Recent Storm Damage Posts

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Production technician Jared caulks around a window SERVPRO® of Greater Waco is a full-service general contractor

With large amounts of rain comes a higher potential for roof leaks.  Make sure you’re not left out in the rain and check your roof beforehand.  Here are some handy tips on inspecting and problem shooting any potentially roof issues

  1. Do a visual inspection and check for any missing or discolored shingles. On a metal roof look for discoloration or rust spots.
  2. Look in your attic. Make sure to take a flash light and step from joist to joist to prevent falling through your ceiling. Look for discoloration or mold on the backside of your roof decking. If it hasn’t rained in some time, then have a helper spray the outside section of your roof with a water hose to check for moisture.  Any potential cut-outs or joints have a potential for leaking.  This is a good time to also check and see if anything needs to be resealed or caulked.  Roof vents are most prone to this.
  3. Check your exterior walls inside and outside. Check for any discoloration, water stains, bulging or musty odors, which can be a sign of moisture and mold. Windows and vents may need to be resealed or caulked. Energy.gov recommends caulking a home every 5 years but to check every couple of years or if you notice a change in your energy bill. They also recommend to caulk during dry weather and when the outdoor temperature in above 45°F. The warm temperature will allow the caulk to set properly and prevents swelling during the drying process.
  4. Get a professional involved. Before cutting up walls and insulation, let the professional take a look and trace the potential moisture back to the source. By catching the leak sooner, you may save yourself thousands in repairs and mitigation.

SERVPRO® of Greater Waco offers complimentary inspections Monday through Friday. WE are a full-service general contractor that can provide you a solution for any noticeable repairs.

Need Construction Help? Call SERVPRO® of Greater Waco 254-224-5999

First Responders Bowl 2020

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

First Responders Bowl Logos The number 19, Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns take on UTSA Roadrunners, Saturday Dec. 26, 2020, in the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl

First Responders Bowl 2020

We are excited for the upcoming SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl featuring the number 19, Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners, on Saturday, December 26th at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. You can tune in for kickoff at 2:30 pm (CT) on ABC

In December 2014, the bowl began honoring first responders, including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency. In 2018, the game was renamed to reflect the efforts to show appreciation to first responders.

SERVPRO of Greater Waco has been an active supporter of first responders and has sent first responders to the First Responder Bowl in past years.  SERVPRO of Greater Waco has also been involved with pregame on field presentations and has actively recruited and hired military veterans to our staff.

This will be the second time the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl will be held at the SMU Mustangs home field.

The bowl was previously known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl and Ticket City Bowl and had been held at Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Sixty-five First Responder Bowl alumni have gone on to be drafted by the National Football League, led by two-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas (Southern Miss). Of the draftees, five became first-round picks and eight were selected in the second round.

Check out the bowl's website for more information: 

www.firstresponderbowl.com

Explore Waco with SERVPRO

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Male throws a hatchet at a wooden target Construction Manager Justin, throws an ax at Stumpy's Hatchet House during a team building event for SERVPRO Greater Waco

With a mild Texas winter upon us, now is the best time to explore the greatness the city of Waco has to offer. Here are a few of our favorite down time spots to explore when we aren’t responding to water mitigation and fire emergencies.

  • Visit Magnolia Market in downtown Waco. A great spot to shop til’ you drop or stop by the food trucks and grab a bite to eat made famous by the HGTV series Fixer Upper featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines. Job File Coordinator Jenifer recommends the Alabama Sweet Tea Co., southern sweet tea served in a mason style jar. “It’s perfect to sip and stroll through downtown Waco and the Silo District and take a ride on the trolley”.
  • A fun historical fact, Waco is host to the Dr. Pepper Museum which is known as the home of the famous soft drink and opened officially in 1991. Take a tour and enjoy a free Dr. Pepper with paid admission. They even offer a VIP experience for the biggest Pepper fans.
  • Nothing is more Texas than Friday night lights football. Visit one of the various local high school football fields on a Friday night with stadiums that are sure to impress with enthusiastic fans and some of the top prospective college athletes. You may even catch a glance of SERVPRO Greater Waco employee on the field.
  • For the outdoors lover in your home, visit Waco Mammoth National Monument and explore the Bosque River and see where the first of 7 mammoths were found in 1978 along with the dig shelter where species discovered since 1990 still remain for further scientific study and public viewing.
  • To learn about the beginnings of Waco, check out the Waco Historical Foundation which offers historical home tours and education on the early beginnings of Waco.
  • Throw an ax at Stumpy’s Hatchet House. Bring your own food, drinks and game face for an evening of ax throwing.  Don’t know how to throw an ax? No problem, let staff at Stumpy’s train you before you hit the pits. Production Technician Ryan is our resident Stumpy’s sharp shooter and holiday party champion.
  • Go wild at the Cameron Park Zoo. Start off with the white handed Gibbons, relax in the Brazos River Country then move it, move it at Lemur Island.  It’s great for a simple day outing or go all out and reserve for a special event.
  • Crazy about queso? Visit the cheese cave at Brazos Valley Cheese. Yes, you read that right, A CHEESE CAVE. 6,000 cubic feet and space to store up to 2,000 wheels of cheese. While the inside is not open to the public you can salivate in your mask and look through the observation window. You can also learn how to make your own cheese board and shop for gourmet Texas made treats.
  • A little unknown is that Waco has a budding brewery community. Stop by one of several for a cold pint and a warm bite to satisfy even the pickiest of pallets. Check out Southern Roots Brewing Co, Bare Arms Brewing , Waco Ale Company or Brotherwell Brewing.  Construction Manager Justin and Production Technician Jared recommend Balcones Distilling Texas Single Malt Whiskey.
  • We can’t forget to recommend our franchise owner’s alma mater, Baylor University. Baylor offers one of the best undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation nestled on 1,000 acres with a student body of 16,000. They now offer a self-guided walking tour with the walking tour app. Sic em’ bears!

Ice, Ice Baby

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Snowflake graphic illustration Snowflake graphic illustration

While the sun is still shining at SERVPRO Greater Waco, the temperatures are due to drop on a dime.  Make sure you’re not caught in the cold with our winterizing tips from our national partner, Grange Insurance Group.

  • Protect against frozen pipes by insulating those that could be susceptible to freezing. With severe temperature drops, keep a stream of water running in a few faucets to guard against freezing and bursting.
  • Prevent ice dams by cleaning out your gutters, installing gutter guards (if feasible) and making sure the attic floor is properly insulated. The attic itself should be well-ventilated and about 10 degrees warmer than outside.
  • Caulk around holes and openings to help prevent cold air from seeping in. Install weather stripping and seals around openings such as windows, doors, air conditioners and mail chutes.
  • Keep driveways and sidewalks clear of ice and snow and repair any issues with steps and handrails.
  • Consider installing an emergency pressure release valve in your plumbing system. This will protect against increased pressure caused by freezing pipes and can prevent them from bursting. It’s also a good idea to learn how to shut the water off and know where your pipes are located.
  • Set your thermostat for at least 65 degrees and make sure your house or apartment is well-insulated.
  • Furnaces, boilers and chimneys should be serviced at least once a year to clear any buildup and to keep them running efficiently.
  • Residential fires are more common in winter, so it is important that all of your smoke detectors work. Check them monthly and replace batteries as needed. You should also consider installing a carbon monoxide detector to avoid inadvertently trapping this toxic gas in your home.
  • Keep the trees trimmed and remove dead branches and debris from your yard. Ice, snow and wind can weaken trees and cause branches to fall and potentially damage your home, car or even yourself and others.

Tropical Storm BETA

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

flood waters surround a metal park bench Governor Gregg Abbot has issued disaster declarations for 29 counties for BETA's projected landfall Monday night.

This morning’s update on the 2nd tropical system that will make landfall include warnings and watches for storm-surge flooding, heavy rainfall,  and tropical-storm force winds. This marks the third tropical system in 2 months to affect Texas. For Central Texas, this means showers with light winds but no flooding concerns. Coastal cities of Texas and Louisiana however are anticipating most of the effects which would include 40-60 mph winds, and up to 15 inches of rainfall. This means these areas are also expecting severe flooding that will remain for several days until it can subside and isolated tornadoes as winds move inland. 

Tropical Storm BETA is predicted to make landfall at Matagorda Bay, between Galveston and Corpus Christi Monday evening.

  • Local storm updates can be found HERE.

Lightning Storm Safety

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

satellite view of gulf coast and hurricane Satellite image of hurricane Laura with visible lightning storms

Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted that 2020 would be an active hurricane season for the Atlantic. As these storms begin to develop, the men and women of NOAA collect data to help them make accurate and timely forecasts to keep the public safe.

As hurricane Laura neared the gulf coast during the last several days, NOAA captured live satellite images of lightning storms that appeared to sparkle as it moved along with the hurricane. Lightning can strike anywhere, at any time so we thought it would be important to explore ways that we can also keep ourselves safe from lightning strikes. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) gives us some safety tips for lightning safety:

  1. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Seek shelter inside a structure or a hard-topped vehicle as soon as possible.
  2. It is not safe to hide under trees or sit on a porch during a storm.
  3. Once inside, keep your distance from windows and doors. 

We want to emphasize that there is no safe place outside during a lightning storm so seeking shelter indoors quickly is a priority. In the event that a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1 immediately to get them medical help right away.

Central Texas Hail Damage

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

A hand holding several quarter sized hailstones Did you know the largest hailstone recorded in the United States was found in Aurora, Nebraska, on June 22, 2004? It was the size of a soccer ball!!

We recently had several storms come through central Texas and with them came hail of all shapes and sizes. We received calls for board ups from windows being broken and tarping for roof damage as well. Some parts of the world receive more hail than others such as India, China and the Great Plains region of the United States and Canada. Hail can cause severe damage to vehicles, homes, buildings and to individuals unfortunate enough to be standing outside when hail begins to come down. 

But what is hail exactly? A common misconception is that hail is frozen rain, instead it is a solid that falls from a cloud directly. It begins as a frozen droplet that begins to fall and is pushed back up from the updraft of wind. As it rises back up, it comes into contact with liquid water droplets which freeze onto it adding more layers as it continues to be pushed back up into a cloud during a storm. Once it is too heavy, it falls onto Earth or when the wind updraft slows or stops. 

The best way to prepare for hailstorms is to keep an eye on local weather reports so that you can plan accordingly by covering up vehicles, windows and protecting plants and animals outdoors. Remember if damage does happen, we are here to help, 24/7 for storm damage that may occur to your home or place of business. 

Central Texas Storm Damage

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

We are well into springtime and although that may bring about warmer temperatures and more outdoor activities, it also signals the beginning of storm season here in Central Texas.  Just know that SERVPRO® of Greater Waco is here to help you should your home or business suffer from storm damage.

Storm damage to your home or business can leave you frightened and frustrated.  Fortunately, SERVPRO® of Greater Waco and our highly trained staff are here for you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to respond as quickly as possible to begin the process of restoring your storm damaged property.  Here are a few tips of what to do and what not to do if your property may incur damage from a storm:

DO

  • Remove any excess water using a mop or by blotting
  • Clear items off of tables and wipe away moisture
  • Remove wet upholstery and cushions
  • Use wood blocks between wet carpet and furniture legs
  • Remove loose items from the floor
  • Move any artwork or valuable to a safe, dry place
  • Turn A/C on in the summertime

DON’T

  • Use a vacuum cleaner to remove water
  • Leave wet fabrics in place
  • Leave magazines and books on wet carpet or floors
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if your ceiling is wet or damaged
  • Turn on or use household appliances

Take care of a few small things in the event of storm damage.  Leave the rest to the professionals at SERVPRO® of Greater Waco.

Roof Damage Tarping

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

a blue tarp covers a portion of a roof on a home Tarping prevents secondary damage from occurring and buys you more time for inspection and repairs.

When you think of a storm damaging your home, the first thing that may come to mind is your roof.  As the first line of defense to your home, your roof takes the brunt of the punishment from any storm that passes through your area.  If your roof becomes damaged due to a storm or any other reason, a professional should be contacted as soon as possible.  An assessment needs to be made and action needs to be taken.

One of the actions that may need to be addressed quickly is tarping your roof.  The professionals at SERVPRO of Greater Waco are able to provide you with roof tarping in the event of an emergency or as a precautionary measure.  Tarping the roof can prevent any secondary damage from occurring and can give you time to get the roof inspected and ready for repair.

In addition to roof tarping, board up services are also available.  Board ups are also helpful in securing your property and limiting any further damage.

Call your Greater Waco franchise for your roof tarping and board up needs.

Central Texas Severe Weather

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

A dark stormy sky looms over a field of grass in a rural scene Faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO® of GREATER Waco is here to serve!

According to the National Weather Service, this week’s Hazardous Weather Outlook includes scattered thunderstorms, varying from strong to marginally severe with a possibility of hail. These heavy rains can result in flooding, wind and hail damage to your home or business.

We are fully equipped to handle storm damage, no matter how large of a job. In the event your home or business suffers storm damage, these are some of the services we can provide:

  • Board up
  • Roof damage repair
  • CAT 3 flood water mitigation
  • Wind damage repair

As a precautionary measure, the Department of Homeland Security (www.ready.gov) provides a list of things you can put together an emergency kit in the event you may need to survive without certain necessities due to storm related damage.

 Stay tuned to your preferred severe weather notification service, app or website for updates on upcoming hazardous weather.

 SERVPRO® of GREATER Waco is here to respond faster to any storm related disaster and we are available 24/7 to answer your call.

Winter Storms and Fire Safety

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Older adult woman reading by a screened fireplace Follow these simple tips from U. S. Fire Administration to put a freeze in winter fires.

Central Texans may not be familiar with severe winter weather as much as our neighbors up North, but it is equally important to remain fire safe during the cold. According to the United States Fire Administration, home fires occur more in winter than any other season. They provide some #safetytips to help stay fire smart through this cold season:

  • Working smoke alarms are especially important during a loss of power when people may use alternate forms of heating equipment, portable generators and candles.
  • Never use candles for emergency lighting. Many things in your home can catch fire if they are too close to a candle's flame.
  • Use flashlights for emergency lighting and stock up on batteries.
  • Have a qualified repair company or licensed electrician inspect water-damaged appliances and home wiring after a flood.
  • Portable generators are useful during storms, but if not used safely, they can cause injury and death.
  • Keep portable generators outside, away from windows, and as far away as possible from your home.
  • Install and test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.

Click THIS LINK for more fire safety tips.

#COthesilentkiller #flashlightsnotcandles #generatorsafety #safetytip #winterfiresafety #floodfiresafety

Commercial Facility Types: PART II

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Complex Residential

These structures include townhouses, condos, apartment complexes, hotels, multi-family homes or large single-family mansions or estates. Also included in complex residential are duplexes and timeshares and buildings with mixed used.

Commercial

The primary use for commercial buildings is retail, office, mixed-use and warehousing. These buildings include administrative offices, medical offices, research and development, call centers and non-profit or social services. Also included in this category are grocery stores, cafeterias, salons, laundromats and shopping malls.

Historical Buildings

A special type of structure that could fall into any of the above categories are historical buildings. These are buildings that are at least 50 years old and holds a certain level of historical significance.

Rest assured that before we step foot onto a commercial property that we are already thinking about concerns you might have during the restoration process such as interruptions to business and safety concerns.

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl 2019

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

We are stoked for the upcoming SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl on Monday, December 30th at Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

We will be honoring first responders: police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, and military personnel. They are always the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency and complimentary tickets are available to them and their families via signup on the event website.

Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 ET) between the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (WKH) and the Western Michigan Broncos, and will be the first time the SERVPRO® First Responder Bowl will be held at the SMU Mustangs home field.

Check out the bowl's website for ticket information: 

www.firstresponderbowl.com

Mold: Continuing Education

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

A man is giving a presentation on a projector, audience is looking towards him Knowledge is power.

We hold CE courses throughout the year to help assist insurance agents and adjusters in understanding the process of what we do in the restoration industry. We held a Mold CE course this month and we were glad to have been able to educate our attendees on the history and science of mold and about parties involved in a mold related claim. Because we work side by side with insurance providers, its essential that we all are on the same page when approaching a mold claim and that safety, guidelines and precautions are considered. 

We offer other CE courses throughout the year, such as Biohazard Cleanup, and are hoping to team up with other professionals in the following year to provide further education in other aspects of the restoration industry.

Freezing Temperatures, Frozen Pipes

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

A view upwards towards the ceiling where a broken pipe has leaked and caused water damage Uninsulated metal can still break due to freezing water. Protect your pipes by ensuring they are well insulated.

Water expands as it freezes and for homeowners and businesses it could mean a water loss. Both plastic and metal pipes can break due to freezing water, so it is important to take preventative measures as colder months near. Pipes that are frequently affected are those exposed to severe cold, outdoor house bibs, pool lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated, uninsulated areas.

To protect your pipes:

  • Drain supply lines
  • Remove and drain hoses used outdoors
  • Keep outside valves open so any water that remains and does freeze has space to expand without breaking the pipe.
  • Add insulation to unheated areas; maintains higher temps in these areas

Prevention:

  • Keep garage doors closed if lines are present in the garage
  • Open cabinets in kitchen and bathroom to allow warm air to circulate into areas where plumbing is.
  • If weather is very cold out, let a drip from the faucet; helps prevent them from freezing
  • Leave heat on in your home, incurring a higher heating bill may prevent you from more costly repair if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If leaving home during cold weather, leave heat set to a temp no lower than 55F.

Check out more information on freezing pipes on the Red Cross website.

Mold Spores

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

mold growing on drywall under a sink. The longer materials remain wet, the more likely mold can grow on affected areas and cause damage.

According to the Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP) report, in a lab setting, spores begin to germinate in as little time as a few hours. Depending on the type of mold, colonies may be visible in about three days. Generally, restoration professionals will adopt the time frame of 24-48 hours based on the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendation that a water damage be cleaned during that time frame to prevent mold growth. However, variables such as temperature, humidity, and food source can affect the timeline for mold to grow. Initially, musty smells and odors may not be present but may develop after several days if materials that have been wet are not dried thoroughly. In some instances, treatment with an EPA-registered antimicrobial is necessary to counteract unwanted mold growth. Structural materials that are affected by the water loss are especially important to ensure they are thoroughly dried for they run the risk of losing their structural integrity and stability.

Take the guess work out of mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of Greater Waco at 254-224-5999 and let us make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Document Restoration Part 2

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Boxes of documents that have been water damaged Documents that have been affected in a Category 3 loss can be harmful if not properly disinfected and decontaminated.

Documents and other goods that require cleaning and disinfecting cannot be treated like something that you would just add soap and water to and rinse to use safely. Category 3 losses can leave items infected with all types of bacteria and thorough decontamination is a must. Gamma irradiation is a process we use for cleaning/disinfecting and decontamination. It does not create residuals or radioactivity in processed items.

Along with cleaning and deodorization of water damaged documents, we are also able to provide certified destruction of documents. Our HIPPA compliant, safe facility is monitored 24/7 and all members handling documents are HIPPA Master certified. We uphold security and our client’s privacy by maintaining a chain of custody where we are able to track all sensitive documents through the process. We can provide our services to hospitals, schools, legal firms, architect firms, federal/state buildings, and private personal documents.

Continue for Document Restoration part 3.

To File or Not To File A Claim

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

Closeup of reddish tiles where floor has buckled Are you able to make the repairs or does it require a claim?

As a homeowner, renter or business owner it is important to understand the ins and outs of your insurance policy. Every policy is different, with exclusions and named perils. Being knowledgeable about your insurance as much as possible will help you in deciding if it is necessary for you to file a claim in the event your home or place or business suffers water damage. We wanted to share a couple of things to consider before filing an insurance claim:

If the total amount of repairs is less than your deductible, avoid filing, especially if other claims have been filled in the last ten years

If it is an uncovered loss, you are responsible for the mitigation and repairs, be aware of what is covered under your insurance.

Claim frequency could affect you in the form of non-renewal for being a high-risk.

If damage occurs due to lack of maintenance that is your own responsibility, do not submit a claim. But remember, maintaining your home or business well can get you better premiums.

Ultimately, being aware of all exclusions and coverage limits is important by knowing your options in which direction you need to go to mitigate and repair damage that occurs on your home or business.

Be Prepared!

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

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.

April Showers

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

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!

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

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?

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Never step into a flooded basement or room if water as come into contact with electrical outlets, appliances or cords.
  3. Do not use/touch any electrical appliances when you are wet or standing in water.
  4. Do not use electric tools if the ground is wet or raining.
  5. 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!

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

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.