Recent Storm Damage Posts

How to Prepare Your Home for Severe Weather

6/23/2022 (Permalink)

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The weather can be unpredictable. Severe storms that bring floods, heavy winds, hail and other hazards can suddenly sweep through and destroy lives. That’s why it’s advisable to take precautions around the house ahead of time to minimize damage.

Water damage and ruined infrastructure are the most costly consequences of a strong storm. And it can be costly—the national average cost of repairing your home after a storm is around $9,800. Preparing your Conyers home before storm season could save you money in the long run.

Start with these precautions you can take around your home to secure it before a storm:

Keep valuables safeFlood water is notorious for ruining valuables within the home. Items such as family photos, clothing, heirlooms and other valuables can be protected from water damage by storing them in a watertight container. Keep them up high, preferably on a shelf or in your attic, where floodwater can not reach them.

Secure your roof. Your roof protects the interior of your home by keeping water out. When preparing for a storm, it is critical to reinforce your roof. Keep it well-maintained by nailing down or replacing any loose shingles. Once a storm has passed, have the roof inspected to ensure it’s still in good, working condition.

Clean your gutters and downspouts. July is usually the wettest month in Conyers, but storms can arrive at any time, bringing heavy rain that will rush through your gutters. When functioning optimally, the gutters and downspouts keep rainwater from running down the sides of your house and causing structural damage. Be sure to clear them of any leaves, twigs and any other debris to keep the water flowing.

Do some yard work. Cleaning up around the lawn can keep trees and debris from falling on your house during high winds. Trim any large branches that reach for your roof or are close to your house since they can break off and damage anything in their path. Clear dead plants, branches or shrubs to keep strong winds from blowing them against your windows or walls.

You can’t completely avoid storms, but you can do everything you can to protect yourself and your house. Regular weather maintenance and awareness is an effective strategy to safeguard your belongings and property from the consequences of severe storms.

If your home has been affected by water or infrastructure damage as a result of a major storm, we specialize in home restoration. Contact us right away, and we can restore your home to its preloss condition.

Storm Preparation Can Save Your Life

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

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When a severe storm warning is issued, you race to prepare, unsure of what to do first to keep you and your family safe. Preparing for storms ahead of time can keep you from having to rush to make a plan.

But with that in mind, 42% of Americans say they do not have an evacuation plan in place. A lack of preparation for an impending storm puts you at risk of the storm’s fatal effects.

Here are a few steps you should take ahead of time to prepare:

Develop a safety plan. The first step in storm preparation is to create a safety plan. Make a household meeting place and, in the event of an evacuation, know where you need to go. Make sure that everyone in your household is aware of any impending weather events and what they can do to stay safe.

Pack an emergency kit. Having an emergency kit on hand ensures that all of the essential items you may need in the event of an emergency or evacuation are all in one place. Items such as emergency food and water, medical supplies, flashlights, and a first-aid kit should be included. Keep your kit in a location where everyone in the house can access it when needed.

Prepare valuable possessions. Flood water can enter your home during severe storms, and if your belongings aren’t in a safe area, they might be ruined by water damage. Passports, birth certificates, family photos and any other items that are too important to lose should be stored in a plastic bag or a waterproof container.

Stay informed. Keep an eye out for local weather alerts to get ahead of any approaching storms. You can stay up to date on current weather events by listening to local radio and television stations. Make sure you understand the difference between a storm warning and a storm watch, as they require distinct preparation measures.

Find a safe place to stay. If you need to shelter in place, stay in your basement or an interior room with no windows. If you feel you need to find a safer place to shelter, you can search for a local mass care shelter to evacuate to. Wherever you find yourself during a storm, be sure to always bring your emergency kit.

When severe storms damage your property, quick action can prevent further damage. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to repair storm damage of any size ASAP

What Is Your Business’ Storm Readiness Plan?

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

Blurred Rain Falling from Sky If you need help getting your business prepared for a storm, call SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington.

A severe storm is an unpredictable thing—with atmospheric uncertainty and ever-changing conditions, the timeline and severity of a storm can often be in question until the moment it moves into an area.

However, this uncertainty is not an excuse to not be prepared. In fact, it is all the more reason for business owners to put a plan into place. Not only does OSHA require all employers to draft a written emergency action plan to comply with their standards, but it is also a good idea from a practicality standpoint. Below, we will take a look at some key elements of your storm readiness plan to include so you can keep yourself and your employees as safe as possible should the weather turn dangerous.

What Do I Do for My Business’ Storm Readiness Plan?

**Create an emergency kit in case weather strikes on the job.** Unfortunately, storms never adhere to a convenient schedule, meaning the odds are high that one may strike while everyone is actively in the office. If this is the case, keeping everyone safe and comfortable is top priority while you wait for the storm to pass. An office emergency kit, which should include food, water, flashlights and a weather radio at minimum, will keep everyone comfortable should the power go out and require you to stay put until the threat is over.

**Communicate with your employees.** Trying to communicate instructions and convey new information in a stressful scenario is never ideal, so take this opportunity to communicate with your employees in advance so they are aware of the severe weather protocol. Let them know what your plan is, where they should seek shelter in bad weather and what to expect in an emergency scenario.

**Protect your business’ data.** Because most things are digital now, rain can be quite dangerous to business data. Be sure that your data is backed up, either on an external hard drive or in the cloud, so it can be retrieved even if key computers get water damage due to severe weather.

*If your business sustains damage due to a storm, we are the team to call. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how we can help.*

Potential Spring Weather Hazards Across The Country and Close to Home

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Conyers, Covington is a click away if you experience any damage.

The United States is the third largest nation in the world, coming in behind Russia and Canada based on land mass.

When you have such a large geographical area encompassed in one country, “spring weather” season can have a much different meaning depending on where you are. There are all types of different weather events, which means there will also be different weather threats.

With spring right around the corner, read on for a look at what different parts of the country can expect, weather-wise.

First, let’s take a look at the Pacific Northwest region. The residents here experience heavy rainfalls during the spring months, causing flooding and water damage. There are areas with high elevations that may be dealing with a different type of wet weather—remnants of snow or ice melting, which cause problems of their own.

Now looking at the Upper Midwest and Northeast regions, these regions basically don’t know the difference between winter and spring! This region experiences winter weather to the fullest, dealing with snowstorms and blizzards all the way until early summer at times.

Then you have people living on the West Coast who don’t even know what winter weather is, as it’s almost non-existent in this area. Rather than blizzards or snow, they are dealing with excessive heat waves. These heat waves can endanger the lives of those living in the area, and they also contribute to wildfire conditions.

When you get to the middle part of the United States, you will notice that from Iowa to Texas they are dealing with dry, windy weather! Things like wildfires, windstorms and derechos are just a few of the weather hazards this area faces during spring. Not to mention an area that is named “Tornado Alley” is in this region as well.

Then you have the Southeast region, where we are located. We see spring as a wonderful time of the year; however, we do experience our fair share of weather hazards. Intense thunderstorms and even tornadoes are common this time of year. And states that border the ocean also have to look out for rip currents and early-season hurricanes.

So, what’s the point here? No matter what “spring weather” looks like in your neck of the woods, there are always weather hazards! That’s why despite of where you live, you will need to be prepared for any kind of weather event.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

Do You Have a Plan for Staff Safety in Severe Weather?

4/3/2022 (Permalink)

Man in glasses speaking and making hand gestures Do you have a Plan for Severe Weather? Reach out to SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington.

Severe weather can be an extremely dangerous thing. Not only is it often unpredictable, but it is also quick-moving—meaning waiting to prepare when it becomes imminent can put you in harm’s way.

If you are a business owner, preparing in advance is even more important, as it will help you keep both yourself and your staff safer in the event of weather concerns.

If you have not yet put together a plan for severe weather, now would be the time to do so. Not only is it a requirement from OSHA that you have an emergency action plan in place, but it is also a smart way to keep everyone calm and comfortable even when the weather goes south. There are a lot of key elements in emergency planning, but below, we will focus specifically on some things to consider to keep your staff safe.

How to Keep Your Staff Safe During Severe Weather

**Make planning a collaborative process.** Having an emergency action plan is great, but it does not do much good for your organization if no one is aware of what the plan is. Make sure you include your staff in the planning process and keep them aware of what protocols to follow should severe weather become imminent.

**Make sure everyone’s needs are accounted for.** It is a good idea to pack a general emergency kit for your workplace to cover things like flashlights, first-aid supplies and general items to keep everyone comfortable in the event of a power outage. However, you should also encourage staff to have their own personal emergency kits that meet their needs—that way, if there is an emergency scenario, they will have access to necessities such as medication and personal items.

**Make it clear where everyone should go.** In the event of a severe weather event, you and your staff will need to seek shelter on-site until the threat passes. Be sure you have a safe area clearly identified so staff know exactly where to go. This area should not have any windows or external-facing walls, and ideally will be at or below the building’s ground floor.

*If your building has damage due to severe weather, we are the team to call! Contact us today to learn more about our storm restoration practices.*

Tornadoes 101

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

a large tornado forming off in the distance near a white farm house Spring storms can cause major damage to your property. If you experience any damage reach out to SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington.

Georgia is prone to severe weather of all types but is particularly prone to thunderstorms and tornadoes. All of Georgia is prone to tornadoes throughout the whole year, but they are most likely to occur from March through May and peaking in April.

When there is severe weather, be sure to keep a close eye on how the weather changes and know how to identify tornadoes. Tornadoes are often accompanied by thunderstorms and can develop quickly, so it’s important to have dependable ways to get updates about storms by turning on your radio or TV, or by having notifications on your phone for weather alerts.

A tornado watch means that there hasn’t been a tornado sighting yet, but the weather is favorable for them to happen.

Once a tornado watch is issued, it’s important to stay notified through the tornado warning system in your area, stay tuned to local radio stations or an NOAA radio or have notifications on your mobile device for weather updates.

Most tornado-prone areas have an outdoor siren system. Know how to distinguish between the siren’s warnings for a tornado watch and a tornado warning.

A tornado warning is sent out as soon as a tornado has been spotted or shown on the weather radar. You should seek shelter as soon as a tornado is on the way.

Some tornadoes come quickly and without warning, so it is important to know what to look for. Signs that a tornado may be approaching include:

  • A rotating funnel-shaped cloud
  • Dark or green-colored sky
  • Large, dark, low-lying cloud
  • Hail
  • Loud roar that can be compared to a train

If a tornado is heading your direction, it’s important to take shelter immediately in the lowest indoor area of whatever building you are in, away from windows. The best places to go are basements and cellars, but hallways or other windowless, centrally located areas are good, too.

If you are outdoors, find a place to take shelter, but if that is not possible, find a ditch and lay face down, covering the back of your head and neck with your hands.

Tornadoes and other severe storms can cause serious damage to your property. If your property is damaged by a storm in any way, SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington has you covered. We are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week so we can begin the restoration process immediately.

 

Areas we Inspect After Storm Damage

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

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You never know when you might suffer property damage due to bad rain, storm damage, wind or debris. In the wake of severe weather, you’ll want to contact SERVPRO to inspect, document and restore any damages to your business for you.

There is a lot you can do to mitigate storm damage, but it’s never completely preventable. Storms can be extremely costly to businesses.

In fact, experts predict that storm and flood damage could cost businesses over $13 billion in 2022.

It’s not always easy for the untrained eye to spot damage after a storm, and damage that goes unnoticed can grow and become even more costly and destructive. When you call SERVPRO to inspect the damage, here are just a few of the main areas we would look for when inspecting your property:

The Roof

Roof damage is one of the most often-occurring kinds of storm-related property damage. We will inspect the roof for loose, curled, missing or cracked shingles.

Additionally, dark patches on asphalt shingles may indicate water damage. Dents or weakened areas on the shingles are indicators of hail storm damage.

We will check for water damage indoors that has sneaked through a damaged roof. Water stains or leaks running down the wall, through a skylight or pooling in the center of the ceiling are further indications that the roof has a leak.

However, not all indications of water damage are obvious. The wisest course of action is to hire an expert to evaluate your house and search for indicators of a leaking roof.

The Exterior

Following a severe storm, you’re likely to find debris scattered around the exterior of your property. These pieces of debris may strike your property, cars or other structures, such as barns or machinery.

We will inspect the whole exterior of your property for loose or broken siding, doors, windows and gutters, among other things. Oftentimes, the exterior can be a significant source of unwanted water leakage that can cause interior water damage and flooding during a storm.

Dents or bends in gutters are often the result of hail, wind and/or debris damage. It is critical to employ an expert to evaluate, record and repair any possible damages precisely and safely.

Windows and Doors

Windows may potentially sustain damage during a severe storm, especially one with heavy winds. Our technicians will inspect the glass for broken panes, shattered glass, chips, scratches and fractures. Additionally, we will search for indicators of damaged seals that allow water to enter through windows and doors.

SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington will help you with the whole restoration process after a disaster, from damage assessment through restoration and rebuilding. Do not hesitate to contact our professionals to get your storm damage emergency repaired immediately and properly.

Is Your Household Prepared for Severe Weather?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Black and Grey Clouds in Sky ??If you have damage to your household due to severe weather, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington.

While severe weather is an inevitable occurrence, it is something that many people find themselves to be unprepared for when the moment strikes. Because many storms come and go without ever causing damage, it is all too easy to assume that there is no real danger present—until there is.

Preparing for severe weather may not be the most glamorous of tasks, but it is something that will help keep you and your family safer during severe weather—and it can even reduce the likelihood of damage occurring to your home, too. If you are unsure whether your family is prepared as possible for severe weather, read on to learn some things to take note of.

A Checklist to Make Sure Your House Is Prepared for Severe Weather

Do I have an emergency kit built? You should have an emergency kit located in an easily accessible place that contains enough food and water for every member of your household for at least a few days, as well as first-aid supplies, flashlights and batteries.

Do I have a designated safe storm area? Having a place to go to in case of severe weather is a must, so it is wise to designate an area of your house as your family’s safe place. Ideally, this is a basement, but it can also be a bathroom, closet or any other area in the home that does not have any windows.

Do I know where my local shelters are? You will typically be advised by emergency officials to stay put in the event of severe weather, but if there is an evacuation order, it is important to know where to go. Make sure you know where the shelters in your area are located and which ones accept families with pets, if applicable.

Do I have an emergency radio? During severe weather, cell phones can be an unreliable source of information between power outages and cell phone reception issues. An emergency weather radio, either a hand crank or battery-powered model, is the most reliable way to get pertinent information from local weather officials.

If you have damage to your household due to severe weather, do not hesitate to give us a call.
We are here 24/7 to provide a rapid response—contact us today.

Can Lightning Cause Serious Property Damage

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning in purple sky Lightning can cause serious property damage. If you need help repairing your home after lightning damage, contact SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington today.

Though most rain fronts that pass through our area are no major event, severe weather is something that is entirely different. Severe weather can strike nearly any time of year if conditions are right, and with it, bring heavy rains, high winds, lightning strikes, hail and more—all of which can be rather dangerous.

Many of us are cognizant of the injuries and fatalities that lightning strikes in particular can cause. Around the world, they are responsible for 2,000 deaths each year and many more injuries. However, did you know that lightning can cause serious property damage, too? Below, we will be taking a look at why lightning strikes where it does and the types of damage to be aware of.

Why Does Lightning Strike Where it Does?

The majority of lightning strikes that occur during any given thunderstorm will be from one cloud to another as the electrical charge is transferred from area to area in a storm. However, with all this electricity in the air, lightning can also begin to target the ground, as objects such as buildings, trees and bushes send up sparks to meet it. While it is true that taller objects are more likely to be struck by lightning, it is not a guarantee—lightning will strike anywhere there is a charge, whether it be the ground, a tree or a home.

How Does Lightning Cause Damage?

When lightning strikes a building, it can cause serious property damage as a result. The main ways this can happen are:

* Damage due to fire where lightning strikes. When lightning strikes, it is incredibly hot—and therefore, this heat will be transferred to the impacted target. In many cases, this will cause immediate combustion at the site of the strike.

* Damage due to electrical fires. In addition to the threat that lightning can cause an initial fire where it strikes, it can also cause damage due to electrical fires. Because lightning carries an electric charge, it will travel through a building’s wires once it makes contact—this can cause damage to those wires and lead to an electrical fire, either immediately or later on.

* Water damage due to impact. Even if it does not start a fire, lightning will leave a hole where it strikes a home, which can lead to water damage if it is raining.

*If you have damage to your home, due to lightning or other storm-related causes, we are the team to call. We are here 24/7 to help—get in touch today.*

How Can High Winds Cause Damage During a Storm

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

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When it comes to severe weather, there are a lot of ways it can cause harm to an impacted area. More than 75% of deaths pertaining to natural hazards are a result of severe weather, and the property damages caused by storms can be far-reaching and severe. When most people consider severe weather hazards, heavy rains and lightning strikes are probably the first things that come to mind—but unfortunately, straight-line winds can also be significantly damaging to property and people.

Damaging straight-line winds are anything over 50–60 miles per hour, but gusts can reach up to 100 miles per hour if conditions are favorable. When thunderstorms are over an area, they will often cause downdrafts of wind that impact the ground below in several unfavorable ways, which we will look at below.

How Do High Winds Lead to Storm Damage?

**They can rip limbs from trees.** While trees grow to have a certain amount of flex to them in order to withstand the threat of high winds, occasionally, branches will still be ripped from the tree. This is especially true of branches that grow at an odd angle or are less than healthy, which is why trimming trees regularly is so important. When limbs are ripped from trees, they can become high-speed projectiles, crashing into any object or home that ends up in their path.

**They can topple mobile homes.** Because straight-line winds can reach up to 100 miles per hour, they can easily generate an extremely strong force—and in many cases, this can be enough to topple mobile homes or trailers. Even anchored mobile homes can be at risk if winds are strong enough, which puts the people who seek shelter in these homes at serious risk.

**They can make homes more susceptible to water damage.** High winds and water damage often go hand in hand, because winds can cause damage to homes that make them more susceptible to water damage. Projectiles carried on the wind can shatter windows, which will then let in rain. Additionally, high winds can damage roofing shingles, flashing and other exterior elements of the home designed to keep moisture out, resulting in hidden leaks that can be costly.

*If you have storm damage to your home, you can count on our team to help. Get in touch today to learn more about our restoration processes—we’re here 24/7 to help.*

The Dangers That Occur When Severe Weather Strikes

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

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More than simply being an inconvenience, severe weather can cause serious damage in a variety of ways. In addition to being dangerous enough to cause personal injury to anyone who has not sought out adequate shelter, severe weather can also cause property damage to any homes or businesses in the line of the storm.

While severe weather can often move through an area without causing much damage, any time it is a possibility, it is wise to be vigilant so you know when to seek safe shelter to protect your family. Below, we will be taking a look at the types of hazards that happen during severe weather so you can be better prepared for their occurrence.

The Types of Hazards That Occur During Severe Weather

**Flash flooding threats.** Flash flooding is a serious problem, in part because it is quite unpredictable—hence the term “flash.” Flash flooding is more common in low-lying areas, but it can happen anywhere that receives a heavy amount of rainfall in a short period of time. Rapidly rising creeks and ponds are often sources of flash flooding, but even overwhelmed storm drains can become backed-up and impact an area.

**Fire hazards from lightning strikes.** Lightning strikes can occur any time there is a thunderstorm, and they are responsible for around 2,000 deaths per year throughout the world. In addition to being dangerous for anyone caught outside, lightning strikes can also introduce serious fire risks when they strike homes. Lightning can start a fire when it hits a home, due to the intense amount of heat it transfers, but it can also cause electrical fires as it travels through (and damages) a home’s wires on its way to seeking grounding.

**Damage due to high winds and hail.** Severe weather is often accompanied by high, straight-line winds up to 100 miles per hour—which as you can imagine, can cause serious damage. High winds can break off tree branches and turn them into projectiles, which can shatter windows, damage roofs and make homes susceptible to water damage as a result of being vulnerable to heavy rains.

*If severe weather strikes your home, you can depend on us to help. We have a team of storm restoration experts on hand 24/7—contact us today to learn more.*

The Most Common Roof Problems You’re Likely to Encounter

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

a light brown roof showing signs of damage from a storm Roof care is home care. If you find any signs of damage to your property, call SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington.

One of the sneakiest water damage sources in your home is actually on your home. Your roof regularly takes a beating from weather, sun, wind, rain and more, and it does a great job overall. If we were talking percentages, we’d be looking at Hank-Aaron-meets-Ted-Williams-type numbers.

But roofs are also one of the last places we tend to check for leaks, and thusly, one of the last places we catch leaks before they become a problem.

Make this your year to change all that. Keeping an eye on these problem areas can keep water from sneaking into your home through cracks and gaps in the roof.

Storm damage. Wind, hail and other environmental factors can damage your roof during a storm. No matter the season, your roof takes a pounding from storms, and you should always inspect your roof visually after a major storm, at the very least. If you suspect anything negative may have occurred, play it safe and let a pro examine it.

Falling branches and tree damage. Overhanging branches can crack and fall, but they can also rub away the top layer of your shingles over time as they sway with the wind. Trimming trees and being mindful of their proximity to your roof can help you avoid bad shingles and subsequent leaks.

Flashing. Your roof likely already has holes in it, but they’re the kind you have to have. Chimneys, vent pipes, skylights and even HVAC systems all come through your roof for ventilation. If the flashing is poorly installed, or if it simply wears down over time, it can cause seams in your roof and pull shingles and tiles off their proper alignment. Flashing may also need to be resealed from time to time.

Mold. Those dark streaks and patches on your roof are easy to ignore, but they’re really patches of mold—and that’s never good. There are many reasons to get rid of mold whenever and wherever you see it, but in the case of your roof, that mold can eventually eat away at your roofing material, which can let water in.

Gutters. While technically roof-adjacent, this one certainly needs attention as well. Keeping your gutters free of debris and buildup can stop water from damming up and flowing into your house by getting under your shingles.

Time. The truth is, your roof has a life expectancy, and even within that window it’s likely to develop needs that you can’t see from the ground or as an amateur. An annual roof checkup is recommended in order to keep your roof performing at its peak. A professional can identify problems that are, and some that have not yet come to pass.

Roof care is home care, and leak prevention is the name of the game. If water damage becomes an unexpected part of your home ownership experience, contact SERVPRO to get things cleaned up and restored.

What to Do When You Need a Storm Shelter

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

a white storm shelter sign hanging on a brown wall If a storm should strike and do damage to your home, SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington is here to help.

Some storms are worse than others—ask anyone who was around Conyers in April 1973, and they’ll likely have a crystal-clear story to tell you about the worst storm in Georgia history and what felt different about that day.

You can’t always see that kind of destruction coming, and the unfortunate truth is that some day a weather event may take place that may cause you to suddenly be in a place where staying or returning to your home isn’t a safe option.

In the following blog we’ll go through what you need to know—how to find a reputable shelter nearby, how to know if you’re eligible, what to bring and what to expect.

Find a reputable shelter, such as a Red Cross shelter. Red Cross shelters are free and open to absolutely anyone in need due to a disaster or emergency. Service animals (not pets) are also welcome, and the shelter can assist with food or supplies.

The Red Cross provides a searchable map on their website, which can help you find the nearest shelter. Additional shelters open during a crisis, so it always pays to check.

If you have special needs or have requests regarding food, supplies or religious requirements, the Red Cross volunteers will do what they can to accommodate you and make you comfortable.

You can bring certain items with you, such as bedding, clothing and medication. If you have children who have a beloved special stuffed animal or blanket, they are welcome to bring it for comfort.

You can also bring your own emergency kit. Of course, if you don’t have time to pack these things before you evacuate, or the emergency happens while you are away from your home, the shelter will do everything possible to get you what you need.

Don’t bring weapons, illegal drugs or alcohol to the shelter; they will not be allowed inside.

Your Red Cross shelter will provide a safe refuge from the storm or disaster event, food and water, first-aid and basic health services, as well as a laundry list of other helpful things like childcare, laundry and access to case workers who can assist you with recovery.

Red Cross shelters remain open until all guests have procured a safe place to stay, and they will help you as needed when you return home, or if you need assistance finding a temporary place to stay while your home is repaired.

There may be other shelters available in the event of an emergency as well, but you always know the Red Cross is a trustworthy sign of help in a crisis.

If a storm should strike and do damage to your home, SERVPRO is here to help. Contact us anytime to make a connection or find out how we can help restore or even rebuild your home after a weather emergency.

How to Boost Your Severe Storm Preparedness

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

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It is impossible to pinpoint exactly when severe weather will be a threat to your household next,
but it is a certainty that a storm will happen at some point—and when it does, it is vital to be
prepared. Severe weather can happen anywhere across the country, and while summer storms
tend to be the most severe in our area, they can happen at any time of year.

Because storms can certainly be dangerous, knowing how to prepare yourself and your family
for them is a must. By making sure you have safety measures in place, you can reduce the
impact a storm has on your household and ensure you are doing everything you can to protect
your loved ones from severe weather.

How to Increase Your Preparedness in Advance of Severe Weather

**Stay tuned to local weather forecasts.** Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to
severe weather. Make sure you check your local forecast regularly and have a way to receive
severe weather alerts for your area so you are always aware if there is a threat present. It is
also wise to get an NOAA weather radio for your home that is battery- or hand-powered so you
can receive updates even if the power is knocked out.

**Be sure your house is ready.** By making sure your home has everything it needs in case of
severe weather, you can keep yourself and your family more comfortable whenever it strikes.
Pack an emergency kit in case the power goes out, stocking it with flashlights, batteries, food,
water and any other essentials your household needs. Additionally, make sure that you have
street numbers that are visible from the road, which will make it easier for emergency officials to find you if you need assistance.

**Have an evacuation plan prepared.** In case officials tell you to evacuate, it is a must to make sure you have an evacuation plan at the ready. Pack up whatever supplies you might need for your family and pets, and be sure you know the location of the local shelters in your area. Also, never drive over flooded roadways, as they can be extremely dangerous even if you are in a
vehicle.

If your home is damaged in a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us today to learn
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The Astonishing Power of Water

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

a person with black rain boots walking through flooded water The power of water can wreak havoc on your home. If you have any damage, contact the SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington right away.

The most common type of natural disaster in the United States, and indeed, the world, is flooding. Globally flooding accounts for 40% of all natural disasters, but in the United States, an even more incredible 90% of all disasters involve flooding.

And yet for some reason we are often prone to downplay the physical danger of flooding or tempt fate when it happens. Flooding isn’t quite the same spectacle as hurricanes or tornadoes, so perhaps that plays a factor.

But whatever the reason, it’s good to be reminded that water is one of the most powerful forces on earth, and flooding is not to be taken lightly.

Flooding and Pedestrian Danger

You’re in every bit as much danger stepping into floodwater as you would be jumping into a raging river. You may think, “It’s only a few inches of water, how dangerous could it be?” The short answer: very dangerous.

Would you go outside in an EF5 tornado? When you step into floodwater traveling as slowly as seven miles per hour, you’re stepping into an equivalent force per unit area as the winds from the most dangerous cyclones.

You may not believe this, but it’s real: At 25 mph, floodwater carries the same brute force as wind traveling at almost 800 mph—that’s faster than the speed of sound.

Six inches of water is enough to take you off your feet, and six inches is enough to drown a full-grown adult, especially if you slip and fall face first. Don’t attempt to walk in floodwater.

Flooding and Vehicular Danger

First of all, simply don’t drive in storms that are producing floodwaters. Pull over on high ground if you’re already stuck out in it, but definitely don’t make any travel you don’t absolutely have to make.

If you see flooded roads, even if it doesn’t look deep, turn around. Nearly 50% of all flood fatalities are vehicular in nature.

Six inches of water is enough to stall or otherwise hinder most commercial cars, and a foot of water is enough to flip or overturn vehicles altogether. Two feet of rushing water is enough to carry trucks and SUVs completely away, leaving you in peril with absolutely no control.

Add to this inherent danger the fact that floodwaters can completely wash out roads and bridges, then cover it up so you can’t see. This level of danger is never worth the risk—turn around and stay safe.

The incredible power of water can also wreak havoc on your home, causing damage of all kinds. If floodwater makes a ruckus at home, contact SERVPRO and let us help you recover.

The Myth of Heat Lightning

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark blue sky SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington is here to help when lightning and storms cause damage to your home or business.

There’s a certain kind of lightning which produces no thunder, and you’ve almost certainly heard the term for it. Your experience may vary, but for many it happens during something like an outdoor sporting event or day at the park when a clap of thunder would almost certainly mean a delay of game or an evacuation from the swimming area.

Everyone sees the lightning, kids look around nervously and an adult puts everyone at ease as play resumes: “Ah, it’s just *heat lightning*—nothing to worry about.”

Heat lightning. It makes perfect sense as an explanation—after all it’s summertime, it’s hot, everyone’s hot, why shouldn’t there be a thing called heat lightning?

The only thing about heat lightning is…well, the thing about it is there’s no such thing.

###What Is “Heat Lightning”?

The simple answer is this: It’s lightning that’s too far away for you to hear.

Yep, it’s plain old everyday lightning. On a clear day, you may be able to see lightning from a thunderstorm up to 100 miles away, but unless the lightning is within 10 to 15 miles of your location, you probably won’t hear it.

This, by the way, is also the indicator by which you know it’s necessary to vacate the pool or clear the field. Since lightning can strike 10 to 12 miles away from a thunderstorm, you know it’s not safe to engage in outdoor activities if you can still hear the thunder.

Why Can’t You Hear the Thunder?

The lowest layer of the atmosphere, known as the troposphere, refracts and filters the sound, keeping it from traveling as far as it otherwise might. It’s especially difficult for the sound to travel far distances when temperatures moisture are high, and the air becomes more dense.

Think about a 6 p.m. August baseball field, and you’ll immediately feel the stickiness that creates this kind of obstacle course for the sound of thunder.

Other factors include the curvature of the earth over miles of distance, and the fact that the thunderclap may reflect off the earth’s surface and vary its path away from where you are.

Whatever the reason, the facts are twofold: (1) Heat lightning is simply a term that came to be used for far-off lightning whose sound isn’t reaching them, and (2) It is, in fact, safe to observe or remain outside, because the lightning is far enough away that it’s not a danger.

SERVPRO is here to help when lightning and storms cause damage to your home or business. Get in touch today to experience the difference of a full restoration.

Do You Know Where Your Tornado-Safe Room Is?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

tornado forming in grassy open field Storm season is on its way. SERVPRO of Conyers/Covington is available 24/7 in case a storm event hits your home.

Here’s a simple question with an answer that can help you keep your family safe: Do you know where the safest room in your house is if a tornado strikes?

That may sound like an odd thing to ask, but given that Georgia has, on average, about 30 tornadoes every year, it’s worth considering. These storms are dangerous and can damage property, cause injuries and even death. So it’s a good idea to know where to go in the event you need protection from a tornado.

There are a lot of options in today’s market. Some homeowners even opt to have a safe room added to or created inside their existing home. But many homeowners don’t have the ability to take this step. In these cases, it’s smart to know where to go in your existing home.

Here’s what the experts recommend to look for in a tornado-safe room:

Find a windowless space in the interior of your home. Your safe room is best if it doesn’t have exterior walls or windows. Think about bathrooms or closets.

Choose a room on the lowest floor of your home. The best spaces to take shelter during a tornado are on the lower floors of your home. Choose spaces on the lowest floor or the basement.

If your home isn’t safe, know an alternative location. Experts agree that in mobile or modular homes no room is safe from a tornado threat so it’s a good idea to have an alternative place to go. Additionally, if you live in a high-rise building or an apartment, ask your building manager about laundry rooms, basements or other safe areas.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.