Recent Storm Damage Posts

Lightning During Storms and House Fires Resulting

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning During Storms and House Fires Resulting

Unlike other types of house fires, which occur more frequently in the winter months, fires in the home caused by lightning are more likely to happen in June, July and August in the late afternoon or early evening. From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.  Lightning is responsible for a number of wildfires as well.

Lightning during storms poses the greatest risk outdoors and frequently strikes the highest point on a structure.

Safety tips During Lightning Storms: 

  • When possible, stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm as metal plumbing is an excellent conductor of electricity.

Source: http://www.propertycasualty360.com and National Fire Protection Association

Contaminated Water after a Storm

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Contaminated Water after a Storm

Should you experience a flood in your home after a storm, our team of technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our technicians at SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Cleveland, and Magnolia are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any emergency situations that arise. We have been a trusted name in safety and properly restoring homes and businesses for almost 15 years! We are here to help!

Prep your Pets!

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

You may have a good disaster emergency plan for your family but what about your pets? Will you be able to safely move and protect your pets should a fire, flood, hurricane, or other natural disaster strike? FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has some important guidelines for you.

Create A Pet Emergency Supply Kit
To keep your pets safe in a natural disaster think first about food and water. Prepare a pet emergency supply kit similar to the emergency supply kit you have for your family.  FEMA suggests having two pet kits—one with everything your pets will need to stay where you are; another lightweight, smaller version to use if you have to get away. Your pet’s kit might include:
•    3 days of food in an airtight, waterproof container
•    3 days worth of water for your pets
•    Medicines and medical records
•    First aid kit with a pet first aid reference book
•    Collar with ID tag, harness or leash
•    Crate or pet carrier
•    Sanitation supplies (pet litter, litter box, paper towels, plastic trash bags, etc.)
•    Copies of a picture of you and your pet together (in case you get separated)
•    Familiar items like your pet’s favorite toys, treats, or bedding

Have A Plan
Before a natural disaster occurs you should have a plan on how you and your pets will get away, should you need to leave. How will you assemble your pets? Where will you go? Consider whether family or friends are willing to take you and your pets in during an emergency. Find facilities like hotels and shelters in your area that might be viable options for you and your pets.

Plan with neighbors, friends, or relatives to make sure someone will be available to care for or evacuate your pets if you cannot. Talk with them about your evacuation plans and show them where your pet’s emergency supply kit is. Have at least two locations, one in your neighborhood and another father away, where you will meet in an emergency.

Consult Your Vet
You can also seek advice from your veterinarian. He or she might have good thoughts on what to put into your pet’s emergency supply kit. Your vet may also have names of vets or veterinary hospitals in other cities where you might have to seek temporary shelter.  Discuss the need for permanent identification (like micro chipping) and whether to enroll your pet in a recovery database.

Your pet is an important member of your household. Any pet is much more likely to survive an emergency like a fire, flood, tornado, or terrorist attack if you do some good emergency planning. Preparing your pets for an emergency makes sense. Get ready now.    

Summer Storms

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

This season is known for the potential to see stormy weather across the United States, but that threat still exists through the summer months.  In fact, the potential for severe weather actually increases in some areas.  June 1st signals the beginning of hurricane season in the Atlantic and runs through November 30th

While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, you can take necessary steps to protect your home and business now to ensure you are ready if disaster strikes.

HURRICANES

Hurricanes are one of nature’s most fierce and unpredictable forces.  According to the National Weather Service, an average of eleven tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico each year.  Many remain over the ocean and never impact the U.S. coastline.  Six of these storms become hurricanes each year.  Hurricanes can produce additional hazards including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding.  It is important to be prepared for all of these threats.

  • Know if you are located in an evacuation area. Know your vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.  Have a written plan based on this knowledge; inventory your personal and business property.
  • Check your emergency supplies; replace batteries, and stock necessary supplies.
  • During the season, monitor the tropics. Program your NOAA weather radio.
  • If a storm threatens, heed advice from local authorities. Evacuate if ordered.

TORNADOES

Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes can affect any region of the United States, though some areas are more likely than others.  “Peak” season runs May through July, but tornadoes can occur any time of the year, if conditions are favorable.  Around 1,000 tornadoes hit the United States each year.  Damage is usually caused by strong tornadic winds that can reach 300mph.  It is important to be prepared if a tornado watch or warning is issued for your area and to know the difference. 

  • Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plan and check supplies.  Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching.  Acting early helps saves lives.
  • Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.  Go immediately to a storm cellar, basement or interior room such as a closet, hallway, or bathroom.

Storm Season is Here!

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Why Choose SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland for your storm claims?

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24 hours, seven days a week.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

We can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. We can access resources from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

Make sure you, your home, your business and your family are prepared to take on 2018's storm season!

Hurricane Season 2018

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is currently underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1 through November 30. Not only can hurricanes be life threatening, but they can also cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and even tornadoes.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory and pictures of your property (inside and out) and take the necessary steps to ensure your home and business are protected.

SERVPRO of Lake Conroe, Magnolia and Cleveland has assisted in the restoration of homes and businesses after a storm for several years. We are experienced and highly qualified to assist you with any of your restoration needs. Your safety and comfort are our top priority and we work late hours to ensure your property is restored back to the way you remember it, "Like it never even happened." Trust in us this hurricane season. 

For more information and preparation tips, visit the Ready campaign website at www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

Is your Property Winter Ready?

11/24/2017 (Permalink)

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared.  Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaged winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage.  While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before the cold weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall.  Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm air inside to circulate around the pipes.  If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve.  Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe. 
  • Ask SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland about completing an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business following a disaster.

When winter weather strikes call SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland to strike back. 

The End of Hurricane Season 2017

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

The official hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 each year.  Historically, this is the time frame when most major named storms take form in the Atlantic Ocean.  The 2017 hurricane season started off strong with Tropical Storm Arlene, a pre-season storm. From Arlene, the storm season continued to gain strength with a season grand total of 18 named storms.  Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria were the strongest and most destructive of the 18 storms.  In fact, Irma is the strongest hurricane to date and Harvey has been named the costliest hurricane on record.   The 2017 storm season was the first season since 2005 for a hurricane to make landfall in the US.  This year was also the first year for 3 hurricanes to reach US soil; Harvey, Irma, and Nate.   With such an active storm season SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland was backed by a Franchise system of over 1,600 franchises supplying manpower, equipment, and vehicles to Conroe and the hardest hit areas. 

Prep for your Pets

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prep for your Pets Prep for your Pets

If you are like millions of animal owners nation-wide, your pet is an important member of your household.  The likelihood that you and your animals will survive an emergency such as a fire or flood, tornado or terrorist attack depends largely on emergency planning done today.  Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as a assembling an animal emergency supply kit and developing a pet care buddy system, are the same for any emergency.  Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advanced for your pets.  Keep in mind that what’s best for you in typically what is best for your animals. 

If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible.  However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside.  Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets. 

Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself.  Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.  Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on own for at least three days, maybe longer. 

Information provided by ready.gov

Weathering Summer Storms

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Weathering Summer Storms Be Summer Storm Smart

The spring season is known for the potential to see stormy weather across the United States, but that threat still exists through the summer months.  In fact, the potential for severe weather actually increases in some areas.  June 1st signals the beginning of hurricane season in the Atlantic and runs through November 30th

While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, you can take necessary steps to protect your home and business now to ensure you are ready if disaster strikes.

HURRICANES

Hurricanes are one of nature’s most fierce and unpredictable forces.  According to the National Weather Service, an average of eleven tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico each year.  Many remain over the ocean and never impact the U.S. coastline.  Six of these storms become hurricanes each year.  Hurricanes can produce additional hazards including storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding.  It is important to be prepared for all of these threats.

  • Know if you are located in an evacuation area. Know your vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.  Have a written plan based on this knowledge; inventory your personal and business property.
  • Check your emergency supplies; replace batteries, and stock necessary supplies.
  • During the season, monitor the tropics. Program your NOAA weather radio.
  • If a storm threatens, heed advice from local authorities. Evacuate if ordered.

TORNADOES

Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes can affect any region of the United States, though some areas are more likely than others.  “Peak” season runs May through July, but tornadoes can occur any time of the year, if conditions are favorable.  Around 1,000 tornadoes hit the United States each year.  Damage is usually caused by strong tornadic winds that can reach 300mph.  It is important to be prepared if a tornado watch or warning is issued for your area and to know the difference. 

  • Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plan and check supplies.  Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching.  Acting early helps saves lives.
  • Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.  Go immediately to a storm cellar, basement or interior room such as a closet, hallway, or bathroom.

Severe Summer Storms

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Summer Storms Keep your eye on the Storm

While the spring season is known for the potential to experience severe weather, the threat exists throughout the summer months as well.  In fact, the potential for severe weather even increases in our area.  Hurricane season in the Gulf begins June 1st and runs through November 30th.

While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are a few steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes.  One way to prepare your business for any type of disaster is to establish an Emergency READY Profile® (ERP).  Contact our office today at 936-441-8550 or learn about the app here.  Consider the following tips when preparing for an approaching storm:

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan.
  • Unplug any electric equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home or hard top vehicle (not a convertible).
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

DURING THE STORM

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightening can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

AFTER THE STORM

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.

After the Storm SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland can provide water damage restoration, water extraction, tarp and board up, along with tree removal services for your home or business.

Hurricane Season 2017 is Here

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Season 2017 is Here Hurricane Season June 1 - Nov. 30

The summer season is upon us, and while that means longer days and warmer temperatures it also signifies the beginning of hurricane season.  Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30 each year.  SERVPRO® of Lake Conroe, Magnolia & Cleveland wants you to stay safe this Storm Season.  No matter where you live, it is important to be informed and prepared for natural disasters like a hurricane that can form at anytime. 

Our friendly staff can help you prepare by creating an Emergency READY Profile™ (ERP) for your home or business.  The SERVPRO® ERP serves as a quick reference document, detailing important building and contact information for your facility.  It can serve as an ideal supplement to any existing preparedness plan.  The best way to reduce business interruption is to plan for it now.  Knowing what to do and who to call can minimize the effects of hurricane damage, water damage or fire damage to your home.

If you have any questions on how to prepare your home or business feel free to visit our READY website here or call us and one of our friendly associates will be happy to assist you.