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Storm Damage Statistics in the United States

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Statistics in the United States

Storm damage is one of the most serious threats facing any property. In the United States alone, tens of billions of dollars per year in property losses are caused by storm damage. This makes storm damage one of the most frequent and serious perils that any property owner in the country faces. What's more, storm damage does not discriminate. Even though people owning properties in certain areas may be spared the headaches of hurricane damage, ice damage or frozen pipes, the need for storm restorations may appear anywhere at any time.

Luckily, almost every town in America has a professional storm restoration company that has trained and experienced staff as well as the tools, such as flood pumps and advanced water restoration tools, that allow them to quickly and competently handle whatever task is necessary to complete a successful storm remediation.

Call in the storm restoration professionals


The single most important thing that any property owner can do in the wake of situation requiring storm restoration is to call in their local professional home restoration company as soon as possible. When storms strike, time is of the essence.

Flooding, wind damage and roof damage


Flooding, wind damage and roof damage are among the most serious consequences of storms. Wind damage and roof damage can quickly lead to serious roof leaks. This can allow for massive flooding within the property. Although most people think of river flooding as being the main source of flooding damage in the aftermath of storms, the truth is that river flooding is a relatively minor cause of property losses. Roof leaks caused by roof damage, on the other hand, are a far more frequent source of flood water in buildings than is river flooding. Even though river flooding is still a serious concern when it occurs, wind damage that causes roof leaks need to be attended to urgently by a professional home restoration team.

Hurricane damage and the possibility of contaminated ground water


A major problem with hurricane damage is the potential for contamination of ground water. Hurricane damage often results in contaminated ground water due to storm surges, overflowing drainage systems and destruction of conduits. Because hurricane damage so often results in ground water compromise, it is imperative to call in a professional water restoration team.

Hail damage, ice damage and frozen pipes


In more northern climes, hail damage, ice damage and frozen pipes become serious concerns in the aftermath of storms. Hail damage and ice damage can cause roof leaks that require extensive emergency roof repairs. If these roof repairs are not carried out quickly and effectively, the faulty roof repairs may quickly lead to massive quantities of flood water being released into the building. This flood water can then stagnate, requiring extensive water restoration efforts and potentially leading to permanent damage.

Frozen pipes are also a potential source of flood water. But perhaps the most serious risk to the integrity of roofs in winter storms is that posed by ice damming. Ice dams form when the lowest layer of large snow packs on the roof begins melting. This can cause large amounts of water to freeze, flowing downward until they reach eves and gutters. The ice dam forms there, and the ice damming process begins creating increasingly larger ice dams. This can cause hundreds of gallons of water to accumulate behind the ice dams. This process of ice damming can lead to leaking. In serious cases, ice damming can lead to catastrophic roof failure, requiring extensive emergency roof repairs.

Whether roof failure is caused by hail damage or other causes, flood pumps will often have to be deployed in the home restoration process, complicating the storm remediation. Any time flood pumps and other intensive water restoration efforts are required, the complexity, costs and risks of the home restoration go up significantly for the storm remediation. While flood pumps can be effective, they can drag out the storm remediation.
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How a Commercial Fire Damage Company Will Restore Your Business

11/1/2017 (Permalink)


How a Commercial Fire Damage Company Will Restore Your Business

Were you a recent victim of a fire in your home or a fire in your business? Are you dealing with a horrible smoke smell? Are you trying to clean up smoke damage and soot damage? Do not try to deal with the commercial fire damage and the fire cleanup process by yourself. You should not even enter your home or your business before calling a fire restoration company. There may be safety hazards. The structure may cave in at any moment, and there may be broken shards of glass that can hurt you. The smoke smell can also be dangerous.

It is imperative that you call a professional restoration company as soon as you possibly can. They will do an assessment of your burnt home and take in all of the fire damage. They will come up with a plan of action for the restoration of your home and for dealing with the commercial fire damage.

The first thing the restoration company will do is board up the holes in your walls and your broken windows. You need to board up the holes before you take care of the water damage, or else more water may enter your home through those holes when it rains, thus undoing your work. A professional restoration company will use tarps or wood boards to board up those holes. The holes that need boarding up include the holes caused by the fire and the holes caused by the firefighters; they often make holes to make sure that the fire is not still burning behind the wall. Boarding up the holes is the first step of dealing with commercial fire damage.

After doing that, the fire damage restoration service will start removing the water from your home. Water that was used to put out the fire in your home or the fire in your business can cause serious damage. It can soak your furniture and your walls. You will need flood pumps to pump out the water. You will need special tools to dry out your walls, your furniture, and your carpets. A professional fire damage restoration service has the tools that are necessary to deal with commercial fire damage.

The next step in dealing with the fire damage is dealing with the smoke damage, also referred to as the soot damage. Your walls will likely be blackened. They will need to be cleaned from all the soot that covers them. They will be grayed by the smoke, and you will need to clean that up as well, or else the smoke smell will not go away. You will need to repaint your walls and ceiling so that you totally remove the trace of the soot damage and smoke damage. You should probably also add new wallpaper. The good news is that a fire cleanup company will do all of this and remove the smoke smell for you in a professional and timely manner.

The next step in dealing with the fire damage, after dealing with the smoke damage and soot damage, will be repairing the structure of your home. The fire cleanup company will need to repair the walls and the ceilings, as well as the floors, of your home. It is likely that they were badly damaged. They may not be safe anymore. The fire cleanup company can replace weakened walls and beams. They can turn your home or business into a beautiful place that is safe again after the fire in your home or the fire in your business. They can turn your home into a beautiful place that you love living in again.

The fire damage restoration company will deal with other aspects of fire damage as well. They will make sure your plumbing service is working after the fire in your home or the fire in your business. They will make sure that your electrical system is working. They will help you repair and replace any appliances that may have been damaged. They will make sure your sprinkler system is working and will be ready in case anything goes wrong. The fire damage restoration service will not leave until you are satisfied.
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Fire Damage Resulting in Loss

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Resulting in Loss

Fire damage restoration is stressful, devastating and even traumatizing. The loss resulting from fire damage and smoke damage can be quite huge. Fire can render a person homeless. For commercial fire damage, the lost can even bring down the utility room fire business. Fire is also as severe as the utility room fire itself. Fire flames may extend to the neighborhood resulting in a massive mass loss.

It essential for someone to salvage any item that will be within his reach to minimize the utility room fire damages. First, the owner should make haste to contact his insurance company. This will enable them to get first hand and correct information pertaining the incidence. Remember any delays may result in the loss of sufficient evidence pushing the insurance company not to pay for the incurred loss. A fire restoration company with a fire hose should also be contacted to the process of fire clean up can immediately commence.

During the fire clean up, you are required to stay out as smoke, and other toxic fumes may still be in the utility room fire atmosphere. Board up the openings to prevent other people from entering the site. Only the certified restoration company workers should be allowed in the building as they usually wear protective clothing and masks. Soot damage may be all over making the place more of a dark-colored museum. If it is commercial fire damage, the business should stop its active operations in the building till all the clean-up is made.

Useful restoration tips

Repairing flooring

Water may find its way under the carpets and deep into the cracks on the floor. During the process, you may lift up the carpet and mop the floor. If the floor is severely damaged, call your restoration company for clean up. The floor restoration may involve setting up of an entirely new floor.              

Board up

A professional restoration company will board up the open windows and doors to prevent people from entering the premises, especially in commercial fire damage.


Mold and mildew eradication

Since a lot of water is usually used to extinguish the fire, mold and mildew find a suitable place to grow. They tend to produce on furniture, mattresses, walls and even on clothes. Only the fire damage restoration company should handle this.


Cleaning wooden materials

Not all the furniture may be consumed in the smoke damage or during the fire restoration process. The remaining ones are however more likely to suffer from either smoke damage or soot damage. Soot being an oily substance, try to remove it with a suitable detergent before scrubbing.


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How to Deal With Water Damage in Your Home

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

How to Deal With Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage is a common occurrence in American households. Every day, about 14,000 homes or workplaces in the United States experience incidences of water damage. In most cases, incidences of water damage in US homes originates from the basement — 98 percent of basements will experience water damage in the course of their lifespans — and spreads to other parts of the house leading to massive damages. Every year, insurance companies spend $2.5 billion on water damage claims.

Water damage restoration can be expensive, which is why homeowners are advised to take proactive measures and avoid all the hustles of having to deal with water in a home or water in a business. However, if come to a flooded home after a long day at work, it's best to contact a mitigation or restoration company as soon as possible to commence the water cleanup and drying.

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Assess the Situation after Flood Damage

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

To minimize losses of water in a home or water in a business, there are a few things a homeowner can do before the mitigation or restoration experts get there. Take a look.

Assess the Situation after Flood Damage

Take the necessary steps to ensure that it's safe to enter the flooded home, which should be the first step. There is a possibility of slipping and falling on the wet surface and anyone could easily sustain injuries from such falls. Electrical hazards are also a huge concern, take care of that too before stepping into the flooded home. If the situation seems unstable, the best thing to do is to find a safe place and wait for the mitigation expert to arrive and go on with the water cleanup process.

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Remember to Switch Off Electricity During a Flood

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Remember to Switch Off Electricity During a Flood

Cut off power at the main switch; this should minimize the damage the help avoid electrical shock after flood damage. That can only be done if it's safe to do so. Otherwise, stay away — if, for instance, the house is full of standing water hence impossible to cut the power without getting into contact with it. Wait until the mitigation professionals arrive and oversee the restoration process of the supply line break or pipe break. After fixing the source of flood damage, they can proceed with water cleanup and drying to leave the house in habitable conditions.

Shut Down the Water Source

If it's possible to locate the water source and shut it down without getting into any kind of danger, do it and minimize property loss. This is only possible if the cause of the standing water in home or business is caused by running tap. Other major causes of standing water in business or water in a home is a pipe break or supply line break, in which case there's not much an unequipped homeowner can do to stop the flooding.

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Flood tips to help mitigate damage in your home

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Flood tips to help mitigate damage in your home.

Move Furniture and Other Small Valuable Items to Keep Them from Damage

Flood damage has the capacity to destroy anything that stands in its way, no matter what it's made of. If the house is safe to enter and the supply line break or pipe break has been fixed, the homeowner can try to salvage the most they can by moving items to higher grounds where there is no water. This includes furniture, paintings, and other forms of art, books, et cetera. It's a matter of salvaging as much as possible. The items can be moved upstairs or to the attic to reduce flood damage and enhance drying.

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Don't Make Rash Decisions during a Flood

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Don't Make Rash Decisions during a Flood

The water in your business could be infested with all kinds of bacteria. Remember that there is also the risk of electrical shock. Do not make hasty decisions upon arriving at a flooded waters on your business premises. Yes, there's a chance that some of the property can be salvaged, but not at the expense of safety. Flood water can be very devastating but keep in mind that a supply line break and pipe break should also be professionally handled by the restoration company.

Upon arrival, the mitigation or restoration company will work fast to restore the home to livable conditions. They will use high tech equipment to carry out the processes of water cleanup, drying, and disinfection. Stay safe, let the professional restoration company do it's job.

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Securing a Building After a Fire

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Securing a Building After a Fire

The more common types of fire restoration work done after a building suffers from commercial fire damage include the clean up of soot damage, water damage and smoke damage. It can take just a few days to finish work on the building after a small utility room fire that a fire suppression system contained to that room, but a more serious electrical fire that spread through the building can take weeks to clean. Owners should look at some of the services that fire restoration companies offer in addition to how long the cleaning will take.

Securing the Building

After the head firefighter puts away the fire hose and drives off in a fire truck, the company called to the scene will take steps to secure both the building and the surrounding property. They often use large tarps on the roof to keep wild animals from getting inside and smaller tarps on any broken doors or windows. Some owners may opt for plywood boards instead of tarps. Those boards will remain secured to each opening until the fire damage cleanup is done.

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Drying Any Water After a Fire

9/30/2017 (Permalink)

Drying Any Water After a Fire

A standard water hose can pump dozens of gallons of water from the street to a building in a few minutes or less. The firefighter using that fire hose may use tools and supplies from the fire truck on the scene to contain the flames too. The hose will likely cause some water damage that will require professionals dry the water before dealing with the smoke damage and soot damage. A fire sprinkler system can cause some water damage too. If there is more water inside, they may combat the commercial fire damage and water damage with a pump to extract the water.

SERVPRO doesn't only clean up water but fires too. If your business has both damages we can make it "Like it Never Even Happened!" Visit http://www.SERVPROeastmemphis.com for more information on fire damage.