Recent Storm Damage Posts

Ice Damage

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

A pipe that has broken due to freezing temperatures is shown spraying water. Freezing temperatures can cause water to freeze inside of pipes, causing water pressure to build and eventually causing the pipe to burst.

  1. Ice storms are caused by freezing rain. The raindrops move into a thin layer of below-freezing air right near the surface of the earth, allowing them to freeze on contact to the ground, trees, cars and other objects.
  2. Ice accumulates when super-cold rain freezes on contact with surfaces that are below freezing point. That can be dangerous, especially for older adults. You can walk a senior’s dog to keep them injury free! Sign up for Dog Days of Winter.
  3. Throughout the US, ice storms occur most often during the months of December and January.
  4. Ice storms have the bizarre effect of entombing everything in the landscape with a glaze of ice so heavy that it can split trees in half and turn roads and pavements into lethal sheets of smooth, thick ice.
  5. Ice can increase the weight of branches by 30 times.
  6. Urban areas tend to suffer more economic and physical damage than rural areas because of the concentration of utilities and transportation systems (aircraft, trains, vehicles) — all of which may be affected to a great degree by the ice storm.
  7. The Midwest and Northeast are prime areas for freezing rain. In the high frequency band in the Midwest, an average of 12 to 15 hours of freezing rain occurs annually.
  8. Driving during an ice storm is extremely hazardous, because ice can cause vehicles to skid out of control, leading to devastating car crashes.
  9. The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “deceptive killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. In addition to car crashes, people die from hypothermia which is prolonged exposure to cold.
  10. In 1998, an ice storm in northern New York and northern New England damaged millions of trees and caused $1.4 billion in damage. Accumulations were as much as three inches thick!
  11. The ice storm that struck the northeastern US in December 2008 left 1.25 million homes and businesses without power. Described as the worst storm of the decade, a state of emergency was declared in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and parts of Maine.

Build an Emergency Plan in Case of a Severe Weather Event

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency supplies such as a first aid kit, granola bars, disinfectant wipes, and fresh water bottles are shown. Being prepared in a weather emergency means having adequate food, water, and other supplies readily available.

In a weather emergency, it is very important that you, and your family or household are prepared. This means taking the necessary steps to ensure sufficient food, water, and emergency supply storage. You should also take into consideration important documents, specific needs, and a plan for your family to communicate during and after a disaster.

Consider Specific Needs

Specific needs are needs that are exclusive to certain family members. These include dietary needs, medications, medical equipment, and needs specific to age and pets as well. For example, if you have any pets, contact hotels outside of your area and find out what their policies on pets are. If they have a “no pet” policy, ask if this would be waived during an emergency.

Ensure Sufficient Food and Water Storage

It is crucial that if a storm or weather emergency takes place, you and your family have sufficient food and fresh water storage. Have at least one gallon of fresh water per person, per day. This allows for fresh drinking water, and water for hygiene purposes. Stock up on non-perishable, easy to store food that is simple to prepare and does not require heat or water. Good examples include dried fruit, peanut butter, energy bars, and canned goods. Ensure that you also have a manual can opener to open any cans that you have.

Important Documentation

It is important to store all vital personal documentation in a fire and water proof safe. It might also be a good idea to store important personal documentation in a safety deposit box. Some important documents to consider are:

  • Your photo ID, birth certificate, and social security card
  • Housing payments, insurance policies, and sources of income
  • Health insurance information and immunization records

Emergency Supplies

Some emergency supplies that would be beneficial include:

  • First aid kit, fire extinguisher, flashlights and extra batteries, and a wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Change of clothes for at least three days, toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap

Plan for Communication

Communication during an emergency is crucial. Create a paper copy of important contact information for your family, friends, and facilities such as doctor’s offices and schools. Ensure that everyone has a copy on them at all times. It may also be helpful to post it in a central area of your home. You will also want to ensure that you have someone outside of your community or state who can act as a “contact person” to help your family reconnect. This is important, as it may be easier to make a long distance phone call rather than a local call where the phone lines may be jammed.

If a weather emergency strikes in your area, contact the experts here at SERVPRO of Media and SERVPRO of Central Delaware County to help with the water mitigation process.

Ways to Protect your Home and Family during a Storm

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rain is shown falling on a roof, most likely from a thunderstorm or hurricane. SERVPRO of Media is available 24/7 in case of storm and flood damage.

Did you know that experiencing flood and water damage is one of the quickest ways to devalue your home? Not only that, but storms can devastate your home and life in a matter of a few hours. Luckily, there are a few precautions you can take to reduce, or prevent damages caused by storms.

  • Replace missing or damaged shingles. Damaged shingles are more likely to break free than secure shingles, and missing shingles are essentially a gap for wind to enter to cause more damage.
  • Ensure that your home's siding is secure and undamaged. The siding, along with the roof, is a home’s first defense against the elements.
  • Keep the gutters clear and free flowing. Making sure that your gutters are clear is the first step in ensuring that water is able to flow away from your home. Draining water away from your home will prevent a number of problems, such as foundation erosion and basement flooding.
  • Check that your sump pump is in working order. The sump pump is usually located at the lowest spot in the basement where water is most likely to flow. It is responsible for keeping those areas dry, and also for protecting your home from extensive water and moisture damage.
  • If there are any trees on your property, hire a professional tree pruning service. Having your trees regularly pruned will strengthen them and make it less likely for branches to break off during a storm. This is very important, as fallen branches can not only damage and harm your property, but the property of those around you.

Lastly, your home and belongings are replaceable, but you and your family are not. Make sure to stay away from windows, and if possible, during particularly bad storms, relocate your family to a basement or shelter.

SERVPRO of Media has the experience, equipment, and tools necessary to handle any type of water and flood damage caused by storms.