Recent Storm Damage Posts
National Preparedness Month is September
Are you Prepared
September is National Preparedness Month. See ready.gov for additional information. Often the focus of "Preparedness" is natural disasters such as hurricanes and blizzards. News outlets inform us of items we may need like batteries, flashlights and a 3 days of food and water and so on.
One of the things we don't often think about is the financial impact of these disasters. You may need money to prepare your emergency kit. What if you have to evacuate you may need money for transportation and housing. Being prepared financially should also be a part of your "Storm Preparation." See ready.gov/financial-preparedness for more information.
So it is always a good idea to have a plan for the unexpected. Fascinations breeds preparedness, and preparedness, survival. Peter Benchley
For help restoring your residential or commercial property after a storm of other disasster, call SERVPRO of Haddon heights/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-338.
Storm Damage Cleanup Tips for Your Voorhees Home
Unpredictable weather in Voorhees NJ
Living in New Jersey, we are subject to the extremes of all seasons. Nor’easters and hurricanes in the summer and ice storms and frozen pipes in the winter. when a terrible storm hits, it's the aftermath that is the worst. Debris, flood waters, power outages, broken tree limbs, shattered glass, piles of snow— these are all dangerous risks once the storm makes its way through a town or community.
Getting your home back into shape after big weather may require more than a broom and a mop. Follow along to see how you can save your house from more harm—and keep yourself and your family safe as you do it.
Stop a Flood
With a heavy storm comes heavy rains, and inevitably flooding. If waters come into your home, be careful about getting it out. Turn off the power—but only if the water hasn't reached as high as any electrical outlets in the room where the main breaker lives. Otherwise, you could be wading into an electrified pond.
Dry Out Your House
Once the storm subsides, hiring a professional service is going to be your best bet for a thorough cleanup, because they will know how to eradicate water in places you didn't even realize it had seeped.
Stave Off Mold
Even if you think you've gotten all your goods dried out and cleaned up, dirty and contaminated floodwaters may have already laid the groundwork for mold—not just on the walls, but inside them and in floors and furniture.
Clear Away Snow
In winter months and colder temperatures, the precipitation from a powerful storm may freeze into devastating snow. Every inch of rain put out by a storm can manifest as 10 inches of snow if the temperatures are low enough.
Ditch the Ice Dams
One of the hazards to your home after a snow storm and cold weather are ice dams, a solid ice that builds along the eaves, pushing up roof shingles and causing leaks. If you start to see icicles forming along your gutters.
Clean Up Damaged Trees
With high winds and heavy rains or snows come downed trees, one of the most dangerous and damaging outcomes of a powerful storm.
First, figure out how bad the situation is. If you find you'll need to remove a tree, call in a certified arborist to do any major removal; taking down trees is a scary job that can cause terrible injury if not done right. Smaller ornamental trees and foundation plantings may just need some cleanup to broken branches.
Fix Broken Glass
High winds and flying debris might have shattered a pane or two. Follow TOH general contractor Tom Silva's advice for repairing broken glass, whether it's on a door, in a window, or only accessible from inside.
Those on the peripheries of a terrible storm may not have had downed trees or flooded basements, but they're likely to have found themselves with a house and yard covered in leaves and twigs. Now is the time to break out the leaf blower.
For help restoring your residential or commercial property after a water or fire loss, call SERVPRO of
Haddon heights/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-338.
We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
Be prepared for thunderstorms this summer
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service, approximately 1,800 thunderstorms are occurring at any given time, resulting in about 16-million thunderstorms each year. Most thunderstorms last about 30 minutes and are typically about 15 miles (24 km) in diameter. The two biggest threats associated with most thunderstorms are lightning and flash floods. To understand why thunderstorms occur more often during the warm months requires some understanding of thunderstorm basics.
Thunderstorms thrive under certain conditions. The two most basic elements that cause a thunderstorm to develop are:
- Rapidly rising warm air
Because moisture and warmth are crucial to thunderstorms, it makes sense that they would occur more often in the spring and summer, particularly in humid areas such as the southeastern United States. The high humidity, in conjunction with warm temperatures, creates massive amounts of warm, moist air rising into the atmosphere, where it can easily form a thunderstorm.
If the rainfall from a thunderstorm has damaged your residential or commercial property call SERVPRO of Haddon heights/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-338.
Spring Thunderstorms are on Their Way!
Stormy weather ahead!
Winter is finally coming to an end, so you know what that means: spring thunderstorms are right around the corner, and now is the perfect time to get ready. Stormy weather conditions in the springtime are wildly unpredictable, but can emerge out of nowhere in a moments notice, so it's important to be prepared for when they do. When word breaks that a storm is incoming this season, make sure to take all of the necessary precautions to ensure that your home will be safest after it passes.
Lightning strikes can cause your home massive amounts of damage, even if lightning doesn't hit your home at all! Power surges to your home could result in personal injury if you are using an electrical device or appliance at the time of a lightning strike. Not to mention the chance that a power surge could send a home device up in flames, resulting in a dangerous and costly house fire! To prevent these type of scenarios, installing a panel or meter serge protector, purchasing and using outlet protectors, or even just unplugging devices and small appliances during a storm could save you an unwanted home devastation this spring.
Aside from lightning strikes, the high winds and heavy rains could also cause you problems with water and structural damages. Prevention, depending on the caliber of the storm, is sometimes impossible; however, some basic tips can give you some added protection for when mother nature makes her way to your town. Making sure all of your doors and windows, are completely sealed when closed is massively important. Even the smallest leaks can wreak havoc. Cleaning your gutters regularly and maintaining your roof regularly will also reduce your risk of large loss during a storm. All water damages are preventable and making sure your roof and gutter are both clean and structurally well is half the battle.
While it is nearly impossible to predict when tragedy will occur, it is SERVPRO of Voorhees/Haddon Heights job to provides 24-hour emergency service when it does. We are dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster and can respond immediately to your storm-related issues in your home or business. Our team has the expertise to handle your storm damage needs.
- 24 -Hour Emergency Service
- Highly Trained Technicians
- Specialized Remediation Equipment
SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees understands the stress and worry that comes with emergency damage and the disruption it causes your life. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."
Have Questions? Call Us Today 856-566-3388
Prepare you Home for winter this Fall
The winter season is quickly approaching and cold temperatures will soon be here. So if you haven't started thinking about winterizing your home yet, there is no time like the present to prevent frozen and busted pipes. Over 250,000 homes in the United States suffer a loss every winter by water pipes freezing and breaking. In the last decade alone, losses due to frozen pipe damage in the US have exceeded $4 billion in damages; nearly all of which is preventable.
Preventing frozen pipes and subsequent water damage is as easy as taking a few simple precautionary measures to ensure that freezing temperatures outside aren't invading your household:
- Make sure all areas where pipes run through your home are well insulated (most insulation lasts a lifetime, but may sometimes need to be layered)
- Wrap and insulate any and all exposed pipes (pipe foam can be found at almost any hardware store)
- Caulk any foundation cracks that may allow air to slip inside
- Replace your furnace filter
- Winterize your AC unit
Not only will these precautions help prevent your home from suffering damage due to a busted, frozen pipe, but every single one will save you money in energy costs too. However, should you find yourself in a jam due to unexpected pipe damages this upcoming winter season, SERVPRO has your back.
SERVPRO of Voorhees/Haddon Heights provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your storm-related issues in your home or business. Our team has the expertise to handle your storm damage needs.
- 24 -Hour Emergency Service
- Highly Trained Technicians
- Specialized Remediation Equipment
SERVPRO of Voorhees/Haddon Heights understands the stress and worry that comes with emergency damage and the disruption it causes your life. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."
Have Questions? Call Us Today 856-566-3388
Hurricane Season 2017
Hurricane Season is here!
With Tropical Storm Cindy making landfall this week, we at SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Vorhees wanted to remind everyone about the dangers of hurricanes in our area as well as some tips on how to limit the damage to as little as possible. This hurricane season forecast is being described as “busier than usual”, so make sure you, your home, and your loved ones are prepared.
The first step in hurricane preparedness is to know the evacuation routes in your area. That way you are able to evacuate quickly and safely in the event of a mandatory evacuation.
If you are unable to evacuate, make sure that you have plenty of water, batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, and non-perishable food items handy. If power is lost during the storm, there’s no telling how long it could be out for. Be sure to wait out the storm in a secure room, away from windows.
After the storm has passed, report any downed power lines but DO NOT get close to them.
Be prepared and stay safe out there everybody!
Summer Thunderstorm Information
As summer begins and the weather begins to heat up, it brings with it an increase in thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are most common in spring and summer due to the warm weather and humid conditions. When the hot air from the surface of the planet clashes with the cooler air up above, and therefore causes a thunderstorm.
Along with thunderstorms come a high rainfall total and thus a higher risk of flooding. Those living near bodies of water such as creeks or rivers should take notice of the water level prior to a storm. If it is getting high, it might be time to enact some flood mitigation techniques, such as redirecting flood waters with floodwalls and floodgates.
In addition to the flooding risk, thunderstorms bring lightning which has been known to spark fires in outside vegetation. Be sure to stay out of open fields during a thunderstorm so as to avoid being struck by lightning.
Finally, thunderstorms often bring high winds. Stay off the roads and try to identify any low hanging branches or trees that could potentially cause damage to your home if blown over. Prevention is the best form of protection.
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6 Ways to Get Your Home Storm-Ready
Severe weather can put your family and your home in danger. Plus, recovering from storm damage can be expensive. Here are six ways to get your home storm-ready:
- Roof and Siding.Inspect your roof annually, looking for missing, curled or damaged shingles. Report any updates to your insurance company, as manufacturing defects, as well as aged or poorly maintained roofs and siding may not be covered in a home insurance policy.
- Front Door.Secure your front door with heavy-duty bolts, both at the top of the frame and at the floor.
- Garage Door.Reinforce your garage door at its weakest point with wood, metal stiffeners or a retrofit kit.
- Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed, and remove branches or trees that could fall on your home or others.
- Secure or safely store patio furniture and outdoor tools. If a storm is looming, move your automobiles into the garage or under other cover.
- Prepare for the likelihood of a power outage by installing a non-electric stove or heater, or emergency generator. Just be sure that adequate venting is in place and that these devices are operated according to manufacturer guidelines.
In the event your property suffers strom damage call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees at 856-566-3388. We are available 24/7/365, just call.
Ever wondered how much a flood would cost in your home?
When we think flooding damage we often picture the images we see on the news showing devastation. You might be surprised to see how much damage just a little bit of water in your home will cause. How much a flood would cost in your home?
Use this interactive cost of flooding tool to learn:
Flood Cost Calculator
Faster To Any Size Disaster
Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.
Water Damage Timeline
- 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.
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- 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.
For help restoring your property after a water loss, call SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees 24/7/365 at 856-566-3388 We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”
Severe Storms Roll through Southern NJ
A line of severe storms rolled through parts of Southern New Jersey on Tuesday afternoon. If your home or business has suffered damage contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees. We provide 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency water damage and have the expertise to handle your water damage restoration or cleaning needs.24 -Hour Emergency ServiceWater Extraction and DehumidificationState of the Art EquipmentHighly Trained Water Restoration TechniciansDirect Insurance Billing
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Hurricane Season 2016
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, will most likely be near-normal, but forecast uncertainty in the climate signals that influence the formation of Atlantic storms make predicting this season particularly difficult.
NOAA predicts a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 4 to 8 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). While a near-normal season is most likely with a 45 percent chance, there is also a 30 percent chance of an above-normal season and a 25 percent chance of a below-normal season.
What To Do Before, During And After A Thunderstorm
Severe weather brings increased chances of thunderstorms.
· Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Look for lightning and go indoors if you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder; stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last thunder-clap
· Consider investing in a personal lightning detector
· Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall
· Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
· Shut all windows and secure outside doors
· Unplug electronic equipment
· Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords, including devices plugged in for recharging (consider unplugging valuable electronics in case of power surge)
· Water conducts electricity, so avoid contact with plumbing
· Stay away from windows and doors and stay off porches
· Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls
· Avoid natural lightning rods, such as tall isolated trees, and avoid isolated small structures in open areas
· Avoid contact with metal, including farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts and bicycles
· If you are driving, safely exit or pull over and park; do not touch any surface that conducts electricity in or outside of the vehicle
· Never drive through a flooded roadway
· Avoid storm-damaged areas
· Help people who may require special assistance
· Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately
· Watch your pets closely; keep them indoors if possible
Winter Storm Jonas - Property Protection Tips
Heavy snow accumulation can pose a threat to your home or business; not only as it builds up, but also as it melts. Here are things to watch for:
•Watch for snow accumulation on the leeward (downwind) side of a higher-level roof, where blowing snow will collect. For safe removal that won't endanger you or damage your roof, consult a roofing contractor for a referral.
•Remove snow from basement stairwells, window wells and all walls. Melting snow can lead to water damage and moisture intrusion.
Ice dams are an accumulation of ice at the lower edge of a sloped roof. When interior heat melts the snow, water can run down and refreeze at the roof's edge, where it's much cooler. Should ice build up and block water from draining off the roof, the water is then forced under the roof covering and into your attic or down the inside walls of your property.
•Make sure your gutters are clear of leaves and debris.
•Keep the attic well ventilated so snow doesn't melt and refreeze on the roof's edge.
•Make sure the attic floor is well insulated to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
Water intrusion and flood damage from melting snow and ice can threaten property, but by taking the following steps it can help minimize the potential for damage.
Immediately after the threat of physical danger has passed:
•Make sure the building is structurally safe to enter or reoccupy.
•Turn off electrical power. Do not use electricity until it is safe to do so.
•Ensure that natural gas sources are safely secured.
•Secure the exterior to prevent further water intrusion. This can include boarding up broken windows, making temporary roof repairs, sealing cracks or tacking down plastic sheeting against open gaps in walls or roofs.
When it's safe to begin cleanup:
•Disconnect all electronics/electrical equipment and move it to a safe, dry location.
•Begin to remove water-damaged materials immediately.
•Contact SERVPRO of Haddon Heights/Voorhees for assistance with extraction and drying.
•By taking immediate action, you will reduce the amount of damage and increase the chance of salvaging usable materials. You'll also reduce the amount of rust, rot, mold and mildew that may develop, and lower the likelihood that the water will lead to structural problems.
Did you know that flooding is the most common natural disaster, yet most homeowners' insurance doesn't cover flood damage?
30/30 Rule for Lightning
If there is less than 30 seconds between a flash of lightning and the sound of thunder, seek shelter.
Wait at least 30 minutes from the last sound of thunder before leaving shelter.
Violent Storms Rip Through South Jersey
A line of severe thunderstorms moved through the area last night leaving a wake of downed trees and many residents without power.
Take time today to survey your property for damage. Look for missing roof shingles, damaged siding, damaged gutters or downspouts. Check around the foundation for topsoil that may have been washed away. These items if not corrected could lead to additional damage in the future.
If you or someone you know has sustained property damage please contact our office for assistance.
Hurricane Season in New Jersey starts in August
The National Weather Service states, “History teaches that a lack of hurricane preparedness and awareness are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.”
Although Hurricane Season in the US starts in June, the historical data listed below would suggest Hurricane Season in New Jersey starts in August.
Number of recorded storms affecting New Jersey
Month Number of storms
When preparing for a hurricane, it’s important to not only be aware of warning signs and critical information about the storm itself, but also to know about the types of supplies you should have on-hand during the storm.
The following list provides some basic preparedness supplies, as well as special items to help you face hurricane-specific challenges.
TOP 20 MUST-HAVE SUPPLIES FOR A HURRICANE
1. Water: 1 gallon per person per day for 2 weeks. Don't forget water for cooking, cleaning, and your pets, as well as water purification and filtration supplies.
• Fact: According to those who experienced Hurricanes Wilma, Katrina, and Sandy the most important item to have during a Hurricane is water, which quickly sold out at grocery stores. If you live in an urban setting or small space, an Aquapod is a great place to store water before the storm hits.
2. Food Storage: At least enough for 3 to 7 days. In addition to having non-perishable packaged or canned food, you’ll also want to have fuel to cook outdoors in case the power goes out.
3. Solar Power: If the power goes out, you can easily run a solar generator in your home without worrying about propane, gasoline, or other flammable chemicals. Even having a small solar panel like a Nomad 7 to charge your cell phone or small electronics can go a long way in a power outage.
• Fact: During Hurricane Sandy, several residents discovered their solar panels didn’t restore their power. In fact, many residential panels are connected to the power grid; if the grid goes down, so do your panels. However, using portable solar panels can help you have a reliable source of electricity, when the power goes out. Check out Goal Zero’s portable and durable solar panels to help you weather a storm.
4. WaterProof Containers: For storing important documents (copies of wedding license, special family photos, social security card, driver’s license, map of area, etc.)
5. Cash: Have cash on hand in small denominations, including change. At least $20.
6. Manual Can Opener: Make sure to have a manual can opener in case of power outages. You’ll definitely want a way to get into your food storage cans.
7. WaterProof Matches: If you don’t have waterproof matches, you can also store regular matches in a plastic container to keep them safe and dry.
8. Essential Kits and Medications: First-Aid Kit, Emergency Kit, prescription medications.
9. Sanitation Supplies/Personal Hygiene items: It’s important to keep your hands clean during an emergency to prevent the spread of disease. If your hands are caked with dirt or other substances, hand sanitizers become ineffective. If your tap water isn’t safe, wash your hands and bathe with boiled or disinfected water. Only bathe with clean, safe water in a water-related emergency like a hurricane. Wait for officials to tell you the water is clean and safe for bathing.
• Fact: Poor hygiene and sanitation can spread disease, especially in a natural disaster. According to a John Hopkins Red Cross study, more people die from unsanitary conditions, rather than the natural disaster itself, in some cases. So make sure you have a way to get clean!
10. Light and Communication: Make sure to have a battery-operated radio, flashlight, clock, or wind-up clock (include extra batteries); tune in to NOAA weather radio for constant updates on the storm and water conditions.
11. Extra Clothes, Pillows, Blankets: Stored in your emergency kit or a waterproof container.
12. Hurricane Shutters or Storm Panels: Consider installing hurricane shutters or storm panels if you live in a hurricane-prone area. Hurricane shutters protect your windows and doors from wind and flying debris. There are commercial shutters you can buy, or you can also install your own using plywood.
Fact: During Hurricane Andrew, much of the damage “resulted from failure of windows and doors. These failures frequently lead to interior wall failure and sometimes roof failures.” This damage could have been prevented if shutters were installed in most homes.
13. Entertainment items: Cards, board games, toys, drawing pads
14. Flood Insurance, Home and Property Insurance: Look into flood insurance, if you don’t already have it, to cover damage in case of a storm. Also, check out your current insurance coverage to determine if hurricanes and other natural disasters are covered under your policy.
15. Evacuation/Communication plan: Be sure to practice your plan and be familiar with it before a storm hits.
16. Plastic Sheeting/Tarps: After a hurricane, you can use plastic sheeting or tarps to cover any holes or damage to your roof until it can be fixed. Make sure your tarps are in good condition; heavy winds can easily damage them. Note: Installing a tarp on your roof is dangerous, check out these tips for safely installing a tarp. Plastic sheeting with a bit of duct tape is also great for patching leaks.
17. Tools/Supplies for securing your home—Make sure to have a drill with a screwdriver bit to secure hurricane shutters. Also, have roof and window repair tools, rope, leather gloves, shovel, head and foot bolts for doors, and hurricane straps or clips to help hold the roof and walls up.
•Fact: A common myth about hurricane preparedness is that using duct tape to secure your windows will reduce shattering, but recently, experts from the National Hurricane Center have been de-bunking this myth. They suggest that taping your windows “can create larger and deadlier shards of glass when winds blow through a home,” increasing the danger. Instead, look into buying or making your own storm shutters.
18. Insect Repellent: This is a product that may be overlooked when packing our emergency supplies, but it’s good to have, especially in a hurricane.
•Fact: Heavy winds and sitting pools of water often attract mosquitos after a hurricane. Mosquitos arrive in the area after being blown off trees and shrubbery—and they’re usually hungry, so make sure you have your insect repellent on hand.
19. Child care and Pet care items: Make sure to have food, wipes, clothing, and other items to take care of your children and pets, if needed.
20. Whistle and Flares: Do you know why you should have a whistle in your Hurricane emergency kit?
• Fact: During hurricanes, whistles are excellent tools to help you signal for help. Whistles are more effective than yelling or shouting because they can signal for help well beyond the range of your voice and with a lot less effort, allowing you to conserve energy. Whistles are one of the most commonly listed items to include in a hurricane emergency kit by hurricane survivors.
Hopefully the "New Jersey" Hurrican Season passes without incident.