Recent Storm Damage Posts

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from SERVPRO!

12/27/2022 (Permalink)

Winter Weather Warning! Winter Weather Warning - Call the restoration experts at SERVPRO if you have any Winter Weather Damage!

We hope you've had a very Merry Christmas and would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

With winter weather temps dropping over the past few days, here are a few tips for preparing for, what to do during, and what to do after freezing weather if you find yourself with frozen pipes.

If your home or business has been hit with severe weather damage, let the restoration experts at SERVPRO help make it 'like it never even happened.' 

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is ready!

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane Ian aftermath in Naples, FL Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties 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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 2,000 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 706-866-5646

Ready, Set, Storm Prep (Part II) – Prepare Your Property for a Storm

7/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Ready, Set, Storm Prep (Part II) – Prepare Your Property for a Storm

 Once you’ve made sure that your family members and pets are safe and sound inside, it’s time to head outdoors for a quick scan of your property. Never do this in the middle of a storm – it’s much too dangerous – but taking a few quick precautions in the days or hours ahead can be extremely worthwhile. To stay on top of things, you may consider adding the below items to your monthly yard chores.

  • Make sure your gutters are clear so they drain properly and away from the house. There are professional services that provide gutter maintenance and it's recommended to clean gutters at least twice a year to keep them from getting clogged with leaves or debris. 
  • Walk around house and look for anything that might fly away in heavy winds. This includes patio furniture, planters, or decorative yard ornaments – even small grills or outdoor appliances. If possible, secure these items indoors or tether them down tightly outside. Make sure any yard tools have been put away or otherwise secured. Depending on wind speeds, items like patio furniture or bicycles have been known to cause major damage to homes if picked up by the wind. 
  • If you have an outdoor pool, turn off the pool equipment’s power at the circuit breaker. Make sure to leave your pool uncovered, as storm debris could fall into the pool and tear or damage the cover. It’s much easier and less expensive to fish limbs and debris out of the water than it is to replace a ruined pool cover.

Taking the time throughout the year to keep your yard tidy and your property well-maintained will help ensure minimal storm damage. 

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience fire, water, or mold damage, we’re here to help! 

Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333 From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. We proudly boast "Best in County" for the years 2017 and 2018!

The Calm After the Storm 

7/8/2022 (Permalink)

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The Calm After the Storm 

 The storm has passed, but unfortunately, you’ve been left with some damage to your home and/or property. Here’s a quick checklist that will help you stay organized if you’re unsure where to begin.

Assess Injuries

Most immediately, you’ll want to make sure that everyone in your home is safe and that you call 911 without delay if anyone is injured.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Most homeowners’ insurance companies have a 24-hour customer service line where claims can be reported. It’s important to report damage to your home without delay so your insurance company can schedule an adjuster to inspect the damage. This is especially important if the storm damaged many neighborhoods in your community because your insurance company may have a backlog of claims. 

Document, Document, Document!

Videos or clear, labeled photos of the damage will be extremely helpful to your insurance company when they begin to assess the damage. Consider taking some property photos now so that you’ll have before and after shots in the unfortunate case of storm damage. You’ll also want to catalog any items that were damaged, including personal items. If you have the model or serial numbers for big-ticket items like televisions or computers, make sure to include that on the inventory list. A thorough inventory of damaged items can ensure you recover the most from your homeowners’ claim.  

Contact a Home Restoration Company

The professionals at SERVPRO specialize in roof-tarping and board-up techniques that will help mitigate further damage to your home while waiting on your claims adjuster to document the damage. Restoration professionals can also provide clean-up services after a storm.

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience fire, water, or mold damage, we’re here to help! 

Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333 From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. We proudly boast "Best in County" for the years 2017 and 2018!

Storm Terminology Explained

7/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Storm Terminology Explained 

Ever wonder how hurricanes get their names? Confused about which category of a hurricane is worse? Not sure if “watches” or “warnings” are more dangerous? We break it down for you so you can better understand the type of storm heading your way. 

What’s in a Name?

The practice of naming storms started in the 1950s. Initially, storms were only named for women, but men’s names began to be included in the late 1970s. The World Meteorological Organization has six alphabetical lists of 21 names that are repeated every six years for both the Atlantic Basin (east coast) and the Eastern North-Pacific Basin (west coast). The letters Q, U, X, Y and Z are not used in the alphabetical listing. Occasionally, a storm’s name can be retired if the storm was particularly deadly. Hurricane Katrina is one example of this – the name “Katrina” was retired from the list in 2005.

 Classifying Hurricanes

According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there are five categories of hurricanes: 

  • Category 1: considered very dangerous and will produce some damage 
  • Category 2: considered extremely dangerous and will cause extensive damage
  • Category 3: devastating damage will occur 
  • Category 4: catastrophic damage will occur 
  • Category 5: catastrophic damage will occur including destruction of homes

 The categories are based on wind speeds but assume that winds for all categories could be life-threatening.

Watch vs. Warning

We’ve all been there – your meteorologist interrupts your favorite TV show with a breaking weather alert. But what exactly does it mean? Two of the most commonly confused terms are Watch and Warning. This terminology is used to describe tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and winter storms. 

 A Watch means it is possible for the weather event to occur; a Warning means the event is happening or is about to happen. To sum it up:  

  • Watch – Stay informed, be alert.
  • Warning – Take shelter!

 To learn more about weather terminology or to see if your name appears on the alphabetical list of hurricane names, visit www.noaa.gov

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience fire, water, or mold damage, we’re here to help! 

Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333 From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. We proudly boast "Best in County" for the years 2017 and 2018!

Ready, Set, Storm Prep (Part I) – Preparing Your Home for a Storm

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Ready, Set, Storm Prep (Part I) – Preparing Your Home for a Storm

One of the most prudent things a homeowner can do to protect their home is to start preparing for a storm ahead of time. Read on for some best practices you can do right now to ensure your home is storm ready. 

 Purchase a Weather Radio

Relying on a cell phone as your main source of information seems like a no-brainer… until the power goes out! A weather radio is a small device that broadcasts weather warnings and information 24/7 and can be a lifesaver (literally!) in emergency situations. Most weather radios are equipped with a hand crank so they never run out of juice, and some models even come with a built-in flashlight. These radios are fairly inexpensive (many are $20-$40) and can be purchased from most local hardware or big box stores.

 Compile a List of Emergency Contacts 

In this day and age, it’s rare to remember family members’ contact information because so much critical information is stored on our cell phones. Take the time now to make sure you have a written list of emergency contacts (phone numbers and addresses) in a safe place in case your phone dies or cell networks are down. 

Stock an “Emergency Pantry”

Having enough water and nonperishable food on hand for at least three days per family member is a must for storm preparedness. Additionally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends storing one gallon of water per person for at least three days. And don’t forget your four-legged family members! Make sure you stock some dry or canned food for your furry friends and be sure to include them in the count when planning for water needs.

Have Fun… (No, really!)

Once the immediate danger of a storm has passed, you may be left without power for many hours, or even days, which means limited or no access to TV and mobile devices. (Queue the grumpy children and bored teenagers!) Consider stocking your Emergency Pantry with some “fun” items like board games, a deck of cards, coloring books, etc. 

Storms can hit unexpectedly so don’t wait until the last minute to make sure your home and family are protected. With these helpful tips, you’ll be equipped for any storm.

Here at SERVPRO we always want to help you put your best foot forward to avoid any fire, water, or mold damage. In the event that you do experience fire, water, or mold damage, we’re here to help! 

Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333 From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. We proudly boast "Best in County" for the years 2017 and 2018!

Tips for Spring Storm Preparedness

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

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Severe spring weather does not only bring lots of rainfall, but it can also result in power failures, loss of communication services, and infrastructural damage.

 Hence, it’s important to know how to keep yourself and your family safe when a spring storm hits.

 Here are some steps you can take to prepare for a spring storm:

Stock Up All Essentials

 Before a brutal spring storm hits, the first thing to do is stock up on all essentials, including food, water, medicines, and hygiene items. Ideally, you should have three days' worth of supplies in your home.

 Make sure your pantry is stocked with non-perishable items, so in case you lose power, you don’t have to worry about your food getting spoiled.

 Also, don’t forget to buy food and water for your pets as well!

Prepare An Emergency Kit

 Ensure that you have easy access to anything you might need during an emergency by preparing an emergency kit.

 The kit should include first aid items, snacks, and water, flashlights with extra batteries, waterproof matches, candles, blankets, and sleeping bags.

 It’s a good idea to waterproof the items in your emergency kit and put them in a small suitcase if you need to leave in a hurry.

Create A Communication Plan

 It’s pretty common to lose cell reception during a spring storm. Plus, if the storm lasts long, your phone’s battery may run out too.

 Therefore, it’s essential to plan with your family about how you can connect during an emergency.

 Write down all important family phone numbers and emergency numbers and designate an out-of-town contact to reconnect everyone in case you get separated.

Insulate Your Windows

 If the temperature is expected to dip for 4 hours or more, you should take precautions to protect your home from spring storm damage.

 Windows can be drafty at times, allowing cold air to come in and warm air out. Hence, make sure you seal your windows with an insulation kit well before the storm arrives as chances are that your heating system might not work properly.

Takeaway

 Preparing for a spring storm in advance can protect you, your family, and your home from severe damage.

 However, no matter how much you prepare, there’s still a chance of something going wrong.

 But don’t stress, because SERVPRO, the #1 cleanup and restoration company specializing in spring storm damage, is here to help.

 Get in touch with your local SERVPRO today!

Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333 From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. We proudly boast "Best in County" for the years 2017 and 2018!

Does My Homeowner's Insurance Cover Damage From A Snowstorm?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

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Many of us wait the entire year for the winter season. After all, there’s nothing better than chilling with a hot cup of coffee by the fireside, is there? Oh, and not to mention the mesmerizing snow we can’t get enough of! 

However, when the weather is accompanied by damaging winds, hail, or worse, snowstorms – the excitement soon turns into disappointment. 

The snowstorm can wreak havoc by blocking the gutters and downspouts, freezing pipes, and causing serious damage to the roof. 

This brings us to one of the most frequently asked questions – does homeowner’s insurance cover snow damage? 

Winter Storm and Damage: What’s Covered? 

Most standard insurance policies provide coverage for winter-related storm damage, with a few exceptions. Here is what you can usually expect to be covered: 

  • Roof Damage and Collapse 

A roof collapses when the roof cannot bear the weight of ice and snow. 

A standard homeowner’s insurance usually helps cover the cost of replacing or repairing a roof that is damaged or destroyed by a collapse. 

If your home is inhabitable after a roof collapse, the additional living expense coverage in your homeowners' insurance may also help cover additional expenses, such as hotel bills. 

  • Ice Dams 

When ice forms on the edge of a roof and stops melting water from running off, an ice dam is formed that can result in water leakage and subsequent damage. 

Most homeowners’ insurance help pay to repair the damage caused by ice dams. However, it probably won’t cover damages to personal belongings caused by ice dams. 

  • Frozen Pipes 

A snowstorm exposes homeowners to another serious threat: burst, leaking, or frozen pipes. 

Standard homeowners’ insurance policies help cover the subsequent damages, but only if they weren’t caused due to negligence on the homeowner’s part.

Check your policy terms and limits to check how much coverage you have for frozen pipes. 

  • Landscaping Damage 

A snowstorm doesn’t only threaten your building’s integrity, it can also cause severe damage to your landscape. 

Homeowner’s insurance usually provides protection for fallen trees and damaged landscapes due to heavy amounts of snow. However, it might not provide coverage for subsequent damage to personal property. 

Other common winter damages include hail damage, power outages, wind damage, and some cases of water infiltration. Parting Thoughts 

Snowstorms can negatively impact your home and life in ways more than one. While your homeowner insurance can cover damages, depending on your policy terms and conditions, it’s better to prepare for the worst well in advance. 

Wondering how you can do just that? 

By teaming up with SERVPRO, the specialists in storm damage restoration. 

Rest assured, knowing that whatever storm comes your way, SERVPRO has you covered. 

Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333 From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. We proudly boast "Best in County" for years 2017 and 2018!

How to predict rain fall?

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Seems like we’ve had about 3 weeks of rain off and on, but more on than off. It has many of us thinking how can we predict rainfall? Well, according to weather.com Nimbostratus clouds and Cumulonimbus clouds, are the two most common forms of clouds that produce rain.

Dictionary.com describes nimbostratus clouds as a cloud of a class characterized by a formless layer that is almost uniformly dark gray; a rain cloud of the layer type, of low altitude, usually below 8,000 feet (2,440 meters).

They also describe cumulonimbus clouds as a cloud of a class indicative of thunderstorm conditions, characterized by large, dense towers that often reach altitudes of 30,000 feet (9,000 meters) or more, cumuliform except for their tops, which appear fibrous because of the presence of ice crystals: occurs as a single cloud or as a group with merged bases and separate tops.

Weather.com tells us that nimbostratus clouds Hang low in the sky, and they appear dark and grey. While the cumulonimbus clouds are shaped like a mountain, with a dark grey base - this type of cloud is a thunderstorm cloud. These clouds also produce hail and tornadoes.

If you see clouds like such that have been described above you can bet your bottom dollar it’s going to rain. What can make it even worse is that sometimes rain finds its way into your home and/or business. No worries, as water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and advanced training that enables us to get your property dried quickly and thoroughly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. Learn about our water damage training and certificates.

Give us a call for your quote 256-259-4333. From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. 

What are the two types of floods?

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

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According to USGS there are two basic types of floods: flash floods and the more widespread river floods. Flash floods generally cause greater loss of life and river floods generally cause greater loss of property.

flash flood occurs when runoff from excessive rainfall causes a rapid rise in the water height (stage) of a stream or normally-dry channel. Flash floods are more common in areas with a dry climate and rocky terrain because lack of soil or vegetation allows torrential rains to flow overland rather than infiltrate into the ground.

River flooding is generally more common for larger rivers in areas with a wetter climate, when excessive runoff from longer-lasting rainstorms and sometimes from melting snow causes a slower water-level rise over a larger area. Floods also can be caused by ice jams on a river or high tides, but most floods can be linked to a storm of some kind.

Keep in mind that we’re here to help! As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition. Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333. From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. 

Are there differences in flood & sewer insurance?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Yes, below we’ve described some differences in flood and sewer backup insurance.

Sewer Insurance: Most homeowners insurance policies come with an endorsement for water backup and sump discharge which will cover losses, up to a certain limit, caused by the backup of water or waterborne materials through a sewer or through a drain. It will also cover water or waterborne material that overflows from a sump, even if the backup of water is due to the mechanical breakdown of the sump pump. Coverage includes damage to property but excludes the sump pump and any related equipment that has broken down.

Flood Insurance: is a type of property insurance that covers a dwelling for losses sustained by water damage specifically due to flooding caused by heavy or prolonged rain, melting snow, coastal storm surges, blocked storm drainage systems or levee dam failure.

Our highly trained restoration technicians are prepared to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your property. We have experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. 

From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. 256-259-4333

Tropical Storm Elsa

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

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We're not sure if you’ve heard or not but there’s a tropical storm named Elsa with growing strength near Florida. As of yesterday it was back over water and producing heavy rains over Cuba, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to move near the lower Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas Today, forecasters say. As of this morning tropical storm Elsa nears the Florida Keys and is expected to strengthen. Their local news stations are now issuing Tropical Storm WARNINGS for Sumter County and most of Marion County.

How do you prepare for a tropical storm?

  • Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them on the refrigerator or near every phone in your house. Program them into your cell phone too.
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit.
  • Locate the nearest shelter and different routes you can take to get there from your home. If shelter locations in your area have not been identified, learn how to find them in the event of a storm
  • Pet owners: Pre-identify shelters, a pet-friendly hotel, or an out-of-town friend or relative where you can take your pets in an evacuation. Local animal shelters may be able to offer advice on what to do with your pets if you are asked to evacuate your home.

Keep in mind that we’re here to help! As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition. Give us a call for your quote today at 256-259-4333. From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. 

How to handle Spring storms?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Mark Twain once said, “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.”

We’re here to say that statement is true to this day! A few weeks ago it was freezing temperatures. Last week we experienced severe storms that caused damage to homes and businesses in our community. Today it’s beautiful, with an overwhelming amount of pollen but it is beautiful so we won't complain. We’ve said all of that to say, Spring's weather is unpredictable and you should be prepared in the event of severe weather.

Did you know that under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms causes flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, or lightning?

We want to remind you…

  1. Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
  2. Turn around, don’t drown. If driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising 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.
  3. Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.

We know when a storm hits your Scottsboro home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs. As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition. From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. Call 256-259-4333 for more information or to get your free quote!

Winter storm Uri updates

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Let’s start off with what a winter storm is. According to weather.gov a winter storm his term may refer to a combination of winter precipitation, including snow, sleet, freezing rain, etc. In this case, Strom Uri has smashed snow records in Texas and will continue to spread snow and potentially damaging ice from the South into parts of the Midwest and Northeast through Tuesday. What does that mean for us?

It means our temperatures have been lowering and some have even experienced snow! To stay safe we’ve provided some tips!

  1. Have a generator or backup power source in the event of a power outage! Many times snow and freezing ice make power lines go down so be prepared!
  2. Drip water faucets
  3. Keep your pipes warm by opening cabinets and keeping all rooms in our harm warm
  4. Store nonperishables, batteries for a radio, and blankets in the event of a power outage.

We are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across The United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, our goal is to be instrumental in restoring the community the best we can. From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. We proudly boast "Best in County" for years 2017 and 2018! Give us a call if your home or business suffers from any fire or water damage due to storm Uri! 256-259-4333

What is a bombogenesis?

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

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According to forbes.com a powerful nor’easter affected the East Coast at the beginning of January 2018 and brought heavy snow from the swamps of southern Georgia to the Canadian Maritimes. Not only noteworthy for being the south's second major snowstorm of the year, the storm explosively intensified as it traveled up the coast. This rapid intensification is known as bombogenesis. A few storms in the United States achieve bombogenesis every year, but this storm was impressive for its deepening. The January 2018 storm deepened 54 millibars in 24 hours, reportedly setting a record for this part of the western Atlantic Ocean.

This winter is predicted to be a cold one! If your home or business experiences water damage due to burst pipes or even water damage due to putting out a fire give us a call! We have experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment and practices to find and remove water in a quick and efficient manner. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process from start to finish ensuring your experience with us goes seamlessly. Weather can be unpredictable so being prepared is paramount to ensuring your property or business can return to normal after a disaster. From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood.

Contact us today at 256-259-4333 SERVPRO OF JACKSON & DEKALB COUNTIES is here to help!

FREEZING RAIN HAZARDS…

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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We’ve recently been experiencing freezing temperatures thus we thought to give you some tips about freezing rain. According to The National Severe Storms Laboratory occurs when snowflakes descend into a warmer layer of air and melt completely & because they are “supercooled,” they instantly refreeze upon contact with anything that that is at or below 0 degrees C, creating a glaze of ice on the ground, trees, power lines, or other objects. A significant accumulation of freezing rain lasting several hours or more is called an ice storm.

  1. Stay off the road.
  2. Be prepared for power outages.
  3. Treat your driveways and roads before the freezing rain comes
  4. Be aware of black ice: Since black ice is highly transparent, it is unlikely you'll be able to see it while driving down the road. Roadways become very slippery when black ice forms, leading to hazardous driving conditions and an increased risk of car accidents.

We hope you have safe holidays during this winter season but if your home or business experiences storm damage we’re here to help. We are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across The United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, from Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood.

SERVPRO of Jackson & Dekalb counties 256-259-4333

Are you prepared for a winter storm?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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It’s now December and although we’ve had a few warms days this month we must be prepared in the event of a winter storm. The National Severe Storms Laboratory defines a winter storm as a combination of heavy snow, blowing snow, and/or dangerous wind chills. A winter storm is life-threatening. That means it can be just freezing temperatures with strong wind. We’ve encountered that many times before but were you prepared? If so how did you prepare? Do you know what you’re preparing for?

Here are a few things you can do to be better off in the event of a winter storm.

  • Prepare for power outages. That means to have food/non-perishables that doesn’t need electricity to cook. 
  • Have batteries for a flashlight and radio so that you can keep up with the latest news.
  • Purchase a generator, if you’re somewhere where during storms your power is usually out for long periods of time a generator could be of good use in the event of a winter storm.
  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
  •   Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep a full tank of gas in your emergency car kit.

We are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across The United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, SERVPRO's goal is to be instrumental in restoring the community the best we can. From Mentone to Bridgeport, Collinsville to Woodville, Ider to Geraldine, or Fort Payne to Scottsboro, we are proud to operate in your neighborhood. We proudly boast "Best in County" for years 2017 and 2018! Give us a call at 256-259-4333 if you experience storm damage.

Want to learn more about a few types of storms?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

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We usually hear about thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes or tropical storms. But do we really understand what they are? Below we’ve gathered information from Britannica.com on the storms mentioned above to give you a better understanding of what’s happening when you experience them

Thunderstorm, a violent, short-lived weather disturbance that is almost always associated with lightning, thunder, dense clouds, heavy rain or hail, and strong, gusty winds. Thunderstorms arise when layers of warm, moist air rise in a large, swift updraft to cooler regions of the atmosphere. 

Tornado, a small-diameter column of violently rotating air developed within a convective cloud and in contact with the ground. Tornadoes occur most often in association with thunderstorms during the spring and summer in the mid-latitudes of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. 

Tropical cyclone, also called typhoon or hurricane, an intense circular storm that originates over warm tropical oceans and is characterized by low atmospheric pressurehigh winds, and heavy rain. Drawing energy from the sea surface and maintaining its strength as long as it remains over warm water, a tropical cyclone generates winds that exceed 119 km (74 miles) per hour. In extreme cases winds may exceed 240 km (150 miles) per hour, and gusts may surpass 320 km (200 miles) per hour.

We hope that information brings a little clarity into thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes, especially since we’re in hurricane season now. Speaking of which we are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across the United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, SERVPRO's goal is to be instrumental in restoring the community the best we can. We are here to help, so give us a call at 256-259-4333!

ANOTHER HURRICANE?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

map of tropical storm Delta coming from Jamaica map of tropical storm Delta coming from Jamaica headed to the United States

Hurricane season is not letting up! Today tropical storm Delta is projected to strengthen to a hurricane by later this week. As of now a tropical storm warning for the Cayman Islands to be issued and  hurricane watch is posted for western Cuba. According to CNN it would hit the US by Wednesday of this week.

Tropical cyclone intense circular storm that originates over warm tropical oceans and is characterized by low atmospheric pressurehigh winds, and heavy rain. Drawing energy from the sea surface and maintaining its strength as long as it remains over warm water, a tropical cyclone generates winds that exceed 119 km (74 miles) per hour. A hurricane is when a storm's maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph, it is called a hurricane. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating, or category, based on a hurricane's maximum sustained winds. The higher the category, the greater the hurricane's potential for property damage.

The good news is we’re a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across the United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, SERVPRO's goal is to be instrumental in restoring the community the best we can. We are here to help, so give us a call at 256-259-4333!

Hurricane Season

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Wow has this year had a crazy hurricane season or what?! We have parts of our production crew out right now working from the Hurricanes Laura and Marco. Right when we think things are slowing down we’re hearing news of another hurricane named Sally. As of now, they’re expecting up to 20 inches of rain with a possible 30 inches. What does that mean? Serious flash flooding and major river flooding could occur. According to weather.com flood watches have been issued by the National Weather Service in portions of the Florida Panhandle, southern and central Alabama, and southern Mississippi.

There’s a possible storm surge that can happen as well. There will be an increasing chance of isolated tornadoes from Sally on Tuesday, from southeast Mississippi to southern Alabama and portions of the Florida Panhandle. If you’re in that area we recommend you stay abreast on weather updates to evaluate if necessary. In the meantime FEMA recommends you prepare for a hurricane by having the following.

  • Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (in case storm damage results in mold or airborne particles in your home)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (consult your water or gas utility companies to learn how and when to turn off utilities with these tools)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local paper maps (in case you can’t access the internet)
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Change of clothing for each person
  • Sleeping bags or blankets for each person
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Paper plates, cups, paper towels, and plastic utensils
  • Paper, pen, and pencil

In the event, your home or business suffers storm damage don’t hesitate to give us a call! 256-259-4333

Hurricane Marco

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

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As many have heard, on August 23rd Hurricane Marco was declared a hurricane by the Air Force. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Marco is about 85 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River moving 10 mph with decreased maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

The storm is projected to approach Louisiana sometime Monday afternoon, the NHC’s 8 a.m. We urge residents in that area to stay up to date on the news and to prepare as much as possible for flooding and other storm damage.

You might be wondering what does a storm that far away from our location have to do with us...Well, did you know that we’re a part of a national storm team? We are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across the United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, SERVPRO's goal is to be instrumental in restoring the community the best we can. We are here to help, so give us a call at 256-259-4333!

STORM SAFTEY TIPS

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

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We’re thankful for meteorologists also known as the weather people, including our weather apps on our phones. These are the ways we stay informed about incoming storms and inclement weather. So what happens when you see that cloud with the lightning strike on your weather app? How do you prepare for a storm or severe weather? Since you’re not here to respond here are a few tips:

  1. Keep a storm safety kit. Yes, even if you have a storm shelter you’ll need this kit. The best part about it is you can make it yourself so include things like a flashlight & the batteries needed, non-perishable food, water supply, you may want to keep a copy of your insurance documents in there, a first aid kit and many other things.
  2. Keep candles & a lighter! In the event of a power, outage candles can be a real lifesaver!
  3. STAY INSIDE! We know it may look beautiful or maybe you’re just nosey to see what’s going on. Stay inside!
  4. Stay away from trees and damaged power lines! In the event, you don’t have a shelter or you happened to not follow #3 please stay away from trees and damaged power lines.

Our tips don’t prevent damage done to your business or home. The good news is when you or your insurance professional calls SERVPRO, our staff is prepared for whatever is required. We are a locally owned and operated company with the ability to respond to your call no matter the size! Our goal is to provide you with the quickest and most professional restoration experience. We know that emergency situations are never an enjoyable time, but we strive to make life get back to normal quickly and smoothly. If you have an emergency home or business restoration need, call SERVPRO! We are here to help!

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –      256-259-4333

After a thunderstorm go inspect your roof!

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Be aware!

Your insurance company sends out contractors when you report damage done to your home after a storm. They can tell if it’s damage from being an old roof or if a storm has caused damage to your home. Thus, we say be aware! After a thunderstorm, windstorm, or even hail go look at your roof!

Check for things like

  1. Broken gutters
  2. Shingles missing
  3. Holes in your roof
  4. Trees/debris on your roof

If you do find that damage has been done due to a storm give your insurance company a call right away!

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. The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

Know the difference between a single cell and a super cell storm?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

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According to weather.gov a single cell storm lasts 30-60 minutes, has a brief updraft & downdraft, and has brief severe weather if any. A super cell lasts longer usually hours and is very dangerous! Of course severe weather is usually accompanied with a supercell.

Wikipedia says a single cell or pulse storm life cycle is as follows:

  • formation: the upward current of the cell intensifies and allows the condensation of water vapor from the rising air parcel. This forms a cumulus congestus, then a cumulonimbus when ice crystals form at its apex which spreads horizontally in contact with the tropopause.
  • maturity: downdrafts are emerging. This stage is accompanied by characteristic phenomena such as lightning and thundershowers (sometimes hail) and gust front.
  • dissipation: the cold pool descending from the cloud extends to the earth's surface and helps to block the feed by pushing the updraft downstream. The outflow can then serve as a trigger for other single cell thunderstorms.

Pulse storms usually aren’t tornado producers, but they often produce large hail and/or damaging winds.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. We’re available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable. 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.

Can storms affect fishing?

7/15/2020 (Permalink)

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We know that you don’t want to get caught out at sea during a storm, but what if it means a big catch? Let’s look at the seasons, Fall for instance is a tradition season. Meaning the winds and temperature varies as. Professional fishers know that when cold & warm front meets a storm usually brews. So how can that storm help you? Predator fish usually come out right before a big storm. Many have said their best catches usually take place right before or right after storms.

Outdoor life reminds us that During the fall, both water temperature and daylight hours are decreasing. These factors compel fish to feed heavily in order to fatten up for migrations or just to get through the winter. What does that mean for you? Possibly a good catch! Well, what if you’re out fishing and come home to a flooded basement? Or what if those strong winds blew over a tree onto your home while you were out?

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Give us a call today if you're dealing with storm damage 256-259-4333!

Are you thinking of building a storm shelter?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

underground storm shelter with a woman going downstairs an underground shelter with two big red doors and a lowered staircase. A woman in a dark purple shirt and blue jeans is seen entering.

Did you know each year United States residents spend more than 3 billion person-hours under tornado watches? Many of us have experienced what looks to be a redirection of tornado alley. Did you know that FEMA has a booklet that gives out design criteria and more information for building your own storm shelter?

According to FEMA's booklet, there are two general types of residential shelters: in-residence shelters which are also called a “safe room,” is a small, specially designed (“hardened”) room, such as a bathroom or closet that is intended to provide a place of refuge for the people who live in the house. An external residential shelter is similar in function and design, but it is a separate structure installed outside the house, either above or below ground.   

Here’s the link to the booklet in the event you find yourself building a safe room or a storm shelter. https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1604-20490-1479/ra2_storm_shelters.pdf

Did you know that we’re apart of a national storm team and that we have members that respond to disasters nationwide? From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across The United States to respond to any loss. When an event comes to devastate a community, our goal is to be instrumental in restoring the community the best we can. SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties is here to help!

We also offer reconstruction! So whether you need help building that storm shelter or rebuilding your home or business. WE’RE HERE TO HELP!

Give us a call today 256-259-4333!

Tornado Watch vs. Tornado Warning

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

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According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory a  Tornado WATCH is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center meteorologists watch the weather 24/7 across the entire U.S. for weather conditions that are favorable for tornadoes and severe weather.

A Tornado WARNING is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office meteorologists who watch the weather 24/7 over a specific area, this means a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar and there is a serious threat to life and property to those in the path of the tornado.

All in all, A tornado warning means ACT NOW!

What happens if your home suffers tornado or storm damage? 

We’re apart of a national storm team? We are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across the United States to respond to any loss. We are a certified IICRC staff https://www.IICRC.org/ and we have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – 256-259-4333 we're open 24/7 & 365 days a year!

Tornado season is around the corner are you prepared?

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Tornado season is around the corner are you prepared?

Here are a few tips

  1. Keep homeowners insurance
  2. Have an emergency bag packed w/ water
  3. Keep homeowners Insurance

If you live in an area where tornadoes frequent

  1. Have an emergency bag packed with water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, any needed medications, and other necessities.
  2. Have a cellar
  3. Stay aware of weather conditions

If one lands: Seek shelter or a sturdy building if you’re not home.

Most importantly know the difference between warning and watch.

A tornado watch means a tornado is possible

A tornado warning means a tornado is occurring or will occur soon so GET TO SAFETY.

If one does land and causes damage to your home give us a call!

No Job Is Too Large

Did you know that we’re apart of a national storm team? We are a part of a national SERVPRO storm team whose members respond to disasters nationwide. From hurricanes to wildfires, SERVPRO storm teams are always prepared to respond to major catastrophic events. SERVPRO's large-loss response is uniquely qualified to handle any disaster. We are prequalified, experienced, and strategically located across the United States to respond to any loss. We are a certified IICRC staff https://www.IICRC.org/ and we have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – 256-259-4333 we're open 24/7 365 days a year!

How to handle storm damage to your home?

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

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A flood can occur due to heavy constant rain, snow melting, overflow of dams or more!

Your main concern is probably what to do if/when it happens.

  1.   1. Don’t Drown - easier said than done. Some street floods are deeper than anticipated so if your street is flooded and you’re not sure how deep it is turn around!
  2. Move to higher ground
  3. After a flood don’t assume only water has been in your home. Sometimes snakes, and other animals come in with the water. Not only animals but germs and other contaminations can occur so give us a call immediately if your home or business floods.
  4. Electrocution can occur! If you can, turn off your electricity from the breaker box in the event of a flood.

Our highly trained restoration technicians are prepared to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment and practices to find and remove water in a quick and efficient manner. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process from start to finish ensuring your experience with us goes seamlessly. SERVPRO will have your back from beginning to end in any disaster! Give us a call!

Ice Storm Tips

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

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ICE STORM TIPS

Did you know that Ice storms were caused by freezing rain and that ice storms usually happen between December & January?

Well we’re here to tips to keep you prepared!

  1. Ice can increase the weight of branches by 30 times so if you have any branches hanging low or near your home be sure to have them trimmed.
  2. Reserve heat: Many power lines go down during ice storms so to keep heat in a room put towels under your door and stay in that room as much as possible.
  3. Cover your windows: heat can also escape from your windows so put up blankets to keep the heat in.
  4. Keep an emergency kit: have batteries, charged batteries for your phone, and a old radio to be able to keep up with the news in the case of a power outage.

We know that emergency situations are never an enjoyable time, but we strive to make life get back to normal quickly and smoothly. If you have a fire or water emergency to your home or business call SERVPRO! We are here to help!

what to do during a rainstorm?

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

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Rainstorm tips

Whether you get them frequently or rarely a rainstorm can be deadly. In the event of a rainstorm, there are several tips below provided in an effort to keep you safe.

  1. If you’re driving during a rainstorm put on your headlights, hazard lights, and drive slowly to prevent hydroplaning.
  2. Get out of boats and stay away from large bodies of water in the case of lightning striking.
  3. Take shelter!

We know that emergency situations are never an enjoyable time, but we strive to make life get back to normal quickly and smoothly. If you have a fire or flooding emergency takes place at your home or business call SERVPRO! We are here to help!

Thundertsorms in Alabama

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

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The most common natural disasters in Alabama result from – you guessed it – thunderstorms. When large storms pass through the counties of Jackson, DeKalb and surrounding areas, residents and business owners alike are most commonly at risk of water, flood and mold damage. However, intense lightning is also capable of causing fire damage, and strong winds can cause property damage. Each of these negative outcomes has the possibility of being linked to one another, making it especially important for individuals to be prepared for anything.

Since thunderstorms are incredibly common natural events, be sure to pay close attention to the weather forecast and prepare for any damages that may occur as a result of a thunderstorm.

Before the storm:

  • Keep trees and bushes pruned to avoid flying branches in case of severe winds.
  • Secure all free-standing outdoor objects (chairs, grills, etc.) by moving them to a shed, garage or other indoor space.
  • Unplug electrical equipment to avoid potential power surges.

During the storm:

  • Seek shelter and remain indoors.
  • Patch or place a bucket beneath any leaks that occur from the ceiling.
  • Keep windows and doors shut and locked.

After the storm:

  • Assess any damages.
  • Call SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties (256-854-4402) if you experience water, flood, fire and/or mold damages. We’re here to help make the thunderstorm "Like it never even happened."

How Meteorologists Predict Storms

7/19/2019 (Permalink)

When you turn on the news and the meteorologist informs you of an incoming storm, he or she is warning you to take precautions to avoid potential damages. But how do weather forecasters predict incoming storms?

By using computer models, air observations and satellite imagery, meteorologists can detect abnormal patterns or instable conditions in the air. Using physics and other complex dynamics, computer models predict the formation of a thunderstorm before it occurs. On the contrary, satellites and radar technology track the storm once it is formed.

Predicting future storms is important because it allows the public to be informed and therefore better prepare for possible damages. Additionally, meteorology assists airplanes and their passengers in staying safe while in flight.

Be sure to thank your local meteorologist for keeping us informed!

SERVPRO Disaster Response

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

How Our Local Community Responds to Hurricanes

SERVPRO® works as a team across the country to help those that have been affected by a disaster. In years past, our local franchise has sent crews to various hurricane sites to help reach customers faster so that they can begin putting their lives back together. Local crews from SERVPRO has helped with Hurricane storms Ivan(2004), Katrina (2005), Lee (2011), Isaac (2013), and now Harvey/Irma (2017).

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Being a part of SERVPRO®, we know that our job is to help customers and victims of disasters put their lives back together. It's nice to know that if a tornado, flood, ice storm, or any other disaster were to strike the heartland, that there are over 1,700 franchises in our system that can come to our aid to help you put your life back together.

Just remember that SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster.

BE PREPARED THIS MONTH

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

Be Prepared this month!

September is National Preparedness Month and we at SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties wants to make sure you are prepared in case of disaster. The American Red Cross encourages that each household and car have a preparedness kit. A statistic according to FEMA states that 60% of Americans have not practiced what to do in a disaster. 80% of American live in counties that have been affected by disaster at some point. Also, according to The American Red Cross 48% of Americans do not have emergency supplies, and 44% do not have first aid kits. Emergency kits should include things like water, canned food, a can opener, flashlights and batteries, including enough food and water for each person in your household for 5 days. Considering recent events, an emergency plan is paramount to ensure you are safe when disaster strikes. Whether you live on the coast or in the woodlands, having resources put away that you can grab at a moment's notice is imperative.

Here to help!

All month SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties will be bringing tips and information on how to best be prepared in case of disaster.

Should disaster strike your home, don't be afraid to call us today at (256) 259-4333.

Flood Preparedness Checklist

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

It can happen everywhere

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. FEMA reports, in the last 8 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. As most of us have recently experienced, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas. 

Here are a few Flood Facts provided by FEMA:

  • Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  • Flooding can be caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
  • Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires
  • A 2,000 square foot home undergoing 12 feet of water damage could cost more than $50,000 to repair.

Here are a few supplies you need to prepare for a flood:

  • Stock up on First Aid items
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Three gallons of water per person for 3 days
  • Battery operated radio for weather reports
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal hygiene necessities

About SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties

SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Have a Question?

Call Us Today – (256) 259-4333

Types of Flood Damage

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians are Standing By to Help Remediate Storm Damage in Your Home

Storm flooding is less common than clean water flooding but is much more destructive. Clean water floods start from a source inside the home, such as a water-based appliance or busted pipe. Storm floods come from outside the home, carrying waters caused by rainfall or river overflow into the home. As this water encounters many more substances and materials than most clean water floods, storm flooding comes with a host of unique issues SERVPRO personnel have to work against in the fight to get your home back to normal.

Staining

One of the most easily visible effects of storm damage in Fort Payne and Scottsboro is the staining of floors, walls, and furniture that comes with most of these floods. Even if it is only a very shallow layer of water, storm floods carry dirt, debris, chemicals, and plant matter that stain nearly everything they touch. In addition to heavy discoloration and warping of materials, stains of this sort usually imbue the damaged surface with a pungent and unpleasant odor. SERVPRO handles these messes with heavy cleaning equipment and special deodorizing foggers.

Organic Waste

Organic matter is one of the more unpleasant aspects of many storm floods. In addition to plants and timber, floodwaters can carry dead animals, fungi, and human waste into the home, creating potential biohazards requiring extreme care to handle. Luckily, we are fully certified to handle biohazards, so these issues should not interrupt our work process.

Power Outages

Power outages are a common facet of many storm damage cases, especially when far-reaching disasters like hurricanes are the principle cause of damage. Most of our equipment runs on alternative fuel sources or is self-powered, meaning that even though power may be out for the area, we should still be able to get work done and repair your home.

Here to Help!

SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties is ready 24/7 to help local homeowners mitigate the effects of storms and weather disasters.

Call us at the first sign of trouble!

(256) 259-4333.

Jackson County Flooding

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Jackson County Storm Flooding

Because of our location on the banks of The Tennessee River, Jackson County residents are especially prone to damage caused by floods.  Flooding can be common during the warmer seasons, but unusual weather patterns can also bring unexpected flooding that Jackson County can see throughout the entire year.

If your home has flooded, it is important to conduct a list of safety checks before you move back in.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development has a detailed outline listing these safety steps.  They include:

  • Checking the roof for dips across the surface
  • Checking external walls to determine if they are no longer plum
  • Checking the foundation from the outside to see if it has been damaged
  • Making sure electricity and gas have been shut off

Once inside, there can be many safety hazards and threats. The presence of mold is a real possibility and a valid concern for your personal safety. If you have an older home, there is also the risk of lead or asbestos contamination. Flood water contains multiple health hazards and just because the visible water is gone, it doesn’t mean the contaminants are no longer a threat.

That burning desire to check your home after major water damage is natural but even a few minutes inside could be bad for your health.  At SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties, we provide emergency water disaster services.  We have given our mitigation specialists extensive training for safely entering this type of potentially dangerous environment and for getting the remediation process started.  It is our hope you never have to experience this type of natural disaster or other types of water damages, but if you do, we are a phone call away at (256) 259-4333 and are always ready to help! “Like it never even happened.”

Still Storm Season

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Weather in Jackson and Dekalb County

Each year in Jackson and Dekalb we get several heavy late summer storms. We see flash flooding in the area on a regular basis. Seeing as how the Tennessee Valley weather can never make up its mind, being prepared for the worst weather possible is paramount! That is where we will help!

SERVPRO is here to Help

SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb has the team and experience to make sure you are properly prepared for any size disaster. If you have a commercial facility, you can chat with us about our Emergency Readiness Program (ERP) that helps document things like shut off valves and other critical emergency information. We even have a mobile phone app to help you develop your plan with us! We understand that many times you might just have questions. We encourage you to reach out to us! Just ask using one of our many platforms of communication and social media listed on our website! We have team members that are always available to help!

Have any questions?

Call us today (256) 259-4333

Here is the link to our mobile phone application:

https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/MobileApp.

Preventing Flood Damage

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Flood Insurance program flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States causing $2.7 billion in losses between 2001 and 2010. Flooding is not covered by most homeowner’s insurance policies so it may be necessary to buy a separate flood policy for your home.

Three Key Steps

Here are a couple of tips to keep water from entering your home during a heavy rain event:

  1. Fix foundation leaks that may allow water to enter your home.
  2. Make sure your roof is secure and protected.
  3.  Clear gutters and drains

If water ever floods your home, getting someone on site as soon as possible is key to keeping the amount of damage to a minimum. SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties is ready to respond at any time and also provides a free assessment!

What To Do After Roof Damage

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Roof Damage

Powerful storms often cause multiple cases of roof damage in Jackson County, or roof damage in Dekalb Counties. Because so many homeowners in your area may be affected by the same issue, it can be hard to get a storm damage repair team to your home in a timely manner. If you have to wait a bit to start the real repairs on your roof, you may want to take some steps to protect your home. Protection can help do the following:

• Decrease chances of flooding
• Stop more materials from getting ripped off
• Stop material tears from getting bigger

Now that you know protecting a damaged roof is important, you may want to learn what you can do to guard your system from further damage.

Boards

Your roof repair team can use boards to temporarily fix certain aspects of a roofing system. For example, if the wind damage caused a tree branch to fall onto a roof, you may want to use a combination of boards to secure the damaged tree to ensure more branches do not fall onto your house.

Tarps

Making your home watertight is an important part of roof repairs. However, roof damage often opens your house up to water damage even if there is the smallest of sprinkles. You can use a tarp to cover any holes or missing shingles on your system. If necessary, you may want to use a couple of boards to help keep the tarps securely in their place.

Claims

Your insurance coverage may help you make repairs to your house. Before you start doing anything too big, you may want to call your provider to learn more about your policy. You may need to take photos, call an adjuster or work with a repair team familiar with the insurance claims process.

Roof damage can be a major concern for you. This disrepair can leave the rest of your home vulnerable. If you cannot get a permanent repair started right away, you may want to protect the damaged system from further harm.

For more information, call us!

(256) 259-4333

Tornado Season

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Tornadoes can be very dangerous. Be sure you adhere to safe practices in inclement weather.

Twister Time

We are in the middle of tornado season here in Northeast Alabama with our main threat being tornado and wind damage. Here are a couple of things from ready.gov to help be prepared in the event of severe weather.

To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.

Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.

If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.

Go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Hurricane Harvey

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Houston Flooding

In August of 2017, one of the costliest natural disasters in US history struck the Houston area. We were fortunate enough to be asked to respond to those homeowners in need. We have also worked floods and hurricanes in New York, Florida, Louisiana, Colorado, Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, and Georgia among others. 

Flood waters, and the restoration of the buildings they affect, are treated the same way as sewage due to the amount of contamination in the water. 

If disaster should ever strike in your area, and your home or business is affected, make sure to use a vendor that is an IICRC certified firm, as well as the technicians working on your home are IICRC certified. This will go a long way in restoring your home properly.