Recent Storm Damage Posts

Preventing Ice Dams on Homes

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preventing Ice Dams on Homes Learn how to reduce your risk of ice dams.

During freezing weather, heat from your home or business can escape through your roof and melt snow on your roof. The snowmelt can then trickle down to the roof’s edge and refreeze, creating an ice dam that leaves additional snowmelt with no place to go but possibly under your roof. The following IBHS guidance will reduce your risk of ice dams.

  • Keep all drains, scuppers, gutters, and downspouts free of debris and vegetation that may restrict proper flow.
  • Remove or relocate heat sources that are installed in open attic areas directly under the roof, such as an attic.
  • Insulate light fixtures in the ceiling below an unheated attic space.
  • If you have penetrations into the attic, such as vents, seal and insulate them so that daylight cannot be seen and airflow is minimal.
  • If ice dams form around the drains, connect heating cables to the drains to prevent ice buildup. Heating cables can also be placed on the roof, connecting them to the drainage system so a path is created for the melting ice to follow.

Source:  disastersafety.org

Staying Safe in A Tornado

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Staying Safe in A Tornado Do you have a weather plan and emergency kit prepared?

To stay safe during a tornado, prepare a plan and an emergency kit, stay aware of weather conditions during thunderstorms, know the best places to shelter both indoors and outdoors, and always protect your head.

Tornadoes continue to impact locations across the country every year, bringing massive winds and destruction in their paths.

The 2016 tornado season claimed the lives of 18 individuals and injured another 325. Seventy-eight percent of those victims were in a mobile home or trailer park at the time of the tornado. These storms caused an estimated $183 million in property damage.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA)there is no guaranteed safety during a tornado. Even the possibility of a tornado must be taken seriously. Although the most violent tornadoes can level and blow away almost any house and those within it, extremely violent EF5 tornadoes are very rare. Most tornadoes are much weaker. You can survive a tornado if you follow safety precautions. Here are three important tips to help keep you safe.

TIP 1: Be prepared.

The best way to stay safe during a tornado is to be prepared with:

  • fresh batteries and a battery-operated TV, radio, or internet-enabled device to listen to the latest emergency weather information;
  • a tornado emergency plan including access to a “safe shelter” for yourself and for people with special needs;
  • an emergency kit (including water, non-perishable food, and medication); and
  • a list of important information, including telephone numbers.

Make sure your children know what a tornado is, what tornado watches and warnings are, what county or parish they live in (warnings are issued by county or parish), and what constitutes a location as a “safe shelter,” whether at home or at school.

TIP 2: Stay aware of weather conditions.

To protect yourself and your family from harm during a tornado, pay close attention to changing weather conditions in your area. If you know thunderstorms are expected, stay tuned to local radio and TV stations or an NOAA weather radio for further weather information. Some tornadoes strike rapidly without time for a tornado warning. The following weather signs may mean that a tornado is approaching:

  • a dark or green-colored sky;
  • a large, dark, low-lying cloud;
  • large hail; or
  • a loud roar that sounds like a freight train.

If you notice any of these conditions, take cover immediately, and keep tuned to local radio and TV stations or to a NOAA weather radio or check the internet.

TIP 3: Know where to shelter.

Falling and flying debris cause most deaths and injuries during a tornado. Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are much safer than others.

  • Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
  • Avoid windows.
  • For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.
  • Do not stay in a mobile home.

If you are outside or in a mobile home, find a nearby building preferably with a basement. If you are in a car, do not try to outrun a tornado but instead find the nearest sturdy building. NOTE: You may need to change your plans and change locations when the tornado watch is issued.

No one can know a tornado’s strength before it touches down, so keep up with local weather information, especially when thunderstorms are forecast. Prepare your home and family for the possibility of a tornado. Moving to shelter quickly is easier when everyone knows where to go, whether in your home or outdoors. Following these tips will give you the best chance for staying safe in a tornado.

Tips to Winterize Your Home

12/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips to Winterize Your Home Are you prepared for when the snow starts falling?

Winter storms can range from a brief period of extreme cold temperatures, to days of snow, blowing wind and white-out conditions. Preparing in advance helps you tackle winter weather before it even begins. Run through these tips to make sure you stay cozy during this winter season.

  • Seal exterior doors with weatherstripping if you feel any cold air leaks. You can use a candle to detect even the smallest of leaks.
  • Door sweeps are an excellent way to stop drafts from entering the home from exterior doors.
  • Seal leaks in the attic paying close attention to electrical outlets, fixtures and pipes. Also check wiring that comes into the home from outside.
  • It is also a good idea to go ahead and add some insulation to the attic that will not only help keep the home warm during the winter but will help keep it cooler in the summer.
  • Close the damper on your chimney when the fireplace is not in use.
  • Heating ducts can leak a lot of the much needed warm air so be sure to make sure they are sealed properly.  Duct cleaning is beneficial as well and is one of the many services provided at SERVPRO of Springfield.
  • Servicing your furnace regularly will help prevent major breakdowns in the future.
  • Replace the filters in your furnace monthly to optimize air flow.
  • Insulate the pipes in the basement or crawlspace to prevent frozen pipes.
  • Window coverings are a great way to conserve heat in the home.

For more information on winterizing your home, visit https://www.moneytalksnews.com/16-low-cost-ways-prepare-your-home-for-winter/

If you would like any information on Duct Cleaning please give us a call at (217) 528-7775.

Flooding Can Lead to Mold

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding Can Lead to Mold It is important to get professional assistance with cleaning up after a flood event!

Flood damaged homes are very likely to experience mold damage as moisture permeates the structure of the building for an extended period of time. Mold organisms are found almost everywhere and damp environments allows it to grow and spread through affected areas such as basements, walls, carpet and wood. If you have a flood damaged home, keep an eye out for discoloration on surfaces and the tell-tale musty odor.

If you notice mold in your home, there are things you can do.

  1. Get the moisture under control. After a flood, the water must be extracted and the structure dried.
  2. All porous materials (drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles) with mold growth should be discarded.
  3. Appliances that contain insulation should be discarded as they may harbor mold spores that cannot be seen.
  4. Heating and air conditioning filters need to be changed. The system will need to be inspected by a professional and may need to be replaced.
  5. Non-porous materials and surfaces will need to be professionally cleaned depending on the extent of the damage. Remember, if clean up is not handled appropriately, it is likely that the spores will spread.

If you experience a water damage and would like to avoid mold call in local assistance, contact SERVPRO of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are available to help 24/7.

SERVPRO® of Springfield Can Help With Storm Damage Cleanup

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO® of Springfield Can Help With Storm Damage Cleanup Stay safe around storm damage!

SERVPRO® of Springfield knows that in Illinois, your home or business can be affected by a variety different storm damages within a single season. From hail to wind, tornado to snowstorm, we get a little bit of everything around here. Knowing what to look for after a storm is crucial for detecting and restoring issues. Below are areas to check for storm damage:

  1. Roof: Look for shingles that have discoloration, tearing, or even holes in them. These can all be signs that your roof has been damaged. Another sign is if there are leaks in your roof or your ceiling.
  2. Gutters: After a hail storm, looking for dents or dings can also give you a better picture of what the storm did to the rest of your home. Your gutters can also give you insight to whether you have roof damage. Check to see if there are granules from the asphalt shingles in your gutter.
  3. Windows: Look at each of the windows at your homes and note any signs of shattered or broken windows and frame damage. This is especially important after a hail storm or a strong wind storm.
  4. Exterior: Not only is it important to look at the siding of your home to check for damage, it is also important that you check any appliances.

After your inspection, if you notice any signs of storm damage follow up by checking the area for signs of mold or mildew. If damage has occurred call a local professional to resolve the issue. SERVPRO® of Springfield is always here to help at 217-528-7775.

Heavy Rain Can Cause A Lot of Damage!

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Rain Can Cause A Lot of Damage! Heavy rains has the potential to cause a variety of problems.

SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to remind everyone about the hazardous potential of heavy rains. Heavy rains can cause unique challenges as a significant amount of rain can fall in a short amount of time. Flooding can occur quickly as the ground is unable to absorb all of the water that is falling. Not only is there an elevated safety risk there is also a potential for home disaster. As a result of heavy rains basements can flood, crawl spaces can take in water, sump pumps can fail and roofs can leak. If you have water come into your home as a result of heavy rains make sure that you call in a professional to get your home back to “Like it never even happened.” We at SERVPRO® of Springfield have been serving the local community for over 30 years. If you experience a loss due to storm damage, give us a call at 217-528-7775.

We Can Help With Storm Damage!

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Can Help With Storm Damage! Damage happens. We are Here to Help®.

SERVPRO® of Springfield knows that a storm is not to be underestimated. Here in the midwest we deal with our fair share of all types of weather and wind, water and lightning can cause damage both seen and unseen. Flooding, downed tree limbs and power lines, fire and broken windows are just a few of the dangers of a storm. We have been helping local residents and business owners in the Springfield area for over 30 years navigate the cleanup process and we look forward to helping others for many years to come.

When disaster strikes your home or business, know that we are here to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call SERVPRO® of Springfield at 217-528-7775. We are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Summer Storms with SERVPRO® of Springfield

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Storms with SERVPRO® of Springfield Keep an eye out for summer storms!

SERVPRO® of Springfield knows that summer storms can be sudden and devastating. The first step to being prepared for a tornado or any other severe storm is to build a Ready Kit with food, water and other supplies to last at least 3 days. A ready kit can include:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Remember SERVPRO® of Springfield is ready to help with any size disaster. Call us 24/7 at 217-528-7775.

Source: www.ready.gov

Flooding is a Real Threat!

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding is a Real Threat! Area flooding is a real threat!

We at SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to take a moment to talk about flooding. Floods are the single most deadly natural disaster in the United States. They are indiscriminate and occur in every state and territory. More dramatic flooding occurs in densely populated areas as construction of buildings, driveways, and roadways create runoff. The water is unable to seep into the ground and as a result can surge through properties without hesitation. Underpasses, underground parking garages and basements can become danger zones very quickly during a flood event.

This does not mean that rural areas are safe from the dangers of flooding. Very intense or prolonged rains in these areas can saturate the soil causing flash floods. Mountains and steep hills can produce heavy rain runoff that can lead to flooding. And embankments along rivers and streams can overflow. Always be sure to keep an eye and ear out for warnings when rains become heavy.

Terms to look out for:

FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD WATCH:

Flash flooding or flooding is possible within the designated watch area - be alert.

FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD WARNING:

Flash flooding or flooding has been reported or is imminent - take necessary precautions at once! Get to higher ground!

URBAN and SMALL STREAM ADVISORY:

Flooding of small streams, streets and low-lying areas, such as railroad underpasses and urban storm drains is occurring.

FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD STATEMENT:

Follow-up information regarding a flash flood/flood event.

If a flood does occur, stay safe! Remember that SERVPRO® of Springfield is here to help with the clean up process. Call us at 217-528-7775 24/7.

Staying Safe During a Lightning Storm with Tips from SERVPRO® of Springfield

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Staying Safe During a Lightning Storm with Tips from SERVPRO® of Springfield Lightning is as beautiful as it is dangerous.

We are on the cusp of storm season here in Springfield, IL and we at SERVPRO® of Springfield would like to pass along these safety tips from the National Fire Protection Agency.

  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.
  • Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter.
  • Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.
  • There is no safe place outside. Places with only a roof on sports fields, golf courses, and picnic areas are not safe during a lightning storm. Small sheds should not be used.
  • If a person is struck by lightning, call 9-1-1. Get medical help right away.
  • Turn off computers. Stay off corded phones, computers, and other things that put you in direct contact with electricity or plumbing. You can use a cell or cordless phone.

Stay safe this Spring and remember SERVPRO® of Springfield is always here to help. Call us at 217-528-7775 24/7.

Source: www.nfpa.org

Winter Storm Checklist

1/1/2018 (Permalink)

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, winddriven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

- Source: American Red Cross

Being prepared for winter storms can help limit the damage done and make sure that everyone stays safe before, during, and after. Preparedness may not always be able to prevent damage done by the storm but many times it can make a big difference on how much is damaged.

Follow the link to find the "Winter Storm Safety Checklist" the American Red Cross has put together to help educate about what to expect and what to do in a winter storm situation.

Be Prepared for Winter Storms

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Winter storms can be just as damaging to homes as any other.  The American Red Cross offers the following guidelines to help be prepared for them:

  • Learn how to protect pipes from freezing
  • Make sure your home heating sources are installed according to local codes and permit requirements and are clean and in working order.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide an extra layer of insulation to keep cold air out.
  • Consider buying emergency heating equipment, such as a wood- or coal-burning stove or an electric or kerosene heater.
    • Stoves must be properly vented and in good working order. Dispose of ashes safely. Keep a supply of wood or coal on hand.
    • Electric space heaters, either portable or fixed, must be certified by an independent testing laboratory. Plug a heater directly into the wall socket rather than using an extension cord and unplug it when it is not in use.
    • Use a kerosene heater only if permitted by law in your area; check with your local fire department. Use only the correct fuel for your unit. Properly ventilate the area. Refuel the unit outdoors only, and only when the unit is cool. Follow all of the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Consider storing sufficient heating fuel. Regular fuel sources may be cut off. Be cautious of fire hazards when storing any type of fuel.
  • If you have a fireplace, consider keeping a supply of firewood or coal. Be sure the fireplace is properly vented and in good working order and that you dispose of ashes safely.
  • Consider installing a portable generator, following our safety tips to avoid home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance, if you live in a flood-prone area, to cover possible flood damage that may occur during the spring thaw. Homeowners' policies do not cover damage from floods. Ask your insurance agent about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) if you are at risk. More information on NFIP is available at www.fema.gov/nfip.

- Source: American Red Cross

Storm Damage Springfield IL

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Springfield IL Stay alert for the unexpected

The word storm certainly has been in the news lately. In fact Harvey's remnants were felt all the way up into the state of Illinois. Many homeowners wonder what can be done to prepare for a storm event in the Springfield IL area.

The local planning commission is able to provide you with information about whether or not you are living in flood zone or not here is a link to get you started http://co.sangamon.il.us/departments/m-r/regional-planning-commission/program-areas/strategic-comprehensive-planning

Home Inspection

Something else that can be helpful is to do a walk around of your home. If you have a ladder than start with safely examining the roof looking for loose shingles and siding, then examine all the other areas of the home. This inspection should also include the interior of your home, do you see damage form previous heavy rains? Are electrical services up to date and in good working order? Do you know where the shut offs for all of your utilities are locates and have the tools needed to turn them off? 

Stay Alert

Most people today have access to social media and TV and or radio. Please don"t develop warning fatigue! That means that you hear warnings but because nothing happens your state of readiness lessens. Storms in the Springfield IL area develop quickly please stay alert

Storm Damage Springfield IL

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Springfield IL Be ready for the unexpected.

The word storm certainly has been in the news lately. In fact Harvey's remnants were felt all the way up into the state of Illinois. Many homeowners wonder what can be done to prepare for a storm event in the Sangamon County area.

The local planning commission is able to provide you with information about whether or not you are living in flood zone or not here is a link to get you started http://co.sangamon.il.us/departments/m-r/regional-planning-commission/program-areas/strategic-comprehensive-planning

Home Inspection

Something else that can be helpful is to do a walk around of your home. If you have a ladder than start with safely examining the roof looking for loose shingles and siding, then examine all the other areas of the home. This inspection should also include the interior of your home, do you see damage form previous heavy rains? Are electrical services up to date and in good working order? Do you know where the shut offs for all of your utilities are locates and have the tools needed to turn them off? 

Stay Alert

Most people today have access to social media and TV and or radio. Please don"t develop warning fatigue! That means that you hear warnings but because nothing happens your state of readiness lessens. Storms in the Sangamon County area develop quickly please stay alert

Hurricane Season

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is currently underway. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season began in mid-May and also ends November 30.

Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in coastal areas, many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of high winds and landslides due to rainfall. 

Preparation is the best protections against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • About 40% of hurricanes hit Florida.
  • 2004's Hurricane Ivan produced 127 tornadoes in nine different states over a five-day period. 
  • To identify these storms, the World Meteorological Organization maintains a six-year rotating list of names. 

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

Weather Ready

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Weather Ready If you stay ready you don't have to get ready.

As hurricane season progresses it is a good idea to keep up with programs and social media tools that can keep you up to date with storm updates.

Weather Ready

SERVPRO of Sangamon County has joined forces with the National Weather Services weather ambassador program. What does this mean?

WRN Ambassadors serve a pivotal role in affecting societal change — helping to build a nation that is ready, responsive, and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and water events.
To be officially recognized as a WRN Ambassador, an organization must commit to:

  • Promoting Weather-Ready Nation messages and themes to their stakeholders;
  • Engaging with NOAA personnel on potential collaboration opportunities;
  • Sharing their success stories of preparedness and resiliency;
  • Serving as an example by educating employees on workplace preparedness

As we continue educating ourselves we will be sharing what we learn from the National Weather Service with our customers, please check our Facebook page for weather updates and helpful information before during and after storms and Weather events.

Early Awareness

One vital aspect of the Weather Ambassador program is to promote disaster preparedness. We encourage the public to have a disaster readiness plan including a go  bag, designated meting place and to maintain a general reediness so that you not caught of guard.

How to be ready for a thunderstorm

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross created a great outline of how to prepare for severe thunderstorms.  In the case of an emergency it always helps to be prepared.
  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit
  • Review the Be Red Cross Ready - Thunderstorm Safety Checklist

-Source: American Red Cross

Preventing water from entering through window wells

8/10/2017 (Permalink)

Fixing (or preventing) a window well filling with water is all about two components of the window well system – the drain and the cover.

Window Well Drain – Every window well should have a drain to allow water to exit the window well and not build to a level that creates a basement seepage problem.  Drains can be connected to interior or exterior drain tile or can be run to daylight where a proper slope exists.  With a well-constructed and properly maintained drain, a window well should never fill with water.

Of course, some home builders will take short cuts with window wells and install them without drains.  More commonly, though, the drains are there but, because of lack of maintenance, they clog up.

So, one way to fix a window well that is filling with water is to find and unclog the drain.  Cleaning debris from the opening to the drain is usually a fairly easy task but, if the drain has become clogged below the surface it can be difficult to unclog.  The best way, of course to deal with a clogged window well drain is to prevent it from clogging in the first place by installing a proper window well cover.

Window Well Covers – The most important function of a window well cover is not keeping out water but keeping out the kind of debris – leaves, grass clippings, trash – that will clog the drain.  Many homeowners make the understandable mistake of installing flimsy plastic “bubble” covers from the hardware store thinking that they will keep out water.  While still intact these covers create a surprisingly efficient greenhouse for weeds but are easily cracked and broken, rendering them useless.

A steel grid cover is better but can still admit a lot of debris.

The best window well cover will be constructed of reinforced polycarbonate and will be custom-fitted to the window well to ensure that it covers it completely.  This type of cover, while incidentally preventing most water from entering, will do an excellent job of keeping out debris (and small animals) and keeping the window well drain open and working.

-Source: U.S. Waterproofing

Weather Ready Nation

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Springfield has recently become a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador! 

The devastating impacts of extreme events like record breaking snowfall, violent tornadoes, destructive hurricanes, widespread flooding, and devastating drought can be reduced by taking advanced action, which is why the Weather–Ready Nation initiative is so important.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service is transforming its operations to help America respond. Offices now provide forecast information in a way that better supports emergency managers, first responders, government officials, businesses and the public make fast, smart decisions to save lives and property and enhance livelihoods.

NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service are moving new science and technology into National Weather Service operations that will improve forecasts and ultimately increase weather-readiness.

-Source: weather.gov

No Job Too Large

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Our teams are ready for anything with the equipment and expertise to tackle any size job.

Should a storm or major event strike, call 217-528-7775