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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 Ft. 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 what 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:
- You and your family's safety is the number one goal. Watch out for safety hazards such as broken glass and exposed nails. If dealing with floodwaters, be sure to wear protective clothing, including boots, gloves, eye protection, and masks, as floodwaters 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.
- 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 pictures of the interior and exterior.
- If you have flooding, water extraction is the most crucial step to restoring your home. By choosing SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth, the water extraction needed 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 Ft. 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.
Are You Prepared in the Event of a Tornado?
Know the signs of a tornado!
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 occupants. Extremely violent EF5 tornadoes are very rare.
Most tornadoes are 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 can't 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). A very strong wind is snapping these mean power lines, maybe a tornado.
- Night- persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning, especially if it is on the ground or 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 protection. Know where very heavy objects rest on the floor above and do not go under them. They may fall 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.
- 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 areas. 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. Suppose 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.
Winter Storm Emergency Services
SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth tarped this roof after a 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, an intense 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. We are always ready to help from flooded homes due to frozen pipes bursting to fire damages caused by portable heaters.
SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth is always active during storm situations. We offer the following services:
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.
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-out 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.
If you have textiles (clothing, plush animals, shoes, etc.) 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 and 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 Ft. Worth
We are 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
- Forrest Hill
- Forrest Hill
If your property has storm damage, contact SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth at (817) 293-5553.
All thunderstorms are dangerous and produce lightning. On average, lightning kills 51 people and injures hundreds more in the U.S. each year. Dangers associated with thunderstorms include strong winds, flash flooding, hail, and even tornadoes.
To Prepared 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 NOAA Weather Radio for updates and information.
- Unplug electronics and appliances to prevent damage from lightning-caused power surges.
- Water conducts electricity. Avoid water-based activities and chores 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. Pullover and turn on your hazard lights until the 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 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, 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 Ft. Worth are highly trained and certified. Our professionals are equipped with the knowledge they need to help with any water or fire loss.
Why You Need Professional Storm Damage Restoration
With storm season quickly prepared, the risk of damage to your home from strong winds, rain, and possibly lightning is possible.
Facing Flooding or Storm Damage in Your Home?
Dealing with flooding, storm damage, river flooding, or other forms of natural disasters can be a frustrating and challenging experience and needs to be handled properly. If the storm is too severe, the hail damage and frozen pipes could substantially 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 handling storm damage and their devastating effects and can assess the rain damage, wind damage, flood damage, and other 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.
Call SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth for additional information.
Dealing With Storm Damage to Your Property
If you damages after a storm, call (817) 293-5553.
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.
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 Ft. Worth; we'll help you determine if your home is safe to return to.
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 determine 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 away 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 Ft. 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 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.
SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth is ready to help 24/7. Call us for your fire or water damage issues at (817) 293-5553.
Protect Your Car During a Hailstorm
If your property sustains storm damage, contact SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth.
A hailstorm can do a lot of damage to the windows, metal, and paint of your car. Still, there are steps you can take to protect your vehicle from damage. With the recent spring storms here in Texas scattering anything from pea-sized to baseball-sized hail, it's essential to know what to do if and when a hailstorm strikes. Here are some tips from SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth to help keep you safe during extreme weather.
- Get covered parking: Covered parking can save you many hassle and money, especially in the country's middle. Make sure to listen to hourly weather reports and move your car into the garage before a storm hits. Don't wait until the last minute to have space cleared out to store your vehicle correctly. If you don't have room in your garage or a carport, seek alternative parking.
- Ride out the storm: If you don't have access to covered parking, try to find temporary shelter. For example, local malls usually have parking garages where you could park if you know a storm is brewing. If you don't have a covered place to store your vehicle, find those options for the big storms. Use large buildings as hail shadows if you can't find an area with covered parking. If a storm is coming from the east, for example, park on the west side of a large building. If the winds are strong enough, the building may be able to shield your car, causing hail to blow entirely past it. If you do get stuck driving in hail, it's best to travel either toward or away from it. The reason is that windshields are better designed to withstand hail's impact, whereas side windows may not be.
- Use blankets or car covers: If you don't have a shelter option and know a storm is coming, get something over your car. Some companies sell car covers specific to this purpose, but you can use your blankets as well. Just make sure you duct tape them down—the winds can pick up pretty quickly during hailstorms. The tape can leave a sticky residue on your car but most likely won't cause any damage to the paint. (Prepare in advance for this. Opt for personal safety, and don't do this if the storm is happening within a matter of minutes.) If caught somewhere where you don't have the option to cover your car, this way you can use your floor mats to place over your windshield to help prevent the hail from breaking it. It's not the best option, but at least it's something.
Always stay protected during a hailstorm, and do not leave your vehicle unless it's necessary, as hail can cause severe bodily damage. If you're caught in a hailstorm while driving, and large-sized hail is hitting your car, pull over. Make sure you pull completely off the highway and cover up with a blanket, jacket, or whatever you have available in your vehicle to use to shield yourself just in case the hail were to break any glass in your vehicle. Get onto the floor face down, or lay down on the seat with your back to the windows if possible. Put tiny children under you, and cover their eyes.
Have property damage? Call SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth.
How to Reduce Hail Damage
If you haven't taken a look at your roof in a while, now's the time. Spring often means storms here in Fort Worth, Texas, and occasional severe weather that can include high winds and hail. Roof repairs today can help you avoid extensive, time-consuming cleanup later.
- Repair or replace worn curled or missing shingles.
- If your roof is aging, consider replacing it before hail season begins.
During a Hailstorm
Protect Yourself and Your Car
A hail storm can be as big as a softball in severe storms and fall at 50 to 100 miles per hour.
- Stay indoors.
- Stay away from skylights and glass doors to avoid broken glass.
- If it is safe, close drapes, blinds, or shades to prevent debris from blowing inside.
- If you can, park your car in the garage or other covered area.
After a Hailstorm
If you have experienced storm damage from a hailstorm, report it as soon as possible. We're "Here to Help" 24 hours a day, seven days a week. SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth can work with your insurance to get your home back to new. Tarping your roof and removing the water damage can occur from holes made by hail in your roof.
Spring Means Storm Season in Fort Worth, Texas
If you need water damage cleanup for your home or business, call today for service (817) 293-5553.
This week kicked off storm season here in Texas. With winds, up to 80 miles an hour, rain, and in some places hail, we're all experiencing the aftermath. Tree limbs having fallen, trampolines flying away, even 18 wheelers were overturned thanks to the high winds.
Here at SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth, we want our customers to know that we're always "Here to Help" our skilled water restoration technicians are ready to do 24/7 to help get your house back to normal after a storm.
Often, storm damage to the roof or windows due to hail, fallen trees, or wind allows water into the home. If left untreated, it can soak into your walls leading to further damage and mold. While each home is different, our professional process stays much the same, getting your home back to like-new condition.
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.
We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.
We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.
We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using several techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors, and deodorize your property.
Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Flood Warning VS Flood Watch
If your property experience flood damage after a storm, contact SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth.
SERVPRO of East Ft. Worth wants you to be prepared in case of severe weather and know what to do if flooding occurs at your Fort Worth home or business.
A warning means “Take Action Now!” and if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood-prone area, move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
- Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
A watch means “Be Prepared” because flooding is possible within your area.
- Flood Watch: Be Prepared! A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will happen, but it is possible.
- Flood Advisory: Be Aware! A Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten your life and property.