Recent Storm Damage Posts
Tornado Tips from SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio
It is important to understand the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning to help protect you and loved ones.
When a tornado watch is issued, this means a tornado is possible in the area.
When a tornado warning is issued, this means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed toward your area.
Tornadoes are dangerous and can be spawned by a thunderstorm or produced as a result of a hurricane. According to the National Hurricane Center, studies show that more than half of the landfalling hurricanes produce at least one tornado. If a tornado strikes your home or area, know what to do. SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio has provided a few tips to help keep our community safe!
- Wait for an all-clear announcement from the National Weather Service or local news before leaving your home, business, or shelter.
- Be very cautious and on the watch for downed utility lines. Do not approach or touch downed utility lines.
- Check water heater and appliances for damage. For safety purposes, use a flashlight, not matches or candles.
- Use bottled water or boil tap water before drinking until you are told the water supply is safe.
- Driving may be hazardous due to debris in the streets, downed power lines, and flooding. If flooding is a potential hazard, stay away from the rivers and streams.
- Inspect car, home, or business both inside and outside for damage. List any damages that you can find and document the damages with pictures if possible.
- Walk through your home or business and conduct an inventory of damaged items and belongings.
Lightning Truths and Myths
It's important that we know our facts about the weather patterns to prepare for any future emergencies. Learn the common myths and facts about lightning during spring!
Myth: If it's not raining, then there is no danger from lightning.
Fact: Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall. This is especially true in the western United States where thunderstorms sometimes produce very little rain.
Myth: The rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car protect you from being struck by lightning.
Fact: Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires proved no protection from lightning. The steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
Myth: "Heat lightning" occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat.
Fact: "Heat lightning" is a term used to describe lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard.
To find out more information about the myths and the facts about lightning go to www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.
Dealing with lightening damages can be very overwhelming to deal with alone. Give the team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio a call! (210) 653-4651.
Does this seem like the wettest winter in Northeast San Antonio? Temperatures are lower, more rain has fallen, and heavier winds have overtaken Sugar Land. If we recall correctly, it has been a long time since we’ve seen these kinds of weather patterns. While we have no control over the weather, we do have the opportunity to keep the weather from affecting our homes or business. To help prevent weather-related damages from hurting your home or business, apply some of the following tips to protect your property:
- Keep gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris to help ensure it can drain properly. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the home or business
- Wrap water pipes in your crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer and prevent freezing
- If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces
Give SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio a call if you have any additional questions. Our team is always here to help when disaster strikes!
Keep Pipes from Freezing in San Antonio
Temperatures are dropping, and a freeze may occur over the next few days. With weather conditions like these, it could potentially wreak havoc on your home if you are not properly prepared. Be proactive this winter and take some precautions to help protect your home and do not let these harsh weather conditions interfere your holiday plans. Protect pipes from freezing by allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing warm insider air to circulate around the pipes. Make sure all exterior pipes are properly insulated. SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio values our community. When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio is here to help you. Give our team of professionals a call (210) 653-4651!
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
Not all hurricanes are destructive or deadly. But it's always a good idea to be prepared especially during prime time hurricane season. They are known as one of the most violent wind storms and should not be messed with. Know the difference between the stages of hurricanes and damages they may cause.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rates a hurricane's intensity using wind speed and storm surge, which is the abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm. The scale also estimates the potential damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall.
Sustained winds of 74-85 mph. Dangerous winds occur and may cause some damage. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees along with some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.
Winds of 96-110 mph. Extremely dangerous winds and will cause extensive damage. Roofing, door and window damage to buildings; Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees, mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers.
Devastating damage will occur. Winds of 111-129 mph. Structural damage to small residences and utility buildings; foliage blew off trees and large trees blown down; mobile homes destroyed.
Catastrophic damage occurs. Sustained winds of 130 - 156 mph. Extensive damage to doors, windows and lower floors of shoreline houses; total roof failures on small residences; shrubs, trees, and all signs blown down; mobile homes completely destroyed.
Catastrophic damage occurs. Winds of 157 mph or higher. Complete roof failure on many buildings and some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away; severe and extensive window and door damage; mobile homes destroyed.
Spring Safety Facts and Myths about Lightning
Every year, SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio answers the call to help clean up and restore homes and businesses after spring storms have taken their toll. After all, SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio is always here in helping make disasters “Like it never even happened.” when your property suffers from storm damage. So leave the restoration remediation of your home and business to our team. Consider the following to protect your property during a storm:
Myth: If it is not raining, then there is no danger from lighting.
Fact: Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur as far as 10 miles away from rainfall.
Myth: Rubber soles of shoes or rubber tires on a car protect you from being struck
Fact: Rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide no protection from lightning. The steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not toughing metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
Myth: “Heat lightning” occurs after very hot summer days and poses no threat.
Fact: “Heat lightning” is a team used to describe lightning from a thunderstorm too far away for thunder to be heard.
When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio is here to help you. Give our team of professionals a call (210) 653-4651!
Preparing for Spring Safety
Floods are the most common hazards in the United States. Whether you live and work on a coastline, along city streets, in a basin, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage.
What FEMA suggests you can do now:
- Have qualified professionals to evaluate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if susceptible
- Install “check valves” in sewer traps a prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home
- Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
What FEMA suggests when a flood is imminent:
- Move essential or unreplaceable items to an upper floor, when possible
- Turn off utilities at the main switches if instructed to do so
- Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water
If a flood does strike your business or home, give SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio a call. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming and daunting task. SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio has the tools and equipment to help you during a traumatic time.
Source: Floodsmart.gov and fema.gov
Flooding Safety Tips
It is common to see a storm with heavy down pours of rain causing flooding in the most protected neighborhoods. Do you know what to do during a flood? SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio has a few tips for you to follow in case an event was to happen:
- Be prepared, create an evacuation plan
- Learn and identify different evacuation routes to be able to evacuate quickly
- If public transportation is relied on, contact the local emergency management for evacuation information
- Turn Around, Don't Drown! ® Moving water above two feet can knock you down; one foot of water can move vehicles away
- Move to higher ground if there is a chance of flash flooding
- Driving during high rain falls can be extremely dangerous. Stay update by checking service announcements through the National Weather Service.
For more information about flooding, visithttps://www.ready.gov/floods. Be proactive and create an evacuation plan to keep safe. It is very important to stay up date when it comes to natural disasters. SERVPRO of Northeast San Antonio values our community; we are here to help when disaster strikes!
Exterior Pipe Safety Tips
It’s the holiday season and with that comes cooler holiday temperatures. As the temperatures occasionally drop below freezing here in Texas, consider the safety of your home and prevent disaster striking by not leaving any pipes exposed. Here are a few tips to consider to avoid any busted pipes this holiday season:
- Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest
- Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes
- Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems
- Keep heat at 55 degrees F. or higher even when you are out of town
- During a cold spell turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night
- If you need to be away from home, drain your water system before you go
- Identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts