Archived Storm Damage Blog Posts
Spring is Coming, and So Is Rain! Be Prepared With These Tips!
Ready or not, spring is upon us! Although we're all looking forward to green grass and warmer temperatures, spring also brings many natural disasters such as powerful winds, flooding, and tornadoes that can cause severe property damage. Don't be an unprepared property owner! There's not a lot you can do to battle Mother Nature, but there are a few precautions you can take to help prevent damage to your home or business during the spring. Consider the following steps to ensure you and your property are safe:
You can help prevent water damage from a spring flood by:
- Watching the weather for flood watches and warnings.
- Keeping storm drains near your property clear of debris.
- Unplugging electrical appliances.
- Ensuring your sump pump, drains, and pipes are in working order.
- Checking your landscaping to ensure water is being guided away from your foundation.
- Cleaning your gutters and downspouts.
Other things you can do to prevent property damage include:
- Checking your yard for dead or diseased trees.
- Having your roof regularly inspected by a professional.
- Sealing your doors and windows.
- Secure or store away all outdoor furniture.
- Identify the safest rooms in your property (ideally a room with no windows such as a bathroom).
- Creating a disaster preparedness. kit including flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, and a supply of food and water.
Our restoration professionals here at SERVPRO of Delaware, OH are available 24/7 for all of your emergency needs. We offer full-service solutions for a variety of property losses, whether it's damage or destruction from floods, fires, smoke, storms, winds, or even molds! Learn more about how we can help you by calling us at 740-369-5020.
Storm Tips for Delaware and Marysville, OH
Start with a high-quality, reputable storm damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of Delaware, Ohio. We will fully inspect your property to find exactly what damage has occurred. We will often find storm damage that your adjuster would not have noticed, or perhaps even hoped you didn’t. By giving the adjuster a full property storm damage inspection report up front, you avoid missing out
You should also read over your policy before calling the insurance company so you know exactly what they should cover. All too often, homeowners hold back on claims out of fear they will be singled out for a rate increase after a storm damage claim, but this is not always the case.
If you have suffered storm damage in the Delaware, Ohio area, give us a call at SERVPRO of Delaware, OH. We represent your best interest, yet can work directly with the insurance company for claims to make the process easier for you. We can provide you with an inspection and then complete the restoration for you. We can restore your home to your complete satisfaction.
Storms Can Happen Year Round, Be Prepared Delaware County!
The following is an outline of a few of the key information points in a storm/water damage situation.
Different removal methods and measures are used depending on the category of water. Due to the destructive nature of water, chosen restoration methods also depend heavily on the amount of water, and on the amount of time the water has remained stagnant.
For example, as long as carpet has not been wet for longer than 48 hours, and the water involved was not sewage based, a carpet can usually be saved; however, if the water has soaked for longer, then the carpet is probably irreparable and will have to be replaced.
Water damage restoration can be performed by property management teams, building maintenance personnel, or by the homeowners themselves; however, contacting a certified professional water damage restoration specialist is often regarded as the safest way to restore water damaged property.
Give us a call to see if we may help you at 740-369-5020.
Being Prepared For Storms To Hit
With all of the storms this week, storm preparation can make all the difference. A Severe Weather Plan can help you and your family be as ready as possible for approaching severe weather. Make sure everyone in your household understands the Severe Weather Plan.
How to prepare for power to be out:
- Cool or heat your house. In warm weather, turn your air conditioning down. In cold weather, turn your heat up. During and after the storm, keep doors and windows closed. You can hold onto inside temperature for as long as 48 hours.
- Charge your cell phone and anything else that needs to be charged.
- Keep freezer doors closed and sealed. Frozen food will keep two to three days in a well-filled freezer.
- Leave a porch or front light on. This help the electric company know when repair work is successful.
- Disconnect or turn off any appliances that will start automatically when power is restored. Why? If several appliances start at once, it may overload circuits. Hot appliances pose a fire hazard. Check these appliances:
- Electric space heaters
- Washers and dryers
- Microwave ovens
- Refrigerators and freezers
- If your power goes out, turn off large appliances and air conditioners. Wait 15 minutes after power is restored before you turn them back on.
- If your home or business floods, SERVPRO of Delaware, OH may not be able to go in and perform services until power is restored
- Please be patient. Our crews work as fast as safety allows.
If your home is affected by storm weather and you have flooding or a fire, please feel free to contact us at 740-369-5020 with any questions.
Preventing Sump Pump Flooding During Rain Season
It’s Spring which brings all that rain and basement flooding. Installing a sump pump in your basement is a great way to prevent floods during heavy rains, but there are a number of ways the sump pump can fail and eventually overflow. Even with a sump pump, some problems can occur and still have your basement flood. Make sure to temporarily unplug your sump pump from the power source before attempting to fix any of the following problems.
The following tips will help prevent sump pump overflow in your basement:
- Debris in the Basin: Sometimes debris such as children’s toys and other household objects may fall into the basin and interrupt the float mechanism which can cause it to malfunction. The float mechanism can also fail naturally over time. To test this mechanism, fill up the basin with water to make sure the sump pump starts like it should.
- Check Valve: The check valve prevents water from going back into the sump pump in the event of a failure. Make sure to check this valve because it is not always installed properly; the arrow should be pointing away from the sump pump.
- Weep Hole: Sometimes sump pumps may have a weep hole between the pump and the check valve. You can clean the weep hole with a tiny object such as a toothpick, just be careful not to break anything off in the hole.
- Clean the Impeller: The impeller is a small filter that may become clogged and when this happens it can cause the sump pump to suddenly stop running or make a whining noise. Cleaning or replacing the impeller can get the sump pump to function properly again.
- Back Up Power Source: Sump pumps are only useful when plugged into a power source and if the power goes out during a thunderstorm, the sump pump will stop working. Installing a backup power source for the sump pump is the best way to prevent this from happening in the middle of a thunderstorm when the sump pump is needed the most.
As the season of heavy rains arrives, make sure to check your sump pump for these potential problems so that you are prepared when it rains. If your home does experience some flooding due to heavy rain fall or a sump pump failure, make sure to call for professional water damage restoration immediately to help limit the damages. If you have flooding in your basement and have any questions, please call SERVPRO of Delaware, Ohio 24/7 at 740-369-5020.
Winter Storm Can Cause Frozen Pipes!
This week has been very cold and we are now getting into the time of year where we see a lot of frozen pipes burst. Here are some great tips for your Delaware or Union County home to prevent that water damage caused by these frozen pipes.
- Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
- Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
- Turn off water to outside faucets, if available, and open valves on faucets to allow them to drain.
- Turn off sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them.
- Close or cover foundation vents under house and windows to basements.
- Close garage doors.
- Insulate exposed pipes (both hot and cold) under house with foam pipe insulation.
- Open cabinet doors under sinks.
- Drip hot and cold faucets in kitchen and bath. Drip single control faucets with lever set in middle.
- Set ice maker to make ice if the water line to it runs under the house.
- Don’t forget to check on pipes to your washing machine in the laundry room
- Locate water main cut-off valve, and have a cut-off key handy.
- Use a hair dryer, heat lamp, electric heat tape, or a portable space heater to thaw frozen pipes that have not burst.
- Keep the faucet open when thawing frozen pipes to allow water to begin flowing through it.
- After the weather has warmed above freezing and any frozen pipes have thawed, turn off dripping faucets and monitor your water meter to check for unseen leaks.
If you do all of these things and still end up with damage, give SERVPRO of Delaware, OH a call 24/7 at 740-369-5020.
When Storms Hit Delaware County, SERVPRO is here!
SERVPRO of Delaware, Ohio 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 Delaware County, 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.
Disaster Recovery Teams: http://www.SERVPROdelawareoh.com/disaster-recovery
SERVPRO of Delaware, Ohio Storm Team
Jeremy, Walter, and Scott heading to Florida for Storm Clean Up
On October 28th we deployed our first -ever Team Delaware, OH production storm crew. They are headed to the Florida Panhandle to assist another franchise in the devastating Hurricane Michael cleanup efforts. We pray for their safety, their wellness, and thank each of them, and their families, for their time and sacrifices. We are proud of their desire to help others in this way despite missing families, upcoming holidays, and the comforts of home. We also want to thank our hometown team... for keeping the fires burning brightly in our own communities. It takes a whole team of people to pull this effort off and we're proud to say that we have one great group at SERVPRO of Delaware, OH! May God watch over each and every one of our team in the coming days and give each member the strength to do whatever it takes to make a difference, both here and in Florida. God bless, drive safely, and THANK YOU!