Recent Storm Damage Posts
Be Proactive: Storm Protection
Preparing for a massive storm is the key to avoid any extensive damage that will lead to major trouble
Oftentimes, when you live in the Midwest, your nose can sense a storm brewing. Preparing for a massive storm is the key to avoid any extensive damage that will lead to major trouble.
Follow along for some helpful tips in protecting you and your loved ones in whatever Mother Nature will bring.
- To ensure everyone's safety, bring your children and pets to a sturdy shelter. It is better to be cautious than risky.
- If the storm becomes high danger, evacuation may be the most appropriate course of action. Sometimes, your local officials will recommend evacuation as well if the storm causes enough concern.
- As soon as you feel the wind rolling in, move the lawn equipment, such as chairs, tables, or umbrellas, into a sound structure. This way you can avoid any chance of seeing your furniture in your neighbor’s pool.
- Do not attempt to ride out the storm if it is categorized as a three, four, or five. These are considered far too dangerous to be out and about. Please seek shelter.
- It is important to monitor the ever-changing weather patterns that come with living in the Midwest. SERVPRO advises that you check the weather multiple times per day during any chance of storms.
Keeping these steps in mind will add an extra layer of comfort to you as the storms come surging through. In the case of storm damage, SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties provides mitigation to your home or business. This includes any necessary demolition, water removal or extraction, and structural drying. Do not hesitate to give SERVPRO a call at 765-575-8654 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and make it “Like it never even happened.”
April Showers Bring May Flowers
“April showers bring May flowers” but dealing with rainfall in the moment can be quite inconvenient.
People often say, “April showers bring May flowers,” and based on that theory our gardens will be more beautiful than ever in just a few weeks. The heavy amount of rainfall this season provides may eventually lead to flowers and sunshine, but dealing with rainfall in the moment can be quite inconvenient.
That is why the team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties is committed to making sure you understand how an abundance of rain can have an impact on your home. As we go throughout this wet season, be sure to prepare yourself and your home for any of the following problems caused by heavy rain or standing water:
- Sump Pump Backup- Sump pumps are used in homes to transfer accumulating water from a basement to the outside. In situations where there is a heavy amount of rain, a sump pump may struggle with keeping up, leading to a potential backup and flooding.
- Septic System Failure- Septic systems are underground water chambers used to treat wastewater. They are common in rural areas such as ours. Heavy rainfalls and accumulating water can oversaturate your land and cause your septic system to flood.
- Mold- Anytime there is a buildup of water or moisture in a home or building, there is a high likelihood mold will develop. Once it starts growing in an area, it can multiply quickly causing a toxic problem for homeowners.
The team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties are experts in water damage repair and restoration. If you find yourself in need of help after suffering from any of the above issues, they are here for you.
SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties takes pride in being faster to any size disaster to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give SERVPRO a call at 765-575-8654!
Here to help in your time of need
Disaster doesn’t consider what time of the day it is before it strikes.
Spring storm season has arrived and is already rearing its ugly head by wreaking havoc in communities across the Midwest.
Spring storms can present themselves in a variety of frightening ways. Whether it is significant hail, heavy rains, or extreme wind, the outcome of these sometimes-catastrophic weather events is not always pretty, and clean up afterwards can be daunting. It’s important to know that during these times you are not alone and help is right around the corner.
This is why the team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties is equipped to provide quick cleanup and aid during your time of need.
With the use of scientific drying techniques and a vast experience in the restoration industry, they have the capability to improve the condition of your home or property quickly and without hassle.
In addition to having the knowledge needed to provide quick clean up, SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties has a 24/7 emergency service line. They know and understand that disaster doesn’t consider what time of the day it is before it strikes.
If you find that you’ve experienced storm damage at your home, and you are need assistance, reach out to the team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties. They are ready and willing to help, and can make the disaster “Like it never even happened.”
Spring is on its way
Spring is notorious for unpredictable, sometimes tumultuous weather.
Before we know it winter will be making its annual departure and sweet, sweet spring will be on its way. The snow will have melted, the ice will have thawed, temperatures will finally be on the rise, the birds will start singing again…and those dreaded spring storms will start brewing.
Most of us love the freshness of a new season, but along with warmer temperatures and much needed sunshine, spring is notorious for unpredictable, sometimes tumultuous weather.
Whether it be heavy rain, high winds and tornadoes, flooding, or lighting, no one wants to be caught off guard and unprepared when a spring storm hits your house. The team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties knows that foresight can be key when it comes to preventing damage to your home, and they want you to be able to do just that.
Following these SMALL steps, can keep you from assessing BIG damage:
- Make sure all winter debris have been removed from gutters, drains, and downspouts.
- If your home has a sump pump, make sure it is in good working order and is draining as it should.
- Trim back or cut all dead trees and branches to prevent snapping and falling during high winds.
- If you live in an area that is prone to power outages, secure a home emergency kit and store it in a safe place that is easy to reach.
SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties wants to make sure you are covered when the unthinkable happens. Following these tips will help you get ready for the uncertain spring season. However, if you find yourself in a situation where your home does suffer a loss, give SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties a call. We offer 24/7 emergency services and can make the disaster “Like it never even happened.”
Stay Aware of Winter Weather Hazards
Snowfall can be heavy and lead to falling tree limbs. If possible, remove the ice as quickly as possible.
Winter weather doesn’t only have the ability to affect your mood, but it could also negatively affect your home as well. With freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, forceful winds, and ice- the damage to your home can be severe and happen quickly.
It’s important during winter that you keep an eye on severe winter storm advisories, freezing temperatures, or heavy snow/ice possibilities. Winter storms can cause the following to happen to your home:
- Ice dams and snowfall can be very heavy and lead to a leaking roof, falling tree limbs and damaged gutters. If possible, remove the ice as quickly as possible.
- Freezing temperatures can cause frozen pipes that lead to water leaks. Leave cabinet doors open to allow heat to hit the pipes and keep water dripping to help with the complete freezing of the pipe.
- Wet conditions can lead to dry rot and mold around or inside of your home. These conditions can be very dangerous and must be taken care of immediately.
Should you find your home has damage caused by a winter storm, give SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties a call. The team at SERVPRO is trained to help with storm damage and is faster to any size disaster. For more information on possible storm damage that could occur to your home, visit our storm page!
How Can SERVPRO Help With Storm Aftermath?
Storm damage often hits when least expected, causing significant inconveniences.
The weather can be very unpredictable, especially during the winter. Recently, tornadoes took out entire towns, even when tornadoes in December are almost unheard of. Storm damage often hits when least expected, causing significant inconveniences.
SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties is here to help you with all aspects of storm damage that might happen to your home. Not only is SERVPRO, “Faster to any size disaster,” but the team also offers 24/7 emergency services.
How can SERVPRO help with storm damage?
- Disaster recovery- SERVPRO will be at your home within hours to assess the damage and begin putting a plan in action to avoid more damage.
- Mold remediation- when water seeps into areas of your home, mold can occur. Mold can be hard to find but is very dangerous if left untreated.
- Sewage cleanup- if pipes are to break due to storm damage, it can cause sewage system issues that can be very dangerous. SERVPRO is trained to safely clean up sewage mess and make it, “Like it never even happened.”
- Odor removal- water damage can often lead to a lingering odor throughout the home. SERVPRO has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate all odors.
If your home becomes a victim to storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties. Our team is professionally trained to get the job done efficiently with no trace that a disaster ever happened!
During the Fall Season, it is not uncommon for powerful storms to move through our area.
During the Fall Season, it is not uncommon for powerful storms to move through our area. Whether it be strong winds, heavy rainfall that can lead to flooding, or solid precipitation such as hail, these weather acts have the potential to wreak havoc on residences and personal property.
Fortunately, SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties has important tips for how to protect the homes we cherish so much, and what to do in the event that damage does occur.
You should always check to make sure your current roof is in good condition. Loose shingles, or issues with gutters, drains, or downspouts can exacerbate any problem with a storm quickly. Also, make sure that any low-hanging tree limbs have been trimmed and are not at risk of falling easily.
If you have a sump pump in your basement or crawl space, checking to make sure it is working properly can be crucial in avoiding any type of flooding when heavy rainfall occurs. If flooding does take place, make sure to check all areas of your home for places where water may be accumulating or not draining. Standing water can lead to mold very quickly, and is best to be avoided if at all possible.
As much as we would like to prevent storm damage from occurring, sometimes it is simply out of our control. When this happens it is important to reach out to the professionals immediately. The team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties has the expertise needed to handle any or all storm-related problems. With SERVPRO's 24/7 service, the team will arrive faster to any disaster.
Should you have any questions about storm damage or feel you might have damage, give us a call at (765) 575-8654. We can make the damage “Like it never even happened.”
Look for Heavy Rainfall Leading to Mold
After a heavy rainfall or accumulation of water, mold can pop up anywhere in your home.
SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties would like to insure you are aware of the potential health effects mold can bring. After a heavy rainfall or accumulation of water, mold can pop up anywhere in your home. It’s important to understand mold can rapidly spread and is a serious issue that must be treated as soon as possible.
When you spot mold in your home, make sure you stay out of affected areas. It is important to turn off all HVAC systems and fans, to avoid respiratory problems to any children and the elderly in your home. The next step is to contact the professionals for mold remediation services.
SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties will provide an inspection and assessment of your property to find mold spots. With our specialized filtration equipment and mold containment procedures, we then treat the source of the mold.
The mold remediation process consists of the necessary removal of mold-infested materials and surfaces, which can include drywall and carpeting. In the end, depending on the level of damage, restoration may include repairs and reconstruction of certain areas.
For SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties, the safety of the community is vital. We are always ready to help you with 24/7 emergency services. If you find yourself with mold issues after a heavy storm or house flood, do not hesitate to give us a call at 765-575-8654. Let us make it “Like it never even happened.”
Storm Season is Here: What to Watch For
Storm Season is Here: What to Watch For
We are all looking forward to a warmer weather as the spring season begins. There are, however, a few things to keep in mind to help you stay safe during any disaster this time of the year.
Severe changes in weather temperatures can trigger disasters such as thunderstorms, flooding, and tornadoes. As we go throughout the season, be sure to prepare yourself and your loved ones for weather disasters:
- Thunderstorms are common during the spring and summer seasons. Due to the way they originate, these can happen anytime and anywhere. The most common consequence can be roof damage due to trees falling near your home. If you notice roof damage, contact a local roofing contractor and reach out to SERVPRO if that led to any water damage within your home.
- Hail and heavy rain are frequent due to the drastic temperature changes that are common in the spring. Intense storms can produce hail leading to severe roof damage. Be sure to keep your gutters clean for rainwater to flow freely to the ground and avoid flooding in your basement or crawlspace. If you experience flooding in your home, contact SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties right away so we can remove the moisture and help you avoid mold damage.
- Windstorms and tornadoes are also common during this time of the year. Make sure to identify a safe room for you and your family to go when a disaster occurs. Following high winds or tornadoes, be on the lookout for fallen trees that are around your house and look for missing roof shingles and gutter damage.
We at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties are committed to helping our community no matter what season it is. If you find yourself in need of help after suffering from a disaster, know that we are here for you. We are a team that takes pride in being faster to any size disaster to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at 765-575-8654!
Snow Thaw Awareness for Homeowners
Thawing snow, especially when combined with early spring rains can lead to serious trouble.
The weather patterns that come with spring can be unpredictable. Temperatures can begin to rise in a short amount of time going from a snowstorm to a warm breeze in a matter of days. It’s important to prepare for any disaster that might occur in your home due to snow thawing.
Thawing snow, especially when combined with early spring rains can lead to serious trouble. When water starts to flow, be sure to continually monitor the basement and crawl space in your house. Look for ways to create paths for melting snow to drain away from your house in order to prevent water from accumulating in those lower areas of your home.
As the weather gets warmer, every surface starts to become moist and humid from thawing. This could jumpstart mold growth in spaces like your basement, crawl space, or garage. Exposure to mold can cause health problems for you and your family, making mold prevention a high priority for homeowners.
SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties is committed to providing our community with the best advice and service possible. Should your home fall victim to a water mess, we guarantee to make it “Like it never happened.” Give us a call at (765) 575-8654 for help with disaster cleanup.
How to Prevent Pipe Freezing
Insulation sleeves help to prevent pipes from freezing.
Frozen pipes can have many consequences within your home, causing a chain reaction of events. The freezing of pipes occurs when there is lack of access to water or when there is continuous stress placed on the pipes due of temperature drops.
Prevent these consequences by readying your home for winter by:
- Make sure all pipes are wrapped in insulation sleeves to prevent from freezing. Consider insulating whole areas of your home that are more likely to get cold such as exterior walls, ceilings, foundation, attic, and basement.
- Let cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Circulation through the pipe, even a little, will help prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. It may incur a higher heating bill but can help prevent a costly repair job.
- Consistently check your plumbing for corrosion or air leaks that can cause warm air to escape and cold air to get in.
By following these tips, your home will be ready for cold temperatures. However, should you find yourself victim of a frozen pipe mess, give SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties a call. We offer 24/7 emergency services and can make the disaster “Like it never even happened.”
What Causes Pipe Freezing
Frozen pipes are among the most significant problems that can occur during the coldest months.
Winter can bring costly damages for homeowners if several precautions aren’t followed. Frozen pipes are among the most significant problems that can occur during the coldest months. Suffering from frozen pipes can cause a large amount of damage to your home.
Luckily, SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties are here to provide the services you need to stay safe and warm for the winter. We have highly trained restoration technicians offering 24-hour emergency services.
Some of the causes of pipe freezing include:
- Pipes freeze due to not being insulated. Insulation keeps the warm in and cold out, helping to protect pipes and preventing them from freezing.
- Pipes freeze due to cold areas. It is common that some areas of your home are more likely to be colder than others. This includes crawl spaces, exterior walls, basements, or any spot that isn’t used often. The lack of insulation in walls, floors, ceilings, or foundation can allow the formation of cold zones that increase the possibility of pipes freezing.
- Pipes freeze due to no water circulation. With water constantly moving through the pipes, it is less likely that they will freeze. But we know that not every water supply is used all the time and, in very low temperatures, water or drainage pipes in which there is no circulation are more likely to freeze.
Rather than dealing with the stress of a disaster in your home, trust the professionals and follow these guidelines to make your home a safer place for your family. At SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties we care about our client’s safety and make sure to be faster to any disaster, guaranteeing quality service to make it look “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO Assists with Storm Cleanup in Cincinnati
SERVPRO Assist with Storm Cleanup in Cincinnati
After a storm, the cleanup isn’t always as simple as picking up twigs and rolled over trash cans. A previous storm in Cincinnati went terribly awry due to a massive amount of rain in a short period of time. When a storm causes flooding, it might be necessary to call in professionals who are trained to clean this level of mess.
The storm in Cincinnati led to flooded streets and basements. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties were requested to join the storm team in Cincinnati. The team spent a week removing water from basements and drying out structures. The area was difficult to navigate due to road closures, major debris, and minimal resources available, but the team made it work.
“Our team was lucky enough during this event to have a hotel and easily accessible gasoline,” explained Office Manager Diana Hill. “We also had a place to discard debris safely.”
If you run into storm damage, reach out to SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties. We are faster to any disaster and will make it “Like it never even happened.”
Spring Storms: What’s your plan?
Your family is the most important thing in your life. Make a disaster plan to keep your family safe.
Finally, it’s Spring again…that time of year when the birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and storms are brewing on the horizon. It’s important to remember that severe storms can happen day or night, and at any time of the year. Storms can bring with them rain, hail, lightning, and winds that sometimes result in tornadoes.
Does your family have an action plan in place for severe weather? Be sure to get all members involved. The time to plan is now, before bad weather strikes.
Determine the safe room- a location on the lowest floor of your home that has no windows. This location needs to have as many walls as possible between you and the outside world. It could be a basement, inner closet or bathroom. Be creative. Plan to use a table, mattress, blankets, or even winter coats as layers of protection, when needed.
Make a list of important phone numbers and save them on everyone’s phone. List the information in your safe room as well. Some people write numbers on the wall of their garage, on a chalk board by the phone, or on the basement wall. Be sure to include the non-emergency numbers for your local police, fire and rescue. Add the numbers of important businesses, like your electric, phone, cable, plumber, repair services and SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties. Include family, friends and neighbors. Your list should include anyone you may need to call in case of an emergency. This could be a fun art project for kids!
Now is the perfect time to replace batteries in your flashlights. Keep candles and matches handy in your safe area, too. Be sure to keep your cell phones and external chargers charged up. Keep your battery radio or weather radio in this area, as well. Go ahead and put a few distractions in your safe area. Maybe a distraction game, book or coloring book for the kids. Plan to put everyone in their bicycle or football helmets, when possible.
Have a plan for your animals, too. Have a small carrier ready to scoop up your cat or small dog. Have a leash on hand for larger dogs. You may want plan to use a knob or hook on the wall to secure the leash while you wait out the storm.
It’s important that you and your family has a disaster plan and that everyone knows what they are to do in case of severe weather. Your family is the most important thing in your life. Make a disaster plan to keep your family safe, and when the storm passes, give SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties a call to take care of any damage that occurred. We make it “Like it never even happened.”
When Thunderstorms and Flooding Strike- Give SERVPRO a Call
Spring Storm on the Horizon
It’s great to look forward to the warmer days of spring, but it’s also important to remember that this change in the weather can bring disaster with it. Warming temperatures threaten to trigger thunderstorms and flooding. As spring continues, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Thunderstorms occur most often in the spring and summer months during the afternoon and evening hours but can occur anywhere and anytime. These powerful storms can dump large amounts of rain in a short period of time, resulting in flooding and power outages. Be sure to keep your gutters cleaned out and properly working to avoid large accumulation of rainwater.
- Flooding during storms are common but can be more serious during the springtime. Homes and business owners with basements need to pay close attention during flood season, to avoid damage to the foundation.
Never drive through flooded roadways and avoid contact with floodwater when possible. If the water has entered a structure through the flooding of a creek, stream or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is also to be considered black water and could be hazardous to your health.
“If your home or business is affected by a flood, remember, quick action is critical to minimizing damage and long-term health risks,” says John Mantor, owner of SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties. “We hope people will simply add us to your contact list in your phone. We’re here to help.”
Should you find yourself suffering from a disaster, don’t worry. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties has 24/7 service and are faster to any disaster. Give us a call and let us make it, “Like it never even happened.” 765-575-8654
Fighting Water Damage From Winter Storms
Home in Winter
When the temperatures are low, most are only concerned about snow flurries. However, there’s more to worry about than those white flakes. Winter storms can lead to damage to your home you might not be aware of. Things to watch for are…
- Frozen pipes. When it gets cold enough outside for the rain to begin freezing, your pipes are liable to freeze as well. If you don’t take precaution to prevent the freezing, water can leak and lead to water damage. Open your cabinets allow more heat to the pipes and turn your faucet on slightly to keep water moving.
- Flooding. When melting snow combines with heavy winter rains, flooding is a real threat. Keep an eye on your basement and crawlspace for signs of flooding, and check around the outside of your home for areas where water isn’t draining. Water accumulation can lead to mold, something nobody wants.
- Gutter damage. Snow and ice can lead to damage to your gutters. Sometimes your gutters cannot hold the weight of snow or your gutters may wear down from ice. It’s important to ensure your gutters are working properly and ready to take on the influx of spring rain.
Should you find damage to your home from winter storms, it’s important to first try removing the moisture. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties can help you dry everything out. SERVPRO can inventory, clean, and return items to you mold-free. Finally, you’ll want a solution in place so you will be less likely to experience flooding again. The expert team at SERVPRO can offer advice and solutions to keep basements and crawlspaces dry.
Should you have any questions about winter storm damage or feel you might have damage… give us a call at (765) 575-8654. We can make the damage “Like it never even happened.”
Getting Ready for the Thaw
Winter waiting for a thaw
Even though there might be snow in the forecast now, spring weather is just around the corner. This means more sunshine, warmer air, and complete thawing of all things cold. It can be very exciting anticipating the temperatures to come, but it’s important to be aware of the disaster that could come from ice and snow thawing.
When the thawing begins, the water must go somewhere. Depending on the amount of water, many different results can occur. One of the most important things to watch for is flooding in your basement or crawl space. The water is going to naturally run down, which can cause water damage to anything in your basement, flooring, and walls.
Where there is a persistent source of water, there is always a potential for mold. As the temperature begins to rise and everything is moist from thawing, keep an eye out for mold around your home. Specifically check closely in your basement, crawl space, and garage.
Should you find your home in danger of disaster when the thaw happens, don’t worry. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties are faster to any disaster! Do your best to be cautious and avoid the damage from occurring. However, if issues occur, SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties can make it “Like it never even happened.”
When Cold Weather Leads To Disaster
Cold weather and snow can be fun when you’re sledding down a hill or having a snowball fight. However, the freezing temperatures aren’t as appealing when it means the pipes in your home are frozen or your roof suffers damage. When this type of disaster strikes, immediate action is necessary to prevent more damage from occurring to your property. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties have the winter storm experience to remediate damage caused by the winter weather.
Extreme cold weather can lead to frozen pipes that can later burst. Pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and the resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes or unheated area pipes should keep an eye on include…
- Outdoor hose bibs
- Water sprinkler lines
- Swimming pool supply lines
- Crawl spaces
- Under sinks
Pipes aren’t the only victims in the cold weather: ice and heavy snowfall can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. If the additional weight of the snow is heavy enough, it can even cause the roof to collapse. Water can also get into cracks and small spaces, and the repetition of freezing and thawing can cause the small cracks to get larger. Pay close attention to your exterior and consider a monthly “walk around” your home to look for any obvious issues.
Frozen pipes and roof damage can become serious problems if you don’t take action immediately. The team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties is ready to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (765) 575-8654.
Do you have hail damage?
While hail can seem cool when you’re measuring to see how large it is, it can be pretty scary afterwards once you see the damage it has caused. These frozen balls of ice that fall from the sky can cause a large amount of damage to cars, homes, and businesses. If you are ever to experience a hailstorm, the first step is to take immediate cover. After the storm has passed, it is then time to check your belongings and evaluate the possible damage. Common areas to check around your home and business for hail damage are…
- Air Conditioner
Once you have evaluated the damage, be sure to locate any excess flooding as well. Along with hail comes rainfall, meaning flooding can occur. Remove excess water by mopping and blotting or turning on the air conditioner (if there is no damage to it). Gather loose items from the floor and put them in a dry safe place.
After you have the water under control call the experts at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties. As a locally owned and operated business, we understand that you need help fast, which is why we are faster to any disaster. In no time we will have your property “Like it never even happened”.
Tornadoes: How SERVPRO can help after a major disaster
Tornadoes can occur anywhere, but the Midwest gets more than its fair share of these terrifying storms in the spring and summer months. If a tornado touches down in your neighborhood, SERVPRO is “faster to any disaster” and can help you with the aftermath.
- Wind damage- Wind speeds in a tornado can be as high as 300 mph. While these high winds can demolish a home, more common is damage to a home’s roof and siding. When this happens, you need to act fast to prevent further damage. SERVPRO partners with trusted contractors that we can connect you with to make it "Like it never even happened.”
- Water damage- Tornadoes come from the energy released in a thunderstorm, which usually involves rain. Wind and rain can combine for a dangerous mix when it comes to the well-being of your home or business. If you have water damage after a tornado or other type of storm, call SERVPRO as soon as the storm passes, and we’ll work with you to preserve your belongings and prevent mold growth.
- Downed trees and limbs- If you experience downed trees and limbs, contact us and we can refer you to a trusted contractor to help remove the debris. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties can help you with the damage left by the downed trees and limbs, including the clean-up of broken glass and insulation pieces, which can be dangerous.
We hope you never have to experience the aftermath of a tornado, but if you do, contact SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties and we’ll make it "Like it never even happened.”
Spring Storms: More than just ‘April showers’
As spring settle in, here in the Midwest we know that means spring storms. Here’s a guide from SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties to help prepare for storms and repair from storms if needed.
Before the storm: Make sure your roof is in good condition. If you notice loose shingles, contact a roofing contractor to get them repaired. Be sure that all winter debris is cleared from your gutters, drains, and downspouts. Trim your trees from any hanging limbs that may damage your home or automobiles. If you hear reports of threatening weather coming, do a quick scan of your yard and put away lawn chairs, yard equipment, toys, and delicate lawn ornaments.
During the storm: Stay indoors if possible. Make sure that you have a safe place to stay if there is a tornado. A windowless, indoor room or a basement is preferable. Keep battery-operated flashlight handy and make sure your cell phone is fully charged. Don’t attempt to assess any damages until the storm has passed.
After the storm: The team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties is here to help you if spring storms damage your home. If you experience flooding, we can help you dry things out and can prevent mold and mildew from taking over. If you have damage to your home, call us and we will connect you with trusted contractors who can help. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
Wind Storm Havoc: Managing the Aftermath
Often wind damage is associated with a tornado, but tornadoes aren’t the only storms capable of producing damaging winds. Damaging winds, often called “straight-line” winds can be just as devastating to property. According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, straight-line wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles. These winds are often associated with a thunderstorm and may cause power outages and property damage.
After the winds die down, that’s when the team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties gets to work. Because these types of wind cause damage to windows, doors, and roofing, it’s important to act fast to protect your property. Here’s what you can do following a damaging wind storm:
- Remain safe. Your safety is more important than anything. Do not risk going out in a wind storm. Even if there is no lightning present, violent winds can cause flying debris.
- Contact SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties. We can come to your property and help you assess the damage. We will work with your insurance company to make it “Like it never even happened.”
- Do not attempt to remove large tree limbs or fallen trees. These jobs are best left to the professionals. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties can help connect you with a tree removal service.
- Be prepared for short-term and long-term solutions. The SERVPRO team can make sure your home is safe and help prevent further damage. Then, we’ll help you put things back together so you can get back to normal life as soon as possible.
Has your home or business suffered damage from a wind storm? Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties at 765-575-8654.
After the Flood: Safe Cleanup Tips
Whether from melting snow or torrential downpours, flooding in Henry and Randolph Counties is not uncommon. Storm damage through flooding can lead to property damage and ongoing mold problems, but the team at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties has some tips to help:
- Safety first. If you have standing water where electricity may be present, make sure that ALL electricity is turned off to the area to prevent electrocution. When in doubt, contact a professional to help disconnect power.
- Don’t wait. When you’re dealing with water damage, it’s important that you take immediate action so that you can rescue as much as you can. The experts at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties offer 24-hour emergency water damage service. Call 765-575-8654 to get connected with our team.
- Fight mold. Getting your space dried out as quickly as possible is crucial to avoiding dangerous mold setting in. While things can dry out naturally, this isn’t guaranteed, and it may not be fast enough to prevent mold. SERVPRO has a scientific approach to drying that can help speed up the process and keep mold at bay.
- Give your valuables some love. While not everything can be saved after a flood, you may be surprised at what can be salvaged. Let SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties remove your wet items from the flooded area and take them to our facility for restoration. Our team is trained to remove odors from your items, so they’ll be returned to their original condition (maybe even better!)
- Check for structural integrity. Sometimes a flood can compromise a building’s foundation. This can lead to bigger problems down the road if not addressed immediately. Contact a trusted contractor to assess your facility’s foundation after a flood to make sure it’s in good condition and make the recommended improvements if necessary.
Flood damage after a storm can feel devastating, but with help from the pros at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties, you’ll soon have your life back “Like it never even happened.”
When Winter Storms Lead To Storm Damage
When winter storms result in damage, contact SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties.
Winter is officially here, and while the snow can be pretty, it can lead to damage to your home or business. What kinds of damage can happen during a winter storm?
When ice and snow weigh down a tree’s branches, sometimes those branches wind up on the roof of your house. That can lead to a more than just a few damaged shingles… if a branch breaks all the way through the roof, it can lead to water damage and more.
In addition, sometimes the weight of heavy snow can cause a roof to collapse. This usually only occurs over the course of several snowstorms and takes several feet of snow.
What to do if it happens to you: Contact SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties and the first thing we will do is stop any further damage by placing a weather-sturdy tarp on the roof. We’ll work with roofing professionals and your insurance company to get a new roof or a roof repair in place quickly so that you can stay warm and dry.
When the temperatures drop during a winter storm, it’s hard for pipes to stay warm. This can lead to frozen pipes that may burst. Signs of frozen pipes include: unusual odors from the faucet or drain, no water (or very little water) coming from the pipes, or frost on the pipes. Find tips for preventing frozen pipes here.
What to do if it happens to you: If it’s not too late, you may be able to prevent your pipes from bursting. Try opening cabinet doors to allow more heat to the pipes and turn on the faucet slightly to allow the water to flow once unfrozen.
If you don’t get to your frozen pipes fast enough, you will have pipes that burst. Water leaking will lead to water damage if not managed quickly.
What to do if it happens to you: The first thing to do is to shut off your water at the home’s main water valve. (If you don’t know where that is… call SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties to discuss our free Emergency Ready Profile. We can help you find important details about your utilities before you need it!) If water damage has occurred in an area that uses electricity, use your breaker box to turn off electricity in that area.
Your next step is to call in the pros. SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties has 24-hour service available for emergencies like burst pipes. We’ll get the water damage under control and help you contact a certified plumber to get your pipes repaired.
When warmer temperatures hit, all of that snow has to go somewhere. Melting snow, especially when combined with additional rain, can lead to flooding. When your basement or crawlspace has water leaking in, that means that mold is soon to follow.
What to do if it happens to you: Removing the water from the basement or crawlspace is the first step, and SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties can help you dry everything out. Next, you’ll need to have anything stored there treated for mold damage. SERVPRO can inventory, clean, and return items to you mold-free. Finally, you’ll want a solution in place so you will be less likely to experience flooding again. The expert team at SERVPRO can offer advice and solutions to keep basements and crawlspaces dry.
Do you have a question about winter storm damage? Give us a call at (765) 575-8654.
When Storms or Floods hit Henry and Randolph Counties, SERVPRO is ready!
SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Henry and Randolph Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 765-575-8654
Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
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Here at SERVPRO of Henry and Randolph Counties we are always ready to help and prepared for whatever disaster may arise. According to Ready.gov here are some actions you can take to help reduce property damage during a Winter Storm and Extreme Cold.
WINTERIZE YOUR HOME by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic.
INSULATE WATER PIPES. Also, allow faucets to drip or trickle during unusually cold weather or if the power and heat are out to avoid freezing. When water freezes, it expands, and this can cause water pipes to burst. Know how to shut off water valves if a pipe bursts.
CLEAR RAIN GUTTERS, repair roof leaks, check your roof to make sure it can handle the extra weight of the snow and ice, and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or neighboring structure. Keep pathways and driveways clear between storms to avoid buildup of snow piles and icing.
INSTALL BATTERY-OPERATED CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS or electric detectors with battery backups in central locations on every level of your home. This will provide an early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and potentially deadly gas.
HIRE A CONTRACTOR to check the structural ability of your roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow and/or ice.
KEEP FIRE EXTINGUISHERS ON HAND and make sure everyone in your home knows how to use them. If your smoke alarms get power from your home’s electrical system (hardwired), make sure the backup battery is replaced at least once a year, so your alarms will work during a power outage.
MAINTAIN HEATING EQUIPMENT and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. Renters, either check with your landlord or property manager to ensure that they have taken care of these necessary building improvements or find out your responsibilities with respect to these actions.
In the event of a disaster striking we are always just a phone call away... 765-575-8654