Recent Storm Damage Posts
Is it Safe to Enter My Home After Storm Damage?
Entering Your Home After a Storm, Hurricane, or Tornado
Entering your home or business after severe storm damage can be risky… roofs can collapse, glass from shattered windows will be on surfaces and floors. Cleaning up after major storm damage can mean facing: contaminated water, animals and insects, splintered wood and sagging ceilings. It is best to let the professionals who are trained and certified to work in these storm damage environments handle the damage restoration. However, according to the American Red Cross, if you absolutely must enter your home or business, be sure to wear:
- Sturdy shoes or boots (no tennis shoes or flip flops)
Whether it’s for your home or for your business, for more information on storm damage restoration from SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville, click HERE.
We are here to help, DFW.
Source: Red Cross Online
Home Preparation When a Hurricane is Expected to Arrive
How do I prepare my home for a hurricane?
Ways to help secure your home in preparation for a hurricane:
Brace your garage door to prevent more-extensive damage. Most garage doors are not reinforced, and when the wind gets into the garage, it creates a positive push at the same time that the wind swirling above the structure creates a negative pull. That push-pull combination can cause the roof to fly off. Find a kit that you can buy at home-improvement stores to brace your garage doors.
Secure your windows and doors. Broken windows can let in wind and rain, and they can also increase the pressure under the roof. Storm shutters provide the best protection, but boarding up windows when a storm is on the way can help as well. Make sure doors have several locking mechanisms so they don’t fly open; deadbolts are best. It’s important to secure windows and doors on all sides of the home, not just the ones facing the body of water where hurricanes could form because hurricanes can swirl in any direction.
Source: Kiplinger online
SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville is Prepared for Storm Damage
How to Prepare your Home or Business for Storm Damage
SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville keeps an eye on the weather and is always prepared for storm damage at any moment. In the event of a huge storm that affects many homes in the Dallas area, storm "Extreme Teams" are called in to help us so we can help out even more homes and businesses in the Flower Mound and Lewisville areas. Often times with storm damage comes water damage, and if not properly treated, comes mold damage. The first 48 hours of storm damage are critical in preventing further damage to your home or business. As always, SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville works with your insurance every step of the way. To learn more about storm damage restoration from SERVPRO of Flower Mound / Lewisville, click HERE.
Preparing Your Home 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
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 company may 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
Contaminated Water after Storm Damage
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