Recent Storm Damage Posts
When a Storm Hits
Whether it is a Category 5 hurricane or a bad thunderstorm rolling through, home owners should be prepared for any storm.
Take safety precautions
Any type of heavy winds can cause roof shingles, natural debris, or unnatural debris to occur. After the storm is over, take precaution when going outside because there could be debris such as nails, sharp wood, or other potentially dangerous items that are around your home.
Photograph the damage
If it is major or minor, take pictures IMMEDIATELY. You may not realize that something damaged your home until after you have moved it, so take pictures just in case (there is always the delete button). Insurance companies will need to see before pictures of the damage.
Contact your insurance company… and SERVPRO!
A homeowner must call their insurance company so an adjuster can be sent out to examine the damage so payment can be made.. Don’t forget to call your favorite restoration and mediation company, SERVPRO of Statesboro. We work around the clock to ensure happiness from our community! We will send a team out as quickly as possible to begin work for your home if disaster strikes!
Spring and Summer Storm Tips
Each year, thunderstorms alone cause approximately $15 billion in property damage. Summer and spring seasons are the most vulnerable to these destructive and frightening storms.
There are several ways to prepare your property for the summer.
1. Always have an emergency kit with these items that you probably already have in your house: flashlight, battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic, non-perishable foods, lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, and any important personal items and documents.
2. Know the safest structure of your home to go to during a severe storm such as a basement, underground cellar, or even the most inner part of your home away from windows.
3. Get routine maintenance on your roof and the foundation. Cracks in the roof are the number one leading cause to flooding damage.
4. Cut down any unwanted trees or limbs and get your trees trimmed before summer storm season. Trees and branches can fall on your property and damage the siding, windows, and roof.
5. Contact your insurance company to be more familiar with your policy. Most home insurers do not cover flooding damage.
6. Keep all expensive and favored possessions off the floor and away from low ground in case of flooding.
7. Invest in storm windows.
8. Keep all patio furniture, grills, etc in doors before a summer storm hits. Do not forget to part your vehicles in the garage.
9. If your town is evacuating due to a hurricane, secure and board up windows and any openings of your home.
10. Finally, take those summer storm warnings and alerts seriously, especially tornado and hurricane warnings. Tornadoes and hurricanes can lead to total property loss and even death.
Storm Ready Kit
I feel as if we are always prepping for a storm - whether that is a hurricane, thunderstorm, or even the rare winter storm that passes through the southern part of Georgia. I put together some items that should always be in your house in a safe place. You should keep these in mind every 3 months to make sure nothing has expired or stopped working.
- Water- one gallon per person for at least three days.
- Food- at least a three day supply of non-perishable food.
- Battery powered or hand crank radio
- Extra batteries.
- Phone chargers.
- Road flares.
- Rain ponchos.
- Wet wipes.
- A whistle to signal for help.
When you get caught in a storm, damage to your home is likely. It could be from a limb on your tree or rain leaking through a window. If you see any damage to your home due to a storm, call us at (912) 764-9542 so we can help you through the mitigation process.
Prep your home for a Storm
When a storm is approaching your home, there are some steps you can take to minimize any potential damages from strong storms and potential flooding. If you know a heavy storm is coming and you have time, follow these steps.
- Make sure all your windows are shut and closed.
- Bring in or tie down any outside furniture.
- Make sure your gutters are clean to allow water to flow away from your home.
- Cut down any dead branches or limbs around your home.
- Seal any water leaks on your roof if possible.
Be prepared to lose power for any length of time. Strong storms can bring heavy winds which can cause power outages. Even a few hours of no power can be difficult to handle especially with young children. Go to our Storm Ready Kit blog to read about a kit to create to help with the loss of power.
April Showers can bring Homeowner Headache
Each new month brings a new season. As April approaches, we need to prepare for April showers. In an effort to ensure that the showers do not damage your home, it is important for you to act before the rain comes! Here are some things you can check to prevent damage to your home!
Check your roof. The shingles can be damaged or just worn down which can create a mess for a homeowner. Make sure you check around the chimney. This can be a place that can easily be damaged during a storm.
Check your foundation. A crack in the foundation can lead to water damaging the home. To prevent water damage, look around your house for puddles, leaks, moisture on the walls, and moisture around the windows.
Check the seals in your home. Around windows and doors, check the caulking which over time can become a major issue. If you are unsure whether it needs it, ask a professional to look at the seal to see whether it needs to be redone or not.
If this April you notice an issue in your home such as water in area where it does not belong, call SERVPRO of Statesboro at (912) 764-9542.
Prep for a Hurricane
As the weather begins to improve, hurricane season always sneaks up on our area. SERVPRO of Statesboro is part of the Disaster Response Team with SERVPRO. We know how difficult it can be when a storm hits. Because of this, we always want to have the best and most current tips on hurricane preparedness. Here are a few hurricane preparation tips for homeowners.
1. When a storm is approaching, always keep your eye close on the weather channel. As we have seen the past few years, the hurricane can change its path constantly.
2. If a hurricane is coming your way, go through your belongings and find the important paperwork for your house and vehicles to keep with you in the event of an evacuation.
3. If you experience back water flooding it is important to remember the water is contaminated. Make sure to decontaminate any items that may have come in contact with the water.
4. Do not drive in rising water. Wait until water recedes to go into your home.
5. Take pictures, plenty of pictures. It is important to remember to include time stamps to show insurance companies when image was taken.
If a hurricane damages your home, we will be there to help with the aftermath. If you have any questions or concerns about hurricane damage, please call our office at (912) 764-9542.
The Red Cross and SERVPRO are always here to help!
Be Prepared for Thunderstorms and Severe Weather
- Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
- Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
- Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
- Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
- Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
- Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
- Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
- Get trained in first aidand learn how to respond to emergencies
- Put together an emergency preparedness kit:
- Water—one gallon per person, per day
- Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation & personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family & emergency contact information
- Extra cash
Are you Ready for Hurricane Season?
Are you ready for a hurricane? Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio (Available on the Red Cross Store) for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).Check your disaster supplies. Replace or restock as needed.Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).Close your windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out. Turn off propane tank. Unplug small appliances.Fill your car’s gas tank.Create a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
Standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. It’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov.