Recent Storm Damage Posts
Flood Damage Info for the Kenton, Ada, Bellefontaine Ohio & Surrounding Areas
Few disasters can ravage a home like a flood. Understanding the cause, what to look for, and how to prepare are the secrets to protecting your home and possessions from flood waters.
Floods are the most common natural disaster worldwide, accounting for 40% of all natural disasters. They cause billions of dollars in damage to life and property in the United States every year. With no specific season, they can happen anywhere, and at any time. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of Americans (less than 15%) have any sort of flood insurance at all, although the percentage may be locally higher in extreme flood risk areas. High risk areas pose a 26% chance of flooding over the life of a thirty year mortgage. All federally or insured mortgage homeowners in these areas are required to purchase flood insurance. In moderate to low risk areas, the danger of flooding is reduced but not eliminated. Flood insurance is not required, but is recommended.
Info About Flooding in Kenton, OH
So what does water — not a small leak but a major deluge — do to a house?
Most insulation used in homes is made of fibers or foams that hold water, so it has to be replaced if it gets wet. But other types, such as closed-cell foam, don’t absorb water and can survive a flood.
Floodwater from a storm is a nasty soup of microorganisms from sewage leaks, chemical spills and everyday contaminants. Properly cleaning all but the most valuable pieces would probably cost more than replacing them.
Any carpet and padding that was covered in water will have to go because it’s just too hard to clean. Laminate flooring will usually peel apart. Hardwood floors may survive with a lot of TLC, such as removing boards here and there to let the others expand so that they don’t warp. Some tile may just need to be cleaned, but even usable flooring may need to be temporarily removed to clean and dry out the sub flooring.
When Storms or Floods hit Kenton, Bellefontaine and Ada areas, SERVPRO is ready!
SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin & Logan 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.
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 Kenton, Bellefontaine, and Ada 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.
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Preparing for Spring Storms
Advance planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions. Often by the time we are aware of an approaching storm, we have little if any time to prepare for it.
But we do know that when spring arrives, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. So why not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your family, and your home? If thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods do occur, you'll be ready for them.
Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Bellefontaine property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
SERVPRO of Central Auglaize / Hardin / Logan Counties is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Bellefontaine community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.
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How To Prevent Spring Storm Damage in Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties
Spring is just around the corner and that means so is the rain. Like they say, Spring showers bring May flowers. But Spring storms often bring flooding and storm damage as well. Here are some tips to help prevent Spring storm damage in Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties:
- Clean out your gutters and downspouts- this prevents clogging that will add weight to your roof causing roof damage and possible roof collapse
- Seal windows, doors, and roof- these areas are prone to heavy storm waters leaking through
- Search for cracks in your foundation- even small cracks in you foundation can cause major damage as water sits in the ground and seeps into your home
- Install a backflow valve in your basement to prevent sewage backup- when there are heavy rains, the city sewage system becomes overwhelmed often leaving you with the problem of backflow.
Hopefully, you don't have any issues due to Spring storms but if you do call SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties at 937-354-3540. We are open 24/7 and always here to help our community!
When Pipes Freeze in Hardin, Logan, and Auglaize Counties
We have seen the real feel get to the negatives the past few days which got us thinking about frozen pipes. When you have that winter storm that causes the temperatures to drop, keep these tips in mind to prevent frozen pipes.
- Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
- Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
- Turn off water to outside faucets, if available, and open valves on faucets to allow them to drain.
- Turn off sprinkler system and blow compressed air through the lines to drain them.
- Close or cover foundation vents under house and windows to basements.
- Close garage doors.
- Insulate exposed pipes (both hot and cold) under house with foam pipe insulation.
- Open cabinet doors under sinks.
- Drip hot and cold faucets in kitchen and bath. Drip single control faucets with lever set in middle.
- Set ice maker to make ice if the water line to it runs under the house.
- Don’t forget to check on pipes to your washing machine in the laundry room
- Locate water main cut-off valve, and have a cut-off key handy.
- Use a hair dryer, heat lamp, electric heat tape, or a portable space heater to thaw frozen pipes that have not burst.
- Keep the faucet open when thawing frozen pipes to allow water to begin flowing through it.
- After the weather has warmed above freezing and any frozen pipes have thawed, turn off dripping faucets and monitor your water meter to check for unseen leaks.
Hopefully, you don't end up with water damage from a pipe burst but if you do give SERVPRO of Central Auglaize, Hardin, and Logan Counties a call at 937-354-3540.
Staying Safe During a Tornado
Make sure you and your loved ones know what constitutes a safe shelter. No one can know a tornado's strength before it touches down, so keep up with local weather information, especially when thunderstorms are forecast. Prepare your home and family for the possibility of a tornado. Moving to shelter quickly is easier when everyone knows where to go, whether in your home or outdoors. Following these tips will give you the best chance for staying safe in a tornado.
Falling and flying debris causes most deaths and injuries during a tornado. Although there is no completely safe place during a tornado, some locations are much safer than others.
- Go to the basement or an inside room without windows on the lowest floor (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
- Avoid windows.
- For added protection get under something sturdy (a heavy table or workbench). Cover your body with a blanket, sleeping bag or mattress. Protect your head with anything available.
- Do not stay in a mobile home.
Storm Damage Procedures
No two water damage issues are identical. That being said, most of the time there are a standard set of steps to be followed that will produce the desired outcome.
Water damage restoration is often prefaced by a loss assessment and evaluation of affected materials. The damaged area is inspected with water sensing equipment such as probes and other infrared tools in order to determine the source of the damage and possible extent of area affected.
Restoration services would then be rendered to the residence in order to dry the structure, sanitize any affected or cross contaminated areas, and deodorize all affected areas and materials.
After the labor is completed, water damage equipment including air movers, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, wood floor drying systems, and sub floor drying equipment is left in the residence. Industry standards state that drying vendors should return at regular time intervals, preferably every twenty-four hours, to monitor the equipment, temperature, humidity, and moisture content of the affected walls and contents.
Storm Damage Can Happen Anywhere and Anytime
The following is an outline of a few of the key information points in a storm/water damage situation.
Different removal methods and measures are used depending on the category of water. Due to the destructive nature of water, chosen restoration methods also depend heavily on the amount of water, and on the amount of time the water has remained stagnant.
For example, as long as carpet has not been wet for longer than 48 hours, and the water involved was not sewage based, a carpet can usually be saved; however, if the water has soaked for longer, then the carpet is probably irreparable and will have to be replaced.
Water damage restoration can be performed by property management teams, building maintenance personnel, or by the homeowners themselves; however, contacting a certified professional water damage restoration specialist is often regarded as the safest way to restore water damaged property.
Give us a call to see if we may help you at (937)354-3540!