Recent Storm Damage Posts
Storms cam happen anywhere and at any time. Every year, Americans cope with a number of different categories of intense storms. These types of severe weather range from severe thunderstorms, flash floods, tornadoes, to hurricanes. The vast majority of national emergencies declared in the U.S. are related to weather and account for billions of dollars in damage and even the loss of many lives. Understanding there is a risk whenever severe weather is about to occur and taking proper action are the first basic steps you should take in order to keep yourself and others around you safe and sound.
Understanding the Risk
Knowing that there is a potential for damage is key to preventing it from happening. Check your local weather regularly and plan accordingly depending on the forecast. Have a shelter plan for your household or business. Tie down or secure anything outside that could be moved by heavy winds.
Take Proper Action
Understanding is the first step, taking action is the next. Practice your sheltering plans. Have proper equipment to secure belongings. Buy a weather radio. Take action and be prepared for severe weather.
Rising water levels can mean disaster after torrential rains.
Any Texan can tell you that every rainy season can vary between a misty light drizzle to full on tropical monsoon. As homeowners and business owners it’s important to ensure that we remain prepared for the possibility of flooding whether it happens in the area every year or gradually becomes a problem as the rainy days become more frequent. We researched some actions you can take to prevent or minimize flooding to your home or business. We hope you find some of these useful as we venture further into the spring season here in Central Texas:
- Slope or grade away soil from the foundation of the structure. Runoff can slowly begin to compromise the integrity of your foundation if not redirected.
- Clean out all gutter down spouts and direct them away from the foundation of the building.
- Ensure that all gutter system cracks and holes are plugged up or caulked.
- Understand where your home or business is located relative to the sanitary sewer system and install back-flow valves in the event that the main sewer line is overloaded. Contact a licensed plumber to see if a back-flow valve is necessary in your home or business.
- If sandbagging is needed to help redirect and divert water away from the building, fill bags with sand up to ½ to 2/3 full because they are easier to stack, stagger and manipulate this way. Tying the bags is not necessary and it is advised that you set up the sandbags before flooding occurs.
- There are also options such as manufactured barriers that self-deploy using the water itself as a means to divert water away and they appeared to be less permeable than using sandbags.
Even if you’re in an area that has a lower risk of flooding, it is always important to have a plan of action in place. If you property is damage by a storm or by flood waters be sure to contact your storm restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Greater Waco.
Waiting Until You Experience a Loss From a Storm is Too Late!
SERVPRO of Greater Waco is always Here to Help. Here is a small fleet of SERVPRO trucks working in the Marble Falls area the Llano river flood.
Although storms are an occurrence in almost every part of the world, being prepared for storms isn’t necessarily common. While one storm may not cause any damage to your home, the next one may not be so kind. Monitoring the weather and having a plan in place can save you in both time and money in the long run.Among the many things you can control to be better prepared for a storm is having a plan in place if a storm becomes dangerous. Have evacuation and shelter plans for your household, and practice them with every member if your family. Know how to shut off water, gas, or power to your home quickly if needed. Contact your insurance agent to check your insurance coverage and know what is and is not covered as far as storms are concerned. This is also a great time to review your coverages and adjust if necessary. You can literally start a ‘rainy day’ fund to be prepared financially for unexpected expenses due to storm damage. For some great advice on how to plan for an emergency look into Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover.SERVPRO of Greater Waco is here to help if a storm causes major or minor damage to your home. A few small steps to ensure you and your home are prepared ahead of time can help to keep any damage to a minimum and help the restoration process in both time and expense. If you have any questions regarding preparedness, or if you suffer from storm damage, give SERVPRO of Greater Waco a call 254-224-5999.
What can I do to stay safe after storm damage to my home or place of business?
This home was affected by severe flooding from a river. If the Bosque river hits this historic flooding level SERVPRO of Greater Waco will be ready.
Often, we are unprepared for the aftermath caused by storms such as structural damage, flooding, even fire damage due to lightning strikes. Water becomes absorbed into the walls, floors, upholstery and belongings and within 48 hours, mold will begin to grow and spread if materials are not dried quickly and thoroughly. We at SERVPRO of Greater Waco are on call to provide you with emergency services 24/7, including holidays to ensure that the cleaning, drying and restoration process begins as soon as possible and avoid further damage to residence or commercial building. After you’ve made the call to us, its important that you keep yourself and others safe by following these tips regarding electricity.
- Never attempt to reach your breaker if you must stand in water to do it. Call the electric company to shut it off at the meter.
- Never step into a flooded basement or room if water as come into contact with electrical outlets, appliances or cords.
- Do not use/touch any electrical appliances when you are wet or standing in water.
- Do not use electric tools if the ground is wet or raining.
- If an appliance has become wet or come in contact with water, have a professional check it out before it is used.
Remember, safety is of the upmost importance, especially when dealing with electricity and storm damage. For more information on avoiding electric hazards, check out the following website: https://safeelectricity.org/flooding-provides-set-electrical-hazards/Feel free to call SERVPRO of Greater Waco at 254-224-5999 for any of your storm damage needs.
If Storms or Floods hit the Heart of Texas, SERVPRO of Greater Waco is ready!
Here is a photo of the Llano River flooding resulting from the October rains in the Marble Falls, TX area. SERVPRO of Greater Waco traveled to help.
SERVPRO of Greater Waco specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. A storm can come in many forms such as wind, freezing temperatures, hail, tornadoes, severe rain, or even lightening strikes. No matter the cause SERVPRO of Greater Waco crews are ready to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. When storms recently hit the Marble Falls, Texas area, our crews traveled to help the people affected by the flooding. There is no job that is too severe or too small for SERVPRO of Greater Waco.Being locally owned has its benefits, and since we are local, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response can lessen the initial damage, limit further secondary damage, and reduces the overall restoration cost. We understand that in catastrophic times, people have lost a good majority of their valuables. We do our best to treat only the affected area, which reduces the repair costs, reduces rebuild time, and reduces the total money spent on the damaged area.If storms hit the Waco area, we can scale our SERVPRO resources to handle any large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,750 Franchises across the country and even our elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. Essentially there is not a storm that cannot be properly handled by SERVPRO Greater Waco and the SERVPRO network. If you are affected by a storm or suffer from flood damage? Call SERVPRO of Greater Waco today at (254)244-5999.
Winter is Coming! According to the Farmer's Almanac 2019 winter outlook
Winter is coming! And according to the Farmers’ Almanac’s famous long-range weather outlook, it’s going to be a “teeth-chattering cold one, with plenty of snow!” Well that won’t hit Texas you think, but the Almanac goes one step further saying that the South will get “stinging cold with average precipitation.” So now the big question, are you and your home properly prepared to deal with a severe cold snap? Here are just a few basic tips to get you and your home ready for the winter cold:
Winter Home Preparation Tips:
- Clean you gutters and down spouts prior to cold weather arriving to prevent ice buildup in them.
- Inspect fire places and chimneys before using, get them cleaned if they are excessively dirty
- Install plastic sheet window insulation kits to cut down on drafts and to add an extra layer of insulation around your windows
- Caulk any cracks or holes on the outside of your home
- Check and replace, if necessary, any deteriorated weather stripping around doors and windows
- Run your ceiling fans on low and in reverse (clockwise when looking up) to help circulate warm air
- Make sure to disconnect and drain any garden hoses attached to your home
- Cover outside spigots with foam insulation covers
- Turn off your sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them
- If you have a faucet that is on an outside wall, open the lower cabinet doors to allow warm air flow, and open the faucet to a slow drip to help ensure those pipes don’t easily freeze.
Winter Weather Tips:
- Make sure you have an adequate supply of nonperishable food and water
- Refill all essential prescription medications in advance• Fill your car with gas
- Check antifreeze levels in your car, and check the tire air pressure as cold weather can cause the pressure inside your tires to lower
- Charge your cell phone
- Make sure flashlights and weather radio have fresh batteries. Also make sure you have an adequate supply of batteries on hand
- Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, with fresh batteries
- Have a working fire extinguisher in your home
Following most of these winter preparedness steps will ensure that you are ahead of the curve when dealing with a severe winter storm if we get one. SERVPRO of Greater Waco is here to help you recover in the event that your home is affected by freezing pipes or loss of power during the upcoming winter months.