Recent Storm Damage Posts
How to Set Up Weather Emergency Alerts on Your Phone
Search for "CMAS" or "WEA" in your phone's messaging settings. You can also dial "##2627##" (minus the quotes) on your phone to turn them on.
If neither of these do the trick, you might not have a phone that is WEA enabled. That's OK, though. You can still get emergency weather alerts with weather apps like the Weather Channel app or WeatherUSA.
WeatherUSA sends out real-time alerts to you every time there’s any weather-related warning in your area. They send these alerts out whenever they are released by any federal agency, including the National Weather Service. These alerts are sent across to the subscribers via SMS or email. You can choose to add your county or state for the local weather warnings.
For Android users, To meet the FCC standards, Android introduced “Emergency Broadcasts” features in all its mobiles. Through this service, you can get severe weather alerts instantly. Apart from these alerts, this feature also sends out an alert whenever there’s any emergency in your area.
Source: USA Today Online
House Fires Caused by Lightning Storms
Unlike other types of house fires, which occur more frequently in the winter months, fires in the home caused by lightning are more likely to happen in June, July and August in the late afternoon or early evening. From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes. Lightning is responsible for a number of wildfires as well.
Lightning during storms poses the greatest risk outdoors and frequently strikes the highest point on a structure.
Safety tips During Lightning Storms:
- When possible, stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
- Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
- Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
- Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm as metal plumbing is an excellent conductor of electricity.
Source: National Fire Protection Association
What Secondary Damage can occur after Storm Damage?
After roof leaks or flood damage, if not properly dried and treated, a home or business can develop mold from the moisture left on: wood, tile, carpeting, windows, concrete, and/or other materials/items that were affected. SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville strives to prevent secondary damage every time we remediate water damage. Building materials and flooring are dried and treated to prevent mold and other allergens/contaminates using specialized equipment and cleaning products.
If storm damage is not properly treated, the perfect environment is created for mold spores to grow in your home and to contaminate the air that is breathed in.
Should you ever suffer water damage due to: excessive rain, storm damage, leaky roof, flood damage, a water heater leak, sink overflow, fire, refrigerator leak, or any other reason water has invaded your home or business, please know that SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville is here to help. Faster to Any Disaster
Contaminated Water after a Storm
Should you experience a flood in your home after a storm, our team of professional technicians will inspect your Dallas area home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.
Category 3: "Black Water"
Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
- May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
- Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup
24 Hour Emergency Service
Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our professional technicians at SERVPRO® of Flower Mound / Lewisville are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any emergency situations that arise. We have been a trusted name in safety and properly restoring homes and businesses for almost 15 years! Here to Help
Protecting Your Roof During a Hurricane
Protecting Your Roof During a Hurricane
Protect your roof. Consider hurricane straps to ensure your roof is bolted to the rest of your house. And inspect your roof tiles or shingles to make sure they are secure. Use roofing cement to fix any loose tiles to prevent them from becoming lethal projectiles during a Texas storm and damaging the underlying roofing material. Seal any areas where wires enter the home, minimizing the chance of water damage during heavy wind and rain.
Trim your trees. Broken limbs could land on your (or your neighbor’s) roof/house or become missiles that can break windows during a storm. If your tree damages your house or a neighbor’s house, your insurance cover the damages, but it may pay only a portion.
If your home is damaged during a Dallas area storm, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Flower Mound and Lewisville. Faster to Any Disaster
Source: Kiplinger Online
Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane
If your family prepared for a hurricane?
Things to Do to Be Prepared in the Event Your Home is Affected by a Hurricane
Take inventory. “The last thing you want to be doing after you’ve been affected by a hurricane is to try to remember everything you had in the house. Having an inventory will make the process of getting through the claim and getting back to normal so much easier.” Keep the inventory list in a safe place away from your home like a safe deposit box.
Update your insurance. Make sure you have the right amount of insurance, and fill in a few key gaps in coverage. Call your Insurance Agent for more information.
SERVPRO® of Flower Mound / Lewisville will work with your insurance and try to make things go as smoothly as we can for you. Faster to Any Disaster
Source: Kiplinger Online
Tornadoes throughout DFW
Tornado touched down in Rockwall, Tx on the evening of October 20th.
Late Sunday evening on October 20, 2019 several tornadoes touched down throughout Dallas and surrounding cities. The photo shows one that touched down in Rockwall, Tx causing severe damage. When events like these happen, SERVPRO calls in the Disaster Recovery Team.
The Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned in order to respond faster! The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or flood.
Our franchise has had the honor of helping with the major events below and will continue to help others restore their homes and businesses after these catastrophic events.
- 2019: Tropical Storm Imelda
- 2017: Hurricane Harvey
- 2016: Hail Storm Wylie, Tx
- 2015: Tropical Storms Ana & Bill
- 2014: Polar Vortex
- 2012: Hurricane Sandy
- 2010: Nashville Floods
- 2008: Hurricane Ike
- 2007: Chicago Floods
- 2007: Ohio Floods
- 2007: California Wildfires
- 2005: Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma, & Rita
National Preparedness Month
Will you be prepared if disaster strikes?
This year for National Preparedness Month, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and lead efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. "Disasters happen" and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes.
The 2019 theme for National Preparedness Month is Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters. You can become prepared for a disaster by taking three simple steps:
- Have a plan to stay in business
- Encourage your employees to become ready
- Protect your investment
We must work together as a team to ensure that our families businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods, are ready for any type of disaster that can potentially affect your local community. At ready.gov/business, companies like yours can find vital information on how to begin preparing their organization and addressing their unique needs during an emergency situation!
-Restoration Newsline Volume 30, Issue 9.