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What You Should Know About Weather Alerts and How to Secure Your Home | SERVPRO® of Houston County

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

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There are around 42 different types of weather alerts, divided into seven different groups. These warnings are issued when conditions such as heavy rain or thunderstorms are forecast in our area. When a severe storm is brewing, all this information can get pretty confusing!

Knowing what the various types of weather alerts mean for your unique location can help you prepare yourself and your family for any crisis. You can also take action to prepare your home before severe weather strikes to best protect your property.

While it is helpful to be aware of all weather conditions, it’s critical to be aware of the weather patterns that can have the most impact on our community here in Houston County.

How Alerts Are Issued

So, how do forecasters go about issuing these weather warnings? How is the magnitude and position of a storm monitored when weather forecasts are simply predictions? There are variables that determine the delivery of these warnings.

The National Weather Service is responsible for weather forecasting and providing weather warnings as these conditions develop. These warnings are issued by six regional offices nationwide, allowing for more location-specific alerts. The alerts you receive in Warner Robins are sent out from the Southern Region headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, along with sub-offices here locally.

To make forecasts, NWS meteorologists and other specialists use a variety of data sources, including satellite radar, weather balloons, seismic activity meters and even solar activity. This information will depend on the intensity of the weather event, but the goal is to make the most accurate and detailed forecast possible.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

Understanding the distinction between a “watch” and a “warning” is essential for interpreting these alerts. You’ll see these words used in almost all weather alerts, including thunderstorms, winter storms and flooding.

watch means you should stay tuned for developing weather conditions and begin preparing for the hazards of a severe storm. Watches are often issued in a larger area, while a warning is issued in a limited area that may only cover a county or city.

A warning means a severe storm is approaching and you prepare immediately for these dangerous conditions.

It’s also important to know what weather conditions you can expect in your local district, so when you receive these alerts, you’ll know what actions to take to prepare you and your home. Here in Georgia, we see a wide span of weather conditions throughout the year, including inclement winter weather, flooding, thunderstorms, heavy rain and even tornadoes.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

While monitoring weather alerts is the safest approach to defending your property and life during severe weather, there are a few other things you can do around the house to reduce the risk of damage.

Clearing your gutters and fastening any outdoor items are ways to prevent flood damage and wind damage before a storm touches down in your area.

Create a safe space with supplies and have an emergency exit plan for your family. Locate a secure place to shelter filled with essentials and, in the event of an evacuation, know where you and your family will need to relocate.

If a storm leaves your home with damage to be repaired, give SERVPRO a call. We are available 247 and can quickly be on the scene to restore as much of your home as possible.

Staying weather aware could be life-saving in the midst of severe weather conditions. Understand the many warnings that may be issued in your area and what they may imply for your and your family’s safety.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

Frequently Asked Storm Damage Questions

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

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What is a storm damage?

Storm damage is caused by weather-induced accidents. It includes damage to exterior of homes including roofing that has fallen out of the roof or siding deteriorated from heavy rainstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, hail, or other major catastrophic weather events.

Do you respond 24 hours a day?

Yes we are! Our technicians and call operators are available 24/7/365 to respond to your storm damage emergency while being Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Will my home owners insurance cover the cost?

This depends on the kind of property damage you have. Typically, if the damage was unexpected and unintentional, then this is very likely. So in a storm damage event, this is likely. However, bear in mind that your total deductible may be affected. The best option is to understand your policy before a storm event. As the number 1 brand in property restoration, we are experts in dealing with insurance companies to resolve your storm damage quickly and effectively.

Is your firm and technicians certified?

All of our technicians receive IICRC WRT (Water Restoration Technician) training. However, many hold multiple storm-damage specific certifications including: ASD (Applied Structural Drying), AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician), and CDS (Commercial Drying Specialist) certifications.

Are you a properly insured company?

Yes, SERVPRO® of Houston County has the necessary insurance and certifications in the State of Georgia to restore your storm damage emergency "Like it never even happened."

What are damages caused by storm?

Depending on weather conditions, thunderstorm damage can be caused by high winds, floods from rains, and lightning strikes. Strong thunderstorms can produce tornadoes that can destroy businesses property in huge quantities. Hurricanes can also cause severe damage with high winds and heavy rain.

What kind of damage do I look for after a storm?

Find broken glass or damaged windows in the windows by examining them. Keep an eye on tiny holes or cracks at unavoidable spots. Find a loose shingle. Unidentified dark spots can cause damage from rain or other storms.

Surprising Storm Statistics Across Houston County, GA & the USA

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Caused by Storms

Storms can cause a variety of water damage, depending on the type and intensity of the storm. Gray water, floodwater, standing water, and even slow leaks from continuous stormwater around a home or property can wreak havoc on a building. Some common causes of storm-related water damage include:

Water getting in through windows:

If rain or snow accumulates on the roof and then slides off, it can pour into window frames and cause extensive water damage.

Water getting in through the foundation:

If the ground is saturated from too much rainfall, water can seep into your home through cracks in the foundation.

Water getting in through the roof:

A leaky roof is one of the most common sources of storm-related water damage. High winds can easily blow shingles off a roof, leading to interior leaks and serious property damage.

Water getting in through walls:

If the walls are not properly sealed, water can enter your home through electrical outlets, doorways, or other openings.

The speed of storm winds is also a major factor in how much damage it causes. Winds speeds of over 100 mph can easily tear off roofs, send debris flying through the air, and cause serious flooding.

Because of the increased severity of storms across the country due to climate change, now more than ever, our damage restoration teams at SERVPRO® of Houston County have worked hard to train and prepare to respond to any size water, mold, storm, or fire property loss.

Major Storms in Houston County, GA & the USA

According to the National Weather Service, there were 43 tornadoes in Georgia in 2021. This ranks Georgia fifth in the nation for tornado activity.

In 2020, storm damage resulted in approximately $210 billion worth of damages across the United States. Tornadoes accounted for a significant portion of this damage, with wind speeds reaching up to 300 mph and causing extensive destruction.

The US was hit with 20 extreme weather events in 2021 that resulted in $145 billion in damages, according to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This is one of the highest numbers of extreme weather events on record. Total storm damage costs are still being calculated.

"The last five years have cost $745 billion in 86 separate billion-dollar weather disasters, an average of more than 17 a year, a new record. That´s nearly $100 billion more than the combined total of all the billion-dollar disasters from 1980 to 2004, adjusted for inflation and far more the three billion-dollar disasters a year that the nation averaged in the 1980s." - Dailymail.com

If you've been hit by storm damage, don't wait to call in the professionals. SERVPRO® of Houston County has the experience and equipment necessary to get your property back to its original condition. We're available 24/75 to respond to your needs, so please don't hesitate to contact us today.

Types of Storm Damage Restoration Equipment

1/28/2022 (Permalink)

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If your business has been hit by storm damage it's important to call in the professionals as soon as possible. SERVPRO® of Houston County is the best company for storm damage restoration, due to our extensive experience and equipment. We have the right tools and techniques to make any project "Like it never even happened." In addition, we're available 24/7 to respond to your needs, no matter what time of day or night it is.

Whether it's board-up services, water damage cleanup, or mold removal, we'll be there to help you get your home or business back up and running as soon as possible. Call us today for a free consultation in Warner Robins, and more locations across Houston County, GA.

A few of the tools we use when restoring property storm damage include:

Air movers:

Used to move large volumes of air quickly across a surface in order to evaporate moisture and dry the area.

Industrial Dehumidifiers:

Remove excess moisture from the air, which helps prevent the growth of mold and mildew. With our heavy-duty truck mount dehumidifiers, there's no property damage too significant for our team to handle.

HEPA Vacuums:

Capture small particles and allergens from almost any surface.

Thermal Imagers:

Help us see moisture and heat loss in walls, ceilings and floors so that we can target our repairs.

Water Extraction Units:

Remove large quantities of water quickly from carpets, furniture and other surfaces.

Power Generation:

In some cases, storm damage can knock out power to a property. Our team has the ability to provide temporary power so that we can continue to restore your home or business under any conditions.

Moisture Meters:

Help us determine the level of moisture in walls, ceilings, building materials and floors so that we can target our drying, cleaning, and repairs.

Our teams at SERVPRO® of Houston County have the right tools, techniques, equipment, and supplies to effectively and professionally restore your home's or business's storm damage "Like it never even happened."

Call us today at (478) 224-4148 for rapid restoration assistance.

The Storm Damage Checklist: What to Look for

12/2/2021 (Permalink)

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After any storm hits in Houston County, GA, there’s usually some type of damage to deal with. It’s important to know what that damage looks like so you can fix it and make sure your home stays safe and secure for you and your family. That’s why we put together this quick guide to the different kinds of storm damage and how to fix them if they happen to strike your home, so you can get back to normal life as soon as possible!

Storm Damage Windows

Windows can be damaged from a storm in a few different ways. A window that breaks during a storm is an obvious example, but glass can crack even if it doesn't shatter. Since windows are typically made of glass, they're susceptible to cracking and shattering—especially when strong winds are involved. Cracks and chips don't always prevent windows from operating properly, but they allow outside air and moisture into your home. That is why it's important to inspect your windows thoroughly after a storm. If your windows have cracked or chipped glass, you should replace them immediately; keep in mind that storms are unpredictable so emergency repairs may be needed at any time.

Storm Damage Roof

After a storm, it’s important to check your roof and make sure it is still secure. Hire a professional roofer if you find any of these problems with your roof after a storm. Look carefully at your shingles. If any shingles are loose, cracking, and oddly indented, you may want to snap a photo and notify your insurance. Be sure to check for debris, exposed underlayment, detached fascia, or drip edge throughout the roof perimeter as well.

Clogged Gutters

Gutters are necessary for diverting water away from your home. This is particularly important during a storm, when high winds can turn hail into projectiles, or push rain into all kinds of home crevices. While you don't want them clogged in normal conditions, making sure they're clear and properly attached to your home after a storm is essential. As soon as you know there's been a storm in your area, look at your gutters and get rid of any leaves or other detritus that may have lodged there; same goes if it's been raining continuously over an extended period of time.

Also, watch for tree limbs or small branches throughout the gutters and downspouts. And don't forget to check on them regularly—once every few weeks is usually sufficient—and clean out any debris before another big storm hits.

Exterior Damage

Exterior damage can be caused by wind, rain, lightning or hail. If your home has exterior damage from a storm, don't just check your roof, gutters and windows. Take a look at your exterior wall siding, paint, and stucco. If you see siding that is detached, indented, cracked, discolored, or loose, you may want to have it inspected. Paint peeling, stucco cracks, or other visible imperfections on the exterior of your home may also be signs of storm damage. And don't forget to check brick walls, including the mortar joints, for any potential damage from the storm.

Be sure to inspect the outside of your home thoroughly for exterior damage after any large storm. If you are not sure what to look for, our teams are Here to Help!

Water Damage

Although most of us focus on damage from wind during a storm, water is an equally big concern. An average hurricane with winds of 74 miles per hour can bring rainfall ranging from 1/2 inch to over 5 inches in 24 hours. The resulting runoff often causes basement flooding, roof leaks and other hidden problems that can be expensive to repair. Be sure your homeowner's policy covers flood damage (if you live in a flood-prone area) and take steps to reduce your risk prior to a storm by clearing leaves and debris away from gutters and drains.

If there is exterior damage on the roof, windows, or exterior walls, water damage may not be far behind. If there is any kind of water or storm damage, SERVPRO of Houston County can help you get your property restored rapidly.

Call us at (478) 224-4148 for immediate assistance. Our teams are ready and Here to Help!

The Why Behind the Danger of Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® of Houston County

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

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While thunderstorms are incredibly common, especially this time of year, they can be very serious in terms of the damage they can cause. Though some storms can make their way through without much collateral damage, some don’t—and they can turn deadly within moments due to forceful winds, hail, lightning and flash flooding.

thunderstorm is defined as a transient storm of lightning and thunder, usually with rain and gusty winds, sometimes with hail or snow, produced by cumulonimbus clouds.

For a thunderstorm to be classified as severe, it will contain one inch (or larger) hail and straight-line winds of at least 58 miles per hour. Let’s look at some ways this weather may present hazards so that you can plan for ways to stay safe the next time one comes through Houston County.

What Damages Are Associated With Thunderstorms?

Lighting strikes can cause serious damage and injury. One of the most dangerous components of a thunderstorm are lightning strikes, causing upward of 300 injuries every year. This does not even count the damage that lightning strikes may inflict on homes or businesses. The most common effects of lightning are house fires or trees that can fall on these structures. By definition, a thunderstorm produces lightning, so even if it’s not within your range of visibility, there is a possibility that it can appear quickly.

Hail damage to property. Even the thought of hail can be a dreadful experience because it can do serious damage to anything it touches. In a very intense thunderstorm, hail that is an inch or larger, there could be damage to uncovered cars, injuries to people who are not sufficiently sheltered and significant damage to sidings, roofs and other structures on private and commercial property. Hail can be a powerful and unpredictable force that falls at a tremendous speed, making it one of the most impactful elements of a thunderstorm.

Property loss or injury due to flash flooding. While flooding is a major concern, even for those who do not live or work in an obvious flood plain, it can cause many serious problems. Flash floods are known to happen without warning any time heavy rain saturates an area. It is oftentimes able to become a life-threatening scenario in the event of a storm drain backing up or nearby roadside ditches filling with water. Although it’s incredibly dangerous, many people still attempt to cross flooded roadways, causing damage to their cars and possibly having their car carried away by the tide.

Thunderstorm damage can happen at any time and is capable of causing significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. Our team is here to help should you have any damage due to a thunderstorm. Contact us 247 for more information on how we can serve your Houston County home or business.

What Types of Damage Can Thunderstorms Cause to Homes? | SERVPRO® of Houston County 

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are one of the more dramatic weather events, and they certainly make themselves known through the crashes and bright bolts of lightning. With all the chaos, you might wonder exactly how these storms can cause damage to your home so you can be aware of what to watch out for. 

There are several ways that a thunderstorm can lead to issues around the house, including lightning damage, flood damage and the development of water leaks. Being aware of what can happen is the best way to keep yourself and your home safe and damage-free when the next band of storms rolls through. 

Lightning Damage Thunderstorms are caused by electrical charges in the air, which produce the lightning and thunder we can see and hear—meaning every thunderstorm brings the potential for lightning damage as well. While many lightning bolts will strike from cloud to cloud, the ones that strike the ground can cause serious damage to buildings. Lightning that strikes on or near a home can send an electrical current through the wiring, which can lead to surges to electronics and even electrical fires within the walls. 

Flood Damage Floods can be caused for many reasons, but typically flash floods are caused by sudden, heavy rainfall that overwhelms an area, and they can cause serious damage. Flash floods are a big concern after thunderstorms because they can overwhelm any area—not just one that is considered vulnerable to flooding in general. They also often catch people off guard, so it is important to always tune into your weather radio if flash flooding is a possibility. While the physical damage they cause can be devastating, they can also be dangerous. 

Water Leaks Leaks around the house are extremely common after heavy rain, as the moisture can work its way into small vulnerabilities that homeowners were not aware of. Check your roof after every big storm to look for missing shingles, as that may be an indicator that there is a leak underneath. Also check around windows and doors to ensure their seals have held up and be sure there is no pooling water in your gutters or around your foundation. 

If you have received storm damage to your home, you can count on us to help. Contact us today to learn more about our storm damage restoration process. 

Recovering With Safety in Mind After a Flood | SERVPRO® of Houston County

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

There are many things that can cause a flood to occur, and even areas that are landlocked are not fully immune from their impact. Many people falsely assume that a flood could never happen to them, but we recommend that residents have a plan in place no matter where they live. This will help you know exactly what to do and how to do it safely to expedite your flood recovery process and begin your return to normal.

Tips for a Safe Flood Recovery

Avoid further safety hazards. For those who have had to evacuate their areas due to a flood, the desire to return home as quickly as possible is strong. However, wait for your local officials to state that it is safe, as floodwaters can hide many hazards that can be dangerous or fatal.

Air out the home. Floodwaters are not the only thing that can cause damage during a flood, as mold can begin to grow quite quickly after the moisture sets in. Because mold thrives on stagnant air, increasing air flow can lessen the likelihood that it will be able to take hold and begin causing damage, so open doors and windows if it is safe to do so. This has the added benefit of keeping the air healthy for anyone in the home working on the cleanup process.

Document the damages. You will likely want to begin improving your home and salvaging your belongings right away, but before you do so, take some time to document everything that has been damaged. Make a list of items and take ample pictures, which will serve both your records and the insurance company’s if you are able to file a claim.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. If you have coverage through a flood insurance provider, you should alert them of your damages right away. From there, you can call us 247 so we can work with your insurance company to get your restoration done as quickly as we can.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion.

Hurricane Ready

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to hurricanes, the category means a lot. If a CAT 1 hurricane is coming your way, you can ride out the storm in your home. However, if a CAT 4 hurricane is barreling your way, you want to evacuate. So what does each category mean? Category 1 is a minimally damaging hurricane with winds reaching 95 miles per hour. The storm surge could range anywhere from 4 to 5 feet above sea level. Category 2 hurricane is referred to as moderately damaging. Winds could be anywhere from 96 to 110 miles per hour and the storm surge reaches 8 feet. Category 3 can bring extensive damage with winds ranging from 111 to 130 miles per hour, and the storm surge reaches 12 feet. Category 4 brings extreme damage with winds reaching 131 to 155 miles per hour. The storm surge for a CAT 4 is between 13 to 18 feet. Lastly is a category 5 hurricane, this cat of hurricane brings catastrophic damage with winds reaching well over 155 miles per hour, and the storm surge going over 18 feet. With any category of a hurricane, you want to board up your home and secure the perimeter around your home. The winds could easily blow items around your home into a window or damage your vehicle. If you do not know exactly what to do in order to prep your home for a hurricane, watch the local news for tips and ideas on what to do to best fit your home.

Why Flash Floods Are Such a Risky Component of Storms | SERVPRO® of Houston County

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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No matter what the situation, if there is severe weather occurring, it is important to prioritize safety and take it seriously—especially if flash flooding is involved. Floods cause the second-highest fatality rate of any weather event in the country, and flash floods are far more dangerous than any other type.

Because of how suddenly they can happen, flash floods are aptly named. People in the impacted areas are rarely provided more than a few moments of notice, and anything from roadway drains to runoff creeks can quickly overflow if the rain is heavy enough. Knowing the facts surrounding flash floods is key to keeping yourself protected.

The Differentiating Factors of Flash Floods

Though different types of floods carry different risks, as a whole, flash floods are the most dangerous due to their speed. Once rain starts, flash floods follow in under six hours, often in as little as three. Flash floods also happen in an extremely localized manner, often hurting urban areas and other places that do not typically have to be concerned with flood risk.

The Hierarchy of Flash Flood Alerts

Anytime there is severe weather, it is vital to pay attention to your local weather station for the most updated alerts possible. Flash floods happen suddenly, so while a flash flood watch indicates that there may be conditions present for a flash flood, when a flash flood warning is declared, you will only have moments to react in many cases. If there is a flash flood emergency issued, move to higher ground immediately.

The Flash Flood Safety Tips to Memorize

Because time is of the essence in the event of a flash flood, knowing the facts about safety is key to make sure you are able to act rapidly. Here are some of the tips everyone should know:

  • When severe weather is possible, stay alert to weather broadcasts.
  • Draft and practice an evacuation plan with your family.
  • Never attempt to get across flooded areas, either on foot or in a vehicle.
  • Limit contact with floodwater as much as possible due to contaminants.
  • Plan your evacuation with multiple routes, as water can block roads quickly.

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.

Apply Storm Safety to Any Situation | SERVPRO® of Houston County

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Houston County is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

When summer weather turns hot and sticky, you can be certain that summertime storms are not far behind. Storms may feel like a routine event during the summer, but thunderstorms can still cause severe damage even when they pop up briefly.

Because you never want to be caught off-guard by a storm, here are some safety tips you can use anywhere you go to stay storm-safe.

Never Be Caught Off Guard by a Summer Storm

Know your options for shelter. When you get the news that a storm is headed for your area, the best thing to do is to seek shelter in an interior room of your house that has no windows until it passes. With these sudden storms, however, this is not always an option. You can take shelter in your car if necessary, just make sure to pull over in a safe area and avoid touching metals or starting the car while the storm is near.

Practice electrical safety. The electrical wiring in a building offers a great vessel for lightning to travel through when it strikes, which can harm electronics and cause fire-starting sparks as well. It is recommended to always use surge protectors on each outlet to lower the risk of this, and if you have time, unplug everything in your home or office before a storm arrives.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. While the structural integrity of concrete structures is unrivaled, they actually are not the safest structure for storms with thunder and lightning. Concrete is typically reinforced with metal rods, and if lightning strikes, these rods can disburse electrical charge throughout the concrete. Sitting on a concrete floor or leaning against a concrete wall can put you at risk for electric shock if storms are nearby.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. While it may feel like summer thunderstorms are over as quickly as they begin, that is not always the case. Lightning strikes can travel across 25 miles and strike a ways away from the center of the storm, so consider setting a timer after the last thunder clap for a half hour to be on the safe side.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

All About How Lightning Strikes Are Formed | SERVPRO® of Houston County

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

There are quite a few ways that thunderstorms can cause damage, but perhaps one of the most
dangerous and most misunderstood ways is via lightning strikes. We wanted to take the time to
go over what lightning is, when it occurs, where it strikes and what damage it can cause to your
property so you can be aware and prepared.

What Is Lightning?

Lightning is an electrical spark on an atmospheric level. It occurs when there are positive and
negative charges between clouds, in the air or between the clouds and the ground. When this
charge builds past a threshold, there is a sudden discharge of the electricity—which is what we
see as a flash of lightning. The lightning’s goal is to balance out the atmospheric charge, which
is why it will strike an object and travel through it to the ground. After this, the charges are
balanced until they begin building up again.


When Does Lightning Occur?
Lightning occurs every time there is a thunderstorm! All thunderstorms have lightning because lightning is actually what produces thunder. When lightning strikes, either between clouds or toward the ground, the force creates the loud crack we know as thunder. Thunder can be heard as far as 25 miles away from where the lightning strike occurs, which is why you can sometimes hear thunder without ever seeing a lightning strike.


What Do Lightning Strikes Target?
There are quite a few myths regarding where, what and how often lightning strikes during
thunderstorms. It is true that lightning will generally target taller objects—that is why skyscrapers generally have lightning rods and one should never seek shelter under a tree during a storm. However, because lightning is simply looking for the most simple path to reach the ground, lightning can really strike anywhere, including in the same place more than once. It will seek out any place an opposite charge builds up in order to ground itself and release the atmospheric charge we mentioned earlier.


What Property Damage Can Lightning Do?
Lightning can cause significant property damage if it strikes your home. Not only can it lead to
power surges as it travels through your outlets, but it can also cause fires later on if it damages
electrical wiring within the walls. It can also cause combustion when it strikes as it is hot enough
to set wood and building materials on fire.

If your home has been damaged in a storm, we are here for you. Get in touch with us any time
to be guaranteed a quick response.

How to Deal With Storm Damage to Your Home | SERVPRO® of Houston County

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Severe thunderstorms can cause serious damage to a household and are an alarming event. If
you sustain damage to your home from a storm, staying safe, preventing additional damage and
working with your insurance and restoration provider are all important keys to handling the
issue.


Here are some tips for dealing with storm damage to your home:


Prioritize your safety above all else. While you will want to inspect your home as quickly as
possible in the aftermath of a storm, remember that safety will always need to come first. Watch
out for common hazards such as shattered glass or splintered wood strewn across the ground,
and always assume that downed power lines are active and avoid them entirely. If you smell
gas or suspect a gas leak, shut off the main gas line and alert your provider right away.


Do an assessment and prevent additional damage. If it is safe to do so, perform an initial
assessment to see what the extent of the damage is. The roof is the most likely spot damage
can manifest, but broken windows, torn siding and damage to outdoor appliances are also
common. Be sure to board or tarp up any areas that are exposed to the elements to prevent
additional damage from occurring while you wait on your insurance company.


Alert your insurance provider. Every claim process is different, so getting in touch with your
insurance provider once you determine if you have damage is key. In some cases, you will not
be able to begin cleanup until after they send an adjuster out to you, so it is important you know
the policy in order to prevent the accidental nullification of your claim. If you are not sure if the damage repair will total more than your deductible, they can help you work through that and help you determine if pursuing a claim is worthwhile.


Work with a qualified restoration company. Unfortunately, scams are extremely common
following disasters. Individuals posing as contractors will often move through an area,
demanding deposits or personal information to start the restoration process. In order to be sure
you are not falling victim to these shady business practices, work with a company that is a
trusted restoration leader in your area instead.

If your home has been damaged in a storm, we are here for you. Contact us at any time to
report your damage and receive a rapid response.

What Types of Damage Can Thunderstorms Cause to Homes? | SERVPRO® of Houston County 

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are one of the more dramatic weather events, and they certainly make themselves known through the crashes and bright bolts of lightning. With all the chaos, you might wonder exactly how these storms can cause damage to your home so you can be aware of what to watch out for. 

There are several ways that a thunderstorm can lead to issues around the house, including lightning damage, flood damage and the development of water leaks. Being aware of what can happen is the best way to keep yourself and your home safe and damage-free when the next band of storms rolls through. 

Lightning Damage Thunderstorms are caused by electrical charges in the air, which produce the lightning and thunder we can see and hear—meaning every thunderstorm brings the potential for lightning damage as well. While many lightning bolts will strike from cloud to cloud, the ones that strike the ground can cause serious damage to buildings. Lightning that strikes on or near a home can send an electrical current through the wiring, which can lead to surges to electronics and even electrical fires within the walls. 

Flood Damage Floods can be caused for many reasons, but typically flash floods are caused by sudden, heavy rainfall that overwhelms an area, and they can cause serious damage. Flash floods are a big concern after thunderstorms because they can overwhelm any area—not just one that is considered vulnerable to flooding in general. They also often catch people off guard, so it is important to always tune into your weather radio if flash flooding is a possibility. While the physical damage they cause can be devastating, they can also be dangerous. 

Water Leaks Leaks around the house are extremely common after heavy rain, as the moisture can work its way into small vulnerabilities that homeowners were not aware of. Check your roof after every big storm to look for missing shingles, as that may be an indicator that there is a leak underneath. Also check around windows and doors to ensure their seals have held up and be sure there is no pooling water in your gutters or around your foundation. 

If you have received storm damage to your home, you can count on us to help. Contact us today to learn more about our storm damage restoration process. 

Weather Emergency

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Whether it is a Category 5 hurricane or a bad thunderstorm rolling through, home owners should be prepared for any storm.

Take safety precautions

Any type of heavy winds can cause roof shingles, natural debris, or unnatural debris to occur. After the storm is over, take precaution when going outside because there could be debris such as nails, sharp wood, or other potentially dangerous items that are around your home.

Photograph the damage

If it is major or minor, take pictures IMMEDIATELY. You may not realize that something damaged your home until after you have moved it, so take pictures just in case (there is always the delete button). Insurance companies will need to see before pictures of the damage.

Contact your insurance company… and SERVPRO!

A homeowner must call their insurance company so an adjuster can be sent out to examine the damage so payment can be made. Don’t forget to call your favorite restoration and mediation company, SERVPRO of Houston County. We work around the clock to ensure happiness from our community! We will send a team out as quickly as possible to begin work for your home if disaster strikes!

Storm Damage

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

If you have ever had a weather related emergency, such as a flood, tree fall, pipe burst you may have experienced the frustration of calling for help only to find you would be put on a list and gotten to when you’re gotten to.  If you have not had a weather or event related issue at your home or business, good.  If you ever do, here’s a few things to keep in mind:

1)     Everyone you reach out to, whether a plumber, tree company or SERVPRO wants to help you and as quickly as possible.

2)     When an area is affected, whether by a microburst, hurricane or deep freeze, the damage is common.  In other words, if your pipes freeze when the temperature drops from 40 to seven over a 24 hour period, the same thing is happening all around you.

3)     Immediate response resources in an area are always limited.  Your plumber of 15 years can not hire additional crews overnight, as much as he would like to.

So when this occurs, it pays to Go Big.

At SERVPRO of Houston County, our first question is always: Is the source fixed or do you need help fixing the source? No job is to big or small for our crew of certified and highly trained experts! When it comes to your property, home, or business you can depend on SERVPRO to get the job done, and done right! We have the resources for all trades and labor and can properly and efficiently handle any job no matter the size!  

A brand you can trust, a company you can depend on! 

Whether its factory fire, burst water heater or a tree on a house, We are Ready for Whatever Happens and Are Always Here to Help!

Storm Tips

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms & Lightning

All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. On average in the U.S., lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.

Other associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities – more than 140 annually – than any other thunderstorm-associated hazard. Dry thunderstorms that do not produce rain that reaches the ground are most prevalent in the western United States. Falling raindrops evaporate, but lightning can still reach the ground and can start wildfires.

Before Thunderstorm and Lightning

To prepare for a thunderstorm, you should do the following:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

Evacuating for a Hurricane

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season can be extremely scary for those who live on or around the coast. With the fear of winds, rain, and storm surge, people will be concerned with their safety and their home. Homeowners should be prepared to evacuate their homes and go further inland. Evacuations in itself can be intimidating. Here are some ways to help prepare you for an evacuation. 

Make a Family Ready Plan

In this you want to include cash, prescription medications, and enough food and water for your entire family and pets for a few days in case these items are not readily accessible. For any families that are traveling in different vehicles make sure you have a backup plan if cell phones are not usable.

Think about what to do with valuable irreplaceable items

Documents such as passports, licenses, insurance cards, social security cards, and other legal papers you want to make sure you have copies of these along with a waterproof/fireproof container and travel with them. Other items such as irreplaceable photographs and meaningful items, place in a watertight and fireproof container to store in a safe place. You may not be able to take them with you for room purposes.

Take care of your food at home

You may want to freeze most of your food incase power is loss. Set your freezer on the coldest temperature so it stays colder longer. If you are anticipating a long-term power outage, you may want to clean out the refrigerator and freezer. If you do this, leave the doors open so there will be little risk of smell when you return.

Clear the grass areas around your home and secure windows and doors

If a hurricane is approaching, there is a high risk of items around your home to be blown around. This increases your risk of windows to be broken because of extra debris. Tie these items down or place them in a safe enclosed area for safe keeping. With the windows and doors, make sure you are boarding up the windows so there is less of a risk for window leaks and breaks.

When you return from the hurricane, if you have experienced any damage to your home, call your SERVPRO of Houston County. We will send a team out as soon as possible to begin work on your home.

Hurricane Ready

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for a hurricane??The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The areas covered include the North Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as "an intense tropical weather system with well-defined circulation and sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher. “Here is a helpful link to get you prepared in case of a hurricane:

https://www.ready.gov/hurricaneshttp://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php 

When you return back to your home and you have damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Houston County for your storm damage restoration needs. We have IICRC Certified technicians who are highly trained in reporting to a job on time and working in a timely manner. We always strive to work quickly and efficiently to get you back in your home!

What to do when a storm hits

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Whether it is a Category 5 hurricane or a bad thunderstorm rolling through, home owners should be prepared for any storm.

Take safety precautions

Any type of heavy winds can cause roof shingles, natural debris, or unnatural debris to occur. After the storm is over, take precaution when going outside because there could be debris such as nails, sharp wood, or other potentially dangerous items that are around your home.

Photograph the damage

If it is major or minor, take pictures IMMEDIATELY. You may not realize that something damaged your home until after you have moved it, so take pictures just in case (there is always the delete button). Insurance companies will need to see before pictures of the damage.

Contact your insurance company… and SERVPRO!

A homeowner must call their insurance company so an adjuster can be sent out to examine the damage so payment can be made. Don’t forget to call your favorite restoration and mediation company, SERVPRO of Houston County. We work around the clock to ensure happiness from our community! We will send a team out as quickly as possible to begin work for your home if disaster strikes!

Hurricane Categories

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to hurricanes, the category means a lot. If a CAT 1 hurricane is coming your way, you can ride out the storm in your home. However, if a CAT 4 hurricane is barreling your way, you want to evacuate. So what does each category mean? Category 1 is a minimally damaging hurricane with winds reaching 95 miles per hour. The storm surge could range anywhere from 4 to 5 feet above sea level. Category 2 hurricane is referred to as moderately damaging. Winds could be anywhere from 96 to 110 miles per hour and the storm surge reaches 8 feet. Category 3 can bring extensive damage with winds ranging from 111 to 130 miles per hour, and the storm surge reaches 12 feet. Category 4 brings extreme damage with winds reaching 131 to 155 miles per hour. The storm surge for a CAT 4 is between 13 to 18 feet. Lastly is a category 5 hurricane, this cat of hurricane brings catastrophic damage with winds reaching well over 155 miles per hour, and the storm surge going over 18 feet. With any category of a hurricane, you want to board up your home and secure the perimeter around your home. The winds could easily blow items around your home into a window or damage your vehicle. If you do not know exactly what to do in order to prep your home for a hurricane, watch the local news for tips and ideas on what to do to best fit your home.

Winterize your home

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Check the pipes

With the temperature going down into the freezing numbers, homeowners should drip all the faucets at night. This ensures no water is still to freeze and burst a pipe overnight. A tip for outside pipes, make sure the pipe and hoses are free of water.

Chimney safety

For homeowners with a chimney, you should get a professional to inspect and clean your chimney so there is very small risk of a chimney fire.

Clean your gutters

With winter approaching after fall, homeowners should clean out all of the gutters surrounding the home. Leaves, twigs, and other outdoor trash can cause water to be trapped in the gutter and freeze. When the ice unfreezes, it can cause a leak into the home.

Overall, you want to make sure your home is well insulated so your home will stay cozy and warm. Don’t forget to check the basement, attic, and roof for any indication of danger before the cold weather is in full swing. And of course, if you see anything in your home that could potentially turn into a home disaster, please call us. We can send one of our technicians out to inspect your home before anything further happens!

Storm Damage

12/16/2016 (Permalink)

 

If you have ever had a weather related emergency, such as a flood, tree fall, pipe burst you may have experienced the frustration of calling for help only to find you would be put on a list and gotten to when you’re gotten to.  If you have not had a weather or event related issue at your home or business, good.  If you ever do, here’s a few things to keep in mind:

1)     Everyone you reach out to, whether a plumber, tree company or SERVPRO wants to help you and as quickly as possible.

2)     When an area is affected, whether by a microburst, hurricane or deep freeze, the damage is common.  In other words, if your pipes freeze when the temperature drops from 40 to seven over a 24 hour period, the same thing is happening all around you.

3)     Immediate response resources in an area are always limited.  Your plumber of 15 years can not hire additional crews overnight, as much as he would like to.

So when this occurs, it pays to Go Big.

At SERVPRO of Houston County, our first question is always: Is the source fixed or do you need help fixing the source? No job is to big or small for our crew of certified and highly trained experts! When it comes to your property, home, or business you can depend on SERVPRO to get the job done, and done right! We have the resources for all trades and labor and can properly and efficiently handle any job no matter the size!  

A brand you can trust, a company you can depend on! 

Whether its factory fire, burst water heater or a tree on a house, We are Ready for Whatever Happens and Are Always Here to Help!