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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!

Spring Cleaning for your Cecil County Business

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County offers a variety of cleaning services to our local Elkton area.  Our team can provide a thorough cleaning to your business, no matter the extent of the damage.  Our cleaning professionals understand that your business is top priority and needs to stay in top shape for your clients.  Unexpected incidents or general wear and tear can take quite a toll on your facility, and we are here to help!

SERVPRO of Cecil County offers a more advanced cleaning regardless of the damages involved.  We can clean carpets, ducts, drapes, blinds, window treatments, ceilings, floors, walls and more!  We also offer deep cleaning services in addition to biohazard cleanup, vandalism, document restoration and odor removal.  Our team has handled everything from post construction cleaning for an entire commercial building to a simpler task such as removing an unwanted odor that disrupts everyday business.

Should you need assistance with your spring cleaning or other business needs, SERVPRO of Cecil County can help ease the burden of maintaining your facility while creating a healthy, safe and clean environment.  Give us a call to learn more about how we can assist you with your commercial needs!

Mold Damage in Elkton

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County visited a local home in Elkton after the homeowner discovered mold along the framework of their windows.  After our professionals had removed some of the drywall in those areas, we also discovered that the wood on the ceiling was saturated.

Our mold remediation team used our HEPA Vac, air scrubbers and dehumidifier in the affected areas, removed all damaged drywall and dried all of the areas until the structure was dry and the moisture mitigated.

SERVPRO of Cecil County practices several preventative measures to ensure that a home is fully safe and healthy for those who enter.  In addition to our equipment, we place a containment barrier between the affected areas and the rest of the home on every mold remediation project.  This ensures that mold or airborne contaminants do not enter unaffected portions of a property.

To ensure that any mold is remediated, we also apply our environmentally friendly anti-microbial cleaning agent to the damaged areas.  SERVPRO of Cecil County is happy to assist our Elkton community with their mold damage needs, no matter how large or small!

Fire Damage Prevention in Cecil County

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind our local Elkton community to follow safe actions this spring in order to prevent fire damage.  During the spring season, the weather and humidity can lead to a risk of a fire.  Below, we outline some steps you can take for your Cecil County home or business in order to prevent a fire damage event.

  • Remove flammable materials from close proximity to your home.
  • Maintain a safe distance between your grill and property.  Should flames begin to grow out of control, they can potentially travel onto a structure.  Never leave your grill unattended.
  • When using a fire pit, they should be placed away from trees and the property.  When the bonfire is complete, all signs of the fire should be fully soaked with water in order to eliminate the risk of a fire after the area is left unattended.
  • Be aware of windy weather, and do not grill or start a bonfire during this time.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides complete fire cleanup and restoration services in our Elkton area.  This spring, we hope that everyone follows the proper precautions and remains safe.  Should your property suffer fire damage, our professionals are ready at a moment’s notice!

Bonfire Fire Prevention

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind our local Elkton community to practice safety when beginning to use bonfires this spring.  By following the proper safety precautions, a fire damage event can be prevented as well as your property left in tact.

  • Do not leave a bonfire unattended.  During windy weather, fires should not be started since the flames can travel onto a structure.
  • A water source should be left nearby in case of an emergency.
  • Do not add all burning materials to a fire at once.  This will prevent a large flame.
  • Do not burn chemicals.  These can create hazardous fumes as well as allow a fire to spread quickly.
  • When you are finished with the bonfire, ensure that the entire fire is extinguished.  This includes the ashes as they can spark and ignite.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides immediate fire restoration services for those in need in our Elkton area.  Smoke and soot removal, odor deodorization and reconstruction are some of the services we offer in order to help fully restore your property after fire damage.

Sump Pump Prevention in Cecil County

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

This rainy season, SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind our local Elkton community to inspect and maintain their sump pump systems.  These systems will need to be functioning properly in order to allow water to drain effectively from a property during a storm.

Maintaining your system and resolving any issues with the sump pump can prevent water and structural damage to your Cecil County home or business.  Our team is here to help before the problem starts.

  • Selecting the proper sump pump is important.  The pump should be able to handle the amount of stormwater that our Cecil County area experiences throughout the year.
  • Installation of the sump pump is also important in preventing water and storm damage issues.
  • Clean, inspect and maintain the sump pump every three months in order to ensure that the system is running efficiently.
  • Check for issues with the device, such as a damaged switch or clog that reduces the effectiveness of the system.
  • A grate can be installed in order to stop debris from building up in the system.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides complete restoration services for the Elkton area in the event of water or storm damage.  Our team has the knowledge and resources to help restore your home or business quickly.  We offer assistance to our community 24/7 for those that need it the most.

Identifying Your Water or Storm Damage

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

When your Cecil County property suffers a storm damage event, it is critical to identify the type of stormwater involved.  This will help you to determine the proper restoration techniques to use in order to maintain your health and safety.  SERVPRO of Cecil County completes water and storm restoration services based on the type of water associated with the loss:

Clean Water

Water from rainfall or a broken pipe is considered clean water.  This is safe to those inside the property.

Gray Water

Stormwater can grow bacteria and become a health concern as it is left untreated.

Black Water

Water that is filled with bacteria, chemicals or other dangerous contaminants can pose a large health concern.  This type of damage should only be handled by a certified professional.  Sewage is one such example of substantially harmful water.

Should you suffer stormwater damage, you should always hire a restoration professional to handle the loss for you.  SERVPRO of Cecil County handles large and small stormwater disasters for our local Elkton community utilizing our advanced techniques and equipment.  We follow the proper restoration and health guidelines as outlined by organizations such as OSHA and the IICRC.