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Steps to take after Storm damage

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Steps to take after Storm damage At SERVPRO of North Cabbarus County and China Grove we have seen it all when it comes to Storm Damage

A severe storm can change everything in the blink of an eye. It doesn’t always have to be a tornado or hurricane to cause destruction on your home or office, and poor restoration can leave you with an unhealthy home for your family. As challenging as recovery can be, you can take comfort in the fact that many have gone through similar experiences. This makes finding the direction you need a little easier. If you know what to expect and learn all you can before a storm hits, you’ll be more prepared to restore things to normal as quickly as possible.

Stay Safe

Before inspecting the damage to your home keep safety in mind:

  • Watch out for hazards such as broken glass and exposed nails.
  • Always assume that downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Stay at least 10 feet away and alert the police and utility company.
  • When inspecting your home at night, use a flashlight instead of a candle (or anything with an open flame). This will alleviate the risk of a fire or explosion from a damaged gas line.

If you do smell gas—or suspect a leak—shut off the main gas line, open the windows, and immediately go outside. Notify the gas company and the proper authorities of the situation and don’t return until they’ve deemed your home to be safe.

Review and Assess the Damage

Your roof is the most susceptible to costly damage. If a tree limb or other heavy debris fell on your roof during a storm, your home might have structural damage, so be cautious. Common signs of roof damage are:

  • Holes in the roof
  • Split seams
  • Missing shingles
  • Bruises or dented asphalt shingles
  • Cracked or broken tile, slate, or concrete shingles
  • Granules collecting in gutters or downspouts
  • Leaks in your roof or ceiling
  • Dents on vents, gutters, or flashing

Windows and doors are vulnerable to wind damage and flying debris. Inspect your windows for cracks, holes, broken panes and damaged frames. Watch out for shards of glass, and be sure to board up broken windows until they can be fixed.

Look for damage to siding, paint, bricks and other exterior surfaces of your home. Also check outdoor appliances, like air conditioning units. You’re looking for dings, dents, cracks, splitting, holes, breaks chipping and discoloration.

As safely as you can, secure yourself and remove debris from roof, gutters and make sure downspouts are intact to continue to divert water away from your property.

If there was extended power outages and you have a sump pump, you may have standing water in your basement.

  • Do not step in standing water without first making sure power is turned off to avoid risk of electrocution
  • Re-engage sump pump to discharge water from the area or call a plumber if the pump is damaged.

Avoid Additional Damage

You may need a board-up service to secure your property so don’t wait. SERVPRO of North Cabbarus County and China Grove  can be there day or night for emergency service.

Contact Your Insurance Provider

Your insurance provider will instruct you on the next steps to take in making a claim and provide you with a claim number.

It’s important to hire a professional and trustworthy contractor to help you recover your home and restore your lives. Poor or incomplete restoration will leave you with an unhealthy home for your family. Any time there is water damage is involved, mold can begin growing immediately as well. It’s critical to address and remedy this as soon as possible to avoid additional damage and health risk. At SERVPRO of North Cabbarus County and China Grove we have seen it all when it comes to Storm Damage. Whatever your situation is, we will start the process of restoring your lives by giving you a free quote and time estimate on the storm damage repairs required.

Top Tips for Getting Ready for a Storm/ After a Storm

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Top Tips for Getting Ready for a Storm/ After a Storm SERVPRO North Cabarrus County & China Grove. 704-939-1944

Top Tips for Getting Ready for a Storm

  • Remove debris from outside and ensure that any loose items are secured or stored inside.
  • Ensure all windows and doors are shut, and locked where possible.
  • Secure your vehicles in a garage (if possible), but at the very least park them away from any objects including trees that may fall and damage it.
  • Organise where your family and any pets will be during the expected storm time, to ensure everyone is safe.
  • Storms can result in power cuts, so make a storm kit which includes torches, necessary medication, food, water and blankets etc.

Tips for After a Storm

Depending on the severity of the winds, the post-storm clean-up can vary from small repairs to much bigger ones.

  • Avoid standing near walls, buildings and trees that may be prone to collapse following the storm.
  • Be aware of any loose electrical wires and cables that may have been damaged. Leave these for a professional to fix.
  • Contact your insurance company immediately if you think you need to make a claim.

Whether the forecast for storms later this week turns out to be accurate or not, it’s good practice to prepare your premises in advance. This includes making sure that you have the contact details for those you can contact in an emergency, such as electricians, plumbers, roofers, your insurer’s claim helpline and your local SERVPRO North Cabarrus County & China Grove. 704-939-1944

 

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is ready!

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is ready! Highly trained Professionals are Here to Help!

Storms and floods inflicting damage to your home or business?  SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is here to help! We have the ability to scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel.  OUR professional team is Ready when the unexpected happens.

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.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are IICRC Certified. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today

704-939-1944

SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is ready when the unexpected happens. 

Do you know the diffence between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning?

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do you know the diffence between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning? Take shelter if a tornado warning is issued!!!

A Tornado WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center meteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for tornadoes. A watch can cover parts of a state or several states.  

     A Tornado WARNING is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office meteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 over a designated area. This means a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar and there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the tornado. ACT now to find safe shelter! A warning can cover parts of counties or several counties in the path of danger.

Knowing the difference between the two can prepare individuals for the necessary steps to take when considering the threat of severe weather.

Take shelter if a tornado warning is issued!!!

Do you know the diffence between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning?

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do you know the diffence between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning? Take shelter if a tornado warning is issued!!!

A Tornado WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center meteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for tornadoes. A watch can cover parts of a state or several states.  

     A Tornado WARNING is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office meteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 over a designated area. This means a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar and there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the tornado. ACT now to find safe shelter! A warning can cover parts of counties or several counties in the path of danger.

Knowing the difference between the two can prepare individuals for the necessary steps to take when considering the threat of severe weather.

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is ready!

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is ready! Highly trained Professionals are Here to Help!

Storms and floods inflicting damage to your home or business?  SERVPRO of North Cabarrus County & China Grove is here to help! We have the ability to 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.

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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today

704-939-1944