Recent Storm Damage Posts
Preparing for a fall rainy season - Fort Worth, TX
With temperatures soaring towards 99 degrees this week, it’s hard to imagine that just a few months ago we were practically drowning with all the rain we were getting. What I wouldn’t give to be back at that spot! I love the rainy season, and I know a lot of us are praying for a little bit of rain to help beat the heat.
But it’s good to point out that with fall coming up, the rain will be coming soon. After all, fall is our second tornado season of the year. It’s important to make sure that your house is in tip top shape, in preparation for the fall and winter months to come. Here’s a handy checklist:
- Clean out gutters and make sure they are in working order. Broken or clogged gutters can lead to overflow or worse and cause water damage to your home.
- Ensure that flower beds are draining properly.
- Check door seals and window seals to make sure that no water can get in from inside.
- Make no shingles are damaged on the roof and replace the ones that are.
If you find yourself in the middle of a water damage caused by rain, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Hurricane season has officially begun! With the first storm hitting New Orleans just a few weeks ago, it’s important that we’re storm aware until late November, when storm season finally ends. In the event of a hurricane making it far enough inland to North Texas, we need to make sure our house is well protected from winds, hail, and rain. Do a thorough inspection of your home and repair any problem areas that you may see. If vacationing on a beach in the next few months, make sure to keep an eye on the weather and make proper safety kits and have emergency plans in place in the event of a hurricane.
Has your house been affected by storm damage? Give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Flooding in Fort Worth!
While we don’t have the rain totals quite yet for June, April and May already blew last years totals out of the water (see what I did there?). April of last year we got 0.77 inches of rain, this year we got 6.78! In May of last year, we got 1.87 inches of rain, and this year we got 8.15! How wild is that? No wonder we felt like we were under water for a good portion of the spring.
Rainy seasons like that are why it’s important that we are prepared for the rainy season and the flash flooding that can come with it. Be sure to stay aware of your surroundings at all times when the rains come – especially like the ones we’ve had the last couple of weeks where it’s been literal sideways rain.
When you get the alert for a flash flood in your area, get to higher land. And if you see a flooded roadway, turn around and don’t drown!
If you’ve been hit by the recent flood waters, give us a call today at 817.590.3086!
Fall Storm Preparation
It seems like the wet days are behind us! We were a little waterlogged there for a while, though we’re very thankful we weren’t quite so under water as Oklahoma and other parts of the country were. But that doesn’t mean things are in the clear for us! In just three months’ time, past the heat of the summer, we’ve got fall upon us. And while we don’t get snow like the rest of the country, we do get rain and quite a bit of it!
It’s important to waterproof your house now that the spring rainy season is done in preparation for the fall rainy season. After all, fall is considered to be the second tornado season. We had a few pretty windy storms here the last couple of weeks, so it’d be a good idea to make sure all your shingles are in place and replace any that are missing or broken. Make sure your windows and doors are sealed properly and fix any leaks that you may have noticed from this season’s storms.
If you do find yourself with storm damage, give us a call at 817.560.3086
Storm Season in Fort Worth, TX
It seems as though storm season has passed now that we are in mid-June. But as the ground dries up under the 100-degree weather we are most likely staring down, we’ve got to remember that there is still the chance of summer afternoon rains, and the detriment that can come with them.
Take for example this last Sunday, when a random microburst tore through DFW. It knocked out power to residence in Dallas county for several days. It downed power lines and trees, and even knocked over a huge crane in downtown Dallas an killed one person and injured several more.
That’s why it’s important to always be storm ready here in DFW. Where severe weather can strike at any time and be incredibly dangerous. It’s a good idea to keep your house weather proofed as well. Take some time in the downtime during the beginning of spring and fall to make sure your home is prepped for spring weather. Check shingles, trim back trees, check window and door seals. It’d be a good idea to make sure your electronics are plugged into surge protectors too.
If you’ve been hit by storm damage, give us a call today at 817.560.3086!
Fort Worth Emergency Kit
Flash Floods and heavy rains can cause huge issues in Fort Worth, Texas. Always be prepared with your emergency kit!
In Fort Worth, Texas, weather can change at the drop of a hat. Keeping an emergency kit in your home, car, and/or business can help you get through the disaster unscathed. Fort Worth sees all kinds of disasters from floods, to ice storms, to tornadoes. Check the list below to see what you should include in your kit.
- Water: One gallon of water for each person per day. This should be enough for both drinking and hygiene such as brushing your teeth. 3 Days is a good amount to be prepared for.
- Food: Make sure you are packing non-perishable food items. Again, a 3-day supply is ideal. Make sure you are storing these items properly… Nothing takes a situation from bad to worse quite like food poisoning.
- Flashlight: A powerful flashlight can be a lifesaver if your power is knocked out during a flood in Fort Worth. Make sure you also pack extra batteries if your light is not a hand crank flashlight.
- Battery-Operated Radio: Cell phones are a great tool for receiving information quickly, but if the power goes out, your cell phone is likely to die as well. Radios are one of the best ways to make sure you are up to date on all emergency information in Fort Worth, Texas. Be sure to pack extra batteries for your radio as well.
- First Aid Kit: A first aid kit can seem like a lifesaver, even when you need something as simple as a Band-Aid. These kits are relatively easy to assemble yourself, or you can order one on Amazon, or just pick one up from your local Fort Worth Walmart.
- Tools: A simple toolkit is something every household should have. This way you can take care of some issues yourself while you wait for the flood water to recede or the ice to melt so that you can get a professional in to tackle the problem.
- Medications: Always be sure you have your prescriptions on hand. It is also a good idea to pack basic medicine for headaches etc. as well.
- Baby and/or Pet Supplies: Make sure you have everything you need for each member of your family. Diapers, formula, pet food, and anything else you need to make sure everyone is taken care of.
- Cash: Cards don’t always work in an emergency. Cash is a surefire way to make sure you can pay for the things you need in Fort Worth.
- Important Documents: Depending on the situation, you may want to make sure that you have birth certificates, social security cards, insurance cards, etc. with you.
- Sleeping Bags/Blankets: If the power goes out, you will not be able to regulate the temperature in your home or office, and if you are in your vehicle, you may be stranded somewhere. Keeping a sleeping bag or blankets in your car can help keep you warm even if it is cold and gross in Fort Worth.
- Change of Clothes: A change of clothes can feel like a life saver if you have gotten the clothes you are wearing wet or soiled in some other way. Pack a few extra shirt and undergarments if you know you will be traveling or away from home in potentially hazardous conditions. Always remember to bring a jacket as well, Fort Worth may be hot most of the time, but it can get chilly when the sun goes down.
Signs of a Tornado
Sometimes, weather forecasting isn’t perfect. Sometimes, tornadoes do sneak by meteorologists and weather radars. It’s important to know the signs for a tornado, just incase one does happen and there is no warning for your area. Here is a list courtesy of NOAA for what to look and listen for (it also includes other tornado-preparedness information):
- Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base. You can often see a funnel drop.
- Unfortunately, sometimes tornadoes don’t have a funnel. Look for whirling dust or debris on the ground under a lowered wall cloud.
- Hail or heavy rain that’s followed by dead calm – meaning no rain, wind, anything or look for a fast, intense wind shift. A lot of times tornadoes are rain wrapped and can’t be seen.
- Loud or continuous roar or rumbled, often described as being similar sounding to a freight train, that doesn’t fade after a few seconds like thunder does.
- During the night time, look for a persistent lowering from a wall could. It could be illuminated or silhouetted by lighting. Look for white power flashes, which are caused by powerlines being snapped in a tornado or very strong winds.
This storm season, stay safe! Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook for all your restoration needs at 817.560.3086!
Storm Damage in Fort Worth, Texas
We don’t really pay attention to small storms here in the Fort Worth area. We’re used to so much bigger storms, right? Rain with the occasional downpour and roll of thunder may seem relaxing to some. However, sometimes it’s the smaller storms that cause the biggest damage.
Smaller storms can rip off just a few shingles on your roof, allowing rain to leak into your attic. Unfortunately, if left undiscovered it can lead to problems such as stains on the walls and ceilings, musty and unpleasant smells, and mold. You can learn more about undetected water damage in your home on our blog here.
If there are undiscovered and left open holes, then pests such as insects, rodents, and birds can come in and make their home in yours and cause more damage than just water.
After a storm, it’s important to do a check of your home. If you suspect you have damage call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook, 24/7! 817.560.3086
What's The Difference Between A Flood Watch And A Flood Warning?
When it comes to North Texas, I feel like we can either get a whole bunch of rain at once or no rain at all. There is no in between, and for that reason flooding is a problem here. But, when it comes to flooding, when is it a time to take it seriously and not just get annoyed by the blaring alert noise on your phone? Below is a handy guide.
Flood Watch: Just a tornado or thunderstorm watch, flood watches occur when the conditions are favorable. It doesn’t mean that flooding will occur, just that it is possible we may see flooding.
Flash Flood Warning: If there has been a flash flood that has been issued for your area: react immediately, especially if you are in a flood prone area. A warning means that flooding is occurring or imminent in your area. You need to move to higher ground as quickly as possible. If you don’t see it, it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Flash floods can occur in a matter or minutes to a few hours.
Flood Warning: If you are under a flood warning, that means flooding is happening in your area. Take action immediately and move to higher ground.
You may find yourself asking… what’s the difference between a flash flood and just a regular flood. The National Weather Service states that a flood is an overflow of water onto normally dry land. It can be caused by rising water in rivers, streams, or even drainage ditches. A flash flood is caused by receiving a large amount of rainfall in a short period of time and cause raging torrents.
If your home has suffered from flood damage recently, give SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook a call at 817.560.3086.
What To Do In The Event Of A Storm?
Even though the end of spring and the start of summer was last week, here in North Texas that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re in the clear for severe weather. Severe weather can pop up any time during the summer, and especially when we transition from summer to fall. We know what to do during storms (go inside to a non-outside facing room, close curtains and blinds... etc.) but what about after the storm? Below are three helpful tips in the event that your home has suffered storm damage.
- Safety is the number goal! Make sure you and your family are safe after the threat of the storm has passed. Watch out for safety hazards such as broken glass and exposed nails. If you’re dealing with flood waters be sure to wear protective clothing like boots, gloves, eye protection and masks. If your home has been damaged by flood waters, it can contain bacteria, sewage, or other dangers.
- To help with filing your insurance claim, document the damage! Take videos and pictures of your whole property, and from different angles too. Take photos of all the damage from the inside and the outside.
- In the event of a flood, extracting the water is the most important step to restoring your home! As soon as you hang up the phone, we will be on our way to your location immediately with the proper equipment to begin extracting and drying. We will also evaluate your belongings to see if they can be cleaned and restored.
We here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook take storms and storm clean up seriously. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to help with whatever happens. Give us a call today at 817.560.3086
Protecting Your Business Against Tornadoes
Every year in the United States there are around 1,000 tornadoes, with Texas being one of the states with the highest number of outbreaks (an average of 132 tornadoes). While only three tornadoes touched down in Tarrant County last year, and it’s been a quiet year so far this year, it’s still important to make sure your business is prepared for a tornado at any given time during tornado season.
Protecting Your Employees
The most important thing to do is protect your employees. Without your employees you wouldn’t have a business, after all! If you haven’t already call SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook to set up an Emergency Readiness Program.
During storm season, be sure to pay attention and monitor the weather – especially if there’s a change of severe storms for the day, or a tornado watch in your county. Purchase a NOAA weather radio that’s either battery powered or hand-crank. Download a weather app for your phone, preferably one that offers you notifications when there is a watch or warning issued for your area.
Make sure your employees know where the designated safe room is in the event of a tornado. The room should have no windows or outside facing walls. Close interior doors to help compartmentalize the building and put more barriers between you and flying debris. If you have employees out in the field, plan with them in case severe weather strikes.
Protect Your Property
If you’re building a new location, work with your contractor or architect to ensure high wind rated products are being used. Make sure your employees have a place to go as well – be it a tornado shelter, safe room, or interior room.
If you’re not building a new location, and you’re able to (with the property management company or landlord’s permission) retrofit your property. This can include reinforcing the roof by bracing and strapping the roof, make your doors more wind resistant. Even building a tornado shelter is a good idea. Proper maintenance of the business grounds such as trimming trees and bushes, as they can fall on building walls or roofs and damage the structure. Make thorough inspections of your building to make sure everything is in place and missing or loose.
If a storm hits your commercial building, we know what to do! Call SERVPRO of Lake Worth Benbrook at 817.560.3086
Hail Damage Prevention
Did you know that there are around 3,000 hailstorms in the United States annually? Even though some of these storms aren’t quite severe enough to produce tornadoes, or even floods, they can still cost you a ton of money in property damage. Here at SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook we are prone to hail storms and they can be the costliest type of severe weather in the state of Texas after hurricanes.
While we can’t completely prevent hail damage, we can lessen the impact by preparing our homes from the inevitable. Here’s a small list of ways you can protect your home:
- Pay close attention to the weather – Keep an eye on your TV or phone, it will often give you a warning.
- Repair your roof – Inspect your roof before the storm season starts. If you find any damage, be sure to repair the issues right away. Even if the damage is something as tiny as a broken shingle, it can make way to bigger problems in the future.
- Trim your trees – If hail can put dents into a parked car, it can definitely cause cracks in branches. Damaged branches can fall and damage your roof or car.
- Close the drapes/blinds – If a storm is coming, close your drapes! Hail can hit your windows and cause the glass to break. Drapes can prevent debris that can be carried inside your home from the wind.
And as always: stay safe! If your property does sustain storm damage, SERVPRO of Lake Worth/Benbrook is here to help! Call us 24/7 at 817.560.3086