Recent Storm Damage Posts

When Winter Storms Lead To Storm Damage

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Winter Storms Lead To Storm Damage When winter storms result in damage, contact SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties.

Winter is officially here, and while the snow can be pretty, it can lead to damage to your home or business. What kinds of damage can happen during a winter storm?

Roof Damage
When ice and snow weigh down a tree’s branches, sometimes those branches wind up on the roof of your house. That can lead to a more than just a few damaged shingles… if a branch breaks all the way through the roof, it can lead to water damage and more.

In addition, sometimes the weight of heavy snow can cause a roof to collapse. This usually only occurs over the course of several snowstorms and takes several feet of snow.

What to do if it happens to you: Contact SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties and the first thing we will do is stop any further damage by placing a weather-sturdy tarp on the roof. We’ll work with roofing professionals and your insurance company to get a new roof or a roof repair in place quickly so that you can stay warm and dry.

Frozen Pipes
When the temperatures drop during a winter storm, it’s hard for pipes to stay warm. This can lead to frozen pipes that may burst. Signs of frozen pipes include: unusual odors from the faucet or drain, no water (or very little water) coming from the pipes, or frost on the pipes. Find tips for preventing frozen pipes here.

What to do if it happens to you: If it’s not too late, you may be able to prevent your pipes from bursting. Try opening cabinet doors to allow more heat to the pipes and turn on the faucet slightly to allow the water to flow once unfrozen.

Burst Pipes
If you don’t get to your frozen pipes fast enough, you will have pipes that burst. Water leaking will lead to water damage if not managed quickly.

What to do if it happens to you: The first thing to do is to shut off your water at the home’s main water valve. (If you don’t know where that is… call SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties to discuss our free Emergency Ready Profile. We can help you find important details about your utilities before you need it!) If water damage has occurred in an area that uses electricity, use your breaker box to turn off electricity in that area.

Your next step is to call in the pros. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties has 24-hour service available for emergencies like burst pipes. We’ll get the water damage under control and help you contact a certified plumber to get your pipes repaired.

Flooding
When warmer temperatures hit, all of that snow has to go somewhere. Melting snow, especially when combined with additional rain, can lead to flooding. When your basement or crawlspace has water leaking in, that means that mold is soon to follow.

What to do if it happens to you: Removing the water from the basement or crawlspace is the first step, and SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties can help you dry everything out. Next, you’ll need to have anything stored there treated for mold damage. SERVPRO can inventory, clean, and return items to you mold-free. Finally, you’ll want a solution in place so you will be less likely to experience flooding again. The expert team at SERVPRO can offer advice and solutions to keep basements and crawlspaces dry.

Do you have a question about winter storm damage? Give us a call at (765) 575-8654.

When Storms or Floods hit Henry and Randolph Counties, SERVPRO is ready!

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

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 Henry and Randolph Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 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 765-575-8654

Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storms and Extreme Cold Photo by Bob Canning on Unsplash

Here at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties we are always ready to help and prepared for whatever disaster may arise. According to Ready.gov here are some actions you can take to help reduce property damage during a Winter Storm and Extreme Cold.

WINTERIZE YOUR HOME by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.

INSULATE WATER PIPES. Also, allow faucets to drip or trickle during unusually cold weather or if the power and heat are out to avoid freezing. When water freezes, it expands, and this can cause water pipes to burst. Know how to shut off water valves if a pipe bursts.

CLEAR RAIN GUTTERS, repair roof leaks, check your roof to make sure it can handle the extra weight of the snow and ice, and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or neighboring structure. Keep pathways and driveways clear between storms to avoid buildup of snow piles and icing.

INSTALL BATTERY-OPERATED CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS or electric detectors with battery backups in central locations on every level of your home. This will provide an early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and potentially deadly gas.

HIRE A CONTRACTOR to check the structural ability of your roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow and/or ice.

KEEP FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ON HAND and make sure everyone in your home knows how to use them. If your smoke alarms get power from your home’s electrical system (hardwired), make sure the backup battery is replaced at least once a year, so your alarms will work during a power outage.

MAINTAIN HEATING EQUIPMENT and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Renters, either check with your landlord or property manager to ensure that they have taken care of these necessary building improvements or find out your responsibilities with respect to these actions.

In the event of a disaster striking we are always just a phone call away... 765-575-8654