Recent Storm Damage Posts
Wind damage? Call SERVPRO of Tustin!
The Santa Ana winds hit Orange County hard during our New Year's celebrations. Unfortunately for some local residents, the heavy winds didn't just mean no firework shows, it also meant wind damage to their homes.
We were recently called out to a home where an old tree had fallen during the wind storm and knocked over a cinder block fence. We were able to assist them with clean up and removal of the fallen debris. We were even able to help them with a temporary vinyl fence in the area where the fence had fallen over.
When the winds are really bad, loose limbs and debris in your yard can be blown into your home. If that's the case, you may need assistance in securing your home. SERVPRO of Tustin is adept at boarding up homes, whether it be from storm damage or a break-in, etc. Not only will we secure your home, we will do so without causing any additional damage to the exterior walls of your home.
If your has been affected by storm damage from the recent rain and wind storms, call SERVPRO of Tustin! 714-480-1340
How To Handle A Roof Leak When It Rains
Winter weather in Southern California typically means more slightly chilly days, and sometime even rain. We're not as accustomed to rain and other inclement weather in this area, so your home or property may not be well equipped to handle the upcoming rain. In the event that rain water migrates and finds it way inside your home (whether it be via a roof leak or sliding door or window), there are some measures that you can take to keep the water damage in your home at a minimum.
If the water is leaking from the roof or ceiling, place an empty bucket or trash can where the water is falling to catch the water and keep it from traveling throughout your home. If water is coming in from a sliding door or window, a bucket may not be able to do you much help. You can try sealing the door or window with trash bags and duct tape to seal the water outside as best you can. You may also want to put trash bags on the floor along with towels. The towels will help with soaking up the water while the trash bags can act as a sort of sealant for the floor.
Of course if the inside of your property is affected by water damage, you will want to be sure it is dried out properly. Call SERVPRO of Tustin and our team will set up drying equipment and make sure your structure is dried out properly, preventing secondary damage.
How To Prepare Your Home For The Santa Ana Winds
Fall has officially arrived in Southern California. Unlike other parts of the country where fall means leaves changing colors and brisk temperatures, here it means it's wind season, Santa Ana winds to be specific.
The Santa Anas are very strong and dry winds, and can wreak major havoc on a home. The first winds of the season were some of the strongest we've seen in decades, with gusts reaching up to 75 mph! The winds are expected to last as normal from October through December, so it is important to make sure your home is protected for when they pick up again.
What can you do to prepare your home or apartment before the Santa Ana winds return?
- Clean your yard of any dead or fallen trees and limbs. Keep as much excess debris as possible out of your yard so that when the winds do come again, the debris isn't blown into your home causing structural damage.
- Trim your trees and bushes regularly. This goes along with keeping your yard clear of debris. A well maintained bush or tree will have less loose debris to blow into your home. This is especially important of any trees in close proximity to the structure. Cleaning up lose branches before the winds hit will make sure you don't wind up having any branches in your windows.
- Duct tape your windows. Strong winds can stretch your windows inward when it blows directly at them, and that can often lead to shattered windows. It's not the most aesthetic choice, but reinforcing your windows with duct tape could save you from having to replace a shattered window.
- Check your roof shingles annually and replace any loose shingles. You should also store extra shingles on hand in the event some are pulled up or blow away when the winds hit.
- If you have an exterior television antenna, satellite dish, or any outdoor decorations, you should tighten them up or remove them for a short while when high winds are expected.
Storm Damage? No problem for SERVPRO of Tustin!
When Tustin and Orange businesses suffer serious damage after storm events, SERVPRO of Tustin will work around the clock to clean up any debris and to restore the property to preloss conditions. We understand that commercial storm damage can be very costly in terms of productivity; that is why it is always our goal to get your business back up and running as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.
We Have the Resources to Handle Large Commercial Storm Damage
When a storm hits Orange County, we can scale our resources to handle large-loss commercial restoration projects. We have access to equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,600 Franchises across the country, as well as elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
If your business is ever damaged by severe floods or storms, call us right away at (714)480-1340. Disaster can strike when we least expect it, but SERVPRO of Tustin will be there to help you weather the storm.
How To Protect Your Home From Storm Damage
Flooding in your home can happen at any time, but your home can be even more exposed to water damage when it rains. As we move into the late fall and winter months, storm damage becomes more of a threat to your property. Follow these tips to help protect your home from water damage during the next rain storm.
- Modify your homes water valves. If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rain storm, you could find yourself standing in a a puddle of you-know-what. You may want to consider installing a interior or exterior backflow valve. Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated from water flowing backwards into your supply lines.
- Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of any and all debris before the rain comes.
- Cover air vents. One of the most common ways water fins its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside.
- Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rain water from finding its way into your home.
If water still manages to find a way into your home and you need assistance, give SERVPRO of Tustin a call at 714-480-1340! We're available 24/7 for emergency services.
What You Should Know About Thunderstorms
They may not happen often in Orange County, but they do occur from time to time and it’s important to be prepared in the event that they cause flooding in your home or business. Thunderstorms typically bring a lot more rain than a typical shower that we’ll see in Southern California. Because of this, many homes may experience flooding when thunderstorms do occur.
What to do:
We’ve been experiencing record breaking heat throughout Southern California this summer. If that heat is paired with high humidity, that could mean thunderstorms. Check that your home is prepared for heavy rainfall now, before rain hits. Maintain regular maintenance of your roof, gutters, downspouts, etc., and take care of any needed repairs right away. If and when there is a thunderstorm in your area, keep an eye on your home for any signs of a water leak. If you do experience a leak, call someone to come out and have it fixed right away, and give SERVPRO of Tustin a call to begin the dry-out process. Water damage left untreated can become an even bigger problem.
Another possible issue when there are thunderstorms is lightning. Your home may be out of harm’s way in terms of rain and water damage, but it could still be in range of a lightning strike. Though chances are low that lightning will strike your home, it is still a possibility. A lightning strike could unfortunately start a fire in your home. Be sure to have an emergency plan for your whole family in case there is a fire. SERVPRO of Tustin can also take care of restoration for fire damage should that be needed. There is not much to do to prevent a lightning strike to your home. If you want you can invest in a lightning rod or lightning protection for any tree that is taller than your home.
Hopefully if we do get any thunderstorms this summer, your home will be ready. We’re always here to help!
What You Should Keep In Your Emergency Safety Kit
We’re thrilled to be partnered with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Responder because here at SERVPRO of Tustin, we’re always “Ready for Whatever Happens” and we want you to be too! You never know when a disaster may strike, so it is important to have an emergency preparedness kit ready to go at a moment’s notice to use at home or to take with you in the event you must evacuate.
According to our friends at the American Red Cross, you should, at minimum, have the basic supplies listed below:
- Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
- Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
- Battery powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Maps of the area
You should also consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit as needed. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:
- Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
- Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Games and activities for children
- Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Two-way radios
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Manual can opener
Additional supplies to consider keeping at your home or in your emergency supply kit:
- N95 or surgical masks
- Rain gear
- Work gloves
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Plastic sheeting
- Duct tape
- Household liquid bleach
- Entertainment items
- Blankets or sleeping bags
You never know when a disaster might arise.
Keep you emergency kit somewhere easily accessible for if and when the time comes that you need it. You should also practice fire drills with your family and plan out multiple evacuation routes should you ever need to evacuate your home. Make sure that everyone knows what to do in case of emergency. Whether it’s the Big One, a house fire, or an unexpected storm, we want you to be “ready for whatever happens!”