Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Safety

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Safety SERVPRO Cares

Once again, we here in the Hockessin / Elsmere area will be dealing with potent storms this winter season. Dealing with rain, snow and sleet storms usually we can expect them to bring along flash flooding and unload some heavy rain and snow upon us. Some simple tips to do and precautions to take can often times help us be safer. Make sure your gutters are clear and free of debris, allowing water to properly flow.  Make sure outdoor furniture is put away or secured keeping it from blowing. Your outdoor hoses should be disconnected and turned off to help from freezing. Sump pumps in lower levels of the home should be checked to see if they are working properly and if they have a battery backup. If you are a person who lights candles during storms, be sure to practice candle safety as well. We here at SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere care about your well-being.

Helpful Snow Storm Tips

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Helpful Snow Storm Tips Making an Outdoor Grill in the Snow

Although winter season is not officially here it sure does feel like it! By taking some preventative measures, it may help reduce damage if a snow storm hits. There are many helpful tips you can find and may already know. SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere has some tips to keep in mind as this cold weather is here are:

  1. Make sure all outdoor furniture is secured or the tarps you may have wrapped them with are snug
  2. Secure any decorative flags, wreaths or any loose fencing from being blown away
  3. Make sure your yard is free of small branches from being a flying projectile
  4. Have salt ready to help melt your sidewalks or your snow blower easily accessible
  5. Make sure you have windows securely closed and proper insulation around within your home
  6. Know the proper safety uses for operating a generator or grills. Improper use can cause carbon monoxide poisoning or start fires
  7. Keep extra batteries, candles and blankets handy
  8. Pay attention to local news alerts for safety information

It's a dirty job - but SERVPRO can do it!

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It's a dirty job - but SERVPRO can do it! It's a dirty job - but SERVPRO can do it!

Storms with tremendous amounts of rain with a long duration can cause an array of issues. One thing that may happen is the water table remains high and there is nowhere for the water to go. The water table simply is when water seeps into the ground and moves downward into the ground until it is no longer permeable. When the ground cannot any longer hold water, it means it is saturated. The upper surface of the zone of saturation is called the water table. When this happens, the water has to go somewhere. Sometimes it can back up sewer systems and cause the water to back flow into homes and buildings. It can be an awful experience as the sewage is just not from your home but from the street’s as well. The raw sewage and odor are very unpleasant. This picture is an example of this situation described above. It is dirty job but SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere can do it.

Tree through Window During Windy Storm

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tree through Window During Windy Storm Tree Through Window During a Wind Storm

Storms not only have to come in the form of flooding and heavy rains to seriously affect your home. Storms can come in the form of high winds ripping off roofs that can cause damage. High winds can also knock down power lines causing power to go out. Power lines can also get ripped down that may cause a surge within your home and cause a fire. Here is a photo of a house where a tree branch went through a window. You can see the glass all over the floor and parts of the tree branches within the glass. The home sustained broken windows, minor clean up and content damage and some wall painting and repair. Luckily the homeowner and his pet were out of harms way and were safe. SERVPRO of Hockessin / Elsmere was happy to help.

Storm Information

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Information SERVPRO rain gauge

In the past few days our area has and still is experiencing quite an amount of rainfall. We took a look at our water meter and WHOA! Our Newport area has received so much water. The water comes down so fast in such a short period of time. Due to areas being dry this time of year, a lot of water absorbed in the ground. There are some areas though that are in the lower elevation parts and are receiving a lot water intrusion.  When following the weather you can prepare somewhat by making sure all your sump pumps are properly functioning. During the weather event you should sporadically monitor your basement and or crawlspace.  Preparing is essential because you can possibly correct an issue to prevent damage before it happens.  Monitoring is important too because you can be on top of what is occurring in your home.

Spring Can Not Come Soon Enough

9/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Can Not Come Soon Enough Storm Devastation

Major snow and high winds event that occurred at the very beginning of March caught everyone off guard. With temperatures in February reaching almost 70 degrees on a couple days, no one would have ever imagined the devastation to come. After over 24 hours of high winds reaching over 50 mph this customers’ home was left almost unlivable. The large tree that fell destroyed a car and left a huge hole in the roof. Our SERVPRO ofHockessin/Elsmere crew was called by the customers’ insurance company and we were out within the hour. We were able to place a tarp on the roof to cover the large holes insuring that no further damage would occur until the roof could get fully repaired. The homeowner was amazed at what SERVPRO was capable of doing. We are always here to help, and committed to our community.

Storm Down Pours Area

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Down Pours Area Tree falls on home

Storms often blow through our area leaving small impact on many people.  Storms also come through our area leaving a lot of damage. Storms can leave behind quite a mess sometimes.  SERVPRO of Hockessin knows how to help the people that are affected by the storms.  In this case a tree fell on a home.  Luckily no one was severely injured.  The tree came crashing down in the middle of the night and went into the bedrooms.  The tree broke windows and smashed part of the roof.  The inside of the home sustained water damage.  Walls crumbled in some areas as well.  We were able to help this customer get the damages taken care of and clean up the mess left behind by the tree. 

Winterize Your Vehicle

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winterize Your Vehicle SERVPRO truck ready for the winter weather.

Preparing for extreme cold weather is not only important for your home but also your car. Your vehicle functions in rain, snow, ice, hail, salted roads, and freezing temperatures. It is important to make sure your vehicle is properly equipped to handle all of the winter weather elements. 

Before the winter weather has begun, you should have your car checked by a mechanic for antifreeze, brakes, tires, windshield wipers, heater, defroster, etc. While using your car throughout the winter, it is best to keep your gas tank at least half full. Salting and sanding your driveway or road is helpful for minimizing ice and increasing traction.

An emergency kit for your car is essential when preparing for the winter's extreme weather. Your vehicles emergency kit should include the following:

  • Jumper Cables
  • Ice Scraper
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Car cellphone charger
  • Sand for better traction
  • Extra Blanket

Christmas Party During a Snow Storm!

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Christmas Party During a Snow Storm! Christmas Party in the Snow

SERVPRO's 2017 Christmas party was a hit! The colder weather brings on a busy amount of business for our SERVPRO team. With such hectic and long  hours, we were happy to be able to find the time to fit in a great Christmas party this year. Our holiday party just happened to be thrown on our first big snow storm of the winter. 

Here is a photo captured early on in this snow storm and in the Christmas party. Such stormy weather ended up being the perfect opportunity for a bonfire, a few snow ball fights, and some holiday fun! Earlier that day we had delivered cookies and pretzels to a few offices around the Hockessin/Elsmere area. We are happy to spread the holiday spirit and what better way than in the snow!

Ready to Move Back In!

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

A recent storm in the Elsmere area took out some of a household's roof and siding. The brutal storm opened up the home to the rain and winds, which then damaged much of this families belongings inside the house. SERVPRO came in and removed all the damaged contents from the home and dried the water damaged areas of the structure. We detail cleaned all the items that were salvageable from the home and stored them for the homeowners. We even use our own storage units to ensure the security of the household's belongings and keep them under our care throughout the whole rebuilding process. Now that the home is completely restored and in livable condition, we have packaged up all of their contents and are delivering them back to the house.

Windy Storm

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

A storm does not need to come in only the form of rain and flooding to seriously affect your home. Here is a photo of the flooring that had to be ripped up from a home after an extremely windy storm. Strong winds caused a tree branch to come down and puncture the siding to the house. Later that night, it started to rain heavily and eventually flooded the first floor, ruining a large section of the hardwood floors. Along with some belongings wrapped up in black plastic bags, you can see the amount of floor panels that had to be removed before we started our drying process throughout the home. Luckily this storm only affected a portion of the home rather than the entire property.

Storm Surge

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Surge Hurricane Damage

Storm Surge- the rising of the sea level due to a storm causing pressure in the atmosphere to change and winds to accelerate. 

During a hurricane, the Storm Surge is what causes the most damage. Storm surges or the water that floods the land during a hurricane, is the most dangerous weather factor during a hurricane storm.

Hurricane winds can easily reach two hundred miles per hour. Winds that reach such dangerously high speeds are another huge cause of the damage that a hurricane inflicts on an area. Buildings can be ripped open and even down, trees are likely to damage properties, and items left out and unsecured become dangerous.

Heavy rain fall can cause flooding and water damage to homes. Cars are often flooded on the streets and in driveways due to extreme rain fall and flooding. Roads are commonly closed off and unable to be driven on during a Hurricane. 

Hurricane Harvey

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey Helping Texas

As a Disaster Recovery Team and National partners with American Red Cross, SERVPROs from all over have traveled to Texas and helped those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. SERVPRO is working twenty-four-seven in restoring the communities that have had significant damage since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. We are proud to be helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey return to their homes and rebuild their communities.

On the tail end of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma came in strong with vengeance in the state of Florida.  She whirled through and came in strong.  As a result, it activated more SERVPRO Storm teams to come in the devastated areas. 

SERVPRO'S from all over the country came to aid to most of these areas.  We have been working tirelessly around the clock to help those in need. 

We love what we do.

SERVPRO to the Rescue in LA

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO to the Rescue in LA SERVPRO to the rescue in LA

SERVPRO'S from all surrounding areas head in from all over to help the victims.  SERVPRO is a team oriented company that has compassion for everything we do, and everyone we help.  When another area of the country is impacted with a storm or tragedy we can call upon our fellow teammates to come in and help.  Sometimes due to the area being affected it may require out of state SERVPRO's to respond in a time of need.  In this specific case, SERVPRO's from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware among other states reported in to help the victims of this disaster that struck among them.  After all was said and done, all the help of these surrounding SERVPRO's were able to team up together and restore this broken community. 

SERVPRO'S are Here to Help

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO'S are Here to Help Here to Help

SERVPRO'S from all surrounding areas head in from all over to help the victims.  SERVPRO is a team oriented company that has compassion for everything we do, and everyone we help.  When another area of the country is impacted with a storm or tragedy we can call upon our fellow teammates to come in and help.  Sometimes due to the area being affected it may require out of state SERVPRO's to respond in a time of need.  In this specific case, SERVPRO's from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware among other states reported in to help the victims of this disaster that struck among them.  After all was said and done, all the help of these surrounding SERVPRO's were able to team up together and restore this broken community.