Recent Storm Damage Posts
Were you affected?
With the recent uptick in storms rolling through were you affected by the extra amounts of rain?
Many Floridians do not worry about tropical storms or even Hurricanes unless they are a category 3 or above. While this may be fine for some homeowners, it is not for others. Some homes may be completely unaffected while offers are devastated by the massive amounts of rain these storm bring through our area.
Now is the time to check your homes exterior to make sure you have no exposed areas where wind driven rain could get in.
Wind driven rain comes in for the most part from bad shingle work or unsecured corners of a home.
You can test this by using a hose and having another person stand inside to see if you see any water. It is much more effective to have a small amount of water come into your home from a hose rather than an entire storms worth of water that ruins you waters, structure, and potentially your personal belongings. We would hate to see you unprepared during the next storm. Take precautions now!
When storm season hits most people only think about hurricanes but there are many other things to worry about such as tropical storms. We don't often hear too much about tropical storms because it does not seem on the surface like they do much damage.
Tropical storms are just as much to worry about as a hurricane. Tropical storms bring in mass amounts of water leaving areas flooded, homes damaged and nature destroyed in some places.
Some things to think about with tropical storms that may not be at the fore front of your mind include: Clogged gutters, clogged swells, slopping backyards, and slab leaks.
Clogged gutters can cause that water to come back into the home and do damage inside the walls that maybe unseen for several days or weeks until growth starts to come through and the damage is done.
Clogged swells can cause that water to flood towards the house and the slab of your home compromising the structure of your home and all of the materials in it.
If you have a sloping backyard again that could cause water to come rushing towards your home and standing water to compromise areas of your structure.
Take advantage of the nice days we have during the storm season to get some preventative maintenance on your home taken care of!
When there is a huge thunderstorm you are most likely thinking about flooding or a power outage rather than a fire that could occur during a storm. You might be asking "why would I would about a fire during a thunderstorm?"
A lighting strike could hit your home causing all the of the electronics to fry and possibly start a fire from one of them. The biggest culprit we see is stoves and ranges. These are large metal devices that attract the lighting even from within your home.
They other issue could be that your home takes a direct hit and you have fire damage, smoke, damage, and water damage, not to mention a huge hole in your roof.
Good think we can take care of all of those problems though. While no one wants to deal with surprise problems like this.
When your home has water, fire, smoke, or mold damage give us a call to make it "Like it never even happened."
Starting Storm Season
Storm season runs from June 1st to November 30. With such a large portion of the year enveloped by storm season it is important to always be prepared. Most families or households tend to stock up at the beginning of the storm season and keep those good for the whole season without switching them out. It is important to switch out things like gas a batteries throughout the season. A good way to make sure you are switching out the gas for say things like a generator is to use the gas continually throughout the season for things like the weed eater and lawn mower. When one canister is empty you fill it up and rotate it to the back of the line for use. This will insure that you always have fresh gas if a storm were to happen and do not need to run out at the last minute before a storm.
You also need to check batteries every three months in things like flashlights, battery powered radios, and anything else that may run on batteries in your storm kit. Your batteries maybe fine and not depleted, but you don't want to risk it if a storm comes and have to use your back-up right away.
Make sure you always have adequate water supply, food and medicine for everyone in the household including the pets. Humans in the home will be able to eat shelf stable things but dog food does not last as long, the same goes for medicine. Always make sure your medicine is up to date and you have a few days supply.
Remember, if you get hit this hurricane season, give us a call. We have the large team in the nation and will be able to help you get back to normal quickly!
Are you prepared?
Preparing for a storm is a lot like an athlete preparing in the off season to be ready for the big game. You have to be prepared before the storm comes, not when it is upon you.
During the off season of storms is the most important to check things such as your generator, breakers, change out old gas for new, and food and water stores for your pets and family members.
On your list you should consider shelf stable food that can last and be available for when you need it. You should also make sure you always have an extra weeks work of vital medications for anyone in your family.
You should also make sure everyone in your family has enough clothing to be warm.
Finally you should make sure you have back-up batteries for anything that may need it such as a radio, phone, insulin pump, or oxygen tank.
While there is little to no demand for the storms goods you need it is the perfect time to stock up and make sure you and your family are ready come storm season.
Tropical Storm Eta
Are you prepared for Storm Eta? With this tropical storm upon us it is time to be prepared. We are nearing the end of storm season, however there are still a few concerning weather patterns hovering out in the ocean. Here are a few things to expect and be prepared for as this storm closes in on our areas.
- Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Be extra careful when walking outside. Storm damage such as downed power lines and fallen debris could injure you.
- 6 hours before arrival. Close storm shutters if possible and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you. Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer.
- 6 to 12 hours before arrival. Turn on your TV/radio, or check your local government’s website frequently. You’ll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions. Charge your phone. You’ll have a full battery if you lose power.
- 12 to 36 hours before arrival. Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away. These may become a safety hazard. Bookmark your local government’s website. This gives you quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
- 36 to 48 hours before arrival. Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
In the future as a storm is coming make sure that you are stocked up on all the necessities such as baby diapers, medicine, enough food and water for you, your family, and your pets. Also make sure that anything valuable is not plugged in at the time the storm hits, or if it is, make sure it is plugged into a surge protector.
If you or any neighbors are affected by the storm please reach out to us for remediation. We would be happy to come out and take a look for you!
Make Sure You Are Prepared!
SERVPRO offers a unique plan for commercial businesses which ensures that we will be the fastest and most able to take care of your business when something goes wrong. We would love the opportunity to come out and explain how it works in person, more in depth. For now, here is a brief snapshot to get you going.
For our Emergency Ready Profiles we come out and walk the entire grounds with you, this could be small building or a 20 acre campus. We will look for things like shut off valves, the fastest and more discrete way into the building approved by you, and where our employees should park during the time of service.
After we have been onsite with you, we will come back to our offices and put together your profile. We do both a hard copy to be kept onsite, if for some reason we were to loose power. We will also do an online version that is accessible to you at anytime and easily make edits to when needed.
Our program is open to any and all commercial businesses and will come greatly in hand in a time of need. This program speeds up the entire process and get you back to work sooner.
Please call us to set up an appointment today!
"Like it never even happened."
Locked and Secure
When a storm is headed toward your area it is important to make sure your home is locked down and secured for the impeding damage that comes yours way.
Homes located more inland tend to have less damage unless they are located on the inter coastal or are in a flood zone. They are even worse off if they are in both, which happens more often than you would think.
If you are located on the beach and have an inter coastal access as well it is of the utmost importance to have any many things as possible hurricane rates to protect your investment.
A home is one of the largest purchases most people will make in their life. You need to protect it as such, especially when there are more uncontrollable risks living in different areas of Florida.
If your home is hurricane rated all exterior accesses have some sort of locking mechanism that is either done automatically upon closing, such as windows, or that must be manually done such as garage doors.
Make sure if you need to be evacuated that your home is locked and secure. Upon your return if you find there to be some damage that has occurred please give us a call at SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach - Titusville.
Upcoming Storm Season
As the temperatures are starting to rise and the more rainy season is upon us the possibilities of storms are rising.
With this season we are seeing more tornadoes early. The swift weather changes and unpredictable weather patterns can easily turn from a nice night to take a walk with the family to hunkering down in your home waiting for the tornadoes and storms to pass through.
During hurricane season you have to be prepared for nearly any situation that may arise. Some of these situations may range from tornadoes, extreme rains, flooding, and even evacuation measures if the hurricanes and flooding worsen to the point of destruction.
This Hurricane season start early. Once of the biggest purchases that will come in hand is a generator. Make sure to have it properly installed to run the whole home so that your family and loved ones are safe and comfortable.
If you home happens to have and damage please give us a call. We will arrive swiftly and be ready to work.
SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach - Titusville
Are You Hurricane Ready?
Are you storm ready?
Storm season is upon us. Tax free weekend has come and come. Are you prepared and ready for this season and all the predicted storms it has in store?
It is not only important to stock up on nonperishable items, batteries, lighters, and an evacuation plan, but also what the terms mean when they are said for the situation.
Storm Surge: this is a result of of ocean water swelling from a landfall storm and quickly floods coastal and sometime inland areas.
Rain Bands: bands coming from the cyclone that results in heavy rain, high winds, and tornadoes.
Eye Wall: Surrounds the eye, contains severe weather of the storm with the highest wind speed and the most rain.
Eye: Well-defined center of the storm.
Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the area. These warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of tropical storm force winds.
Tropical Storm Warning: Less than hurricane conditions will be expected in the area.
Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the area. These watches are issued 48 hours in advance. Wind Speeds of 74 mph or higher may occur.
Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical storm conditions are possible in the area. Wind speeds from 39-73 mph may occur
Be sure to know your terms before the first storm of the season hits and catches you off guard.
SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach - Titusville
Storm Provisions Check-up
The Holidays have now past, all the decorations are put away and now the house looks a little empty. This is now the perfect time to look over everything that should be stocked on your provisions check list.
In February we may not be thinking about gallons of water or in the generator needs to be run if it wasn't winterized.
This is now the perfect time to stock up on those nonperishable items. Non perishables can be purchased at anytime and rotated through a stock pile to make sure you always have them on hand.
Having nonperishable items on hand, along with water and a working generator will ensure that you only need to stock up on gas for the generator if a natural disaster happens. You can also stock up on gas and run it through other things such and your lawn equipment if it takes the same type of gas.
It is important to double and even triple check your supplies and lists before they are needed so that you are not left without.
A large storm is impending and there is a chance of losing power or even surging several times. If you live in your home this may not affect you as severely as some one who uses their Florida home as a second home or vacation rental. During a storm it is likely to have the power click on and off or surge several times.
You are probably asking " what relevance does this have?"
When the power turns on and off it can cause issues with the A/C units, outlets, and even electronics if they are not properly protected.
If you have a second home in Florida you probably have someone coming over to check for flood damage or outside wind damage to the roof. While you have that person coming over you should also have the check the A/C is running correctly. In recent years this surge has cause A/C units to malfunction. In Florida this means that the moist in your home is no longer being pulled out. When the moisture sits it will create mold in the home. This is not a pleasant surprise when you come from up north to your second home.
Next ensure that your electronics such as computers, Televisions, and sound systems are protected by surge protectors. This will help to prevent your electronics being fried and unusable if a power surge occurs.
Am I in Danger?
When you are in the market to buy a new house there are several things you need to look into and think about.
In Florida there are vastly different landscapes and nature terrains to look at and know the dangers of. Dangers of living beach side are different than dangers of living inter coastal.
Looking beach side for a home or even a rental it is important to know what zone the home would be in for evacuation. Most beach side homes evacuate first. If you are someone who wants to ride out the storm or do not feel comfortable with the damage it could cause to your home, you may want to look more closer inland. It is also a good idea to have the home closely inspected before buying to know the possibilities of damage. Another perspective to look from is to buy a home that is storm or hurricane rated. Hurricane rated homes generally can with stand most wind and rain caused by a hurricane. These hurricane rated homes are on the rise for beach residence.
When looking at homes located closer inland it is important to look at the landscape of the home. Does the home have a slant toward the house? How are the yards of the neighboring homes? Most people often look at their own property, but not the land of the neighbors around them. This is important in case theirs drain into your yard, it could cause much more damage to your house than anyone else on the block.
Keep things like this in mind when you are looking for a new home or property.
How to Prepare for Hurricane Season
The hurricane season is now upon us and that means it is time to prepare for it. With any storm it is good to have a plan and a list of things that need to happen when a storm is arriving. In today blog post we want to talk about 6 easy steps to help you prepare ahead of time.
1. Have an evacuation route planned ahead of time
Living in a mobile home or within close proximity to the beach buts you at a greater risk for damage as well as a quick evacuation. It is important to know where you will be directly to, where your animals and loved ones will go, and what important documentation you need to take with you.
2. Keep supplies on hand in case of emergencies
Supplies should be nonperishable and changed out depending on the situation. Some of these would include:
- Extra Batteries
- Candles or lanterns
- Non- perishable foods
- First aid supplies
- Portable weather radio
3. Inventory all personal belongings
It is important to inventory all personal belongings for insurance and tax purposes. If you have to evacuate your home it is important to know what was lost if a catastrophe does happen to your home. Having pictures of your valuable belongings before the storm and after will make the claim easier for your insurance company.
4. Know your Insurance Policies
Review your homeowners insurance to see if they cover temporary housing, what your deductible is, and what exactly is covered for your home. Read the fine print to know if there are exclusions in your policies.
5. Protect your home
- Use shredded bark instead of gravel or rock in your landscape because it will cause less damage
- Trim trees appropriately
- Install storm shutters or board up before leaving
- Secure your mobile home before leaving
- Anchor your boat or trailer securely to the ground
6. Protect your business
- Put an emergency response plan into place so both employees and the insurance company knows what to expect and take care of.
- Keep all contacts up to date so there is always someone available to talk to.
- Review and understand your insurance policies to know what is covered and what would fall on your the owner to take care of.
What to do in case of a flash flood
In the midst of storm season there is always a possibility of flash flooding. This can happen from a hurricane or large amounts of rain, among the possibilities. We would like to tell you some of the do's and don'ts of this situation.
Lets start with the do's of a flash flood.
DO shut off the water as soon as possible to avoid any further flooding
DON'T use a vacuum cleaner to remove standing water
DO Turn the main electricity supply off as soon as possible
DON'T leave furniture on wet carpet - DO please small saucers underneath furniture legs to lift it off the wet surface
DO take photographic evidence of the damage caused to your premises
DON'T attempt any repair work or redecorating until everything has fully dried out
DO use buckets and towels to remove and mop up any standing water
DON'T use ordinary cleaning products to clean up flood water
DO open windows and doors to let the air circulate the room and dry it out
ALWAYS call SERVPRO to help clean up and repair all damage
Hurricane and Storm Preparation
Don't Wait To Prepare for Hurricane Season
The most important thing you can do as hurricane season approaches is to get yourself, your family and your home prepared.
By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued.
You should stock six basics for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container—suggested items are marked with an asterisk (*). Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag.
Make your preparations easier by downloading the checklists included with each category and use them as you shop and store your supplies.
A storm can stir up any number of things on your property and it is important to know tips, trick, and if there is a possibility of insurance coverage. Debris Removal Debris Removal can be anything from trees to needing a dump truck. These are small items that you need to look into your insurance policy to see if you are covered. Every policy is different and what it covers can vary drastically. Costs If there are any mitigation services needed those will need to be taken care of immediately. Having an emergency savings fund in the case that your insurance company does not cover your claim in its entirety or in full. These mitigation services and emergency clean-up measures can help prevent growth in the future. Precautions Before a disaster happens it is important to have things such as tarps, water, emergency food, and safe shelter. Being that tax season is upon us, some of these things may be deductible if your area was indeed hit by a disaster. Male sure to not only keep a list of all of your storm gear, but also the receipts in case you are able to claim them on your taxes at a later date.
Uncommon Storm Items
When preparing for a storm event, whether it be a hurricane or a Tornado it is important to consider what will happen in any situation. In most events you won't lose power or may only be without it for a short period of time. In that period of time it is important to have things for every situation. It is also important to take into consideration any members of the family that could have extenuating circumstances such as diabetes, that requires a fridge for cold medicine or oxygen for someone with a breathing problem.
Below is a list of things that you may not think of when packing your emergency back and/or car depending on the situation, and whether you may need to evacuate or not.
Paper Maps - This is important to consider when a storm hits. Using a paper map will help conserve battery on your phone or GPS. There may also be an instance where you may not have service because power was knocked out and the cell towers are unavailable or need repair.
Hand Can Opener - This is important for any canned goods that are in your supplies of food, such as soups and vegetables. An electric can opener may not be available to use due to power issues.
Battery-Powered or Hand Crank Radio - When there is an outage this could be the first communication or update for those in the dark. This can be used regardless of the situation of power or not. Be sure to stock up on batteries for this and any other devices such as flashlights you may need.
First-Aid Kit - It is important to have atleast one of these if not two or three depending on the size of family and friends you will be with incase anything happens. Make sure these kits are either fully restocked, or brand new and to have everything you need.
Whistle - A whistle can be heard much farther than yelling and could become a tool that saves a life given the situation.
Dusk Masks - In a storm of any kind you never know what the aftermath will be and there may be contaminated areas that these masks should be worn in.
Solar Charger - These will keep your phone, Gps or any other device needed charged in these emergency situation if you do not have a generator available.
Food - You should ideally have a food storage for each individual for 3 days.
Water - Each person in the group will need one gallon of water per day. These can be gallon jugs, water bottles, or a filled bath tub for water to be boiled and used.
Toilet Items - These range from toilet paper to garbage bags. The situation will determine what you will use and need.
There are many more items that could be added to this list, however, these are the most commonly forgotten but needed items to add. In any storm situation we are always here to help and hope you are now a little better prepared for a storm situation.
What to Do in the Aftermath of a Hurricane
After a hurricane or tropical storm has moved on from your area, make sure the local news has given the okay to venture outside. If there is any indication that the storm is not entirely out of your area, wait a while longer, as hurricanes can often spawn tornadoes and hail even after they have left your region. Also, don’t be fooled by the eye of the hurricane. Depending upon the size of the storm wall, you will experience anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour of no storm activity. Never venture out when the eye of the hurricane is passing over, as you can quickly get caught in the storm once it picks back up again.
Once you are certain it is safe to venture outdoors, check the area for any downed power lines. If you find them, report them to the local power company and steer clear of them. Avoid puddles and standing water, as they can house hidden dangers and safety hazards.
Next, inspect your home for any structural damage. Damaged walls, collapsing roofs, and floods are particularly dangerous, and if you encounter them, you will want to evacuate the premises immediately. Document any damage with your phone or a camera. This includes property damage, as well as content damage. Hurricanes often result in water damage and flood damage, and may result in mold and mildew, as well as fire damage.
Once you have taken note of any damage and your family is safe and secure, your next step should be to call your insurance company and a storm damage restoration company, such as the catastrophe remediation professionals at SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville not only can they help repair your property and its contents, they can also help guide you through the insurance claims process and develop a safety plan for any future catastrophic events.
Flood Water Extraction
Step #1 - Determine the Damages Caused by the Storm
When people think about flooding in the home, they may see a picture of one of two things; flooding that comes from lots of water from a storm, or flooding that comes from burst pipes. Either way, the team of professional water damage restoration representatives will need to survey all the damage to see what must be done.
Step #2 - Take Precaution with Electrical Gadgets
Because water and electrical gadgets don’t mix, they can result in serious injuries. Therefore, the power to the home should also be turned off until everything has been checked. Further, any electrical appliances should be removed from the wall sockets so that additional damage and electrical injuries will not be caused.
Step #3 - Begin Removing the Water
Removing the water from the home is another essential step that must be done. Getting all the water out of carpeting, walls, flooring and other areas it is critical to protecting the home’s present and future value. It is essential that the owner hire a professional team that has the capability to remove all the water with the latest equipment in the industry as quickly as possible.
So, for those of you who are interested in requesting the services of SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville, you can contact our professionals at (321) 264-0205.
What to Do in the Event of a Hurricane
- Immediately after the storm subsides call your insurance agent or agents (if you have your homeowner's and car insurance with different companies) or the toll-free claims number and report all damages to your property and vehicles.
- Next, photograph or videotape all the vehicle and property damage. Ideally, you also have photographed or videotaped your vehicles and property sometime before the storm. The "before and after" photographs or video will be a big help in determining how much damage occurred.
- Make any minor repairs you can as soon as possible to prevent additional damage or break-ins and make yourself and your family as comfortable as possible. Be sure to save all your receipts so you can show them to the insurance adjuster. Do not start any major repairs until your insurance company's adjuster has inspected the property. Save the receipts from those projects as well.
- If the storm flooded your property, disconnect all electrical appliances and electronic equipment and relocate them to a safe, dry place. Move any other damaged household or office items to a dry part of the property.
- If the damageis considerable, identify your property by putting a plywood sign out front with the address and your insurance company's name. If you can't or don't want to stay there, include your telephone number.
- Once your insurance company has reached a final settlement, choose an experienced, reputable contractor to finish the repairs you couldn't do yourself. Ask the contractor (and anyone you know) for references and then check them out.
- Be wary of any contractor who asks for full payment before starting the job. After a major storm, unethical or unqualified contractors often prey upon desperate homeowners. They demand high prices, with payment upfront, and then do substandard or incomplete work before leaving the area with your money.
At SERVPRO, we are the Fire, Water, Mold, and Cleaning Experts- available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your emergency.
Call us at 321-264-0205
Or visit our website: http://www.SERVPROnewsmyrnabeachtitusville.com/
Are you Ready for an Emergency?
Make a Plan. Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates here.
Check Your Policy. Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes – renters, too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.
Make a Ready List. You may not need all the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car and keep updated contact information of family and friends. Sample Ready Lists can be found here.
Plan Your Purchases. Don’t buy preparedness items just before a storm when they’re expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.
Make Sure It Keeps. Store water in safe containers. You don’t need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight.
The best tip: start now. Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it you will be Ready!
We are the Fire, Water, Mold, and Cleaning Experts - available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your emergency.
Call us at 321-264-0205
Or visit our website: http://www.SERVPROnewsmyrnabeachtitusville.com/
If you must walk in any flood waters, wear sturdy shoes which will protect your feet from hidden debris in the water which could trip or cut you. Hip waders are a good idea as well, since flood waters can be contaminated, even if to the naked eye they look clean. Look out for snakes or other critters which have been displaced by the flood, and do not ever put your hands anywhere you cannot see first. When all else fails, and you are not sure about going into your building, wait for the professional remediation technicians to arrive. They are aware of all the procedures and steps to take to keep themselves and others safe, plus SERVPRO will have all the protective gear to wear as they are checking everything out for you.
If you have any questions about Storm Damage or Flood Damage give us a call today (321)264-0205
Commercial Storm Damage
Ceiling collapses in commercial office space.
There's never a convenient time for storm damage to strike a commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We understand the time constraint, so SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville work effectively and efficiently to fix the disaster "like it never even happened." So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville a call at (386)-447-2202 and we'll be there fast with the help you need. Every large loss is supervised by a trained and specialized commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. While our highly skilled and trained technicians make sure your business is back up and running in no time. That is our goal, we're there for you 24/7- 365!
Faster To Any Size Disaster
When the flood waters rise... so do we.
The impact from Hurricane Irma brought major storm damage throughout the state of Florida. Here in Brevard County, many businesses and residential properties suffered extreme wind and water damages. Luckily, SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville was out the very next day restoring this business to its full potential. Our crew was ready, equipment was set and we were ready to go!
Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, with cleanup being an overwhelming task. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and the highest of flood waters, to help turn disasters around "Like it never even happened." This business was extremely thankful for our help, and our immediate response.
Driving through the Aftermath of a Storm
When the flood waters rise, so do we.
Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Did you know on average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S? That's an insane amount! Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. With over 40 years of experience, SERVPRO franchise professionals have restored flood damaged homes and businesses from coast to coast. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and the highest flood waters. If a flood does strike your home, or business, give SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville a call. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly. We are prepared to handle any size disaster and any overwhelming cleanup.
Aftermath of Storm Damage
This house boat and yacht suffered significant damage during strong winds.
Powerful winds are one of the many deadly forces during a storm, or hurricane. However, the greatest threat to life actually comes from water. A storm surge is a dangerous event, where furious winds swirling around the hurricane, are driving deadly flows of water from our seas to the shores. This combined with the normal tides, can increase the water level by 30 feet or more! Having a storm surge can severely erode beaches and coastal highways. The pounding waves can take out boats and buildings, as you can see in the picture. As the water moves inland, rivers and lakes may be affected, and add to the damage from rising flood levels. While we can’t prevent storm surge, we do have a system that can warn us of the incoming threat. When a hurricane slams our coast, it’s important to be aware of all the dangers. Don’t take unnecessary risks during a storm. Conditions can change in the blink of an eye. It's important to know your evacuation routes, and where to go.
Protecting from Edgewater Floods
Protect your Edgewater home or business before the worst happens.
There are several times throughout the year when there is potential for flooding. Examples would be spring storms at high tide with heavy rain fall for a long period of time, summer hurricanes with storm surge, and the winter storms with quick heavy rain that can cause flash flooding. Please read below on how to be prepared and how to stay safe during a flood emergency.
What you can do before the flood
- Know your flood risk.
- Make a flood emergency plan.
- Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
- Consider buying flood insurance.
- Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
- Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.
Basic Flood Safety Tips:
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
- Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
- Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
- If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
- 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. Please visit Ready.gov for more information on how to stay prepared for all types of emergencies!
Our region is an area that has flooded in the past, and has the potential to flood again the future. It is extremely important to know how to stay safe during a flood emergency, and also how to prepare in advance of a flood.
Please visit Ready.gov for more information on how to stay prepared for all types of emergencies! To protect your business before the worst happens, call us at 386-447-2202, or visit us online at SERVPRONSB-Titusville.com
The Aftermath of Storm Damage
A master bedroom in a New Smyrna beach-side home that had significant water damage. Picture was taken during the rebuild stage.
Just when you think the worst is over with.. The storm has passed, your home seems to still be in one piece, nothing seems out of the ordinary. Until one day, you notice an unpleasant smell, and discoloration along your walls. "That couldn't be water damage?" "The storm was months ago!"
Don't take the chance of waiting to see if something happens down the road. Make sure after any disaster you have your home inspected, or scoped by a licensed and trained professional. This water damage didn't show itself until months after Hurricane Matthew. We're here to help, no matter the damage, no matter the time. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville will fix any disaster and help rebuild your home "Like it Never Even Happened." We can help with a free site evaluation, estimate and we offer full rebuild service from out State Licensed Contracting Department.
SERVPRO Solutions For Hidden Storm Damage To Your St. John's Condo
St John's Paradise Lost--from a Tropical Storm
Don't Let Storm Damage Ruin Your Winter Paradise in Florida
After the holidays many retirees head back to their winter homes on or just inland from Florida’s Atlantic coast, sometimes finding hidden storm damage greeting them as they settle back into their condo or townhouse. If you find your well-deserved rest and relaxation is derailed by damage done by heavy weather while you were away, your first call should be to SERVPRO. Our technicians are experts at detecting the source of water damage in spite of your inability to give us clear direction on what type of breach allowed water to invade your retirement refuge. The Wind, driving rains, and debris such as broken tree branches may have caused significant injury to your roof without visible signs from a casual outside street inspection. A different story is brewing inside, with water now seeping through, causing the destruction of structural components and contents in your attic or upper level.
Our crews are well versed in responding to storm damage to St. John’s retirement condominiums. If your building manager did not notice the damage to your roof while you were celebrating out of town during the holidays, it is never too late for our professional response when the water damage from the storm invades your home. Our staff inspects both the interior and the exterior of your upper level carefully, searching for areas on the roof where shingles or flashing were disrupted or damaged, immediately arranging for repairs. Then attention our moves inside to evaluate what can be restored and what must be removed and replaced due to the water entering through drywall, insulation, or plaster. Saturated wall panel and plaster usually need to be replaced, but modern fiberglass insulation can often be dried and reused if our properly trained technicians can dehumidify it adequately in place, or remove with our industrial vacuums for drying elsewhere for subsequent cost-effective re-installation. If the nature of the water indicates contamination, the insulation must also be tossed.
Speedy response times and proven successes in similar situations set our SERVPRO franchise apart. We are a leading restoration industry partner for you, compassionate, prompt, and competent. It may be critical to link the storm damage we find with the interior damage you experience for insurance coverage purposes. You can rest assured we will document our inspection, evaluation, and each step of our work plan to show your insurer that your claim is substantiated. Once we have eliminated the leaks and refurbished the interior of your retirement condo, you will understand how we confidently promise to leave your premises “Like it never even happened.” Get back to the quiet enjoyment of your winter home in record time with the help of our talented crews.
Surprised by unexpected storm damage to your retirement haven? Contact SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville at (321) 264-0205 for a fast, efficient response.
How to Protect Breakable Objects in Case of a Flood
Flooding in Edgewater Can Cause Lost Treasures, But Be Safe First
SERVPRO Tips to Limit Flood Damage to Valuable Personal Property
Floods typically enter homes at a rate of dozens to hundreds of gallons of water per minute, or sometimes more. These groundwaters, of course, carry a large amount of force, and very few objects in their path will be able to stand up to the flow of the water unless they are secured to the ground. However, what should concern you the most are breakables, as these are objects that can't be repaired or restored by our techniques after the water has been removed. Here are some of the most at-risk breakables in the average home, and some tips to protect them.
Fine China and Glassware
Many homes have expensive displays of fine china, and if the cabinet containing these pieces is rooted to the ground, these highly fragile ceramics are highly prone to breaking or chipping in Edgewater flood damage scenarios. To better protect a china set (or any other set of breakable collectibles), consider keeping them in a wall-mounted display case situated well above a potential water line.
Many electronics, and especially larger objects such as televisions, computers, or stereo systems, can be severely damaged or destroyed during a flood. Try to keep objects above the floor or in cabinets, and preferably in wall cutouts or mounts. Even if these are not above the water level, it certainly helps to keep the electronics from being smashed about and carried by water.
Vases and Ceramics
Many homes have ornate vases, sculptures, or glass displays situated on tables or the floor of a corner. Should a flood hit, these vulnerable mounts, and locations are often the first to be hit, almost certainly resulting in the destruction of anything breakable on top. Once again, wall mounts are preferable, although a solid base above the floor level may be enough to prevent some damage.
When floods hit the area, locals count on SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville to help restore household objects and repair the home back to normal. If your home has damaged by a flood large or small, call us right away at (321) 264-0205.
Hurricane Damage Restoration
Hurricane Damage in New Smyrna Beach Gets Help from SERVPRO
Call SERVPRO After a Hurricane on Florida's East Coast
When you’ve been through a hurricane, you’ll need hurricane restoration services. These companies can respond quickly to give you the relief you need right away and to stop any further damage from occurring. They will do this by carrying out several different jobs and by going through several steps. An industry leader is SERVPRO; you can rely on us.
You need to get in touch with our storm damage restoration company in New Smyrna Beach as soon as you can to prevent more serious damage. Your home could be left with a wall missing or a serious leak after a hurricane, resulting in your property getting wet and having dirt, dust and debris coming in. The quicker you deal with this problem, the less expensive the damages will be.
Even before this, you will, of course, need to call emergency services to handle any fire if applicable and to vacate the building. During and after the hurricane you need to stay away from the property in case the structural integrity has been affected, or there is a gas leak. The safety of your family should be the number on priority at all times, so don’t linger.
The best company for hurricane restoration will be able to respond to your call and come to your property quickly. We offer emergency services 24/7, making sure you get a fast response when you need it.
Once we arrive, SERVPRO will usually start an assessment process to decide the full extent of your damage and create a plan.
Hurricane damage will result in several aspects of your home being affected, such as fires, floods, broken water lines, and arcing electricity. This will make a lot of work for the company and also make it necessary for them to decide carefully what order in which to tackle all the problems. This will essentially boil down to a type of project management that can save time and money in the end.
The processes of assessment are needed as well so that our hurricane damage restoration company can give you an estimated time frame and budget that lets you make plans in regards to alternative accommodations if needed.
After SERVPRO has scoped the damage to your property and is ready to start, we will begin by addressing the matters which are most pressing and can potential result in more secondary damage.
It is important to remember here that hurricane damage can sometimes leave properties with no roofs, shattered windows, big holes in the wall, burst pipes or any other kind of damage which leaves the property exposed to the elements or under continual strain. For this reason, SERVPRO will board up or tarp exposed areas and support damaged structural components.
Once you’ve experienced any damage from a hurricane, SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach can come and assess your property damage and begin remediation with our trained professionals. Just contact us at (321) 264-0205 as soon as possible after the disaster so we can get started quickly.
Preparing for Storm Damage
Tornadoes Can Cause Devastating Damage
There Are Many Ways To Prepare for Storms
It has been nearly two years now since an F1 tornado ripped through Edgewater. The devastation was incredible. In addition to the destruction suffered by Wildwood, small aircraft was actually lifted up and flipped upside down by this massive storm. Edgewater Airport also suffered extensive damage to some its hangars as well.
The storm damage did not stop at the obvious. The interiors of the hangars and other facilities were almost gutted by the wind force of the tornado. Roofs that were pulled off in the surrounding communities of New Smyrna and Daytona Beach left many people temporarily homeless, and many businesses closed up for weeks before sufficient repairs could be made to reopen them safely. SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville responded quickly to the Edgewater storm damage as well as to every community in our area to get residents back in their homes and areas businesses reopened.
Since that tornado in 2014, this area has been very fortunate not to have suffered a major storm event like that one. Much of our work in the last two years has been helping business and homeowners with repairs and in preventive work to protect them against future disasters. Much of what we learned reinforced two major points that we tell our customers every day now.
Clean and maintain your drains and gutters. In many cases, especially when it comes to homes, water damage came from clogged or improperly maintained drains. Water that can't escape through your gutters will collect on rooftops or find its way underneath them. Roofs tiles that look perfectly good can hide extensive damage to the wood supporting them. These weakened structures are the first to be ripped away or otherwise damaged.
Reinforce your roofs. If your roof supports are healthy, make certain your roof is firmly secured to them. Check that the trim is tightly secured to protect the interior. As long as it does not compromise the roof's integrity, additional nails and screws are a must. If you are still concerned about possible damage, then there is the option of using hurricane straps to secure the roof further to the walls and foundation of your home or business.
With the good weather now, it is the perfect time to protect your property. Hurricane season started just a few weeks ago, so there is plenty of time to contact us here at SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville (321) 264-0205 to help you prepare for whatever the weather may throw at you this summer.
Local Storm Damage Company
A Hailstorm Can Create a Great Deal of Damage
SERVPRO Can Help With Devastating Storm Damage
We are storm damage experts that believe in getting the job done quickly and efficiently. We are a locally owned company that truly believes in delivering the best service available to the local community. We have been in business long enough to understand the basic needs of our customers after a severe storm has devastated the community. Our goal is to arrive at the storm damage location fast. We realize that the client would like to get to work cleaning up the damage and return to living their normal lifestyle. We believe we are a very trustworthy storm damage company. A company that you can depend on in your time of need.
We are SERVPRO OF New Smyrna Beach-Titusville. We know a lot about storms. Storms are violent, and they might appear out of the blue. The best way to survive a storm is to understand the storms. Certainly, understanding the storms will go a long way in being able to return to normal after the storm. Typical storms that hit the local area might include a hail storm, thunderstorm, or a hurricane.
Hailstorm - People like to watch the hailstorms. They think that they are fun to watch. The fact is that a hailstorm is a dangerous event. Don't stay out in the open. Go inside the home quickly or another shelter. Hail might be smaller than a stone or the size of a golf ball. They pose tremendous danger to the local community. They damage cars, houses, and much more.
Thunderstorms - Thunderstorms happen regularly across the country and in the local area. The fact is that a thunderstorm might happen right out of the blue. Local people might only have a few minutes warning. Get inside your home or another building quickly. Don't venture outside until the storm warning is over. Thunderstorms bring a lot of wind, rain, and flying debris that cause even more damage.
Hurricanes - The moment that you hear a hurricane warning, start preparing. Close the shutters, reinforce doors and get inside. Hurricanes bring high winds. They blow down power lines, and cause a tremendous amount of damage to property. Hurricanes might also cause severe flooding. Try to get to the highest and safest place in the building, if possible.
After The Storm
After the storm, make sure that the danger is over before venturing outside. Take a quick assessment of all the damage that was done to your property. We would like to assure you that we are able to handle any size property damage. We are available around the clock and any day of the week. Our trained team of cleanup experts will arrive at your location fast, ready to clean up the damage and restore your property to a better condition. We also work with your insurance company to help get the entire process moving forward. We are a full service restoration storm damage Titusville company. Call SERVPRO OF New Smyrna Beach-Titusville (321) 264-0205 today for more information or a quick quote.
Flood Damage in New Smyrna Beach
Call SERVPRO If the Sand Bags Don't Protect Your Property from Flooding
SERVPRO Can Restore Your Flood Damaged New Smyrna Beach Property
New Smyrna Beach water damage caused by a flood can be very troublesome. It does not matter whether it is simply a kitchen sink pipe that has started leaking or the main water line, in the basement, that has burst. You have a great deal of water where it is not supposed to be and the quicker you get it removed, the better it is for your home and your family's health.
This water is dangerous for several reasons. It can absorb into the building materials and undermine their stability, especially drywall and studs. It can soak into carpets and create a soup of allergens, germs, and bacteria that can cause problems for people with allergies, especially if the water is coming from outside the home. Floodwater from a ground or body of water will always harbor contaminants and possibly sewage. You need to call a flood damage control company like SERVPRO to come in and inspect your home and rapidly begin the water extraction process. Sanitizing will be necessary.
The first thing is to stop the leaking. If it is simply a stand-alone pipe, it might be able to be turned off. If not, or if you are not sure where all of that water is coming from, turn off the main water line, usually at the curb.
The next step is to turn off as many appliances and devices as possible that use electricity. As you know, electricity and water do not mix. Do not walk through standing water. Only turn off your main electrical panel if the area is dry.
Before the water damage restoration company arrives, open as many windows as possible for ventilation and air circulation. Run your A/C to help reduce moisture and humidity, but only if no smoke from a fire is present. This will also diminish the chance of a mold infestation.
A wet-vac, if you have one, can be put to use at this point. The faster you can start the process of removing small puddles of this water, the better. If water has covered the entire carpet from a severe exterior water intrusion, don't waste your time, leave it to the pros.
When SERVPRO arrives, the IICRC-certified technicians will use water extractors that suit your home's condition. Pumps, wet-vacuums, sump pumps, air movers, dehumidifiers, and finally foggers for disinfecting, and deodorizing will be used. Your New Smyrna Beach flood damaged home will receive top notch restoration. We restore when possible to lower your expenses. When you return home, you will feel "Like it never even happened."
We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville water and storm damage specialists, have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property in New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, and Cocoa quickly. Call us 24/7 for emergency help. (321) 264-0205
Floods and Water Damage in New Smyrna Beach- How FEMA Responds
When there are large-scale disasters at a national level, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for coordinating the response.
How FEMA Responds to Floods and Flood Damage in New Smyrna Beach
Anyone who lives near a coastal town like New Smyrna Beach or a river can tell you that flooding and New Smyrna Beach Flood Damage are just part of life. In some areas, flooding and water damage happen every year, like in the Red River area of North Dakota. In other places, irrigation and man-made changes contribute to flooding. Big storms also result in flooding. Regions where flooding happens often are designated as floodplains. They are natural basins for water drainage from high points that surround the area. Another example is the Natomas region, which is located near Sacramento, California. This area is located between two rivers and forms a natural overflow basin. It once was farmland, but now it is full of housing developments.
Flood risk and potential flood damage continues to grow because of the spread of housing and growing developments across the country. However, these developments represent economic growth. Many jurisdictions like NEW SMYRNA try to manage flood risk by means of dams, irrigation, trees, canal systems, and more. These strategies can help to relieve minor flooding, but large floods and water damage still occur regularly.
When there are large-scale disasters at a national level, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for coordinating emergency response. They are also instrumental in flood prevention and flood response through management of federally backed flood insurance program. The federal government has to underwrite and support flood insurance policies because of the large risk involved for private companies. The government uses policies through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for this purpose. Before floods actually occur, this is the first level of response offered by FEMA. Any person who lives in an area that has been designated a floodplain is required to have flood insurance on their residential home. It is up to a business owner to insure commercial properties with flood insurance.
The next level of response involves incident management of a major flood disaster. FEMA will take over at the national level and support local governments. They are involved in flood mitigation, rescue, and survivor support. They provide rescue teams, incident teams, specialists, government equipment, and emergency centers for individuals who have been affected. They are behind programs that benefit individuals who lived in a flood zone during the months following the flood.
The next level of response FEMA is involved in has to do with actual disaster recovery. This has to do with providing emergency housing support and financial support. Victims of a flood can apply for assistance. FEMA WILL ARRANGE TEMPORARY HOUSING and also provide other assistance, like food and clothing. This help is essential when victims live in areas where everything has been damaged.
The fourth level of involvement has to do with community reconstruction. This usually takes a long time because it involves multiple government agencies as well as public contracting. Depending on the project, recovery can take many years and cost millions of dollars. In the meantime, property owners spend a lot of time waiting for government approval for work to be done on their property. Even though the work will be done in the end, this step is usually the most frustrating for individual victims who would just like to repair their home and get back to normal life. Interestingly, when an individual has flood insurance, they usually see the fastest water damage response because their policy will kick in more quickly than waiting for institutional responses.
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville is close by to Titusville, Ponce Inlet, and Mims and ready to respond to your water and flood damage emergency. Call us for help (386) 423-1111