Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flood Risks Increase After a Wildfire

6/18/2022 (Permalink)

A view of the spreading flames from the Canyon Fire 2 wildfire in Anaheim Hills and the City of Orange Preparing your home for a wildfire is important when wildfires are present nearby.

After a Wildfire, The Risk of Flooding Increases

Homes in Cedar Bluff, TN, not located in a flood plain aren’t required to acquire FEMA NFIP coverage. If the area has been affected by a wildfire, it may be worth reconsidering this extra layer of protection. After the fires are out, there is a significant increase in the chances of flooding.

The Secondary Effects of Wildfire Damage
If your property is still recovering from the fires, you don’t want to have to deal with flooding damage on top of that. Unfortunately, once the vegetation and topsoil are damaged, it leaves a new layer of ash and soil that is not able to properly absorb rainwater. This damage increases the chances of two destructive natural events:

Flash Flooding: Prior to the fire, that aesthetic greenery was working hard behind the scenes to slow down water flow. Once it’s gone, even under half an inch of rain has the potential to create flash floods and thousands of dollars of damage.
Debris Flows: Eroded soil no longer prevents the water from slowly flowing downhill. Instead, it increases its speeds, enabling it to pick up large debris on the way.

When To Get FEMA NFIP Coverage
While this coverage is an added cost, it is worth considering after a fire. While it depends on the extent of the damage, it may take two to three years for the vegetation to regrow and up to five years for the soil to return to the necessary absorption capabilities. While a storm and water damage restoration company will be able to return your home to its preloss condition, those repairs will likely not be covered by your general homeowner’s policy.
While FEMA NFIP coverage is a must for homes in flood plains, it is also a good idea for people living in areas recently affected by wildfires. With an increased risk of flooding, obtaining this extra insurance may offer added peace of mind.

3 Steps To Take After the Storm

6/3/2022 (Permalink)

Missing shingles on a roof Missing roof shingles after a storm in Norwood, TN.

Three Things to Do After a Storm

A severe storm in Norwood, TN, isn’t uncommon. If the latest weather event has caused damage to your home, you know the first thing to do is file a flood insurance claim. Since others are likely doing the same, it means that getting the cleanup process started may take longer than expected. While it’s important to follow guidelines set forth by your insurer, there are three steps that may help minimize damage and speed up the process.

1. Document Damage
Any damage caused by the storm needs to be documented, from missing shingles to water-logged curtains. It is recommended that homeowners take videos and photographs of all affected items and structural components. This also includes documenting areas that may lead to other potential problems, such as signs of mold growth.

2. Avoid Secondary Flood Damage
Your flood insurance will likely require that you minimize the risk of secondary damage, such as mold damage. Depending on the situation, this may involve tarping up a hole in the roof or boarding up windows to prevent Mother Nature from unleashing a second round of damage. In many cases, it will also be necessary to begin water extraction and start to dry out flooded areas.

3. Contact a Restoration Company
Knowing that water easily leads to other issues, it is ideal to contact a certified water and storm damage remediation company. These professionals are typically available 24/7 and arrive on-site within 48 hours to provide a thorough assessment. Many of these companies also offer tarp services, further adding peace of mind that work is being done right. Along with completing a thorough assessment and developing an action plan, the company will work with your provider to maximize your claim and speed up the cleanup process.
After the storm, homeowners know how important it is to contact their flood insurance provider. While they may have to wait for the adjuster, steps still need to be taken to prevent additional damage and ensure a speedy recovery.

Seeking Out Winter Storm Damage as a Homeowner

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Missing shingles on a roof High winds can cause serious problems with your home's roof.

Identifying Winter Storm Damage

When a powerful winter storm comes to Solway, TN, it can bring sleet, heavy snow and high winds. These conditions can also cause considerable damage to your home; however, knowing what to look for in the aftermath so you can plan repairs and prevent further issues that may worsen with time.

Roof Damage
High winds can cause serious problems with your home's roof. Depending on its age and construction, it can take on different types of damage, including:

  • Broken or missing shingles
  • Damaged flashing
  • Bent or hanging gutters

Broken gutters can be especially worrisome, as moisture may remain on your roof if it cannot drain properly, which could cause structural weakness. Check each area of your roof after high winds for missing shingles, which may also cause moisture problems in your attic.

Burst Pipes
A winter storm can bring bone-chilling temperatures that may affect your home's plumbing. Outdoor pipes can be especially vulnerable when water trapped inside can freeze and expand, causing them to burst. You can prevent this by insulating your pipes, and after a storm, inspecting the vulnerable exterior wall pipes in your basement for leaks may help you prevent a flood.

Downed Tree Limbs
High winds and heavy snow can snap tree branches and cause them to fall on your roof or damage your gutters. This type of problem may lead to poor or slow drainage, so calling in storm damage and restoration service for assistance as soon as possible could prevent further issues. Heavy tree limbs could rip tiles from your roof as well, so if any trees in your yard overhang your roof, you may want to check after a blizzard.
A powerful winter storm in Solway, TN, can cause many different types of damage to your home. Knowing what to look for once bad weather passes can help you protect your property and the time and money you invest in it.

3 Reasons Your Business Needs a Generator

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

Portable power generator Having a generator will save you time and money.

Three Reasons Why Your Company Needs a Generator

If you have ever had to go without power at your business in Walker Springs, TN  it's time to invest in a generator.

Power Failures Are Expensive

If your power goes out, even for just a few hours, the costs can quickly add up. Without a generator installed, power failures impact every kind of business in a different way. But every business owner will feel the same painful loss of revenue, decreased productivity, and cost to repair, such as:

Restaurants - unpowered refrigeration units can destroy all available food
Corporate offices - downed computers and internet connections make it impossible to do even basic office work
Warehouses - machinery must be stopped for safety, especially if the lights are off

Disasters Happen, Plan Accordingly

You never know when your power company will have electrical grid issues, blackouts or brownouts, or even generator problems of their own. On top of that, natural disasters like electrical storms, hurricanes, and wildfires can snap power lines and knock out the electricity to your facility. If a storm's impacts are felt throughout your region, repairs could take days, or even longer. If you don't want to be at the mercy of mother nature, being able to produce your own power backup is key to continuing operations throughout a storm and its aftermath.

Commercial Units Are Durable

Whether you choose a gas-powered or a diesel unit, these systems are built to last. Properly maintained diesel systems can be depended on for up to 30,000 hours of operation. Systems that run on gasoline can be expected to last approximately 3,000 hours. If you shut the engine off overnight or on the weekends, that is an exceptional amount of time.
If you have ever had to survive power disruptions or commercial storm damage at your business in Walker Springs, TN, having a generator will save you time and money.

How To Access and Use Flood Maps

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

FEMA US Homeland Security Citizen and Immigration Services Flyer Closeup FEMA also provides easy-to-use flood risk tools.

Flood Maps: How to Find and Use Them

Homeowners and prospective buyers should know if a property is located in a flood zone. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides online access to flood maps. Find out more about the resources available for determining the risk of flooding at a residence in Knoxville, TN.


View the Flood Rate Insurance Map

The National Flood Insurance Program maintains a Flood Rate Insurance Map. This map offers several viewing options and important information:

  • Dynamic maps and firm images
  • Date of last update
  • Records of revisions, amendments, and revalidations


A detailed key indicates how levels of risk and flood prevention features are displayed. This map provides a recent assessment of flood risks at any area or property in the country.

Use Other Flood Risk Products

FEMA also offers user-friendly flood risk tools. These non-regulatory resources include graphical risk maps and detailed risk reports. Homeowners can enter their location to access all of the available flood zone information.

Request an Amendment or Revision

Homeowners who increase the elevation of their residences to prevent flooding can request an amendment, revision or recertification. Depending on when these changes took place, an amendment or revision may already be on file. The owner of a modified property on a flood plain should take the following measures:

  • Check to see if an amendment or revision is on file
  • Request a Letter of Map Amendment
  • Request a Letter of Map Revision Based on Fill

Amendments may not immediately be indicated on maps or reports. These modifications can still reduce flood risks and lower the cost of flood insurance coverage.

The Flood Rate Insurance Map indicates the risk of flooding in Knoxville, TN. Owners of residences located in a flood zone should obtain flood insurance and notify the NFIP or a private insurer in the event of a flood. Storm damage restoration specialists can quickly assess and begin to mitigate damage.

6 Things to Never Do After a Flood

9/19/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded bathroom. If you hope to be reimbursed for the water damage caused by the flood, you need to contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

If you're dealing with a flooded home, it's understandable that you want to act fast to minimize damage, and while that's the right mindset, your can-do attitude may cause more trouble than it prevents. Flood water cleanup must be done with great care, otherwise, you risk causing more harm to both your home and yourself. Your local flood remediation team shares a few tips for what NOT to do post-flood:

• Do NOT stay in your home.
• Do NOT wade into standing water.
• Do NOT touch the water.
• Do NOT forgo protective gear.
• Do NOT forget to call your insurer.
• Do NOT forget to call your Knoxville, TN, water damage restoration team.

It is important that you don't do any of the above, as failure to listen to the professionals could put you, your home, or your loved ones in harm's way.

Get Out of the House and Away From the Water ASAP

Depending on where the flood water came from, it could be contaminated with human feces, chemicals, or other harmful materials. For this reason, you should not go anywhere near the water, let alone touch it. Ideally, if you can, get out of your home as fast as possible and call for help.

If You Must Stay in the Home, Wear Protective Gear

While you should not attempt cleanup efforts on your own, if you plan to stay in the home, make sure you're equipped with all the right protective gear. This includes flood boots, which may protect you against electrical shocks, a full-body suit, gloves, and face mask.

Contact All the Necessary Parties

If you hope to be reimbursed for the water damage caused by the flood, you need to contact your insurance company as soon as possible. The company will likely need an estimate of the restoration costs, so schedule your Knoxville, TN, flood water restoration team at the same time. Your swift action in these regards could minimize damage and therefore the costs of restoration.

What is an Ice Dam?

9/3/2021 (Permalink)

In the latest round of winter storms in Knoxville, TN, ice dams are forming on roofs all throughout the region, resulting in some substantial water damages. Which begs the question, just what exactly is an ice dam?

Simply put, an ice dam occurs when a ridge of ice forms at the edge of a roof, preventing any melting snow from draining as it should, in to the gutter or off of the roof. Water backs up behind the ice dam and can leak into the home, possibly damaging walls, ceilings, insulation, and other interior building materials. (See a diagram of a typical ice dam to the right.)

What are the causes of ice dams? In most cases, once the roof is covered with snow and ice, it's the result of heat and warm air released into the attic or roof space. Once enough heat and warm air builds up, it can begin melting the bottom layer of moisture on the roof. With no place to drain, water can find its way into the roof, backing up under the shingles.

Most importantly, it's critical to understand that while ice dams can cause water damage to your home, it's not advisable to ever get on a roof to try and "fix" the problem, as a wet, frozen roof is an extremely unsafe environment, even for the trained professional.

Once ice dams are present, there is little to be done that is not potentially harmful to the roof. Using tools to break the ice can result in holes in the roof and damage to shingles. There are professional companies that use steam to mitigate ice dams, but here in Knoxville, TN, it's not a common enough occurrence to warrant companies here to have that expertise.

The best way to prevent ice dams is to ensure proper ventilation and insulation within your attic. SERVPRO of West Knoxville/Concord has the capability to mitigate and clean up water damages from the ice dam, but not remove the ice dam itself. It's best to let all the water stop infiltrating before cleaning, as there may be additional extraction and damages that occur. 

You Can Be Ruined Or You Can Be Ready

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO emergency ready profiles SERVPRO is proud to offer Emergency READY Profiles.

Be Ready In The Event Of A Disaster

Technology can now be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others. From common technology you already use day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare, the following will help you be ready in the event of a disaster.

Store Information Online
There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer a free way to store different types of files, from a Word Document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records and information about your pets, if necessary.

Follow The News
Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if rescue is needed through Twitter.

Mark Yourself Safe
The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish.

Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook if you're located in an affected area at that time.

Get In Touch
Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and email for communication with your family, friends, business contacts and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster.

Charge Up
Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well.

Get an Emergency READY Profile

SERVPRO is proud to offer Emergency READY Profiles for free and ready.SERVPRO.com to help prepare you, your property, or your business for an emergency.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your property or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your property or business.

2 Landscaping Tricks To Protect Your Home From Flooding

8/1/2021 (Permalink)

Both hands holding dark mulch Heavier mulch will protect your home throughout the flood.

2 Landscaping Tips to Keep Your Home Flood-Proof

When outside flooding occurs in West Hills, TN, it’s never a fun time, especially when you’re running around to check every five minutes to make sure your house isn’t the first landbound Titanic. Here are two easy tricks to ensure the next rain storm doesn’t end up in your basement.

Try Heavier Mulch

Lighter mulch is easily washed away by outside flooding, and it is then difficult to clean up and can clog drains. Heavier mulches will stay in place more easily and will continue protecting your home throughout the flood. Heavy mulch options include the following:

• Hardwood: This material is long lasting and easy to spread, and it provides nutrients to the soil. It might raise the soil pH over time, which is not necessarily bad but is something to be aware of for the health of your plants.

• Stones: Pebbles, gravel, and rocks are a solid, natural solution that can be as heavy as you want. However, they can sink into the soil and require a little touching-up. Some people use landscaping fabric in these cases to prevent this from happening.

• Shredded rubber: While manmade, rubber stays in place the best and maintains its color for many years. The only drawbacks are the price and that it will not provide soil with any nutrients like mulch will.

Divert Rain Spouts

A leaky rain spout can be a home-flooding disaster waiting to happen. There are many strategies now with the rise of permaculture for creating better rain drainage away from your house. Some people connect a pipe straight from the house to the sewer, which creates nicer-looking curb appeal as the spouts are not sticking straight out into the yard.

Another solution is to hook up a rain barrel to each spout or divert the rain into basins with plants. This not only decreases runoff during a flood but can also store water for a garden to be used during a dry spell.

Outside flooding can become dangerous depending on where you live. Call your local flood experts to learn other ways you can prepare your home for the next storm.

What to Do In Case of a Storm

7/13/2021 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of these following intense storms.

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms

  • 5,000 floods or flash floods

  • 1,000 tornadoes

  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 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 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-works and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

Build An Emergency Supply Kit

  • Water (one 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 contain

3 Facts That Will Make You Want To Buy Flood Insurance

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Flood insurance form on a table with a book. To protect yourself against this, you need to add flood insurance.

Is Flood Insurance Good For Your Business

If your business has a high risk of flooding, your commercial insurance agent has probably already talked to you about flood insurance. However, those who live in low- and moderate-risk zones on the FEMA maps can also purchase policies. If you're in these lower-risk areas, you're probably wondering if the cost is worth it. Even though some policies can be steep, paying for a storm restoration company can be even higher. Here are some facts you can use to decide if flood insurance is a good option for your business in Cumberland Estates, TN.

1. Property Insurance Doesn’t Cover Storm-Related Flooding
Standard commercial insurance only covers water while it is in the sky or leaking from your pipes. In other words, it's not going to pay for flood damage. For instance, they will cover water damage from a window that broke during a storm. However, your insurance will not cover damage from the rising creek behind your office buildings. That can leave you paying for a lot of damage even though you have property insurance.

2. Your Business Is at Risk of Flooding
It's more how much, not if. Flood maps tell you your business's risk of flooding. In short, zones V and A have a high risk. Zones C, B, and X are moderate- to low-risk. Zone D hasn't been mapped yet, although there is still a risk of flooding.

3. Government Aid Isn’t Free
The majority of government aid for businesses is loans that you need to repay. Plus, you have to live in a federally declared disaster area to get this money, meaning buying a commercial insurance policy is a better option.
Buying a flood policy is your only chance to protect your business. Without one, you could be facing steep monetary losses for cleanup costs. On top of this, you would have to replace any damaged items associated with the flood. This can add to your losses. Crippling totals can bring your business to its knees. To protect yourself against this, you need to add flood insurance. This small step can do great things for protecting your business.

Spring Storm Season!

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

Storm season is underway! Storm season begins June 1 and runs through November 30. The Eastern Pacific storm season began in mid-May and also ends November 30.

Storms can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds, and tornadoes. While the primary threat is in coastal areas. many inland areas can also be affected by these hazards, as well as by secondary events such as power outages as a result of high winds and landslides due to rainfall.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home and business. For more information and preparation tips, visit the Ready campaign website www.ready.gov.

Tips to be More Prepared during a Storm

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Lighting in the Sky Stay Safe and Stay Prepared during a Storm.

Thunderstorms can happen at any time of the day. 

Although they mostly occur in the summer, occasionally they can occur during other seasons.  They are magnificent to watch, but it’s wise to be extremely cautious when around thunderstorms since they are often associated with lightning, flash floods, hail, high winds and sometimes tornadoes which can all be incredibly dangerous.

To help protect yourself, it’s best to follow these suggestions:

  • Trim or remove trees (especially that are dead) that could fall on your home, especially the branches near power lines, your roof, and gutters.
  • Know your power provider and contact them if there is an outage.
  • Stay inside
  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in the Oak Ridge area, for example, roads that flood.  It takes only six inches of moving water to knock you over and only one foot of moving water to sweep away your car

In the event of a thunderstorm, try practicing these safety precautions:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings
  • If you are playing areas with water, get to land immediately, and seek shelter.
  • Get inside your car if you aren’t near a physical building. 

To read more about thunderstorm safety from The Red Cross click here.

If your home is affected by a storm SERVPRO of Oak Ridge will help you through it and bring your home back to the state it was in prior. 

Call us 24/7 365 days a year!

Stay Away From These Things Following a Flood

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded home in Pleasant Ridge,TN

Avoid Doing the Following After a Flood

During and after an emergency, it's natural to feel confusion and fear. If flood water has entered your home and caused damage, you need to keep a level head and act wisely. Avoiding typical mistakes can save you a great deal of stress. Here are four things to avoid doing after a flood.

Procrastinating

If your Pleasant Ridge,TN, home has suffered water damage, you probably think it's a no-brainer to act quickly. However, some people wait too long to get help, especially if the incident was mild. In any type of flood, prompt action is necessary.

Get everyone, including pets, safely away from the water and out of the home.
Contact your insurance company.
Alert emergency crews or the utility company as appropriate.
Consult an experienced water removal company.

Getting Into the Water

Water may look harmless, but your flooded home could be a dangerous place. If your home is flooded with tap water, you may not have health concerns. However, if a sewage backup has caused the flood, you need to stay away from the flood water. This type of water, commonly known as black water, may contain bacteria, human waste and other hazardous materials.

Failing To Call the Right People

In addition to calling a cleanup crew and your insurance company, you should also get in touch with your landlord or mortgage company. If massive amounts of water have damaged your home, it probably won't be livable for a time. Most landlords and financial institutions will understand the situation and will work with you on modifying your payments for a time.

Giving Up on Belongings

Even severely damaged items can sometimes be salvaged. Cleanup crews have the tools and skills to preserve electronics, documents and furniture in many cases.
Flood water is a scary sight, but you can overcome this disaster with the right help. Avoid these mistakes, and you can make it through the ordeal.

4 Things You Should Do During a Building Inspection

10/26/2019 (Permalink)

Missing shingles from a roof in Walker Springs, TN

Things You Should Look for and Repair During Your Inspection

Because storms can be unpredictable, it is important to perform regular exterior maintenance on your Walker Springs,TN, building, including thoroughly checking for issues. This can help to prevent water damage that could cost your business both time and money. The following are some things that you should look for and repair during your inspection.

1. Look for Cracks in the Walls

While you should always keep your building maintained, it can be particularly important to address certain issues, such as cracks, if you are expecting severe weather. Even small openings in the exterior can allow water to become trapped inside the walls. This can result in rotting and weakened materials as well as mold growth.

2. Check Window and Door Frames

These areas often become damaged more quickly than others, so you should always include them in your building inspection. Check for deterioration in these places, and make sure that the seals are functioning properly. If the doors or windows are not properly insulated, moisture can get inside the building.

3. Inspect the Roof for Damage or Missing Tiles

If your roof is damaged, it is easy for a leak to develop. While leaks may seem like a small problem, they can cause a lot of trouble. Similar to cracks in the wall, roof damage can allow water to pool in the area above the ceiling and can contribute to the growth of mold. If this happens, you will likely need to replace the materials in this area.

4. Make Sure Gutters and Drains Are Clean

When performing exterior maintenance, it is important to inspect all areas of the building, so don’t forget about the drains and gutters. If these are clogged by leaves, dirt or debris, water will not be able to drain properly. Backed-up water can then damage the building.
While you will likely be able to find obvious damage on your own, it can be helpful to have exterior maintenance done by a professional as well. If the building has been damaged during a storm, a cleanup and restoration company can make any necessary repairs.

Flood Black Water Explained

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

A source of black water can come from sewage

Dealing with flood cleanup in West Hills,TN, can be costly, stressful, and potentially dangerous depending on how extensive the water damage was and where the water came from. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certificate (IICRC) categorizes water into three levels, separated by the level of toxins in each. Category 1 is clean water, which is safe to handle. Category 2 or “gray water” can cause health concerns when ingested and should be handled with caution. Category 3 is called “black water” and is the most toxic and is always considered dangerous at every level of contact.

What Does Black Water Contain?

Black water is defined as containing high levels of bacteria, viruses, other pathogens, chemicals, and other toxins. Sources include:

  • Toilet overflows
  • Sewage
  • Natural flooding including oceans, surface water, and rivers
  • Rain carried by weather events such as tropical storms and hurricanes

Clean Water Can Degrade Quickly

If you know the source of the water damage was not a natural disaster or sewer backup and was instead from a clean water source like a pipe break or something similar, this is usually an easy cleanup. However, after leaving water sit for a period of time, this clean water can degrade into Category 2 and then into Category 3. For the water to degrade depends on a few details:

  • How long the water sits and how long it takes to dry the area
  • The temperature at the flood site
  • The quality of the water after it contacts the materials at the site
  • Whether the water mixes with soils or other contaminants present
  • The use of the building (hospital, manufacturing, nursing home, etc.)

Rebuilding

If your home has experienced contaminated flooding, it’s recommended that you consult with a professional flood remediation company. They have the equipment and ability to quickly dry, decontaminate, and rebuild the area that has water damage, and give you peace of mind that the problem will not resurface later on in the form of mold or structural damage.

5 Ways Your City Can Help Prevent Flooding

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

A retaining wall is designed for flood prevention

Steps Cities Can Take To Prevent Flooding

You can have the best flood prevention strategies in your commercial building, but if a levee breaks, your personal efforts are unlikely to make much of a difference. Your business in Pleasant Ridge,TN, is only as well protected during a flood as the city itself. There are several steps cities can take to prevent mass flooding.


1. Good Drainage Planning

One of the simplest ways your city can prevent flooded streets and buildings during a storm is with an efficient, well-maintained drainage system. Openings must be covered to keep out debris that can clog it and impede water flow.

2. Walls

Several types of walls can be constructed where the city is most vulnerable. A retaining wall or dam is designed for flood prevention during storm season. This block can prevent drainage systems from becoming overtaxed and keep buildings such as your commercial property safe.

3. Reservoirs

If your city is in an area that floods often, you don't just need reliable local flood cleaning experts. You need to have a designated place for water to flow. While a reservoir may not hold all the water that floods the area, it can keep streets from flooding long enough for everyone to evacuate safely.

4. Green Areas

Not only are parks and other places with ample plant life beautiful, they can also aid in controlling flooding. Vegetation slows the flow of water. It also can prevent erosion, which is particularly important if you area is prone to mudslides.

5. Community Education

The city can plan great strategies for preventing floods, but it's up to every citizen to protect those strategies. Community education on the importance of clear drains and public parks can teach people their role in keeping floodwaters at bay.
Flood prevention isn't just the job of individual business owners. It is the responsibility of the whole city. When the city bands together to prevent flooding, everyone is safer.

Common Sources of Solar Panel Damage

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Protect against panel damage on your Pleasant Ridge,TN, home

How to Keep Your Solar Panel Safe from Weather

The technology behind solar panels is constantly improving. Today the panels can stand up to a lot of damage and may last up to 20 years. However, they are still made of glass and there are things that can cause panel damage. Before getting into those, take a look at a few things you can do to keep them safe from the weather:

  • Trim overhanging tree branches
  • Clean panels with a microfiber cloth and clear water
  • Reseal panels regularly
  • Contact roof damage and repair professionals for quick repairs

Your consistent efforts to protect your panels can go a long way toward protecting the efficiency of your solar power.

Moisture and Corrosion

One of the major causes of solar panel damage is internal corrosion. This happens when moisture gets inside the panel. Visually inspect each panel for corrosion on the metal parts that could allow water inside the glass layers. Corroded areas on the panel will appear dark, and the larger the dark spots, the less efficient your solar power will be. You can avoid this and some other problems by installing several smaller panels, rather than a few larger panels. Damage to a small part of the section could put the entire panel at risk.

Hailstorms and Debris

You can't do much to protect your solar paneling from hail, but you can take the preventative step of installing several small panels. When you lose a panel, you'll still have the remaining parts to provide energy to your home. Additionally, the small sections are less expensive to replace than larger ones. Windblown debris, tree branches, and other dirt can leave small scratches across the surface of the protective glass and eventually reduce solar efficiency.

Causes of Roof Damage

The glass layers, solar cells, and other elements of the panels are vulnerable to the same exposures that affect other roofing materials. Conduct routine inspections and maintenance to solar panels just as you do for the rest of your roof.
Protect against panel damage on your Pleasant Ridge,TN, home with preventative actions. Watch out for common sources of damage and learn how to recognize the need for repairs.

What to Know About Wind Damage and Your Property

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

Dead or loose branches can fall into the building

Flooding is not the only form of damage of storm can bring to your Cedar Bluff,TN, business. High winds can lead to missing shingles or a roof leak. Here are a few things you may want to know about wind damage and your property.

There are a Number of Ways Wind Can Cause Damage

There are a number of ways storm winds may lead to a damaged roof. Here are a few of them.

  • Winds can pry up loose shingles
  • Debris may be picked up and thrown into the property
  • Dead or loose branches can fall into the building
  • Unrepaired wear and tear of wind damage can grow over time

You Can Take Prevention Steps to Protect the Property

In many cases there are steps you can take to prevent a roof leak, missing shingles, or other damage that commonly occurs with storms. These may include cutting back trees away from the roof, clearing the yard of any degrees that could be caught by the wind, and covering over areas that may be prone to damage before the storm arrives. If your business has suffered storm damage its best to contact a professional as quickly as possible.

Wind Damage to Your Business Can Be Repaired

Sometimes damage occurs to spite the best precautions. Fortunately, in a situation like this a storm damage restoration service may be able to help. This team of professionals can handle everything from cleaning up water damage from a leak in the roof, to making sure no mold to sets in. They can even to help restore any storm damaged items inside the building. Your company building can be restored so it looks like nothing ever happened.

High storm winds can cause damage in a number of ways that can lead to a roof leak. This can include beating away shingles or thrown debris into your company building. Fortunately, you can take preventive steps in order to protect your property. This may include trimming trees, or covering areas that could potentially be damaged. If you do experience damage to your company property a restoration service may be able to help.

Storms: Prepare Your Home

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

If you do not already have flood insurance, now is the time to consider purchasing it.

Are you worried about the damage that flood water from a West Haven, TN storm could cause to your house? There are a few actions that you can take to defend your home against these powerful weather events:

1. Install a sump pump. A battery-operated model is ideal, as it can be used during power outages. A sump pump can be a very good defense against excess water that can lead to a flooded building.

2. Get flood insurance. Did you know that your homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover floods? If you do not already have flood insurance, now is the time to consider purchasing it. If you have forgotten to renew your policy, you will want to do so before a storm hits.

3. Use check valves. Installing check valves around your house can be a relatively simple way to prevent flood water from becoming an issue. They prevent reverse water flow and are automatic, so you do not have to operate them by hand in order to prevent flooding.

4. Clean gutters and drains. Many homeowners forget to clean their drains and gutters, which can lead to water backup outside and inside your home. Complete regular inspections and clean any buildup that you find. Scheduling periodic checks can help you keep your home in the best shape to prevent floods year-round.

Remember that no matter how hard you try to protect your home, there is still always a possibility of storm-related destruction. Fortunately, water damage restoration specialists in the West Haven, TN area can usually arrive on-scene - often on a 24 hour emergency basis - and survey any damage from flood water that has occurred. They can also put together and typically initiate a cleanup plan that will give you the best chances of restoring your property and possibly even salvaging your water-logged belongings. Storms are scary, and damage from them is even scarier. Help ease your own mind by planning ahead and knowing where to turn for help if it should be needed.

Call The Cleanup Team That is Faster to Any Size Disaster

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According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), "Approximately, five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:
• Flash Flooding
• River Flooding
• Storm Surge and Coastal
Inundation from Tropical
and Non-Tropical Systems • Burn Scars/Debris Flows
(Caused by Wildfires)
• Ice/Debris Jams
• Snowmelt
• Dry Wash (Caused by heavy
rainfall in dry areas)
• Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you will not live in the future. 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the United States.
When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can help. They can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in your home as soon as possible.
SERVPRO® of Cedar Bluff Professionals are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

How To Mitigate Wind Damage to Your Business

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Frequent inspections can catch issues, such as a roof leak or a leaking pipe.

How To Mitigate Wind Damage To Your Business

Making repairs to your business in Haven, TN due to a roof leak or other issues caused by wind damage can be frustrating and costly. However, there are several ways you can minimize the impact that strong winds have on your business.

1. Use Tarps

Storms with high winds often result in major damage to a building’s roof, and after a strong storm, it’s not uncommon for a roof to be missing shingles. If you know that a storm is coming, it can be helpful to take precautions that can help to protect your roof. Placing a durable piece of tarp on the roof can help to prevent wind, rain and debris from causing damage to your building’s roof.

2. Have Frequent Inspections

Often, a minor issue that is present before a storm can turn into a major problem after a storm occurs. However, in order to fix a minor problem, you have to first be aware that the problem exists. Frequent inspections can catch issues, such as a roof leak or a leaking pipe, before a storm occurs. By having frequent inspections, you can decrease the likelihood of your business sustaining major damage if a storm does occur.

3. Make Adjustments Outside

In addition to using tarps and having frequent inspections, it can be useful to assess the plant life near your business. Trees with large limbs are a common cause of damage to buildings if wind levels are high. It’s often helpful to cut large limbs that are close to your building before a storm. Additionally, it can be useful to remove fallen limbs around your business to prevent them from causing damage to your business.

Using tarps, making sure your building is inspected frequently and making adjustments to the area surrounding your business can help you prevent issues such as a damaged roof or a roof leak if a storm occurs. If your business has been damaged, however, it may be helpful to work with storm and wind damage restoration professionals.

Winter Weather Worries

1/6/2019 (Permalink)

Winter Weather

Winter weather can bring about more issues than just slippery roads and a sidewalk to shovel. If you live where temperatures sink below freezing level, you are also at risk for frozen pipes and ice dams, which can create a major disaster at your home or property.

FROZEN PIPES
Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets.
A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the obstruction. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross.
-Be sure to thoroughly drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
-Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate near the plumbing.
-When the weather is frigid, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
-Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.

ICE DAMS
Ice dams can be a little-known, but a significant problem 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 safely flow or 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, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of the exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.”
Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to help prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel or calcium chloride ice melter.
If winter weather causes water damage to your property, SERVPRO of Cedar Bluff is only a call away, 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.

Ready for Whatever Happens

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Disaster Ready Profile Application

When a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of more than 1,700 franchise, the SERVPRO System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team, is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms.

2016 Houston, TX Flooding: In April, a nearly stationary mesoscale convective system developed over Houston resulting in widespread rainfall at the rate of 2.4 inches per hour. This was a historic flooding event for Harris County which saw a total of nearly 18 inches of accumulated rainfall. The Storm Team dispatched 81 crews to over 360 jobs mitigating over $3 million in damages.

2015 Siberian Express: Record sub-zero temperatures caused major problems for a large portion of the county stretching from Florida to Maine. The Midwest also experienced record breaking low temperature resulting in frozen pipes and ice dams causing major problems for residents. The Storm Team dispatched a total of 257 crews from 108 Franchises to assist local SERVPRO Franchises completing 2000 jobs.

2014 Mid-Atlantic Flooding: Rainfall rates of up to 2 inches per hour caused major flash flooding stretching from Northeast Ohio all the way up to Portland, Maine. Eastern Michigan and Baltimore, Maryland were also impacted and 173 crews mitigated over $4.3 million in damages while assisting the local Franchises.

2014 Polar Vortex: Record low temperatures caused by a break in the North Pole’s polar vortex resulted in an unprecedented freezing event, spanning from east of the Rocky Mountains to as far south as Central Florida, affecting all or part of 39 states and 70% of the SERVPRO Franchises System.

2013 Colorado Floods: Heavy rainfall, with amounts up 17 inches in some areas, resulted in widespread flooding in the Fort Collins, Boulder and surrounding Colorado mountain communities, The Disaster Recovery Team responded with 109 crews from Franchises to assist the local SERVPRO Franchises in the emergency response

2012 Hurricane Sandy: Affecting more than 20 states, Sandy left widespread damage and flooding from Florida stretching the entire eastern seaboard to Maine, The Disaster Recover Team placed nearly 1000 crews in the affected areas, representing over 300 SERVPRO Franchises from across the country. Teams traveled from as far as Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington.

Tools For Keeping You Safe

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

A home destroyed by wind damage.

One of the best precautions you can take is to purchase a good quality weather radio. A weather radio is designed to alert you to potentially dangerous weather situations, like an approaching tornado. It allows you to be warned ahead of storms, providing you time to seek shelter. A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts.

Weather radios have made any advancements over the years and are very affordable. Most basic weather radios average around $30 and can be programmed to only alert you for the weather alerts you choose.

When shopping for a weather radio look for the following key features.

  • Reviewable alerts (you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear)
  • Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME)
  • Alert programming (alerts when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts for your country)
  • Ease of programming

If you need help programming your weather radio, you can always contact your local National Weather Service Office or for additional information, including county codes for you state, visit NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.gove/nwr

Keeping Wind Damage in Check

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

When the weather turns ugly in Knoxville, TN, homes aren’t the only structures are risk. Business owners know they must take steps to protect their companies. While preventing a roof leak is a good strategy for protecting inventory and equipment, you can’t afford to ignore the risks of high winds. Here are four ways to protect your business from them.

1. Reinforce Garage-Style Doors

Garage-style doors often do not fare wear during inclement weather. These doors are usually large and flimsy. If your business has one, you should think about reinforcing it. Lumber or metal rods can increase the chances that your company’s garage doors will ride out the storm without damage. Moreover, if you are expecting heavy rains, you should ensure all doors are securely closed before evacuating ahead of a storm. 

2. Clear Trees and Other Debris

Damage to roofing systems can cause a roof leak. If you can keep trees and other debris from crashing through your business’s roof, you are ahead of the game. Consider trimming overhanging branches and removing landscaping waste a few times each year. 

3. Anchor Projectiles

Before severe weather hits, you should consider walking around the outside of your business. Pay special attention to possible projectiles. If you see anything that may fly freely through the air during a storm, you should anchor it. Moving hazards inside or using tie-down straps is often an effective approach. 

4. Use Tarps and Plywood

Water damage can destroy the inside of your business. If you have a damaged roof or missing shingles after a wind storm, tarps and plywood can help control water damage. Use these until you have time to schedule a total roof repair. 

If you have a roof leak or other storm damage, a reputable restoration service can likely help you return your business to its pre-storm condition. Still, with a bit of effort, you can keep wind damage in check.

Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to the Professionals

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing for storm damage

Whether after a fire, storm, or other structural disasters, boarding up damaged property is a burden that no one should ever have to go through—especially if it is your property that has been damaged.

Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even
worse. The process of boarding up after an unexpected damage can also be as dangerous as the damage itself.

Your SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals can board up the damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.”

Busted Pipe In Knoxville Home

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Knoxville Home

Water damage can happen at any time. Most of the time it is when you least expect it.  Mr. Summner experienced this when he was away on vacation. A pipe burst in his ceiling, but it was not until two weeks later that a neighbor noticed the damage. The pipe had been leaking from an 18-foot ceiling. His first call was to SERVPRO of Cedar Bluff. Our highly trained professionals came out immediately to asses the damage. Since the pipe had been leaking for an extended period of time there was a lot of damage. 50% of the entire ceiling had to be torn out and replaced. All of the hardwood floors in the house had to be removed. The subfloor was either dried or removed. We were able to replace the flooring. All in all, over 5000 square feet of the house was damaged. Mr. Summner was extremely pleased with how quickly and professionally our team was. 

Be Storm Smart

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Knoxville

Be Storm Smart

Severe weather can happen anytime, anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of these following intense storms.

10,000 severe thunderstorms

5,000 floods or flash floods

1,000 tornadoes

2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 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 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-works and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

Build An Emergency Supply Kit

Water (one 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 contain

Flooding Can Happen In Knoxville, TN

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Flood Damage

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), "Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding." NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

Flash Flooding
River Flooding
Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
Ice/Debris Jams
Snowmelt
Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

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. On average, flood cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO of Cedar Bluff can help. They can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile, or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible.