Recent Storm Damage Posts
Are you prepared for a storm?
With most of the nation experiencing Storm like conditions now is a great time to prepare in case of a storm. In advance of a storm, it is recommended to weatherproof your home by doing the following.
- Although this is not guaranteed to prevent freezing you should insulate any water lines that run along the exterior walls.
- Windows and doors should be caulked and weather-stripped.
- Have your walls and attic insulated.
- Repair any roof leaks and remove any tree branches that can possibly fall onto your home and or other structure during a storm.
It is recommended to have your chimney and or flue inspected each year. Especially if you plan on using your fireplace and or wood stove for emergency heating. Also, if you use a fireplace, wood stove, or kerosene heater you should have a battery-operated smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated. Please make sure to check the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detector at the lease twice a year. Here at SERVPRO Thousand Oaks we wish you safe winter.
One of the country’s most common natural disasters is a flood since it can happen anywhere. The greatest threat to flooding is in low-lying areas, near water, downstream from dams. Flooding can even be caused by the smallest stream, creek beds, or drains. Extended periods of rain or heavy rain can cause the possibility of flooding. A flash flood can develop from a few minutes to a few hours. It is important to listen to your local weather report for flooding information. Here are a few recommendations for before, during, and after flooding.
- It is recommended to have flood insurance if you are in a prone flooding area. Please be advised this might be an additional policy to your homeowner policy.
- Furnace, water heater, or electrical panel should not be in an area in your home that can be flooded. It is recommended to raise any of these items if possible.
- It is recommended if you have a basement that is sealed with a waterproof compound.
- In case of a flash flood be prepared to evacuate if it is advised.
- Have an emergency supply kit ready that includes water.
- Seek higher ground immediately.
- Stay out of the flood water if you are able.
- Avoid any moving water.
- Although it is not recommended to walk through the water if you must, make sure us a stick for firmness.
- Do not drive into a flooded area.
- Avid down power lines.
- Wait for your local authorities to say it is ok to return to your residence.
- Make sure not to drink or cook with tap water until local authorities say it is safe.
- Be advised that although floodwater receded it may have left weaken roadways.
- Be cautious when entering a build as it may have hidden structural damage.
- Any item that got wet should be cleaned and disinfected.
A landside can be caused by earthquakes, storms, fire, and human modifications of land. Unfortunately, landslides are the most dangerous when it occurs quickly and with little notice. A landslide happens when masses of rock, earth, or debris move down a slope. Slopes after a wildfire can cause debris flow for several years. Most landslides are caused by lengthy rain that has saturated a slope, but it can also start within minutes from heavy rain. Some ways that will help prevent floodwater or mud by use of sandbags, retaining walls, or k-rails but cannot guarantee 100 percent. It is suggested to sign up for emergency alerts and monitor your local weather in which you are near a wildfire burn area. If you are expected severe weather in a burn area, make sure to watch out and listen to warning signs such as rushing water, trees cracking or boulders knocking together. It is advised that during a storm that can cause a landslide it is best to stay alert and awake. If your house might have been affected by flood water give SERVPRO a call to inspect your house for any possible water damage.
Did you know flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and affecting every state? Here in California we now must deal with posable flash flood in the recent burn areas. It is the most common thought that your insurance will cover any water loss. This is not true everyone policy is different. We recommend if you’re concern to talk to insurance agent to see what type of flooding is covered. They may recommend having additional covered for flooding to cover a lost such as ground water. Here at SERVPRO we recommend taking precaution before a storm hit. Make sure you clean and gutters and downspouts. If you live in area that tends to flood, make sure you have sand bags and divert the water away from your house. Make sure a professional roof checks for any possible damage that can create water intrusion. If you are unfortunately are unable to prevent any water intrusion, make sure to call SERVPRO as soon as you notice to prevent further damage. Just a inch of water can cause up to thousands of dollar damages.