Recent Storm Damage Posts
What about Lightning?
During a storm, a lot of things have the potential to cause some pretty serious damage.
Besides wind driven rain, a few other things can play a role.
Today, let’s talk lightning!
Some people think lightning never strikes the same place twice. However, lightning often strikes the same place twice, especially if it’s a tall, pointed object. Reportedly, the Empire State Building is struck nearly 25 times a year!
It is also believed that lightning only poses a threat when it is cloudy or raining. The truth is lightning often strikes more than three miles outside of a storm and has been known to travel as far as ten to fifteen miles before it even strikes the ground.
Many people are confused by the term “heat lightning” and think it only occurs as a result of a very hot summer day. The term “heat lightning” is used to describe lightning from a thunderstorm too far away to be heard.
Lightning can be scary and has the ability to do more than just make a loud noise. Keep SERVPRO of Athens in mind the next time a storm comes your way!
Be Alert for Weather Advisories in Athens, GA
One of the best steps you can take to prepare yourself for storms, is to purchase a good quality weather radio. A weather radio is designed to alert you to dangerous weather situations, such as an approaching tornado. It allows you to be warned ahead of approaching storms providing you time to seek shelter. A weather radio is one of the most reliable sources for weather alerts. Weather radios have improved in design and have made many other advancements over the years. They are now readily available and very affordable. Most basic weather radios average cost is around $30 and will warn you of all types of weather advisories and public announcements. Some models can be programmed to only alert you of specific weather alerts you designate.
When shopping for a weather radio, look for the following key features:
- Reviewable alerts (The ability to scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear can be very helpful).
- Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) is the protocol used to encode the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and NOAA Weather Radio (NWR).
- Make sure the model you choose is easy to program. Like any electronic emergency ready tool, it is critical that the device is reliable and simple to use.
If you need help programming your weather radio, you can contact your local National Weather Service Office or for additional information, including county codes for Georgia, visit NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.
Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration
Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you will need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our can respond quickly with additional resources.
- Flooding caused by heavy rains
- Hurricanes and tidal surges
- Tornadoes and wind damage
- Ice and Snow storms
Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don't just strike during regular business hours; that is why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year.
Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they all be there fast with the help you need.
- 24 x 7 Service
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- Trusted Leader in the Storm and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
- Highly trained specialists
What Are the Most Common Types of Storm Damage?
The Most Common Type of Storm Damage
Annually, flooding is the most common and extensive form of storm damage that occurs in the United States. Even during high wind events like tropical storms or hurricanes, the majority of the damage comes from the flooding rains from the storms and not the destructive winds.
Every year, insurance companies pay out more than a billion dollars to repair flood damage in the U.S.–and that number is only rising as property values increase and the number of homes in high risk coastal areas rise.
The amount spent on flood damage could continue to rise significantly in the future–especially if sea levels rise as predicted. If sea level rise occurs, thousands of homes in the United States will be at risk and potentially hundreds of billions of dollars will have to be spent to mitigate that damage.
Damage from flooding rains can penetrate every part of your home of business structure, requiring the gutting and replacement of much of the structural components inside, including walls, floors, ceilings, and more.
Tools to Keep You Storm Safe in Athens
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 potentially dangerous weather situations, like an approaching tornado. 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 youdo not wish to hear).
- Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming (alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts for 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.
How to Spot Roof Damage
Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hailstorms and hurricanes can tear shingles from your roof and give your roof a beating with tree branches. Follow these steps to check for storm damage to your roof:
• Inspect your attic for leaks or water damage. Also, if any water stains appear on your ceiling or walls, you likely need repairs or a roof replacement.
• Look for signs of storm damage from the ground. Check for missing shingles or missing pieces of metal fascia, including any metal pieces displaced from around your chimney. Also, assess the condition of exhaust pipes, valleys, outer edges or angles where the roof meets the walls.
• Obviously, you’ll notice if a tree fell on your roof. If so, stay out of your home until a professional can determine whether any structural damage occurred. Consider hiring a general contractor or roofer with a general contractor’s license if your home suffered structural damage, as you’ll need more than roof repairs.
• If the storm produced hail, check for roof damage, as well as siding damage. Hail damage commonly comes in the forms of dimples, made by smaller chunks of hail that pound the outer layer of shingles.
• Stay safe — avoid going on the roof to check for damage yourself and instead contact a professional roofer.
Source: Angie's List
Be prepared to weather the storm with the FEMA App. This app allows you to get National Weather Service alerts for up to five locations to keep you informed on-the-go. It also has information on what to do before, during, and after different disasters. In the midst of an emergency, the app can give you directions to open shelters nearby, help you locate someone to talk to at a Disaster Recovery Center, and let you share images of damage and recovery efforts to help first responders and emergency managers.
This app is available to download for free for iOS and Android at the Apple Store and on Google Play.
Have other questions on how to prepare for a storm? Contact SERVPRO of Athens 706-549-3366 on how to plan for an emergency!
3 Reasons to Avoid Driving During a Flood
This is a picture of the flash flood that occurred in one of our local communities Commerce,GA.
It can be frustrating to be stuck inside your house when it’s flooding in Athens, GA but it is important that you avoid driving in this situation. A flooded street may seem easy to handle, but it can be a risk to your safety. The following are just a few reasons why it is best to stay off the roads during a severe storm.
1. It can damage your vehicle
One reason to avoid flooded roads is that it can cause serious damage to your vehicle. Your car is not made to be driven in water, so it does not have the necessary equipment to protect it. If water enters your engine, it can cause it to stop functioning correctly and leave you with massive repair bills. Areas of your car may rust, and electronic components can be ruined.
2. There may be hidden road damage
Even if you think the road looks safe, there might be something lurking beneath the water’s surface. A flooded street may be hiding potholes, tree branches and debris from the storm. Any of these could damage your car and make it more difficult for you to drive safely.
3. You could lose control of your car
Whether you have been driving for a few years or a few decades, you cannot be prepared for everything. Even a long history of driving experience is not enough to keep you safe during a flood. Moving water in a flooded street can easily sweep your car away and create an incredibly dangerous situation. Just a few inches of water can cause you to hydroplane and result in a crash.
One of the best travel tips for driving during a flood is simply not to do it. Stay put if possible and, once the water has receded, you can find a more comfortable place to stay while an emergency restoration company performs any necessary repairs on your damaged home.
Steps of a Storm Restoration Process
Repairing extensive water damage is far more intensive than simply removing standing water and allowing the room to dry. That is why it is critical to hire a professional team to ensure every step of the storm restoration process is carried out precisely. You may not have the tools at your disposal to tear out damaged materials and dry porous items, so leave this work to the experts in Athens, GA.
Before anything else can be done, the team needs to remove all water from the premises. Any furniture or other items will be removed too so that the proper equipment can be moved in.
Once all the standing water is gone, the team can eliminate any wet materials. This typically involves cutting away the drywall. A professional will create a flood cut about 12 inches above the flood line. This step is even more essential if there is insulation located behind the wall that could have absorbed some of the moisture. A professional tear out helps remove any mold that could have developed.
You can assist in the ventilation process by opening up all windows and setting up fans to help dry the room. The team may bring in a heavy-duty industrial fan to expedite the process. During the dry down, the team will also look at all items affected by the flood to see what can be salvaged and what will need to be tossed. Your team in Athens, GA will do everything possible to save all valuables, but there may be little hope for certain items.
The team can then install new drywall and insulation to make the room look as good as new. Make sure to ask about getting materials installed that are waterproofed and will remain resilient in case another flood occurs in the future. With the right materials, you may be able to avoid another tear out later.
Storms and Your Home
A storm event can affect a home in multiple ways. You can have a water loss caused by flooding, a tree through the roof or even shingles being blown off. These situations can allow water to infiltrate your home. It’s important to deal the water in a timely manner, it can lead to mold.
Mold can start within the first 48-72 hours of a water loss. Sometimes that time frame is shorter if the climate cannot be controlled by your heating or air and it is very humid and warm out. Sometimes that time frame can go a little further if the home is conditioned or it is cold and dry temperatures outside. A storm event can be a continuous heavy rain or strong winds or even hail not just hurricane and tornadoes.
If you have water coming into your home and you are unsure if it was caused by a storm event or just need some advice, contact SERVPRO of Athens at 706-549-3366 . We are available 24/7 for any of your needs.
Prevent Wind Damage:
Summer storms lead to concerns regarding damage from hail and rain. High winds can cause debris and larger items to be flung against your home, on top, or even through windows. You can prevent this type of damage by pruning your trees and limiting debris in your yard.
All trees and shrubs should regularly be maintained to avoid any damage. Make sure you prune any trees that show decay or disease, may be leaning sideways, branches are hanging to far down, or the branches appear to be crowded or crossed. If you have any branches near power lines contact your city or utility company so that they can be properly pruned and not cause further damage.
Keep a watch on your property and take inventory of any damage before the storm. Shingles that are loose can easily go missing if winds pickup. Trash cans, signs, and even potted plants can be broken and hurled through windows. Gravel also can be picked up by heavy winds and thrown at windows causing them to break.
As you can see, it’s extremely important to prepare for any high winds that come with storms by limiting objects the window can pick up and fling at your house. By trimming trees and limiting the debris in your yard you’ll more than likely limit the likeliness of any damage or a roof leak.
Gutters are Important
Gutters are a very important part of roofs for commercial and residential buildings as they are responsible for transporting water and debris off of roofs. Especially in stormy seasons, it is important to ensure gutters are functioning to their highest ability.
Removal of water and debris in gutters lightens the load on the roof, preventing the possibility of roof leaks and caving under stress from weather. It is important gutters are maintained in optimal working condition to prevent damage to the entire commercial or residential structure.
Gutters should be inspected twice yearly and cleared of debris that could prevent flow of water and materials from roof. Also, check for standing water in gutters as it could indicate inadequate flow of water. Water should be moving down off the roof toward storm drainage areas. Keeping trees trimmed near the roof will alleviate stress on gutters because the branches will not slow water flow or contribute more debris to gutters.
Ensure water is being funneled away from the building once off the roof, as flooding can sometimes occur due to runoff not having proper.
Water stains on the internal ceiling can indicate a roof leak.
In the case of water damage, roof leaks, and storm damage, SERVPRO of Athens provides “24 Hour Emergency Services.”
This coming weekend is finally bringing the rain and storms we all want in Athens. As much as we welcome to cool breeze and rain, they can sometimes cause damage to your home. Heavy winds and hail can damage any home no matter how prepared for a storm they are. When any sort of damage happens from a storm it is important to get the repairs done quickly and efficiently.
Hail can cause damage to your roof and siding of the cosmetic nature. But, it can also damage the seals around windows, chimneys, and exhaust fans which allows water to enter. Heavy winds have the ability to remove shingles or siding which is your homes defense against weather elements.
Once exterior damage happens, water can easily enter your home and cause an entirely different issue. When water enters it does not remain a simple repair. It can damage floors, walls, and all hidden spots in your home. If you don’t have someone like SERVPRO of Athens looking and efficiently conducting your repairs water can leak into places with no airflow and other places you wouldn’t know to look.
Excessive moisture leads to mold, which once it starts it gets worse as time goes on and will never fully go away unless cleaned properly. That can lead to expensive work needed to replace drywall, insulation, and even the framing of the house.
So enjoy our upcoming storms but make sure to get your home inspected regularly. When damage does happen, call someone as soon as possible to get the repairs started before more damage occurs. Just remember, SERVPRO of Athens is always here to help with any storm damage!
Tropical Storm Florence
SERVPRO of Athens has been keeping an eye out for Tropical Storm Florence. According to our Meteorologist Florence will be continuing on a westward path towards the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas. She also predicts Tropical Storm Florence to make landfall on approximately Thursday September 13, 2018. As the storm approaches it is intensifying. At landfall Florence may turn from tropical storm to hurricane strength possibly Category 3.
Florence East Coast Landfall Risks:
- Wind Damage
- Major Storm Surge Inundation Possible
- Power Outages
- Fuel Shortages
When storms hit Athens, Georgia we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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Advancements in storm alerts have allowed Athens, Georgia residents to prepare themselves and their property for severe weather. These advancements warn residents in an ample amount of time from the increasingly violent weather phenomena.
Disaster safety involves being prepared for severe weather. Homeowners and their families can come together to create a disaster recovery kit. Ideas of items that should be included in the disaster kit are as follows:
Non-Perishable canned goods
First Aid Kit
Cell Phone and Chargers
Supplies for Children and Pets
Personal Hygiene Items
SERVPRO of Athens can assist your family or business with an Emergency Ready Profile. This booklet lists all numbers and information you may need in almost any type of emergency situation. Call SERVPRO of Athens today to speak with a member or our team for more information.
Thunderstorm Safety Tips
Thunderstorms are common in Georgia, and can oftentimes become very severe with strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail, and flash flooding. It is important to be prepared before these storms happen to protect yourself and your family. Ready Georgia recommends that you take the following precautions in order to keep you and your family safe.
Before a Thunderstorm:
- Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a thunderstorm hazard, including understanding the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning.
A severe thunderstorm watch means there is the potential for severe thunderstorms (damaging winds/large hail) to impact your area within the next 6 hours.
A severe thunderstorm warning means a severe thunderstorm is occurring or will likely occur soon. If you are advised to take shelter, do so immediately.
Note, a severe thunderstorm refers to a thunderstorm producing winds of 58 mph or greater, 1-inch (quarter) sized hail or larger, and/or a tornado. Although lightning can be deadly, severe thunderstorm watches and warnings are not issued specifically for lightning.
- Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a thunderstorm.
- Know your lightning safety rules. For example, if you hear thunder or see lightning, go indoors. Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
- If thunderstorms are expected in your area, postpone outdoor activities.
- Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
- Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains.
During a Thunderstorm:
- If there is a thunderstorm in the area, go quickly inside a home, building, or hard top automobile, if possible.
- If shelter is not available, go to the lowest area nearby.
- If on open water, get to land and shelter immediately.
- Listen to a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio or radio for the latest updates.
- Avoid taking a shower or a bath during a thunderstorm. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
- Do not use electrical items such as computers or television sets as power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
- A corded telephone should only be used in an emergency, but cordless phones and cell phones are safe to use.
Things to avoid include:
- Tall or isolated trees or other tall objects
Hilltops, open fields, the beach, a pool, a boat on the water, isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
Anything metal — wires, metal fences, tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
After a Thunderstorm, remember to:
- Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don’t drown!
- Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of thunderstorms.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately to your local power company.
If your home or business is damaged by a storm, please contact SERVPRO of Athens. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Athens property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.
For more information on thunderstorm safety, please visit http://ready.ga.gov/be-informed/thunderstorms-and-lightning/.
Turn to SERVPRO of Athens for Carpet Cleaning after a Storm
Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning
Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.
Today's carpet and upholstery materials vary dramatically. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.
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SERVPRO Franchise Professionals also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:
- Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
- Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
- Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
- Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
- Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.
Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.
IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.
Preventative maintenance actions include:
- Regular vacuuming
- Spot removal
- Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
- Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet
Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today. With over 1,700 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO Professional nearby and ready to serve you.
Upholstery Cleaning Specials
Right now, SERVPRO of Athens is offering specials on upholstery cleaning. For only $149.95, SERVPRO of Athens will clean any 3 pieces of furniture in your home or business. This service is normally $270, so schedule your appointment today! SERVPRO of Athens will also clean a sectional sofa for $129.95, which is valued at $180.
Call SERVPRO of Athens today to schedule an appointment for an upholstery cleaning at (706) 549-3366
*Minimum service charge of $125.00 REQUIRED for all cleaning services. Sectional sofas excluded from ANY 3 PIECES offer. Upholstered furniture only. Offer not redeemable for cash. May not be combined with any other offer. Good only in our franchise area: Clarke, Oglethorpe, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Barrow, Walton, Morgan, Greene, and Jasper counties. Expires 8/31/2018*
When Storms or Floods hit Athens, SERVPRO is ready!
SERVPRO of Athens specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Athens and the surrounding area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (706) 549-3366
Gearing up for Hurricane Harvey
Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. SERVPRO of Athens has been dispatched to aid Hurricane Harvey victims. Our franchise is part of SERVPRO’s Storm Response Program. SERVPRO of Athens unites with other SERVPRO Franchises to assist the victims of storm damage.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. We respond quickly with the right resources thus limiting further damage to your property lowering the restoration cost.
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Rain Damage vs. Flood Damage
What is the difference between rain damage and flood damage to your home?
Rain damage is caused by falling water. A leaky roof or window can cause rain to intrude into your home. Gutters and downspouts can also be a large contributor to rain damage. It is important to clean your gutters and downspouts to keep the rain away from your walls and windows.
Flood damage is caused by rising water. Improper grading, failing drainage, or rising creek water are all examples of how flood damage can occur in your home. Flood damage can also cause cracks to your foundation allowing excess water to intrude into your home.
It is important to professionally dry the structure so as to prevent further damage. SERVPRO of Athens uses updated technology and professionalism to treat your home as it is ours. We want to help you restore your home “Like it never even happened.”
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Weather Alert and Safety
Weather can change dramatically and often quite suddenly, causing severe destruction, injuries, and even fatalities. In the last few years especially, we have witnessed increasingly violent weather phenomena. Fortunately, today's improved weather alert services are often able to warn us of impending natural disasters well before they occur. This advance warning allows people to prepare themselves and their homes to weather the storm.
A key part of disaster safety is having a sufficient amount of supplies, as well as an emergency kit. A disaster kit typically includes a bountiful supply of water for drinking and cleaning, along with non-perishable canned or packaged foods, a can opener, a first aid kit, flashlights and batteries, cell phones and chargers, emergency phone numbers, and a radio. Other useful items to have are prescription medications, supplies for infants and pets, cash, matches, and personal hygiene items.
By creating this kit and packing it ahead of time, emergency preparation becomes much easier and quicker when a natural disaster is announced. It’s equally important to have a predetermined emergency ready profile, so that each person in the house knows exactly what to do when a disaster strikes. Without a proper action plan, people often tend to first panic, acting illogically, which may put them directly in the path of danger. At SERVPRO of Athens, we can assist you in preparing your own Emergency Ready Profile for your home or business.
Call SERVPRO of Athens today and let us help you plan your Emergency Ready Profile 706-549-3366
When Hurricane Matthew hit the east coast, it was a very powerful and long-lived tropical cyclone which quickly became a category 5 hurricane. SERVPRO of Athens is approximately a five hour drive to the Georgia coast. However, teaming up with the SERVPRO Storm Team, we were in place and ready to go where our services were needed. Our Technicians were eager to help out in any way necessary. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore customer’s property to its pre-storm condition. Our fast response, was very important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Our technicians, were located in St. Augustine, FL for over two weeks. Our production manager spoke of how grateful people were in the area to see them there and ready to help. The trip was a success for all involved.
SERVPRO of Athens was honored to be able to assist the victims of Hurricane Matthew.
SERVPRO is ready!