Recent Storm Damage Posts

Stay Safe From Summer Storms

8/16/2020 (Permalink)

While the spring season is known for severe thunderstorms and heavy rainstorms, the threat also exists throughout the summer months as well.

It’s difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to help ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. One way to prepare your business for any type of disaster, is to establish an Emergency Ready profile (ERP). Contact Art Holl at SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County (845-753-3730) to discuss how this program can help your business. For home owners download the Ready Plan APP for free and select SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County as your preferred restoration specialist. 

Consider the following tips when preparing for an approaching storm:

Before the Storm:

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a communication plan
  • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains

During the Storm:

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials
  • Avoid contact with corded phones, cordless and cellular are safe to use
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items or devices. Power surges can cause serious damage
  • Avoid contact with plumbing, fixtures can conduct electricity
  • Stay away from windows and doors

After the Storm:

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway
  • Stay away from storm damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately

Here is a recommended emergency supply kit:

  • Water-1 gallon for per person per day
  • Food- non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio-preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing-fast drying
  • Dust masks or bandanna
  • Plastic sheeting or garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents or photos of documents-copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in waterproof container

Severe Weather Safety

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, and anywhere. According to NOAA.gov each year, we cope with an average of
  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98% of all presidential declared disasters are weather related, and cause nearly $15 billion dollars in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather events, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist others during weather disasters.

Know Your Risk: The First step to becoming weather ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you work and live. Check the weather forecast regularly, learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio especially if you live in a heavily impacted weather area. 

Take Action: Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important documents and valuables in a safe place. 

Be An Example: Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers, family and friends via social media. Your story will inspire others to do the same.

Watch vs Warning: Do you know the difference?

Watch: Conditions are favorable for severe weather and it is possible. Remain alert for possible further warnings. 

Warning: Severe weather has been spotted or indicated by radar. Take Cover!

Once you are safe, you may need a damage restoration company like SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and SERVPRO Eastern Rockland County to help with any damage your home or business property may have suffered during the storms. Click here to learn more about our storm services .

*source: ready.gov

Protect Your Home From Floods: BE FLOOD SMART

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

Did You Know? 

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you home or business is near a coastline, along a city street, in the mountains, near a river or even in a desert--there is always a potential for flood damage. Floodsmart.gov reports, in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. 

Follow our tips for minimizing the damage to your home after a flood.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local professionals at SERVPRO of Southern Rockland County and SERVPRO of Eastern Rockland County at (845)753-3730 as soon as possible.  Even minor floods can lead to major damage when not treated quickly and properly, and cleanup is often an overwhelming task soon your own.

Call the Professionals

SERVPRO Service Technicians are trained to  handle any size water damage disaster. Our company also has the equipment that can extract water, dry the entire environment/room and then deodorize your home. We can also help your rebuild and restore your home. SERVPRO is here to help!

Weather Disaster Preparedness: Build an Emergency Kit

5/19/2020 (Permalink)


Is your family prepared for a weather emergency? Build an Emergency Kit

The goal of Hurricane Preparedness Week May 3-9, 2020 is to inform the public about hurricane hazards and provide knowledge which can be used to take action. We may not suffer hurricanes in Rockland County often, but we do have severe storm weather, and being prepared for these types of events is critical.  Visit the National Weather Service website for more information. 

The American Red Cross offers a Hurricane Safety Checklist visit the website for more information.

Build An Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water-1 gallon per person per day
  • Food-non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust mask or bandannas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench/pliers
  • Hygiene items
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a water proof container

Responding to storm damage quickly is critical, and our Service Technicians are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, because you never know when a storm disaster may strike. To learn more about our storm restoration services visit: https://www.SERVPROsouthernrocklandcounty.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Storm Damage: Being Flood Smart

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen fast even in the winter months. Just because you haven't experienced a flood doesn't mean you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. 

The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an emergency or evacuation due to flooding.

  • Water-3+ day supply; one gallon per day per person
  • Food-3+day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries (all sizes)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7 day supply) and medical items (hearing aids, glasses, contacts, syringes, canes)
  • Multi-purpose tool, supplies to secure your home
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication lists, deed/lease to home, insurance policies, birth certificates)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Blanket
  • Baby supplies, pet supplies
  • Maps
  • Extra car and house keys
  • Extra clothing for both warm, cold and rainy weather-sturdy footwear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

Being safe should be your first priority, minimizing the impact of a flood or storm damage to your property is also important. At SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County we are here to help and can handle any water disaster left after the flood. Visit our Flood Tips page to learn more.

Winter Weather Worries

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Winter weather and temperatures falling below freezing in the Rockland County New York area can bring about home water damage issues such as frozen pipes and ice dams. These damages are costly to repair and in most instances can be prevented. 

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are not only those exposed to the cold weather, such as outdoor pipes, but also pipes in cold areas like basements, attics, garages and kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your home if not properly and quickly fixed. 

According to The American Red Cross here are some tips to prevent pipes from freezing:

  • Drain water completely from swimming pool, sprinkler system and outside hoses.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air near plumbing.
  • In extreme cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
  • Keep your heat set at the same temperature day and night. The temperature should not be set below 55°

Ice Dams

Ice dams can cause major damage during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall. Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, (source Travelers.com) check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along ceiling of exterior walls in your home. These are indicators that ice dams have occurred and water has penetrated the roof membrane. Remove the ice dam quickly to prevent major water damage to your homes exterior and interior. Using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melt can be used to alleviate the ice dam problem. 

If winter weather causes water damage to your property, SERVPRO of Southern and Eastern Rockland County has trained professional technicians ready to restore your property.

Is your Property Winter Weather READY?

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

With temps getting colder, here are some tips to avoid frozen pipes.

On the inside: If you will be away from home for days at a time, make sure that all of your pipes are kept warm, especially in spaces that receive little or no heat. If any pipes will stay exposed to freezing temperatures, open up one faucet with a very small drip to keep water moving through the pipes.  
On the outside: Protect your pipes as you would protect your plants. Cover up your outside faucets with foam or towels to insulate them.    Especially if you plan to be away from home this winter, remember to leave your contact information with a neighbor. You might consider giving them a key to your home, too, and leaving your preferred plumber's contact information behind should an emergency occur.

If your pipes burst and your home has water damage call SERVPRO. 

Are You Winter READY!

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Cold weather and winter storms can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rains and wind, freezing temperatures, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. Take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of the winter blues.

  • After winter storms check your property for downed tree limbs and branches. Downed limbs can cause damage to your property and lead to possible water damage issues.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutters should be clear of debris and directed away from buildings. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems. 
  • Inspect property for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairs, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post cautions signs.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temps fall below freezing. If pipes are under cabinets, leave the cabinet doors open.
  •  Consider turning outdoor faucets off at the main valve. Once shut remember to drain the outdoor faucet. 

When winter weather strikes and causes a disaster, call SERVPRO to strike back!

Is Your Property Winter Ready?

12/5/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Cleanup, Water Restoration, Mold Remediation
Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rains, freezing temperatures, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. Take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of the winter blues.
  • After winter storms check your property for downed tree limbs.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutters should be clear of debris and directed away from buildings. 
  • Inspect property for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairs, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post cautions signs.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temps fall below freezing. If pipes are under cabinets, leave the cabinet doors open.
  •  Consider turning outdoor faucets off at the main valve. Once shut remember to drain the outdoor faucet. 
When winter weather strikes and causes a disaster, call SERVPRO to strike back!