restoration industry as well as explain how they can help their clients prevent and solve their property issues.

We are always excited to offer these classes to our local agents and realtors.  To see all of the classes offered in your state, including those hosted by our very own Cecil County franchise, please visit http://bit.ly/CEclassesSP.  If you are interested in attending our next class, contact us today at 410-620-3322.  We hope you’ll join us!

Commercial Cleaning for Your Business

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County is always prepared to help restore commercial businesses from any size disaster after a fire, water or mold damage event.  But did you know that we also offer cleaning and disinfecting services for local residential and commercial properties?

Our cleaning professionals can effectively eliminate and prevent harmful bacteria and viruses such as the flu, and we are happy to do so for schools, hospitals and other facilities in Cecil County.  We are IICRC trained, which means our production team is not only skilled in the best practices for fire and water restoration and mold remediation, but also in other services including carpet cleaning, duct cleaning and other cleaning services.  We are fully equipped with the proper equipment and expertise to fully clean your commercial facility.

SERVPRO of Cecil County is happy to help our local schools and businesses with all of their cleaning and restoration needs.  We take pride in making every disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Content Restoration

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Cecil County, our cleaning and restoration professionals can handle the heavy work, but we also work hard to restore damaged contents that have been affected by water or fire damage.  We can clean, disinfect and restore your belongings, including even your personal documents and photos.

Often, we are called to clean and restore damaged items after a large water or fire event has taken place. During this process, we store all contents at a secure location and complete the cleaning process within a matter of days or even weeks, depending on the extent of the damage.

SERVPRO of Cecil County is happy to help in any way possible when it comes to a water, fire or mold damage event and getting your life back on track. Whether you experience a large water leak or minor smoke damage that has affected your home or the items inside it, our restoration professionals are here when you need us!