Recent Storm Damage Posts
Sump Pump Failures
This residential basement experienced water damage due to a sump pump back up.
Our SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus Team sees many flooded basements due to sump pump issues. If you have a sump pump, follow these steps.
First things first, check with your insurance agent to review your coverages! It is very frustrating for owners to find out they did not have any coverage or insufficient coverage.
How do you know if you need sump pump coverage or not? Look at what you have in the basement. If you have an unfinished basement and just concrete floors, without any contents (or very few and not valuable), then you probably won't suffer much of a loss other than the cleanup effort from someone like us at SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus, who specializes in cleaning up floods and backups in homes and businesses. If you have a finished basement and contents that you would want to be replaced if ruined, then the cost of replacing and repairing everything grows very quickly, and insurance can be a good way to protect your investment (in your contents, and structure--walls, etc).
Take time today to reach out to your insurance agent for a coverage review--you may be surprised how under insured you are, not only for your home or business, but also your vehicles, health, and life. No, we are not insurance guru's, but we see their clients--YOU, and they are either very upset with the situation because of no coverage or under insured, or just a little frustrated with the situation, but feel better about it when they know it is a covered loss!
Another precaution is to make sure you are paying attention to the weather and when we get a bunch of rain, then make sure you go downstairs to catch a problem as early as possible. Many times, property owners do not realize they have a water loss until they start to smell something and go downstairs to see. The longer the water sits, the more damage and discard items you can expect...including your carpet, pad, and drywall that was affected.
How To Handle Winter Storms
Be ready this upcoming winter!
Winter weather in Ohio can be hard to predict. Even though we have not any snow yet this year, it is a good idea to prepare your home, car and surrounding area for any upcoming storms.
Follow these helpful tips
Salt pavement around your house: the city is pretty good with clearing the roads around your home, however any sidewalks and pathways are left up to the homeowner to clear. To make things easier on homeowners, once you are aware of any storm headed your way spread street salt on your driveway and walkway. Placing salt down prior to any snowstorm can reduce the ice that forms underneath piles of snow.
Keep a steady drip: With snow comes freezing and sometimes below freezing conditions leaving your pipes vulnerable and likely to freeze and in turn burst. Having a settle but steady drip of warm water flow through will help keep your pipes from freezing during these conditions.
Create a winter ready emergency kit: In an event of a snow storm the strength of it is always unpredictable. To keep you and your family safe, create and keep a winter ready emergency kit available. A few things to keep in the kit; bottled water, batteries, a functioning radio, different layers of clothing, blankets and non perishable food items.
SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus has a 24/7 emergency response team that is ready to handle any storm damage you may have in your Columbus home.
Gutters Can Cause Flooding In Your Basement
It is critical to keep your gutters clean to prevent water from seeping into your basement and causing floods.
One of the biggest fears as a homeowner with a basement is your basement flooding whenever it rains. A valid and legitimate fear, this situation causes a myriad of repairs. All sorts of damage including ruined flooring and carpeting, rotted drywall, destroyed furniture, and the worst of all, mold growth can occur. These repairs can be time-consuming and costly, and your basement can even flood in dry weather.
Issues with your foundation drainage is a big cause for a flooded basement and flood damage in your Columbus home. However, the main reason for water in your basement is overflowing gutters. It is critical to keep your gutters clean to prevent water from seeping into your basement and causing floods. Quality gutter guards and even using an expert to clean your gutters out routinely keeps debris and leaves out of the gutters so they can function properly.
When your gutters do cause flooding in your basement, it can be quite overwhelming. You need to have professionals, such as SERVPRO, come to your home to help you get all the water out and repair the damages.
When your gutters are clogged with debris, the water has nowhere to go. It overflows over the gutters to the ground next to your house, only a couple feet from the foundation. As the ground is settling and moving, it stresses the foundation of your home which causes cracking, letting water enter your home. Hydrostatic pressure might force water in through the concrete. The main solution is to keep your gutters clean.
Flooded basements create not only a lot of possible damage but plenty of stress for you as well. At SERVPRO, we understand this, so we move quickly to get to your home after you reach out to us. We have the professional and industrial equipment to get all the standing water out of your home and use fans and dehumidifiers to finish the drying process. We have moisture meters to find any hidden water or mold growth as well.
When SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus is finished restoring your home after your basement floods, it is "Like it never even happened." Just give us a call at (614) 261-6666 so we can get started as soon as possible.
Signs of Storm Damage At Your Home
This roof was damaged by a storm causing a tree to fall on the home damaging the roof and gutter.
After a storm rolls through, it is important to inspect your house for damage the storm may have caused. Listed below are areas you should be looking at.
- Roof: Look for shingles that have discoloration, tearing, or even holes in them. These can all be signs that your roof has been damaged. Another sign is if there are leaks in your roof or your ceiling.
- Gutters: After a hail storm, looking for dents or dings can also give you a better picture of what the storm did to the rest of your home. Your gutters can also give you insight to whether you have roof damage. Check to see if there are granules from the asphalt shingles in your gutter.
- Windows: Look at each of the windows on your homes and note any signs of shattered or broken window and frame damage. This is especially important after a hail storm or a strong wind storm.
- Exterior: Not only is it important to look at the siding of your home to check for damage, it is also important that you check all appliances. Inspect your AC/HVAC unit as well as items such as an outdoor grill.
After your inspection, if you notice any signs of storm damage follow up by checking the area for signs of mold, mildew, pests or other secondary damage. Our team is able to put an emergency roof tarp to prevent any further damage. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus at (614) 261-6666 for any restoration needs you may have.
A Tree Falls On Your Home, What Now?
A tree fell on this local home and damaged the roof!
When a tree falls on your roof, it not only damages your home’s structure, but it also exposes the inside of your home to outside elements. During certain times of the year, our SERVPRO Team gets a mass amount of calls from customers who have had trees fall on their roof and are unsure of what to do. It’s not a quick process, but there are a few steps you can take!
- Remove the tree. This might seem like an obvious first step, but we’ve had countless calls from customers who haven’t even removed the tree. Until the damaged area of your roof has been cleared, it can’t be covered. We recommend calling your local tree removal company.
- Tarp exposed areas. Unless you’re lucky, a fallen tree will likely cause damage to your roof, generally leaving it exposed. To ensure outside elements don’t get in and cause more damage to the inside of your home, you should have the affected area tarped.
- Contact your local SERVPRO Team. The tarp is only a temporary solution! After the damaged area is tarped, our SERVPRO Team will discuss next step repairs with you. If a storm hits before the affected area is properly tarped, you will most likely have water damage affecting the interior of your home. Our SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus Team can not only handle your water disaster but also fix your damaged structure of your home!
A fallen tree can cause a lot of damage and create a headache for you, but with the above steps, you can get your life back on track. If your home is damaged by a fallen tree, call our SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus Team today! We are available 24/7 to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Our SERVPRO Team Helps Out After Hurricane Laura
We are always here to help!
SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus answered the call for help from the Storm Team at our SERVPRO corporate headquarters. Our crews immediately began gathering the supplies necessary to get on the road quickly so we could begin helping those affected by the strong hurricane in Lake Charles.
SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus is proud to be part of the Storm Team because we pride ourselves on helping others in their time of need. Our technicians have been trained to go above and beyond to help ease the minds of our customers. We do our best to save as many precious belongings as we can, and we make sure their home or business is dried out and cleaned up so they can get back to normal as soon as possible.
Going on storm can be a large task to organize, but our SERVPRO team has been doing this for many years and we know what it takes to get on the road quickly and help as many people as possible. SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus loves helping others!
A tree fell on this home, causing extensive damage.
Thunderstorms are very common throughout the year, not only can they bring water damage to home, it can also bring wind damage. Damage from severe thunderstorm winds account for more than half of all severe reports in the lower 48 states and is more common than tornado damage.
Follow these steps if your home is damaged by wind.
- Call your insurance company to report your damage.
- Take pictures of any damage, from a safe location.
- Inventory any belongings that may have been destroyed or damaged, identifying the brand, price, age, etc.
- Include pictures of your home before damage with your insurance claim.
Preventing Further Damage:
- If you suspect possible structural, electrical or gas-leak hazards, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution or explosions.
- Cover any broken windows and doors with tarps, heavy plastic or plywood to prevent further damage from happening. Save repair receipts for reimbursement.
Repairs and Cleanup:
- Until your property has been inspected by an insurance representative, don’t start permanent, major repairs or renovations.
- Hire a professional roofing contractor who is licensed and insured, if your roof needs to be replaced.
- Fallen trees or large branches also are best removed by a professional tree service. This service may be covered depending on your policy coverage.
If your home suffers wind damage, please contact SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus at 614-261-6666 for any board up, tarp up, tree removal, or roof replacement services.
Our Storm Response
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus at 614-261-6666 if you experience storm damage in your home or business.
SERVPRO Storm Response
Our team here at SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus is ready for whatever happens, no matter the time of day. Our crews are always on standby. When it comes to fire and water damage, our professionals work tirelessly to make sure our customers are satisfied and are explained each step of the cleaning process.
Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists
As leading professionals in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, along with a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home or business and restore it back to pre-storm condition.
Faster to Any Size Disaster
If a storm hits your home or business, odds are you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent any secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.
We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters
Our team has access to resources and personnel of over 1,700 Franchises to handle major storms and disasters. Along with the access to our exclusive Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located to respond to catastrophic storms and events throughout the country.
Locally Owned and Operated
SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus is locally owned and operated. We are actively apart of the community with you as well. When you have a storm disaster or flooding emergency, we are in the area and ready to help you.
Protect you and yourself against lightning strikes.
Lightning is a major cause of storm related deaths in the United States. Even though the chance of getting struck is small, there are factors that can increase your risk of being struck. Here are a few tips to keep you safe.
- Avoid Water: Don’t shower, bathe, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during thunderstorm. Lightning can travel through the buildings plumbing.
- Avoid Electronic Equipment: Don’t use your laptop, computer, game system, washer, dryer, stoves or any other appliances connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radios, TVs and any metal wires in concrete walls or flooring. To protect appliances, equip your home with surge protectors.
- Avoid Corded Phones: During a thunderstorm, corded phones are not safe to use. Use a cell phone instead.
- Avoid Windows, Doors, Porches, And Concrete: During a thunderstorm, don’t lie on concrete floors. Avoid leaning on concrete walls as well. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
If you think your home has been struck by lightning call 911 immediately and evacuate if you see fire or smoke. Ask your local fire department to check for hot spots in your walls.
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus if you experience fire damage caused by a lightning strike.
Leave The Board-Ups And Roof Tarping To Us
This building's roof was tarped due to a leak causing water to flood the facility.
Here at SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus we want to take the hassle and stress out of the board up and roof tarping of your home due to a disaster.
Whether your home or business was damaged by a fire, storm, or other structural disasters, boarding up or tarping a damaged property is a burden that you as a homeowner shouldn't have to handle. Incorrectly boarding up or tarping your home can result in further damage, making the situation worse. Whether the further damage be from moisture or animal intrusions.
Our dedicated team of professionals are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to help with in case you come across unexpected damage to your home or business.
Our SERVPRO of Northwest trained and certified professionals are here to board up or tarp your damaged property, remediate the original damage and provide you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.”
Sump Pump Maintenance
Call SERVPRO of Northwest Columbus if you experience a sump pump backup.
A sump pump is one of the most important parts of basement plumbing equipment. It makes sure that any accumulated water in your home and around its foundation is promptly pumped out and away from your home to a storm sewer or containment pond, so it doesn't allow your basement to flood, damaging your possessions. At least, that's what it is supposed to do. If your sump pump is not regularly and properly tested, then you can't guarantee that it will come through when you need it most.
1. Inspect the pump and its outlet pipe
Start the inspection by listening. If there is excessive groundwater around the foundation, the pump should turn itself on, pumping out the water and turning itself off again. Next, remove the cover and look inside the sump pit. If the level of water is low, there is a high chance the pump is working properly. Examine the sump pump for any signs of external damage, as well as any obstructions or debris in the surrounding pit. You will also want to see if the outlet pipe that carries water from the pump to outside your home is free of any blockage. And the check valve is working properly.
2. Check the electrical components
Your sump pump should be plugged into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, which protects it from a potential short while it is submerged. Consider getting yourself a battery-based backup pump for your sump pump that will kick on if your primary sump pump fails.
3. Test the sump pump
Test your sump pump by pouring in five gallons of water. The pump should then turn on once the water level reaches a predetermined level below the basement floor. If the pump doesn’t turn on, it could be either clogged or damaged, and you should call a licensed plumber for help.
4. Clean and maintain your sump pump
The typical lifespan of a sump pump is 10 years but if your sump pump is running often, you should consider replacing it every 5 to 7 years. Inspect and test your sump pump at least once a year. To be safe, check your sump pump before a big storm hits your area.
Preparing Your Home For Fall
Cleaning gutters now saves your home from future damage.
It’s fall y’all! As the season begins to change, so do our home needs. Even though summer is still hanging around, it’s a good time to do some seasonal maintenance to keep your home running smoothly. Follow these steps to prepare your home for the upcoming fall season.
- Check For Drafts: Feel for any drafts around the edges of your windows and doors. A helpful tip is to use a lighted candle and if the flame flickers, there is most likely a draft. If you find a draft of air coming in, replace the seals and repair any caulking around door frames and windows.
- Inspect Your Furnace: Have an HVAC professional test your furnace for leaks, check the heat efficiency and change the filter.
- Winterize Your Air Conditioning: If you have a home with central air conditioning, you may need to cover your outdoor unit for the upcoming winter. If your home has window air conditioning units, remove or cover them to prevent air leaks.
- Thermostat: If you don’t already have one, buy a programmable thermostat. Setting your thermostat to different temperatures different times of the day can result in cost savings.
- Test Your Home Safety Devices: Replace the batteries in all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test them to make sure they are working properly.
- Clean Humidifiers: Replace any old filters and make sure to clean inside the compartment.
- Check The Roof: You can perform a visual roof inspection from the ground. To get a better look, grab some binoculars or a ladder to climb up for a better view.
- Check The Chimney And Fireplace: If you have a wood fireplace that you use often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
- Examine Siding: Check around your home’s exterior for cracks and holes. Hire a professional to fix them or repair them yourself.
- Clean The Gutters: Clean your gutters of any debris, nests, leaves that may be hiding in there.
- Inspect Your Water Drainage: Check your rainwater downspouts to ensure that there are no obstructions and direct away from your home.
- Inspect Trees And Landscaping: Check your yard for any damaged limbs or plants that may break off and cause damage to your home.
When Storms or Floods hit Dublin, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Dublin.
SERVPRO of NW Columbus 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.
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 Dublin, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel Disaster Recovery Team 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 614-888-5700