Recent Storm Damage Posts
Prepare for Winter Weather to Avoid Costly Damage
Is Your Property Ready for Old Man Winter?
The mild weather we’ve been blessed with these past few months may have us lulled into an unrealistic sense of security, believing that a mild or even balmy winter lies ahead. However, it doesn’t take a major ice storm to do damage to your house -- normal winter weather with long durations of moisture and ice can cause problems, too. When the worst happens and you need immediate service to rescue your property and prevent further damage, rest assured that SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is ready to respond.
We all hope to be spared from accidents caused by severe winter storms or the damage that can result from wet, icy weather conditions. Read on for suggestions to help you be prepared for that icy onslaught.
- Check regularly on weather reports and warnings for upcoming freezing weather and winter storms. Being informed ahead of severe weather gives you an advantage.
- Early in the season, have your heating system checked by a professional HVAC company. At the very least, change your filters. Don’t wait until a frigid day to find out that your heating system doesn’t work.
- To prevent damage to the outside of your home, paint, caulk, and seal wood structures. Replacing trim later, after moisture has caused rot, will be a lot more expensive than doing this preventative maintenance.
- Even your masonry and concrete surfaces can be damaged by freezing moisture. Inspect your patio and other concrete structures and apply a winter sealant to keep out the moisture that causes damage.
- Clean your rain gutters. The leaves falling in autumn, as well as other debris that falls from trees during summer can clog your gutters causing rain to back up and overflow. The overflow can cause moisture to build up under the shingles around the perimeter of your roof, causing wood rot. It also runs down the walls of your home, causing damage to your masonry and foundation.
- Make sure all the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home are in good working order and have fresh batteries. Winter is the time most home fires occur due to home heaters, fireplace fires, and holiday decorations. This is a good time to take stock of your fire extinguishers and have annual maintenance done on them.
- Hire a reliable company to clean and inspect your fireplace and chimney before building that first cozy fire. Make sure you have brought in a fresh stock of firewood and store it at a safe distance from wood structures. Inspecting any old firewood for deterioration will give you the opportunity to spot signs of wood-damaging insects.
- Prepare pools, sprinkler systems, and outside water faucets for freezing weather. Using professional services for the pool and sprinkler system is well worth the cost. Draining and blowing out lines to prevent pipes bursting during a freeze is far less expensive than having to replace them in the spring. Also drain outside faucets, as they are completely exposed to nasty freezes and can cause major damage if a faucet line bursts and floods the inside of your home.
- Check any trees near your home. Branches that are too near the house can cause damage when they become ice-coated and brush against the siding and windows. Trees that are dead or dying can fall during snow and ice storms, causing major damage to your house or your neighbors. Dead trees should be removed.
Preparing in advance for winter’s worst can help to prevent damage to your property due to wear or accidents. But when a damaging event does occur despite your best efforts, be assured SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is prepared to rush to your assistance. We can quickly remediate damage caused by water, fire, or smoke, and help to make your property “Like it never even happened.”
Call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak 972-937-1494
No matter the cause, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is available to help remediate water damage.
Though the incoming cold front isn't bringing arctic temperatures, and Texas doesn't often experience weather cold enough to freeze pipes, it has been known to happen.
SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak had a customer call us after a storm system came through, causing the temperature to drop so severely that the pipes in their kitchen burst, leaving their home with water damage.
When experiencing a water loss, it is crucial that the water be extracted quickly. A fast response assists in keeping the affected area isolated, and ensuring that the damage to the impacted area does not become more severe due to prolonged exposure to water. SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak has teams ready to be dispatched 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our skilled technicians will be on site quickly, helping to prevent additional secondary damages from occurring.
Our professional staff knows exactly what steps to take to ensure your property is restored properly.
It's almost starting to feel like fall, FINALLY, well, for the weekend, at least. But, just because it feels like the weather is changing doesn't mean we're done with hurricane season yet. Are you aware that hurricane season lasts from May 15th to November 30th?
SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is one franchise in a nationwide network of SERVPRO franchises. We live in, work in, and serve our community; but, when disaster strikes elsewhere, or a destructive storm hits close to home, we are able to partner with our brothers and sisters in green to mitigate storm damage on even a large scale.
No matter where or when mother nature strikes, no matter how big or small the damage, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is here to help.
Reduce Potential for Storm Damage: Get Your Home Ready
Historically, peak storm season typically occurs in the eight weeks surrounding September 10. This is due to the summer warming of oceanic waters and the weakening of wind sheer. The higher air and water temperatures cause storms to drop more precipitation and to last longer, and the lower wind sheer prevents storms being dispersed by the wind. Over the last 70 years storms over land in the North Atlantic and Western North Pacific have slowed by 20 to 30 percent. These slower, wetter storms mean more potential water damage. (www.weather.com)
SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak technicians are highly trained and ready to rush to your aid in the event that you have water damage due to flooding. But you can reduce the potential for your home to sustain water damage from a storm by doing the following things to get your home ready for the storm and for the possibility of a prolonged power outage after a storm.
- First check the outside. Make sure rain gutters are clear of debris so water will flow freely and away from the house. Check the roof for soft spots or damaged or missing shingles and make needed repairs. If there are tall trees near your house, make sure the whole tree is stable and if any branches overhang the house, trim them to reduce the chances they might fall and damage the roof, walls, or windows.
- Secure any outside items, such as patio furniture, umbrellas, and grills, that could be blown by high winds. Move them to an inside location if possible. Anchor any outside fuel tanks.
- Check that your emergency kit is stocked and readily accessible. It should include items such as non-perishable food, bottled water, flashlights and batteries, blankets, extra sets of clothing, a first aid kit, and any medications needed by the family or pets. A more detailed list of items to include in an emergency kit can be found at www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.
- If you live in a multi-level home, move what you can to a higher level (especially if your home has a basement). Store important documents (such as, birth certificates and passports) in a safe, dry place. Unplug all electronics, as water and electricity are a dangerous combination.
- Turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting, or move its contents to the freezer section. This will protect food for a longer time in the event of a power outage.
- Turn off the gas line to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning or gas leaks.
- Check your home insurance. Most home owners policies do not cover flood damage. However, with the changes in weather patterns bringing longer, wetter storms, it might be wise to add this type coverage to your policy no matter where you live. Prepare a household inventory, using photos or videos, as this will be critical in processing any insurance claims.
In the event that your property sustains water damage due to storms, flooding, or any other cause, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak at 972-937-1494. Our technicians are experts at cleaning and restoration of water damage.
This information and more regarding storm/flood preparation can be found at www.floodsmart.gov.