Recent Storm Damage Posts
Is Your Sumner County Home Prepared With An Emergency Kit?
If disaster strikes will you be ready?
It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs; one way to do that is by building a basic emergency kit. The following items are recommended for your Sumner County home emergency kit.
- Water, one gallon per person per day
- Food, 3-day supply of non-perishable food items
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Clothing, 3-day supply per person
- Dust masks or bandannas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
Don’t be ill prepared if disaster strikes at your Sumner County home. Collect the above items and have your emergency kit ready in the instance that you need to use it. If you find yourself with damage from storms call SERVPRO® of Sumner County we are here to help.
SERVPRO® of Sumner County – The Risks of Standing Water
Any standing water in Sumner County can be a powerful source of diseases.
Even a small puddle can pose a risk. Floods are worse because there is so much more water.
Sewage, dead animals, and rotted plants can be in flood water. If the flood water is indoors, there might be rotted food.
Virus and bacteria can cause diarrhea or vomiting. There are many different problems that standing flood water can pose against your well being and most are all exceedingly unpleasant.
To reduce your chances of catching something, SERVPRO® of Sumner County says:
- Wash your hands after contact with the flood waters.
- Wash dirty clothes and towels in hot water. Use bleach if possible.
- Use bleach or other disinfectant on hard surfaces.
- Remember that you can shake hands with an infected person and get infected. That means you need to wash your hands before you eat.
- Do not allow children to play in the flood water.
- Wash children’s hands before meals.
- Disinfect toys before letting children play with them.
According to the CDC cuts and rashes can become infected, protect yourself and others in Sumner County:
- Avoid flood waters if you have an open rash or a cut.
- Clean cuts or rashes. Cover them with a waterproof bandage.
- Clean cuts with soap and clean water.
- If a cut becomes red, swollen, or is oozing, get medical attention.
SERVPRO® of Sumner County 24-Hour Emergency Storm Damage Service
There are several different types of storms that could effect Sumner County. Storms have proved to result in injuries, deaths and damage to homes, properties and businesses. Below are different types of storms and what they consist of individually.
Thunder Storms -
Heavy rains and heavy winds can cause storm damage and can also result in water damage around Sumner County. Most property damage from thunderstorms is from hail or wind, but lightning is also possible. Lightning is a major cause of storm and fire damage in the U.S. The NFPA states that between the years of 2007 and 2011, local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 22,600 fires per year that were started by lighting strikes. In addition to the possibility of fires, lightning strikes can be deadly. Data from the National Weather Service shows that between the years of 2008 and 2012, an average of 29 people per year died as a result of lighting strikes.
Hail Storms -
Hail storms often come with thunderstorms. Hail occurs when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where the rain freezes into ice. Hail can cause extensive damage to structures, crops, livestock and vehicles.
Ice Storms -
If a winter storm causes more than a quarter inch of ice on exposed surfaces, the storm is considered an ice storm. Ice build up can pose severe impacts to the residents of Sumner County. Ice can increase the weight of tree branches up to 30 times and can add 500 pounds of additional weight to power lines. If more than half and inch of ice forms on trees and power lines, widespread damage is expected leaving roads impassable as well as residents without power and damage to homes.
The winds from tornadoes wreak havock on whatever they touch. Tordandos are funnels of rapidly spinning air. Winds from tornadoes vary and can top out at 250 miles per hour. Large tornadoes are highly destructive and can clear areas as much as a mile wide and 50 miles long. Tornadoes derive from thunderstoms and are often accompanied by hail.
A blizzard is a severe snow storm that produces winds in excess of 35 miles per hour and low visibility of less than a quarter mile that last for more than 3 hours. By itself, the heavy snow can cause roof collapse and trees to fall. The combination of wind, snow, and cold is very dangerous.
Flooding Can Happen Anywhere
According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOOA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:
- Flash Flooding
- River Flooding
- Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
- Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
- Ice/Debris Jams
- Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
- Dam Breaks/Levee Failure
Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).
When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® of Sumner County can help.
Storm Damage And How It Can Affect Your Sumner County Home
SERVPRO of Sumner County was happy to help this small business in South Carolina become a success story when they got them back up and running.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) documents that almost 40% of small businesses never reopen after suffering from hurricane or storm damage. The faster you can get your building up and running, the faster you can get your employees and customers rolling again. SERVPRO of Sumner County has exhaustive experience helping businesses open as quick as possible. It doesn’t matter if it the weather damage is from wind, hail, rain, flooding, lightning, or even hurricanes, we can assist all along the way.
The sad thing about storm damage is it can affect an entire community. There are not many restoration companies that can handle large scale destruction, but because SERVPRO has over 1,700 locations nationwide, we are able to pull resources from all over the country when disaster strikes.
SERVPRO of Sumner County was happy to help this small business in South Carolina become a success story when they got them back up and running in record time. We are here to help.
If A Disaster Strikes, Will You Be Ready?
It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.
- Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
- Develop and test emergency communication plans.
- Assemble or update emergency supplies.
- Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
- Participate in a preparedness discussion, training or class.
- Collect and safeguard critical documents.
- Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
- Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
- Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
Emergency and storm situations can happen at anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself, your family and your property.
Have You Accounted for Fido or Feline When Emergency Planning?
Pets are just as important as any family member to most people, so why would you not make them a part of your preparedness planning? There are several things you can do to make sure they stay safe as well during an emergency.
Pet Emergency Kit
Ready.gov/animals lists the below items as essential to building your Pet Emergency Kit.
Food. At least a three day supply in an air tight, waterproof container.
Water. At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
Medicines and medical records.
Important documents. Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Talk to you veterinarian about micro-chipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery data base.
First aid kit. Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too.
Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and leash.
Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
Sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
Familiar items. Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.
While practicing fire escape or evacuation plans, be sure to include pets. If an evacuation happens, don’t leave pets behind as they can be lost or injured.
Micro-chipping pets is a great way to locate them. Most veterinary clinics and shelters have scanners that will read the microchip information to help find a pet’s owners.
After Hurricane Katrina, “It’s estimated that over 15,500 animals were ultimately rescued. Of the 15,500 animals rescued, only 15%-20% were ever reunited with their owners.”
Be sure to take four-legged friends into consideration when planning for emergencies. Visit ready.gov/animals for further tips and safety precautions to think about for you or your families’ pets during a disaster.
Is Your Sumner County Home Equipped With An Emergency Kit?
Be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days per family member.
Below are some suggested items to include in your kit:
- 3-day supply of non-perishable foods (per person)
- Water (one+ gallon per person per day)
- First-aid kit
- Prescription Medication
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Fire extinguisher
- Hygiene products
- Extra batteries
- Cell phone charger
- Change or clothes (per person)
- Matches in waterproof container
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Whistle to signal for help
- Pet supplies
- Infant formula and diapers
- Important documents such as insurance policies, ID’s and bank records in a plastic container
You can also keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list, check out Ready.gov.
Are You Prepared?
Wireless Emergency Alerts
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are free notifications delivered to your mobile device as part of a public safety system provided by authorized government-alerting authorities. The alerts are designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing person alerts in your area (e.g., AMBER Alerts). Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service. A WEA can be sent to you mobile device when you may be in harm’s way, without downloading an app or subscribing to a service. WEAs may be used to share extreme weather warnings, local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action, AMBER Alerts and Presidential Alerts during a national emergency.
A WEA will look like a text message. The WEA message will typically show the type and time of the alert, any action you should take and the agency issuing the alert. The message will be no more than 90 characters. Visit www.ctia.org/wea to learn more about Wireless Emergency Alerts.
When Storms or Floods hit Hendersonville, SERVPRO is ready!
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 615-822-0200.
SERVPRO of Sumner County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Hendersonville, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 615-822-0200.
SERVPRO-The Calm After The Storm
SERVPRO-The Calm After The Storm
When storm damage occurs to your home or business the restoration process can seem daunting. Not only are you faced with a frightening event most times, but as soon as the storm fades you are faced with unpleasant and unwanted damage. At SERVPRO of Sumner County our goal is to make the restoration process as seamless and straightforward as possible. Our teams are equipped with the knowledge and certifications to complete the necessary restoration with as little disruption as possible.
From the moment that we receive the first call regarding storm damage to your home or business to the moment that we arrive on site to meet with the home or business owner and begin the restoration process our focus is on the customer. Our on site professionals will explain the process and ensure that you are informed throughout the duration.
If you find yourself in need of restoration call the professionals at SERVPRO of Sumner County. We are always here to help and ensure that your home or business is brought back to its previous condition.
Flash Flooding And How It Affects You
Flash flooding occurs when there is a sudden influx of water onto normally dry land.
Flash Flooding And How It Affects You
Flash flooding occurs when there is a sudden influx of water onto normally dry land. Flooding can happen for many reasons, including heavy rains, ocean waves, snow that melts too quickly or dams and levees that break. Floods are the most common and wide spread weather-related disasters.
Flooding can happen very quickly with little or no warning. The destructive power of a flood combined with unpredictability make them extremely dangerous. Flooding can occur anywhere that receives rain fall. In the United States floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning.
What areas are at most risk from flooding?
Areas that are densely populated are at a high risk. Heavy construction and areas that have little to no dirt or grass that is not covered by concrete have nowhere for water to run off. In turn, instead of the water dissipating back into the ground it rises. In these densely populated areas if the streams have been re-routed underground and into storm drains they are at risk of overflowing and causing damage.
Areas near rivers are at risk. Levees are built along rivers and are used to prevent high water from flooding bordering land. If these levees are not maintained or the rains cause them to fail they cause devastating damage.
Mountains and steep hills produce a high amount of water runoff. If there are streams around these areas it causes them to rise quickly due to the rock and soil sediment. A creek or stream that at its regular depth might be 6”-7” can swell to a 10 foot raging river if a thunderstorm with heavy rain lingers.
Flash Flood or Flood Watch-Flash flooding or flooding is possible within the designated watch area-be alert.
Flash Flood or Flood Warning-Flash flooding or flooding has been reported or is imminent-take necessary precautions at once! Get to higher ground.
Urban and Small Stream Advisory-Flooding of small streams, streets and low-lying areas, such as railroad underpasses and urban storm drains is occurring.
Flash Flood or Flood Statement-Follow-up information regarding a flash flood/flood event.
Ensuring that you are well educated on flooding and why it happens is the first step to safety. If you find yourself in a flood situation stay calm and get to higher ground.
SERVPRO of Sumner County Spring Safety Tips – How to be prepared for spring weather hazards
Spring is often a welcome change from the cold winter months, but there are spring weather hazards that can arise.
How to be prepared for spring weather hazards
Spring is often a welcome change from the cold winter months, but there are spring weather hazards that can arise. You are not powerless to inclement weather that produces tornadoes, water events and lightning. Make sure that your family has a plan in place for these types of inclement weather to ensure everyone’s safety.
Knowing your risk is a key part of ensuring you are prepared for weather hazards that arise. Always ensure that you are checking your local weather forecast before leaving home. You can also follow weather patterns and possible threats by downloading apps such as Accuweather or Yahoo Weather.
Planning for weather hazards, such as tornado, flood or lightning strike to your home is an essential part of preparedness. Assemble an emergency kit with non-perishable food items, water and basic first aid supplies to ensure that your family is taken care of in case of emergency. Also ensure that your family has an emergency plan in case of evacuation, loss of power or fire. You can visit Ready.gov for a free template to create your plan.
If you find yourself with damage to your home from spring weather hazards SERVPRO is here to help. From water damage to fire damage, you can count on our highly skilled project managers and staff to restore your property and ensure that it is back to normal as quickly as possible.
How Flood Damage can Affect Your Home in Hendersonville
Flooding can damage floors and much more in your home. Call SERVPRO quickly to remediate!
A Quick SERVPRO Assessment will Give You a Detailed Remediation and Restoration Plan
Flooding can happen at almost any time of the year, and sometimes these events are completely unexpected. Without time to move things to a higher level in your home, if available, many things can actually be swept around in your home haphazardly. At the least, it is important to close off doors so that the disarray when the flood recedes will not be as dramatic as it might be if the water had full access to every part of your home. The water might be able to seep in under doors, but items will not find their way from one end of the home to another.
Hendersonville homes affected by flood damage need special cleaning and restoration work. The water itself can cause substantial damage in your home. You might find that your specialty flooring has come loose because saturation in water can loosen the adhesives used to lay floors of this type. Curling at the edges and bubbles elsewhere are indicative of this type of flood damage. Saturated carpeting most likely will need to be replaced. Leaving soggy carpet in place can keep the floor underneath from drying, and also from being cleaned to a sanitary level.
Furniture will also need to be assessed for how soiled each item is. Some items that are upholstered may require additional time to dry before cleaning can commence. At SERVPRO, we have the technology to not only assess how contaminated your items are individually, but to also clean most of these items to acceptable levels by decontaminating them. Handling items before they have been adequately decontaminated can bring about serious water-borne illnesses because pathogens can be carried from the hand to the mouth all too easily.
Walls and floors will need to dry quickly or will need to have their water damaged sections replaced. This may be true if the flood lasted a long time or took an extended period to drain away. Walls must be dry from their exterior surface that you can see, all the way through to their interior surface. Feeling dry to the touch is not a good indicator of what is going on inside your walls.
If you are caught dealing with flood damage, call us, SERVPRO of Sumner County at (615) 822-0200. We can get your home back to a clean, livable state quickly so you can go back to your normal routine.
Flood Damage Affecting Bethpage
Stormy Weather in Bethpage is for the Birds
Commit to SERVPRO for Swift Restoration After a Storm
Sometimes floods can hit without warning, catching you off guard and cause you to do little more than stand by watching events unfold. In some areas, rivers or streams can be affected by storms hundreds of miles away. These storms cause water levels to surge out of control and wreak havoc on our community; leaving you wondering what to do to limit the damages that are sure to affect your property. You won't always get enough warning to move all of your belongings, or adequately prepare for every situation. However, having a plan in place to deal with these types of events is crucial for limiting the number of damages that may occur on your property.
We have a locally owned and operated franchise near your home in Bethpage with technicians who specialize in flood damage restorations. There is no reason for you to deal with these situations on your own, nor should you. We can help restore your property to a quality preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." Giving you the assistance you need to handle the situation properly and get things back to normal as soon as possible.
SERVPRO provides you with emergency services to fit your unique circumstances. After your initial call to our offices, we determine the amount of equipment and personnel required to perform your repairs correctly and efficiently, arriving at your home within four hours, many times even faster, and beginning work immediately. Our technicians thoroughly explain what they intend to do and fully address your concerns before proceeding.
Once SERVPRO technicians have had the opportunity to assess the situation correctly, we use a variety of scoping procedures to determine the extent of damage to your property and limit additional losses from occurring. We'll locate and eliminate the source of water, determine the type of water we're dealing with and reduce the possibility of safety hazards on your property.
After establishing a safe environment, SERVPRO technicians use quality water extraction equipment, such as portable extractors or truck mounted pumps. Depending on the size of your situation, large submersible pumps are available to remove water over two inches high, quickly and efficiently. We can safely remove standing water and additional moisture from every area of your home and set up a proper drying environment to assist with drying the structure and contents of your home efficiently.
We have many procedures available to help with restoring many of your belongings you thought may be lost to you forever and work hard to provide you with the services you deserve.
Give SERVPRO of Summer County a call today. (615) 822-0200