Recent Storm Damage Posts

Check your gutters before a storm.

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Check your gutters before a storm. Overflowing gutter

Did you know that a large percentage of damage homes suffer during a rain storm or hurricane is to the roof?  Keeping your gutters clear and in good condition can help reduce the amount of damage your roof receives and how much water seeps into your home.  The more prepared your are, the less damage you will have to face.

Here are some tips on how to prepare your roof gutters before a rain storm/hurricane:

  1. Get out your ladder. Go around your house and make sure your gutters are free of leaves and debris. This is a top tip from every government agency and safety service.  By late fall, it’s likely more than half full of leaves that have fallen and they’ve clogged your gutters.  Add a lot of rain, and it’s a receipt for water in your basement, leaky ceilings, and more.
  2. Extend you downspouts. Keeping water away from your foundation is critical when there is a lot of rain. A downspout that only extends the length of the curve can be dangerous.  Even one that extends three feet isn’t good enough.  Downspout extenders or even length of downspout attached to the downspout elbow can keep the ground around your home from getting over saturated.  Water can seep through the walls of your foundation if the ground gets too wet.
  3. Check your window wells. Cover them if you can keep out excess water and debris.  If a gutter were to clog, it’s often a window well that fills with water first.  The seals around the windows won’t keep water from pouring into your home.  Keep a bucket handy and check your window wells often during the storm.  A little preemptive bailing can keep from a wet basement.
  4. Be courteous and don’t dump your leaves in the street. After gutter cleaning, you may want to dump all those leaves out to the street for pick up.  Do your street storm drains a big help by not dumping them out there just yet.  You’ll wind up putting a strain on local resources and services that, in a situation like this, should be going to more important issues.  Storm drains will clog if the streets are taxed with extra leaves. They also make it more difficult to get to power lines or downed trees.
  5. Protect stuff in your basement. If there are places around your home prone to flood occasionally, even if you have dealt with your gutters before the storm, make sure you get them off of the ground.

Water damage after the storm can be devastating.  Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000.

https://mastershield.com/season/summer/gutters-before-a-hurricane/

Storm Proofing

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

When we think about being ready for a storm it’s the obvious things like food, water, blankets, clothes, batteries and of course flashlights. It’s also important to remember to protect our home, after all, this is where we will be waiting out the storm for the most part.

Here are a few things that might be helpful in preparing your home for storms:

  • Clean up outdoor items if you here a major storm is headed your way. Make sure lawn tools are put away and any furniture is either secured or brought into a place they won’t be thrown around or broken.
  • Trim trees and shrubs around your home. Take time to inspect your trees to make sure there are no branches hanging or ready to be removed.
  • Think about getting Storm Shutters installed, glass windows can be damaged or broken if debris get picked up by the wind.
  • Make sure to have an option for standby power. Having a generator is a great plan in case of a long-term power outage, if this happens you’ll still need to power your fridge, stove/microwave and a few other things in your home.
  • If you live in an area with high chances of flooding, you may want to consider Flood-proofing your home. There are two options when it comes to flood-proofing Dry and Wet.

If you find yourself with water damage or flooding after a storm. Don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000.

How can you help your dogs during a storm?

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How can you help your dogs during a storm? Some of our canine friends are afraid of thunder and lightening.

We all wonder what we can do for our dogs during those loud storms? Some dogs are extremely sensitive to the loud noises and sounds that come along with a thunder storm. Most of the time we have an idea that a storm is coming, whether it is the cloudy skies or warnings on the news/radio.  If you find yourself with a nervous or scared dog here are a few things that could help your four-legged friend out.

  1. If possible be home with your dog, if you are there your dog may not be as affected by the storm. If you can’t be home with your dog, try to set a up a person to be with your dog in your absence.
  2. Bring your dog inside of the home, if your dog’s left outside, he/she may try to escape out of the yard or inscape into your home. This not only can cause damage to your fence and home but could hurt your dog.
  3. Put your dog in a sound proof room such as a walk-in closet as these usually have no windows and are surrounded by many walls which helps to block out the noise.
  4. Play other noises such as a radio or tv turned up, this will help to mask the noises from the storm. You can also use thunder sound tracks to help your dog learn to cope with the noises outside.
  5. Use medication only as necessary and only as directed by your vet.
  6. Finally, do what ever helps your dog to be calm may that be a belly rub or sitting on the couch together for a quick snuggle.

If you find yourself needing any information here are some helpful sites to check out:

http://www.pethealth.com.au/Page/nine-steps-to-calm-your-dog-in-thunder-noise-fears

https://www.purina.com/dogs/dog-articles/behavior-and-training/calming-your-dog-during-a-thunderstorm

If you find yourself needing any help with water damages after a storm. Call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000.

Summer Storms

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Storms Summer Storm

Summer comes with many fun things BBQ’s, swimming at the beach, camping and spending time with family. Summer seasons can also come with wind, rain, and thunder/ lightning storms. When heavy rains come we risk floods, and high winds can wreak havoc on the power lines and trees around your home.

Here are a few help tips to keep your home safe during the summer months:

  • Have an emergency kit ready in your home including these items: flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, canned and dry foods, water, can opener, first aid, fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes and shoes, flares or whistle to signal for help.
  • Cut down any dead or unwanted trees and branches around your home.
  • Know the safest structure of your home to go during a severe storm, make sure everyone in your household knows to meet here.
  • Avoid electrical equipment and telephones, instead use your battery powered TVs and radios.

If you happen to be caught outside during a thunder storm:

  • Never take shelter under a tree or tower, lighting tends to strike the tallest object in the area
  • Leave if you’re in an elevated area such as on a hill, mountain or peak
  • Get out and away from any body of water
  • Stay away from anything that conducts electricity including wires and fences.

If your home is affected by a summer storm don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 253-896-3000. We are here to help!

University Place Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage University Place Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! Be sure to call SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West for your water restoration needs!

As residents of Washington, we know it doesn't matter the season- it's bound to rain. A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your University Place basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 253-896-3000

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 253-896-3000

Flooding DOs and DON'Ts

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding DOs and DON'Ts Have a water damage emergency? Call 253-896-3000

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:



  • Is it safe to stay in the house?

  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy, be careful!


What to Do After Flooding



  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer

  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting

  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place

  • Gather loose items from floors


What NOT to Do After Flooding



  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods

  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors

  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water

  • Don't use your television or other household appliances

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceiling are sagging

Prevent Your Basement from Flooding

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prevent Your Basement from Flooding A few tips to keep your basement from flooding!

Bob Vila, television show host from This Old House, shares 7 steps to prevent a flooded basement on his official website. 


Gutters & Downspouts- Keep gutters free of debris and position downspouts away from the foundation . The goal is to drain storm water at least three feet away, so if necessary, consider running extension cords through troughs.


Foundation Cracks- Inspect the exterior foundation and your basement's walls and floors. Use epoxy to fill any foundation cracks and if warning signs are detected, apply masonry sealer indoors.


Sump Pumps- If you have a below-grade sump pump, check to make sure it's well is free of debris. If you have a portable pump, position it in the lowest part of the basement and be sure it's connected to a power source.


Sewer & Septics- If you haven't had your sewer inspected or your septic tank cleaned, spring is a good time to address these concerns. During periods of prolonged, heavy rainfall, clogged sewers and over-taxed septics are disasters waiting to happen.


Window Well Covers- If you have below-grade basement windows, install window well covers that will fasten securely to your home's foundation. Clear acrylic covers allow light to enter, even as they keep out rain, leaves, and pests.


Generators- Remember, a sump pump only works if you have power. If you live in an area plagued with frequent storms and power outages, a generator may be a long-term investment worth considering.


Insurance- Review your property insurance policy and consider additional coverage, especially if you have  a finished basement. usually, homeowner's insurance does not cover flooding or sewer backups. 


For all your water damage needs, contact SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West. 253-896-3000.


http://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/7-steps-to-avoid-a-flooded-basement-44256/septic-tank-cleaning

What to do Before, During, and After a Power Outage

10/14/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do Before, During, and After a Power Outage Stay safe this season by following these tips to know what to do before, during, and after a power outage!

We’re more vulnerable to power outages this time of year because of new growth and leaves that are still on the trees, which can pull branches down. Ready, a national public service advertising campaign, gives us these tips to follow before, during, and after a power outage.

Before

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Make sure you have alternate charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power.
  • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices
  • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it.
  • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full. Gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps,. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters.
  • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device, determine a back-up plan.

During

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location that has heat to keep warm.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
  • If you are considering purchasing a generator for you home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.

After

  • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • If food in the freezer is colder than 40 degree Fahrenheit and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it
  • Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled.
  • Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods, and other supplies.

https://www.ready.gov/power-outages

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West's main priority this season is safety. For any water or fire damage needs, feel free to call us at 253-896-3000.

When Storms or Floods hit University Place/Lakewood, SERVPRO is ready!

7/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West is faster to any size disaster and specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of University Place/Lakewood West professionals specialize in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit University Place/Lakewood, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 253-896-3000