Recent Storm Damage Posts

According to SERVPRO, these are recommendations on what to do before a storm approaches

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage According to SERVPRO, these are recommendations on what to do before a storm approaches Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment.

The experts at SERVPRO have issued the following guidelines on what homeowners and property managers can do to protect themselves BEFORE Kissimmee Storm Damage occurs:

  • Use wooden beams to reinforce garage doors.
  • In a clean bathtub, open the cold water spigot and fill until the maximum possible level. This can provide you vital drinking water for days in an emergency.
  • Take the car to the nearest station and fill up the tank with fuel.
  • Rehearse your storm evacuation plan with your family, and make sure that every family member knows multiple alternate routes to safety in case you get split up.
  • Head towards the nearest shelter in case you need to leave your home quickly.
  • Board up your windows and doors with 5/8-inch plywood or use tailored hurricane shutters.
  • Scour the outside of your property and pick up any items that could be lifted by the wind and hurled through windows or cause other Kissimmee storm damage.
  • Get your axe and take it to the attic. In case of severe flooding, you may need to break your way out through the roof.
  • Locate important personal documents such as wills, passports, birth certificates and Social Security cards, and store all of them in a secure, sealed, watertight container.
  • Obtain your pre-written inventory of all valuable household appliances, electronics, items, jewelry and property.
  • Evacuate your home immediately, if ordered to do so, and follow all commands.
  • If you are forced to flee your home, be sure to leave a note that says where you are planning to go.

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What should you have on hand during a storm?

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

The experts at SERVPRO recommend having the following supplies on hand to successfully avoid storm damages:

  • At least a three-day supply of clean drinking water, being sure to store enough to provide at least one gallon, per person, per day.
  • At least a three-day supply of food. Durable, non-perishable items are ideal, such as: canned meat and meat products, canned vegetables, canned juice, and canned fruits. Other high-calorie foods such as peanut butter, jelly and crackers are also recommended. Other excellent choices are: trail mix, nuts, granola, energy bars, cookies, cereal and other comfort foods.
  • A functioning can opener.
  • One or more flashlights, particularly the kind that do not require batteries.
  • A battery-powered radio, ideally one that can receive urgent broadcasts on the weather band.

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We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Osceola County is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Kissimmee community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

How To Handle Roof Repairs After a Storm

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Handle Roof Repairs After a Storm Storm damage to the roof in a Celebration, FL home

Storm damage can be stressful, and roof repair needs can top the list of post-storm concerns. Wind damage, hail and even fallen branches can leave your roof in bad shape. Whether you are waiting on a roofer or are making repairs yourself, there are a few things you should do following roof damage from a storm.

Assessing the Damage

Storms can damage your roof in many ways.

  • High winds can rip off shingles and expose underlayment
  • Hail can leave your roof dented and pockmarked
  • Driving rain can seep under loosened shingles and cause water damage

As soon as it’s safe, get a good look either from the ground or an extension ladder to gauge your roof repair needs. It helps to take pictures for insurance purposes or to know which materials to buy if you’re doing your own repairs.

Take Immediate Protective Steps
Water seeping through a roof can set the stage for serious water damage in your home and make your roof unsafe in general. A stop-gap for many Celebration, FL, homeowners is placing a waterproof tarp over the damaged area. It isn’t a substitute for permanent roof work, but it may mitigate further damage to your roof and your home’s interior.

Get an Estimate
Whether you want to pay a roofer for a roof repair or try to DIY it, it’s still a good idea to get a professional estimate. A pro may be able to help guide your own repairs or even offer a price that’s better than expected. If water has already gotten into your attic, look for a remediation company that specializes in drying building materials and restoring attics as part of your general roof restoration game plan.
From devastated shingles to pockmarked surfaces, storm damage can wreak absolute havoc on your roof. If you’re facing roof damage after a storm, let these tips guide you to the best outcome.

Preparing Your Business for Bad Weather: 3 Tips

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing Your Business for Bad Weather: 3 Tips Roof leak caused by a thunderstorm in Saint Cloud, FL

When freezing temperatures and snowstorms arrive in Saint Cloud, FL, they can impact your business. Slippery roads can pose a danger for employees trying to arrive on time for their shifts, and single-digit temperatures can wreak havoc with your building’s pipes. However, there are a few ways you can protect your business, employees and customers if a snow storm is in the forecast.

1. Remain Aware of Watches and Warnings

Watch the news the night before and the morning of the impending storm. If the forecast says bad weather is imminent, you may want to consider closing for the day to protect your employees. Your web designer, social media managers and data wranglers may be able to do their jobs from home. Have your web managers announce the closure on your business’ page so your customers do not get injured trying to reach your business.

2. Insulate Exterior Pipes

If a snow storm is due to arrive, you may want to wrap your building’s pipes to prevent them from freezing. Frozen water can cause a pipe burst and flooding, which can cause serious damage to your building. Use rags or foam insulation on basement and exterior pipes to protect them from cold temperatures.

3. Have a Mitigation Plan in Place

If the worst should happen and your business suffers damage during bad weather, having a mitigation and restoration plan in place may help you recover faster. Contact a storm damage and cleanup service before the winter season and learn about their services and how their technicians might be able to help in case of flooding or other disasters. Careful planning can mean the difference between a quick recovery and weeks of closure.

A snow storm in Saint Cloud, FL, can interrupt your business. However, having a bad weather plan in place can help you protect your employees and building and give you peace of mind all winter long.

What To Do Until Help Arrives: When Water Damage Occurs

7/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Do Until Help Arrives: When Water Damage Occurs This water damage occurred during a Florida thunderstorm and was caused by heavy rainfall, which flooded the entire home.

Central Florida has been bombarded with thunderstorm almost daily the last several weeks. These storms’ lightning and heavy rainfall have caused many of our Florida homes' roof damages and water damages. SERVPRO of Osceola County has seen an increase of houses affected this summer, and some of the damages have been catastrophic. These emergency tips will assist homeowners and their families in taking the proper actions until SERVPRO of Osceola County arrives. By following these Dos and DON’Ts, it will help to reduce the amount of damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.

Water Damage from Clean Water (Rain Water)

DO:

  • Find the source of the water if possible and stop or block the water from entering the home.
  • Turn off the circuit breakers in the wet areas of the house. Be sure the access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock before doing so.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirts off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn of ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

2017 Hurricane Outlook

6/16/2017 (Permalink)

This Hurricane Season 

The first of June is the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, and does not end until the last day of November. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season’s start date is a little different. It begins on May 15th, but ends on the same day as Atlantic Ocean, November 30th. On both coasts, most of these storms do not occur until the peak of the hurricane season, which is around August through October. This is because the Atlantic Ocean and El Nino’s waters are warmed from the summer months, and hurricanes first condition needed is warmer waters.

Above-Normal Season

Each year on May 25th, the Climate Prediction Center releases its outlook on the upcoming hurricane season. For the Atlantic, this year is predicted to be an above-normal hurricane season. “The region has a 70 percent chance of experiencing between 11 and 17 storms with sustained winds of 39 mph (62 km/h) or higher. Between five and nine of these storms may become hurricanes, or storms with sustained winds of 74 mph (119 km/h) or higher. And anywhere from two to four of these storms could become major-category 3, 4 or 5 hurricanes, which means they would have sustained winds of 111 mph

(178 km/h) or higher” according to National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center.

Hurricane Names

For the 2017 hurricane season, the following hurricane names could come into play in the North Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, according to the WMO:

Arlene
Bret
Cindy
Don
Emily
Franklin
Gert
Harvey
Irma
Jose
Katia
Lee
Maria
Nate
Ophelia
Philippe
Rina
Sean
Tammy
Vince
Whitney

6 Tips for Preventing Storm Damage

2/8/2016 (Permalink)

The clouds darken in the sky. The winds start to pick up. A major storm is headed your way. 

If you have a major storm system headed in your direction, you need to make sure you’re prepared to avoid potential storm damage. Depending on the size of the storm, you may need to prepare for it in advance.

In Florida, the annual hurricane season means that you should always know how to prepare for a potential major storm that could hit. The following are some tips to make sure you’re prepared to limit the amount the damage to your home.

Preparation Weeks Before the Storm

If you’re in an area where major storms could hit your town, like in Florida, it’s important to keep your trees trimmed that could potentially fall on your house. Make sure any diseased branches, dead branches, or low hanging arms are removed so they won’t fall and damage your house should a storm come.

These branches can be removed at any point during the year but if you live in a climate further north that gets cold during the winter, it’s best to clip the branches during the springtime before the leaves appear. Repeat the process again in the winter when more trees are in a dormant state.

Last Minute Preparation

While much of the preparation for a major storm may have been taken care of during the days and weeks prior to the storm’s arrival such as trimming trees or putting boards over windows, there are some preparations that have to wait until the last minute.

First put your car inside of your garage and back it up to the inside door. You do this so the door won’t twist-up if the winds become too vicious. Next put bikes, children’s toys, potted plants, outside furniture, or anything that can be stored in the remaining parts of the garage. Anything that’s left outside and not nailed down needs to be stored in the garage as well. If not stored during the storm, those objects can become projectiles that could damage your home.

Make sure to tightly shut every window in the house and move away from them. During the storm it’s important to be in a room without windows so if any projectiles fly through the window, you’ll be safe. Unplug any small electrical appliances and shut down your personal computer.

During the storm, it’s important to have a battery-powered radio on hand to supply you with all the news of the storm going on outside. Find your local station that is a good source of weather information before the power goes out so you’ll just have to turn it on and be at the right station.

Lightning

If you want to be extra cautious you can purchase lightning conductor rods to install at the highest point of your house. You’ll want to make sure they’re grounded so that any direct strike will immediately be directed straight into the ground.

Moving the Movable

Make sure that you have everything that is outside either secured to the ground or brought inside. Heavy winds have the ability to pick up and throw lighter objects through the air and potentially damage your home or injure you. Larger objects like grills may be able to be left outside but you’ll want to be certain that it won’t cause damage to your home when the storm comes.

Leaks

It’s important to fix any leaks you may have around your home before the storm comes. If the storm is likely to dump a great deal of water in your area, a simple drip can turn into a flow of water and once the storm arrives, there’s nothing you can do about it. These unfixed leaks can become washouts and cause significant and costly damage to your home.

Prepare for Possible Evacuation

If the storm is bad enough, either a voluntary or mandatory evacuation could be called forcing you to vacate your home. To prepare for the possibility of an evacuation in advance, put together a small suitcase with essentials like a change of clothes and important objects like photos or anything that holds significant importance to you.

Put the suitcase somewhere it will stay safe and out of the way so you won’t trip over it. Also make sure that it’s stored somewhere that’s easy to get to so you can make a quick getaway if the time comes for you to evacuate.

If a major storm hits, follow these guidelines to help prevent potential storm damage to your home. But sometimes, regardless of how much you prepare, damage will occur. If you suffer storm damage, call on SERVPRO to come to your rescue.