Recent Water Damage Posts

Basement Water Damage

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County received a call from a local homeowner in Elkton after a pipe had burst in his home.  The finished basement was left extensively damaged by the water leak, but our water restoration professionals visited the property immediately to assess the damages and help restore the home.

We removed the flooring in the affected area and completed the water mitigation process.  Once the basement was substantially dry, we then placed our specialized drying equipment in the area in order to ensure there were no signs of water left behind.  This step is critical in order to eliminate the risks of other water or mold issues in the future due to insufficient drying.

This customer is thrilled with our crew and the work we performed.  We’re happy to help and are here for our local residents and businesses 24/7.  If you experience any size water, fire or mold disaster, call SERVPRO of Cecil County at 410-620-3322.

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!

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.

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

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.