Recent Storm Damage Posts
What could be traveling in storm water.
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
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
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!
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
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
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.
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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.