Recent Storm Damage Posts

Hurricane Dorian

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Dorian continues to strengthen and is predicted to possibly be a category 4 storm when it makes landfall. The storm could have maximum sustained winds of 130 mph. Here are some helpful hurricane preparedness tips ;

Non-perishable food (enough to last at least 3 days)

  • Water (enough to last at least 3 days) Fill up bathtubs
  • First-aid kit (include any prescription medication you may need)
  • Personal hygiene items and sanitation items
  • Flashlights (have extra batteries on hand)
  • Battery or Crank Type operated radio (again, have extra batteries)
  • Waterproof container with cash and important documents
  • Manual can opener -Lighter or matches
  • Books, magazines, games for recreation
  • Special needs items: pet supplies and baby supplies if applicable
  • Coolers and ice packs
  • A plan for evacuation (When to leave-How to leave-Where to go)

Securing Your Home

  •    Although tape can prevent glass from shattering everywhere, be warned that tape does not prevent the window from breaking.
  • Reinforce your garage doors? (See if you have a Wind Load sticker on your Garage Doors)
  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, decorations, and anything else that is not tied down.
  • If winds become strong, stay away from windows and doors and close, secure and brace internal doors.

Power Outages

  • Gas: Make sure your tank is full far in advance of an approaching storm.
  • ATMS: Have extra cash on hand in the event no ATMS in your area are accessible or working.
  • Cell Phones: Charge your cell phone and limit use after power is out.
  • Food: Turn your fridge temperature down and/or freeze any food or drinking water that can be frozen if you expect a power outage.

Severe Weather Safety

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms*:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land-falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.* Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action, and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk.

The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business, and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms, and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

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 papers 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 and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

Contact SERVPRO® of Paris for more readiness tips and tools, including SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). Having an ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster.

SERVPRO® of Paris can help you be “Ready for whatever happens!”

*Facts and figures provided by noaa.gov

**Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 29, Iss 3

Be Flood Smart

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

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

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO® of Paris. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any size disaster. When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO® of Paris will help you take it back.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We specialize in flooding and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage and storm restoration training that allows us to get your home back to normal quickly.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

We can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. We can access resources from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

Call us anytime 903-784-2700

* Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 30, Iss 3

Storm Damage Inspections

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Even if you have no reason to suspect that damage occurred, check your home and its surroundings (once it’s safe to do so, of course). It’s important to identify problems, make emergency repairs and determine if an insurance claim is necessary.

SERVPRO of Paris provides this list of Storm Problems areas.

Roof

Your roof might be the area of your home most vulnerable to damage in a storm, because so many things can impact it. Whether you’ve had high winds and downed tree branches or just a simple hailstorm, look for these indicators of damage:

  • Holes in the roof
  • Missing Shingles
  • Leaks in your roof or ceiling
  • Split seams

Building Exteriors

While siding, stucco and brick all are durable, they also are susceptible to storm damage. In some instances, homeowners don’t notice until it’s too late to file a claim, so check carefully for:

  • Cracking, chipping or dings and dents on siding. Even if there doesn’t appear to be damage at first, check again at a different time of day. You may see something you missed when the lighting is different.
  • Holes in stucco. This is a serious problem, even when small, so look closely. If you find holes, have a professional conduct a full property inspection.
  • Damaged brick and tuck pointing. While brick typically holds up well, a check can identify any problem areas.
  • Detached or damaged trim, gutters, etc.

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Paris home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Paris can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage? Call Us Today (903)784-2700

What you can do until help arrives

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call 903-784-2700

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

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 Paris, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Ways Your Landscaping Can Prevent Flooding

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

When it's storm season in Paris, TX, you may feel like you're fighting a losing battle against outside flooding. After all, if there is too much water for the surrounding area to hold it, flooding and the cost of mitigation services seem inevitable. There are specific landscape elements, however, that can reduce flooding around your home after a rain storm. Incorporating these elements into your design plan can keep water outside and away from your home.

Proper Drainage

The best way to prevent flooding is to redirect excess water to a place where it can be stored or useful. There are several ways to do this:

  • Rain spouts directed to a garden bed and away from the house
  • Swales that capture rain drainage and channel it into an area that thrives on large volumes of water
  • Drainage ditches on either side of the driveway
  • Rain garden that has a water reservoir for watering during drier times

Porous Surfaces A lot of outside flooding occurs because water hits impervious pavements and has nowhere to go. A non-porous surface pushes rain water away. This may be good for the state of the surface, but it can wreak havoc on your yard if you get a lot of rain. Porous surfaces allow rain to sink into them so that it doesn't run off into the street or municipal gutters. Heavy Mulch A difficult problem for most cities to solve is what to do with all the debris that washes into the drainage system after a rainstorm. You can do your part by replacing your light mulch that washes away easily with a heavier mulch. Light wood mulches, such as pine, may be less expensive, but they create more work for everyone in the long run. A heavier hardwood mulch is more likely to stay put. No matter how much rain you get, you can curb outside flooding a little bit by changing up your landscape design. Better drainage, porous surfaces and heavy mulch slow down how much flooding occurs. If you need any help with flood damage or suspect that you have damage please call us at 903-784-2700.

Preparing for a Flood

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can happen fast in many environments. The American Red Cross recommends having the following list of items packed and ready to go in the event of an evacuation due to flooding.

  • Water—3+ day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food—3+ day supply of nonperishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation/personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of damage

If flooding ever plagues your home or business, call SERVPRO of Paris at 903-784-2700 to make it "Like it never even happened."

*Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 28, Issue 3

Essential Tips for Recovering From Storm Damage

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Stepping outside your home after a severe storm can be traumatic. The damage to your home and property may range from light to severe. You can take heart that a restoration specialist located in Paris, TX, should be able to help you clean up and rebuild from almost any damage. Before help arrives, you can use these storm tips to begin recovery.

Safety

Safety is your first priority. Look for downed power lines, trees that were weakened and are at risk of falling, potential structural damage to your home, and any other dangerous storm destruction.

Adventure

Make these storm tips fun by having an adventure. Attitude can make a huge difference in how you and your family fare before help arrives. A cheerful, adventurous attitude can drive shock away and lift everyone’s spirits, especially if you have children with you. If you have to spend a night or two outside, frame it as a camping trip.

Company

Whether you are alone or with your family, try to get together with other people, especially neighbors who may also be alone or need help. Hardship can bring out the best in many people. You can band together to accomplish much that you couldn’t otherwise manage, such as food preparation, shelter setup or cleanup, or even fire starting if it’s particularly cold weather.

Information

Search safely to find a radio, television, telephone, or other useful communications device. News channels and emergency broadcasts can provide valuable guidance to help you know when you may expect rescue crews.

Water

If help is likely to be more than a day away, water could be the biggest threat to the health of you and your family. Stored water can be a real help. If you don’t have safe water, be sure to purify the water you can find. Here are a few ways to purify water: • Boiling • Iodine solution • Chlorine drops • Filtering Following these storm tips can go a long way toward ensuring your family’s safe recovery from the effects of storm damage. If you live in Paris, TX, consider contacting a restoration company. These companies specialize in cleaning up after most types of disasters and can even help with general home problems.

What's In Flood Water??

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Contaminated Flood Waters Contain Pathogens and Dangerous Debris 

When we respond to a case of flood damage due to a storm, one of the most frequent questions our technicians get is, "What is black water?", Black water is heavily contaminated water which is not only unsafe to drink but can also be hazardous simply to be around. It can be difficult to judge conditions in black water due to its typical gray, brown, or black coloration, with small particles often hiding potentially far greater hazards lying within. Here are a few things that can be found in a typical sample of black flood water. 

Dirt and Soil: Typically, most of the coloration in black water comes from dirt and soil trapped within. Many cases of flood damage result from heavy storms and rain, and these floodwaters more often than not pick up significant amounts of soil before they ever reach a home. Although this dirt may sound harmless, it, in reality, makes the water much heavier and more difficult to navigate if you get caught in it. 

Microorganisms in Black Water: Although the amount and type of organisms in flood can vary depending on its causes and specifics, almost all samples of black water contain very high levels of microorganisms. These may be parasites, bacteria, viruses, mold, or many other types of organism, and they may be able to cause health effects if ingested or absorbed through the skin. This is why it is never advised to drink flood waters and to seek medical attention immediately if you have. 

Sharp Metal and Glass: It can be very difficult to see sharp objects in a mass of floodwater, but even if you feel you are confident that such materials are not in the water, it is best always to assume they are. Sharp materials, even if they are tiny, often constitute one of the water's greatest risks. If they open up a small cut or wound, this spot may go unnoticed by you but later on can possibly develop a bad infection. If you have been cut or had black water touch an open wound, immediately disinfect the wound and apply medical aid as needed. 

SERVPRO of Paris deals with flood damage so that you don't have to. If your home has been caught in a flood, call us at (903)784-2700 for mitigation and restoration services. 

Do you have a storm plan for your home?

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community. Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals want you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.  

Right now is the perfect opportunity to review your emergency plan. Emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people just like you. Tornado outbreaks, river floods, flash floods, historic earthquakes, and even water main breaks and power outages in U.S. cities affecting millions of people for days at a time.  

The more you know about what to do in an emergency, the more confident and secure you will feel in your abilities to manage through a disaster. Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it. Contact your local SERVPRO of Paris for more information and tools to help you be "Ready for whatever happens."  

Storm Plan!

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Make a disaster plan today! Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Preparing the family for an emergency is as simple as a conversation over dinner. Here are some ideas from SERVPRO of Paris to get you started:

  • Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated.
  • Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.
  • Download a group texting app so your entire family can keep in touch before, during & after an emergency.
  • Practice evacuating in the car with your animals, so they’re more comfortable if you need to evacuate in an emergency.
  • Consider downloading the Fema app with weather alerts for up to 5 locations: fema.gov/mobile-app
  • Sign up for local emergency alerts in your area by searching online.

Keeping yourself, family and your friends safe is your first priority when disaster strikes. Be sure you have plan in place before disaster strikes. For more information on creating and implementing a Disaster Plan visit Ready.gov.

Dealing With Storm Damage To Your Property

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Dealing with repairs and insurance companies after severe weather hits your property can be difficult. Homeowners can use the following tips to help tackle the storm damage caused by hard rains, flooding, or storm-related issues.

SAFETY FIRST

If you and your family were away from home when the storm hit, do not return until it has been confirmed safe. Contact a storm damage expert like SERVPRO of Paris; we’ll help you determine if your home is safe to return to.

INSURANCE

You will need to contact your homeowners’ insurance adjuster as soon as possible. If your neighborhood has sustained widespread damage, find out if any special teams of insurance agents, relief workers, or contractors are coming to the area. Check your policy to find out what actions you need to take or talk to your agent to make sure you are following the proper procedures. Not following these actions correctly could result in a reduced claim. Inspect your property and make a list of all damages; take photographs of all noted damage if at all possible.

RECORDING AND DOCUMENTING

Document your neighbor’s damages, as well; this can prevent the insurance provider from downgrading your claim by saying the damage is from your neglect of maintenance or other unrelated issues by giving them a way to compare. Keep a record of all the communication you have with your insurance provider, and don’t do any unnecessary repair work yourself. Hire a trusted storm damage restoration service provider such as SERVPRO of Paris to handle any repairs.

 BE SCAM FREE

Always check the adjuster’s identification. If you are evacuated, ask for money from your claim upfront. If they agree, you will be given a check for an amount that will be deducted from your final settlement. Some providers will automatically offer a partial payment early on during the process. Review it carefully and decline it if you feel uncomfortable with any part of it. Never be afraid to ask questions and to expect an answer that makes sense or seems fair. 

Dealing with a storm's aftermath is stressful, but reacting properly will be an immense help and can prevent problems down the road.

The SERVPRO Team of Paris is ready to help 24/7. Call us for your fire and water damage issues at (903)-784-2700

SERVPRO OF PARIS IS READY TO ANSWER THE CALL 24/7

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO OF PARIS IS READY TO ANSWER THE CALL 24/7

On the call 24/7:

Mother Nature can strike at any time and leave devastation in its wake which is why it is extremely important to be faster to the job, the lesser the damage, less money out of your pocket!

Resources to handle a storm event:

Receiving storm and flood damage is a very stressful time. Our crews here at SERVPRO of Paris understand that and are all veterans of storm events from not only responding to the North East Texas area, but from responding to events out of state as well! And with this experience comes the know-how and understanding of getting the job done “Like it never even happened.”

Have storm or flood damage? Don’t wait, call SERVPRO 903-784-2700

Specialized storm team!

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Paris 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 Nacogdoches, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 903-784-2700

Damage From Storms, Is It Covered By Insurance

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storms can do a lot of damage to homes, but many homeowners learn the hard way (or the wet way) that their homeowners' insurance doesn't cover property damage caused by hurricanes and floods. If you live in a potentially affected area -- which could include everything from a home on the coast near a fragile levee that sees frequent floods to one downhill from a stream that hasn't flooded in years -- you probably should research a separate flood insurance policy to cover your home and its contents.

Be sure you understand what is included in your coverage. Talk to an agent if you have any questions, want to make updates or would like to know if any additional coverages are available.

Hurrican Season is Here

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Tropical Storms can have very high winds. Always be prepared.

People who live along coastlines need to always be prepared for tropical storms. According to the National Hurricane Center, the key factors are to prepare for the risk and to act on those preparations when told by emergency officials. Here are some tips to help you prepare for hurricane season.

  1. Have a good evacuation plan. storms can generate very high waters.
  2. Buy supplies. Buy them over a period of time if you have to. You do not want to be caught in the chaos when the storms are coming.
  3. Check your insurance coverage. You do need to make sure you carry flood insurance. 
  4. Even if you are far from a coastline you still need to be prepared.
  5. Safety is key. If you have children around, make sure they know what to do in the event of a hurricane.
  6. Make copies of important documents and put them in your kit for safe keeping.
  7. Protect your home. Cover doors and windows with plywood if possible. This may help reduce the damage.
  8. Back up your electronic devices. You may have information you do not want to lose. 

We cannot be prepared enough when there is a chance of a tropical storm. Be safe and aware.

Avoid Scams After Storm Damage

5/31/2017 (Permalink)

This is a good indication of what is actually happening during what you may think is a good deal.

When your dealing with a natural disaster such as a storm, tornado, or hurricane, you can be sure that scammers will be around the corner. If the community has been affected the con-artist come to call. Most of us trust people willing to step in for the cause. We believe in our fellow man. Typically, they will offer to do work for a certain price, then ask for a portion of the payment up front-in cash. Then they use an excuse to leave and disappear forever. Here are some tips to avoid scams in a storm situation.

  • Go local.
  • Always get the proposal in writing
  • Never pay more than one-third of the cost up front.
  • Never let someone force you to make a quick decision.
  • Don't pay in cash.
  • Do not fall for the first offer that comes along
  • Ask around to family and friends for a trusted company.

Scammers have no shame in taking from those in distress. A disaster can cause a lot of stress and scramble for help as soon as possible. Take your time and avoid being scammed. 

Tornado Season is Upon Us

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

A tornado on the open road.

Everybody knows you cannot avoid mother nature. Tornadoes can cause great damage in the lives of people who encounter them. Tornadoes occur when a warm front meets a cold front, forming a thunderstorm that can form twisters.The regions of west Texas up to North Dakota carry the greatest risk for tornadoes. Always get in the middle of the house or in the smallest room with no windows. Stay away from your outside windows. When you hear a warning, take cover. Always be prepared for a tornado event during the season. A lot of people lose their homes, pets, and even their lives during a tornado. Make sure to be supportive in clean up around your community. Things can be rebuilt and people can help others through providing disaster relief. Please keep your family and pets as safe and secure as you can. SERVPRO of Paris provides help during times of major storms. That is part of the SERVPRO way. We are always there to help those who need us. Remember to stay safe and prepared at all times. 

BEFORE, DURING, & AFTER A FLOOD

4/26/2017 (Permalink)

No other natural disaster in America has caused more deaths then flooding. Floods are among the most destructive, natural hazards in the world. If you are in a flood zone or want to be prepared for a flood you might want to invest in a boat. That was just a joke but may be a good idea. Prepare your home by sealing off basements from seepage and create good barriers around your house. They have even invented devices that capture the water before it comes near your home. If a flood is likely in your area listen to your local news to be better prepared. Turn off the main breaker box to all electricity. If the warning is given to evacuate please do not wait. Also, be careful moving through water. The current of the water can cause you to fall. Carry a stick to find solid ground as you walk through it. A lot of people try to flee thinking they can escape the water but end up caught in a dangerous situation. There are many ways you can prepare for flooding. Flooding can be devastating not only from loss of material possessions but loss of life. Practice every safety method possible to take on a flood. SERVPRO of Paris provides help in flooding. We are always here to help.