Recent Storm Damage Posts

3 Ways To Use Landscaping To Protect Your Home in North Ft. Wayne From Water Damage

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Heavy rains or extreme storms can drop thousands of gallons of water on your yard over the course of a winter season, potentially leaving behind outside flooding or overflowing drainage in their wake. Therefore, it’s important to prepare for any intense rainstorm by finding ways to properly divert rain drainage away from your property. Here are three ways to use your outdoor landscaping to protect your home from the brunt of oncoming excess water and keep it outside where it belongs.

1. Be creative with your mulch. If you’ve created any garden or plant beds around the exterior of your home, there are preventative measures you can take to effectively ward off flooding issues. Use heavier mulch that absorbs more of the water within itself as opposed to allowing it to run toward the walls of the house. Furthermore, it’s best to leave a 6-inch gap between your mulch and siding so that any excess water doesn’t wick up and into the exterior siding of your home.

2. Direct rainwater spouts away from the house. In the event of a rainstorm, your drainage spouts work to keep water flowing freely off of your roof and away from your exterior paneling. However, it’s important to extend these downspouts as much as possible to keep any outside flooding from building right next to your home.

3. Use grass or rock formations as barriers. If your family has experienced countless flooding problems in your basement, cellar or even surrounding your doorways, it helps to create a landscaping barrier in areas that are prone to excess water buildup. Incorporate added grass to help absorb and block, or enhance the space with a decorative rock path to break up the runoff and keep it from collecting.

While outside flooding isn’t always preventable, there are certainly ways to help prevent excess water from building around the exterior of your home. These three methods can be useful in safeguarding your property without taking away from the beauty of your landscape. For more information give us a call! (260) 255-6271

Be Storm Ready in North Ft. Wayne

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

When Dealing with Leaks, Take the Following Steps to Minimize Damage:

  • Clean up any puddles – standing water will soak in to wood and lead to permanent damage, warping and eventual rot.
  • Catch drips – yep, the old bucket under the drip. You want to capture any drips you see so that puddles don’t form
  • Find the source of the leak NOW!
  • Fix the leak ASAP

The important thing is to find what’s causing the leak. Most rain induced leaks start in the roof. You do NOT want to be climbing around the slippery wet roof during a rainstorm.

Here’s a quick check-list of what to look at when dealing with a roof leak:

  • Find where the leak is on the ceiling of the room below. That will lead you to a puddle or soaked insulation in the attic.
  • Look for water stains, drip marks, etc. on the rafters above the wet insulation.
  • Trace the water up the rafter. It should point right at the leak in the roof.
  • Check chimneys where they cut through the roof. Mark the area at the highest point where you see the leak start. This is invaluable for whomever has to fix the leak.

If you do narrow it down to a roof leak, you will need to contact a roofer to fix the leak, and SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne can handle the water damage. 

If you have water damage in your home, give us a call at (260) 255-6271 and a technician will come and check it out!

Emergency Preparedness in North Ft. Wayne

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

Between tornadoes and flooding and fires, the amount of natural disasters that have been occurring left and right has been dizzying. While our team here at SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne offers free services for businesses to create an Emergency Preparedness Profile, we wanted to highlight important basic items you might need if you and your family happened to be caught in a natural disaster. 

You never know when disaster might strike—Don’t let it catch you off guard.

With help from Ready.gov, we were able to compile a list of important things that even can save your life in the event of an emergency. Be sure to remember specific things that your family might need, like medications, epi-pens, and even pet food!

Assembling Your Kit

When you assembler your kit, make sure to store items in airtight plastic bags and keeping everything in plastic bins. This makes them easy to carry, and easily accessible.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Additional Emergency Supplies

Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs: 

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lense solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

Maintaining Your Kit

After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:

  • Keep canned food in a cool, dry place
  • Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers
  • Replace expired items as needed
  • Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.

Kit Storage Locations

Since you do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs, prepare supplies for home, work and vehicles.

If you find yourself the victim of disaster, give us a call at (260) 255-6271.

Storm Season in North Ft. Wayne

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

If you've been outside lately, you will notice that it is that time of year again...The rainy season! And along with rain comes roof leaks.

Roof leaks can cause all sorts of damage to homes. They can be small, or they can cause large floods. 

However they come, if your home suffers water damage from a roof leak, SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne can restore it. 

Many times you don't realize your roof is leaking until a major event happens. Slow leaks can build up over time and become large leaks that become noticeable. It is important to have a professional who can assess the damage and look for signs of secondary damage such as Mold from prolonged leaks over a period of time. 

If you suffer water damage from a roof leak give us a call today, we are ready to help. (260) 255-6271

When Storm or Floods Hit, North Ft Wayne is Ready!

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Ft. Wayne County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Of North Ft. Wayne County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams of North Ft. Wayne County that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 574-936-5849