Recent Storm Damage Posts

What Are Flood Cuts?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

When a business has endured a water loss or water damage, the mitigation process can be tedious.  If absolutely any moisture is left behind, it may cause secondary damage in the form of mold, or make the building materials unstable.  Of these building materials, we include drywall.  

Once moisture has penetrated your drywall, it only takes about 48 hours for dry drywall to soften exponentially or for mold to begin growing.  In order to prevent this from happening, SERVPRO often removes the bottom 12-18 inches of drywall from a home or business.  This is called performing a 'flood cut'.

Are Flood Cuts Really Necessary?

Moisture isn't always visible to the human eye.  That is why we use our state of the art equipment to detect moisture that may be hiding behind walls.  If moisture is detected, a flood cut is a reliable method that we use to dry out that space.  This entails removing the bottom 12 or 18in of drywall so we can use our equipment to circulate air and avoid the growth of mold behind said drywall in the future.  There are a few factors that we use to determine whether or not a flood cut is necessary.  These factors include

  • How much, if any, insulation is behind the walls.  
  • What category of water affected the area.
  • The length of time that the water was left sitting before being removed.

The intent of the flood cut is to avoid you, as a business owner, having to close your business for an extended period of time due to secondary damage caused by the initial water loss.  Drywall and insulation are both incredibly absorbent and take a long time to dry out, making it the perfect habitat for mold.  If the drywall, insulation, and surrounding areas are not properly cleaned and dried, it will cause even larger and more expensive predicaments in the future.  That is why professionals recommend allowing us to perform a flood cut, to save you from future trouble.

As always, if your business has endured a disaster, give us a call! 871-596-8714

A Storm’s-A-Brewin

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

What do you call a deer in a rainstorm?  A raindeer.

I'm sure that raindeer would love a nice shelter to stay in until the storm passes.  Hey!  What about a nice storm shelter?

Now, whether or not you allow animals in your shelter is totally up to you, but there are a few things that we recommend you keep in there in case you or your furry friends need somewhere safe to hide.  First off, if you don't own a storm shelter or one isn't accessible to you, it is recommended to seek refuge in a basement or in a room placed close to the center of the house.  This is so there are as many walls as possible between you and the outside.  Also try to pick a room with few windows and/or doors.

Once you have planned out where you want to seek refuge incase of emergency, the next step is to stock up that space with some essential items.  These items will support you in case of a power outage, freak injury, or possible starvation.

Essentials To Keep In Your Storm Shelter

  • Radio- Keep a battery powered radio with you in case your phone dies or the phone lines are down. 
  • Battery powered walkie-talkies- These are useful when trying to communicate with someone nearby.
  • Battery powered or wind up flashlight- If the power goes out, you still may need to navigate your way around.  Having a flashlight that you can trust is essential.
  • Batteries- While we're on the subject of battery powered objects, keeping a new package of batteries in your emergency kit might be a smart choice.
  • Backup generator- While this isn't essential, it might come in handy.
  • Warm clothing and blankets- Storms can be unpredictable.  You never know when you might need a change of clothes or a blanket if the power fails.  
  • First aid kit- This one speaks for itself.  Bumps and bruises shouldn't be left unmended.
  • Essentials for your family- This includes any medications, diapers, or formulas that you or a family member might require.
  • Food and water- Water is obviously vital for human survival and so is food.  Be sure to take into consideration any food allergies while packing your emergency kit.

Now that we've covered a few emergency essentials, let's dive further into food items.  Obviously fresh fruits and veggies aren't good options when stocking a storm shelter as they will perish pretty quickly.  Lets go over some non-perishable food items that you can keep in your shelter.

Food Items To Keep In Your Storm Shelter

  • canned fruits and veggies
  • canned soups and ravioli
  • canned meats
  • granola bars
  • beef jerky
  • MREs or Meals Ready to Eat
  • pet food
  • baby bottles and formula (if applicable)
  • crackers
  • pickled goods

It may also be beneficial to stock up on disposable eating utensils such as paper or plastic plates, bowls, cups, forks, knives, and spoons.

Once you have added these essentials to your storm shelter or refuge, you and your family will be all set!  Don't forget about the raindeer though.  I'm sure he'd appreciate a warm shelter too.

Keeping Your Pets Comfortable During a Storm

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Dog staring at lightning through a window. Keeping your dog relaxed will make them appreciate you that much more.

Pets don't understand storms like we do.  While we understand that it will pass, pets only hear the loud noises and instantly become anxious.  There are a few things that you, as an owner, can do to make your pet more comfortable.

How To Keep Your Pets Comfortable During a Storm

  • Provide them with a safe space.  Dogs especially, tend to feel more comfortable when in a small, interior room with few windows.  This may be a bathroom, laundry room, or closet.  Try throwing a familiar blanket, pillow, or toy in there with them as a source of comfort.
  • Minimize the storm.  Closing your windows and blinds will muffle noise and reduce the appearance of lightning strikes.  Turning on the TV or a radio will also limit the noise from the storm, potentially making your pet more comfortable.
  • Distractions, distractions, distractions.  Did your sibling ever hit you and then immediately start trying to make you smile to distract you from the pain before your parents get involved?  Well this approach is a little different, but has a similar solution.  Distracting your pet by playing a game, working on training, or grooming has been shown to ease their nerves by occupying their mind with more exciting events.
  • Keep your pet company.  Sit with your pet and offer them company, but not if you're anxious too.  If the storm is bad enough to cause yourself anxiety as well, do your best to keep yourself calm before approaching your pet.  Animals are great at reading body language which means that if they sense the slightest amount of nerves from you, it will only make theirs worse.
  • Never leave them outside.  Desensitizing your pet by leaving them outside during a storm may sometimes seem like a good plan, however, a nervous animal may do everything in its power to escape to find shelter.  This could include jumping the fence, digging a hole, opening the gate, or if the storm knocks down the fence, your pet might just walk right out.  Being loose in a storm is the last thing that you want for your pets safety.  Make sure dogs and cats are in a safe shelter, horses and other large animals are stalled, and rabbits, birds, or other animals that are generally in a cage have been placed in an enclosed area in case the cage gets damaged.
  • Try different products.  There are things such as calming supplements that can help ease your pets nerves but there are also some other things that are made specifically for certain animals in certain situations.  For example, there is a coat that can be wrapped around your dog that almost acts as a swaddle to encourage relaxation.

Sources: barkmart.com

             petsittersireland.com

As you can see, there are multiple ways to keep your pet relaxed during a storm.  Next time you experience heavy rain, hail, or thunderstorms, test out a few of these methods.  You might be surprised.

What Is a Pack Out?

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO pack out We want to protect YOUR belongings!

When a disaster strikes your home, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties offers a variety of services to help quicken the recovery process.  One of these services is called a pack out.  If your home were to flood due to a storm, for example, one of the first steps we would take is packing up and moving all of the contents within the affected area in order to salvage what we can as well as empty the space to begin the remediation process.  We also offer to clean and disinfect the salvageable contents that we packed to ensure that they won't experience secondary damage in the future.  As always, if you have experienced a water loss, give us a call at 817-596-8714

Five Ways To Protect Your Home From Wind Damage

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO is here to help with any disaster that comes your way!

Here in North Texas, we've been experiencing gusts of wind reaching up to 40MPH.  Chances are, you've probably seen loose items blowing around or heard someone complaining about their outdoor furniture getting damaged.  Although 40MPH winds may not be considered a windstorm, the gusts are most definitely strong enough to cause damage.  Fortunately, there are some methods that have been proven to defend your home against wind damage.

Five Ways To Protect Your Home From Wind Damage

  • If it's broke, fix it.
    • Confirm that all of your roof shingles are secure.
    • Repair loose or damaged fencing.
    • Ensure that your garage door is in good condition.
  • Secure outdoor items.
    • Place chairs, toys, umbrellas, etc. in a shelter.
    • Push heavier items such as grills or patio tables against a sturdy wall.
  • Examine trees in your yard
    • Loose branches may fly off and damage a window or a car.
    • Dead trees can blow over on top of a structure.
  • Move your vehicle to safety
    • Park your vehicle under a shelter of some sort.
    • If no shelter is available, avoid parking near a tree for the reason previously stated.
  • Have an emergency plan in place.
    • Make sure your insurance will cover possible damages.
    • Keep a restoration company that you trust in mind just in case damages occur.  
    • Stock the most well-protected room in your house stocked with emergency items.

Be sure to routinely check and maintain your home so you're prepared for whatever storm may come your way.  However, if you do happen to find yourself in a sticky situation, SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties is able and willing to help!  We are available 24/7 to take the stress of storm damage off of your shoulders! 

Give us a call at 817-596-8714

How to Take Cover in a Storm

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

If a heavy storm or tornado were to hit our city right now, where and what would you do? SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties wants to help by sharing some advice on how to take cover during a storm/tornado. It’s important that we share our professional advice with our customers for their own safety. We advise that:

  1. Find a small room or hallway on the lowest floor possible
  2. Stay in the center of the room, and avoid corners because they attract debris
  3. Try and find a room constructed with reinforced concrete, brick or block with no windows and a heavy concrete floor or roof system overhead
  4. Avoid auditoriums, cafeterias and gymnasiums that have flat, wide-span roofs.
  5. Stay away from doors, windows, and outside walls

We hope that these tips will help in the future should a storm come our way. Please call us with any questions or concerns! (817)596-8714

Fast Response to Storms

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, we specialize in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained to use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. We can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quickly with the needed resources to start the restoration process. A fast response lessens the chances of permanent damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

When storms move over Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, 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.

If you have any questions or storm damage, contact us at (817)596-8714

How Can a Storm Affect Your Home?

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Leaking Window This is a leaky window (one of the common issues caused by storms).

Storms. We know that they are destructive and can become dangerous, especially when water or other debris manages to get inside your home. If this were to happen, a number of issues could occur. If, for example, water enters your home, mold growth, lifted floor boards, damaged furniture, wet walls or insulation could be in effect. These are the most common occurences. But, no worries, SERVPRO is here to help. Here are some useful tips!

You can prevent some of these things from happening by “checking your home for weaknesses”. By this we mean, check your windows for any leakage from previous rain, remove any dead branches from trees around your house, secure outdoor items, and periodically have your roof inspected.

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties provides the services to find & fix these problems. Be sure to give us a call if you have any concerns regarding your home (817)496-8714.

Crazy Storms

12/24/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Parker and Northeast Hood Counties 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 Parker and Northeast Hood Counties, 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.

If you have any storm damage, contact us at (817)596-8714