Basement Water Damage Catastrophe in Elkton
SERVPRO of Cecil County recently received a call from a local homeowner in Elkton after he experienced a devastating water damage event. A pipe had cracked in the home and leaked approximately five feet of water into the basement. The damage was overwhelming.
Once he called our franchise, our water restoration professionals responded immediately to help extract all water from the premises. We then set our specialized drying equipment in the basement for a period of three days in order to ensure the structure was fully dry.
This customer was extremely happy with our response time and crew. We strive to do the same for all of our customers, and we're always proud to make an unexpected disaster like this "Like it never even happened." To learn more about our water, fire or mold services, give us a call at 410-620-3322.
Outdoor Bonfire Safety
SERVPRO of Cecil County hopes that everyone is enjoying the fall season, which is a great time to enjoy the cooler weather with friends and family. One popular way to do just that is with a bonfire. We would like to remind you to always follow the proper safety precautions when participating in a bonfire, so that you can remain safe.
- Never light a bonfire during high winds that can cause the flames to spread onto a roof or other structure.
- Fires should be watched at all times, and children should be kept away from the flames.
- A hose or other source of water should be stored nearby in the event of an emergency.
- Flammable chemicals should never be burned, including products such as hairspray or paint. These chemicals can create an uncontrollable fire quickly in addition to causing toxic fumes.
- Gradually add what you are burning; do not add everything all at once as this can cause a sudden large flame.
- Before walking away from your bonfire, pour water over the flamed area and brush the ashes around the pit with a tool such as a shovel to ensure that they will not pose a risk.
Bonfires can be a fun but dangerous event when it comes to you and your home. We hope you will follow these safety tips in order to keep everyone safe during this fall season. If you experience any type of fire damage, our fire restoration professionals are here to help with our 24/7 emergency services. In addition to fire restoration, SERVPRO of Cecil County is proud to service our local area for water damage, mold remediation, general cleaning, and more! For more information, give us a call today at 410-620-3322.
Is Your Duct System Ready for the Cold?
The weather is getting cooler, which means you may have started to use your heating system. Before you turn on your system for good this fall, be sure to check for signs of dirt and debris that can circulate throughout the ducts in your home or business when the system is back up and running.
Heating systems should always be inspected and cleaned by a certified professional. This will ensure that all systems are working properly and safely. When it comes to unwanted particles in the system or your ductwork that can pose a threat to the air quality in your home, these professionals can also inspect those areas for you and recommend a duct cleaning if needed.
Often, our professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County are asked to take care of duct cleaning for residential and commercial purposes. We are happy to clean the entire duct system in your home using our specialized equipment and disinfectant. We always strive to leave your home with a cleaner, healthier and safer environment for you and your family. For cleaner and healthier air quality, give us a call today at 410-620-3322 for a free quote.
Fire Prevention Tips for Fall
As the weather changes this fall and into the winter, SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind you that fire can often pose a risk during this time of year. We have listed a few preventative actions you can take in order to prepare for the temperature drop and keep you and your family safe.
- Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should have their batteries checked and replaced on a yearly basis. We recommend doing this before the start of the frigid temperatures when your heating systems are used the most.
- Have your heaters and heating systems inspected and cleaned. These systems are often a leading cause of household fires so preventative measures are essential before you turn your heat on for good this season. Have your fireplace checked as well for signs of issues.
- Keep any portable heaters away from flammable materials including curtains and clothing.
- Eliminate the risk of a structural fire by clearing out dirt, debris, and leaves from your roof and gutters.
SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind you to be safe and to practice these safety precautions this fall and winter in order to prevent the risk of fire damage.
Should you experience fire damage in your home, our fire restoration professionals are here to help at a moment's notice! We offer 24/7 emergency services for those who need it the most. We can handle the entire restoration process from cleaning content to reconstruction, and we are always prepared to help ease the tension that comes with these situations. For more information, call us today at 410-620-3322.
Fire Damage Prevention in Fall and Winter
Fall is here, and with that comes cooler temperatures and the inevitable winter cold. As the temperature declines, we will all start to use our heating systems in order to brave the frigid weather. SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind you to stay safe while keeping warm by following a few tips below in order to prevent fire damage from a heating device in your home or business.
Before the cold season starts and you begin to use your HVAC heating system, it is important to have the system inspected for issues, as well as serviced if needed. Once this system is efficient, filters should be replaced in order to help guarantee a safe heating unit in your home and eliminate the risk of a fire hazard.
Portable heaters will become a popular item in households and business offices as the winter months approach. It is important to have these cleaned and checked annually for signs of issues. Remember to keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from the heaters including curtains and clothing. If the heater is in an office, employees should turn the device off before exiting the building.
Smoke alarms should also be tested and batteries checked and replaced if needed. This process should be completed annually, so the beginning of the fall or winter season is a perfect time to do so in order to prepare for when these systems are often needed the most.
SERVPRO of Cecil County specializes in fire cleanup and restoration. Our professionals can handle any size fire damage event from a slight smoke odor to a fully encompassed building fire. We are here to help pick up the pieces with our 24/7 emergency services.
This fall and winter, we hope everyone stays warm and safe. Should you experience fire, smoke or soot damage however, we are here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Hurricane Isaias Storm Damage
Our Storm Restoration team has been extremely busy helping to restore many homes in our local area after the damage that Hurricane Isaias left behind. In addition to power outages and dangerously flooded roads, the massive rain and winds caused many homeowners and businesses to experience overwhelming water damage. We received over 500 calls for storm damage including issues with flooded basements, failed sump pumps and sewage backups.
SERVPRO of Cecil County was happy to step up to help our local community with this high impact storm. Over four weeks after the initial storm, we are continuing to work countless hours to help restore every customer’s property and are still receiving calls for damages. Our Reconstruction Department is also at maximum capacity in order to repair the destruction and make each customer’s particular disaster “Like it never even happened.” When storms happen, we are proud to assist our local community when it is needed the most. Should another storm invade our area during hurricane season, we will be prepared to help when the skies clear.
Elkton Water Remediation After HVAC Leak
SERVPRO of Cecil County received a call from a homeowner in Elkton after their heating and air system in the attic had leaked. Water had made its way down the walls of all three floors of the home. The drywall was significantly affected, and was beginning to show signs of wood rot and mold.
Our water restoration professionals went out immediately to help with the damages. We tore out the affected baseboard and flooring in addition to the drywall, paneling and insulation. Once this debris was safely disposed of, we placed our specialized SERVPRO air movers and dehumidifiers in order to dry the structure to IICRC standards. We then treated the areas with Sporociden to prevent secondary damage to the home.
The homeowner was very satisfied with our crew and services, and we are currently working with them on coordinating repairs. We were happy to leave a great impression during an overwhelming experience!
SERVPRO of Cecil County offers 24/7 emergency services in water and fire damage. We also offer services in mold remediation, general cleaning, reconstruction and more. We are prepared to help at a moment's notice!
Preventing Roof Damage to your Cecil County Home
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
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!
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.