Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Response

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage   SERVPRO responds to water damage

A Fast Response Is Crucial

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency.

An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes:

  • 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:

  • 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.

Storm Experience

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage   SERVPRO crews arrive quickly

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

Disaster Recovery Team SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team truck arrives

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

SERVPRO Storm Response

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage  Storm response

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals

Storm Safety Tips

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

thunderstorm in field Stay indoors when you see storms like this!

One of the most simple ways to see if it is safe to go outside either before, during, or after a storm, is to just follow this rule: When thunder roars, go indoors!

While you should always exercise caution when attempting to be outside in a storm, it is highly suggested that you refrain from doing so until after it presides.

If you look outside and see that a storm is brewing, stay inside! Do not wait to go indoors until it rains because you could be asking for trouble — lightning may strike as far as 10 miles away from any potential rainfall.

You know could be in harm's way if you are outside and hear thunder. Naturally, it's not every day that you know of someone new who gets struck by lightning. But you should always take shelter in enclosed spaces to keep you safe from the elements.

While cars are considered safe, tractors, motorcycles, golf carts, and bicycles would typically not be considered shelter. Try and find a way to get indoors and stay there.

If you need storm cleanup restoration, give us a call!

Know Your Plan Of Action When A Flood Occurs

9/26/2021 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen If your home looks like this, we can help.

Summer is in full swing and it's important to set forth a plan of action for your employees and family so they know what to do in case of a storm. SERVPRO is here to give you a few flood tips so you can be prepared.

If you are an employer, make evacuation plans that everyone knows and can implement. Assign a few individuals to keep a list of other employees names so everyone can be accounted for in an emergency situation. This list should contain phone numbers and names so all employers can be contacted if they are not in sight.

If water enters your home or workplace and evacuation is not possible, move to a higher floor and wait for rescuers. Do not try to get out on your own if it seems like a dangerous situation. If you are able to evacuate on your own, do not drive through flood waters or rising waters. Almost half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related.

Other important tips to know during a flash flood are not to touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water and don't attempt to walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can cause you to fall or lose balance.

Do not use any type of open flame as there may be gas escaping from ruptured lines and this can cause a huge fire. Along with ruptured lines could be floodwaters contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. It is best to avoid flood waters at all costs and wait for first responders for rescue.

A flood can be a scary and dangerous situation, but with these few tips, you, your family and employees can be safe and ready for whatever happens.

If you have been affected by a flood or have any questions, please reach out to SERVPRO of Upper Bucks for answers or help.

What Do You Do When Stuck With Severe Storm Aftermath?

9/25/2021 (Permalink)

water flooded outside home When this happens to your home, we will help you recover.

Within a 48-hour period, Southern Louisiana was bogged down underneath inches upon inches of flood waters.

The storms struck Louisiana hard. Homes, businesses, churches and the like left their owners at a loss for what to do.

Many, if not most, of the residents were unprepared for such extensive devastation. As the flood waters began to recede, many individuals were finding that flood-related damages are not covered by their insurance.

As many are still bunkered down in Louisiana shelters, the last thing the victims of such a devastating disaster need to worry about are disputes with insurance companies or feeling bewildered and overwhelmed by where to begin recovering.

The floods in Louisiana are just one example of how damaging natural or unexpected disasters can be. Luckily, help is only a phone call away.

SERVPRO is always ready to spring to action and assist with emergency water mitigation as well as restoring some sense of normalcy to the lives of those affected by storm damage. SERVPRO's are happy to work together in an emergency situation to help aid in the recovery process.

Call SERVPRO and we will do what it takes to make any disaster, "Like it never even happened."