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A Mix of Water and Mold Damage

11/29/2022 (Permalink)

Discovering water damage and mold growth in your home or business is nothing to delay, especially when they go hand in hand.  Mold can grow quickly and in as little as 48 hours. When hidden water damage is added to the mix, the issue becomes much more serious, since this means your structure has not been fully dried like you had thought.

Hiring a certified restoration professional can help with this issue.  SERVPRO of Cecil County uses advanced drying equipment and mold remediation techniques that can help to remove all further signs of water or mold, even from those hard to reach or concealed areas.

Recently, our water restoration professionals stopped out to a local home that had suffered water damage from a faulty kitchen faucet.  The cabinet was removed, and we discovered this mold along the drywall.  Water had also traveled into the basement of the home.  We began mold and water damage services immediately for this contractor who we have assisted on many occasions for the properties they work on.  All damages were handled properly, and the affected areas were restored to preloss conditions.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides 24/7 services to those who have suffered a water or fire damage event, but we also take as much care in the common issues that arise in our homes and businesses.  Mold remediation, general cleaning, biohazard cleanup and post construction cleaning are just a few of the services we provide to the Elkton area.  Our team strives to help restore any disaster you may suffer as quickly and efficiently as possible!

Seasonal Fire Safety

11/16/2022 (Permalink)

With the fall air beginning to plummet into those brisk nights, we all are beginning to use our heating systems to keep warm.  In order to prevent fire damage during this time, SERVPRO of Cecil County recommends checking your systems regularly and before your first use for the season.  We also would like to remind you to stay safe while in the kitchen this Thanksgiving.  We outlined a few measures you can follow to help prevent fire damage during the fall and winter months.

  • Inspect and clean your chimneys and fireplaces.  Install and replace chimney caps to prevent a blockage of dirt and debris.  This will also continue to allow smoke to exit the chimney properly, rather than throughout your home.
  • Fireplaces should be checked for issues and clogs.  Logs must be positioned properly to help prevent the spread of a fire.
  • Check your heaters and HVAC systems for damages or failure.  Portable heaters should be kept away from curtains, clothing and other flammable materials and turned off when no one is home.
  • Your boiler or furnace will leak oil when not functioning properly.  Check those for any leaks, noises or odors that are out of the ordinary and have any repairs needed completed immediately to prevent a buildup of oil that can lead to soot bursting out of the system.
  • This Thanksgiving, do not leave your cooking unattended, and keep children away from the cooking area.
  • Clean your stove and oven of any grease or cooking oil that could ignite if spills were to occur on the stove.  Towels, oven mitts and other flammable materials should not be placed on or near the stove.
  • Keep the floor clear of items to prevent the risk of tripping.
  • Maintain and test your smoke alarms.
  • During the fall and holiday season, please also remember to be cautious when decorating.  Decorations should be kept at least three feet away from heaters.  Only use holiday lights that are in good condition; no damaged cords.  Do not plug too many appliances into one outlet.
  • If you are enjoying the bonfire season, be sure to never leave the fire unattended or start one in heavy winds.  Bonfires should be kept away from structures.

Should you suffer fire damage this season, SERVPRO of Cecil County can help to restore any extent of smoke or soot damage to your property.  We provide complete fire damage restoration services including structural repairs and odor deodorization services in order to help make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Hurricane Ian Storm Damage Recovery

11/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County recently traveled to the areas of Fort Myers and Cape Coral in Florida after the catastrophic destruction left behind by Hurricane Ian.  Our franchise along with many others traveled south to immediately assist those who were left in unfortunate circumstances due to the storm damage. 

The hurricane was one of the most profound storms for our nation this year with Category 4 winds and floodwater.  Wind gusts were up to 150 miles per hour, while flooding was measured as high as 15 feet in some areas.  Florida and the Carolinas were affected substantially from the hurricane, but the most impacted area was found in Fort Myers where our team was placed.

The storm damage was immense, but we were proud to have the resources and ability to travel to assist those most in need.  SERVPRO of Cecil County provides storm damage services for when there is a critical need, no matter the extent of the aftermath.  Our storm and disaster recovery team often travels along the east coast for natural disasters, including the drastic flooding in Virginia this year and the recent emergency services needed in Texas.

Is Your Business Covered?

9/8/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that business interruption insurance is a separate form of insurance coverage from your typical plan?  This additional coverage will help to cover you in the event that your Cecil County business has to close due to unforeseen circumstances.  While typical insurance will cover your structure and content due to events such as fire, water, and mold damage, business interruption insurance will help cover the rest!

When your Cecil County property is forced to close, the effects can be a substantial financial burden on your company.  This type of insurance will help to cover the costs that your business will lose due to its closure.  Damaged goods that would otherwise be sold, the cost of a temporary building while the property is being restored, and even payroll for your employees out of work are all potential benefits of holding this insurance policy.

SERVPRO of Cecil County recommends speaking with your insurance provider in order to determine the best policy for your business and what to expect if an unexpected disaster occurs.  Should your home or facility suffer an unforeseen water, fire or storm damage situation, our restoration team can help restore the property to preloss conditions.  We will work with your insurance provider to help make the process run as smoothly as possible!

Duct Cleaning in Cecil County

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County recently received a duct cleaning from a fellow committee member at the Cecil County Board of Realtors regarding a severe duct issue.  The dirt, dust and debris inside the HVAC system had collected so drastically inside of the vents that the air quality was threatening the health of those who resided in the home.  In this type of situation, the dust and particles inside the ducts circulate throughout the system and into the air we breathe, making those who have respiratory issues at an increased risk of illness.

Our duct cleaning process entails equipment including a roto-scraper which travels through the ductwork and removes the dirt.  Our collection system transfers the dirt and debris from the vents and into a collection container.  Air is then then filtered through our HEPA filtration system, removing 99.97% of particles in the air.  This process helps to create a safe, clean and healthy environment for your property.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides a variety of cleaning services to the local Elkton area including carpet cleaning, VCT/Tile and Strip & Wax floor cleaning, post construction cleanup, and deep cleaning from top to bottom of your property.  We are here to help no matter the extent of your damage!

Severe Sewage Damage in Rising Sun

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County recently visited a property in Rising Sun after a substantial sewage back up had affected several areas of the home.  One of our local insurance agents requested our assistance for a client, and our professionals responded immediately to help resolve the issue.

The sewage damage had traveled from the bathroom into the basement, creating a rather hazardous situation for the residents.  As an IICRC-certified team, our biohazard professionals use industry standards to help remove all signs of sewage through advanced mitigation and cleaning techniques.

We dry and monitor the affected areas in addition to thoroughly removing any signs of bacteria and other microorganisms from all surface areas.  Our hospital-grade cleaning solutions are another industry standard that help to restore a property to preloss conditions.  This helps to create a safe and healthy environment in the process.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides sewage, biohazard, vandalism and other services for residential and commercial properties throughout the Elkton area.  We respond 24/7 to your particular disaster needs!

Washing Machine Causes Water Damage

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County helped to restore this kitchen and other areas of an Elkton home after severe water damage had occurred.  The washing machine had flooded three stories of the property including through several ceilings.  This left the home with a heightened risk of a ceiling collapse as well as the potential for mold growth.  Our water restoration professionals visited the scene immediately in order to assess all of the water damage and to determine the best plan of action for providing mitigation services.

Not long after, our team began the process of removing the water damage from all affected surfaces.  This often includes demolition services for areas such as the drywall and baseboard.  We use an advanced drying method to help fully remove all signs of water droplets and moisture.  We monitor this equipment for approximately three days, or more if needed.

Once the areas are effectively dried to industry standards, we thoroughly clean and disinfect the space.  Our reconstruction department also offers services for repairing and replacing all of the areas affected in order to help fully restore a property to preloss conditions.  SERVPRO of Cecil County can handle any extent of water damage that you may face, and we are here to help make the process less overwhelming.  Our emergency response team is available 24/7 for your residential or commercial needs!

Three Levels of Cleaning

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County specializes in cleaning services for a variety of needs in our community.  Our team can handle services including carpet cleaning, HVAC duct cleaning, biohazard and hoarding cleanup and post construction cleaning.

During the cleaning process, we utilize several methods to help eliminate all potential signs of dirt, dust, and bacteria from all surface areas.  There are three cleaning levels:

Sanitize

Enough microorganisms are destroyed in order to promote good health.  Not all bacteria is removed.

Disinfect

99.9% of microorganisms are eliminated.  This level rids surfaces of harmful bacteria and viruses using harsher chemicals.

Sterilize

All microorganisms are destroyed.  This is the highest level of cleaning and is used in hospitals and other commercial settings.

SERVPRO of Cecil County often assists commercial facilities with their cleaning matters on the basis of urgency in order to minimize the damages and help keep the business open.  We offer hospital-grade and environmentally friendly cleaning solutions to help restore your Cecil County property from bacteria, viruses, dirt, and dust.  We also provide emergency response services for more pressing situations in order to help maintain a healthy and safe environment.

Lightning and Storm Safety

6/15/2022 (Permalink)

When it comes to lightning, SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind everyone to please stay safe and follow all protocols in the event of storm damage.

One solution to help keep your Cecil County home safe from lightning is to install lightning rods.  These are used to intercept a strike and help force the energy safely away from your property.  While lightning rods can help prevent a direct lightning strike that can lead to a power outage or even fire damage, it isn’t always enough.  A complete protection system may be needed to prevent even further storm damage.

We recommend that you stock up on supplies for an emergency kit before a storm occurs. Items such as flashlights, extra batteries, a radio, non-perishable food and water should be easily accessible for those in your household or business.

In the event of fire or storm damage, a property should not be entered until you are told it is safe to do so.  These damages are often overwhelming, but SERVPRO of Cecil County can work with you and your insurance provider to make the process run smoothly.

Restoring a Perryville Home After Fire Damage

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

After a large fire in a Perryville home, SERVPRO of Cecil County received a call from one of our local insurance agents to help assist with recovering the property.  Multiple areas of the home were affected from floor to ceiling with fire damage.  Our team began the fire restoration process with our board up services in order to secure the structure.  We removed all signs of fire, smoke and soot damage from the affected areas utilizing our techniques as outlined by organizations such as the IICRC.

Due to the fire suppression necessary in order to put out the flames, the home had also suffered water damage to areas including the insulation, drywall, trim and floor.  We removed those materials in addition to other damaged components of the home, including the cabinets.  Once all damaged areas were removed and all signs of water damage were eliminated, we sealed the walls, ceiling and other areas with our anti-microbial coating in order to help eliminate the risk of moisture and further water damage.

During our fire restoration services, we also found asbestos and mold growth while removing the floor.  We removed the affected areas and utilized our HEPA Vac to help capture the mold spores in the air.  This was an ongoing project for the homeowner due to the overwhelming amount of issues we discovered, but we also provided reconstruction services as the final step in restoring this home to preloss conditions.

SERVPRO of Cecil County is proud to assist our local Elkton area with their fire, water, mold and cleaning needs!  Our team is fully equipped to respond to your local emergency at a moment’s notice, and we do so for both residential and commercial clients.