Recent Storm Damage Posts
Spring Storms: More than just ‘April showers’
As spring settle in, here in the Midwest we know that means spring storms. Here’s a guide from SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties to help prepare for storms and repair from storms if needed.
Before the storm: Make sure your roof is in good condition. If you notice loose shingles, contact a roofing contractor to get them repaired. Be sure that all winter debris is cleared from your gutters, drains, and downspouts. Trim your trees from any hanging limbs that may damage your home or automobiles. If you hear reports of threatening weather coming, do a quick scan of your yard and put away lawn chairs, yard equipment, toys, and delicate lawn ornaments.
During the storm: Stay indoors if possible. Make sure that you have a safe place to stay if there is a tornado. A windowless, indoor room or a basement is preferable. Keep battery-operated flashlight handy and make sure your cell phone is fully charged. Don’t attempt to assess any damages until the storm has passed.
After the storm: The team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties is here to help you if spring storms damage your home. If you experience flooding, we can help you dry things out and can prevent mold and mildew from taking over. If you have damage to your home, call us and we will connect you with trusted contractors who can help. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
Wind Storm Havoc: Managing the Aftermath
Often wind damage is associated with a tornado, but tornadoes aren’t the only storms capable of producing damaging winds. Damaging winds, often called “straight-line” winds can be just as devastating to property. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, straight-line wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles. These winds are often associated with a thunderstorm and may cause power outages and property damage.
After the winds die down, that’s when the team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties gets to work. Because these types of wind cause damage to windows, doors, and roofing, it’s important to act fast to protect your property. Here’s what you can do following a damaging wind storm:
- Remain safe. Your safety is more important than anything. Do not risk going out in a wind storm. Even if there is no lightning present, violent winds can cause flying debris.
- Contact SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties. We can come to your property and help you assess the damage. We will work with your insurance company to make it “Like it never even happened.”
- Do not attempt to remove large tree limbs or fallen trees. These jobs are best left to the professionals. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties can help connect you with a tree removal service.
- Be prepared for short-term and long-term solutions. The SERVPRO team can make sure your home is safe and help prevent further damage. Then, we’ll help you put things back together so you can get back to normal life as soon as possible.
Has your home or business suffered damage from a wind storm? Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties at 765-575-8654.
After the Flood: Safe Cleanup Tips
Whether from melting snow or torrential downpours, flooding in Henry and Randolph Counties is not uncommon. Storm damage through flooding can lead to property damage and ongoing mold problems, but the team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties has some tips to help:
- Safety first. If you have standing water where electricity may be present, make sure that ALL electricity is turned off to the area to prevent electrocution. When in doubt, contact a professional to help disconnect power.
- Don’t wait. When you’re dealing with water damage, it’s important that you take immediate action so that you can rescue as much as you can. The experts at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties offer 24-hour emergency water damage service. Call 765-575-8654 to get connected with our team.
- Fight mold. Getting your space dried out as quickly as possible is crucial to avoiding dangerous mold setting in. While things can dry out naturally, this isn’t guaranteed, and it may not be fast enough to prevent mold. SERVPRO has a scientific approach to drying that can help speed up the process and keep mold at bay.
- Give your valuables some love. While not everything can be saved after a flood, you may be surprised at what can be salvaged. Let SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties remove your wet items from the flooded area and take them to our facility for restoration. Our team is trained to remove odors from your items, so they’ll be returned to their original condition (maybe even better!)
- Check for structural integrity. Sometimes a flood can compromise a building’s foundation. This can lead to bigger problems down the road if not addressed immediately. Contact a trusted contractor to assess your facility’s foundation after a flood to make sure it’s in good condition and make the recommended improvements if necessary.
Flood damage after a storm can feel devastating, but with help from the pros at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties, you’ll soon have your life back “Like it never even happened.”
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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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.
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