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Dealing With Storm Damage To Your Property

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

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

SAFETY FIRST

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

INSURANCE

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

RECORDING AND DOCUMENTING

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

 BE SCAM FREE

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

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

The SERVPRO Team of East Fort Worth is ready to help 24/7. Call us for your fire or water damage issues at (817) 293-5553

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Are you prepared in the event of a tornado?

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you prepared in the event of a tornado? know the danger signs of a tornado.

Tornado Safety 

There is no such thing as guaranteed safety. 

Freak accidents happen, and the most violent tornadoes can level and blow away almost any house and it's occupants. Extremely violent EF5 tornadoes are very rare. 

Most tornadoes are actually much weaker and can be survived using these safety ideas. 

Signs of a tornado

  • Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base. 
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base-tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
  • Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and cant be seen.  
  • Day or night- loud continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder. 
  • Night- small bright, blue-green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds) These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado. 
  • Night- persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted my lightning especially- if it is on the ground or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath. 

Prevention and practice before the storm. 

Have a tornado plan in place. Know where to take shelter. Practice a family tornado drill. Name a place to meet after a disaster. Store protective coverings in or next to your shelter space for flying debris. When a tornado watch is issued,think about the drill and make sure safety supplies are handy. Turn on a local TV, radio, or NOAA weather radio and stay alert for warnings. 

The storm hits: where are you? 

In a house with a basement

  • Avoid windows, get in the basement and under some kind of protection. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above and do not go under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor and crush you. 

In a house with no basement

  • Avoid windows, go to the lowest floor, small center room. Under a stairwell or a small interior hallway with no windows. 
  • crouch as low as possible to the floor, face down, and cover your head with your hands. 

In an office building 

  • Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building. Crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter. Stay off the elevator. 

In a mobile home 

  • Get out! Even if your home is tied down.it is not as safe as an underground shelter or a permanent, sturdy building. 

At school 

  • Follow the drill! Go to the interior hall or room in an orderly as you were told. Crouch low, head down, and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large open rooms. 

In the open outdoors 

  • If possible, seek shelter in a sturdy building. If not, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as possible. 

In a mall or store 

  • Do not panic, watch for others. Move as quickly as possible to an interior bathroom, storage room, or other small enclosed area. Crouch face-down and protect your head with your arms. 

In a car or truck 

  • Park the car safely, stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, cover your head. If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway. Leave your car and lie in the area , covering your head with your hands, avoid seeking shelter under bridges. 

Storm Emergency Services

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Emergency Services Roof tarping after tornado caused damage

Storm Emergency Services

Storms are not a common occurrence in Texas.  In Fort Worth, we see just a few days of freezing temperatures in a year.  Every few years, a strong hail storm can occur.  Otherwise, we have the luxury of enjoyable temperate or warm temperatures for the majority of the year.

Yet, when there is a winter storm in Fort Worth, we see a sharp increase in properties that experience damage.  From flooded homes due to frozen pipes bursting, to fire damages caused by portable heaters, we are always ready to help.  

SERVPRO of East Fort Worth is always active during storm situations.  We offer the following services:

Water Damage (Flooding)

Usually caused by frozen pipes that have burst, but other times by a damaged roof, we are available 24/7 for your water damage.  We will extract standing water and place drying equipment in your home.  We will monitor the drying process until your home has dried correctly.

Fire Damage

Regardless of the reason for the fire damage, we are available to provide the following:

  • Roof Tarping: we will tarp the damaged portion of your roof using thick, weatherproof plastic.  This will prevent further precipitation from entering your home until the roof can be permanently fixed.
  • Board Ups: we will board up any damaged portion of your property, such as doors and windows.  This will prevent precipitation from entering your home and deter possible break-ins.
  • Temporary Fencing: along with board ups, we can install a temporary fence around your property to deter the public from entering your property and provide an extra layer of security.
  • 24/7 Security Guard: when it is impossible to perform immediate board ups or install temporary fencing (for example, if we’re in the middle of an ice storm), we can assign a security guard to protect your property until our technicians can safely provide other emergency services.

Move-Out / Pack-Out for Contents

Sometimes, a move-out or pack-out is needed.  This is especially the case when the majority or entire property has been affected by smoke or soot.  We will pack-outs your property’s contents and take them to our facility, where they can be cleaned and stored until they’re safe to be returned.  

Temporary Warehouse Space

When a move-out or pack-out is done, we will provide temporary storage space to keep your items safe until they can be returned.

Textile Cleaning

If you have textiles (clothing, plush animals, shoes, etcetera) that have been affected by Cat 2 or Cat 3 water or smoke and soot, they can be taken back to our facility for cleaning.  Priority clothing can be cleaned returned in as little as 72-hours. Learn more about how we clean and prove the cleanliness of water-affected textiles and smoke and soot-affected textiles.

SERVPRO of East Fort Worth 

is locally owned and operated, so we’re already nearby and ready to help Fort Worth, TX residents and business owners with any size cleaning or restoration emergencies.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • Fort Worth
  • Everman
  • Forrest Hill
  • Forrest Hill

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Thunderstorm Preparedness

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm Preparedness

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


To prepare for a thunderstorm:

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

When a thunderstorm occurs:

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

 After the storm passes:

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

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth are highly trained and certified, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge they need to help with any water or fire loss.

SERVPRO of East Fort Worth 

(817) 293-5553

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Why You Need Professional Storm Damage Restoration

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why You Need Professional Storm Damage Restoration With Storm season quickly prepared, risk of damage to your home from strong winds, rain and possibly lightning are possible.

Are you facing a flooding, river flooding or storm damage situation in your home?

Dealing with flooding, storm damage, river flooding or other forms of natural disasters can be a frustrating and difficult experience and needs to be handled properly. If the storm is too severe, the hail damage and frozen pipes could result in huge repair costs.

Not sure what to do about flood water, roof leak or wind damage?

When a home sustains damage due to storm, ice damage, frozen pipes, flooding, ice dam, river flooding, ice damming, hail damage or wind damage, homeowners are advised to hire professionals to provide storm restoration or water restoration.

Professionals are skilled in handing storm damage, storm damage and their devastating effects and can assess the rain damage, wind damage, flood damage and other storm damage related situations that occurred during the storm. They have the right equipment and are experienced in ice damage, frozen pipes, ice dam, ice damming and storm restoration.

SERVPRO of East Fort Worth has more services. Visit http://www.SERVPROeastftworth.com/ for more information.

What To Do When Storm Damage Occurs in Fort Worth, TX

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Do When Storm Damage Occurs in Fort Worth, TX Floods and storms don’t wait for normal business hours, and neither do we. You can depend on an immediate response from our highly trained technicians

Here at SERVPRO of East Fort Worth, we know a thing or two about the phrase "spring weather" means to us. It means a whole lot of rain, thunderstorms, lightning, flooding issues and even tornadoes. We know at to do DURING a storm, but what do we do after a storm? Here are some helpful hints to get you back on track after a storm hits.

1. You and your families safety is the number one goal. Watch out for safety hazards such as broken glass, and exposed nails. If dealing with flood waters, be sure to wear protective clothing including boots, gloves, eye protection and masks as flood waters can carry sewage, bacteria, and other dangers. Stay away from downed power lines. Be sure to use a flashlight instead of a candle when inspecting your home at night.

2. When it's safe to do so, document your damage. This will help when filing your insurance claim. Be sure to take photos and videos of your entire property from multiple angles. Take photos of the interior and exterior.

3. If you have flooding, water extraction is the most important step to restoring your home. By choosing SERVPRO of East Fort Worth you can be sure that the water extraction for your home will be handled quickly and professionally. Our technicians can evaluate your belongings to see if they can be cleaned and restored.

SERVPRO of East Fort Worth takes storm cleanup seriously we will make sure you are back on your feet in no time. Give us a call, 24/7 at (817) 293-5553

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