Recent Storm Damage Posts

Be Prepared for Winter

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

Snow covered houses. Dropping temperatures and winter storms can cause more damage than you may think.

Dropping temperatures and winter storms can cause more damage than you may think. In the case of severe weather, it’s always best to prepare your home and business.  

PREPARE YOUR HOME   

  • If you own a home which is unoccupied during a cold period, ensure you have ample heating fuel and that the indoor thermostat, in all areas of the home, is minimally kept at 55 degrees and ensure that you have a trusted person check the home periodically during your absence.   
  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.   
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.   
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off.”   
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.   
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.   

PREPARE YOUR BUSINESS   

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause   
    personal injuries.   
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.   
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present. 

Snowmelt and Your Home

1/17/2023 (Permalink)

Shoveling sidewalk. Rapid snowmelt could potentially flood the basement in your home.

Snowmelt flooding happens when large amounts of snow accumulation is followed by an increase in temperature. Rapid snowmelt could potentially flood the basement in your home. To prevent snowmelt from damaging your property, follow these tips:  

  • Shovel snow away from your home  
  • Inspect basement walls for cracks  
  • Inspect your gutters and downspouts  
  • Clear snow from your roof to prevent buildups  

As water damage specialists, SERVPRO has the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly.   

Our services to help restore a basement after flooding include:  

  • Water Removal and Dehumidification  
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation  
  • Move Outs and Contents Restoration  
  • Air Ducts and HVAC  
  • Deodorization  
  • Carpet and Hard Floors Cleaning  

If you experience damage in your basement from snowmelt, SERVPRO can make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Tips for Driving in the Rain

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

Driving in the rain down the highway. By employing these safe driving techniques, you can keep yourself and your passengers safe during spring drizzles and downpours.

Did you know nearly half (47%) of all weather-related car accidents — more than 700,000 a year — are due to rain? Read below for our tips on how to drive safely in the rain. Here are a few tips to help you drive safely in the rain:   

  • Avoid pooling water. By splashing through puddles, you can impair your vision and other drivers’. Additionally, standing water often shields potholes and debris from view and it can reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle’s brakes.  
  • If your car begins to hydroplane, do not brake, or turn the wheel abruptly as this may cause your vehicle to go into a skid or spin. Take your foot off the gas and keep the wheel straight until your car reclaims traction.  
  • Increase your following distance. Slick roads, wet brakes and reduced visibility can lead to collisions. Give other vehicles plenty of room and brake early with reduced force.  
  • Don’t use cruise control. It can cause your car to accelerate when hydroplaning and reduces driver attentiveness.  
  • Drive through the tracks of the car in front of you. This allows the vehicle ahead to displace any standing water that’s on the road. 

By employing these safe driving techniques, you can keep yourself and your passengers safe during spring drizzles and downpours. Rainy roads can be dangerous, but if we all slow down and use extra caution, rainy days might be a little brighter. 

Storm Safety Tips 

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Dark storm clouds over a landscape. We may all love watching a good thunderstorm, but it’s important to know that storms can always be potentially dangerous.

We may all love watching a good thunderstorm, but it’s important to know that storms can always be potentially dangerous. Follow these tips to stay safe during a severe storm: 

  • Remember that all thunderstorms all have lightning, so it’s best to stay indoors. Just because you don’t see lightning doesn’t mean it’s not there; when there’s thunder, lightning always follows.  
  • During storms, stay away from windows and avoid bathing or showering. In the case of severe thunderstorms or tornadoes, make sure that you have an emergency kit prepared for your family. It’s also important to know your evacuation plan as well.  
  • Remember the saying “turn around, don’t drown” anytime you see possible flooding. Never attempt to drive through moving water, because it doesn’t take much to carry your car away.  
  • Flood waters can also cover roads so much that they could be completely washed away, yet you would never know until it’s too late.  

There are a number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm. It’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, the SERVPRO team is ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Choose SERVPRO to Handle Your Flood Damage

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO desiccant. Dealing with flood water can be a time-consuming mess.

Dealing with flood water can be a time-consuming mess. While total prevention may not be possible, being prepared can minimize damage.   

Indiana is known for its constant changes in weather, making our homes an easy target for storm damage. That’s why our team at SERVPRO of Ft. Wayne are ready to help 24/7. Whether your home or business is affected by flood damage, your property needs specialized equipment and techniques to restore it back to its pre-damaged condition.  

Our technicians have been specially trained to handle these sorts of unique situations to help get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Storm damage can include not only water damage but mold damage, too. It may seem like a daunting challenge to overcome, but SERVPRO has the resources and tools to restore your property and make it “Like it never even happened.”