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Commercial Flooding in Cecil County

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

One of our local towns in Cecil County gave us a call when they suffered an unexpected water disaster at one of their properties.  A heavy rainstorm had caused the building to flood extensively, and immediate action was critical to prevent further damages and restore the building effectively.

Our restoration professionals visited the property right away to begin the water extraction process.  Once all water was removed from the affected areas, we then laid down drying equipment to ensure the structure was fully restored.  Our team was also happy to help clean and restore the affected contents as well as the space itself with our antifungal and antimicrobial cleaning techniques.  The customer was amazed by our services and quick response to the situation, and we were happy to help!

SERVPRO of Cecil County restores residential and commercial properties from any size fire, water or mold disaster.  Every situation is different from the last.  To learn more about how we can help you with yours, contact us today at 410-620-3322.

How To Prevent Mold During the Rainy Season

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is here and with this rainy season, comes the increased risk of mold in your home.  Despite the wet weather, there are preventative measures you can take to stop the spread of mold before it starts.

  • Use an air purifier to help trap and remove mold spores as well as prevent them from entering the home.  They also help remove debris and dust that can invade your ducts and circulate through the air.
  • You want to keep your home dry since mold feeds on wet areas and moisture.  Inspect your home for leaks and fix any issues.  Use fans to prevent moisture on walls and other surfaces.
  • Be aware of warning signs of moisture or mold.  Mold can grow rapidly, therefore finding these issues early can save you from a mold infestation in the future.

If you have a mold problem, contact the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County at (410) 620-3322.  Our team can make your mold disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Preventing Grill Fire Damage

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

With summer just around the corner, grilling season will soon be in full swing.  While we look forward to the upcoming barbecue season, SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind you to be safe and use precautions when cooking with your grill.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 9,600 home fires are started by grills every year.  In addition, over 16,000 people need medical care per year due to burns and other incidents involving grills.  Here are some steps you can take to prevent a burn or potential fire in your own backyard.

  • Do not leave the grill unattended, and keep a spray bottle nearby in case of sudden flareups.
  • Remove excess fat from your meat since the extra fat can cause the flames to rise.
  • Clean your grill to remove all grease and fatty residue left behind from previous cookouts. Doing so will decrease the risk of a grease fire.
  • If you own a gas grill, inspect your propane tank for signs of damage that can cause serious fire damage.

By following these precautions, you can safely grill for your family and friends without risk of injury.  If you experience a fire at your home, call the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County.  We are happy to make any size fire disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Cecil County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor.  Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry.  As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.  Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Cecil County will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
(410) 620-3322

Is Your Home Ready For the Rainy Season?

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

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!

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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!

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Faster Response

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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today [410-620-3322]