How to Prepare Your Home For A Storm
How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm
While summer typically means warmer weather, it can also bring a variety of harsh weather conditions, sometimes leading to severe storms.
Homeowners can take preventative measures to help reduce damage if and when a severe storm hits.
Clear limbs and trim trees
During a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home’s exterior or even puncture a window. Heavy rain can also cause trees with shallow root systems to pull out of the ground.
Ensure that your fences are properly secured so to help prevent them from being lifted up and thrown against the house by heavy winds.
Heavy winds can cause items like patio furniture and large toys to damage the exterior of your home. It’s a good idea to anchor outdoor furniture or bring it indoors before a storm hits. You should also move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage.
Help prevent damage inside your house by having downspouts drain away from your home and clear your gutters of any debris.
Protect the critical areas
Wind is a major threat to your roof, windows, doors and garage doors. Either you or a building contractor can build and install temporary protection, such as approved wind shutters or plywood on windows and coverings for patio and entry doors, strengthen and stiffen garage doors, and install heavy-duty door hardware.
Protect your valuables
Protect mementos in waterproof containers and/or take the items with you if you evacuate. Inventory valuables and contents in the home with pictures or video. Note the approximate value of each item and the date of purchase. You can also send an inventory to a family member outside your region for safekeeping. Also, make sure important documents, such as an insurance policy or mortgage papers, are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box.
Stock a basic emergency kit
A true emergency can leave you without basic services, including electricity, water, gas or sewage, for a few hours or a few days. Stock your family’s emergency kit with enough food, water and supplies to carry all of you through at least three days—and restock your kit once the emergency has passed. Be sure to include:
- Water: One gallon per person per day to cover drinking and sanitation
- Food: At least a three-day supply of food per person
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Hand-crank flashlight
- First aid kit
- Cell phone with charger
- Local maps
Create a family emergency plan
Staying connected is of the utmost importance during an emergency. Designate an out-of-town family member or friend to be your check-in person in case local phone lines are down. Make sure every member of your family knows that contact’s number and has a way to reach him or her—ideally a cell phone and charger or a prepaid calling card.
Choose a local place where your family members should meet if they are separated when an emergency strikes and your home is unsafe. This might be a landmark or even a parent’s workplace.
Know your policy
It’s critical to read and understand your insurance policy. Then, examine your property to ensure there are no physical or liability hazards.
Mold Present at your Business
York businesses and locals face the challenge of living where mold is a constant battle. Microscopic mold spores float around in the Earth’s atmosphere, waiting for the perfect warm and moist conditions. Once these conditions present themselves, mold will spread quickly through a commercial building. First, we will inspect and locate the source of the excess moisture and make repairs to minimize the potential for the mold to return.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans
- Contact us at 1-757-229-3442 for mold remediation services
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
We are highly trained professionals
- Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technician
- Odor Control Technician
- Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician
We have experience working in all kinds of buildings and workplaces, including:
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing and Industrial
Williamsburg commercial businesses and locals can trust us to mitigate and remediate the mold “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 1-757-229-3442
Don't Worry, We Got It
It hard to predict when disaster can happen. With that being said, it is always a good idea to have a backup plan OR you can always give SERVPRO of York a call to take care of it for you. We are always ready to help, even if it is a few days after a storm and tragedy doesn't happen until after. Doesn’t matter is you call us the day of or a few days later, SERVPRO of YORK is always prepared and here to help make sure things are back to normal for our customers. Give us a call today at 757-229-3442 or toll free at 1-800-889-5002
What should I do if Lighting Should Strike?
After a storm has passed through our community or neighborhood - especially a strong one that causes damage it can take you off guard. After the storm has passed and when it is safe it is important to assess the property to determine if damage has occurred and get started with any potential cleanup and restoration. SERVPRO of YORK is here to help with your Storm Damage Repair.
Below is some helpful information about different types of storms that can bring on damage to your property and how you may be able to protect its value.
Lighting Storm Damage
Lighting can be so pretty to look at from the comfort of your home but oh so dangerous at the same time, there are three common types of lightning: cloud to ground, cloud to cloud and cloud to air. Cloud to ground lightning is the most dangerous. The ground is mainly consisted of positively charged particles while the bottom of violent storm clouds have negative charged particles.
Winter Storm Damage
Winter Storms not only wreak havoc but also can cause the formation of Ice Dams. Ice dams are caused by heavy snowfall or ice build-up on your roof. These can go undetected and cause many problems, not the least of which is water damage in addition to structural deterioration and leaks. When water builds up in an ice dam, it backs up under shingles, leaks into a house, and causes major water damage to your property.
Frozen pipes are a problem for several different reasons. While not only creating an inconvenience - more seriously it can cause major damage to your home or business. If you see visible frost on the outside of your exposed pipes, detect slow or uneven water flow across your property, or feel your walls getting damp, it's critical that you act fast. Even if your pipes haven't entirely burst, it's a good idea to reach out to a restoration expert to prevent any further damage.
When we are called to a flooded space, it is essential to be able to rapidly determine the extent of water damage in the home or business.
Getting your home or business dry is imperative in the aftermath of water damage. With excess moisture mold and mildew can develop and bacteria can multiply. That’s why SERVPRO of York / James City County / Poquoson uses moisture meters during and after completion of water remediation work to ensure that structures are properly dried.
Moisture meters can reach areas that may be overlooked or not considered as being affected by moisture. These include areas such as basement walls, spaces between layers of drywall, concrete subfloors, and beneath carpet and tile. Identifying potential damage to these lesser-suspected areas can save thousands of dollars in reconstruction later.
SERVPRO of York / James City County / Poquoson provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
Safety - Newsline
WEA will look a text message on your mobile device.
Wireless Emergency Alerts or WEAs are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners included local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. Alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency with WEA, alerts can be sent to your mobile device when you may be in harm's way, without need to download an app or subscribe to a service WEA may share:
- Extreme weather warnings
- Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action
- AMBER Alerts
- Presidential Alerts during a national emergency
A WEA will look like a text message on your mobile device. The WEA message will typical show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters.
Be prepared, Know the warning signs of mold in your home
As summer weather continues to heat up in our area, you may begin to notice signs of mold in your home. Read below to get a step ahead of these signs and stop mold growth before it becomes a major, and costly problem.
Leaks or Past Water Damage
If you have experienced recent or past water damage, or if you notice there is a current leak in your home, mold growth may have taken place. Mold grows in dark; moist environments and a leak can provide enough moisture for mold growth. Additionally, past floods can contribute to mold growth. To prevent water damage from turning into mold, act quickly to dry up any leaks or spills and if it is major damage, contact a professional remediation company, such as SERVPRO, to clean it up fast.
If you notice a musty odor, especially one coming from a basement or crawlspace, this is a very good indicator of mold. Even if you can’t see any discoloration, the smell could be coming from behind the flooring or walls where you can see it. By the time you can smell it, steps should be taken to inspect for mold and then clean or remove and affected materials.
York Storm Help!
Hurricane season is slowly approaching. It officially starts on June 1st through November 30th. While Williamsburg often does not experience hurricanes directly, we feel the effects that it has, as the rain moves from the beach closer to our communities. The last direct hurricane that the area has had occurred more than 60 years ago. Hurricane Hazel arrive on October 15, 1954. The Category 4 hurricane began to travel from up the Atlantic coast after first hitting North and South Carolina.
While these events may not seem entirely very common in our region it is still important to know who to call incase an emergency occurring.
Experiencing any water or wind damage due to an unpredictable storm? Give SERVPRO of York, James City County & Poquoson a call at 757-229-3442 or toll free at 1-800-889-5002!
No Job is Too Big!
No Job is too Big
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
- Office Buildings
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, we are prepared for the unpredictable.
Should a storm or major event strike, call SERVPRO of York,James City County & Poquoson at 757-229-3442 or toll free at 1-800-889-5002
Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response We want you to rely on SERVPRO to get the job done
Construction Clean Up
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If your business was just built or went through a renovation, who do you call to cleanup the mess that was left behind? It is so important for a business to open as quickly as possible after a major project or renovation. SERVPRO of York, James City County & Poquoson is always here to help with any cleaning needs.
Along with out restoration and rebuild services, SERVPRO of York, James City County & Poquoson provides customers post-construction cleanup services. Our professional, and highly-trained team will tackle everything and anything that needs addressing.
- Light fixures and Fans
- All trimmings
- Air Ducts, Vents, Baseboard Heaters
- Any trash or plastic left behind
IF your property needs a thorough, post-contraction cleaning, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of York, James City County & Poquoson at 757-229-3442 or toll free at 1-800-889-5002 We can handle any size, no matter how big or small!
SERVPRO cares and wants to help in your time of need, If you have a property that needs cleaning up we are the professionals for the job give us a call to day! Any size job can be handled by us