Recent Storm Damage Posts
Flood Damage? We Can Help!
The damage left behind by flash flooding and storms is among the most devastating a homeowner experiences. We are entering into the time of year where our area experiences pop-up severe thunderstorms that can dump a lot of rain water in just a few minutes.
Along with the excessive moisture, flood waters can bring severe loss from just a half an inch of water. When this happens, acting fast makes a huge difference in how much damage occurs to the furnishings and structure.
Groundwater can host a lot of contaminants in it, and anyone not wearing protective gear should avoid aspiration or contact with the water. Before groundwater enters a house, pick up items off the floor and move furnishings away from the room to another location in the house.
Drying Floor Types:
Depending on the type of flooring, different methods would apply when it comes to drying. Glued-down tile tends to lose adherence when it's exposed to water and may require removal, while ceramic and other types of inlaid tile fair better. The SERVPRO technicians use drying mats that they move frequently and evenly dry the floor in the case of hardwood flooring in the affected area. This method works to suction out moisture from the joints of the boards.
Disinfection and Deodorization:
After drying, hand cleaning and disinfection of all water-affected surfaces commence restoring the kitchen to its pre-flood loss condition. If any unpleasant odors remain after drying and cleaning, the technicians apply any necessary deodorization applications.
Fall Weather Woes
Fall is one of the best times of the year. With cooler temperatures, lower humidity, and less bugs, what’s not to love about this time of year? There are so many fun things to do like going to a pumpkin patch, taking a hayride, or just being outside and enjoying the weather. Sadly, the later fall months are also known for some weather issues.
October and November are still part of hurricane season. It seems sometimes as though, the tropics fire up during these times. With hurricanes moving onshore, this can cause heavy rainfall. This even happens in the areas not on the coast, as the storm moves up the state. It is very important to turn around and do not drive in water that is standing on the roadways. It only takes 6 inches of water to sweep away humans and animals.
Red, yellow, and orange leaves falling from trees are such a beautiful sight to see. The leaves can also be a hazard to drivers on the road. Leaves can hide important road markings, deep pot holes,, and can also create slick roadways. If you mix freezing temperatures to the mix, then your vehicle will have zero tracking, and it would be similar to driving on an icy road. Always give yourself plenty of room between you and the cards around you just in case anyone has to stop quickly.
Dangerous Lightning Strikes
Lightning is a natural phenomenon that scientists are still trying to fully figure out. A lightning strike has bolt temperatures that can rise up to being hotter than the surface of the sun, and their voltages can sometimes be greater than 100 million volts. Lightning is definitely one of the deadliest and dangerous forces on the earth. It’s no surprise that lightning could do some major damaged to any building that it might strike. It is important to know ahead of time what to do in the event that your home is struck by lightning.
How to tell if your home has been struck:
There are some simple things to do in case your home has been hit. First, you need to call 911, even if you have not detected a fire. The fire department will assess your home to make sure there are no hot spots, or fires that you might not can see. Once they deem it safe, you can enter. Second, you need to call your insurance company and tell them the situation. Lastly, you need to call an electrician so they can come out and check your wiring throughout.
Are You Prepared?
Disaster can strike at any minute, and it is important to always be prepared. Without the proper preparation, families and communities can be completely devastated. Even though local officials and relief workers will be on a scene after disaster, they may not be able to reach everyone immediately. Therefore, it is important to prepare your home for the needs of your family, your neighborhood and your community.
When preparing for emergencies it is important to remember that basic utility services such as gas, water, electricity and telephones may not be available for a period of time.
If you can, keep the following items in a central location in your home. Ensure that family members are aware of the "kit" in case of an emergency. Here's a simple list of what you need to keep on hand:
- 1 flashlight per person
- Extra batteries
- 1 gallon of water per day, per person
- Car charger for cell phone
- Non-perishable canned foods (be sure to have a non-electric can opener)
- Battery operated radio and clock
- First-aid kit
- Spare fuel
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Infant supplies
- Prescription medicine and glasses
- Whistle to signal for help
- Sleeping bags and blankets
- Sanitary items
- Pet supplies
If you need more information and tips, visit www.Redcross.org.
Lightning Safety Tips
“When thunder roars, go indoors”. That is such a common phrase that is actually really smart to keep in the back of your mind. There is no safe place outside if you find yourself caught in a thunderstorm. After the first rumble of thunder, lightning is not hiding far behind it. The summer season in Alabama is best known for its afternoon pop up thunderstorms . Stay in your sheltered place for at least 30 minutes after you hear the last rumble of thunder. Read and follow these tips to keep you and your family safe.
If you’re outside:
- Get off of hills, mountains, and peaks
- Do not lie on flat on the ground
- Do not use a tree as shelter
- Do not use a rocky cliff or overhang as shelter
- Get away from water such as ponds, lakes, swimming pools, and oceans
- Do not go near objects that may conduct electricity
If you’re inside:
- Stay off of electronics that are plugged directly into the wall/outlet
- Avoid taking showers, and using sinks and faucets during storms
- Stay away from windows, doors, and off of porches
- Do not lie on concrete floors, or lean against a concrete wall
The Tropics are Firing Up
We are in the middle of summer, which means that hurricane season is starting to ramp up in the Atlantic Ocean. Though, with our location in the state of Alabama, we are not directly impacted by the direct hit of a hurricane; however, we can see the after effects once the storm moves onto land and up through our state. It is also very important for you to keep an eye on the tropics when you are making plans to head to the beach, or sail on a cruise, as hurricanes and tropical storms can wreak havoc on your plans. You can visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes for helpful tips and information.
It is important to have a plan in place for your home or business in the event that a strong storm would hit your area. If you see that you have storm damage, give SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette a call! We are here to help.
We're Not Afraid of Storms
We are smack dab in the middle of summer. This means rising temperatures, and of course, the chance of those strong afternoon summer storms. These storms can sometimes bring heavy rains, hail, strong winds, and even tornadoes. SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette is able to respond to the damages caused by these storms. Any time severe weather is a possibility, our crews go into stand by mode in order to help our community if any damage occurs. Our crews helped our community during the April 27th, 2011 tornado outbreak. If a storm has not occurred in our area, but has in another state, such as a hurricane, our crews go and assist the communities where needed. Our crews are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to help those in need from a devastating storm.
If a storm rolls through and you are left with the damage left, call us and we will be there!