Recent Storm Damage Posts

Keep Your Household Safe in the Face of Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Macon

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

large yellow storm warning sign in front of dark forming clouds 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

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night 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

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night 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

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

aerial view of a massive flood over city 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!

Call 478-474-6700

Storm Damage To Your Business

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain pouring on roof top 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

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

green SERVPRO disaster recovery team trailer & SERVPRO of Macon green van 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.

Response Time

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!

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

weather radar map of Hurricane Michael over the Gulf of Mexico 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

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

8/9/2019 (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.

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

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

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.


Source: Stormaware.mo.gov/tornado-facts-history