Recent Storm Damage Posts

How to Handle Storm Damage

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

When storm damage hits Huntington homes and businesses, it's important to know what to do until SERVPRO crews get on site.

  • Call SERVPRO at 304-429-2233 immediately upon discovering damage.
  • Shut off the source of water (ie: replace sump pump) or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.  Use a shop vac or carpet cleaning machine to suck water from carpets.  Do Not use a household vacuum cleaner.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove electronics, documents, sensitive or valuable items to a dry place.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting and window curtains off damp floors.
  • Pull carpet back from the walls to limit water wicking into the drywall.

Storm/Flood Preparation

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Facts

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. FEMA reports, in the last 8 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. As most of us have recently experienced, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas. 

Here are a few Flood Facts provided by FEMA:

  • Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  • Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
  • Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 
  • A 2,000 square foot home undergoing 12 feet of water damage could cost more than $50,000 to repair.

Here are a few supplies you need to prepare for a flood:

  • Stock up on First Aid items
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Three gallons of water per person for 3 days
  • Battery operated radio for weather reports
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal hygiene necessities

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Keeping The Dampness Away After A Flood

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and other intrusive water can damage a Somersworth home rapidly, showing visible signs immediately. Other damage that continues unabated within the hidden areas of a home's interior cavities can lead to severe infestations of microbes, allow insect pests to nest and burrow in softened materials, and create unwanted odors. 
 
Residents in Somersworth might find that elevated humidity in their home continues to occur after they experience flood damage to their property. This can happen when small pockets of moisture in your home go undetected. One common location is lower surfaces in basement floors. SERVPRO's technicians are IICRC Certified to get these areas dry for you and protect your home from the continued negative effects of damage from flooding. 
 
Water that continued to seep into damaged areas of your home's basement after a flood can smell particularly dank because of the additional odors picked up from the soil underneath your home. Even though the soil can act as a filter, the water's odor and still smell foul, even though it no longer smells like floodwater. The soil around homes that experienced flooding can become so saturated their foundations sometimes move. The pressure can become extremely intense. 
 
If flood damage seems to revisit your home again a short time after mitigation workers complete the initial work, we can help restore your home, so odors and continued damp conditions no longer occur. Desiccant machines can prove highly effective in these situations, as can our air scrubbers. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can run machines that produce either ozone and hydroxyl gases to eliminate odors from further bothering you and your family. 
 
Eliminating dangerous excess moisture in your home accomplishes more than hindering the growth of microbial and other infestations and keeping your home smelling normal – it also protects occupants from inhaling damp air. SERVPRO technicians can quickly remove any additional materials damaged by this leftover flood damage, test and treat for any microbial activity, and also use different odor-controlling techniques that leave your home smelling “Like it never even happened.”

Is My Sump Pump Working?

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Tips to Avoid Water Damage

No power: If the power goes out during a storm, your sump pump won’t be able to drain the water

Wrong size: If your sump pump is too small a sump pump for your home’s size can mean too big a job for it to handle. On the flip side, running too large a sump pump can shorten its lifespan.

Old age: Just like any appliance, the years can reduce the efficiency and working order of your sump pump. The average lifespan of a sump pump is roughly 10 years. If yours is creeping up in age, consider replacing it with a more current model.

Clogged pipe: Debris can enter your discharge pipe and create a backup. With nowhere for water to flow, your sump pump will come to a stop.

Lack of maintenance: Your home and the appliances that make it run require regular maintenance. Clean your sump pump three to four times a year to avoid blockages in your discharge line, vents, and floats.

Switch issues: When the sump pump shifts in the basin, the float that administers the switch can cause it to become jammed.

Product or installation problem: In addition to product defects, which are out of your control, improper installation can also cause sump pump failure.

Sump pump fails and causes water damage while you are out of town

DIY bug out bag

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

As the old saying goes, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is today."  If a storm hits, you'll be glad you prepared ahead of time and can concentrate on being a helper.

One way to prepare for a storm is to create a "bug out bag."  This contains things you'll need if services such as electricity and stores are discontinued for a few days after a storm.  Experts typically recommend having three days worth of supplies.  Here are some items to consider:

  • bottled water
  • dehydrated food / MREs
  • extra changes of clothes
  • a wool blanket
  • tools
  • first aid kit
  • flashlight and batteries
  • external battery charger
  • dust mask and gloves
  • poncho

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How storms are named

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Katrina.  Harvey.  Sandy. Andrew.  These aren't just any names - these are some of the most costly and deadly storms in our recent history.  But just how do storms get their names?  Read along to find out!

Prior to 1950, storms were not formally named.  In 1950, storms began being named for men.  In 1953, meteorologists switched to women's names, and in 1979, included both.  Today, the naming of storms is controlled by the World Meteorological Organization.  For Atlantic storms, the names go on a six year rotation.  Names are retired if the storm is particularly destructive. Here's a list of retired storm names.  

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How to storm-proof your home

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Although it's not common, hurricanes have hit our area before.  Here's a handy list.  As well as the occasion hurricane, we've also been hit with derechos and other harmful weather patterns.  If you find one on the way this summer, here's how to prepare your house:

  • Reinforce your garage door
  • Fix any loose tiles
  • Trim your tree of any dead limbs
  • Take inventory of your home
  • Reinforce your windows with plywood
  • Don't forget to reinforce glass doors too!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Storms 101: Rain

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

It's time for the last installment of Storms 101.  Did you know that Huntington gets an average of 42 inches of rain a year?  That's three inches over the national average! Just how does rain happen, though?

Our atmosphere is made up of small dust particles called condensation nuclei, which are created from things like volcanic eruptions, pollution, fires, and other events.  The sun heats up bodies of water like the ocean, and water vapor rises into the air.  The condensed water vapor sticks to the condensation nuclei and creates clouds. 

When enough water condenses, the droplets get heavy enough to fall back down to the ground.  If it's cold enough for the droplets to freeze, that creates snow.  If not, it becomes rain and the cycle starts all over again.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Storms 101: Thunderstorms

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Welcome to segment two of our Storms 101 series.  Today we'll be talking about thunderstorms.  Did you know that across the globe, there are over 1800 thunderstorms a day?  Although it can be nice to listen to a thunderstorm with a cup of coffee, they can also be very dangerous.  Lightning injures more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes.  Lightning can also cause damage to house wiring.

So what causes a thunderstorm?  They form when an air mass becomes unstable and overturns.  Unstable means that the bottom layer is hot and humid, the top layer is cool, or both. Air pockets near the surface rises, expands, and cools, This makes the air pockets get warmer than the environment, which makes it rise even higher.  Water vapor in the air condenses and forms a convective cloud.  Bingo! Thunderstorm time! 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Storms 101: Damaging Winds

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

April's showers are over, so it's time for May flowers... and May storms. Between the cold of winter and the heat of summer, spring is high time for thunderstorms, high winds, and rain.  But what causes these storms? In the next few weeks, SERVPRO of Huntington will be covering what causes certain weather patterns. 

Damaging Winds

Damaging winds, often called "straight-line winds" to differentiate from tornadoes, are any wind exceeding 50-60 miles per hour.  Any wind is caused by air moving from high atmospheric pressures to low ones; this is called a pressure gradient.  Damaging winds are caused when a pressure gradient changes quickly over a small distance. 

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 304-429-2233 

About SERVPRO of Huntington

SERVPRO of Huntington specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.