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Hurricane and Extreme Storm Preparedness Tips For This Upcoming Storm Season Near You

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Flash Flood in Palestine, TX Rising waters caused by flash flood in Palestine TX

Here at SERVPRO of Athens/Mineola/Palestine we know disaster never strikes when its convenient and mother nature can cause some real damage and leave you and your family at risk so we've compiled a list of things you can do to protect your home or business during the upcoming storm season. 

1) Stock up on Bottled Water: At the very first mention of a hurricane even possibly coming to your area soon, go out and buy bottled water!  Once a hurricane is on its way, cases of water can be in very limited supply.  Stocking up on bottled water should be your first priority

 2) Store Extra Water in Plastic Soda Bottles: Save your used 2-liter soda bottles.  Wash the soda bottles with dish soap and hot water, rinsing well.  Fill each cleaned bottle with water and place a date on the outside of the bottle so you know when you filled it.  Water should be replaced every 6 months.

3) Fill your Bathtub with Water: The day before the predicted hurricane, be sure to fill all bath tubs with water.  You can even clean out your garbage cans ahead of time and fill them with water.  If you fill your outside garbage cans with water, be sure to store them in your garage.  It’s incredible that 120 mph winds are even strong enough to blow over garbage cans that are filled with water!

You can use the water you’re storing in your bathtubs and garbage cans for sanitation purposes.  Use it to wash your hands and for flushing toilets.  You can also use the water in your bathtub as a source of emergency drinking water.  Use  water purification tablets to make sure the water is safe to drink.

4) Fill up your Car’s Gas Tank Before the Storm Hits: Whether you plan on evacuating the area or not, you will definitely want to fill up your car’s tank with gas as soon as possible to avoid long lines.  After the storms passes, lack of electricity or other damage from the storm may cause many gas stations to be closed.  Having a tank full of gas is one of the most important hurricane preparedness tips… and it will sure give you some peace of mind!

5) Have a Backup Power Source: Buy a generator way before hurricane season even starts.  During hurricane season, purchase enough gasoline to run each generator for 7 – 10 days.  One generator can be used for your air conditioning and a separate generator can power your refrigerator, lights, and other necessities.

Having only one generator means you might have to choose between running your air conditioner or your refrigerator, freezer and cell phones.  One generator isn’t always enough to handle all your needs.

6) Get a Pump/Siphon: You might run out of gasoline to run your generator, so it’s a smart idea to have a Pump/Siphon on hand.  You can siphon the gas from your car’s tank to keep your generator running.

7) Use the One Cup Trick: If you have to evacuate, fill a cup with water and place it in the freezer until frozen.  Once the water is frozen, place a quarter on top of the frozen ice and put the cup back in your freezer.  When you return after evacuating, see if the quarter is still on the top of the ice or if it has sunk down into the ice.  That way you can tell if your food defrosted and just refroze, or if it stayed frozen while you were gone.

8) Stock up on Emergency Food Supplies: After a hurricane, it can often be very difficult to buy food from your local grocery store for several days.  That’s why its important to stock up on Emergency Food Supply Kits.  

9) Barbara writes: “When I first moved to Palestine,TX an older friend told me what she did while everyone else was running to the grocery store. She baked a couple of loaves of bread and would get the largest cut of meat in her freezer and fix it. She told me they would either have good sandwiches or, if the storm missed them, they would have the start of a celebratory meal.

10) Get a Propane Stove: Be sure to get a propane stove so you can still cook when the power goes out.  Nothing beats a hot delicious meal, no matter the circumstances!

11) Have your Stovetop Coffee Maker Ready: In a tough situation, there’s nothing better for a boost in moral that a hot cup of coffee!  

12) Create a Safe Room: Designate a “safe room” in your home and make sure everyone knows where it is.  It should be similar to the kind of safe room you’d choose during a tornado – a closet with solid walls, a door, and no windows.  If you have a larger walk in closet, grab folding chairs, blankets, pillows, and anair mattress.  This will help you stay cozy and comfy while your in you’re safe room for several hours waiting for the hurricane to pass through your area.

13) Get Your Camping Gear Ready: If you are lucky enough to have electricity after the hurricane passes, offer a shower, hot meal, and a bit of time in your air conditioned home to your friends.

Patti writes: “Many of my friends went days without a hot meal or a shower.  Once one friend would get electricity, they’d invite other friends to “share the comforts of life” – even to the point of making meals and having sleepovers.  Camping gear came in handy for all the sleeping bags in the living room and family room.”

14) Grab some Card Games and Board Games: If you don’t have electricity, your iPad and smart phone batteries will run low and you will be bored to tears before long.  That’s why it’s important to make sure you have some board games and card games to provide entertainment until the power is restored.

15) Make a Homemade Survival Kit: Nobody ever plans to be in a survival situation.  When the unexpected actually happens, you’ll give yourself a little pat on the back and thank yourself for planning ahead!  These Homemade Survival Kits are extremely useful to have on hand in a hurricane. 

16) Make a DIY Mini Survival Kit: I definitely love this DIY Mini Survival Kit!  This is the compact version of the survival kit above and it’s the perfect addition to your backpack, or your car’s glovebox!  It takes hardly any space to store and is a valuable resource when any unexpected emergency pops up away from home!

How can I Receive Emergency Broadcasts if the Power is Out?

17) Get a Hand Crank Emergency Radio: This Hand Crank Emergency Radio will let you hear emergency broadcasts even if the power is out at your home and your cell phone battery is all used up.  I’ve had one of these for years and I love it.  Having one of these hand crank radios is definitely one of the most practical hurricane preparedness tips, and you can even charge your smartphone with it!

18) Make an Altoid Tin Candle: This double wick Altoid Tin Candle is the perfect light source to have on hand when the power goes out.  It’s the ultimate compact candle, and the double wick burns for over 6 hours!

What to do if You Run Out of Candles:

19) Turn an Orange into a Candle: Did you know… you can make a candle from an orange peel?  Yes, it’s true!  This little orange peel candle works like a charm!  If the power ever goes out and you’re low on candles, this Orange Peel Candle is the perfect DIY trick!  All you need is an orange and some cooking oil and your ready to go!

20) Make a Milk Jug Lantern: To make a Milk Jug Lantern, wash out a milk jug and remove the label.  Then, fill the milk jug up with water and strap on a headlamp pointing into the milk jug.  That’s it!  It’s a clever re-purposing trick that creates a soft light that’s ideal for reading, playing a game, and illuminating your safe room.

21) Get a Lantern: It’s always useful to have a lantern or two on hand in case you loose your power.  

22) Have Extra Garbage Bags on Hand: Garbage collection services may be temporarily suspended after a hurricane, so having extra garbage bags handy is a necessity. 

What to do if You Have to Evacuate Your Home:

23) Dish Washer Trick: If you have to evacuate with little or no warning, place any paper documents, valuable photos, electronics, and keepsakes you can’t bring with you in plastic ziplock bags and put them in your dishwasher.  Your dishwasher is waterproof and secured to cabinets so it’s more likely to survive a hurricane.  Before placing any valuables in your dishwasher, be sure to turn off the water supply to your house and unload any dishes from the dishwasher.

24) Board up your Windows: As a hurricane approaches, protecting your home becomes a top priority.  One of the most vulnerable areas for damage to your home are your windows.  If you don’t have hurricane shutters, 3/4 inch plywood boards are the next best thing.  Get your plywood boards for free at Home Depot with some of my favorite little known tricks…

For more information on how you can prepare and repair your home and business regarding storm damage visit us at 

https://www.SERVPROathensmineolapalestine.com/

What are flood cuts and are they right for the water loss at your Commercial Business

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Cuts provided after extreme storms and rising waters.

When rising waters invade your commercial   property, the drywall may become compromised. The flooding warps the drywall and creates an ideal location for mold to grow. To remedy this, a storm damage restoration service will “flood cut” the drywall. Understanding the appropriate time to do a flood cut allows you to know when it’s the correct choice.

What Merits a Flood Cut?

Flood cuts are the preferred method of repair and containment for situations involving one of a few types of water:

• Clean water stagnated by the drywall for an extended time
• Dirty blackwater with contaminants
• Damaged insulation within the walls
• Suspicion of interior wall damage

Any form of contamination will need a tear out of the wall to validate its structural integrity. Severe flooding may merit repairing the entire section of drywall rather than a sliced section. Clean water damage treated early is often safe from having to do a flood cut in favor of less invasive wall pumps.

Why Should Flood Cuts Be Considered?

Drywall is porous and easily absorbs water from a flooded floor. Since the bottom of the material is likely where the water entered, it’ll be severed over a foot up above the flood damage’s peak. Without the material in the way, the moisture within the wall can be fully removed. The drywall is then repaired or replaced at the location of the cut.

What Happens If I Deny a Flood Cut?

The interior of the walls is worth letting restoration specialists evaluate if they ask. Mold grows very rapidly. A flood cut early on can become unfeasible later once the drywall crumbles and mold spreads. It’s easy to overlook hidden problems. Ignoring it will leave your business with a moldy odor and more property damage.

Your Mineola, TX, business is worth protecting from flooding, even if it means a little surgery to restore it to how it once was. If the water isn’t clean, the damage is often unseen. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROathensmineolapalestine.com.

4 Tips to Prevent Lightning Related Fatalities

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning Storm in Texas

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips. 

BE AWARE

Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available. 

GO INDOORS 

Remember the phrase, "When thunder roars, go indoors." Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up. 

AVOID WINDOWS

As well as doors, porches and concrete. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. 

AVOID WATER 

Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a buildings. 

For more information on ways to prevent lightning fatalities visit Centers for Disease Control; Cdc.gov 

How to prepare for Spring Flash Floods

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

rising waters in neighborhood

Is your home or commercial building often affected by flooding in the spring? As the weather starts to get warmer in Palestine, TX, many properties may see major water problems caused by the thawing ice and snow. While you can't stop the weather from changing, you can take a few steps to mitigate the damage done by the thaw. If your preventative steps aren't enough, you may want to call in a commercial water damage team to deal with the aftermath of the thaw.

• Sump Pumps: Installing a sump pump before the typical spring flood can prepare your lower levels for the oncoming water. This type of pump is designed to stop water from accumulating.
• Landscaping Tips: Did you know your landscaping can actually affect how much water enters your building during the thaw? Make sure your lawn is sloped away from the building to encourage water to flow away and don't store wood near the building.
• Insulation Checks: As the weather heats up and cools down in the early parts of spring, you may have to worry about a frozen pipe problem. If you keep your exterior pipes properly insulated, you may not have to worry about this particular issue.
• Cleaning Methods: Did you know that built up gunk in your gutters and downspouts can encourage a watery mess? Cleaning these areas prior to the warmer spring weather may stop water from flooding out of the gutter system.
• Storage Procedures: You may not be able to stop all water from getting into your building, but you can reduce the damage it can do. Keeping valuable items on high shelves or off the floor may reduce the damage you sustain.

Spring flooding cannot always be avoided, but you can take a few precautionary steps to help reduce your chances of having unexpected amounts of water fill your building. It may be a good idea to take these steps every year.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROathensmineolapalestine.com.

3 Steps to Filing a Flood Damage Claim

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

A flood is a life-changing event.

A flood in Mineola, TX is a life-changing event. After a natural disaster like that, you want to return your life back to normal. One of the most important ways to do that is by filing a flood claim. There are a few simple steps to follow to ensure the process is completed without delay.

1. Contact Insurance Provider

Get in contact with your insurance company or agent immediately after the flood. Provide basic information, such as your policy number along with a phone number and email address. You want to make sure you can be reached at any time. An insurance adjuster will be scheduled to visit your home within a few days to assess the flood claim damages.

2. Document Damages

An insurance adjuster needs a clear picture of how much flood damage occurred in your home. Prior to the adjuster's visit, spend a day or two taking photographs, recording videos and making a list of all the damages. Here are the most common things to document:

  • Standing flood water levels
  • Discarded objects
  • Lost items
  • Property and structural damage

Take note of anything affected by the flood. Whenever possible, provide receipts, value and purchase date of damaged or lost items. The more detailed information you provide, the better able the adjuster will be to prepare a repair estimate.

3. Consult With the Adjuster

An insurance adjuster can walk you through the insurance claim process. He or she can tell you what your homeowners' policy does and doesn't cover as relates to the flood. Once all the necessary paperwork is submitted, processed and proven accurate, the next step is that you'll receive payment.

A Return to Normal

A house flood is a stressful experience. However, things can return to normal quickly when you follow the simple steps for filing a flood claim. Once the claim process is completed, you can begin rebuilding your life. Often this involves hiring a restoration company to clean up the mess the disaster left behind.

Three Reasons Why Your Business Needs Flood Insurance

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

You should protect your business from all possible scenarios.

Three Reasons Why Your Business Needs Flood Insurance

When you are taking out insurance for your Palestine, TX business, you might wonder if you really need to get separate flood insurance. While it might seem like an unnecessary extra expense, it can be incredibly helpful in an emergency. If you need more convincing, here are a few reasons why you should purchase this type of insurance.


1. Floods Are Not Covered Under Other Types of Insurance


Perhaps the most obvious reason why it is a good idea to get this added insurance is that other kinds of commercial insurance do not cover damage caused by floods. Your standard commercial property insurance covers many kinds of damage, but if you are hit by a flood, you will not be covered unless you have a separate policy specifically for that purpose.


2. Water Damage Can Be Costly


If your business is flooded, you might end up with quite a bit of water damage. This can include damage to the building itself as well as the property inside of it. Floors and walls might need to be replaced by a professional water damage repair service which can take a lot of time and money. If you have expensive equipment or computers that need to be replaced, it will be even more costly. In this case, having flood insurance can save you from a huge financial loss.


3. It Might Be Required


In some cases, you might be required to get flood insurance. This will likely be the case if you have a mortgage on the property and you live in an area with a high risk of floods. The lender will want a guarantee that the property is protected in an emergency.

You cannot predict when bad weather will happen, and you should protect your business from all possible scenarios. Because other types of commercial insurance do not include floods, it is a good idea to purchase a separate flood policy.

Storm Preparedness with the ERP Application.

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

The ERP ready application.

How do you keep your Building Prepared during a storm?

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.” In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility.

The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas.

Our technicians will be on your doorstep within just a few hours, even if you call in the middle of the night. We work 24/7 and will respond to your problem after hours, on holidays, and the weekends.

Call SERVPRO of Athens / Mineola / Palestine at 903-561-0168 to establish your Emergency Ready Profile! You'll be thankful that you did when the time comes.

Shocking Facts About Lightning

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Avoid any contact with water during a thunderstorm

Lightning Safety Tips

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk of being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips:

Be Aware

Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.


Go Indoors
Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.


Avoid Windows, Doors, Porches and Concrete
Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.


Avoid Water
Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.


Avoid Electronic Equipment
Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, and radio and television reception systems. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.

How Your Solar Panels Will Stand up to a Storm

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Hail in Palestine,TX

Have you decided to join the many others in Palestine, TX, and have gotten solar panels on your roof? These panels provide many benefits, including an environmentally friendly way to generate power in your home. These panels are effective, but you may worry how they’ll stand up to adverse weather. Rest assured that they will continue to do their job and withstand panel damage in just about every weather condition. Here are a few weather situations you may be concerned about.

High Winds

If hurricane-force winds hit your home, there may be some significant roof damage. However, manufacturers put solar panels through thorough and rugged testing to ensure they will hold up in even the strongest of winds. In fact, you may be surprised at how secure the panels are once they are attached to your roof. Here are some surprising facts about solar panels and high winds:

  • Most panels are certified to sustain winds up to 140 mph.
  • Most panels will operate at peak efficiency following hurricanes. 
  • During the strongest storms, even if there is damage to the panels, you will probably only lose a few.

Hail

Likewise, when manufacturers build solar panels, they use the strongest, most durable materials to withstand hailstones. In fact, most manufacturers test the panels to continue to work even if stones 1 inch in diameter hit them at up to 50 mph. It is possible for the panels to break but ordinarily only if large hailstones repeatedly hit the same spot.

Rain

Large storms will also bring significant rain. Though this might threaten weak roofs, you shouldn’t have to worry about panel damage. Not only will the precipitation not cause harm to the panels, but the solar panels themselves should continue to function properly even during heavy rainstorms. During the daytime hours and when the sunlight shines, your panels should gather enough solar energy to power your home when darkness comes and when rain falls.

3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Wait for a Home Insurance Adjuster After Storm Damage

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage in Palestine,TX

Don't Wait for a Home Insurance Adjuster After Storm Damage

When flooding impacts Palestine, TX, and damages your home, you may be facing a tangle of problems. From handling ruined carpeting to soaked furniture and other belongings, potential losses may be considerable. If you have flood insurance this may help you cover some of the damage; however, waiting for an agent or an adjuster to come survey your home can cause more problems than it solves, no matter the source of the flooding

1. Mold Can Grow Quickly After a Flood 

Waiting for a flood insurance agent to contact you after a flood can give mold an opportunity to take hold and spread within your home. High humidity, standing water and other factors allows mold to form as soon as 24 hours after a flood, making severe mold damage a definite possibility if you wait more than a few days to file a claim or leave affected rooms untouched for the adjuster to view. Take photos instead and then call in a storm damage and mold remediation company to perform water drainage and prevent the spread of damaging fungi. 

2. Your Insurance Adjuster May Be Overtaxed

When weather causes flood damage, your insurance adjuster may become extremely busy with handling multiple claims and may not be able to get to your home right away. However, waiting for him or her to show before you take any action may lead to structural damage to your home. Perform mitigation if possible and document damage that occurs after the storm so you can update your claim. 

3. Standing Water Can Breed Bacteria 

Outdoor flood waters often contain bacteria that can cause illness. When this water sits in your basement or other rooms of your house, bacteria strains may multiply and increase the chance of illness. Ask your flood damage experts to remove standing water as soon as possible. 

Flooding in Palestine, TX, may require you to contact your flood insurance agent. However, it is wise that you try to prevent the spread of damage while you wait to prevent as much loss as possible. 

How To Prevent Extra Damage to Your Roof After a Storm

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

The mitigation process for roof damage involves not only taking care of the problem but also protecting the roof during downtime.

The roof on your house in Palestine, TX, is your home's first defense against water damage from storms or heavy precipitation. When the storm causes roof damage, your home can become vulnerable to all kinds of problems, including ruined insulation, weakened structural materials and mold growth. By calling flood restoration specialists as soon as you suspect your roof has damage, you are likely to prevent further damage that neglecting the compromised roof would allow.

Inspection

The first thing that the specialists are going to do is inspect your roof. When they do, they are looking for specific issues that need to be addressed:

• Core components of roof, such as decking, shingles or the membranes that seal out the elements
• Level of saturation in insulation
• Condition of the flashing
• Condition of drains, gutters and rain spouts

Once technicians know the extent of the roof damage, they can formulate a plan. Any time they're not working on the roof, they use measures to protect your roof from taking on more issues.

Overnight Protection

From the time the mitigation specialists arrive to look at the roof to the time they completely finish repairs, there are going to be long blocks of time when they are not actively repairing the roof. Therefore, it's important that something be done to protect the roof while it's under repair. Some areas can be boarded up as long as the edges of the board are sealed with a waterproof tape or film. A tarp can also cover the roof to provide protection from rain and further wind damage. No matter what measures are used, the roof should not be left open if it has damage.

The mitigation process for roof damage involves not only taking care of the problem but also protecting the roof during downtime. Boards and tarps prevent further damage by isolating the roof from those who mean it harm. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROathensmineolapalestine.com/. 

Can the Spring Flood Be Avoided?

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Is your commercial building often affected by flooding in the spring? As the weather starts to get warmer in Palestine, TX, many properties may see major water problems caused by the thawing ice and snow. While you can't stop the weather from changing, you can take a few steps to mitigate the damage done by the thaw. If your preventative steps aren't enough, you may want to call in a commercial water damage team to deal with the aftermath of the thaw.

• Sump Pumps: Installing a sump pump before the typical spring flood can prepare your lower levels for the oncoming water. This type of pump is designed to stop water from accumulating.
• Landscaping Tips: Did you know your landscaping can actually affect how much water enters your building during the thaw? Make sure your lawn is sloped away from the building to encourage water to flow away and don't store wood near the building.
• Insulation Checks: As the weather heats up and cools down in the early parts of spring, you may have to worry about a frozen pipe problem. If you keep your exterior pipes properly insulated, you may not have to worry about this particular issue.
• Cleaning Methods: Did you know that built up gunk in your gutters and downspouts can encourage a watery mess? Cleaning these areas prior to the warmer spring weather may stop water from flooding out of the gutter system.
• Storage Procedures: You may not be able to stop all water from getting into your building, but you can reduce the damage it can do. Keeping valuable items on high shelves or off the floor may reduce the damage you sustain.

Spring flooding cannot always be avoided, but you can take a few precautionary steps to help reduce your chances of having unexpected amounts of water fill your building. It may be a good idea to take these steps every year.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROathensmineolapalestine.com.

Mold Removal Tips From the Experts

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

The flood is over, the water is drained and it’s time for you to start thinking about the cleanup effort. How you handle the cleanup is dependent on a few different factors. First, has the mold growth spread over 10 square feet? If it has, it’s suggested that you have the remediation performed by professionals in Palestine, TX. The following are four tips on how to deal with mold damage after a flood.

1. Perform Quick Mitigation

In 24-48 hours, mold growth can occur in standing water. If it wasn’t possible to drain the water in time to prevent the growth, then as soon as the water is extracted, it’s time to act. The cleanup should occur quickly to stop the mold from spreading or growing in severity.

2. Fix Any Leaks

Imagine putting in all the hard work to disinfect your home from the bacterial growth after a flood, only to have it all come back because of a leaky pipe. Before you start the cleanup process, make sure that there aren’t any leaks or broken pipes to contend with.

3. Clean Hard Surfaces

Hard, non-porous surfaces can be scrubbed clean of mold. A mix of warm water, detergent and vinegar is generally all homeowners need to clean mold from their furniture or walls. In some cases, a stronger formula may be necessary.

4. Tear out Porous Materials

Soft, absorbent materials may need to be tossed out. Carpets, ceiling tiles and padded furniture often have to be removed from the home. In porous materials, mold can grow into the empty spaces and can’t always be removed completely.

After a flood, the moist environment and standing water usually leads to mold growth. It can be impossible to stop it from happening. However, with these tips and the help of a professional remediator, your home will be as good as new in no time. Visit http://www.SERVPROathensmineolapalestine.com for more information on storm damage.

Why It's Important To Hire Professionals For Storm Damage Restoration

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Why It's Important To Hire Professionals For Storm Damage Restoration

Dealing with flooding, storm damage or other forms of natural disaster can be a difficult and frustrating experience. The damage done to homes and other residential properties can devastating and costly.

If you have experienced this type of damage in your home it is imperative to get professional assistance right away. Hire a reliable restoration company to provide the necessary repairs and immediate storm remediation.

Professional Storm Damage Restoration

Attempting to handle a storm or flooding on your own is not advisable. Even if you wrap your pipes, patch your roof, or board up your windows, you still will be left to deal with flood water or ground water, hurricane damage or localized river flooding and the damage inflicted on your home.

Home restoration projects require industrial flood pump to remove flood water, so it is always best that you leave this water restoration and storm restoration project to professionals who specialize in storm damage or river flooding remediation.

Professionals have the high-tech equipment and advanced techniques to address the situation appropriately. From local wind damage and river flooding to occasional issues like frozen pipes, pipe breaks, getting the best solutions for storm restoration is a crucial issue that should be handled carefully.

In certain situations, where there is roof leak or roof damage which may have resulted from hail damage, its extremely important to call home restoration technicians immediately in order to prevent further damage or the need for more extensive professional roof repair service.

Water Removal

Water restoration is an important step in a hurricane damage situation. This will help prevent flood water or ground water from entering the interior of the building. Flooding can be a serious issue and difficult to deal with and can often occur after a severe storm damage. Water can also enter a home from frozen pipes, a roof leak or nearby river flooding.

Professionals use a flood pump, powerful dehumidifier and other state-of-the-art equipment to provide successful storm remediation. Water restoration services that utilize a high-tech home restoration equipment like flood pump can often get the situation under control quickly.

Roof Repair

Hurricane damage, hail damage and even wind damage can result in a roof leak. If your home has suffered roof damage or if there is a roof leak, the situation should be addressed promptly. Storm restoration process that involves roof repair service is crucial for minimizing the extent of roof damage.

Ice damage, as well as hail damage or wind damage requires the expertise of a knowledgeable and experienced team of roof repair professionals. It is important to hire professionals who have great expertise in repairing roof damage and roof leak. These repairs should be done promptly, and professionals with a proven track record can provide effective and efficient storm remediation.

Hurricane Damage

Hurricanes can cause devastating damage to a structure. The resulting wind damage and flooding can disrupt normal daily activities, and will require immediate attention. Homeowners who have experienced hurricane and storm damage know it can cause severe roof damage, flood water and even ground water within the homes.

Use of a flood pump and other water removal equipment is usually needed after a major storm. Professional water restoration technicians have the resources and skills to remove ground water, clean up the affected areas, repair damaged roof and ensure a successful hurricane or storm remediation.

Storm Restoration

Professional home restoration services are available to address ice damage or hail damage and other issues, such as ice dam, ice damming and frozen pipes.

Snow and ice damage may be caused by ice damming or an ice dam and ignoring these issues is not a good idea. It is also advisable to address the issues caused by frozen pipes or burst pipes as in order to avoid more extensive damages.

Considerations

Professionals will conduct a thorough inspection of the property and assess the condition of the roof, the pipes and the entire plumbing system. Reputable and reliable professionals will take proper steps to ensure effective home restoration or storm remediation.

Visit SERVPROathensmineolapalestine.com for more information about our services.

Shocking Facts About Lightning

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk of being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips:


Be Aware
Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.


Go Indoors
Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.


Avoid Windows, Doors, Porches and Concrete
Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.


Avoid Water
Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.


Avoid Electronic Equipment
Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, and radio and television reception systems. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.

Be Storm Smart. Be Storm Ready.

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:


• 10,000 severe thunderstorms
• 5,000 floods or flash floods
• 1,000 tornadoes
• 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes


Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year, and nearly $15 billion in damages.* Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.


Know Your Risk
The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Station, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.


Take Action
Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit, and keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.


Be An Example
Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers, family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.


*Facts provided by http://www.stormready.noaa.gov

10 Ways to Be Prepared

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

If a disaster strikes, will you be ready? It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation. n

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies.
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.  
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
  • Hold a scenario-based continuity of operations tabletop exercise for your organization.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.

Tips provided by ready.gov. 

Tools to be Storm Ready

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

One of the best precautions you can take is to purchase a good quality weather radio. A weather radio is designed to alert you to a potentially dangerous weather situation, such as an approaching tornado, massive hailstorm, or hurricane. It allows you to be warned ahead of storms, providing you time to seek shelter. A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts.


Weather radios have made many advancements over the years and are very affordable. Most basic weather radios average around $30 and can be programmed to only alert you for the weather alerts you choose.


When shopping for a weather radio, look for the following key features:


• Reviewable alerts (you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear)
• Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming- alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts from your county.
• Ease of programming


If you need help programming your weather radio, you can always contact your local National Weather Service Office or for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

Is Your Property Winter Ready

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of Athens/Mineola/Palestine to strike back.

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • 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.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • 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.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Ask your local SERVPRO® Professionals about completing an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

When winter weather strikes, call SERVPRO of Athens/Mineola/Palestine to strike back.

Understanding WEA's

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA and 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 needing to download an app or subscribe to a service. WEA shares extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER alerts, and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.


A WEA comes like a text message would come to your phone, and will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no longer than 90 characters long.


Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts, including how to determine if your mobile device is WEA capable.

Tools To Keep You Safe

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

One of the best precautions you can take is to purchase a good quality weather radio. A weather radio is designed to alert you to a potentially dangerous weather situation, such as an approaching tornado, massive hailstorm, or hurricane. It allows you to be warned ahead of storms, providing you time to seek shelter. A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts.


Weather radios have made many advancements over the years and are very affordable. Most basic weather radios average around $30 and can be programmed to only alert you for the weather alerts you choose.


When shopping for a weather radio, look for the following key features:


• Reviewable alerts (you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear)
• Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming- alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts from your county.
• Ease of programming


If you need help programming your weather radio, you can always contact your local National Weather Service Office or for additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

Be Storm Smart. Be Storm Ready.

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:


• 10,000 severe thunderstorms
• 5,000 floods or flash floods
• 1,000 tornadoes
• 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes


Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year, and nearly $15 billion in damages.* Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.


Know Your Risk
The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Station, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.


Take Action
Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit, and keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.


Be An Example
Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers, family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.


*Facts provided by http://www.stormready.noaa.gov

10 Ways You Can Be Prepared

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.

If a disaster strikes, will you be ready? It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation. n

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies.
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.  
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
  • Hold a scenario-based continuity of operations tabletop exercise for your organization.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.

Tips provided by ready.gov. 

Be Storm Smart

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms: 

-10,000 severe thunderstorms 

- 5,000 floods or flash floods

- 1,000 tornados

- 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others. 

Storm Damage and Cleanup

4/21/2015 (Permalink)

With recent tornados, flooding and storm damage in East Texas SERVPRO of Athens/Mineola/Palestine is helping many commercial and residential customers with cleanup.  

If you or your customers need assistance remember SERVPRO is always here to help.