Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm-Proofing Your Garage

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Your garage is one of the most vulnerable areas in your home when it comes to the high winds, flying debris, and large amounts of water that come with violent weather. Here are some tips to stormproof your garage:

Install a garage door with a high wind-resistance rating. Storms that bring with them extreme levels of wind will cause the most damage; when a garage is breached, the winds will batter the rest of your home. Water will start to come in, and even just an inch of water can cause unwanted, and costly, damage. If you live in a tornado-prone area, it’s recommended that you invest in a door that can withstand winds of 130 mph or higher. Doors with high impact-ratings will protect your home and belongings from flying debris, as well.

Install a bracing system. You can reinforce your garage door with strong bracing. Most garage doors are secured only by the tracks or hinges, which will be vulnerable to damage during a powerful storm. A bracing system works by anchoring the door to the walls and floors and into each hinge, giving it the extra strength and protection necessary to withstand violent weather.   

Maintain your garage door. If there are any holes, cracks or breaches, these will allow storm winds through your garage door. Perform a monthly inspection, looking for any potential issues such as these, as well as problems with the weather stripping or any parts of the garage door mechanisms and functionality. Perform the needed maintenance as soon as possible to stay in storm-readiness, making sure the projects are completed before heavy weather hits your area.

Secure all windows. If you have windows in your garage, these will also be weak points during extreme weather. Ensure they are in good repair and that the weather stripping is doing its job. Having wrought-iron window protection installed can go a long way to protect your glass from flying debris, such as rocks or tree limbs, as well.

Install drainage and flood vents. Make sure that the garage of your home is properly outfitted for the drainage of large amounts of water. You can have a trench drain installed in front of this area and on the sides of your driveway to divert water, and flood vents inside the garage can drain any water coming inside quickly before levels rise and cause water damage or mold growth down the line, and thus preventing the need for mold removal!

Contact us here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca for help after house and business fires or if your property has sustained water damages. Mold remediation is also one of our specialties! Call us at (419) 443 1790, or visit our website for more information. We offer our services to a wide area across the greater East Seneca areas. If you are in the greater Tiffin area, including Fremont, Monroeville, and many others, we are here to assist you!

Preparing Your Home for Winter Storms in Ohio

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we advise area homeowners to prepare homes and property for the coming winter storm season. Extreme weather can lead to power outages and disruption of communications, while damaging personal and business property and belongings. People even lose their lives in winter weather. Auto accidents on icy or snowbound roads and fires from improper heating methods are some of the main ways these tragedies can happen, while flooding and large snow accumulations can cause travel to become extremely dangerous and even deadly. It’s important to be prepared for many different serious situations to occur during winter here in Ohio.

Here are some essential safety tips you can observe to get ready for the coming winter season:

  • Trim bushes and trees. Remove dead trees and tall bushes and all broken branches from around your home. These can cause injury and damage the roof of your house if they fall during extreme weather involving wind, ice, or heavy snow accumulation.
  • Clear clogged rain gutters. When snow melts, it needs to be able to flow down your rain gutters and away from your roofing. If there is dirt and debris left in your gutters from last spring, the water will pool and begin to back up, possibly damaging even interior wall spaces in your home, and this can even lead to mold growth, causing a need for mold removal on top of the storm damage. A rain gutter that is full of dirt can become heavy and can pull away from the building, creating another set of issues.
  • Check chimney and heating equipment. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned after winter and again before it comes around again, to prevent chimney fires. Your HVAC system also needs to be inspected, and all ducts clear and ready for use. Change out all your filters in the system, as well. If any space heaters are to be used, make sure they are in great shape and that everyone in the house knows the proper way to use them and when. They should never be left on if there is no one in the room.

The team at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties cares about your safety and the safety of your loved ones and your property, and we operate in the greater Tiffin and Sandusky areas, including Fremont, Willard, and many more cities in the area! We are experts in water damage restoration, as well as fire damage cleanup and restoration. You can call us any time at (419) 443 1790.

Keeping Your Home Stormproof Year Round

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Inclement weather can happen any time of the year, whether it’s a summer tornado, fall hurricane, a winter snowstorm, or a heavy spring rain. You will want to make sure your home is stormproof all year

Here are some preventive tips that can help:

  • REGULAR INSPECTIONS.  Inspect your entire property every quarter, keeping the upcoming season in mind. The weakest spots in your home are the windows. Make sure your house has been equipped with highly-rated protective windows. Storm shutters are also extremely helpful as an additional layer of protection and security against high winds and airborne debris.
  • SAFETY FOR LOVED ONES.  Your loved ones need to know what to do in case of a storm. Have a plan of action and discuss it with those you care about. It’s vital to stay protected indoors, and if the weather gets extremely severe, such as with tornado or hurricane activity, you will want to retreat to the basement area or the most interior room of the house. Choose a space with no exterior windows.
  • MIND YOUR ROOF.  Another vulnerable point in your home is your roof. Use highly rated shingles that can withstand the harshest weather. Inspections of your attic can also tell you a lot about the condition of your roofing.
  • OUTDOOR TIPS.  When planting your garden and choosing garden furniture, keep storm seasons in mind. Maintain your trees by removing branches that are not strong; these can become dangerous when torn off and thrown around by high winds. Before ice storm season, make sure tree limbs are pruned back from all power lines. Get rid of rock and gravel landscaping as a strong wind can send these materials flying. A little extra work now can save time and money later. Be safe!

Here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties, we are always concerned about your safety. We are equipped to assist with cleanup after fire or water damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties.  Call us at (419) 443-1790 in the event of bad weather issues, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Preparing Your Basement for Storm Damage

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

In some parts of the country, rain can be an almost daily occurrence during the summer. Flooding is a very real hazard when this happens, and that’s inconvenient, and even dangerous, possibly causing a lot of damage. Your possession can be ruined, and building structures can often be affected negatively. In these times, you can contact a professional water restoration company for help. Such a company is an expert in water damage cleanup and repair.

While flooding can’t be predicted most of the time, educating yourself on the most common flood-prone areas of your home or business will help you be prepared to handle such an event, and even to prevent it. Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience water damage than others during storms, such as low-lying areas like basements and cellars.

Basements and cellars, the lowest parts of a house or building, need to be regularly inspected during wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas

Ensure that the doors and windows of the basement or cellar area are properly sealed against wet conditions. Entryways are also a potential problem area; make sure they are free of standing water and debris so that people don’t get hurt.

Take steps to make sure that water is drained away from the foundations of your buildings. Standing water in these areas can create weaknesses in walls and foundational elements, eventually allowing water to leak into your basement area.

Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties is experienced in all repairs and cleanup needs from damages caused by water and fire, and mold remediation is one of our specialties. You can call us at (419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron and East Seneca Counties

Tips to Help Stormproof Your Home

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you bundle up and enjoy the sights and sounds of stormy weather or you stand at the windows and watch for trouble, it’s important for you to know what to do to keep your home safe during storm season.

Here are some preventive practices to keep in mind:

  • MAINTAIN YOUR PROPERTY.  The weakest spots in your home are the windows. Make sure your house has been equipped with suitable protective windows; storm shutters are also extremely helpful as an additional layer of protection and security against high winds and debris.
  • HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION.  Make sure your loved ones know what to do in case of a storm. Have a plan of action and discuss it with those you care about. It’s vital to stay indoors, and if the weather gets extremely severe, you will want to retreat to the basement area or the most interior room of the house.
  • KEEP YOUR ROOFING STRONG.  Another vulnerable point in your home is your roof. Use highly rated shingles that can withstand the harshest weather.
  • CHOOSE SAFE OUTDOOR MATERIALS.  When planting and choosing garden furniture, keep storm season in mind. Maintain your trees by removing branches that are not strong; these can become dangerous when torn off and thrown around by high winds. Get rid of rock and gravel landscaping, as a strong wind can send these materials flying. A little extra work now can save time and money later. Be safe!

Here at SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties, we are always concerned about your safety. When bad weather or emergencies happen, we are equipped to assist with cleanup after fire or water damage, and mold remediation is one of our specialties.  Call us at (419) 443-1790, or visit our website: SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties

Lightning Safety

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

With these ups and downs in the weather, the atmosphere becomes quite unstable thus spurring thunderstorms. Most of the time, these are just heavy downpours that last about 20-30 minutes and leave the day feeling much more humid and hot than when it arrived. There are some of these afternoon visitors that can have some pretty severe components, including lightning.

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Ohio has had 34 deaths from 1990-2003 ranking in at #4 for all 50 states according to data collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). You can easily avoid being a statistic by following these simple safety tips. 

Be aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.

Go indoors.Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

Avoid water. Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing. 

Avoid electronic equipment. Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.

Watch for Developing Thunderstorms - Thunderstorms are most likely to develop on spring or summer days but can occur year round. As the sun heats the air, pockets of warmer air start to rise and cumulus clouds form. Continued heating can cause these clouds to grow vertically into towering cumulus clouds, often the first sign of a developing thunderstorm.

Seek shelter before an approaching thunderstorm - Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from where it is raining. That’s about the distance you can hear thunder. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance. Seek shelter immediately! When thunder roars, go indoors!

Minimize the risk of being struck during outdoor activities - Most lightning deaths and injuries occur in the summer. During organized outdoor sporting events, coaches, camp counselors and other adults must stop activities at the first clap of thunder to ensure that everyone has time to get to a large building or enclosed vehicle. Leaders of outdoor events should have a written emergency plan that all staff are aware of and enforce.

Things to avoid while indoors - While inside, stay off land lines or corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity. Stay away from indoor and outdoor pools, bathtubs, showers, and other plumbing. Buy surge suppressors for key equipment. Install ground fault protectors on circuits near water or outdoors. When inside, wait 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder and lightning before going out again.

Helping a Lightning Strike Victim. - If a person is struck by lightning, call 911 and get medical care immediately. Cardiac arrest and irregularities, burns and nerve damage are common injuries when people are struck by lightning. You are not in physical danger when helping a lightning victim. Knowing first aid measures, which include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), can help lightning-strike victims survive. American Red Cross chapters and local fire departments often offer first aid and CPR classes.

Lightning is dangerous - By knowing what to do during severe weather incidents, you can greatly increase your safety and the safety of those around you. At the first clap of thunder, go inside a preferably large building or fully enclosed vehicle and wait 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder and lightning before going back outside. Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors!

SERVPRO of Huron & East Seneca Counties proudly serves you and specializes in fire, smoke, mold, water and biohazard damage to both commercial and residential properties. Capable of handling any size loss and working with all types of insurance providers, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We cover areas like Tiffin, Fremont, Norwalk, Willard, Bellevue, Carey, New London, Bloomville, Attica, and Monroeville. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROhuroneastsenecacounties.com or call us at 419-443-1790.