Recent Fire Damage Posts

What Are Those "Cobwebs"?

3/18/2024 (Permalink)

When your Cecil County property suffers fire damage in the form of a smoke or soot explosion, you may be wondering what those webs are on your walls and ceilings.  Those webs are soot carbon chains which often form when oil explodes out of a heat source, such as a furnace or boiler.

When a heat source is leaking oil or doesn’t function properly, the oil vapors in the system can build up to a dangerous level.  Eventually, the oil will have nowhere to go, leading it to burst out of the system and into your property.  The smoke and soot damage that occurs will quickly find its way throughout a property and onto many surfaces.  The carbon in the soot then begins to strike other sources of soot, which causes the carbon chains that take the appearance of cobwebs.

While this form of fire damage can be overwhelming, there are several actions you can take to help prevent this:

  • Heating systems should be maintained and cleaned annually.  A professional can help to address any issues.
  • Be aware of any signs that your system is not burning oil properly.  Soot can slowly appear on your walls, ceilings or other surfaces when there is a problem.
  • Be mindful of any offensive odors that could mean an oil leak.
  • Check for any signs of debris or buildup.

Should you have a puffback, we recommend hiring a fire damage restoration professional to clean and restore the affected areas.  Improperly attempting to remove soot can lead to additional damage.

SERVPRO of Cecil County offers 24/7 emergency fire damage services for residential and commercial properties!  We provide the utmost urgency and care for your property and belongings.

Fire Damage and Demolition!

7/21/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County is continuing the demolition process of a local home after severe fire damage was suffered.  Once the fire was extinguished, our fire damage restoration team arrived on site immediately to assist the homeowners with the next steps to take with their living situation and insurance provider.  We also brought out our preferred local vendor to board up and secure the property right away.

The fire substantially affected the integrity of the structure, so we are working hard to restore and rebuild what was damaged.  Salvageable content has been removed to our off-site facility where it will be cleaned and stored until all repairs are complete and the homeowner is ready to move back into their home.

Our Reconstruction Department will continue the rebuild of the home.  This includes not only the outdoor structural elements, but also the plumbing and electrical components.  Our rebuild department thoroughly restores your home or business back to preloss conditions.  We can handle everything from a new roof to fresh paint.

SERVPRO of Cecil County is proud to offer complete fire damage restoration services to aid with the entire process of restoring your property “Like it never even happened.”

Kitchen Fire Mishaps!

6/8/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County visited a Perryville home that suffered a kitchen fire, leading to smoke damage throughout the entire property.  Our team visited the property immediately to begin the cleanup process and restore the home back to a preloss state.

We have assisted several homes and facilities with their fire damage restoration needs recently, including a home in Elk Mills.  The homeowner’s insurance company asked us to visit the site to complete smoke, soot and odor removal services after an electrical fire in the kitchen.  While the kitchen was the only area that had been significantly destroyed, smoke had made its way into other portions of the home.

Smoke and its odor can leave behind its own substantial effects to a property that suffers from fire damage.  SERVPRO of Cecil County utilizes advanced cleaning and restoration procedures in order to eliminate these effects.  Our air scrubbers are placed in the affected areas for a minimum of three days.  This equipment is used to capture smoke and other harmful particles in the air.

Additionally, we use odor deodorization methods to infiltrate and decontaminate the poor air quality inside of a property.  In some circumstances, we provide an ozone treatment to help fully remove all odor in a space at a more extreme level.  During this process, our equipment uses electricity to alter the components of oxygen in the air until they take the form of ozone.  The ozone then attaches to the odor and eliminates it.  This treatment is hazardous and can only be performed when no one is present on site.

SERVPRO of Cecil County uses many different methods to remove fire damage based on the circumstances of the individual situation.  We are here to answer any questions you may have when smoke, soot or other forms of fire damage are present!

Electrical Fire Safety

2/24/2023 (Permalink)

Electrical issues are not something you should put off, one of the reasons being that it can lead to fire damage.  The National Fire Protection Association states that electrical problems are the second leading cause of home fires.  SERVPRO of Cecil County recommends that you have a certified electrician install, inspect and repair any electrical components in your home to help prevent this often unforeseen disaster.

Some issues that can lead to an electrical fire include:

Power outages

Flickering lights

Significant heat coming from your appliances

A burning smell

Sparks from your outlets or devices

  • Old wiring also has a hard time keeping up with powering your home.  Be sure to update your electrical system as needed.
  • Do not plug extension cords into each other or overuse outlets.
  • Do not use frayed or damaged cords.
  • Light bulbs should not exceed the wattage needed, as this can lead to overheating.
  • Make sure your dryers, microwaves and other appliances are working properly, since faulty appliances can lead to an electrical failure.
  • When using a portable heater, keep it away from flammable materials such as rugs and curtains.  Always unplug them before leaving the home.
  • Make sure your HVAC system, dryer and ducts are clear of dirt, dust and debris that can build up and cause a fire.  Our team provides duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning services to help prevent this!

In the event of an electrical fire, disconnect the power source immediately if possible.  If the power is off, you can use water or baking soda to help eliminate the flames before help arrives.  Once the danger is over, do not re-enter the structure until you are told it is safe to do so.

Electrical fires can cause significant fire damage to your property, but SERVPRO of Cecil County is ready to respond immediately, should you suffer such a disaster!

Fire Damage at a Senior Living Community

12/27/2022 (Permalink)

We recently produced a fire loss for a home in a senior citizen community in Conowingo.  The fire was caused by a lit cigarette that led to smoke damage throughout the home.  After having issues with another company, the homeowner decided to give us a call.  We were asked to help with the fire damage cleanup right away, so we visited the site immediately to begin restoring the home.

Besides one delay due to the crew discovering insects in the residence while onsite, we completed the fire cleanup on time!  We worked with the customer to get the insect problem taken care of, and the fire damage process continued soon after.  Like many other restoration projects, SERVPRO of Cecil County works with you throughout the project as well as with your insurance company, plumbers, or other contractors that may be needed due to unforeseen circumstances.

This fire restoration cleanup involved removing all signs of smoke and soot from the property using our techniques that do so on a professional level.  Our air scrubbers and odor deodorization equipment eliminated any smoke and odor in the space, while our soot cleaning sponges thoroughly removed any further fire damage that was difficult to see.

This fire damage project was completed on schedule, and we’re happy to say that we left the home as good as new!  Our restoration team is proud to assist Cecil County with their smoke, soot and fire damage needs!

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.”

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.

Fire Damage Prevention in Cecil County

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind our local Elkton community to follow safe actions this spring in order to prevent fire damage.  During the spring season, the weather and humidity can lead to a risk of a fire.  Below, we outline some steps you can take for your Cecil County home or business in order to prevent a fire damage event.

  • Remove flammable materials from close proximity to your home.
  • Maintain a safe distance between your grill and property.  Should flames begin to grow out of control, they can potentially travel onto a structure.  Never leave your grill unattended.
  • When using a fire pit, they should be placed away from trees and the property.  When the bonfire is complete, all signs of the fire should be fully soaked with water in order to eliminate the risk of a fire after the area is left unattended.
  • Be aware of windy weather, and do not grill or start a bonfire during this time.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides complete fire cleanup and restoration services in our Elkton area.  This spring, we hope that everyone follows the proper precautions and remains safe.  Should your property suffer fire damage, our professionals are ready at a moment’s notice!

Bonfire Fire Prevention

3/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind our local Elkton community to practice safety when beginning to use bonfires this spring.  By following the proper safety precautions, a fire damage event can be prevented as well as your property left in tact.

  • Do not leave a bonfire unattended.  During windy weather, fires should not be started since the flames can travel onto a structure.
  • A water source should be left nearby in case of an emergency.
  • Do not add all burning materials to a fire at once.  This will prevent a large flame.
  • Do not burn chemicals.  These can create hazardous fumes as well as allow a fire to spread quickly.
  • When you are finished with the bonfire, ensure that the entire fire is extinguished.  This includes the ashes as they can spark and ignite.

SERVPRO of Cecil County provides immediate fire restoration services for those in need in our Elkton area.  Smoke and soot removal, odor deodorization and reconstruction are some of the services we offer in order to help fully restore your property after fire damage.

Types of Smoke Damage You May Encounter

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

When your Elkton home or business experiences fire damage, the smoke damage often leaves more of an effect than the fire itself.  There are several forms of smoke damage a property can suffer.  SERVPRO of Cecil County knows how to properly identify each type of smoke damage during the cleanup process.  This helps to minimize further damage and successfully eliminate all signs of fire damage from your property.

Wet Smoke

This type of smoke damage occurs when materials such as plastic or rubber are burned.  The damage leaves a strong odor and can leave the affected areas sticky, making it more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke

When materials such as paper catch fire, the materials involved burn quickly.  This allows the smoke and heat to rise quickly as well.  Fire damage such as this leads to smoke residue along the ceilings and hard to reach areas of your home or facility.

Fuel Soot

This occurs when you experience a puff back from a furnace malfunction.  When the soot builds up and bursts out of a furnace, it travels throughout your property and can affect every surface of the property.

Fire Residue

Fire residue evaporates and leaves a strong odor behind.  This type of smoke damage is difficult to see and can damage your walls and other areas.

There are many other types of smoke damage that can occur due to a fire, and it is important to hire a fire restoration professional in order to properly handle the cleaning.  Improperly cleaning smoke or soot can cause further damage to the affected areas.

SERVPRO of Cecil County offers 24/7 emergency fire restoration services for our local Elkton area.  We specialize in all fire damage services, including boardup of the affected areas, advanced cleaning treatment and full reconstruction services.  We are here to help when it’s needed the most.

Rising Sun Home Suffers Kitchen Fire

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Recently, our Cecil County community has suffered several fire-related losses.  One such fire disaster occurred at a home in Rising Sun.  After a fire had began on the stove, the kitchen was left in disarray with substantial smoke and soot damage.

In order to complete full fire restoration services, our SERVPRO of Cecil County team wiped down all affected surfaces including the walls, ceilings, carpets, cabinets and doors of the home.  Smoke and soot can easily travel to every corner of your home, which is why a complete and thorough cleaning is necessary after fire damage has occurred.

In order to capture the fire extinguisher powder and smoke and soot particles that had been circulated into the air during the fire, our fire restoration team utilized our specialized HEPA Vac and also placed an Air Scrubber into the affected areas for a full day.  In addition to utilizing our equipment, we cleaned the air handler and all HVAC vents in the home in order to eliminate any further signs of smoke and soot traveling through the property.  These procedures will ensure that the air quality in the home is fully clean and healthy.

The fire damage could’ve been much worse for this Rising Sun home, so it is important to remember to always attend to your cooking and not leave the room in case of an issue.  Kitchen surfaces should also be cleaned both after cooking as well as periodically in order to ensure there are no signs of grease or cooking oils that can potentially ignite a flame.

SERVPRO of Cecil County offers 24/7 emergency fire and water restoration services for those in need.  Our restoration team is proud to serve the Elkton area with helping to restore any size disaster "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Prevention

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month!  This fall and beyond, SERVPRO of Cecil County would like to remind everyone to stay safe and follow the proper safety procedures when it comes to fire safety.  According to the National Fire Protection Agency, cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires.   Remember to never leave your cooking unattended, and to be mindful of grilling and outdoor bonfires.

Ensure your fire extinguishers and smoke alarms are working properly.  Install smoke alarms in every room and on every level of the property.  Replace the alarms every ten years and the batteries every six months.

The NFPA also recommends that you create a fire escape plan for you and your family, as well as for your business and employees.  Look at all possible exits, doors and windows, and discuss both a primary and secondary evacuation route for each area with the involved party.

In the event of a fire, determine an outside meeting point after evacuation, and do not re-enter the structure until you are told it is safe to do so.

SERVPRO of Cecil County hopes that everyone continues to follow all safety guidelines for fire prevention!  Should you suffer a fire, smoke or soot issue in your Elkton home or business, our fire restoration team can handle any size event.  Our fire restoration procedures include a full demolition and cleaning of a property or other necessary services such as duct cleaning in order to fully ensure healthy and clean air quality in the space.  Our team is here to help, no matter how large or small the disaster!

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.