Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tornado Season

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Church's roof torn off by tornado 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

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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.

How Can I Repair Storm Damage To My Home?

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage occurs at the most unpredictable times and can leave the homeowner not knowing what to do to restore their home. However, you can restore your home quickly and effectively by calling a fire and damage restoration company as soon as possible after the storm has ended. 

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?

Storm damage is simply any damage that occurs as a result of a storm. There are many different types of storms, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and snowstorms. Storms can cause damage to a home by heavy rain, winds, lightning, hail, and various other elements. With storm damage cleanup and restoration, wildfires are also included as a type of storm. 

Regardless of the type of storm that affects your home, a prompt restoration effort is often necessary. This is because fire and water damage can worsen over time, whereas quick cleanup can lessen the effects of a severe storm. 

Ideally, a storm can be identified in advance, and you can have a plan in place for after the damage occurs. However, storms are not always predictable, which is why it is important to find a restoration company that offers 24/7 emergency storm damage cleanup and restoration services so that you can ensure the process is as quick and effective as possible.

Rejuvenate Your Home 

The purpose of storm damage restoration is to restore your home at the most affordable cost possible. This often involves restoring damaged parts of your home rather than replacing them. The process typically begins with a detailed inspection of your home. When hiring a professional flooding and storm damage restoration company, they will assess every part of the house, including the foundation, floors, walls, roof, and furniture. 

They will then begin the restoration process by boarding up severely damaged and sensitive areas so that further damage does not occur. The initial steps towards the rejuvenation of your home may also include removing water, smoke, soot, and other elements that cause more damage over time. 

You should strive to find a restoration company that can come to your home as soon as possible after the storm has passed, and many offer 24/7 emergency services. This allows the professionals to start the process early, which can lessen the overall damage and make the restoration more effective. 

Removal of Water

The main issue with many storms is water damage. Thunderstorms typically lead to heavy rain, which can cause flash flooding. Also, if the roof is damaged by heavy winds, lightning, etc., then even light rain during a storm can cause severe water damage. 

One of the first things a restoration company will look to do upon arrival to your home is to remove the standing water quickly. This helps prevent secondary water damage and issues such as mold. It can also make drying occur faster and thus a full restoration can be completed in less time. A professional home restoration company will likely use certain equipment, including, but not limited to:

  • Moisture detectors
  • Infrared cameras
  • Dry Vacuum
  • Submersible water pumps
  • Truck-mounted vacuum units

Professional water removal is important because water can hide in hard-to-notice places, such as under carpet, floorboards, and on the inside of the walls. It is not uncommon for experienced and skilled water extraction professionals to remove hundreds of gallons of water in the initial stages of the restoration process. 

Is It Covered by Insurance?

Many types of storm damage are covered by homeowner’s insurance. Most policies cover damage by lightning, fire, wind, and hail. Some also cover water damage restoration and replacement costs due to flooding and other storm concerns, but water damage is less commonly covered than other types of storm damage.

It is important to check with your insurance provider to determine what all costs are covered if a storm leads to home damage. By understanding what types of damage your insurance policy covers, you can properly prepare financially in case a storm does damage your home. 

Regardless, a prompt response to the damage is often necessary to cut costs and restore as much of your home as possible, reducing the need for more expensive and time-consuming replacements. 

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 or for prompt and reliable service, give our team at SERVPRO a call today. 

Different Types Of Storms & The Damage They Bring

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can be incredibly damaging to your home. There are many different elements a thunderstorm may include, such as lightning, wind, rain and hail. While there is only so much you can do to protect your home from a natural disaster, understanding the different types of storms and how they may damage your home can help you properly plan if a bad storm is headed your way and know what to expect in the aftermath.

Depending on the area you live in, you may be at an increased risk of experiencing certain types of storms. Being familiar with the types of storms your area is most likely to experience can be very helpful. The following is an overview of the more common types of storms and how they can damage your home. 

Types of Storms

The different types of storms include thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and winter storms. Each is damaging in its own way and claims numerous lives each year in the United States. In addition to the deadly nature of storms, they can also severely damage your home. 

Storms often damage homes by infiltrating them with water, causing electrical damage and damaging the foundation, walls, and roof through heavy wind, lightning, rainfall, and other elements. 

Water damage, fire damage and heavy damage caused by wind are among the most common ways in which your home can suffer from a severe storm. Below we highlight the three main types of damage that often occur to homes inside the United States. These damages include lightning, tornado, and flood damage.

Lightning

Lightning exists with many thunderstorms. They have the power to damage the electrical wiring inside your home. If there are any electrical items plugged into outlets in your home, then they are at risk of damage as well. This includes computers, cell phones, televisions, kitchen appliances, and more. Another way lightning can damage your home is by striking your roof or other parts of your home. Lightning can also lead to home fires that can quickly spread as well.

To prevent lightning damage, be sure to unplug all electrical appliances and items. Also, stay away (and keep children away) from electrical outlets, appliances, and systems during thunderstorms for optimal safety. 

Lightning can also cause the power to go out, so be sure to have flashlights and candles ready before an expected storm. If lightning damage does occur, consider contacting a home damage restoration company near you that offers prompt service. They can restore parts of the home directly affected by lightning such as roof damage as well as damages that occur as a result of an electrical fire caused by lightning.  

Tornadoes

A tornado is a fast-moving vortex of high winds that connects from a cloud to the ground. They appear as a funnel-shaped cloud and can be incredibly violent and destructive. Most tornadoes have 100 mile per hour winds or higher, and some can carry winds more than 200 miles per hour. This gives them the potential to be incredibly destructive to a home. 

There is little that can be done to prevent a tornado from causing damage, but a prompt initial response to damage can help the restoration process be more effective. If a tornado warning is given for your area, then be sure to get in the safest place possible where there are no windows. After the storm, check your home for damage and call a restoration professional for fast and effective service. 

Floods

Floods are often more severe than many realize, and they claim hundreds of lives each year in the United States alone. 

A flood occurs when there is an overflow of water in areas that are normally dry. Storms often bring heavy rain to an area. While much of the water absorbs into the soil or goes down drains, storms that produce heavy rain or rain that continues for an extended period of time leads to flooding. Flash floods can also occur if rivers and other water sources become too full and lead to an overflow. 

Floods can damage your home if standing water builds up along the foundation. In many instances, the water and moisture can enter your home through tiny cracks and gaps. If this occurs, it may lead to the need for storm damage restoration. 

Fight Back Against Storm Damage with SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Highland Village is here to help homeowners restore their homes after storm damage. If wind, water, fire or other elements have damaged your home, then get in touch with us today. 

We offer a 24/7 service so that the restoration process for your home can start right away. You can reach us through phone or email, and our team is happy to answer your questions and guide you through the restoration process. 

How To Stay Safe After Storm Damage Affects Your Home

6/30/2020 (Permalink)

Dealing with storm damage to your home is always a difficult experience. Many storms occur at an unexpected time with little notice, which makes it all the more difficult to handle the situation. Before the storm, you should have a safety plan in place. However, many do not think about how to stay safe after storm damage affects their home.

There are certain steps that homeowners can take to ensure the situation is handled properly and the risk of injury after the storm is kept to a minimal level. You can also take measures to minimize the damage to your home, which may make the cleanup and restoration process easier and faster. 

Staying Safe After a Storm

The main priority after a storm damages your home is ensuring your safety and your family’s safety. There are many risks to consider, including but not limited to a collapsing roof, fallen electrical wires that are dangerous, and extreme flooding. 

After ensuring optimal safety by understanding the proper steps to take in the immediate aftermath, you can also take steps to help your neighbors and ensure your home is properly protected from further storm damage. Lastly, you should also start the home cleanup and restoration process by contacting a storm damage restoration company to come out remove water and protect damaged areas of your roof and home. 

Listen to the Radio for Any Advisories

The first thing you want to do after storm damage affects your home is to ensure the storm has passed completely. Ideally, you will have a place inside of your home that is safe, and try your best to remain there until it is safe to venture out. During the storm the power will likely have gone out, which means watching the news or using your cell phone may not be an option. 

If this is the case, then the best option to hear any advisories and receive updates on the status of the storm is through listening to the radio. Of course, if you are able to use your cell phone or television, then you can likely receive the news through those devices as well. 

Leave Your Home If It Has Sustained Structural Damage

Once you have received word that the storm has passed, then you can check on your home. If there is any structural damage, leave the home until the damage restoration company has an opportunity to restore the property. 

In the immediate aftermath, avoid going near any power lines, electrical wires or water. If you have elderly neighbors whose homes are damaged and you are safe and in good health, then consider checking on them to see if they need assistance before finding a safe place to go. It is best to avoid driving, if possible. 

Practice Caution When Working on Roofs

The best thing to do after storm damage occurs to your home is to call a storm damage restoration company. They can arrive quickly and start the home restoration process in a safe and effective manner. However, if you do plan to start the initial restoration efforts to prevent further damage to your home, then it is essential to use extra caution. 

If you work on the roof, then be sure to be careful while climbing ladders and do not step on any areas of the roof that seem weak and damaged. Also, avoid tasks that require professional assistance, such as replacing severely damaged parts of the roof yourself.

Cover Leaking Roofs to Prevent Further Water Damage

Although it may become unsafe to do extensive work to your roof, laying a tarp across the damaged part of the roof can be an effective way to prevent further water damage inside of your home. If you do not feel comfortable climbing your roof, then you can call a damage restoration company to start the restoration process quickly. 

You can also start the initial efforts of removing water from your home. If there is standing water inside of your home, you can remove it with buckets, towels, and other household items. Also, be sure to take out wet rugs and any carpet that is damaged beyond repair to reduce the impact of water 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 get in touch with our team at SERVPRO of Highland Village. 

We help homeowners in the area who suffered fire damage and water damage restore their homes in a fast and effective manner. We are glad to answer any questions you have on the 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

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Fire caused by Lightning House fire caused by a lightning strike in Lantana, Texas.

Following scattered thunderstorms in the DFW area, several homes in the Lantana community were set ablaze after being struck by lightning. This photo represents one of these homes and the drastic damage that was inflicted. It goes to show that flood damage is not the only concern regarding heavy storms. We advise all community members to have an emergency plan in place that is adaptable to any situation that may arise. Communicate your plan with other members of your household and involve your neighbors when possible. Practice procedures often in order to build confidence and certainty should an incident occur. Lastly, we at SERVPRO of Highland Village are here to help ensure the safety of those around us. If you are unsure where to begin in formulating your emergency plans, give us a call at 940-241-3434. Our Emergency Ready Profiles help keep you prepared for any disaster.

Tornado Restoration

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Church had it's roof torn off by the tornado 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

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

High floodwater on roads 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.

Toxic Water

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. 

Efficiency

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. 

Flood Information

9/8/2019 (Permalink)

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. 

Prioritize safety

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

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning striking on a lake Lightning storm

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