Recent Storm Damage Posts

Has a Storm Wreaked Havoc on Your Lyndhurst Home?

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

fallen tree When a storm occurs, that usually means there will be high winds, rain, and possibly lightning.

When a storm occurs, that usually means there will be high winds, rain, and possibly lightning. Each of these elements can cause possible damage to the exterior and interior of your home. Of course, these occurrences are never hoped for, but it is our desire at SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike to help prepare you for before and after a storm hits. Below are some tips for you to be best prepared for a storm.

How to Prepare for a Storm:

  • Board Up Windows - By boarding up windows, you can ensure that your windows will not be damaged by outside elements.
  • Secure Outdoor Belongings - By securing down items such as a swing set, trashcans, toys, and more, you are preventing damage to the exterior of your home.
  • Put Together an Emergency Kit - Put together a kit with food, a flashlight, games, batteries, and more to be best prepared.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water, restoration, and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

How to Recover After a Storm in Cleveland

3/12/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning Thunderstorm season is coming with Spring right around the corner. It's time to begin discussing the possibilities of what could happen after a storm.

Thunderstorm season is coming with Spring right around the corner. It is time to begin discussing the possibilities of what could happen after a storm, and how to take care of your home afterwards.

Here are a few Tips to help you manage the clean up after a storm:

  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  • Stay away from downed power lines. If you feel a downed line presents danger, call 911 first.
  • Take photos. Document any damage by taking photos from many different angles before you start any clean up or repair.
  • Talk to your neighbors. If several people on your street need to have trees removed, you may be able to save a little money by using the same contractors.
  • Assess your emergency funds. If you have been saving money in your emergency fund, this may be the time to withdraw the savings to prevent any additional debt.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water, restoration, and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

Prepare for Spring Weather in Mayfield Heights

2/13/2022 (Permalink)

The top of an umbrella and a lot of rain. Spring weather can be unpredictable. When severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury increases, so planning makes sense.

Spring weather can be unpredictable. When severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury increases, so planning makes sense. Prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will.

How to Be Prepared for Spring Weather

Here are ways to be prepared for a spring storm from the CDC:

  • A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both
  • An emergency evacuation or shelter plan, including a map of your home and, for every type of severe weather emergency, routes to safety from each room
  • A list of important personal information, including:
    • telephone numbers of neighbors, family, and friends
    • insurance and property information
    • telephone numbers of utility companies
    • medical information
  • According to the American Red Cross a first aid kit
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

Beware of Cold Water in Pepper Pike

2/5/2022 (Permalink)

A cold pond Plunging into cold water of any temperature becomes dangerous if you aren’t prepared for what the sudden exposure can do to your body and brain.

Winter storms can bring in much snow, ice, and cold weather. After the storm subsides and spring starts to arrive. You may begin to think that the water in lakes or ponds are safe to enter. However, water that may seem warm, can be very cold and be very detrimental to your body. Do your best to stay dry and check with weather channels for safety.

What is Cold Water

According to Weather.gov, fifty-five-degree water may not sound very cold, but it can be deadly. Plunging into cold water of any temperature becomes dangerous if you aren’t prepared for what the sudden exposure can do to your body and brain. Warm air temperatures can create a false sense of security for boaters and beach goers, so if you are planning to be on or near the water, arrive knowing the conditions and how to protect yourself. Cold water drains body heat up to 4 times faster than cold air.

When your body hits cold water, “cold shock” can cause dramatic changes in breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. When Cold Shock and Hypothermia begin to impact your ability to think and act, lifejackets and floatation can create extra time for help to arrive or for you to get out of danger. Even the most experienced cold-water surfers, swimmers or boaters know to prepare for the conditions.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

Familiar Winter Storms in Pepper Pike

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Icy window How can you tell a winter storm is about to roll in? Typically, the air will be very cold and there could very well be high winds.

How can you tell a winter storm is about to roll in? Typically, the air will be very cold and there could very well be high winds. The most accurate way to tell if a storm is heading your way is to check the news. With equipment to check the radar, the news has a much more accurate gauge of what a storm is going to look like.

How to Prepare for Incoming Storms

According to the CDC, below are some ways you can prepare for a winter storm.

?      Weatherproof your home.
?      Have your chimney or flue inspected each year.
?      Install a smoke detector and a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector.
?      Create an emergency car kit.
?      Bring your pets indoors.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (216) 932-4498 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike: Large Loss Response Team

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

Fallen tree branch on a road with rain When you are dealing with a storm, flood, or other disaster, immediate action is crucial.

When you are dealing with a storm, flood, or other disaster, immediate action is crucial. No job is too large for the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, and SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Whether you’re dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard, or flood, we have a network of strategically placed storm teams on standby. We are always prepared for the unpredictable, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce costs.

The highly trained storm damage specialists at SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike use advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques to get your property back to pre-storm condition. Should a disaster strike near you, or if you have any questions about our storm response services, give SERVPRO of South Euclid / Lyndhurst / Pepper Pike a call at 216-932-4498 a call or visit our Website.

Hailstorms!

1/21/2019 (Permalink)

Ensure proper coverage before a major event; know who you are dealing with after a storm hits.

When it comes to natural disasters, Mother Nature can be unpredictable.  Knowing you have the proper insurance coverage beforehand and knowing whom to deal with to handle repairs in the aftermath can help protect your property and your finances. 

Hail can quickly damage your home and or vehicle. For autos, comprehensive coverage may be necessary to safeguard your vehicle; however, a basic liability policy may not provide adequate coverage. When it comes to your home, hail damage can be covered by a standard homeowner's policy, but coverage can be affected by factors such as where you live and the type of policy you have purchased.

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike recommend the following tips to avoid becoming a victim of insurance fraud should you experience damage during a hail storm, or any storm that causes damage.

  1. Be wary of door-to-door solicitors
  2. Make sure contractors are licensed
  3. Read all documents before signing anything
  4. Keep copies of all documents signed
  5. Be leery of contractors trying to provide "advice" about insurance coverage

Insurance industry statistics estimate hail damage to exceed $1 billion annually in the U.S., mostly to roofs and cars. Understand the risks of where you reside and the types of catastrophe coverage available. 

What is Lake Effect Snow?

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

If you live in the Northeast Ohio area or anywhere along the great lakes, then the words “lake effect snow” are very familiar to you.

According to Weatherology.com Lake effect snow is something everyone has heard mentioned at one time or another, but this phenomenon is rarely explained in detail. Oftentimes, the furthest explanation that is given is that cold air is blowing over the lake, resulting in some heavy snows. This description just scratches the surface of what needs to happen for lake effect snow to occur. Let's dig into the science behind lake effect snow, who gets the most, and what ingredients need to come together for any sort of lake effect snow event to occur.

Lake effect snow will only occur when there is a large enough difference between the cold air blowing over the lake and the surface water temperatures that are present in the lake. When the temperature between these two variables is 13 degrees celcius or greater, lake effect snow is possible. When this temperature difference occurs, the lakes essentially act like boiling pots of water as steam can often times be seen rising out of the lake. These clouds of steam are the first step in the production of lake effect snow. The greater the temperature difference is between the water and the cold air aloft, the larger the amount of moisture is that rises into the atmosphere. https://weatherology.com/articles/191/What+is+Lake+Effect+Snow%3F.html

The Great Lakes create unique weather patterns. One of those weather patterns is lake effect snow. Lake effect snowstorms occur in only three places in the world: the Great Lakes, the east shore of Hudson Bay and along the west coasts of the Japanese islands of Honshu and Hokkaido. While people in the snow belt regions have learned to adapt, living near the lakes and experiencing lake effect snow still affects the economy and culture in significant ways. For example, winter sports like skiing and snowmobiling are major industries in some snow areas. This lesson explores how the Great Lakes influence lake effect snow, other factors that contribute to it and ways of reading weather conditions to forecast lake effect storms.  http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu

Wikipedia states Lake-effect snow is produced during cooler atmospheric conditions when a cold air mass moves across long expanses of warmer lake water, warming the lower layer of air which picks up water vapor from the lake, rises up through the colder air above, freezes and is deposited on the leeward shores.

January Weather in Cleveland, Ohio

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

January is just getting started and if you live in the Cleveland, Ohio area you have already had rain, severe thunderstorms, freezing rain and snow so far.

According to The American Red Cross, water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the strength of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Water sprinkler lines, pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs and swimming pool supply lines
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation.

Whether it is the warm temperatures that bring on the rains that flood your home or business or the cold temperatures freezing and breaking your water pipes, remember, SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is always here to help.  Please call us @ 216-464-4498 if you have such an emergency and our team of trained professionals will come to your home or business and restore your structure “Like it never even happened.”

Listen To Your Parents

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Have your parents or grandparents ever told  you not to shower or bathe during a lighting storm?  I know mine have.  As bizarre as it may sound, they were right. 

The claim that taking a shower during a lightning storm can electrocute you is no old wives' tale, experts say.  The National Weather Service urges the public to avoid hopping in the shower during a lightning storm in the event that a bolt strikes one of your home's water pipes and electrifies your bathroom. 

According to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an average of 80 people every year are killed by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured.  Many times these injuries are due to misinformation.

Call SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike @ 216-464-4498 if your home is damaged by lighting.  Our technicians will access the damages and act accordingly.

Storm Watch or Storm Warning?

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Whether it be rain or snow, it is important to know what is happening around your local area.  We often hear the meteorologist say things like, “severe weather warning” or “severe weather watch”.  It is just as important to know the difference between the two.  A weather warning is issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center) and means that there is a potential for the development of a storm.  A weather watch means there is a severe storm in progress and can be seen on radar.

No matter what type of storm, SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is ready to help.  We have certified technicians that you can trust to help you through a difficult time.  Please call SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike @ 216-464-4498.

Make Sure Your Home is Storm Ready

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

We need to be ready for springtime storms in the area. We watch the news, but harsh weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage.

It’s a great idea to conduct an inspection of your home and grounds before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause major problems during heavy rainfall and intense winds. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly? When is the last time you took a good look at your roof?

Loose shutters and unstable large trees and bushes can present a real problem in high winds. It’s best to trim back trees and bushes with large, heavy branches that are not in good condition so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.

Many homes in older cities have drainage ditches or creeks on the property. Take time to inspect these areas and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch or creek bed can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm. Do you know what to do in the event of a flood? Read more at the link below for flood information and safety tips:

http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov/FloodInformation_SprSum.aspx

In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone you care about in case of a weather emergency? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, others will worry, so keeping those lines of communication open can keep everyone safe and worry-free.

The SERVPRO team of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is here to help in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at (216) 464-4498; we’re here to help!

Lake Effect Snow Information for Pepper Pike, Ohio

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

“Lake effect snow is common across the Great Lakes region during the late fall and winter. Lake Effect snow occurs when cold air, often originating from Canada, moves across the open waters of the Great Lakes. As the cold air passes over the unfrozen and relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, warmth and moisture are transferred into the lowest portion of the atmosphere. The air rises, clouds form and grow into narrow band that produces 2 to 3 inches of snow per hour or more.

Wind direction is a key component in determining which areas will receive lake effect snow. Heavy snow may be falling in one location, while the sun may be shining just a mile or two away in either direction. The physical geography of the land and water is also important. National Weather Service meteorologists consider these factors as well as others when forecasting lake effect snow..”

The following was copied directly from the following online article to get you started reading about winter weather safety.  Click this link to read more:http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/lake_effect_snow.shtml

SERVPRO of South Euclid/ Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help! 

What Is A Sump Pump?

12/30/2017 (Permalink)

"Some homes with basements or crawl spaces are protected from ground water damage by a network of drainage tubes around the foundation. These direct water into a shallow pit, or sump, where a sump pump pushes the water out and away from the house through a discharge pipe.

Sump pumps work automatically each time water fills the sump, making them easy to forget about. Don’t. A damaged or broken pump can quickly allow water to overflow the sump and damage your basement." Read more on the Lowes site for types of sump pumps and more!

Source: https://www.lowes.com/projects/repair-and-maintain/backup-sump-pump-bg/project

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike is available 24/7 if you need us to clean up from a sump pump failure.

Winter Storm Clean Up in Pepper Pike Ohio

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather. 

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Outdoor pipes most likely to freeze include:

  • Outdoor hose bibs
  • Swimming pool supply lines
  • Water sprinkler lines

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

https://www.SERVPRO.com/winter-storm-cleanup

Hurricane Relief Efforts

12/17/2017 (Permalink)

There were many families who were affected by the storm throughout the Gulf Coast. Although it will take years before all the cities and towns are back to normal, SERVPRO is always here to help with all storm damages.

In the surrounding areas of Houston and Port Aransas were among the areas with the greatest amount of storm damages. SERVPRO Storm Teams have many years of experience in storm damage cleanup. 

The families who were effected by the storm were left with water in their homes and forced to leave. With our outstanding services and experience we were able to restore the families homes much quicker.

Our professionals here at SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike Heights are here 24/7 to serve all your needs. 216-464-4498

Driving In A Snow Storm

11/19/2017 (Permalink)

We wanted to remind everyone some basic tips about driving in the snow.

  • “Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors."

For more information, please continue reading at: http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/winter-driving-tips/#.WE66v4WcFPY

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike 216-464-4498

How to prepare for storms

9/9/2017 (Permalink)

There is a ton of talk right now with Hurricane Irma and September is also preparedness month. So our blogs will focus on things you can to do prepare for a hurricane or any type of large storm that can effect you (since we are in NE Ohio not a lot of hurricane threats). 

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Start with an easy to carry, watertight container – a large, plastic trash can will do, or you can line a sturdy cardboard box with a couple of trash bags. Next, gather the following items and place them in your kit:

  • Water: 1 gallon per person per day. Fill plastic containers, such as soft-drink bottles.
  • Water purification kit or bleach (use eight drops of regular bleach per gallon of water.
  • Essential medications
  • First-aid book and kit that includes:

- 20 emergency bandages of various sizes
- One 5 x 9 sterile dressing
- One roll of self-adhering elastic bandage
- Four various-sized sterile gauze pads
- One roll of 3-inch cohesive bandage
- Waterless alcohol-based sanitizer and wipes
- Medical grade non-latex gloves
- Adhesive tape, 2-inch width
- Anti-bacterial ointment
- Cold pack
- Small scissors
- Tweezers
- CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
- Non-prescription drugs (e.g., aspirin or non-aspirin pain relievers)"

For more information visit: http://www.wral.com/food-and-supplies-checklist-for-storm-preparation/3283070/

Hurricane Harvey

8/27/2017 (Permalink)

Although we are not in Texas our thoughts are with those effected by the Hurricane. 

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Houston is being inundated with "unprecedented" devastating flooding after ferocious Hurricane Harvey set in over southeast Texas this weekend, dumping torrential rain on the city, with no end in sight.

ABC News meteorologists are forecasting historic rainfall totals up to 50 inches by Wednesday.

Heavy rain bands are expected to continue to move in over Houston overnight, which will continue the catastrophic and life-threatening flash-flood emergency in the area.

The flooding comes after the hurricane left at least three people dead after it bashed the Texas coast. Buildings and parts of communities are submerged and, in Houston, there were more than 1,000 calls for rescues and people were forced to their rooftops."

For continuing coverage on the Hurricane in Texas visit: http://abcnews.go.com/US/harvey-unprecedented-flooding-experienced-inundates-houston-area-kills/story?id=49432077

Wind damage

8/12/2017 (Permalink)

“What are damaging winds?

Damaging winds are often called “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage they cause from tornado damage. Strong thunderstorm winds can come from a number of different processes. Most thunderstorm winds that cause damage at the ground are a result of outflow generated by a thunderstorm downdraft. Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50-60 mph.

Are damaging winds really a big deal?

Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than damage from tornadoes. Wind speeds can reach up to 100 mph and can produce a damage path extending for hundreds of miles.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/wind/

Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help!

Tips for power outages

8/5/2017 (Permalink)

The following was copied by SERVPRO of South Euclid directly from: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/help/outages/what_to_do_if_youlosepower/other_steps_duringanoutage.html

 ·         “To safeguard your equipment and appliances - and to ease the initial load when power is restored - turn off or unplug televisions, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, computers, and appliances that use electric motors such as refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners, until power is restored. Leave an incandescent light on so you know when the power comes back on.

·         Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. These appliances are well insulated, so food will keep for hours if opening the door is kept to a minimum.

·         Use a flashlight or battery-powered lantern for light. Use care when burning candles; open flames are a dangerous fire hazard.

·         During cold weather, keep warm safely. Put on extra clothes or wrap up in blankets. DON'T rely on gas stoves, charcoal grills or other open-flame heat sources. Deadly carbon monoxide gas - which is odorless and invisible - may build up in your home without you realizing it.

To report an outage:

  • First check your circuit breakers or fuses.
  • If no breaker is tripped or fuse is blown, the problem may be in the connection between our wires and your home. Report your outage using one of the following methods:
  • Call our toll-free, 24-hour Outage Reporting Line, 1-888-LIGHTSS
    (1-888-544-4877), or
  • Report your outage online, or 
  • Report your outage via text message.
    Text REG to 544487 (LIGHTS) to get started.

Backup generators can provide an emergency power supply, enabling you to keep important equipment running during a power outage. It’s important to make sure generators are properly installed and operated to prevent health and safety risks for you”

SERVPRO of South Euclid/Lyndhurst/Pepper Pike 216-464-4498...Here to help! 

Lightning Safety

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

This time of year brings warm weather and THUNDERSTORMS. If you can hear thunder you are in close enough proximity to be struck by lightning. While many people know the basics of lightning safety such as getting out of pools, tubs, and avoiding water…there are ways to keep your home and electronics protected. 

“Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers and televisions, to prevent damage from surges caused by lightning strikes

Surge Protection can help prevent damages to your electronics. There are two types of surge protection:

Point-of-Use Surge Protection

Protects only the items that are directly plugged into the device from most electrical surges

“Whole Home” Surge Protection

Located at your main electrical panel or base of the electric meter, this device provides protection for your entire electrical system”

For more information on how to keep safe during thunderstorms visit: http://www.esfi.org/resource/lightning-safety-safety-enlightenment-518?gclid=CjwKEAjwqIfLBRCk6vH_rJq7yD0SJACG18fraRWiW6THbMeS20digrvitm9XtuwSlOQ1X8aFbBe27hoCUtzw_wcB#sthash.avOma7eG.j9Hvgzp8.dpbs

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Stay Safe During A Tornado

7/4/2017 (Permalink)

“A tornado is a violently rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm down to the ground. Tornadoes are capable of completely destroying well-made structures, uprooting trees, and hurling objects through the air like deadly missiles. Tornadoes can occur at any time of day or night and at any time of the year. Although tornadoes are most common in the Central Plains and the southeastern United States, they have been reported in all 50 states."

"This website is designed to teach you how to stay safe when a tornado threatens. If you know what to do before, during and after a tornado, you will minimize your risk of injury and increase your chances of survival. You'll also find links to research, past events other topics of interest as well as downloadable safety handouts about thunderstorms, lightning, and tornadoes.” Click on this link to continue: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/tornado/

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498….here to help! 

Tips For Getting Through A Power Outage

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

“When severe weather knocks out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses, utility crews work around the clock to restore service. But somebody is always going to be the last one to get plugged back in...and it could be you.

If you’re already waiting around for the power to come back on, it’s too late to do prep like charging batteries or buying a generator. But there are some things you can do right now to protect your home and family…and maybe even reclaim some creature comforts.

Is this an emergency? -  Assess whether the outage is creating a threat or just an inconvenience. Are there wires down on your property? Are you unable to get in or out of your home? Is there someone inside with a medical condition?” For more information, please continue reading at: http://nhpr.org/post/10-tips-surviving-extended-power-outage#stream/0

SERVPRO of South Euclid, Lyndhurst, and Pepper Pike at 216-464-4498

Lake Effect Snow Information

2/6/2017 (Permalink)

The following was copied directly from the following online article to get you started reading about winter weather safety.  Click this link to read more: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/lake_effect_snow.shtml

“Lake effect snow is common across the Great Lakes region during the late fall and winter. Lake Effect snow occurs when cold air, often originating from Canada, moves across the open waters of the Great Lakes. As the cold air passes over the unfrozen and relatively warm waters of the Great Lakes, warmth and moisture are transferred into the lowest portion of the atmosphere. The air rises, clouds form and grow into narrow band that produces 2 to 3 inches of snow per hour or more.

Wind direction is a key component in determining which areas will receive lake effect snow. Heavy snow may be falling in one location, while the sun may be shining just a mile or two away in either direction. The physical geography of the land and water is also important. National Weather Service meteorologists consider these factors as well as others when forecasting lake effect snow.”

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How Is Types Of Precipitation Detected?

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

We wanted to know how precipitation was detected.  So we went to this website http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/research/winter/ to find out.  This is just a part of the online article to get you started reading.  Please click the link to read more information.

"Detecting and forecasting different types of winter precipitation (freezing rain, sleet, snow, and rain) is difficult. We are developing an algorithm—the Winter Hydrometeor Classification Algorithm (HCA)— that uses radar data to sort winter precipitation into categories. The winter HCA combines polarimetric radar data with thermodynamic output from numerical models to produce a surface-based winter precipitation type. This will help the forecaster quickly assess the precipitation event and better forecast how much will fall." 

 

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Snow Information-Cleveland Ohio

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

  • Snow Flurries. Light snow falling for short durations. No accumulation or light dusting is all that is expected.
  • Snow Showers. Snow falling at varying intensities for brief periods of time. Some accumulation is possible.
  • Snow Squalls. Brief, intense snow showers accompanied by strong, gusty winds. Accumulation may be significant. Snow squalls are best known in the Great Lakes Region.
  • Blowing Snow. Wind-driven snow that reduces visibility and causes significant drifting. Blowing snow may be snow that is falling and/or loose snow on the ground picked up by the wind.
  • Blizzards. Winds over 35mph with snow and blowing snow, reducing visibility to 1/4 mile or less for at least 3 hours.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/types/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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Winter Precipitation

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Most precipitation that forms in wintertime clouds starts out as snow because the top layer of the storm is usually cold enough to create snowflakes. Snowflakes are just collections of ice crystals that cling to each other as they fall toward the ground. Precipitation continues to fall as snow when the temperature remains at or below 0 degrees Celsius from the cloud base to the ground.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/types/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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How do winter storms form?

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

“Just like any other storm at other times of the year, the right combination of ingredients is necessary for a winter storm to develop.

Three basic ingredients are necessary to make a winter storm:

  • Cold air. Below freezing temperatures in the clouds and near the ground are necessary to make snow and/or ice.
  • Lift. Something to raise the moist air to form the clouds and cause precipitation. An example of lift is warm air colliding with cold air and being forced to rise over the cold dome. The boundary between the warm and cold air masses is called a front. Another example of lift is air flowing up a mountainside.
  • Moisture. To form clouds and precipitation. Air blowing across a body of water, such as a large lake or the ocean, is an excellent source of moisture."

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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School Snow Days

11/21/2016 (Permalink)

According to https://weather.com/safety/winter/news/snow-day-factors-map#/1 , “Though amount of snowfall is a factor, when that snow falls is hugely influential. If snow is still falling the morning of school, there's a better chance it will be called off. But if the snowfall ends by 8 p.m., you're probably going to have school the next day. This is because snow that stops falling sooner is more likely to be plowed – or melt away, if it's not too cold.” 

Please click above to continue reading more about what it takes to cancel school due to the snow.

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Will Insurance Cover A Fallen Tree?

11/15/2016 (Permalink)

According to The Insurance Information InstituteIf a tree falls and hits your house, are you covered? The short answer is, yes. The coverage is quite straightforward: if a tree hits a home or other insured structure, such as a detached garage, standard homeowners insurance policies provide coverage for the damage the tree does to the structure and the contents in it. This includes trees felled by wind, lightning or hail.

It does not matter whether or not you own the tree; if it lands on your home, you can file a claim with your insurance company. After a hurricane or windstorm, trees, shrubs and branches can become projectiles capable of traveling significant distances and can cause considerable damage to property. In most cases, an insurance company is not going to spend time trying to figure out where a tree or other item originally came from.”  Please click this link to continue reading the online article: http://www.iii.org/article/trees-and-insurance

 

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Are you ready for winter in Cleveland, Ohio?

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

Are you ready for winter in Cleveland, Ohio?  Here are a few tips (Please click on the link to read all the tips provided in the online article) copied directly from https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather

  “Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:

  • Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
  • Sand to improve traction.
  • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
  • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
  • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.”

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Lightning Facts

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

“Lightning is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere between clouds, the air, or the ground. In the early stages of development, air acts as an insulator between the positive and negative charges in the cloud and between the cloud and the ground. When the opposite charges builds up enough, this insulating capacity of the air breaks down and there is a rapid discharge of electricity that we know as lightning. The flash of lightning temporarily equalizes the charged regions in the atmosphere until the opposite charges build up again. 
Lightning can occur between opposite charges within the thunderstorm cloud (intra-cloud lightning) or between opposite charges in the cloud and on the ground (cloud-to-ground lightning).
Lightning is one of the oldest observed natural phenomena on earth. It can be seen in volcanic eruptions, extremely intense forest fires, surface nuclear detonations, heavy snowstorms, in large hurricanes, and obviously, thunderstorms.”

Source: http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/lightning/  Please click the link to continue reading the online article.

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After a Flood or Disaster

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

When returning to your home after a hurricane or flood, be aware that flood water may contain sewage. Protect yourself and your family by following these steps:

Inside the Home

  • Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
  • Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
  • Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as, mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and most paper products).
  • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters.
  • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.”

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/cleanupwater.html

Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

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Home Floods-Reentering After

9/20/2016 (Permalink)

When returning to a home that’s been flooded after natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, be aware that your house may be contaminated with mold or sewage, which can cause health risks for your family.

When You First Reenter Your Home

  • If you have standing water in your home and can turn off the main power from a dry location, then go ahead and turn off the power, even if it delays cleaning. If you must enter standing water to access the main power switch, then call an electrician to turn it off. NEVER turn power on or off yourself or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water.
  • Have an electrician check the house’s electrical system before turning the power on again.
  • If the house has been closed up for several days, enter briefly to open doors and windows to let the house air out for awhile (at least 30 minutes) before you stay for any length of time.
  • If your home has been flooded and has been closed up for several days, presume your home has been contaminated with mold.” 

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/mold/reenter.html

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Be Prepared-Communication Plan

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

“You and your loved ones may not be together when a disaster hits. Make a plan for how you will connect to each other. Start by taking the following steps:

  • Complete a contact cardfor each family member. Everyone should keep these cards with them at all times.
  • Choose an emergency contact.Memorize the phone number if you can. A friend or relative who lives out of town might be easier to reach in an emergency. During an emergency, family members can text or call this person to let them know that they are safe.
  • Make sure all your family members know how to text.Make sure everyone knows how to turn on a cell phone, find the text messaging app, type a message, and send it to a contact.
  • Know emergency telephone numbers.Keep them in your cell phone and post them near your home phones. Some good numbers to have are your emergency contact, the fire department, police station, and hospital near you.”

 Source: https://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/plan/

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National Preparedness Month-Debris Flow (Landslides)

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

“Landslides occur in all U.S. states and territories and can be caused by a variety of things including earthquakes, storms, volcanic eruptions, fire, and even construction. They are more common in mountain, canyon and coastal regions.” (Source: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/fa6b5d7e2ba787033672ad1afeb04bbb/FEMA_FS_landslides_508.pdf).

This is just part of the information on the FEMA fact sheet.  Please click the link above to learn more to become ready and prepared.  Your local communities are also a great source of information so call you city hall or go online today.

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Shelf Clouds

9/9/2016 (Permalink)

“The National Weather Service has a great description. Shelf clouds are typically seen at the leading edge of a thunderstorm or squall line of thunderstorms. Remember, shelf clouds are not tornadoes or wall clouds. These are formed when rain-chilled air descends in a thunderstorm's downdraft, then spreads laterally when reaching Earth's surface. Warmer, more moist air is lifted at the leading edge, or gust front, of this rain-cooled air. When this warm, moist air condenses, you see the shelf cloud. 

Normally, you will feel a burst of cooler wind followed by rain and maybe hail. The higher gusts occur on the back edge which can cause downed trees and power outages. So when the next storm develops, look for the Arcus Cloud. Remember that tornadoes normally don't accompany these cloud formations just gusty winds, rain/hail then the highest winds toward the back end.”  (Source: http://sabolscience.blogspot.com/ .  Please click on the link to read the entire online article written by Scott Sabol).

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Water Timeline

9/5/2016 (Permalink)

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

 Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

 48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

 More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

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What is a flood?

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

According to http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/ , “Flooding is an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods can happen during heavy rains, when ocean waves come on shore, when snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. They can occur quickly or over a long period and may last days, weeks, or longer. Floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters.” 

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Recovery and Claim Filling Checklist

9/1/2016 (Permalink)

After a disaster everyone is in shock, overwhelmed and not sure what to do.  We found a checklist that offers great ideas.  Click on the link to read the entire checklist as we provided just an example to the list: Source https://www.insurance.ohio.gov/Consumer/Publications/Wind-Tornado-Rain-Hail_Insert.pdf

  • “Know Your Policy: Understand what is covered and your deductible.
  • Immediately Document Losses: Document your losses to provide your insurance company. Take photos and/or video.
  • Consider Making Temporary Repairs: Take reasonable steps to avoid further harm to your home or belongings, but do not put yourself in danger. Call a professional.”

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Flood Detection

8/29/2016 (Permalink)

According to http://nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/detection/,Flash floods tend to be associated with many types of storms, all capable of producing excessive rainfall amounts over a particular area, so detection remains a challenge. Sometimes a flash flood threat is overshadowed by other severe weather events happening at the same time. The main tools used to detect heavy rainfall associated with flash floods are satellite, lightning observing systems, radar, and rain gauges.” 

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When Lighting Strikes

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Did you know you could be struck by lightning while in your home?  According to the following website article it is a possibility.  We have copied some of the article to get you started reading but you need to click the link to read the entire article: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/lightning/safetytips.html

Even though your home is a safe shelter during a lightning storm, you may still be at risk. About one-third of lightning-strike injuries occur indoors. Here are some tips to keep safe and reduce your risk of being struck by lightning while indoors.

·         Avoid water
Do NOT bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.

·         Avoid electronic equipment
Do NOT use your computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.”

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When To Return To Your Home After A Storm

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Remember safety first!  “Electrical power and natural gas or propane tanks should be shut off to avoid fire, electrocution, or explosions. Try to return to your home during the daytime so that you do not have to use any lights. Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, gas lanterns, or torches. If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows, and leave the house immediately. Notify the gas company or the police or fire departments or State Fire Marshal's office, and do not turn on the lights or do anything that could cause a spark. Do not return to the house until you are told it is safe to do so.

Your electrical system may also be damaged. If you see frayed wiring or sparks, or if there is an odor of something burning but no visible fire, you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the circuit breaker.

Avoid any downed power lines, particularly those in water. Avoid wading in standing water, which also may contain glass or metal fragments.”  (Source: http://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/after.html  Please click the link to continue reading as this is a small portion of the online article).

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