Recent Storm Damage Posts

When it Floods, What to Do and What to Avoid

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

When your home or business in Tangipahoa Parish floods, whether from a storm or a broken pipe, your first instinct is probably to start getting rid of water and cleaning up. To makes sure the repair process goes smoothly, however, there are a few steps you should follow. The first priorities are safety and documentation, and then you can call flood restoration specialists to lead in the cleanup efforts.

Safety First

There are a few things to look for when you return:

• Damage to water, sewer or power lines
• Warped surfaces, such as floors or walls
• Damaged foundation
• Visible cracks or holes in any part of your home’s structure

Try to avoid wading in standing water, as it could be electrically charged. Just in case, it is a good idea to wear knee-high rubber boots to absorb possible shocks. Even if the water looks clean, avoid contact with your skin, as it could be contaminated, especially if you suspect it might have come from a broken pipe or sewer line.

Document Damage

Your insurance adjuster is going to need to know the extent of the damage. Be vigilant about keeping your cell phone charged so you can take pictures for the report. Avoid cleaning before you document the damage, or your settlement could be smaller because the problem will seem smaller than it actually is. Once you have adequate documentation, call your insurer. The earlier you file a claim, the sooner you can get the money for repairs or reimbursement.

Cleanup

Rather than attempt to clean up the water yourself, it is a good idea to hire a professional. Experienced restoration specialists can help locate the cause of the problem, whether the flooding came from groundwater or a broken pipe. They also know how to overcome water damage so that you do not experience mold or mildew problems later. 

When your home or business in Tangipahoa Parish experiences flooding, it is natural to want to put it behind you quickly. With the proper process, however, you can be assured that the resolution is complete.

Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Hammond at (985) 542-7388.  We're always here to help.

3 Reasons Not to Wait for an Adjuster to Visit before Restoring Your Home

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

After your home in Tangipahoa Parish has sustained water damage due to a flood, flood insurance often requires an adjuster to come to your home to assess the damage that has been done. However, waiting for an adjuster’s inspection, before performing mitigation step is often not necessary for several reasons.

1. Adjusters Are Busy

Once a natural disaster has occurred, insurance companies immediately begin to work with their customers to help them restore their homes. However, the demand for an adjuster to visit homes can mean you’ll be waiting to see an adjuster. Waiting to begin making major fixes to your home isn’t necessary, and you can document the damage that has been done by taking photographs and saving receipts. 

2. You Won’t Lose Money Cleaning Up

Although you might be tempted to leave your home exactly as it is after it has sustained FLOOD damage, you will not receive less compensation if you start the cleanup process quickly. It is likely that you will want or need certain items removed from your home before your flood insurance company sends an adjuster to visit your home, and this is okay. Documenting the cleanup process can help to ensure you are fairly compensated for your losses.

3. Your Home Could Become More Damaged

Minor issues in your home can quickly become major issues if they are not fixed in a timely manner. Structural damage, mold damage and more can occur if your home is not dried out and if standing water is not removed. In order to save yourself from having to spend more money, time and effort in restoring your home, it’s often wise to start the restoration process quickly.

Knowing that you do not have to wait for your flood insurance company to send an adjuster to your home before beginning the restoration process might help you save money and protect your home. As you start the restoration process, many people find it helpful to work with professionals in water damage cleanup and restoration.  If you have experienced damage to your home due to flooding call SERVPRO of Hammond at (985) 542-7388

What to Do and What to Avoid When It Floods

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

When your home in Tangipahoa Parish floods, whether from a storm or a broken pipe, your first instinct is probably to start getting rid of water and cleaning up. To makes sure the repair process goes smoothly, however, there are a few steps you should follow. The first priorities are safety and documentation, and then you can call flood restoration specialists to lead in the cleanup efforts.

Safety First

Water in the home can render it temporarily uninhabitable, so there are a few things to look for when you return:

• Damage to water, sewer or power lines
• Warped surfaces, such as floors or walls
• Damaged foundation
• Visible cracks or holes in any part of your home’s structure

Try to avoid wading in standing water, as it could be electrically charged. Just in case, it is a good idea to wear knee-high rubber boots to absorb possible shocks. Even if the water looks clean, avoid contact with your skin, as it could be contaminated, especially if you suspect it might have come from a broken pipe or sewer line.

Document Damage

Your insurance adjuster is going to need to know the extent of the damage. Be vigilant about keeping your cell phone charged so you can take pictures for the report. Avoid cleaning before you document the damage, or your settlement could be smaller because the problem will seem smaller than it actually is. Once you have adequate documentation, call your insurer. The earlier you file a claim, the sooner you can get the money for repairs or reimbursement.

Cleanup

Rather than attempt to clean up the water yourself, it is a good idea to hire a professional. Experienced restoration specialists can help locate the cause of the problem, whether the flooding came from groundwater or a broken pipe. They also know how to overcome water damage so that you do not experience mold or mildew problems later. 

When your home in Tangipahoa Parish experiences flooding, it is natural to want to put it behind you quickly. With the proper process, however, you can be assured that the resolution is complete. Visit www.SERVPROHammond.com for more information on water damage.

Do You Know What to do When a Flood Happens?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along with city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert—there is always a potential for flood damage. Fema.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean you won’t in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000.*

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO® of Hammond at 985-542-7388. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO® of Hammond will help you take it back.

When Flooding or Storms hit, SERVPRO of Hammond is Ready

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Home Results of a rising river in Tangipahoa Parish.

SERVPRO of Hammond 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.

Faster Response

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 Tangipahoa, 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 (985)-542-7388

How SERVPRO Can Help with Your Storm Damage

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Home Rising waters devastate this family home.

If you're dealing with storm damage, hail damage, hurricane damage, flood water or river flooding, it is imperative to get professional assistance as soon as possible. You need to act fast and hire a home restoration company that has a well established history of providing excellent service to homeowners whose homes have suffered storm damage or hurricane damage.

Storm, flooding and river flooding can cause tremendous damage to a residential property in various ways. Wind damage, hail damage, wind damage, flood damage, ice dam, ice damage, ice damming, roof damage, frozen pipes, roof leak and problems associated with flooding, river flooding and ground water can be extremely difficult to deal with.

If the storm is too severe, the frozen pipes and hail damage could result in huge repair costs. Roof repair, ice damage and storm restoration are best left to restoration professionals.

If your home has suffered a lot of damage due to a storm risk of storm, it is imperative to get professional assistance as soon as possible, to check for ice dam, frozen pipes, ice damming, roof leak, ice damage, wind damage and to provide storm remediation. Hurricane damage and other problems caused by natural disasters should be prevented whenever possible. Roof repair after roof damage is a job for trained technicians who have great expertise in roof damage, roof repair or replacement and storm remediation.

Roof repair after storm damage is often recommended in order to protect your home from leaks and prevent additional roof damage. When there is roof leak water can flow into the insulation.

The cost of home restoration can be quite high but they will do a good job of restoring your home to its pre-damage condition. If you ask, they may be able to use materials that will save you money and lower the cost of home restoration or storm remediation.

Having flood water or ground water in your home can be frustrating and disruptive and should be handled properly by a team of well-trained  technicians. Depending on the severity of the storm, water restoration professionals may unblock the drains to allow the flow of the flood water. They may use flood pump to remove excess water from the property.

You need a flood pump in a flooding or flood water situation. You can use buckets to remove the water from the property. However, a flood pump can get rid of the excess
water faster and more effectively. A flood pump will certainly expedite the water removal process and also protect the floor from further damage.

Many storm restoration or home restoration professionals use flood pump when then dealing with flooding, river flooding, ground water or flood water situations. The capacity and size of the flood pump needed will depend on the extent of flood damage or ground water.

It is also crucial to dry the affected area during the water restoration service. Water restoration technicians will examine the pipes to look for any damage, frozen pipes or leaks. They will take appropriate steps to ensure that ground water or flood water do not seep through the wooden floor.

Storm restoration also involves other processes, including ice damming and it can effectively be handled by home restoration experts. An ice dam is a structure designed to regulate the flow of water as it melts from ice. An ice dam can be installed in order to prevent prevent the water from draining off your roof. As an important storm restoration process, ice damming requires the expertise of a storm restoration professional.

Roof damage, ice damage and roof leak are some of the issues homeowners deal with after a storm damage, hurricane damage, hail damage or wind damage.

Considering that the tornadoes and winds can have a devastating impact on your home, you should hire water restoration professionals to evaluate your roof's condition and provide the necessary or appropriate reinforcement.