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Archived Storm Damage Blog Posts

What’s my Risk for Blizzard Damage?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

I don't get it... Red is cold now?? This has to be illegal! We live in a society!!

Living in North Carolina, you might not be too worried about a rapid cold wave or blizzard.

But should you be?

Probably not.

If you live in the Piedmont Triad, your chances of falling prey to a rapid cold wave and blizzard are pretty slight. In fact, you're right on the edge of safety in the region. Nevertheless, it’s always smart to check!

Luckily, you won’t have to worry about getting grant funding, gathering data from instruments, and handling the stats math, because FEMA already did it for you! https://hazards.fema.gov/nri/cold-wave is the site, and it’s online and running for ya.

I’ve also linked the image in this blogpost, so you can see your risk, provided you’re not on the West Coast (sorry, there’s a crop!)

What’s my Risk for Tornadoes in the Triad?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

As long as you don't live in tornado alley, you SHOULD be okay. If you live in tornado alley, you might want to invest a basement and some bubble wrap

One of the most terrifying experiences in elementary school were tornado drills. Pile into a hallway and crouch down and wait for the tearing winds to suck you away. Thankfully, they were always just drills, and we never had to perform the maneuvre for real.

Others aren’t so lucky, and preparation and knowledge about your risk can save your life! FEMA put together a map showing what your risk for tornado damage and loss is by county; you can find it here: https://hazards.fema.gov/nri/tornado

It’s also important to know the warning signs if the improbable does happen and a tornado visits the Triad again. Look out for yellow clouds, wall clouds, any whirling or twirling in the sky or on the ground, and a roaring freight train sound, and make sure emergency alerts are set up on your phone.

It’s better to pray for the best and prepare for the worst than to only do the former and neglect the latter.

What are Burlington's Chances for Snow Damage?

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

You're probably in that county right there.

It’s that time of year again! You’re putting the tank tops and short sleeves back in the closet and pulling out the flannels, jeans, and thick boots, ready for the coming cold weather. “Winter is Approaching,” as the kids say.

But now that it’s getting colder, your precipitation will likely be delivered from above in a bit of a more...frozen state. Basically, it’s snow time.

Now, snow can be pretty fun--just ask any child, or try to remember back when you were a wee lad or lass and managed to get out of class so you could play outside in the powder--however, it can also be extremely dangerous. Snow is a solid (flashback to freshman chemistry for that big-brained factoid!), and can collect in areas on your roof and gutters, and cause them to collapse from the weight. It can also coat the roads, and cause car accidents (although sleet and freezing rain are far more dangerous to motorists).

So now that you know it will be snowing soon, you might want to know what your risk is of Snow Damage in your area.

Fear not--FEMA has collected a map of the country with color-coded counties showing what your risk is for Snow Damage. The map is the featured photo in this post, and you can check the original source here: https://hazards.fema.gov/nri/winter-weather

Remember: knowing is half the battle! Get informed on your risk today!

Winter is Coming--What to Do!

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

If this is what you see when you look up at your ceiling, you may have missed a few steps.

A winter storm can keep you stuck indoors for days without any power. How do you make preparations for a snowstorm? 

  • If you live in a town where it snows often, it is a good idea to invest in a gas-powered generator. A reliable generator and fuel supply can save your keister.
  • Inspect your chimney and clean it before winter.
  • Get a radio that uses batteries.
  • Make sure you have batteries.
  • Clean your gutters and ensure your roof is stable.
  • Make sure your walls and attics are properly insulated.
  • Stock up on blankets and keep em nearby.
  • Make sure you have a fully-stocked first aid kit.
  • Learn first aid for hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Make sure you have a functioning fire extinguisher.
  • Get sand, ice salt, or kitty litter for icy surfaces.

What to do just before a storm:

  • You'll need to stock up on fuel for the generator.
  • Charge all phones, rechargeable batteries, and power banks.
  • Collect your flashlights and load em up with batteries.
  • Fill your gas tank and have spare gas at the ready.
  • Make sure you have plenty of non-perishable foods and toilet paper.
  • Bring pets and plants indoors.
  • Make sure your oven and stove are clean and work with no issues.
  • Let all faucets drip slowly and insulate exposed pipes with newspapers or other insulation materials.

Burlington Flood Map

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Can you see me on the map? I'm really tiny; I look like an ant! (Confession: I might actually be an ant.)

Are you looking for a Flood Hazard Map for Burlington, NC? Well, you've come to the right place!

Actually, the best place to look would be Fema.org, but since I already did that for you, you don't have to. Yes, yes, SERVPRO of Burlington has already started helping you out, and it only gets better from here!

Check out the picture featured in this article and take a peek to see what areas in the county are more or less susceptible to flooding and what efforts are used to mitigate said flooding.

If you want a more accurate map, you can follow the link and adjust the map to find your neighborhood and see whether you need to be cautious or extremely cautious. If you are close to a river that floods, you might need SERVPRO of Burlington on speed dial at (336) 229-1156. Even if you're not that close, save the number to your Rolodex just in case.

Have fun learning about your area!

What Items Can Be Saved After Your Home Floods?

2/24/2021 (Permalink)

Experiencing a flood can be a traumatic experience for any homeowner. Watching your home, furniture, prized possessions, and family heirlooms washed away and damaged. Questions of what to do, who to call, and how do I file a claim with my home insurance company are a few of the many thoughts that are on a person’s mind. 

SERVPRO of Burlington is your go-to provider for storm cleanup and disaster recovery. Presently IICRC Certified our crew is equipped to mitigate, remediate, and reconstruct your water damage. The basement or first floor is most likely to encounter damage if flooding occurs in your area. In these areas of your house, there may be stored away items, couches, sofas, coffee tables, laundry rooms, and kitchen appliances. 

Content cleaning is one of SERVPRO of Burlington’s services where our team professionally cleans recovered items that are salvageable. It’s also important to note that flood damage from a storm may bring in outside contaminants that may become a hazard. Depending on the extent of the damaged items our expert team will review and after recommendations to the homeowner. 


Water damage can have a significant negative effect on your carpeting. Several inches of water on your carpeting may require it to be completely taken up. Water stains on your carpet, however, can be dried utilizing our drying equipment readily available in our warehouse. 

Hardwood flooring is another matter as floodwaters getting underneath may cause warping which may require the entire section to be taken up and replaced. 


Again, the extent of the damage is key as our drying equipment can begin the process of salvaging the furniture pieces. Depending on your level of commitment and investment in the furniture pieces our team may be able to work with you on cleaning, restoring, and refinishing the items with trusted partners in the community. 

Appliances & Electronics 

Electricity and water do not mix. In some cases, if the water damage was minimal your washer, dryer, stove, other appliances, and electrical equipment may be salvageable. However, it may be recommended to purchase all new equipment. 

Books & Important Documents 

Items such as these are recoverable if great care is taken. Particulars such as these may be Marriage certificates or professional contracts you’ll want to be salvaged. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, flood, mold, or storm damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.  



Stopping Storm Damage In Its Tracks

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

2020 is a record-setting year for hurricanes. The National Weather Service even ran out of names and began using letters from the Greek alphabet. Along with numerous rainstorms this year, Alamance County including the Town of Elon has received above the average 45 inches usually expected. Going into the winter with the potential of blizzards and ice storms impacting Elon it’s critical that homeowners take precautions now to mitigate the potential losses in the future. 

Protecting your home and the investment you’ve made in it from the updated kitchen to the remodeled basement requires that you take preventative measures. Working to reduce the likelihood of severe storm damage and water damage from flooding to your property. Serious damage to your home which may amount to thousands of dollars in equity gone down the drain due to a storm no matter the season it occurs in is a tragedy. 

Poor foundation, inefficiently insulated entryways, and standing water around your home are some of the potential pitfalls of severe storm damage negatively impacting your home this winter. Heavy snow and ice melting near your home can possibly enter the structure including the basement damaging its integrity. To help prevent this from occurring be sure to review your property for any of these anomalies. 

If water from a snowstorm or melted ice manages to seep into your home it’s critical that it’s mitigating quickly. Allowing standing water to take up space in your home’s basement or the first floor for any substantial amount of time may do more damage. SERVPRO of Burlington is an experienced storm damage and water clean-up crew with over two decades of experience in the water restoration industry. Two years ago our crew partnered with several SERVPRO franchises when hurricanes smash the coast. Our team is also IICRC Certified which is the industry standard. 

The SERVPRO of Burlington team serves the communities of 

  • Graham, NC
  • Mebane, NC
  • Glen Raven, NC
  • Snow Camp, NC
  • Elon, NC
  • Gibsonville, NC

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

What To Do Before Disaster Strikes?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

September is both National Preparedness Month and also the height of the Atlantic hurricane season. Reminding everyone of the importance of having a plan in place when natural disasters occur. As the nation continues to combat the Coronavirus pandemic communities will need to revamp their strategy for keeping their residents while accommodating recommendations from your local health officials and the CDC.

Protecting yourself and your loved ones as a hurricane approaches can be exhausting. Stressing over the possibility of losing power to your home or if it’s flooded making it unlivable. All of those thoughts and the many more is why having a preparedness plan is critical. We’ve listed 4 core steps below, recommended by the Department of Homeland Security to assist you in developing a plan. 

Make A Plan 

Communicate with the members of your household on what you will do collectively in the event of a disaster before, during, and after to keep everyone safe. Inform loved ones outside of the household of your plans as well. 

Build A Kit

Roads may be closed and stores flooded, limiting your access to resources. Thinking of everyone in your house and their particular needs especially infants, the elderly, and pets gather together goods that will sustain the group for several days. 

Prepare For Disasters 

Evaluate your home or business for potential weak points where strong winds or flooding can cause damage. Check with your insurance provider on what is covered to ensure there are few surprises if you need to file a claim. 

Teach Youth About Disasters 

Start a conversation with your kids about preparing for natural disasters and how they can do their part to keep everyone safe. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, 336-229-1156. 



Flooding Hazards Due To A Hurricane?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding is a major concern for homeowners as hurricanes track toward they’re area dropping inches of rain in a matter of hours. Floodwaters can infiltrate your home causing damage to its interior including the basement and the first floor. Preventing this sort of damage which may also lead to mold is at top of mind for property owners as a tropical storm moves inland. Flooding can also have life-threatening ramifications as well presenting a hazard to yourself, your family, and your community. 

There are a number of hazards posed to individuals and the public when flooding occurs and fails to recede for a substantiation amount of time. Down power lines due to strong winds can fall into floodwaters endangering the public with the possibility of elocution if the wires are still live. Physical objects such as debris, road signage, and vehicles can become trapped in floodwaters as well which reinforces the need to avoid floodwaters at all possible until it recedes. 

Individuals who reside in rural areas and in some circumstances urban areas will also want to avoid floodwaters for health reasons. Human and livestock waste can be found in floodwaters diluting it. Various chemicals used in residences and industrial areas may also present a hazard to the public. It’s recommended to avoid floodwaters as much as possible to avoid coming into contact with contaminants to prevent risk to your health overall. 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.





Potential Causes of Basement Flooding From Storms

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Many homeowners dream of having a basement that they can truly make into their own space. Whether it’s for added living space, a man cave, or even a basement apartment. Adding features to a basement requires a substantial amount of investment. Therefore it’s paramount you protect your investment and the additional equity it has contributed to your property. 

Hurricanes and rainstorms can cause significant damage to your home ruining the investment you’ve made. Flash flooding and torrential rainfall may make water cleanup a further ordeal you rather not encounter. There are several steps that you can take to minimize the likelihood of a basement flood which may lead to mold. 

  1. Building a rain garden may assist in preventing excess rain from coming into your basement. 
  2. Evaluate your basement and your entire home for any plumbing leaks.
  3. Review your basement windows to ensure they’re sealed correctly. 

Your SERVPRO of Burlington team is experienced in the area of water cleanup, mitigation, and remediation. We’ve partnered with hundreds of homeowners during their water damage situations to resolve them effectively. Our area has experienced above-average rainfall for the last three years making these circumstances quite frequent. 

The SERVPRO of Burlington team serves the communities of 

  • Graham, NC
  • Mebane, NC
  • Glen Raven, NC
  • Snow Camp, NC
  • Elon, NC
  • Gibsonville, NC

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 229-1156.

How To Brace Your Home For The Next Hurricane Part I?

8/11/2020 (Permalink)

June 1 began the official start to the hurricane season with two named storms Arthur and Bertha forming in the Atlantic. Hurricane Isaias developed in late July crawling up the east coast causing power outages and property damage in its wake. While the hurricane made a minimal impact on local residents, homeowners should prepare themselves for the next hurricane that may travel further inland. 

Inches of rain can fall within hours as a hurricane track’s inland. Flooding a home’s basement and weakening the sewage system essential to any family’s well-being. To protect your home’s basement it’s critical you thoroughly inspect the pipes and sewage lines to see if years of wear and tear have impacted their reliability. 

Floodwaters can also infiltrate your home’s basement through the windows. Ensuring that they’re properly sealed is a critical part of your hurricane preparation plans not only for the summer and fall season but year-round. Outside of the basement creating a landscape surrounding your home that diverts water away rather than towards may also help to limit the amount of floodwater. 

If your property does experience damage due to flooding from a storm or hurricane, please call us. We’re staffed with an emergency team of water mitigation experts ready to assist you. The SERVPRO of Burlington team has also traveled to the North Carolina Coast previously to support disaster cleanup. You’re in good hands when choosing us to lead your home recovery. 

SERVPRO of Burlington also serves the communities of 

  • Graham, NC 
  • Elon, NC 
  • Glen Raven, NC 
  • Mebane, NC 
  • Snow Camp, NC 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, 336-229-1156.

Hurricane Seasons 2020 Preparedness Plan Steps

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is upon us which includes hurricanes, although it’s understandable that many have forgotten that fact in light of the pandemic. North Carolina is a beautiful state and in the Piedmont Triad residents get the best both worlds with a few hours drive to the mountains as well as the famed Carolina Coast. 

Homeowners who’ve made an investment in a property on the beach may place most of their focus this season on protection for that property. However, it’s just as important to focus as much attention on your main home in Burlington where the ramifications from a hurricane can still be fact. Balancing multiple concerns at once is a common theme for homeowners who may own a second home on the Carolina Coast they frequent during the warmer months of the year. 

To protect your home in Burlington, NC it’s critical to follow the steps listed below. 

  1. Consider trimming any large trees and overarching branches near your home. Heavy rain and strong winds can knock down these trees and possibly into your home. 
  2. Have a professional roofer review your roof for any abnormalities. Better to learn about them now rather than due to the aftermath of a storm or hurricane. 
  3. Contact your insurance agent to ensure you’re properly covered if damage does occur to your property. 
  • Burlington, NC
  • Graham, NC 
  • Elon, NC
  • Mebane, NC
  • Snow Camp, NC 
  • Glen Raven, NC 

If your home or business is in need of our services whether for fire, water, or mold damage; perhaps even deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Burlington, (336) 299-1156. 

Storm Cleanup and Disaster Recovery Experts

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Summer is a time to make boatloads of memories from evenings grilling out on your deck to weekends at your beach house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The incredible investment you’ve made in your property has created an emotional tie to it and protecting it as well as the memories created are important. Nevertheless, being aware of the potential harm that can come to your property are thoughts best kept in mind also. A possible threat to your property is a hurricane which can cause crippling damage. 

Hurricane season began this month and it’s critical homeowners prepare for the storms that may impact their area. Whether it’s a property you own here in the Piedmont Triad or a second home out on the Carolina Coast it’s paramount you do all you can you safeguard the integrity of the structure. Hurricanes, tropical storms, and tropical depressions may bring strong winds, inches upon inches of rain, and possibly tornadoes which can all spell disaster for your property. 

Two years ago both Hurricane Florence and Michael struck the North Carolina coast. The SERVPRO of Burlington team went into action as a storm clean and disaster recovery crew. We’re experienced in this arena not only from these two hurricanes but storms and tornadoes that have impacted Burlington previously. We’re equipped and available to respond to your disaster situation when it happens.

Storms May Cause Water Damage To Your Home

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Burlington is expecting a great amount of rain this week which may lead to damage for your property depending on how much falls at one time. Flash flooding is a real concern when inches of rainfall at one time in an area without proper drainage. To protect your property it’s quite important you do the proper research to learn if you live in a flood zone or not. While flooding can still impact your property even if your property is not in a flood zone. Living in a flood zone may increase the risk of damage to your property. 

Taking the proper precautions nevertheless may be critical to protecting your investment. Rainwater may seep into your home which may cause mold if it goes unnoticed for a significant amount of time. Depending on your flooring the response to flooding impacting the interior of your home may change. If you do encounter a situation when your home is flooded it’s important to react quickly and partner with a local firm that’s experienced in mitigation. 

The SERVPRO of Burlington service area covers 

  • Burlington
  • Graham
  • Elon
  • Snow Camp
  • Glen Raven  

Your SERVPRO of Burlington team is readily available to assess your fire, water, mold, or storm damage needs if such events arise. We can be contacted at (336) 229-1156.

We’re In Spring In Case You Haven’t Noticed

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

fallen tree due to storm damage

COVID-19 has captivated all of our minds and required us to change our movements as well as our lifestyles. With everything going on it’s quite easy to forget that we’re presently in spring where severe weather is most prevalent. While COVID-19 is the focus of our minds at the moment it’s crucial not to forget the dangerousness of severe weather. How it negatively impacts all of us and takes life as swiftly as any virus can.

Your SERVPRO of Burlington team wants to make the community aware that we’re still working and are ready to respond when severe weather strikes whether it’s heavy rain, flash flooding, hail, or a tornado which all can do significant damage to your property within a few short hours.

After severe weather strikes and you assess your property for any damage whether caused through the hail to your roof; perhaps a basement flood which is possible when heavy rains storm in. Flash flooding speaks for itself in its name and responding quickly is critical to minimizing the effects to your basement. Rainwater can also infiltrate your home through your door or if an object causes your home’s walls to falter. Nevertheless know that the SERVPRO of Burlington team is here when you need us.

The SERVPRO of Burlington service area covers

 - Graham
 - Elon
 - Snow Camp
 - Glen Raven

SERVPRO of Burlington is available 24/7 to respond to your water loss situations and can be reached at (336) 229-1156.

Confirmed Tornado Touchdown in Alamance County

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Tree on top of a house.

Severe weather caused severe damage to many property owners’ homes and places of business over Sunday night, April 12 and into Monday morning, April 13. Local meteorologists had prepared the area for potential downed trees, heavy rains, and the possibility of a tornado putting viewers into action to minimizing the risk to their loved ones overnight. A tornado was also confirmed to have touched down in Alamance County causing damage to homeowners as they slept through the night.

Responding to a natural disaster such as a tornado quickly and efficiently is critical. Your local SERVPRO has a great deal of experience in disaster and storm cleanup from natural occurrences. In 2018 when the two major hurricanes, Florence & Michael hit landfall in the southeast United States; SERVPRO of Burlington assisted in the recovery. Flood damage led to mold unfortunately by property owners. Cleaning up the area surrounding a home or commercial space. Removing items that were deemed unsalvageable.

Our crew includes experienced Production Technicians who know what they’re doing and will take the utmost care reacting to your present circumstances. Encountering a natural disaster is a stressful situation and our team believes strongly in great customer services to help see you through the storm.

SERVPRO of Burlington is available 24/7 to respond to your fire or water loss including mold and storm clean up situations. We can be reached at 336-299-1156.

Preparing your home for Winter storms

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Downtown Greensboro covered in snow. Including the Lincoln Financial Group building, Kress Building, and Washington Street intersection.

Though the official start of Winter isn’t until December 21 it’s imperative that property owners prepare now for severe weather including snowstorms, ice storms, and blizzards. Fortunately, your local SERVPRO of Burlington team is here to offer you tips and advice on how to ensure your residence or office remains comfortable all season long. 

First things first this Winter is to take a close look at the current status of your heating and air conditioning unit. It’s best to hire a certified HVAC technician to inspect your unit for any abnormalities. Routine maintenance is key to preventing a complete breakdown in your system. 

Secondly, check around the outside of your property for any standing water. Check to see if there are proper channels for water to drain away from your property. The build-up of water around your property may contribute to the degradation of your home's foundation. 

Lastly, evaluate the property itself for any damage, cracks, or holes where it may be possible for cold air to seep in. Sealing those holes throughout your property may help in lowering heating costs and keep you warm throughout the Winter season.

How Can Thunderstorms Produce Damaging Winds?

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms often come with strong winds which have the ability to uproot and knock down trees.

Thunderstorms can be damaging in many ways. Thunderstorms come with lightning which poses the risk of getting struck by lightening or of a tree being struck down with lightening. Where a tree falls when it’s struck can be incredibly dangerous and damaging to your home. If it falls into your roof water can get into your home causing not only roof damage but water damage. Thunderstorms can also cause flooding rains, and hail. Strong thunderstorms often produce gusty winds. Sometimes, these winds are even strong enough to cause substantial damage. Like lightening, they can cause trees to fall. However they can also blow down complete structures, tear apart gardens and more. 

Thunderstorms themselves are just reflections of currents of wind that move up, down, and around through our atmosphere. An upward moving air current that cools and condenses as it rises is what results in the thunderstorm forming. A downward moving air current develops as the storm matures and precipitation begins to fall. Eventually, a downward moving air current will intercept the ground. When it does, it spreads out, just like how the updraft spreads out when it encounters the stratosphere. The spreading out of the downdraft when it reaches the surface is one reason that gusty winds often accompany thunderstorms.  

The second reason gusty winds often accompany thunderstorms is closely connected with the first. As precipitation (moisture) falls through previously unsaturated, dry air, it cools through evaporational cooling. The now cold air becomes much heavier and denser than its surrounding environment and negative buoyancy kicks in. The cold air parcels accelerate towards the ground just like the buoyant air parcels accelerated away from the ground in the updraft. This pocket of cold air will eventually hit the ground and spread out rapidly. This phenomenon can help to intensify bursts of wind associated with downdrafts and, in extreme cases, can result in microbursts- very localized areas of extreme winds that can cause extensive damage.

In extreme cases, a combination of the factors mentioned combined with air temperatures, results in gusty winds that can become very damaging. Winds well over 100mph have been recorded in thunderstorms that have never produced any tornadoes. Straight line winds which lack tornadic rotation, can produce just as much damage as low-moderate strength tornadoes can. It is for this reason that you must watch out if you’re under a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds. Thunderstorms can really do some damage! 

If you experience storm damage to your home then give us at SERVPRO of Burlington a call at 336/379-1772. We are here 24/7 and 365 to assist with flooding, and water or roof damage caused by storms. 

Source: Jack Sillin 

Steps To Take After Experiencing a Storm With Storm Damage

7/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can cause damage to your home such as flooding, roof damage and downed trees

Storm damage can occur at any time since storms themselves can occur at anytime and are often at times unpredictable. Storms can build up strength before arriving, and even the smallest of storms can have unexpectedly high winds. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. In part of this, storms can cause an extreme amount of damage to your home.

Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a plan in place to deal with damage, for if you stay or for when you return, will help you to be ready to take any necessary steps immediately after a storm.

It’s important to take safety precautions both before and after a storm. For your own safety it is best to evacuate prior to any major storm if told to do so. Definitely heed all warnings and take them seriously. While with their unpredictability storms can also diminish or turn course and avoid you, the risk is far too great and not worth taking. Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Never walk (or drive) through any flood or standing water after a storm. Hazards such as broken glass, sharp broken pieces of wood or metal or other sharp objects such as nails can be hidden within the water. Serious injury or worse, can be a result of walking through (or driving through) any flood or standing water after a storm. If you smell gas and the gas line is accessible then shut off the main gas line. If it is not accessible then call for help and remove yourself and anyone else from the property if possible. Already having evacuated to, or having an alternate place to stay in case of damage is a good idea as it may be necessary for you to live elsewhere while your property is being restored to safe and inhabitable conditions. 

Contact a reputable and experienced restoration company such as us here at SERVPRO of Burlington. We will help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use and live in again. We will also take photographs for you of the damage so that it is recorded for your insurance company and can be provided to them for compensation. It is not usually safe for you to risk moving around the home in order to take photographs, so at SERVPRO we do this for you. 

Reach out to your insurance company. Contacting your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately even if you cannot provide photos immediately is important to do. The sooner they know of any damage, the sooner they can send out an adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance through FEMA. The federal government may have declared the area your property is in, if widely affected by the storm as a disaster area. You may then be eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans if they are being offered.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, and you might feel stressed or hopeless. However these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal.

If you experience storm damage know and remember that at SERVPRO of Burlington we are here for you 24/7 and 365. We are here to provide you with emergency disaster service and restoration. Just give us a call at 336-379-1772 

Hidden Storm Dangers

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Many dangers hide inside of standing flood waters.

Severe weather storms such as severe thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes devastate different regions across the country and world every year. Unfortunately, some of the biggest dangers caused by storms can occur after the storm has already passed. In addition to a lack of supplies and road closures, standing flood water that results from these storms, can cause serious health risks to you, your family and any pets. 

Some of the most severe problems floods can bring, other than damage to your home or office, are as follows: 

Health Dangers

Standing flood water has many health risks. The CDC has a section detailing all of the possible diseases that become more likely in the event of a storm disaster, including Norovirus and the West Nile Virus. Contracting things like bacterial infections and diseases become a much greater possibility when there’s standing water. That’s because flood water can literally infect everything it touches. When flood water can so easily spread out along large areas, this means that the more water, the greater the threat of danger. Anything in its path that it comes into contact with,  such as articles of clothing to children’s toys, pets toys can become infected with disease from the water. For this reason, it is incredibly important to not to drink or eat anything that has been contaminated by standing flood water, and to always wash your hands as often as possible- especially before you eat. You don’t want to put anything into your mouth, or touch anything you’ll be eating unless you’ve first washed your hands to try and eliminate risk. In addition, open wounds pose a much greater risk of becoming infected as a result of storm waters. If at all possible, do whatever you can to keep open wounds out of the water or cover with waterproof bandages. You can otherwise end up with an infection which can potentially lead to something worse. 

Physical Hazards

Disease isn't the only invisible hazard that can exist within standing water. Murky water can also conceal dangerous insects or even threatening animals beneath the surface that you cannot see. A lot of this depends on the location of the storm, but it's not unheard of for alligators, crocodiles, snakes, sharks, and other dangerous animals,  to make use of a new habitat resulting from a storm. Where flood waters go, they can and often do them look to inhabit. In addition, much of the physical damage caused by a storm is still present in the water. Some debris you’ll see floating before you, but some will fall deep into the flood waters and can be very damaging if you are to step on it. This can include broken glass or sharp metal which might be impossible to see in the water before it causes injury to you. There’s also the fact that these storms  frequently cause damage to power lines. That can lead to a risk of electrocution in standing water. Power lines can fall into it and remain active at their source. Not all electricity will cut off in a storm so seeing a line down doesn’t mean the power is cut off. Flood water also poses the possibility of causing drowning, whether people are in their cars or trying to swim across. It is best to never try and drive or wade through flood waters. Aside from the risks already mentioned, you also never know how deep water is in some parts. It is not worth the risk to try and get through the waters. It is best to evacuate yourself, your family and your pets when warnings come and before the floods move in. If unable to evacuate it is best to find a high level of a building or home, or to stay on a roof until help can arrive. 

In case of storm damage or water damage to your home or office, at SERVPRO of Burlington, we are here to assist you. We can be reached  24/7 and 365 at 336-379-1772. 

Are You Really Prepared For Severe Weather ?

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Be prepared for severe weather and tune in to local weather forecasts and alerts

While no one really likes to think about it, it’s important to remember that when it comes to Mother Nature, disaster can strike at any time. Since most of us don’t really like to think about it, most people are not prepared for it. Even though many may think they are, they often do not have everything they’d need prepared. Being prepared for any emergency will help to alleviate stress when disaster does strike. 

When severe weather threatens, we need to prepare for the possibility of damages occurring not only to ourselves, but also to our home and business.  Thunderstorms, hail, rain, hurricanes, strong winds and tornadoes cause varying degrees of damage. 

An important thing to remember when faced with potential severe weather is to stay informed.

Stay tuned to your local weather report for your area or your destination. Be it via television, their website, their Facebook, or their Twitter, The Weather Channel or local news are good for seeing if there is a chance of severe weather. Often your favorite radio station may keep you informed on weather updates as well. Just make sure you are tuning in to a station that’s local so that weather is up to date specifically for your area.

Remember that storms can often develop quickly and without a lot of advanced warning.  Many storms can also turn from being nearby to where they then otherwise may affect your directly. Know what’s going on nearby.

Severe weather can interrupt plans. You may need to change your plans, or at least wait until the threat of severe weather has passed before being able to go about your day or with any travel plans. Be advised it is not good to go out in severe weather. Stay indoors or underground in a proper “safe zone”. Knowing in advance where to take cover in your home or business if taking cover from strong winds or storms becomes necessary, is key to your safety. Stay away from windows and doors. Do not take cover nearby or close to objects that can harm you if they are to fall onto you. Use caution if you must go out in severe weather. Proceed with extra caution and drive at much slower speeds on roads. Be aware of pooling water and avoid driving on any roads that have even minor flooding.

Having an emergency kit in your home and vehicle can provide you with much-needed necessities if caught without power or if you are stranded. For a complete list of what to prepare in your emergency kit, check out our blog called – It Is Best To Be Prepared For Storms Before They Happen

If you experience any Storm Damage to your home, Water Damage, Fire Damage or Mold, then give us a call at 336-379-1772. At SERVPRO of Burlington, we are here for you 24/7 and 365 days a year.

It Is Best To Be Prepared For Storms Before They Happen

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure your emergency storm kits are ready to go all year round

Mother Nature is completely unpredictable. Everything from a Hurricane, to a Tornado, to Severe Thunderstorms, to Blizzards, etc. can happen and bring along with it a lot of damage. It is always best to be prepared year-round, for storms. Especially in the case of a hurricane, you want to be sure you have prepared an emergency supply kit. To be best prepare you want to make sure that you are not just ready for the storm itself, but for the days that follow. This is necessary because with the larger storms it sometimes takes a few days for essential services to be restored.

An emergency supply kit should contain enough supplies not just to get through the storm, but for the potentially lengthy aftermath. Make sure to have enough non-perishable food and water to last each family member three to seven days. Other essential items include:

  • Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag 
  • Copies of any necessary medical records
  • First-aid kit 
  • Weather radio and batteries 
  • Charged phone chargers/ Battery packs
  • Needed prescription medicines 
  • Sleeping bag or blankets 
  • Changes of clothes 
  • Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant 
  • Cash 
  • Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, muzzle and vaccination records. 

During storms, make sure you stay tuned to a trusted local news source and keep a battery-powered radio nearby for weather and evacuation information. Also heed to the warnings of your state and local officials and evacuate quickly when told to do so. Do not ignore or wait on evacuation orders. They are in place for a reason.

If you experience any Storm Damage to your home, Water Damage, Fire Damage or Mold, then give us a call at 336-379-1772. At SERVPRO of Burlington, we are here for you 24/7 and 365 days a year.

Spring Is In The Air Which Means Floods Are On The Way

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Flowers are starting to bloom, but it’s also the start of the rainy season. Rain and storms can lead to flooding.

Spring is in the air. Literally, in most areas considering all of the noticeable pollen. It’s a great sign though of warmer weather on the horizon, plus a beautiful sight to see all the flowers blooming. While the spring provides warm weather as relief after the long winter months, it does come along with a lot of rain. April showers bring May flowers! While that helps wash away the pollen, water tends to pool up and flooding is a real concern for homeowners and business owners.

You don’t need to live in a flood zone to fall victim to flooding so it’s best to always be prepared!

Changes in your area can create flood zones in places that were deemed safe in the past. Major weather storms can also cause severe flooding that extends into zones that aren’t used to experiencing flooding. 

Know Your Area and Stay on Top of Changes

Flood zones can and do change. The arrangement and new construction of new homes and businesses can lead to a change in the areas that might be considered flood zones may also lead to more flood zones being created. Be sure to monitor flood areas as they change to know if you may be affected. If a street nearby you usually floods with water in a rainstorm there is a greater chance that in a bigger storm that the street may actually flood over. If that happens it can affect properties around it, including yours. Knowing the changes to flood zones can help you to better be prepared and to better protect your home. If you learn you are now in a flood zone, it is best to move your furnace, water heater and other equipment to a higher level in your home.

Prepare Your Property and Grounds

As the ground around your home and property gets soaked, it can also cause downed trees and power lines which may fall into your home. Make sure to remove or cut back branches on trees that can pose a problem to your home in a major or heavy storm.

Prepare For Storms with Building Supplies and Sandbags

Sandbags can often be obtained nearby when there is the potential for a flood. If you cannot find them near you, you can create your own or gather them in advance preparation from another area nearby. Place sandbags where needed to help keep flood waters from getting into your home or business when there is a chance of flooding.

It is also a good idea to keep building supplies on hand and to secure these supplies up and out of the way in case flooding does occur. Having a few stud boards, plywood boards, tarps, nails and more on hand can help with emergency repairs if there is the potential for flooding. They also come in handy to help create a way to protect some of the items in your property from damage. Having these supplies on hand could lead to faster repairs if anything is damaged as once a storm is approaching or after it hits it is often impossible to find and get these supplies. Preparedness is key!

Important Documents and Irreplaceable Should Always Be Stored Properly

Irreplaceable belongings and documents should be kept up high and in boxes that can protect them should flooding occur. Doing so will help ensure identifications, passports, documents, deeds, birth certificates and more are both safe from floodwaters and easily accessible if a flood does impact your property or if an evacuation from your area is necessary. 

Emergency Plans Should Always Be In Place

Always have a plan in place to deal with potential natural disasters, with flooding being no exception. Speak with family and colleagues on what steps you will all take in case of flooding and if an evacuation is necessary. It’s best to include how to prevent injuries or illnesses from contaminated flood water as well as what to do if an evacuation is needed. Be sure to also assign everyone with what they should be responsible for protecting and taking from the property.

If You Experience Water Damage Contact Us at SERVPRO of Burlington Right Away!

If your property is impacted by a flood, the damage needs to be assessed immediately and as soon as it can be, all water needs to be properly removed from the home. Water Damage can cause mold growth in a very quick amount of time after water build within the property. Often building materials need to be removed and mold needs to be destroyed.

Start preparing your home today to ensure you and your family are as safe as possible in case anything happens. Should you experience Water Damage to your home or business than call us at SERVPRO of Burlington at 336-379-1772. We are here for you 24/7 and 365 days a year.

Federal Funds Approved For Storm Victims

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

The President has officially approved Governor Roy Cooper's request for a federal disaster declaration to help tornado victims in Guilford and Rockingham counties.

The decision came on Tuesday, April 15.  All storm victims will be able to apply for low-interest federal loans or grants to help them repair their homes and businesses.
 Families and business owners can now apply for financial help to repair and rebuild.
The governor declared a state of emergency for Guilford and Rockingham counties on April 20 and sent the federal disaster declaration request to the president on April 25.

He reached out to local officials today to share the good news that the request for federal help has been granted.

Storm survivors are encouraged to register with FEMA online or via phone as soon as possible, in one of the following ways:

    • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov

    • Download the FEMA Mobile App and register online

    • Phone 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. Persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585

    • The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week

  • Multilingual operators are available

CONTACT SERVPRO of Burlington for all your storm repair needs.