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Staying Safe After Suffering Storm Damage | SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton & Fayette
Once the storm is gone, call SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, & Fayette to restore your home.
Seeing storm damage coverage after a storm sweeps through an area nearby is always unnerving, because we all know that it could happen to us at any time. Storms are unpredictable, but especially during the hot and muggy summer months.
While we can’t completely prevent home damage, we can still all prepare for the possibility of it so we know what to do if we do suffer damage. Check out our storm damage tips below to learn more.
Once the Storm is Gone
You are all hunkered down in your safe shelter location and are hearing the sounds of the storm finally start to fade away. The thunder gets less loud, the rain is letting up and the house isn’t creaking and cracking as much.
That might signal you to jump up and assess the damage, but be really careful. Storms often come in waves, so be sure to check the forecast or tune into your radio to make sure the storm is gone before heading outside.
Move about slowly as you assess your property for damage. Structural damage can compromise the safety of your home, so walk slowly and avoid any broken floorboards, damaged walls or broken glass. Take your phone with you while you do your initial assessment just in case you run into any trouble.
This is also the time to check in with any family members that weren’t home when the storm came through, and you should also check in with your neighbors. Storms can follow very distinct damage patterns and can cause serious damage to one house while leaving the next one untouched.
Tips After You Call Us
Once everyone has been deemed safe, it’s time to make some decisions. Calling SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton & Fayette is one of the best things you can do for your home! Our team is locally owned and operated, which means we can be at your doorstep ready to work faster. Give us a call and we will quickly gather our supplies and team and be on our way to you.
While you wait for us to get to you, start laying out tarps over the damaged sections of your home or temporarily board up windows. If it is still drizzling or raining outside, this can help protect your home from further damage. You can even start to pull your possessions from the room to protect your keepsakes and important belongings.
Our team will help you recover from whatever home damage you are faced with no matter how destructive the storm was. We can repair roofs, walls and floors with confidence, and we focus on a restore rather than replace mentality. We will help put your home back together faster and more thoroughly.
Storm damage can happen in the blink of an eye. Contact SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton & Fayette for a faster recovery.
When Storm Disaster Strikes
SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette understands the stress and worry that comes when disaster
strikes. It causes a major distraction in your life whether it is your home or business. Our goal is to be there for you and let our team of
professionals take some of the load off. We are highly trained in property damage restoration, storm recovery, fire, smoke, water
damage, mold and mildew. We are backed by a nationwide system of more than 2,000 qualified franchises, no damage is too big or too small for
SERVPRO. If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, Please call us today! SERVPRO is a brand you know. We are here for you 24/7.
Life After the Storm
Here at SERVPRO Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette we are here for you day or night. We are trained and ready to assist you when cold weather causes snow and ice storms
or dangerous wind and water comes your way causing severe damage to your home or business. We are ready to take care of it for you. When disaster strikes it is important to take immediate action to prevent additional damage to your property. Whether it is frozen pipes or water sprinklers, outdoor hose bibs or pipes in unheated areas such as basements, crawl spaces and garages. We are trained to take action to get you and your family back into your home as soon as possible.
SERVPRO can handle any size disaster during catastrophic storms and major events. We have a disaster recovery team that can respond
quickly and effectively and we also have unlimited means of resources. We are here for you 24/7. "Like it never even happened." Know our brand
and take comfort and security in knowing we are always here for you through whatever disasters or natural disasters life throws your way.
The SERVPRO brand is trained and ready to help.
When Storms Hit, We Are Here!
Storms cannot be stopped or controlled. They come without warning. They can cause a devastating effect on you and your home or business in the blink of an eye. Here at SERVPRO we have trained professionals
that are here to help you get back in your restored home or businesses soon as possible. Whether it is minor or large loss, we have the
experience, training and equipment and manpower to clean up and restore and get your life back to normal after the storm. With SERVPRO being a franchise we have more trained and certified technicians and resources than any other competitors. SERVPRO has more than 2,000 locations in the US and Canada. This gives us a larger network of professionals, supplies and equipment to get the job done regardless the size. We are always here for you 24/7.We take pride in representing the SERVPRO brand.
Local Disaster Recovery Team
SERVPRO RHF has our very own Disaster Recovery Team. We are prepped and ready to go for any disaster 24/7 and 365 days a year.
If a disaster occurs, our professionally trained SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can relocate crews with all the equipment they will need to take care of any disaster that strikes. SERVPRO has placed DRT teams across the country so we are able to respond no matter where help is needed. Whether it is hurricanes in the gulf, wildfires out west, or freeze events up north, we are ready to respond at a moments notice. There is no job too big that we can not handle. We are fortunate to be able to activate other storms teams to help in areas with major disasters. If disaster find your place of business or your home, reach out to a SERVPRO mitigation team to help get you back on your feet.
Can A Storm Door Help You?
If your home's front door is durable and sturdy, a storm door may seem like something you might not need. However, there are more benefits to a storm door, such as added protection against intrusion and energy efficiency. Here are some advantages that will help you decide if having a storm door is for you.
1. Noise Minimization
Noise travels the air through molecule vibrations. Recording studios use doubled doors that contain thick material to slow down the vibration of air, therefore reducing noise entry into a room. Similarly, storm doors introduce a noise reducing effect, turning your home into a quiet getaway.
2. Energy Efficiency
The first principle of insulation is that the seal of the barrier should have no gap, therefore not allowing temperature-regulated air to escape, and unregulated air to enter. A storm door can help improve insulation by adding barriers to your entryway, which is the most susceptible part of your home.
Storm doors generally come with a bolt-and-padlock feature, advanced security vault locks or strengthen screens and reinforced fiberglass. These features add security to the home, compared to a regular door.
The entrance door of your home is the first thing people see. If you are looking to make a good impression, storm doors can be crafted with elegance and according to your specifications using materials such as wood, plexiglass, aluminum, and PVC.
Replacing any door in your home is not cheap. You will have to buy a prefabricated door, or the materials to make one and hire a professional contractor to install it. A beautifully designed storm door can be a better solution than simply replacing it with another regular door since it is more durable and reliable.
Storm doors are versatile and generally have screen and fiberglass windows which allows air flow to help maintain indoor temperatures.
Storm doors are durable and affordable. They are made to last and can be a great investment because they will add value to your home if you decide to sell it in the future.
Home Maintenance for Storms
The dog days of summer are on us, which means pop up afternoon thunderstorms. Being from Alabama you know that the weather is constantly changing. As the weather changes, what can you do to protect your home against water damage?
Start with the outside first
- Clean your gutters: when gutters are full of leaves, they don’t allow rain water to flow naturally and can result in an overflow of water. This water might find it’s way into your house via your walls, roof, or accumulation that results in ground-floor flooding.
- Check trees around your house: any trees that are close to your home could ultimately fall in a windy storm, breaking your roof and allowing water to seep into your home. Trees that are too close to your home can also allow animals to climb into your attic, further breaching your roof’s integrity.
- Check your roof: We have been speaking about the importance of maintaining your roof to keep the inside dry. Now is the time to make sure you don’t have any loose shingles or tiles.
Time to Check Inside
- Check your windows and doors: weather-stripping around doors and windows can help to make sure rain doesn’t come indoors. You will want to look for obvious cracks, spaces, and loose hardware. These items can allow droplets to rain into your home.
- Check the foundation: Look for any cracks in the foundation or in the walls. If any are found, deal with them immediately.
- Check your garage door: it is important to ensure that it closes fully and properly to prevent water from entering during a storm.
Dangers Lurk in Floodwaters
Floodwater is noticeably dirty and often carries visible pieces of garbage, organic matter like tree branches, and other debris. Dissolved chemicals and liquids might include acids, oils, and pesticides. The residual mess can harbor pathogens long after floodwaters leave your residence, adding to the health risks now in existence inside your property. Drying out your home and replacing damaged items must happen only after the elimination of such risks.
Contamination is not the only risk that residents face when entering their property occurs. Weakened floors can collapse, as can ceilings in basements if they contain floodwater. The weight of people and water can warp flooring tiles and crumpled carpeting, thus creating trip hazards. Waterlogged walls made of drywall or covered in plaster can also collapse sideways. Electrical hazards exist throughout a property after even a minor flood, including cords, appliances, outlets, and inside walls.
We rely on our building specialists to handle drywall tear-outs, carpet and tile removal, electrical testing, and repairs. Also, clearing out the main drain line and ensuring the sump pump works correctly, as we work on removing soil and silt dumped into corners and closets.
When we finish clearing a floor of debris, we rinse it with clean running water. While we do not power wash it, it has a similar effect of removing the finer sediments that our shovels and squeegees did not remove. Then we can apply a disinfectant that kills any leftover pathogens.
Once we have cleared floors of debris and we have removed contaminated materials like drywall, we can start drying out the house for you.