Recent Storm Damage Posts

Protecting Your Home From Flooding

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Cecil County, our restoration professionals work hard to help restore homes and businesses in our local community.  We are equipped with the knowledge and equipment to restore your property from any size storm disaster.  However, there are steps you can take on your own to prevent damages after a storm.

  • Be prepared for emergencies and ensure that your insurance policy will cover water damage in the event of a flood. 
  • Inspect your home for pre-existing damages in order to prevent a worse water issue.
  • Stay alert of weather in your local area.
  • Inspect your gutters, and regularly clear them of dirt and debris.
  • Install barriers to prevent water from entering your home.
  • When renovating your home, remember to use flood-resistant materials to protect the property from further damage.

These measures will protect your home in the event of flooding and significantly minimize the damages to your property.  If you experience any flooding or storm damage, call SERVPRO of Cecil County at 410-620-3322. We are equipped for any size flooding disaster.

Storm Safety During a Tornado

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County is always prepared to help when a storm disaster strikes.  Natural storm events such as tornadoes are common during this time of year through the United States, so it is important to be ready if one strikes in your area.  When tornadoes wreak havoc in our area of Cecil County, our storm restoration professionals are quick to help restore the damages.  We want to help make even the destruction from a large scale storm “Like it never even happened.”

Accuweather forecasts an average of 1,350 to 1,450 tornadoes for this year with active weather to be continued mainly across the South in March and early April.  However, tornadoes are still a possibility in our local area, so it is critical to be prepared in case of a storm emergency.  Some of the important steps you should take in order to be prepared and remain safe in the event of a tornado are outlined below.

  • Follow updates on the storm and listen for evacuations in your area.
  • Create an emergency kit of supplies including a list of emergency numbers as well as flashlights, blankets, extra clothing and non-perishable food items in case of a power outage.
  • Communicate an emergency plan with your family in case of a storm.
  • During the storm, stay out of rooms with windows and evacuate to the basement or an interior room on the lowest floor.
  • If you are evacuated, do not enter the area of the storm or your home until it is declared safe to do so. Have a professional inspect your home for structural damage as well.

SERVPRO of Cecil County understands the devastation that occurs after these storms, and we are here to help when we are needed the most.  We offer 24/7 emergency services for the Cecil County area for storm damage.  Contact us at 410-620-3322 to learn more.

Storm Preparation During a Power Outage

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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
  • Flashlights
  • 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

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Preventing Sump Pump Failure

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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.”

Winter Fire Safety

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

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!

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. 

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]

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.

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

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