Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tornado Safety and Preparations | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

Prepare, Prevent, Protect

When you hear the word “tornado,” does the Wizard of Oz come to mind? The movie offered a representation of how intense and destructive tornadoes can be. They don’t have a specific season—and they often come without warning.

 We recently saw a slew of tornado damage ravage the South, which is even more evidence that knowing what to do in a storm is important. Take some time to review  the basics about tornado safety  so that your family knows what to do if a watch or warning is issued.

Start with the three components of any safety strategy:

The 3 P’s—Prepare, Prevent, Protect

**Prepare.**  Whether we’re preparing for an event or simply dinner, the more we prepare, the better we feel. The same can be said about preparing for a natural disaster. Anytime a disaster like a tornado strikes, chaos will ensue. Knowing your next steps can help you stay at least a little calmer when faced with an emergency. You can also take some steps to prepare your house and family, such as creating a [safety kit](https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/21-tips-to-prepare-your-home-for-a-natural-disaster/) and determining a meeting place in case your family is separated.

**Prevent.** While a natural disaster isn’t fully preventable, you can do your part in *preventing* the worst from happening to your home. You can often save yourself a good bit of time and money by taking simple actions, like scanning the roof to check for broken or missing shingles or ensuring your gutters are free of debris. If high winds or a tornado are possible, tie down outdoor décor and furniture, or move them indoors. This can help protect your home—and your family—from flying debris.

**Protect.** If a storm is imminent, this is the last stage of your safety protocol. You need to know the actions to take to protect your most valued possession—your family. Read up on the steps you need to take when a tornado watch is issued, and know exactly what to do when a watch progresses to a warning. Specifically, you need to know where you and your family will hunker down to stay clear of potential flying debris and safest in case the home’s structure were to collapse. If you live in a mobile home, have definitive plans about what actions you will take to get to a safe place.

If you have damage to your home or business, we are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you.

Contact SERVPRO today(https://www.SERVPROthomastonforsythfortvalley.com/) to get started on your restoration.

A Winter Weather Checklist for Your Southern Home | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley for fast, restorative solutions.

Frosty the Snowman” won’t be found here. It might get cold in our area, but dealing with blizzards into the norm.

We definitely experience colder weather in the winter months and a stray chance here and there for some wintry precipitation, but it’s the exception, not the norm.

Still, though, it’s important to take precautions to ensure your family and house stay safe and secure as the seasons change. Start with these steps:

Service your HVAC. Even though we don’t experience blizzards, it can still get pretty cold. If it isn’t already turned on, odds are your heater will be engaged sometime soon. Have your HVAC unit or other heating implement checked to ensure it is running efficiently—and that it doesn’t present a fire hazard.

Make time for roof, gutter and chimney maintenance. The roof takes a beating from weather conditions throughout the year. Have it inspected as the weather begins to cool, looking specifically for loose shingles and damaged flashing. The gutters should also be cleaned out to make sure they can handle an influx of water from rain or the occasional bit of melting snow. If you use a fireplace, have the chimney inspected, too.

Insulate and seal. Keep your home dry and warm by insulating your attic and ensuring that your windows have a good seal on them. This can help prevent leaks, which in time will cause mold damage.

Maintain your vehicle. While we don’t usually have to worry with snowy roads, you do have to concern yourself with wet roads. That’s why you need to ensure that your vehicle is in good working condition during the winter. Take the car in for a maintenance check on the tires, the battery, and the windshield wipers, specifically.

If winter weather or unexpected flooding causes water to damage your home, we’re always here to help. Contact SERVPRO to see how quick and easy it is to let the pros handle your cleanup and recovery.

The Risk of Summertime Storms | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is on the line, ready to make things right.

Summer months are in full effect, and while we love those long summer nights full of outside play with family, it’s important to remember that summer is time for rain as well.

In fact, it may seem that summer months are more rainy. That’s totally true. In most parts of the country, there are atmospheric conditions in the summer that create moisture and warm air, which helps create thunderstorms.

In our area, from May to August, there’s a 32% greater chance of rain.

Stay Smart

Even though wetter weather is common during the summer months, that doesn’t mean you can treat it lightly! You still need to stay on top of things by being prepared and making sure you are receiving storm alerts.

It’s important to keep up with weather updates, and if you have an NOAA Weather radio, you can still receive alerts even if there is no power.

Flooding is always a possibility and it’s rarely predictable, but if it seems likely, you need to plan to stay off the road. If you have extreme weather, there’s also a possibility of high winds or damaging hail.

Dozens of people die every year because of storm-related accidents. It’s imperative that you stay aware and prepared, because the weather is always unpredictable.

Ways to Stay Safe

If lightning is visible, then it’s best to get indoors. Even if you don’t see lightning, as long as there is thunder, lightning is around, too.

When you are indoors, it’s best to stay away from windows and to avoid bathing or showering.

When storms get out of hand, make sure that you have an emergency kit prepared and in safe reach. Know your evacuation route so that you don’t have to figure it out at the last minute.

Flooding can happen and typically before there’s much we can do about it. Never attempt to drive through flood waters because they can easily sweep your car away. It’s also not a great idea to walk through flood waters because you never know what is in it.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

North American Winter Storm 2021

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

The year 2021 started out with a bang! Winter Storm Uri was an unforgettable and unimaginable event that impacted over 170 million Americans. Winter Storm Uri was an ice storm that came over from the Pacific Northwest and covered most of the southern United States and even dipped as far as Northern Mexico, from February 13, 2021 through February 17, 2021. However, the after affects of what was left behind lasted through the end of April 2021.

Temperatures plummeted to an all-time low of -20F in parts of the Arkansas and over 2 feet of snow in most places across the country. As a result of the powerful winter ice storm, power grids were unable to keep up and as a result, failed across the entire state of Texas. Over 4.2 million people across the state of Texas were left without power. People were not able to heat their homes nor were they able to heat water. Water was not available across most of the affected areas because power companies and water treatment plants had water line breaks. Busted pipes caused significant damage to homes and businesses across the country.

SERVPRO was contacted with over 41,000 leads and dispatched over 1250 crews from across the country to help assist residents of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas. This event of this magnitude had not ever been seen in SERVPRO history! This was by far, the largest storm event in the history of SERVPRO! When SERVPRO arrived they quickly got to work! Crews went into homes and businesses and got any standing water up and placed our specialized drying equipment in to speed up the drying process. By getting there quickly, saved insurance companies thousands of dollars!

Ice Storm Preparedness

By being proactive, you can protect yourself, family, friends, neighbors and your employees.

  • Stay weather-ready. Winter storm watches and warnings are given out in advance to give time to prepare.
  • Protect your family, pets and animals. Provide a safe place so that everyone is protected from wind, snow, ice and rain.
  • Learn how to protect pipes from freezing
  • Make sure your home or business is will insulated that include, attics, crawlspaces and window seals.
  • If you have a wood burning stove or fire place, keep an extra supply of firewood
  • Keep supply of warming blankets, water resistant clothing, batteries, flashlights, nonperishables and weather radio for updates
  • In case of an evacuation or emergency, keep vehicles full of fuel, tires inspected in good condition, and fluids are checked and in working order.
  • Winter equipment such as shovels, blowers and kitty litter to make driveways or walk ways much easier to walk on.

Although this was by far, the largest storm event in SERVPRO’S history, our crews are ready and available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Should your home or business suffer from any storm event such as ice, snow, tornado, flood or hurricane, contact the pro’s at SERVPRO! We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

For more information on how to protect your loved ones, visit the American Red Crossready.gov and NOAA Weather Radio  

The Costs of Severe Weather Are Steadily Rising | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley to start the restoration process.

So much can be said for the year of 2020, but in terms of the weather, we can safely say, it was a record-setting year. Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive.

For the year 2020, we saw 22 official weather disasters (which are defined as events that cause at least a billion dollars in damages), along many other damaging storms that weren’t counted in that total. There were so many named hurricanes and tropical storms that the NWS had to refer to the Greek alphabet just to name them all.

How Costly Can Severe Storms Be?

We all know and have seen how disastrous hurricanes can be for families and businesses, and sadly we are starting to see other types of severe weather have the same effect. In fact, the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Out of the official 22 weather disasters, 14 of these were severe thunderstorms, some of which brought along tornadoes.

Just how quickly can they turn? In eastern Nebraska in August 2020, what seemed to be a typical line of thunderstorms exploded into something called a derecho (think of something like a tornado, but with straight-line winds instead of swirling ones, combined with a heavy thunderstorm), which destroyed more than 10 million acres of corn fields, almost half the state’s corn crop. That’s over 11% of the entire country’s corn fields.

Here in Georgia, we see more than our fair share of thunderstorms, most of which bring really strong winds and hail! In 2020 alone, we saw 12 severe thunderstorms and the effects of one tropical storm.

Costs Are Steadily Rising

Statistics are showing that the steady climb of storms is becoming normal for us. 2020 was the 10th consecutive year with at least eight billion-dollar disasters.

During 2018 and 2019, there was a combined total of $136 billion in damages, and 2017 saw damage of over $300 billion, the highest total on record.

When you own a home or business, it’s important that you take whatever precautions are possible to minimize any damage to your property.

While precautions don’t totally prevent damage, knowing your risk can help! If you still manage to get a stroke of bad luck, it’s important to know you have a friend in the restoration industry whose goal it is to recover your valued items and restore your property “Like it never even happened.”

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

What Makes It a Severe Thunderstorm? | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley if you experience any damage.

Around this time of year, we start to see more thunderstorm activity. While many of these storms may pass through without much damage, other, more serious storms can be catastrophic.

The nature of these severe thunderstorms means that they bring lots of rain, high winds, lightning, hail and flooding. But what makes these storms move from being a “thunderstorm” to a “severe thunderstorm”?

Let’s look below at some of the categorical differences between these types of storms.

A thunderstorm, by definition, is a storm that has both thunder and lightning. These kinds of storms can be dangerous even without additional threats.

But here are the key distinctions for a severe thunderstorm and the types of hazards they can create for your family.

3 Key Elements of What Makes a Thunderstorm Severe

Lightning strikes. Lightning is known to cause damage to houses by starting house fires and felling trees that can do significant damage to permanent structures and vehicles. But did you know that it is reported that [lightning causes around 300 injuries every year](https://www.treehugger.com/how-dangerous-are-thunderstorms-4863120)

High winds and hail. A severe thunderstorm is defined as a storm that has straight-line winds of at least 58 miles per hour and has hail that is at least one inch in diameter, or larger. The combination of of these two can do some serious damage to unsheltered cars, pets or livestock that are not adequately protected and roofs of homes. Hail is already capable of causing damage due to the speed at which it falls (up to 72 miles per hour), but add the high winds and it’s a recipe for damage.

Flash flooding. Flooding is possible for even those outside of a designated flood plain because they can be caused by drains that are not working properly, small roadside ditches that become filled with water and many other threats that can make flooded roadways become life-threatening situations quickly. In as little as 12 inches of water, it is possible for a car to be taken away with the tide.

Thunderstorms are part of the weather patterns for Georgia, so if a storm causes damage to your home or business, we are prepared to help at any time. Contact us to find out how we can get your property back to pre-storm condition.

Simple Projects to Stop Home Rainwater Damage | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley today.

You know that flash flooding, strong thunderstorms or interior accidents (like a burst pipe or malfunctioning washing machine) can produce enough water to damage your home.

These can happen frequently in homes, so most of us are prepared to deal with these types of problems. Or we at least have some idea about the things we can do to protect our homes from them.

Here’s another item to add to your list: heavy rains.

Rain can create a real problem for homeowners, especially if you aren’t doing regular home maintenance. Over time, that can lead to progressively more serious levels of water damage.

A Common Homeowner Headache

How likely is it that you’ll have to deal with home water damage this year? Our answer is simple: It’s more likely than you imagine.

It all comes down to doing the math. About one in every 50 Americans will need water damage restoration in 2021. Friends, family members and co-workers may be filing claims this year, too.

We hope you don’t have to file a claim, but we’re here to help you if you do!

Stop Rainwater Damage

Use these basic guidelines to help ensure your home is safer from long-term water damage due to rain:

Don’t overlook the value of native plants. If you do a little homework, the flowers and shrubs you use to help you landscape your home and add curb appeal can also become an added layer of protection. You may want to research native plants in our area.

Look for ways to make your roof safer. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps. Sealing your roof can help by keeping water out of gaps between your shingles.

Consider the way your yard drains. Knowing how your yard drains is key to protecting your home. If the water in your yard drains toward your home, then you may want to connect with a landscaping expert. They can help you find ways to protect your yard.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Tips to Help You Weather Spring Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley @ 478-956-1214!

Are you ready for spring’s warmer weather? If so, you definitely aren’t alone here in Thomaston.

Many people spend the days before the weather starts warming up trying to decide how they want to spend the Saturday and Sunday afternoons. DIY projects are a popular option.

While you’re considering new paint colors and planning your landscaping, think about adding a few of these projects to your list. They can help protect you from the dangers of thunderstorms.

These steps will help you be sure your home is as ready as it can be for the hazards of spring storms.

Preparing Your Home for a New Season

Why not add these items to your to-do list for the upcoming warmer season?

Check your gutters for debris. Clean gutters are vital. They allow water to move the right way around your house. If your gutters are clogged, they can cause water damage.

If you have a sump pump, check it sooner rather than later. If your home needs one of these to keep water out of your basement, then it’s a good idea to be sure it’s working before you need it.

Check your home for other common storm damage hazards. Check for overhanging tree limbs, unsecured grills, and furniture or gazebos. Cut tree limbs that hang over your roof or garage and secure anything you can.

Inspect your roof for issues. You want to be sure your roof is in good shape if a storm starts hitting. Check for things like missing shingles and signs of leaks. Repair them to keep your home safer.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Why Do Flash Floods Become So Dangerous? | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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The events surrounding severe weather always have the potential to cause harm, but few things are more dangerous than flash flooding. Second only to heat, floods cause the most weather-related fatalities in the country, with flash floods being the most hazardous type of flood out of all of them.

When a flash flood might occur, it is important to know exactly how to stay safe in the event that you must evacuate quickly. Knowing all about the dangers, the alert system and evacuation safety tips can help you protect your family from this dangerous circumstance.

The Dangerous Conditions Surrounding Flash Floods

The quickness with which flash floods occur are the main reason they are so much more dangerous than a regular flood scenario. Flash floods must start in under six hours after the rain begins by definition, but many come about much more quickly than this.

This means that people in the path of the flood will have little notice to get to safety, making acting quickly a vital component of safety.

Staying Aware of Weather Alerts in Case of a Flash Flood

Staying tuned into broadcasts from local weather officials will be the best source of real-time information in regards to the weather conditions. If a flash flood alert is issued, that simply means to stay alert and aware of changing conditions.

For a flash flood warning, begin evacuating and moving to higher ground with your family. If there is a flash flood emergency called, know that is extremely rare and get to higher ground via whatever means necessary.

Tips for Evacuating From Flash Floods Safely

Being able to protect yourself as you evacuate from a flash flood is extremely important, as there are many things that can go wrong as you act to quickly get to safety. Being aware of these tips in advance can help:

  • Keep your radio tuned to local weather alerts for real-time updates.
  • Have an evacuation plan that your household has practiced together.
  • Do not cross flooded paths or roads.
  • Prevent children from coming into contact with floodwater.
  • Be aware of several evacuation routes in your area in case some of them are blocked by water.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

Keep Your Household Safe in the Face of Severe Weather | SERVPRO® Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is here to provide you with a rapid response. Contact us right away if you experience any storm damage.

When thunderstorms come and go regularly, it can be easy to discount their impact—but every severe storm does have the potential to lead to damage.

It is important to do what you can to prevent storm damage well in advance, instead of waiting until one is forecasted to take action. Through advanced preparation, you can better keep your household safe and mitigate the impact of severe weather on your family.

Mitigate the Impact of Severe Weather on Your Family

Prepare your home as much as possible. There are some storm damages that just can’t be avoided, but one thing homeowners can do to reduce their chances is maintaining the trees around their yard by trimming back any loose branches that could become projectiles. To increase your comfort in the aftermath of a storm, adding a household storm generator to your efforts is advised so you can continue to use your electricity.

Create a family communications plan. If your family is the type that is always on the go, it is important that everyone in the household knows exactly what to do if a storm catches them while they are out and about. Having a check-in system is so important for everyone’s peace of mind. For those of you who are home, be certain you know exactly where will be safest to shelter from the storm.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. Keeping an emergency kit in your home is a great idea for being as prepared as possible. Keep everything your family might need access to both during a storm and in the aftermath just in case. Food, sealed water containers, and flashlights and batteries are all good things to include, and do not forget to pack for your pets as well!

Consider getting a weather radio. Though we are used to relying on our cell phones for all weather alerts, having a more analog system such as a weather radio in your emergency kit is always a good idea. Missing emergency alerts can be extremely dangerous, and if severe weather knocks out cell reception, having a backup method for receiving alerts is so important.

If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. Contact us at any hour to report damage and receive a rapid response.

Get Your Storm Damage Handled With the Right Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

8/7/2020 (Permalink)

Call us at 478-956-1214!

Thunderstorms can be a part of warmer weather, but their frequency should not lead to a lax attitude about their dangers. Storm damage is serious, and it has gotten even more dangerous recently.

While no one knows when a storm will strike, we strongly advise drafting a storm recovery plan before you ever need one—this way, if you do discover damage, you will be certain that you know exactly what to do.

The most important thing you can include in your storm recovery plan is what restoration company you will go with, and it is vital to choose the right one. Deciding now gives you a chance to do your research and make sure you are choosing wisely—here’s how to do it:

Deciding in Advance on Your Storm Restoration Company

Choose a company with a good reputation. Because of all the homes and businesses that are impacted by a damaging storm, many people will want restoration quickly and may not do their research to make sure a company is legitimate. Avoid getting scammed by looking into your chosen company’s background—make sure they have good reviews from people in your community and that they are respected as restoration providers, as well.

Choose a company that can handle demand. After a storm, many people will likely be experiencing damage in a small area, which can get overwhelming quickly for those who are not equipped to handle it. Thankfully, we have a nation of other SERVPRO® locations on our side, allowing us to provide the same level of service whether we have one job or one thousand people needing restoration.

Choose a company that prioritizes your call. It will never feel convenient to receive storm damage to your home or business, but the last thing you need is to contact your restoration company to no response or one that makes you feel like a burden. We encourage people to call us 24 hours a day with our emergency line, so you can report your damage as soon as it is discovered and we can get to work formulating a response.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

 

Tips for Thunderstorm Safety at Any Location | SERVPRO® of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley

7/9/2020 (Permalink)

Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

With summer, rising temperatures and high humidity, severe weather might be the last thing on your mind—but because it thrives in these types of conditions, it is important to understand that it is always a possibility. Summer storms tend to pop up suddenly, and while they appear to be over quickly, they can still pose major risks.

When a storm catches you off-guard, remembering a few key safety tips can protect you tremendously from risks.

A Few Key Safety Tips for Sudden Summer Storms

Know your options for shelter. In the best-case scenario, you will become aware of inclement weather while you are somewhere safe that you can stay until the storm passes, but of course, life does not always work out that way. If you get caught off-guard, sheltering in your vehicle is actually quite safe when you follow the proper guidelines.

Practice electrical safety. Lightning is an extremely dangerous component of thunderstorms, especially when they strike a building. As lightning travels through the wiring of a home, it can send a power surge to all the electronics actively plugged in which can ruin them. If you have the time, unplugging everything in your vicinity is a good safety precaution, and a good long-term strategy includes installing inexpensive surge protectors throughout the home.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. While concrete is a strong material, it can pose a risk if there is electricity in the air. Lightning often strikes concrete buildings because they are built with metal reinforcements, which can channel the electricity out into the concrete and anything it is touching. While concrete buildings can be safe, you should avoid making direct contact with walls and floors if lightning is possible.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. When a storm interrupts your fun, getting back outside is top priority—but doing so too quickly can still put you in danger. Lightning has been documented 25 miles from storm clouds, so it is recommended that you wait at least a half hour after you can no longer hear thunder to head back out.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Hurricane Season 2020

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

Wind damage can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley 24-7/365

The official hurricane season for our neck of the woods runs from June 1- November 30th. Middle Georgia is no stranger to tropical weather during this time. Our peak normally runs from Mid- August to late October. The weather gurus are predicting the Atlantic hurricane season this year to be more active than usual. But that will not stand in SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley's way! We are ready and prepared to handle any sized disaster that may come our way.

Tropical weather can bring high- sustained winds, heavy down pours of rain, downed trees, power outages, flooding and tornadoes. SERVPRO professionals have the proper equipment and the manpower to be available 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.

If your home or business suffers from the affects from the tropical weather, contact SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley at 478-956-1214.   

What actions to take for your business after a flood

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Photo from flood of '94- Macon, GA

Flood damage to your business is just as bad as flooding in your home. Your business or place of work is your livelihood. Below are some tips and actions to take after a flood.

  • Establishing an evacuation plan ahead of time saves time and lives. Each employee should have some common knowledge of the evacuation plan. A quarterly or at minimum yearly class or meeting should be conducted. Account for all employees. Identity an area outside of the buildings perimeter that are designated meeting places. Have your managers from each department keep a list of their assigned team member’s with contact information listed. This should keep down confusion and easier to keep up with.
  • If water enters the building or facility and an evacuation becomes necessary, move to an upper floor, contact your local first responders for help.
  • If possible, avoid walking or driving through rising water. Just a few inches of water can make you fall.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment
  • Outside water can cause water to back up into water mains or sewage lines. Flood waters can bring in contaminated water from outside creeks or rivers. This could potentially be hazardous to your health
  • Stay out of the building
  • Secure the property by contacting your local first responders, secure all entrances and contact your security company to advise of the situation.

Once the water has receded, water mitigation steps can begin. SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, and Fort Valley technicians are highly trained and certified. We have the experience and have professional equipment to handle a large commercial loss at any time- 24 hours a day. Getting to your loss quickly to mitigate the damage will reduce possible further damage such as mold or mildew. No job is too large- We are trained to handle any size disaster!

Flooding can be unpredictable- however SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, and Fort Valley is always prepared!

Call 478-956-1214

Storm Damage To Your Business

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

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April showers bring Summer Storms. As we are getting closer to hurricane season, have you ever asked yourself, are we prepared? Hurricane season begins June 1st and last through November 30th. And Middle Georgia is no stranger to pop-up summer thunderstorms either! About 50 percent of businesses that are affected by a natural disaster such as a hurricane do not reopen! Natural disasters leave behind a trail of destruction and devastation.

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley offers a complimentary Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business. An ERP gives you a quicker and easier way to locate critical facility information. The ready plan is an emergency preparedness tool for your business, property managers, risk managers and facility managers. This will guide you back into getting into your building after a disaster.

High winds, heavy rain and even hail can cause significant damage to your property. Flooding from heavy rains can result in damage by backing up sewer mains or water building up around your facility and having no where to go but inside. Lightening can even pose as a threat- causing a fire when you least expect it. Roof damages can be caused by many sources such as rain, hail, wind and fire. When dealing with roof damage, you can expect wet installation and drywall.

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley has seen it all! If your business has sustained storm damage, call us day or night! 478-956-1214

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley has 24-hour emergency services

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

When disaster happens, call SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley @ 478-956-1214

We know that living in the south, especially living in Central Georgia, that a disaster can strike anytime and anywhere with or without notice. SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth, & Fort Valley specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Response Time

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important.  We operate under the 1-4-8 rule- for water damages. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley offers 24-hour emergency services. You’ll want the aftermath from a tornado, hurricane, flood or other natural disaster cleaned quickly to avoid further damage.

We have the resources to handle floods and storms

When central Georgia experiences storms such as “popcorn showers”, tornadoes and hurricanes, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forysth, & Fort Valley has access to professional equipment to handle flood and storm damage. Our Disaster Recovery Team has always made it a priority to stay updated on the latest information and trained on the restoration process. Our highly trained storm and water damage restoration specialist are IICRC- Certified.

As we are approaching the summer months, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forysth, & Fort Valley is ready for whatever happens when disaster hits.

Call SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forysth, & Fort Valley for 24-hour emergency services at 478-956-1214

Weather Ready in Middle Georgia!

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Michael over the Gulf of Mexico, October 2018

Most storms can be predicted within a reasonable amount of time. During the spring and summer months in Georgia, some storms can be unpredictable. Large hail, strong winds, heavy rain, can all be factors to storm damage to your home or business. Downed power lines, tree’s, tree limbs and lightening can all contribute to creating a water damage or storm damage disaster.

Don’t worry! SERVPRO professionals are ready and can handle any size disaster. SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

The professionals at SERVPRO want to make sure you have the right equipment and resources for the in case of a power outage. Below are tips we recommend.

Weather Radio: Keeping a weather radio on hand is very beneficial. Keeping you informed on what’s going on around you can help ease some worries you may have while the power has been kicked off. Always test the batteries once a month to make sure they’re in working order and are not corroded. Keep a spare set for the in case.

Flashlights: When purchasing a flashlight, look for LED options. They are dramatically higher in efficiency and uses low battery usage. They’re energy efficient, long lasting and very bright! Also- keeping a few around the house and an extra set of batteries will come in handy!

Clothing: Keep an emergency clear plastic bin of seasonal clothing to keep for the in case you don’t have power or water for an extended period of time. Keep full stock of blankets for all members of your household- especially in the winter months.

Water supply: Keep a good stock of bottled water if you live on a water-well system. If the power goes out, your well goes out. In case of a severe flood, wells can be flooded as well. Only use water from a safe source. However, most plumbing does not require electricity.

Jump Battery Box: These are great to have for the in case of any emergency! When hurricane Michael came through middle Georgia, we used this to help charge our phones. Being out of power more than a few hours can be devastating to your appliances and some electronics.

Generator: During a massive storm like Hurricane Michael, a generator was something that seemed like a life saver. Although it was very loud, it gives just enough electricity to keep the refrigerator freezers and some light going. NEVER run a generator inside. Gasoline powered generators produce carbon monoxide- as we know, this can be very deadly. Keep the generator away from doors and windows. Make sure to have enough fuel on hand for multiple days without power.

As hurricane Michael traveled across the southeastern United States and especially middle Georgia, strong winds and rain left power outages across the region. Flooded basements, torn or damaged roofs, window leaks & breaks and structural damage was left behind. Although, we'll never forget that storm, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley will always be here for you 24/7/365.

What to do AFTER the storm has passed

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

What Storm Damage Professionals Do After a Storm

The United States experienced the effects of hurricane damage three times in a row in 2017 after Harvey, Irene and Jose swept across the country. While hurricane damage is something that can occur on both commercial properties and private homes, it's not the only type of damage that storm restoration professionals deal with on a regular basis. Storm restoration professionals can also help with any type of flooding like river flooding, a roof leak, wind damage, an ice dam and ice damage that requires a roof repair. Ice damming can also cause other forms of roof damage and lead to problems with ground water and frozen pipes, but home restoration professionals can help with all types of storm remediation.

Property Inspection

One of the main things that storm damage companies can and do after a storm is a full property inspection. They do not just look at the problem that the owner called about because they know that other problems can exist. Hail damage may cause a roof leak or tear the shingles off, which will require a roof repair. Any flood water in the building can freeze and cause frozen pipes to form. A full inspection will also check for wind damage, roof damage, ice damage, hurricane damage and any type of hail damage.

Removing Water

An easy way to remove flood water or ground water on the floor and in other areas of the building is the use of a flood pump. Those who live near the coast or a body of water often have a permanent flood pump set up in their basements or near their foundations. With river flooding or any other type of flooding, the flood pump will carefully extract that water from the property. These pumps can also work in other types of storm remediation. A water restoration or home restoration expert might use a flood pump to remove water that caused ice damming on the sides of a building as soon as that ice dam melts.

Drying

Extracting the water left behind by ice damming or flooding is just one step in the drying of the home or business. Once the excess water caused by river flooding or another type of storm damage is gone, they can use fans and other procedures to completely dry any remaining flood water or ground water. That flood water might enter the home because of a roof repair that went unnoticed, a roof leak no one spotted, wind damage that broke a window, hail damage to the roof or because of an ice dam. Ice damage relating to frozen pipes can cause flooding too. Home restoration experts can dry any water caused by roof damage as part of the process of storm remediation.

Insurance Help

Those calling for storm restoration help or because they need help with water restoration after river flooding will find that storm damage professionals can help them navigate through the often tricky world of filing an insurance claim too. Insurance companies may refuse to accept a claim because of a roof leak that already existed, a previous roof repair or because the owner did not take steps to prevent wind damage or roof damage like ice damming. With the help of a good company, commercial property owners and those who own their own homes or rental properties can file an insurance claim and get the necessary storm remediation.

Some of the common ice damage issues that can arise in winter include an ice dam forming and hanging off the side of a gutter and frozen pipes that break open and spill ground water all over the floors. Other seasons can bring both hurricane damage and hail damage. Storm restoration companies have experience in all types of restoration work and can help clients with any type of water restoration or home restoration work.

Storm Damage Inspections

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

The Importance of Conducting a Storm Damage Inspection


As summer ushers in warmer temperatures, it can also bring with it heavy rains, strong winds and powerful storms. While your home protects you from the wrath of Mother Nature, it should also be thoroughly checked for problems after every storm.


You may not have reason to suspect that your home has been damaged by a passing storm. However, once the inclement weather has safely passed, it’s important to look over the dwelling for any issues. This is also a great time to make emergency repairs and assess if an insurance claim is needed.


The following is a handy storm checklist from the National Storm Damage Center:


Roof
The roof is typically one of the most vulnerable areas during a storm. Hail, wind, rain and debris can adversely impact it. The following indicators can help in your assessment:
    •    Holes or tears in the roof
    •    Split seams
    •    Lost or missing shingles
    •    Ceiling or roof leaks


The Exterior of the Dwelling
Materials such as brick, siding and stucco are usually heavy and durable. However, during a storm, they can withstand significant damage. In some cases, problems may not be noticed until it’s too late to file an insurance claim, so you need to be diligent in your determination:
    •        Chipping, cracking, dents and dings are obvious signs that there is a problem. Even if your siding appears to be fine at first, you want to check it at varying times of the day. Different stages of lighting can showcase problems that you may have missed.
    •        Small or large holes in the stucco. No matter if the hole is small or large, this is a serious issue for a homeowner. If you find a hole or blemish, a knowledgeable and trustworthy company such as SERVPRO can conduct a thorough inspection of the property.
    •        Damaged tuck pointing and brick. Brick is a solid material when it comes to homes. However, it should be thoroughly checked for problems following a storm.
    •        Detached or ruined gutters, trim, downspouts, etc. Gutters, trim, downspouts and other exterior materials on a home are instrumental in its protection. If anything is out of sorts, it should be immediately repaired.


Driveways, Walkways, and Porches
Concrete can split, chip and crack with continuous storms and rain. This can reduce the lifespan of your walkway driveway or porch. To alleviate a safety issue, you’ll want to assess it for any imperfections.


Trees and Fallen Limbs
According to the National Storm Damage Center, fallen trees and branches can cause billions of dollars in damages every year. Most property owners would handle the removal of debris, even if the limbs or trees came from your neighbor’s property. Your insurance company may help in the retrieval of the costs, but it’s dependent on the type of policy and circumstances surrounding the incident.


Basic Tips
    •        Severe storms may knock down power and electrical lines. If this occurs on your property, you’ll want to cordon off the area approximately 30 feet in various directions from the fallen line. It’s also important to call the power company and 911 immediately.
    •        After a storm, you also want to assess the remainder of your property including fences, air-conditioning units, caps, vents etc. If your vehicle was left out of the garage, it would also need to be checked over for damage.
    •        Crawl spaces and basements should be looked over for water or flooding.
        Document as much of the damage as possible by taking photos at various angles.


Finally, it’s important to comprehend your homeowner’s coverage, limits, and deductibles before a problem occurs. In case something happens, you’ll be thoroughly prepared for any storm or disaster. Should you need any help with water or storm damage or clean-up call the professionals from SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley at (478) 956-1214.

For more information, visit our website at

https://www.SERVPROthomastonforsythfortvalley.com/

How SERVPRO helps with Disaster Recovery

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley not only covers six counties in Georgia (Monroe, Lamar, Upson, Pike, Crawford and Peach), we are also on call and ready to respond to any severe weather in the country. We've lent a helping hand to storm teams in New York, Michigan, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Illinois. If needed, we can also call on a national SERVPRO storm team to respond.

The closest national SERVPRO storm team is in Birmingham, Alabama, and they manage 8 states if a wide-spread disaster were to strike. The 8 states they cover are: Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Missouri, and Florida. During these catastrophic events, Storm Team Wilson would mobilize in the area, bringing a large number of crews, equipment, and resources to customers affected. The storm team is managed from one office in Pelham, AL where they receive customer information, organize that information and respond to that customer quickly and professionally. They recruit crews starting with the closest to the affected area and move outward in concentric circles to ensure they are “faster to any size disaster.” 

What this means- no matter what size the disaster, SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley is ready to respond! 

For more information, visit SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth & Fort Valley online at:

SERVPROthomastonforsythfortvalley.com

Disaster Response

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley 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.

Faster Response

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.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Birmingham 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

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Birmingham, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (478) 956-1214

Facts and Figures on Tornadoes

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Tornadoes are known to cause widespread damage throughout the United States, especially in the Southern Plains and SouthEast. But how much do we truly know about these destructive entities that tear through our homes and businesses?

Here are a couple of quick facts about tornadoes:

  • The average tornado travels Southwest to Northeast but have been known to move in any direction.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3pm and 9pm but can occur at any time.
  • T. Theodore Fujita devised the F0-F5 Scale for tornadoes in 1971.
  • In 2006 the National Weather Service unveiled the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale).
  • A tornado normally appears transparent until it picks dust and mud from the ground.
  • The USA averages around 1,200 tornadoes every year, more than any other country.
  • In the southern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a clockwise direction. In the northern hemisphere tornadoes usually rotate in a counterclockwise direction.

Signs of Danger

  • Dark, green tinted sky
  • Large hail
  • Low-lying rotating cloud
  • Loud roar similar to a freight train

We are in the peak of tornado season here in Alabama and encourage everyone to be weather aware. Have a family plan in the event of a tornado warning. Know where your safe areas are wherever you are.

For more information, visit SERVPRO of Thomaston, Forsyth and Fort Valley online at:

SERVPROthomastonforsythfortvalley.com


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

Looking up storm events using NOAA Storm Data

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

The Storm Events Database contains the records used to create the official NOAA Storm Data publication, documenting: 

  1. The occurrence of storms and other significant weather phenomena having sufficient intensity to cause loss of life, injuries, significant property damage, and/or disruption to commerce;
  2. Rare, unusual, weather phenomena that generate media attention, such as snow flurries in South Florida or the San Diego coastal area; and
  3. Other significant meteorological events, such as record maximum or minimum temperatures or precipitation that occur in connection with another event.


The database currently contains data from January 1950 to November 2017, as entered by NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS). Due to changes in the data collection and processing procedures over time, there are unique periods of record available depending on the event type. NCEI has performed data reformatting and standardization of event types but has not changed any data values for locations, fatalities, injuries, damage, narratives and any other event specific information. Please refer to the Database Details page for more information. 

You can register your email address with NCEI to receive future information regarding access system downtime, data issues, new features and general news about the Storm Events Database. 

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information Storm Events Database:

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/stormevents/