Recent Storm Damage Posts
Types of Storm Damage
During storm season, there are several different storm types. We see heavy rainfall, floods, tornadoes, and then all of that rolled into one storm! Either of these storm forms has the potential to cause serious damage to your home or business. These damages can make us feel unsatisfied with our home or prevent us from running a business that supports our livelihood. Whatever your situation, it's critical to understand the various types of damage that a storm can cause.
Extreme wind damage is often a result of storm damage. Roof damage in this situation may range from a missing roof to lose flashing caused by strong winds. This can cause your roof shingles to fall off, causing leaks in your home or company. Even a minor roof leak may result in damp and moldy conditions.
Harm Caused by Flooding Heavy rains in the Chicagoland area have the ability to cause river flooding. Flooding can interrupt municipal water supplies, necessitating the assessment of groundwater and the quality of pipes following flood damage by experts.
When a storm hits, the loud sounds of thunder also accompany it, signaling that lightning is about to strike. There may be items attached to your home or company that may attract a lightning strike and cause a fire. The temperature of a bolt of lightning may exceed 30,000 kelvins (53,540 degrees Fahrenheit). Lightning strikes, or large discharges of static electricity, are responsible for around 2% of all fires.
Steps to Water Mitigation
When your property sustains water damage, it's important to act quickly.
When you have water damage, SERVPRO of Naperville's six-step reconstruction process will help you get your home back to its pre-damage state.
6 Steps to Water Damage Restoration
1.) First Point of Contact in an Emergency
You can reach us 24 hours a day to start the water restoration process because it's critical to act quickly after water damage. When you call, we'll ask you a series of questions to get a sense of the extent of the damage and to help us decide which resources to send to you.
2.) Inspection and Damage Evaluation
When we arrive on the scene to work with water damage, we'll conduct a thorough property assessment to determine the extent of the damage and devise a comprehensive plan of action. We'll figure out where the water comes from, what kind of water it is, and if there are any safety issues.
3.) Extraction of Moisture
Our vacuum and pump units can remove the majority of the moisture during the water extraction process. We'll get started as soon as possible to minimize the risk of more damage and speed up the drying process. In the event that your belongings are destroyed, we may also assist you in moving them out.
4.) Drying and Dehumidifying
We may begin completely drying all porous materials that have accumulated water after the excess water has been extracted. Our industrial-grade equipment moves air quickly and aids moisture evaporation, allowing floors, walls, and carpets to dry quickly and prevent mold growth.
5.) Cleaning and Maintenance
Surfaces that have been affected by water damage will almost always need skilled cleaning. We can clean your belongings that can be restored in addition to the structural cleaning. We'll also do odor removal to avoid the musty odor that sometimes comes with water-damaged products.
The final step is to make sure your home is back to its pre-water state. Repairs to drywall and flooring, as well as reconstruction, might be necessary. Working with us means working with a company who can manage any aspect of the renovation, including the complicated reconstruction pieces that return items to their pre-damaged state.
Although water damage is usually associated with events such as floods or plumbing malfunctions, heavy rain may also result in water damage around the property.
While any amount of moisture can cause harm, heavy rain is described as rainfall that falls at a rate of more than 0.3 inches per hour and can seep through much smaller cracks in your house. We've put together a rundown of how these high rainfall rates can cause problems to help you better plan and prevent water damage.
How Heavy Rainfall Can Cause Household Water Damage
Backup of clogged gutters
After heavy rains, clogged gutters can cause serious damage to your house. If there is debris in the gutters, water will have a tough time draining out, resulting in leakage from puddles as the water sits against the roofline.
Leaks along the edges of windows and doors
Windows and doors are meant to be weatherproof, but as they age, their weatherproofing will deteriorate as well. When heavy rains fall, water can seep into even the tiniest cracks and cause damage.
Poor drainage around the foundation
Heavy rains can build up against the base of your home and cause leaks in your basement or crawl spaces if your home is at the bottom of a hill or does not have sufficient drainage around the foundation.
Leaks in and around the roof
Roof leaks are one of the most common side effects of heavy rains, and they may come out of nowhere. Rainwater will seep in when it falls if a shingle is scraped away or a weak spot emerges.
A sump pump machine that isn't operating properly
Daily servicing and inspection of sump pumps is critical; otherwise, the pump system will become overloaded and will be unable to efficiently transfer water away from the house.
Leaks around chimneys and skylights
Homes with chimneys and skylights are more prone to heavy rains than those without. Although they are attractive features, the seals where they touch the roof will deteriorate over time and become overloaded when heavy rain falls.
Remember to stay safe and get excess water cleaned up professionally to minimize the chance of mold growth. Our Team at SERVPRO of Naperville is ready to assist at a moment's notice with any of your water mitigation emergencies. Give our team a call at 630-428-3700. Call us, Naperville!
Are You Prepared With an Emergency Storm Kit?
These august months are primitive to receiving tornado warning and severe weather emergency notifications, SERVPRO of Naperville wants you to be prepared. We want to share some tips to keep in mind when putting together an emergency kit in the event a storm is approaching. Your storm kit should include but not limit:
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Emergency food and water
- Any medicine you may need
- Extra change of clothes
These are just some things we recommend that you should have in your kit. However, you may put in whatever you deem necessary. There should be an emergency kit in every residential space, also in all commercial properties. There should also be designated storm areas inside your home or office that you should go with your emergency kits.
SERVPRO of Naperville wants you to be well prepared in any situation!
Protect Your Business From a Storm
Thunderstorms in the Chicagoland area can potentially cause extensive damage to your business and property surrounding your business. Power outages, fallen down trees, and flooding are all possibilities when we experience a storm. SERVPRO of Naperville has a few preventative steps you can take to ensure you are able to protect your business during these times.
- Maintain all trees on property
- High winds can turn tree branches into projectiles that may fall on or potential shatter your buildings windows or cause injury to customers or employees. They may also do damage to the property surrounding your business. Make sure your landscape is being maintained. Trim your trees away from your property as well as the power lines to protect your power source during a storm.
- Have a flood plan in place
- Having a proper flood plan in place can possibly prevent or minimize damage done to your property. If your business does experience flooding call SERVPRO of Naperville immediately at (630)428-3700
If you find that your home of business has been faced with any storm damage, please call SERVPRO of Naperville at (630) 428-3700
Summer months in Illinois can be quite unpredictable. We never know when the next storm will hit. That being said we have to be prepared to weather the storm.
Should you fall a victim to disaster flooding or unpredictable storm damage, just know, SERVPRO of Naperville is here to help. We offer 24/7 emergency response services to help mitigate and restore your home.
Our team is able to provide you with on site estimates and work with you to ensure your home is restored into better than before conditions.