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Is Your Business Covered?

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that business interruption insurance is a separate form of insurance coverage from your typical plan?  This additional coverage will help to cover you in the event that your Cecil County business has to close due to unforeseen circumstances.  While typical insurance will cover your structure and content due to events such as fire, water, and mold damage, business interruption insurance will help cover the rest!

When your Cecil County property is forced to close, the effects can be a substantial financial burden on your company.  This type of insurance will help to cover the costs that your business will lose due to its closure.  Damaged goods that would otherwise be sold, the cost of a temporary building while the property is being restored, and even payroll for your employees out of work are all potential benefits of holding this insurance policy.

SERVPRO of Cecil County recommends speaking with your insurance provider in order to determine the best policy for your business and what to expect if an unexpected disaster occurs.  Should your home or facility suffer an unforeseen water, fire or storm damage situation, our restoration team can help restore the property to preloss conditions.  We will work with your insurance provider to help make the process run as smoothly as possible!

Duct Cleaning in Cecil County

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County recently received a duct cleaning from a fellow committee member at the Cecil County Board of Realtors regarding a severe duct issue.  The dirt, dust and debris inside the HVAC system had collected so drastically inside of the vents that the air quality was threatening the health of those who resided in the home.  In this type of situation, the dust and particles inside the ducts circulate throughout the system and into the air we breathe, making those who have respiratory issues at an increased risk of illness.

Our duct cleaning process entails equipment including a roto-scraper which travels through the ductwork and removes the dirt.  Our collection system transfers the dirt and debris from the vents and into a collection container.  Air is then then filtered through our HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of particles in the air.  This process helps to create a safe, clean and healthy environment for your property.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides a variety of cleaning services to the local Elkton area including carpet cleaning, VCT/Tile and Strip & Wax floor cleaning, post construction cleanup, and deep cleaning from top to bottom of your property.  We are here to help no matter the extent of your damage!

Severe Sewage Damage in Rising Sun

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County recently visited a property in Rising Sun after a substantial sewage back up had affected several areas of the home.  One of our local insurance agents requested our assistance for a client, and our professionals responded immediately to help resolve the issue.

The sewage damage had traveled from the bathroom into the basement, creating a rather hazardous situation for the residents.  As an IICRC-certified team, our biohazard professionals use industry standards to help remove all signs of sewage through advanced mitigation and cleaning techniques.

We dry and monitor the affected areas in addition to thoroughly removing any signs of bacteria and other microorganisms from all surface areas.  Our hospital-grade cleaning solutions are another industry standard that help to restore a property to preloss conditions.  This helps to create a safe and healthy environment in the process.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides sewage, biohazard, vandalism and other services for residential and commercial properties throughout the Elkton area.  We respond 24/7 to your particular disaster needs!

Washing Machine Causes Water Damage

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County helped to restore this kitchen and other areas of an Elkton home after severe water damage had occurred.  The washing machine had flooded three stories of the property including through several ceilings.  This left the home with a heightened risk of a ceiling collapse as well as the potential for mold growth.  Our water restoration professionals visited the scene immediately in order to assess all of the water damage and to determine the best plan of action for providing mitigation services.

Not long after, our team began the process of removing the water damage from all affected surfaces.  This often includes demolition services for areas such as the drywall and baseboard.  We use an advanced drying method to help fully remove all signs of water droplets and moisture.  We monitor this equipment for approximately three days, or more if needed.

Once the areas are effectively dried to industry standards, we thoroughly clean and disinfect the space.  Our reconstruction department also offers services for repairing and replacing all of the areas affected in order to help fully restore a property to preloss conditions.  SERVPRO of Cecil County can handle any extent of water damage that you may face, and we are here to help make the process less overwhelming.  Our emergency response team is available 24/7 for your residential or commercial needs!

Three Levels of Cleaning

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County specializes in cleaning services for a variety of needs in our community.  Our team can handle services including carpet cleaning, HVAC duct cleaning, biohazard and hoarding cleanup and post construction cleaning.

During the cleaning process, we utilize several methods to help eliminate all potential signs of dirt, dust, and bacteria from all surface areas.  There are three cleaning levels:

Sanitize

Enough microorganisms are destroyed in order to promote good health.  Not all bacteria is removed.

Disinfect

99.9% of microorganisms are eliminated.  This level rids surfaces of harmful bacteria and viruses using harsher chemicals.

Sterilize

All microorganisms are destroyed.  This is the highest level of cleaning and is used in hospitals and other commercial settings.

SERVPRO of Cecil County often assists commercial facilities with their cleaning matters on the basis of urgency in order to minimize the damages and help keep the business open.  We offer hospital-grade and environmentally friendly cleaning solutions to help restore your Cecil County property from bacteria, viruses, dirt, and dust.  We also provide emergency response services for more pressing situations in order to help maintain a healthy and safe environment.

Lightning and Storm Safety

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

When it comes to lightning, SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind everyone to please stay safe and follow all protocols in the event of storm damage.

One solution to help keep your Cecil County home safe from lightning is to install lightning rods.  These are used to intercept a strike and help force the energy safely away from your property.  While lightning rods can help prevent a direct lightning strike that can lead to a power outage or even fire damage, it isn’t always enough.  A complete protection system may be needed to prevent even further storm damage.

We recommend that you stock up on supplies for an emergency kit before a storm occurs. Items such as flashlights, extra batteries, a radio, non-perishable food and water should be easily accessible for those in your household or business.

In the event of fire or storm damage, a property should not be entered until you are told it is safe to do so.  These damages are often overwhelming, but SERVPRO of Cecil County can work with you and your insurance provider to make the process run smoothly.

Restoring a Perryville Home After Fire Damage

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

After a large fire in a Perryville home, SERVPRO of Cecil County received a call from one of our local insurance agents to help assist with recovering the property.  Multiple areas of the home were affected from floor to ceiling with fire damage.  Our team began the fire restoration process with our board up services in order to secure the structure.  We removed all signs of fire, smoke and soot damage from the affected areas utilizing our techniques as outlined by organizations such as the IICRC.

Due to the fire suppression necessary in order to put out the flames, the home had also suffered water damage to areas including the insulation, drywall, trim and floor.  We removed those materials in addition to other damaged components of the home, including the cabinets.  Once all damaged areas were removed and all signs of water damage were eliminated, we sealed the walls, ceiling and other areas with our anti-microbial coating in order to help eliminate the risk of moisture and further water damage.

During our fire restoration services, we also found asbestos and mold growth while removing the floor.  We removed the affected areas and utilized our HEPA Vac to help capture the mold spores in the air.  This was an ongoing project for the homeowner due to the overwhelming amount of issues we discovered, but we also provided reconstruction services as the final step in restoring this home to preloss conditions.

SERVPRO of Cecil County is proud to assist our local Elkton area with their fire, water, mold and cleaning needs!  Our team is fully equipped to respond to your local emergency at a moment’s notice, and we do so for both residential and commercial clients.

Restoring Your Elkton Business Files

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

During a major fire or storm disaster, SERVPRO of Cecil County understands the complexities of your Elkton business go further than the structure itself.  During these types of disasters, content is often compromised such as your important office records.

While these files are often salvageable, it is best to prevent the loss of important files in the event of an emergency.  Place documents in an online platform such as Google Drive or Dropbox.  Storing and backing up your files electronically is a smart and time-saving way to help reduce the effect of a major event on your overall business.

For extensively damaged records, there are a few options that SERVPRO of Cecil County provides for recovering the files.  These options include Vacuum Freeze Drying.  This process of sublimation allows documents to be restored by turning the materials directly from a solid into a vapor, skipping the liquid stage.  Another method that we use is Gamma Irradiation, the process of cleaning and disinfecting documents that have been affected by bacteria.

There are several options for restoring your files, but the best option is to digitize the files in advance.  Preparing for a fire, water or storm event is the best action you can take in order to minimize and prevent damage for your business and its protocols.

Should your Elkton business suffer any type of damage to your property or content, SERVPRO of Cecil County can assist you with all facets of your business.  Our restoration team provides cleaning and recovery services for many forms of content, and we can even provide storage services while your facility is getting back to normal.  To learn more, give us a call at 410-620-3322!

Building Safety in Cecil County

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

Building Safety Month takes place every May in order to emphasize the importance of following the proper protocols for your property.  As outlined by the International Code Council (ICC), particular procedures are stressed for all commercial property owners and builders to adhere to.  These procedures include updating building codes and completing safe practices while building a structure.  The Council also provides solutions for constructing properties in a sustainable and cost-effective way.

SERVPRO of Cecil County also stresses the importance of following all building and construction guidelines.  Doing so will help to protect your Elkton home or facility from fire damage, flooding and structural issues.  Building codes should also continue to be enforced once they are put into place.  Maintaining your commercial property will prevent structural damage in the future.

Should your Elkton property suffer structural issues, SERVPRO of Cecil County can assist you with a variety of needs.  Our 24/7 emergency response team can quickly and efficiently respond to fire and water damage in our local area.  We also provide services in mold remediation, biohazard cleanup, general cleaning, reconstruction and more in order to help keep your commercial business running smoothly.

North East Water Damage

4/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County recently visited a home that had suffered water damage in North East.  Three inches of water had traveled to two areas of the home, damaging the floor and other surfaces.  Our team visited the property immediately to begin the water restoration process.

We began with removing all elements of the home with water damage, including the insulation, paneling, baseboard and drywall.  Once the water was extracted from both the hard surface floor and carpeted areas, we then placed an air mover and dehumidifier in the affected space for a 24 hour period.  This drying equipment will allow the damaged portions of the home to fully dry as well as help eliminate the risk of future water or mold damage.  Our restoration team then completed the process with properly cleaning the surfaces and floors of the structure.

During the water restoration process, we also offer reconstruction services for repairing all damaged areas of a home.  Drywall installation, floor repairs, and painting are just a few of the services we provide for a complete restoration of your home or business.  SERVPRO of Cecil County is prepared for any extent of water, fire, mold or storm damage in our North East area!