Recent Storm Damage Posts
When it rains it pours
No one person can tell you when it is going to rain. We can all say that we would love to be a meteorologist and be wrong 95% of the time and still have a good paying job. But the fact of the matter is when storms roll through damage can happen faster than ever expected.
We have seen time and again how a small rain shower can turn into a massive storm in a blink of an eye. Those dark rain clouds shower down in waterfall fashion. Which in turn may flood your property, creeping through small leaks in your roof that you may not have known you had, flooding outside could spill into your home causing damage to your basement. So many possibilities that could happen. Only one solution we can guarantee; SERVPRO of Salem County can be there in a jiffy.
For all emergencies the team here at SERVPRO of Salem County will quickly respond in less than 1 hour from the time you call to do an initial walk through.
Take a look at our website and see our storm work.
Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration
"The Treehouse" Project
Storms can take some wicked unexpected turns. One certainly never knows what to expect.
Here at SERVPRO of Salem County, we have recently started a project we like to call “The Treehouse”.
Unfortunately for this homeowner a storm rolled through causing a tree to crash into the home and cause massive damage. The tree damaged not only the roof it fell onto, but it was big and heavy enough to affect the siding of the house, falling through a bedroom. Rainwater soaked all surrounding carpet, walls, and even extended over to the neighboring room closet.
Between the demolition and reconstruction of all the affected areas, the rainwater eventually caused the form of mold as well.
Our team and our contractors are hard at work to get this home back to a livable environment. We have posted a video of the before product on our youtube channel and our sites Video Content page.
Stay tuned for updates and the final product.
Dealing with Flood Damage in Salem County
SERVPRO Puts You at Ease During the Flood Damage Restoration Process
When a Salem County homeowner finds himself ankle deep in water, he does not want to hear that his restoration service can be there tomorrow. He and his family need someone to arrive as swiftly as possible, begin work, and provide as much education and even comfort, as possible.
Any flood damage to a Salem County home requires an emergency response. At SERVPRO we found, over time, that there are certain tasks to begin immediately once our restoration team puts boots on a customer’s property.
First, they put the homeowner and his family at ease. Once the team has the owner calmed down, everything else goes much easier and quicker. A simple way they do this is to point out everything that is not damaged.
Now, the team educates the homeowner. One of our inspectors points out the tasks the team starts first and provides details on how they accomplish them.
After this quick briefing, the team begins work in the home by protecting the structure and the contents inside from further damage. They close off any openings to the outside by boarding up doors and windows with plywood. If there is damage to the roof from the storm, SERVPRO technicians also use plywood or plastic sheeting to seal it off.
As they accomplish this, other team members remove as much water as possible. Depending on the size of the home, specialists bring in one or more commercial pumps and extraction wands to draw out most of the water; usually in less than a day.
With the bulk of the water gone, our team starts the drying process. Members set-up dehumidifiers to lower the inside humidity and use exhaust fans and air movers to draw out the damp air inside and replace it with warm air that also helps to dry the surfaces of the structure and property items like sofas.
Finally, they do everything to make the environment as comfortable as possible for the homeowner. The situation is difficult enough, and we try not to disrupt his life any further.
Restoring a home after a flood is not easy, but SERVPRO of Salem County does it quickly and with as little stress to the owner and other residents as possible. If you need us, call today at (856) 339-0500. Our office is here for you.
Minor storms still cause floods
From all the heavy rain and windstorms that have affected our area. Flooding is always a possibility. Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather-related disaster.
The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.
- If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Salem County. We are faster to ANY size disaster. Let us help you get your life back in order.
SERVPRO makes storm damage "Like It Never Even Happened"
Who is the first person you call when you have an emergency occur in your home or business? Are they local? How is their response time?
There have been a lot of storms coming through our area lately. From wicked winds to pouring down rain topped with thunder and lightning. All those things combined can cause significant damage to your home or business.
Restoring your home or business after a storm, can be very stressful. SERVPRO of Salem County, is here to help and make the process as quick and painless as possible for you.
SERVPRO of Salem County is the only local business that is actually located in Salem County.
Contact our office for more information on how we can help you.
Salem County Winter Storm Cleanup and Restoration
SERVPRO of Salem County responds 24 hours a day even during a winter storm.
Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Salem County has the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.
Damage from Cold Weather or Winter Storm? Call Today 856-339-0500
SERVPRO of Salem County
- Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
- Highly Trained Winter Storm Restoration Specialists
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO of Salem County can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.
Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:
- Outdoor hose bibs
- Swimming pool supply lines
- Water sprinkler lines
Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:
- Crawl spaces
An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.
Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.
SERVPRO and The Red Cross want to help you be Prepared!
SERVPRO teams up with the American Red Cross and they made a list of items you need in case of an emergency! Always be prepared!
Be Red Cross Ready!
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:
- Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
- Extra batteriesFirst aid kit [Avail
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Family and emergency contact information
Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:
- Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Games and activities for children
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Blankets or sleeping bags
For more information check out redcross.org