Recent Storm Damage Posts

SERVPRO of Bradley County Storm Team

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bradley County's Disaster Recovery Team is dedicated to helping customers who have experienced tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood damage. Much like our local production teams, the storm team is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, always prepared for the unpredictable. We are getting our crews ready to head to Florida after Hurricane Dorian makes its way through. 

According to the SERVPRO corporate website, "The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster." We are proud to participate on this team!

To be invited to participate on a Storm Team, a franchise has to be in compliance of all corporate Storm Team requirements and then accept the invitation when a storm event requires our services. When a loss occurs, whether it is a hurricane, flood, or tornado, we send a commercial Production Manager (or two) with a production crew with trucks full of appropriate equipment. The Production Managers ensure that there is seamless communication and timely mitigation during the chaos of the loss. 

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. We are proud to be a part of this team and help our community during the most devastating times. 

Reasons Why You Should Call A Professional After Storm Damage

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Whether the cause of the water damage in the home is from a natural disaster or wear and tear, it is always recommended that you get proper assistance from professional flood cleanup and restoration companies. The benefits of contracting a professional mitigation and restoration company include: 

• They respond quickly to your flood or other case and make sure that they have done water cleanup, drying and fixed the damage before the structural integrity of the home is completely compromised.

• They will have the right equipment to handle the water cleanup, the drying, and the restoration so that the flooded home can look as good as it did before any of the water in the business damage occurred.

• They will offer you excellent results at very affordable costs, as opposed to cheap DIY projects that could cause massive losses and even loss of the entire building in the future.

• They will ensure that after water cleanup, drying and restoration, any plumbing issues like pipe breaks and supply line breaks are repaired after a case of water in the business or flooded home as mitigation against future recurrence of the same problem.

It is therefore advisable to make sure that a professional restoration company handles your case of flood damage, water in the home or water in the business, drying and restoration to preserve your home.

Visit http://SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on storm damage. 

The Different Types of Weather Alerts

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

You have likely received storm alerts before, but are you fully aware of what each alert means? In order to take proper precaution in the event of a thunderstorm, tornado, or hurricane, it is important to understand what each alert means and how to remain safe during the events. 

Flash Flood Warning is issued by the United States National Weather Service when a flash flood is imminent or occurring in the warned area. A flash flood is a sudden, violent flood after a heavy rain, or occasionally after a dam break. Rainfall intensity and duration, topography, soil conditions, and ground cover contribute to flash flooding. A Flash Flood Watch is issues when a flash flood occurs. 

In the event of a severe storm, there are multiple alerts the National Weather Service may issue. A Dense Fog Advisory alert communicates that for two or more hours, fog will cover a large area with visibility reduced to ¼ mile or less. Fog may sound harmless, but it often arrives in thick layers, making it very difficult for drivers. In fact, fog was the cause of a devastating 99-car pile up in Bradley County in 1990. You should take the warnings very seriously.  

Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued when there is a possibility of high winds combined with thunderstorms or hail at least an inch in diameter. Once these conditions are present or imminent the alert will move to a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. It is important to remember the difference between the two, as a thunderstorm watch serves as a warning to secure items around your home and seek shelter. 

Tornado Watch is intended to prepare yourself, your family, and your belongings because tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. A Tornado Warning means totake action immediately. In the event that a warning is issues, a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property, and you must move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. 

Normally, a watch will indicate that a weather condition is possible, while a warning indicates that said weather condition is occurring or is imminent. Knowing this differentiation makes other weather alerts clearer as well.

These advance warnings provide time to prepare for weather events. Be aware of the signs and seek shelter when it is needed. As always, we are Here to Help in the event of a loss. Our storm team travels across the U.S to assist those who have lost their homes in natural disasters. 

Storm Damage for Beginners: What You Need to Know

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Facing storm damage can be an overwhelming experience. No one wants to consider the possibility that their home might experience water damage, hail damage, or even ice damage. Unfortunately, many homeowners will experience hurricane damage, water damage, or hail damage that will require storm remediation. A home restoration or water restoration company can perform storm remediation. SERVPRO of Bradley County has a storm team dedicated to assist those that need home repair following a particularly bad storm that leads to ice damage, hail damage, water damage, and wind damage. 

Flood water can also happen due to frozen pipes in your home. Frozen pipes typically occur during the cold winter months. Frozen pipes may be something you don't even notice until they burst and you find ground water in your home. If you suspect frozen pipes have burst, make sure you get a water restoration company out as quickly as possible to use a flood pump and repair your frozen pipes.

Unfortunately, flooding is one of the most challenging problems since it requires a flood pump. A flood pump is something your professional remediation expert can help you with. Whether you experience river flooding or ordinary flooding, ground water should be avoided and a flood pump can help. A flood pump will remove standing ground water in your home as a result of river flooding or flooding caused by other factors.

Remember that flooding can occur for a variety of reasons and can even be caused by hurricane damage. Hurricane damage can lead to broken windows that enable flood water to get in your home. Flood water can be treated by a professional who will help you to restore your house. Click here for more information on storm damage restoration. 

Three Main Classifications of Floodwaters: What You Need to Know

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm water comes in various categories

Flood Water Classification Overview

There are three main classifications of floodwaters: clear water, gray water, and black water. Although their names imply it, these aren't wholly determined by the color of the water, but instead by a few factors related to how many contaminants are in the water. Clear water is somewhat rare, as most of the time it picks up enough contaminants to become at least gray, but black water is by far the most hazardous and damaging of the three. Never try to deal with black water yourself, as its interaction necessitates the kind of heavy gear and training that SERVPRO equips its technicians with. Here are a few key facts about each type of water. 
 
Clean Water 
 
Clean water originates from water mains, pipes, and other sources of relatively untampered water in your home. Flood damage with clear water is lighter and easier to restore than other types of damage, due to both reduced volumes of water and lighter safety procedures during the task. This water is usually identifiable as being clear and unclouded. However, time is important, as without quick removal clean waters can progress and become gray. 
 
Gray Water 
 
The awkward middle child of flood damage, gray water concerns water that may or may not have significant contaminants in it, and thus pose a potential health risk. More care is required in these waters, and they can be deceiving, as they too may sometimes be clear in appearance. 
 
Black Water 
 
The most dangerous and damaging type of water is black water, which can originate from a storm flood, a major health hazard such as a septic tank overflow, or when gray water is left untreated. This water contains dangerous contaminants, including fungi and microbes that may cause health effects. Black waters stain surfaces easily and are often more violent in their damage, so in addition to having the most restrictive safety precautions, this type of water also often causes the most damage. 

If you have experienced storm damage in your home or business, call the storm remediation experts at (423) 614-5552.

How to Prepare for a Storm in Cleveland, TN 37320

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

We may not live close to a beach, but the rain can certainly do some damage as we saw late last year with the floods. Storms can lead to an array of types of damage caused to your home, business, and rental properties. As we saw last year in North Carolina and Florida, the wind, rain, and debris can expose weak points in construction, such as poorly maintained gutters. Storms strike fast- sometimes without much warning. So, how can you prepare your home before a storm hits? Here are a few tips to ensure that your home, family, and belongings stay safe during a storm.

1.Know your evacuation routes. You need to have discussed and drawn out an evacuation plan in case you are pressed for time. The plan will give you the peace of mind that you will know what to do when disaster strikes.

2. Create a home safety kit. The Department of Homeland Security recommends you have:

  • Enough water for each person to have a gallon a day
  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit
  • Garbage bags
  • Towelettes
  • Phone chargers
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Manual can opener

3. Be aware of your location.The National Weather Service recommends that you are aware if you live in a flood zone. If you live near a hazardous structure or area like a dam or river, listen to safety instructions from your local news and community.


5. Prepare your medications. If you take medications, make sure you know how to store them in case the power goes out for a few days. Medications that must be refrigerated can be put in plastic bags and placed in a cooler on ice so they remain cold, without getting wet.


6. Take out cash and fill up your gas tank. The NWS recommends that you keep cash on you at all times and a full tank of gas before a storm is scheduled to hit, in case you must evacuate in an emergency. You may not be able to grab gas during a state of emergency, and you might not be able to use a credit card if the power goes out.

Of course with heavier storms, it is always a good idea to have some plywood on hand to board up windows in preparation or as need. Flying debris during heavy winds can easily shatter windows, exposing your home to outside elements.

These are just a few tips for home and business owners, if you would like more helpful tips please visit our storm damage page or for help with storm damage cleanup call us directly (423) 326-1406.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If a water disaster mars your custom built home, your quickest and most effective solution is to contact the experts at SERVPRO of Chattanooga. Call us at (423) 326-1406 confident we will restore your high-end abode and its contents from storm and flood damage damage. 

After a Flood: What Not To Do

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage led to flooding family room in a Charleston, TN home

If your home in Charleston, TN, is plagued by flood water, you will undoubtedly get a lot of advice about what to do to make the recovery process smoother. Avoiding unnecessary or harmful behavior, however, is just as important, if not more so, than taking positive steps. Here are five actions to avoid so that you don't make a situation that's potentially dangerous worse for you and your family.

1. Don't Stay.

Step one of dealing with a flooded home is getting out of it. Don't try to stay in your house, especially if you have significant damage or if evacuation is recommended or mandated. You could be putting your family's safety at risk.

2. Don't Wade.

A number of problems could arise from standing flood water. It could be charged with electricity, hiding sharp or dangerous items or filled with bacteria. At any rate, you don't want this water to touch your skin or be anywhere near you.

3. Don't Play.

If you are waiting to be rescued or waiting on an adjuster to arrive, you may feel bored. Fight the urge to play games on your phone or use it in any way that depletes the charge. You may need it for emergency reasons, and you may not have any place to recharge it.

4. Don't Buy.

Purchasing new furniture or replacing destroyed items is the very last item on the restoration to-do list. Buying these things before you have a clean, restored place to put them is inadvisable.

5. Don't Hesitate.

You may see widespread water damage all around you, but don't assume that your insurance company and flood restoration specialists won't have time to come and assess your property. Go ahead and give them a call to report the damage to your home. The sooner you call, the sooner they can help.

Flood water in your home is a situation that calls for smart action. Take the steps you need to take, and avoid the things that work against you.

How Do I Deduct Storm Damage on My Taxes?

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Roof destroyed by storm damage in Cleveland, TN home

Finally, the past year is behind you. Your business in South Cleveland, TN, suffered serious storm damage. After partnering with your commercial insurance agent and a storm restoration specialist, your business is back and better than ever. But, now it is tax time and you have questions. Is the damage tax deductible? If so, how do you deduct the damage on your commercial income taxes?

How To Know What Is Deductible

Taxes are confusing for many people, and business owners are no exception. What aspects of the storm damage to your property are tax deductible?

  • Before you consider the costs of the damage, remember that commercial property insurance is also deductible on your business taxes. With that being said, you cannot deduct the funds that were covered, or reimbursed, by your insurance company.
  • If you have damage to your business and personal property from the same natural disaster or event, you may only be able to deduct the business loss.
  • You can deduct the loss from damage whether you itemize or not.
  • For a presidential declared disaster, there may be flexibility in terms of the tax year you deduct the loss.

How To Claim the Tax Deduction

There is a process for claiming a tax deduction for damage to your commercial property. What does this include?

  • Complete the Casualties and Thefts IRS Form 4684.
  • Only deduct the property loss, not loss of income.
  • Prepare to provide documentation of ownership, including initial cost of the damaged property.
  • Purchase replacement property within the tax year if you end up with a gain after factoring in insurance reimbursement, or you may end up paying taxes on the gain.

Owning a business in South Cleveland, TN means paying taxes. When your commercial property experiences storm damage, this complicates your tax situation. Understand what is deductible, and what necessary to complete the process to provide the most benefit to you and your company.

An Explanation of Black Water and Its Effects

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Any type of flooding can be dangerous and can cause widespread damage to your property and home. It’s important to protect yourself and those things you value most so that when water damage does occur at home, it’s as minimal as possible. The worst situation you can find when flooding occurs is black water. If you find this making its way into your Cleveland, TN home, you must exercise extreme caution and place appropriate safeguards to ensure your safety.

What Is it?

While any type of water that invades your home is a concern, black water poses serious health concerns to you and your loved ones. This type of water mixes with raw sewage, including your toilet water. It can make you ill if you come in contact with it. This type of floodwater can even cause serious bodily harm if you ingest it. Here’s why it’s so hazardous:

• Contains feces from septic systems, toilets and sewers
• Contains urine
• Contains other dangerous materials such as bacteria

How it Gets in Your Home

Water damage can ruin furniture, walls, flooring and even treasured keepsakes such books, pictures and trinkets. However, water mixed with sewage can be destructive. When heavy storms overwhelm storm drains and get into sewage, it can infiltrate homes and other buildings. This type of water can also be a problem if you have plumbing issues, and your toilets overflow or your pipes break.

The Solutions

While this type of flooding should alarm anyone, you can combat it and take appropriate measures. First, if you notice this flood type of water, avoid it at all costs. Get to a safe place, and ensure your children don’t come in contact with it. You should then call a disaster cleanup company and public works official to address the matter.

You worry about water damage anytime there’s flooding. Black water is an even bigger problem, so it’s vital that you take the right steps to remedy this situation. Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on storm damage. 

Is Storm Damage Tax Deductible?

6/16/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that if you’ve suffered storm damage, you may be able to claim tax breaks when filing that year? However, the situation in which you can claim a tax break for your Cleveland, TN commercial property are very specific.

What Counts as Storm Damage, Anyway?

Before looking at what is and isn’t tax deductible, let’s take a look at what is and isn’t covered under storm and flood insurance. Believe it or not, this type of storm damage is actually not covered under your regular commercial insurance policy. You can submit a claim to your insurance company for:

• Storm-related flood damage to building structures and interiors
• Loss of furnishings, equipment, and inventory
• Other interior damage and losses caused by primary and not secondary flood damage

However, even with this coverage you may not receive enough from a claim to pay for repairing all damages and replacing all lost property. That’s when a tax deduction comes in.

So When Is Storm Damage Tax Deductible?

If you have to cover repairs or replacements for storm damage out of pocket, that’s when it becomes tax deductible. It doesn’t necessarily refund the entire cost of the losses, but it does at least reduce your tax liability and amount of business taxes owed by deducting from your taxable income.

When filing your taxes you would list this as businesses losses or damages, and itemize the entire amount spent on recovery. However, this is only viable if you took the time to file a claim that itemized all damages. You should also make sure to keep your receipts for any services or purchases, should the IRS choose to audit your returns.

Even if it may not fully defray the losses, even a percentage of savings can help you get back on your feet. Take a detailed inventory of all losses and don’t miss a single penny when filing and claiming business losses due to storm damage.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on storm damage

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Flood Damage

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

If your home has flooded, you should contact a storm damage restoration service in Cleveland, TN, as soon as possible to address primary damage and l

If heavy rains or other types of flooding are frequently forecasted in your region, there are several strategies you can take to prepare your home. You can help prevent extensive flood damage that endangers the foundation and structure of your place by planning ahead. You should be ready to immediately follow any evacuation order issued for Cleveland, TN, and only return to your home after authorities declare the area to be safe.

1. Clear debris from gutters and downspouts. Gutters and downspouts allow for proper drainage away from your residence during heavy rain. The accumulation of water around the base of your home during flooding can pose a threat to your foundation. As well, water collecting on your roof can work its way under shingles and cause leaks.

2. Have your basement waterproofed. A flooded basement can also endanger the condition of the foundation and frame of your home. You may install a water alarm that will notify you if water begins to accumulate in your basement.

3. Make sure your sump pump is operational. Install a battery-powered backup or a generator system that will work even if the power fails due to storm damage.

4. Elevate critical utilities and furniture. This can reduce electrocution risk and reduce the extent of damage to your possessions.

5. Be prepared to evacuate. Pay attention to flood or flash-flood warnings and watches issued for your region. Listen to the radio or check your phone's alerts. You should plan ahead to prepare your home and be ready to evacuate at any time with important documents and valuables.

These five steps are intended to help you prepare your home for flooding caused by any type of adverse weather. If your home has flooded, you should contact a storm damage restoration service in Cleveland, TN, as soon as possible to address primary damage and limit the extent of secondary damage to your residence. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com/

How to Prepare When a Storm Is in the Forecast

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

You should know well in advance when a storm is going to blow through Hopewell, TN.

While there is only so much you can do to prepare and protect your home, you should still take action to do everything possible to prevent flood water from entering your abode and water damage from harming your property, because a completely flooded building is the last thing you need to deal with.

1. Learn How to Shut Off Electrical and Water Supply

If you do not currently know where your circuit breaker and water main are located, then you need to find them on your property. You should turn off the power if your block experiences a power outage. You want to shut everything off because in the event power is restored, the sudden burst of energy could overload the system, resulting in significant damage to electrical appliances. You should also turn off all utilities right before you have to evacuate, if necessary.

2. Relocate Valuables

Keep any precious heirlooms out of the basement, which is most susceptible to flood water. You also want to keep valuables away from doors and windows, because they are entry points by which water or winds can enter.

3. Trim Trees

When you have several weeks’ notice of an oncoming storm in Hopewell, TN, you should consider hiring a professional service to trim and prune trees that are too close to your home. A diseased tree or weakened branches can break off and strike a building.

4. Move Lawn Accessories Outside

With strong enough winds, outdoor ornaments and furniture can become projectiles. Move them inside for the time being, or secure them outside by using a bungee cord or cable.

5. Maintain Gutters

Your home’s gutters help keep flood water away from the siding and foundation of your house. Remove leaves and other debris from them regularly so water does not become impeded.

Why Seeking Professional Help is a Must When it comes to Storm Damage

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Why Seeking Professional Help is a Must When it comes to Storm Damage

Damages due to natural calamities such as flooding from storms are unpreventable but can be controlled. People affected by any of these calamities should seek professional help to restore their homes. The attempts to recover from the effects of these natural disasters include processes such as home restoration, roof repair and water extraction.

Any home hit by a storm suffers significant losses and sometimes the loss of the entire building. River flooding could result in the whole house submerging. It is crucial that the owner seeks the help of experts for home restoration. Professionals have the right equipment and skills required to deal with issues of flooding. They also follow specific steps to ensure safety after storm damage.

Professionals are essential because they follow strict procedures. They first assess the extent of damage caused by the storm. They then evaluate the safety of the building before they start the processes and evacuate residents to prevent accidents due to roof damages. A flood pump should be used to remove standing water. The process of home restoration includes clearing out objects washed into the building by flood water or blown in by the wind such as tree branches and leaves.

The team then proceeds to carry out roof repair in case of roof damage and roof leaks. They ensure furniture and other household appliances are dry and free of contamination. Household appliances can also be treated to prevent molding where flooding occurred. Experts can also repair walls and fences that might have suffered wind damage.

A series of processes that require precision are involved in Storm restoration and storm remediation. Therefore, including a team of professionals is vital. Using do it yourself methods in storm damage removal could result in further damage and accidents that may cause harm to the people involved.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on storm damage.

A Guide to Storm Restoration

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

A Guide to Storm Restoration

The best laid protections against the elements may do little to protect your home from all types of storm damage. Even if you board up your windows, patch your roof, or wrap your pipes, you still may be left to deal with a roof leak, frozen pipes, flooding, and wind damage inflicted on your home.

Because home restoration projects require special care and attention, it is always best that you leave this storm restoration work to professional contractors who specialize in water restoration and storm remediation. You can start the process of roof repair, removing ground water, thawing out ice damming, reversing hail damage, and more today by contacting services devoted to fast and thorough storm remediation.


Putting Together a Storm Restoration Plan

You never know when emergencies like river flooding, ice damming, frozen pipes, hail damage, or wind damage will hit your home. You may go to bed with the weather calm and predictable only to awaken to extensive roof damage, a roof leak, ground water pooling up in your basement, or hurricane damage ravaging the rest of your structure.

Moreover, you might not have a flood pump to use to deal with flood water from river flooding or melting ice damage inside your house. Even if you had a flood pump, chances are you would not be fast enough to deal with the needed storm remediation. Instead of letting river flooding, ice damage, and ground water claim your home's interior or risk frozen pipes or an ice dam from overtaking your plumbing, you can get help immediately by calling professional water restoration and home restoration services.

When you call 24/7 home restoration and water restoration contractors, they arrive with equipment like a flood pump that they will need to pump out the flooding, reverse hurricane damage, remove an ice dam, start an extensive roof repair, and perform other types of storm remediation. This storm damage equipment will come in handy for creating a tailored storm restoration plan designed just for your home. Whether you need ground water pumped out of your basement, flood water shop vacuumed out of your upholstery, roof damage fixed, or frozen pipes thawed out because of ice damming, you can get the personalized water restoration services you need just for your home.


Round-the-Clock Home Restoration Services

As mentioned, you never know when an ice dam will build up in your pipes, ice damage will cause extensive roof damage like a big roof leak, or hurricane damage will result in flood water coming inside of your house. You cannot wait until morning to deal with flooding, wind damage for which roof repair is needed, hail damage on the outside of your house, or other types of hurricane damage or storm damage. You need to know that there is a 24/7 contractor available to handle ice damming, use a flood pump to pump out river flooding, repair roof damage, pound out hail damage, and take care of other types of storm damage.

Many storm restoration companies are available anytime day or night to help you cope with ice damage, thaw out an ice dam, dry out flood water, perform a roof repair to seal off a roof leak, clean up wind damage, and soak up flood water caused by pipes that are flooding and flowing out of the bathroom. Even if the emergencies occur in the middle of the night, you can call the restoration company in your area for a fast and immediate response. Many also are able to work with your homeowner's insurance company to minimize your worry and to help you keep your out-of-pocket costs low.


Storm damages can make your home uninhabitable, unsafe, and downright dirty. You cannot cope with such crises alone. You need to know that a professional restoration service is at the ready anytime day or night. You can reverse water damage, thaw out frozen plumbing fixtures, and otherwise restore your house regardless of the hour by knowing what service to call during this kind of emergency.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com for more information on storm damage.

Putting Together a Storm Restoration Plan

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

Putting Together a Storm Restoration Plan

You never know when emergencies like river flooding, ice damming, frozen pipes, hail damage, or wind damage will hit your home. You may go to bed with the weather calm and predictable only to awaken to extensive roof damage, a roof leak, ground water pooling up in your basement, or hurricane damage ravaging the rest of your structure.

Moreover, you might not have a flood pump to use to deal with flood water from river flooding or melting ice damage inside your house. Even if you had a flood pump, chances are you would not be fast enough to deal with the needed storm remediation. Instead of letting river flooding, ice damage, and ground water claim your home's interior or risk frozen pipes or an ice dam from overtaking your plumbing, you can get help immediately by calling professional water restoration and home restoration services.

When you call 24/7 home restoration and water restoration contractors, they arrive with equipment like a flood pump that they will need to pump out the flooding, reverse hurricane damage, remove an ice dam, start an extensive roof repair, and perform other types of storm remediation. This storm damage equipment will come in handy for creating a tailored storm restoration plan designed just for your home. Whether you need ground water pumped out of your basement, flood water shop vacuumed out of your upholstery, roof damage fixed, or frozen pipes thawed out because of ice damming, you can get the personalized water restoration services you need just for your home.

For more information about our storm services visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com

Professional Storm Damage Restoration

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

Professional Storm Damage Restoration

The best laid protections against the elements may do little to protect your home from all types of storm damage. Even if you board up your windows, patch your roof, or wrap your pipes, you still may be left to deal with a roof leak, frozen pipes, flooding, and wind damage inflicted on your home.

Because home restoration projects require special care and attention, it is always best that you leave this storm restoration work to professional contractors who specialize in water restoration and storm remediation. You can start the process of roof repair, removing ground water, thawing out ice damming, reversing hail damage, and more today by contacting services devoted to fast and thorough storm remediation.

For more information about our storm services visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com

Round-the-Clock Home Restoration Services

9/17/2017 (Permalink)

Round-the-Clock Home Restoration Services

As mentioned, you never know when an ice dam will build up in your pipes, ice damage will cause extensive roof damage like a big roof leak, or hurricane damage will result in flood water coming inside of your house. You cannot wait until morning to deal with flooding, wind damage for which roof repair is needed, hail damage on the outside of your house, or other types of hurricane damage or storm damage. You need to know that there is a 24/7 contractor available to handle ice damming, use a flood pump to pump out river flooding, repair roof damage, pound out hail damage, and take care of other types of storm damage.

Many storm restoration companies are available anytime day or night to help you cope with ice damage, thaw out an ice dam, dry out flood water, perform a roof repair to seal off a roof leak, clean up wind damage, and soak up flood water caused by pipes that are flooding and flowing out of the bathroom. Even if the emergencies occur in the middle of the night, you can call the restoration company in your area for a fast and immediate response. Many also are able to work with your homeowner's insurance company to minimize your worry and to help you keep your out-of-pocket costs low.

Storm damages can make your home uninhabitable, unsafe, and downright dirty. You cannot cope with such crises alone. You need to know that a professional restoration service is at the ready anytime day or night. You can reverse water damage, thaw out frozen plumbing fixtures, and otherwise restore your house regardless of the hour by knowing what service to call during this kind of emergency.

For more information about our storm services visit http://www.SERVPRObradleycounty.com

Warm Spells during Winter can cause Flood Damage to Properties in Wildwood Lake

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Flood Damaged Wildwood Wall Demolition

Water Seepage Can Result in Surprising Damage

Winter can be a beautiful time of the year, with the crisp white background brightening up the trees in the nearby forests. While this scene can be one that reminds many of winters past, the water is hidden in the ice and snow can also quickly melt, turning into water. If your home is in an area that typically receives some runoff in the spring time when the snow melts, you should be aware that this can also happen if there are warmer periods during the winter months.
 
In Wildwood Lake, flood damage can occur even in the winter time. An area that has snow but then receives a great deal of sun on a windless, warmer-than-normal day can become warm enough to melt the snow on it. This melted snow, which might now be muddy water, can become a problem if it enters your home. While it will not be as deep a flood as what you might experience in the spring, this extra water can still cause you problems if it enters your home.
 
Because this is not a torrential flood, you might not even know about it until it is too late. Small floods like this can enter through basement windows that have been left open for ventilation on warm days or because you're working in the basement, sorting and organizing things for your family. Alternatively, the caulking on the basement window could be old and faulty, or the glass has areas where it is cracked. It could also find its way inside through an open door, seeping in under the kitchen flooring.
 
With any flood or any size, the floor is always affected. The relationship between the speed with which the water is removed and the floor is returned to a dry state, and a number of damages experienced later are an important one to remember. When homeowners wait to repair even minor flood damage, they can often find themselves with an increased level of damage to their homes, even in areas that weren't affected by the actual water. Water does not disappear on its own – it only changes its state.
 
When water first enters, it can cause damage by discoloring the items it contacts, by weakening drywall so that it eventually crumbles, and also by inundating materials in your home with pathogens. Water that is allowed to stay around because it seems to have dried up on its own can create problems in the form of mold within the other areas of your home. These other areas can also experience other types of secondary water damage – swelling walls, buckling floorboards, sticky photograph collections, and doors and drawers that don't want to close correctly.
 
Higher than normal levels of moisture can cause all those and more. When your sunny spot on the nearby hill has caused you a streak of grief, don't worry. At SERVPRO, we have got this, and many others, type of emergency covered. We will get your home dry again, and back to its normal self.
 
Call SERVPRO of Bradley County at (423) 614-5552, anytime, day or night, and we will get started in making things “Like it never even happened.”
Warm Spells during Winter can cause Flood Damage to Properties in Wildwood Lake