Autumn Warnings for Storm or Flood
tree damage after storm
With the changing seasons comes changing temperatures and weather patterns. Storms can become more frequent and with it, floods and flash floods. Floods can be dangerous for homes, businesses, and traffic of all kinds. It's best to know what to do in case of a flood or major storm.
- Always have a plan ready in case a storm or flood happens. Not only for your home, but in case you are caught out in a vehicle or as a pedestrian. Know what to do to keep your loved ones and pets safe.
- Know the risks for floods and storms in your area. Web sites such as FEMA.gov, NOAA.gov, and weather sites are good sources to know when to expect the possibility of storms and floods and potential water damage.
- Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage for your home and vehicle that covers flood and water damages.
- Keep important documents in a waterproof container so they aren't damaged.
- Keep your home in good repair to avoid leaks and storm damage as much as possible.
In the event of a flood, storm (particularly a hurricane and you are on the coast), or other such emergency, always:
- Follow the instructions of emergency personnel. If you are ordered to evacuate - then evacuate! Have a plan ready and materials to board up your home if needed. Don't wait until the last minute as you may get caught in traffic. Although here in the Columbia area we aren't as affected as the coast in a hurricane, we can still get nasty storms that can bring floods and excess water.
- Know what to do if you are caught in a storm or flood while in a vehicle. Never try to drive through moving water, or even still water. It is not easy to tell how deep the water is and a vehicle can easily be swept away and pose a drowning hazard.
- Never try to walk or swim through moving water. Not only can it be stronger than your ability to move through it, you may not know what hazards are in that water. There could be moving debris as well as microorganisms that could pose a health hazard.
- Be aware of other hazards in water such as snakes, animals, or electrocution due to exposed wires or downed power lines.
- If you are trapped, try to get to high ground (roof, top of vehicle, etc.) and wave a bright, colorful cloth or flashlight to attract the attention of emergency services.
If your home is damaged by a flood or storm, be sure to call us here at SERVPRO for professional assistance in assessing and mitigating the damage and getting you back into your home as soon as possible.
In case of fire...
No one wants to think about a fire happening in their home. However, it is important to be prepared and know what to do in case a fire does break out.
According to the American Red Cross, there are several points you may need to be aware of prior to an emergency. Being prepared helps alleviate some of the stress of dealing with a fire.
- Know how to operate a fire extinguisher and what you can use it on. Fire extinguishers can be used for small fires. However, if a large fire breaks out, or one that a proper fire extinguisher for the type of fire is unavailable, it's best to get out and call the fire department. Always have the proper fire extinguisher rated for an area, such as the kitchen.
- Know your exits and have emergency gear available and easily obtained at or near an exit.
- Get out as quickly and safely as possible. Make sure everyone, especially children and the elderly, can get safely out. Always use stairs instead of elevators. Don't worry about belongings. Lives are far more important. Once out and safe, stay out of the building and out of the way of emergency crew. Never go back in for something you thing may be important.
- Make sure to escape under the level of smoke. Smoke can contain particulates that can be harmful or even deadly. Crawl if necessary.
- Never open doors where handles are warm or smoke blocks the route out, unless it's the only route.
- If you are unable to get out, stay in a closed room and place et towels under the door. Call 911 immediately and let them know you are trapped and where. Open a window and wave a bright cloth or flashlight to let them know where you are.
- In the event your clothes catch fire, stop immediately and remember STOP DROP and ROLL. Drop to the ground and protect your face. Roll over back and forth to put out the flames. Do not try to run as the flames could be fanned and worsened. Cool burned skin with water and get medical attention immediately.
Saving yourself and loved ones is the most important thing to remember if a fire breaks out. Belongings and homes can be replaced and repaired. Lives cannot.
SERVPRO is here to help after the disaster to help clean up and get you back into your home as quickly as possible.
Full Service Solutions
SERVPRO At Your Service
During a disaster or emergency, you want to know who you can count on to get your home or business back to normal. So, why choose SERVPRO?
At SERVPRO of the Dutch Fork, we offer full-service solutions as, in many cases, a disaster may mean more than one kind of issue that needs to be taken care of. Our trained professionals know how to get in and get the job done, recognizing any additional problems that have arisen, or may arise, due to a flood, leak, fire, mold, cleaning/biohazard situation, or whatever your need may be. Our team can quickly assess your particular situation and offer solutions, including repairs in most cases, to get you back to your pre-disaster condition. We have the tools and equipment necessary to be ready for just about any disaster. We are available 24/7 for any size job from post-construction cleanup to full fire and water damage mitigation. We work with your insurance and do whatever we can to take the pressure off your already stressful and traumatic situation.
Fire damage may also bring about water damage due to exposed areas or use of fire hoses or sprinklers, even areas not seriously affected by smoke, heat, and fire. Water damage may easily bring about mold issues which can further damage woodwork, walls, ceilings, floors, and furnishings. Conversely, mold issues may uncover a water issue that has caused damage. What may seem a simple cleaning job could expose underlying problems that, if left untreated, may cause further damage and expense. Storm damage could easily cause water damage, structural issues, as well as potential fire damage due to compromised wiring.
You are never just a "number" with SERVPRO. Locally owned and operated since 1998, under the umbrella of a successful, 55-year strong corporation, means you get professional, personalized, and caring service. “Like it never even happened.”
Fall Fire Prevention
Autumn is nearly upon us and with it comes cooler and drier weather, breezes, and beautiful leaves falling. Many will be decorating for the early holidays and starting up the fireplaces and backyard fire pits.
With all the pumpkin spice and decorations, it is easy to forget about the fire hazards that can manifest when we least expect it. Prevention is the key to having a happy and safe autumn season and avoiding a traumatic fire.
Now is a good time to check areas for hazards and put preventions in place. Here are some things to be aware of:
- Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Check and replace any batteries and make sure the units are working. There should be adequate smoke alarms near or in every living area or room.
- Fireplaces. Now is a great time to have that fireplace cleaned out (chimney and all) and make sure the flue is working correctly. Make sure there are no nests from the springtime birds or any other blockages.
- Heating and air ducts: Having these checked and cleaned if needed is a good idea. Build-up of dust may not only a fire hazard, but may cause health issues for people with allergies. Be sure to have your heating unit checked for debris or loose/bare wires.
- Know how to safely operate any space heaters that may be in use. Don't let them operate too close to furniture or flammable objects. Be aware that children and animals can knock these over, so be sure that they have automatic shut-offs if they do and that they are in proper working order.
- This is a great time of year for decorations. Be sure they are far enough away from lit candles and the fireplace. Never leave a candle burning unattended.
- The kitchen tends to be a busy room this time of year. Be sure your appliances and outlets are in good order and that when cooking, never leave the stove or oven unattended.
- Be sure to check for leaks in the water heater, water sources, and the attic. A leak may short out electrical outlets or appliances which could produce a fire hazard.
- Check those fire extinguishers and know how to properly use them. Be sure they are the proper type for the area of use and that they are adequately filled.
- Emergency preparedness. Be sure to have an escape plan in case of a fire with your exits clearly marked and unblocked.
We here at SERVPRO hope you have a safe and happy autumn season. In the event that disaster strikes, we are here, 24/7, 365 days a year, to help with your emergency needs. Whether it be fire, water, mold mitigation or other emergency. Our highly trained professionals are on call.
Make SERVPRO Your First Call
A disaster can be devastating. That’s why you should always call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork. We have specially trained technicians that can handle your disaster, no matter how big or small. We can help you with a water leak in your home or a fire and smoke damage to your business. We can be dispatched to you usually within one to two hours after you call us. We are experienced with all kinds of disasters and we show up with our customer’s comfort in mind.
Time is of the essence after a disaster. The faster you call us for help, the faster we can help you get back to normal. Our motto is: “Like it never even happened.”
We can help you from start to finish. We can also help you file a claim with your home or business insurance company. One less stress on you. We care about you and your home or business. We are available 24/7/365.
April Showers May Bring Storms!
Mother nature can strike at any time. It can turn violent in an instant: floods, hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes. All of these storm events can turn your life upside-down and cause serious damage to your home.
SERVPRO of the Dutch Fork is always there when you need us. We have highly trained technicians that can be there at a moment’s notice. We are available 24/7/365. We are customer focused and understand the havoc that any type of storm damage can cause to your home and life. We will do everything we can to restore your home and get your life back to normal following multiple kinds of storm damages.
We have the expertise and the proper equipment to manage cleanup and restore your home after any and all storm damages. Always be sure to call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork if you encounter mother natures storms and the damage they can cause to your home.
Fire in your Business? Let us Help!
SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork has IICRC Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) available 24/7/365 to help you restore your business if you’ve experienced fire damage. A fire is an unexpected event that causes major damage to your commercial property. The first few hours after a fire are the most crucial to help you minimize any further damage, and our fire damage restoration service can help. When we are called, we dispatch a team out to you within an hour, we help board up your damaged property to protect it from any further damages, install a roof tarp if needed, offer cleanup, odor and soot removal, and, the utmost importance, host services to restore your belongings.
We can assist you from start to finish with your commercial fire damage. We also communicate with your insurance company, provide them updates and necessary documentation. We understand that you have a business to run and the longer your business is down the more profits you are losing. We have over 50 years of experience with Fire and Smoke Damage. Be sure to call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork if you experience a commercial fire damage.
Water Damage Restoration for your Commercial Property
There are many events that can cause commercial water damage to your business, such as:
- Roof leaks
- Appliance leaks
- Bursting or leaking pipes
- Firefighters battling a nearby fire
It is crucial to act quickly if you notice any standing water in your business. You should always identify the source of the water damage and do everything in your power to stop the leak. If you are unable to stop it, call in a professional. Typically, you’ll need a plumber, roofer, or an appliance repair man. You should always call your insurance company and then call SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork. We are highly trained professionals that will evaluate the water damage and can help you get your business up and running again, “Like it never happened.” We understand that a water damage to your business is extremely devastating. Not only do you have to deal with the damage that needs to be repaired, but you also suffer disruption of your service to customers and employees, not to mention the negative effect on revenue.
Our professionals will help you understand the severity of the water damage to your property. That way you can make the best choices for the restoration of your business. We only use the most cutting-edge equipment to find hidden moisture and extract standing water. You can trust SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork for all your restoration and cleanup needs. We are available 24/7 and we care about getting your business back to normal.
Why Choose SERVPRO?
SERVPRO was founded in 1967. We have 55 years of trained and qualified professionals ready 24/7 to help you with your cleanup. No matter what kind of disaster you have, we can help. Whether its water damage, fire and storm damage to your home. You can count on us to be there for your restoration needs.
Our team at SERVPRO always promises fast service after a disaster. You can always reach us, any time, day or night. We also work with insurance companies to expedite your disaster claim and get you back to normal, as soon as possible. One less stress for you to deal with.
All of our technicians have special training to help restore your home to its pre-disaster condition. Our professionals care about you and your property and we will do whatever it takes to get your home back to normal. “Like it never even happened.”
Call us to be there for you and your family during any damage, big or small. We are locally owned and operated. We understand that during a disaster, it is a very traumatic situation and people’s emotions run on overdrive. We want the customer to know that we can handle just about any disaster and with as little disruption as possible.
You can trust SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork!
9 Ways To Avoid Water Damage
You may be surprised to know that water damage is one of the most common – and costly damages to homeowners.
Throughout the United States water damage is the second most costly event, preceded by wind and hail damage. You may experience hail or severe winds a few times a year, water damage is a year-round risk.
The great news is that there are ways to protect yourself from costly water losses. We have nine simple steps to help keep your home safe and well-maintained and most importantly to reduce your risk of water damage.
Outside your home
- Disconnect hoses
The first thing on your fall-to-do list should be to disconnect your hoses from the faucet. Standing water in your hoses can freeze back into the pipe and create an ice block that stops the water flow and may bust the pipes to create damage to walls, floor and foundation.
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean
At least twice a year you should clean your gutters to avoid blockage and ice dams. Standing water can cause damage to your gutters and roof and unmanaged overflow can create puddles that can damage your foundation. Always be sure to clean any downspouts to ensure water can flow through secure all downspouts to ensure that they point away from your foundation.
- Maintain vegetation and trees
Growing shrubs can be a great addition to the beauty of your home – except when their roots wrap around your pipes and break them. Be sure to minimize landscaping near your utility pipes or if necessary, remove trees and shrubs that have become too large.
Inside your home
Now that we gone over a few simple steps for outside your home, let’s look at how to keep the risk from water damage from sources inside your house.
- Know where your main water valve is
Most plumbing experts will tell you that the main water shutoff valve may be the most important plumbing feature in your entire home. That’s because your main water valve supplies water to your entire home. Water enters your home through the main water valve and is then distributed to other pipes throughout your home.
If you ever experience a plumbing emergency inside your home, knowing where your main water valve is located will make it easier to turn off your water right away, and most likely minimize any further damages.
It is also recommended that you shut off your main water valve if you leave your home for an extended period. Chances are if no water is going into the home, no damages will occur.
- Appliance Maintenance
The most common cause of in-home water damages are your appliances. Be sure to check and maintain your appliances regularly for leaks according to the manufacturer’s manual.
It is recommended that you pay close special attention to your washing machine and refrigerator hoses. These tend to become old within about five years of install and they tend to become brittle and often become leaky as well, and these are the most frequent and common cause of water damage to most homes. Replace yours regularly to avoid a HUGE mess and costly damages.
- Investigate and fix leaks ASAP
If you see evidence of a leak anywhere in your home, investigate it ASAP. If you choose to ignore moisture or postpone making proper repairs, be prepared to smell mold, mildew and experience dry rot, or even structural damage to your home.
Most homeowner’s insurance only covers sudden and accidental damages. If the damage results from lack of maintenance, it may not be covered on your standard homeowner’s policy.
- Install multiple water detection devices
A water detector is a small electronic device that sounds an alarm if the sensor comes in contact with moisture. The main benefit is that it can detect low moisture levels or slow leaks that can often go unnoticed. You can install this device near water heaters, sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets. If there is a pipe that has water coming out of it, you can put one there to prevent extensive damage and mold growth.
- Check the water pressure into your home
If the water pressure in your home is set too high, your pipes and hoses could fail under the pressure.
Typically, the residential water systems are designed for water pressure of 40 – 70 psi. If your home’s water pressure goes over 100 psi, you need to install a pressure regulator (available at most hardware stores.)
- Keep an eye on your water bill
Frequently, the only way to know that there is a water leak taking place, is a closer look at your water bill. Your usage could jump sky high from the previous month’s bill without explanation, be sure to investigate. There could be a leak in your crawlspace or a pipe in your front or back yard.
Best practice is not to leave a mystery leak unattended. If you do find a leak that has caused water damage to your home. Give SERVPRO of The Dutch Fork a call and we can help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We will make it "Like it never even happened."