Recent Fire Damage Posts

Fire Damage Awakens Homeowner in Colora

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County was called to assist with a fire that had occurred during the early morning hours at a home in Colora.  Around 4:30 AM, a fire erupted in the bedroom, causing fire, smoke and soot damage throughout the home.  The fire’s strength had grown so fierce that every window had been forcibly broken.  Two of the residents were also taken to the hospital since they had suffered from burns and smoke inhalation.

The homeowner involved in this overwhelming situation had heard of SERVPRO's fire cleanup and restoration services and trusted our local Cecil County franchise to help.  Our emergency response crew has already removed the substantial amount of fire-damaged content and debris throughout the Colora home. 

Our fire restoration crew has begun the demolition process and will continue to restore this home to preloss conditions.  SERVPRO of Cecil County also partners with our Reconstruction team in order to fully restore properties such as this in the event of fire, water or mold damage.

Fire Damage Prevention With Air Conditioning Units

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Spring is the perfect time to prepare your home for the warmer months upon us.  Using our air conditioning units is one daily routine that we should prepare for with the proper precautions. 

Like many household applicances, air conditioners have a risk of starting a fire.  They also cause a substantial amount of household fires during the summer.  Therefore, it is important to hire a certified professional to inspect and repair any issues with the unit before the warmer weather begins.  Below, we list a few preventative actions you can take to prevent fire damage in your Elkton home or facility due to an air conditioning unit.

  • Avoid using the AC unit at all hours of the day.  Overuse can cause the unit to overheat.  Therefore, turning off the unit when the temperature begins to cool down, or when you are not home is a smart and safe way to prevent the unit from heating up.
  • Regularly have your unit inspected and cleaned by a professional.  The unit should be checked for technical malfunctions as well as for dirt and debris that can build up and cause a fire hazard.  The filter in the unit should also be changed each month.
  • Flammable materials such as leaves should be cleared away from the unit.  The buildup on an AC unit can potentially cause fire damage.
  • If you have a window unit, make sure that rain will not drip onto the electrical components.  Extension cords should not be used for window units, since they can overheat.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides complete fire restoration services to our local Elkton community.  We offer cleaning, smoke and soot removal, and full reconstruction services in addition to other fire damage needs.  Should your Cecil County property experience a fire due to an air conditioner disaster or other issue, our fire restoration professionals are always prepared to help restore your property!

Fire Damage Prevention for Spring!

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

Spring is the perfect time to engage in spring cleaning for your Elkton home or business.  SERVPRO of Cecil County would also like to remind you that the spring season can also lead to several risks of fire damage, should preventative actions not be taken.  Below, we list many of the safety measures you should follow in addition to your annual spring cleaning.  These steps will help to eliminate the risk of fire damage in your Elkton home or facility.

  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  This process should be completed on an annual basis so spring is the perfect time to start fresh!  Alarms should also be tested once a month to ensure they are properly working.
  • Ensure that your electrical cords are in tact.  Torn or broken cords should be replaced.
  • While spring cleaning your kitchen, be sure to clean areas where cooking ingredients such as grease may have spread.  Grease on a stove can be a large fire hazard when cooking, therefore it is important to always thoroughly clean your stove and kitchen surfaces after preparing a meal.  You should also do the same with your grill, since grease that has collected from the past season can still be a fire hazard.  In addition, the propane tank and all grill features should be checked for issues.
  • Dryers are a leading cause of household fires due to the buildup of lint in the dryer or dryer vent.  Dryer lint, including dirt, dust and other debris, should be removed after each load of laundry.  However, the lint can still reach the dryer vent and cause a clog or fire hazard.  It is recommended that you clean your dryer vent annually.
  • Your chimney should also be inspected and cleaned.  This will confirm that the chimney is safe for the following season.
  • For commercial facilities, check that your Emergency Exit signs are clearly visible so that those in the building will have a clear route of exit in an emergency.  Commercial buildings should always have an emergency plan that all employees are aware of.
  • Inspect your fire extinguishers, and make sure they are in proper working condition.  For businesses, you should confirm that you have the correct amount of extinguishers for your building so that they can easily be found if needed.

SERVPRO of Cecil County understands the risks of fire damage during each season.  By following these spring safety guidelines, your Elkton home or business will more likely experience a risk-free spring!  Should you suffer any size fire, smoke or soot damage, our fire restoration professionals are prepared to help!  We are also happy to provide HVAC Duct and Dryer Vent cleaning services to help prevent or restore your property.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides an immediate response for fire and water damage in our local Elkton community.  We offer fire restoration services for any extent of damage, including content cleaning, smoke and soot removal and full reconstruction services.  We're here to help make any disaster you may experience this spring "Like it never even happened."

Electrical Fires and Soot Damage

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

This holiday season, SERVPRO of Cecil County visited a home in Warwick that had been damaged due to an electrical fire.  The blower cord next to the fireplace had malfunctioned, causing an explosion of soot to travel throughout the property.

If soot cleaning is improperly handled, it can lead to more damage so it is always best to hire a certified professional to perform the soot removal.  Soot is comprised of many pollutants, including chemicals, acids, and metals.  When these pollutants are mixed with humidity, they can become acidic.  Therefore, it poses a threat to your health regarding respiratory issues as well as air pollution.

Soot damage such as this can also lead to carbon chains.  This type of damage looks like spider webs and occurs when the carbon in the soot collides with other soot matter.  The chains then form along your walls, ceilings and other affected areas.

Our team eliminated all signs of soot damage for the homeowner.  During this process, we first pre-test the extent of the damage using dry cleaning sponges.  We often can’t see the soot on a wall or surface, so these sponges allow us to properly discover where the soot has spread to.  Once we have a thorough idea of where it has collected, these sponges are then used to remove the soot particles from the affected areas.

When this process was complete, we also completed our odor removal services and left the home good as new!  

We offer this service to our Cecil County community among our other complete fire damage restoration services including cleaning and sanitizing services, and reconstruction.

Outdoor Bonfire Safety

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County hopes that everyone is enjoying the fall season, which is a great time to enjoy the cooler weather with friends and family.  One popular way to do just that is with a bonfire.  We would like to remind you to always follow the proper safety precautions when participating in a bonfire, so that you can remain safe.

  • Never light a bonfire during high winds that can cause the flames to spread onto a roof or other structure.
  • Fires should be watched at all times, and children should be kept away from the flames.
  • A hose or other source of water should be stored nearby in the event of an emergency.
  • Flammable chemicals should never be burned, including products such as hairspray or paint.  These chemicals can create an uncontrollable fire quickly in addition to causing toxic fumes.
  • Gradually add what you are burning; do not add everything all at once as this can cause a sudden large flame.
  • Before walking away from your bonfire, pour water over the flamed area and brush the ashes around the pit with a tool such as a shovel to ensure that they will not pose a risk.

Bonfires can be a fun but dangerous event when it comes to you and your home.  We hope you will follow these safety tips in order to keep everyone safe during this fall season.  If you experience any type of fire damage, our fire restoration professionals are here to help with our 24/7 emergency services.  In addition to fire restoration, SERVPRO of Cecil County is proud to service our local area for water damage, mold remediation, general cleaning, and more!  For more information, give us a call today at 410-620-3322.

Fire Prevention Tips for Fall

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

As the weather changes this fall and into the winter, SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind you that fire can often pose a risk during this time of year.  We have listed a few preventative actions you can take in order to prepare for the temperature drop and keep you and your family safe.

  • Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should have their batteries checked and replaced on a yearly basis.  We recommend doing this before the start of the frigid temperatures when your heating systems are used the most.
  • Have your heaters and heating systems inspected and cleaned.  These systems are often a leading cause of household fires so preventative measures are essential before you turn your heat on for good this season. Have your fireplace checked as well for signs of issues.
  • Keep any portable heaters away from flammable materials including curtains and clothing.
  • Eliminate the risk of a structural fire by clearing out dirt, debris, and leaves from your roof and gutters.

SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind you to be safe and to practice these safety precautions this fall and winter in order to prevent the risk of fire damage.

Should you experience fire damage in your home, our fire restoration professionals are here to help at a moment's notice!  We offer 24/7 emergency services for those who need it the most.  We can handle the entire restoration process from cleaning content to reconstruction, and we are always prepared to help ease the tension that comes with these situations. For more information, call us today at 410-620-3322. 

Fire Damage Prevention in Fall and Winter

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

Fall is here, and with that comes cooler temperatures and the inevitable winter cold.  As the temperature declines, we will all start to use our heating systems in order to brave the frigid weather.  SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind you to stay safe while keeping warm by following a few tips below in order to prevent fire damage from a heating device in your home or business.

Before the cold season starts and you begin to use your HVAC heating system, it is important to have the system inspected for issues, as well as serviced if needed.  Once this system is efficient, filters should be replaced in order to help guarantee a safe heating unit in your home and eliminate the risk of a fire hazard.

Portable heaters will become a popular item in households and business offices as the winter months approach.  It is important to have these cleaned and checked annually for signs of issues.  Remember to keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from the heaters including curtains and clothing.  If the heater is in an office, employees should turn the device off before exiting the building.

Smoke alarms should also be tested and batteries checked and replaced if needed.  This process should be completed annually, so the beginning of the fall or winter season is a perfect time to do so in order to prepare for when these systems are often needed the most.

SERVPRO of Cecil County specializes in fire cleanup and restoration.  Our professionals can handle any size fire damage event from a slight smoke odor to a fully encompassed building fire.  We are here to help pick up the pieces with our 24/7 emergency services.

This fall and winter, we hope everyone stays warm and safe.  Should you experience fire, smoke or soot damage however, we are here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Smoke Damage in Your Home or Business

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to a fire in your home or business, we often forget that the smoke left behind can be much worse than the actual fire itself.  Smoke that occurs in a home or building and that is left to set on our belongings can leave a lingering odor and cause severe damage that sometimes can’t be saved.  This pertains to contents such as furniture, artwork and electronics.  The structure including its walls and ceilings are also at risk of smoke damage.

The effects of smoke after a fire are not only present in the odor it causes to our property and belongings, but also often in the form of discoloration.  Our fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County are equipped to handle these types of situations.  Our team has been successful on countless occasions with handling our customer’s belongings and making them like new again.  We are happy to pack out, store, and clean smoke-damaged items with our specialized cleaning techniques.  It is important to let a professional take care of this for you, since cleaning the smoke off of surfaces improperly can lead to more damage.

SERVPRO of Cecil County is happy to help with any size fire disaster.  We offer 24/7 emergency services in the event of a fire and are highly experienced in fire damage events including content cleaning and complete reconstruction.  We understand that every type of fire damage matters to our customers, no matter how big or small.  Our professionals are here when you need us!

Guidelines for Fire Safety

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Our fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Cecil County know better than most that fire damage can be extremely overwhelming for those involved.

Before you need to call for fire restoration services, we want to ensure that you and your family or employees are safe from harm.  The American Red Cross provides important fire safety guidelines that should be taken before, during and after a fire that will help to keep you safe and prepared.

Before a fire, you should take the steps necessary in order to be prepared in the event of an emergency.  Install smoke alarms on every floor.  Test the alarms on a monthly basis, and change the batteries as needed.  Plan and practice an escape plan with all family members or employees.

In the event of a fire, leave the building immediately.  Do not open doors that feel warm.  Do not leave the building through smoke-filled areas unless it is the only option.  If that is the case, be sure to stay low to the ground and underneath the smoke.  If there is no escape route possible, keep doors closed and place a wet towel under the door.  Call the fire department and open a window to call for help.

After a fire, you should cool and cover any burns you may have and seek medical help if the condition is serious.  Communicate with others that you are safe and do not reenter the property until you are told by authorities that it is safe to do so.

These guidelines are critical in maintaining your safety in the event of a fire. Once the damage is done and emergency personnel has done their part, our fire restoration professionals are here to help with the rest!  SERVPRO of Cecil County is happy to help restore homes and businesses in our local area from any size fire damage event.  This includes smaller scale work such as smoke odor and soot cleanup in addition to complete fire restoration and property reconstruction.  We offer 24/7 emergency services for when disaster strikes, and we’re always ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Dryer Vent Fire Safety

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

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!

Cooking and Fire Safety

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Fire Damage in North East

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Fire Prevention Week

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fireman putting out building fire 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.

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

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.

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”.

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.