Recent Storm Damage Posts
Ways to Prevent Water Damage from Spreading
Flood damage in a Key West, FL home
When everything is saturated and seems ruined after your home floods in Key West, FL, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. While you want to get a flood cleanup professional there as soon as possible, you know the importance of contacting your flood insurance company first. While they usually arrive quickly, there a few things you can do to prevent further flood damage without affecting your claim.
Keep Insurance in Mind
Before you do anything, ensure the home is safe to enter. If it is, take photographs of the exterior and interior so that there is proof of all the damage for your flood insurance company. If possible, create a detailed list of all your belongings and gather any receipts you may have saved to make the process go as smoothly as possible. It’s also important to discuss what can and can’t be done with your insured before you begin any cleanup.
Depending on your insurer, there are usually a few things that can be done to prevent damage from spreading. One of the most common issues that comes with any type of water issue is mold damage. Below are a few ways to keep it from spreading during the wait.
Remove and sort anything saturated with water such as clothing, rugs and furniture.
Clean and disinfect walls, doors, shelves, baseboards and other elements of the home that have come in contact with water.
If possible, open windows and run a dehumidifier to dry out the home.
Check the furnace and water heater for damage or standing water. Schedule an inspection to ensure internal elements are still functioning properly.
Put small holes in the drywall or baseboards that have been damaged to increase air circulation.
Although no one likes to wait, doing too much can affect your flood insurance claim. Staying focused on the details and sorting through your belongings can help keep it protected while help is on the way.
Effective Methods To Prevent Flood Damage
Air movers drying out affected area in Homestead, FL
Effective Methods To Prevent Flood Damage
Throughout history, humankind has battled the dangerous effects of high waters, floods and heavy rains. As society has progressed, those methods have become ever more sophisticated. Civil engineers, architects and town planners all play a role in flood prevention. In Homestead, FL, your business may be in the path of a devastating storm that could threaten your company and your livelihood. Solid preparation such as a new roof, strong windows and drainage systems is the key to successfully weathering a storm.
Devices for Holding Back Water
Water from rains and snow and ice have the ability to sneak through openings as small as 0.005 inches. Powerful storm surges and raging rivers can bust through the strongest fortifications. The following structures often work against the forces of water:
- Sea walls are placed to prevent high tides and storm surges from swamping coastal properties
- Sand bags are a low-tech solution to rising flood waters
- Levees, dams and reservoirs seek to retain water during heavy rains
- Vegetation can hold soil in place and prevent erosion
- Drainage systems divert water from areas that are susceptible to flooding
Flood prevention efforts have varying levels of success. In some cases, they are meant to provide extra time for people to retreat to safer areas without loss of life.
Methods for Flood Cleaning
Once a flood has breached the defenses and entered a property, the emphasis should turn to safety and cleanup. Hazards such as contaminated water should be approached with caution and left to a professional cleanup team in Homestead, FL. Special equipment such as submersible pumps, wet vacs, dehumidifiers and ventilators is effective in removing water from a property. Ridding the building of moisture and humidity can prevent the growth of black mold.
Flood prevention efforts will continue to evolve and become even more effective. Your company can benefit by utilizing new technology to defeat flooding.
Landscaping Tricks To Protect Your Home From Flooding
Rain gardens actually use the extra water to make sure all the plants are properly hydrated
Follow These Tips To Keep Rainwater Out Of Your Home
A heavy rainstorm in Miami, FL, can create lots of flooding in your yard and in the areas around your home. This can cause enough problems on its own, including clogging the sewer and washing away topsoil. Another issue with outside flooding is that it doesn't always stay outside. If you don't take the right precautions, your flooded yard could lead to a flooded basement and the need for water restoration services.
The best way to protect your home during a rain storm is to direct water away from it. There are several ways to do this:
- Rain gardens
All of these options are designed to control the flow of floodwater. Swales and downspouts cause water to flow away from your home into an area that can handle significant water. Rain gardens actually use the extra water to make sure all the plants are properly hydrated.
When you plant new trees or flowers, you probably add mulch to the top of the soil to protect the nutrients for the plants. Outside flooding can wash away your hard work. To alleviate this problem, consider using a heavier mulch than wood chips, which float away at the first sign of a stream. A heavy mulch is more likely to stay in place and thus less likely to stop the flow of water away from your home.
A cement driveway is relatively low maintenance, except when it comes to rain drainage. Then, it can be the source of a lot of problems. Water that runs off your driveway is likely to end up flooding the sewer, which can cause problems not just for you but for other residents as well. Materials such as gravel still give you a nice-looking driveway while still allowing rain to soak into the ground beneath it during a storm.
Outside flooding can quickly become an inside problem if you're not careful. Follow these tips to keep rainwater out of your home.
Flooding in Nebraska and Iowa
A historic flood in Nebraska and Iowa in which the water has risen to six to seven feet, has so far claimed the lives of three people and left two other people missing, who are now presumed dead. This major disaster that has broken the record of the last major flood along the Missouri River back in 2011, has caused the evacuation of over a thousand residents and left over 500 homes ruined. With two states being flooded in record numbers, and hundreds of homes and businesses closed, the local restoration companies will not be able to help. As a part of the Disaster Recovery Team, SERVPRO of Brickell is going to go ASAP to help the local communities as much as we possibly can.
Here is a basic list of items you should have in your Hurricane Preparedness Kit for when you need a bit of help surviving.
- An evacuation route plan.
- A first aid kit
- Flashlight and batteries
- Drinking water
- Canned foods & can opener
- Propane stove & propane
- A whistle
- Cell phone chargers
To find out more about what exactly should be in your list as well as a more detailed plan to building the kit and designing your protocols visit https://www.ready.gov/kit
If you or someone you know does need help putting your home back together after a disaster call SERVPRO of Brickell. We have the knowledge and manpower to do the job right the first time. Reach us at 305-643-0710
What not to do After a Storm
With hurricanes it is hard to be certain which path they will take. Even with Florida weather meteorologists coming close to predicting the path, the hurricane can quickly shift or turn at the drop of a dime. Because of the amount of uncertainty hurricanes bring, here are 5 things not do to when riding out a hurricane.
- Don’t tape windows - it does almost no good and it is a mess to try and take off.
- Don’t run generators indoors - the carbon monoxide the generators emit can become deadly within minutes. Also, you shouldn’t connect a generator into your home’s electric system directly, because it can affect electric lines outside and endanger your neighbors, emergency responders, and /or utility workers.
- Don’t use charcoal or gas grills indoors - the carbon monoxide and fire risks are high. The grill’s carbon monoxide can easily build up and poison anyone inside the house, including your pets.
- Don’t walk or drive in flood waters - the waters can contain snakes, alligators, downed power lines and sewage, which can all be dangerous and deadly. If you drive a vehicle in flood waters that are six inches or more, the waters can cause a car to float.
- Don’t stay after an evacuation order is given - rescuers might not come out in the height of the storm, but if they do you are putting your life and their lives in danger. Your life is not worth the same amount as your home or anything in it. A home can be replaced, your life can not.
Flood Damage Tips
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.
- Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
Hurricane Michael Damage
This structure was one of the only buildings left standing.
Quite possibly the biggest storm to hit the Florida Panhandle in over a hundred years. "The Big One" called by many people for all of the destruction left in its path. Hurricane Michael hit the coast traveling 14 mph and accelerated to 17 while only losing a little strength while crossing from Florida to southwest Georgia. Not only was it one of the strongest storms to ever hit Florida, it is also the strongest storm to hit Georgia since 1898. With over 70 miles of destruction along U.S. Highway 98 and 34 deaths (24 in Florida, three in North Carolina, one in Georgia, and six in Virginia), 1.3 million homes and businesses lost power. Us SERVPRO of Brickell went up two days after the hurricane hit and have been there helping the community as best as we can over the past month.
Hurricane Michael made landfall causing major flooding and wind destruction in the Florida Panhandle with the storm track continuing into Georgia. In addition to the 160 local Franchises in the Hurricane Michael affected areas, SERVPRO also has a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country. Our designated Disaster Recovery Teams have been activated and will be deploying to the affected areas as needed. With about 20 franchises out in Panama City, there is only so much that we can do. However, you can help by donating.
You Can Help By Making a Donation Today!
The American Red Cross is working around the clock along the East Coast to help the thousands of people whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Michael.
Click HERE to make a donation
Hurricane Preparedness During October
With Winter around the corner, we at SERVPRO of Brickell will like to remind you that we aren’t out of Hurricane season just yet. Hurricane season doesn’t end until November 30th and October is the month where a hurricane is most likely to make landfall in Florida. Since 1950, at least 8 out of 15 hurricanes have made landfall in the state of Florida during October.
So, with October being a few days away, we strongly encourage to be prepared for any hurricanes that might come. Below we will have a list of what should be included in your preparedness kit:
- Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
- Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Portable Power banks (Portable chargers)
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Baby wipes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery