Recent Storm Damage Posts
4 types of storms
There are four major kinds of storms. Theirs thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and winter storms. A hurricane draws its energy from the warm humid air at the ocean's surface. Inside the storm are bands of very high winds and rains, the result is a storm surge. If this happens you should be prepared to evacuate or move away temporarily. Thunderstorms are dangerous because they cause severe damage and lightning. When lightning strikes people or animals it acts as a powerful electric shock. To be safe avoid large bodies of water and objects that conduct electricity. Tornadoes are something were all familiar with and to stay safe during a tornado is to find a tornado shelter or the basement of a well-build building. Lastly winter storms can cause heavy snowfall so find shelter from the wind.
Thunderstorms are the most dangerous weather event in the US. All thunderstorms produce lightning, which is one of the top three causes of weather-related deaths in the US. In fact, lightning kills approximately 50 people every year. Thunderstorms can also produce hail floods and tornadoes. In some cases, hail can be the size of baseballs and travel at speeds of 100 mph. Even if a thunderstorm doesn’t create a tornado, it can still produce wind gusts at speeds of over 58 mph. Strong winds can easily knock down trees and tree branches. Consider removing trees or branches that could fall in strong winds and damage your property. Roofs made of ceramic, slate or shakes can easily be ruined in a hail barrage. If your house or business is in an area that experiences hailstorms, consider using stainless steel or asphalt shingles.
In Southern California we don't get many storms, if at all much rainfall unfortunately. When we do many people aren't ready for it because they don't exactly expect it. SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights knows this, and we try to remind everyone to take care of any broken tiles on their roofs before any rain starts to fall, or wind starts to blow broken roof tiles away. There's nothing worse than to sit at home knowing you could have done something about this before it got worse but made no action. The amount of water that can make its way into your home can be disastrous, and it can not only affect your home but get to the contents in your home.
Storms may be on the way
As Southern California starts to cool down after another very hot summer, we start to see signs of rain and snow. For a lot of us its a relief from the hot weather that causes many wildlife fires which also affect our homes and businesses. For a lot of us that may live in the mountains, or higher elevation. Now we must worry about water, and snow possibly entering our homes or place of business. Being prepared, checking your roof tiles, having sand bags ready, all very important steps to take to prevent any water intrusion from storms. With the wind picking up, roof tiles are one of the biggest issues people here in Southern California have. With the wind being strong, it can lift your roof tiles and blow them away, or the wind can pick up your roof tiles from underneath and as it comes down it can crack and cause water to come into your home from above.
When the weather starts cooling down
Summer is finally coming to an end, and with that not only comes cooler weather, but also problematic weather. The summer in Southern California is a bit crazy. What I mean by that is that it gets really hot, and with that hot weather comes fires. So many fires that it threatens our ecosystem and our wildlife. A new threat comes into play during the fall and winter times. Storms are a big part in natural disasters that affect us humans and the way we live and operate business. Our homes and office buildings flood, get affected by wind, and in some places tornadoes. Luckily in Southern California we don't have to worry about tornadoes, but we do get some strong winds and rains from time to time. So if you find yourself in a position where you need SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights for our storm services, don't hesitate because the longer you wait, the worse it can be.
Storms in Southern California?
Storms in Southern California? Why not! Every once in a while we do come across a storm here and there that cause significant damage to homes, businesses and our cities. The best thing to do in that case is to follow your Storm safety rules. After the storm has passed, there may or may not be significant damage done to your home or business. If that is the case, call SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights for all your storm restoration needs. We also travel all across the United States and Canada whenever a big storm hits and we help out our neighboring states to insure that SERVPRO is on the map no matter where you go. Consistency, efficiency and being on time whenever you need us is important to us.
Storms in Southern California
Usually Southern California does not have many storms throughout the year. When we do get them, it can get pretty bad and being storm ready is very important. The best thing you can do is have sand bags in front of any entrances or exits around your home or business to prevent water from entering. If the water does not find its way into your home through front doors for example, it can find its way through your roof if its damaged. For that instance we would suggest you keep your eye on your roof tiles and make sure they are in good condition and can handle the amount of rain that will be coming down. Basically it comes down to preparation so you can be ready for any sized disaster.
SERVPRO and Storms
Storms are difficult natural disasters that this world has to take on at times and can be really hard on businesses and home owners. If a storm happens to hit hard in Southern California many businesses and home owners can be affected and have no idea what to do. Luckily SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights has your back. We specialize in water remediation and storms can be a big part of that. No matter the size of the damage SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights can and will take care of your water damage needs. We can educate and serve the community by answering any questions you may have and come up with solutions for your problems. We take pride in helping out our community and being there for them in every step of the way.
Tropical storm Eta
Tropical storm Eta formed overnight, strengthened throughout Sunday and is now moving toward Nicaragua according to the latest forecast Sunday evening. The storm center is about 200 miles east of the Nicaraguan coast. It is generating sustained winds of up to 70 mph, forecasters said, and is moving west at 13 mph. Tropical storm Eta will continue to strengthen over the next 36 hours and will likely reach hurricane strength Sunday night. Hurricane warnings have been issued for parts of Honduras and Nicaragua. Eta is the 28th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season meaning that 2020 has tied 2005 for the most named storms in a single hurricane season. Scientists have long warned that increasing ocean temperatures and other effects of climate change have caused the rise of dangerous storms.
Tropical storm Epsilon
Tropical Storm Epsilon strengthened quickly from a tropical disturbance through a tropical depression and into a tropical storm overnight Oct. 18-19. As of the morning of October 20th, 2020, Epsilon was relatively stationary and expected to remain approximately 710 mi (1145 km) southeast of Bermuda. It is expected to begin a slow drift northwest that will continue through the rest of the week. While it is too early to identify a definitive track, Epsilon is likely to pass close to or make landfall on the island of Bermuda later this week. Tropical storms can be very damaging to homes and businesses all over the world and should be closely monitored to keep people and their homes and businesses safe. We don't have much storms here in Upland, CA but we have traveled to New York for Hurricane sandy to help out with all the water remediation there.
Hurricane Delta Forecast
Hurricane Delta made landfall last night near Cancun, Mexico. All data from buoys and weather observation stations indicate intensity was at category 2 at landfall. Delta is emerging into the Gulf of Mexico and will be moving in the shadows of Tropical Storm Gamma. All that means is that Gamma has already mixed up the waters in the southern Gulf of Mexico which acts to cool the water. Delta will escape the shadows of Gamma by tomorrow and enter into the central Gulf. Sea surface temperatures are still very warm in the central Gulf so expect rapid intensification Thursday and Friday. Delta will be at it’s prime while in the central Gulf but will diminish in intensity before making landfall due to wind shear over the south central U.S. and cool waters just off the coast of Louisiana.
Tropical storm Gamma
Tropical Storm Gamma has winds of 50 mph this morning and is moving north at 5 mph. The storm is located over the southern Gulf of Mexico and is about 30 Miles north of Rio Lagartos, Mexico. Torrential rain is occurring with Gamma this morning over the northern Yucatan Peninsula with over 9 inches of rain reported in Cozumel, Mexico. Gamma will then meander around in the extreme southern Gulf of Mexico for the next few days but, while there could be a brief period of strengthening today, Gamma will weaken again beginning Monday and lasting into Wednesday. Locally, over 12 inches of rain will be possible in the coming days due to Gamma’s slow movement. The area at greatest risk for major flash flooding will be in the Mexican States of Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas and Veracruz, and these heavy rainfall totals could cause mudslides.
Water damage in Upland, CA
This flooded home was caused by a recent storm.
Storm damages do not happen often in Southern California, but every once in a blue moon we get some pretty strong rains that come around and damage homes, businesses, and places of worship. SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights is dedicated to help whomever it is in need of water restoration. Several years ago we sent a team out to help with Hurricane Sandy in New York. Many people in Upland, CA don't worry that often about storms coming in but when they do, the storms cause major damages across the state. This particular storm had heavy winds and blew off several roof tiles off this home in Upland, CA causing water to enter the home and damage the ceiling inside. We were happy to help and make it "Like it never even happened."
Water damage in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
This flooded home was caused by a recent storm.
As a professional water restoration company, SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights pride ourselves on making it "Like it never even happened." This storm was caused a month ago when we had some strong winds in Rancho Cucamonga, CA that came with a good amount of rain. No job is too big or too small for us to handle. This particular storm damaged the ceiling of this home and in this case we had to open the ceiling to remove wet drywall and wet insulation. The drying process was quick and painless and we were out of the customers hair in no time. We were able to complete this job in under 6 hours and were able to help out another customer afterwards. The drying process took 3 days and the customer was very pleased with our work.
Storm damage in Upland, CA.
Storm damages come with major destruction at times to homes. In other cases a storm may happen when you're away from home, and when you come back, you come back to something like the photo provided. What you see is mold due to a water intrusion by a storm, the home owners were away on a business trip when a storm hit their city and caused structural damage inside the home. Mold grew because they came back two weeks after the storm hit, which means water water was sitting in their walls for two weeks. Mold can grow within 24 hours if enough water lingered inside the wall cavity, which it has in this case. Luckily the damages weren't too big and SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights came in and made it "Like it never even happened."
Storm damage in Alta Loma, Ca
Flooring and walls affected by water
Storms can be disastrous, and some storms can cause minor to no damages to your home or business. In this case a storm caused a water intrusion in a home in Alta Loma, CA. The water intrusion affected hardwood flooring, and drywall damages throughout the home. As you can see in the photo provided, the wooden floors started to buckle which means water has been trapped underneath the flooring for quite some time. Also you can clearly see how high the water went on the drywall inside the home. In this case we remove the hardwood flooring and dry down the water underneath, clean and sanitize the area and also remove the wet drywall and insulation on the walls to prevent any mold growth. By the end of this loss, the customer was pleased to see that we restored his home and truly made it "Like it never even happened."
Storm damage goes beyond water.
Storm damage can be caused by many different damages to your home or business. One of these damages can be the result from tree branches being blown off trees due to high winds and storms crashing into your home opening an area for any outside intrusions such as water. Many people don't know they're at risk from such damages until it happens to them or a loved one. One way to prevent this from happening is maintaining trees around your business and property. Look out for tree rot, weak branches, and anything close enough that can come crashing into your home during a storm. If such damage happens at your home you can call your trusted SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights to come to your aide and make it "Like it never even happened."
How to prevent storm damage to your home
Storm damage in Upland, CA.
1. Clean your gutters- Cleaning your gutters is important because that build up can block the water that needs to run off your roof during a storm.
2. Inspect the foundation of your home- Inspect your foundation for any cracks were water can seep in during a storm.
3. Check your yard for dead or diseased trees- During a storm, there are strong winds and rain that can tear down dead or weak trees that can come crashing into your home causing significant damage.
4. Have your roof inspected every year
5. Secure furniture that could potentially fall
6. Pack up outdoor furniture
7. Think about your landscaping
8. Unplug all electronics
9. Know how to shut off your utilities
10. Shutter your windows
11. Identify safe rooms in your home
12. Watch the weather
13. Create an emergency disaster kit.
Storm Damage in Southern California
Flooded house in Upland, CA.
Storm damage in Southern California is very rare. SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights does not receive many Storm damage claims. Although we have gone out to New York when Hurricane Katrina struck. We were there to help dry and restore peoples homes in light of the disaster. Many homes where at a total loss, all of their personal items, from collectibles to sentimental items were completely destroyed. It was disturbing to see so many people devastated by the storm, what it had done to them, and their families. We helped as many people as we could with the time we had down there, and it brought our employees back with plenty of knowledge on what to do if a storm that badly ever hits Southern California. Rest assured that SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights will save the day.
Containment post storm.
Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights professional will be on site to help ensure the water damage is handled properly by completing the following steps:
Inspection- SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights will inspect affected areas of your home to determine the extent of damage. They will also review the inspection with you and answer any questions before beginning any work.
Emergency Services- Next, SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights will take immediate steps to protect your home and personal belongings from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing your home for drying.
Monitoring- SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights will monitor the drying process. The results will be consistently communicated to you throughout the monitoring process.
Storm damage can be devastating.
Storm damage to home
Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.
- Flooding caused by heavy rains
- Hurricanes and tidal surges
- Tornadoes and wind damage
- Ice and snowstorms
- Wild fires
We have the resources to handle storms and disasters. Our SERVPRO Franchise have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.
No job is too large
Storm damage caused a tree to fall on the house!
The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.
Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
At SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor.
Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:
- The Hospitality Industry
- Property Managers
- The Pentagon
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.
With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:
- 2017 California wildfires
- 2017 Hurricane Irma
- 2017 Hurricane Harvey
- 2016 Hurricane Matthew
- 2015 Carolina floods
- 2014 Polar Vortex
- 2012 Sandy
- 2010 Nashville floods
- 2008 Ike
- 2007 Chicago floods
- 2007 Ohio floods
- 2007 California wildfires
- 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita
Checklist after a Storm Damage
Storm damage on residential or business properties
Whether it is wind, rain, hail or lightening, it’s important to do a quick inspection around your property after a storm to check for any damages that might require repairs – or even an insurance claim.
After the storm has cleared and it is safe to go outside, you should check the following things around your property:
- Missing, damaged or broken roof shingles
- Siding damage
- Cracks, tears or buckling in the flashing
- Chimney damage – tilting, loose or damaged bricks, missing or torn flashing
- Gutters with debris and clogging, granules in downspouts, dents, bent or sagging sections, loose attachments
- Shattered windows, broken panes or damaged frame
- Downed or damaged powerlines – make sure that you stay away from any downed lines, and call the local utility company to report the location
- Check the attic and interiors for damp sections, moisture stains or peeling paint on the walls or ceiling
- Look in the basement and crawl space for flooding or structural damage
- Inspect electronics and appliances after power surges – washer, dryer, dishwasher, electric fireplace, refrigerator, TV, computer, etc.
- Downed or damaged powerlines – make sure that you stay away from any downed lines, and call the local utility company to report the location
Storm and Flood damage
This is a photo of SERVPRO employees at the biggest losses SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights has worked on. This day we had over 200 employees.
Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO franchise professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Why choose a SERVPRO franchise professional? Firstly we are the faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO franchise professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. Second, we are highly trained water damage specialists. We specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO franchise professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal. Thirdly we have the resources to handle storm and disasters. We have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.
Storm and black water intrusions
Storm damage to your home can be devastating, but SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights is here to make it "Like it never even happened".
A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough for black water intrusions. Your local SERVPRO franchise professional is trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures.
1. Identify the source/type of water
2. Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
3. Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises
4. Perform emergency water extraction
5. Move and block furniture
6. Provide floor service
7. Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide service
8. Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants, deodorization)
9. Utilize drying equipment and monitor drying
10. Disposing of all trash
Any water damage in your home is bad. Especially when the water contains potentially harmful bacteria that can affect the health of your family and the value of your home. Toilet overflow, sewage backups, storms, and other black water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes; these bio hazardous damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into your home, as well as the moisture necessary to support their growth.
Storm Damage response tips for property owners
Dehumidifier and air movers drying wet drywall and ceiling not affected by mold.
Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. The two primary components of a proper water restoration are: 1 Fast action; and 2 thorough drying. Intrusions of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat. You can always trust SERVPRO of Upland/San Antonio Heights to manage all of your water damage needs.
Storm Damage Restoration in Southern California
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.
When it comes to water damage, it can cost you more if you ignore it. Most homeowners and business owners only think of the costs of replacing products, equipment and personal property. But what about those other costs? You also have to consider costs that you might pay such as rent, loans, wages, etc. Not to mention your business would lose operating profit from not being open and the inconvenience of having to relocate.
SERVPRO of Upland/ San Antonio Heights specializes in water-related cleanup and restoration services. We have completed numerous restoration projects in the Southern California area. Our technicians are thoroughly trained both on-site as well as classroom instruction on restoration best practices.
Here are a few of the water damage restoration services we provide:
- Water removal
- Damage restoration
- Clothing restoration
- Electronics repair
- Deodorization and carpet cleaning
- Photo documentation of the site
- Insurance coordination
Disasters don't happen on a regular 9am-5pm schedule, so our services don’t either! SERVPRO of Upland/ San Antonio Heights is available to you 24/7. If your home or business has recently experienced flooding or water damage, call us today!
Are You and Your Child Ready To Go Back To School?
SERVPRO of Upland and San Antonio is here to help you and your kids with a little article we put together, on how to prepare your kids incase of a Storm Emergency or a Disaster.
School’s right around the corner and for some of us, that means life is [once again] starting to ramp up. Next month happens to be Emergency Preparedness Month and we will be coming out with some great content to help our readers stay ahead of the game to be prepared for the unexpected. In the meantime though, our friends over at FEMA just came out with a great article on helping both kids and parents stay prepared as well. We thought you’d enjoy it, so feel free to keep reading –
“Fun Preparedness Resources for Kids
Your child may be away from you when disaster strikes, so it’s important teach to him or her how to stay safe during emergencies. To make disaster preparedness fun for youth, Save the Children and Scholastic created the following resources for parents and teachers to share with kids.
Keep the Herd Safe is a fun-filled activities page for children in grades 1-3 to encourage disaster planning and to teach them how to stay connected in the event of an emergency! Parents and teachers can also help children complete In Case of Emergency (ICE) Cards featuring characters from the new animated film “Ice Age: Collision Course.”
Get Ready, Get Safe! Do your children know how to do the Prep Step? Save the Children’s Prep Step video combines valuable safety tips with fun dance moves to get kids excited about preparedness. You can also download the Prep Step song for children to listen to while on the go. Download today and get moving!
Making preparedness fun and easy for kids is one of the best ways to get them involved in their own safety.
Firewise Virtual Workshop Series
The National Fire Protection Association’s Firewise Communities program is hosting a wildfire workshop series to connect wildfire stakeholders with subject matter experts. The series provides free learning opportunities for wildfire stakeholders by connecting them with leading researchers and practitioners in a live, interactive format. Visit the Firewise Communities website to learn more about the series and to register for their upcoming workshops.
Avoiding Disaster Fraud
After a disaster, community-based organizations and agencies often band together to try to meet the needs of affected individuals and communities. Unfortunately, this often brings criminals who prey on the needs of disaster survivors by offering fraudulent services.
Learn how to protect yourself and your finances from additional loss. FEMA offers reminders to help you avoid disaster fraud, including:
- There is never a fee to apply for FEMA disaster assistance or to receive it;
- Get three written estimates for repair work. Then check credentials and contact your local Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce to learn about any complaints against the contractor or business;
- Before work begins, make sure you get a written contract detailing all the work to be performed, the costs, a projected completion date, and how to negotiate changes and settle disputes; and
- Pay only by check or a credit card. A reasonable down payment may be required to buy materials for some projects, but don't pay anything without a signed contract.
Be sure to check out the full list of disaster fraud tips and stay vigilant when disaster strikes! To register for FEMA disaster assistance, call 800-621-3362(TTY: 800-462-7585) or visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.”
Let Us Handle The Eye Of The Storm Carpet Cleaning
Regular Carpet Cleaning Can Extend the Life of Your Carpet
SERVPRO Can Get the Deep Dirt Out of Your Carpet
Carpet cleaning is like the unexpected storm that damages your home or business. It is suggested by carpeting manufacturers that carpets should be professionally cleaned every 12 months. During the interim, carpets should be cared for with regular maintenance solutions. These steps involve using walk-off mats to lessen the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet; regular vacuuming; removing spots, pilating (or grooming) the carpet to prevent matting and moving furniture to change traffic patterns. As beautiful and aesthetic as carpeting is, it is a natural dirt and soil filter trap. It traps and holds dust, crumbs, dirt, gasses, pet hair, and other soil contaminants.
Our carpet cleaning service is designed to keep your indoor air a healthy breathing environment. When you look at your carpeting, you may only see the dirt trapped on the top fibers. The truth is that more dirt, bacteria, and germs are hiding below the surface. The hidden contaminants are causing damage to the life of your carpeting. We offer specialized cleaning methods based on your carpeting material. We provide a premier cleaning system, which also involves bonnet cleaning, hot water extraction, deluxe preconditioning and rinse, as well as a quality dry cleaning.
Let us take the drudgery of carpet cleaning out of your hands. Place this necessary chore into the hands of your local professionals. We offer regular carpet cleaning services that will keep your carpet looking new. Protect your flooring investment by having SERVPRO clean and maintain your carpets. We use safe state-of-the-art equipment and solutions. Our certified and experienced technicians will get the job done right the first time and every time.
SERVPRO of Upland and San Antonio Heights is your go-to carpet cleaning service. We are proud to be a part of the community with our locally owned and operated company. Our expert professionals are here to fulfill your office and/or home carpet cleaning needs. When you need your residential and commercial carpet cleaned, don't hesitate, contact us today at (909) 949-4450.