Recent Storm Damage Posts

Strong Storms

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

You may be aware that a storm is headed your way, because you caught the weather forecast or maybe a friend told you. However some storms can be stronger than you expect. Here are some tips if you find yourself in a storm. 

If you are out side and it is lightning, do not us a metal umbrella. And quickly try to find shelter.

If you are inside and the winds are very strong, stay away from windows. If there is a possibility of a tornado, go to the basement . If you don't have a basement, find a place in the house that doesn't have windows.

If you have damage to your home due to a storm. Call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of Fayette County

Tracie " Dusty" Nichols

724-628-3022

Water Damage From Heavy Rains

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage From Contaminated Water 

DO'S:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON'TS:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to contaminated areas.

Note: If exposed to harmful waste, OSHA recommends a post-exposure medical evaluation. Consult your local health department or physician.

Do You Have Contaminated Water? Call SERVPRO of Fayette!

"Like it never even happened."

Tracie "Dusty" Nichols

SERVPRO of Fayette County PA

1211 Avon Dr.

Connellsville, PA 15425

724-628-3022

Put Property Owners Back in Control

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

           SERVPRO Franchise Professionals

Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss conditions, doing all we can to make it "Like it never even happened." Every SERVPRO Franchise Professional is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped.

Like it was never dirty, like it never overflowed, like it never caught fire, like it never spilled, like it never smoldered - whatever the case, with SERVPRO our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened." 

If you find yourself in need of a deep cleaning, water clean up, smoke clean up and/or build back to your property, give SERVPRO a call.

"Like it never even happened."

1121 Avon Dr.

Connellsville, PA 15424

724-628-3022

Speed and Efficiency

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Storms are an aggressive demonstration of the power of nature and it usually happens in the blink of an eye before you can prepare. Storms can cause a significant amount of damage from high winds, heavy rainfall or even hail if its big enough or if its in a high volume. Storms and the damage they cause happen fast, but luckily SERVPRO's Service Response Guidelines assure that representative and crew will be in contact and helping faster than you can even say you need help. 

Here at SERVPRO we pride ourselves in having a fast response time so that people can avoid maximum damage and prevent other loss. The longer it takes for the problem to be corrected, more damage is done over time to that property and our fast response time really combats this making SERVPRO the clear choice in the face of a storm. 

Loss Recovery

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

During a storm, even sometimes the little ones, something gets damaged. Whether the damage is minuscule and unnoticeable or huge and something you can help but notice, SERVPRO is always there to help remedy the problem in a timely manner. We cant bring back lost or damaged goods but we can clean and restore almost anything that is still intact, as well as rebuild structures that were broken or damaged during the storm. 

Here at SERVPRO of Fayette, we do reconstruction on damaged and toppled structures after a storm rolls through and flattens everything in its path. This is a really good way for the customer to feel at peace about his loss and actually believe that they're on the path to recovery and the normalization of their lives. 

Ice/Snow Storm

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Ice storms, snow storms, and extreme cold can cause damages that sometimes can be easily avoided and sometimes can't be avoided at all. Some of these catastrophic events that can happen are frozen pipes, snow build up on roofs causing them to collapse, property damage from ice and other calamities caused by ice and outside influencing factors. These events cause greater damage within the property as well.

Frozen pipes could lead them to burst and cause water damage throughout the house or area in which the pipe is in. A collapsing roof can cause injury to anyone under it as well as water damage from all the snow melting after it collapses. That snow on top could also possibly melt and seep through the cracks of your house also causing water damage in extreme cases. The possibility of property damage and calamity goes up in the winter, luckily SERVPRO will always be around to help make it "Like it never even happened." 

What Can You Do To Minimize Storm Damage?

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is finally here. Even though “April showers bring May flowers,” Mother Nature sometimes throws storms at us as well. Storms have the ability to cause a catastrophic mess but  SERVPRO of Fayette County & SERVPRO of Morgantown has the ability to put it all back “Like it never even happened.” quickly and efficiently. We may not be able to control the weather but there are a few things you can do before a storm to try to minimize the damage;

  • Put all important documents and photos in a water /fire proof safe
  • Discuss your home insurance policy with your agent.
  • Keep the name, address, insurance policy and claims reporting telephone number of your insurer and agent in a safe place.
  • Take photos of your home and belongings and keep in a safe place for insurance purposes.
  • Make a Home inventory list. Include things like the model and serial number, description, and cost at time of purchase.
  • Inspect your roof at least twice a year by either yourself or a professional. A few things to look for is any moss or algae growth, excess leaves laying heavily on all or a portion of the roof, loose, missing, buckled, or curled shingles, and check for any cracking or damaged counter flashing (Counter flashing: Is a metal waterproof strip installed over areas in need of additional moisture protection such as a chimney)
  • Check gutters. You’re going to want to make sure you’re gutters are free of any debris as well as checking to make sure your downspouts are flowing away from your home to prevent any damage to your foundation which could cause flooding and water damage
  • Check your exterior walls for any cracking brick or concrete and check to make sure you don’t have any loose siding.
  • If you have a sump pump in your basement, check to make sure your basement sump pump is working properly. If you don’t already have a sump pump, consider getting one if your basement has flooded before. You live in a flat area, you’re area gets a lot of rain or snow, or if your home has a finished basement or you use it for storage
  • Unplug all unnecessary appliances and other electronics before a storm.
  • Trim your trees. Remove any branches that hang over your home or have a risk of falling and damaging any of your property
  • Remove any loose objects and debris from your yard or secure it to prevent them from becoming projectiles that could damage your property.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, Stay safe! Items can be replaced and homes can be fixed.

What do you do after?

  • Avoid any downed power lines (Assume they all have live electricity)
  • Inspect your property for any structural damages. Notify your insurance company/Agent as soon as possible
  • DON’T throw away any damaged items until an insurance adjuster visits your home.

SERVPRO of Fayette County & SERVPRO of Morgantown’s team members are here to help you clean up any size disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Tornadoes - Finding Shelter

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Tornadoes are violently rotating columns of air that are created from a thunderstorm and funnel to the ground. Tornadoes can be very destructive to buildings, vehicles, and creating deadly objects to fly in the air. Tornadoes can happen anytime and anywhere. Intense winds can reach over 200 MPH.

Find Safe Shelter During a Tornado Warning

  • If you can safely get to a sturdy building, do so immediately.
  • Go to a safe room, basement, storm cellar.
  • If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
  • Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.
  • Use your arms to protect your head or neck. 

Tornadoes - Prepare NOW

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing Before a Tornado Hits Your Area

  • Know your area's tornado risk. In the U.S., the Midwest and the Southeast have a greater risk for tornadoes.
  • Know the signs of a tornado, including a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud; an approaching cloud of debris; or a loud roar - similar to a freight train.
  • Sign up for your community's warning system. The Emergency Alert System (ESA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts. If your community has sirens, then become familiar with the warning tone.
  • Pay attention to weather reports. Meteorologists can predict when conditions might be right for a tornado.
  • Identify and practice going to a safe shelter in the event of high winds, such a safe room built using FEMA criteria or a storm shelter built to ICC 500 standards. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
  • Consider construction your own sage room that meets FEMA or ICC 500 standards.

Tornadoes - Survive During the Storm

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

               Surviving During a Tornado

  • Immediately go to a safe location that you identified.
  • Take additional cover by shielding your head and neck with your arms and putting materials such as furniture and blankets around you.
  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Do not try to out run a tornado in a vehicle.
  • If you are in a car or outdoors and cannot get to a building, cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket, it possible.

                   Be Safe After the Storm

  • Keep listening to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, and local authorities for updated information.
  • If you are trapped, cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to avoid breathing dust. Try to send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead of shouting
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings until you are told that they are safe.
  • Save your phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often sown or busy after a disaster. Use text messaging or social media to communicate with family and friends.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves.

Storm Damage to your Home

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fayette County PA 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.

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.

When storms hit Fayette County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can accerss equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams! 

If your home or business has been effected by a storm, call SERVPRO of Fayette County !

724-628-3022

              Like it never even happened.

When Storms Hit Fayette County, SERVPRO is ready!

12/8/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Fayette County.

SERVPRO of Fayette County 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.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Fayette County area, 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 [Disaster Recovery Page] that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (724) 628-3022