Recent Storm Damage Posts

Prepare Now for Winter Storms!

10/26/2022 (Permalink)

Although we don’t get much snow, ice or below-freezing temperatures in North Texas, it does happen, so it’s best to be prepared. An accumulation of 2-5 inches of ice and snow can cause damage to your home, such as excess weight on your roof, gutters that have been damaged or blocked by ice, or falling tree limbs. If we experience below-freezing temperatures, especially if the below-freezing temperatures last for several days, there is an increased chance of damage to your home, specifically frozen water pipes. 

Prepare now by taking the following steps: 

  • Make sure that you have adequate insulation in the attic. 
  • Clean the gutters so they are free of leaves and other debris. 
  • Put faucet covers or freeze caps over all exterior water spouts. 

If the temperature is below freezing:

  • Open all cabinet doors that are below any sink that is on an exterior wall; or let the water run at a slow drip.

During the days that temperatures are below freezing, you might not notice anything. But when the temperatures begin to rise, you might begin to see evidence of damage. If you see water stains on the ceilings or walls, this could be an indication that a water line in the attic has developed a leak. If this should happen in your home or office, call SERVPRO® for storm restoration.

Restoration After Storm or Flood Damage

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

Whether rain comes through your roof or flood water comes under your walls, SERVPRO® of McKinney specializes in storm and flood damage restoration in your home or your business. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

SERVPRO® of McKinney is locally owned and operated, so we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response helps to reduce the amount of damage, which helps to reduce further damage, and which helps to reduce the restoration cost.

When storms hit McKinney and the surrounding area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of more than 1600 SERVPRO® franchises across the country. SERVPRO®  also has elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We also offer reconstruction services!

Storm Damage? You Need Help Fast!

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

If a storm hits your McKinney, Texas home or business, you need help immediately!  SERVPRO® of McKinney’s 24 hour emergency response will help reduce restoration costs and help prevent secondary damage.

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies.  On the other hand, SERVPRO® of McKinney can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters. 

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO® of McKinney has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home or business back to its pre-storm condition.  Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques and progress monitoring.  We will work with your insurance company to provide the needed information for your claim. 

Call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We also offer reconstruction services!

Storm Damage: What To Do First

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

If your home or business has water damage from a storm, it can be devastating. SERVPRO of McKinney understands that you need help fast to minimize the damage. Immediately following a storm that has left your home or business with interior water damage from a leaky roof, wind blown rain or surface water encroachment, there are steps that you can take right away to help minimize the damage. 

  • Take pictures! Photos of affected areas and belongings can be critical proof of damaged items and repairs that need to be made. 
  • Remove what water you can, if it is safe to be in your damaged home or business. 
  • Call the water restoration specialists at SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. Our trained technicians can evaluate the extent of the damage to your structure. We  also offer reconstruction services, so as soon as the structure is dry, repairs to the dwelling can be started.

Utilizing the most up to date processes and equipment, SERVPRO of McKinney can make your home or business "Like it never even happened."

Damaged Roofs Can Leak

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Spring storm season is here. If your home has been affected by a hail storm, or if some roof shingles are missing or loose due to high winds, it is possible that rain will be able to leak into your attic. If this happens during a heavy rain storm, or if the situation continues unresolved, your home might also have interior water damage from rain.  Putting a tarp over the damaged areas of your roof is a temporary solution until the roof repairs have been completed.     

If rain has gotten into the insulation in the attic, it can absorb the water just like a sponge and within a few days the ceilings in your home might become saturated with water.  If this happens, you will first notice water stains, but if the roof continues to leak, it is possible that the affected ceilings will begin to sag, and could possibly collapse into the living space.  Water is invasive and can penetrate through the smallest holes, run down roof rafters, along ceiling joists and then down the studs in the walls.  It can even seep under the baseboards, causing water damage to the flooring in your home.      

Once the roof has been repaired, contact SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955 to help with removing water soaked structural materials and drying the interior of your home.  Our professionals use top-of-the-line equipment to extract the water and help speed up the drying process, which will help to reduce the extent of the damage. We also offer reconstruction services!

Spring Storms

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Spring brings beautiful flowers and ugly storms! If you haven’t already done so, you should prepare for the spring storm season by developing an Emergency Plan and putting together a Home Emergency Kit, so that you and your family know what to do during stormy weather.  

  • Develop an Emergency Plan. Establish a safe meeting place inside your home, and make sure every family member knows where to go.  In case you must evacuate your home, plan an evacuation route and establish a meeting place.  Consider an escape ladder if your home has more than one level.  If you have young children, elderly people or someone with special needs living in your home, make sure there is a plan in place that will help these loved ones get to safety. 
  • Create a Home Emergency Kit. Consider including the following items in your emergency kit:  flashlights, portable radio, first aid supplies, essential medications, waterproof bags, matches, candles, batteries, landline phone, safety gear like gloves and goggles, drinking water and non-perishable food for 3-4 days. Also include emergency contact and doctors’ phone numbers, and a camera to document damage from the storm.  Be sure to include non-perishable formula and diapers for babies, and pet food for your four-legged family members.
  • Turn off or unplug major appliances such as microwaves, TVs, and computers. This will prevent damage to appliances and overloads to the power system when power is restored.

Helpful Tips to Reduce Damage from Winter Storms

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Although it doesn’t happen often in North Texas, February of 2021 will long be remembered as a period of extended days with temperatures that fell below 32 degrees F. In 2022, we have already experienced a few days of below freezing temperatures. If you haven't already done so, it's time to take steps to help prevent your water pipes from freezing. 

Here are some helpful tips for preventing frozen water pipes:

  • Keep your house at a warm, consistent temperature both day and night.
  • When you know temperatures will be dipping below freezing, allow both hot and cold water to run in all the sinks at a slow, constant drip. It only needs to trickle, and that tiny amount of water will keep the water moving through the pipes and prevent them from freezing.
  • Open up the cabinet doors in the bathrooms and kitchen. This will allow the heat from the home to circulate and warm up the pipes.
  • Keep the garage door closed to keep garage pipes from freezing.
  • If you leave your home for extended periods of time, do not set your thermostat lower than 55 decrees.
  • If you do end up with frozen pipes that haven’t ruptured, a hand-held hair dryer or heat lamp can thaw them.

If you do have water damage as the result of a frozen water pipe, call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955 for your water restoration needs. We also offer reconstruction services!

When Storms Hit, SERVPRO® of McKinney is Ready!

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of McKinney specializes in water restoration, especially when it’s caused by storm and flood damage. Our crew is highly trained in water restoration, and we use specialized equipment to restore your home or business to its pre-storm condition.

Since we are locally owned and operated, SERVPRO® of McKinney is able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response can help to minimize the initial damage to your property, which can also help to reduce or eliminate additional damage to your property.  A fast response might also help reduce the cost of restoration.

When storms hit McKinney, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of more than 1,600 Franchises across the country, as well as SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Teams, which are strategically located throughout the United States.

If you have storm or flood damage to your home or office, call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955. Our phone is answered 24/7! We also offer reconstruction!

SERVPRO® of McKinney is Ready When Storms Hit!

8/29/2021 (Permalink)

It’s the middle of a hot summer in Texas, but that doesn’t mean that a severe weather event can’t happen.  If your home or business should sustain water damage during a sudden, heavy rainstorm, call SERVPRO® of McKinney for your water restoration needs.  SERVPRO® of McKinney specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crew is highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your home or business to its pre-storm condition.

Since we are locally owned and operated, SERVPRO® of McKinney is able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response can reduce the initial damage to your property, which can also help to limit or eliminate secondary or additional damage to your property.  A fast response might also help reduce the cost of restoration. 

If you have storm or flood damage to your home or office, call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We also offer reconstruction services!

Roof Damage During A Storm

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

Stormy weather or major weather events can happen any time during the year, and can result in damage to your roof.  It’s important to take steps such as tarping or boarding the damaged roof to help reduce the potential damage to the inside of your home. In addition to preventing further damage to the roof, here are some other reasons to use a tarp or boards:

  1. The longer the damaged roof is left exposed to environmental elements, the more damage can occur. Potentially preventable problems could lead to an increase in your repair costs.
  2. Pests, such as squirrels or rodents, can sometimes find their way into your home through openings that resulted from the roof damage.
  3. Depending on the extent and location of the damage to your roof, there is a possibility that vandals or robbers could gain access to your home and destroy or steal your possessions. Tarping and boarding your home could be the deterrent you need.
  4. Until the roof has been professionally assessed by restoration specialists and properly boarded and tarped, you, other residents in your home, or anyone who visits your home could be at risk of injury from falling parts from the roof. 
  5. Depending on your insurance policy, there could be a provision that requires you to take steps to mitigate the damage to your roof. If you fail to act, your claim may be denied or the settlement offer reduced.

By acting quickly to mitigate your roof damage, you could potentially save on the costs of repairs and avoid more serious consequences that can result from waiting.

When Storms Hit, Call SERVPRO® of McKinney!

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of McKinney specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crew is highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your home or business to its pre-storm condition.

Since we are locally owned and operated, SERVPRO® of McKinney is able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response can reduce the initial damage to your property, which can also help to limit or eliminate secondary or additional damage. A fast response might also help reduce the cost of restoration.

When storms hit McKinney, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country, as well as SERVPRO® Disaster Recovery Teams, which are strategically located throughout the United States.

If you have storm or flood damage to your home or office, call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955. Our phone is answered 24/7! We also offer reconstruction!

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

If a storm hits your McKinney, Texas home or business, you need help immediately!  SERVPRO® of McKinney’s 24 hour emergency response will help reduce restoration costs and help prevent secondary damage.

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO® of McKinney has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home or business back to its pre-storm condition.  Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques and progress monitoring.  We will work with your insurance company to provide the needed information for your claim. 

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies.  On the other hand, SERVPRO® of McKinney can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters. 

Call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We also offer reconstruction services!

Spring Storms in North Texas

4/2/2021 (Permalink)

In North Texas, we’re still recovering from the effects of February’s Winter ice storm; but, it is now Spring, which means the Spring Storm Season is here!  SERVPRO® of McKinney specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crew is highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your home or business to its pre-storm condition.

Since we are locally owned and operated, SERVPRO® of McKinney is able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.  A fast response can reduce the initial damage to your property, which can also help to limit or eliminate secondary or additional damage to your property.  A fast response might also help reduce the cost of restoration.

When storms hit McKinney, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster.  We can access equipment and personnel from a network of more than 1,700 Franchises across the country, as well as SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Teams, which are strategically located throughout the United States.

If you have storm or flood damage to your home or office, call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955.  Our phone is answered 24/7!  We also offer reconstruction services!

Take Precautions to Avoid Frozen Pipes!

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Although winter time in Texas is usually warmer than in other parts of the country, we do still experience below-freezing temperatures.  If that happens, frozen water pipes can become a disastrous reality.  You can help prevent frozen water pipes by following these recommendations:

  • Drain and detach any water hoses from exterior spigots. 
  • Check your attic, crawl space and garage for any uninsulated pipes. Make sure to keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines located there. 
  • Check under the kitchen and bathroom cabinets as well.  Open the cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.  Consider installing insulation designed for pipes. 
  • Let water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes since this will help prevent them from freezing. 
  • If you will be gone from your home during cold weather, don't set your thermostat below 55 degrees.   

If the water in a pipe does freeze, the expanding ice can cause ruptures in the pipe.  Unfortunately, you might not even know about the damaged pipe until the ice starts to melt, and water is flooding your home. 

If you experience water damage due to a frozen water pipe, call SERVPRO® of McKinney at 469-714-4955.  We will respond quickly and get you back to "Like it never even happened."  We also offer reconstruction services! 

Advance Preparation for Storms

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Weather forecasting has become fairly reliable in recent years, so you might know several days in advance that a storm is coming. However, there is still some unpredictable weather, so it’s best to take some steps in advance to be prepared for a storm. 

Trim Trees

Tree limbs and branches that overhang or touch the roof of your home could cause damage to your home during a storm.  A diseased tree or weakened branches can break off and strike your home. Consider hiring a professional service to trim and prune trees that are too close to your home. 

Maintain Gutters

Your home’s gutters help keep flood water away from the siding and foundation of your house, but if they are clogged with leaves or other debris, rainwater can backup under the eaves and into your attic, causing damage to the interior of your home.  Remove leaves and other debris from the gutters regularly so water does not become impeded. 

Move Lawn Accessories Inside

With strong enough winds, lawn furniture and other outdoor yard décor can become projectiles. Move these inside during stormy weather, or secure them outside by using a bungee cord or cable.

Learn How to Shut Off the Electrical Power and Water Supply

If you do not currently know where your circuit breaker and water main are located, then you need to find them on your property. You may want to consider turning off the electrical power if your block experiences a power outage, to help prevent a power surge once the power is restored. In the event you have to evacuate, you should consider turning off all utilities.

If you do experience storm damage to your home, call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We can restore your home to make it "Like it never even happened." We also offer reconstruction services!

Steps to Take After a Storm

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

If your home or business has been affected by a serious storm, it can cause a huge obstacle in your life that could be extremely overwhelming and traumatic. Here are some steps to take in the hours and days after a major storm to make sure your home or business are not only safe to occupy, but is also properly returned to its preloss condition.

  • Safety first: Be mindful of any harmful situations such as downed power lines, flooding, or problems with your gas lines. These situations may be hazardous!
  • Analyze your damage: Be sure to thoroughly inspect every room in your home or business to see if there is any damage, including closets and storage areas. Look behind and under any furniture, especially if it is against an exterior wall.
  • Document the damage: Be sure to take photos of the interior and exterior of your home or office, as well as the contents, so you can have plenty of evidence when it is time to file an insurance claim.
  • Contact your insurance company: You will have to file a claim and get assigned an adjuster who will come assess your damages.

At any point, contact SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955 for all of your storm, water, fire, clean-up and restoration needs. We also offer reconstruction services!

Be Storm Ready!

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Knowing your risk of severe weather and taking action by preparing in advance will help you to be better prepared to save your life and perhaps even assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming storm-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your family and your business. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a weather radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your storm-ready plan should include consideration for all types of local storms.

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business, putting together or purchasing an emergency kit, and keeping important papers and valuables in a safe place. Discuss the plan with your family and employees, and make sure everyone knows where they should go to shelter in place. If there are young children, older adults or any one with special needs, make sure there’s a designated person to assist them.

We Are Faster to Any Size Disaster

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

When a storm hits your McKinney, Texas home or business, you need help immediately! SERVPRO of McKinney is available 24/7 for an emergency response. An immediate response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of McKinney has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home or business back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques and progress monitoring. We will work with your insurance company to provide the needed information for your claim. 

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of McKinney can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

Call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. We also offer reconstruction services!

Spring Storm Season is Here!

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Spring brings beautiful flowers and ugly storms! If you haven’t already done so, you should prepare for the storm season by developing a Storm Emergency Plan and putting together a Home Emergency Kit, so that you and your family know what to do during stormy weather in north Texas.  

  • Develop a Storm Emergency Plan. Make sure every family member knows the safe meeting place to go to inside your home.  In case you must evacuate your home, plan an evacuation route and establish a meeting place.  Consider an escape ladder if your home has more than one level.  If you have young children, elderly people or someone with special needs living in your home, make sure there is a plan in place that will help these loved ones get to safety.  
  • Create a Home Emergency Kit. Consider including the following items in your emergency kit:  flashlights, portable radio, first aid supplies, essential medications, waterproof bags, matches, candles, batteries, landline phone, safety gear like gloves and goggles, drinking water and non-perishable food for 3-4 days. Also include emergency contact and doctors’ phone numbers, and a camera to document damage from the storm.  Be sure to include non-perishable formula and diapers for babies, and pet food for your four-legged family members.
  • Turn off or unplug major appliances such as microwaves, TVs, and computers. This will prevent damage to appliances and overloads to the power system when power is restored. 

Spring Storms: What To Do First

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

If your home or business is damaged during spring storms, it can be devastating. SERVPRO of McKinney understands that you need help fast to minimize the damage. Immediately following a storm that has left your home or business with interior water damage from a leaky roof or wind blown rain, or even surface water encroachment, there are steps that you can take right away. 

  1. Take pictures! Photos of affected areas and belongings can be critical proof of damaged items and repairs that need to be made. 
  2. If there is damage to your roof, have it tarped as quickly as possible. 
  3. Remove what water you can, if it is safe to be in your damaged home or office. 
  4. Call the water restoration and reconstruction specialists at SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. Our trained technicians can evaluate the extent of the damage to your structure and evaluate for possible mold infestation. We  also offer reconstruction services, so as soon as the structure is dry, repairs to the dwelling can be started.

Utilizing the most up to date processes and equipment, SERVPRO of McKinney can make your home or business "Like it never even happened."

Protecting Your Home After Roof Damage

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Roof damage is not uncommon after a major weather event. It’s important to take steps such as tarping or boarding your damaged roof to help mitigate the damage. In addition to preventing further damage to the roof, here are some other reasons to use boards or tarps.

  1. The longer the damaged roof is left exposed to environmental elements, the more damage can occur. Potentially preventable problems could lead to an increase in your repair costs.
  2. Depending on the extent of the damage to your roof, there is a possibility that vandals or robbers could gain access to your home and destroy or steal your possessions. Tarping and boarding your home could be the deterrent you need.
  3. Pests, such as squirrels or rodents, can sometimes find their way into your home through openings that are left by wind damage and roof damage.
  4. Until the roof has been professionally assessed by restoration specialists and properly boarded or tarped, you, other residents in your home, or anyone who visits your home could be at risk of injury from falling parts from the roof. 
  5. Depending on your insurance policy, there could be a provision that requires you to take steps to mitigate the damage to your roof. If you fail to act, your claim may be denied or the settlement offer reduced.

By acting quickly to mitigate your roof damage, you could potentially save on the costs of repairs and avoid more serious consequences that can result from waiting. 

SERVPRO of McKinney offers reconstruction services, so call us at 469-714-4955.

Storm and Flood Damage Restoration

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Whether rain comes through your roof or under your walls, SERVPRO of McKinney specializes in storm and flood damage restoration in your home or your business. 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. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

When storms hit McKinney and the surrounding area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of more than 1600 SERVPRO franchises across the country. SERVPRO also has elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955.

Cleanup After A Storm

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Flood waters can contain a vast range of highly infectious and dangerous substances, flowing without discrimination into your home after a storm. It can be a scary time, especially with the unknowns of what entered into your property in the water. We are here to help safely cleanup after the storm. 

Specialized Equipment and Training Essential to Manage Flooding

Flood damage must be mitigated and remediated using appropriate safety from the start. Our crews wear personal protective equipment (PPE), beginning with the initial assessment. The waters invading your home can contain various biohazards, requiring the use of PPE. Methane and other vapors harmful to breathe are often present, requiring the use of respirators. Although the flood waters can look relatively clean, assume they contain biohazards, many of which are visible only when viewed through a microscope.

Air Scrubbing Technology

Although SERVPRO’s focus is on removing the flood waters and drying the structure, we take the time to set up containment systems first. Expect us to partition off the affected area using heavy plastic, running air scrubbers to seal the perimeter and force the atmosphere inside through HEPA filters. Air scrubbers also help reduce the odors that can linger by removing the invisible particles stirred up during the restoration process.

Mold Growth Risk Increases After Flood Damage

The flood waters might contain some additional fungi, but mold spores are already in your home, awaiting a source of moisture to begin their life cycle. SERVPRO understands how fast flood water removal and drying is to limit potential mold growth. The window of opportunity for an explosion of mold damage can be as short as 24 to 48 hours after the flooding.

If you should experience a flooding situation as mentioned above, call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955 and we will help remedy the loss fast for you.

Be Prepared for Winter Storms!

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

Although we don’t get much snow, ice or below-freezing temperatures in North Texas, it does happen; so, it’s best to be prepared. An accumulation of 2-5 inches of ice and snow can cause damage to your home, such as excess weight on your roof, gutters that have been damaged or blocked by ice, or falling tree limbs. If we experience below-freezing temperatures, especially if the below-freezing temperatures last for several days, there is an increased chance of damage to your home, specifically frozen water pipes. 

Prepare now by taking the following steps: 

  • Make sure that you have adequate insulation in the attic. 
  • Clean the gutters so they are free of leaves and other debris. 
  • Put faucet covers or freeze caps over all exterior water spouts. 

If the temperature is below freezing:

  • Open all cabinet doors that are below any sink that is on an exterior wall; or let the water run at a slow drip.

During the days that temperatures are below freezing, you might not notice anything. But when the temperatures begin to rise, you might begin to see evidence of damage. If you see water stains on the ceilings or walls, this could be an indication that a water line in the attic has developed a leak. If this should happen in your home or office, call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955 for your water restoration needs.

Storm Preparation

1/17/2020 (Permalink)

If you own a home or business property, there are some steps you can take in advance of storm season to eliminate or reduce the amount of storm and subsequent water damage. 

From ground level, check your roof for missing shingles, tree limbs that have fallen onto the roof or other obvious signs of damage. If you see any problems, call a roofing professional to have the roof repaired.

Periodically have your roof checked by a professional. 

Check gutters and downspouts for leaves, twigs or other debris that might cause the gutters or downspouts to become clogged. Clean out any debris. 

Avoid sweeping landscaping cuttings or trash into the street, because these items can clog storm drains.

Plant vegetation with a strong root system to divert water away from your home.

Inspect your property for doors and windows that don't close properly, then have them repaired or replaced as needed.

If your home or office should receive any type of storm or water damage, call SERVPRO of McKinney. Our phones are answered 24/7. In addition to our water restoration services, we also offer reconstruction services. Call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955.

What could be traveling in storm water.

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

If flooding happens and water comes rushing into your home or business, use caustion. The flood water is likely highly contaminated. 

When we respond to a case of flood damage due to a storm, one of the most frequent concerns are, "What is in the water?". The water is typically called black water and is heavily contaminated. This water is not only unsafe to drink, but can also be hazardous simply to be around. It can be difficult to judge conditions in black water due to its typical gray, brown, or black coloration, with small particles often hiding potentially far greater hazards lying within. Here are a few things that can be found in a typical sample of black flood water. 

Dirt and Soil: Typically, most of the coloration in black water comes from dirt and soil trapped within. Many cases of flood damage result from heavy storms and rain, and these floodwaters more often than not pick up significant amounts of soil before they ever reach a home. Although this dirt may sound harmless, it, in reality it could cause much harm. 

Microorganisms in Black Water: Although the amount and type of organisms in flood can vary depending on its causes and specifics, almost all samples of black water contain very high levels of microorganisms. These may be parasites, bacteria, viruses, mold, or many other types of organism, and they may be able to cause health effects if ingested or absorbed through the skin. Yikes! This is why it is never advised to drink flood waters and try to stay out of it if all possible. 

Sharp Metal and Glass: It can be very difficult to see sharp objects floating in a mass of floodwater, which is quite scary. Even if you feel you are confident that such materials are not in the water, it is best always to assume they are. Sharp materials, even if they are tiny, often constitute one of the water's greatest risks. If you have been cut or had black water touch an open wound, immediately disinfect the wound and apply medical aid as needed. 

Spring Storm Season

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Spring storm season will soon be here, and when a major storm hits it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of McKinney can increase its resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of more than 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events.

SERVPRO of McKinney 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. A fast response helps to reduce the initial damage, helps to minimize further damage and reduces the restoration cost.

When storms hit the McKinney area, we can handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have storm or flood damage? Call SERVPRO of McKinney today at 469-714-4955.

Spring Storms in Texas

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is coming... and Texans know that means storms are coming, too! Whether it was surface water flooding that invaded your dwelling or damage to your roof or siding, your home or business could be permanently damaged if it hasn’t been properly restored.

During a storm the ground can become so saturated that it loses its ability to drain all the water. When this happens, dirt, lawn clippings, litter, animal feces, etc, will start to mix with the water. Whether it is still water or flowing water, these items will contaminate the water so that it becomes a health concern due to the diseases it can carry. It is important that any surface water be extracted from your home or office as quickly as possible.

Hail or high winds can cause severe damage to roofing materials, siding, stucco, windows, and doors, allowing rain to enter your home or business and cause damage. The resulting moisture causes damage to the structure, and if it’s not properly dried, the structure might develop another problem: mold. Mold starts growing in 48-72 hours, so time is of the essence to extract water, remove wet materials and dry out the building to reduce damage and lower the cost to repair.

When it comes to storm damage with resulting water damage, call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955.  

SERVPRO of McKinney is Ready When Storms Hit!

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of McKinney specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crew is highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your home or business to its pre-storm condition.

Since we are locally owned and operated, SERVPRO of McKinney is able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response can reduce the initial damage to your property, which can also help to limit or eliminate secondary or additional damage to your property.  A fast response might also help reduce the cost of restoration.

When storms hit McKinney, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country, as well as SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Teams, which are strategically located throughout the United States.

If you have storm or flood damage to your home of office, call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955. Our phone is answered 24/7!

Winter Storm Tips

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Although it doesn’t happen often in North Texas, we do still have days when the temperature falls below 32 degrees F. When freezing temperatures hit water in pipes can freeze, although you might not know it has happened until the pipe has thawed out. We all know that water expands as it freezes and becomes ice. If water has frozen in a pipe, the pipe can rupture due to this expansion of water into ice. As the ice in the pipe begins to melt, the water will escape through the ruptured parts of the pipe, resulting in water damage to your home or office.  

Here are some helpful tips for preventing frozen water pipes:

  • Keep your house at a warm, consistent temperature both day and night.
  • When you know temperatures will be dropping below freezing, allow water to run in all the sinks at a slow, constant drip. It only needs to trickle, and that tiny amount of water will keep the water moving through the pipes and prevent them from freezing.
  • Open up the cabinet doors in the bathrooms and kitchen. This will allow the heat from the home to circulate and warm up the pipes.
  • Keep the garage door closed to keep garage pipes from freezing.
  • If you leave your home for an extended period of time, do not set your thermostat lower than 55 decrees.
  • If you do end up with frozen pipes that haven’t ruptured, a hand-held hair dryer or heat lamp can thaw them.

If you do have water damage as the result of a frozen water pipe, call SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955 for your water restoration needs.  

Storm Damage Restoration

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Winter Storm season is coming to North Texas. Rain and wind are bad enough, but adding in the occasional snowfall, ice storms and below-freezing temperatures can be a recipe for disaster. Flooding, wind driven rain or frozen water pipes that burst can all happen during this time of year and will cause damage to your home or office. It is time to winterize your home or office!

If you experience winter storm damage to your home or office, you need to act fast for a better chance of restoring your home and possessions. SERVPRO of McKinney is here to help and is available 24/7! Our technicians are IICRC certified and will come to your home or office equipped to extract any standing water and assess the damage to the structure. After water extraction is done, our technicians will strategically place specialty drying equipment to continue the drying process. With the use of moisture detection meters, we will monitor the drying progress on a daily basis and make adjustments to the equipment as needed.  

We understand that getting your home or office dry and your belongings restored is your number one priority. Start the process by calling SERVPRO of McKinney at 469-714-4955.  

Emergency Kit

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storms can come at any minute. They also can go from calm to very severe just as quickly. Be prepared at your home and business with an Emergency Kit. Ready.gov suggests you
have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to
include in your kit:


- 3-day supply of nonperishable foods
- Water (one+ gallon per person per day)
- First-aid kit
- Prescription medication
- Sleeping bag or blankets
- Fire extinguisher
- Hygiene products
- Flashlights
- Extra batteries
- Cell phone charger
- Change of clothes
- Matches in waterproof container
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Whistle to signal for help
- Pet supplies
- Infant formula and diapers
- Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container

It is also suggested you keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list,
check out Ready.gov.

Home Maintenance to Help Against Storms

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Increase grade:  The earth around the home should be sloped away from the house to divert water away. Very simply, borrow earth from three feet away from the structure, and toss it against the side of the house thus creating the slope.

Clean rain gutters:  Schedule a licensed professional to clean gutters annually. A clogged rain gutter can send water cascading down the exterior wall, which can result in water entering the interior walls.

Divert down spouts: In a quick run to the local hardware store, homeowners can find a black, plastic corrugated 6-inch hose that fits around the base of the downspout. This device carries water away from the house, preventing it from seeping down into the foundation.

Roof maintenance: Where rain is concerned, the roof is the first line of defense. One small tear in a rubber membrane or crack in a tin roof, or compromise in the plywood structure of the roof can prove disastrous for the entire interior of the home. But regular maintenance can preserve the life of the roof. Have a roofer check out your home every five years.

Window repairs:  Proper window installation and maintenance is imperative. Modern windows are fitted with wells and drains designed to help direct water outside the house. Improper caulking can prove disastrous by sending water into the house that should be draining away from the window.

Sweep away debris:  Especially during spring and fall seasons, when the area’s great trees emit pollen in tumble weed fashion and drop their leaves in mass, it is critical to diligently sweep outdoor surfaces weekly, especially patios and door wells to prevent the collection of debris clogging exterior drains.

If Storm Damage Hits

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your McKinney, TX home or business, you need help immediately. Our 24 hour emergency response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of McKinney has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of McKinney can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

Protecting Your Home From A Leaky Roof

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

If high winds or hail has adversely impacted the integrity of your home’s roof, your home might also have interior water damage from rain.  Putting a tarp over the damaged areas of your roof is a temporary solution until the roof repairs have been completed.     

If rain has gotten into the insulation in the attic, it can absorb the water just like a sponge and within a few days the drywall ceilings might become saturated with water.  If this happens, it is likely that the affected ceiling(s) will cave into the living space.  Water is invasive and can penetrate through the smallest holes, run down roof rafters, along ceiling joists and then down the studs in the walls.  It might even seep under the base boards, causing water damage to the flooring in your home.      

Once the roof has been repaired, contact SERVPRO of McKinney to help with extracting water and drying the interior of your home.  Our professionals use top-of-the-line equipment to extract the water and help speed up the drying process, which will help to reduce the extent of the damage. 

Prepare Now for Spring Storms

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Spring – and its storms, especially in Texas – will be here before we know it, so start preparing for the storms now!  Developing a Storm Emergency Plan and putting together a Home Emergency Kit will help you and your family know what to do during the stormy spring weather in north Texas.  

  • Develop a Storm Emergency Plan. Make sure every family member knows the safe meeting place to go to inside your home.  In case you must evacuate your home, plan an evacuation route and establish a meeting place.  Consider an escape ladder if your home has more than one level.  If you have young children, elderly people or someone with special needs living in your home, make sure there is a plan in place that will help these loved ones get to safety.  It can include phone numbers of doctors and family members, an evacuation route and a location that is agreed upon prior to meet.
  • Create your Home Emergency Kit. Consider including the following items in your emergency kit:  flashlights, portable radio, first aid supplies, essential medications, waterproof bags, matches, candles, batteries, landline phone, safety gear like gloves and goggles, drinking water and non-perishable food for 3-4 days, emergency contact and doctors’ phone numbers, and a camera to document damage from the storm.  Be sure to include non-perishable formula and diapers for babies, and pet food for your four-legged family members.
  • Turn off or unplug major appliances such as microwaves, TVs, and computers. This will prevent damage to appliances and overloads to the power system when power is restored

Water Emergency Do's and Don'ts

1/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is disruptive and overwhelming. Here are some emergency tips for clean water sources that will hopefully assist you until SERVPRO of McKinney arrives.

The Do's -

  • Shut the water source off if possible, or the main water to the structure
  • Turn off electricity if you feel it is a risk
  • Remove excess water if you can by mopping or sweeping it out or soaking it up with towels
  • Wipe excess water off wood furniture
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions
  • Place aluminum foil between furniture legs and wet carpet

The Don'ts -

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock may exist
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet
  • Enter rooms where the ceiling is sagging
  • Use your household vacuum to try to remove water

If it is contaminated (ex. sewage) water avoid all contact if possible. Wash your hands thoroughly if you have come in contact. Try to avoid walking unnecessarily on the contaminated areas.