Recent Storm Damage Posts
What Makes It a Severe Thunderstorm? | SERVPRO® of Macon
Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Macon if you experience any damage. We're available 24/7!
Around this time of year, we start to see more thunderstorm activity. While many of these storms may pass through without much damage, other, more serious storms can be catastrophic.
The nature of these severe thunderstorms means that they bring lots of rain, high winds, lightning, hail and flooding. But what makes these storms move from being a “thunderstorm” to a “severe thunderstorm”?
Let’s look below at some of the categorical differences between these types of storms.
A thunderstorm, by definition, is a storm that has both thunder and lightning. These kinds of storms can be dangerous even without additional threats.
But here are the key distinctions for a severe thunderstorm and the types of hazards they can create for your family.
3 Key Elements of What Makes a Thunderstorm Severe
Lightning strikes. Lightning is known to cause damage to houses by starting house fires and felling trees that can do significant damage to permanent structures and vehicles. But did you know that it is reported that [lightning causes around 300 injuries every year](https://www.treehugger.com/how-dangerous-are-thunderstorms-4863120)
High winds and hail. A severe thunderstorm is defined as a storm that has straight-line winds of at least 58 miles per hour and has hail that is at least one inch in diameter, or larger. The combination of of these two can do some serious damage to unsheltered cars, pets or livestock that are not adequately protected and roofs of homes. Hail is already capable of causing damage due to the speed at which it falls (up to 72 miles per hour), but add the high winds and it’s a recipe for damage.
Flash flooding. Flooding is possible for even those outside of a designated flood plain because they can be caused by drains that are not working properly, small roadside ditches that become filled with water and many other threats that can make flooded roadways become life-threatening situations quickly. In as little as 12 inches of water, it is possible for a car to be taken away with the tide.
Thunderstorms are part of the weather patterns for Georgia, so if a storm causes damage to your home or business, we are prepared to help at any time. Contact Us to find out how we can get your property back to pre-storm condition.
Get Your Storm Damage Handled With the Right Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of Macon
Choosing the right restoration company is crucial to getting things back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Macon to set up an appointment
Thunderstorms can be a part of warmer weather, but their frequency should not lead to a lax attitude about their dangers. Storm damage is serious, and it has gotten even more dangerous recently.
While no one knows when a storm will strike, we strongly advise drafting a storm recovery plan before you ever need one—this way, if you do discover damage, you will be certain that you know exactly what to do.
The most important thing you can include in your storm recovery plan is what restoration company you will go with, and it is vital to choose the right one. Deciding now gives you a chance to do your research and make sure you are choosing wisely—here’s how to do it:
Deciding in Advance on Your Storm Restoration Company
Choose a company with a good reputation. Because of all the homes and businesses that are impacted by a damaging storm, many people will want restoration quickly and may not do their research to make sure a company is legitimate. Avoid getting scammed by looking into your chosen company’s background—make sure they have good reviews from people in your community and that they are respected as restoration providers, as well.
Choose a company that can handle demand. After a storm, many people will likely be experiencing damage in a small area, which can get overwhelming quickly for those who are not equipped to handle it. Thankfully, we have a nation of other SERVPRO® locations on our side, allowing us to provide the same level of service whether we have one job or one thousand people needing restoration.
Choose a company that prioritizes your call. It will never feel convenient to receive storm damage to your home or business, but the last thing you need is to contact your restoration company to no response or one that makes you feel like a burden. We encourage people to call us 24 hours a day with our emergency line, so you can report your damage as soon as it is discovered and we can get to work formulating a response.
When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.
SERVPRO of Macon are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays.
Simple Projects to Stop Home Rainwater Damage | SERVPRO® of Macon
If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Macon today!
You know that flash flooding, strong thunderstorms or interior accidents (like a burst pipe or malfunctioning washing machine) can produce enough water to damage your home.
These can happen frequently in homes, so most of us are prepared to deal with these types of problems. Or we at least have some idea about the things we can do to protect our homes from them.
Here’s another item to add to your list: heavy rains.
Rain can create a real problem for homeowners, especially if you aren’t doing regular home maintenance. Over time, that can lead to progressively more serious levels of water damage.
A Common Homeowner Headache
How likely is it that you’ll have to deal with home water damage this year? Our answer is simple: It’s more likely than you imagine.
It all comes down to doing the math. About one in every 50 Americans will need water damage restoration in 2021. Friends, family members and co-workers may be filing claims this year, too.
We hope you don’t have to file a claim, but we’re here to help you if you do!
Stop Rainwater Damage
Use these basic guidelines to help ensure your home is safer from long-term water damage due to rain:
Don’t overlook the value of native plants. If you do a little homework, the flowers and shrubs you use to help you landscape your home and add curb appeal can also become an added layer of protection. You may want to research native plants in our area to
Look for ways to make your roof safer. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps. Sealing your roof can help by keeping water out of gaps between your shingles.
Consider the way your yard drains. Knowing how your yard drains is key to protecting your home. If the water in your yard drains toward your home, then you may want to connect with a landscaping expert. They can help you find ways to protect your yard.
If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us anytime to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.
Tips to Help You Weather Spring Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® of Macon
If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of Macon @ 478-474-6700!
Are you ready for spring’s warmer weather? If so, you definitely aren’t alone here in Macon.
Many people spend the days before the weather starts warming up trying to decide how they want to spend the Saturday and Sunday afternoons. DIY projects are a popular option.
While you’re considering new paint colors and planning your landscaping, think about adding a few of these projects to your list. They can help protect you from the dangers of thunderstorms.
These steps will help you be sure your home is as ready as it can be for the hazards of spring storms.
Preparing Your Home for a New Season
Why not add these items to your to-do list for the upcoming warmer season?
Check your gutters for debris. Clean gutters are vital. They allow water to move the right way around your house. If your gutters are clogged, they can cause water damage.
If you have a sump pump, check it sooner rather than later. If your home needs one of these to keep water out of your basement, then it’s a good idea to be sure it’s working before you need it.
Check your home for other common storm damage hazards. Check for overhanging tree limbs, unsecured grills, and furniture or gazebos. Cut tree limbs that hang over your roof or garage and secure anything you can.
Inspect your roof for issues. You want to be sure your roof is in good shape if a storm starts hitting. Check for things like missing shingles and signs of leaks. Repair them to keep your home safer.
If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us anytime to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.
Keep Your Household Safe in the Face of Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Macon
SERVPRO of Macon is here to provide you with a rapid response. Contact us right away if you experience any storm damage
When thunderstorms come and go regularly, it can be easy to discount their impact—but every severe storm does have the potential to lead to damage.
It is important to do what you can to prevent storm damage well in advance, instead of waiting until one is forecasted to take action. Through advanced preparation, you can better keep your household safe and mitigate the impact of severe weather on your family.
Mitigate the Impact of Severe Weather on Your Family
Prepare your home as much as possible. There are some storm damages that just can’t be avoided, but one thing homeowners can do to reduce their chances is maintaining the trees around their yard by trimming back any loose branches that could become projectiles. To increase your comfort in the aftermath of a storm, adding a household storm generator to your efforts is advised so you can continue to use your electricity.
Create a family communications plan. If your family is the type that is always on the go, it is important that everyone in the household knows exactly what to do if a storm catches them while they are out and about. Having a check-in system is so important for everyone’s peace of mind. For those of you who are home, be certain you know exactly where will be safest to shelter from the storm.
Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. Keeping an emergency kit in your home is a great idea for being as prepared as possible. Keep everything your family might need access to both during a storm and in the aftermath just in case. Food, sealed water containers, and flashlights and batteries are all good things to include, and do not forget to pack for your pets as well!
Consider getting a weather radio. Though we are used to relying on our cell phones for all weather alerts, having a more analog system such as a weather radio in your emergency kit is always a good idea. Missing emergency alerts can be extremely dangerous, and if severe weather knocks out cell reception, having a backup method for receiving alerts is so important.
If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. https://www.SERVPROmacon.com/contact/contactus to report damage and receive a rapid response.
We specialize in Flood And Storm Damage
We are the experts in Flooding and Storm Damage. Call us today at 478-474-6700!
We specialize in Flood And Storm Damage
SERVPRO of Macon is ready to assist if you have experienced flooding from an outside source caused by storm or unwanted water such as sewage backup in your home or business. Our technicians are faster to any size disaster. We have the training and the professionalism to ensure the space is restored as quickly as possible. Our goal is to get you back “Like it never even happened.”
Within four hours of the loss notification, we will be on-site to help ensure a water damage is handled properly by completing the following steps:
- Inspection- We will inspect the affected areas of your home or commercial site to determine the extent of the damage. From there, we will discuss the inspection with your insurance agent or company and answer any questions before performing any work.
- Emergency Services- Our technicians will take immediate and necessary steps to protect your home or business such as your personal belongings from further damage by extracting any water and prepare for drying. We will discuss each step with you and your insured.
- Monitoring- To ensure your personal belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards our technicians will monitor the drying process. Written monitoring reports will document the drying process. The results will be consistently communicated to you throughout the monitoring process.
- Restoration Services- During the restoration process, our professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets and clean affected areas of the property and belongings. A final walkthrough of the job site will be conducted to ensure your property was returned at its preloss condition.
SERVPRO of Macon is ready to assist your loss of any size, day or night, and available 24 hours/ 7 days a week.
Call SERVPRO of Macon today at 478-474-6700 and our professional team of technicians will respond quickly to your home or business. We are here to help!
Tips for Thunderstorm Safety at Any Location
Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Macon is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.
With summer, rising temperatures and high humidity, severe weather might be the last thing on your mind—but because it thrives in these types of conditions, it is important to understand that it is always a possibility. Summer storms tend to pop up suddenly, and while they appear to be over quickly, they can still pose major risks.
When a storm catches you off-guard, remembering a few key safety tips can protect you tremendously from risks.
A Few Key Safety Tips for Sudden Summer Storms
Know your options for shelter. In the best-case scenario, you will become aware of inclement weather while you are somewhere safe that you can stay until the storm passes, but of course, life does not always work out that way. If you get caught off-guard, sheltering in your vehicle is actually quite safe when you follow the proper guidelines.
Practice electrical safety. Lightning is an extremely dangerous component of thunderstorms, especially when they strike a building. As lightning travels through the wiring of a home, it can send a power surge to all the electronics actively plugged in which can ruin them. If you have the time, unplugging everything in your vicinity is a good safety precaution, and a good long-term strategy includes installing inexpensive surge protectors throughout the home.
Avoid direct contact with concrete. While concrete is a strong material, it can pose a risk if there is electricity in the air. Lightning often strikes concrete buildings because they are built with metal reinforcements, which can channel the electricity out into the concrete and anything it is touching. While concrete buildings can be safe, you should avoid making direct contact with walls and floors if lightning is possible.
Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When a storm interrupts your fun, getting back outside is top priority—but doing so too quickly can still put you in danger. Lightning has been documented 25 miles from storm clouds, so it is recommended that you wait at least a half hour after you can no longer hear thunder to head back out.
If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help.Contact us at 478-474-6700 to learn more about our storm restoration process.
What actions to take for your business after a flood
Photo from the flood of '94- Macon, GA
Flood damage to your business is just as bad as flooding in your home. Your business or place of work is your livelihood. Below are some tips and actions to take after a flood.
- Establishing an evacuation plan ahead of time saves time and lives. Each employee should have some common knowledge of the evacuation plan. A quarterly or at minimum yearly class or meeting should be conducted. Account for all employees. Identity an area outside of the buildings perimeter that are designated meeting places. Have your managers from each department keep a list of their assigned team member’s with contact information listed. This should keep down confusion and easier to keep up with.
- If water enters the building or facility and an evacuation becomes necessary, move to an upper floor, contact your local first responders for help.
- If possible, avoid walking or driving through rising water. Just a few inches of water can make you fall.
- Do not touch electrical equipment
- Outside water can cause water to back up into water mains or sewage lines. Flood waters can bring in contaminated water from outside creeks or rivers. This could potentially be hazardous to your health
- Stay out of the building
- Secure the property by contacting your local first responders, secure all entrances and contact your security company to advise of the situation.
Once the water has receded, water mitigation steps can begin. SERVPRO of Macon technicians are highly trained and certified. We have the experience and have professional equipment to handle a large commercial loss at any time- 24 hours a day. Getting to your loss quickly to mitigate the damage will reduce possible further damage such as mold or mildew. No job is too large- We are trained to handle any size disaster!
Flooding can be unpredictable- however SERVPRO of Macon is always prepared!
Storm Damage To Your Business
Contact SERVPRO of Macon for Storm Damage day or night!
April showers bring Summer Storms. As we are getting closer to hurricane season, have you ever asked yourself, are we prepared? Hurricane season begins June 1st and last through November 30th. And Middle Georgia is no stranger to pop-up summer thunderstorms either! About 50 percent of businesses that are affected by a natural disaster such as a hurricane do not reopen! Natural disasters leave behind a trail of destruction and devastation.
SERVPRO of Macon offers a complimentary Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business. An ERP gives you a quicker and easier way to locate critical facility information. The ready plan is an emergency preparedness tool for your business, property managers, risk managers and facility managers. This will guide you back into getting into your building after a disaster.
High winds, heavy rain and even hail can cause significant damage to your property. Flooding from heavy rains can result in damage by backing up sewer mains or water building up around your facility and having no where to go but inside. Lightening can even pose as a threat- causing a fire when you least expect it. Roof damages can be caused by many sources such as rain, hail, wind and fire. When dealing with roof damage, you can expect wet installation and drywall.
SERVPRO of Macon has seen it all. If your business has sustained storm damage, call us day or night! 478-474-6700
Call SERVPRO of Macon for Storm Damage
SERVPRO of Macon is available for 24-hour emergency services when disaster happens!
We know that living in the south, especially living in Central Georgia, that a disaster can strike anytime and anywhere with or without notice. SERVPRO of Macon 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.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. We operate under the 1-4-8 rule- for water damages. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. SERVPRO of Macon offers 24-hour emergency services. You’ll want the aftermath from a tornado, hurricane, flood or other natural disaster cleaned quickly to avoid further damage.
We have the resources to handle floods and storms
When central Georgia experiences storms such as “popcorn showers”, tornadoes and hurricanes, SERVPRO of Macon has access to professional equipment to handle flood and storm damage. Our Disaster Recovery Team has always made it a priority to stay updated on the latest information and trained on the restoration process. Our highly trained storm and water damage restoration specialist are IICRC- Certified.
As we are approaching the summer months, SERVPRO of Macon is ready for whatever happens when disaster hits.
Call SERVPRO of Macon for 24-hour emergency services at 478-474-6700
Weather Ready in Macon, Georgia!
Hurricane Michael, October 2018
Most storms can be predicted within a reasonable amount of time. During the spring and summer months in Georgia, some storms can be unpredictable. Large hail, strong winds, heavy rain, can all be factors to storm damage to your home or business. Downed power lines, tree’s, tree limbs and lightening can all contribute to creating a water damage or storm damage disaster.
Don’t worry! SERVPRO professionals are ready and can handle any size disaster. SERVPRO of Macon is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.
The professionals at SERVPRO want to make sure you have the right equipment and resources for the in case of a power outage. Below are tips we recommend.
Weather Radio: Keeping a weather radio on hand is very beneficial. Keeping you informed on what’s going on around you can help ease some worries you may have while the power has been kicked off. Always test the batteries once a month to make sure they’re in working order and are not corroded. Keep a spare set for the in case.
Flashlights: When purchasing a flashlight, look for LED options. They are dramatically higher in efficiency and uses low battery usage. They’re energy efficient, long lasting and very bright! Also- keeping a few around the house and an extra set of batteries will come in handy!
Clothing: Keep an emergency clear plastic bin of seasonal clothing to keep for the in case you don’t have power or water for an extended period of time. Keep full stock of blankets for all members of your household- especially in the winter months.
Water supply: Keep a good stock of bottled water if you live on a water-well system. If the power goes out, your well goes out. In case of a severe flood, wells can be flooded as well. Only use water from a safe source. However, most plumbing does not require electricity.
Jump Battery Box: These are great to have for the in case of any emergency! When hurricane Michael came through middle Georgia, we used this to help charge our phones. Being out of power more than a few hours can be devastating to your appliances and some electronics.
Generator: During a massive storm like Hurricane Michael, a generator was something that seemed like a life saver. Although it was very loud, it gives just enough electricity to keep the refrigerator freezers and some light going. NEVER run a generator inside. Gasoline powered generators produce carbon monoxide- as we know, this can be very deadly. Keep the generator away from doors and windows. Make sure to have enough fuel on hand for multiple days without power.
As hurricane Michael traveled across the southeastern United States and especially middle Georgia, strong winds and rain left power outages across the region. Flooded basements, torn or damaged roofs, window leaks & breaks and structural damage was left behind. Although, we'll never forget that storm, SERVPRO of Macon will always be here for you 24/7/365.
Protecting your home before and after a storm
We wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to homeowners throughout the Macon area. It is important for you to understand that qualified professionals are available to assist you in recovering from any emergency situation that might occur on your property, including flooding that many of us face today.
You are not alone. We can help flood damage victims in Macon and the surrounding areas. Additionally, you can visit our website anytime to assist with relief efforts by donating to help The American Red Cross make a difference in people’s lives affected by Tropical Storm IRMA.
A team of SERVPRO professionals stand ready to assist; we give you access to IICRC-industry certified professionals, advanced equipment, and vast resources that make your restoration as stress-free as possible. Our entire Green Fleet is stocked and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, we can address any situation you face and work hard to ensure a successful recovery.
If you have yet to feel the effects of a tropical storm and want to strengthen your home’s resolve, we can help. SERVPRO technicians have several years of experience providing homeowners with quality solutions. Our team can help adjust yard grading, inspect your gutters and downspouts, roofing, and basement or crawl spaces for problems and install additional drains, backflow valves, or sump pumps to help keep water away from your home.
Taking the proper steps can make protecting your home easier. Never hesitate to ask for help. SERVPRO technicians are trained to assist with major storm events and are ready to answer your call, now. We are locally owned and operated, offering cleanup and restoration services, proudly serving our local community with additional resources in its time of need.
Notify SERVPRO of Macon for assistance with flood damage restoration. We are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, working non-stop until everyone gets the help they need, call today. (478) 474-6700
Keeping flood water out of your home
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.
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 Macon is ready to respond at any time and also provides a free assessment and estimate. Call us at (478) 474-6700.
Restoration Work after Storm Damage
Sometimes unexpected things happen to our homes. One of these can be a tree falling thru our roof in the middle of the night due to a storm. When this happens, our team is available 24/7 to respond.
One of the major concerns is secondary damage such as rain. If a tree falls thru the roof and leaves a big opening you could be looking at a very expensive restoration project versus the initial damage. I is important to get a temporary cover on the roof or side of the house that is damaged.
It is important to have adequate manpower to extract the water immediately but also make sure that additional water does not come in. Once the water is extracted, the drying process can begin. We have large commercial desiccant dehumidifiers designed for climate control in large facilities.
If you have any questions about Large Loss capabilities, contact SERVPRO of Macon at 478-474-6700 24 hours a day.
Cleanup after Hurricane Irma
In September 2017 high winds of up to 60 mph came thru Macon and caused extensive damage all over town.
Our team at SERVPRO of Macon was ready for the damage. We are prepared to respond to any type of disaster 24/7. We responded by having the manpower to provide temporary roof tarping immediately. We then addressed removing water inside the homes and starting the drying process. We also provided manpower to protect contents in homes where there was a need.
It's important to have trained manpower whenever these types of events happen. Because not every loss is alike.
SERVPRO of Macon has the capabilities to handle any size loss. If you have any questions about our Storm Loss capabilities, contact us anytime at 478-474-6700!
Tips to protecting your property from storm damage
Whether there is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, or sleet and snow; all of these can cause property damage. You can't control Mother Nature but you can be prepared so here are some tips to help you:
-Check for tree limbs and branches that might have fallen.
-Roofs, pipes and gutters should all be inspected and make sure they are in proper working order. Clear gutters from debris, a damming effect could cause roof damage or interior water problems. Downspouts should be facing away from the home or building.
-Clean your chimneys and exhaust systems from debris.
-Test your gas lines for leaks.
-Inspect your property for proper drainage.
-Protect pipes from freezing by allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If any pipes are under cabinets leave the cabinets open. Make sure exterior pipes are properly insulated.
-If there are any outdoor faucets, you might want to shut the water off.
-Make sure all exterior doors and windows have sufficient weather stripping.
Do you have an ERP for your business? Ask your SERVPRO of Macon Sales and Marketing Representative!
Things to know about Tornadoes
Tornadoes are known to cause widespread damage throughout the United States, especially in the Southern Plains and SouthEast. But how much do we truly know about these destructive entities that tear through our homes and businesses?
Here are a couple of quick facts about tornadoes:
- The average tornado travels Southwest to Northeast but have been known to move in any direction.
- Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm but can occur at any time.
- T. Theodore Fujita devised the F0-F5 Scale for tornadoes in 1971.
- In 2006 the National Weather Service unveiled the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale).
- A tornado normally appears transparent until it picks dust and mud from the ground.
- The USA averages around 1,200 tornadoes every year, more than any other country.
- In the southern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a clockwise direction. In the northern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a counterclockwise direction.
Signs of Danger
- Dark, green tinted sky
- Large hail
- Low-lying rotating cloud
- Loud roar similar to a freight train
We are in the peak of tornado season here in Alabama and encourage everyone to be weather aware. Have a family plan in the event of a tornado warning. Know where your safe areas are wherever you are.