Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tips on Staying Safe During A Tornado

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips on Staying Safe During A Tornado Severe thunderstorms can the be precursor to a tornado.

Severe weather season is well underway in the Triad and many of us are out and about and enjoying the outdoors.  So, what should you if you get an alert that there is severe weather in your area?  Here are some tips to better understand and prepare for taking shelter during a tornado.

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WATCH AND A WARNING

  • A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for producing tornadoes in your area.  Watches are typically issued to cover large areas and can last for several areas.  No tornado has been spotted and now is the time to prepare
  • A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sited or indicated on radar. This means there is imminent danger and you must seek shelter immediately.  Warning areas typically cover a much smaller area and are shorter in duration.

KEEP CALM AND SEEK SHELTER

If a warning has been issued quickly move to your basement or a small windowless room on the lowest floor of your home.  It is important to try to put as many walls between you and the outside as possible.  Get under a sturdy table or in a bathtub and cover your head and neck with a heavy blanket, coat or if time permits a mattress.  If you are in a mobile home, get out immediately and seek shelter elsewhere. Even if a mobile home is strapped down they are easily lifted by a tornado thus making them extremely dangerous.  Go to a storm shelter or neighbors.

HAVE AN EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT

In your “shelter area” keep a flashlight, first aid kit, extra shoes, weather radio and cell phone handy.  For a more detailed list of emergency supplies click here.

DON’T DRIVE

Tornadoes are unpredictable.  They can shift paths, speed up quickly and without warning.  If you are caught in your car pull to the side of the road as quickly as possible.  Leave your seat belt on and lower you head below window level and cover with whatever you can find such as a blanket or jacket.  If there is a ditch which is noticeably lower than the roadway exit your car and lie in the ditch keeping yourself covered as much as possible.

By staying tuned to your TV, radio or weather app on your cell you can know what is happening and prepare to protect your family.

April Showers Bring May Storms???

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

The old adage April showers brings May flowers may be true but April and May also bring more risk of severe weather.  April and May are generally the most active months in North Carolina for tornadoes. As well.  Tornadoes strike quickly and with incredible velocity.  Some tornadoes have been reported to have wind speeds of 300 miles per hours.  They can uproot trees, tear structures off their foundations and make the most innocuous items into deadly projectiles.

What Can you Do To Protect Yourself?

The safest place for yourself and your family is a basement or s storm cellar.  If that is unavailable an interior room on the lowest level is your next best location.

In addition to knowing where to go in the event of a storm having a battery powered weather radio is very important. The average warning time for a tornado is 13 minutes which means it is 13 minutes from the time the warning is issued to the projected landfall at your location.  With only 13 minutes to seek shelter practicing your family’s tornado drill regularly will save critical time.

Finally, make sure you have a disaster / emergency kit prepared and stored in your shelter area.  For more information on what you need to include in your kit please visit   www.ces.ncsu.edu

When Winter Storms Hit Thomasville

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Winter Storms Hit Thomasville When a pipe froze in a second story apartment it damaged several units around it.

Weather in the Piedmont us unpredictable.  That’s why it’s so important to know who to call when a disaster strikes.  From frozen pipes to tornadoes and everything in between the professionals at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville are here to help.  With our no cost assessments and 24-hour emergency services, our team is the go to restoration company in the area.

And since we are locally owned and operated as well centrally located in Davidson County, we can respond faster to any disasters you may face in your home or business.  From a small water leak to a catastrophic storm we have the team and equipment to get your home or business back to preloss conditions.

Finally, we offer free Emergency Response Planning.  Our mobile ERP program is designed to help home and business owners gather and access critical information needed in an emergency and have it available at the touch of your fingertips.

If you would like to learn more about our Storm Response Team or ERP Program give us a call today at 336-224-2565.

Be Prepared for Winter Weather

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

When you think of storm preparedness ones first thought might be of hurricanes or tornadoes, but winter weather can be even more unpredictable.  Fortunately, many of the same things you do to prepare for storms in the summer can be applied for your winter weather preparations.

In advance of the storm

  • Stock up on food that needs no cooking or refrigeration.  Be sure in your food stores you include food for pets, baby items and a can opener.
  • Update/Replace your Emergency Kit Staples including: NOAA Weather Radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, extra medicine and cat litter or and for icy areas on sidewalks or driveways.  Preplanning can help prevent you going out during the worse of the weather.
  • Before the storm arrives make sure weather stripping, insulation and storm windows are In place.  Clean out gutters and repair roof leaks.  Unplug any hoses attached to your home.  Inspect and clean fireplaces and inspect HVAC system.
  • Finally, when preparing don’t forget your automobile.  Having an emergency kit along with food, water and blankets can be critical if you are stranded during snow/ice event.  Your car’s emergency kit should include:
  • Cell phone, portable charger, booster cables, flares, tire pump, sand or cat litter for traction, flashlight, first aid kit, and plastic bags. 
  • Also, try to keep a full tank of gas and use deicing washer fluid in your windshield washer.

We can’t stop old man winter from coming but if you follow these suggestions you can be ready when he arrives.  And after his arrival you find yourselves in need of emergency restoration services give SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville a call.  With our 24 hour emergency services and no cost assessments we are the best choice for all your restoration needs.

Hurricanes: What You Need To Know

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricanes: What You Need To Know Flooding is one of the many ways homeowners can be affected by hurricanes.

Hurricanes are very powerful storms that form over the warm ocean waters.  The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30.  The peak season is from mid-August to late October.  According to readync.org North Carolina’s coast is one of the areas most open to direct hits due to our coastline extending further out into the Atlantic.  Hurricanes not only affect coastlines, but their impact can be felt hundreds of miles inland.  Some of the ways hurricanes can impact inland include but are not limited to flooding, high winds, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.  

Unlike tornadoes which usually only give you minutes to prepare, hurricanes can give you days even sometimes weeks to prepare.  If particularly strong storm is expected to impact your community you must prepare your family for what could happen.  Explaining the possible affect of the storm to your family especially your children can help ease anxiety.  The next thing you should do prepare an emergency kit for each member of your family, including your pets.  Your kit should include any medicines, food, water, flashlights, batteries, cash, a hand crank or battery-operated weather radio and any important documents such as insurance policies stored in a water tight container.

Know what to do when a hurricane strikes is critical to keeping your home and family safe.  SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville offers free emergency response planning at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/


September is National Preparedness Month Are You Ready for Whatever Happens to Your Business?

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Disasters and the resulting business interruptions the events cause can do more than just interrupt your work day. According to the US Department of Labor nearly 40% of businesses will never reopen after a disaster in the workplace.  That percentage jumps to over 50% if you include catastrophic storm damage to the equation.  No one plans on an emergency but with SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville’s free Emergency Readiness Program or “ERP” you can prepare for one. 

Why create an ERP?

Planning ahead speaks to the trust clients and employees have in your business and by preparing for an emergency it shows those same people the importance you place on them and you can demonstrate how serious you are in protecting what matters.

Our free mobile app focuses on response and recovery of your business thus makes it a perfect compliment to any other plan you may have in place.  A timely response during an emergency situation can minimize business interruptions associated with loss revenue and save you thousands of dollars in secondary damage.  How can something free do all that you ask?  The SERVPRO ERP complies all the critical information you would need in an emergency and has it available to you at the touch of your fingertips.

If you are interested in learning more about SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville’s  ERP Program give us a call at 336-224-2565 and schedule your appointment today.

Recognize flood damage before purchase

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flooding is one of the more common types of natural disaster across the globe. In fact, 40 percent of all disasters around the world can be attributed to flooding. Flooding causes deaths and millions of dollars worth of property damage each year. So, if you're in the market for a big ticket item such as a car or home knowing what to look for is critical before you sign on the dotted line.

After a particularly damaging storm, an influx of used cars may be available for purchase. It's often up to buyers to ensure they aren't purchasing a vehicle with water damage. Recognizing whether a car or truck has been damaged by flooding is not always easy and can take a trained eye. However, certain indicators can alert prospective buyers that a vehicle was once submerged in water.

* Excessive rusting: Certain parts of a vehicle's undercarriage will rust over time, especially after exposure to weather and salt products used on roadways to combat slick surfaces. But excessive rust or flaking metal that would not normally be associated with a late-model vehicle suggests water damage. While examining the undercarriage, look for sediment, mud and plant matter that may indicate the car was once submerged in water.

* Discolored carpeting: Check for water stains on mats, on carpeting and throughout the interior of the vehicle. Another warning sign is a used car with brand new upholstery, which may indicate the interior of the vehicle was replaced due to water damage.

* Strange odors: Water damage can make a car smell like mold and mildew, not unlike a musty basement. 

* Fogging or water droplets: Water damage often leaves condensation behind in headlights and taillights. Fogging or droplets of water where they don't belong may indicate water damage.

* Water lines: Inspect under the hood for evidence of water. Rising water may stain metal components or leave behind a noticeable line after receding.

If you are looking to purchase a car and suspect flood damage request your mechanic to review the vehicle and voice your suspicions.  If you suspect the property you are looking to buy or rent has water or flood damage give us a call at 336-224-2565 for your no cost assessment.

Is Your Thomasville Business Ready for Whatever Happens?

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Disasters and resulting business Interruptions can devastate Thomasville business.  Did you know according to the US Department of Labor nearly 40% of businesses won’t reopen after experiencing a disaster in their work place?  That percentage jumps to over 50% if you include catastrophic storm damage in the equation.  While no one can plan on a disaster you can plan for one.  By preparing now you can minimize business interruption and loss revenue.  You may also save thousands of dollars in reduced secondary damage.

How Do I Make an Emergency Plan?

Fortunately, you don’t have to plan, we have done it for you.  With SERVPRO’s Emergency Readiness Plan you can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.  Our ERP plan you can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. This mobile based plan store critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

Why the SERVPRO ERP?

A no cost assessment of your facility.

This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

  • It was purposely designed to contain only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • It will only take a little time to complete, however it will save you a lot of time if ever needed.
  • Establishes SERVPRO® of Lexington and Thomasville as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • This gives you piece of mind that should you ever need cleanup or restoration services, you have a trusted local provider that will be there for you 24/7.

If you would like more information about the SERVPRO ERP plan or would like to schedule one for your facility give us a call at 336-224-2565.

Lexington Homeowner Thankful For Professionalism

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lexington Homeowner Thankful For Professionalism Homeowner bakes the SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville a cake to thank them for their service.

During the winter a Lexington homeowner was shocked to find icicles handing from the back of the property. During the cold a water supply line in the attic burst and flooded the all three floors of the property.  The difficult part of this equation is the property owner was selling the Lexington home and living in Boone.  She was overwhelmed at the prospect of trying to handle the restoration of the property while living two hours away but she trusted the professionals of SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville to get her property back to preloss condition and was thrilled with the results.  Our team of trained professionals walked her through the process and kept her up-to-date on everything going on with her property.  At each step of the process our homeowner was grateful she had chosen the right team for the job and in return she baked our team a cake to show her gratitude.  

Staying Safe During Thunderstorms

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Staying Safe During Thunderstorms Watching a good storm can be an entertaining summertime activity.

Few things grab our attention like a thunderstorm. Steamy temperatures and turbulent atmospheric conditions often conspire to produce amazing visual pyrotechnics and house-shaking booms. Thunderstorms occur when cold upper air descends and warm, moist air rises. When these air masses collide, they form thick cumulonimbus clouds, often referred to as 'thunderheads.' Thunderstorms may begin and end in an instant, or several storms may string together to make thunder and lighting clusters. While thunderstorms can occur during any time of the year, they're more likely to occur in spring and summer. According to a NASA study, the most intense and powerful thunderstorms occur in the eastern part of the Andes mountains in Argentina. But strong thunderstorms can occur just about anywhere moisture, unstable air and lift (from sea breezes or mountains) causes air to rise up. Thunderstorms have the potential to cause significant damage and injuries, most notably from lightning strikes. It's always wise to seek shelter during a thunderstorm so you are protected from lightning, falling limbs from trees and hail, which often accompanies thunderstorms. Despite thunderstorms' harmful potential, they can be very enjoyable to watch or chase. But storm spectators should keep these tips in mind.

 Watch thunderstorms from the safety of indoors. It may be tempting to be out in the storm, but if you head outside during a storm, you are risking injury or even death. Consider watching a storm from the comfort of inside a garage, where you can leave the door open and see, hear and smell the storm while it comes through.

Keep flashlights or candles handy. Strong storms can knock out power. Always have a backup light source readily available in case the power goes out. Also, you may need a battery-powered radio or a charged mobile phone at the ready to keep up on storm alerts. 

Keep pets in an interior room so they do not get too spooked. Thunderstorms frighten many animals, so pets should not share in your storm-watching endeavors. They may injure themselves trying to escape the noise. It's best if pets are kept in a quiet, dark space until the storm has ended. 

Steer clear of standing bodies of water. Downed power lines may leach electricity through puddles, potentially causing electrocution if people are standing in puddles. Do not touch any wires that seem suspicious. Water is an easy conduit for lightning, so avoid any bodies of water during a thunderstorm. 

If you're caught in a thunderstorm and don't have indoor shelter, do not seek shelter under trees, which can attract lightning strikes. Accuweather.com advises that people who cannot find reasonable shelter after a storm should take steps to minimize their risk of being struck or injured. Crouch as low to the ground as you can, but do not lie down on the ground or put your hands down. Stay on just your feet to cover as little ground as possible. You also want to be as low as you can to reduce your risks of being a lightning target. Keep anything that is a good electrical conductor away from you. Summer weather is bound to include some thunderstorms. Where there is thunder, there's lightning, and remember to stay safe by watching these storms from a distance and making smart choices. 

Flooding Facts

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Floods can be highly destructive natural disasters. The U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Science School says that around 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. National Geographic points out that flooding has caused more death and destruction than any other kind of natural disaster in the United States. Flooding may result from overflowing streams or rivers; when coastal storms cause the sea to surge inland; if a dam or levee has ruptured; if ice melts rapidly in the mountains; or if excessive rain cannot be absorbed by the ground fast enough. Flooding can even occur without warning, and such instances are referred to as “flash flooding.” Staying safe during floods involves understanding floods. The following information, courtesy of the Emergency Management Institute, FEMA, Ready.gov, and National Geographic, can help men and women better understand floods and how to stay safe in flooding situations.

• No region is safe from flooding. Floods can occur anywhere, but are rare in areas where water is scarce.

• Floods may develop very slowly or in just a matter of seconds after an extensive rainfall.

• Areal floods can occur where saturated grounds are present.

• Although the term “hundred-year flood” describes an extremely large and very rare event, these types of floods have recently been occurring worldwide with increased regularity.

• In the United States, floods cause about $6 billion worth of damage and kill, on average, 140 people every year.

• Coastal flooding alone attributes to $3 trillion in damage worldwide.

• Flood waters can quickly knock people off their feet and carry them away.

• It’s important to sanitize oneself after coming in contact with flood water, which could be contaminated with various natural and manmade substances.

• It may be necessary to move to higher ground when flooding situations occur. It’s important to heed safety precautions and evacuation messages.

• Rapidly moving water has the potential to carry a house, car, trees, or other structures away. • Drivers should not try to navigate through flood waters. Many deaths that occur during floods happen when drivers try to move through flood waters.

• It’s imperative to keep an emergency kit, nonperishable food, flashlights, and batteries on hand to combat potential disasters like floods.

• Flood damage is not necessarily covered by homeowners insurance. Those who live in high-risk flood zones would be wise to purchase flood insurance to protect themselves. Floods can be formidable foes. Armed with information, people can be safer when the waters rise.

Prevent Frozen Pipes While Traveling

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

During winter, many people plan vacations to warmer climates so they can enjoy a relaxing respite from the snow and ice. While travelers are enjoying the sand and surf, their homes may be in danger from extreme weather conditions. According to the State Farm Insurance Company, frozen water pipes affect quarter-million families each winter. Both copper and plastic pipes can freeze. State Farm notes that a single 1⁄8-inch crack in a pipe can result in up to 250 gallons of water leakage per day. Flood water can contribute to serious structural damage, mold and a host of other problems. Water expands as it freezes, so pipes can be put under strain if the pressure from expanding water has nowhere to go, offers the American Red Cross.

Pipes that tend to freeze most frequently include those exposed to severe cold, such as outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool lines and water sprinkler systems. However, even pipes inside a home, such as those in unheated areas or those that run against exterior walls, can freeze. To avoid returning from a relaxing winter escape to find a home in need of repair thanks to frozen pipes, homeowners can take these steps.

• Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces to help maintain higher temperatures within the areas where some water pipes may run.

• Pipes themselves can be insulated with special coverings or sleeves. Homeowners also can explore heat tape or wrap pipes in heat cables controlled by their thermostats.

• Disconnect outdoor hoses, and drain water from pipes leading to outdoor faucets. Turn off the indoor valve to shut off the water supply to the outdoors, but leave the outdoor bib in the “open” position to allow water to drip and relieve pressure should some freezing occur.

• The same technique can be applied indoors. A trickle of hot and cold water can keep pipes from freezing during extremely cold snaps of weather. • Set the thermostat to a consistent temperature, ensuring that the temperature indoors will not drop dramatically overnight. The temperature should be no less than 55 F. • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach under sinks and appliances. • Check around the house for drafty areas that can contribute to colder temperatures in garages, basements and crawl spaces. 

And remember if your home or business does experience a loss due to a frozen pipe call the professionals at SERVPRO of Lexington / Thomasville.  We are here to help.

Warning signs of disaster scams

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

When natural disasters strike such as Hurricane Harvey and Irma, many people immediately ask what they can do to help. Some may volunteer at disaster sites, while others may offer financial donations from afar. While donors'efforts are always sincere. Fraudulent websites, bulk email solicitations and texting scams that encourage donations are each means by which criminals take advantage of conscientious donors. As eager as prospective donors may be to lend a financial hand when disaster strikes, it's important to take the time to confirm that an organization is legitimate and not an operation organized by fraudsters looking to make a fast buck.  Research the organization before donating.  If they are asking for personal information such as social security numbers or using high pressure tactics this may be an indication of a scam.

Other scammers may stop by and knock on doors and promise to restore property and contents immediately if you can pay upfront.  This should be an immediate red flag. Do not ever hand over payment before work begins.  Legitimate contractors and restoration companies will walk you through to process and have you sign a contract explained exactly what work will be done and the payment agreements.  Also, ask for references or contact the BBB and make sure they are a reputable company.

Flooding

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, flooding is becoming more frequent along the coastlines of the United States. Studying measurements from tide gauges at locations along U.S. coasts, the NOAA found that nearly every site measured has experienced an increase in coastal flooding since the 1950s. The mid-Atlantic region experienced the highest number of coastal flood days and also the largest increases in flooding from 1950 to 2015. Since 2010, no area has flooded more often than Wilmington, North Carolina, which flooded an average of 49 days per year. The United States Environmental Protection Agency notes that higher sea levels pose a number of threats to coastal communities, including making coastal infrastructure more vulnerable to damage from storms because that infrastructure was not designed to withstand frequent inundation or exposure to salt water. Coastal flooding, the EPA notes, also can affect human health by increasing the risk that drinking water and wastewater infrastructure will fail, potentially exposing people to pathogens and harmful chemicals.

But flooding is not exclusive to coastlines or waterway.  Flash flooding, hurricanes, and prolonged rainy season cans affect any property not just those in a flood plane.  Knowing this having a conversation with you insurance provider to determine what is and isn't covered in your policy will help prepare you in the event that this happens to you.

September is National Preparedness Month

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville realizes no one plans on being affected by a disaster but we can help you prepare for one.  September is National Preparedness Month and we want to help you prepare your home and business for whatever comes your way.  

The first step in your planning process is to determine what type of disasters your plan will cover.  You may want to begin with the most common type of situation in your area such as flash flooding or tornadoes.  Know how to contact each member of your family throughout the day in the event of an emergency situation is critical as is establishing a family meeting place.  Having a clear thought out plan can save time which could be critical. 

Next thing to consider is a list of the supplies each family member (both two and four legged) needs specifically for their daily living needs.  Remember to include medications, water, sanitary supplies such as diapers and wipes.  If you are storing canned food remember to pack a manual can opener. A weather radio and extra batteries are important if this is a slow moving event.

If this still seems a bit overwhelming, SERVPRO offers and free mobile based emergency response plan or “ERP” that can help you begin the process.  The app is free and can be downloaded for any android/iphone mobile device.  We even offer to complete these profiles for free for businesses.  Having a plan in place can’t prevent a disaster from occurring but preparing for one can help you get back to your life much more quickly.

Severe Weather Can Affect Your Thomasville Home

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Living in the heart of the Triad has its benefits but is has its drawbacks as well. While we can drive to the coast or the mountains in a couple of hours we can also experience the same types of damage as those regions as well.  Hurricanes, tornadoes, major snow storms and ice events are just of the few catastrophic storms our region can face.  That’s why it’s so important to have a name you can trust when storm damage hits your Thomasville home. No matter how your home is damaged from a storm, SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville is prepared to respond to your emergency with best practices, advanced gear, and with the goal to ease your mind and get you back into your home as soon as possible. 

Understanding the Hazards After a Storm
The National Weather Service is constantly at work trying to create a better warning system for thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters that can affect our region.  While warning times have steadily increased to help people take the step to protect their family and property knowing who to call after the storm hits your Thomasville home or business is critical. That’s why SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville are the professionals you know and trust. As a family owned and operated business we have a stake in this community.  We not only work here but live here as well so we know we will be working with our friends and neighbors.  Unlike other restoration companies we pride ourselves of being life long residents of this community and know the value of calling Davidson County home.

Severe storms can cause a number of issues such as flooding, fallen trees, tornadoes, and even hurricanes that come in from the coast. While you cannot prevent the storms from impacting your region there are things you can do to respond if a crisis like this occurs. Keep an eye on the weather.  Some storms such as major winter events and hurricanes are slow moving and can give you time to prepare your home for the upcoming event.  Other things like tornadoes and severe thunderstorms strike with out warning.  With our 148 Guidelines we can be on site within hours.  Our guidelines are as follows: 

148 Emergency Response Guidelines:

1– Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will contact your Insured to arrange for service. 

4– Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Franchise Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary).

8– Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the adjuster by a SERVPRO franchise Professional.

Contact Us

If your home or business experiences a loss due to storm damage, contact SERVPRO of Lexington/Thomasville at (336) 224-2565. No matter what type of damage your home has been affected by, you can count on our specialists to respond to your emergency.  With our 24-hour emergency service we are here to help any day, any time.

How to protect a coastal property

7/17/2017 (Permalink)

Many people dream of owning coastal properties. Some aspire to have a home away from home for vacations or long weekends, while others move to the coast to be nearer to family or when they reach retirement age. Living close to the water can be relaxing, and it's hard to beat the fresh air and the relaxing sound of the waves. However, coastal homes require some unique upkeep that prospective buyers should familiarize themselves with before buying a property. Salt water Salt buildup is one of the pitfalls of living close to the ocean. Salt is corrosive to metal components, so homeowners are advised to avoid metal parts in various areas of construction on their homes. Windows and doors are particularly at risk because they face the constant onslaught of Mother Nature. Fiberglass, vinyl and aluminum are less corrosive than other metal parts and should be considered in window framing. Homeowners may need to apply lubricant to moving parts, locks and fasteners to keep them moving smoothly. Consult with a lawn and garden expert about which coastal plants thrive with high levels of salt in the air. Professionals can make recommendations on low-maintenance landscapes that will not be damaged by the sun and salt. Humidity and salt concentrations also can cause concern indoors. Mold likes damp, dark conditions, so homeowners should do their best to keep their homes dry and well-ventilated. Rely on dehumidifiers to take moisture out of the air. Install more vents to draw air outside and create fresh air flow. Coastal flooding Coastal flooding is another concern for homeowners who live close to the water. Prospective buyers should first determine if the house they want to buy is in a flood zone or an evacuation zone. This is information that may come up when applying for homeowner's insurance, as flood insurance is a separate policy. Individuals may have to take special measures to protect their homes from incoming tides or high waters during storms. The National Flood Insurance Program provides a flood damage simulator to predict the total cost of flood repair based on the height of the water. For one to four inches of water, the estimated repair cost is $7,800. For nine to 12 inches, the estimate is $18,930. At 18 inches, the estimated cost is $26,285. Homeowners may want to invest in lifting their homes or taking other preventative measures if coastal flooding is common. Privacy and safety Living by the ocean can be great, but coastal towns are often a magnet for tourists. Homeowners with seaside homes or homes in popular tourist areas may want to take extra steps to create privacy and security. Fencing and natural windblocks can block the view of backyards and other outdoor spaces. An alarm system can offer peace of mind in areas close to resort towns. Adequate lighting can deter trespassers as well. Living by the ocean is a dream for many people. The increased upkeep required on a coastal home is often a small price to pay for such luxury, but it's something prospective buyers should consider before buying a home.

Severe Weather Preparedness Week

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Severe Weather Preparedness Week is March 5-11, 2017 and marks the unofficial start to severe storm season in the state although tornadoes and thunderstorms can strike any time of the year. During this time of the year most people in Davidson County associate severe weather with Tornadoes.  A tornado is a violent windstorm characterized by a twisting, funnel-shaped cloud. It is spawned by a thunderstorm or a hurricane. Tornadoes occur when cool air overrides a layer of warm air, forcing the warm air to rise rapidly. The damage results from high wind velocities and wind-blown debris. They can strike with incredible velocity. Wind speeds may approach up to 300 miles per hour. These storms can uproot trees, destroy structures and turn harmless objects into deadly missiles, all in a matter of seconds.

We average of 31 tornadoes in our state while the plains and the deep south are the states at greatest risk.

Staying informed is the way to be prepared and stay safe and the best way to stay informed is with a weather radio.  Families should also have an emergency kit of essential supplies as well as a family communication plan.  To learn more about what to include in your emergency kit as well as how to build a family communication plan visit https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes

Lexington Homeowners Concentrate Efforts On Preparations To Battle Storm Damages!

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lexington Homeowners Concentrate Efforts On Preparations To Battle Storm Damages! SERVPRO Helps Prepare and Prevent Storm Damage to Your Lexington Home

SERVPRO Offers Advise and a Software Program--ERP--to Mitigate Storm Damage

A series of torrential downpours, followed by hurricane-force winds, swept through the surrounding area over the last week. Homes of all shapes and sizes succumb to flooding, leaving homeowners stranded, seeking assistance with repairs to their homes.

Prepare yourselves and your homes in Lexington, to battle possible storm damage. It can be the most valuable thing you do, but hardly the most expensive. Ensure that you have the mindset of preparing for the worst, yet, hoping for the best.
 
At SERVPRO we would like to recommend you checking a few things off ahead of time, take a relatively proactive approach to protecting your family home this hurricane season. Start by investing in a proper insurance policy to cover the full cost of rebuilding, storm damages and especially, flooding. Have a professional survey performed on your home, tally the value of your possessions each year, so that you have a complete list of your valuables and know exactly how much your home is worth. Ask SERVPRO to visit your property and set up our ERP mobile app to provide contact information, relevant infrastructure information, and an immediate action plan to mitigate losses from fire, water, or storms.
 
Invest in the item with the largest potential of causing terrible damage to your home, your roof. Have your roof properly inspected, add water sealing where possible and even check into the installation of roof straps, if you can access your roof through your attic. When you have missing or damaged tiles or shingles, you offer wind and water a rather large opening to wreak havoc on your home. Contact your insurance company to see if you qualify for wind mitigation premium reduction.
 
Take the time to have a qualified professional inspect various areas of your home for integrity, if you have a porch, carport, or other structure hanging off the side of your house that looks like a wing, that is what it will act like during a storm. Potentially ripping the side of your house off, it is better to have these structures firmly anchored to the ground.
 
Have a qualified professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, inspect all door and window seals; this can help prevent side-winds from blowing rain directly into your home. While also looking into having sump pumps and any necessary drainage installed to assist with avoiding flooding where possible.
 
When you know, winds are approaching gale-force strength, check the areas around your home of any potential projectiles. The grill, lawn furniture, and even garden gnomes qualify here, store them indoors or secure them to the ground until the crisis has passed. If you have a garage, these doors are rather flimsy. Reinforce your existing door by installing a vertical garage door brace and horizontal wooden beams to protect it against high winds.
 
Contact our offices at SERVPRO of North Davidson County today for additional insight and information on available services. (336) 224-2565