Recent Storm Damage Posts

TRACKING HURRICANE FLORENCE

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Please be sure you are starting to make preparations to keep your family, home and vehicles safe! 

Tips:

If you have a sump pump, make sure you have a battery back up for it, or even a spare at the ready. Also, if you have a sump pump make sure you have coverage for it failing and what the limit of coverage is if you have a limit so that you know how to properly prepare.

Check your gutters and clean if needed!  With this much rain and already saturated ground you don't want water coming in through the foundation as that is NOT a covered claim.

If you have an in ground stairwell, make sure your drains are cleared.

Clear all window wells of debris.  And check the drains and window wells throughout the storm that they do not get clogged with debris.

Secure or bring everything inside that could become flying debris.

Trim any limbs that are overhanging.

In case you lose electricity be sure to have non-perishables on hand to last your family 3 days.  Fill your tubs with water for those on wells so that you can flush the commode.  Check your propane tanks on your grill to give you an option to make meals prior to the arrival of the storm.  Finally should you lose power and use a generator use it safely!!

Hurricane Hazards

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season has already begun and several named storms have developed in the Atlantic, Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico. For the Atlantic, the season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. On average, there are 12 tropical storms that develop, with an average of six becoming hurricanes, according to the National Weather Service.

Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property damage. The National Weather Service lists the following as potential “hurricane hazards.”

  • Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm’s winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast. Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers and estuaries.
  • Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from land falling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often because flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.
  • Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.
  • Tornadoes can accompany land falling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.
  • Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone’s strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore.

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.

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over ocean water and often move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. The heavy winds of hurricanes can cause damage or destroy homes, buildings, and roads, as well as cause power, water, and gas outages. These effects can injure or kill people, disrupt transportation, and pollute drinking water. Hurricanes cause deaths and injuries primarily from drowning, wind, and wind-borne debris. The impact from hurricanes can extend from the coast to several hundred miles inland. To find your risk, visit FEMA’s “Know Your Risk Map.” Be better prepared for this hurricane season, and learn more at ready.gov/prepare.

  • Stayed informed
  • Plan for evacuation
  • Take action to protect your property from against wind and water damage

For more information check out www.fema.gov

Storm Safety Kit...Is yours ready?

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Safety Kit...Is yours ready? Make sure your to-go kit is ready!

This summer has already brought numerous amounts of severe weather and there'll likely be more to come as we are in the midst of Thunderstorm and Hurricane Season.  So it's time to get packing, or updating, your to-go kit.

Below is a basic kit that last three days, but you should tailor yours to your family's needs, especially if you have small children.

  • One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Non-perishable food and a manual can opener
  • A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Filter mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Important family documents in a waterproof container
  • Items for unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers

We want everyone to stay safe during this Hurricane Season!!

Severe Weather Safety

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Weather Safety Be Prepared for Thunderstorms, Flooding, Tornado's & Hurricanes

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms*:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.* Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business, and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

*Facts and figures provided by noaa.gov

CALL THE CLEANUP TEAM THAT IS FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage CALL THE CLEANUP TEAM THAT IS FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER We are always ready to help, call 703-583-8484

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert—there is always potential for flood damage. Fema.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past does not mean you won’t in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000.*

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather related disaster. The American Red Cross offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local SERVPRO® Dale City/Lake Ridge Professionals. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. When fire and water take control of your life, your local SERVPRO® Dale City/Lake Ridge Professionals will help you take it back.

*Facts and figures provided by fema.gov

Are you disaster ready?

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you disaster ready? Be ready in case this happens in your town!

In recent years many forms of disasters have affected the United States.  Flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community.

Please look over the below Emergency Supply Kit and make sure your home or business is prepared for a natural disaster.  For more information on disaster preparedness visit www.ready.gov or call one of our amazing marketing representative help you develop an Emergency Response Profile.  The Profile is designed to be a quick and easy snapshot of your business providing critical facility information needed for detailed emergency preparation.

Emergency Supply Kit Essentials:

·         Water, one gallon per person per day

·         Food, non-perishable 3-day supply

·         Manual can opener

·         Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries

·         Flashlight and extra batteries

·         First aid kit

·         Whistle to signal for help

·         Clothing

·         Dust masks or bandanas

·         Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape

·         Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary

Please contact SERVPRO Dale City/Lake Ridge at 703-583-8484 if you need any assistance in developing YOUR Emergency Ready Profile.

YOU CAN BE RUINED, OR YOU CAN BE READY with the Help of Technology

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage YOU CAN BE RUINED, OR YOU CAN BE READY with the Help of Technology Be Ready with a SERVPRO ERP!

Technology can now be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare, the following will help you be ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Store Information Online:

There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer free way to store different types of files, from a Word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary.

Follow the News:

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed through Twitter.

Mark Yourself Safe:

The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish. Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook if you’re located in the affected area at that time.

Get in Touch:

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family, friends, business contacts, and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster.

Charge Up:

Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well.

Get an Emergency READY Profile®

SERVPRO® Dale City/Lake Ridge is proud to offer Emergency READY Profiles® (ERP) for free by calling one of our amazing Sales Reps at 703-583-8484 to help prepare your property, or your business for an emergency.

By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® for your property or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your property or business.

Put help in the palm of your hand with the Ready Plan App. Get in touch with your local SERVPRO® Dale City/Lake Ridge Professional today for more information on developing an ERP for your property or business, and SERVPRO® Dale City/Lake Ridge will be there to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

When Storms of Flood Hit Dale City, SERVPRO is ready!

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms of Flood Hit Dale City, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Dale City/Lake Ridge.

SERVPRO of Dale City/Lake Ridge 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 Dale City/Lake Ridge 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 that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 703-583-8484

STORM Ready

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

When it comes to fire & water damage, or specialty cleanup needs, it’s the SERVPRO brand that comes to mind. Our TEAMS work endlessly to make sure our customers are happy, and have one objective in the aftermath of disaster, to make their loss Like it never even happened.

No matter the job or the size, our SERVPRO teams are ready to handle any size loss. With 1,700+ franchises nationwide, we have access to numerous highly trained personnel and thousands of pieces of equipment. Our SERVPRO Disaster Recovery teams are strategically placed throughout the country to respond when needed. Our Teams have a proven track record for success, assisting with cleanup of floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and damage caused from frigid temperatures.

Whether it’s a major storm event, or faulty appliance, we will be there with one call to 703-583-8484

Storm Damage can happen anywhere!

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage can happen anywhere! Call 703-583-8484, so we can help!

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

  • Flash Flooding
  • River Flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® Dale City/Lake Ridge Professionals can help. They can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible.

Your local SERVPRO® Dale City/Lake Ridge Professionals are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Extreme Heat Dangers!

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Extreme Heat Dangers! Be Cautious!

As summer approaches, it is time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat in the coming months. Heat affects all people, but especially the young, elderly, sick, and overweight. Urban area residents also have a greater chance of being affected than those who live in rural areas due to the heat island effect.

According to the EPA, “the sun can heat dry, exposed urban surfaces, such as roofs and pavement, to temperatures 50–90°F hotter than the air, while shaded or moist surfaces—often in more rural surroundings—remain close to air temperatures.” These surface heat islands are strongest during the day when the sun is shining, while the atmospheric heat islands are more likely after sunset “due to the slow release of heat from urban infrastructure.”

Whether you are in an urban or rural area, there are several things you can do to prepare for and prevent extreme heat from affecting you. If possible, stay indoors in air conditioning. Be sure to check on your pets who may be outdoors or bring them inside. Stay hydrated and limit alcohol and caffeine intake.

If you must go outside, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing, and be sure to apply sunscreen often. Pay attention to signs of heat exhaustion, which are heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; and fainting, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which is life-threatening. Signs of heat stroke are a high body temperature (103°+), rapid and strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call 911 immediately and move the person somewhere cool. Reduce body temperature with cool, wet clothes or a bath. Do not give a person with heat stroke fluids, and treat the situation as a serious medical emergency (CDC).

If you live in a humid climate, be aware of the heat index. The heat index factors in the humidity, which can make the temperature feel 15° hotter.

Extreme heat is a serious danger. For more information on preparation and prevention, visit ready.gov or cdc.gov.

Disaster can happen at anytime!

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Disaster can happen at anytime! Ready when you need us!

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is poised and “Ready for Whatever Happens.” With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO System strives to be faster to any size disaster.  Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest floor waters.  Providing experience, manpower, equipment and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team assists your local SERVPRO Woodbridge/Lorton Professionals.  SERVPRO’s Disaster Recover Team has responded to hundreds of disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

2016 Houston, TX Flooding:  In April, a nearly stationary mesoscale convective system developed over Houston resulting in widespread rainfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour.  This was a historic flooding even for Harris County which saw a total of nearly 18 inches of accumulated rainfall.  The Storm Team dispatched 81 crews to over 360 jobs mitigating over $3 million in damages.

2015 Siberian Express:  Record sub-zero temperatures caused major problems for a large portion of the country stretching from Florida to Maine.  The Midwest also experienced record breaking low temperatures resulting in frozen pipes and ice dams causing major problems for residents. The Storm Team dispatched a total of 257 crews for 108 Franchises to assist local SERVPRO Franchises completing nearly 2000 jobs.

2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding: Rainfall rates up to 2 inches per hour caused major flash flooding stretching from Northeast Ohio all the way up to Portland, Maine.  Eastern Michigan and Baltimore, Maryland were also impacted creating over 1,381 jobs for the Storm team to product.  A total of 82 SERVPRO Franchises and 173 crews mitigated over $4.3 million in damages while assisting the local Franchises.

2014 Polar Vortex:  Record low temperatures caused by a break in the North Pole’s polar vortex resulted in an unprecedented freezing event, spanning from east of the Rocky Mountains to as far south as Central Florida, effecting all or part of 39 states and 70% of the SERVPRO Franchise System.

2013 Colorado Floods: Heavy rainfall, with amounts up to 17 inches in some areas, resulted in widespread flooding in Fort Collins, Boulder and surrounding Colorado mountain communities.  The Disaster Recovery Team responded with 109 crews from 48 Franchises to assist the local SERVPRO Franchises in the emergency response.

2012 Hurricane Sandy:  Affecting the more than 20 states, Sandy left widespread damage and flooding from Florida stretching the entire eastern seaboard to Maine.  The Disaster Recovery Team placed nearly 1000 crews in affected areas, representing over 300 SERVPRO Franchises from across the country.  Teams traveled from as far as Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.

Hurricane Season

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Some stats:

The peak time of the year for hurricanes here in the Atlantic region is June-November. On the Pacific the peak time of year is May- November. 

  • Did you know the force of a hurricane is from 74-155+ miles per hour?

  • The difference between a tropical storm and a hurricane is wind speed – tropical storms usually bring winds of 36 to 47 mph, whereas hurricane wind speeds are at least 74 mph.
  • 40% of the hurricanes that occur in the United States hit Florida.
  • Hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around the eye.
  • When the National Hurricane Center began giving official names to storms in 1953, they were all female.

The cost of hurricane damage is usually a couple million per storm. Hurricane Sandy though caused nearly $62 billion in damages once it hit the USA. $128 billion in damages was caused by Hurricane Katrina. 

Some tips:

  • Stay away from low-lying and flood prone areas.
  • Always stay indoors during a hurricane, because strong winds will blow things around.
  • Leave mobile homes and to go to a shelter.
  • If your home isn't on higher ground, go to a shelter.
  • If emergency managers say to evacuate, then do so immediately.

Hurricane Season is Here!

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Some stats:

The peak time of the year for hurricanes here in the Atlantic region is June-November. On the Pacific the peak time of year is May- November. 

  • Did you know the force of a hurricane is from 74-155+ miles per hour?

  • The difference between a tropical storm and a hurricane is wind speed – tropical storms usually bring winds of 36 to 47 mph, whereas hurricane wind speeds are at least 74 mph.
  • 40% of the hurricanes that occur in the United States hit Florida.
  • Hurricanes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction around the eye.
  • When the National Hurricane Center began giving official names to storms in 1953, they were all female.

The cost of hurricane damage is usually a couple million per storm. Hurricane Sandy though caused nearly $62 billion in damages once it hit the USA. $128 billion in damages was caused by Hurricane Katrina. 

Some tips:

  • Stay away from low-lying and flood prone areas.
  • Always stay indoors during a hurricane, because strong winds will blow things around.
  • Leave mobile homes and to go to a shelter.
  • If your home isn't on higher ground, go to a shelter.
  • If emergency managers say to evacuate, then do so immediately.

Are you disaster ready?

7/28/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you disaster ready? Be Prepared in case this happens to you!

In recent years many forms of disasters have affected the United States.  Flooding, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community.

Please look over the below Emergency Supply Kit and make sure your home or business is prepared for a natural disaster.  For more information on disaster preparedness visit www.ready.gov or call one of our amazing marketing representative help you develop an Emergency Response Profile.  The Profile is designed to be a quick and easy snapshot of your business providing critical facility information needed for detailed emergency preparation.

Emergency Supply Kit Essentials:

·         Water, one gallon per person per day

·         Food, non-perishable 3-day supply

·         Manual can opener

·         Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries

·         Flashlight and extra batteries

·         First aid kit

·         Whistle to signal for help

·         Clothing

·         Dust masks or bandanas

·         Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape

·         Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary

Please contact SERVPRO Dale City/Lake Ridge at 703-583-8484 if you need any assistance in developing YOUR Emergency Ready Profile.

Faster to Any Size Disaster!

7/7/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Faster to Any Size Disaster! Too much soap!? We can help!

There’s no such thing as a small disaster – especially when the water you don’t see contains bacteria or can cause mold, rot, and other unseen damage.  Water damage can affect the value of your property.  Before you get out the mop bucket and try to clean it yourself, consider how the damage can affect your property.

SERVPRO Dale City/Lake Ridge knows how disruptive water damage can be for your business.  We are trained and equipped to manage the drying process.  By utilizing the proper equipment and moisture measuring devices, your building will be quickly and thoroughly dried to industry standards, which will help prevent secondary water damages.  With rapid response time and full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO Dale City/Lake Ridge can help you regain control quickly, ensuring your facility and its contents are property dried, deodorized and protected.

Before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call our office at 703-583-8484.