Recent Storm Damage Posts

Trim Trees to Prevent Storm Damage

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Tree on home's roof Tree hits your home? Get it off quick to prevent further damage from wind and rain. Call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South.

Each year, thunderstorms alone cause approximately $15 billion in property damage. Summer and spring seasons are the most vulnerable to these destructive and frightening storms.

There are several ways to prepare your property for the summer.

  1. Always have an emergency kit with these items that you probably already have in your house: flashlight, battery powered weather radio, extra batteries to fit each electronic, non-perishable foods, lots of bottled water, can opener, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, blankets, extra clothes, sturdy shoes or boots, clock or watch, whistle to signal for help, and any important personal items and documents.
  2. Know the safest structure of your home to go to during a severe storm such as a basement, underground cellar, or even the most inner part of your home away from windows.
  3. Get routine maintenance on your roof and the foundation. Cracks in the roof are the number one leading cause to flooding damage.
  4. Cut down any unwanted trees or limbs and get your trees trimmed before summer storm season. Trees and branches can fall on your property and damage the siding, windows, and roof.
  5. Contact your insurance company to be more familiar with your policy. Most home insurers do not cover flooding damage.
  6. Keep all expensive and favored possessions off the floor and away from low ground in case of flooding.
  7. Keep all patio furniture, grills, etc in doors before a summer storm hits. Do not forget to part your vehicles in the garage.
  8. Finally, take those summer storm warnings and alerts seriously, especially tornado warnings. Tornadoes can lead to total property loss and even death.

Call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South at 440-237-0077.

Storm Ready Cuyahoga?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Roof Tarped after damaged Storm Damage? We are here 24/7 to make it "Like it never even happened."

Thunderstorms occur year-round but they are more common during the spring and summer months, and on average they typically last 30 minutes.

According to the National Weather Service Storm Data, there are an average of 43 lightning fatalities per year

Do you know the difference between a storm watch and a storm warning?

  • watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area. It only means that it is possible for a thunderstorm to occur.
  • warning means severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent in the warning area.

BE PREPARED

  • Check the forecast often to see if you are in the storm path
  • Sign up for phone notifications
  • Build an emergency kit
  • Make a family communication plan
  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors
  • Unplug electronic equipment before the storm hits

If your home or business has sustained damages, call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South at 440-237-0077.

Snow and Cold Bring Frozen Pipes

1/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck in front of house Day or Night SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South will be there if you have damage from Broken Pipes.

Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous?

Frozen pipes are a problem for a couple of reasons. They can create an inconvenience but, more seriously, can cause major damage to your property.

  • Lack of Running Water– The most obvious danger of a frozen pipe is the inability to access running water. This can interfere with your tenant’s ability to do everyday tasks such as washing the dishes or taking a shower. It is a landlord’s responsibility to make sure his or her tenants have running water.
  • Potential to Burst- The second problem that can occur when a pipe freezes is that the pipe actually bursts. Once the actual water in the pipe freezes, pressure is created between the closed faucet and the blockage that can build up to a point that causes the pipe to explode. If the pipe bursts outside, this could also create dangerous slippery conditions while the temperatures are below freezing.

 Signs of Frozen Pipes

  • The Temperature Is Right- Pipes cannot freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do so. Water does not freeze when it is 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and neither do pipes. When the temperature falls to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, you should begin to take precautions to prevent vulnerable pipes from freezing.
  • There Is Frost on the Pipe- For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks, you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. This can serve as a warning sign that the pipe is frozen before you ever try to turn on the faucet.
  • No Water Is Coming Out of the Faucet- Another sign that you may have a frozen pipe on your hands is lack of running water. If you or a tenant turn on a kitchen or bathroom faucet and only a slight trickle of water or no water at all comes out, the water pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.
  • Strange Smells- A fourth potential sign of a blocked pipe is an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain. If the pipe is partially or completely blocked, the only way the odor can escape is back up in the direction of your property.

How Much Does a Frozen Pipe Cost to Fix?

It is very difficult to estimate the cost of fixing a frozen pipe because each situation is so unique. Two factors that play a huge role in cost are the location of the pipe and whether the pipe has burst.

If you are able to easily access the blockage, such as a pipe under a kitchen sink, you might be able to thaw the blockage for free using a hair dryer or hot rags.

If the blockage is buried in a wall, fixing the issue will become more expensive. You may spend a few hundred dollars cutting open sheetrock to find the problem or more than a thousand if you need to hire a plumber to find and thaw out the blockage.

If a frozen pipe bursts You have a flooding issue on your hands, you could be faced with thousands of dollars of damage. You will have to hire a plumber to fix the burst pipe and then you will have to deal with fixing any damage the water has caused inside your property. If you have the property insurance, they should help cover some of these costs. In cleaning up the mess the water will leave behind you can count on SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South. We are water cleanup experts.  

Safety Tips During a Lightning Storm

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning over Cleveland Lightning storms can be dangerous. Know what to do to help keep you safe.

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck.

Here are a few lightning safety tips:

  • Be aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.
  • Go indoors. Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.
  • Avoid windows, doors, porches and concrete. Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lighting can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
  • 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.

Helping after Hurricane Laura!

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck in front of Hurricane damaged storm. SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South has dispatched trained technicians to Lake Charles Louisiana to aid in restoration.

Hurricane Laura unleashed wind over 150 mph and heavy rain hundreds of miles inland along the Gulf Coast, leaving a path of destruction to homes and businesses. 

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby for disasters like these. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South has dispatched trained technicians to Lake Charles Louisiana to aid in restoration following the giant storm's path. Immense destruction has been left after the hurricane, but we are here to help restore homes, businesses, and hope.  Our mission statement is “Restore the present to protect the future.”

Communities in Louisiana were shattered by extreme wind and wiped away during this deadly Category 4 hurricane.  We are here in Louisiana to help them with the cleanup and recovery efforts. It will take some time, but SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South will be there every step of the way providing help with insurance claims, water damage, mold and reconstruction to make the recovery process as seamless as possible for those affected.  

If you need storm damage recovery assistance, call SERVPRO at 800-293-9555 or 440-237-0077.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South brings semi to restore business

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Semi trailer in front of business Storms bring heavy rain and wind that can cause all sorts of damage to your property. SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South will be there when you need us.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South, specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is ready when a storm strikes.  Our resources can handle a small or large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1750 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 440-237-0077

Flood Prevention Measures Your Business Should Have

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

A business in Solon or Strongsville may find itself in danger of flooding from high water. Fortunately, a local storm damage restoration service can help with restoration if damage does occur, but you may want to consider mitigation steps before the storm arrives. Here are three prevention systems your business may already have in place.

1. Sump Pumps

In some cases, the installation of a sump pump in a basement area may be able to help stop flooding. These units are designed to help regulate water flow, and when properly maintained can help keep an area free of pooling water.

2. Drainage

Another feature to consider for protecting your company property from high water is the drainage system. Proper drainage is important for flood prevention as it can help direct the flow of water away from the property. Drainage systems may include roof gutters, landscaping features such as a slope or rain garden, drainage ditches, and sewer drains. All of these provide safe areas for storm water to flow into instead of puddling around the business property.

3. Backup Systems

For a business having a backup system in place for any electronic data can be an important step for protecting the company against flooding. These systems may include cloud storage or a server where all the data can be stored independently from the actual computers. This way if the electronics themselves are damaged you know the data is safe. It’s also important to note that in some cases a restoration service may be able to restore the electronics depending on the damage severity.

It’s not uncommon for high water to lead to flooding. In many cases, a business property may already have some mitigation steps in place.  If flooding does occur SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South can help repair any damages.

April Showers brings May Flowers

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Flowers April Showers brings May Flowers to Southern Cuyahoga County

As we look towards the week ahead in Northeast Ohio the forecast calls for lots and lots of rain.  “April showers bring May flowers” is a reminder that even the most unpleasant of things, in this case the heavy rains of April, can bring about very enjoyable things indeed – in this case, an abundance of flowers in May.

Unfortunately, the rains can also bring unpleasant things to.  Water where is does not belong like basements, crawlspaces or even attics.  Should this happen to you then call the professionals at SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South to get it cleaned up fast.  Leaving water in these spaces can do unwanted damage to the structure of your home or business.  It can also lead to mold growth which can be linked to health effects for your family or coworkers.  Don’t sit idle with the grass growing under your feet.  Call us 24/7.

As we all look forward to the May flowers and leave the April showers behind, remember, SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is “Here to Help”

Driving Tips on a Flooded Street

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

car going through water Automobiles and deep water don't mix. Be safe, Be smart!

When a bad storm hits Independence or Parma Heights, floodwaters can rise in no time. Rather than barrel down your flooded street, you should take a few precautions when there is a lot of water on the road. Here are some tips on staying safe if you must drive after a heavy storm.

Steer Clear of Standing Water

Many drivers tend to ignore travel tips and get overconfident when flash floods occur. They expect that standing water is harmless. The truth is that there can be many unseen hazards beneath the surface:

  • Branches or other debris
  • Potholes or washed out pavement
  • Moving water

It is unlikely that you are able to discern how safe it is to drive through water when you can’t see to the bottom of it. Even a few inches can stall your vehicle or even move it off the road. Flood damage experts recommend that you find an alternate route or just wait until the water has a chance to drain.

Slow down

A flooded street is not a racetrack. Even if the water is shallow enough to navigate, you still need to reduce your speed so that you don’t stall your vehicle or hydroplane. If your tires cause water to fan out to the side, you are probably going too fast to be safe.

Don’t Use Others as a Gauge

Just because other drivers make it through flooded roads, that doesn’t mean you should try it. Flood conditions change rapidly. The car in front of you could have inadvertently knocked some debris into your path that will tear up your vehicle. Rely on your own good judgment rather than the whims of other people.

A flooded street is not meant to be a challenge. When in doubt, it is better to turn around and go back the way you came than try to rush through standing water. Safety should always come first.

Storms hit Southern Cuyahoga Overnight

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Tree lays on roof Wind crashes tree onto this Southern Cuyahoga home. SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South was there!

Tornado, wind, hail and rain descended on our community overnight.  From Chagrin Falls and Orange to Solon power was out due to downed power lines by the abundant amount of trees that had fallen.  Winds tore off large branches, blew residents outdoor furniture and trash cans.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is there for you if you need your home or business's roof tarped or boarded up.  The worst thing you can do to your property is to let more water in to do further and more extensive damage.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We will work with your insurance company not only for the emergency service but also making your home "Like it never even happened." 440-237-0077

Cold Snaps can lead to Cleveland Area Flooding

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Semi trailer in snow Cold and Snow is here. So is SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South

At a faster rate than northernly areas of the country also hit with recent severe winter storms, properties in Northeast Ohio may experience the trauma of interior flooding due to frozen pipes. Other areas still cope with below zero temperatures, but their familiarity with long periods of below-freezing weather changes building practices to protect pipes. If you are caught with standing water inside your home because of cold temperatures in your southeastern home, we can help.

Plumbing rarely drains completely, and the water left in your Ohio pipes can freeze, surprising you with flood damage. As the water freezes inside the pipes it expands, and the resultant pressure causes metal or plastic conduit to split and crack and connections to fail. Unless the main is shut off, water continues to flow and pours out of the cracks. Your foundation or crawl space collects the moisture, and you need our professional crews and heavy-duty equipment to remove it and dry out your structure.

Speed is essential to a successful flood damage recovery after pipes burst. Water progressively harms building materials and contents. A quick soaking is usually endurable if the moisture is relatively clean and is dried out thoroughly. SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South crews are skilled at using pumps and extractors to remove the vast majority of flood waters, and then to switch to air movers, dehumidifiers, and sometimes heaters to reduce the moisture that remains soaked into framing, walls, ceilings, floors, and fixtures such as carpeting, wallpaper, and cabinets.

Water that stands or saturates structural components and possessions for more than 24 to 48 hours threatens to support the growth of mold. As SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South crews manage your flooding situation, we may pack out stored boxes or furnishings, providing you with an inventory and the chance to decide whether to pursue specialized drying solutions or to discard ruined items. We may offer freeze drying as a resource for wet documents and pictures and help to launder and dry clean waterlogged clothing, linens, and other items.

All our services are accomplished as swiftly as possible to give your belongings and home’s structure the best chance to become restored “Like it never even happened.” It also disrupts your and your family’s life minimally as well. We work to have the damaged pipes repaired fast, too, as failing to do so results in another flood. Throughout the restoration process, SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is in constant contact with your insurance company to make sure your out of pocket costs are limited, as we assist you with your claims process.

SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South trains to respond successfully to flooding events, no matter what the cause of the disaster.

Contact us at (440) 237-0077, 24 Hours a day

Frozen pipes is bad news for your Southern Cuyahoga home

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

This winter has been an especially cold one so far with temperatures often dropping below the freezing level. Due to this, SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South has experienced a high volume of emergency water losses caused by freezing pipes, often leaving behind major disasters in homes and businesses.

 Be Prepared:

  • It is important to know where your water shut off is located. In the case of a frozen water pipe burst, you will first want to stop the source by shutting off the water immediately.
  • Insulate exposed pipes, especially if they are in unheated rooms.
  • Leave open bathroom and kitchen sink cabinet doors during extreme cold spells to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • During below zero weather, keep a slow trickle or constant drip of water flowing through faucets. Water is less likely to freeze if it is constantly traveling rather than sitting in the plumbing.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.
  • If you plan on being away from your property for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set the thermostat to at least 55°F.DO NOT turn your heat off completely.

If You Discover Frozen Pipes:

  • First sign of freezing is reduced or slow moving water flow from a faucet.
  • Do not use an open flame device to try and thaw the pipes.
  • Methods you can try to unfreeze the pipes on your own include using a hair dryer, heating pad or hot towels, heat lamp or portable space heater.
  • Make sure to keep the faucet open when treating the frozen pipes.
  • Check additional pipes and faucets for freezing.

When a Frozen Pipe Bursts:

  • Shut off the water at the main valve.
  • Contact your local plumber to repair the broken pipe.

Call your local water restoration professionals, SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South.  A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. If winter weather causes water damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South at 440-237-0077.

Caravan of SERVPRO Cuyahoga South Vehicles heading south to help

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

caravan of vehicles Caravan of SERVPRO vehicles going to North Carolina to help hurricane victims

Storm and flood damage can be quite devastating. Immediate action is needed, and customers need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South is part of an elite Storm Team with the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

When any community, whether it be near or far, suffers from any type of storm damage, our fearless Storm Team is dispatched to help those customers whose homes or businesses have been impacted make it “Like it never even happened.” 

While our storm team was away helping those in throughout parts of North Carolina, the rest of our team seamlessly continued helping our local customers with fire and water damage in Southern Cuyahoga County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sand Buries Roads to Homes after North Carolina Storm

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Sand covers roads Sand covers road and drives after Hurricane Dorian

What to do after the storm?

Ensure you do the following after a severe storm:

  • Check your home and property for damage.
  • Keep clear of damaged buildings, powerlines and trees.
  • Be aware of road hazards such as floodwater, debris and damaged roads or bridges.
  • Do not drive through affected areas unless it is necessary.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

At SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South, we want to make sure that homeowners get help as quickly as possible from their insurance companies. Our disaster recovery team is available to help around Shoreline.

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Cuyahoga South can respond.

Hurricane Damages North Carolina Lodge

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Semi trailer in front of North Carolina lodge From Northeast Ohio to where help is needed. SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga is there!

SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Cuyahoga County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 440-237-0077

Storm hits Cleveland Heights hard as Microburst.

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fallen tree crushes guard rail by road Storm uprooted trees, causing limbs to fall on roads in Northeast Ohio

Recent Cleveland Heights Storm is being called a microburst and SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga  County was there to help. 

A microburst is a column of sinking air within a thunderstorm, typically less than 2 ½ miles in diameter, according to the NWS. During a microburst, wind speeds can reach or exceed 100 mph; that is roughly equivalent to an EF-1 tornado, the second-weakest category of tornado.

During this storm, the NWS measured strong winds high in the atmosphere. The thunderstorm pulled those winds down to ground level, causing the microburst.

The storm uprooted trees, causing limbs to fall on houses and cars. It also brought down power lines, leaving many residents without power in the immediate aftermath of the storm.

Should this happen to your property, call the professionals at:

 SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County.   440-237-0077

SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga recently traveled to Wilmington, NC to help customers in need of help after Hurricane Florence

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm and flood damage can be quite devastating. Immediate action is needed, and customers need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of Southern Cuyahoga County is part of an elite Storm Team with the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

When any community, whether it be near or far, suffers from any type of storm damage, our fearless Storm Team is dispatched to help those customers whose homes or businesses have been impacted make it “like it never even happened.” 

While our storm team was away helping those in throughout parts of North Carolina, the rest of our team seamlessly continued helping our local customers with fire and water damage in the North Royalton, Berea and Parma Heights, Ohio areas. 

When Storms or Floods hit Cuyahoga County, SERVPRO is ready!

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ofSouthern Cuyahoga County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Cuyahoga County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 440-237-0077