Recent Storm Damage Posts

An Examination of the Risks That Flash Floods Present | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

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There are many ways that severe weather can cause dangerous scenarios, but when flash floods are possible, being as safe as possible is vital. Floods come in second for causes of weather-related deaths in the country, and flash floods are the most dangerous type of flood that there is.

There is little time to react when a flash flood is predicted, which is why it is vital to know what to do beforehand so you can make safe decisions once a flash flood warning is issued. Below, we will examine the risks and safety procedures for a flash flood so you can have peace of mind.

How Risky Are Flash Floods?

No matter what type of flood you may encounter, avoidance is always advised—but because flash floods come about so suddenly, there is often little room for mistake. Flash floods must occur within six hours of rainfall by definition, but generally, they occur much more quickly than that and give little indication that they are likely to begin.

How Will I Know if I Should Be Concerned About a Flash Flood?

If a flash flood becomes a possibility, you should always stay tuned into your local weather officials’ broadcast so you have as much notice as possible. If you are alerted to a flash flood watch, this means to stay alert but do not panic.

This can then escalate to a warning, meaning flash floods are imminent in the impacted area and you should move to high ground. For a flash flood emergency, a flash flood is likely only moments away and you should get to a higher spot immediately.

How Can I Stay Safer in the Event of a Flash Flood?

Being able to make decisions quickly and be sure you are doing the safest thing is key for flash flood evacuation, which is why we have compiled some of the best safety tips we could find.

  • Always stay tuned into your local weather station so you can hear officials’ notices.
  • Practice your evacuation plan as a family beforehand.
  • Never attempt to drive or walk through floodwaters.
  • Avoid touching floodwater whenever possible.
  • Be aware of the various evacuation routes you can take in case water blocks your path.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

Why Our Focus on Restoration Matters | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

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There are few things that are more difficult to endure than sustaining damage to your home during an emergency or natural disaster. The practical implications, as well as the long-lasting emotional impact, can make recovery a difficult process for your family as you work to rebuild.

Fortunately, when you sustain damage, you can count on us to be there to help. We are in the restoration business—not in the business of replacement—meaning we will do everything we can to save your home and belongings in the aftermath. This can save you money and time throughout the recovery process in addition to helping you resettle once you return home.

We Focus on Restoration, Not Replacement

We can help you save money on your insurance. Depending on your insurance policy, many types of household losses can be claimed after a disaster—but they can often be quite expensive, which can result in higher premiums. By focusing on restoration of your home and belongings, we can reduce the overall cost of restoration, thus reducing the amount you have to file with insurance.

We can protect your sentimental items. If you have to evacuate your home in an emergency situation, you will likely be leaving behind the most sentimental items you own. That is why we make sure our fleet of restoration equipment is always up-to-date, allowing us to handle many types of delicate items. We can often restore family photos, antiques and art for our customers, ensuring you do not have to lose items that could never be replaced.

We make sure your home feels like home again. It is quite emotional to walk into your home again for the first time after restoration, and to make the transition easier, we make sure to add in the touches that make it feel like home. We handle all the cosmetic elements such as paint and flooring and can help you move your belongings in just how they were.

If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process. Contact us today to learn more.

Do You Have a Severe Weather Safety Plan? | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

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Severe weather is an absolutely terrifying thing to be faced with. Not only can it cause severe damage to your home, but it is also extremely unpredictable, meaning conditions can turn hazardous in an instant. The costs of having storm damage restored can also be exorbitant, but the most important thing is making sure your family is safe.

As with any difficult life scenario, one of the best things you can do is to have a plan in place in case severe weather moves into your area. That way, instead of panicking or being unsure of what to do, you can be certain of how to proceed to keep your family safe.

By knowing where to go, where your supplies are and that you have made sure you can stay in your shelter, you can have much more peace of mind surrounding your family’s well-being.

Elements to Consider for a Severe Weather Preparedness Plan

Where Will You Seek Shelter?

It is always a good idea to have a designated shelter spot in your home where everyone can head if the weather turns severe. Ideally, this would be a basement, but you can also choose an area of your home that does not have windows and few exterior walls if a basement is not available.

Do We Have Food and Water?

Once you seek shelter, it is wise to make sure you do not have to leave until the weather event has passed. It is a good idea to keep nonperishable foods and plenty of water in your shelter spot so you can stay put for the duration of the storm.

What Will Your Light Source Be?

Power outages are extremely common during severe weather, so it is smart to keep flashlights and lanterns in your shelter area in case you can’t use your home’s electricity. Be sure to pack batteries, too, as they can lose their power with time.

If your home is damaged by a severe weather event, we are here for all your restoration needs. You can contact us as soon as you discover the damage for the quickest response possible, and with our 24/7 emergency line, you will never have to wait to get in touch. Contact us today to learn more.

Preparing Ahead of Time for Severe Storms | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

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Storms are something that happens frequently, but often unpredictably. Because so many external factors go into building a storm, the severity and conditions of every one varies—but they all have the potential to cause severe damages.

For this reason, we always recommend that people come at storm safety with a preparedness mindset. By being proactive, people can keep their households safer and significantly reduce the chances that their homes will receive damage.

Reduce Your Likelihood of Receiving Storm Damage With Preparedness

Prepare your home as much as possible. Though we already know how difficult it can be to predict the damage that storms can cause, by performing routine maintenance on your home, you can significantly reduce the chances of damages occurring. Simple things, like trimming back branches and securing potential projectiles, can go a long way in keeping your home safe. For comfort, many people upgrade their homes with a whole-house generator to keep the convenience of electricity a possibility.

Create a family communications plan. Any time severe weather is in the forecast, it is best to get your entire family safe at home if possible—but of course, that is not always an option. In that case, making sure your family knows when and how to check in can make sure everyone is accounted for in the event of severe weather. If everyone is home, be sure you all move to the designated storm shelter area of your home away from any doors or windows.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. Any emergency plan should start with a comprehensive emergency kit, with a storm preparedness plan being no different. Make sure you put everything you may possibly need into the emergency kit, planning for both the time when you are sheltering from the storm and in case you are without power after it passes—and do not forget to allocate food and water for your family pets!

Consider getting a weather radio. Thanks to cell phones, we know more about the weather than we ever have before. Unfortunately, during storms, these communication methods may become unreliable as severe weather can reduce cell reception and knock out the power necessary for charging batteries. We always recommend packing a weather radio or other emergency alert device in your emergency kit for this very reason.

If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. Contact us at any hour to report damage and receive a rapid response.

Choosing the Right Service Provider for Storm Restoration | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Tree that fell on a house after a storm Choosing the right restoration company is crucial to getting things back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville to set up an appointment.

A storm can be a frightening thing any time one comes through, but in the event that it is severe enough to cause damage, it can be stressful in the long-term, too. Storms are causing more damage than ever before, and we recommend that everyone has a plan in place for what they will do in case damage occurs for them.

Choosing someone to handle your storm restoration can feel a bit intimidating—they are going to be entrusted with your property after all. That is why it is so important to have a company you can count on doing the work for you, so you can be certain that your home or business is in good hands.

Be Certain You Are Choosing the Right Storm Restoration Company

Evaluate the reputation they carry. Working with a company that has a history of doing good work is so important, especially after storm damages occur. Many companies try to defraud victims of storms, so it is vital to do your research before you enter into any contracts. That is why we are proud to be active in the community and throughout the restoration industry, so when you do your research on us, you will know you are getting great service.

Make sure they can handle spikes in demand. Storms are unique in the restoration world due to the fact that they cause large areas to sustain damage in such a short amount of time. For companies without ample resources, it can be overwhelming, but for us, we are equipped to handle disasters of any size thanks to our national SERVPRO® partnerships we can call upon for backup.

Determine if they will be there for you at any time. It is never convenient to discover storm damage, but if it occurs after hours or on a holiday, it can be difficult to get the help you need. With us, we have a 247 emergency line, so you can call us no matter when damage is discovered and receive a quick response from our expert technicians.

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.

Why Storms Are So Damaging to Homes | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

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When storms roll through an area, there is no telling the types of damage they will end up doing. Though some may cause no damage at all, others can wreak havoc on buildings and property, leaving serious issues and a lot of headaches for homeowners in their wake.

Because of this, it is always best to prepare as much as possible in advance of storms and understand the types of damage they can do.

Understanding the Types of Damage That Storms Can Cause

Storm damage can be nuanced, but there are several broad categories that are helpful for homeowners to understand. Knowing the types of damage storms are likely to cause can help you as you do your post-storm home inspection to check for any potential issues so you can catch them early and call in the restoration team.

Water and moisture damage. The damage caused by water and moisture is perhaps the most common (and the most sneaky) type of storm damage. When heavy rains fall, there are many ways that can impact your home and cause serious issues. Your roof is the first line of defense against any rain, but loose shingles, tiny holes and other issues can quickly arise. Further down the home, windows and doors can be vulnerable to leaks if their weatherproofing has worn down with time, allowing moisture to work its way in. Water can also pool around the foundation if landscaping and drainage is inadequate, causing foundation issues and seepage.

Wind damage. Heavy winds can be extremely intense during severe weather, causing serious issues for your home. Not only can wind pull off shingles, weatherstripping and other protective measures you have installed, but it can also ram debris such as loose tree branches and other objects into the home and cause damage in that manner as well.

Lightning damage. Lightning is one of the biggest dangers to a home due to the risk of fire. Not only can lightning strike and put holes in the roof, but it can also cause power surges, which can lead to sparks or permanent electrical damage, creating a risk of fire both immediately and in the future.

If your home has been damaged by a storm, we are here to help out. Our highly trained technicians are around 24/7 to respond quickly to your call—contact us anytime you need restoration done on your home.

Reduce Your Chances of Storm Damage With Weatherproofing | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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When severe weather is in the forecast, adding extra protection from the weather to your home is a wise move that can save you money. Damages from severe weather are responsible for many claims to homeowners’ insurances, but precautions can go a long way in preventing this from being a problem.

While it is impossible to predict how much damage any storm will do, making a point to increase your weatherproofing efforts will ensure you are ready for whatever forecasts come your way. Here are our favorite tips to make sure your home is protected:

Weatherproofing Measures to Reduce Chances of Storm Damage

Keep Your Shingles in Shape
Regardless of the age of your roof, rain-induced leaks can happen for any number of reasons. The best way to be vigilant against this is by taking a look at your roof regularly. Shingles that clearly need to be replaced are often the first sign that damage might be next—look for tiles that are cracked or missing and repair as soon as possible.

Beat the Weather With Weatherstripping
Installing weatherstripping around doors and windows is a fairly simple task, but it still has major benefits. When heavy rains come through, weatherstripping can seal minute cracks that would allow water to seep through and lead to damages. Weatherstripping is also recommended by as a cost-saving mechanism, as it can reduce electricity bills via extra insulation.

Gut Debris From Your Gutters
Making a habit of twice-yearly gutter cleanings will provide you with a good view of what your overall gutter health is like, but it is also smart to check on them in between as well. Look for any signs that they are not working well the next time that it rains—water draining where it is not supposed to and dry downspouts are two tell-tale signs that something is amiss.

Pick the Right Paint
Exterior paint has gone high-tech in recent years, making it about more than just choosing a preferred shade. Many paints have waterproofing mechanisms and the ability to withstand excessive UV rays, making houses more resilient to weather-related wear and tear. Choosing a paint with these types of technologies might be more of an investment but will likely lead to savings in the long run.

If you have issues with storm damage to your home, we are always here to help. Contact us 24 hours a day for a rapid response.

Why You Can Count on Us After Storms Move Through | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Storms may happen regularly, but that does not make them any less dangerous. Storm damage is one of the most common reasons for household insurance claims and was responsible for $2 billion in household losses for 2018 alone.

Having a plan in place for storm damage can save you time and money throughout the restoration process, as can working with the right company. We are committed to providing a high standard of service and quality of work, so you can have peace of mind when you work with us for restoration to your home.

Why Our Storm Restoration Approach Stands Out

We Are Fully Certified in Restoration
While some instances of storm damage are straightforward, it is more common that they are not. Structural damage can lead to water damage, creating a multifaceted issue that must be treated together to be fully restored. That is why we are fully certified and take a holistic view to our restoration approach—to ensure we handle all the damage.

We Invest in Our Workforce
In restoration situations, having qualified technicians work on your home is directly tied to the quality of work you will receive—that is why we take our technicians’ training so seriously. Everyone is up to date on the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification standards and given the opportunity to continue their training and further their career all throughout their time with us.

We Have the Resources to Handle Anything
Throughout the nation, there are SERVPRO® owners who are always willing to help each other out. When large-scale storms move through the area, we can get in touch with our colleagues for backup and extra resources that allows us to scale up to meet demand. This means everyone in the community will receive the same quick, quality service we provide.

We Have a Trustworthy Reputation
Unfortunately, there are many businesses and people who will take advantage of victims after storms and disasters—but that is not us. We are considered leaders in the restoration industry, and we aim to exemplify that in everything we do. When you choose to work with us, you can expect high-quality work that is completed in a timely manner for a fair price, every single time.

If you have experienced storm damage or want to learn more, you can call us 247 for more details.

Flooding Damage Common to Residential Structures | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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While flood preparedness has always been important, in recent years it has taken on a new sense of urgency. The number of annual floods continues to rise, even affecting areas that are not typically prone to flood damage.

Flooding has a variety of causes which can lead to damage in different ways. However, after treating many homes that have been damaged in many types of floods, we have been able to isolate some common types of damages that occur in order to help homeowners be prepared.

Types of House Damages Common After a Flood

Foundational Damage. When the soil becomes waterlogged during a flood, it can cause the ground to swell unpredictably and shift structures alongside it. This means that homes’ foundations can become damaged during a flood, leading to cracking and uneven structural elements after everything settles.

Drywall Damage and Mold. Drywall that has become damaged in a flood should always be replaced due to concerns about contaminated water and the health effects of mold. Drywall is adept at hiding mold growth behind its panels, making replacement the only choice for safety.

Insulation Saturation. A house’s insulation is typically protected behind the drywall, but once that is damaged, the insulation is often next. Most types of insulation are highly absorbent, leading to decreased effectiveness at temperature regulation as well as dangers of mold.

Temporary Frame Swelling. A solid lumber house frame is surprisingly resilient to flood damage. Wood will typically swell and shift when it is fully saturated with water, but once it is dried and professionally cleaned, it will usually maintain its structural integrity.

Appliance Ruining. When it comes to appliances, every model is constructed differently, meaning a professional opinion is highly encouraged. Some appliances have panels of insulation within their walls, rendering them unusable after water exposure, while others will be fine if they are dried out thoroughly.

Furniture Damage. Damage to furniture can vary based on the materials it is made of. Upholstered pieces are often unsalvageable due to the health concerns of contaminated floodwaters, but metal, wood and glass pieces can often be used once more after they are professionally cleaned.

If your home has been affected by a flood, we’ll be here to help you! Give us a call 247 to learn about our certified flood restoration process.

Hurricane Florence

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

A church ceiling covered in mold after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina. This is the moldy Ceiling in one of the rooms of the church.

As a storm team participant, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County gets called when any major storm is brewing so we can prepare to travel and help those in need.

When Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, SERVPRO of Northeast Greenville County was dispatched to help with the severe damage on the coast.

One particular church sustained roof damage causing major water damage. The water damage then turned into mold damage due to the extended time the church sat, because we had to wait for the water to recede. When SERVPRO was given clearance to enter the area, we then began our job as professionals to make the church look “Like it never even happened." This was a pretty large job, but there is no job too large we can’t handle! The church was back to safe working conditions in no time! 

Humbling Experience in Humble TX

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Debris Houston, TX

So many of you know that SERVPRO is a nationally recognized and trusted brand in the field of water and fire damage. It clear to me now that we are a leader in Storm Disaster work as well.

SERVPRO of North East Greenville County was recently called by a local client to assist with his mom and dads flooded home in Humble, TX. We were hesitant at the time to pack up our fans, dehumidifiers and people and make the 21 hour drive. 

After several conversation's with the team we decided that now was as good as any to make a difference for people. We traveled with a crew of 12, took 3 vans, a motor home as well as two generators and 3 trailers filled with equipment. 

As we pulled into neighborhoods the feeling of purpose set in. People needed us, but we needed them too. During the day to day work that SERVPRO employees experience it is easy to get lost in the routine.

Storm was a reminder of why we do this work. It was a reminder of why SERVPRO cares. For our franchise this was a much needed sense of worth. SERVPRO of North East Greenville County was and is happy to be a part of the #houstonstrong community.