Recent Storm Damage Posts

Be prepared for power outages from storms in Texarkana

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Managing Without Power in Texarkana  

SERVPRO of Texarkana has seen storm damage lead to power outages.   

A power outage can:

  • Disrupt communication
  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMS, other services
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Disable medical devices

During a power outage in Texarkana, be sure to:

  • Keep freezer & refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • User generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances/electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment
  • Have already set up a plan to refrigerate medicines
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery.  You may also need a manual chair
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home or business
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling
  • Check on your neighbors.

Flood Facts

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers these 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 riding 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 occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Texarkana.  Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. We are faster to ANY size disaster. Let us help you get your life back in order.

Natural Disasters

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Every summer, the U.S. goes through an “active weather” season. The middle of spring through summer is a prime time for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, thunder storms, and fires. Here at SERVPRO, we’ve already begun to see the impact of the severe weather. We have already experienced a large amount of rain. Luckily, our SERVPRO team is here for any natural disaster. We respond to water, wind and fire damage! Here are some weather events to look out for during the spring and summer months:

  • Hurricanes–Hurricanes, with the accompanying wind, water, and flood, cause a lot of destruction in areas where they hit. When hurricanes gather strength, buildings, trees, and water infrastructures are commonly destroyed. The storms can also knock down power lines, posing a risk of electrocution.
  • Tornadoes– Tornadoes are characterized by whirling winds and debris and can endanger life and property. They are common from spring until the middle of summer but can occur any time of the year.
  • Floods– Floods are becoming more common in the U.S., with flash floods as the top weather-related killer. A few inches of water could bring extensive damage to homes and buildings. Heavy rains, levee breaches, and tsunamis cause floods. Many floods occur in areas that cannot absorb rainwater.
  • Fires– The heat of the summer and the years of drought experienced in many parts of the country can precipitate massive forest fires that, in many instances, affect dwellings. Spontaneous combustion, volcanic eruption, and faulty electrical wires are other common causes of fires.

 Call SERVPRO if you are ever in need after a natural disaster!

Water Damage Big or Small

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Texarkana arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Texarkana provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Timeline for Water Damages

Within a few Minutes

  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

1 – 24 Hours:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours - 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.

Over 1 Week or More:

  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.
  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – SERVPRO  of Texarkana 903-832-4400

About SERVPRO of Texarkana

SERVPRO of Texarkana's staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Safety Tips for Lightning

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few safety tips for when it is lightning.

Be aware. If the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available. Be sure to check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. 

Avoid electronic equipment. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio, and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.

Stay indoors. Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Like homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

Avoid water. Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.

Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. 

Storm Restoration

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

Has your home recently suffered hurricane damage? Wind damage? Are you facing a roof repair? If you're facing storm restoration, you aren't alone. Many homeowners find they have to repair their homes following a difficult storm. Before you begin to deal with storm restoration, here's what you need to know.

Don't do it alone

Whether you're dealing with  hurricane damage, wind damage, or hail damage, don't try to repair on your own. Flooding or ground water can seem like an easy thing to fix, but the reality is that you should always contact a home restoration professional to help.  Wind damage, and hail damage can be devastating to a home, but home restoration is possible with storm remediation.

If you notice roof damage, a roof leak, flooding, hail damage, or frozen pipes, reach out to SERVPRO of Texarkana experts immediately. Never wait to see if the frozen pipes or roof leak will get worse. The sooner you seek home restoration, the better off your home will be. 

Help is waiting 903-832-4400

Being Storm Calm

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Storm damage can happen at any time of day and can cause an enormous amount of harm to your home or business. Heavy rains and powerful winds can cause roof damage and broken trees. 

Diseases become more likely in the event of a storm disaster. The Norovirus and West Nile Virus along with other bacterial infections become a greater possibility because the flood water can infect anything it touches. 

SERVPRO of Texarkana always make sure that we are prepared when we know a storm is coming to town. We have meetings that pay special attention to 'what if' situations that could occur. Our crews make sure that the trucks and vans are loaded with tools, containment materials, disinfectant chemicals and any other drying equipment we may need.

Hurricanes

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

This is a picture of a hurrican from up in space. A little bit of information about hurricanes. It never hurts to know a little about the storms.

Hurricanes are some of the most violent storms on Earth....

Tropical cyclones are like giant engines that use warm, moist air as fuel. That is why they form only over warm ocean waters near the equator. The warm, moist air over the ocean rises upward from near the surface.

Air from surrounding areas with higher air pressure pushes in to the low pressure area. Then that "new" air becomes warm and moist and rises, too. As the warm air continues to rise, the surrounding air swirls in to take its place. As the warmed, moist air rises and cools off, the water in the air forms clouds. The whole system of clouds and wind spins and grows, fed by the ocean's heat and water evaporating from the surface.

Storms that form north of the equator spin counterclockwise. Storms south of the equator spin clockwise. This difference is because of Earth's rotation on its axis.

As the storm system rotates faster and faster, an eye forms in the center. It is very calm and clear in the eye, with very low air pressure. Higher pressure air from above flows down into the eye.

Storm Damage Prevention Tips

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows that storms are not set to a specific schedule, that’s why all SERVPRO franchises keep their doors open 24/7. We have the resources to handle any size disaster with a quicker response time than any of our competitors. Roof damage caused by thunderstorms is a major problem for homeowners, here are some tips to prevent roof damage to your home:

  • Trim trees and remove dead branches so they won’t damage your home if they fall because of wind.
  • Clear gutters and downspouts of debris. As the leaves fall, make sure they aren’t building up in the gutters.
  • Check for any roof damage. Pay attention to surface bubbles and areas with missing gravel on flat roofs or missing or damaged shingles or tiles on sloped roofs.
  • Check the flashing on the roof to make sure it’s in good condition to help prevent water from seeping through.
  • If your roof needs replacing, consider impact-resistant roofing materials, especially if you live in an area where hail storms are common.

Call your local SERVPRO storm response team, in Texarkana, at 903-832-4400 for all your storm remediation needs!

When Lightning Strikes

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Texarkana, we can help you with fire damages caused by lightning strikes. When the lightning hits a residence, it travels through the electrical lines to one of the home’s electrical boxes, which can catch fire. These fires can leave severe damage, including smoke damage to your home. SERVPRO of Texarkana's team has the ability to do a chem-sponge technique that was used to clean soot off of the walls. In doing this, SERVPRO of Texarkana can ensure that no fire damage or smoke damage goes untreated. If needed, affected walls in all damaged rooms can be painted after the cleanup is completed and drywall replaced where necessary. Our professional in-house crew use a white-glove treatment on your residence and completed the entire project quickly; from the first contact to completion. Why choose SERVPRO? Because in the event of fire damage or water damages large or small, we’re here to help. Call SERVPRO of Texarkana at (903) 832-4400 anytime lightning causes damage to your property.

What To Do When Storm Damage Occurs

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

We know what to do DURING a storm, but what do we do after the storm? Here are some helpful tips to get yourself back on track after a storm hits.

  1. You and your family’s safety is the number one goal. Watch out for safety hazards such as broken glass, and exposed nails. If dealing with flood waters be sure to wear protective clothing including boots, gloves, eye protection and masks as flood waters can carry sewage, bacteria, and other dangers. Stay away from downed powerlines. Be sure to use a flashlight instead of a candle when inspecting your home at night.
  2. When it’s safe to do so, document your damage. This will help when filing your insurance claim. Be sure to take photos and videos of your entire property – from multiple angles. Take photos of both the exterior and interior.
  3. If you have flooding, water extraction is the most important step to restoring your home. By choosing SERVPRO of Texarkana you can be sure that the water extraction will be handled quickly and professionally. Our professionals can evaluate your belongings to see if they can be cleaned and restored.

SERVPRO of Texarkana takes storm clean up seriously. We will make sure you are back on your feet in no time. Give us a call, 24/7 at 903.832.4400!

Protecting Your Windows During a Storm Event

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Some homes in Texarkana, Texas may be especially susceptible to high winds. However, you don’t have to sacrifice style and comfort to prevent windblown glass and exposure to the elements. Examine the following shutter designs to choose the best one for your home.

1. Traditional Designs

When many people picture shutters, they imagine a wooden frame on either side of the window with rows of slats. This is called the colonial design, and it is so common that many homes use a non-functional version as a decorative window accent. However, depending on the conditions in your area, the colonial shutter variety might be a solid choice for storm protection as well. Another traditional design called the Bahama shutter has vertical hinges, allowing it to open into a small awning to provide shade in warmer climates.

2. Modern Equipment

Other homeowners choose a sleek and compact look to keep their shutters out of the way when no high winds are present. Accordion and rolling shutters are made of light metals or polycarbonate, giving them a high degree of strength and flexibility. This enables the window cover to fold away or roll up when not in use. These designs are typically more expensive than the traditional varieties, and can even be electrically-powered for added convenience.

3. Temporary Protection

Storm panels and plywood are another window damage prevention method for those in high-risk locations. These storm shutters are not intended for permanent installation, and properly speaking, they do not “shut” over the window at all. Storm panels are corrugated metal surfaces that are simply affixed to the window frame with screws. Plywood is an even cheaper solution and can be implemented faster, but may not be as secure.

Whatever shutter option you choose, remember that protecting your home against high winds is the first step toward avoiding interior flooding. Have the contact information of a qualified water damage restoration service ready if you anticipate severe weather conditions.

Storm Watch versus Warning

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Watch versus Warning

We hear these terms on TV and read about them online, but what really is the difference between a storm watch vs a storm warning?

Knowing what weather terms mean can help you prepare your home and family for any type of weather event.  The best time to learn them is before any emergency happens.

FORECAST

A forecast tells you what meteorologists think is likely to happen.  A forecast may tell you that storms are possible but not they’re not yet confirmed.  The best action to take with a forecast is just to keep in mind and keep up with the news in case something stronger develops.  

You can stay up to date with future weather forecasts by downloading many free weather apps on Android or iOS.  Make sure you opt for free alerts on your phone or tablet.

Storm WATCH

We remember what a storm watch is by thinking, “We are watching to see if the storm comes towards us.”  

A storm watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather, but will they actually happen?  We don’t know, but the likelihood is yes more than no. Storms are either developing now or will develop.  

Pay close attention to the weather forecast and be ready to take action.  This is a great time to prepare your house if forecasts are calling for a strong storm.  

  • Tie down or bring in outdoor items that can go airborne.
  • Clean out your gutters to prevent water from pooling on your roof.
  • For serious storms, consider boarding up your windows.
  • If a possible tornado is on its way, make sure your safe room is ready.

Storm WARNING

A storm warning means severe weather is occurring or is imminent in your area.  It’s actually happening! Do not delay. Take action now to keep your family and pets safe.

Tornado Safety Tips

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

If you are at home 

  • If you have a cellar, storm shelter, safe room or basement available, go immediately to that area. If none of these options are available to you, get to the lowest level of your home.
  • Get to a windowless interior room, such as a bathroom, closet or inner hallway 
  • Stay as far from windows as possible
  • Go to the center of the room – corners tend to attract debris
  • Get under a sturdy piece of furniture; heavy table or desk, and hold on to it
  • Protect your head and neck with a blanket, if possible

If you are in a mobile home

Mobile homes are particularly vulnerable to tornadoes. They can be easily overturned, even if precautions have been taken to tie down the unit. If you are in a mobile home when a tornado is approaching, evacuate the home immediately.

  • Take shelter in a building with a strong foundation
  • If a shelter is not available, lie in a ditch or low-lying area a safe distance away from the mobile home.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck


If you are at work or school

  • Go to the basement or an inside hallway at the lowest level
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, gymnasiums, large hallways or shopping malls
  • Get under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a desk or heavy table.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck

If you are outdoors

  • If possible, get inside a building.
  • If shelter is unavailable or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck
  • Stay alert to the potential for flooding

If you are in a vehicle

Never try to outrun a tornado. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can instantly lift up a car, truck or any other vehicle and toss it through the air.

  • Get out of the vehicle immediately and take shelter in a nearby building 
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the vehicle and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck
  • Stay alert to the potential for flooding

Hail Damage

11/28/2019 (Permalink)

Hail can happen anywhere, but some parts of the U.S. see it more often than others. States in the Midwest are most susceptible. These storms are most common between May and September. Hail pellets are usually between .2 inches and 1.75 inches in size, but can be much bigger. In fact, the biggest known hailstone came in at 7.9 inches in South Dakota in 2010.

Hail damage isn’t always visible. When it is, you can look for cracked shingles, dents in shingles in a random pattern, and bent roof vents and pipes. You can also sustain damage to siding. Invisible damage comes into play when substrate materials beneath the shingles are damaged. If you think you have hail damage, we highly recommend getting an expert opinion. This kind of damage can lead to serious roof leaks that can spread and cause structural problems.

Tornado Awareness

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Neighborhood hit by tornado with houses destroyed and/or damaged.  This is a town that wasn't so lucky when a tornado ran through it. Some didn't get it as bad as others homes.
  1. A tornado is as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 mph.
  2. Damage paths of tornadoes can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.
  3. Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes once on land. Its super important to be prepared for a tornado, so make sure you have a disaster plan for your pets too!
  4. Rotating thunderstorms are the best predictors of tornado activity. They are well defined thunderstorms on radar that may include hail, severe winds, lightning, or flash floods.
  5. Tornadoes can occur when a warm front meets a cold front, forming a thunderstorm, which then can spawn 1 or more “twisters."

Be prepared for storms, listen to the radar and keep up with storms. SERVPRO of Texarkana is here to help after storms!

Be Storm Ready

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

tornado funnel heading toward a house Any time you are under a tornado warning or watch you should always take the right precautions. A tornado will destroy anything in its path.

A major storm threat to houses comes from trees falling on them. Prune or thin the canopy of trees that are close to your house, so that wind can pass more easily through the branches without knocking them over. Remove branches facing your house to reduce weight on that side, since the tree is more likely to fall in the direction with more weight.

Identify top-heavy and tall furniture that are at risk of falling over, such as cabinets and bookcases. Secure them to the wall using L brackets, corner brackets, or aluminum molding. Secure or be ready to secure large appliances with flexible cable, braided wire, or metal strapping.

Prepare to board up your windows. All exterior windows and doors need to be secured no matter which side of the house they’re on, as tornadoes can approach from any direction. Boarding up your windows by attaching plywood, steel, or aluminum to the exterior wall may provide minimal protection in heavy winds, as the board can be torn away by winds getting under it. Duct tape and masking tape will also not prevent windows from breaking. If properly installed, specially developed screens and fabrics may help protect windows.

The 3 D's of Flood Clean-up

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

What are the cleaning requirements after a flood? You hear that flood water is contaminated, full of pathogens that are harmful to your family. How do you know what you need to throw away and what you can sanitize? Remember the three D’s of flood cleanup: Dispose, Disinfect and Dry. Here is a brief guide for each.

Dispose

Follow local guidelines for waste disposal. If garbage service is not yet running, you can bury contaminated food about four feet deep to keep the odor away. You should however dispose of the following items:

  • Throw away any food, even canned or sealed, that has been in contact with flood water
  • Throw away food from your fridge if power has been off for more than 2 hours
  • Don’t use any garden produce that remain after a flood
  • Discard dishes with cracks, as well as any plastic or wooden kitchen items
  • Submerged drywall may need to be replaced
  • Dispose of carpet padding

Disinfect

Depending on what materials need to be cleaned, the cleaning requirements will vary. For most disinfecting, use one cup of bleach to one gallon of water.

  • Use bleach mixture and spray structural materials and personal items that were contaminated, rinse with clean water and dry
  • Disinfect kitchenware and appliances by using hot soapy water, scrubbing to remove solids, then rinsing with disinfected water. Make sure appliances are unplugged before taking them apart and wiping them down. Allow them to dry completely before reassembling

Dry

Without a proper drying technique, your flood disinfectant effort isn’t complete.

Flood remediation professionals have powerful equipment to help accelerate the drying process and ensure that it is thorough. You should start the drying process right away to help prevent permanent damage or the development of mold.

  • If power is back on, turn on fans and air conditioner unit to assist with drying until help arrives.
  • Hang rugs and remove cushions to put them in a better area for drying
  • Remove carpet and dry outdoors after cleaning

Trained restoration professionals can recognize what can be saved and what must be disposed of. They are trained in the proper cleaning requirements for specific materials.

Call SERVPRO of Texarkana, 24/7 for all your cleanup and restoration needs.

903-832-4400

Thunderstorm Preparedness

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Take precautions during thunderstorms

All thunderstorms are dangerous and produce lightning. On average lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more in the US each year. Dangers associated with thunderstorms include strong winds, flash flooding, hail, and even tornadoes.


To prepare for a thunderstorm:

  • Trim or remove tree limbs near your home. Remove any dead or rotting trees.
  • Secure outdoor items.
  • Postpone or cancel outdoor activities.
  • Go inside - if you can't reach a building, get in a hard-top vehicle.
  • Secure doors and windows. Close blinds, curtains, or shutters.
  • Unplug electronics.

When a thunderstorm occurs:

  • Remember this phrase: "When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors". Go inside during thunderstorms.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio such as a NOAA Weather Radio for updates and information.
  • Unplug electronics and appliances to prevent damage from lightning-caused power surges.
  • Water conducts electricity. Water-based activities and chores should be avoided during a thunderstorm.
  • Windows, porches, and doorways can be dangerous in storms - stay inside.
  • If you can't get inside, try to avoid natural lightning rods - like a large tree in an open field, and try not to be the tallest thing on a hill, open field, or beach.
  • Try not to touch metal - including your car - metal conducts electricity.
  • Stay in your car if you're driving. Pull over and turn on your hazard lights until heavy rain ends.

 After the storm passes:

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don't drown!
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas.
  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Keep a close eye on your pets to keep them safe.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Texarkana are highly trained and certified. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge they need to help with any water or fire loss.

SERVPRO of Texarkana 903-832-4400

What Kind of Damage Can you Expect From a Hailstorm

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

Roof damage caused by recent storms

There’s no doubt that hail storms in Northeast Texas can lead to roof damage. Even the smallest hailstones can cause problems with enough force, especially on older commercial roofing. The extent of the damage can depend on the type of roof, the size of the hailstones, even wind speed. Learn about the three types of hail damage you can come to expect.


1. Exterior Damage


In a hailstorm, your business’s rooftops will always take the brunt of the damage. Shingles can end up cracked or missing, while other types of roofing can take major impact damage that leads to cracking, splitting, peeling and more. Some damage may be purely cosmetic, unsightly but not overly problematic. Other roof damage may cause functional issues that lead to the next type of damage – interior damage.


2. Interior Damage


Interior damage from hail storms occurs when the roof is cracked enough for water leaks to occur. When the roof is no longer watertight, you can end up with rain and melted hail or snow seeping into your building’s interior. Long before you notice dripping and dark spots on the floors, you could end up with water damage in your building’s attic, wet insulation, and rot in your structural framework.


3. Peripheral Damage


The last type of damage you can expect other than roof damage and interior damage is peripheral damage. While your roof may take the brunt of the storm, any equipment installed on your roof or around your building may also suffer impact damage. This can include satellite dishes, antennae, and exterior housings for HVAC or other building systems.


Prepare in Advance


The best offense is a good defense, and one of the best ways to avoid hail damage is to prepare in advance. Preparing can include repairing or upgrading roofing, or working with professionals to “toughen” your building’s resiliency to hail storms and impact. Don’t wait until the damage is already done; take precautions in advance.

If your property suffers hail damage, call SERVPRO of Texarkana (903)832-4400, we can make it "Like if never even happened."

Be Storm Ready

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Common emergency kit items

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. In North East Texas we are particularly prone to experiencing severe weather throughout every season. 

Approximately 98% of all disasters declared emergent by the president are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Preparing an emergency supply kit can help keep you and your family safe if you're ever caught in an severe storm situation. 

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 masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Contact SERVPRO of Texarkana at 903-832-4400 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.

Tornado Awareness

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Since Northeast Texas is located in "Tornado Alley" - an area of North America prone to tornadoes includes the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota - many of us that live here are used to dealing with the threats that tornadoes provide, but is our knowledge really up to par?

We are currently in the middle of tornado season, mid-March through June (although tornadoes can occur at anytime of the year), check out these tips to see if you know everything you need to know about staying safe during a tornado. 

At Home

  • Go to a windowless interior room on the lowest level of your house
  • Get away from the windows
  • Go to the center of the room
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench, heavy table or desk to hold on to

Outdoors

  • Use arms to protect head and neck
  • If possible get inside a building
  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a sturdy building

In a Vehicle

  • Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck
  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle.

For more information check out this website

 

Spring Storm Strategy

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Be prepared for Spring Storms in the Ark-La-Tex area

When preparing for an upcoming spring storm, protecting your home is your priority and something you take seriously. Here are a few ways to help you avoid storm damage to your residential property:

Let it flow. Remove winter's debris from your gutters, drains, and downspouts so that heavy rains can flow freely off your roof. Be sure that downspouts are secure and that water is draining well away from your home and not toward your foundation — add extensions if necessary. 

Trim the trees. Prune lanky limbs and branches so they don't snap off in a windstorm and land on your home or a power line. 

Check the pump. If your home has a sump pump, test it to make sure it's clean and operable and that the outflow is draining properly. Consider adding a battery-powered backup sump pump to keep the system working if the power goes out. Furthermore, an automatic standby generator can ensure your sump pump and other electrical systems continue to run during power outages.

Stow your gear. When strong winds are forecast, secure patio furniture and other yard items or put them in your garage or a shed so they don't become dangerous projectiles. 

Cover up. Close and secure storm shutters if your home has them. Keep blinds and shades drawn and tape or tack window coverings around the edges to help protect you from broken, flying glass. Tie thick blankets over vehicles that are exposed to the elements to diminish damage from hail.

If power outages are common in your area, prepare an emergency kit and keep it in a central location in your home.

Basic supplies should include:

  • Flashlight and fresh batteries
  • Battery or solar-powered weather radio and/or transistor radio
  • First aid supplies
  • Hand sanitizer or wipes
  • Three-day supply of canned or dried food and water

No one wants to deal with the headache of storm damage so call the team at SERVPRO of Texarkana 903-832-4400, we are available 24/7 to assess the damage and begin the mitigation process.

Hail Damage

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Hail can cause significant damage to your home

Hail is a common occurrence around Northeast Texas during storm season each year. Hail was the number one cause of homeowners insurance losses in Texas during the period from 1999-2011, at $10.4 billion. Knowing more about hail can help you be better prepared for the next time a storm hits - here are some interesting hail facts and tips:

  • According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) hail is responsible for over $1 billion dollars of property and crop damage each year.
  • Hail can vary in size from pea-sized to pieces larger than grapefruits. While pea size hail is not particularly dangerous, it can cause roof damage over time that may eventually lead to a water damage. 
  • Hail comes from a specific type of thunderstorm cloud called a cumulonimbus. 
  • Hailstorms rarely last longer than 15 minutes, and typically last an average of 6 minutes.
  • Meteorologists consider hail that has a diameter of 3/4 an inch or greater capable of causing significant damage to buildings and humans.

Call SERVPRO of Texarkana for all your mitigation and restoration needs.

Available 24/7 (903)832-4400

Storm Damage

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Texarkana assisted in storm damage clean-up from Hurricane Michael

Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians, who are available 24/7 365 days. As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Texarkana has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation. We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of Texarkana can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters. SERVPRO of Texarkana is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Texarkana community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

How to Prepare When a Storm Is in the Forecast

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

You should know well in advance when a storm is going to blow through Texarkana. While there is only so much you can do to prepare and protect your home, you should still take action to do everything possible to prevent flood water from entering your home and water damage from harming your property, because a completely flooded building is the last thing you need to deal with.

1. Learn How to Shut Off Electrical and Water Supply If you do not currently know where your circuit breaker and water main are located, then you need to find them on your property. You should turn off the power if your block experiences a power outage. You want to shut everything off because in the event power is restored, the sudden burst of energy could overload the system, resulting in significant damage to electrical appliances. You should also turn off all utilities right before you have to evacuate, if necessary.

2. Relocate Valuables Keep any precious heirlooms out of the basement, which is most susceptible to flood water. You also want to keep valuables away from doors and windows, because they are entry points by which water or winds can enter.

3. Trim Trees When you have several weeks’ notice of an oncoming storm in Texarkana, TX you should consider hiring a professional service to trim and prune trees that are too close to your home. A diseased tree or weakened branches can break off and strike a building.

4. Move Lawn Accessories Outside With strong enough winds, outdoor ornaments and furniture can become projectiles. Move them inside for the time being, or secure them outside by using a bungee cord or cable.

5. Maintain Gutters Your home’s gutters help keep flood water away from the siding and foundation of your house. Remove leaves and other debris from them regularly so water does not become impeded.

Call SERVPRO of Texarkana (903-832-4400) for more information on storm damage.

Steps To Take After Suffering Storm Damage

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of Texarkana to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to a safe living condition.

Photograph the Damage

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cell phone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

SERVPRO of Texarkana 903-832-4400

Is It Going To Rain Today? Understanding the Weather Forecast

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

(Courtesy: National Weather Service/NOAA, Department of Commerce)

Since we do 24 hour emergency weather damage cleanup we definitely keep an eye on the weather.  Each time it rains or storms we can get a wide range of phone calls from overflowing sump pumps to leaky windows and roofs, so it's important for us to follow and understand Weather Forecast Terminology.  Here's some helpful information that should help you understand what all those weather terms mean.

Every day people check the weather forecast to plan their daily activities, but do they really understand what the meteorologist is telling them?  This blog is intended to develop a better understanding of those forecasts.  It is designed to help people make informed decisions about travel plans, sports practices and events, campouts or other outdoor activities before hazardous weather develops.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is the federal agency charged with providing weather services to the nation.  It is the official source of watches, warnings and advisories for hazardous weather.  Weather forecasts and warnings can be received directly from the NWS through its nationwide network of NOAA Weather Radio.

This blog will use terminology as defined by the NWS.  Forecast products issues by countries other than the US have different criteria.  Forecasters outside of the NWS (such as on radio and television) may use different terms or place a different meaning on weather terms.

Weather Forecast Terminology

The basic weather forecast includes the following weather elements: precipitation, probability of precipitation, sky condition, temperature and wind.  Forecasts describe the weather in 12-hour increments such as "today", "tonight" and "tomorrow."  Forecasters often use descriptive terms to convey the forecast message.  While these terms may be subjective, the NWS attempts to standardize them.

Details on precipitation probabilities, sky conditions and wind will be provided in future blogs as well as information about additional Basic Weather Terms and Fire and Thunderstorm Related Terms.

Call SERVPRO of Texarkana 903-832-4400 for our storm services.

SERVPRO of Texarkana Arrives Quickly to Dry Out Your Flooded Property and Help Prevent Any Secondary Damages

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage is perhaps one of the most overwhelming forms of property damage that you can find inside of your home. Debris carried by the storm waters can break a window and allow water to rush into your basement. You may have thought that you managed to weather the severe storm with little damage to your house, but upon checking your basement, you quickly realize that is not the case. Finding several inches of water inside of your home can leave you in an unfavorable position, but it is essential to call for professional help as soon as possible.   The longer that you allow the water to remain in your home the worse the outcome can be. Waiting to try and compare all of your options is enough time to damage the carpet, the floor underneath, your belongings, and the structure of your residence. Mold spores are everywhere and relatively harmless in their primary form but, if they find a source of water, they may begin to grow into a mold colony. If you find water damage of any kind in your home, it is better to be safe rather than sorry.   Our SERVPRO techs can arrive at the scene of the flood damage swiftly. We strive to get the water out of your home as soon as possible, so we use advanced technology designed to remove it quickly. SERVPRO technicians will bring tools like extractors, wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps to your property. Extractors not only pull the water away, but they also have a heating element that serves to help dry your furniture and carpets as we remove the water. Once we remove all of the floodwaters, SERVPRO can focus on detecting any excessive moisture and drying out the structure of your home using our state of the art drying equipment.   Do not wait when you find flood waters in your home. Dial (903) 832-4400 to reach out to SERVPRO of Texarkana. Let us help you remove the water and return your basement to its preloss state.

TORNADO KNOWLEDGE

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Destruction caused by Tornado in Moore, OK

Since Northeast Texas is located in "Tornado Alley" - an area of North America prone to tornadoes includes the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota - many of us that live here are used to dealing with the threats that tornadoes provide, but is our knowledge really up to scratch?

Since we are currently in the middle of tornado season, mid-March through June (although tornadoes can occur at anytime of the year), check out these tips to see if you know everything you need to know about staying safe during a tornado. 

  • You should NOT open windows during a tornado. It is a common myth that it equalizes the pressure in your house; however, it does not do anything other than cause you to spend precious time outside of your shelter area. Doors should also not be opened, as it makes it easier for dangerous debris to fly into the house. 

Always pick an interior room, on a ground floor, and without windows as a shelter. If it is an option try to be in a room close to the north or northwest side of your home as tornadoes

HAIL DAMAGE

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Hail can cause significant damage to your home's roof.

Hail is a common occurrence around Northeast Texas during storm season each year. Hail was the number one cause of homeowners insurance losses in Texas during the period from 1999-2011, at $10.4 billion. Knowing more about hail can help you be better prepared for the next time a storm hits - here are some interesting hail facts and tips:

  • According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) hail is responsible for over $1 billion dollars of property and crop damage each year.
  • Hail can vary in size from pea-sized to pieces larger than grapefruits. While pea size hail is not particularly dangerous, it can cause roof damage over time that may eventually lead to a water damage. 
  • Hail comes from a specific type of thunderstorm cloud called a cumulonimbus. 
  • Hailstorms rarely last longer than 15 minutes, and typically last an average of 6 minutes.
  • Meteorologists consider hail that has a diameter of 3/4 an inch or greater capable of causing significant damage to buildings and humans.

Emergency Supply Kit

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. In North Texas we are particularly prone to experiencing severe weather throughout every season. 

Approximately 98% of all disasters declared emergent by the president are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Preparing an emergency supply kit can help keep you and your family safe if you're ever caught in an severe storm situation. 

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 masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Contact SERVPRO of Texarkana at 903-832-4400 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.

What a storm is.

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Bell Curve

What Storm is:

A controlled response managed by one or more SERVPRO® Storm Sites which are operated by one of four Franchise owned teams.  These Storm Sites are committed to being in a constant state of readiness.  Always answering the call and mobilizing to service National Accounts clients’ customers.  Always willing to assist the Local Franchises in servicing spikes in volume for which they have difficulty getting to all customers in a timely fashion.

What Storm is not:

Storm is not a severity initiative, so it is not LLRT or ERT response. However, commercial or large losses often occur in a Storm affected area. When they do the Storm Leaders work with CLLD and the LLRT or ERT Franchises to respond to opportunities and manage the work produced.

Storm Response is managed in six phases:

  1. Promote and Plan
  2. Monitor the Potential Event
  3. Activate the Event
  4. Execute the Event
  5. Exit the Event
  6. Post Event

When Storms or Floods hit Texarkana, SERVPRO is ready!

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Texarkana 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 the Texarkana area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 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 903-832-4400