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How Can I Repair Storm Damage to My Home?
A home swept away by storm water in need of restoration.
Storm damage can occur in the blink of an eye and leave a homeowner confused and displaced, as they now need to restore their home. Calling a storm damage restoration company as soon as possible after the storm has passed in order to begin the restoration process.
The following is an overview of how you can repair your home after storm damage, including an in-depth look at the different types of storms and what storm damage is, how the restoration process works, and whether or not the cleanup and restoration is covered by your insurance.
What Is Storm Damage?
Any damage that occurs as the result of a storm is considered storm damage. Many different types of storms can create this damage, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and snow storms. Heavy rain, heavy winds, lightning, hail and various other elements can cause damage to a home. For our restoration purposes, wildfires are also considered a type of storm.
A prompt restoration effort is often necessary after a storm. Fire and water damage can create more damage the longer they sit, so quick cleanup is essential in lessening the effects of damage after a severe storm.
Storms can sometimes be identified in advance, which means you and your family can have a plan in place for cleanup after a storm occurs. However, storms are not always predictable. This is when knowing about a 24/7 emergency storm damage cleanup and restoration company comes in handy, so you can get settled back into your home as soon as possible after disaster strikes.
Rejuvenate Your Home
The main goal of storm damage restoration is to restore your home at the most affordable cost possible. This is done through trying to restore rather than replace items in your home. The beginning of this process is a detailed inspection of the home. Storm damage restoration professionals will assess every part of the home, including foundation, floors, walls, roof, and furniture.
The next step in the restoration process is to board up any severely damaged or sensitive areas of the home so no further damage occurs. This step can also include removing water, smoke, soot, and other elements that--if left undisturbed--could cause more damage.
Allowing a 24/7 restoration service professional into your home as soon as damage has occurred can lessen the overall damage and make the restoration process more efficient.
Removal of Water
With many storms comes water damage. Thunderstorms especially can bring heavy rains, which often cause flash flooding. Heavy winds and lightning can damage roofs as well.
Upon arrival at your home, a restoration specialist will first begin to remove any standing water. This helps to prevent further water damage and prevent mold growth. Removing standing water also can make the drying process quicker. Our technicians will also use specialized equipment such as:
- Moisture detectors
- Infrared cameras
- Dry vacuum
- Submersible water pumps
- Truck-mounted vacuum units
Places such as under carpet, floorboards, and the inside of walls can trap water, which is why having a professional water removal technician is key in remediating water damage properly. It is not uncommon for experienced water extraction technicians to remove hundreds of gallons of water in the initial stages of the restoration process.
Is It Covered by Insurance?
Most homeowner’s insurance policies cover damage by lightning, fire, wind and hail. Some also cover water damage due to flooding. In order to know if you are covered, ask your insurance agent what exactly your policy covers. By understanding what types of damage to your home your homeowner’s policy covers, you can financially plan in case of disaster. Part of this planning can include gathering phone numbers and other essential information of damage restoration companies in order to be able to get a professional out as soon as possible after damage occurs.
Work with the Storm Damage Experts
You can find out more about storm damage cleanup and restoration by getting in touch with our professional restoration experts today. We provide 24/7 service and can get to you as soon as possible after a severe storm damages your home. For more information, give our team at SERVPRO a call today.
Different Types of Storms & The Damage They Bring
Different storms can cause damage to a residence and may require restoration.
Thunderstorms can be dangerous and incredibly damaging to your home. Thunderstorms can include many elements, such as lightning, wind, rain and hail. Understanding the different types of storms and how they could damage your home can help you properly plan and protect yourself and your family during a natural disaster. Knowing what to do if a bad storm is headed your way and what to expect during the aftermath could help to keep you and your family safe.
Certain areas are at an increased risk of experiencing bad storms. If you live in an area that is at a higher risk, being familiar with the types of storms that tend to occur can be incredibly helpful. The following is an overview of the most common storms and how they can damage your home.
Types of Storms
Different types of storms include thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and winter storms. Numerous lives are claimed during these storms in the United States each year. These storms can be deadly, and they can severely damage your home. Water can infiltrate your home during storms, causing electrical damage and damaging the foundation, walls and roof through heavy wind, lightning, and rainfall--amongst other elements.
The most common ways in which your home can suffer from a severe storm are water damage, fire damage, and wind damage. Next we highlight the three main types of damage that often occur to homes in the United States during storms, including lightning, tornado, and flood damage.
Lightning not only has the power to damage the electrical wiring in your home, but it also has the power to strike your home and start a fire. Any items that are plugged into electrical outlets in your home during a thunderstorm are at risk of damage. This includes items such as computers, cell phones, televisions, and kitchen appliances, amongst other things.
Unplugging electrical items while not in use is not only a great way to save energy, but also a way to protect these items from being damaged during a storm. It is also a good idea to stay away from electrical appliances and outlets during a thunderstorm.
Be prepared for power outages--which are common during storms--by having flashlights and candles readily available. If your home is damaged by lightning during a storm, be sure to contact a home damage restoration company near you that offers prompt service. These companies can restore parts of the home that have been damaged by lightning, as well as any fire damage that can occur from a home being struck by lightning.
Tornadoes can be incredibly violent and destructive. A fast-moving vortex of high winds that connects from a cloud to the ground, a tornado can carry winds more than 200 miles per hour. Typically, tornadoes carry winds around 100 miles per hour, which can bring enough force to rip roofs off houses.
Homes can not be protected from tornadoes causing damage, however a quick initial response to damage can be effective in helping the restoration process be more efficient. If a tornado warning is given for your area, make sure to hunker down and get into the safest area possible (with no windows) wherever you are. After the storm has passed, check for any damage to your home and call a restoration professional as soon as possible in order to make your home "Like it never even happened."
Floods claim hundreds of lives every year in the United States, as floods are more severe than many people realize. A flood occurs when there is an overflow of water in an area that is normally dry. Heavy rain during storms means much of the water that comes from a storm cannot be absorbed into the soil or drains (like during normal rainfall), so the area floods. Flash flooding can occur if rivers or lakes become too full and begin to overflow.
If standing water builds up along the foundation of your home, flooding can damage your home. Water can also enter your home through tiny cracks and gaps. You may need storm damage restoration if this occurs.
Fight Back Against Storm Damage with SERVPRO
If wind, water, or fire have damaged your home during a storm, SERVPRO of Highland Village is here to help. We offer 24/7 service in order for your restoration process to begin right away. Our team is happy to answer any questions you may have through phone or email.
How to Stay Safe after Storm Damage Affects Your Home
A home recently damaged by storm activity.
When a storm damages your home, it is always a difficult experience to endure. A lot of storms are sudden and occur without much warning, which makes it difficult to get a handle on the situation. In order to be able to handle these storm situations more effectively, you and your family should have an emergency plan in place.
Homeowners can take certain steps in order to be prepared for storm situations and stay safe during and after a storm. Some of these steps include taking measures to minimize the damage to your home, which can make the cleanup and restoration process faster and easier.
Staying Safe After a Storm
The biggest priority after a storm has damaged your home is ensuring you and your family’s safety. There can be structural damage to a home that could lead to a collapsing roof, fallen electrical wiring that could be live, and extreme flooding. Leaving your home could sometimes be the right thing to do to ensure your safety, but sometimes staying in your home could be more safe.
After the initial damage and making sure your family is taken care of, you can take steps to help your neighbors and immediate community and prevent further storm damage. By calling a storm damage restoration company, you can start the cleanup and restoration process. Having storm damage restoration professionals out as soon as possible after storm damage can help make the restoration process easier and faster with them starting to remove excess water and protect damaged areas of your roof and home.
Listen to the Radio for Any Advisories
Ensuring the storm has passed completely after experiencing storm damage to your home is the first step in keeping safe during these emergency situations. Staying in a designated “safe spot” in your home to ride out the storm is another way to ensure you and your family’s safety. The power will most likely be off as it can go out during a storm, which means cell phones may or may not be working to check the news or weather reports. If this is the case, listening to the radio is going to be the best option to hear any advisories or status updates.
Leave Your Home If It Has Sustained Structural Damage
After receiving word that the storm has passed and it is safe to venture out of your “safe spot”, you can begin to assess any damage that may have occurred. If your home has suffered structural damage, this is the time that you should leave until a damage restoration company can come to restore the damaged property.
While heading to a new location, avoid going near any power lines, electrical wires or water. It is also best to avoid driving if possible.
Practice Caution When Working on Roofs
The first thing after making sure you and your family are safe after storm damage occurs is to call a storm damage restoration company. We can begin the cleanup and restoration process quickly and in a safe and effective manner. However, if you decide to board up and tarp your roof in order to prevent further damage to your home, it is essential to use extra caution. If you decide to start this process on your own, do be careful while climbing ladders and try to not step on any areas of the roof that seem weak and damaged. Also avoid tasks that require professional attention, as in replacing large, severely damaged parts of the roof yourself.
Cover Leaking Roofs to Prevent Further Water Damage
Tarping or boarding up your roof and parts of your home that were damaged by the storm is a good way to prevent further water damage inside of your home. This can become unsafe, so call a damage restoration company in order to get a “board-up” completed.
If you are sure there will not be further damage to your home, you can start initial efforts of removing water from your home. If there is standing water inside your home, you can begin to remove the water with buckets, towels, and other household items. Any wet rugs and carpet that have been damaged beyond repair can also be removed at this time in order to prevent more extensive damage to your flooring.
Consult with the Storm Damage Experts
If your home has suffered storm damage and you need a fast response from a professional and reliable home restoration company, then contact our team at SERVPRO of Highland Village.
We help homeowners in the area who have suffered fire damage and water damage to restore their homes in a fast and effective manner. We are happy to answer any questions you have during our initial phone call, and we take pride in making the cleanup and restoration process as easy and convenient as possible for homeowners after storm damage occurs.
Lightning Causes House Fires in Lantana
House fire caused by a lightning strike in Lantana, Texas.
During scattered thunderstorms in the DFW area, many homes in the suburb of Lantana are struck by lightning, starting fires. When it comes to storm damage, water damage is not the only concern that homeowners in the Lantana area have. This photo shows the drastic extent of damage that lightning can cause. It is advised that each family have an emergency plan in place in case of any emergency situation. Make sure that all members of your family are informed of this plan, and any neighbors if possible. Practice carrying out these emergency plans in order to more effectively and confidently execute this plan during an actual emergency. At SERVPRO of Highland Village, we are here to help ensure the safety of those in our community. In order to get an idea of what you should include in your emergency plan, give us a call at (940) 241-3434. Our Emergency Ready Profiles can help keep you prepared for any disaster.
Local church is missing their roof after a tornado came through
Dallas is often hit with tornadoes during the heavy storm season. These tornadoes leave behind a trail of destruction and ruin. We respond to these situations where people have been displaced from their homes due to tornado damage. Trees fall on buildings and wind blows roofs off of buildings, which allows rain to enter the building, causing further damage. We are able to help families who have had their homes damaged by tornadoes by packing up all of their belongings to be stored at our warehouse, then we start to remove all debris from the home. Once all debris is removed, we can start to make sure that we dry the house out properly. Once the house is dry, we can start to rebuild the property and do any renovations necessary to make sure to make it "Like it never even happened."
Heading to Storm
Storms can create a lot of damage and ruin a lot of structures. This is why SERVPRO of Highland Village is part of Storm Team Wilson. Being a part of a storm team means that our Storm Team leaders can dispatch us any time there is a storm loss in order to help people affected by a storm. A storm event can be many things, but typically storms are hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes, or a large blizzard or freezing event.
Types of Storm Work
There are two types of Storm work we do, uncovered and covered. Uncovered Storm work includes being more involved with just the customer, as their insurance will not cover the loss. Covered Storm work includes being more involved in communication with the insurance company, because the loss is covered under the customer’s policy.
Local Church had lots of water damage because its roof was torn off
In late October Dallas, Tx was hit with 10 different tornadoes leaving behind a trail of
destruction. We responded to an emergency call where a family’s house was significantly damaged with half of the roof scattered throughout the neighborhood making the house unsuitable to live in. Our job was plain and simple, to give them their home back. We started off by packing out their entire house and moving every piece of furniture, clothes, electronics, anything you could think of until their home of 20 years was completely empty. We removed and discarded all debris, damaged sheet rock, flooring, wood studs, and roofing. During this chaos the family stayed in a hotel temporally while we started to work on renovating all the damaged caused by the destructive 140-mph tornado. In a matter of time the family was back in their home like it never happened.
Trouble in Houston
Turn around, don't drown! This much water can sweep away your car with ease.
60 inches of rain can put almost anything underwater! During tropical storm Imelda, the city of Houston, TX experienced severe flooding. SERVPRO of Highland Village sent a storm team down to provide some relief in the area, where we saw extensive damage. We were almost unable to make it past several roads because the water was too high, even a few days after the water had started to recede.
Unfortunately, flood water of any kind is classified as "category 3," and considered to be toxic. Anything the water touched should be removed and disposed of as quickly as possible. For one home in the area, this meant removing all cabinets, carpet, wood flooring, doors, and more. We also performed flood-cuts 18 inches above the baseboards, which entails removing any drywall that had absorbed the contaminated water.
It is important to clear the property of any moisture as quickly as possible in an attempt to hinder the chance of mold growth. SERVPRO of Highland Village works fast to mitigate in order to decrease the chances of further damage or contamination spreading.
Floods can happen anywhere, anytime! It's important to know what you can do to minimize your losses when faced with one. According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause the most damage over any other disaster yearly. The most likely cause of a flood will be heavy rainfall, overflow of a dam, or failure of other water containment systems.
The most important thing to remember is to not take risks. Flood-water can be contaminated with dangerous chemicals or waste, so keeping your distances when possible is always a priority! One of the best ways to keep informed is to sign up for your local area's alert system.
Protect Your Belongings
If you have time to prepare for potential flooding, move any valuables to an elevated location. Doors and windows are often no match for large amounts of water, just 12 inches can sweep away your car!
After the Flood
Floods can be dangerous even after they're gone! High water can drive animals like snakes into your home. There's also a risk of electrocution if a live current comes into contact with any water. It's important to listen to authorities and exercise caution when assessing any damage.
It's always important to have a plan for when bad things happen. Cleaning up after even a minor flood can prove to be an overwhelming task, so don't go alone! SERVPRO of Highland Village is more than capable of handling any size job quickly and easily. Give us a call at (940)-241-3434.
When Storms or Floods Hit, SERVPRO of Highland Village is Ready
SERVPRO of Highland Village is your local storm and flood damage restoration professional. Since we are in and part of your community, we are able to respond quicker to your emergency, with the right resources. With highly trained staff, specialized equipment, extensive experience, and the SERVPRO team behind us, we are equipped to restore your business or home “Like it never even happened.”
Storms and floods have been increasing throughout the past few years and so has our ability to respond ASAP. But it’s not over yet. Summer storms are still with us. If a large storm impacts our area, we have access to additional resources to handle any size disaster. The faster response, the less the damage, the less likely there will be additional damage, and the faster we can get you back to where you need to be. Mitigation is key in our line of work and with water damage a prompt response is crucial to lower your bill at the end of it.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Highland Village today (940)-999-1279