Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flood Prevention Strategies

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding Give us a call at 757-244-8467

Flooding is one of the most destructive natural hazards, and here at SERVPRO we are ready to be faster to any disaster. SERVPRO has mobilization trams across the country to travel as needed to support large storm events. Flash flooding is the most hazardous weather disaster in the United States. Floods cause power outages, damage infrastructure, trigger landslides, and can be deadly. Here are some tips you can keep in mind before the flood.

  • Avoid building in a floodplain—an area especially prone to flooding during heavy rains.
  • If you do live in a floodplain, consider buying flood insurance to help with losses if, and when, a flood occurs.
  • Construct barriers (levees, beams, floodwalls) to stop flood water from entering your home. Sandbags can provide a temporary levee in an emergency.
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
  • Pay attention to weather forecasts. When heavy rain or storms are forecasted, listen to the radio or television for information on flooding risk.

Here at SERVPRO of Newport News, we are able to help with any storm damage. Give us a call at 757-244-8467

What To Do During A Lightning Storm

10/8/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning Storm Give us a call at 757-244-8467

Here in the Newport News area, during the summer time, we have quite a few lightning storms. Lightning can cause some severe storm damage. Here at SERVPRO we have a few tips when a thunderstorm comes.

-NO PLACE outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area!!

-If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.

-When you hear thunder, immediately move to a safe shelter-

-Stay in a safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.

-Stay off corded phones, computers and other electrical equipment that put you in direct contact with electricity.

-Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths and faucets.

-Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.

-Do not lie on concrete floors, and do not lean against concrete walls.

-If you are caught outside with no safe shelter anywhere nearby the following actions may reduce your risk:

-Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges or peaks

-Never lie flat on the ground

-Never shelter under an isolated tree

-Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter

-Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes and other bodies of water

-Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills, etc.)

If you experience storm damage from a thunderstorm you can always give us a call at 757-244-8467! 

Hurricane Season Almost Coming To An End..

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Give us a call at 757-244-8467

Hurricane season last until about November 30th so we still have a couple more weeks left until were out of the season. Were always watching the weather here at SERVPRO of Newport News to make sure we are always prepared ahead of any storm big or small. We have crew that work every minute of the clock of every day to make sure were ready for you. Looks like our area is pretty clear for hurricanes as of now, but southern Florida could still be impacted. But even with a small rain storm your home or business can have water damage impact it. As of now, try to prepare yourself for future storms as when everyone is looking for supplies they tend to sell out quick!! Dont wait until the last minute to prepare. Here at SERVPRO of Newport News were ready for anything, you can always give us a call at 757-244-8467. 

What we know about Hurricane Larry

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Larry Forming Were ready for the storm, are you?

Like if we didn't get enough with Hurricane Ida. Luckily it went right around us and hit south and north of us. This time will we be as lucky? 

Hurricane Larry is the next storm forming and its a big one. 

The 12th named storm of the hurricane season, Tropical Storm Larry, formed in the deep Atlantic. Larry will pose no threat to the U.S. or any landmass over the next five days. Hurricane season is just reaching the half way point.

Larry is expected to become a category 4 in the deep Atlantic this weekend

It is located 970 west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands and has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is moving west-northwest at 20 mph.

There are no watches and warnings on land at this time.

Let's get prepared now before its too late and supplies are out.  Always know you can give us a call at 7572448467 with any of your needs.  

Tropical Storm Elsa

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm Elsa Give us a call at 757-244-8467

As we are in hurricane season we got our first hurricane that that has started to brew.

As it begins to hit Florida it looks like it has dropped to a tropical storm. 

ABC News is expecting Elsa to be around our area Thursday evening so we still have time to prepare.

Just in case things go south, but they aren't looking like they are here are some tips

  • Have emergency food and water supply
  • An emergency medicine supply.
  • Emergency power sources such as flashlights (don't forget extra batteries).
  • Safety and personal items.
  • Important documents, including medical documents, wills, passports, and personal identification.
  • A fire extinguisher.
  • Lastly, have our phone number if any leaks happen in your home

We are always working around the clock no matter what time of day. We are open 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. We are always here to help. 

As Hurricane Season Approaches

6/30/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season Sign With Lightning Give us a call at 757-244-8467

Do you know when hurricane season starts?

Hurricane season started June 1st and goes until September 30th. Time is money, the faster you deal with your problem the less money you spend here trying to get your home or business back to normal. 

Heres some helpful tips from your friends at SERVPRO of Newport News. 

When it comes to your home make sure to cover all your windows with plywood to protect your windows from high winds. Bring in all outside furniture if they are unable to be tied down. Trim those trees so they can be wind resistant. Turn off all utilities and keep the refrigerator door closed to prevent food from going bad. Turn off all propane tanks and ensure there is a supply of water for sanitary purposes. 

Now when it comes to your business carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally. Identify operations critical to survival and recovery. Lastly, plan what you will do if the building is not accessible. 

Try to keep these tips in mind as we are in the beginning of hurricane season. Luckily there are no hurricanes in sight for the east coast but we can never be too sure! 

If you need any cleanup due to a hurricane you can always give us a call at 757-244-8467!  

What To Do Before A Hurricane

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Preparing for hurricane Give us a call at 757-244-8467

As we enter hurricane season, we should always try to be ready for the storm before it comes. Likely what happens when the news says a hurricane is coming is people like to stock up on water, canned goods, flashlights, and batteries. Waiting until last minute can have you going crazy going from store to store due to the items being sold out. Here are a couple things you can do before the storm comes. 

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm
  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard- topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains. 
  • Unplug and electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

Hurricane season is June 1st- November 30th, try to follow all these safety tips to have a safe outcome. If by chance you do experience storm damage of any sort you can always give SERVPRO of Newport News as we are open 24/7, 365 days a year.

Is Your Business Prepared for Storm Damage?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Business Storm Damage Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes.

SERVPRO® of Newport News has experience restoring businesses affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your business back to pre-storm condition. 

Why Call SERVPRO® of Newport News? 

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster 

When a storm hits your Newport News business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs. 

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists 

As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition. 

  • 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.

The Severity of Hail Damage

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Hail damage on the roof Hail damage is bad for a roof when it leads to roof leaks and other issues

Hail damage to the roof of your house can be devastating. Following a hailstorm, you should check your roof and address any problems immediately. Otherwise, water could enter your home from holes in the roof and flood the property. 
 

What Affects the Severity of Hail Damage? 
 

Some hailstorms can cause little or no damage to your Newport News, VA home. Others, however, can create disastrous holes in your roof. How much harm hail creates depends on several factors: 

  • Density and size of the hail 
     
  • Home barriers 
     
  • Wind 
     
  • The state of the roof 
     
     

Obviously, the larger and denser the hailstones, the more damage they can cause. The size of hailstones varies wildly based on the storm. The stones can be as large as a softball or as small as a pea. 
Certain barriers can also shield your home from hailstones. If you have fences or large trees near your house, your roof could be spared from major damage. 
Hailstones are not the only feature of hailstorms. They also usually include high winds. The speed and direction of this wind can affect the amount of hail damage to the roof. 
Finally, certain characteristics of the roof itself can affect how susceptible it is to harm from hailstorms. Hail can ding aluminum sidings but cause cracks in vinyl sidings. Roofs that are older or poorly maintained could also get damaged more easily. 
 

What Are Signs of Hail Damage? 
To be safe, you should inspect your roof after every hailstorm. Of course, not every roof defect is caused by hail. However, if your composition or asphalt shingles look shiny or lose granules, they may have been affected by hail. Wood shingles, meanwhile, could have sharp or brown splits as a result of hail. If you notice any of these issues, contact hail damage repair specialists immediately. 
Depending on the nature of your home and the size of the storm, hail damage to the roof can be extensive. To limit the harm to your property, keep the roof well-maintained, and fix any defects right away.

Tips For Using A Generator

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Generator Tips Portable Generators can supply power for basic needs during a storm power outage

If you have a generator on hand for power outages during severe weather, follow these safety tips that have been provided by the American Red Cross.

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area. 
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry and do not use it in wet conditions. Operate it on a dry surface under an open canopy like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch the generator with wet hands. 
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO can’t be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately. 
  •  Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warnings.

Prepare for Hurricanes

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season is Ahead Safety preparations for a hurricane

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 protection 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.  

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

SERVPRO of Newport News is ready to help in the event of a storm loss.  

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. 

SERVPRO of Newport News is ready to help in the event of a storm loss. 

Source: noaa.gov