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.
Cecil County Equipment Rental
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
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
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
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!