Is Your Home Ready For the Rainy Season?
Winter is finally coming to an end, which means spring rainfall is on its way. All those showers can cause potential flooding problems if your home is not prepared, but there are simple steps you can take to ensure you are ready for this rainy season.
- Check for signs of leakage, including water marks on the ceiling and any significant cracks.
- Inspect your roof and basement for any signs of water damage. Repairing any minor issues can save you from a far worse water or mold problem in the future.
- Sealing your windows and doors for the spring is also a smart habit to get into since doing so will help prevent water from entering your home.
To ensure your home is ready for spring, be prepared for what the season can bring. If you do have a flooding problem or water-related incident, feel free to give us a call at 410-620-3322. We are here to help!
We Know the Restoration Industry!
At SERVPRO of Cecil County, our restoration specialists are highly trained in property restoration services in areas including fire, water and mold damage. Our crews are IICRC certified, meaning we are equipped with the proper training, expertise and experience to efficiently recover your home or business from an unexpected disaster.
Employees of SERVPRO can choose to complete Employee Certification Training to become more knowledgeable and skilled experts in areas such as fire and water restoration. We also offer courses for insurance agents and adjusters, real estate professionals and employees in order to inform them about the restoration process and new areas of the industry. We take pride in educating members of our community and in growing professionally both individually and as a whole unit to serve our local area.
Fire Safety Tips to Protect Your Restaurant Business
Restaurants always have the risk of fire damage since heat is a key ingredient in this industry. There are actions you can take to prevent this risk by following these steps.
- Install an automatic fire-suppression system in the kitchen. In the event of a fire, this system will release chemicals to put out the flames and shut off the electrical power to other cooking equipment to prevent further damage.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. A Class K fire extinguisher should be used in the kitchen, while a Class ABC fire extinguisher should be used for any other fires not located in the kitchen.
- Regularly maintain all cooking equipment and exhaust systems.
- Train your employees in proper fire prevention techniques.
Following these procedures will save your restaurant from devastating fire damage and keep your business, employees and customers safe. If your business does suffer from fire loss, contact the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County. Our emergency services can get your business back up and running quickly.
Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes
Disasters come in all shapes and sizes and threaten the stability of our homes and businesses. The local restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County are here to help if that day comes and can handle any damages that come your way. However, there are steps you can take on your own to be better prepared for an emergency and ensure that you and your family are safe before help arrives.
- Sign up for local weather and emergency alerts.
- Create and test communications in the event of an emergency.
- Create an emergency supply kit.
- Learn about local hazards and practice emergency situations.
- Join a preparedness class or group.
- Store important documents in a safe place.
- Make a plan with neighbors.
- Document property and obtain the proper insurance coverage for your home.
- Repair your home and property to minimize loss.
Disaster can strike when we least expect it. Call SERVPRO of Cecil County at (410) 620-3322 if you experience any fire, water or mold emergency in your home.
Water Damage Prevention
Water damage and flooding in households is more common than you might think. Often, something as simple as neglecting repairs in your home can lead to devastating circumstances.
Here are some steps you can take to prevent water damage from occurring in your home. You should ensure good drainage by regularly cleaning your gutters and ensuring that your downspouts are directed 5-10 feet from the house. Be sure to check your sump pump annually and test more occasionally during storm season. Fix water leaks by repairing pipes, cracked caulking, and damaged or missing shingles on the roof.
Should you experience water damage in your home, SERVPRO of Cecil County is here to help. We are a trusted leader in the water restoration industry. Our highly trained water restoration technicians use advanced water inspection, extraction and drying equipment to transform your home to its original form. With our 24 hour emergency service for water removal and repairs, we will have your home dry in no time.
When Storms or Floods Hit, SERVPRO is Ready!
SERVPRO of Cecil County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and use specialized equipment to restore your property to pre-storm conditions.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit our local area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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Restoring Your Cecil County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and quick response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity for your business. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
Our restoration professionals have the proper equipment and expertise to handle any size water disaster. Call us today at 410-620-3322.
Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is not true. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
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Understanding the Types of Mold
Mold can be a scary topic to think about, but it is important to know some of the different types of mold and where they can form in order to stop a serious mold problem in its tracks. Below are some of the main types of mold that can form in your home.
The most common type of mold is Aspergillus. This type of mold forms in the soil and in the air. It grows on many surfaces and in places with high humidity.
Stachybotrys Atra is another type of mold that is more commonly known as black mold. This type of infestation is usually feared since it is greenish black and can appear without other clear signs of mold being present. This mold grows where there are water leaks or in areas of high humidity.
Cladosporium is more difficult to identify, but can take the form of green, black or brown spots. This mold grows on walls, wood, vents and in damp areas. A mold professional can inspect this infestation for you in order to determine exactly what type of mold you have in your home.
By learning about the different types of mold that can grow in your home, you will be better prepared for preventing mold growth. Every mold remediation project is different, but the professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County can help make all of them “Like it never even happened.”
Is Your Roof Ready for Rain?
Strong rainstorms can bring extensive destruction to your home if your roof isn’t prepared for them. You should always check your roof for damages or leaks before the problem gets worse. To make sure your home is storm ready, there are signs to look for and quick fixes that you can apply before hiring a professional.
Regularly inspect your roof
- Look for leaks and signs of damage. The decking, insulation and sheet rock should not be saturated or appear rotted.
- Check the attic for signs of water dripping or stains which can indicate a leak in the roof.
- Check for moisture in the pipes, the roof joints and around the vents and chimney. Moisture can reveal signs of a possible leaky roof.
- Look for shingles that are out of place.
- Move branches away from the roof.
- Fix and replace broken shingles.
- Repair your gutter system if needed.
- If the problem is worse than a simple fix, hire a professional to repair your roof.
If you experience storm damage from a leaky roof, contact SERVPRO of Cecil County at (410) 620-3322. We provide emergency services for your storm disaster.