Recent Storm Damage Posts

Summer Storms can Bring Flash Flooding

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Storms can Bring Flash Flooding Flood Damage

When we think of summer our thoughts go to sunshine, beaches and lemonade but summer storms can bring heavy rains and flash flooding. These storms can bring several inches or feet of water in a short period of time causing flooding and many dangers. The NSSC (National Sever Storms Laboratory) says that, “floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters and in the U.S., floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes and lighting.”

To keep your family safe during a flash flood, follow these guidelines:

  • If you live in a flood zone, have a family plan.
  • Always be alert of flash flood watches and if it turns into a warning get to high ground immediately.
  • Never drive into high water, your vehicle can be carried away or flip over.
  • Do not walk into highwaters, only six inches of rushing water can knock you over. Flooding water is also considered sewage because the contaminates it contains.
  • Downed power lines can cause the water to be deadly.

When the water recedes, there are some precautions you can take:

  • Make sure is it safe to return to the flood zone.
  • Check your basement for water damage caused by the flood. Do not enter if there is standing water.
  • Inspect structure for damage and any risk of collapsing.
  • Check for fire hazards, gas leaks and water damaged electrical circuits.
  • Look for cracks or damage to your foundation.
  • Ventilate your home by opening windows and doors.
  • Dispose of any food that was in the flood.
  • Be caution of any animals that may have entered your home.

If your home is damaged by flooding, you will need a professional water damage restoration company to restore your home. Call SERVPRO of N.E. Columbus at 614-888-5700.

How To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage Basement Demolition From Water Damage

Spring has officially arrived in the Columbus, Ohio area. Even though spring brings sunshine and flowers, it can also bring some nasty storms. During severe weather, your home can experience brutal conditions including water damage, flooding and destruction both inside and outside your home. Unfortunately, you can’t stop the weather but there are steps you can follow to help minimize the potential damage a storm may cause to your home.

  1. Adjust your home water valves: If your city’s main sewer line often gets backed up during a heavy rainstorm, you could find yourself in a “crappy” situation. Consider installing an interior or exterior backflow valve to prevent your water system from being contaminated from water that is flowing backwards into your own supply lines.
  2. Clean your gutter, drains, and downspouts: Leaves and other debris can often build up in your gutters and downspouts, blocking the flow of water. If the water has nowhere to go, then you have water overflow, which is not good. Make sure you clear out any excess leaves, twigs, and other debris, so the openings to the downspouts are completely clear. A garden hose can be used to check the flow of the water. If it is necessary, extend your downspouts by at least 10 feet from your home to get the water a safe distance away.
  3. Cover air vents: One of the most common ways water can find its way into your home is through your air vents. If you’re aware that you will be experiencing heavy rains in the near future and have a high chance of flooding, use a thick plastic sheeting to cover your air vents from both inside and outside your home.
  4. Have your roof inspected: Ideally, you should have your roof checked every year but you should always have it inspected before wind, rain, and snow sets in. A new roof should be inspected after the first five years, then again at 10 years, 13 years, 15 years, 17 years, and after that it should be every year. It is important to have your roof inspected so you can catch problems before it becomes a headache and possibly causes water damage.
  5. Check your sealant: Make sure there are no gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding your doors and windows. If you find gaps in the sealant, fill them in immediately. By filling in these gaps and holes in the sealant, it prevents rain water from finding its way into your home.

If water still manages to find a way into your home, call SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus at (614) 888- 5700. We’re always here to help!

Storm Damage in Blacklick

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Blacklick Storm Damage to Basement

We received numerous calls over the past few weeks due to the flooding that has hit the Columbus metropolitan area.  A lot of these homes flooded due to sump pump malfunctions.  It is very important for Sump Pump's to be well maintained so that your basement does not get affected when heavy storms roll through the area.  The foullowing are 4 Tips for Sump Pump Maintenance:

  1. Test it regularly:  You can test your sump pump to confirm it’s working properly. Pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. When you do this, the pump should turn on right away. Remove the water from the pit, then shut it off in a couple of seconds. Be sure that the float switch and the check valve can move freely and that nothing is in the way. In addition, check the discharge line to be sure it is not obstructed or frozen. Also, if the inlet screen is clogged, clear it of any residue or debris.
  2. Change Batteries:  If your sump pump is backed up by batteries, be sure that the batteries are replaced every two to three years, or as directed from the manufacturer.
  3. Clean It:  At least once a year, you should take out the pump. Begin by disconnecting it from the power. Flush it out well with water to remove any standing debris. While it’s out, remove stones, mud, debris, or anything else that is inside the sump pit. Then put the sump pump back in and reconnect it to the power. Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into it to ensure the sump pump still functions properly.
  4. Be Sure the Outside of your Home is Well-Maintained:  Basement flooding can be incredibly damaging. To avoid this, seal any cracks in your walls, windows, or in the foundation. In addition, clean gutters and downspouts regularly so things can drain properly. Also, make sure that the grading around your home is designed properly. It should slope away from the foundation so water can be washed away. Water buildup can happen quickly. If your home’s exterior isn’t being taken care of, you could see damage in your basement right away. A sump pump works well in normal conditions, but it can’t overcome a faulty design.

Source:  https://meticulousplumbing.com/4-tips-sump-pump-maintenance/

In the even that your basement does end up flooding, contact SERVPRO of NE Columbus to make it "Like it never even happened."

Flood Safety Tips

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Safety Tips Home damaged from a flash flood

Floods can occur in every single U.S. state.  Below are a few steps to take before, during, and after a flood from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Before

  • Know Your Risk:  Is your home or business in a floodplain?  Where is water likely to collect on the roadways you most often travel?  What is the fastest way to get to higher ground? Knowing the answers to these questions ahead of time can save your life. 
  • Assemble an Emergency Kit:  It is good practice to have enough food, water and medicine on hand at all times to last you at least 3 days in the case of an emergency. You should also have batteries, blankets, flashlights, first aid kit, rubber boots, rubber gloves, and a  battery operated radio easily available.

During:

  • Get to a Higher Ground:  Get out of areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground immediately
  • Stay Informed:  Monitor local radio and television, internet and social media for information and updates.
  • Practice Electrical Safety:  Don't go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises --get out!

After:

  • Contact Your Family and Loved Ones:  Let your family and close friends know that you’re okay so they can help spread the word. Register with or search the American Red Cross’s Safe and Well listings.
  • Wait for the "All Clear":  Do not enter a flood damaged home or building until you're given the all clear by authorities. If you choose to enter a flood damaged building, be extremely careful. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to discuss the damage done to your property

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus.  Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage.  Let us help you get your life back in order. 

Source:  http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/

Storm and Wind Damage

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm and Wind Damage Damage from a Fallen Tree in Dublin, OH

With spring just right around the corner, thunderstorms can not only bring water damage to homes, it can also bring wind damage.  Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes.

Below are some steps to take if your home is damaged by wind.

Documenting Damage:

  • Call and report your damage to your insurance company.
  • From a safe location, take pictures of any damage.
  • Inventory any belongings that may have been destroyed or damaged, noting the brand, price, age, etc.
  • If you have pictures of your home before the damage, include them with your insurance claim.

Preventing Further Damage:

  • If you suspect possible structural, electrical or gas-leak hazards, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution or explosions.
  • Cover broken windows and doors with tarps, heavy plastic or plywood to prevent further damage. Save repair receipts for reimbursement. 

Repairs and Cleanup:

  • Don’t start permanent, major repairs or renovations until your property has been inspected by an insurance representative.
  • If your roof needs to be replaced, hire a professional roofing contractor who is licensed and insured.
  • Fallen trees or large branches also are best removed by a professional tree service. This service may be covered depending on your policy coverage.

If your home suffers wind damage, please contact SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus for any board up, tarp up, tree removal, or roof replacement services.

Source: https://www.nationwide.com/wind-damage-claims.jsp

Minimizing Storm Damage with Trained Professionals

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Minimizing Storm Damage with Trained Professionals Severe Flood Damage

If you have ever endured storm damage to your Columbus home, SERVPRO is here to help.  Our employees are trained and certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) to ensure that the technicians have the expertise in restoring your home. 

In cases where there is flood damage to your home, the IICRC categorizes four different classes of destruction as follows:

  • Class 1:  The lowest and easiest to deal with, this has a slow evaporation rate. Only part of a room or area was affected, there is little or no wet carpet, and the moisture has only affected materials with a low permeance rate, such as plywood or concrete.
  • Class 2:  With a fast evaporation rate, this level affects an entire room, carpeting, or cushioning, the wetness has wicked up the walls at least 12”, and there is moisture remaining in structural materials.
  • Class 3:  This class has the fastest evaporation rate, and ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors are all saturated. The liquid may have come from overhead. 
  • Class 4:  This class is labeled as specialty drying situations, which means there has been enough liquid and time to saturate materials with very low permeance, such as hardwood, brick, or stone.

If your home is ever in need of restoration services from flood damage, call SERVPRO at 614-888-5700

Storm Damage in Blacklick

3/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Blacklick Storm Damage to Basement

We received numerous calls over the past few weeks due to the flooding that has hit the Columbus metropolitan area.  A lot of these homes flooded due to sump pump malfunctions.  It is very important for Sump Pump's to be well maintained so that your basement does not get affected when heavy storms roll through the area.  The foullowing are 4 Tips for Sump Pump Maintenance:

  1. Test it regularly:  You can test your sump pump to confirm it’s working properly. Pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. When you do this, the pump should turn on right away. Remove the water from the pit, then shut it off in a couple of seconds. Be sure that the float switch and the check valve can move freely and that nothing is in the way. In addition, check the discharge line to be sure it is not obstructed or frozen. Also, if the inlet screen is clogged, clear it of any residue or debris.
  2. Change Batteries:  If your sump pump is backed up by batteries, be sure that the batteries are replaced every two to three years, or as directed from the manufacturer.
  3. Clean It:  At least once a year, you should take out the pump. Begin by disconnecting it from the power. Flush it out well with water to remove any standing debris. While it’s out, remove stones, mud, debris, or anything else that is inside the sump pit. Then put the sump pump back in and reconnect it to the power. Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into it to ensure the sump pump still functions properly.
  4. Be Sure the Outside of your Home is Well-Maintained:  Basement flooding can be incredibly damaging. To avoid this, seal any cracks in your walls, windows, or in the foundation. In addition, clean gutters and downspouts regularly so things can drain properly. Also, make sure that the grading around your home is designed properly. It should slope away from the foundation so water can be washed away. Water buildup can happen quickly. If your home’s exterior isn’t being taken care of, you could see damage in your basement right away. A sump pump works well in normal conditions, but it can’t overcome a faulty design.

In the even that your basement does end up flooding, contact SERVPRO of NE Columbus to make it "Like it never even happened."

When Storms or Floods hit Westerville, SERVPRO is ready!

6/3/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Westerville, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Westerville.

SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus 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 Westerville, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 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 614-888-5700