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Ready for whatever happens, SERVPRO storm team

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ready for whatever happens, SERVPRO storm team SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton helping with the clean up in Elizabethtown, New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy.

Ready For Whatever Happens

SERVPRO Storm

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of more than 1,700 Franchises, the SERVPRO System strives to be faster to any size disaster.  Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters.  Providing experience, manpower, equipment and other resources, the Disaster Recovery Team assists your local SERVPRO Franchise Professionals.  SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team has responded to hundreds of disaster events.  In the aftermath of a disaster, there is only one objective, to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • 2016 Houston, TX Flooding- In April, a nearly stationary mesoscale convective system developed over Houston resulting in widespread rainfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour. This was a historic flooding event for Harris County which saw a total of nearly 18 inches per hour. The Storm Team dispatched 81 crews to over 360 jobs mitigation over $3 million in damages.
  • 2015 Siberian Express: Record sub-zero temperatures caused major problems for a large portion of the country stretching from Florida to Maine. The Midwest also experienced record breaking low temperature3s resulting in frozen pipes and ice dams causing major problems for residents. The Strom Team dispatched a total of 257 crews from 108 Franchises to assist local SERVPRO Franchises completing nearly 2000 jobs.
  • 2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding: Rainfall rates up to 2 inches per hour caused major flash flooding stretching from Northeast Ohio all the way up to Portland, Maine. Eastern Michigan and Baltimore, Maryland were also impacted creating over 1381 jobs for the Strom team to produce. A total of 82 SERVPRO Franchises and 173 crews mitigated over $4.3 million in damages while assisting the local Franchises.
  • 2014 Polar Vortex: Record low temperatures caused by a break in the North Pole’s polar vortex resulted in an unprecedented freezing event, spanning from east of the Rocky Mountains to as far south as Central Florida, effecting all or part of 39 states and 70 % of the SERVPRO Franchise System.
  • 2013 Colorado Floods: Heavy rainfall, with amounts up to 17 inches in some areas, resulted in the widespread flooding in Fort Collins, Boulder and surrounding Colorado mountain communities. The Disaster Recovery Team responded with 109 crews and 48 Franchises to assist the local SERVPRO Franchises in the emergency response.
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy: Affecting more than 20 states, Sandy left widespread damage and flooding from Florida stretching the entire eastern seaboard to Maine. The Disaster Recovery Team placed nearly 1000 crews in affected areas, representing over 300 SERVPRO Franchises from across the country. Teams traveled from as far as Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.

New Way to Spell Water Disaster

4/22/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage New Way to Spell Water Disaster Commercial flood loss SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton help get back in business.

Whether you live on the coast, near a lake, or riverside, the flood will find you.  And when it does, it can leave you with years' worth of damage, not to mention credit card bills and bankruptcy.

Various news stories of commercial and residential properties drowning in murky waters, or sitting empty a year later look abandoned and still reeking with "remnants of saturated insulation and mold hanging from the beams' as on homeowner described it... will inject fear into anyone's heart.

For that reason, the Federal EMergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published a guide stating which materials are best used in certain situations.

It's interstesting because even safe materials, when combined with unsafe products such as adhesives, become undesirable.  For example, vinyl tile is an acceptable surface but if it's applied over plywood it becomes unacceptable because there's no way for the plywood to dry after a flood.  Even oil-based paint can inhibit drying of a wooden wall.

That's when you call the professionals at SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton to make sure the situation is handled so there are no surprises and no adverse effects on the occupants' health or safety. 

SERVPRO Cleans Up the Mess after a Flood

FEMA says the following are not permitted in flood-prone areas:

  1. Nornal adhesives which are water soluble or not resistant to alkali or acid in water
  2. Materials containing wood or paper products, or other materials that lose structural integrity when exposed to water
  3. Sheet-type floor or wall covering (linoleum, rubber tile, wallpaper) that inhibit drying of the materials they cover
  4. Materials that are 'dimensionally unstable' of instance, a door jamb that swells and does not return to its original size
  5. Materials that retain excessive water after they've been submerged.

We have so much more to loss...

Homeowners tell us there is no greater devastation then seeing the house they've made a home destroyed by a quick moving flood.  The fact that the flood could have been caused by something as innocuous as a leaking pipe behind the washing machine makes the destruction seem even more senseless.

FEMA's classification was based on the fact that a home constructed with the vulnerable materials may harbor mold, other fungi or allergens; that materials may absorb checmicals and continue to exude them even after the house has been thoroughly dried. In addition, water frenders some materials more susceptible to rot.  These are just a few of the many after effects of a flood.

SERVPRO should be on speed dial

The SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton team has been trained to responed, swifly, and knowledgably.  There's a resaon why FEMA and the EPA recommend consulting with professionals in the wake of water damage.

Back in teh day (as they say), houses were made of straw, stone, or brick.  If they weren't blown down or burned up, they were abandoned by the time the children were grown.  Today, the American home is our castle.  It reflects our lives, interests, loves, travels, hopes, memories...and the most important people we share it with.

Let's hope you are not a victim of a home destroying event.  But if it happens, don't panic.  Keep our number handy: 409-729-2800.  We're here 24/7 to answer the call...and make your loss like "It Never Even Happened."