Recent Storm Damage Posts

Spring Storms Bring High Winds

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Storms Bring High Winds Spring Storms Bring High Winds to Northeast Collin County/Greenville

Severe spring storms bring a multitude of concerns, and high damaging winds are always a threat during a severe storm. These winds can take you by surprise and can be problematic due to the long-term structural impacts.

Why High Winds Can Be So Dangerous

Damaging high winds are not always a product of tornadoes or hurricanes. Traditionally, damaging winds are considered those with wind speeds exceeding 50–60 mph and can spawn from a strong thunderstorm.

These damaging high winds are commonly referred to as “straight-line” winds, differentiating the damage from them as opposed to tornado damage.

Straight-line winds can be especially destructive, as they can cause loose objects to become projectiles. Your windows and roof can take the brunt of this damage, and if it’s extensive enough, it can cause resulting water damage to the home as the outside elements come indoors via damaged windows and roofs.

If you live in a thunderstorm-prone area, you can be at risk for damaging winds, but there are some structures that are especially at risk. Mobile homes, even those that are anchored, can sustain extensive damage in wind gusts over 80 mph.

Tips for Better Protecting Your Home

There are a number of ways you can help protect your property from damaging winds, some of which are listed below, but keep the “Two R’s” in mind: reinforce and remove.

  • Use a professional service to have your garage door reinforced.
  • Loose items should be removed and/or anchored as they could be moved or tossed by the wind. Don’t forget the trash cans, grills and outdoor furniture.
  • Large or dying trees and branches should be removed by a professional so they are not blown onto your home in the event of damaging winds.

There are times when we will not receive advanced warning about damaging high winds, but taking the time now to attend to some of these action items can save many headaches should damaging winds affect your home.

Also, if you are building a new home or renovating an older home, be sure all windows, walls and doors meet building code requirements for your area.

Should you find yourself in this devastating situation, the highly trained specialists at SERVPRO® of Northeast Collin County/Greenville are here to help with the cleanup and restoration of your home.

Too Much Rain can be a Bad Thing

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Too Much Rain can be a Bad Thing Rising Water from a Heavy Rain

A recent heavy rain storm caused serious flooding in our Greenville, Texas area. The residence of this home experienced serious water damage after the rising water penetrated their house. All the wet sheetrock walls had to be removed as well as the insulation between the walls. The water even seeped underneath the tile flooring, which also had to be removed. SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville was called out as soon as the water started to recede to help out this family. We immediately went to work on removing all the wet materials and supplied all the equipment needed to dry out this home. Not only do we remove all wet materials that cannot be dried, SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville offers home and business reconstruction services to put your life back together "Like it never even happened."

We are faster to any size disaster!

Storm Warnings: What do they really mean?

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Warnings: What do they really mean? Storm warnings are coming. Do you know what they mean?

Storm Warnings can pop up anywhere: TV, cell phone warnings, radio, etc., but do we really understand what these warnings mean? Know these definitions so you are prepared for any storm:

  • Tornado Watch Conditions are ripe for tornadoes within the watch area. Tornadoes associated with hurricanes and tropical storms are typically a very significant cause of death and damage.
  • Tornado Warning A tornado has been spotted visually or on radar. Usually issued for a county. If a tornado WARNING is issued where you live, GET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STRONG BUILDING IMMEDIATELY!!! 
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch Conditions are ripe for severe thunderstorms within the watch area.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning There is a severe thunderstorm in or heading for the warned area. Treat this like a tornado warning!!
  • Flash Flood Watch Flash floods are likely to occur in the near future. Be alert for rising water and be prepared to have to move to high ground.
  • Flash Flood Warning Flash floods are occurring or expected to occur in the near future. If this happens, get to high ground immediately, and GET AWAY FROM VEHICLES... it only takes 18 inches of water to sweep a car or truck away!
  • High Wind Advisory Windy conditions may occur in the advisory area. This usually makes for unsafe conditions while driving, especially in (but not limited to) large vehicles. Also, avoid boating anywhere in the advisory area.
  • High Wind Warning Very strong winds are expected or already are occurring that present a significant danger while driving, boating and other outdoor activities. Often issued near tropical storms and hurricanes.

Texas weather can get crazy! Make sure you know what’s going on! If disaster does strike your home or business, call SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville at (972)548-6044.

Preparing for a Thunderstorm

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for a Thunderstorm Storms can be beautiful, but they are also dangerous!!! Make sure you are prepared!

In the United States, an average of 300 people are injured and 80 people are killed each year by lightning. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.

Before Thunderstorms and Lightning To prepare for a thunderstorm, you should do the following:

  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Remember the 30/30 lightning safety rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.

The following are guidelines for what you should do if a thunderstorm is likely in your area:

  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • 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.
  • Avoid showering or bathing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.

Avoid the following:

  • Natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area
  • Hilltops, open fields, the beach, or a boat on the water
  • Isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas
  • Anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicyclesIn a forest:  Seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees.

During a Thunderstorm if you are:

  • On open water: Get to land and find shelter immediately.
  • Anywhere you feel your hair stand on end (which indicates that lightning is about to strike) squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet.  Place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees.  Make yourself the smallest target possible and minimize your contact to the ground.  DO NOT lie flat on the ground.
  • In an open area:  Go to a low place such as a ravine or valley.  Be alert for flash floods.

In the event you experience storm damage please contact your restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville.

Storm Season Approaches!

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Season Approaches! Here's a little storm season tip!

TORNADO SEASON and SERVPRO

As spring and summer approach, so do the chances for massive storms that can cause immense damage to your home or business. Never fear! Your friends at SERVPRO Northeast Collin County/Greenville are here!

Severe weather chances increase around this time of year for North and Northeast Texas. Strong storms may produce destructive hail, damaging wind, high water, and even tornadoes. There is a lot of destruction that can happen with these storms, from broken windows due to hail or powerful wind, broken off roofing, water damage inside and out, and even, unfortunately, complete loss of the structure due to a tornado.

SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville is here to help our community during times of natural disaster. We strive to make every situation as low stress as we possibly can so that the experience is as pleasant and tension-free.

Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville in the event of a natural disaster causing damage to your home or business. We make it “Like it never even happened.”

Hurricane Harvey

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey As you can see the water rose high enough to float the appliances and displace them.

Hurricane Harvey was the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting nearly $200 billion (2017 USD) in damage, primarily from widespread flooding in the Houston metropolitan area

SERVPRO of Northeast Collin County/Greenville was activated for storm response after Hurricane Harvey hit in Houston, Texas along with hundreds of other SERVPRO franchises across the nation.

Hurricane Harvey was devastating for so many families, we were honored to help them with the restoration of their homes during this time. Although the water didn't reach the second level in this home you can see from the photo how high the water rose in this neighborhood. The family was without power for quite a while and a lot was lost due to the storm. Majority of the home was gutted due to the high water so this family will almost be starting over.

Various members of the community came together to help with debris removal in addition to handing out small meals and bottles of water.

It's heartbreaking to see this happen to so many families but for us it's a very humbling experience.