Recent Storm Damage Posts

How to Stay Safe and Prepare Your Home for a Winter Storm

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Stay Safe and Prepare Your Home for a Winter Storm SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is here for you if a winter storm causes any damage. Call today for a quote (916) 632-2250

Even though it just became officially Fall, we all know that winter will be here before we know it!  You can take preventative measures to help reduce damage if a severe storm hits. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a storm and some things to keep in mind as the weather begins to get colder.

  • Clear limbs and trim trees - during a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home’s exterior or break a window
  • Secure fences - ensure that fences are properly secured to help prevent them from being lifted up and thrown against the house by heavy winds
  • Secure furniture - heavy winds can cause items like patio furniture and large toys to damage the exterior of your home.  You should also move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage
  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping
  • Never use a generator, camp stove, or charcoal grill indoors as these can start fires, cause electric shock, and/or cause carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Know your area's risk for winter storms
  • Monitor local news and alerts for emergency information and instructions

Steps To Take After Suffering Storm Damage

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.

Photograph the Damage

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made. In the meantime, give us a call at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin (916) 632-2250.

Signs of Storm Damage

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

  1. Roof: Look for shingles that have discoloration, tearing, or even holes in them. These can all be signs that your roof has been damaged. Another sign is if there are leaks in your roof or your ceiling.
  2. Gutters: After a hail storm, looking for dents or dings can also give you a better picture of what the storm did to the rest of your home. Your gutters can also give you insight to whether you have roof damage. Check to see if there are granules from the asphalt shingles in your gutter.
  3. Windows: Look at each of the windows at your homes and note any signs of shattered or broken windows and frame damage. This is especially important after a hail storm or a strong wind storm.
  4. Exterior: Not only is it important to look at the siding of your home to check for damage, it is also important that you check any appliances. Inspect your AC/HCAC unit as well as items such as a barbeque grill.

After your inspection, if you notice any signs of storm damage follow up by checking the area for signs of mold, mildew, pests or other secondary damage. If damage has occurred have it repaired immediately. Call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin at (916) 632-2250 for any restoration needs you may have.

Storm & Wind Damage

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

There are many areas of the United States that have experienced heavy winds and storms this season and the strong powerful winds can cause significant damage to a home.  Wind damage and water damage are the most common results of a heavy storm and it is important to contact SERVPRO as soon as the storm is over to help limit and repair the damage.  Wind damage can happen to your home directly from the strong wind or indirectly from the wind blowing debris into your house.  These wind damage facts will help you better understand the potential for wind damage and how to prevent it.

Storm Damaged Roof

Wind Type Varies by Storm and Causes Different Degrees of Wind Damage

Thunderstorms are the most common source of wind and storm damage but winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are stronger and can cause more severe damage.  It is important to know when a storm is approaching your area and what type of storm it is so you know the potential and level of damage to expect.  Thunderstorms are responsible for over half of all wind damage cases in the U.S. but the storm damage repair may be more costly for hurricane or tornado wind damage.

Characteristics of the Wind Affect the Wind Damage

The wind has many characteristics that differ depending on the situation.  Some characteristics to take into account include speed, direction, and duration of the gusts and recognizing them can help you protect your home and property effectively from wind damage.  Recognizing the characteristics of the wind can also help you determine how much potential damage to expect.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Most wind damage is caused by flying debris either from plants or other structures and objects that are not secured.  If a storm is approaching your area, make sure any potential debris around your home such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects are either secured or brought inside.  Your doors and windows should also be secured to help minimize the potential storm damage to the home.

Wind and Storm Damage Repair Costs

Wind damage can cause a range of destruction to your property from broken windows and fallen tree branches to more severe damage to the roof, garage, or car.  Billions of dollars are spent on wind damage repair and storm damage restoration each year and understanding the nature of wind damage can help you limit the amount of damage to your home and save on restoration and repair costs.  The cost of wind damage repair generally ranges from about $880 almost $11,000 with most homeowners spending on average between $4,600 and $7,000 for repairs.  Make sure to contact SERVPRO for an estimate on the wind damage repair for your home.

Wind damage from different types of storms is a major cause of destruction to homes and by understanding the characteristics of wind damage, you can help keep your home protected during a storm.  Different types of storms bring different types of winds and the storm damage caused by the wind can range from minor damage to more costly structural damage.  If your home sustains wind damage during a storm, make sure to call SERVPRO immediately.  These qualified technicians can provide effective wind damage and storm damage repair. 

Call us today: (916) 632-2250

Weather Alert and Safety

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Weather can change dramatically and often quite suddenly, causing severe destruction, injuries, and even fatalities. In the last few years especially, we have witnessed increasingly violent weather phenomena. Fortunately, today's improved weather alert services are often able to warn us of impending natural disasters well before they occur. This advance warning allows people to prepare themselves and their homes to weather the storm.

A key part of disaster safety is having a sufficient amount of supplies, as well as an emergency kit. A disaster kit typically includes a bountiful supply of water for drinking and cleaning, along with non-perishable canned or packaged foods, a can opener, a first aid kit, flashlights and batteries, cell phones and chargers, emergency phone numbers, and a radio. Other useful items to have are prescription medications, supplies for infants and pets, cash, matches, and personal hygiene items.

By creating this kit and packing it ahead of time, emergency preparation becomes much easier and quicker when a natural disaster is announced. It’s equally important to have a predetermined emergency ready profile, so that each person in the house knows exactly what to do when a disaster strikes. Without a proper action plan, people often tend to first panic, acting illogically, which may put them directly in the path of danger. At SERVPRO, we can assist you in preparing your own Emergency Ready Profile for your home or business.

Call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin today and let us help you plan your Emergency Ready Profile. (916) 632-2250

What To Expect From the Storm Damage Restoration Process

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

If a storm damaged your home you might be worried about the storm restoration process. You may wonder how anyone can fix all that water damage or what happens if they must tear out a wall.

It’s understandable that you would worry about this. After all, restoration can seem daunting to the uninitiated. Luckily, understanding the steps can help calm your nerves. While all projects are unique, these are the basic steps to expect:

1. Initial damage control

2. Removal of damaged materials

3. A drying period

4. Rebuilding

Each of these steps is important and should be done by experienced and trusted professionals. Below is a closer look at each stage:

Initial Damage Control

Before your restoration crew can do anything else, they must extract the water from your home. This is the first step in stopping further water damage and keeping needed repairs to a minimum. It’s essential to call a storm restoration company as soon as possible after a flood to get this process going.

Removal of Damaged Materials

Once the water is out of the way, the contractors can survey the damage and decide what they need to tear out. They may decide to make a flood cut, which prevents mold by removing a section of wall above the flood line. The professionals will properly dispose of damaged materials to keep your home safe.

A Drying Period

The third step can be the most difficult for anxious homeowners. The affected area must be allowed to dry out, which can take some time. Be patient; you’re almost done.

Rebuilding

After the area is dry, the professionals can start rebuilding the damaged structures. Great companies can make sure it looks as good as or better than before. If a flood damages your home, call a trusted storm restoration company immediately. They can get rid of the water, tear out damaged walls, and make it look like water damage never happened. SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin can help. (916) 632-2250

3 Circumstances that Require a Flood Cut

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding affects your home, having a professional cleanup and restoration company come to inspect and repair the damage can be an important step in preventing further problems and beginning the cleanup process. Flood technicians may perform a variety of repairs to restore your home, including a flood cut, which requires cutting out sections of drywall about a foot above the flood line to inspect the wall behind it. While this process is not always necessary, there are a few circumstances that may require it after a flood occurs.

1. Black Water Floods

When outdoor flooding invades your home from overflowing streams or rivers, it may contain sewage, chemicals or dead animal carcasses. This water can be considerably contaminated and is known as black water. A flood cut is usually necessary when this type of flooding occurs because your home’s drywall and any insulation behind it may be affected by the dirty water and may need replacing.

2. Wet Insulation

Flood technicians may perform a flood cut and tear out sections of drywall if they believe any insulation behind your home’s walls has water damage. Because insulation cannot be properly dried, a flood cut may be needed to remove any wet material. Once the interior wall is cleaned and dried, new insulation can be installed.

3. Mold Growth

After flooding, mold can begin to grow behind interior walls and spread quickly if it is not addressed. Flood technicians may perform a flood cut to check for mold and treat the area if any is found. Because mold does not need sunlight to grow, it can spread from interior walls to other areas and cause an unpleasant odor in your home. A flood cut can prevent this and keep mold at bay.

Flooding in your home can cause a variety of problems in your home long after the waters recede. Having flood cuts performed may resolve these issues and prevent costly repairs later on. Give us a call, (916) 632-2250.

Are You Ready For Severe Weather?

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Severe weather is unpredictable and SERVPRO wants you to be safe no matter the season! Below are some severe weather readiness tips to help guide you, no matter what type of disaster you may encounter.

Weather Radios: Weather radios are the most reliable way to receive notifications of severe weather in your area. Although cellular phones, weather apps, social media as well as wireless emergency alerts (WEA’s) are what the majority of us depend on to keep informed, the truth is those devices can have their limitation during severe weather and can be interrupted. Mobile devices rely on towers and those towers can be damaged and cease to function during sever weather. A weather radio, WITH CHARGED BATTERIES is the most reliable way to be informed of severe weather. Be sure to properly program your weather radio so you only receive the alerts you want for the counties you want.

Emergency Supply Kit: Having an emergency kit can be a life saver. Most emergency management agencies recommend supplies for up to three days. The following is a list you can use as a guideline:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day
  • Food – non-perishable
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a weather radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries for radio and flashlight
  • Frist Aid kit
  • Whistle to signal help
  • Clothing, blankets
  • Dust mask or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  • Wrench or other tools to shit off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents. (Copy of insurance policy, bank account info, identification, etc.)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof case
  • Cash

 Make family plan: Make sure all members in the household are aware where they are to go in the event of severe weather. If for some reason the family is separated in the event of a severe storm, have a meeting place established as to aid in finding each other amidst devastation.

What to Do After a Flood

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in North America, but not all floods are alike. Some develop gradually after days of slow, steady rain while others are flash floods resulting from a deluge of rain or dam failure.

Storms can cause severe damage to your home—potentially even making them unsafe! SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you can call us at (916) 632-2250 to get immediate help.

What You Should Do After a Flood

Even if you were properly prepared for the flood and weathered the storm until it passed, your home could still have sustained heavy damage. Now that the sky is blue once more, how do you proceed? Here’s a look at what to do after a flood:

Be Cautious

Just because the sun is shining and the flood waters have receded, that doesn’t mean all danger has passed. Exercise caution by doing the following:

Tune into local alerts and warning systems to stay up-to-date with current information and receive expert, informed advice about the flood. After all, additional flooding could still occur.

Stay away from rushing water. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet.

Avoid walking through large areas of standing water, which may be electrically charged by downed power lines. The water could also be hiding broken glass or dangerous animals.

Unless you are specifically asked for help by the police, fire department, or relief workers, keep out of damaged areas.

Help emergency workers by staying off the roads in and out of the damaged neighborhood or region.

If you’re caught in a stalled car during a flash flood, abandon the car and get to higher ground immediately.

Heed barricades and find an alternate route if you encounter one blocking your way. Crossing bridges even after the water has receded could be dangerous if the structural integrity has been jeopardized.

Return home only when the authorities permit it. Even then, stay out of the building if it’s surrounded by flood waters and exercise extreme caution when you do enter.

Stay Safe and Healthy

Take care of you and your family as cleanup efforts begin. To stay safe and healthy, remember the following:

Turn off the home’s electricity at the main breaker box, even if the power is out. Only turn the power on when your home is dry.

Avoid floodwater, which may be contaminated with sewage, gasoline, or oil.

Fix damaged sewer systems as soon as possible.

Don’t drink water from the tap. Listen to news reports to learn when the community’s water is safe to drink again.

Get Help After a Flood

SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin is prepared for the unpredictable—and you can call us day or night to get disaster relief and recovery. We’re here to help you get back on your feet and make it look like it never happened. Contact us today to start the cleanup process without delay.

Hail Protection for Your Home

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Hail storms can strike without much warning, leaving you with little time to react. Being prepared in advance — and knowing what to do — can help you stay safe and keep damage to a minimum. Consider signing up for local weather alerts, which deliver warnings when hail storms are approaching your area.

What Is Hail?

Hail is a type of solid precipitation, distinct from, but often confused with sleet. Sleet generally falls in colder temperatures while hail growth is inhibited at very cold temperatures. Hail creation is possible within thunderstorms and is formed when water vapor in updrafts reaches a freezing point. Ice then forms and is suspended in the air by updrafts and falls down to be coated by water again. This process can occur over and over adding many layers to the hailstone. Hailstones can be as small as peas or as large as softballs, and the larger ones can cause injury and serious damage.* The average hailstorm lasts only five minutes, but the damage hailstorms cause totals about $1 billion a year, according to the National Weather Service.

How to Minimize Hail Damage

Large hail can shatter windows. Closing the drapes, blinds or window shades can help prevent the wind from blowing broken glass into your home or buildings.

Whenever possible, park your vehicles inside a garage or under a carport.

Patio and lawn furniture can be dented, broken or even shattered by hail. Move these items indoors or under a covered area when not in use.

If you have plans to replace the roof covering on your home or business, consider using impact-resistant material if you live in a hail-prone area.

If you are ever affected by hailstones or any other type of natural disaster, Call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin today! (916) 632-2250

Lightning Safety Tips

6/23/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know that lightning is the third largest storm-related killer in the U.S., causing nearly one billion dollars in damage per year¹? Those are some sobering statistics you may want to keep in mind the next time you are trying to decide whether to play one more hole of golf or hike an extra mile when a potential storm may be brewing.

While summer is commonly known as the peak season for thunderstorms and lightning, such storms can strike any time and in almost any location year-round. The following guide and tips can help you and your loved ones stay safe and secure should you be caught in a lightning storm.

How Should I Protect Myself?

It is important to understand that there is no safe place outside during a lightning storm. If thunderstorms are expected, you should stop any outdoor activities quickly — even if you are still mowing the lawn or enjoying a picnic. Many lightning casualties occur because people fail to seek shelter soon enough. Keep an eye on local weather conditions and have a plan if thunderstorms are expected.

What if I am Outside During a Storm?

As soon as you hear thunder, stop all outdoor activities and get into a building or a hard-topped vehicle for safety. It may be tempting to get into a golf cart or a lean-to, but those will not provide adequate protection. If you absolutely cannot get to safety, try to stay away from open fields, hilltops, tall trees or other tall objects. Go to the lowest place possible, such as a ravine or valley, and squat in a baseball catcher’s position — with your heels touching, ears covered, and head between your knees. Minimize contact with the ground and do NOT lie flat. You should avoid water and anything metal, such as golf clubs or bicycles.

What if I am Driving?

Exit the road or highway you are on and park in a safe location. Stay in the vehicle and turn on emergency flashers until the storm subsides. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that can conduct electricity.

What if I am Indoors?

You may think that watching television or shopping on-line are good ways to pass the time during a storm, but your best bet is to unplug televisions, computers and any other high-value electronics well before the storm hits. Once the storm begins, do not touch any electrical equipment or cords, including corded phones. It is OK to use cellular or cordless phones during the storm. Be sure to stay away from windows and doors and do not go on porches. Also avoid taking baths or showers during storms.² Water is a conductor of electricity so if a lightning strike hits your house during a storm, it may travel through water and shock you in the bath or shower.

What if My House is Hit by Lightning?

If you think your home has been struck by lightning call 911 immediately and evacuate if you see fire or smoke. You may want to ask your local fire department to check for hot spots in your walls. If you use gas for heating and cooking, contact your gas company or a licensed contractor to conduct a leak test before re-entering your home. Gas system components have been known to sustain punctures as a result of direct or nearby lightning strikes.

Sources:  ¹ NOAA, http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/resources/Lightning_your_home.pdf  ² NOAA's National Weather Service,http://www.srh.noaa.gov/jetstream/lightning/lightning_safety.htm

Severe Weather and the Toll it Takes on Your Home

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

When a storm strikes, it’s important to be aware of the potential problems that can develop. You can’t control the weather, but you can control how you respond in the immediate aftermath. Here are three of the issues that could afflict your home after a storm hits:

Roof Damage: Roofs are susceptible to damage during any major storm, from heavy winds and torrential rains to snowstorms. Moisture can weaken already vulnerable areas of the roof, and strong winds can knock down loose shingles or cause visible damage to them. You may notice a leak in your attic or ceiling if a storm damages your roof.

Windows Are Vulnerable: A thoroughly sealed and weather-stripped window is unlikely to suffer severe storm damage, but old windows that haven’t been catered to recently could develop problems if it rains. For example, the moisture can seep into openings around the window, causing a leak inside the house. Rain can also cause wood to rot and mold to develop in the window’s vicinity. Rugs and carpets in the area could also be susceptible to water damage. Windows in the basement are extremely vulnerable if they aren’t protected, which leads to flooded basements and potentially damaged property.

Gutters Can Become Clogged: Gutters aren’t immediately obvious problems because you have to inspect them to see if they’ve become clogged after the storm. Rain can wash all kinds of debris into them, and once they become congested, they no longer filter water away from your home. The result could be water damage to your property, and the gutters could also suffer damage later since the excess weight of debris can cause them to sag.

Storm damage affects more than just the trees around the house. It can also have an impact on your home’s foundation. After a major storm, take a close look at your home and investigate for problematic signs. If you discover anything, call the restoration service team at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin at (916) 632-2250. We’ll manage the situation and restore your home back to preloss condition.

Flood Damage and Worse can be Caused by Water in Your Home's Basement

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding in your basement might not seem like it can affect your entire home but it can cause problems even in your attic space. Humidity that starts with a flooded basement can be carried through the air, and also through the very fibers of your home's structures. Gravity isn't enough to keep water down below when it can find its way upwards by wicking through microscopic channels in drywall, wood, and concrete.

For homes with standing water in the basement, the first step in warding off flood damage and subsequent secondary water damage is to have the water pumped out. After the standing water has been eliminated, we can begin to work on the drying process. Returning your home to a dry state is vital to ensuring that all repairs will be long-lasting ones. It also helps ensure that mold and secondary water damage won't be a problem later on.

In addition to secondary water damage, the possibility of mold growths taking over your home will remain higher than normal as long as humidity levels are allowed to be raised. Where mold exists, there is also the possibility of higher than normal levels of bacterial and pathogenic activity. With sewer back-ups and flooded basements, this is especially true. This can lead to dangerous contamination in your home, but we're trained to combat this type of problem. At SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin, we know what to do when things go awry in your home.

From mitigating walls, floors, and ceilings, and everything in between, we also know how to get things returned to a sanitary state that won't make you and your family ill. While we're drying out your home, we'll also disinfect it. Some of these methods, such as using ozone machines, not only remove airborne pathogens, but they can also deodorize your home.

When you've found your home flooded, even if it's not in the basement, call us. The professionals at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin at (916) 632-2250 are available 24/7 to get your home back to normal fast.

Storm Damage Emergency Cleanup in Your Home

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Your home can fall victim to unexpected storm devastation. As soon as your home is disturbed by wind, water and debris, its effects can be devastating. Our top priority is to improve direct hazards as quickly as possible.

What You Can Expect from Storm Damage

Whatever storms are thrown at you, there is a likelihood that your home will have damage. Damage can be very destructive or not as serious.

Storms throughout the country can cause hazardous damage that will need to be fixed – from tornadoes to severe thunderstorms. With these kinds of storms comes strong wind bursts, torrential rain, and electrical disturbances that affect your property.

Being unable to repair damage inflicted on the outside of your home can be unnerving, which is why rainstorms and high winds are equally as damaging. Heavy rain and intense winds are strong enough to break trees and utility poles, jeopardizing your roof and home exterior.

Emergency Repairs

We at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin offer 24/7 emergency services because we realize that hazardous weather can appear at any moment. When you’re looking for urgent service, we will work with you anytime, day or night.

We are able to perform any needed emergency board up services after you’ve experienced storm damage. Broken windows, exposed siding and other sections of your property with direct outside access can be boarded up to keep out excess water. Tarps are an option to temporarily protect your roof to prevent additional water leakage if dangerous stormy conditions continue.

Your home needs to be safe again. In addition to these emergency services, the professionals at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin can do a damage assessment and give you recommendations for all of the recovery services that we have available.

What Contaminants Can be Found in Black/Flood Water?

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

Contaminated Flood Waters Contain Pathogens and Dangerous Debris

When we respond to a case of flood damage due to a storm, one of the most frequent questions our technicians get is, "What is black water?", Black water is heavily contaminated water which is not only unsafe to drink but can also be hazardous simply to be around. It can be difficult to judge conditions in black water due to its typical gray, brown, or black coloration, with small particles often hiding potentially far greater hazards lying within. Here are a few things that can be found in a typical sample of black flood water.

Dirt and Soil: Typically, most of the coloration in black water comes from dirt and soil trapped within. Many cases of flood damage result from heavy storms and rain, and these floodwaters more often than not pick up significant amounts of soil before they ever reach a home. Although this dirt may sound harmless, it, in reality, makes the water much heavier and more difficult to navigate if you get caught in it.

Microorganisms in Black Water: Although the amount and type of organisms in flood can vary depending on its causes and specifics, almost all samples of black water contain very high levels of microorganisms. These may be parasites, bacteria, viruses, mold, or many other types of organism, and they may be able to cause health effects if ingested or absorbed through the skin. This is why it is never advised to drink flood waters and to seek medical attention immediately if you have.

Sharp Metal and Glass: It can be very difficult to see sharp objects in a mass of floodwater, but even if you feel you are confident that such materials are not in the water, it is best always to assume they are. Sharp materials, even if they are tiny, often constitute one of the water's greatest risks. If they open up a small cut or wound, this spot may go unnoticed by you but later on can possibly develop a bad infection. If you have been cut or had black water touch an open wound, immediately disinfect the wound and apply medical aid as needed.

SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin deals with flood damage so that you don't have to. If your home has been caught in a flood, call us at (916) 632-2250 for mitigation and restoration services.

Protecting your Home from Storm Damage

6/17/2016 (Permalink)

Rain isn’t the only thing leaving its mark on our homes. Springtime may have just passed, but storms are still whipping through cities causing power outages and home damage. According to the National Storm Damage Center (NSDC), damage caused by trees during severe weather account for over $1 billion in property damage. Broken limbs or trees can cause mass amounts of damage to your property if they make contact. Such damage can be done to roofing, siding, windows and even structure to the home, causing lots of expensive repairs. Unfortunately there is no way to stop the unpredictable weather, but there are ways to prevent damage from happening to your home.

Assessing your tree

The National Storm Damage Center insists on trying to keep trees healthy and surviving as long as they’re not posing an immediate threat, but how do we know if the tree is ready to be taken down or not? There are different ways that a tree can be assessed to give you a better answer to that question.

Broken limbs – the larger amount of large limbs that are broken on a tree, the less likely it is to survive or recover from storm damage. This tree is unfortunately probably ready to be taken down.

Amount of limbs broken – A tree showing more than 50% of its limbs broken or damaged means that it will most likely have a difficult time producing leaves in the upcoming season, therefor making it harder for it to survive.

Leader branch – Is the upward-trending branch at the top of the tree broken? Without this branch being intact, it is likely that the tree’s growth will be stunted, making it less likely to survive.

Location – Last, but not least is location. Saving trees is important for our environment, but keeping lives safe is obviously more important to us. The biggest decision on whether to keep a tree in your yard or not is purely the location of the tree. Is it in a location that could cause damage or injury to your home, car or family if it were to break? If so, it is better to be safe than sorry and get it removed before a storm comes through.

If the unthinkable happens and you have a tree or storm damage, call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin today!

Make sure to Prepare

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornados, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals want you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst. 

Right now is the perfect opportunity to review your emergency plan. Emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people just like you. Tornado outbreaks, river floods, flash floods, historic earthquakes, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time. 

The more you know about what to do in an emergency, the more confident and secure you will feel in your abilities to manage through a disaster. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. Contact your local SERVPRO® of Auburn/Rocklin for more information and tools to help you be "Ready for whatever happens." 

Are you prepared for a power outage?

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days. Depending on the nature of the disaster, road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner.

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages.  If the power goes out keep your pipes from freezing by shutting off the valve that allows water to come into your home. Then, open any drain valves and all faucets and let them run until the pipes are empty (it's helpful to identify these valves in advance). Next, flush all toilets and pour denatured alcohol into toilets and sinks to prevent water in the traps from freezing. Do NOT use automotive antifreeze in case there's trouble with your water system; you don't want the antifreeze to contaminate your drinking water. You may, however, use nontoxic antifreeze that's made for winterizing motor homes.

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

  1. Flashlights for each family member

  2. Battery-operated radio and clock

  3. Extra batteries

  4. Containers of bottled water

  5. Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

  6. Non-electric can opener

  7. List of important phone numbers

  8. First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

  • Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

  • Choose foods your family will eat.

  • Remember any special dietary needs.

  • Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

  • Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener

  • Protein or fruit bars

  • Dry cereal or granola

  • Peanut butter

  • Dried fruit

  • Nuts

  • Crackers

  • Canned juices

  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk

  • High energy foods

  • Vitamins

  • Food for infants

  • Comfort/stress foods

When bad weather strikes your area, knowing what to do until help arrives will make a difference!

Flood Restoration Services: A Brief Overview

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding can result in extensive water damage; it is one of the most debilitating disasters that can transpire in your home. Although water is deemed one of our primary needs, it can also function as a destructive force that presents serious threats to your property and life. Water damage can take on many forms, and you will always need a professional to determine accurately the extent of the water damage to your property. For this reason, it is important and advantageous for homeowners affected by flooding to obtain professional flood restoration services. To learn more about flood damage and how restoration specialists can assist you, refer to the following guide:

Preventing Mold and Mildew Growth

As SERVPRO experts know, one of the most profound problems that can result from flood damage is the growth and proliferation of mold. Mold thrives in humid, damp conditions, and this is why homes that have been subjected to flooding can quickly become a breeding ground for the fungus. Flood restoration specialists are effective in eradicating mold issues by offering detail-oriented, results-centered cleanup services.

Preventing Damage to Electrical Systems

In addition to preventing mold growth, flood restoration specialists can help preclude extensive damage to your home's electrical systems. Unfortunately, electrical systems exposed to water can begin to malfunction. The malfunctions can lead to fire or electrocution. Additionally, electrical systems that have been subjected to flood damage can generate house fires. Professional flood restoration specialists utilize advanced remediation skills to prevent these destructive cycles from gaining traction.

Contact SERVPRO Today

When a flood has damaged your residential property, attaining professional flood restoration services is a must. When you begin searching for the ideal company to assist you, be sure to contact the experts of SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin. Our company utilizes contemporary methodologies and cutting edge equipment to get your home back in absolutely amazing shape. Contact us now to learn more about how we can help you restore your home! 

We Are Leaders In The Storm Industry - Call Today!

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we are leaders in the storm and water damage industry. We have a tremendous amount of hands-on experience, training, and expertise to quickly restore your property back to its pre-storm condition. Whether you have experienced a tree falling on your property or severe water damage from heavy rains, we have the knowledge to take care of it quickly and efficiently. We are available 24 hours a day, so even in the middle of the night we are here for you and your home. We'll treat you and your property with the respect and care it deserves. So if your property has sustained water or storm damage, you already know who to call – SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin (916) 632-2250. No property or damage is too big or small for us!

Did Lightning Cause Damage? We Are Here To Help!

5/2/2016 (Permalink)

Lightning strikes are no different from other natural disasters. If your home or business is hit, you will experience fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin if you experience fire damage caused by lightning in your home or business. We are here to help!

How Prepared Are You For A Storm?

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

Being prepared in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored versus replaced. Here’s a tip from SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin after a storm has hit your area.

Storm Damaged Your Home? We Are Here For You

4/19/2016 (Permalink)

When a severe storm strikes your residential home, it can affect your life in ways you couldn't even have imagined. It is very overwhelming on what to do or who to call. Our experts at SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have or respond to your storm damage emergency needs. We have the equipment and experience to get your home back in order!

*TIP: The nature of emergency situations does not allow you to check licenses or BBB reports. It’s best to have a trusted restoration and storm cleanup company in mind before things like this happen. Contact SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin to receive a free Emergency Readiness Plan. This plan will organize all the necessary steps and information you will need in the event of storm damage, water damage, fire damage, and cleanup.

Need Help Cleaning Up After A Storm?

4/11/2016 (Permalink)

Need storm cleanup service? Call SERVPRO of Auburn/Rocklin, our highly trained technicians will restore your home back to pre-storm condition. “Like it never even happened”! We are here to HELP!

Storm Damage? What To Do First

3/25/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage? What To Do First Step To Take When Storm Damages Your Home

When a storm damages your home, what are the first steps you should take? Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction.