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Mold Remediation for a Local Organization

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

6/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

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

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

How To Prevent Mold During the Rainy Season

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Preventing Grill Fire Damage

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Cecil County Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

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

Smoke and soot facts:

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

Different Types of Smoke

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

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

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

Is Your Home Ready For the Rainy Season?

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Winter is finally coming to an end, which means spring rainfall is on its way.  All those showers can cause potential flooding problems if your home is not prepared, but there are simple steps you can take to ensure you are ready for this rainy season.

  • Check for signs of leakage, including water marks on the ceiling and any significant cracks.
  • Inspect your roof and basement for any signs of water damage.  Repairing any minor issues can save you from a far worse water or mold problem in the future.
  • Sealing your windows and doors for the spring is also a smart habit to get into since doing so will help prevent water from entering your home.

To ensure your home is ready for spring, be prepared for what the season can bring.  If you do have a flooding problem or water-related incident, feel free to give us a call at 410-620-3322. We are here to help!

We Know the Restoration Industry!

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Cecil County, our restoration specialists are highly trained in property restoration services in areas including fire, water and mold damage.  Our crews are IICRC certified, meaning we are equipped with the proper training, expertise and experience to efficiently recover your home or business from an unexpected disaster. 

Employees of SERVPRO can choose to complete Employee Certification Training to become more knowledgeable and skilled experts in areas such as fire and water restoration.  We also offer courses for insurance agents and adjusters, real estate professionals and employees in order to inform them about the restoration process and new areas of the industry.  We take pride in educating members of our community and in growing professionally both individually and as a whole unit to serve our local area.

Fire Safety Tips to Protect Your Restaurant Business

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Restaurants always have the risk of fire damage since heat is a key ingredient in this industry.  There are actions you can take to prevent this risk by following these steps.

  • Install an automatic fire-suppression system in the kitchen. In the event of a fire, this system will release chemicals to put out the flames and shut off the electrical power to other cooking equipment to prevent further damage.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. A Class K fire extinguisher should be used in the kitchen, while a Class ABC fire extinguisher should be used for any other fires not located in the kitchen.
  • Regularly maintain all cooking equipment and exhaust systems.
  • Train your employees in proper fire prevention techniques.

Following these procedures will save your restaurant from devastating fire damage and keep your business, employees and customers safe. If your business does suffer from fire loss, contact the fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County.  Our emergency services can get your business back up and running quickly.

Be Prepared When Disaster Strikes

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Disasters come in all shapes and sizes and threaten the stability of our homes and businesses.  The local restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County are here to help if that day comes and can handle any damages that come your way.  However, there are steps you can take on your own to be better prepared for an emergency and ensure that you and your family are safe before help arrives. 

  • Sign up for local weather and emergency alerts.
  • Create and test communications in the event of an emergency.
  • Create an emergency supply kit.
  • Learn about local hazards and practice emergency situations.
  • Join a preparedness class or group.
  • Store important documents in a safe place.
  • Make a plan with neighbors.
  • Document property and obtain the proper insurance coverage for your home.
  • Repair your home and property to minimize loss.

Disaster can strike when we least expect it.  Call SERVPRO of Cecil County at (410) 620-3322 if you experience any fire, water or mold emergency in your home. 

Water Damage Prevention

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage and flooding in households is more common than you might think.  Often, something as simple as neglecting repairs in your home can lead to devastating circumstances.

Here are some steps you can take to prevent water damage from occurring in your home.  You should ensure good drainage by regularly cleaning your gutters and ensuring that your downspouts are directed 5-10 feet from the house.  Be sure to check your sump pump annually and test more occasionally during storm season.  Fix water leaks by repairing pipes, cracked caulking, and damaged or missing shingles on the roof.

Should you experience water damage in your home, SERVPRO of Cecil County is here to help.  We are a trusted leader in the water restoration industry.  Our highly trained water restoration technicians use advanced water inspection, extraction and drying equipment to transform your home to its original form.  With our 24 hour emergency service for water removal and repairs, we will have your home dry in no time.

When Storms or Floods Hit, SERVPRO is Ready!

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and use specialized equipment to restore your property to pre-storm conditions.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.  A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit our local area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.  We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

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

Restoring Your Cecil County Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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?

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

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?

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Quick Repairs

  • 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

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Frozen Pipes

Brisk temperatures can cause pipes to freeze and break, which can lead to flooding in your home.

Ice Dams

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.

Roof 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

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Mold Remediation

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

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
  • Restoration

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (410) 620-3322

How To Reduce Damage After a Fire

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

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. 

Walls

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.

Floors

Look for warping or buckling of the floors.  Check for stains and the smell of dampness.

Pipes

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. 

Exterior

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

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

Within Minutes

  • 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

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

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

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

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 

https://www.SERVPROcecilcounty.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Home Flooded? Call Us Today – (410) 620-3322

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

For Homes

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. 

For Commercial

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!

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Digitizing

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.

Gamma Irradiation

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.

Certified Destruction

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!

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

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?

10/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Affected Kitchen

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.

  1. Safety First! Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or nearby.
  2. Be Cautious! Do not leave the room when a hot pan is on the stove.
  3. Be Alert! If the grease starts to smoke, turn down the heat.
  4. Be Prepared! Keep anything combustible away from the stove such as dish towels.
  5. 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

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

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

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Homeless Encampment

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!

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