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Restoring Your Books After Water Damage
When water enters your home and destroys your belongings, it can be an overwhelming experience. SERVPRO of Cecil County understands how difficult it can be to throw your damaged contents away. What some people may not know is that you can still save some of your damaged content after it has been severely damaged. Our cleaning and restoration professionals not only help to clean and restore your home from fire, water or mold damage, we also can pack up, store, clean and restore some of the items damaged after these types of disasters.
While there are times we can save your items for you, other times the damage is too extensive to restore them. But, there are also steps you can take as well to save even your paper products, such as books.
If your books aren’t heavily wet, simple air-drying can be the solution. Wet paper tears easily so be careful when handling. When air-drying, do not open the books. Place them standing up on absorbent paper to allow the water to drain out. Place paper between the text and covers and change the papers as they become fully wet. Use fans to circulate air but do not point them directly at the books. Continue this technique until the items do not appear to be soaked.
Freeze drying is the best option for preventing damage and mold growth. SERVPRO uses the process of sublimation which skips the liquid stage to turn a solid right into a vapor to avoid causing more damage to your documents. We also use the method of gamma irradiation when needed to clean and disinfect documents that are infected by bacteria from contaminated water.
Whether you are able to air-dry your books or they need a more specialized process by our professionals in order to be restored, these techniques will help to save your books and other documents after water damage has occurred in your home. SERVPRO of Cecil County is also happy to help restore your property and your belongings after smoke and soot damage. We work hard to make every form of an unexpected disaster “Like it never even happened.”
Continuing Education Classes
SERVPRO of Cecil County is grateful to work with insurance agents, insurance adjusters and real estate agents in our local area. We enjoy building relationships and working together with these business professionals to help make an overwhelming fire, water or mold damage event for a home or business owner “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Cecil County is proud to offer free continuing education classes for our local insurance and real estate professionals! We provide both credit and non-credit courses that will give participants a background of various topics in the cleaning and restoration industry as well as explain how they can help their clients prevent and solve their property issues.
We are always excited to offer these classes to our local agents and realtors. To see all of the classes offered in your state, including those hosted by our very own Cecil County franchise, please visit http://bit.ly/CEclassesSP. If you are interested in attending our next class, contact us today at 410-620-3322. We hope you’ll join us!
Commercial Cleaning for Your Business
SERVPRO of Cecil County is always prepared to help restore commercial businesses from any size disaster after a fire, water or mold damage event. But did you know that we also offer cleaning and disinfecting services for local residential and commercial properties?
Our cleaning professionals can effectively eliminate and prevent harmful bacteria and viruses such as the flu, and we are happy to do so for schools, hospitals and other facilities in Cecil County. We are IICRC trained, which means our production team is not only skilled in the best practices for fire and water restoration and mold remediation, but also in other services including carpet cleaning, duct cleaning and other cleaning services. We are fully equipped with the proper equipment and expertise to fully clean your commercial facility.
SERVPRO of Cecil County is happy to help our local schools and businesses with all of their cleaning and restoration needs. We take pride in making every disaster “Like it never even happened.”
At SERVPRO of Cecil County, our cleaning and restoration professionals can handle the heavy work, but we also work hard to restore damaged contents that have been affected by water or fire damage. We can clean, disinfect and restore your belongings, including even your personal documents and photos.
Often, we are called to clean and restore damaged items after a large water or fire event has taken place. During this process, we store all contents at a secure location and complete the cleaning process within a matter of days or even weeks, depending on the extent of the damage.
SERVPRO of Cecil County is happy to help in any way possible when it comes to a water, fire or mold damage event and getting your life back on track. Whether you experience a large water leak or minor smoke damage that has affected your home or the items inside it, our restoration professionals are here when you need us!
Storm Preparation During a Power Outage
When a storm hits, it is common to experience a power outage that can last anywhere from hours to days. It is important to have an emergency kit prepared for when this happens. Stocking up on food, water and other supplies will eliminate some of the stress of the situation and keep you and your family safe until the storm and power outage is over.
The American Red Cross stresses the importance of an emergency kit in your home. However, only half of homeowners in the United States are reported to own one.
The supplies you collect in your storm emergency kit should last a minimum of five days for everyone in your home. The most critical supplies are listed below:
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food
- Battery-operated radio and clock
- Can opener
- List of emergency phone numbers
- First aid kit
The storm restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County are always prepared to repair and restore your home from storm damage. We also offer an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for businesses in our local area that includes important information such as emergency contacts, building access information and other critical elements of an emergency plan.
If your home or business is affected by storm damage, contact our team at 410-620-3322. We are here to help make the damage “Like it never even happened.”
Preparing for Winter Storms
Preparing for a winter storm is the best way to stay safe during and after the storm has subsided. A variety of property issues, accidents and injuries are common during a storm, but there are preventative actions you can take to eliminate those risks and lessen your worry when a winter storm hits.
- Stock up on supplies including salt and shovels. Salt driveways and walkways before the storm and be sure to keep them free of snow and ice.
- Power outages are common, so it is important to have extra clothing or blankets ready to keep warm as well as supplies such as flashlights and enough food and water to remain safe.
- Frozen pipes are another problem to look out for. You should insulate any exposed pipes, close the indoor valves where water travels outside of the home, and open any outdoor valves to keep excess water from remaining and freezing. If the pipes do freeze, you can use a heating pad or hot towels to thaw them.
- To ensure that cold air doesn’t enter your home, seal any openings in your doorways and windows and repair any signs of damage to your walls or roof. After a large snowstorm, snow should be removed from the roof in order to prevent a possible roof collapse or water leaking into the home as the snow melts.
Following these preventative guidelines and safety measures in the event of a storm can help keep you and your family safe as well as save you from water damage in your home. Water and storm damage can be costly and overwhelming, so our team at SERVPRO of Cecil County is always here to help. We offer 24-hour emergency services for our local homeowners and businesses in Cecil County.
SERVPRO of Cecil County loves to help our local homes and businesses with their restoration and cleaning needs. We not only offer services for large disasters, such as those involving fire, water and mold damage, we also offer cleaning services for the small disasters that can make a large impact. Our professionals know this is especially true when it comes to businesses and their clients.
At SERVPRO of Cecil County, we understand how important your business is to you and how difficult it can be to maintain a clean and healthy work environment for your employees and clients. We offer a variety of commercial cleaning services to eliminate some of the issues you may have in your building. These services include the following:
- Duct Cleaning
- Biohazard and Sewage
- Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
- Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
- Odor Removal and Deodorization
SERVPRO of Cecil County is happy to help your business with your cleaning and restoration needs. For more information about our services, click here!
Animal Hospital Sewage
SERVPRO of Cecil County recently received a call from a local animal hospital in Elkton after a sewage back up caused an emergency disaster in the basement of the building. Our restoration team went out immediately to help.
Once we had removed the contaminated water from the basement, we successfully dried the area to ensure all signs of water were fully eliminated and would not lead to further issues, such as mold. Our cleaning professionals then used our anti-bacterial and anti-microbial cleaning methods to clean, sanitize and disinfect the affected areas. Due to our quick response time, the animal hospital suffered minimal interruption for its customers, and the staff was very pleased.
SERVPRO of Cecil County was happy to help. We strive to do the same for all homes and businesses in our local area. We also offer 24/7 emergency services for disasters including sewage as well as water, fire and mold. Call us at 610-268-8620 to learn more.
Preventing Sump Pump Failure
SERVPRO of Cecil County has been staying busy with the amount of calls we received from this weekend’s heavy downpour. Homeowners called us to help with their water damaged basements, some of which were due to sump pump failures.
Failing to maintain your sump pump and inspect it for issues can cause a large problem during a rainstorm and lead to basement flooding like in many of our recent Cecil County emergencies.
Sump pumps can fail for many reasons but most issues can be prevented through maintenance and prevention. The problems to look out for and solutions below can save you from an overwhelming water damage event in your home.
- If you experience a power outage, your sump pump will not drain the water that leaks into your home. This problem can be solved by installing a generator in order to keep the pump working in any size storm.
- A mechanical issue can also be to blame. If the pump’s switch becomes lodged or debris gets clogged in the pump, the system will not work properly. Cleaning and ensuring that the pump is positioned as it should be will eliminate this risk.
- A frozen or clogged pipe can also cause your pump to stop working properly. If your main discharge pipe freezes, having a backup line installed is an easy solution. Having a grate to catch unwanted debris will also prevent the pipe from clogging.
- Be sure to choose the right pump for your home based on size and the amount of water that it may need to handle. Choosing the wrong pump can potentially lead to an insufficient system. Install the equipment properly to ensure its efficiency.
- Maintenance is important. Cleaning and maintaining the sump pump on a quarterly basis will keep the system running smoothly.
These steps will keep your sump pump running effectively and prevent water from leaking into your home during a storm. SERVPRO of Cecil County has seen many homes left with water damage due to sump pump failure. These situations can be overwhelming and costly for homeowners, but our water and storm restoration professionals are here to clean up the mess.
Should you experience a sump pump failure or other water damage event in your home, call our team for our specialized care and guidance. We’re here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Ready For Any Size Water Disaster
SERVPRO of Cecil County is available 24/7 for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling overwhelmed. You need an expert to guide you through both the crisis and the water restoration process. SERVPRO of Cecil County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time.
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many of our water restoration professionals may be needed.
Below are some of the most common and important questions we will ask:
- Your name and contact information
- Your insurance information (if applicable)
- The street address of the water-damaged home or business
- When did the flooding or water damage occur?
- What caused the water damage (if known)?
- Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Cecil County
SERVPRO of Cecil County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Dryer Vent Fire Safety
When it comes to home fires, sometimes we overlook the simple solutions that can prevent such a disaster. One cause of home fires that can easily be prevented is a clogged dryer vent. According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 17,000 dryer fires occur each year with dryer vents that are full of lint being the leading cause for these fires. Lint can become highly flammable if left to collect. Therefore, it is critical to clean your dryer vent regularly.
You should clean your dryer vents if your clothing doesn’t dry after a normal drying cycle or if a musty odor is left behind in your clothes. If you notice excessive heat in the clothes or laundry room, debris is in the outside dryer vent opening, or you have a large amount of lint built up after each cycle, these are also signs of a clogged dryer vent.
To ensure the safety of your home, dryer vents should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year. To clean a dryer vent:
- Remove the outside cover on the vent and use a lint brush with an extendable handle to clean the inside of the pipe.
- You can also use an air compressor or vacuum with an extendable brush to blow out the lint.
- The lint must be removed throughout the entire length of the vent.
- Inspect the area around the dryer and remove any lint so it does not end up back in the dryer.
Hiring a professional is also an option for cleaning your dryer vents. At SERVPRO of Cecil County, our cleaning and restoration professionals specialize in restoring and repairing properties after a fire damage event. But our team is also here to help prevent fires from happening in the first place. We offer dryer vent cleanings to our local homeowners and businesses in order to prevent a much larger problem in the future. Call us today to learn more!
Winter Fire Safety
Winter is here, and despite the warmer than expected weather we’ve had lately, we still need to be prepared for the inevitable winter storms that will eventually take place this season. SERVPRO of Cecil County knows that fires do not take a holiday during this time of year. In fact, there are more home fires in the cold winter months than there is in any other season.
The National Fire Protection Association outlines the steps homeowners should take in order to practice the proper fire safety measures as well as remain safe during winter storms.
- Test all smoke alarms on a monthly basis to ensure they are working properly. Install carbon monoxide detectors and check them consistently as well.
- Create an emergency escape plan for exiting your home, including a backup exit. Remove all ice and snow from your driveway and walkways to eliminate injuries.
- Check that your house number can be seen from the street if emergency personnel will need to find you.
- Be prepared for a power outage by having a supply of flashlights and batteries. Use extra layers of clothing or blankets to stay warm.
- Pay attention to news updates about the storm.
- Check on your neighbors and provide them with assistance if needed.
- Only use generators outdoors, and keep them at a distance from windows and doors.
- Be aware of any downed wires, and report them to authorities.
- Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room.
SERVPRO of Cecil County hopes that everyone stays warm and safe this winter! Should you experience a fire-related incident this season, our fire restoration professionals are ready to help. We offer 24/7 emergency services in fire and water damage, mold remediation and more in the Cecil County area. Call us today at 410-620-3322 to learn more!
Steps to Take After a Water Damage Disaster
When water enters and damages your property, it is critical to take the proper precautions in order to prevent further water or even mold damage. The water behind your walls or paneling can lead to mold growth if water isn't fully extracted or if the areas aren't fully dried after a water damage event. To prevent further damage to your home, you should follow these steps:
- Dry the areas immediately.
- Check for musty odors that can be a sign of mold.
- Inspect the exterior of your property to ensure that water is draining away from the home. If water is collecting around the property, drain the excess water since this can spread into the inside of the home.
- Replace materials that can't be fully dried with materials that are less prone to mold.
These steps are important after a water damage event in order to prevent further signs of water or mold. If you experience water or mold damage in your home, the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County are here to help! Contact us today at 410-620-3322 to learn more about our services!
Christmas Tree Fire Safety
It’s almost time to take down your live Christmas tree! SERVPRO of Cecil County finds it just as hard to part with these festive trees, but we want to remind you that they can be a fire hazard if they are left up too long after the holiday season is over.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, 1/3 of home fires in the United States that are caused by Christmas trees happen in the month of January, so it’s important to remove your tree before it dries out. The drier your tree becomes, the more you will have a risk of a fire in your home.
Please dispose of your tree promptly after the holidays. The NFPA recommends using your community’s recycling program, rather than simply placing them outside.
To limit the risk of a fire even further, do not unplug the light cords from an electrical outlet by pulling the cord. This can damage the cord and increase the risk of an electrical fire. When packing up lights, inspect them for any damages. Wrap each set of lights separately and store them in a dry place where they will not be damaged by water.
At SERVPRO of Cecil County, we understand how unexpectedly a fire can occur, and we are always here to help. We hope everyone stays safe during this holiday season.
Water Damage in Elkton
When homeowners in Elkton called our water restoration team for immediate assistance with their water leak, we didn’t hesitate. SERVPRO of Cecil County is always prepared for a disaster to strike and to help restore local homes and businesses from water damage. Often, situations like this can be very overwhelming for those involved, and this was no exception. We visited the property right away in order to assess the damages and reassure them that we would make this unexpected disaster “Like it never even happened.”
Our team did just that, starting with tearing out the wet drywall, carpet and other damaged materials. We completed our advanced water mitigation process and then placed our drying equipment for a full day in order to ensure the affected areas were fully dry and free of any signs of water that could lead to issues in the future.
The homeowners were thrilled with our crew and service. They were excited to have their home back, and we were happy to be able to help. SERVPRO of Cecil County takes pride in helping to restore our customer’s homes and lives from a fire, water or mold damage event. Should you experience such a disaster, call us at 410-620-3322.
Mold Growth in Earleville
This mold growth was found in a home in Earleville after they experienced water damage. The homeowner’s air conditioning unit in the upstairs bedroom had previously leaked down the drywall down into the first floor and basement. Once the service was complete, the drywall was removed in order to be replaced. While doing this, a significant amount of mold growth was found. SERVPRO of Cecil County received the call to perform mold remediation for this property, and we were happy to get started immediately.
Our mold remediation professionals contained the affected areas in order to prevent the spread of the mold. We then used our specialized filtration equipment in order to capture any signs of mold spores in the air. Our antifungal and antimicrobial treatments eliminated other signs of mold as well as prevented new mold spores from forming. Our team then cleaned and disinfected the affected areas in addition to removing any odors caused by the mold growth.
The home was back to normal, and the homeowner couldn’t have been happier with our service! We are thrilled that he was satisfied with our work, and we hope to do the same for all of our local home and business owners. If you experience mold damage, SERVPRO of Cecil County is ready at a moment’s notice to help restore the property for you. We offer 24/7 emergency service for our local community.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
With winter approaching, it is critical to protect your home or business from the frigid temperatures. Frozen pipes can be a large issue during the upcoming months. When pipes break, water damage follows. SERVPRO of Cecil County restores many homes and businesses from water damage caused by frozen pipes. However, there are ways you can prevent this common winter disaster by properly maintaining your pipes.
- Insulate any exposed pipes.
- Close indoor valves that supply water outdoors. Open the outdoor valves to drain any excess water.
- Disconnect any outside hoses from your hose bib.
- In dangerously low temperatures, allow cold water to drip from the faucets. This will allow water to continuously flow through the pipes and prevent them from freezing.
- To thaw frozen pipes, use a heating pad or towels soaked in hot water.
Water damage caused by frozen pipes is a common issue in the winter months. If you have any issues with frozen pipes, our water restoration professionals will be there to help. We offer 24/7 emergency services for our local customers when they experience a fire, water or mold damage event. Contact us at 410-620-3322 to learn more.
Cooking and Fire Safety
Cooking is a leading cause of household fires in the United States. This makes it critical to use precautions when preparing meals for you and your family. With the holidays getting closer, this is more important than ever.
To keep you and your family safe, follow these cooking safety measures outlined by the National Fire Protection Association.
- When cooking, always stay in the kitchen and do not leave food unattended.
- Stay alert and focused when cooking to avoid the risk of injury.
- Use a timer to ensure food does not burn or simmer. Check the stove or oven regularly.
- Keep flammable materials away from the stove and oven, such as towels and oven mitts.
- Wear clothing that will not come in contact with heat sources.
- Children should stay at least three feet away from cooking areas including hot food and liquids that can cause burns.
Following these safety measures will eliminate the risk of a cooking fire in your home and keep you and your family safe. If you experience any type of smoke, soot or fire damage, SERVPRO of Cecil County will be there to help! We restore any size fire disaster, including cooking fires for our local communities. Call us today at 410-620-3322.
Always Prepared for Water Damage
The water restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County had to remove all the flooring in this kitchen after a local homeowner suffered significant water damage. The owners had returned to their home in Port Deposit to find that their basement had been flooded from a leak in their upstairs bathroom. After the ceiling had caved in, most of the damage was left in the basement. However, the water had affected all three floors of the home and much of the flooring had to be removed and restored.
SERVPRO of Cecil County visited the property immediately to begin the water mitigation process. Our team was happy to help restore the home back to preloss conditions. Once the water was extracted from the affected areas, we laid down our drying equipment in order to ensure the space was fully dry.
The customer was very satisfied with our services and crew and stated that we made her feel at ease. Our team strives for this with every disaster we encounter. SERVPRO of Cecil County knows how devastating a leak or flood can be for you and your home. We hope to make every situation better for our customers by giving them this same impression after we have left the water damage in your home “Like it never even happened.”
Fire Damage in North East
We recently received a call from a resident in North East after his building had caught fire and left damage to his home. SERVPRO of Cecil County was happy to help with the fire and smoke damages. Our fire restoration professionals visited the property immediately to assess the damages and begin the cleaning process.
Our specialized equipment and techniques removed smoke and soot from all surfaces in the home. We then cleaned and disinfected the affected areas as well as eliminated any signs of odor using our industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment. In addition, our team cleaned and restored many of the items in the home back to preloss conditions.
Once the contents and structure were restored, the home was back to a clean and healthy environment, and this customer was thrilled with the result. SERVPRO of Cecil County is always prepared to help with fire damage in our local area. If you experience any fire, smoke or soot damage in your own home, call us today at 410-620-3322.
SERVPRO and Disaster Preparation
SERVPRO of Cecil County is always prepared for unexpected disasters from fire, water and mold. Our restoration professionals help restore properties daily from emergencies such as pipe breaks and smoke damage, and the situation can often be overwhelming. We are reminding local homeowners and businesses to plan and help protect their properties in order to prevent such a disaster.
This week is Fire Prevention Week. Now is the perfect time to prepare and create or update your evacuation plan in case of any type of emergency. Click here to learn important fire prevention guidelines and safety measures from the American Red Cross.
Building an emergency kit is a helpful way to be prepared for a disaster. You should also know what to do in case of power outages in your area.
In order to protect your property even further, SERVPRO of Cecil County also offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) to businesses for free. This is a digital file with information such as water shutoffs, fire suppression systems and key personnel that businesses can utilize in the event of an emergency to help minimize downtime and prevent further damage. Click here to learn more about the ERP.
It is critical to be prepared if disaster does strike. Should you experience fire, water or mold damage, SERVPRO of Cecil County is ready to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Fire Prevention Week
Prevention is key to avoiding a fire like this on your own property.
Fire prevention week is October 6th-12th. SERVPRO of Cecil County has helped to restore many homes and businesses in our local area after a fire. These situations can be very devastating, so it is critical to protect yourself and your property from such a disaster.
The most effective way to prevent a fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. Hazards to be aware of include a collection of dust, electrical equipment, and flammable liquids and vapors.
Be sure to keep your property clean. Check that your electrical equipment is working properly and that there are no power issues that can lead to a fire. In addition, cooking is a leading cause of fires. When cooking, it is important not to leave an oven or stove unattended.
You should have a fire extinguisher in your home and one on every floor if you own a business. Test the batteries in your smoke detectors regularly and replace them every ten years. You should also have a first aid kit and an evacuation plan in case of emergencies.
These steps can decrease your chance of a fire drastically as well as help in the event of such a disaster. If you experience smoke, soot or fire damage, our fire restoration professionals can help reverse the destruction. SERVPRO of Cecil County is prepared to respond to any size fire disaster at a moment’s notice.
Basement Water Damage
SERVPRO of Cecil County received a call from a local homeowner in Elkton after a pipe had burst in his home. The finished basement was left extensively damaged by the water leak, but our water restoration professionals visited the property immediately to assess the damages and help restore the home.
We removed the flooring in the affected area and completed the water mitigation process. Once the basement was substantially dry, we then placed our specialized drying equipment in the area in order to ensure there were no signs of water left behind. This step is critical in order to eliminate the risks of other water or mold issues in the future due to insufficient drying.
This customer is thrilled with our crew and the work we performed. We’re happy to help and are here for our local residents and businesses 24/7. If you experience any size water, fire or mold disaster, call SERVPRO of Cecil County at 410-620-3322.
Fifty Years of SERVPRO!
SERVPRO has just celebrated 50 years of service in the restoration and cleaning industry! This is no small task, and we were happy to be a part of the celebration during the 50th Annual SERVPRO Convention in Sacramento, California. The annual Convention included educational workshops, events and numerous awards given to franchises and owners. We were honored to take part in this event and to have the opportunity to celebrate SERVPRO’s 50 years of successful service. We are proud to be a part of the #1 restoration and cleaning company!
SERVPRO of Cecil County has been proudly serving communities in our own local area. Our cleaning and restoration professionals are dedicated to making any size disaster “Like it never even happened.” If you experience a fire, water or mold disaster, SERVPRO of Cecil County will be there to help at a moment’s notice. Call us today at 410-620-3322.
Mold Remediation for a Local Organization
When a local organization called us about a mold infestation in one of the apartment units they manage, SERVPRO of Cecil County was prepared to help. After tearing up the floors for renovations, the owner of the property had discovered that mold had formed underneath. She was concerned and called our team for immediate remediation.
Our crew visited the property right away in order to assess the damages and start restoring the property without delay. We successfully removed all signs of mold growth and properly cleaned the affected areas in order to make the space like brand new.
The organization was extremely satisfied with our hard-working crew and how quickly we had restored the space. At SERVPRO of Cecil County, we understand how critical it is for disasters like this to be restored quickly in order to maintain a successful business. We were thrilled that we were able to help!
Commercial Duct Cleaning
SERVPRO of Cecil County is happy to help our local and national neighbors with their restoration and cleaning needs. Recently, we completed a large commercial duct cleaning for a private university in Vermont. We were happy to help when we were asked to help restore the college and began coordinating travel with the crew to visit the institution immediately.
Our crew spent an entire week in Vermont to complete the work, and the college could not be happier to have a cleaner and healthier environment for the faculty, staff and students. We were happy to restore the university “Like it never even happened.”
Our cleaning and restoration professionals are dedicated to helping commercial clients who are in need. To learn more about our commercial services and how we can help your business, call SERVPRO of Cecil County at 410-620-3322. We’re happy to help with any size disaster.
Preventing Summer Mold Growth
During the warmer months ahead, mold growth is a common problem among many homeowners. However, there are preventative measures you can take this summer in order to stop a mold infestation before it starts.
- Inspect your home for moisture. In order to limit the amount of moisture in your home, regularly wipe down the interior of your property as well as run fans or a dehumidifier if needed.
- Allow the air to circulate throughout your home using open vents and fans. This makes it more difficult for mold to grow as well.
- Lower the temperature in your home. This will make mold less likely to form due to cooler air and less moisture.
Following these simple procedures during the summer months will keep your home cooler, but also mold free. If you need help with a mold issue, contact the mold restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County at 410-620-3322. We’re here to help so you can enjoy your summer!
Commercial Flooding in Cecil County
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
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
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
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?
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!
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
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
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
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!
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.
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]
Restoring Your Cecil County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and quick response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity for your business. When an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
Our restoration professionals have the proper equipment and expertise to handle any size water disaster. Call us today at 410-620-3322.
Does Your Home Have a Mold Problem?
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is not true. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – [410-620-3322]
Understanding the Types of Mold
Mold can be a scary topic to think about, but it is important to know some of the different types of mold and where they can form in order to stop a serious mold problem in its tracks. Below are some of the main types of mold that can form in your home.
The most common type of mold is Aspergillus. This type of mold forms in the soil and in the air. It grows on many surfaces and in places with high humidity.
Stachybotrys Atra is another type of mold that is more commonly known as black mold. This type of infestation is usually feared since it is greenish black and can appear without other clear signs of mold being present. This mold grows where there are water leaks or in areas of high humidity.
Cladosporium is more difficult to identify, but can take the form of green, black or brown spots. This mold grows on walls, wood, vents and in damp areas. A mold professional can inspect this infestation for you in order to determine exactly what type of mold you have in your home.
By learning about the different types of mold that can grow in your home, you will be better prepared for preventing mold growth. Every mold remediation project is different, but the professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County can help make all of them “Like it never even happened.”
Is Your Roof Ready for Rain?
Strong rainstorms can bring extensive destruction to your home if your roof isn’t prepared for them. You should always check your roof for damages or leaks before the problem gets worse. To make sure your home is storm ready, there are signs to look for and quick fixes that you can apply before hiring a professional.
Regularly inspect your roof
- Look for leaks and signs of damage. The decking, insulation and sheet rock should not be saturated or appear rotted.
- Check the attic for signs of water dripping or stains which can indicate a leak in the roof.
- Check for moisture in the pipes, the roof joints and around the vents and chimney. Moisture can reveal signs of a possible leaky roof.
- Look for shingles that are out of place.
- Move branches away from the roof.
- Fix and replace broken shingles.
- Repair your gutter system if needed.
- If the problem is worse than a simple fix, hire a professional to repair your roof.
If you experience storm damage from a leaky roof, contact SERVPRO of Cecil County at (410) 620-3322. We provide emergency services for your storm disaster.
Signs of Winter Storm Damage
With winter approaching, there’s often more to worry about than shoveling snow. Winter storms and temperatures can cause extensive damage to your home, but SERVPRO of Cecil County is ready to help if you experience a winter disaster from common issues including the following.
Brisk temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and break, which can lead to flooding in your home.
When snow melts unevenly and freezes at the edge of your roof, an ice dam is created which prevents melted snow from draining off of the roof. The water can then leak under the shingles and into the home and cause significant water damage.
Snow and ice can damage your roof and even cause the roof to collapse if enough weight has accumulated. Water can get into cracks and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks.
Winter can be an extremely dangerous time for your home. Be sure to check the pipes and roof of your property for signs of potential water damage and warning signs. If you experience a storm disaster, SERVPRO of Cecil County can restore your home “Like it never even happened." Call us at (410) 620-3322.
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
SERVPRO of Cecil County offers more to our local businesses than restoration during large events from fire or water damage. Our cleaning and restoration professionals are happy to help with your everyday business needs such as carpet cleaning. We have offered this service to many homes and businesses in our local area, and our customers are happy to see their carpets looking brand new.
Before your carpets need our services, there are actions you can take to keep them looking clean on your own. To maintain the look and cleanliness of your carpets, vacuuming should be done regularly. Other steps you can take to keep your carpets looking new include stain removal, pilating the carpet to prevent matting, moving furniture around to change traffic patterns, and using mats to limit the amount of soil on the carpet.
If your carpets require more attention to meet your business needs, contact us at (410) 620-3322.
To learn more about our carpet cleaning services, click here!
Free ERP App for Your Commercial Business
Did you know you can access the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile from your mobile device?
This profile (ERP) is used for your business in the event of an emergency. The ERP contains important details about your business including employee and emergency contacts, utility contacts, shut off locations, insurance contacts, property overview and building access information. These details can be reviewed at a moment’s notice and conveniently in your mobile device using the SERVPRO Ready Plan mobile app. By having this information at your fingertips during an emergency and already having a plan in place, you will reduce the damages to your property and therefore significantly minimize business interruption. Planning for an emergency is the key to timely mitigation, which is why we offer the ERP to businesses for free.
To learn more about our emergency services, contact SERVPRO of Cecil County at (410) 620-3322. We can help restore your business from any size disaster.
Preventing Winter Mold
Now that the temperature is dropping, you may start to wonder what you can do to keep your home healthy and prepared for the colder months. While mold does not occur more frequently in the winter compared to other times of the year in a controlled indoor setting, there are problems to look out for in the colder months that can affect the moisture in your home and cause mold growth. Common winter problems including frozen pipes and improper insulation can lead to more than simply a cold home.
Mold can be a scary concept to any homeowner, but here are some steps you can take to prevent mold from growing due to the brisk temperatures. Ensure that your gutters are clear to help prevent ice from building up and that your dehumidifiers are running in lower levels of your home. Check that your attic and any pipes in your crawl spaces are insulated to help prevent pipe bursts or condensation. Following these procedures will keep your home properly insulated and free of mold caused by uncontrolled moisture levels.
If you have any questions about mold, contact SERVPRO of Cecil County at (410) 620-3322. Our mold remediation experts can handle any size mold disaster.
Local Mold Remediation
The restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County are ready to clean up after your mold disaster at a moment’s notice. This attic was damaged by mold after an exhaust fan was not properly vented and had created moisture in this space. Mold remediation needed to be completed immediately to prevent the infestation from spreading. Our mold remediation specialists work to remove mold like this daily.
We began work on eliminating the mold in the attic using our high-quality air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums, along with our antifungal and antimicrobial treatments. This process eliminates mold colonies down to a microscopic level to prevent further infestations. The customer was relieved to have his home restored to a clean and safe environment.
If you discover any mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Cecil County at (410) 620-3322. Our mold remediation specialists can handle any size mold disaster for your home or business.
At SERVPRO of Cecil County, we receive a large volume of calls to inspect and remove mold infestations from homes and businesses in our local Elkton area. Our cleaning and restoration experts are highly trained in mold remediation and can repair and restore your property quickly from these disasters.
The Mold Remediation Process
Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, SERVPRO of Cecil County can help with our standard mold remediation process:
- Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
- Mold Containment
- Air Filtration
- Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
- Cleaning Contents and Belongings
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (410) 620-3322
How To Reduce Damage After a Fire
When your home experiences fire damage, the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County can help. However, there are actions you can take to prevent further damage until we arrive.
To stop soot from spreading into the air and on surfaces, limit your movement in the home and place old linens on carpets and furniture. Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop soot particles from traveling in or out of your HVAC system.
Do not attempt to clean any walls as doing so improperly can cause smearing. Do not clean your carpets or any electronic items that were close to fire, heat or water.
If your ceiling is wet, do not use the ceiling fans since wiring may be damaged, and air movement can cause soot to spread throughout the home.
By using these guidelines, you can prevent your home from more damages. If you experience any fire damage, call SERVPRO of Cecil County. We specialize in restoring your home from fire, water and mold disasters.
What To Do if Your Ceiling is Leaking
It can be extremely stressful and confusing when you discover a leak in your ceiling. The damages to your home will only get worse if you do not confront the problem immediately. Below, we outline some steps you can follow to fix the leak before further destruction.
Poke a Hole
Use a screwdriver or other sharp tool to poke a hole in the middle of the water stain. The hole will drain the water in the ceiling and air out the drywall which will prevent further water damage.
Catch the Water
Use a bucket to catch the falling water and towels to soak up any excess drips.
Turn a Fan On
The fan will dry the area which is important in minimizing damages.
Following these steps may be the difference between a small leak and extensive water damage. If your home suffers from a leaky ceiling, contact SERVPRO of Cecil County at (410) 620-3322. We can handle any size water disaster in your home.
Signs of Water Damage
Water can cause extensive damage to your home when the problem is not taken care of. Water damage can appear due to flooding or even a small leak in your home. The water restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County are trained to handle any size water disaster if you experience this problem in your home. Fortunately, there are signs you can look for to stop water damage in its tracks before the damage is in need of our restoration services.
Look for water stains on the walls and ceilings as well as around the windows and door frames. If stains are present in any of these areas, you may have a leaking pipe inside the wall. Check for cracks in the drywall as well.
Look for warping or buckling of the floors. Check for stains and the smell of dampness.
Inspect pipes for corrosion, leaks or water stains. Ensure the caulking is not missing or loose. Check the water heater for wet spots and rust.
Basement and Attic
Inspect the basement and attic for cracks, stains, rust, dampness, mold or odors.
Check the roof for damages and missing or cracked shingles. Look for standing water outside of your home, which could be due to poor drainage or other issues.
Inspect your home extensively and you will prevent further water damage from occurring. If you experience any water damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of Cecil County at (410) 620-3322. We can restore any size water disaster for you.
Faster To Your Water Damage
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Cecil County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Cecil County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Water Damage Timeline
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
- Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
- Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
- Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of Cecil County
SERVPRO of Cecil County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (410) 620-3322
How To Prepare for Flood Damage
Flooding can be devastating to your home, but there are steps you can take to prevent and recover from this disaster. By planning for a storm, you will reduce the amount of damage to your home.
Clean the Gutters
Clean gutters will direct water to proper drainage areas and away from your home. If gutters are clogged, water can overflow and saturate the ground around the foundation and damage the property.
Maintain the Storm Drains
Storm drains are needed to direct water away from your property. If you see a problem with your storm drains, contact your local authorities so they can fix the issue.
Have a Response Plan
Be prepared for flooding. Listen for weather updates, create an emergency kit, and move to higher ground.
If your home experiences flood damage, contact the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County immediately. We have the expertise and equipment to help make your disaster “Like it never even happened."
Ready to Handle Your Flooding Disaster
If flood water is not handled quickly and efficiently, the damages to your home can be devastating. It is imperative to call your local restoration professionals immediately to minimize the destruction. SERVPRO of Cecil County can restore your property to preloss conditions. We handle any size water disaster and are equipped with the expertise and technology to resolve any flooding or water damage.
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
To learn more about our storm restoration services, click here
Home Flooded? Call Us Today – (410) 620-3322
The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
SERVPRO is a proud supporter of our first responders throughout the country who put their lives on the line every day. To show our gratitude, we held the first ever SERVPRO First Responder Bowl to honor our national heroes.
The First Responder Bowl is more than just a college football game, and SERVPRO of Cecil County was happy to be a part of it. Our franchise got in on the action by sending part of our very own team to the big game. Our Marketing Manager, Cliff Masscotte and our Sales Representative, Brian Arencibia were selected to attend the game and help unfurl the American flag on the field with many others who are proud to work at SERVPRO. They were honored to be chosen to do so and to take part in this event for our first responders.
The game wasn’t quite what we expected, but it was exciting nonetheless. Due to severe weather conditions, the unfurling of the American flag and the flyover of C-1370 military cargo planes were cancelled as well as the game itself in the first quarter. The unanimous decision was made by emergency personnel, both teams, ESPN and Cotton Bowl Stadium Staff for the safety of the fans and players. We were disappointed that this big event did not turn out like we had hoped. However, the game was to honor our first responders, and we achieved that in a new and unique way. SERVPRO of Cecil County is excited to do the same at next year’s big game. Rain or shine, we will continue to thank our first responders both locally and nationally in any way we can.
The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl was held in Dallas, Texas on December 26th in the famous Cotton Bowl Stadium and aired live on ESPN.
Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips
Thanksgiving is around the corner and we at SERVPRO of Cecil County are excited to take part in this annual tradition of great food, friends and family. While this time of year is truly a time to celebrate and give thanks, our fire restoration specialists see the holiday a little differently. According to The National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires in the United States. Our fire restoration professionals are all too familiar with the devastation a house fire can bring to your home, but there are steps you can take to prevent a fire disaster from ruining your perfect holiday.
- Stay in the kitchen and check on the food periodically.
- Young children should always be kept away from the stove and any other fire hazards.
- The floor should be clear of any items that can cause a potential slip or fall.
- It is also a good idea to ensure that your smoke alarms are properly working.
By following these safety tips, we guarantee that you and your family will have a safe Thanksgiving. Should you experience fire damage in your home, contact SERVPRO of Cecil County and we’ll make your holiday disaster “Like it never even happened".
Smoke Alarm Safety
No one wants to think about a fire striking their home or business, but preparation can be the key to keeping everyone safe and minimizing damages. The National Fire Protection Association states that smoke alarms should always be properly installed and maintained in order to do just that.
Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom and on every floor of the property. Be sure to test smoke alarms each month using the test button. Replace the batteries every year and the entire alarm every ten years.
You should check your state requirements to ensure all codes are met. These smoke alarms typically do not require as much testing and can activate throughout the building if smoke is detected in one area.
By following these steps, you can protect your home or business from a devastating fire loss. Should you experience any fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Cecil County. We can help make your disaster “Like it never even happened”.
We Can Restore Your Documents Too!
After a fire or water loss, important documents are often damaged and in danger of being non-restorable. As a leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Cecil County knows timely mitigation is the key to recovering damaged items before it’s too late. Water or smoke damaged paper can rapidly deteriorate, but with proper handling, our restoration professionals can help you recover your important files utilizing a variety of methods.
Vacuum Freeze Drying
This is the most effective way to restore documents after a water loss. Our Document Restoration Team uses sublimation, which skips the liquid stage to turn a solid right into a vapor to avoid causing more damage.
Keeping your important documents on a computer is a good idea to eliminate the stress and work of replacing and losing files in an emergency.
This method is used to clean and disinfect documents that are infected by bacteria. This is frequently used in events where sewage or flood water are involved.
Often, documents must be completely destroyed to protect a business’s liabilities, image or other information. We guarantee that your sensitive files will be disposed of properly.
To learn more about our Document Restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Cecil County. We offer 24-hour emergency services in our local community.
Be Ready When Disaster Strikes!
No one wants to think about disaster striking their business, but you should always have a plan just in case. The SERVPRO ® Emergency READY Profile ® (ERP) is a free service offered to local area businesses that helps prepare them to be “Ready for whatever happens". In the event of an emergency, the ERP can minimize the interruption to your business. This document contains critical information about your business, including employee and emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, insurance contacts, property overview and building access information. By already having this information in a secure file that can be accessed at a moment’s notice, the right actions will be taken immediately to ensure the safety of your business.
Knowing who to call in advance is the key to timely mitigation, and timely mitigation reduces the effects of fire and water damage. By establishing an Emergency READY Profile, your business will be well prepared for any size disaster.
To create an Emergency READY Profile for your business, call SERVPRO of Cecil County at (410) 620-3322.
Where did SERVPRO get its green color?
The restoration crews of SERVPRO of Cecil County are always close by, helping to recover disasters in your area from fire, water and mold loss. It’s hard to miss our green service vehicles as they drive through your local community. But where did the green color come from?
In the early 1970s, the founders of SERVPRO® used a color chip paint sample chart to identify the most eye-catching color. It was a highly technical process. The founders showed the chart to as many people as they could and asked, “Which color on this chart would be impossible to miss?” By a wide margin, the color most identified was 1970 rally green, a color used on Porsche 911 automobiles.
Now used on entire fleets of vehicles in every SERVPRO franchise across the nation from production vans to disaster recovery storm trailers, our vehicles are prepared for any size disaster.
Flooded Basement in Cecil County
This September, one of our Elkton customers called SERVPRO of Cecil County when they discovered that their basement had been flooded and mold had grown on the walls. To be expected, the homeowner was very concerned about the water damage. Fortunately, our highly trained water restoration technicians were able to diminish their fears and assess the damage of the flooding.
After extracting all of the water from the basement, the crew then began mold remediation by utilizing our HEPA vacuums to capture any remaining mold spores. Our technicians then removed any airborne odors and cleaned the entire basement and all affected contents in addition to repairing all damages. The customer was extremely satisfied with our work and will use SERVPRO of Cecil County for their future restoration needs.
Kitchen Grease Fire
Late this summer, SERVPRO of Cecil County was called to an Elkton home that experienced a grease fire in their kitchen. After leaving a pan on the stove, the kitchen was extensively burned along with other areas of the home being affected. Grease fires are a serious safety hazard. Here’s how you can prevent them in your home.
- Safety First! Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or nearby.
- Be Cautious! Do not leave the room when a hot pan is on the stove.
- Be Alert! If the grease starts to smoke, turn down the heat.
- Be Prepared! Keep anything combustible away from the stove such as dish towels.
- Be Smart! If a pan catches fire, do not throw water on it. Instead, smother the flames by using an oven mitt to place the lid on top of the pan.
By following these precautions, you will keep your home safe from grease fires and be able to enjoy your kitchen for years to come.
SERVPRO Named to Entrepreneur's Top 10 Franchise List for Ten Consecutive Year
SERVPRO retains top ranking in restoration services category in the 2018 Franchise 500 rankings.
SERVPRO, maintains its hold on the top ranking in the Restoration Services industry for the 10th consecutive year in the 2018 Franchise 500 rankings from Entrepreneur magazine.
"This recognition affirms that SERVPRO is a dynamic organization that continues to grow and strives to always provide superior support for its franchisees, and by extension, its customers," said Sue Steen, SERVPRO Industries, Inc., chief executive officer. "The recognition that the company earns year after year in this prestigious list is confirmation of a commitment to excellence that starts at the top and is evident in the service that each franchisee provides to each and every customer."
According to Steen, a number of differentiators set SERVPRO apart from the competition and fuel the attractiveness of the company to both existing franchisees and would-be entrepreneurs looking for a strong business opportunity. Key among these are:
•SERVPRO's commitment to being a learning organization, which keeps training and support at the forefront of the company's culture and philosophy of success and helps franchisees plan, track, and deliver best-in-class services to consumers.
•SERVPRO's focus on continued development and support for proprietary software and systems to allow the company's operational capacity to keep pace with an aggressive growth strategy.
"Today, as a mature franchise organization with more than 1,700 locations under a single brand, recognition like this makes it clear we are reaping the rewards of having laid a solid foundation and a framework to handle quick growth. As our brand continues to grow, we will continue our winning strategy of supporting and improving upon our infrastructure and investing resources in training and support."
SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies "Like it never even happened." For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit http://www.SERVPROcecilcounty.com
Water Damage at Residential Community
Exterior of affected units
Did you know that SERVPRO of Cecil county is a 24/7 restoration company? One of our tag lines "Faster to any size disaster" was certainly put to the test when we got this phone call from a commercial residential apartment complex.
At approx. 9:30pm we received an emergency phone call from a property in North East. Cliff Masscotte, our Marketing Manager, was first to the scene at approx 10:00pm. He walked with the Maintenance Manager to assess the damage until the crew and project managers arrived. Once they were on scene, we had our machines up and running to start the drying process.
A total of 6 units were affected and demolition had to be done from water damage. SERVPRO of Cecil County will be handling the repairs to the units as well with our construction division. Once completed, we will have made it "Like it never even happened"!
Homeless Encampment Clean-out
SERVPRO of Cecil County recently received a phone call from a commercial business asking us if we did clean-ups and clean-outs, our answer: Of Course!
Upon asking further questions we realized this would not be the typical clean-up job. This commercial business wanted us to clean up a homeless encampment close to their facility. As you can see from the picture, it was quite the job. However, this is only one picture of the many that we took. To see the rest, check out our Facebook page HERE.
We did treat this as a bio-hazard condition based on the amount of material we had to move. We had 2 bobcats, 5 dumpsters, and a dozen crew members who tackled this job and not only helped our valued commercial client, but cleaned up nature as well!