Recent Storm Damage Posts

How to deal with storm damages?

10/8/2023 (Permalink)

Dealing with storm damages can be a challenging and stressful situation. Here are some steps and advice to help you navigate through the aftermath of a storm:

1. **Ensure Safety First:**
- Prioritize safety for yourself and others. If your home is severely damaged, consider moving to a safer location temporarily.

2. **Assess the Damage:**
- Conduct a thorough assessment of the damage to your property, including structural damage, fallen trees, and other hazards. Take photos or videos for insurance purposes.

3. **Contact Authorities and Emergency Services:**
- Report any immediate threats or hazards to local authorities, such as downed power lines or blocked roads.

4. **Check for Injuries:**
- Ensure that everyone in your household is safe and check for injuries. Seek medical attention for any injuries that require it.

5. **Contact Insurance Company:**
- Notify your insurance company as soon as possible and provide them with detailed information about the damage. Follow their instructions for filing a claim.

6. **Document Damages:**
- Keep detailed records of all communications with your insurance company, including claim numbers and names of the representatives you spoke with.

7. **Mitigate Further Damage:**
- Take immediate action to prevent further damage to your property, if possible. Cover damaged areas with tarps or boards to protect against further exposure to the elements.

8. **Hire Professionals:**
- Hire licensed contractors, restoration specialists, or other professionals to assess and repair the damage. Make sure to get multiple quotes and check references.

9. **Inventory and Valuation:**
- Document and list all damaged or lost items. Include descriptions, photographs, and estimated values to assist with insurance claims.

10. **Stay Informed:**
- Keep yourself updated on weather forecasts and advisories to prepare for potential follow-up storms or adverse weather conditions.

11. **Community Support:**
- Reach out to local disaster relief agencies, community organizations, or government programs that can provide assistance and support during recovery.

12. **Seek Emotional Support:**
- Dealing with storm damage can be emotionally draining. Reach out to family, friends, or professionals to help cope with the stress and emotional impact.

13. **Plan for Future Storms:**
- Learn from this experience and take steps to better prepare for future storms. Consider installing storm shutters, reinforcing your home's structure, and creating an emergency preparedness kit.

14. **Stay Patient and Persistent:**
- Recovery takes time and effort. Stay patient throughout the process and continue working with your insurance company and professionals to restore your property.

Remember, reaching out to professionals and leaning on your support network can help ease the burden during these challenging times.

Some advices to get prepared for a hurricane

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane A blowing Hurricane

Is your commercial enterprise hurricane-ready?  

Here are some resources to assist businesses with hurricane preparation:

  • Make a backup of your important computer data and save it elsewhere.
  • Make a thorough inventory of your company and take lots of photos.
  • A communication plan for employees should be in place, and it should include a specific out-of-town phone line where employees can check in and get corporate information. Make sure employee emergency contact information is up to current.
    Establish storm procedures so that staff members are aware of what to do and post them beforehand.
    Defend electrical devices from potential water damage.
  • In case additional funds are required after the storm, have extra cash and blank checks on hand.
  • If your facility is damaged, establish a temporary location for business operations.
  • Choose a safe space for workers who must stay in the building.
  • Give employees enough time to safeguard their homes and families. Protect the structure and any goods you can't bring into construction sites.
    Licensed contractors must protect their job locations in the case of a tropical storm warning or hurricane watch. Objects that could be dangerous must be secured or removed.

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SERVPRO is always here to help with storm water damage

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane Hurricane

Many people believe that the hurricane and storm season has little bearing on their life, but those who have really experienced them can speak to the enormous devastation a tropical cyclone causes. If you don't use qualified service providers to repair your property for you, it could be stressful and expensive.

Call SERVPRO to protect your home from the stresses of tropical stormwater damage. We have a group of experts on staff that are skilled at repairing homes after a storm. We have cutting-edge tools on hand and are prepared to renovate your home.

We are equipped to address any damage caused by tropical storms, including wind and flood damage. The phases of our restoration process are as follows:

- The job site is inspected and assessed as part of emergency response.

- Demolition, water removal, and drying are followed by daily inspections to assess the job's progress.

- Cleaning and sanitising

- Deodorisation

- Replacing damaged materials

Non-penetrative moisture metres can be used by our SERVPRO professionals to find moisture. We have self-priming trash pumps that we can utilise to remove water from your home. These pumps are frequently used when only a small lift is needed or when horizontal water transfer is necessary. For instance, self-priming trash pumps can be used to remove water from one-story buildings in the wake of a cyclone.

In order to prevent a mould infestation, our SERVPRO staff can also employ air-moving and dehumidifying equipment to eliminate all moisture from your house. 

We can choose options that are advantageous for our customers because of our understanding of construction and drying. Additionally, we may clean your home and remove any damaged insulation, flooring, or drywall.

SERVPRO conducts confirmatory tests to make sure the home and any impacted things are restored to their original state before enabling clients to move back in.

We may ask you to sign a Certificate of Satisfaction once we conduct a walkthrough.

Dealing with summer storm and safety

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

Summer is approaching, and with it comes the risk of catastrophic storms. When you're outside, there are a few things you can do to lessen your risk of being struck by lightning.

Offices, schools, and houses are all well-protected structures. Once inside, keep your distance from windows and doors. Keep an eye out for anything that conducts electricity.

If you don't have access to a safe shelter, take the following steps to lessen your risk:

  • Never take refuge under a lone tree or utility pole; these places are more likely to be hit.
  • Get off the ridges, peaks, and hills.
  • Get away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
  • Objects that conduct electricity should be avoided.
  • Do not lie completely flat on the ground.
  • When thunderstorms are predicted, keep an eye on the weather and postpone or cancel outdoor activities. Even if your building is damaged, make sure you are protected at all times.

We're here to assist you with the damage that storm damage might create.

Get ready to a Storm kit

5/29/2022 (Permalink)

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms may wreak havoc on your house or company. When tragedies like these hit, you must act quickly to prevent more damage to your property. SERVPRO is always willing to assist, and we'd like to offer some advice on how to put together a basic emergency kit in case the unexpected occurs.

One thing that 2021 has taught us is to always be prepared in a year full of surprises. Here are a few essentials to include in your Emergency Storm Kit.

The following items should be included in a basic emergency supplies kit:

-Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food  (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
-A battery-operated or hand-crank radio, as well as a NOAA weather radio - Weather Tone alarm on the radio
-Kit for first aid
-Extra batteries are available.
-A whistle (to signal for help)
-Mask to protect against dust (to help filter contaminated air)
-Duct tape and plastic sheeting (to shelter in place)
-Garbage bags, moist towelettes, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
-pliers or a wrench (to turn off utilities)
-Can opener (manual) (for food)
-Maps of the area
-Chargers and a backup battery are included with the phone.

Getting your business ready for a heavy storm!

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

How to Prepare Your Company for a Major Storm
At any time, a big rainfall can strike. When the building is packed of people, lightning and thunder may strike outside. Thunderstorms are very hazardous. Winds of 58 miles per hour or 1-inch hail are common in this type of storm. It can result in a range of problems, including:

Outages of electricity
Flooding in a flash
The lightning strikes.

As a result, it is critical to prepare your property prior to the arrival of severe weather. This will ensure the safety of your personnel and reduce the demand for storm cleanup services. Here are a few pointers to help you prepare for the heavy rain, lightning, and high winds that are expected.

Keep yourself up to date

An emergency alert system should be in place in your community. Make sure you have permission to use this system. You should also be aware of the meanings of the various notifications. When severe weather is expected in a certain area, a severe thunderstorm watch is issued. Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm warning means that radar or storm spotters have detected dangerous conditions in the area.

Protect Your Assets

Any important equipment you put outside your building can be blown away by the wind that often comes with a big downpour. Before the terrible weather approaches, make sure you bring these items inside.
Shrubs and tree limbs can also be blown to the ground or into windows by the wind. Trim the plants regularly and remove any damaged portions to keep them vigorous and healthy.

Take precautions.

Your employees may be locked inside during the worst stages of the storm if severe weather strikes during office hours. As a result, you should keep an emergency kit on the premises. The kit should include materials that personnel can utilise if they are trapped inside the facility for several hours or days. A first-aid kit should also be readily available on site.

A heavy downpour can inflict significant wind and flood damage to your home. You can keep your staff safe and reduce the damage to your property by being proactive.

Winter Storms Can cause Damage to Commercial Properties; Be Prepared and get ready with A SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Businesses can register their properties with the local SERVPRO project manager for free using SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile. This profile contains information on the property(ies) that your local SERVPRO manager manages so that we can be prepared in the event of an emergency. This profile can save you hundreds of dollars in storm or other severe weather-related damages.

During the winter, large snowstorms can destroy electricity lines, resulting in power outages and a reduction in heat supply for homes and businesses across the region. When this occurs, many commercial premises may be left vacant. Equipment can be damaged and water supply lines can rupture due to the freezing temperatures. In order to switch off the water supply, a firm with a current SERVPRO ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) will know exactly where to find water, electricity, and other important locations.

To learn more about our free preparation service, give us a call. Before the next winter storm, the project manager will organise a walk-through of your property.