Recent Storm Damage Posts
Prepare for Hurricane Season
As of June 1, it is officially hurricane season! Hurricane season runs from June to November and can bring a lot of uncertainty when it comes to number of storms and the strength that they may bring. Its best to be prepared for no matter what the turn out may be.
If a storm happens to be on the radar, keep these tips in mind to protect your home or business and minimize damage:
- Create a plan and properly communicate it to all necessary parties. Whether it be family, friends, neighbors, employees, etc. make sure everyone is in the loop on what to do should a storm hit.
- Bring in any and all outdoor furniture or properly secure it. Not only does this protect the actual furniture, but also protects your property from any lose furniture that may get moved around.
- Stock up on plenty of water, food and gas incase of power outages. Consider extra water for flushing toilets, cleaning items, etc.
- Make note of your evacuation route! Should a storm require full evacuation, be prepared and allow plenty of time.
As the season continues, be vigilant and knowledgeable in what to expect and how to handle storms. If you need to call on the experts, SERVPRO of Queen Anne's, Kent & Caroline Co. is Here to Help!
When Storms Cause Destruction, You Can Depend on Us | SERVPRO® of Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties
If you have experienced storm damage or want to learn more, you can call us 24/7 for more details.
When storms are forecasted to roll through, it is common for homeowners to feel concern. Any storm brings with it the potential for house damage, and storm-related damages cost $2 billion for homeowners in 2018.
Storm damage is consistently one of the leading causes of house insurance claims, causing complicated and expensive problems for those in their wake.
Having a plan in place for post-storm restoration is a smart move, and we can help you recover from the damages. When you call us after a storm, you can depend on us for friendly, efficient service and much more.
What You Can Count on When You Choose Us for Storm Restoration
A Restoration Plan With Everything Accounted For
The damages from storm fronts require a holistic approach to be handled fully. Structural damage can beget water damage that leads to mold, which is why we make sure we carry full certifications and expertise in all of these areas to ensure we can handle whatever nature brings your way.
A Qualified Crew Working on Your Home
Our technicians are responsible for the quality of service our customers receive, which is why we care deeply about their training and education. By using the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification standards as our guideline, we have designed a comprehensive training regimen that includes initial education as well as developmental seminars and opportunities for our entire workforce.
An Adequate Number of Resources
As a local business, we have the benefit of getting involved with the community and caring deeply about our neighbors. However, when severe storms impact the area, we are able to scale our resources to match the demand thanks to our national SERVPRO® partners. This means that regardless of how large-scale the damage is, everyone will receive the attention they need.
A Restoration Experience You Can Trust
Following a large band of thunderstorms or other disaster, scams are unfortunately extremely common. It is wise to be wary of any “new” or “from out of town” companies that try and win your business with false promises, and instead go with an established leader in restoration such as SERVPRO®.
Lightning: Basic Facts to Know | SERVPRO® of Queen Anne’s, Kent & Caroline Counties
Thunderstorms can cause damage in many ways, but one of the most violent ones is via lightning. Lightning can do more than cause fatalities—it can start fires, damage a building’s electrical wiring and lead to structural issues when it strikes. Because of the misinformation surrounding lightning, we accrued some basic facts and guidelines for preventing lightning damage.
The Origins of Lightning
As a thunderstorm is formed, it develops an electrical charge, which is what causes thunder and lightning. The lightning bolts we see are a discharge of this electrical current in the form of a bolt.
Lightning often strikes from one cloud to another, because its electrical charge is insulated within their cover. When striking toward the ground, lightning will often choose an object to pass through to simulate this insulation. Because buildings have electrical wiring and water pipes in place, they are an ideal choice for lightning to hit.
The Damages Caused by Lightning
Lighting can cause damage to a house in a number of ways, and homeowners should be aware of this and know what precautions to take.
Fires can start. Recorded as hitting temperatures up to 500,000 degrees, lightning bolts can ignite wood and other material on impact. These high temperatures can also cause lightning to damage wiring within a home’s walls, leading to electrical fires later on. If your home has been struck, the fire department may be able to test your home’s wiring to determine if it has sustained hazardous damage.
Electronics can get overloaded. A home’s typical electricity levels are nowhere near as high as the charge lightning carries, so when struck, the circuits can get overloaded with charge and pass this on to any device that’s plugged in. By using surge protectors, homeowners can protect their electronics and appliances from damage.
Structural damage can occur. Lightning striking within the clouds is what causes thunder due to the shock waves that are produced. These shock waves are also produced when lightning strikes an object or the ground, and can lead to serious structural damage due to their force. If a lightning strike has happened nearby, check the home for structural damages right away.
If your home has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! We are experts in damage cleanup and can restore your damage quickly.