Recent Storm Damage Posts

How to Predict a Hurricane

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

These tips can help you predict a hurricane.

Hurricane predictions can be classified as two different categories. One, Seasonal probabilities and two, the track of a current hurricane. These two categories are completely different and use different methods and approaches.

NASA states the following about tracking hurricanes, “The forecast of a hurricane's path is dependent upon the accuracy of the predicted winds from computer forecast models. The speed and direction of steering winds generally vary with altitude. Weak tropical cyclones tend to be steered more by lower-level winds, while upper-level winds usually influence the paths of stronger hurricanes.”

Where do they form? Hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean or eastern Pacific Ocean. They only form over warm waters near the equator.

There’s no need to predict a hurricane on your own. Your local weather news station will warn locals about an upcoming hurricane so that you can time to prepare and evacuate.

What qualifies as a Storm?

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Know the different types of storms to be aware of.

First, what defines a storm? : Wikipedia states, “A storm is any disturbed state of an environment or in an astronomical body's atmosphere especially affecting its surface, and strongly implying severe weather.”

What qualifies as a storm?

  1. Derecho Storm- This type of storm is unpredictable but usually occurs between June and July in warm weather. It’s a large series of storms that come one after another over a path of at leat 240 miles with the wind speed of at least 58 mph.
  2. Flooding- Floods often cause massive destruction, ruining the homes of families and businesses. They occur due to rain and fast rising water that is too much for drains to handle.
  3. Hail Storms- These storms cause damage to roofs, windows, property damage, vehicle damage, and much more. They occur when water in the clouds becomes so cold that it freezes and turns to ice. Only when the ice becomes too heavy is when it falls to the ground as what we know as hail.
  4. Snow Storms- These storms can be very destructive. When snow lands on top of roofs or buildings, it can be so heavy that it causes roof damage or even collapse a roof. They can also block drains which then causes flooding.
  5. Hurricanes- Ones that reach land can be extremely destructive. They are the most powerful type of cyclone and they are identified as “low pressure systems, high winds, heavy rainfall and storm surges and swells” says RJI Professionals.
  6. Ice Storms- These types of storms make freezing rain which covers everything in ice and can be dangerous to vehicles driving on the ice.
  7. Lightning- Lighting is a big factor in causing falling trees, wildfires, property fires, and even power outages.
  8. Thunder storms- These types of storms cause excessive weather conditions such as hail, tornadoes, and flooding causing damage to the land around it.
  9. Tornadoes- This storm is extremely dangerous. With winds traveling up to 300mph, it can uproot homes from the ground and toss them across the land.
  10. Tropical storms- These storms are classified as a tropical storm only when the wind blows at around 39-73 mph and are prevalent in the pacific and Atlantic. These storms can create damage done by water and debris picked up from the wind.

How to Tell if a Storm is Coming

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights/Rowland Heights is here to help you restore damage.

If one is, you should always be prepared. Although violent storms can strike anytime, the spring and summer months typically mark an increase in the threat of sudden, severe storms that sometimes include wind, rain, lighting and even hail.

Authorities issue a storm 'watch' when the potential for severe weather exists. A storm 'warning' will be issued when danger from a severe storm is imminent. The following tips will help prepare you to better protect yourself and your property when a storm is on the horizon. 

  • Put a communication plan in place and prepare an emergency supply kit, including a battery-powered NOAA weather radio.
  • Postpone outdoor activities; secure outdoor objects that could become airborne.
  • Don't use corded phones or any appliances that are "plugged in." Use cell or cordless phones instead.
  • Seek shelter in a home, building or hard top automobile. The steel frame of a vehicle (not the rubber ties) can help protect you from a lightning strike if you avoid touching metal or other conductive surfaces. 
  • Avoid windows and doors, don't lie on concrete walls, and stay off of porches.
  • If you are outside when a storm hits, quickly seek shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid small, isolated structures in open areas and steer clear of hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water. 

After A Storm

  • Avoid storm-damaged areas. Stay away from downed power lines and never try to drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Replenish your emergency supplies and repair property damage promptly, before the next storm strikes.

Tips on How to be Safe During a Flood

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights/Rowland Heights will restore your home after a storm!

Ready is a perfect resource to assist with any weather disaster tips.

Flooding is a temporary overflowing of water onto the land that is normally dry. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. There are many possible causes of floods including heavy rain or snowmelt, coastal storms and storm surge, waterway overflow from being blocked with debris or ice, or overflow of levees, dams, or waste water systems, flooding can occur slowly over many days or happen very quickly with little or no warning, called flash floods.

Basic Safety Tips:

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood water.
  • Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

After a Flood:

  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charges from underground or drowned power lines.

Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.

Watch Out For the May Rain!

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights/Rowland Heights repair your home after the rain.

It may be nice and sunny this week but we should hopefully expect some more rain soon. SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights wants to make sure you take the time to prepare before the rain comes down and you are left with leaky roofs and water intrusion in your home.

Here are some tips you should consider to prevent future roof leaks: 

1. Have an annual roof inspection. 

2. Repair any cracks, gaps or damaged roof shingles right away. 

3. If water intrusion does happen from your roof, make sure to have plenty of buckets to catch the excess water to prevent further damage to your home. 

4. Ahead of time, find a local roofer that does emergency roof tarp service and keep their contact information for emergencies. 

With any roof leak, contact SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights & Rowland Heights for 24-Hr Emergency Service! (909) 598-8400.

Visit: 
www.SERVPROhaciendaheights.com 

Tips from the Red Cross for Spring Weather

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Chose SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights/Rowland Heights to repair your storm damage.

Spring can sometimes bring some severe weather, which can mean heavy rain, flash flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes. The American Red Cross Offers safety steps to follow if you area is affected.

Follow these Life Saving Safety Tips:

Thunderstorm Safety Steps; Thunderstorms injure an average of 300 people every year and cause about 80 fatalities. Here are the top thunderstorm safety steps you should follow.

  1. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to a safe shelter immediately.
  2. As the storm approaches, take shelter in a building.
  3. If you are driving, pull off the roadway and park. Stay in the car with the windows closed and turn on the emergency flashers. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle.
  4. If you are inside, unplug appliances and avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.
  5. If you are caught outside and cannot each a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe.

Flooding; Heavy rains could fill rivers and streams, bringing flooding to the area. If your neighborhood is threatened with the possibility of flooding, here are some things you should do.

  1. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued by your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  2. Stay away from flood waters.
  3. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of there quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  4. Keep children out of the water.
  5. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

If you would like to learn more about how to stay safe during a storm Visit the Red Cross Website: http://www.redcross.org/

Is A Storm Coming?

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

If one is, you should always be prepared. Although violent storms can strike anytime, the spring and summer months typically mark an increase in the threat of sudden, severe storms that sometimes include wind, rain, lighting and even hail.

Authorities issue a storm 'watch when the potential for severe weather exists. A storm 'warning' will be issued when danger from a severe storm is imminent. The following tips will help prepare you to better protect yourself and your property when a storm is on the horizon. 

  • Put a communication plan in place and prepare an emergency supply kit, including a battery-powered NOAA weather radio.
  • Postpone outdoor activities; secure outdoor objects that could become airborne.
  • Don't use corded phones or any appliances that are "plugged in." Use cell or cordless phones instead.
  • Seek shelter in a home, building or hard top automobile. The steel frame of a vehicle (not the rubber ties) can help protect you from a lightning strike if you avoid touching metal or other conductive surfaces. 
  • Avoid windows and doors, don't lie on concrete walls, and stay off of porches.
  • If you are outside when a storm hits, quickly seek shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid small, isolated structures in open areas and steer clear of hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water. 

After A Storm

  • Avoid storm-damaged areas. Stay away from downed power lines and never try to drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Replenish your emergency supplies and repair property damage promptly, before the next storm strikes.

A Flooding Can Affect Anywhere

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

According to The National Weather Service (NOAA), "According seventy-five percent of all presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding" NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

  1. Flash Flooding
  2. River Flooding 
  3. Storm Surge and Coastal inundation from tropical and non-tropical systems
  4. Burn scars/debris flows (caused by wildfires)
  5. Ice/debris jams
  6. Snow-melt
  7. Dry wash (caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
  8. Dam breaks/levee failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn't mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for polices in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000. 

It is always best to be prepared for any scenario of a disaster that may come whether it is Floods, Rain Storms, and Flash Flooding. SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights & Rowland Heights is always here to help! 

Be Prepared For Any Storm

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Serious weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year Americans will endure an average of the following fierce storms:

  1. 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  2. 5,000 floods or flash floods
  3. 1,000 tornadoes 
  4. 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes  

Approximately 98% of all presidential declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

  • Know Your Risk: The first step to becoming weather-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 business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA weather radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
  • Take Action: Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
  • Be an Example: Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers, family and friends on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same. 

Examples of items that should be in your Supply Kit:

-Water (one gallon per person, per day)

-Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)

-Manual can opener

-Battery operated radio, preferable a NOAA weather radio

-Flashlight and extra batteries

-First Aid Kit

-Whistle to signal for help

Please visit http://www.redcross.org to see more items that are essentially necessary and how to create your Supply Kit!

What if your residential or commercial property sustains flood damage?

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

It’s tragic when a flood brings devastation and water damage to your home. But rapid water removal, clean up and repairs certainly must get under way for your home to get back to normal with minimal losses. Safety is a top priority. After the flood damage, evaluation of the home's safety issues must be completed before you dare to enter your home again. 

In times like this is when it's best to call your insurance company or agent to ascertain if you are covered under your standard home owner's policy or if you do possess flood insurance. An insurance adjuster will be dispatched to your property to inspect the damage and eventually offer a settlement. Ask for help in retaining a competent water damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights & Rowland Heights. We can assess and document all water damaged items, help you with your claims and paperwork, and expedite the water removal and restoration. We can check your home for structural damage and any possible electrical issues since water and electricity are a dangerous duo. This inspection will indicate to you the severity of the water damage that your home has suffered and any potential health issues you may have to address during the process of getting the flood damage repairs done on your home. 

Once you have done the documentation and the adjuster has done his inspection, then the clean up starts to get under way. The home needs to be made dry and needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible to prevent any other damage from occurring. This will also lessen the likelihood of mold and mildew growth. Contamination is given if the flooding is the result of groundwater intrusion, whether from rain, bodies of water, or a sewage blockage. Do not attempt to clean and sanitize on your own. The potential for future illness is too great. 

It's wise to call the professionals from SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights & Rowland Heights; because we can immediately begin to pump out the water and mitigate on-going water damage, and they have the skill and knowledge. Along with the professional equipment required to start and complete the entire restoration process for you. 

Be Sure to Clean Your Gutters!

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

During long summer days, it's easy to forget that there is always a possibility of a downpour! Air conditioning maintenance and Air Duct cleaning are essential for any home. Do not neglect the outside, summer rains can bring high damaging winds that dislodge branches from trees which may look to find a new home on top of yours. So, it's definitely essential after any storm to inspect your rain gutters, all you would need is a ladder, gloves, protective goggles, a water hose and a scoop.  

There are 3 easy steps to clean your gutters:

  1. Use a ladder to reach your gutters and begin to scoop, start from the end closest to the drain outlet. For faster cleanup in the end, toss the offending material into a bucket on the ground.
  2. With a water hose in tow, spray a steady stream of water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This is much easier using a hose with a pressure gauge for high and low power, but any will work just as well.
  3. Make sure to check your drain pipes for any blockages. Hopefully any potential blocks are minimized by scooping out the debris before it makes it into the pipes. However, there are instances where the rain storms forced material into the pipes. If you see a trickle instead of a flow coming from your pipes, use the hose at the top of the gutter and spray directly into the outlet. For harder to reach items, try a plumber's snake.

For more tips for your home visit: hometips.com

Does Your Family Have an Emergency Plan?

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Developing a Family Emergency Plan Before a catastrophic event is crucial in making sure your family is safe. We at SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights & Rowland Heights realize this and love to help!

Is My Family Prepared?

That is the first question you need to ask to keep your family safe. If the answer is yes, you are a step ahead. If the answer is no, then follow the steps below to ensure the safety of your family!

  1. Sit down as a family and decide how each person will be contacted, where you will meet, and where you will evacuate if instructed by officials. The Information below will help you fill out your Family Emergency Plan.
  2. Record your out-of-town contact if your family is separated.
  3. Choose a family meeting place right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire. Choose a regional location in case family members are not together. 
  4. Put together your Disaster Supply Kit. This will include the basics like, food, water, and first aid to last your family for 3 days, and include some activities for children such as books or deck of playing cards.

For more information feel free to Visit: http://kidsgetaplan.com/

Here is Some Tips from the Red Cross for Spring Weather

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Spring can sometimes bring some severe weather, which can mean heavy rain, flash flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes. The American Red Cross Offers safety steps to follow if you area is affected.

Follow These Lifesaving Safety Steps:

Thunderstorm Safety Steps; Thunderstorms injure an average of 300 people every year and cause about 80 fatalities. Here are the top thunderstorm safety steps you should follow.

  1. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to a safe shelter immediately.
  2. As the storm approaches, take shelter in a building.
  3. If you are driving, pull off the roadway and park. Stay in the car with the windows closed and turn on the emergency flashers. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside of the vehicle.
  4. If you are inside, unplug appliances and avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.
  5. If you are caught outside and cannot each a safe building, avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe.

Flooding; Heavy rains could fill rivers and streams, bringing flooding to the area. If your neighborhood is threatened with the possibility of flooding, here are some things you should do.

  1. Be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued by your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  2. Stay away from flood waters.
  3. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of there quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  4. Keep children out of the water.
  5. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

If you would like to learn more about how to stay safe during a storm Visit the Red Cross Website: http://www.redcross.org/

Flood Safety Tips

2/16/2018 (Permalink)

Ready is a perfect resource to assist with any weathers disaster tips.

Flooding is a temporary overflowing of water onto the land that is normally dry. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. There are many possible causes of floods including heavy rain or snowmelt, coastal storms and storm surge, waterway overflow from being blocked with debris or ice, or overflows of levees, dams, or waste water systems, flooding can occur slowly over many days or happen very quickly with little or no warning, called flash floods.

Basic Safety Tips:

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood water.
  • Do not drive over ridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

After a Flood:

  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charges from underground or drowned power lines.
  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.

SERVPRO can quickly protect your home after a Storm

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

Following a storm flood or fire, water cleanup in Hacienda Heights, California is the first and one of the most important processes that you will need to have done. In the event that you don't complete the water removal process immediately, your property can be subjected to a plethora of unwanted, unnecessary complications such as mold growth, loss of possessions, and structural damage. If you find yourself in need of water damage services, it's important to find a skilled team of restoration experts like SERVPRO of Hacienda Heights and Rowland Heights. We can expedite the water extraction, cleaning, repair, and restoration components of the process.

  1. Water cleanup prevents Mold and Mildew growth: One of the reasons for securing the services of an experienced water damage cleanup company is inhibiting the growth of mold and mildew in your home. Unfortunately, these fungi can begin thriving and expanding on your property 48-72 hours after the initial water intrusion. Moreover, the moist, warm conditions created by water damage make your residential property a prime location in which mold can develop and proliferate.
  2. Prevent or Diminish Secondary Water Damage to the structure of your home: Another great benefit of rapid water removal is that it prevents structural damage from adversely impacting your property. When left unaddressed for an extended time, the water can wick into walls, and studs, rust appliances, and damage the electrical system. If a natural flooding disaster occurred, then the foundation could also have been compromised.

Always be sure to clean your gutters

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

During long summer days, it is easy to forget that there is always a possibility of a downpour! Air conditioning maintenance and Air Duct cleaning are essential for any home. Do not neglect the outside, summer rains can bring high damaging winds that dislodge branches from trees which may look to find a new home on top of yours. So, it is definitely essential after any storm to inspect your rain gutters, all you would need is a ladder, gloves, protective goggles, a water hose and a scoop. 

There are 3 easy steps to clean your gutters:

  1. Use a ladder to reach your gutters and begin to scoop, start from the end closest to the drain outlet. For faster cleanup in the end, toss the offending material into a bucket on the ground.
  2. With a water hose in tow, spray a steady stream of water through the gutters towards the drain outlet. This is much easier using a hose with a pressure gauge for high and low power, but any will work just as well.
  3. Make sure to check your drainpipes for any blockages. Hopefully any potential blocks are minimized by scooping out the debris before it makes it into the pipes. However, there are instances where the rain storms forced material into the pipes. If you see a trickle instead of a flow coming from your pipes, use the hose at the top of the gutter and spray directly into the outlet. For harder to reach items, try a plumber's snake. 

For more tips for your home visit: hometips.com

El Niño: We Are Ready!

1/7/2016 (Permalink)

El Niño is here! And we have only seen the beginning of the storms. SERVPRO of Walnut/ Hacienda Heights & Rowland Heights has the resources to assist residential and commercial properties with roof leaks and flooding. Contact us for 24-Emergency Service! 

April Showers Bring May Flowers

4/16/2014 (Permalink)

Roof Leak

It may be nice and sunny this week but we should hopefully expect some more rain soon. SERVPRO of Walnut & Hacienda Heights wants to make sure you take the time to prepare before the rain comes down and you are left with leaky roofs and water intrusion in your home.

Here are some tips you should consider to prevent future roof leaks: 

1. Have an annual roof inspection. 

2. Repair any cracks, gaps or damaged roof shingles right away. 

3. If water intrusion does happen from your roof, make sure to have plenty of buckets to catch the excess water to prevent further damage to your home. 

4. Ahead of time, find a local roofer that does emergency roof tarp service and keep their contact information for emergencies. 

With any roof leak, contact SERVPRO of Walnut/ Hacienda Heights & Rowland Heights for 24-Hr Emergency Service! (909) 598-8400.

Visit: 
www.SERVPROwalnut.com 
www.SERVPROhaciendaheights.com 
(909) 598-8400