Recent Storm Damage Posts
Building a kit for an emergency
Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change and remember to replace expired food.
After an emergency, it may be necessary to build a kit that can last up to 3 days. We know how stressful unexpected storms can be and we want to help you prepare for any scenario. To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. It should be noted that the supplies in a kit can be different based on your own personal needs, but the list recommended by ready.gov is a great place to start.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
- Manual can opener (for food)
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
You can use ready.gov for additional kit supplies ideas as well as how to maintain your kit and where to store it. Again, we want to help you prepare to weather any storm. If storm damage ever damages your home, you can call on SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville to be there to help.
Our Largest Addition
Our trailer is meant to be stocked for any size disaster. We will help no matter the size of the project.
Our biggest addition to the SERVPRO team is our semi trailer. This trailer is stocked for any large loss scenario. Stocked as a rolling distribution center with equipment, consumables, and tools to clean up any disaster. Whether it’s a storm or fire, SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville has the capability to mitigate any size disaster with the new addition. The new semi trailer can handle any large losses that affect places such as apartment complexes, hotels and other businesses. Storms and fires can be unpredictable and difficult to prepare for. We here at SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville are here to help be “Faster to any size disaster” and to help relieve some of the stress that large losses can bring. The sooner help is called then the sooner and more efficiently our team can work to get the space back to preloss conditions. The semi trailer can hold enough machines for large scale scenarios. Our team is prepared to help mitigate any disaster. We have team members specifically named our “Disaster Recovery Team '' for the large losses.
Got Storm Damage? No Problem
We know storm damage can be unexpected and devastating, so we make sure we are prepared for any scenario to help you when you need it most.
We are currently the only certified Large Loss Response Team in the state of Iowa. We have the equipment, employees, and connections to help in even the largest disaster. We promise to be ready when you need us. Our equipment is always fueled, tested, loaded. We have on call staff 24 hours a day ant day of the year. We have a semi trailer loaded with our desiccant and a dedicated generator to run it at all times. This desiccant is a 5,000 cfm piece of equipment for dehumidification. We have air movers and large portable dehumidifiers for drying a structure. We have large air scrubbers and different ozone machines for removing odor. Every loss is managed by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. Our employees are trained residential and commercially for any size disaster. The semi trailer can hold enough machines for large scale scenarios. Our team is prepared to help mitigate any disaster. We have team members specifically named our “Disaster Recovery Team '' for the large losses. We have capabilities to mitigate any size disaster with access to all the necessary supplies. Call on SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville whenever storm damage strikes.
SERVPRO is Always Ready and Can Handle The Calls
When disaster happens you can depend on SERVPRO to have the resources you need. We don't tell our customers that call in that we are too busy. We are Ready For What Ever Happens!
Most people will luckily never have to experience a catastrophic storm. Be it a hurricane, tornado, flooding, wild fire, or a combination it can be really scary and knowing what to do next can be critical to saving your property. In 2018 there was the California wild fires that cost an estimated $24.5 Billion and hurricanes Florence and Michel that combined estimated over $40 Billion in damage. Here in Iowa we had the June 30th Event where our franchises took over 500 calls in central Iowa alone. The team at SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville was able to mobilize people, equipment, and all various resources efficiently to help homeowners and businesses get back to normal life. At SERVPRO we can activate our STORM teams all over the continuous United States. When they are not having storms in their area they are able to mobilize and help others. Pulling from over 1700 franchises we can handle anything that comes our way. At SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville we are here to help when you need it most. Give our office a call and we will dispatch the help needed. SERVPRO's around the country operate with the same professionalism, equipment, and trained staff. This army of many, The Green Team, rushes to disaster to help those who need it most.
Check Your Sump Pump to Prevent Storm Damage
When the rain pours do you check your sump pump?
If you answered no to this question here are some things to consider checking,
- Is there power to the sump pump? Check that it is plugged in and the breaker is not tripped.
- Is the float free of any debris and away from the side wall where it won’t work properly?
- Is the inlet free of any debris that could prevent it from pumping the water out?
- Does the pump work? An easy way to test this is by filling the pit with enough water to reach the float of the sump pump to trigger the pump.
- Another thing that you should check is where the sump pump drains. Ensure that it drains far enough from the foundation that the water doesn't leak right back in.
A proper working sump pump can save you considerable amounts of money after a significant rainfall event.
If damage does occur though SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville is here to help.
When Storm Damage Happens - How We Help
When storms roll through. SEVRPRO of Iowa City/ Coralville is ready to assist no matter how big or small the job we can handle the issue. Our trucks are always stocked and ready to go, allowing the ability to quickly dispatch one of our highly trained crews to arrive prepared to begin accessing the issue to provide the most efficient remedy.
When a large amount of businesses and homes have trouble we you know we can help and come through. With having access to call in a Storm Team if needed in order to expedite alleviation of storm damage. Storm Team is the network of partner SERVPRO franchises around the country. When we put the all call out for help those that are free bring additional resources and staff here to help. All SERVPRO's are trained to do the work the same way.
SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville understands the urgency of getting a property back into its pre-storm condition, with daily monitoring to make sure the process is working to its fullest capacity and we can get the lives of those affected back to normal as quickly as possible.
Prevent Storm Damage To Your Home - 5 Tips
SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville has these 5 tips to help prevent storm damage to your home or business.
- Clean the gutters as clogged and damaged gutters are what often what lead to roof leaks and foundation leaks. When your gutters are full of leaves and debris it prevents the water from draining down the down spout and away from the structure causing water to pool on the roof and around the foundation.
- Check your foundation. If you have cracks or large gaps in your foundation water could seep into your home or business during a heavy rainstorm causing water damage, water will find any source inside it can. Also check the grading around the property and make sure that the grade naturally drains the water away from the structure.
- Pack up all outdoor furniture and other light items. Often times outdoor furniture is made from light weight materials and in a strong wind guest can rip it up into the air and launch it into your or others home, business or vehicles causing significant damage.
- Know how to shut off your utilities. If storm damage happens you may need to shut off the utilities. It’s a good practice to locate all utility shut offs and know how they work before a storm hits. Make sure all parties that are on the property know where these items are and how to properly turn them off.
- Inspect your property for dead or damaged trees. In a storm trees can get knocked down or limbs are torn off. Call a licensed arborist for help with this inspection and solving the issue safely.
Storms - SERVPRO is Ready!
When most people think of the word storm, they think about thunder, lightning, high winds and heavy rain. SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville does monitor and prepare for these situations like any other, they are contained to a few months out of the year. The word "storm" means to SERVPRO it can happen any time, any where. We take pride in being ready. Our trucks and equipment are always loaded. We are always prepared for the next storm. When monitoring and preparing for a “storm” SERVPRO has to take into consideration any occurrence that is going to affect multiple homes or businesses in an area.
For example: when the temperatures drop below freezing in the winter for a period of time, homes & businesses have the risk of their water pipes freezing and busting leaving a mess. This is a storm event for us. Another great example of a “storm” situation that SERVPRO prepares for is Tornado season. In any situation, SERVPRO’s goal is to be prepared and ready to respond within minutes.
SERVPRO and the Red Cross
SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville and the Red Cross both are here to help when a storm has affected your home or business. It has made for a natural fit for us to work together to help people in their time of need. SERVPRO has volunteered on several occasions to help the Red Cross on a local level. We recently did the Sound the Alarm Campaign and also last fall did a Touch A Truck awareness event. The Sound the Alarm campaign is a program where individuals can have free smoke detectors installed in their homes. We both believe in prevention and awareness. When disaster strikes the Red Cross comes in and helps the individuals involved stabilize their life again and SERVPRO comes into aid with the structure and contents affected by the event. We are here to work together to protect peoples lives and lively hood.
Storm Damage Clean Up in Iowa City
If you have storm damage, we can clean it up. We are here to help and have 24/7 staff and equipment. If you have water damage from flash flooding, structural damage from high winds, or smoke damage from a lightening fire. We are here to help. Our trained staff are here to assess the situation and stabilize your structure for you. We can help you find the resources you need to quickly clean up any situation weather you have a large tree that has come down or a roof that needs repaired. We have business relationships with contractors and vendors that we partner with that are here to assist even with things we are not able to do ourselves. We are able to bring in large equipment if needed to solve any problem that you have. We are here to help be that resource for you in that time of need when a disaster happens. You can turn to SERVPRO and know that we are here to help. We know that your family and/or business are important to you and it is important to get things back to normal quickly. We work hard to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Rain Water Removal From Basement
This picture shows one form of extraction equipment we utilize.
Heavy rain fall can infiltrate a home or business very quickly. Most of the time it is a problem in the lower level or basement of a home or in a crawl space. Water can seep in under garage doors, around improperly sealed windows or through cracks in the cement foundation or walls. Water will always travel the least path of resistance.
If you find water where you don't want it and you don't know how to remove it we are here to help. SERVPRO has several different forms of extraction equipment and are here to help. It is very important to remove the water as soon as possible to prevent further wicking into the structure materials of the building. It can be difficult to remove with out the right equipment. This is where we come in. We will extract the standing water and then set drying equipment to remove moisture from the structure. Always remember to call right away when you see a problem for help. Water is something you want to clean up right away so further problems don't occur.
Storm Response Teams
SERVPRO has storm response teams. When a large natural disaster occurs and you think how can there even begin to be enough resources to clean it up, that is where SERVPRO comes in. We have strategically placed storm teams around the country and franchises partnered with those storm response teams to be able to mobilize and get boots on the ground and equipment to assist those affected by the natural disaster quickly. SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville is a responding franchise. As Iowa's Large Loss Response team we have the staff and equipment to respond to any size disaster and we work with these storm teams. This allows us if a disaster happens in Iowa we are ready to call in the resources to assist very quickly if it is a very large disaster and beyond something just our franchise can handle. Such as multiple buildings affected in a large area. You can know as a home owner or business owner that we are ready to help you get your property taken care of. Give us a call and let us worry about getting the resources to you. We are an independently owned franchise with the strong backing of over 1700 additional franchises across the county, storm team franchises, and a fantastic corporate office all to assist bringing in the resources to help our friends and neighbors. You can depend on us here at SERVPRO.
SERVPRO provides Storm Clean Up
The thing about a disaster is they are unexpected. Storm damage is even a larger disaster then a fire or water damage at a home or business because it is not just contained to one building. Storm damage is usually affecting multiple buildings, multiple residences, and/or multiple businesses. SERVPRO is ready to help. Our 24 hour, 7 day a week on call staff are trained and ready with equipment fully ready and waiting at our facilities to roll out the minute we get the call to help. We can secure a building after wind damage, remove debris from trees, we are able to extract water that has infiltrated areas that it is not supposed to be, or clean up a back up that has occurred from storm water. We provide services to both residential and commercial businesses and we have the resources to handle multiple calls all at once. We are here to help ease some of the stress that occurs when a disaster happens. Know that when you make the call to SERVPRO we are making it "Like it never even happened"
Emergency Preparedness Tips For Storms
Tornadoes and storms cause over 25 Million dollars in damage a year. It is a necessity to be prepared. Tips for being prepared for a storm, as you never know when one might hit, are below.
-Keep the gas level in your car above 1/4 of a tank.
-Record the dosages and names of medications you take and keep in a grab and go place, such as in your purse.
-Keep your purse or wallet in an easy to get to place and if you have to go to the basement in a storm take it with you.
-Test the batteries in your flash lights monthly like you do your batteries in your smoke detectors.
-Keep all emergency information in a safe place and make multiple copies.
-Have your insurance companies contact information saved in your cell phone including policy number and agents name.
-Keep electronics/phones charged at least above 20% so incase the power goes out you have a little reserve left.
These are a few items in the restoration industry we here of that people comment on that might have been helpful in a storm damage and they are the little things.
Board Up After Storm Damage
Board Up After Lightening Hit A House
When storm damage occurs we are here to help you maintain the safety of your home or business. We provide board up services. If your home or business is affected by wind damage, broken windows, tree damage, lightening damage, etc give SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville a call. We have the materials on hand to secure the building and prevent further damage to the structure or the contents until repairs can be made. We have staff on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We work with insurance companies and take photos before and after the board up process for documentation. It is vital to maintain the structure of a building so further damage does not occur after storm damage. We work hard every day to help our clients recover after a disaster and make it "Like it never even happened."
Disaster Preparedness for a Storm
With the fluctuations in weather, Iowa has been known to experience its fair share of severe weather and storms. Two elements that cause a thunderstorm are moisture and rapidly rising warm air, which is why severe thunderstorms occur most often in hot summer months. Thunderstorms produce lightening which can severely hurt people and damage property. Heavy rain can cause flash flooding and high winds can damage your home and blow down trees and utility poles. If you happen to get caught unprepared, storms can threaten both your property and your personal safety. Make a list of items to bring inside during a storm and ensure pets are safe and any outside housing is secured. Be sure to discuss a safety plan with your family including a safe place in your home away from windows and glass to gather during a storm. Have an emergency kit including water, non-perishable food, towels, garbage bags, and first aid kit supplies and remain indoors until after the storm has passed. After a storm you can contact your local SERVPRO 24hours a day to assist with any immediate board ups needed to protect your home.
Extreme Heat- How it can Affect you
We all know Iowa summers bring extreme heat! Extreme heat is caused by higher than normal temperature and humidity. Children, ages infant to four are at higher risk for heat related illnesses and need extra fluids compared to adults. Symptoms of heat related illness include faintness, exhaustion, nausea, muscle spasms, and fever. In the United States more than 600 people die every year due to extreme heat. During these heat waves it’s better to stay inside and stay cool if possible. Air conditioning is the highest protective measure against extreme heat illnesses. HYDRATION is also extremely important! Drink plenty of water and if you’re in prolonged heat it’s good to utilize sports drinks to replenish your body with electrolytes. If you must be outdoors you should also avoid strenuous activities, wear lightweight light colored clothing, and take breaks in the shade or a cool environment.
Weather Radio - Everyone Should Have
Everyone should have a weather radio. A weather radio keeps you informed of inclement weather. Early warning is your best plan to prevent damage or death from a storm. Storms can change direction, grow in intensity, and change people's lives in a second if they are not informed promptly. The nice thing about weather radios are that when an update comes out from the National Weather Service they immediately alert you. You only get the information that you request based off the programming of your weather radio. When purchasing a weather radio make sure you get one that runs off batteries and a/c power. Make sure you check the batteries once a month and make sure that you change them once a year. In the event of a power loss you want to be informed. Yes they are loud and will wake you up when you are sleeping but if there is a bad storm heading your direction keep your family safe by waking up to your weather radio.
Have A Safe Place
When a storm is approaching always have that safe place. Always forward think. Take the time even when you are driving down the road where is my safe place if inclement weather would approach. Have that safe place at home. Make sure everyone in your house knows where that place is. It will make the situation go smoother in the event something were to happen. Control the situation as much as you can. Does your family know where to go in the event of a disaster? Make a plan now it will help if something were to happen. If you are using a neighbors house, a place down the street or another family member across town just have a plan and make sure everyone knows what the plan is. Have a plan for a storm, have a plan for a fire, have a plan for a medical emergency.
Be Ready For The Storm
You know storms are going to happen. Rather it be snow, rain, wind, etc. They are going to happen. To be prepared is a must. The following list is what is recommended at a minimum to be ready in the event of a storm.
- Flash Light
- Extra Batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Canned Food
- Manual Can Opener
- Bottled Water
- Fire Extinguisher
- Battery Powered Weather Radio
Being prepared will help keep panic at a minimum. These items kept in a safe place where you go in the event of a storm for easy access is also necessary. Keep where you go in the basement or in possibly a bathroom closet if your home or business does not have a basement. Pick food items and bottled water that have long shelf lives. Make sure to test your batteries every month or so in your devices.
SERVPRO has its own Meteorologist
SERVPRO's corporate office maintains and has on staff our very own SERVPRO Meteorologist. She helps our franchises with Storm forecasts and alerts so that we are ready and informed. Storm alerts are vital she says because she has witnessed and experienced storm chasing. She went out and chased storms and felt the power of super cells building in the Midwest. She knows the power of weather and why it is so important to be informed and ready in our industry. Her being a part of our team is a vital key as she helps us know where and when we need to activate our teams to different areas to help out those affected by the storm. Being knowledgeable about the weather which is such a key factor in our industry empowers us to be ready for you.