Recent Storm Damage Posts

After a Storm Hits, Check Your Roof!

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

1. Check your Landscape

After the storm is over, take a walk around your house to look for damage. Heavy winds can cause branches to fall from trees, as well as it is common for homeowners to find roof shingles in the yard. If you find either, you can assume your roof has been damaged and requires further inspection.

2. Check the Outside

If you don’t feel comfortable inspecting the top of your house, call a roofing company. However, a lot of damage can potentially be observed from a distance. Here are three common problems to look for:
- Curling, cracking or missing shingles
- Flashing on the chimney is loose or cracked
- Debris on your roof, such as tree branches
It is also smart to assess the gutter system if the gutters have standing water or are heavy (sagging), call a roofing company to repair them. If roofing problems aren’t addressed, the structure of the house may suffer.

3. Check the Inside

In many cases, there is no apparent damage on the outside, however, compromised roofs may form leaks that allow water in the ceiling or attic area. If there are moist spots on the ceiling or wet marks on the walls, there is a leak on your roof. Leaks must be fixed promptly, preventing further damage to the structure of the home and the belongings inside.

Best Storm Shutters For Your Home

8/18/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to protecting your home or business, from damaging winds, there are many things to consider. If you want to add storm shutters to your home, it can be overwhelming to review the numerous types. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for protecting your home, learning the basics can help you choose wisely. Here are some of the options you may consider:

  • Accordion
  • Bahama
  • Colonial
  • Fabric
  • Plywood
  • Rolling

Permanent Fixtures

If you live in an area with frequent storms and severe weather, you may consider adding permanent storm shutters to your home. Permanent mounts add protection and aesthetic flair to your home. You can choose from accordion, Bahama, Colonial, or rolling shutters, all of which provide both storm protection and an element of design. Prices and styles vary within each category. Manually-operated accordion-style options generally cost $15-$25 per square foot of window area, while rolling shutters, generally made of high-quality metal or polycarbonate, will cost approximately $20-$30 per square foot of window area. Bahama-style awnings protect your home against the sun and high winds alike and are sold in standard window sizes for $15-$20 per square foot. Colonial-style varieties offer the most diversity as they come in numerous materials and are sold in sets for $200-$500 per window.

Temporary Fixtures

Though temporary fixtures may be less visually appealing, they are equally functional for storm protection. Fabric storm panels, made of PVC or mesh, are a budget-friendly choice that generally costs $75-$300 depending on the size of your windows. A sturdier and more protective option is plywood. Though less pleasing to look at, plywood costs only $1 per square foot and is an effective temporary way to protect your home from intense storms.

Preparation is important when you're facing tornadoes and high winds. When the storm passes, know who to call for help with clean up and restoration to get your home back to a clean and safe state.

Peak Hurricane Season is Among Us

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

As we are at the peak of Hurricane Season 2020- we are urging everyone to prepare now. The National Weather Service is predicting this hurricane season to be very active.

Emergency Preparedness Kits are a crucial part of hurricane preparation, but what does a kit need to include?

According to Ready.GOV - Basic Emergency Supply Kits include:

  1. Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  2. Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  3. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather
  4. Radio with tone alert
  5. Flashlight
  6. First aid kit
  7. Extra batteries
  8. Whistle to signal for help
  9. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  10. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  11. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  12. Manual can opener for food
  13. Local maps
  14. Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Find a supply kit that best fits your family or business to be better prepared for severe weather. 

SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties is also helping local businesses get prepared by creating FREE Emergency Ready Plans - tailored to fit your business disaster recovery and remediation.

Ways of the Wind

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Wind is the unseen villain of Mother Nature. Most of the time damage from storms are very visible and easily identifiable; but wind damage can often be hard to identify. Many of us are familiar with tornadoes that cause wind damage, and what we call straight-line winds; but there are actually many different types of wind.

The importance of understanding what type of wind to expect, can help you significantly anticipate the type of damage that will happen.

According to The Weather Channel wind can be classified in these additional categories:

  • Cyclone
  • Downdrafts
  • Downbursts
  • Microburst
  • Gust Fronts
  • Derechos
  • Haboobs
  • Bow echoes

It is also important to know what type of winds your insurance policy will cover. If you experience wind damage, call your insurance agent. If you notice you have damage from a storm, whether it be wind or rain, we can come out and start getting your property back to preloss condition.

What to Do After the Storm

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

This summer has been quite a wet and stormy one and with that comes weather related injuries and fatalities. This is why it is important to educate both you and your family about after storm safety.

Immediately after a storm where there was heavy rain, strong damaging winds, and lightening consider the following:

  • Do not let children play near storm drains. 
  • Do not touch metal objects outside, there may be power lines down on the object which energizes the object. This could be a fence, guard rail, or baseball stop.
  • Do not touch or pick up any wires that you see either laying on the ground or hanging low. They may be energized or could become energized at any time.
  • Do not walk in flooded basements if your power is still connected. You could become electrocuted should water make contact with an electrical source.
  • If your home is out of electrical power, use extra caution when using candles for light.
  • Be careful using a gas powered generator which could cause Carbon Monoxide poisoning if not vented properly.

Please remember to keep you and your family safe and remember that SERVPRO of Walker & Winston Counties is always available to help you with your restoration needs

Summer Storms are on the Way

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are a very common occurrence in Walker and Winston county, and it’s important to be prepared in the event that they cause flooding in your home or business.  Summer time thunderstorms typically bring a lot more rain than a typical shower that we see. Because of this, many homes may experience flooding when thunderstorms do occur.

When heat is paired with high humidity, that could mean thunderstorms. Check that your home or business is ready for rainfall, before it hits. Maintain regular maintenance of your roof, gutters, downspouts, etc., and take care of any needed repairs as soon as possible. When there is a thunderstorm in your area, keep an eye on your home for any signs of a water leak. If you do experience a leak, call someone to come out and have it fixed right away, and give SERVPRO of Walker and Winston Counties a call to begin the dry-out process. Water damage left untreated can become an even bigger problem.

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO has a specialized storm team and large loss response network to provide the resources to your property when others can’t?

In the event of a disaster, SERVPRO professionals have the resources to relocate crews with equipment to take care of all of our customer’s needs. SERVPRO strategically places mobilization teams across the country to travel when needed to support in recovery after large storm events such as hurricanes. Our job as water damage restoration professionals is to limit the amount of business interruption. We understand that fast mitigation is key to getting your business back up and running. SERVPRO provides the resources in the event of a large storm event to make sure that the right equipment, procedures and training are in place to ensure that the structure is dry the first time and saves you time and money.