Recent Storm Damage Posts
Hurricane season flood prevention tips: Richardson, Texas residents are encouraged to take action
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton outlines steps to take before, during, and after a flood and highlights the importance of understanding flood risks, purchasing flood insurance, and creating an emergency plan.
With hurricane season rapidly approaching, the SERVPRO® of Carrollton reminds Richardson, Texas, residents, to take steps to prevent flooding on their property. The SERVPRO of Carrollton team is there to help with these flood prevention tips and to provide flood restoration services should any damage occur.
Richardson, Texas, is prone to hurricanes during the summer months. These storms can bring high winds, heavy rains, and flooding, which can cause extensive damage to homes and businesses in the area. Climate change has significantly affected the hurricane season in Richardson, Texas. Recent data shows that the season is lasting longer, and the storms are becoming more severe. It is crucial for Richardson residents to be prepared for hurricane season and to take steps to prevent flooding on their property.
Plan for flood prevention before hurricane season
In Richardson, Texas, it’s essential to understand the flood risks and to take proactive steps to protect your property. First, evaluate your property for potential flooding hazards and purchase flood insurance if necessary. You should also create an emergency flood plan that outlines evacuation routes and a plan for what to do if flooding does occur.
Prepare for a flood
Once you have a plan in place, it’s important to begin preparations to ensure your safety and the safety of your property. Stock up on emergency supplies such as food, water, flashlights, and first-aid kits. Secure outdoor items like furniture and decorations that can be swept away by floodwaters. If necessary, sandbag your property for extra protection. Finally, stay tuned for local weather alerts and evacuation notices from the city of Richardson.
During a flood
When a flood is imminent, take immediate action to protect yourself. Avoid driving or walking through floodwaters as they may contain hazardous materials. Turn off your electricity and gas connections as soon as possible. Move your furniture and valuables to higher ground and evacuate if directed to do so by local authorities.
After a flood
Once the floodwaters have receded, it’s time to assess the damage to your property and begin the cleanup process. File insurance claims promptly and begin cleaning up flood debris, such as mud and silt, safely. Lastly, take steps to prevent future flooding, such as clearing debris from gutters, installing sump pumps, and sealing cracks in your foundation.
When cleaning up flood debris, it is crucial to do so safely. Wear protective gear such as gloves, boots, and a mask to protect yourself from hazardous materials. Remove mud and silt from your property and discard any water-damaged items. When necessary, hire professionals to help with the cleanup process. Be sure to follow local guidelines and regulations when disposing of flood debris.
Why Choose SERVPRO of Carrollton for flood restoration services
Hurricane season can bring severe flooding to Richardson, Texas. But, with proper preparation and planning, you can protect your property. Take the time to understand your flood risks, evaluate your property for potential flooding hazards, and create an emergency plan. Stock up on emergency supplies, secure outdoor items, and sandbags if necessary. During a flood, avoid driving or walking through floodwaters, turn off the electricity and gas connections, and evacuate if directed to do so. After a flood, file insurance claims promptly and take steps to prevent future flooding. The SERVPRO of Carrollton team is available to help with flood prevention and restoration services.
SERVPRO of Carrollton provides professional and reliable flood restoration services in Richardson, TX, and neighboring areas. Their experienced technicians use advanced technology and methods to quickly and effectively clean and restore your home or business. They can help with water extraction, drying, dehumidification, debris removal, and other services to help you get back to normal faster. They follow all IICRC standards and practices to ensure the best possible results.
For more information on flood prevention and restoration services in Richardson, Texas, please contact SERVPRO of Carrollton at office@SERVPRO10952.com or (972) 446-0383. Visit https://www.SERVPROcarrolltontx.com/ for more information.
SERVPRO of Carrollton Offers Comprehensive Flood Restoration Services in Indian Creek, TX
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton offers a wide range of flood restoration services, including water extraction, structural drying, mold remediation, odor removal, and reconstruction. They also offer 24/7 emergency services and free estimates.
Residents of Indian Creek, TX have been hit hard by recent flooding events in the area. In addition to the devastating property damage that can occur as a result of flooding, the value of homes and businesses in the area can be significantly affected. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Carrollton has stepped in to provide comprehensive flood restoration services to help residents in Indian Creek, TX restore their properties and ensure their property values remain intact.
SERVPRO of Carrollton: A Leader in Flood Restoration
SERVPRO of Carrollton is a leading provider of comprehensive flood restoration services in Indian Creek, TX. Their experienced team of professionals is well-equipped to handle any size flood restoration job, from large-scale commercial properties to residential homes. Utilizing advanced flood restoration techniques and equipment, SERVPRO of Carrollton is able to quickly and efficiently restore properties to pre-flood condition. Their team is also highly trained in safety protocols and mold remediation, providing residents with peace of mind.
How flood damage affects property value
- Structural Damage: Floods can cause significant structural damage to buildings and homes, which can be expensive to repair. This can significantly reduce the value of the property.
- Mold and Mildew: Floods can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can be difficult and costly to remove.
- Loss of Personal Property: Floods can result in the loss of personal property, such as furniture, electronics, and clothing. This can reduce the value of the property.
- Loss of Landscaping: Floods can also result in the destruction of landscaping, which can reduce the aesthetic appeal of the property and decrease its value.
- Health Issues: Floods can also lead to health issues, which can have a negative impact on the property value.
Comprehensive Services to Restore Your Property
At SERVPRO of Carrollton, they understand that the aftermath of a flood can be overwhelming. To that end, they offer comprehensive services to help restore your property. Their services include:
- Water Extraction: Utilizing advanced water extraction techniques and equipment, SERVPRO of Carrollton can quickly and efficiently remove standing water from your property.
- Structural Drying: After the water has been removed, SERVPRO of Carrollton can help dry out the structure of your property to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
- Mold Remediation: Highly trained in mold remediation, SERVPRO of Carrollton is able to safely and effectively remove mold and mildew from your property.
- Odor Removal: SERVPRO of Carrollton utilizes advanced odor removal techniques to ensure that any musty odors caused by the flood are eliminated.
- Reconstruction: Their team can help restore your property to its pre-flood condition.
What Sets SERVPRO of Carrollton Apart
At SERVPRO of Carrollton, they understand that a quick response is critical in flood restoration. That’s why they are proud to offer 24/7 emergency services. Their experienced team can arrive onsite within hours of your call and get to work restoring your property. They also offer free estimates, so you can get an idea of the cost of the project before you commit.
Contact SERVPRO of Carrollton Today
If you’re in need of flood restoration services in Indian Creek, TX, SERVPRO of Carrollton is the team to call. Their experienced team of professionals is well-equipped to handle any size flood restoration job. Contact them today at (972) 446-0383 or visit their website at https://www.SERVPROcarrolltontx.com/ to learn more.
How to Prepare your Home for Spring Storms.
We’ve listed a few activities you can do to protect your property from the Spring Storm damage.
Prepare Trees for Storm Season
One of the most common hazards that occurs during a storm is the uprooting of trees. Not only that, but heavy branches being also ripped off tossed about can cause some damage too. The microbursts tend to uproot trees of any size and carry outside furniture and play equipment down the street or a neighbor’s backyard if you end up finding it at all!
Not only can this cause damages to your property, but it can also cause some danger if nearby power lines are affected. Be sure that all your smaller or newly planted trees are double staked; if you’re not sure how to do that, ask a landscaper to assist you in securing those trees. You want them loose enough to give enough room for the tree to bend with the gusty winds, but secure enough to prevent them from being ripped out of the ground or broken off by powerful winds.
You should also trim the more mature trees to eliminate the branches that are thinner so that the limbs will have less weight.
Check Windows and Doors for Sealing
Now is the time to go through your home and inspect all the windows and doors for any spaces or gaps where water and dirt can seep through. If you see any space within the frames where the seal is, it’s time to replace that weather stripping, or get a professional to come in and do it for you.
While a tiny gap might be tempting to ignore, even the smallest amount of water will come in through that opening and cause mold which can spread around and will require professional mold remediation and removal. Replacing the weatherstripping will also prevent the dust from getting inside and settling on all the furniture, floors, and carpet after a heavy windstorm.
Check Out Your Roof
Get up on your roof (or have a professional do it for you) and look for any loose shingles or tiles before the storm season begins. This should be done regularly throughout the monsoon season. Strong storm winds often displace shingles and tiles which leave the property vulnerable to the storm elements that could cause even more damages. Missing tiles are more than a cosmetic issue; they protect your roof so be sure to be diligent here.
Check Drainage Around Your Home
In the past, have you ever noticed any issues with the drainage patterns which cause all the water to collect into pools? If you have, get that professionally addressed before the storms come. Protecting your investment from any potential water damages is obviously in your best interest. It’s important that water drains away from your home, not puddle up against it.
Make Room in the Garage Before the Storm hits.
Unsecured items outside of your property leave everyone at risk. The monsoon winds can be extremely powerful, capable of picking up objects from the ground, and carrying them somewhere else. Just make sure to clear away enough space in your garage to put bicycles and whatever else you may have unsecured on your property, like patio furniture.
We're here to help with storm damage
Regardless of how careful you are, life still happens, and there will still be some flooding and storm damages each year. That is why SERVPRO of Far North Dallas is here if it happens to your home. Available 24/7/365 for any emergency disaster!
Contact us at 972-446-0383. Our technicians are highly skilled, and well-trained and are here to help if you experience any local storm damages during this upcoming monsoon season.
The cost of hailstorms and storm damage in Texas
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton reviews significant hailstorm events in the history of Texas.
SERVPRO of Carrollton offers flood restoration services when severe weather strikes. The insurance industry recognizes the devastating impact of high winds and hail on property in Texas. “Texas is known for its volatile storm season. It’s also the most hail-damaged state in the country, so it’s no wonder wind and hail are the most common perils homeowners face…Unsurprisingly, the most common home insurance claims in Texas are for home exterior and roof damage due to wind and hail. Nationally, 1 in 42 insurance claims involves hail and wind damage. The average in Texas is much higher. The category of wind damage includes damages from tornadoes, hurricanes, windstorms, and more.”
According to the experts, the cost of property damage cleanup, repair, and restoration for high wind and hail is staggering. “Hail is the costliest natural disaster in Texas. It’s not uncommon for hail damages to run into the billions of dollars every year in our state. Hail in Texas causes more property damage than tornadoes and hurricanes combined. These weather events are hard to predict. Many homeowners are caught unaware, and their homes suffer from severe roof damage, broken glass, and other hazards.”
The worst hailstorms in the recent history of Texas
An understanding of the power of hail to damage property underscores the need for preparation and readiness when severe weather strikes and causes storm and flood damage. The Lone Star State has experienced annual property damage from hail on a level with the costliest years ever recorded for hailstorm damage. (Dollar amounts are adjusted to reflect 2019 values.)
#10. Carrollton: June 6, 2018 - $639 million
Carrollton, Texas, experienced the worst of a hailstorm that caused over $639 million in property damage. Hailstones three inches in diameter pelted the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.
#9. McAllen: March 29, 2012 - $670 million
During this storm, McAllen was rocked by the largest hailstone in recorded history to hit the Rio Grande Valley. Hailstones the size of baseballs pummeled the area, and winds registering 75 miles per hour accompanied the barrage of icy missiles.
#8. Plano: March 23, 2016 - $748 million
A band of severe thunderstorms which spawned one tornado slammed into northern Tarrant County. Northern Dallas and Southern Collin County received extensive damage totaling three-quarters of a billion dollars.
#7. Dallas-Fort Worth: April 3, 2012 - $866 million
In the mele of severe weather, 22 tornadoes descended on metro Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding region. The DFW Metroplex sustained severe damage from the large hailstones. Over 100 airplanes were damaged and had to be taken out of service until repairs could be made. Thankfully, thunderstorms, high winds, tornadoes, and large hail caused no fatalities. However, 24 people were injured.
#6. Denton: April 3, 2014 - $921 million
Denton received the brunt of the damage. Softball-sized hail caused nearly $1 billion in damages, and three tornadoes cut a swath of destruction through the area.
#5. Dallas-Fort Worth: June 13, 2012 - $995 million
Hail from several supercells pounded Dallas County during this weather event. Hail stones as large as 3 inches smacked some areas for up to 30 minutes. The unrelenting beatdown damaged tens of thousands of vehicles. Homes in the region experienced broken windows and extensive roof damage. The high winds and incessant hail left trees stripped of their leaves.
#4. North Texas: April 5, 2003 - $1.23 billion
Three large storm cells blanketed much of North Texas, including Dallas–Fort Worth, with hail. Siding, windows, gutters, roofs, aircraft, vehicles, and vegetation were punched and pelted by the frozen precipitation, and three people sustained physical injuries.
#3. Fort Worth-Waco: April 28, 1992 - $1.37 billion
This devastating weather event involved Fort Worth and Waco, nearly 100 miles from each other. Over five hours, residents on a path from Waco to Fort Worth sheltered as grapefruit-sized hailstones crashed through windows and smashed into roofs. The massive hailstorm became the worst-ever hail event in Texas history.
#2. San Antonio: April 12, 2016 - $1.5 billion
A dynamic weather pattern sent hailstorms rumbling across South Central Texas. A fierce hailstorm roared through the northern half of San Antonio, producing giant hail. One hailstone measured 4.5 inches, tying the record for the largest ever recorded in Bexar County. Approximately 125,000 homes and 136,000 vehicles sustained damage from the monster hailstorms.
#1. North Texas: May 5, 1995 - $1.85 billion
The famous “1995 Mayfest Storm” blanketed parts of southern Parker County with hail the size of golf balls. In some places, the hail was 18 inches deep. The storm intensified and moved into Tarrant County, hurling baseball-sized balls at vehicles, homes, livestock, and people. Softball-size hail was reported at many locations, including Mayfest, where an estimated 10,000 people were caught in the open. The fierce storm caused wind damage, hail damage, flood damage, and water damage.
Why choose SERVPRO of Carrollton for water and flood damage restoration
The team at SERVPRO of Carrollton has the training, expertise, and experience to provide water damage and flood damage restoration services when a disaster strikes. When a widespread disaster strikes, the SERVPRO family can scale to meet the challenges it brings. Equipped with industrial-strength pumps, technicians can remove large quantities of water from homes and businesses. The rapid response and quick cleaning minimize damage and return life to normal as soon as possible in communities like Indian Creek Carrollton, TX.
For more information about flood restoration services in Carrollton, TX, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by calling (972) 446-0383 or emailing office@SERVPRO10952.com.
Finding volunteer and service opportunities after a flood damage disaster strikes the community
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton highlights ways people can help their local communities when storms and flooding strike.
The professionals at SERVPRO® of Carrollton know that the flood damage restoration process after a storm and flood damage requires a team effort. When a disaster affects hundreds or thousands of people, community support is crucial for a speedy recovery. A storm or flood disaster is not preventable. But when disaster strikes, communities and towns can and do unite in a common effort to rebuild, restore, and recover from the effects of the disaster.
Below are several practical ways neighbors, friends, and strangers can come together to help one another recover from a storm and flood damage disaster in Carriage Hill Plano, TX, and the surrounding area.
#1. Volunteer in the CERT Program
“CERT” is the acronym for the Community Emergency Response Team, a volunteer training and mobilization effort organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The mission of CERT is to educate volunteers in the areas of preparation, response, and recovery from man-made or natural disasters. The training is thorough and intensive, covering a wide range of activities, including hands-on practice and realistic drills and exercises. Over 600,000 amazing, selfless community members trained in the CERT program have volunteered to assist their neighbors in need. Since CERT’s inception, CERT volunteers have sprung into action in emergency and non-emergency situations.
Volunteers receive education and skill-building techniques from CERT courses taught by instructors who are first responders and other qualified personnel. The course curriculum for CERT training includes the following:
- Disaster preparedness
- Fire prevention and suppression
- First aid and simple medical procedures
- Basic search and rescue activities
- The identification of traumatic stress in disaster victims and rescue workers
CERT offers a unified curriculum in which participants all learn the same knowledge and obtain the same skill sets. However, local and state program managers have the freedom to customize the programs to meet the unique needs of their own communities. To find a program in the Carrollton area, contact FEMA or the local emergency manager.
#2. Take part in a CASPER event
The CDC initiated “CASPER” (Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response) with two goals in view:
- Rapid assessment of community needs in the disaster zone
- Close monitoring of changes in needs while in recovery
A CASPER interviews personnel from the different federal governmental levels to assist in organizing an emergency response and to serve families needing immediate attention. A CASPER can also be held after teams have been deployed to assess the continuing needs in the community. The post-disaster follow-up allows affected areas to obtain additional supplies and support as needed.
CASPER serves multi-faceted needs in both affected and unaffected areas. The assessment can be employed to determine critical data such as the following:
- Strategies for future emergency response preparedness
- Estimates of the needs of communities
- Assessment of public health perceptions
Personnel who represent a health department and are interested in training in CASPER can reach out to the CDC. Online learning opportunities are available for CASPER.
#3. Partner with the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is historic in its response to the needs of people affected by a disaster. By partnering with this organization, an effective response can be mounted that directly addresses the immediate needs of the community when a disaster strikes. Ninety percent of the Red Cross’ workforce who courageously and selflessly respond to nearly 64,000 disasters yearly are volunteers.
Volunteers can work with the American Red Cross in any of the following capacities:
- Disaster preparedness presenter
- Volunteer management
- Disaster services
Visit the website of the American Red Cross for additional information about how and where to volunteer in the Carrollton area.
Texans respond in a big way to disasters at home and abroad. Deep pockets, Texas-sized hearts, and many strong backs, hands, and feet come together, neighbors serving neighbors in their time of need.
SERVPRO of Carrollton is committed to providing a rapid response and restoration process so that disaster-stricken residents can overcome the disruption, inconvenience, and stress that accompany fire damage, smoke damage, water damage, storm damage, or flood damage disaster. Preparedness is the foundation of a successful response and recovery period. Start by calling and pre-qualifying SERVPRO of Carrollton as the dedicated property damage cleanup and restoration company. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, a SERVPRO crew of IICRC-certified technicians arrive on the scene in about an hour or so. The best equipment, state-of-the-art technology, and advanced cleaning techniques come together to tackle the worst disaster.
To learn more about Plano, TX, flood restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by calling (972) 446-0383 or emailing office@SERVPRO10952.com.
Causes of winter flooding and how to steer clear of flood damage
Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Carrollton provides flood restoration services after winter flooding damages Plano, TX, homes, and businesses.
Homeowners and property managers need to be aware of flood risks, as well as how to prepare for flooding and how to secure flood restoration services. Flooding is often associated with creeks, rivers, and lakes overflowing their banks in the early spring. Late summer and early fall bring to mind tropical storms pummeling the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The idea that flooding is limited to early spring or late summer, and early fall is a misconception. Flooding is a year-round risk, including the wintertime. Winter has its share of severe weather. Heavy snowfall, fast snowmelt, and extended periods of rainfall can produce winter flooding, and these cold-weather floods create serious risk hazards for property and lives. In February of 2021, much of Texas was blasted with record-low temperatures, ice, and snow that left a large area of the state without electricity when the power grid failed.
What causes winter flooding?
In the past, North Texas has experienced a wide range of rainfall during the winter months. In 1944, no precipitation was recorded during the month of January. In contrast, 7.35 inches of rain fell in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in January 2012. Occasionally, the area will have strong thunderstorms during the winter months.
Sudden thaws of heavy snow and ice can cause severe flooding in the North, Midwest, and some Southern states that are downriver of the thaw. Residents in these regions of the US must keep abreast of weather patterns and rainfall to stay safe when the floodwaters finally reach their communities. North Dallas usually receives several inches of snow each year, but the snow melts very quickly, causing only minor issues. However, the snow and deep freeze event of 2021 is a reminder that vigilance is the best policy.
How to avoid flood damage
The conditions causing flooding are sometimes enormous in scope, making flooding inevitable. However, homeowners can take steps to protect against flooding. With the changing seasons from fall to winter, inspect the areas of the home listed below. Inspection and repairs help protect the property during periods of snow, ice, and heavy rainfall.
- Inspect and correct drainage around the foundation of the home.
- Inspect the area around the foundation for potential drainage issues.
- Clean out debris from gutters several times a year, especially during periods of heavy leaf loss during the fall and after heavy winds and rainfall. A severe thunderstorm can choke gutters with leaves, pine needles, and sticks. Downspouts should extend a minimum of two to three feet beyond the side of the home. The ground should slope away from the foundation at least one inch per foot for six to ten feet to prevent water from pooling next to the foundation or flooding the basement or crawl space through the window wells.
Check the sewer backup valve
Winter is the wettest time of the year for some regions of the country. Extended periods of rainfall or a quick thaw can overwhelm the municipal sewer system. The result is a sewage backup in the home. Prevent sewage backup by installing a backflow preventer valve in the sewer line, and inspect the valve once a year to ensure the device is functioning properly.
Test the sump pump system
A sump pump keeps the basement and crawl space from becoming swamps during periods of heavy rain or excessive snow melt. Every sump pump should have a battery-powered backup system if the power goes out. Keep the sump area cleaned out. Check the system by pouring several gallons of water into the collection area. The pump should fire right up and evacuate the water from the sump.
Keep an eye on the basement walls
Make a habit of inspecting basement walls regularly. Seal all cracks on the interior walls. This measure will help prevent water from seeping through the walls. Consider waterproofing the exterior foundation with a waterproof sealant approved for that application.
Bonus tip: Pre-qualify SERVPRO as the dedicated water damage, flood damage, and storm damage cleanup and restoration company. A team can be on the scene in about an hour to begin the quick cleanup and rapid response. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, the professionals at SERVPRO utilize industry-leading equipment, cutting-edge technologies, and the most advanced cleaning techniques. All cleaning products are EPA-approved. The team will sanitize and deodorize the home.
Contact SERVPRO of Carrollton to learn more about flood restoration services in Carriage Hill, Plano, TX. The team can be reached by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com.
Frozen pipes and winter storms: How to avoid water damage caused by pipes freezing
Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Carrollton warns Carrollton, TX, homeowners that water pipes can freeze during a cold snap and urges homeowners to take measures to prevent their pipes from freezing.
The team at SERVPRO of Carrollton provides flood restoration services for homeowners and businesses that have suffered flood and water damage. In recent years, some of the worst water damage in the Dallas/Fort Worth area occurred from frozen pipes that burst and not from storm damage. To help avoid the disaster that hit North Texas in February of 2021, SERVPRO of Carrollton shares tips to prevent frozen pipes from a cold snap. The best time to take steps to prevent flood damage from frozen pipes is when the weather is mild and the threat of burst pipes is low.
Relationship between lower temperatures and higher risk of frozen pipes
The experts at Consumer Reports explain the relationship between low temperatures and the elevated risk factor, writing, “When temperatures plummet, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting skyrockets. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage—easily $5,000 or more, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.”
Pipes in unheated spaces, such as the garage, attic, or basement, are most vulnerable to freezing. Fortunately, homeowners can take simple steps to prevent pipe freezing and eventual pipe failure. Below are tips to help homeowners avoid frozen pipes during a cold snap.
Tip #1. Insulate vulnerable water pipes
Pipe insulation is very affordable, costing about fifty cents per foot at the local home improvement store. Installation is simple, easy, and quick if crawling under the house is not a traumatic experience. The inconvenience of waterlogged carpet, the loss of keepsakes, and the cost of deductible far outweigh the inconvenience and expense of insulating exposed pipes or pipes running through the attic or exterior walls. Do not leave space or gaps between the segments of insulation. Although an adhesive strip is designed into most foam tube insulation, use durable, high-quality duct tape, electrical tape, or zip ties to keep the insulation in place and snugly closed around the pipes. Exposed pipes are a water damage disaster waiting to happen. The first and best step to preventing water damage from burst pipes is to make sure vulnerable pipes are properly and adequately insulated.
Bonus tip: Be aware of the “temperature alert threshold.”
The “temperature alert threshold” is the point at which a cold snap becomes a danger to exposed pipes or pipes that run through an uninsulated space such as an exterior wall or the crawl space. This threshold is 20 degrees Fahrenheit. If the forecast is for temperatures in the low twenties, it is time to prepare to prevent frozen pipes proactively. Hopefully, all necessary insulating was completed long before the threat of a deep freeze such as occurred in 2021.
If the temperature alert threshold is reached, the goal is to keep pipes warm, and the water running. This strategy seems counterintuitive to the conservation of water and energy. However, if pipes burst and a water damage disaster occurs, the time, effort, money, resources, and energy required for the cleanup and restoration project far outweigh the use of water and the extra electricity to keep pipes warm and the water running.
Tip #2. Close the garage doors to prevent heat loss from the house
Wind swirling through the garage allows heat loss. Often, the attic area above the garage is insufficiently insulated or not insulated at all. The heat transfer can put a strain on the heating system in the home. If the laundry room is in the garage, then the exposed supply lines to the washing machine are susceptible to freezing. Also, the water retained in the water pump of the washing machine can escape and ruin the unit. Keep the laundry room warm, and make sure that all exposed pipes in the garage or the attic above the garage are insulated.
Tip #3. Open cabinet doors in the bathroom and kitchen
This simple technique allows heat from the home to circulate under sinks and cabinets, keeping faucet supply lines warm and flowing.
Tip #4. Turn on the cold water until it drips from a faucet that is supplied by exposed pipes
Five drops a second, almost a trickle, will keep the water flowing. If temperatures drop far below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it might be necessary to increase the flow. One to two gallons an hour down the drain is much more efficient than 7 gallons per minute on the floor which is what a burst supply line emits.
Tip #5. Maintain a constant temperature in the home
Keep the home warm throughout the day, evening, and morning to prevent pipes from freezing. The house will retain some heat, lessening the load on the HVAC system, the fireplace, or the wood stove.
Bonus tip: Inspect the attic, basement, and crawl space for consistency in insulation. Where needed, increase the insulation to keep in the heat and keep out the cold. The extra insulation will also help keep summer cooling bills under control.
In case flood restoration services are needed because of a burst pipe, the team at SERVPRO of Carrollton is available 24/7, 365 days a year. A team can be onsite in about an hour. The customer will receive an estimate with detailed documentation, including images and video. The staff at SERVPRO of Carrollton can handle the insurance claims process from end to end.
To learn more about flooding and water damage cleanup services for homeowners and business owners in Richardson, TX, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by calling (972) 446-0383 or emailing office@SERVPRO10952.com.
Factors to consider when dealing with flood damage at a fitness center
Blog Summary: SERVPRO® of Carrollton highlights information that helps gym and fitness center owners to be better prepared for a potential flood damage disaster.
When a flood damage disaster occurs at a gym or fitness center in Carrollton, TX, water and flood damage restoration services are needed to make the facility operational again. The COVID pandemic caused many gyms across the country to experience a decline in gym memberships as Americans sought to social distance and protect themselves from exposure to the coronavirus. In contrast, the online fitness industry experienced rapid growth.
Brick-and-mortar fitness locations are continuing to recover from the effects of the pandemic. According to fitness industry statistics, “In 2020, revenue dropped drastically due to the pandemic, social distancing, and the rise in online fitness programs. We saw in 2021 that the revenue for gym memberships rebounded and was on the rise again. The fitness industry revenue declined by 32.45% in 2020 but rebounded to 0.55% pre-pandemic levels at the end of 2021. The health industry that was hit the hardest during 2020-2021 were gyms and health centers. Even at the end of 2021, they were still down 22.5% from their revenue levels in 2019.”
For a gym that struggled to keep its doors open during the pandemic, a water damage disaster could be the unfortunate event that shutters the business permanently. Knowledge is key when preparing for a water damage disaster. By understanding the causes and effects of a water intrusion, as well as the insurance and restoration options available, business owners can put themselves in a better position to respond to and recover from water damage.
Causes of water damage at a gym or fitness center
At gyms and fitness centers, as well as other commercial facilities, water damage commonly occurs for the following reasons:
- Cracked or burst pipes
- Malfunctioning sprinkler system
- Toilet overflow
- Roof damage
- Window seal issues
- Leaking HVAC system
- Storm-related flooding
Of these sources of water intrusion, some are more powerful and destructive than others. Whatever the cause, water damage over a short or long period of time can ruin gym equipment and compromise the structure of the building. Also, a mold infestation may develop if the water intrusion is not remediated and restored promptly.
Water damage to electrical gym equipment
Some of the workout machines common to many gyms and fitness centers may include electrical components that could be damaged by water. This equipment includes:
- Elliptical machines
- Rowing machines
- Stationary bikes
- Stair stepper machines
In addition, computers, payment processing machines, and television screens are other examples of electronic equipment that are vulnerable to water damage. If the equipment is to be salvaged, the business owner will need to secure the services of a water damage restoration company skilled in electronics restoration. By acting quickly to remediate the damage, restoration technicians may be able to restore the equipment to its original working order.
Insurance coverage for water-damaged gyms
An insurance claim payout helps alleviate the strain of lost income and gives the gym owner a path forward. Sufficient insurance coverage can mitigate losses in several scenarios, including the following:
- Property is damaged by a water intrusion.
- The facility has to be temporarily closed while repairs are being made.
- Gym property is stolen by thieves during the temporary closure.
- The business is forced to permanently shut down due to catastrophic damage.
Standard protections against water damage typically do not include flooding caused by severe weather and natural disasters. The fitness owner may also need to purchase additional flood insurance if the business is located in a flood zone.
Choosing a water damage restoration service provider
When searching for a restoration provider, choose a full-service damage restoration company with experience and proficiency in commercial damage restoration. A commercial water damage disaster is a complex situation and can involve a myriad of complicating factors, including:
- Water damage
- Mold damage
- Electrical damage
- Structural damage
- Content damage
At SERVPRO® of Carrollton, the team of commercial damage restoration experts delivers a rapid response and a fast, thorough restoration process that minimizes the economic impact of a temporary shutdown. The staff understands that dealing with the insurance company is a difficult task, especially in the aftermath of water damage, so SERVPRO of Carrollton handles the insurance claims process in order to reduce stress for the owner of the fitness center.
For more information about commercial flood damage restoration for Carrollton, TX, gyms, fitness centers, and other commercial establishments, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com or by phone at (972) 446-0383.
Top Three Flood Recovery Tips for Business Owners
SERVPRO of Carrollton in Far North Dallas provides three tips to help business owners recover from commercial flooding and storm damage.
Flooding and storm damage can severely cripple businesses. Treacherous storms and overflowing water can overwhelm a commercial property in a matter of minutes, causing extensive damage that can bring a business to a screeching halt.
The water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Carrollton and Bent Tree put together a brief guide to teach business owners how to recover from flood damage so they can get back on their feet.
SERVPRO is one of Texas’ leading restoration companies. The team specializes in residential and commercial restoration that helps property owners recover from fires, water damage, mold outbreaks, and more.
No matter how big or small the remediation project is, SERVPRO has the experience and expertise to get the job done.
Three flood recovery tips every business owner should know
1. Prioritize safety
Flood water is often exceedingly unsanitary and can adversely affect a person’s health. It contains numerous pollutants and leaves behind potentially hazardous contaminants once it recedes. Flood water can also contain sewage that requires professional water removal from an experienced team with advanced tools and disinfectants.
The best way business owners can protect themselves from toxic water is to stay away from flooded areas. However, if flood water becomes unavoidable, wearing protective gear like masks, gloves, and long clothing can decrease the dangers and shield them from potentially hazardous contaminants. After coming into contact with flood water, take a shower and discard tainted clothes immediately.
2. Document the damage
Documenting storm damage and flood water will help business owners file an insurance claim. Taking multiple pictures and videos of damaged structures, ruined inventory, and destroyed equipment will make the insurance claim process smoother and less stressful.
Backing up the documentation is also essential to create a detailed record of the incident in case the insurance company needs more verification. Uploading the pictures and videos to cloud storage is the safest way to store the documentation for future use.
3. Hire a professional restoration service as soon as possible
Business owners must contact a professional restoration company as soon as their building becomes unsafe to occupy. Water can quickly take hold of a property and cause significant structural damage while forming hazardous mold colonies throughout the establishment. Restoration experts understand how to combat flooding safely and utilize advanced equipment that most business owners don’t have.
SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree has vast experience in restoring commercial properties and can handle any restoration project quickly and efficiently. The experienced team can make flooded buildings as good as new again at reasonable prices.
Contact SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree for High-quality Storm Damage Restoration and Flooding Services
SERVPRO of Carrollton is Texas’ number one choice for professional storm damage restoration and flood restoration services. The team handles the entire restoration process from start to finish, giving business owners peace of mind in their time of need.
From flooding to fire damage and everything in between, no job is too big or too small for the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree.
Contact our team at (972) 446-0383 and receive top-notch storm damage restoration services today!
Facts and Statistics about Thunderstorms and Storm Damage
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton highlights storm damage statistics that help people understand the dangers that arise from thunderstorms.
The team of storm damage cleanup and restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Carrollton urges everyone to be aware of the hazards associated with a severe thunderstorm and the damage and personal injury it can inflict.
The power of knowledge to shape behavior
A thunderstorm is a microcell of dynamic weather energy that can leave a wake of devastation in its path. A stalled thunderstorm can flood a small area with many inches of rain. If the storm spawns tornadoes, the impact could be lethal. A realization of the threat posed by a thunderstorm can be a strong motivating factor to respect the storm and take the necessary precautions when turbulent weather approaches.
The knowledge of power: The threat hazard of a thunderstorm
Almost 1,800 thunderstorms are active at the same time in different places around the world, for an annual total of about 16 million storms. The US experiences 100,000 thunderstorms each year. Only about 10,000 of these storms are considered to be severe. To be rated as “severe,” a thunderstorm must have the following characteristics:
- generates winds of 58 mph or greater
- produces ¾-inch hail or larger
- may spin off tornadoes or tornadic activity
What it takes to make a thunderstorm
Three elements need to converge for a “thunder boomer” to form:
- moisture in the lower levels of the atmosphere
- unstable air caused by cold air circulating over warmer air
- a source of lift such as a colder air mass or an outflow of cold air from a nearby cluster of thunderstorms
Thunderstorm hazard: Lightning
Always keep in mind that every thunderstorm has the capacity to be dangerous because of the presence of lightning. The majority of lightning events travel from cloud to cloud. Cloud-to-ground strikes are the ones that kill over 90 people a year in the US.
The meteorologists at Weather.gov explain the formation of lightning: “Lightning is caused by the action of rising and descending air within a thunderstorm that separates positive and negative charges. Water and ice particles in the thunderstorm also affect the distribution of electrical charge. Lightning results from the buildup and discharge of electrical energy between positively and negatively charged areas. The average lightning strike has enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 3 months. The air near a lightning strike is heated to near 50,000 F, hotter than the surface of the sun. The rapid heating and cooling of the air near the lightning channel causes a shock/sound wave that results in thunder. Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors.”
Thunderstorm hazard: Flash flooding
The top danger hazard from a thunderstorm is not lighting but flash flooding. About 140 victims perish in flash flooding events from thunderstorms yearly in the United States. A band of severe thunderstorms or a stalled thunderstorm can dump enough rain to flood streets, yards, and homes in minutes. Roads are blocked by water and debris. Bridges and roads can be washed out, creating hazardous traveling conditions for motorists fleeing flooded areas. Never drive across an area of the road that has been flooded. Avoid bridges over streams and rivers swollen with flood waters.
Thunderstorm hazard: Large hail
Hail that is one or more inches in diameter is designated as “large.” Hail this size can cause serious property damage, about $1 billion annually. A severe hailstorm can damage shingles, dent shutters and roof vents, crack siding, shatter windows and windshields, ruin the exterior of a vehicle, damage landscape plants, and exfoliate trees. Lawn furniture, sheds, and power equipment can take a beating. The impact from a large hailstone traveling in excess of 100 mph can inflict personal injury.
Thunderstorm hazard: Straight-line winds and tornadoes
Straight-line winds cause most of the wind damage associated with thunderstorms. Downbursts with winds in excess of 100mph cause damage patterns similar to a tornado.
Tornadoes, sometimes with windspeeds of 300mph, are the most hazardous aspect of severe thunderstorms. Annually, eighty deaths and 1,500 injuries result from tornadoes.
Thunderstorm hazards present a real danger. The key to weathering the storm is to plan and prepare. An Emergency Ready Plan with food, water, flashlights, many batteries, basic first aid supplies, and two NOAA weather radios provide a good foundation for the Emergency Ready Plan.
When severe weather causes devastating storm damage, the SERVPRO® team is available 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays, to provide cleanup and restoration services. Do not wait until after a disaster; instead, prequalify SERVPRO of Carrollton before a storm strikes.
For more information about storm damage restoration in Farmers Branch, TX, and nearby areas, call SERVPRO of Carrollton at (972) 446-0383 or email office@SERVPRO10952.com.
The effects a Storm on your home.
Storm and water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO® understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.
SERVPRO specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We'll pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:
- A quicker remodeling process
- Protecting items from potential damage
- Protecting contents from further on-site damage
When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.
How a Knowledge of Flood Zone Mapping Helps Homeowners Prepare for Flood Damage
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton explains flood zones to help homeowners prepare for flooding due to storms.
SERVPRO® of Carrollton is a leading provider of flood restoration services for Carrollton, TX, and surrounding communities. With years of experience and the combined efforts of other franchise members, SERVPRO can scale immediately to handle any size disaster, including widespread flood damage.
Below are three steps to ensure a home or business is ready when disaster strikes:
Step #1. Know if the structure is in a flood zone.
Step #2. Prepare for the disaster with an Emergency Readiness Plan.
Step #3. Implement a safe response to the disaster when the waters are rising.
The first and most crucial aspect of flood damage preparation is assessing the degree of actual risk. Preparation in a low-risk flood zone will be much less involved than preparation in a high-risk zone.
When assessing the flood damage risk hazard, two main questions must be answered:
- Is the structure in a flood zone?
- If so, what are the risk hazards in the flood zone?
Understanding flood zones
Every structure is in a flood zone, but risk levels range from low to moderate to high. Flood zones, which are areas of land designated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), are each assigned a specific flood risk. Designation as a specific flood zone is not haphazard; the assignment is based on careful research and analysis. It is imperative for homeowners or business owners to know the flood zone in which their property is located. A full understanding of the risk hazard will have a profound impact on the Emergency Readiness Plan, the survival plan, the response strategy when the waters are rising, and the recovery protocol. Preparation, response, and recovery are crucial components in mitigating the risk.
Finding a flood zone
Homeowners and businesses can search for their flood zone using the FEMA Flood Map Service Center. Type in an address, location, or specific coordinates in the search engine and click on "search." The results will open on a new page with various options to further drill down into the data.
How flood risks are determined
FEMA conducts a Flood Insurance Study to ascertain the flood risk for a designated area. Statistical data from the following items go into this analysis:
- river flow
- storm tides
- hydrologic and hydraulic analyses
- rainfall and topographic surveys
From this mountain of data, flood hazard maps are generated for communities throughout the United States. Location in a floodplain and frequent exposure to strong coastal storms or monsoons constitute high-risk areas. Communities that are located away from the coastal regions or that are at high altitudes may be rated at minimal risk for flooding.
Why flood zone mapping is crucial for preparation, response, and recovery
- Flood zone mapping is indispensable for determining what flood insurance is needed to cover the related risk.
- Flood zone mapping comes into play when purchasing a property. If a piece of real estate is located in a floodplain and is at high risk of flood damage, the selling price should reflect the extreme risk hazard. The cost of flood insurance may drive the expense of owning the property astronomically high. ROI may be impossible to recoup. A series of floods may also render the property impossible to sell at any price.
- If the home is known to be in a high-risk area for flooding, readiness at all times is the key to survival. When severe flooding strikes a community, travel can be impossible. Life in a high-risk zone necessitates the identification of multiple evacuation routes in case a bridge or road washes out. A shelter-in-place strategy is in order if only minutes are available to respond in a real-life scenario when flood waters are raging downstream or down a mountainside.
Power and water may be offline for days or weeks. Potable water may be unobtainable for days unless stockpiles are in place to sustain the members of the household for an extended period of time. A generator, stored fuel, stockpiles of food, ample medical supplies, and medications, several field water filters, a large reserve of batteries, a solar-powered charger, and multiple cell phones will be essential items. Living in a high-risk flood zone means living with the inevitable. This realization impacts the items stockpiled, the stockpile location, quantities, storage methods, and quality of food stores.
When the waters recede
Recovery is a crucial third phase of the Emergency Readiness Plan. The time to choose a property damage restoration company to deal with the mud, debris, water, structural damage, and mold is before disaster strikes. By working with SERVPRO of Carrollton, homeowners and businesses have access to decades of training, expertise, and experience in the cleanup and restoration of flood damage and storm damage disasters.
Contact SERVPRO of Carrollton to learn more about flood damage restoration in and around Farmers Branch, TX. The office can be reached by calling (972) 446-0383 or by emailing office@SERVPRO10952.com
Tips to Stay Safe during a Power Outage Caused by Storm Damage
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton offers four tips to help Richardson, TX, homeowners stay safe during a power outage.
SERVPRO of Carrollton provides flood damage restoration services to assist homeowners, businesses, and property managers with cleanup and recovery. During a flood damage disaster, water damage, structural destruction, and mold infestation are not the only hazards victims face. During severe weather, power outages can occur. SERVPRO of Carrollton highlights safety practices that can avoid personal injury and help keep everyone safe.
Staying Out of Danger When Severe Weather Causes a Power Outage
Thunderstorms, hail, high winds, tornadoes, tropical storms, and hurricanes are a part of life in Northeast Texas and the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area. Widespread power grid failures due to extreme cold are also possible, as was experienced in February of 2021. Severe weather conditions in any season of the year can cause a power outage. The inability to regulate the home’s temperature during an extended power outage creates real and potential safety hazards in the house. Families turn to alternative power sources to stay comfortable, keep the lights on, cook, and charge devices. Generators are fired up, and during a cold snap, so are grills, firepits, cook stoves, seldom-used fireplaces, and the old-fashioned campfire in the backyard. Personal safety depends upon a keen awareness of the risks associated with each alternative and the hazards they present. Preparation, vigilance, caution, and a ready response when something goes wrong can saves lives and avoid or minimize property damage. Listed below are some tips to stay safe and out of danger when the power is out.
Tip #1: Light up the darkness
Darkness is dangerous. Difficulty seeing increases the risk of slips, trips, and falls. Flashlights and other forms of battery-powered lighting should be stored in accessible locations throughout the home. Replace the batteries in these devices annually. An ample supply of fresh batteries should be stockpiled. LED technology has greatly improved flashlight technology. A traditional flashlight may have lasted only a couple of hours. Depending on the type of LED flashlight, the burn time on high can be from 1.5 to 7 hours. On low, an LED flashlight may yield light for up to 50 hours, far exceeding the capacity of a traditional flashlight. Remove traditional flashlights from circulation and replace them with LED. The LED devices are smaller, brighter, longer-lasting, shock-resistant, water-resistant, and more affordable than ever.
Candles may have sentimental value and create an ambiance that eases the anxiety arising from a power outage. However, as an emergency light source, candles are a leading cause of house fires. Candles are responsible for approximately 15,600 home and apartment fires, resulting in 1,270 injuries and 150 deaths. Property damage is nearly $540 million. The majority of candle fires are caused when a lit candle ignites nearby combustible material. Many of these tragic fires can be prevented simply by not using candles for illumination during a power outage.
Tip #2: Exercise caution when operating a portable generator
After the widespread power outage in February of 2021, the sales of power generators are skyrocketing as homeowners and businesses are taking measures to be prepared for future power outages. Safety is crucial when operating a generator powered by gasoline, natural gas, or diesel.
- Location: Operate a generator outside on solid ground. Keep the generator away from doors, windows, and vents to avoid exposure to carbon monoxide fumes.
- Environment: Keep the generator in a dry place, preferably under a canopy-like structure open on all sides.
- Electrical safety: Keep hands dry at all times when touching the unit. Plug appliances directly into the generator. Only use a heavy-duty outdoor-rated extension cord. Never connect the generator to the home’s wiring.
- Fueling: Shut off the unit and let it cool before refueling. Store fuel in a secure outdoor location at least fifty feet from any structure. The non-glass fuel container should be clearly labeled.
- Operation: Do not overload the generator. Check to make sure that any connected appliances are turned off prior to starting the generator. A generator is a short-term solution. Avoid prolonged operation. Allow the unit to have intermittent rest periods.
Tip #3: Take precautions for food safety
Both refrigerators and freezers are well-insulated and do not need a constant flow of electricity to keep contents cool or frozen. However, the fridge needs to keep an internal temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and the appliance needs one hour of power for every four hours without power. A full freezer can keep food safely frozen for 48 hours if the unit is not opened. A half-full freezer will keep the contents frozen for 24 hours. Monitor the internal temperature, which should be kept at 40 degrees or below.
Tip #4: Practice general power outage safety
If a downed powerline is in the yard or road, assume the wire is “hot” with electricity. Do not touch anything that is in contact with the wires. If the wires are submerged in a pool of water, do not go near the water. Call 911 or the utility company to inform emergency personnel of the danger. Basements are rare in North Texas for geological reasons. In any case, never wade into a flooded basement. The power could come back without any notice. A neighbor’s generator could be feeding electrical current into the local grid, electrifying the basement flood waters.
Avoid injuries during cleanup after severe weather by wearing protective gear such as long sleeves, gloves, sturdy shoes or boots, a mask or respirator, and safety glasses or goggles.
Trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Carrollton when flood damage restoration services are needed for a home or business. The team responds rapidly to provide a quick cleanup and restoration 24/7, 365 days a year, including holidays.
To learn more about storm damage restoration in Richardson, TX, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by calling (972) 446-0383 or by emailing office@SERVPRO10952.com
Important Hurricane Terms to Know to Prepare for Storm, Wind, and Water Damage
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton outlines common hurricane terminology that Farmers Branch, TX, residents need to be familiar with during the 2022 storm season.
SERVPRO of Carrollton wants homeowners and businesses to understand that when a storm or flood causes water damage, mold cleanup is crucial to prevent further structural damage and to maintain a safe, healthy environment in the home or business. The 2022 hurricane season will very likely bring storm, water, and flood damage to many communities across the United States. Knowledge of the terminology used by meteorologists and emergency personnel can help homeowners and businesses in the Farmers Branch, TX, area prepare for an approaching storm.
Hurricane Terminology: A Helpful Resource for Preparing for Severe Weather
June 1 through November 30 marks the boundaries of the Atlantic hurricane season. From the Gulf Coast of Texas to the Eastern seaboard, the scientists of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are studying a variety of observational and measurement instruments and looking for signs of tropical storms, tropical depressions, and hurricanes. Long before a hurricane makes landfall with its devastating winds, destructive storm surge, and torrential rains, tens of millions of people in its potentially deadly path have been made aware of the situation, advised to take appropriate safety measures, and warned of the impending dangers.
An understanding of weather and storm terminology is crucial for preparation, safety, and survival. The list below includes some of the most common terms used by the weather experts at NOAA and local emergency and rescue personnel. One of the best ways to stay informed is to invest in at least two weather band radios, each with multiple power sources, including electricity, batteries, solar power, and a hand crank generator.
A cyclone is a meteorological term describing a large air mass rotating around a strong center of low atmospheric pressure. A cyclone spins counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise below the equator. The word “cyclone” originates from the Greek word kukloma, which refers to a wheel or a coiled snake, and the Greek root of the word is kuklos, meaning circle or ring. Fittingly, the distinguishing feature of a cyclone is the rotation of air mass.
When a weather system captures the attention of a tropical cyclone forecast center, i.e., a research station, the center will “invest” its resources in collecting specialized information that will aid in forecasting the path and strength of the weather event.
#3. Tropical depression
The general public often misunderstands the difference between a tropical depression and other weather systems, particularly a tropical storm. A tropical depression is a cyclone (rotating weather system) with maximum sustained surface wind speeds of 38 mph or less.
#4. Tropical storm
Tropical storms have maximum sustained surface wind speeds ranging from 39 mph to 73 mph. The magnitude of this type of cyclone is intense and can cause widespread damage.
A hurricane is a rotating air mass with a clearly defined eye or vortex. The maximum sustained surface wind speed is 74 mph or greater.
An understanding of the five categories of hurricanes provides insight into the intensity of the storm when it makes landfall.
Category 1: 74-95 mph
Category 2: 96-110 mph
Category 3: 111-129 mph
Category 4: 130-156 mph
Category 5: 157 mph or higher
Category 3 or higher cyclones are considered major hurricanes. Category 4 and Category 5 hurricanes cause massive property damage and devastation. Loss of life may be high, such as the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900, which took an estimated 8,000 lives. In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina, with sustained wind speeds of 175 mph, slammed into New Orleans, leaving over 1,800 deaths in its wake.
A hurricane makes landfall when the storm’s eye or center impacts the coastline. However, the effects of the storm may be felt long before the center intersects the coastline.
#7. Storm surge
Storm surge refers to the rise in sea level caused by a hurricane and often causes massive flooding along the coastline. Hurricane Harvey recorded a storm surge of 8.4 feet, while Hurricane Ike topped out at 12.79 feet. Hurricane Katrina produced a storm surge of 27.8 feet. This nearly 30-foot wall of water explains the massive devastation and loss of life caused by the storm. A misconception about the destructive power of storm surge flooding can be catastrophic and life-threatening. For example, a structure may survive 111 mph winds from a Category 3 hurricane but be demolished by the storm surge.
#8. Hurricane watch
This weather bulletin announces the possibility of sustained winds of 74 mph or higher. The NWS issues the announcement 48 hours in advance to give people living in the affected areas time to prepare or evacuate.
#9. Hurricane warning
This weather bulletin announces that sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected. A warning refers to an actual danger level rather than a potential one. The NWS issues the alert 36 hours in advance of the high winds, and the warning may stay in effect if a dangerous storm surge is forecast, even if wind speeds drop below 74 mph.
Do not wait for the National Weather Service to issue a hurricane warning to begin preparation for storm damage recovery. Call today to pre-qualify SERVPRO of Carrollton while the skies are clear and the winds are calm.
To learn more about water damage cleanup for storm-damaged homes and businesses in Farmers Branch, TX, call SERVPRO of Carrollton at (972) 446-0383. The office can also be contacted by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com
Getting your home back together after a Storm- We can help!
Restoring Your Life After Storm Damage
From flood damage and a wet basement, to roof repair from a hail storm, our team of water restoration specialists are ready to respond for your storm damage restoration anywhere around Dallas. Contact us immediately, before the water damage gets worse and mold begins to set in. Within just a few minutes, one of our certified IICRC Water Restoration Technicians will start the process of restoring your home or business better than it was before.
We offer comprehensive storm damage restoration, water removal and cleanup, and mold remediation with these additional services:
- 24/7 emergency services
- Emergency board-up
- Roof repair and replacement
- Siding damage repair
- Window board-up and replacement
- Interior cleanup and restoration
- Structural stabilization
- Water Damage Repair
- Tree removal
- Contents Storage
- Pack out and Pack back Services
Hurricane Season Flood Prevention Tips to Help Richardson, TX, Residents Minimize Property Damage
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton shares flood prevention tips to enable homeowners and businesses to safely weather the upcoming hurricane season in the North Dallas area.
Flood restoration services are critical during hurricane season. Each year flooding causes severe damage to many homes and businesses across the U.S. Much of the damage occurs from hurricanes and related flooding.
From June through November, Carrollton, TX, has the potential to experience severe weather and heavy rains from tropical storms and hurricanes. Flooding can occur almost without warning, especially when a band of thunderstorms, a tropical storm, or the remnants of a hurricane stall out over a large area, dumping many inches of rain in just a short period of time. The key to overcoming the challenges presented by the severe weather is adequate preparation, a safety-conscious response, and a rapid cleanup and restoration.
Preventative steps can help protect homes and businesses from the ravages of a hurricane or other severe weather. Listed below are several tips to help reduce storm and flood damage. These tips focus on preparation before flooding strikes and what to do once the storm and flooding have passed.
Flood Prevention Tips for Hurricane Season
Tip: Prepare the outside of the home or business for the upcoming severe weather.
Severe weather involves several elements: wind, hail, heavy rain, sustained heavy rain, wind-driven rain, lightning, and flooding. The flooding may inundate an entire neighborhood or section of town, or floods may be very localized, involving one or two homes in a subdivision or cul-de-sac.
- Relocate outdoor machinery or equipment that might be affected by flooding. Tractors, lawnmowers, tillers, or equipment used in a business such as trenchers, skid steers, or excavators should be moved to higher ground. A shed next to a creek or stream is vulnerable to flood damage, so remove valuable equipment, tools, or belongings that might be damaged or lost should the structure be swept away in a flood. Electric or battery-powered outdoor garden tillers, weed trimmers, mowers, and shearers are water and moisture sensitive. Make sure these items are kept dry and safe from rising water.
- Secure or relocate outdoor furniture. Thankfully, Carrollton’s location protects it from the full brunt of the effects of a hurricane. However, the area is no stranger to hurricanes and occasionally receives a pounding. In 2015, Hurricane Bill had winds approaching 60 mph. Chantal (1989) blew through Carrollton with winds approaching 80 mph. Alicia (1983) had winds over 100mph. Lawn furniture, garbage cans, recreational equipment (trampoline), and small sheds can become damage-causing projectiles when swept up by strong winds.
- Businesses should reinforce anchors and bracing holding signs. If there is any concern, dismantle or relocate the signs. A broken storefront window could allow extensive wind-driven rain damage.
- If time and resources permit, install floodgates and sandbags to prevent flooding. Board up windows and doors. Where possible, apply emergency tarping to prevent water seepage. These dry flood protection measures can be very effective at preventing or reducing flooding.
Tip: Protect the interior of the home or business from flooding from a hurricane or tropical storm.
Flood damage can have a cascade of consequences. Pre-emptive measures can prevent this domino effect from occurring.
- Shut off the electricity to outlets and circuits that could be affected by rising water. Electronics and water do not mix. Go the extra mile to ensure computers, printers, laptops, monitors, circuit panels, control panels, and other electrical interfaces are well-protected.
- Relocate furniture, personal belongings, equipment, electronics, and other valuables to an upper story or the high end of the home or business. Some items might need to be moved off-premises to ensure protection and safety.
- Doormats, area rugs, and runners should be rolled up and removed from the floor to prevent mold and mildew should the items become wet.
Tip: Before beginning any post-flood cleanup, address insurance claim concerns.
Contact the insurance agency handling the claim. Special instructions may apply to the situation. Document the damage with photos, video, and written notes, and do not move anything or throw any items away before the scene has been archived. If possible, store the images, video, and notes in the cloud.
A tip for recovering from hurricane damage: Choose a damage restoration company before the storm strikes.
Prequalifying a storm damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Carrollton, reduces stress and gives the homeowner a clear plan of action when a hurricane or severe weather damages the home. At SERVPRO of Carrolton, technicians utilize the best equipment, cutting-edge technology, advanced cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved products to clean and restore damaged properties. The team is trained and equipped to handle the entire cleanup and restoration project, including the insurance claim process. Upon arrival, a trained technician will inspect the site, assess the damage, and present the customer with a detailed estimate.
To learn more about Richardson, TX, flood restoration services, call SERVPRO of Carrollton at (972) 446-0383. The office can also be contacted by emailing office@SERVPRO10952.com
How do I inspect my home for damage after a storm?
The storms have stopped and the wind is calm. Outside the skies begin to clear, revealing downed trees, misplaced outdoor furniture, and random pieces of debris. From your window, your property appears unharmed. But is it really? What about the roof? The windows? The new siding and gutters?
There's no telling what kind of property damage a storm can bring. Even if it appears your property survived the wicked winds, taking a walk around your home could reveal a hidden problem you might not have seen otherwise.
Here's a quick checklist of what you should look for, courtesy of the National Storm Damage Center:
1) Window Damage
Get up close and personal with your windows, checking for shattered glass, broken panes, or damaged frames. Look carefully for small holes or cracks in unsuspecting areas.
2) Roof Damage
Check for loose or cracked shingles. If you have an asphalt roof, unidentified dark spots could be storm damage. Determine if any debris is lodged under shingles, too.
3) Clogged Gutters
Heavy rains can down limbs, bringing with it leaves and small branches that can clutter your gutter. Check for fragments jammed along the gutter and in the downspout.
4) Exterior Damage
Siding can tear loose, paint can peel, and stucco can break free. Even brick can suffer the wrath of a bad storm. Take a walk around your home and check for any potential damage. Holes, breaks, and splitting are common side effects of a storm. Discoloration of siding or brick is another symptom.
Identifying any immediate damage can save you time and money, especially if the damage is excessive and requires a call to your insurance company. Waiting to repair your home can create more costly problems somewhere down the road.
If you suspect damage from the storm, give us a call and we can work with your insurance company if the damage in extensive.
Texas Weather can be Unpredictable.
If your home experiences a lightning-caused fire-
After any fire, your primary focus should be safety first. Here are a few tips from SERVPRO to keep you safe while you wait for fire remediation specialists to show up:
- Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
- Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
- If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
- Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
- Wash houseplants on both sides of the leaves.
- Change HVAC filter.
- Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.
Once the pros at SERVPRO of East Phoenix show up, recovery begins! We offer a range of effective restorative tactics, including debris removal and emergency board up or tarping by our construction division. Our licensed contractors can also oversee the reconstruction and renovation of your property once fire mitigation is complete. Our technicians focus on every damaging effect throughout your property from air quality concerns to soot, smoke residue, and odor removal. We offer comprehensive restoration to make the process more efficient and cost-effective for our customers.
If you experience a lightning strike, call SERVPRO
SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree is available 24/7 to help if you experience a home fire as a result of lightning. Our IICRC Certified technicians have years of experience and the training to handle any fire damage situation.
Call us at 972-446-0383 to help you recover from a lightning fire in your home. We’ll get you on the path of recovery as quickly as possible!
Storm Safety Tips to Help Farmers Branch, TX, Homeowners Weather Hurricane Season
Blog Summary: With the Atlantic hurricane season beginning on June 1, SERVPRO of Carrollton shares a guide to help homeowners in Farmers Branch, TX, prepare to meet the challenges presented by storm damage.
Flood damage cleanup from a hurricane or tropical storm can be a nightmare. Such was the case with Hurricane Harvey. The headline from September 22, 2017, in The Washington Post read, “60 inches of rain fell from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, shattering U.S. storm record.” The fierce Category 4 storm was one of the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history, taking 103 lives and doing $125 billion in property damage. An estimated 300,000 Texans were without electricity. Of the 204,000 homes that suffered flooding during one of the worst rain events in U.S. history, three-fourths were outside of the 100-year flood plain and did not have insurance coverage.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30, and during hurricane season, Texas, with its 300 miles of coastline in the Gulf of Mexico, is one of the prime targets of hurricanes. Since 1851, hurricanes have impacted the U.S. coastline on 301 occasions. Texas was in the path of 64 of these storms. Only one state has had to endure more hurricanes, and that state is Florida.
Homeowners need to set aside time to prepare before a hurricane is in the forecast. In the days before a storm’s arrival, the stores will be full of people, but the shelves will empty very quickly.
Preparation for a hurricane, tropical storm or other severe weather event involves three phases:
- Before the hurricane
- During the hurricane
- After the hurricane
Phase One: Before the storm
This phase includes many components and may be the most important of all the phases. Preparation in the face of an impending disaster is crucial for survival and recovery. Here are some vital elements that need to be a part of a preparation strategy.
- Assemble a waterproof container of emergency supplies.
Include non-perishable food items, water, portable water filtration devices, first aid and personal hygiene supplies, and bug spray. LED flashlights and lots of batteries are crucial. Darkness is the enemy in a natural disaster.
- Create a communication plan for the family.
Though the technology is dated, hand-held walkie-talkies are a vital means of communication if the power grid and internet fail.
- Subscribe to regional and local emergency storm alerts.
When preparing for severe weather, a weather band radio is a lifesaver.
- Assess the home’s immediate flood risk.
Check with county and municipal officials for the status of the property. Ask area residents about their experiences.
- Obtain flood insurance if the structure qualifies for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). A typical homeowners insurance policy does not cover flooding. Consult with an insurance agent to determine if the property is eligible for flood insurance and if a policy can be purchased to cover hurricane-related flooding.
A May 1, 2018, article on the FEMA website entitled “Don’t Wait: Buy Flood Insurance Today” points out an important factor to consider when purchasing flood insurance. The article states: “A flood insurance policy generally takes effect 30 days after purchase, and homeowners and renters insurance does not typically cover flood damage.”
- Plan multiple evacuation routes to accommodate a wide variety of possible scenarios. One evacuation route might include a protocol for fleeing the home on foot to nearby higher ground. This scenario would be a dire emergency. Remember, over 200,000 homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, and 75% of these homes were outside a high-risk area.
Other evacuation routes should take into consideration impassable roads, washed-out bridges, and traffic jams from fleeing residents. Have at least one route that involves no high-risk situations. The route may be out of the way, but it will be safe and passable in most situations.
- Pre-qualify a property damage restoration company so that when disaster strikes, only one call needs to be made to one service provider to have a team of water damage and storm damage cleanup and restoration professionals on the scene in one hour or less.
Phase Two: During the storm
- During the disaster event, closely follow weather alerts.
- Avoid areas that have experienced extensive storm damage. Visiting high-damage areas is unsafe and may be unlawful.
- Reach out for assistance. Dial 2-1-1 for information relating to shelter, food, and emergency services.
- Before the situation gets out of hand, take refuge in an approved emergency shelter. Make sure the roads are safe before venturing out into the storm.
Phase Three: After the storm
- Pay close attention to any special instructions received over the weather radio. Downed power lines, damaged roads and bridges, and debris in the roadway may pose a serious hazard.
- Wear personal protective gear when cleaning up flood debris inside and outside the home. Waterproof gloves and boots are recommended. When working with mold and mildew, add protective eyewear to the gear.
- Contact the storm damage restoration company that was pre-qualified well in advance of the hurricane. SERVPRO of Carrollton has the advantage of teaming up with over 1700 franchise partners when a large-scale disaster strikes an area. The team will inspect the home, assess the damage, and present a detailed and thoroughly documented estimate of the cleanup and restoration project.
For more details about storm damage cleanup in Farmers Branch, TX, call SERVPRO of Carrollton at (972) 446-0383. The office can also be contacted by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com
Check on your gutters and drains before the Spring rain hits!
Clogged gutters fail to keep a large amount of water away from your home. Maintain your gutters and should you have damage, call SERVPRO.
SERVPRO Technicians Remediate the Aftermath of a Storm as Well as Offer Prevention Tips
Storms can approach quickly in the Spring in Texas. The results can be quick and disastrous.
Once the downpour is over, the effects can be mild (soggy area rugs) to devastating (loss of walls and floors). SERVPRO is ready with a highly trained team of technicians and years of experience to restore each home to its original condition.
Since the rain strikes so quickly, it rapidly pools into any low area. It applies in particular to households in the pathway of the flood. As the water rises, carpets and floors become soaked. If it rises fast enough, drywall and other building materials are affected before the rain stops, and natural draining can begin to take place.
Saving our customers money and perhaps even the sight of their home under water is also why we offer an inspection to head off problems.
Some of the flood related problems are the result of poorly maintained rain gutters and home drain systems. By repairing these problems (or sometimes installing a new system) we can prevent small issues from becoming big problems.
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Winter Storms and Hail.
How Does Hail Damage Your Roof?
Hail can cause significant damage to the structural integrity of your home, no matter how sturdy your roof may seem. One of the most common types of hail damage is denting of aluminum and metal roofing.
A dented, misshapen roof is a malfunctioning roof. If you notice such damages to your metal roof after a hailstorm, it’s important to contact the experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton as soon as possible.
Asphalt shingle roofs can also be damaged by hail, but in the form of punctures, tears, fractures, and granular displacement. Repairing your asphalt shingle roof after hail damage is vital. Holes in the protective layers of your shingles could mean instantaneous or gradual leaks, which eventually lead to water damage.
Additionally, the granules on your asphalt shingles provide a protective layer from the sun, so when there is a loss of granules, the shingles are more susceptible to UV light degradation, eventually causing cracks, blisters, leaks, and more. A swift response to hail damage is crucial to the safety of your home and health.
How Does Storm and Flood Damage Affect a Home or Business over Time?
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton highlights the importance of dealing with water damage as quickly as possible to prevent long-term effects of storm damage on Carrollton, TX, homes.
SERVPRO of Carrollton provides water damage and flood restoration services to homes and businesses exposed to a constant barrage of natural forces that act in concert to cause structural damage. Severe weather brings high winds, heavy rain, hailstones the size of golf balls, and lightning. These elements take their toll on a structure. A stalled tropical storm can linger in a region for days, dumping torrential rain that eventually finds its way into a home. Even if there are no apparent water leaks, the high humidity moistens upholstery, furniture, flooring, clothing, leather goods, and items stored in the attic, elevating the risk of a mold infestation or mildew.
The modern home is a well-insulated and tightly sealed structure with numerous potential water intrusion points, but severe weather can compromise the structural integrity of a house, resulting in water leaks.
Potential water intrusion points
1. Damaged or displaced shingles
Shingle damage may not be recognizable to the untrained eye. However, lifted shingles and hail-damaged shingles can allow a water intrusion.
2. Roof vent leaks
If properly installed and maintained, roof vents will not leak. Improper installation vents may not leak under normal conditions. However, during periods of heavy rain and high winds, the shoddy installation may lead to roof leaks. Also, lax maintenance may allow the vent seal to become compromised and leak.
3. Chimney leaks
Chimneys require regular maintenance for both proper functioning and preventing water leaks. Brick and mortar chimneys are porous and can wick water into a home. The solution is to have a professional apply a sealant to the structure.
4. Clogged gutters
Severe weather can cause gutters to become clogged with leaves and sticks. Overflow from the gutters can damage soffits, or worse, leak into the attic. Wood rot and mold become serious issues.
5. Window and door leaks
Broken panes, aging caulking, wood rot, or damaged siding can allow water to leak around windows and doors. In most cases, the windows will keep out unwanted moisture. However, hail can damage the windows or the siding near the windows, allowing water to leak into the home. Heavy rains in combination with high winds may exploit weaknesses in window construction or improper installation.
6. Garage door leaks
Heavy rain accompanied by high winds can find its way into the garage. A heavy thunderstorm can overwhelm a drainage system, resulting in a micro-flood involving only a few homes along the same street.
7. Flooded crawl space or basement
Improper grading and drainage around the foundation of a home can lead to storm damage. The slope around a house should be one inch per foot up to ten feet away from the home. In most cases, this grade will keep the crawl space or basement dry. Excessive rains can cause localized flooding that overwhelms the grading and inundates the crawl space with water.
8. Trees and roots
Trees pose a triple threat for the homeowner. Leaves from the tree can clog gutters, causing water and debris to overflow into the attic. A limb can break off and puncture the roof, or the entire tree can fall onto the house. In addition, tree roots can cause havoc with a foundation, resulting in a flood in the crawl space or basement.
From the ridge vent at the roof’s peak to the house’s foundation, a home has many potential water intrusion points. No structure is immune to the effects of storm damage and flooding. The damage might be sudden and catastrophic, as in the case of a tornado, tropical storm, or flash flood, or the water intrusion might be incremental and slow.
Long term effects of storm and flood damage on a home
If leaks are not quickly identified and repaired, the long-term effects of secondary damage can exceed the remediation and repair costs of the original water intrusion. A roof leak can cause support beams in the attic to rot and weaken the overall structural integrity of the roof. Mold can develop in the insulation.
Wiring can corrode from constant exposure to moisture. If left unchecked, a leak around the windowsill can cause the baseboards to swell and the flooring to buckle and rot. A foundation leak that permits water to flow into the crawl space during thunderstorms can undermine the foundation while at the same time fostering the growth of mold. From top to bottom, the long-term effects of storm damage can make a Carrollton, TX, home unhealthy and less valuable.
Trust the experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton for flood and storm damage restoration services. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, they arrive at the damaged home or business in about an hour. Powerful equipment quickly extracts the water, and dehumidifiers remove the remaining moisture and humidity in walls, flooring, and ceilings. Technicians use the latest cleaning techniques and the best EPA-approved disinfection, sanitization, and deodorization solutions. The knowledgeable staff can handle the insurance claims process from beginning to end.
Contact SERVPRO of Carrollton for more details about flood restoration in Carrollton, TX. The office can be reached by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com
Six Tips to Safely Weather Winter Storms That Result in Storm Damage in Carrollton, TX
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton explains how residents can stay safe when a winter storm causes storm damage in Carrollton, TX.
SERVPRO of Carrollton recognizes the importance of being prepared to deal with storm damage caused by a winter storm. When the temperatures dipped below zero and the power grid collapsed in early 2021, the staff and technicians at SERVPRO of Carrollton endured the difficulties and overcame challenges as they provided storm damage cleanup and restoration for their Carrollton and North Dallas neighbors.
With a temperature of -2°F, February 16, 2021, was the second coldest day on record for the North Dallas area. Waco endured eight straight days of subfreezing weather. Large swaths of southeast Oklahoma and eastern Texas braved temperatures below -10°F to -20°F during the February 2021 freeze event. Five million Texans were without power, some for several days. Fifteen million residents were without water. Food banks were exhausted almost immediately. The Texas freeze of February 2021 may go down as the “costliest disaster in Texas history,” exceeding the $125 billion from Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
The catastrophic freeze event of 2021 highlights the importance of knowing how to stay safe during a winter storm that brings dangerously low temperatures, power outages, food shortages, and no running water.
Start by making the home a safe haven from the cold weather. The house will provide protection from the snow, sleet, rain, and frigid wind. Each of the tips listed below may seem small and inconsequential, yet when taken together as a part of a comprehensive survival strategy, these tips can help Carrollton, TX, homeowners stay safe.
1. Food and water
The average American family has less than a week’s supply of food. FEMA recommends having at least a 72-hour (3 days) emergency supply of food and water per person. Each person needs 2000 calories and 1 gallon of water per day. Staying warm requires energy; energy requires calories. Foods like nuts, granola bars, and dried fruit are packed with energy, easy to store, and do not require any preparation or refrigeration. Leftovers store easily and will keep for days.
2. Flashlights and extra batteries
Pay a little extra for alkaline batteries that have a shelf life of five to ten years. Replace traditional flashlights with LED flashlights that last many times longer, burn brighter, and have a dim setting that extends the life of the batteries. LED headlamps allow for hands-free usage, which is important in cold weather and when walking on slippery surfaces. An LED with lower lumens will provide many hours of adequate lighting.
Avoid using candles for heating and lighting. Though they provide some heat, candles are a fire hazard, and they give off carbon monoxide.
Battery-powered NOAA weather radios and portable radios allow people to receive emergency information from the government and the local media. Communication is a lifeline for the stranded, distressed, and lonely. A human voice communicating helpful information and encouragement can provide the emotional strength to hang on until help arrives or the power outage ends.
If the residence has a fireplace or woodstove, make sure that the area is in good working condition and the wood supply is adequate and kept dry.
5. Health and hygiene products
Stock up on medications if possible. If young children are in the home, gather a supply of diapers, wipes, and other baby-related items. Review the expiration dates on items in the first aid kit, and replace any expired items.
6. Vehicle supplies
Whenever forecasters call for a winter storm, make sure vehicles are equipped for use. Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit in the car along with flashlights and batteries. If travel is necessary, place extra blankets or a warm sleeping bag in the trunk. A backpack with water and food could save lives if the car becomes stranded.
Winter storm damage encompasses structural damage from fallen tree limbs, water damage from frozen pipes, and fire damage from an overturned candle. Trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton for storm damage restoration at any time of the year. The damage restoration company offers twenty-four-hour emergency service, and highly-dedicated restoration technicians serve customers even when weather conditions are challenging.
For more information about Carrollton, TX, storm damage restoration, contact the SERVPRO of Carrollton office by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com
Last Minute Storm Damage Prevention Strategies for Carrollton, TX, Property Owners
Blog Summary: When storms and severe weather are approaching, homeowners can take several last-minute steps to protect their property from damage. After the storm, Carrollton, TX, homeowners can trust SERVPRO of Carrollton to provide damage restoration services.
Last-minute storm damage prevention strategies are essential when severe weather approaches with little or no warning. In minutes, blue skies and a gentle breeze can transform into dark, billowing clouds spawning tornadic winds, damaging hail, and torrential rains. Homeowners are left with minutes or even seconds to prepare the home and yard for the turbulent weather.
The team at SERVPRO of Carrollton offers three last-minute strategies that a homeowner can implement to protect against storm damage. These quick tips take little time to execute but can prevent damage from fierce winds, large hail, and torrential rain.
- Put up or tie down potential projectiles.
Often, the yard, patio, and deck collect items that can become airborne during a tornado or other storm. Many homeowners are unaware that other types of winds, such as microbursts and straight-line winds, can reach very high velocities and cause as much damage as a tornado.
Yard furniture, toys, or debris hurtling through the air at up to fifty miles an hour can break windows and glass sliding doors, pierce siding, mangle gutters, and collapse unreinforced garage doors. This damage can cause a massive water intrusion, especially if the storm is accompanied by torrential rain. The water damage disaster can be devastating.
These wind-driven projectiles can also damage vehicles, inflict personal injury to humans and pets, and damage outside equipment such as the HVAC unit, satellite dish, spa, or boat. Should any of these missiles of mayhem dent the neighbor’s new vehicle or crash through their large bay window overlooking the backyard, the owner of the offending projectile may be held liable for any damages or injury.
If severe weather has been forecast or is on the horizon, take immediate proactive steps to relocate items such as patio furniture, plant pots, bicycles, grills, garbage cans, and children’s toys into a garage or storage building. The garage door needs to be a modern, reinforced version able to withstand high winds and impacts from windblown objects.
Consider wind-proofing vulnerable yard fixtures with discreet ground anchors. The items may blow over, but they will not take flight causing property damage and personal injury. In the event of severe weather, the need to rush around relocating items to the garage or a securely anchored building will be reduced. A task that would have required many hands and much time could be reduced to only a few items and a few minutes.
- Keep vehicles in the garage.
The initial cleanup to make room for one or more vehicles might take several hours and a few trips to the waste disposal station, but it could prove well worth the effort. In the garage, vehicles are protected from hail damage, dents and scratches from wind-driven debris, and a broken windshield from falling branches. Sealed behind a reinforced garage door, vehicles are safe. Reinforced garage doors are also known as:
- Reinforced impact-rated garage doors
These steel-reinforced doors are designed to withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour, which is stronger than a Category 5 hurricane. On the other hand, a standard garage door may fold and crumple under the force of a 20 mile an hour wind.
Prevention strategy: Park vehicles in the vehicle-ready garage and lower the door before the wind and hail arrive.
- Close the garage door and all interior doors.
An open or broken window and an open door allow the structure to fill with air, causing a dangerous increase (as much as 30%) in the forces pushing upward on the roof.
Prevention strategy: Compartmentalize the home by closing all the windows and doors.
Why pre-qualify a property damage restoration company?
In the event of widespread severe weather in Carrollton, TX, the demand for water damage and storm damage restoration will be very high. Avoid the mistake of trying to find and choose a reputable company during or after the disaster. Make one call now to pre-qualify the Carrollton SERVPRO team. When disaster strikes, make one call to secure the services of a trusted and proven property damage restoration company, SERVPRO of Carrollton, TX.
For more information about Carrollton, TX, storm damage restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com
Eight Hurricane Preparedness and Storm Damage Misconceptions Debunked
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton helps Carrollton residents prepare for hurricanes and other severe weather disasters by debunking seven common misconceptions about hurricane preparedness.
SERVPRO of Carrollton is always prepared to meet the storm damage restoration challenges presented by severe weather. Three out of every four years, a hurricane or tropical storm slams the Texas coastline. North Texas is particularly vulnerable. Available 24/7, the team of property damage restoration specialists utilize advanced equipment, cutting-edge moisture-detecting technology, specialized cleaning techniques, and EPA-approved cleaners to tackle any disaster, including water damage from a hurricane or tropical storm.
The Carrollton SERVPRO professionals urge residents of Carrollton and the greater North Texas area to prepare for severe weather associated with hurricanes and tropical storms. SERVPRO of Carrollton is debunking seven myths and misconceptions about preparedness for a hurricane or tropical storm.
Seven Myths About Hurricane Preparedness
Myth #1: Preparing for disasters is time-consuming and expensive.
An emergency preparedness kit is very affordable, and it is free to subscribe to local and regional alerts and warnings. When it comes to mobile apps, many preparedness and weather apps are also available at no cost.
Supplies for the emergency kit do not have to be purchased all at once. Watch for sales, discounts, and coupons. Gather essential items first; buy the other supplies over time and as they go on sale. Stockpile an emergency food supply, and create a communication plan immediately. Both efforts will prove beneficial in any type of hazardous emergency.
Myth #2: In a wide-scale severe weather disaster, only first responders need to know what to do.
Everyone should understand appropriate survival and safety protocols to follow before, during, and after a hurricane. The goal is to protect lives. Communication systems and public utilities could go down and stay out of commission for days or even months. First responders may not reach disaster-stricken areas for hours or days after a hurricane strikes. All parties need to know what to do to stay safe.
Myth #3: Homeowners’ insurance should cover all property damage caused by a hurricane.
The truth is that homeowners insurance may not always cover all property damage resulting from a hurricane. Schedule a consultation with the insurance agent as a first step in preparing for severe weather events. Standard homeowners insurance does not cover property damage resulting from floodwaters.
Myth #4: An emergency kit is sufficient preparation for any emergency.
A survival kit does not come close to covering the full scope of emergency preparedness. Everyone should be subscribed to alert and weather apps. Arrangements should be in place to deal with a catastrophic failure of the communications grid. An approved evacuation plan should be easily accessible, and family members or business employees should be familiar with the evacuation plan.
Myth #5: Shallow floodwaters pose no real travel hazards.
A small SUV can float in one foot of floodwater. Larger vehicles can be caught in a current of water with a depth of only 18 inches. Sometimes it is impossible to accurately determine the depth of floodwaters on a roadway. Water currents exert tremendous forces on a vehicle. The best policy is to stay safe and to not travel through floodwaters. Hidden dangers such as washed-out roads may lurk beneath what appears to be very shallow water.
Myth #6: Evacuation can wait until the last minute.
If people wait for official confirmation that a hurricane is in the area, they may find themselves trapped by flooding, high winds, or traffic jams.
Myth #7: The reinforcement of windows with tape is adequate protection against the gale-force winds of a hurricane.
A taped window shattering in the high winds of a hurricane can create large, deadly glass shards. Protect windows and prevent personal injury by installing hurricane shutters or impact-resistant windows. High-impact hurricane windows are engineered to withstand a direct impact from a two-by-four traveling over 180 mph.
Myth #8: The homeowner can handle storm damage as a DIY project.
DIY damage restoration projects can cause more problems than they solve. Most homeowners lack the training and certification that restoration companies have obtained. By failing to call in a professional damage restoration company at the first signs of damage, homeowners may forfeit insurance coverage of the damage.
Do not wait until the last minute or after a disaster to qualify a property damage restoration team to handle a water and storm damage disaster resulting from a hurricane. The phone lines may be jammed as tens of thousands of people scramble for assistance. A pre-qualified person or business is automatically at the front of the line. With an emergency response plan on file, technicians can begin the restoration process as soon as they arrive. Act today in order to save time, prevent frustrating delays, limit the scope of the damage, reduce the cost of the restoration, and shorten the length of the restoration project.
For more information about storm damage restoration services in Dallas, TX, email SERVPRO of Carrollton at office@SERVPRO10952.com or call (972) 446-0383
Four Different Ways That Storms Cause Damage to Local Homes and Businesses
Blog Summary: Severe weather can damage homes and businesses in a variety of ways. Four aspects of storms that can cause great devastation are wind, lightning strikes, hail, and flooding.
SERVPRO of Carrollton knows that severe weather can hit with little or no warning, causing massive storm damage in Bent Tree, TX, and devastating homes and businesses. When the weather sirens begin, every second counts. Life in the “tornado alley” of Texas can be stressful at times, but knowledge of the different ways that severe weather causes damage can help residents and business owners prepare for the damaging effects of wind, lightning, hail, and flooding.
Four Ways That Severe Weather Can Cause Storm Damage to Homes in Bent Tree, TX
Severe weather involves wind, lightning strikes, hail, and flooding, which each cause different types of damage. When homeowners understand how these four factors can cause damage, they can identify and assess the extent of the damage that the home has sustained.
In October of 2019, ten tornadoes inflicted over a billion dollars in property damage in the North Dallas area of Texas. While not every weather system produces tornadoes, many storms generate damaging winds that result in severe property damage.
The National Severe Storms Laboratory outlines several types of winds that have the potential to produce severe damage.
A downdraft is a column of air forcefully moving downward during a storm. This wind event can foster conditions leading to more serious wind conditions.
A downburst is an extremely powerful downdraft that bursts as it impacts the earth, sending high winds across a larger area. Downbursts have the explosive ability to damage homes and other buildings. They may even have the destructive power of a large tornado.
Microbursts occur when a downburst is localized over a smaller area. These short-lived bursts can be very destructive. Microbursts often accompany heavy rainfall. Microbursts not associated with precipitation are called dry microbursts and are much more frequent in the plains and intermountain region of the western United States.
- Gust fronts
When cooler air collides with a warm storm, the shifting winds can gust at high speeds. The forceful winds may usher in the approaching storm. When the gusts occur, they form shelf or roll clouds, and in rare instances, the gust fronts can begin to spin, mimicking a very weak tornado.
- Straight-line winds
Any strong winds that do not rotate are called straight-line winds. These fierce gusts crash their way through an area, and debris is pushed ahead of the winds. The wind and the debris pound against structures, often leaving destruction in their wake.
A derecho may occur when bands of fast-moving thunderstorms roar through an area. The word “derecho” in Spanish means “straight ahead.” Derechos may generate multiple microbursts and downbursts, and these powerful storm conditions can cover an area spanning more than 240 square miles, enveloping entire major metropolitan areas.
These various types of high-velocity winds have one thing in common: they can cause extensive damage to homes, businesses, and other structures.
When weather conditions involve powerful winds, homeowners need to pay particular attention to the potential storm damage these high winds can cause. The roof is vulnerable to damage from wind. Straight-line winds can roll up the shingles, underlayment, and decking, and the exposed attic area will sustain extensive water damage. Saturated insulation loses much of its R-value and becomes a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. If the water intrusion is not stopped quickly, ceilings may collapse, and electrical circuits may short out. In situations involving roof leaks, emergency tarping is necessary to mitigate the water intrusion.
When gutters are ripped away from the edge of the roof, water is no longer directed away from the foundation. The pooling of water next to the foundation can flood the basement or crawl space. Winds approaching tornadic speeds can hurl debris through windows and cause physical injury, structural damage, and water damage.
A highly dangerous situation arising from high winds is broken limbs and downed trees that fall on the home. Large trees can demolish small homes and cause serious injury or death to the occupants of the house. In weather conditions involving high winds, stay away from windows and doors. Seek shelter in the house in a location that is as far as possible from where a tree might impact the structure. If the home is damaged and evacuation is required, watch out for debris and fallen power lines.
A second way that severe weather can cause storm damage is by a lightning strike. According to the National Weather Service, “A typical lightning flash is about 300 million Volts and about 30,000 Amps. In comparison, the household current is 120 Volts and 15 Amps. There is enough energy in a typical flash of lightning to light a 100-watt incandescent light bulb for about three months or the equivalent compact fluorescent bulb for about a year.” A lightning strike with this much power can cause significant fire damage.
A third way that severe weather can cause storm damage is by hailstones, specifically hailstones that measure at least .75 inches. Hail as large as a golf ball (1.75 inches) or larger can cause severe damage. Hail damage to the roof can cause water leaks, and large hailstones falling at speeds of twenty-five to forty miles per hour or more can crack or shatter windows, allowing water into the home. Hail damage to gutters and eaves can lead to water-damaged interior walls, foundation damage, and flooded crawl space.
Flooding is a fourth way that severe weather can cause storm damage. Bent Tree is no stranger to heavy rains from thunderstorms and the remnants of tropical storms and hurricanes. A flash flood can inundate a home or entire neighborhood in minutes, sending water gushing throughout the house, damaging personal belongings, causing extensive structural damage, and creating the ideal conditions for mold growth.
When high winds, lightning, hail, or flooding strike, trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton for water, fire, and storm damage restoration. The company offers a twenty-four-hour emergency service and a faster response to any size disaster. For more details about storm damage restoration in Bent Tree, TX, contact SERVPRO of Carrollton by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com.
How To Prepare Your Home For A Major Storm
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There are several different measures you can take to prepare your home for a major storm, and we’ve highlighted 3 of the main ones that you can get started with today.
1) Storm-proof your windows and doors.
You’ve probably heard it before but it may still be a foreign term—storm-proofing. What is that again? Storm-proofing normally consists of switching out your typical doors and windows with storm-durable doors and windows that are made of heavier materials that can withstand high winds and precipitation. This will help your doors and windows withstand weather conditions of all kinds, and it may reduce the likelihood of your windows and doors flying off their hinges or shattering if a tornado passes by.
2) Trim your trees and clear anything big and bulky away from your home
Low-lying tree branches or dead limbs are perfect ammunition for gusty winds that accompany most major storms in the area. Make sure you clear your landscape of dead limbs, low-lying tree branches parallel to your windows, and other big and bulky items like statues, etc. that could be whipped up in the turbulent wind and end up damaging your home.
3) Give your shingles and siding a once-over.
Missing and broken shingles and siding make your home more susceptible to the elements and winds that come with major storms, and you should always give your home a once-over before storm season so you can get any broken or missing ones replaced as needed. Any loose or damaged shingles will likely tear and rip away when a storm comes through, and the same can be said of siding. Imagine what a tornado might do if a simple storm could blow them out of sight.
While being prepared for major storms is a great first step toward preventing storm damage, sometimes you can’t prevent it from happening regardless of maintenance action items you tackle beforehand. If you find yourself dealing with any damage from a storm that passes through, whether it be fire, water, mold, or a tree limb through your roof, give SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree a call at 972-446-0383. We’re here to help!
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Helping Homeowners Navigate Common Questions About Roof Damage and Insurance Coverage
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton provides answers to questions that homeowners may have about insurance coverage for roof damage.
After every storm damage service call, the team at SERVPRO of Carrollton is reminded that disaster can strike at any time and often with little or no warning. When it does, the stress can be overwhelming for the homeowner. When high winds and hail from a storm or tornado cause roof damage resulting in a water damage disaster, the homeowner is left worrying not only about the water damage but also about insurance coverage for the damaged roof.
What types of roof damage are covered by homeowners insurance?
The dwelling coverage section of homeowners insurance covers the structure and the roof. The terms of the policy and the causes of the damage determine whether or not the roof damage will be covered by insurance. Sudden or accidental disasters are usually covered; however, some coverage is event-specific, including events such as wind, hail, fire, or the weight of snow. Homeowners will need to review the insurance policy that they purchased in order to determine which types of roof damage their policy covers.
Will insurance cover a complete roof replacement if the damage is only partial?
According to an article in Forbes, “In some cases, the lifespan of the roof is shortened because of damage. Your insurer may cover the cost to replace the entire roof even if it’s only partially damaged. For example, if a homeowner has asphalt shingles damaged by hail strikes, an adjuster would count how many strikes occurred in a section to determine the impact on the lifespan of the roof. If there are enough strikes, the roof lifespan is substantially impacted, and it needs to be replaced.”
Insurance industry professional Steve Severaid adds, “Even if a roof isn’t taking in water right now, the erosion or strikes compromise the lifespan of the roof. This means a roof will never last as long as it should have lasted otherwise; therefore, it should be replaced.”
Partial roof damage can also lead to a full roof replacement if the materials required to fix the roof are not available. A roof tiled with a material that is no longer available for purchase may end up being fully replaced by the insurance company in order to ensure that all materials used in the roof match.
Will insurance cover damage to an old roof?
Forbes warns, “Additionally, since it’s your responsibility to maintain your home, policies don’t cover damage caused by a lack of maintenance. So repairing your roof due to wear and tear, or replacing it because its lifespan is over, won’t be paid for by insurance. Lack of maintenance could also come back to bite you after a storm. If your roof was old or not well-maintained before the storm, you could have trouble getting full reimbursement.”
What are some other insurance issues that may arise with roof damage?
- Roof damage caused by flooding is not covered under typical policies. Homeowners who live in areas that are vulnerable to flooding should be fully aware of what is and is not covered and what special coverage is available. If flood damage is a frequent concern, consider investing in flood insurance.
- A wood roof may incur higher premiums.
- Cosmetic damage to a metal roof may not be covered by insurance.
What are the advantages of having SERVPRO provide water and storm damage restoration services after severe weather?
A damaged roof can allow water to pour into the home, soaking the interior and ruining beautiful furniture, sensitive electronics, and cherished keepsakes. Even after hail and high winds dissipate, rainfall can continue for days. In the aftermath of devastating water damage resulting from a damaged roof, the homeowner needs a trusted damage restoration partner to instill hope and confidence.
SERVPRO of Carrollton is proud to be the local service provider that Bent Tree, Dallas, and Carrollton homeowners call on when they need a rapid, dependable response to storm damage. The company offers the following storm damage restoration services:
- Contents Claim Inventory Service
- Contents Restoration
- Document/Photograph Drying
- Electronic Cleanup
While insurance coverage for roof damage can be a challenging subject to navigate, homeowners need not experience that same stress when working with SERVPRO of Carrollton to resolve the water damage side of storm damage. They can trust that the SERVPRO of Carrollton team will be their advocate when dealing with the insurance company.
To learn more about storm damage restoration in Bent Tree, TX, Dallas, TX, and Carrollton, TX, call SERVPRO of Carrollton at (972) 446-0383 or email office@SERVPRO10952.com.
Mother Nature can cause major damage to your property.
An unexpected tornado can bring wind damage and hail damage. Storm damage caused by a powerful hurricane can cause severe property damage and flooding. A wintry blizzard can cause wind damage and ice damming.
In an instant, Mother Nature can unleash powerful weather patterns, leaving behind substantial storm damage to your home or business. Wind, water, hail and downed trees are just some of the things that can expose your property and its contents to the elements. It is at this time that immediate storm damage restoration is key to your property’s safety and recovery.
The experts at SERVPRO in Carrollton Texas and Bent Tree will respond immediately if a storm damages your home or business. You can reach us by calling 972-446-0383 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We are always here to help!
Details About Storm Damage Restoration Coverage From Texas Homeowners’ Insurance Providers
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton, SERVPRO of Bent Tree is one of the leading storm damage restoration specialists in Texas. Their experts provide an overview of storm damage coverage from homeowners insurance and how to go about making the most of it.
Texas is no stranger to severe weather, and storm damage restoration is a regular requirement. As the nation’s second-largest state, Texas experiences raging storms throughout the year, including Texas panhandle blizzards and drought conditions from triple-digit heat. It wreaks havoc on homes and commercial buildings, occasionally leading to extensive damage and inevitable professional intervention.
What Storm Damage Restoration Coverage Does a Homeowners’ Insurance Policy Cover?
SERVPRO is a leading water damage contractor in Texas, handling residential and commercial water damage with years of experience. Homeowners’ insurance for residents in the state may provide coverage for storm damage restoration under specific conditions. The experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton, SERVPRO of Bent Tree explore the options in more detail.
Texas Winter Storm Damage Restoration
A massive winter storm in February 2021 killed over 100 people and left millions of Texans without power. The weather caused extensive water damages to properties around the state, with hundreds of households needing water removal services from professionals like SERVPRO.
Homeowners’ insurance is one of the best ways to cover storm damage restoration services during an emergency. However, many policies will not cover all losses. The cause of the property loss or damage must come from a covered event that the policy explicitly names to receive assistance from the insurance company.
Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies include perils that the contract will cover, such as freezes, hail, and fire damage. Other policies cover all perils except those named within the contract, leaving more room for interpreting the damage. For instance, water cleanup from a burst pipe could fall under named perils like “freezing” or “sudden cracking.”
Burst Pipes and Water Damage Restoration
If an insurance policy names water damage in its list of covered perils, it’s possible to file a claim for events like a burst pipe from frozen plumbing. The coverage should include repairs and cleanup from a water damage specialist. It may even consist of carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and plumbing and drywall repair.
Spoiled Food Restitution
Food spoilage from power outages is also usually allowable in standard home insurance policies. Coverage amounts vary, depending on the fine print. If a contract includes a deductible on spoiled food claims, it may be best to cover the expenses for the loss without assistance from the insurance agency.
Alternative Living Expenses
If storms force temporary relocation while the home undergoes emergency water restoration, insurance may offer recompense for the inconvenience. If it is impossible to live in the house due to storm damage restoration, homeowners’ insurance will sometimes offer displacement expenses for alternative living, such as a hotel room.
Insurance companies define an “inhabitable” building in the policy details. It may differ from a policy holder’s assumptions, so it is always best to contact the company for clarity if residents must leave home during repairs. For example, most policies do not afford this coverage to displaced homeowners due to power outages.
Professionals like SERVPRO
When there is extensive damage to a home or business, there’s no better way to recover than using the exceptional services of professionals like SERVPRO of Carrollton, SERVPRO of Bent Tree. Their coverage ranges from complete storm damage restoration to mattress cleaning, area rug cleaning, and tile cleaning. The company’s residential and commercial cleaning service has a team of dedicated restoration specialists who provide 24-hour emergency service in and around Dallas.
Contact the SERVPRO team today at (972) 446-0383 or follow them on Facebook to receive the latest company news. They work from their offices in 3033 Kellway Drive Suite 124, Carrollton, TX, 75006.
Preparing Trees for Storm Season in North Dallas
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Trees beautify any property and give us much-needed shade during the hot months. However, storms can be unkind to trees, forcing them down with strong winds or sending destructive lightning bolts down their trunks.
When a tall tree comes down, it can damage a roof, break a window, or down utility lines. When there are heavy soil saturation and persistent gusts of winds, even the strongest trees can collapse.
While we can’t defend our trees from nature’s fury, we can take measures to mitigate damage to trees and other objects. Make time to tend to your trees before the next storm season hits.
Examine the Trees
Inspect each tree for damage such as “deadwood,” decomposition, dense canopies, splits, or damaged trunks. Infestation, illness, or other weaknesses can topple a tree in a storm.
Next, consider proximity to structures and powerlines. Tall trees too close to these things are a risk. Sometimes utility crews will come through and trim back problem trees. While this should solve the problem, the tree is vulnerable to infection or infestation if the cuts are done incorrectly.
Once you become aware of any tree problems on your property, you can plan the best course of action for each issue you discover.
Trees need seasonal pruning, pest control, mulching, watering, fertilization, and care by an arborist when needed.
Plan to prune your trees in the late fall or early spring. Removing branches that are too close to structures plus dead or weak branches reduces the chance of damage. Pruning the low damage of young trees helps you avoid instability from multiple leaders.
Be careful not to over cut the limbs or cut into the root system. If you are unsure of how to properly prune a tree, consult the experts or hire an arborist.
Thin the crowns by cutting back limbs and foliage from inside the crown. This reduces the weight and allows more air and sunlight to come through.
As for new planting, there are other best practices. New trees should be planted where roots won’t be intrusive or where they won’t tower over things they can fall on. Use stakes and ties to train trees to grow straight up so they don’t bend down.
Be mindful of where you dispose of cut wood and branches. These can become projectiles during a storm.
Call an Arborist
Some tree challenges can leave the average homeowner stumped. Arborists will be able to properly assess storm damage risk factors and help you save your favorite trees from infection and decay.
When in doubt, call the experts. Being proactive saves you emergency tree removal expenses and inconvenience.
Call SERVPRO for Help After a Storm
While we may not be arborists, we specialize in storm damage restoration. We’ve been recovering storm-damaged properties for over 30 years. If a fallen tree damages your home or business, we’re ready 24/7 to come help! After you call your insurance company, call us at 972-446-0383.
When Lightning Strikes!
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What is the definition of the idiom 'force of nature'?
According to https://www.yourdictionary.com, a 'force of nature' is
A mighty natural force which is beyond human control, notably if potentially catastrophic, such as the elements (e.g. storms and extreme temperatures) or geological (e.g. seismic and volcanic) activity.
Lightning most definitely suits this definition.
The chances of you getting struck by lightning are slim; about 1 in every 500,000. However, the likelihood of your house getting struck by lightning isn't as unreasonable; about 1 in every 200. Although the majority of people may go their entire lives without having to worry about lightning damage, those who have, generally face major consequences.
The state of Texas is at high risk for lightning damage; just below California. In 2019, Texans made 5,780 insurance claims due to lightning damage. These claims ended up costing more than $88.3 million. This is important to know because the majority of lightning damage begins during the spring season and peaks in the summer. These statistics may serve as encouragement to prepare your home from lightning strikes this season. Here are some things you may not have known about lightning damage:
- Lightning damage doesn't always occur as a result of a direct hit. When lightning strikes the ground, it can travel through metal pipes or electrical wiring to your home. This generally causes the electrical outlets to blow and requires all new wiring throughout the house.
- In 2019, lightning strikes, whether direct or secondary hits, caused 20 deaths and 100 injuries in the United States.
- Around 19% of fires caused by lightning directly affect homes.
- The majority of lightning damage occurs during the months of June, July, and August.
How To Minimize the Damaged Caused To Your Home Due To Lightning
- Unplug electrical wiring from all outlets throughout the house.
- Failing to do so can not only cause your outlets to fry, but also the electronics plugged into them.
- Installing surge protectors may also protect your outlets.
- Installing a lightning rod may redirect the bolt to prevent it from striking your house.
- Ensuring that your home has functioning smoke detectors will assist in notifying you if a fire has started due to the powerful bolt of electricity.
- Consider adding lightning damage to your home or renters insurance incase of an emergency.
Although repairing damages due to any natural disaster isn't ideal, and taking preventative measures is inconvenient, accidents are sure to happen.
If your home or business is affected by lightning, SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree is more than willing to help! We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can give us a call at 972-446-0383.
How Carrollton, TX, Residents Can Protect Their Garage From Storm Damage and Flooding
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton shares preventative tips to help homeowners avoid storm damage in their garage.
SERVPRO of Carrollton has over forty years of combined experience providing water, fire, mold, and storm damage restoration. By utilizing advanced technology, the latest equipment, and cutting-edge restoration techniques, the company can provide customers with professional property damage restoration and cleaning services, including damage restoration services for a water-damaged garage.
North Texas is no stranger to severe weather. Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical storms, and hurricanes pummel the region. Northeast Texas catches the fury of hurricanes and tropical storms from both the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean.
Garage door failure during a hurricane or other severe weather event opens a breach in the house envelope that can exceed 300 square feet. Structural engineers conclude that the resulting change in air pressure can lift the roof off a house or create other openings that permit water intrusions that can damage or ruin drywall, flooring, ceilings, furniture, appliances, and personal belongings.
SERVPRO of Carrollton shares the following strategies to help homeowners floodproof their garage.
Tip #1: Consider installing a new, sturdier garage door or upgrading the current door with a bracing system or a retrofit kit.
One way to make the garage storm-ready and code-compliant is to install a completely new garage door system that addresses common weaknesses found in older or lower quality garage doors, including the end stiles that brace the edges of the door and the thin, weak skin. Sturdier 14-gauge steel end stiles and 24-gauge steel skin on the doors can hold up under the impact from debris hurtled by tornado and hurricane-strength winds.
Another option is to retrofit an existing garage door with a bracing system that can be installed prior to the arrival of severe weather. The success of this effort depends on the condition of the door, the strength of the brackets, and the quality of the initial installation. A retrofit solution is much less expensive than a new door system. Once the garage door has been retrofitted, storm bracing can be installed in just a few minutes. A quality retrofit kit can strengthen an existing door, enabling it to withstand winds of up to 180 miles per hour.
Tip #2: Install a flood barrier.
The most common flood barriers are comprised of sandbags. They are inexpensive, can be quickly filled with sand, and can be deployed across the garage entrance as the water rises. Once the flood subsides, the bags can be emptied, discarded, or stored for later use. This temporary solution works best when only a few inches to a foot of water threaten the garage. Water-filled tubes are an expensive solution that can be quickly deployed. Spanning a twenty to thirty-foot gap using a flood gate is more complicated and requires some structural engineering to the garage.
Tip #3: Weather-strip the garage door or inspect the existing weather-stripping.
High winds can drive rain horizontally against the garage door, and defective or inadequate weather-stripping can allow water to seep into the garage. At first, the leaks may seem insignificant, but multiplied over hours or even days, large quantities of water can penetrate the garage door and damage the contents of the garage. Fresh weather-stripping appropriately installed can make a garage door an effective barrier to water penetration in very severe weather with high winds and torrential rain. Weather-stripping is an inexpensive upgrade that most homeowners can successfully tackle as a DIY project. A few dollars and an hour or two can save thousands in water damage repairs.
Tip #4: Make sure that the gutters are clean and drain properly.
Gutters serve the vital function of capturing roof water and directing it away from the perimeter of a home. Grading, including berms and swales, channels the water further away from the structure and prevents it from pooling. Gutter failure can result in the garage, crawl space, or basement flooding.
Tip #5: Apply a waterproofing veneer to the garage walls.
A waterproof veneer, water-resistant sealant, or water-resistant paint can keep moisture from saturating the walls. Moisture-soaked walls can result in hidden mold growth behind the wallboard. By the time the homeowner notices the telltale musty smell of a mold infestation, the mold is established and will need to be professionally mitigated.
Tip #6: Install flood drains that direct water away from the garage.
Installing flood drains is a good strategy, but it may require expensive installation. These drains may work well in tandem with a temporary flood barrier that allows some water to breach the garage. This water can be dispatched through the flood drains.
Tip #7: Consult with a water damage and storm damage professional.
A storm damage restoration company with decades of experience can suggest additional strategies to flood proof the garage. Solutions could be as simple as refurbishing the garage door weather-stripping or making minor grading alterations.
When water damage, flood damage, storm damage, or a mold infestation strikes the garage, trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton with the project. They offer a twenty-four-hour emergency service. Being locally owned and operated means that the SERVPRO team also lives in the community and cares about the people they serve. This investment in the lives of customers takes customer service to a higher level.
To learn more about storm damage restoration in Carrollton, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Carrollton office by phone at (972) 446-0383 or email office@SERVPRO10952.com.
Six Ways Homeowners Can Prepare for Storms
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton, TX, provides six steps for preparing for storms.
SERVPRO of Carrollton is able to respond immediately to storm damage emergencies. When a storm hits, the team’s dedication to being prepared means crews are ready to respond to residential and commercial calls, no matter the size of the loss. SERVPRO of Carrollton has the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore a Carrollton home or business. Before a disaster strikes, be sure to know where to turn for help. SERVPRO of Carrollton is the go-to choice when a storm causes damage to a home or business.
Six Strategies for Staying Storm Safe
Following these six storm safety tips can keep Carrollton families safe and storm-ready whenever severe weather strikes. Avoid the last-minute scramble for flashlights, batteries, and water. Proactive preparation eliminates fumbling around in the dark when the power grid goes down.
Step #1. Gather LED lights and batteries.
When the power grid goes dark, an alternative light source and sufficient batteries are essential for storm safety and survival. Go with LED low-voltage light sources such as flashlights, headlamps, and lanterns. LED lights last six to twelve times longer than old-fashioned flashlights that use incandescent bulbs.
Include solar-powered LED lights in the collection of backup lighting devices. On a full charge, these lights emit light anywhere from four to twelve hours, depending on the product. The rechargeable batteries will probably need replacing after three to four years. The LED bulbs will emit light for a decade, and higher quality LED bulbs may last for up to twenty-five years. Solar lights need at least six hours of direct sunlight to fully charge but can also be charged by artificial light.
Step #2. Keep a two-week supply of food and water in a cool, dry, and dark place.
Set aside a two-week supply of food and water for storm-related emergencies. FEMA offers the following recommendations. Store one gallon of water per day per person or ten to fourteen gallons per person. Focus on foods that are highly caloric, nutritious, and easy to store and prepare. Foods that require refrigeration, water, or special preparation do not work well as emergency food sources, especially when the water and power are off. Stock up on canned goods and dry mixes. Emergency staples store best in cool, dry, dark places.
Monitoring food expiration dates and using or replacing older items will ensure the food supply is fresh, tasty, and safe. Many storm preppers donate older canned goods to food banks. During COVID-19, these donations are much needed and greatly appreciated. However, many food banks are not allowed to accept dated or expired foodstuffs.
Purchasing and storing this much food and water may seem overwhelming, but homeowners are encouraged to do what they can, even if the supply is only for a few days.
Step #3. Storm-proof vital documents and records.
Storms and natural disasters can displace people from their homes. Sometimes homes and businesses are severely damaged or destroyed. Anticipating a worst-case scenario and preparing for it is always the best course of action. Recovering from a disaster is even more challenging if identification and ownership documents have been lost or destroyed. Important documents to safeguard include:
- birth certificates
- marriage certificates
- Social Security cards
- passports and naturalization documents
- adoption papers
- wills, living wills, and powers of attorney
- property deeds and titles
- important DVDs, portable disks, and thumb drives
Options include storing these documents in a compact and portable waterproof and fireproof safe. Affordable safes can be purchased from many big box stores for under $100. Many important documents can be scanned or photographed with a cell phone and stored securely in the cloud.
Step #4. Create an evacuation plan that works for everyone.
Formulate an evacuation plan before evacuation is needed. Have an emergency response plan for when the danger is immediate, and seconds or minutes may mean the difference between life and death. Have a second plan for when the danger is hours or days in the future.
Devise an escape route that avoids low-lying areas that are prone to flooding. Plot out alternate routes that bypass bridges, dams, rivers, and streams.
Select evacuation destinations beyond the range of the storm. When possible, stay with family or friends who most likely will not need to evacuate. If family and friends are not available, book an early reservation in a safe hotel or motel.
If a disaster shelter is the only option, bring along adequate disaster supplies. Since these shelters do not accept pets, prior arrangements to accommodate pets must be made.
If evacuation is by car, make sure the gas tank is full. Traffic jams are inevitable.
Step #5. Prepare a first-aid kit and keep it handy.
A first-aid kit provides the supplies needed in case of an injury. Gauze, assorted bandages, antiseptic, antibacterial ointment, tweezers, tape, eye wash, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, activated charcoal, hand sanitizer, and sunscreen are a good start. A storm-ready plan should also consider any special medications or health conditions.
Step #6. Identify a trusted damage restoration company to call in the event of storm damage to the home.
Vetting and selecting a reliable damage restoration company to provide services after storm damage means that when disaster strikes, help is only a phone call away. The emergency restoration team can be onsite immediately. Imagine searching for a property damage company at 2:00 am in the morning for emergency tarping and board-up services. Hundreds of people may be trying to call the same company looking for similar services. Having a service provider in place can bring peace of mind when the world seems to have turned upside down. The team of experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton can be on the scene about an hour after the initial call.
Trusting the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Carrollton for water, fire, storm, and commercial damage restoration is a foundational step in storm disaster preparedness. The company offers twenty-four-hour emergency service and responds faster to any size disaster. Highly trained restoration technicians make SERVPRO of Carrollton a trusted leader in the storm damage restoration industry. Locally owned and operated, the company is invested in Carrollton and the surrounding communities.
For more information about storm damage restoration in Carrollton, TX, contact the office by phone at (972) 446-0383 or by email at office@SERVPRO10952.com.
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It's that time of the year again, time to prepare ourselves and homes for the brutal cold of winter storms. You would hate to have water damage due to freezing pipes or melting snow. It is not something anyone looks forward to but it is best to be prepared.
Follow these tips recommended by www.ready.gov/winter-weather to prepare yourself and your home for winter.
Before Snowstorms and Extreme Cold
- Make a family communication plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
- Make an emergency kit for at least three days of self-sufficiency.
- Keep space heater safety in mind: Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches and non-glowing elements. Remember to keep all heat sources at least three feet away from furniture and drapes.
Prepare Your Home
- Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the warm air inside.
- Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
- Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
- Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
- Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
- If you have a wood-burning fireplace, consider storing wood to keep you warm if winter weather knocks out your heat. Also, make sure you have your chimney cleaned and inspected every year.
- Have at least one of the following heat sources in case the power goes out:
- Extra blankets, sleeping bags and warm winter coats
- Fireplace or wood-burning stove with plenty of dry firewood, or a gas log fireplace
- Make sure you have a cell phone with an emergency charging option (car, solar, hand crank, etc.) in case of a power failure.
- Plan to bring pets inside.
- Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it in case you lose power.
Follow these recommended tips and you will be prepared for those cold winters days. SERVPRO of Carrollton and Bent Tree in far north Dallas is here to keep you as safe as possible.
How to Choose the Right Company for Your Storm Damage Restoration
Blog Summary: Planning out how to rebuild after an emergency can be difficult. That is why SERVPRO of Carrollton explains what to look for in a restoration company to make the right choice.
After your property suffers from bearing the brunt of a destructive storm, getting everything back to normal is often your top priority. To help you find the right water restoration companies offering repairs that will last, SERVPRO of Carrollton, Texas, has a list of the best questions that you can ask to find the most suitable building restoration service to fix your residential or commercial water damage issue.
Inquire About Insurance and Certifications
The very first things you should ask about are insurance and certifications. Water removal and structural restoration after a storm can be dangerous work, so worker’s compensation and general liability insurance are important to avoid being liable for any accidents that take place on the clock.
Registration with the state and certification from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification are also hallmarks of a trustworthy water removal company. High standards and modern procedures can make a great difference in service quality, and these traits, along with membership in industry associations, are often good signs of professionalism.
Research Their Experience and Customer Service
Before finalizing a contract for flood cleanup, you should determine the experience level of the company. They may be relatively inexperienced general contractors who work with water damage and removal infrequently at best. Ask about experience with cases similar to your own and how often they have been involved in restoration projects. After a storm, you will need a variety of services including extraction, damage repair, mold extermination, and carpet cleaning to bring your home back to a livable state. You should also ask if they are based locally so they can continue to provide the services you may need later on.
Online reviews, referrals, and other information from previous customers can help you choose the best company for you as well. You can find patterns of red flags such as broken deadlines or substandard work, and the company’s handling of poor reviews can give you an idea of how your own concerns could be handled.
Ask About Specific Services
On the opposite end of the spectrum from contractors that are too generalized, you should ask the company about all of the services they provide in storm damage restoration. Obviously, it would be best to avoid specialized services such as fire restoration companies for structural damage caused by a storm. Additionally, if you pay for the services of a water restoration company that only handles water cleanup, you may end up needing to contact mold remediation companies in the future to handle mold removal and improper humidity.
Avoid unclear services or promises of service to get the best restoration work on your home. Ask for a written guarantee of what work will be required and what will be covered, as well as for how long. Damage like an infestation of mold or mildew may not be immediately noticeable, so having a contract with a warranty in place for a few months after the fact is a good idea.
Finding out whether a company provides 24/7 support can also be important for your safety and comfort. Quick service can let you go back to your property more quickly and can also prevent further damages caused by stagnant water or damaged structures.
SERVPRO’s local franchise in Carrollton, TX, can provide you with emergency services to the 75006 area when you need them. Whether you need fire damage restoration service, flood cleanup, or air duct cleaning service, you can contact the restoration teams at SERVPRO to immediately help you protect your property from further damages.
Why Count on SERVPRO® When You Have Storm Damage? | SERVPRO of Carrollton, SERVPRO of Bent Tree.
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Sustaining storm damage to your home or commercial space can be a complicated endeavor. Not only is structural damage a possibility, but water and electrical damage are, too—and because there are so many unscrupulous restoration companies about after large storms, it can be difficult to know who you can trust during the aftermath.
Working with the right restoration company can make all the difference in your recovery process. As storms continue to get more severe and more expensive to recover from, knowing you are in good hands every step of the way is invaluable—which is why we are here to earn your trust.
Why You Should Count on Us to Handle Your Storm Damage
We are active in the community and in our industry. Many of the scams that pop up after a large storm or disaster involve companies that are not active in the area and not well-regarded in the restoration community, but with us, you never have to be concerned about that. We have been helping the community recover from disasters both large and small for many years, and we are proud of our reputation as an industry leader in restoration.
We have the resources to handle any size disaster. No matter how much of an area is impacted by a disaster when you receive your damage, you can count on us to handle it. Because we have a national network of SERVPRO® locations, we can call for backup resources when needed to ensure we can scale to provide everyone with exceptional service no matter the size of the storm.
We will respond to you quickly at any hour. We understand how devastating it is to discover you have damage to your property, which is why we always guarantee a quick response no matter when you call us. You will never have to wonder if we will return your message or show up on time—as soon as you call our 24⁄7 emergency line, we will begin assembling a team and dispatching them to you as quickly as possible.
When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.
What to do when you lose power during a storm.
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When unexpected weather strikes and causes it is important for everyone to be prepared for a power outage that may last for several hours or days after a heavy storm. The National Public Service campaign, Ready Campaign, has shared the following tips regarding power outage:
Before a Power Outage:
- Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, casa, and first aid supplies.
- Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
- Charge cell phones and any battery-powered devices.
- Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door is located and know how to operate it.
- Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your community.
During a Power Outage:
- Avoid using candles which can cause fires. Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting.
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
- Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.
- Only use generators away from your home, and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system. Consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing a generator.
After a Power Outage:
- Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures of 40*F (4*C) for two hours or more. When in doubt, throw it away.
- If food in the freezer is colder than 40*F and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it.
- Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medication having spoiled.
- Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
- Choose foods your family will eat.
- Remember any special dietary needs.
- Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.
What you should know about lightning strikes-
A lightning strike is a discharge of atmospheric electricity which is generated by an accumulation of differing charges within a cloud. It is one of the most common causes of weather-related deaths in the U.S.
Each year lightning strikes cause billions of dollars in property damage and complete devastation. Lightning can start a direct fire because the core temperature of a lightning strike is approximately 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The harm to structures, electronics, building systems and vehicles can be extensive, causing loss of product and major downtime.
Major hazards caused by lightning:
Fire damage: The biggest threat lightning poses to a structure is fire . Wood and other flammable construction materials can easily explode when exposed to the high temperature of a lightning strike. Lightning current traveling through wires and pipelines instantly burns them up causing complete damage to property.
Power surge damage: If lightning chooses electrical wiring as its primary or secondary path, the explosive surge can damage all the appliances it is connected to.
Shock wave damage: Lightning produces shock waves that can be destructive. These shock waves can fracture concrete and brick and stone chimneys severely.
Roof tarping during and after a major storm event!
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Sometimes when a storm rolls into your neighborhood, you need to act fast in order to keep your family safe.
Falling trees, fire, high wind and hail storms often cause roof damage. Safety should your primary concern. Initial roof assessment should be completed from the ground as damage is not always visible. If you suspect damage to your shingles or structure, contact a professional immediately.
Vacate the premises in the event of major roof damage.
Tarping the roof will prevent secondary damage while the roof is inspected and repaired. SERVPRO of Carrollton can provide emergency roof tarp installation to prevent further damage. SERVPRO of Carrollton is ready and available to tarp your property 7x24x365 days a year. Please let us know how we can help!
Dangers of a Leaky Roof
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With all the different kinds of weather that we have had in the last month or so, a durable roof is one of the most important infrastructures of a house, right after a strong, sturdy foundation. Just like it’s necessary to fix cracks in a foundation to ensure the rest of a house isn’t affected from the ground up, it’s important to fix leaks in a roof to protect a home from the top down, too. If you suspect you have a leaky roof, a roofing contractor can determine the cause and perform roof repairs, if necessary. To avoid any leaks or other issues from happening in the future, make sure to schedule regular inspections, perform general maintenance and upkeep, and have repairs completed as quickly as possible, since acting quickly could help you save time and money.
Causes and Sources of Leaks
There are a number of reasons why a roof may develop leaks, from both natural and manmade causes. No matter the cause, it's imperative to seek the services of a reliable roofing contractor to get your roof back in its best shape so that your home is protected from the elements.
SHINGLES AND FLASHING
Something as small and simple as a broken shingle could be the culprit of a leak. Severe weather, hail and high winds can cause shingles to become loose, crack and break off, leaving your roof exposed. If the nails used to secure shingles aren't properly sealed with a durable coating like roofing cement, it can leave exposed holes which can allow water and moisture to get into the attic. Broken or cracked flashing—the pieces of material installed under shingles, on joints and around chimneys—can also cause leaks. Both damaged flashing and missing shingles can be easily identified, usually as different, discolored patches or exposed areas on a roof. You may even find pieces of them in your yard after a bad storm.
If you've had previous roof repairs done but if a leak keeps coming back, you've either got a problem with the workmanship of the roofing contractor who did the work or the materials they used (or both). Improperly installing elements such as skylights and chimneys can also cause roof leaks - this can happen from incorrectly measuring and fitting fixtures and/or insulation that's started to decay or disintegrate. Leaks from this kind of problem are generally easy to spot. Just look for wet spots or small streams of water coming out of skylights or running down walls/chimneys when it rains.
PLUMBING AND PIPE PROBLEMS
Pipes run throughout the home including the roof, which means there are a number of areas that are common leak sources related to your home's plumbing and ventilation system. These include plumbing vent pipes, ventilation fan ducts, attic vents and exhaust pipes/flues (for appliances). Anytime there are worn or cracked rubber boots and/or broken flashing around the vent pipes that come out of the roof, it's likely you're in need of repairs.
CONDENSATION AND MOISTURE
Since the attic is usually the least insulated—and the highest elevated—place in your home, it is more prone to mold and mildew growth from excessive moisture that can accumulate when condensation becomes trapped. The cause of the moisture is from wet weather such as rain, sleet, and hail, but also ice dams melting and the fluctuation in temperatures when seasons change. You'll most likely notice a smell—before you see the mold—as a sign of a leak in your roof.
What Can Happen if You Don't Get Roof Repairs
Whether you’re dealing with issues associated with weather and moisture or improperly installed parts, it’s essential to perform any necessary roof leak repairs as soon as possible – not only to fix the problem, but also to prevent any future damage. For example, if you have a moisture issue causing a leak that goes untreated, it could result in mold and mildew growth, which could not only destroy the wood in the attic, but also negatively affect your health.
Every roof experiences some level of wear and tear from all types of weather (sun, rain, hail, extreme heat, wind, etc.). As a home's first line of defense from these elements, it's important to make sure you have a durable, weatherproof roof that's properly sealed and maintained in order to increase the lifecycle of the roof and decrease the risk of damage to it.
The Importance of Roof Repairs
If you have a roof leak, repair it as soon as possible to avoid further damage and to help protect your home from bigger problems such as flooding. Contact a roofing contractor to have a thorough assessment of the roof completed and get advice on what steps you need to take to repair the damage. It’s best to work with a roofing contractor because their expertise is in roofing and they will be able to pinpoint and address your specific needs. Depending on the cause of the damage, your home insurance company may cover the costs of the roof repair, so make sure to contact your insurance company, too.
Lastly, if you should have a roof that leaks into the structure and need to begin the mitigation process, call SERVPRO of Carrollton. Our team of professionals specialize in removal and mitigation of storm damaged material and have the experience of quickly drying out affected areas from storm and weather damage before it is made worse. We at SERVPRO of Carrollton partner with all major insurance companies and vendors to make the transition back to “Like it never even happened,” as quickly as possible.
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Ten Tips to Survive a Tornado and Other Severe Storms
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Summary: SERVPRO of Carrollton, a local storm damage cleanup company, offers ten essential tips to prepare for severe weather.
Carrollton residents and other North Texans are familiar with the destructive power of storms. On October 20, 2019, residents of North Texas lived through what Forbes Magazine describes as “the most costly tornado in Texas history.” While thankfully no lives were lost, Texans suffered “more than two billion in damages, according to the Insurance Council of Texas. More than 30,000 auto and residential claims have been filed to date…”
The same article notes that claim costs could be even higher because the storm and tornado tore through Preston Hollow, a high-end Dallas neighborhood loaded with multi-million dollar estates.
The EF-3 tornado cut a wide path nearly 16 miles long, leaving unbelievable devastation in its wake. Not since 1976 had a tornado that powerful roared through the area.
Ten Storm Preparation Tips
- Get and stay informed.
Tune in to the local radio or TV station and community alert system for emergency information. Keep a battery-operated/solar-powered radio on hand.
- Inspect the emergency survival kits and the food and water supply.
The emergency kits should be stocked with essential items. If one or more are not available, purchase the necessary items to properly outfit the kits. Stock up with a two-week supply of food and water. The tornadoes that hit the North Texas area in 2015 and 2019 left thousands of homes and businesses without power for weeks.
- Round up plenty of LED flashlights and batteries.
LED flashlights burn much brighter and last much longer than traditional flashlights. Heavy-duty solar-powered landscape lights can perform a double function as an attractive landscape feature and as an emergency light. Gather them up before the threatening storms, tornadoes, or approaching hurricane.
- Fully charge the car chargers.
The chargers can be used to charge a personal cell phone, smartphone, and other portable devices.
- Secure all outdoor furniture.
Secure outdoor furniture and other objects or move them inside. An EF-2 (135 mph) or EH-3 (140 mph) tornado can destroy an outdoor swing or trampoline. Deck furniture can disappear never to be seen again.
- Collect tools and emergency building materials.
Sandbags, plywood, and waterproof tarps will come in handy if windows are blown out, or a roof is torn off, or the shingles are damaged. Keeping as much water as possible out of homes and businesses will reduce damage to the interior. Keeping the inside as dry as possible will hinder the growth and spread of mold.
- Fill up automobiles and equipment.
Store fresh fuel for the emergency generator if one is available. Use approved fuel containers and store the fuel in a safe, dry place.
- Know how to shut off the utilities.
Should the home or business receive extensive damage, it may be necessary to shut off utilities, such as gas, electricity, and water. If evacuation is required, turn off utilities before leaving if time permits.
- Gather documents and records.
After a severe storm disaster, residents may need ID to prove who they are. Gather and store ID documents in a portable waterproof, fire-safe security chest. Important identification documents include birth certificates, Social Security cards, marriage certificates, adoption papers, passports, naturalization documents, wills, living wills, powers of attorney, and property deeds/titles. If there is room in the chest, include essential or memorable DVDs, portable disks, and flash drives. A better solution may be to create a document cache with files and images of relevant documents, ID cards, and photos. This cache can be stored on the cloud, and duplicated on a flash drive that is kept on hand. Personal IT management is essential, especially during and after a house fire or natural disaster.
- Give status updates to key people.
If families decide to evacuate, they should keep in touch with a family member, friend, or business colleague outside the affected area. Inform a trusted contact about the location that the family will be evacuating to.
Preparation is the key to weathering the storm when it hits. When it does, contact a storm damage restoration specialist. Emergency tarping and boarding, site stabilization and security, immediate water damage restoration, and other disaster recovery procedures can best be implemented by expert technicians facilitated by advanced equipment and technologies.
SERVPRO of Carrollton is a trusted leader in the restoration industry as well as in the local community. They provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. They pride themselves on having not only the training but also the expertise to handle their customer's restoration and cleaning needs. They are locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to an emergency. Being locally owned, they make every effort to stay involved in the community providing their time and services when needed. They give back to their community at every opportunity and love being a part of the Carrollton community!
For more information about storm damage cleanup, call SERVPRO of Carrollton at (972) 446-0383 or email office@SERVPRO10952.com.
How is Hail Formed?
Hail storms occur as a result of severe thunderstorms. Hail forms when the strong updrafts in thunderstorms send falling precipitation back towards the top of storm clouds, where temperatures are below freezing. Drops of precipitation freeze, forming small hailstones, which continue to grow as they rise and fall with the storm drafts. Hail finally falls to the ground when the winds can no longer support the weight of the hailstones.
When and where do hail storms occur?
Hail storms are more likely to occur in the spring and summer months, when temperatures and humidity soar, creating ideal conditions for thunderstorms and, therefore, hail.
If your property is damaged during a hail storm and you need advice on the restoration process, please give SERVPRO of Carrollton a call at 972-446-0383.
What Kind of Wind was that?
Mother Nature can Wreck Havoc on your Home.
Wind is the unseen tormentor 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:
- Gust Fronts
- 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.
Please reach out to SERVPRO of Carrollton if you have any questions regarding our services by calling 972-446-0383.
What Not To Do During a Flood Event
Do not drive in flooded roads
If you find yourself stuck at home in Carrollton, TX, once flooding has started, there are a few things you should avoid to keep yourself safe. What lurks in the flooded streets is more than just plain water. Keep yourself high and dry to outlast the storm.
Do Not Drive
Flooded roads are masters of illusion. Even if it doesn't seem that bad, it is actually nearly impossible to determine how deep the water is. Visibility is practically guaranteed to be low, so you won't be able to see the debris or damage that may be present. Most likely, you will end up putting yourself in a situation that requires you to be rescued by others.
Do Not Touch the Water
You should not attempt to wade out into a flooded street or yard unless it is absolutely necessary, especially if you are not wearing personal protective equipment. Flood water can be contaminated and dangerous. To avoid injury and disease, do your best to stay away from the water. The destructive power of the flood is carrying along:
- wild animals
Do Not Use Power
If you notice flooding in the vicinity of your home, you should turn off your power as soon as possible. If the water interacts with live electricity, you could be electrocuted. It can also cause a lot of damage if it has seeped into your outlets and wiring, so if you are evacuating before a flood you should add this to your travel tips, as well. After the flood event has ended, you will probably need to call flood remediation services to restore your cabling.
The key to securing yourself and your family during a storm that causes flooding is to limit your interaction with the water. Stay out of flooded streets, whether in your car or on foot. Stay as high up in the building you are in as possible and wait for the professionals.
Water Damage Timeline
Storm or water damage can happen at any time.
Within minutes of a water damage water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets. Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24 after a water loss:
Drywall begins to swell and break down. Metal surfaces begin to tarnish. Furniture begins to swell and crack. Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain. A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
Mold and mildew may grow and spread. Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp. Metal begins to rust and corrode. Furniture warps and shows signs of mold. Paint begins to blister. Wood flooring swells and warps. Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
More Than 1 Week:
Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive. Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
What’s in the Water: 3 Levels of Contamination
Standing Water in a home in Carrollton, TX.
There are many issues that arise during flooding. Excess water can cause structural damage to your house in Carrollton, TX, and if not dried properly, can invite the growth of mold. Another problem that arises is that, when your home floods, you don’t always know what’s in the water. Contaminated water can be dangerous to both people and pets, and a water restoration specialist can help determine which category of contamination the floodwater falls under.
3 Categories of Contamination
1. Category 1 – Clean
Clean water is sanitary water that is not a danger to anyone with whom it comes into contact. Water that comes directly from the faucet or from a supply line leak is probably going to be clean water. Flood restoration that involves clean water typically is a matter of merely removing excess water and ensuring that the area is left dry.
2. Category 2 – Contaminated
The second type of water that might be found in a flooded residence is contaminated water. Water in this category might be harmful if ingested. When a toilet containing urine overflows or a dishwasher floods the kitchen, the resulting water is probably in this category.
3. Category 3 – Sewer
Formerly known as black water, the flood water in this category is full of contaminants and may cause serious illness or even death if ingested. It is not safe for humans or animals. Any time the sewer backs up or the house floods because of heavy rains outside, restoration technicians not only have to contend with the water damage but also must make sure the area is cleaned thoroughly to avoid the spread of bacteria.
If your home in Carrollton, TX, floods, you cannot assume the water is clean. An experienced restoration specialist is necessary to test the area and determine whether the house is full of contaminated water. Leaving this task up to the professionals is the best way to ensure the safety of your family and pets.
Steps To Maintain a Commercial Roof
Precautionary steps may include checking that your gutters are clean and not filled with debris
Steps to Maintain Your Property's Roof
Roof damage to your business in Carrollton, TX, as a result of storms can be time-consuming and costly to repair. However, taking steps to maintain your property’s roof may prevent major issues from occurring.
1. Have Frequent Inspections
Roof problems can sometimes go unnoticed until a major storm occurs and causes damage that requires the use of emergency restoration services. Likewise, small problems can result in extensive damage if they are not fixed in a timely manner. Being blindsided by roof issues can cause businesses to shut down temporarily but having frequent inspections on your building’s rooftop can help to alert you to problems, such as leaks or missing or cracked shingles, that could potentially result in devastating damage in the future.
2. Be Aware of Damage
Knowing your climate and environment can help you understand how to best maintain your business’s roofing. If you know that storms that cause rain and wind damage are common in your area, you can take steps to prevent major roof damage. Precautionary steps may include covering your building’s rooftop before a storm and consistently checking that your gutters are clean and not filled with debris.
3. Maintain Your Property
Having inspections often and knowing common causes of damage are often important, but it can also be useful to search for potential hazards on your property that could cause major damage to your building. Trees with dead limbs or with limbs hanging over your building can badly damage a roof when a storm strikes. Taking the time to examine your property is generally significantly less time-consuming and less expensive than a roof rebuild, making the maintenance worth the investment.
Maintaining your rooftop can often help to prevent roof damage. It can be useful to have frequent inspections, to know what common causes of damage are in your area and to ensure that all areas of your business are also maintained.
3 Post-Flood Mistakes All Homeowners Can Avoid
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Three Tips When Repairing A Home Flood
After experiencing a residential flood in Carrollton, TX, many homeowners are anxious to begin the process of cleanup and repair. With flood water subsiding and insurance companies involved, it may be time to begin the restoration process. Before you jump into the job with both feet, be sure you are prepared for what is ahead. Stay safe and streamline the work that goes into repairing a home flood by using these three helpful tips.
1. Wear Proper Attire
Flood cleanup is a large process to tackle. As you begin the duty of drying and restoring your residence, don’t underestimate the importance of proper clothing. Exposure to contaminated liquid may be dangerous, and walking into a longstanding pool of water can pose several risks. Some essential clothing to consider during cleanup might include the following:
• Knee-high rubber boots
• Long-sleeved shirt and pants
• Disposable respirator mask
• Rubber gloves
2. Don’t Touch Standing Water
Following a large storm where flood water fills a home, many home residents impatiently await the time that they are allowed to go back into their property. While it may be tempting to walk around your flooded home to assess damage, it is never a good idea to enter a house that’s taken in too much moisture. If downed power lines are in contact with standing water, the risk of electrocution is very high. For safety reasons, contact a licensed electrician to clear the area before getting started.
3. Follow Clean-Up Protocol
After taking in the severity of the water damage left behind by a residential flood, many homeowners want to speed-up the sanitation process as much as possible. In order to achieve the best results, be sure to consult storm damage restoration specialists. Work closely with your property insurer and follow its processes. This will ensure more timely results and proper repairs.
Keep these tips in mind as you begin to rebuild after a residential flood. For a safe and efficient process, deal with flood water damages in a cautious and routine manner.
Faster to Carrollton Water Damage Events
SERVPRO of Carrollton provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24/7
Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Carrollton provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Carrollton arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
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SERVPRO of Carrollton, Texas specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
About SERVPRO of Carrollton
SERVPRO of Carrollton, Texas specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Three Tips for Preventing Water Damage to Your Business
Storm water leak in Carrollton, TX
Three Tips for Preventing Water Damage to Your Business
When you are preparing for a storm in Carrollton, TX, it is important to keep your building envelope in mind. This is the area of the building that is responsible for keeping everything inside protected from the outside. This includes the sub floor, exterior walls, doors, and windows as well as the roof. All of these should be considered when you are expecting bad weather. Here are some tips for how to best keep water and moisture out of your building during a storm.
1. Make Sure All Doors and Windows Are Properly Sealed
Because doors and windows might have gaps that allow moisture into the building, it is important to pay careful attention to these areas to prevent rain damage. Look to make sure that all of the insulation and weather strips are in good condition and add additional sealing if necessary.
2. Inspect the Exterior to Check For Problems
During a storm, it is possible for water to enter the walls even through small cracks. If this happens, it could damage your walls and they might end up needing to be replaced. Water inside the walls can also lead to black mold growth that will require mold remediation to remove the damage.
3. Keep Drains Clean
In order to prevent rain damage on your roofs, you should make sure that all of the drains are clean and free of debris. If they are not, it could cause them to clog, creating a pool of water on the roof. This water could cause damage not only to the roof but the areas underneath it as well if the roof were to leak.
A storm can cause quite a bit of damage to your building if you are not properly prepared. Rain damage can be costly and it can affect your ability to operate your business if you have to spend time rebuilding, so keep these tips in mind when you are expecting bad weather.
Coping in the Immediate Aftermath of a Storm
People who live in Carrollton, TX, are not strangers to the destructive power of storms, whether it is high wind, precipitation or flooding. However, a few storm tips about what to do while waiting for help to arrive can be helpful to even the most seasoned storm veteran.
Safety Is the First Priority.
• Summon help for any medical emergencies.
• Stay calm. Determine if anyone needs assistance and help if you can.
• Be sure the storm event has abated before checking surroundings for storm damage.
• Listen for official instructions on local radio, television, or internet news sources.
• Avoid driving so that roads remain clear for rescue personnel.
• Keep track of children; flooding, in particular, can remain treacherous for some time.
• Keep clear of moving water, downed power lines and compromised trees and structures; effective storm tips include perils of the aftermath.
• Follow official directions regarding evacuation or travel.
• Understand that a response for services will take time. Avoid repeated phone calls as others may also be seeking help.
• Contact your home insurance company to report damage and schedule an appointment for an adjuster’s inspection.
Securing Your Home Comes Next.
Wait for an insurance adjuster to arrive to accurately record the extent of storm damage to your home and belongings. It may be necessary to secure your home from further loss or damage. Tarps or plywood can be put in place to prevent water damage, for instance. However, don’t begin repairs until your insurance company gets a full report from the adjuster.
There is a certain level of excitement and adrenaline rush attached to storm activity, and emotions can run high. However, a healthy amount of respect for the power and unpredictability of nature is in order. Heed storm tips and share them with your family, friends, and neighbors. Repairing the damage will happen soon enough, and help will be available.
For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROcarrolltontx.com/.
Disposing of Waste after a Flood Damage
There is no way around it; flood damage will likely ruin some of your belongings no matter how much drying you do. No amount of air movement will bring back items that have been contaminated by flood water.
Porous Materials are Contaminated
Dispose of all the porous materials responsibly and make room for your water damage restoration. Our technicians will do all the demo of contaminated materials. Walls will have some of the drywall removed and anything else that is wooden. Tack strip and baseboards will also be torn out of the home and replaced.
How to recover from flood damage?
After all the contaminated items are removed and disposed of your home will be disinfected and dried. The air movers will have the area dried in 3-5 days depending on the extent of the flooding.
Flooding in Carrollton Businesses
Water in your business can destroy your products and hurt sales temporarily. Don't let the damage also close your doors for an extended period of time. SERVPRO of Carrollton can keep your business open through quickly mitigating the damage.
Quick Mitigation is the Key
Put this water damage restoration project at the top of the list. Mitigation is the key. If you don't want to lose out on money or possibly have your home or business condemned, clean and dry the area quickly after any water damage occurs.
SERVPRO of Carrollton will have your business looking "Like it never even happened." Keep your business open and back to normal using our emergency mitigation services. We can even place containments and construction areas in your building to keep employees and clients out.
Essential Tips for Recovering From Storm Damage
Stepping outside your home after a severe storm can be traumatic. The damage to your home and property may range from light to severe. You can take heart that a restoration specialist located in Carrollton, TX, should be able to help you clean up and rebuild from almost any damage. Before help arrives, you can use these storm tips to begin recovery.
Safety is your first priority. Look for downed power lines, trees that were weakened and are at risk of falling, potential structural damage to your home, and any other dangerous storm destruction.
Make these storm tips fun by having an adventure. Attitude can make a huge difference in how you and your family fare before help arrives. A cheerful, adventurous attitude can drive shock away and lift everyone’s spirits, especially if you have children with you. If you have to spend a night or two outside, frame it as a camping trip.
Whether you are alone or with your family, try to get together with other people, especially neighbors who may also be alone or need help. Hardship can bring out the best in many people. You can band together to accomplish much that you couldn’t otherwise manage, such as food preparation, shelter setup or cleanup, or even fire starting if it’s particularly cold weather.
Search safely to find a radio, television, telephone, or other useful communications device. News channels and emergency broadcasts can provide valuable guidance to help you know when you may expect rescue crews.
If help is likely to be more than a day away, water could be the biggest threat to the health of you and your family. Stored water can be a real help. If you don’t have safe water, be sure to purify the water you can find. Here are a few ways to purify water:
• Iodine solution
• Chlorine drops
Following these storm tips can go a long way toward ensuring your family’s safe recovery from the effects of storm damage. If you live in Carrollton, TX, consider contacting a restoration company. These companies specialize in cleaning up after most types of disasters and can even help with general home problems.
For more information, please visit us athttp://www.SERVPROcarrollton.com.