Recent Storm Damage Posts
Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign
Sign found in a flooded building during the 2016 West Virginia Floods.
No, this has nothing to do with the famous Five Man Electric Band song from the 70’s. We are not about protesting anything today. SERVPRO of North Kanawha Valley is all about protecting you from dangerous weather situations. Did you know that the National Weather Service has come up with a multitude of symbols/signs that give us advanced warning us dangerous weather related events?
Take a closer look at the NWS website to discover all the early warning symbols/signs at https://www.weather.gov/safety/ .
Since the start of the spring flood season in West Virginia is coming upon us next month we thought we would concentrate this blog on flood safety. We will cover the cleanup and restoration of flooded structures another day. Today we want to concentrate on the preparedness part of flooding because we know from years of experience that being prepared ahead of time will make recovery easier and less costly.
In 2016 the devastating West Virginia floods took over 20 lives and cost millions of dollars in damage. We know that not all of the deaths were avoidable, but some of the folks that perished could possibly be alive today if they had heeded the warnings that were issued. Some waited too late to evacuate, some tried to cross roadways that were covered with water, and some just thought it couldn’t happen to them since a rain event had not happened like this in over 100 years.
In its flood safety section https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood the NWS gives us some great information to help prevent disasters like the ones we saw in 2016. The WRN program has proven to be a life saver.
Please have a preparedness plan in place and follow it should flooding ever happen near you.
As always SERVPRO of North Kanawha Valley is here for you if your Charleston, WV home or business ever sustains flood damage.
Rain, Rain Go Away!
Flood waters receding
It's spring and Mother Nature has a lot to say. Spring storms can cause a tremendous amount of damage to your home, in a small amount of time, but it is not only storms that caused that damage. There are many reasons that water can cause damage to your home. According to the institute of business and home safety, homes over 30 years old are three times more likely to have a major plumbing or drain problems. Some studies have shown that 75% of water heaters also fail within the first 12 years. While this study only covered homes over 30 years, new homes are not excluded from issues either.
There are some signs to look for when examining your home or a home that you may be looking to purchase:
Look up- Look for water spots forming on your ceiling they may look like small to large brown rings. You can also press on these spots they will be soft to the touch. This is to see if they may be formed from a recent leak.
Feel for soft spots- While we do this for spots in the ceiling, it is also important to watch for these on the floor as well. The floor may sag a little when you are walking to the shower or be soft around the base of the toilet. This can happen not only in the bathroom, but anywhere within the house. This could be from current or previous water damage the wet floor or subfloor could be wet and causing the floor to rot.
Look for rust- Rust on your hot water tank could indicate a small leak. It is suggested to flush your hot water tank and it will prevent sediment build up.
Step Outside- After a good rain step outside and inspect the ground around your home. Is your home landscaped for proper drainage or does the water gather around the base of your home?
Inspecting your roof- Inspection of your roof is very important, particularly after a heavy storm. The combination of high winds, rain and sometimes hail could be detrimental to the life of your roof. Watch for missing shingles, damaged flashing and pools of water.
Smell- Odor caused by mold or mildew that could be linked to some kind of water damage inside your house that may have passed unnoticed or unintentionally mistreated.
Once water damage has happened the clock starts ticking. The water problem can quickly worsen, causing secondary damage like mold. When your property has a water damage you don't have the luxury of waiting around to hope that it dries out on its own so call the professionals to get help. Secondary damage can begin as early as 24 to 48 hours. Mildew spores are everywhere, but need moisture and a food source to develop. That is just what your wet carpet and drywall offers. So proper and timely treatment of the water damage is important.
It is important to note that not all water damages are treated equally. Each cause of origin has its own standards as far as treatment and coverage. It is always important to contact your insurance company immediately for them to determine your policy for coverage.
Are you ready?
Catastrophic weather is nothing out of the ordinary anymore for us. Recently the United States have been affected by many different types of disasters. Flooding, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards threaten homes, businesses, and communities. Statistically as many as 50% of businesses may not recover following a disaster, this is according to recent industry research. The businesses that do survive a disaster the majority of these businesses were prepared and had a preparedness plan in place.
Pre-planning can serve as an additional insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire can affect your business!
Preparation is an important component in making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire, or flooding as we have recently experienced in Charleston, Sissionville, Saint Albans, and Cross Lanes, WV. The best time for planning for such events is not when the disaster happens, but well before it happens it happens. Contact your local SERVPRO of North Kanawha Valley Professionals to establish your Emergency Ready Program.
Emergency Ready Program
· A no cost assessment of your facility.
(This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.)
· Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
(Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”)
· A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
(It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects, but it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
· A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
(This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.)
· Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
(This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.)
Roof Damage Leads to secondary problems
There are lots of different issues that could cause damage to your home; Roof damage is one of those. Damage due to storms is the most typical, but there are several things that COULD cause the damage to your roof some being more visible than others. It is always good practice to have your roof inspected every 10-12 years, unless there has been a specific issue that may have caused a reason to check it sooner such as a severe storm, hail, or some other sort of natural disaster. Unfortunately, when your roof becomes damaged it can lead to bigger issues that may ultimately cause water damage to the interior of your home.
Here we mention a few things to look for when you are inspecting your roof:
- Loose or missing shingles: this could be caused by high winds, improper installation, or simply wearing out over exposure to the elements through the years. Loose nails can also leave a hole in the shingle that water can find its way through as well.
- Poor installation of the flashing. "Flashing" is the metal that is placed in the sections where the roof meets the walls, or in the valleys. This must be installed properly to divert water from the roof.
- Gutters that are not placed with the right pitch, or that have seems that are not sealed properly can also cause water to back up and then overflow into the house causing water damage to ceilings and/or walls. Not having gutter guards to keep leaves and debris from collecting in the gutters can cause overflow of water that can result in damage to your roof and other areas of your home as well.
- Rotted fascia or soffit can also be an area that allows water to intrude.
If you suspect that you may have roof damage causing water damage to your home please feel free to contact us at 304-755-9510 and we will be happy to assist you. SERVPRO of North Kanawha Valley can also supply emergency tarping and board up if the need may arise.
SERVPRO of North Kanawha Valley will be there for all of your home repairs or accidents.
And The Beat Goes On in Charleston, WV
Commercial Water Loss in Charleston, WV
And the beat goes on…..
Winter Storm Jonas tried its best to shut us down, but was unsuccessful. SERVPRO of North Kanawha Valley and Teays Valley did not miss a beat as we battled 2 feet of snow this past weekend. As the snow kept falling, our phone kept ringing and our customers continued to get the service they have grown to expect. When we enter into a contract with a corporation, we take that relationship very seriously, so come snow, or high water we will make every effort to respond when our customers call. During winter storm Jonas we responded to 9 residential water losses, 2 house fires and 1 commercial water loss. If you are looking for a company that can take care of your cleaning and restoration needs in your home, or business in the Charleston, WV and surrounding areas, we are THE choice. SERVPRO can handle any loss no matter the size or complexity. SERVPRO of North Kanawha Valley and SERVPRO of Teays Valley has been locally owned and operated for over 25 years and we understand the issues that face our local community better than our out of state competitors. Let us be your vendor of choice when you experience a catastrophe and you won’t miss a beat either.
8-22-2014 Huntington, WV storm
Standing flood waters in commercial building in Huntington, WV
SERVPRO spent most of this past weekend cleaning up several commercial properties in Huntington, WV. due to severe flooding.
It was "all hands on deck" for SERVPRO of N Kanawha Valley & Teays Valley on Friday as the calls for assistance started rolling in.
Our dedicated teams worked through the night helping to make the flooding, Like It Never Even Happened®.