Recent Storm Damage Posts
Nine Tips for Maximizing Hurricane Damage Insurance Claims
Blog Summary: Hurricane damage can be devastating to homeowners. SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is highlighting tips to help people make the most of insurance claims and recover from storm damage.
SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak cautions homeowners that not all water damage disasters are equal in the eyes of the insurance company. If the water damage was caused by a flood, a homeowners policy probably does not cover the disaster. The homeowner needs to be aware of potential insurance issues. Below are nine important tips to help the homeowner maximize insurance claim payouts for hurricane damages and utilize other assistance to cover losses.
- The typical homeowner’s policy does not cover flooding.
The discovery of this coverage limitation surprises many homeowners, especially when the discovery comes after the home has been flooded. The consequences of this oversight can be financially devastating.
Property damage resulting from water, wind, and wind-driven precipitation entering the home through the roof, doors, windows, or openings in the walls most often falls under homeowners insurance coverage. Property damage caused by flooding from the bottom up is not covered. Some examples of damage that are not covered include:
- Rising water overflowing the banks of a river or stream
- Overflow from a body of water such as a lake, reservoir, or pond
- Storm surge from a hurricane
- Auto insurance covers flooding.
Comprehensive coverage would include damages to a vehicle caused by flooding. The insurance company may declare the car a total loss, and the car owner would receive a claim payout less the deductible. Beware of buying a used vehicle just after a major hurricane since the market may be flooded with flood-damaged automobiles. Risk hazards can include electrical issues and faulty airbags.
- When flooding occurs, immediately inform the insurance company to begin the claim documentation process.
- Emergency tarping and other minor temporary repairs to limit further damage are encouraged. It is not necessary to wait for an adjuster to arrive on the scene to assess the damage.
- Record the damage with images and video before making any temporary alterations or repairs. Many digital resources are available to assist the homeowner in the documentation process.
- Save any receipts for expenses incurred to carry out these temporary repairs. Reimbursements may be available.
- Hurricane damage may carry a higher deductible than water, fire, smoke, or sewage backup damages.
Most standard policies cover wind and wind-driven rain damage. Some insurance companies charge separate wind deductibles. The deductibles are usually 5% to 10% of the coverage amount rather than a flat dollar amount. This deductible can be rather painful for the homeowner.
- Explore qualifying for other recovery assistance.
A host of nonprofit and governmental agencies at the state level may offer hurricane disaster relief to homeowners. Check out DisasterAssistance.gov or schedule an in-person appointment at a FEMA disaster recovery center.
Hurricane disaster victims may also qualify for SBA Disaster Loan Assistance. This low-interest loan helps renters and homeowners replace or repair damaged property.
- Understand limitations for tree damage.
If a tree falls and damages a neighbor’s property, the neighbor can recover some of the damages from their insurance company. If a fallen tree does not do any damage, insurance policies will pay a minimum of $500 to $1,000 for the cleanup and removal.
- Living expenses may be covered if the home must be vacated during the restoration and rebuild process.
Living expenses can add up quickly. The insurance company may pay out these expenses before other funds are disbursed, but limits may apply. Rent, food, and utilities may fall within this coverage spectrum. As always, archive receipts digitally or physically for reimbursement purposes. The insurer may offer a debit card for these expenses.
- Inventory possessions to ensure adequate reimbursement.
The task of creating an inventory of the contents in the home may prove to be a chore. A current inventory of household possessions will prove beneficial in the event of a disaster. Include images and videos of rooms, closets, and other storage areas. Store the information on the cloud or offsite. The photos and video will serve to validate the inventory. If possible, include images or hard copies of the original receipts for valuable items. Before removing any debris, archive the scene with pictures and video.
- Hire a property damage cleanup and restoration company that takes care of the claims process from start to end.
SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak inspects and assesses the damage scene and creates a detailed estimate, including images and video. Experienced staff competently provide end-to-end claims management, relieving the customer of anxiety and stress. Attention can be focused on recovery from weathering severe weather or a hurricane.
In fact, by pre-qualifying a water damage restoration company before a disaster strikes, the homeowner needs to make only two calls, one to the insurance company notifying them of the incident and the other to the damage restoration company.
Contact SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak for more information about water damage restoration in Corsicana, TX. The office can be reached by calling (972) 937-1494 or by emailing acarey@SERVPRO10932.com
Tips for Talking to Children About Severe Weather, Flooding, and Storm Damage
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak offers six tips for helping parents and guardians talk to young children about storms and flood damage.
SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak is dedicated to providing homeowners and businesses with the flood damage restoration services needed to quickly and efficiently return life to normal. The team understands how disruptive and stressful damage from a flood or severe weather can be. Water and flood damage also impacts children in the home. Some of a child’s most precious possessions may be lost, damaged, or destroyed. The restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak will clean and restore a child’s beloved toy with the same skill and attention to detail paid to any other valued item.
How to Help Children Understand and Process Storm Damage
News reports on the radio, television and social media bring the human impact of natural disasters up close and personal, even if the events occurred in places hundreds or thousands of miles away. The vivid images can cause children to become anxious and fearful about their own safety.
Jessika Boles, Ph.D., CCLS, a child life specialist for the Pediatric Critical Care Unit at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University, offers a professional perspective, writing, “Much like adults, children find comfort in routines and regularity. When these are threatened by unpredictable and uncontrollable natural disasters, like hurricanes, a child’s first concern is often about his or her own safety – even when the actual disaster may be a world away. But, when given opportunities to talk about the event and process their feelings in familiar ways, even young children can manage and cope with the stress of a natural disaster.”
The practical tips listed below are intended to help parents and guardians have understandable, meaningful, and encouraging discussions with children about severe weather and storm damage.
Tip #1: Have a conversation on the child’s level using clear and descriptive language.
Violent thunderstorms, massive flooding, devastating tornadoes, and destructive hurricanes may be unfamiliar concepts to little children. They may also not realize the different scope of each event. For example, a thunderstorm may last for fifteen minutes, while a hurricane or tropical storm may linger for days. Parents can help children by defining each event and clarifying the differences in clear, age-appropriate language.
Tip #2: Talk about safety.
Although severe weather and storm damage are inevitable and unpreventable, children are less fearful when they know precautions are in place. Turn the formulation of a family safety and survival plan into a group activity that builds confidence and helps a child feel secure. The simple act of identifying what to do in a disaster can overcome fear. Creating a disaster survival kit with emergency food and water supply, a radio, flashlights, batteries, and a favorite stuffed animal or soft blanket can help a child cope with the unknown and the unpredictable.
Tip #3. Avoid overwhelming the child with information.
Err on the side of moderation. An information overload of explicit images, traumatic videos, disturbing audio, and emotional eye-witness accounts will most likely overwhelm a child’s delicate sensibilities. Information is empowering, but continuous exposure to traumatic news reports about the disaster and the human suffering it has caused can be detrimental to children. Overexposure can result in a child experiencing unhealthy levels of anxiety, stress, frustration, and fear, depending on the child’s psychological state. Interrupt the constant barrage of bad news with a variety of good and encouraging news and entertainment. By turning off the television, computer, or phone, a parent or guardian can give children a healthy sense of control over the flow of information about the natural disaster.
Tip #4: Encourage children to express their emotions.
Let children know it is acceptable to experience fear, anger, or confusion. Help them cope with these emotions through mediums such as structured play and art to stimulate conversation.
Tip #5: Provide opportunities to get involved.
Positive involvement in disaster relief efforts through donations of time, clothing, food, and money can give children a sense that they are helping overcome the challenges associated with a natural disaster. By being part of a large community effort, children can take confidence that the community will be there for them should a disaster disrupt their lives.
Tip #6: Pre-qualify a restoration company and involve the entire family in the process.
Trust the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak for storm damage restoration and flood restoration services. Let the children know a team of highly trained, well-equipped, and caring professionals are available 24/7 to provide emergency cleanup and restoration services in the event of storm damage. For older, mature children, consider adding SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak to their cell phone contacts.
To learn more about storm damage cleanup in Corsicana, TX, call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak at (972) 937-1494. The office can also be reached by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com
How to Choose a Roofing Contractor and a Damage Restoration Company after Storm Damage
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak advises homeowners about what to do when a storm or severe weather damages the roof.
Storm damage in Corsicana, TX, can involve many different types of property damage, including damage to the roof and the accompanying water damage. Like its sister cities of Ennis and Red Oak, Corsicana sees its fair share of severe weather. The thunderstorms that roll through the area bring heavy rain, hail, high winds, and an occasional Texas twister. This severe weather often causes roof damage and water intrusion.
Signs of Storm Damage to the Roof
When severe weather rumbles through the region, homeowners should look for the following signs that may indicate roof damage:
- dislodged and missing shingles
- visible granule loss on the shingles
- visible evidence of water intrusion in the attic or on the ceiling and floor under the attic
- loose debris on the roof and in the yard, including broken limbs, fallen trees, yard furniture, and debris from the neighbor’s yard
- clogged or broken gutters and downspouts
What to Do When Storms Cause Water Damage
When it becomes obvious that the severe weather has damaged the roof and caused a water intrusion, immediately contact a property damage restoration company and a roofing contractor. While waiting for these teams to arrive, take the following steps to protect the home and belongings.
- Move furniture, personal belongings, electrical devices, and other valuables to a safe location. If an item cannot be moved, it should be covered with a tarp or sheet of plastic.
- Put buckets under areas where water is leaking through the ceiling. Take a sharp pencil, ice pick, or nail and make a small hole in the ceiling to allow water to flow freely out of the ceiling into a container.
- Mop up any water on the floor to prevent slip-and-fall injuries.
- Carefully unplug any electronics or electrical devices that might be damaged or cause electrical shock to humans or pets.
Tips for Choosing a Roofing Contractor
When hiring a roofing contractor, consider the following recommendations from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA): “Check for a permanent place of business, telephone number, tax I.D. number and, where required, a business license. Request verification of professional liability insurance. Look for a company with a proven track record; ask for and check client references and request a list of completed projects. Verify whether the contractor is properly licensed or bonded. Insist on a written proposal. The proposal should include complete descriptions of the work and specifications, including approximate start and completion dates and payment procedures. Check to see if the contractor is a member of any regional or national industry associations, such as NRCA. Call your local Better Business Bureau to check for any complaints that have been filed. Have the contractor explain his project supervision and quality control procedures. Carefully read and make sure you understand any roofing warranty offered; watch for provisions that would void the warranty. Remember, price is only one criterion for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily on your decision.”
Tips for Choosing a Property Damage Restoration Company
When selecting a property damage restoration company for a water damage disaster, look for the following:
- 24/7 availability and a rapid response time - Every minute of delay allows for the water damage to progress in severity. A delay in emergency tarping can allow hundreds of gallons of water to pour into a home, adding tens of thousands of dollars to the scope of restoration work.
- Licensed, bonded, and insured
- Solid reviews on social media and references
- Locally owned and operated
- Experienced, trained, and certified water damage restoration technicians
- Advanced equipment, cutting-edge water-detection technology, the latest cleaning techniques, EPA-approved cleaning products
- An initial inspection and assessment that results in an outline of the scope of work, a timeline, an estimate of costs, and full documentation, including photos
- A member of a reputable franchise - As a franchisee, the owner must meet credentialing and qualifying standards in the areas of job performance, customer satisfaction, employee training, and adherence to other corporate policies.
Quality of installation is foundational when choosing a roofing contractor; quality of cleanup and restoration is foundational when choosing a property damage restoration company. Unlike roofing services, property damage restoration touches people at the point of crisis. SERVPRO professionals often encounter homeowners who need compassion and encouragement, as well as property damage restoration.
For more information about storm damage and water damage restoration in Corsicana, TX, contact the SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com
How Statistics About Tornadoes in Texas Can Help Red Oak Residents Prepare For Severe Weather
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak highlights important tornado statistics that can help Red Oak residents and businesses maintain awareness about severe weather and the property damage it causes.
SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak is the premier water damage restoration company in the Red Oak community. Red Oak is in a region of Texas that experiences severe weather, including tornadoes that often cause water damage.
Texas Tornado Statistics Tell a Tragic Story
Each year, about 132 tornadoes strike somewhere in Texas, causing massive property damage that requires the services of property damage restoration companies. The high winds wreak havoc on roofs, resulting in water damage and mold infestation.
From year to year, the tornado totals see some variation. Certain regions are more prone to be visited by tornadic weather than other regions in the state. The Red River Valley owns the distinction of being the tornado alley of Texas. This North Texas area is pummeled more frequently by tornadoes than any other region in the state. Ennis and Red Oak lie within this region of heightened tornadic activity.
No month of the year is immune from the severe weather that generates tornadoes, including December and January, the coldest months of the year. Tornadoes can appear at any hour of the day or night. Nighttime tornadoes are particularly dangerous because most Texas residents are asleep and unaware of the approaching storm.
Meteorologists have determined that tornadic activity is concentrated during the late spring and early summer months, from April through June. Texas twisters typically occur during the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.
In the sixty years from 1951 to 2011, nearly two-thirds of all Texas tornadoes struck in three months — April, May, and June. May is the most tornado-prone month of the year, and one in three tornadoes strike Texas in the month of May.
More twisters are recorded in Texas than in any other state in the USA, including Oklahoma. This title is probably due to the state’s massive size relative to other nearby states.
According to the Texas Almanac, “The greatest outbreak of tornadoes on record in Texas was associated with Hurricane Beulah in September 1967. Within a five-day period, Sept. 19–23, 115 known tornadoes, all in Texas, were spawned by this great hurricane. Sixty-seven occurred on Sept. 20, a Texas record for a single day. In addition to Hurricane Beulah’s 115 tornadoes, there were another 9 tornadoes in September for a total of 124, which is a Texas record for a single month. The greatest number of tornadoes in Texas in a single year is 232, also in 1967. The second-highest number in a single year is 1995 when 223 tornadoes occurred in Texas.”
As mentioned above, May is an active month for tornadoes. Texas saw its worst outbreak of spring tornadoes in its history in May of 1982, and meteorologists identified 123 tornadoes. On average, May experiences a little over thirty-nine tornadoes per month, making it the most potentially dangerous month of the year. January experiences the least number of tornadoes on average at 2.3 tornadic events per month.
On December 29, 2006, Texans faced a rare outbreak of winter twisters. Twenty-seven tornadoes rumbled through the Lone Star State, the largest monthly total for December on record. December averages about three tornadoes per month.
According to data compiled from the National Weather Service, the top ten deadliest tornadoes in the history of Texas have accounted for 563 fatalities and 3,447 injuries.
Tornado Statistics Teach Helpful Lessons
Understanding the timing and frequency of tornadic activity, as well as the capacity of tornadoes to cause storm damage to homes and businesses, can give some helpful insight on how to prepare for a tornado and how to respond when a tornado causes storm damage to a structure.
Here are some tips on how to be prepared for a tornado:
- Always stay alert, especially during the months of April, May, and June. Two-thirds of all tornadoes occur during these months, and one-third of all Texas tornadic events happen in May.
- Storm conditions are at their height between the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. When there is a weather alert during these hours, know that the conditions are just right for a tornado to develop in association with severe weather.
- Sign up to receive NOAA weather alerts on all devices.
- Purchase a weather radio. Make sure that everyone in the home or business knows how to use it.
- Prepare a storm disaster survival plan with the entire family. Business owners should prepare a disaster response plan for their employees. The professionals at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak often work with businesses to formulate a Ready Plan to deal with storm damage, water damage, and fire and smoke damage resulting from a property damage disaster.
- Prepare a severe weather survival kit and refresh it before peak tornado season arrives in late March and early April. The kit should include LED flashlights and plenty of batteries, first aid items, food, water, important documentation and contact information, rubber gloves, tarps, duct tape, rope, and a basic tool kit.
- Designate a safe room or sheltered area in the home. Practice tornado drills with the family at different times during the day and night.
- Pre-qualify a property damage restoration company before disaster strikes. Searching for a storm damage or water damage restoration professional at 3:00 am in the middle of a chaotic situation only adds to the stress and anxiety of the ordeal.
The property damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak are ready to help residents and businesses deal with water damage in Red Oak and Ennis. Available 24/7, 365 days a year, the team can respond within an hour or less. Certified technicians utilize the latest equipment, advanced technology, and proven cleaning and restoration techniques to quickly restore a property to its original pre-damage condition.
For more information about water damage restoration in Red Oak, TX, call SERVPRO of Ennis/Red Oak office at (972) 937-1494 or email acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.
How Storm Power Outages Can Lead to Crawl Space and Basement Flooding and Water Damage
Blog Summary: SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak reminds homeowners that power outages during severe weather can cause a sump pump to fail, which can cause water damage in the crawl space or basement.
Since 2000, SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak has been serving the local community with water, fire, and storm damage restoration. Centrally located in Ellis County, the damage restoration teams can reach any location in the area in less than thirty minutes. The local company is backed by a nationwide system of qualified franchises, specializing in residential, commercial, and large-scale disaster clean-up and restoration.
Everything in Texas is big, including the thunderstorms that rumble through the North Texas region during the spring, summer, and fall. Occasionally, turbulent weather will pay a visit to the area during a warm spell in the winter months, as experienced on December 26, 2015, when ten or more tornadoes pummeled North Texas. Typically, April and May are the most active months for severe weather.
A severe weather “watch” means to keep an eye out for potentially severe weather conditions. A “warning” means severe weather conditions are in the area. The “r” in the word “warning” is a cue to homeowners to run for cover or to retreat to shelter in a protected area or safe room in the home. Once a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service, only minutes or seconds may separate tranquility from turmoil during periods of severe weather.
High winds, hail, heavy rain, and lightning can potentially cause a power outage. High winds may break off limbs or topple trees, which can break power lines. Flash flooding may bring down the power grid along a river or creek basin. Lightning strikes may take out telephone poles, transformers, or substations resulting in the loss of power for large portions of the local Ennis and Red Oak population. In any case, severe weather and power outages can be disastrous.
Some of the consequences related to severe weather and a power outage include:
- slip-and-fall injuries in the dark or on wet pavement or decking
- electrical shock from appliances, electronics, or power cords during a major water intrusion from a flood or from severe damage to the roof or other portion of the structure
- heart issues resulting from stress and anxiety over the power outage
- back issues, joint injuries, or muscle strains from moving heavy debris, furniture, or water-logged floorcoverings
- medical complications arising from the loss of power to life-sustaining medical equipment
A serious consequence of a power outage is the loss of power to a sump pump in the basement or crawl space. Typically, sump pumps are installed in a sump pit where water collects from a foundation drainage system that directs intruding water to the pit. The sump pump evacuates unwanted water, keeping the basement or crawlspace dry. Most sump pumps operate on electricity, so a power outage can be disastrous. A crawl space or basement can flood very quickly when the sump pump is not operational. Sometimes a sump pump may lose power even though the home or business has power.
In any case, having multiple contingency plans in the event of a sump pump failure is worth the time, effort, and expense. Flooding in the basement and crawl space can lead to damage to or the loss of valuable property, structural damage to the foundation, mold infestation, health effects related to the mold, and expensive water removal and restoration costs.
According to insurance industry experts, “One way to prevent sump pump failure during a power outage is to have a battery backup for your sump pump, which will keep the pump running even if your power is out. In addition to battery sump pump backups, some pumps also have water-powered backup systems that use your home’s water supply to remove water from the sump pit.”
Some homeowners install an additional sump pump with its own backup power system to ensure any water intrusion can be managed. Not all insurance companies cover water damage resulting from a sump pump failure. Special coverage must be purchased at an additional cost. Homeowners should check with their insurance agent for options and expenses. Some insurance companies may require a backup plan that includes the installation of a reserve system with its own power source, such as a generator.
Homeowners need to regularly test the sump pump by pouring a bucket or two of water into the sump pit. The pump should immediately spring to life and drain the water from the sump pit. Before pouring water into the pit, clean out any debris or dirt that might clog the system.
If the worst-case scenario — a flooded basement or crawl space — becomes a reality, immediately contact a qualified water damage restoration expert to take care of the problem. Water damage grows worse with every passing minute. Advanced secondary water damage may add days and many dollars to the overall expense of the restoration work. Also, insurance companies may look unfavorably upon lengthy delays in securing property damage restoration services, especially for water damage. Pre-qualifying a water and storm damage restoration company when the days are sunny can save hours when it is dark, the rain is coming down in torrents, and the basement or crawl space is flooding.
The water damage restoration experts at SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak are available 24/7, 365 days a year. IICRC-certified technicians have the equipment, training, and experience to tackle any size disaster.
For more information about water and storm damage restoration in Red Oak, TX, contact SERVPRO of Ennis / Red Oak by phone at (972) 937-1494 or by email at acarey@SERVPRO10932.com.
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.