Recent Storm Damage Posts
SERVPRO Foxborough discusses National Preparedness Month
Natural disasters can happen at any time to a home or business. It is important to know the different types of disasters.
Natural disasters can happen at any time to a home or business. It is important to know the different types of disasters, and know if you can be affected by any of them.
Wildfires: If there is a wildfire in the area, be ready to evacuate quickly since they spread rapidly.
Hurricanes: Make sure to know where to go if asked to evacuate and how you will get there; it is important to act fast.
Flooding: If you approach a flooded road, turn around, don't think you can handle it.
Drought: Learn to make conserving water a part of your daily life.
Extreme Heat Temperatures: Drink plenty of water; heat exhaustion is not good for your body.
Have a cell phone plugged into a backup battery pack if you know a disaster is coming and have backup batteries as needed.
SERVPRO of Foxborough is available 24/7 including holidays and weekends to assist you with any fire damage “Like it never even happened.”
Update on Nor'Easter (02/01/2021)
At 5 pm today, on February 1st, we're still in the thick of this current nor'easter. Snowfall rates this evening will increase at rates of 1-2 inches per hour as the temperatures drop below freezing. This will allow the bulk of the snow to accumulate. The snow will be thick, heavy and pasty. All of southern NE is under a winter storm warning except for Cape Cod and the Islands where warm air has intruded near the surface, causing the snow to turn to rain. In fact, the rain-snow line seems to be pressing westward both north of Boston and along the Southshore.
Tonight, in Hopkinton/Middlesex county, expect the snow to transition to an icy mix for a couple of hours, followed by rain. Tomorrow morning, areas north and west of Boston will experience sleet mixing with snow on the roadways. Conditions will improve as the storm pulls away to the north. Wednesday should improve with flurries possible in the am. Temps begin to warm into the 40's on Thursday and Friday. Another storm system is possible by early next week. We are following this current nor'easter very closely and will continue to post timely updates. As always, we are here to assist with any damages caused by snow, rain, winds, or any other occurrence. Do you have questions about our services? Check out our website, or call! We are here to help!
Storm Damage Risks To Your Property
When a good old fashioned New England winter storm or cold temperatures strike, your commercial or residential property may be at risk of storm damage. Among the worst type of storm damage is water, which can take a few forms, including:
- Water and ice damage from clogged gutters
- Frozen outdoor hoses causing burst valves
- A pipe break in exposed plumbing
Clean The Gutters
Commercial and residential property owners need to regularly clean the gutters. Leaves and debris can cause ice dams during a winter storm, leading to serious water damage. It can force water under eaves and destroy a roof.
Once water gets into unprotected areas, it can cause tons of havoc inside. Plus, mold can grow from wet building materials, and if it gets bad enough, your operations might be shut down while it’s cleaned up. Gutter guards can also help prevent ice dams.
Hoses Can Cause A Plumbing Disaster
Rubber hoses are great tools to help with outside cleanup and landscaping. If left outside during the frigid winter months any residual water in them will freeze. Make sure they are taken in if the weather is supposed to drop below 30 degrees. The water valve can take short excursions below freezing, but not long ones. If you expect a deep freeze, protect the valve with an outdoor foam faucet cover.
Virtually every New England winter comes with a prolonged cold spell that will cause burst pipes for many property owners. Properly insulate any exposed copper piping to reduce the risk of water inside them freezing. Also, do not let the temperature inside your property drop below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
If your commercial or residential property suffers storm damage this winter call the Disaster Remediation experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305. We will help you make it "Like it never even happened."
How To Protect Your Property From Wind Damage
Top 6 Ways To Protect Your Home From Wind Damage
Wind storms in Walpole, MA can be very damaging to your commercial or residential property. It is critical to prepare ahead of time. Routinely checking, fixing or updating areas around your property can make the difference between hundreds dollars and thousands of dollars in damages.
Here are six ways to prepare your property before the next storm hits:
- Check your roof
Check warehouse and garage doors
- Shingles should be nailed down properly and all secured together
- Replace any missing shingles immediately
Secure all outdoor itemsEnsure your gutters are properly secured and clean.
- This may mean hiring a company to inspect your doors to ensure it is properly secured and functioning well
Storm proof windows
- Clogged cutters can create water damage to your property. They are also more likely to break in a high wind storm if they are weakened by heavy debris.
Maintain trees around your property
- Installing storm proof windows can make a big difference in protecting your property from high winds and hail from a storm
- If you don’t have storm proof windows, consider installing steel or aluminum shutters to protect them from flying debris
- Trimming trees and removing dead trees can help prevent large branches falling during a wind storm
Be sure to routinely check and maintain your property before the next storm hits. If you do find yourself in need of help after a storm, call SERVPRO of Foxborough we specialize in restoration and storm damage repair. Call us after a storm and we will make it, "Like it never even happened."
Winter Can Bring Storm Damage To Your Property
Winter in New England is almost here, which means folks in Foxborough, MA are eagerly awaiting the first big snow storm. While most people assume the only disruptions blizzards can bring are travel difficulties and requiring quality time with the snowblower, they can actually have a significant affect on your property. Damage to your home caused by blizzards can be severe and difficult to repair. Winter storms and blizzards in the Commonwealth can bring about many hazards we need to prepare for.
Snow is, of course, typically the primary component to any winter storm. During blizzards, it can accumulate quickly on roofs and other structures associated with your commercial or residential property. If left unattended, this additional weight could compromise the structural integrity of your roof. If there are any trees near your property, snow accumulation can potentially result in bringing the trees down on top of your property. In either case, the damage can be significant; the situation is also exacerbated by the colder temperatures during the winter months.
Aside from the obvious slipping hazards ice creates, it can also be extremely problematic for your property. Melting caused by the natural insulating properties of snow can result in ice dams, which can lead to significant moisture intrusion into your property. If left undetected or untreated, this moisture intrusion result in a significant mold infestation.
Blizzards often bring high winds along to the party, which can easily lead to damage to your property. Aside from the potential for superficial damage, object becoming airborne are projectiles that could easily break windows, or damage siding or shingles; in any case, the end result is intrusion of the outside elements, which can lead to significant problems down the road.
If your commercial or residential property suffers storm damage this winter, call the Disaster Remediation experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305. We will help you make it "Like it never even happened."
How To Clean Contaminated Floodwater
Category three water is the worst type of water loss that can affect a property. The water ruins anything porous it touches, and the longer it remains left untreated, the more damage that it does. Fast action is needed to enable the best outcome for the home and contents.
Potentially Contaminants Floodwater
When groundwater is the cause of the flood damage in your commercial or residential property, there can be many types of problems present within the water. As the water travels, it picks up everything it comes in contact with and brings it along. The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough regularly perform restoration services on flood loss that contains one or more pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents. Additionally, all types of mud and debris may potentially be in the water too.
Damage To Flooring
The outcome of your flooring after a floodwater disaster is dependent on how fast the cleanup efforts began. After groundwater enters a home, it migrates into any area that offers the least resistance. Our expert technicians know from experience some of the most common places affected by floodwater are:
- Under tile
- Behind baseboards
- Through floor joists into basements or crawlspaces
- Within carpet
Thorough Extraction of Floodwater Is Critical
After a floodwater event the timer starts ticking on the level of damage. For example, if the water gets extracted quickly after the initial water loss event, there is a higher chance that the rapid response works to inhibit the level of damage to the structure.
Because of the contaminated nature of this water, the certified technicians of SERVPRO of Foxborough will apply treatments to lessen the contagions present before beginning mitigation. When handling this type of loss, our teams wear protective clothing, including eye protection and respirators. This is because harmful pathogenic elements can enter the body through the eyes or aspiration.
It is not unusual for the original amount of water to have receded and migrated into the structure. The professionals at SERVPRO of Foxborough understand the movement of water within a home and use their moisture detection equipment to determine the true scope of the area that needs mitigation.
When groundwater wicks into sheetrock, it rapidly deteriorates, and to save as much as possible of the structure, rather than remove the entire portion of the wall space, our technicians measure several inches above the waterline and cut away the destroyed part. This action serves the dual purpose of removing damaged materials and opening up the wall cavities for complete drying.
While ceramic tile with sealed grout tends to have the best outcome from flood loss, adhesive tiles tend to delaminate rapidly and may need removal. We will inspect any removed materials for the potential for cleaning and reuse to save the property owner the cost of replacement.
When contaminated water saturates carpet, it is almost always a loss as it cannot get returned to a sanitized state for reuse. Due to the weight of wet carpet, we will extract and sometimes dry the carpet before cutting it into strips for disposal as a biohazard.
If your home has flooding damage from a backup, call the Disaster Remediation experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305. We will help you make it "Like it never even happened."
Hail Can Cause Damage To Your Home
Hailstorms can happen year-round and can vary greatly in severity. In fact, damage from hail is among the top homeowners claims annually, with approximately one in 35 homes reporting a claim. Surprisingly, hailstorms cause close to $1 billion in damages. The damage is mainly to roofs and cars. Hailstorms can cause dents in aluminum siding, shingles and gutters or even crack vinyl siding, asphalt roofs or wood shakes.
Hailstones come in different shapes and sizes and can be anywhere from .2 inches to 6 inches in size and weigh more than 1 pound. Three factors contribute to making a hailstorm especially dangerous:
- The size of the stones
- The frequency with which they fall
- The wind speed
While hailstorms are not easily predicted, there are a few ways to prepare for them to lessen future damage. The first thing to check is your roof. You will want to look for any missing or worn shingles and get those replaced. If you know hail is on the way, try and get your car to the garage or a covered area if possible. During a hailstorm, you will want to stay inside and avoid skylights or any other glass windows/doors in your home.
It is a good idea to check with your insurance carrier to see what is covered on your current policy and consider adding hail damage. If you think your home has been damaged by a hail storm it is a good idea to have a the professionals of SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305 to inspect your roof and siding. We will alert you to any issues that may open your home to the threat of water and mold damage.
Is Your Sewer System A Flood Risk?
A sewer backup can result in flooding that may cause thousands of dollars in damaged to floors, walls and electric wiring to your Wrentham, MA commercial or residential property. Excessive rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges can overwhelm old or blocked sewer systems causing severe flood damage. Flood damage can develop quickly and without warning. Complete details on what causes sewer issues and how to prevent catastrophes such as flooding can be found on the FEMA Ready.gov website.
Potential Sewer Issues
Most common causes of sewer issues are:
- Tree roots that crack and block the pipes
- Aging systems that weren’t built to handle a rapid increase in housing
- Blockages in the city sanitary mains that aren’t found in time and back up water into homes through floor drains
- Combined pipelines that have to deal with stormwater and raw sewage
How To Prevent a Blockage
Avoid a sewer backup by taking some preventative measures. Perform regular maintenance. Schedule routine sewer cleaning and inspection approximately every two years. Video cameras can used to find cracks and any other issues in your pipe system. Have a professional clean out any residue that may clog your lines.
- Always discard grease and paper products correctly.
- Don’t pour any oil based products down the drain. Use a disposable container and properly throw it away.
- French drains or a sump pumps connected to your sewer system debris from storm damage could get into the system and block the water flow. Ensuring a proper release for these systems is critical to preventing possible flood damage.
- Ensure your lines are plastic as they resist corrosion and are harder for tree roots to break through.
If your home has flooding damage from a backup, call the Disaster Remediation experts at SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305. We will help you make it "Like it never even happened."
Is Your Commercial Property Storm Damage Tax Deductable
If your commercial property in Foxborough, MA has been damaged by a storm, you may want to know whether the cost of the damage is tax deductible. Unrecoverable losses caused by storms or natural disasters are usually deductible, as long as these damages are proven and will not be reimbursed by insurance. Here are three steps you can take to find out whether you can deduct the cost of storm damage from your tax bill.
3 Steps to Find Out if Storm Damage is Tax Deductible.
- Determine how much damage your insurance covers. If your business is insured, you can only deduct damage that exceeds your coverage or was not covered for other reasons. Owners of uninsured commercial property can deduct the total cost of storm damage. Consult IRS Publication 547, Casualties, Disasters, and Thefts, to read the rules for claiming these deductions.
- Check to see if a storm or disaster is a Presidential Declared Disaster. If you are dealing with storm damage in a region that has been federally recognized as a disaster area, special filing options may apply to your situation. Check the IRS's list of tax relief in disaster situations to see if your locality is listed and find out about any assistance that is available.
- Distinguish between actual property loss and deductible property loss. Actual property loss is your total loss as the owner of a commercial property. Deductible property loss is based on the current value of your property and factors in all reductions. If you are unsure about reductions involved in a commercial property, you should contact an accountant.
If you have unrecoverable storm damage at your commercial property in Boston, MA, you should see if you can deduct any damage from your tax bill. Tax deductions cannot overlap with covered losses, but these deductions can help to offset the cost of professional damage restoration if your property is uninsured or underinsured.
Hail Damage To The Roof Of Your Commercial Property
While your commercial building in Franklin, MA,, can be vulnerable to a variety of natural disasters, a hailstorm is one of the more destructive ones. Hail can cause many problems for your business, including roof damage. This specific type of damage can severely harm your property if it's not prevented or treated on time. Continue reading to learn more about the effect hail can have on your building and how to prevent it.
The Factors Behind the Damage
The impact of hail damage on your roof can be influenced by several factors. For instance, the size and weight of each hailstone can create different degrees of damage to the roof. Additionally, the roof can successfully absorb the collision of the hailstones depending on the building materials used on it. Other factors that can influence the damage include the speed and direction of the wind, as well as any present barriers.
The Types of Damage
Hail can not only greatly ruin the roof of your business establishment, but it also inflicts additional harm to the entire building.
- Dents or cracks on roof
- Damaged or missing shingles
- Compromised sheathing
- Water leaks
- Water on the attic
- Wet insulation
Preventing Damage From Hail
Invest on using hail-resistant materials such as cooper, plastic or asphalt to decrease the effect of hail on the shingles. Also, install protections on valuable outdoor items and use storm shutters to protect the windows. Hailstorms are particularly harsh on your commercial property and roof damage exposes it to additional risks. Focus on this potential damage as you protect and reinforce your commercial roof.
If the roof of your commercial property dose become damaged due to a hail or any other disaster the risk of secondary water damage increases significantly. SERVPRO of Foxborough is your one stop shop! Our Rebuild Team can fix any damage to the roof of your commercial property and if there is additional water damage our Disaster Remediation Team will make it "Like it never even happened."
Should You Purchase Flood Insurance For Your Business
With Proper Flood Insurance, Your Losses Will be Covered
If you own a business in Foxborough, you may think that regular property insurance for your office building is sufficient. However, general commercial insurance policies, including Business Owners Policies and Commercial Package Policies, do not cover flood damage. That is why you need to buy separate flood insurance for your building. This insurance provides coverage for flood damage, which can be caused by:
- Prolonged or heavy rains
- Broken levees or dams
- Storm surges
- Overflowing streams and rivers
- Blocked storm drains
Flood cleanup after any of these disasters can be extensive. Insurance, however, can cover the cost of replacement items and any water damage repair. In fact, if your property is in a high-risk zone, you may have to buy a flood policy as part of the terms of your mortgage.
What Isn't Covered
While a flood policy is a great way to protect your business in case of a storm, this type of insurance doesn’t cover everything. Most policies do not cover damage to septic systems, business vehicles or landscapes.
How To Get a Flood Policy
To protect your business from flood damage, you can contact a private insurer. You can also get coverage through the National Flood Insurance Program. While you cannot buy insurance from the NFIP directly, the organization can refer you to a qualified agent who can get a policy for you.
A typical flood policy usually provides $500,000 in coverage for the contents of your building and another $500,000 for the structure itself. If you think your property is worth more than this, or if you are worried about an expensive storm cleanup, you can also purchase excess coverage. Excess insurance may even compensate you for the temporary closure of your business following a flood.
Storm damage can be devastating to a commercial building. However, with proper flood insurance, your losses will minimized.
What Is A Flood Cut
After a storm rages in Walpole it is likely that your home will experience a bit of flooding. When this happens, you will probably hear the water remediation technicians you hire talk about making a flood cut. A flood cut is a mark that is made 12 inches above the spot where the water damage stops. Specialists tear out everything below the flood cut to stop the spread of contamination and prevent mold growth.
Q/A Regarding Flood Cuts.
Here are some common questions about this process.
- What Circumstances Require a Flood Cut?
Any time there is damage that cannot be dried with a fan, professionals are probably going to use a flood cut to be on the safe side. Insulation cannot be dried, so if there is wet insulation, the wall has to be cut out and the insulation removed. If the water is contaminated by storm-related debris or sewage, the wall must be discarded. If tests show any harmful microbes, the affected area must go.
- Why Does the Flood Cut Have To Be a Foot Above the Damage?
Water damage from flooding does not like to stay politely in its place. What technicians can see with the naked eye may only be the beginning of the story. Placing the flood cut 12 inches above the visible water damage ensures that everything affected is remediated.
- Is There Any Way To Save the Wall?
If the water damage is minimal and no insulation is affected, it is possible that quick removal of water and fast drying techniques can allow the wall to be salvaged. The water in question must also be clean. If it is contaminated at all, the wall has to be replaced.
Flooding in Walpole may cause damage to your home. While technicians will do everything they can to avoid removing walls, a flood cut may be required to make sure your home is free of any hidden moisture that could cause mold damage.
3 Tips For Property Managers
3 Steps That Can Reduce the Risk to Severe Storm Damage
Property managers should make storm preparedness one of their top priorities. These three steps can reduce the risk that severe storm damage resulting from hail, heavy rain, flooding, high winds or winter weather poses to a commercial building in Millis, MA.
1. Clear Drainage
A drainage system that is blocked or improperly designed can cause rain to work its way under roofing materials or accumulate around the foundation of a structure. If a roof has sustained damage from hail, ice or winds, leaks may be even more likely. Property managers should have the entire system, from roof drains to gutters and downspouts, cleared out several times a year to ensure proper drainage.
2. Trim Trees
Heavy limbs from overhanging trees can fall on a building and cause roof damage or become flying debris during storms with high wind speeds. It is a good idea for a property manager to schedule periodic tree care as part of a general storm preparedness plan. Arborists and tree care professionals can remove damaged, dead or overhanging branches that could result in serious damage to a structure.
3. Secure Items
Loose exterior items such as antennas, HVAC components, outdoor seating or trash cans can sustain damage or become flying debris depending on the severity of a storm. Some items can be anchored outside when high winds are expected. Other items should be stowed for the duration of a storm.
These storm preparedness steps may be helpful for property management at any commercial building in Portland, ME. Depending on the most probable weather risks, other measures such as the installation of storm windows and purchasing and setting up reusable sandbag alternatives may be effective ways to limit storm damage. If adverse weather affects the exterior or interior of any commercial property in the Millis area call SERVPRO of Foxborough. Our Disaster Remediation Team can assess the damage and start water removal within a matter of hours.
What Can Happen After A Storm
Bad weather does more than put a damper on your plans for the day. Across the United States, storm damages lead to billions of dollars of damage. The most common types of natural disasters in Foxborough are;
- Nor' easters
When your home or business suffers the effects of one of these storms, chances are your property has suffered water damage. SERVPRO of Foxborough is your local water remediation expert!
When we arrive at your building, we'll begin by extracting water from the property. This generally includes a tear out process, removing wet materials, such as walls, furnishings, and inventory. Once all of the water and any waterlogged materials have been removed, our certified technicians will move on to the drying process.
Finish the Drying Process
Thoroughly drying out the building is one of the most important steps of the mitigation and cleanup process. Water damage occurs immediately, but it also continues to spread, long after the storm has passed. For example, if carpeting isn't thoroughly dried, mold could take hold and spread throughout the entire property. If insulation absorbs water, the same possibility of mold growth poses risks to the entire building.
Discard Damaged Goods and Begin Reconstruction
Once all damaged materials and water-affected items have been removed, our team will begin the restoration process. At this point, there may be a lot of paperwork to file and documentation to complete. We will make sure you have photos and written inventories of your property, the damages, and the losses caused by the storm.
Once the remediation process is finished the Rebuild Team as SERVPRO of Foxborough can assist you in returning your property to its preloss condition. We will make it "Like it never even happened."
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Why Choose SERVPRO of Franklin / Walpole?
We're Faster to Any Size Disaster
When a storm hits your Franklin home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.
We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technicians
We can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. We can access resources from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Franklin / Walpole is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of the Franklin community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.
Flooding what to do and not to do
What To Do After Flooding
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
- Gather loose items from floors.
What NOT To Do After Flooding
- Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
- Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Don't use television or other household appliances.
- Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
When STORMS RAGE ~ SERVPRO is FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER!
When STORMS RAGE ~ SERVPRO is FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER!
SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole ~ FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER!
When STORMS Rage, Flooding and Water EMERGENCIES don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we!
SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole provides Emergency Cleaning and Restoration Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ~ Including All Holidays!
We at SERVPRO Franklin/Walpole pride ourselves on being FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER!
Flood and Water Damage is very invasive! Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more!
SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately! This immediate response helps to not only minimize the damage it also minimizes your cleaning and restoration costs!
When STORMS RAGE, contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole to handle YOUR Emergency Flood and Water Disaster ~ Anytime; Day or Night! ~ Available 24/7 ~ Including ALL holidays!
Spring Storm Preparedness Plan
Contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole for YOUR Spring Storm Water Damage ~ Faster to Any Size Disaster! ~ Available 24/7
Spring has officially arrived, and although we are ready for the nice weather, most of us are not ready for the storms and flooding.
Instead of letting the storm and flood damage take over your home, be proactive! Prepare ahead of time for stormy weather to strike! Consider the following "Tips" for your Spring Storm Preparedness Plan:
- Check for leaks in your home ahead of time; on your own BEFORE finding them during a storm! Take matters into your own hands! Use your garden hose on the light spray setting to test any suspicious areas around the perimeter of your home that may have caused issues in the past. This will help you determine where potential leaks may be happen.
- Roof flashing is installed below the first course of roofing material. Be sure the flow of water is directed away from openings! This will not only keep water from entering your home, but will also protect the interior walls from deteriorating. It’s always a good idea to have your roof professionally inspected annually to check for potential damage.
- Make sure to keep your gutters free of debris. Take this important step to eliminate the possibility of a constant flow of water down the exterior of your home during a storm. Cluttered gutters can cause water to leak into your home.
- Basements; because they are located at the very bottom of your home are the most common areas to flood during a storm. A sump pump is recommended to protect your assets! If you have a sump pump already, make sure to check for any damage or signs of failure. (Irreplaceable items, if stored in your basement should be placed on high shelving or, better yet, on an altogether different level of your home in preparation of unexpected weather events).
- Lastly, compare costs of readiness vs risk of loss. Many people hold off initiating their Storm Preparedness Plan due to the cost involved. This IS NOT suggested! Protecting your property is well worth the financial investment AND the peace of mind!
Tree down on powerlines
Fallen Trees can cause
Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.
Down Power lines
This can make roads impassible and cause dangers to motorists. Be careful! The best thing you can do during storms like this is stay home and off the roads until the storm has died down Downed power lines can energize the ground up to 35 feet away. If you see a downed power line, immediately notify local authorities. Never drive over downed power lines or through water that is in contact with them. Never try to move a downed power line.
Pet Tips from The Humane Society of the United States
- If pets cannot come indoors, make sure they are protected by a dry, draft-free enclosure large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold in the pet’s body heat. Raise the floor a few inches off the ground and cover it with cedar shavings or straw. Turn the enclosure away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
- Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
- Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.
Basement Flooding -Bellingham, MA
This homeowners basement flooded after heavy rains
With spring approaching, for some homeowners this is a time when basements flood. Here's how to deal with a flooded basement from seasonal rain and melting snow.
According to Flood Smart a 1000 square foot home flooded with a mere 1' of water can lead to over $10,000 worth of damage. Most basements flood for the following reason.
Burst pipes, sudden downpours a copious amount of melting snow, broken gutters, leaky windows, damaged foundations, sudden removal of large trees near your home etc...
What can you do to prevent a basement flood?
Check your pipes, look for any area that may look like there is corrosion. If you see cracks in your foundation get it fixed. Seal or replace basement windows. Check downspouts so that they are away from the house.
If you have suffered a flooded basement give SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305
Wind Storm loss - Sudbury, MA
This home owner suffered a loss during a wind storm
It doesn't matter if a summer thunderstorm or a winter blizzard when a storm is coming there are ways to be prepared.
Your roof takes the brunt. If your roof is 5 to 10 years old check your tiles and shingles to see if they are loose. If you have time fix them prior to the storm arriving.
Doors and windows are another prime ways that strong winds can get inside. In a normal rain/wind storm windows should be able to repel 9-pound 2-by-4 wind speed which equals to about 34 mph wind.
When was the last time you scrutinized your flashing? if the protective material appears to be unattached have it replaced, to prevent water damage from the rain.
If you have suffered a Wind/Rain damage call SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305 to help with the clean-up of your home.
Ice Dam Damage Cause and prevention -North Easton, MA
This unsuspecting homeowner suffered a loss from an Ice Dam.
Icicles can be cool looking but they could be holding onto something powerful enough to create mass destruction in your home, ICE DAMS.
Ice Dams form along the eaves of a roof preventing the snow from adequately draining and creating a backup. When Water is trapped it seeks ways to escape from the very prison created by the Ice Dams. When it has found that opening it is generally in your home. It begins to nestle in the insulation, until it can no longer hold its weight, pressing even further into your ceilings and walls, until it’s reached its potential.
How To Prevent Ice Dams.
- Seal air leaks
- Seal leaky air ducts
- Add more insulation.
- Make sure there is sufficient ventilation in the attic.
If you suffer from an Ice Dam give SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305. Our technicians are trained and certified to help with the cleanup of your loss.
Wind Storm Damage- Waban, MA
Wind storm damage
It seems that every day another weather story makes the news. From flooding to hurricanes, to an Ice storm. Weather can affect us wherever we live with very little warning. There is really no way to prevent potential storm damage.
The first step in emergency preparedness is to remove dead tree branches. They can break off in a storm posing a danger to people. As the homeowner had found out the hard way during this storm. Here are some other helpful hints.
Keep Lights on During a Power Outage with a Generator.
If you have a generator follow these safety rules.
- Have a working CO Detector
- Only use portable generators outdoors not in partially enclosed/enclosed areas
- Keep them away from windows, doors, crawlspaces and overhangs
- Always read the manufacturer's operating and maintenance instructions.
- NEVER add gasoline to a hot or running portable generator.
Weather Proof your home.
- Keep gutters clean.
- Fix drainage problems in your yard to prevent flooding
Lawn Care Before and After the Storm.
- Don't work in your yard when a storm is in the area
- Pick up yard debris.
If you suffer a loss call SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305 we our trained Technicians can clean up any loss.
Basement Flooding-E.Bridgewater, MA
This homeowner was surprised that her basement was flooded.
In the past 5 years all 50 state have experienced flooding including in those areas that are considered by FEMA a low threat.
What is a flood.
A flood is a temporary condition where two or more properties or land are inundated by water. It can affect even areas that are considered to be at low risk.
What To Do After A Flood
- Call your insurance agent to file a claim
- Check for structural damage before re-entering your home
- Take photos of any damaged to your personal property
- Make a list of damaged
- Boil water to avoid contaminants
- Call the experts.
At SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole all are Technicians are trained and certified to handle even the toughest of flood waters.
Call SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole today at 508-533-5305
Lightening strike - Raynham, MA
If you know that your house has just been struck by lightning, call the fire department. The most common area for fires to start are within the walls and attic, where the fire can hide.
A lightning bolt's main objective is to find the path of least resistance from cloud to ground. Most homes have many potential routes for lightning to follow. A few examples would be electric lines, cable and phone lines, gutters, etc....
There are three main hazards to a house that is hit directly
- Fire Danger: this is the biggest threat to homes.
- Power Surge Damage: If lighten chooses any of the home's electrical wiring, the explosive surge can damage even non-electronic appliance that are connected to an outlet.
- Shock Wave Damage: The shock waves that lightning create is what produces the thunder that we hear and at close range, these waves can be destructive. It can fracture concrete, brick, chimney etc.
It is nearly impossible to provide 100% protection to avoid your home being struck by lightning. However if you have been stuck the best thing to do is contact the fire department and leave your home if you smell smoke.