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10 Steps To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 10 Steps To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage Call the Cleanup Team

Every spring, we here in the Midwest prep for storm season.

A lot of damage can occur as the result of storms and we at SERVPRO are happy to come to the rescue of your property with any water damage you receive.  However, we'd much prefer you minimize damage to your home and family by following some of these quick and easy precautions.

      1. REPLACE MISSING OR DAMAGED                    SHINGLES

If a shingle is damaged, it’s more likely to break free. If it’s missing, well then you’ve got a gap for wind to get under and do even more damage.

     2.  REPAIR LOOSE SIDING

The same rules as roofing apply to siding: it’s important to ensure your siding isn’t damaged.

   3.  KEEP YOUR GUTTERS CLEAR

Make sure your gutters are free-flowing and your downspouts flow away from your foundation.

Water damage or flooding is one of the quickest ways to devalue your home. So ensuring your gutters are clear is the first line of defense in helping water to flow away from your home.

      4. ENSURE WATER CAN FLOW AWAY                   FROM YOUR HOME

The grade of your lot should keep water flowing away from your home and into a ditch, drain, or some other proper retention area.

  1. KEEP YOUR SUMP PUMP IN WORKING ORDER

Before Spring rains start up, check whether your sump pump is in working order. If you want to feel extra-secure, having a backup sump pump is a sure-fire way to prevent basement flooding.

  1. ENSURE PROPER SEALING OF DOORS AND WINDOWS

Wind only needs a small opening to get underneath something like a shingle or siding and rip it off. And in the event of tornadic winds, a small opening in your windows or doors could enlarge and allow enough wind inside to compromise your home’s roof.

  1. CHECK FOR LOOSE FENCE POSTS

Wind will surprise you. Anything that’s not nailed down is a liability, and that includes fence posts, which are often forgotten or ignored in homeowner’s storm-prep.

  1. REGULARLY TRIM YOUR TREES

Problem tree limbs can damage your home, a vehicle, or even your neighbor’s property. Regularly trimming the trees on your property is an excellent way to protect your roof and windows.

  1. WALK AROUND YOUR PROPERTY

A lot of people don’t have the time or skills to check and/or repair everything on their property before storm season kicks up. But, if you know a storm is coming, there are some very basic steps you can take to minimize its impact.

Like identifying the items around your property that could become projectiles. That means lawn furniture, tools, flower pots, or other yard debris. Do yourself a favor and move those items to a garage, a shed, or indoors.

  1. KEEP A GENERATOR ON HAND

A bad storm could potentially knock out power to your home for a couple of hours — or days. Having a generator on standby could go a long way towards ensuring you don’t lose your food, or the livability of your home until power is restored.

MOST IMPORTANTLY

Don’t forget to protect people.

Your home and the things inside are replaceable. Your family isn’t.

Have a storm safety plan in place, including a safe location to go, like a basement or storm shelter, to ride out the worst mother nature has to offer.

Every year, storm season brings a lot of uncertainty, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it.  It's worth doing the prep work.  We at SERVPRO of Jefferson City want you to stay safe and we want you to keep your home free of water damage.  But if storms hit before you are able to prepare, you can reach us at 573-635-5883. When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of Jefferson City will help you take it back.

Severe Weather Preparedness

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Weather Preparedness SERVPRO of Jefferson City. Always ready to help with storm damage.

When you live in the SERVPRO of Jefferson City area you know that storms are inevitable and preparing for a storm is important for your safety, whether at your home or business.  Check out the following tips:

Before The Storm:
* Develop a disaster plan for you and your family at home, work, school and when outdoors.
* Identify a safe place to take shelter.
* Have frequent drills.
* Know the county in which you live or visit so you know if your area is under posted bulletins and warnings.
* Keep a highway map nearby to follow storm movement from weather bulletins.
* Have a portable Weather Radio with a warnings alarm tone and battery back-up to receive warnings.
* Listen to TV or radio for weather information, or go online.
* Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors. Watch for signs of approaching storms.
* If severe weather threatens, check on people who are elderly, very young or physically or mentally disabled.
* Don't forget about pets.

During A Tornado Warning:

* If you're in a house with a basement: Get into the basement and under sturdy protection (like a work bench or table) or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. Avoid being under heavy objects on the floor above you (i.e. refrigerator).
* If you're in a house with NO basement: Avoid windows and go to a room in the center of the building, like a bathroom or closet, under a stairwell or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor facing down and cover your head with your hands. Surround yourself with pillows or couch cushions.
* If you're in a mobile home: Get out! Even tied down, a mobile home is not safe in a tornado.
* If you're outdoors: Find a sturdy building if possible. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back or your head with your arms. Stay away from objects that could be moved by the wind.
* If you're in a vehicle: Park the automobile out of traffic lanes. Get to a sturdy building, or get to low ground and lie flat, face-down. Avoid seeking shelter under bridges.
* If you're at a school: Listen to teaching staff or administration for directions. Auditoriums, gyms and other free-span rooms are not an ideal shelter. Go to interior rooms on the lowest floor but avoid halls that open to the outside in any direction. Stay away from glass. Crouch and cover your head with your hands.
* If you're at a shopping center, hospital or factory: Go to interior rooms and halls on the lowest floor. Stay away from glass-enclosed places or areas with wide-span roofs. Crouch down and cover your head with your hands.

Preparation is key.  Have a plan.  Create a communications plan for your home and business.  Share your plan with family and co-workers.   

SERVPRO of Jefferson City (573-635-5883) can help you be “Ready for whatever happens!”  Check out our storm damage cleanup and restoration page at https://www.SERVPROjeffersoncity.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Help Prevent Winter Storm Damage

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Help Prevent Winter Storm Damage Create A Winter Storm Preparation List

Winter storms can be treacherous. They can last for several days and be accompanied by high winds, heavy snowfall, and cold temperatures.   Your home is not only a place for warmth and shelter, it is also an investment.  Taking care of your home for both these reasons is important.

Remove Ice Dams

  • Ice dams can form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. Remove an ice dam as soon as it is found to help prevent damage.

Tips for Plumbing

  • Shut off your water valves on faucets outdoors, drain water from pipes and disconnect garden hoses.
  • Let water trickle through faucets, particularly if pipes are running through unheated areas.
  • Use insulation sleeves on exposed plumbing pipes.
  • Air seal plumbing penetrations and holes in outside walls and the home’s foundations with caulk.
  • Prop cabinet doors open so that warm indoor air helps to keep pipes warm.
  • Set your thermostat to a constant temperature during the coldest days and nights to keep pipes warm.

If winter weather causes water damage to your home, remember that SERVPRO of Jefferson City is a phone call away at 573-635-5883, 24/7.

Transitioning Your Home from Winter to Spring

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Transitioning Your Home from Winter to Spring SERVPRO Any Day, SERVPRO Any Season

The days are getting longer, the storms of winter are ever slowly creeping past us.  Spring will soon be in the air.  Wildflowers will appear, windows will be opened to let in fresh air, snow will melt, and streams will swell with water.  It sounds poetically beautiful.   However, “swell with water” does not ring quite so beautifully to a homeowner whose home has fared poorly from harsh winter days to spring.   Now is the time to see how your home has fared through the ice and snow and determine if any repairs need to be done.  Here’s your checklist.

  1. Check your gutters for any remaining ice.
  2. Check any and all exterior vents
  3. Check your home’s foundation for any cracks or areas of pooling water.
  4. Inspect your roof for missing shingles, and check roof vents for damage to the spouts or base.
  5. Check visual pipes both exterior and interior for any breaks. Also check around it for any water or water damage.

Winter weather, or spring weather, beautiful days or stormy days,  we’re here to help with any damage.  Call SERVPRO of Jefferson City at 573-635-5883.

Don't Get Swept Away in Missouri Weather

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Don't Get Swept Away in Missouri Weather Be prepared for whatever weather we get in Missouri!
Be prepared for whatever weather we get in Missouri!

We all know how crazy the weather in Missouri can be at any time. There is never a better time to be prepared than before the storm hits! Be sure you know the difference between a watch and a warning.                                              

      Make sure your prepared with these tips from ready.gov

Flood Watch = “Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.

Steps to Take

  • Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

Prepare Your Home

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

Flood Warning = "Take Action!" Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

Steps to Take

  • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
  • Evacuate if directed.
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

After the water recedes and your home has sustained damage don’t forget SERVPRO of Jefferson City is always here to help!

Call us at 573-635-5883

About SERVPRO of Jefferson City

SERVPRO of Jefferson City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When Storms or Floods hits the Jefferson City area, SERVPRO is ready!

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hits the Jefferson City area, SERVPRO is ready! SERVPRO of Jefferson City takes on flood waters at the Washington Park Ice Arena.

SERVPRO of Jefferson City 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 the Jefferson City area, 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 Disaster Recovery Page that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 573-635-5883

Storm Damage doesn't always mean high winds, and rain!

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

As you know, winter here in Missouri can be quite unpredictable. We may enjoy milder, fall like temperatures for a couple of days, but before you know it, we are shivering in the snow! Here at SERVPRO of Jefferson City, we understand this, and believe the best defense for your home or business is to be prepared. We are always ready to respond when you find the need arises, however; there are some steps that you can take to prevent or minimize the damage.

Preparedness tips before a severe winter storm

According to SEMA, Missourians can prepare for winter by:

- Creating a family emergency plan, and emergency kit with bottled water, along with canned and dried food that can be prepared without cooking in case of a power outage.

- Add the following supplies to your disaster supply kit: rock salt to melt ice on walkways, sand to improve traction, snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

- Secure an alternate fuel source such as firewood or a generator. Make sure your fireplace functions properly. If you have a generator, make sure you have fuel and that it functions properly. Only operate the generator outdoors. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.

-Create a winter car kit in the trunk of your car. This includes: windshield scraper and small broom, flashlight, blanket, spare radio with batteries, snacks or energy type food, water, jumper cables, flares and matches, shovel, sand or shingles to give tires traction, extra hats, socks, and mittens, first aid kit, and fluorescent distress flag.

- Learn WHERE your water shut off valve is located, and HOW to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.

Some long term preparations include winterizing your home, barn/shed, or business.  In order to extend the life of your fuel supply, it helps to insulate walls, attics, caulking and weather stripping doors and windows as well as installing storm windows or covering with plastic.  Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on the home or other structure during a storm.  Insulate pipes with insulations or newspaper and plastic, and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.  Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, and make sure everyone in the home or office knows how to use it. Fires are a risk during winter weather due to holiday activities as well as using alternate heating sources without taking necessary safety precautions.

What to do if you have unmet needs after a winter storm?

Throughout the "recovery period," SEMA states it is important to monitor local radio or television reports, or other media sources for information on where to go for emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing and financial assistance. SERVPRO partners with the American Red Cross, and can assist with contacting local chapters. If you find yourself with structural damage after the winter weather, such as fire, water damage, or other structural damages, call SERVPRO of Jefferson City. We can help with communicating with your insurance and other service providers, clean up, cleaning and storing items, repairs from fire/water, along with many other services.  Although we are located in Cole County, we cover many surrounding areas as well.  Don't hesitate to call if you have any questions! 573-635-5883, and of course, check us out on our Facebook page!

Winter Storms & Freezing Temps

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

We've had a few ice storms over the past few weeks and they present a unique set of challenges to Jefferson City homeowners.  The unpredictable nature of ice and sleet on roads can make it difficult to drive safely for even seasoned drivers.  Sidewalks, steps and your entire driveway may become so slippery that they are impassable.  The weight of the ice on tree limbs can cause them to break and fall, causing roof damage to homes. Ice might accumulate on your roof, and even make its way under shingles- dislodging and breaking them. This, combined with the warm weather that has followed the ice storms, puts homes at risk of water damage from roof leaks.  

There's no escaping the snow, ice and freezing temperatures when you live in Missouri. Hopefully, your home won't be damaged by falling limbs or roof leaks. However, if you do have have a leak or hole in your roof, give us a call. Our team has the experience to handle Missouri winters and will come right out, assess the situation and restore your home from the damage. 

Winter: Myth or Fact

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

In these cold temps, Will your tongue REALLY stick to a flagpole?? Let's bust some of the urban legends about dropping temps without having to try them out ourselves! 

MYTH #1: We lose most of our body heat through our heads. 

FALSE! Although this myth has been commonly accepted as a fact, even being written in the U.S. Army Survival Manual in 1970, modern science disagrees. You are no more likely to lose body heat from your head than from your arm. However, it is a place that often goes uncovered and thus, you may lose heat from your head because of that. So, follow Grandma's advice and wear a hat!  

MYTH #2: Your vehicle tires will go flat. 

TRUE! For every 10 degrees the air temperature changes, your tire pressure will drop 1 psi. So, keep an eye on your tires and be prepared to add some air to your tires if there is a sudden temperature drop! 

MYTH #3: Mice will move in to your house when it gets cold. 

TRUE! You may see signs of them all year round, however when the temps drop mice will go from visitor status to residents inside your home. Seal up cracks, especially where your electrical lines and pipes enter the home to make it a bit harder for mice to get in.  

MYTH #4. If you stick your tongue to a flagpole, it will freeze there. 

And the answer, according to the  livescience webpage is TRUE! They've done an in depth study and you can read the science of why this is true on their webpage. So, the next time someone triple dog dares you, politely decline!  

What can be saved?

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

We go through the contents of a home on a piece by piece basis and while each item is a unique case, we do use a few factors to determine whether it gets boxed, sent to our facility for cleaning or put in the dumpster. 

The type of water that has flooded the home is an important factor in determining what stays and what goes. Clean water does not pose as much of a health hazard as potentially contaminated water does. If there is concern that water is contaminated from sewage or chemicals, we are unlikely to suggest it be cleaned. It's not worth the risk.  

Typically, porous fabrics such as mattresses, pillows, carpeting and particle board cannot be salvaged. They absorb water quickly and are breeding grounds for mold spores to grow.  However, there are cases in which we are able to clean area rugs and wood if we are called to the job quickly and the piece has not become oversaturated.  

Our ability to be on the job quickly helps us minimize damage to personal possessions that have water damage. The perfect example of this is wooden furniture. It takes quite a fit of time for it to really absorb and become completely water logged. If you get  personal belongings out of the standing water and begin the drying process right away, you have a good chance of being able to save them. 

Winter Weather : What to do before and after

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Weather : What to do before and after Don't let a winter storm stop you in your tracks! Our Emergency Readiness Profiles are NO COST , and can help get your home or business be prepared.

As you know, winter here in Missouri can be quite unpredictable. We may enjoy milder, fall like temperatures for a couple of days, but before you know it, we are shivering in the snow! Here at SERVPRO of Jefferson City, we understand this, and believe the best defense for your home or business is to be prepared. We are always ready to respond when you find the need arises, however; there are some steps that you can take to prevent or minimize the damage.

Preparedness tips before a severe winter storm

According to SEMA, Missourians can prepare for winter by:

- Creating a family emergency plan, and emergency kit with bottled water, along with canned and dried food that can be prepared without cooking in case of a power outage.

- Add the following supplies to your disaster supply kit: rock salt to melt ice on walkways, sand to improve traction, snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.

- Secure an alternate fuel source such as firewood or a generator. Make sure your fireplace functions properly. If you have a generator, make sure you have fuel and that it functions properly. Only operate the generator outdoors. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.

-Create a winter car kit in the trunk of your car. This includes: windshield scraper and small broom, flashlight, blanket, spare radio with batteries, snacks or energy type food, water, jumper cables, flares and matches, shovel, sand or shingles to give tires traction, extra hats, socks, and mittens, first aid kit, and fluorescent distress flag.

- Learn WHERE your water shut off valve is located, and HOW to shut off water valves in case a pipe bursts.

Some long term preparations include winterizing your home, barn/shed, or business.  In order to extend the life of your fuel supply, it helps to insulate walls, attics, caulking and weather stripping doors and windows as well as installing storm windows or covering with plastic.  Clear rain gutters, repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on the home or other structure during a storm.  Insulate pipes with insulations or newspaper and plastic, and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.  Keep a fire extinguisher on hand, and make sure everyone in the home or office knows how to use it. Fires are a risk during winter weather due to holiday activities as well as using alternate heating sources without taking necessary safety precautions.

What to do if you have unmet needs after a winter storm?

Throughout the "recovery period," SEMA states it is important to monitor local radio or television reports, or other media sources for information on where to go for emergency housing, food, first aid, clothing and financial assistance. SERVPRO partners with the American Red Cross, and can assist with contacting local chapters. If you find yourself with structural damage after the winter weather, such as fire, water damage, or other structural damages, call SERVPRO of Jefferson City. We can help with communicating with your insurance and other service providers, clean up, cleaning and storing items, repairs from fire/water, along with many other services.  Although we are located in Cole County, we cover many surrounding areas as well.  Don't hesitate to call if you have any questions! 573-635-5883, and of course, check us out on our Facebook page!