Recent Storm Damage Posts

Thunderstorm Safety

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus is a proud partner with the American Red Cross? According to the Red Cross, A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down tree and utility poles - causing widespread power outages.

WATCH vs. WARNING

Watch: Severe thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area

Warning: Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.

Be Prepared

  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home

Make Prepardeness Kit

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation & personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family & emergency contact information
  • Extra cash

Final Step

Call SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus at 804.458.7290 if your home or business experiences damages from a storm. We have the resources to handle any size disaster.

There's a reason they say we are "Faster to any Disaster!"

For more information, visit the Red Cross website: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/thunderstorm

September is National Preparedness Month

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month to remind everyone that “we must all take action, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit,” (ready.gov).

With the recent flooding in Louisiana in mind, the last thing you want to worry about is how to communicate and what to do during a disaster like this horrific event that killed hundreds and left many families without homes.

What you can do:

  • Make A Family Plan – you may not be together with your family during a disaster.
    • Set up emergency alerts from local officials
    • Discuss family plans for disasters and plan where to go for safety.
    • Collect information on paper including, phone numbers, emails, social media, medical facilities, doctors, service providers, school
    • Decide on safe, familiar places where your family can go for protection and if you have pets think about animal-friendly locations
  • Take Action – ensure you can go for at least 3 days without electricity, water service, access to supermarket, or other local services
    • Prepare a disaster supply kit (water, food, battery-powered radio, flashlight, first aid kit, whistle, local maps)
    • Bookmark weather.gov to stay informed on severe weather
    • Learn about wireless emergency alerts, messages that will be sent to your phone during an emergency

Consider the following disasters that can occur at any time: Learn more about hazards which can affect your community and ways you can take action to prepare.

  • Earthquakes – can occur suddenly and be deadly. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.
  • Floods - Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and can happen anywhere.
  • Hurricanes - have the power to cause widespread devastation, and can affect both coastal and inland areas.
  • Tornadoes - are one of nature’s most violent storms, and can cause death, injury, and destruction within seconds.
  • Wildfires - can occur anywhere and can destroy homes, businesses, infrastructure, natural resources, and agriculture.

How to Prevent Water Damage Before the Storm

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone loves the occasional summer thunderstorm - but it could cause major problems if rain water seeps into your home. One of the most common sources of water damage in a home is from rain water. It can enter through leaks in your roof, seeping in from the foundation, or even flooding into your basement. It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent water damage in your home such as:

Checking for proper drainage:

  • inspect your roof thoroughly for structural damage or holes
  • clear your gutters from leaves and other debris that could block the flow of water from draining into the yard

Install or Check Sump Pumps:

  • sump pump are very effective for keeping rainwater out of your house
  • have a professional check your sump pump to insure it is working properly once a year

Check sealant inside and outside foundation

  • make sure the tar sealant covering the inner and outer sides of the foundation are intact

Inspect the slope of your lawn

  • grading is the slope of your lawn and it should always slope away from your home to redirect the rainwater from flooding around the foundations

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Tri-Cities, Plus can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

How to Restore your Hopewell Home After a Storm

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

If your home has ever been through a severe storm, then you know that there can be Hopewell storm damages. Even though making sure that you and your loved ones are safe, you should assess the damage as soon as you can. Water damage is a catastrophic result of extreme weather.


Hidden Damage
Many people do not know that water damage can be a threat to their home in many ways. It can be difficult for the homeowner to determine structural damage. It may seem as though it is easy to use towels and fans to dry the floor and steam-clean the floor. However, it is important for you to call SERVPRO to handle water damage. Structural elements in your home are susceptible to mold and rot. Structural damage can also lead to collapse. You will need to stay away from electrically-charged damp areas until a professional inspection has been performed.


Contact The Professionals
You should contact professional remodelers, such as SERVPRO that specialize in Hopewell storm damage. The contractors may help you file a claim with your insurance company. It is important to note that the homeowner's insurance company provides storm damage restoration. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, then you will need to purchase flood insurance.


The National Flood Insurance Program has stated that a one-inch flood can cause over $11,000 worth of damage to a home that is over 1,000 square feet. If it has been over 30 days since you purchased your policy, then the damages will likely be covered by your insurance company. However, you may have to meet a deductible before your insurance company pays anything.


What Needs To Be Repaired Or Replaced
The extent of the damage is one of the things that determines what needs to be replaced. You may need to replace anything from the kitchen flooring, bathroom cabinets, windows, and doors. Your plumbing and electrical systems may also need to be replaced. Flood water may be harmless, but it can sometimes be contaminated with sewage. Hopewell storm damage should not be taken lightly, and you should contact SERVPRO as soon as possible. This will reduce the chances of bacteria and mold growth.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Petersburg community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

If you have any questions about storm damage in Hopewell, call the local experts at SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus at (804) 458-7290.

Severe Weather - Tornado Season

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Luckily, in the Tri-Cities area we do not experience the potential threats that tornadoes can have as often as other parts of the world. These places include the upper Mid-west, the northern and southern plains and the Gulf coast.

Tornado season usually refers to the time of year the U.S. sees the most tornadoes. The peak “tornado season” for the Southern Plains is during May into early June. On the Gulf coast, it is earlier during the spring. In the northern plains and upper Midwest, tornado season is in June or July. But, remember, tornadoes can happen at any time of year. Tornadoes can also happen at any time of day or night, but most tornadoes occur between 4–9 p.m.

However, it is always a good idea to be prepared in case a disaster strikes. About 1,200 tornadoes hit the U.S. yearly. Since official tornado records only date back to 1950, we do not know the actual average number of tornadoes that occur each year. Plus, tornado spotting and reporting methods have changed a lot over the last several decades.

SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus will respond 24-hours a day to emergency fire and water services. We are a proud partner with the Red Cross and take part in cleaning up damages after a storm. SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus is also an extreme team, meaning we can travel across the country to assist with a storm damage or very large loss. We have the tools and the people who have experience in water, storm, fire damage restoration and we are always here to help.

A list of questions and answers about tornadoes can be found here.

Ceiling Damage After A Storm

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

This tenant for a property local management company experienced a water damage to his ceiling after a heavy thunderstorm. The rainwater seeped through the roof and into his ceiling, causing the water to come through and out into his apartment. Our SERVPRO of Tri-Cities Plus crew came in to extract the water and demo the ceiling to remediate the damage the water caused.

After our mitigation crews dry out the affected areas using state-of-the-art tools and technology, our reconstruction division will be able to come in a put the ceiling and walls back together again. We are a one-stop shop, making it easier for the customer to deal with one company that can finish every part of the work and finish it quickly and professionally