Recent Storm Damage Posts

Are You Prepared for Winter Weather?

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Prepared for Winter Weather? Be Prepared

Prepare Your Business for Winter Weather

  • Check your business property for low hanging tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviated flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect handrails, stairways and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present .
  • Ask our highly trained SERVPRO professionals about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells this allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets , especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl or crawl space and turn it to “off”.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage

Hurricane Florence

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Team of SERVPRO of Aurora

Hurricane Florence 

Hurricane Florence made landfall causing major flooding and wind destruction in North and South Carolina. In addition to the 90 local Franchises in the Hurricane Florence affected areas, SERVPRO also has a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country. Our designated Disaster Recovery Teams have been deployed to the affected areas bringing hundreds of crews from across the nation to help.

SERVPRO of Aurora

The Disaster Recovery Team at SERVPRO of Aurora has traveled to the Carolinas to provide restoration and mitigation services for homes and businesses affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. 

The Disaster Recovery team is IICRC WRT certified, and can handle any size job. Our team of dedicated professionals understand that time is crucial, and they will go to great lengths to get your home or business back up and running in a timely manner. 

Services Include: 

Residential Services

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned.

You can depend on SERVPRO of Aurora for these residential services:

Commercial Services

If fire or water damage sidelines your business, you need a professional restoration company to quickly restore your property. Every hour spent restoring your business is lost revenue and productivity. Commercial restoration presents unique challenges and we have the training, experience, and resources to handle any size disaster.

Learn more about our commercial services:

For more news on Hurricane Florence please visit: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/19/us/florence-wednesday-wxc/index.html

Hurricane Preparation Tips

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes

         Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The Pacific hurricane season runs May 15 to November 30. Hurricanes:

  • Can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.
  • Can affect areas more than 100 miles inland.
  • Are most active in September.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A HURRICANE WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
  • Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds, such as a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.
  • Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
  • Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
  • Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
  • Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. Review insurance policies.

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

When Your Home Floods

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Your Home Floods What Will You Do After The Flood?

A Description of Typical House Flood Damages and Cleanup Requirements:

When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like: ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.

  • First call your insurance agent, they will let you know if you are covered or not.
  • When we come out to your home or place of business, we start by extracting water, then clean out any mud or debris.
  • After, we clean and disinfect every single surface, and remove any walls that may have gotten wet to help with drying out the area.

Call SERVPRO at 303-576-6868

What Can You Do When Your Home Floods?

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What Can You Do When Your Home Floods? When Disaster Strikes Call SERVPRO!

A Description of Typical House Flood Damages and Cleanup Requirements:

When your house floods, the water can wreak havoc on the structure of the house, your personal belongings, and the health of the inside environment. Flood waters contain many contaminants and lots of mud. High dollar items can get ruined all at once, even with just an inch of water, for example: carpeting, wallboard, appliances, and furniture. A more severe storm or deeper flood may add damage to even more expensive systems, like: ducts, the heater and air conditioner, roofing, private sewage and well systems, utilities, and the foundation.

  • First call your insurance agent, they will let you know if you are covered or not.
  • When we come out to your home or place of business, we start by extracting water, then clean out any mud or debris.
  • After, we clean and disinfect every single surface, and remove any walls that may have gotten wet to help with drying out the area.

Call SERVPRO at 303-576-6868

The Storm of July 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in Des Moines, Iowa

SERVPRO of Aurora traveled to Iowa, after it excessively rained, causing severe water damage to over 1,500 properties. Owner Nick and his dedicated Storm Team jumped on the opportunity to help the people of Des Moines. During a three week period the Storm Team provided restoration & mitigation services for over 40 properties. 

The Des Moines Register Update

More than 1,500 properties were reportedly affected by the weekend weather that dumped up to 9 inches of rain on central Iowa — a number authorities expect to increase.

Through Wednesday night, 15 properties in Des Moines have been categorized as majorly damaged and 350 received minor damage, Cody Christensen, permit and development administrator for Des Moines, told the Register Thursday.

Many homes and businesses had moderate damage, and others still need to be inspected.

Update: 29 homes suffered major damage, 520 with minor impacts

About 500 homes have been inspected for damage in Des Moines, Mayor Frank Cownie said Thursday, with another 500 inspection requests still needed to be finished.

He predicted tough times ahead for some homeowners if the federal government did not “see this as a national-level disaster.”

In the Fourmile Creek area alone, more than 230 single-family homes, 10 commercial buildings and six apartment buildings were damaged by flooding, Cownie has said.

For more about the flooding in Des Moines please visit the link below.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2018/07/05/des-moines-flooding-polk-county-dallas-jasper-clive-fourmile-fema-weather-saylorville-iowa-reynolds/759108002/

Winter Storms Can Cause Damage to The Interior of Your Home

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storms Can Cause Damage to The Interior of Your Home Moisture building up on a window during winter.

When the outside temperature drops we start to close up our homes. We close the windows and doors and even start installing different weatherproof products (insulation, weather stripping, spray foam, etc.). The problem often is that we are stagnating the interior and trapping moisture inside the house. This is especially the case if there are many occupants creating moisture by breathing, bathing, cooking and exercising. Also, we create stagnant odors and allow airborne particles to be locked in the house with us (germs, dust, mites, microbes, etc.).

The next thing that usually occurs is we activate the heating system to compensate for the falling outside temperatures. This has the tendency to dry the interior out, but in doing so can encourage expansion and contraction of interior materials and cause cracks in drywall, doors that don't fit, separating wood trim, heaved floors, and other problems. 

If you have a gas forced-air furnace, a benefit is that the furnace and its blower motor and filter help cleanse the interior environment. The concern is that you always need to maintain a balance where there is not too much nor too little moisture being added to the now locked-up house. Too much moisture can cause the formation of mildew and mold, cause the windows to steam up, cause doors to stick and just create a damp, humid environment.

http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/life/2014/12/06/cold-temperatures-can-damage-home/19983299/

If your home is damaged from the winter weather call SERVPRO of Aurora at 720-837-7553

SERVPRO of Aurora Heads North East

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Aurora Heads North East

The coldest and most widespread blast of arctic air so far this season will spread across the majority of the United States this week.

Frigid air from the depths of the Arctic will plunge into the United States as the jet stream (a fast-river of air along which storms travel) drops southward.

The coldest days of this week will yield highs and lows generally 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal from the Northwest to the Gulf and East coasts.

Departures from normal will even approach 30 degrees along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, including Billings, Montana, Casper, Wyoming, and Denver, Colorado.

The arctic blast first chilled the Northwest at the start of this week, where pockets of snow and freezing conditions made some roads slippery.

The northern Rockies and northern Plains will face multiple days of highs in the single digits and teens. Subfreezing highs will then spread to the central Plains, Great Lakes and interior Northeast.

“Afternoon high temperatures in cities like Kansas City and St. Louis will be no better than freezing late in the week, while some places in the Dakotas may have a day or two where the temperature does not even get above zero,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson said.

When a Storm hits Aurora, Call SERVPRO!

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Aurora 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.

Faster Response

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 Aurora, 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 (303) 576-6868

With SERVPRO of Aurora on the job, you know it will be "Like it never even happened."

Mold After A Storm

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold and Cleanup

  • Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and paper products).
  • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters.
  • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.

Call SERVPRO of Aurora at 303-576-6868

We have a dedicated team of Technicians who are ready to provide quality restoration services!

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Aurora Professionals can inspect and assess your property. 

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/pdfs/Homeowners_and_Renters_Guide.pdf

Hurricane Harvey

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey SERVPRO of Aurora is in Houston Texas providing restoration services.

09/07/17

The Storm Team from SERVPRO of Aurora is in Houston Texas aiding residents with flood restoration.

Why is Hurricane Harvey such a big deal?

Hurricane Harvey is the country’s first major (Category 3 or higher) hurricane since Hurricane Wilma hit Florida in October 2005. Hurricane Wilma was stronger than Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, both part of the same storm season.

While Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was one of the most destructive and costly in U.S. history, it hit the eastern seaboard as a Category 2 storm. Hurricane Matthew, in late 2016, had been downgraded to a Category 1 by the time it made landfall on the East Coast.

While the official death toll from Harvey sits at 40, officials expect it could rise.

The storm—considered a tropical depression with winds measuring about 35 mph—is still alive a week after making landfall over Rockport, Texas, and it’s still expected to dump large amounts of rain through Sunday as is travels northeast through Tennessee and Kentucky. Another storm, Hurricane Irma, is expected to hit Florida this week.

week.https://www.worldvision.org/disaster-response-news-stories/hurricane-harvey#why-care

Tornado Safety

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornado Safety

If you are at home during a tornado:

  • Go to a windowless interior room on lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
  • Get away from the windows.
  • Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.
  • If you are in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere.

If you are at work or school during a tornado:

  • Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways, or shopping malls.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are outdoors during a tornado:

  • If possible, get inside a building.
  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Look out for flood waters which may also fill low areas.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are in a car during a tornado:

  • Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

https://eo.ucar.edu/kids/dangerwx/tornado5.htm

Flood Safety Tips

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.

  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

Flood watch

  • Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

    Prepare Your Home

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.

  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.

  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.
  • Flood warning

    Flood Warning = "Take Action!"  Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

    Steps to Take

    • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.

    • Evacuate if directed.

    • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away

https://www.ready.gov/floods

When Storms or Floods hit Aurora, SERVPRO is ready!

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Aurora, SERVPRO is ready!

SERVPRO of Aurora 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.

Faster Response

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 Aurora, 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 (303) 576-6868

With SERVPRO of Aurora on the job, you know it will be "Like it never even happened."