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How Storm Damage Restoration Professionals Can Help You

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Storm Damage Restoration Professionals Can Help You SERVPRO of Hammond

How Storm Damage Restoration Professionals Can Help You

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 home owners 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.

A Salute to First Responders

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Salute to First Responders Saluting First Responders

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” This famous Mr. Rogers quote comes to mind when we celebrate first responders: those who arrive first on the scene of any disaster or emergency.

In the event of a disaster or emergency, there are many different agencies and people in your community who are ready to respond. Whether it’s a house fire or a hurricane, we are thankful every day for these first responders.

Firefighters, EMTs, and Police

Local fire and police departments, as well as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), are often first on the scene of an emergency. In the U.S., there are more than 29,700 fire departments with 1,160,450 total firefighters, according to the National Fire Protection Association’s 2015 U.S. Fire Department Profile.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are almost 245,000 EMTs and paramedics in the U.S. In the U.S. there are about 18,000 federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies, employing more than 750,000 fulltime sworn officers, according to the Uniformed Crime Reporting Program collected by the FBI.

Military

When events such as natural disasters strike, different branches of the military are often the first line of response. The Army National Guard and Air National Guard, with over 342,000 soldiers, respond domestically when deployed by their state Governor, often during states of emergency from weather-related events. They can also be called upon during terrorist attacks or civil unrest, or called overseas by the President of the United States.

Active duty soldiers can also be called upon for certain domestic events as well.

FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

As a part of FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), these volunteers are trained to be prepared for any disasters that may affect your local area in an effort to support professional responders. CERT volunteers are trained in “basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations,” according to FEMA.

With more than 2,700 CERT programs, over 600,000 individuals have been trained nationwide. Teams are managed locally but supported nationally by FEMA.

SERVPRO® of Hammond recognizes these and the countless other first responders in our communities for keeping our communities safe.

Be Disaster Aware! Take Action Now!

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Disaster Aware! Take Action Now! Storm Ready!

The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared or any emergency or disaster. While each situation is unique, your family can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies.

The following are measures you and your family can take to start getting ready. A commitment to
begin planning today will help support your family, home, and the community. Review the following questions to learn if your family and home are prepared.

Be Informed

Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your home or daily life? Do you know what you and your family will do in an emergency situation?

Prepare Your Emergency Plan

Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during, and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit?

Practice the Emergency Plan

Have you practiced your plan recently? Does your family know where to go in the event of a natural disaster? Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

Review Insurance Coverage

Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster?

Secure Your Home

Have you conducted a room-by-room walk-through to determine what safety measures can be taken?

Improve Cyber Security

Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you regularly update your antivirus software?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions, visit ready.gov and learn how to better prepare
your family and home for an emergency or natural disaster.

"Ready for Whatever Happens"

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage "Ready for Whatever Happens" Storm response

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO® System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters. Providing
experience, manpower, equipment, and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team® assists your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® has responded to hundreds of disaster events. In the
aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective: to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

2016 East Tennessee Wildfires: One of the largest in the history of Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains wildfires burned more than 17,000 acres and about 2,500 structures in November 2016. The 12 crews that were dispatched worked a total of 78 jobs, where they mitigated over $1 million in damages.

2016 Hurricane Matthew: Following the East Coast from Florida up to North Carolina, this hurricane caused major flooding, primarily as rivers rose in Eastern North Carolina. SERVPRO®
had 169 crews dispatched. These crews took on more than 1,050 jobs and over $7.5 million in damages.

2016 Louisiana Flooding: Catastrophic flooding occurred in Southern Louisiana where rainfall measured 20 inches or more total, falling at a rate of more than 2-3 inches per hour in some places. This caused rivers and inland waterways to rise to record levels. The Disaster Recovery Team® responded to over 830 jobs with 185 crews.

2016 Houston, TX Flooding: In April, a nearly stationary mesoscale convective system developed
over Houston, resulting in widespread rainfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour. This was a historic
flooding event for Harris County, which saw a total of nearly 18 inches of accumulated rainfall. The Storm Team dispatched 81 crews to over 360 jobs, mitigating over $3 million in damages.

2015 Siberian Express: Record subzero temperatures caused major problems for a large portion of the country stretching from Florida to Maine. The Midwest also experienced record-breaking low temperatures, resulting in frozen pipes and ice dams causing major problems for residents. The Storm Team dispatched a total of 257 crews from 108 Franchises to assist local SERVPRO® Franchises completing nearly 2,000 jobs.

2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding: Rainfall rates up to 2 inches per hour caused major flash flooding stretching from Northeast Ohio all the way to Portland, Maine. Eastern Michigan and Baltimore,
Maryland, were also impacted, creating over 1,381 jobs for the Storm Team to produce. A total of 82 SERVPRO® Franchises and 173 crews mitigated over $4.3 million in damages while
assisting the local Franchises.

2014 Polar Vortex: Record low temperatures caused by a break in the North Pole’s polar vortex resulted in an unprecedented freezing event, spanning from east of the Rocky Mountains to as far south as central Florida, affecting all or part of 39 states and 70% of the SERVPRO® Franchise System.

2013 Colorado Floods: Heavy rainfall, with amounts up to 17 inches in some areas, resulted in widespread flooding in Fort Collins, Boulder, and surrounding Colorado mountain communities. The Disaster Recovery Team® responded with 109 crews from 48 Franchises to assist the local SERVPRO® Franchises in the emergency response.

2012 Hurricane Sandy: Affecting more than 20 states, Sandy left widespread damage and flooding from Florida stretching the entire eastern seaboard to Maine. The Disaster Recovery Team®
placed nearly 1,000 crews in affected areas, representing over 300 SERVPRO® Franchises from across the country. Teams traveled from as far as Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.

How Storm Damage Restoration Professionals Can Help You

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Storm Damage Restoration Professionals Can Help You SERVPRO of Hammond

How Storm Damage Restoration Professionals Can Help You

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 home owners 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.

Know the Difference Between Flood and Homeowners Insurance

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Know the Difference Between Flood and Homeowners Insurance Water that rolls into a property from the outside ground may not constitute a covered event by homeowners insurance.

The differences are substantial, and most definitely worth reviewing. Our first piece of advice is to consult with your insurance agent to understand the differences in your policies, so you know what covers what ... and what might NOT be covered.

Typically, flood insurance pays for damages caused by the rising of a body of water that covers normally dry land. For example, if heavy rains cause a river to overflow and the waters from this river rise up and enter your property from the ground, this would be a "flood" and you would likely tap your flood insurance policy for coverage; homeowners insurance would not apply. On the other hand, if a toilet supply line burst in your property and spread water into your home, the opposite would be true. 

These distinctions are critical for many reasons. Chief among them is the fact that many people think they are covered for both types of losses by having one type of policy, alone. This can be a costly mistake! Among the other important distinctions: In our experience at SERVPRO of Hammond, flood, insurance policies tend to be far less forgiving. The flood insurance programs tend to not cover many necessary items of a cleanup bill, and a property owner can end up being responsible for a larger portion of a cleanup bill compared to a standard homeowner loss.

These distinctions are increasingly important especially for property owners and property managers on waterways, which are seeing higher incidences of flood losses.

Apologies for the cliche, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Being educated on these important distinctions is the first step toward securing that ounce of prevention.

When Storms or Floods hit Tangipahoa, SERVPRO of Hammond is ready!

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ofHammond 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