Recent Storm Damage Posts

A Few Tips on Getting Prepared for Thunderstorms and Severe Weather

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Be Prepared for Thunderstorms and Severe Weather

  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms.
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household.
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights, and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail.
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm.
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches.
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home.
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods.
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies.
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit
  • Water—one gallon per person, per day
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation & personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family & emergency contact information
  • Extra cash

When a Storm Hits

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Whether it is a Category 5 hurricane or a bad thunderstorm rolling through, homeowners should be prepared for any storm.

Take safety precautions

Any type of heavy winds can cause roof shingles, natural debris, or unnatural debris to occur. After the storm is over, take precautions when going outside because there could be debris such as nails, sharp wood, or other potentially dangerous items that are around your home.

Photograph the damage

If it is major or minor, take pictures IMMEDIATELY. You may not realize that something damaged your home until after you have moved it, so take pictures just in case!  Insurance companies will need to see before pictures of the damage.

Contact your Insurance Company… and SERVPRO!

A homeowner must call their insurance company so an adjuster can be sent out to examine the damage so payment can be made... Don’t forget to call your favorite restoration and mediation company, SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, & East Liberty Counties. We work around the clock to ensure happiness in our community! We will send a team out as quickly as possible to begin work for your home if disaster strikes!

 

Storm Ready Kit

8/21/2021 (Permalink)

Storm kit with first aid kit, flashlights, snacks and water Don't get caught unprepared!

It feels as if we are constantly prepping for a storm - whether that is a hurricane, thunderstorm, or even the rare winter storm that passes through the southern part of Georgia.

Our team at SERVPRO headquarters (HQ) has put together a list of basic household items you may want to keep in stock and store in a weather proof, safe place in case you find yourself in an emergency storm situation. We encourage checking on your items every 3 months to ensure they are in working order and haven't passed the expiration date.

 Suggested items:

  • Water- one gallon per person for at least three days.
  • Food- at least a three day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Candles.
  • Phone chargers.
  • Road flares.
  • Rain ponchos.
  • Tarp.
  • Wet wipes.
  • A whistle to signal for help.

When you get caught in a storm, damage to your home is likely. It could be from a limb on your tree or rain leaking through a window. If you see any damage to your home due to a storm, call us at 912.445.5190 so we can help you through the mitigation process. 

If your home is damaged due to a storm, SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh, East Liberty Counties is here to help. We will get the job done right.

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Don’t Get Twisted: Be Tornado-Ready| SERVPRO® of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties

Tornadoes—rotating air shafts in which warm, wet air mixes with cold, dry air in combination with a strong wind shear to generate an Updraft—can happen at any time.

Yes, even in late fall and early winter, when we’d rather be looking for a flake or two of snow to flutter past.

Planning

Know in advance what you’ll do and where you’ll go in case of a tornado or other severe storm. The best place to shelter from high winds is central, ground-level or basement location, away from windows.

Ensure disabled family members can access the shelter. Teach children to go to shelter, too, and remind them how to crouch and cover their heads in time of storm.

If you live in a mobile home, you’ll need to do a little more planning, because trailers/mobile houses are not tornado-safe. Can a next-door neighbor offer you shelter? Do you have a below-ground storage cellar or cement-block workshop available?

Preparation

In addition to planning what you’ll do when a tornado watch or warning occurs, prepare emergency supplies. Include:

  • A source of weather information that will work if electricity and internet are down, such as a battery-powered radio
  • Bottled water and nonperishable foods, in case roads are out for a while
  • Everyone’s essential medications
  • First-aid supplies

Weathering the Winds

When you hear a tornado warning for your location, get to shelter swiftly. Make sure to bring your pets to shelter, too. You can bolster your shelter with household items such as a heavy mattress or table to get under.

Stay safe as you emerge. Look for downed electrical lines and broken glass. As you begin to take stock of the damage and make a restoration plan, create careful records for your insurance. SERVPRO can help you with both post-storm restoration and the relevant insurance claims.

If a winter storm damages your home, we’re there for you. Contact us for assistance.

Choosing the right restoration company is crucial to getting things back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh, East Liberty Counties

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Why You Should Choose Us for Storm Damage Restoration | SERVPRO® of Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh, East Liberty Counties

No matter how severely your home or office building is damaged during a storm, having it handled quickly and professionally is so important. Untreated storm damage can lead to a whole host of issues over time, so regardless of its severity, choosing a restoration company and having the damage handled is key.

Storm damage can often involve multiple facets, such as water damage, structural damage and electrical damage, so choosing a company that can handle all of these things is key.

Choosing a restoration company you can trust is so important, having a company that can handle any type of damage and provide exceptional service is an important consideration.

How We Stand Out When it Comes to Storm Damage Restoration

We live up to our reputation. We have been operating within the community for years, and are extremely proud of our local presence as well as our status as an industry leader. When you work with us, you can know that you are choosing a reputable company that cares.

We have extensive resources. If a large area has experienced storm damage, the number of people who need repairs to their property could be overwhelming—but because we can scale our resources up when necessary, we are always here to rise to the occasion. With a nationwide SERVPRO® network, we can meet the community’s need following a disaster of any caliber.

We will never tell you to call back in the morning. Storms do not follow a logical schedule, which is why storm damage is a problem that happens around the clock. No matter what hour you sustain damage, you can give us a call. We have a 24-hour emergency line just for that purpose, so you can always get in touch with us and have a crew be dispatched to your damage as quickly as possible.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us to see our exceptional service in action.

SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, Mcintosh, East Liberty Counties is here to provide you with a rapid response. Contact us if you have any storm damage.

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Alert? Be Financially Prepared | SERVPRO® of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty Counties

Lightening crashes. Water creeps under your garage door. You have to stay in a motel. And that’s just the first day.

For many people, storm damage can be extremely expensive. In fact, storms hit Americans for about $34 billion in losses every year.

As you scramble to protect or recover possessions, find a missing pet, or even seek out a place to stay, you also need to recover financially from the damage. Careful planning can help you do just that.

Planning Ahead

Check Your Coverage. United Policyholders, a nonprofit group dedicated to informing and advocating for insurance policyholders, advises everyone to take a close look at their insurance policy. Make sure you know exactly what kinds and sources of damage are covered—and fill in any gaps.

Perform Due Diligence. Maintain your property. Always make sure your gutters are clean. Keep your roof in good condition. Take care of any problems as they occur, as insurance often will not cover existing damage or wear and tear.

Moving Forward

First Things. After a storm, get your family to safety. Then check your house for hazards, such as downed power lines or standing water. If you need help finding a place to stay, making urgent repairs or even getting a hot meal, call your local FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Assistance) office.

Make Detailed Records. As you prepare your claim, take plenty of pictures and make notes of every detail, from mold to missing shingles.

File Wisely. Before you file, look at your deductible. If it’s going to raise your rate, you may not want to file a claim that’s smaller than your deductible. If you do choose to file, be persistent and precise in your claim, and keep careful records of your conversations with your insurance company. With dedication, you should soon have your claim met and your property in tip-top shape again!

We have many years of experience working with insurance companies to get claims processed. If you experience storm damage, contact us at any hour for quick assistance.

Floods & Flash Floods

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know the difference between floods and flash floods?

Floods can be slow or fast rising, but generally develop over a period of days.

Flash Floods usually results from intense storms dropping large amounts of rain within a brief period. They can occur without warning and reach full peak quickly. Communities located in low lying areas, near water or down stream from a dam are at high risk.

The following is a list of ways you can be prepared before a flooding situation occurs.

  • Know your area's flood risk. If you're unsure, call your local emergency management agency, or planning and zoning department.
  • Property insurance does not typically cover flood damage. Talk to your insurance provider to see if you may need additional coverage. 
  • Familiarize yourself with terms associated with a flood.
    • Flood watch:
      • Widespread flooding possible in your area
      • Be prepared to evacuate 
      • Issued when flooding is expected to occur 6 to 12 hours after rain ends.
    • Flood warning:
      • Flooding expected in your area within 6 to 12 hours
  • Prepare a portable ready kit in case you have to evacuate, and plan your route in advance.
  • Keep insurance policies, documents and other valuables in a safe deposit box and copies in a waterproof container in your ready kit.
  • Raise water heaters, electric panels, etc if they are in areas that may flood.
  • Move furniture and valuables to higher floors.
  • Create a communications plans and choose an external meeting place in case your family is unable to meet at home.
  • Determine an out of town contact. If local lines are out of service, plan to use your mobile device.
  • Plan ahead for your pets. Shelters cannot accept pets, so it's important to find a pet friendly hotel or make other arrangements.

Local Business Survived a Disaster with the Use of our ERP

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

We recently helped out a local business with a water damage case. Luckily for this business, they had already contacted us prior to the damage in regards to our Emergency Ready Profile.

The ERP is an immediate plan of action in case of an emergency. It allows for whoever is at the business to know what to do, when to do something, and who to call in advance so the disaster can be at a minimum.

The business knew exactly where to turn off the water. In addition, it had the list of phone numbers in importance to begin making the phone calls so restoration can begin quickly.

We love when a local business profits from our ERP. If you have any questions concerning how to get your business an ERP, please give us a call at 912-445-5190.

Be prepared for thunderstorms and severe weather

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

You can never be overly prepared when it comes to protecting your family and your home.

Be Prepared for Thunderstorms and Severe Weather

  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit:
  • Water—one gallon per person, per day
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation & personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family & emergency contact information
  • Extra cash

Tornado Watch & Warning- Know the Difference

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

Tornado Watch & Tornado Warning- Know the difference?

Multiple tornadoes flew across the CSRA, leaving homes destroyed and losing loved ones. How should one prepare for such a dangerous situation? 

First, you should know the difference in a tornado watch and a tornado warning. Tornado watch means that the conditions are perfect for a tornado to form. Tornado warning means that one has been spotted, and you should take cover fast. 

Secondly, everyone should get to a safe location. This safe location should be on the lowest area of the house or building and free of any windows. If you do not have a room without any windows, get in the tub and put a mattress over you.

Thirdly, if you are outside and cannot get to a building, get to a ditch and lay as flat as possible. If you have a cushion or blanket (anything soft to hold over you) of some sort, try keeping that above you to protect you from flying debris. You should NEVER seek shelter under a bridge as this can be one of the most dangerous places to be during a tornado. The bridge can create a more dangerous tunnel of wind. 

TIP: If you are in a mobile home, find a secure storm shelter or building to wait out the storm in. 

Finally, you should wait as long as possible after you no longer hear the wind noises before you move away from your safe space. You cannot fully know how safe the area is so be extra cautious while leaving your safe are. 

If you find yourself looking at a pile of debris that was once your home, call SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties to help after a storm. 

When a Storm Hits

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Whether it is a Category 5 hurricane or a bad thunderstorm rolling through, home owners should be prepared for any storm.

Take safety precautions

Any type of heavy winds can cause roof shingles, natural debris, or unnatural debris to occur. After the storm is over, take precaution when going outside because there could be debris such as nails, sharp wood, or other potentially dangerous items that are around your home.

Photograph the damage

If it is major or minor, take pictures IMMEDIATELY. You may not realize that something damaged your home until after you have moved it, so take pictures just in case (there is always the delete button). Insurance companies will need to see before pictures of the damage.

Contact your insurance company… and SERVPRO!

A homeowner must call their insurance company so an adjuster can be sent out to examine the damage so payment can be made.. Don’t forget to call your favorite restoration and mediation company, SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties. We work around the clock to ensure happiness from our community! We will send a team out as quickly as possible to begin work for your home if disaster strikes!

Prepping for a storm

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

When a storm is approaching your home, there are some steps you can take to minimize any potential damages from strong storms and potential flooding. If you know a heavy storm is coming and you have time, follow these steps.

  • Make sure all your windows are shut tightly.
  • Bring in or tie down any outside furniture.
  • Make sure your gutters are clean to allow water to flow away from your home.
  • Cut down any dead branches or limbs around your home.
  • Seal any water leaks on your roof if possible.

Be prepared to lose power for any length of time. Strong storms can bring heavy winds which can cause power outages. Even a few hours of no power can be difficult to handle especially with young children. Go to our Storm Ready Kit blog to read about a kit to create to help with the loss of power. 

Storm Ready Kit

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

You can never be cautious when it comes to being prepared.

It feels as if we are constantly prepping for a storm - whether that is a hurricane, thunderstorm, or even the rare winter storm that passes through the southern part of Georgia.

Our team at SERVPRO headquarters (HQ) has put together a list of basic household items you may want to keep in stock and store in a weather proof, safe place in case you find yourself in an emergency storm situation. We encourage checking on your items every 3 months to ensure they are in working order and haven't passed the expiration date.

 Suggested items:

  • Water- one gallon per person for at least three days.
  • Food- at least a three day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio
  • Flashlight.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Candles.
  • Phone chargers.
  • Road flares.
  • Rain ponchos.
  • Tarp.
  • Wet wipes.
  • A whistle to signal for help.

When you get caught in a storm, damage to your home is likely. It could be from a limb on your tree or rain leaking through a window. If you see any damage to your home due to a storm, call us at 912.445.5190 so we can help you through the mitigation process. 

Important Storm Tips for Spring & Summer

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Each year, thunderstorms alone cause approximately $15 billion in property damage. Summer and spring seasons are the most vulnerable to these destructive and frightening storms.

There are several ways to prepare your property for the summer.

1. Always have an emergency kit with these items that you probably already have in your house: flashlight, battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic, non-perishable foods, lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, and any important personal items and documents.

2. Know the safest structure of your home to go to during a severe storm such as a basement, underground cellar, or even the most inner part of your home away from windows.

3. Get routine maintenance on your roof and the foundation. Cracks in the roof are the number one leading cause to flooding damage.

4. Cut down any unwanted trees or limbs and get your trees trimmed before summer storm season. Trees and branches can fall on your property and damage the siding, windows, and roof.

5. Contact your insurance company to be more familiar with your policy. Most home insurers do not cover flooding damage.

6. Keep all expensive and favored possessions off the floor and away from low ground in case of flooding.

7. Invest in storm windows.

8. Keep all patio furniture, grills, etc in doors before a summer storm hits. Do not forget to part your vehicles in the garage.

9. If your town is evacuating due to a hurricane, secure and board up windows and any openings of your home. 

10. Finally, take those summer storm warnings and alerts seriously, especially tornado and hurricane warnings. Tornadoes and hurricanes can lead to total property loss and even death.

Storm Damage to Your Home, Now What?

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane season always seems to be around the corner. The past 3 seasons we have been in the beginning path of a major hurricane. The Savannah area was very lucky to have the storm turn away from us. However, what if we were not so lucky? Do you know how to recover from the storm? We here at SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, & East Liberty Counties will be there to help you. 

The flooding is over after the hurricane has run through. River flooding is finally going down. Now you have to look at what has been left behind when storm damage affects your home. Wind damage, hail damage, and roof damage has been considerable. You have no idea where to begin when dealing with storm damage of any kind. The same can be said when winter weather becomes severe, resulting in hail and frozen pipes. Ice damage can be just as devastating to your home. You know that storm restoration is a must if you are going to live in your home once again. Once the river flooding or flooding has settled, you will be able to see more clearly what you are dealing with. Professional storm damage restoration services make it possible to achieve storm restoration, water restoration, and home restoration. Your professional technicians have the skills, experience, and resources needed to achieve storm remediation.

Bundle up!

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Down here in south Georgia, we do not see temperatures too low. With this winter season, it has been bone chilling cold. Here are some winter tips! 

  • Keep your gas tank almost half full (or full) this will prevent the fuel line from freezing.
  • Don't forget to crank up your car in the morning before you need to leave. Those windshields will most likely be frozen over! 
  • Drip those outdoor pipes. You don't want to have a flooded yard.
  • Drip those indoor pipes to keep the water flowing so a pipe does not burst in the middle of the night. 
  • Keep in mind- your pets! Yes, some types/breeds of animals love the cold weather, but some are not built for the cold. They will love sleeping inside. 

Keeping warm and staying safe during these cold winter nights is very important. However if you find yourself in a situation where you have a pipe burst in your home, call us at 912-445-5190 so we can help you! 

Thunderstorm coming your way?

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storms are more often than we realize. It does not have to be a hurricane or a blizzard. A thunderstorm can be just as devastating. So when should you be prepared for the worst? Weather channels often send out a warning and a watch. A severe thunderstorm watch is when the conditions are right for the storm. This is when you should prep your outdoor furniture and make sure everything is secure outside. You should make sure you have some water and candles incase the power goes out. A severe thunderstorm warning is when a thunderstorm is in your area. It has been spotted. Tornadoes, hail, and severe winds often accompany the thunderstorm. When a thunderstorm is in your area, you should take cover inside. Stay away from windows and bring your pets inside to keep them safe. If you are caught away from a building or shelter, stay away from high ground and metal objects. 

In our area, thunderstorms can be the scariest when we are out on the boat. If you start seeing dark thunderstorm clouds, get to safety quickly. 

If you have damage from a thunderstorm, don't wait. Call SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties, and we will be there to help! 

Tornado Tips

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

The same as a thunderstorm, tornadoes have a watch and a warning. Tornado watch means that the conditions are perfect for a tornado to form. Tornado warning means that one has been spotted, and you should take cover fast. What are some ways that you can keep you and your family safe during a tornado? 

Get to a safe location away from glass windows. If you do not have a room such as this, get in the tub and put a mattress over you. The mattress will do its best to keep you as safe as possible from debris. 

Get to a safe location on the lowest level of the building/home.

If you are outside and cannot get to a building, get to a ditch and lay as flat as possible. If you have a cushion or blanket of some sort, try keeping that above you to protect you from flying debris. NEVER seek shelter under a bridge. 

If you are in a mobile home, find a secure storm shelter or building to wait out the storm in.

You should wait an appropriate time after you no longer hear the wind noises before you move away from your safe space. Whenever you do, be careful. 

Hurricane Season 2018

12/31/2018 (Permalink)

This year SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties sent a Storm team to North Carolina and Florida to help with the hurricane damage. Both of these hurricanes were projected to hit our own territory. As we prepped for our territory to hit, we prepped another team to respond to other areas as well. Our first team responded to the areas in North Carolina that needed us. We were there for a few weeks. We quickly began working- setting up equipment, demolition, cleaning, sanitizing, taking down equipment and moving to the next place. We worked in homes and in businesses trying to help. We came home for a brief moment then responded to areas in Florida that needed us. We stayed in Florida twice as long trying to help in anyway. 

We here at SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties love the community that the SERVPRO franchise brings us. We teamed with other SERVPROs trying to do our best to help people in need. If you are ever in the aftermath of a storm and need help, please call us at (912) 445-5190. 

Storm Tips

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms & Lightning

All thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning. While lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. On average in the U.S., lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.

Other associated dangers of thunderstorms include tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. Flash flooding is responsible for more fatalities – more than 140 annually – than any other thunderstorm-associated hazard. Dry thunderstorms that do not produce rain that reaches the ground are most prevalent in the western United States. Falling raindrops evaporate, but lightning can still reach the ground and can start wildfires.

Before Thunderstorm and Lightning

To prepare for a thunderstorm, you should do the following:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

Hurricane Categories

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to hurricanes, the category means a lot. If a CAT 1 hurricane is coming your way, you can ride out the storm in your home.

However, if a CAT 4 hurricane is barreling your way, you want to evacuate. So what does each category mean?

-Category 1 is a minimally damaging hurricane with winds reaching 95 miles per hour. The storm surge could range anywhere from 4 to 5 feet above sea level.

-Category 2 hurricane is referred to as moderately damaging. Winds could be anywhere from 96 to 110 miles per hour and the storm surge reaches 8 feet.

-Category 3 can bring extensive damage with winds ranging from 111 to 130 miles per hour, and the storm surge reaches 12 feet.

-Category 4 brings extreme damage with winds reaching 131 to 155 miles per hour. The storm surge for a CAT 4 is between 13 to 18 feet.

-Category 5 hurricane, this category of hurricanes brings catastrophic damage with winds reaching well over 155 miles per hour, and the storm surge going over 18 feet.

With any category of a hurricane, you want to board up your home and secure the perimeter around your home. The winds could easily blow items around your home into a window or damage your vehicle. If you do not know exactly what to do in order to prep your home for a hurricane, watch the local news for tips and ideas on what to do to best fit your home.

When a Storm Hits...

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

A local road flooded by Hurricane Irma

Whether it is a Category 5 hurricane or a bad thunderstorm rolling through, home owners should be prepared for any storm.

Take safety precautions

Any type of heavy winds can cause roof shingles, natural debris, or unnatural debris to occur. After the storm is over, take precaution when going outside because there could be debris such as nails, sharp wood, or other potentially dangerous items that are around your home.

Photograph the damage

If it is major or minor, take pictures IMMEDIATELY. You may not realize that something damaged your home until after you have moved it, so take pictures just in case (there is always the delete button). Insurance companies will need to see before pictures of the damage.

Contact your insurance company… and SERVPRO!

A homeowner must call their insurance company so an adjuster can be sent out to examine the damage so payment can be made.. Don’t forget to call your favorite restoration and mediation company, SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh, and East Liberty Counties. We work around the clock to ensure happiness from our community! We will send a team out as quickly as possible to begin work for your home if disaster strikes!

How to Prepare for a Hurricane Evacuation

1/6/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season can be extremely scary for those who live on or around the coast. With the fear of winds, rain, and storm surge, people will be concerned with their safety and their home. Homeowners should be prepared to evacuate their homes and go further inland. Evacuations in itself can be intimidating. Here is some ways to help prepare you for an evacuation. 

Make a Family Ready Plan

In this you want to include cash, prescription medications, and enough food and water for your entire family and pets for a few days in case these items are not readily accessible. For any families that are traveling in different vehicles make sure you have a backup plan if cell phones are not usable.

Think about what to do with valuable irreplaceable items

Documents such as passports, licenses, insurance cards, social security cards, and other legal papers you want to make sure you have copies of these along with a waterproof/fireproof container and travel with them. Other items such as irreplaceable photographs and meaningful items, place in a watertight and fireproof container to store in a safe place. You may not be able to take them with you for room purposes.

Take care of your food at home

You may want to freeze most of your food incase power is loss. Set your freezer on the coldest temperature so it stays colder longer. If you are anticipating a long-term power outage, you may want to clean out the refrigerator and freezer. If you do this, leave the doors open so there will be little risk of smell when you return.

Clear the grass areas around your home and secure windows and doors

If a hurricane is approaching, there is a high risk of items around your home to be blown around. This increases your risk of windows to be broken because of extra debris. Tie these items down or place them in a safe enclosed area for safe keeping. With the windows and doors, make sure you are boarding up the windows so there is less of a risk for window leaks and breaks.

When you return from the hurricane, if you have experienced any damage to your home, call your SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh and East Liberty Counties. We will send a team out as soon as possible to begin work on your home.

How to Prepare for an Ice Storm

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

A view of the Georgia coast during the ice storm

This past week has been such a difficult time for the south. We aren’t typically prepared for an ice storm.

The main thing is to be prepared. When you are prepared for a winter storm, any obstacles that occur, you are ready. There are a few things one can do in order to prep for an unwelcomed and unusual storm. Stock up on foods that will last through an outage of power. In addition, you want to stock up on water, whether it’s bottled or stored in Ziploc bags. Keep flashlights and batteries in the house. Lastly, do not freak out if or when the power goes out.

If anything happens to your home, we are here for your storm disaster. Please give us a call so we can send out a team to help you.

How to prepare your home for the cold winter days

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Check the pipes

With the temperature going down into the freezing numbers, homeowners should drip all the faucets at night. This ensures no water is still to freeze and burst a pipe overnight. A tip for outside pipes, make sure the pipe and hoses are free of water.

Chimney safety

For homeowners with a chimney, you should get a professional to inspect and clean your chimney so there is very small risk of a chimney fire.

Clean your gutters

With winter approaching after fall, homeowners should clean out all of the gutters surrounding the home. Leaves, twigs, and other outdoor trash can cause water to be trapped in the gutter and freeze. When the ice unfreezes, it can cause a leak into the home.

Overall, you want to make sure your home is well insulated so your home will stay cozy and warm. Don’t forget to check the basement, attic, and roof for any indication of danger before the cold weather is in full swing. And of course, if you see anything in your home that could potentially turn into a home disaster, please call us. We can send one of our technicians out to inspect your home before anything further happens!

Expert Answers to Common Questions about Flood Damage in Darien

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can be devastating. Call SERVPRO quickly so that we can help!

Team SERVPRO Deals with Flooding on a Daily Basis

Most homeowners either know somebody who has experienced flooding in their property or they have encountered it themselves. It can be stressful, frustrating, and very messy. It can also end up costing a lot if you do not arrange for repairs right away.

The thing to remember about flood damage in Darien homes is that it can come from all kinds of different places. The easiest way to prevent it is to keep up with routine maintenance. Keeping gutters clean, inspecting pipework regularly, and investing in plumbing services can make sure that your home stays protected.

Keep reading to learn more about flood damage and what happens when SERVPRO is brought in to deal with the aftermath.

What Happens When a House Floods?

Well, the answer is different in all situations. It depends primarily on the severity of the damage and how much water has intruded into the property. Usually, the first item to be compromised is the flooring. Carpets absorb liquid until they are saturated, and any backings or adhesives begin to come loose.

Drywall bows and warps, while wood is prone to swelling because it is more porous than other materials. If not dried and cleaned quickly, it starts to rot. Our technicians perform a visual inspection as soon as they arrive onsite, in order to identify the most vulnerable items and single them out for priority treatment.

Is It Safe When the Standing Water Is Gone?

Extraction of the standing water is only part of the process. Without thorough drying, the materials in your home are not safe from further damage. After 48 hours, mold becomes a risk, and organic substances degrade quickly.

After removal, SERVPRO implements a carefully controlled system of dehumidification and humidity monitoring. Fans, air movers, and powerful dehumidifiers are used in combination to create optimal drying conditions. It prevents the air from filling up with moisture and causing secondary water damage to furniture and other possessions.

How Long Does the Drying Process Take?

Once again, it is different for every home. The two biggest factors are the size of the affected area and the amount of water which has caused the problem. The balance of porous to non-porous materials has an impact on how long it takes to complete the drying process.

The more porous items that become saturated with liquid, the longer it will take to draw the water out. Usually, an average sized home gets remediated in around 2-4 days, but there are no certainties when it comes to internal flooding. The goal is complete repairs as quickly as possible, but without compromising on quality.

At SERVPRO of Bryan/Effingham/McIntosh/East Liberty Counties, high-quality restoration is a guarantee. We have access to sophisticated drying equipment, and our technicians are very skilled. Call us 24/7 at (912) 445-5190.

How the Experts Use ‘Drying Goals’ to Roll Back Flood Damage in Port Royal Properties

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

For most homeowners, flood damage repairs are something which doesn't warrant much thought until the need becomes urgent.

How SERVPRO Technicians Use Equipment to Restore Flood Damage in Port Royal Properties

For most homeowners, flood damage repairs are something which doesn't warrant much thought until the need becomes urgent. In fact, unless you live in a flood-prone area, you’re unlikely to have put huge steps in place for dealing with water damage. However, extreme rains and faulty water lines can also cause major problems.

You don’t have to live on the edge of a turbulent river to benefit from a solid, practical flood damage contingency plan. Flood damage in Port Royal properties is more common than you might think. Broken kitchen appliances, clogged drains, and broken pipes are all possible culprits. Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO can respond fast if your home ever does get itself into a watery crisis.

At SERVPRO, we use a system of checks, reviews, and drying goals to ensure that the repair process is carried out successfully. Keep reading to find out more about how this works.

The Importance of Baseline Measurements

One thing which is crucial to effective flood damage repair is flexibility. All properties are different, and they all have unique needs. What may be considered dry in one area of the country may be far too dry for the climate of another. This is why the SERVPRO technicians always take baseline measurements before starting repairs.

They take these measurements from dry, undamaged areas of the property. It allows us to determine what is ‘normal’ for you, as opposed to using some arbitrary standard. While it may sound like a small detail, it can have a big impact on how you feel in your home after the repairs are finished. Getting the level of dryness and humidity right also ensures the longevity, success, and quality of flood damage repairs.

The Effect of Rapid Evaporation Methods

Flood damage remediation experts use dry air to increase the rate of evaporation and pull the moisture out of very humid, heavy air. Generally, this requires the humidity of the affected space to be below 40%. At this level, the air gets ‘thirsty’ and starts drawing moisture from the surroundings. It is very important that water damage experts don’t rely solely on relative humidity readings.

To be sure that the drying process – be it dehumidifying, air scrubbing, or air moving – is working, specific humidity measurements must also be taken. These are compared with the baseline measurements until the two match. Ultimately, this is the primary drying goal; the objective that your flood damage repair team is trying to achieve.

 

 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

For help and support dealing with a flood damaged property, speak to the experts at SERVPRO of Bryan/Effingham/McIntosh and East Liberty Counties. We have access to state of the art drying, cleaning, and restoration tools. We can carry out repairs fast and get your home back to full health as soon as possible. Call us 24/7 on (912) 445-5190.

 

Hurricane Damage-Matthew

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Works Hard to Restore Order After Hurricane Matthew

SERVPRO Local and Our National Recovery Teams Help Recovery After Hurricanes

Hurricane damage is one of the banes of being a homeowner in a region that has seen many devastating storms. Preventative measures and purchases you can take to protect your home from hurricane damage completely are not possible, but still are critical. High winds, debris, storm surges, and flooding are all natural events that occur whether you have put up storm shutters, placed sandbags around your home, or other measures.
 
Storm damage in Savannah from Hurricane Matthew can be catastrophic when it first hits, but with the professional services led by our specialists at SERVPRO, we can help set your mind at ease as we remove the water from your home and begin the restoration process. We can also work directly with your insurance company for you!
 
What is a Storm Surge?
A storm surge is caused by the rising of the sea as a result of powerful winds associated with a storm event. A hurricane or tropical storm are the most common causes of storm surges in regions like Savannah, where abnormal water levels can be generated by a massive storm event. The five to seven feet of surge is stacked on top of the normal high tide mark.
 
Your home can be at great risk of a storm surge and unfortunately, there is not much you can do to prevent it during a hurricane. Storm surges can penetrate far inland from a coastline. In the past, Hurricane Ike produced storm surges in Texas and Louisiana coastal regions, moving inland nearly 30 miles in some locations. Hurricane Matthew was nearly 250 miles wide and traveled for over 3,000 miles along its path of destruction.
 
All living areas along the Gulf Coast and Eastern Coast of the U.S. are vulnerable to water damage caused by storm surges. The best thing you can do when anticipating a dangerous hurricane is to get out, listen to your local and federal officials.
 
The Safest Defense is Retreat
When expecting a dangerous hurricane, pay special attention to your local and county officials, and if an evacuation is suggested, it is best for the safety of you and your family to avoid the storm and impending water damage. If an evacuation order is mandatory, do not try to ride out the storm. Your home can be replaced, but your life and those of your family cannot.

Contact SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties at (912) 445-5190 at anytime, day or night. With our 24/7 Emergency Services, our staff is here to take your call if you have been affected by a recent hurricane or have experienced any water damage to your home. Our Emergency Response Network of SERVPRO franchises responds to natural disaster with teams, equipment, and know-how.

Preventing Hurricane Damage

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Roof repairs can minimize water getting into your house during a storm. If water does get into your house, call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!

A Few Ideas to Consider to Minimize Potential Storm Damage

With their high winds and risk of flooding, hurricanes can cause a lot of damage to your structure. While you can’t control the weather, there are always some things that you can do to prevent hurricane damages from happening.

Maintaining Your Roof
Your roof is one of the most vulnerable parts of your home when you are talking about wind and hurricane damage. Once the roof is damaged, it can lead to even more damage throughout the rest of your home.

Because of this, it is essential to maintain your roof and have professionals check it regularly. This will mean ensuring there are no loose shingles, nailing down roof sheathing and making sure that the connection between the walls and the roof is tight to stop updrafts. Your roof maintenance company can do these things for you.

Keeping Trees Low
Large trees grown on your property can create a visual statement and be dramatic. However, this means that you are giving the wind a weapon as well with which to cause severe damage to your home. If a large tree blows over in a storm, this can go through your walls and windows damaging your property. Try to keep trees under a certain height instead, and you will have less to worry about if the winds pick up.

Consider Projectiles
Look around your yard and consider everything which could maybe be a projectile in heavy winds. This means that anything which is not nailed down can become a danger. Garden benches are common items for this, so position them in a way which will lower the likelihood of them causing damage. Other threats could include tools, barbecues, ornaments, toys, and rocks.

Doors and Windows
Do your best as well to protect doors and windows. If you live somewhere that has a high probability of storms, you can get permanent storm shutters. If you know that a storm is on its way, you can use plywood as a temporary solution. Also ensure that your windows are insulated well and if you have older windows, vibration on its own can be enough to make them shatter in some instances.

Preparing for Hurricane Damage
Even with the best preparation, no home is impervious to a severe hurricane, and you may have to deal with some hurricane restoration. There are some things you can do to prepare for this as well. First, make sure to have the number of a reputable hurricane restoration company in your phone so you can use it when needed.

Ensure that you also have the right insurance coverage for your home and your belongings. You will then be able to get the restoration services you need without having to pay out of pocket.

SERVPRO of Bryan, Effingham, McIntosh & East Liberty Counties is the hurricane restoration company you are looking for. Our trained professionals are ready at all times to come to your property and properly assess the damages and begin remediation so you can get back to a normal way of life as soon as possible. Call (912) 445-5190.

Hurricane Season is Here!

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for a hurricane??The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The areas covered include the North Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.The National Weather Service defines a hurricane as "an intense tropical weather system with well-defined circulation and sustained winds of 74 mph (64 knots) or higher."Here are some helpful links to get you prepared in case of a hurricane:https://www.ready.gov/hurricaneshttp://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php