Recent Storm Damage Posts

Fast Response Time is Imperative in Damage Situations

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

As a regular home/property owner, it is important to know how to deal with potentially damaging situations. Certain procedures must be taken to ensure that your property remains safe and beautiful.

If confronted with, for example, water damage from a flood in your kitchen, you must act quickly to dry the area completely to prevent the growth of mold which is another pressing situation. Or even if a small fire in the kitchen burns a portion of the wall, that area now has weaker structural integrity. In the case of an earthquake, seldom but more likely in California, a collapse in the damaged portion of the kitchen is more likely to occur. Unfortunately, initial damage can lead to more if not tended to as soon as possible.

In these times, acting quickly may not be in your budget, as these situations are usually unexpected. At SERVPRO, we understand this and provide the best price for the work done to make it “Like it never even happened.” To provide you with a resource to respond quickly, call our SERVPRO of Torrance emergency service line at (949)429-3188.

To know more about the specifics of different types and categories of damage, check out our blog page. There you can find what steps to take if your property suffers from a fire, to design tips for your new family home! We are here to help with all things regarding property maintenance and restoration.

Water v. Flood Damage, There's a Difference

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

According to insurance adjusters that determine the degree of damage your property has suffered from and what cost accompanies it, flood damage and water damage fall under different categories. The main differentiator is the source of water that caused damage to the property in question. Water damage is categorized by moisture that originated from inside of the property, from the pipes that back the running water outlets. Flood damage is for water that comes from a natural source like mudslides, accumulated rain runoff, and overflow of tidal waters. Flood damage also includes two or more properties. Flood damage is often a heavier burden to mitigate which is why insurance adjusters follow varying procedures between the two types of damage. 

It is useful to know that flood damage is not covered by your home insurance, only water damage is. Southern California properties are much less likely to suffer from flood damage than that of other regions of the state, but the disaster is still not far from possible. Areas vulnerable to flooding are near beaches, or the mudslide prone foothills, it’d be in your favor to discuss adding flood insurance to your property’s plan. This can be done at www.floodsmart.gov.

Here at SERVPRO it is in our best interest to keep you updated and informed about how you can best prepare for natural disaster damage. For more information, give us a call at (949)429-3188.

Steps to Take After a Heavy Storm

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

While Southern California isn't necessarily known for its rainy season, we have gotten a couple heavy storms within the past several years. Powerful storms can dump inches, sometimes even feet of water into your property, and can overwhelm your home even if you've properly waterproofed it. 

Following a storm, here is what you can do to check for any possible water intrusion into the home:

  1. Check your crawlspace- excess water from heavy rain can infiltrate any cracks or weak points in your home's foundation. It is important to dry up the water as quickly as possible. If you are unable to remove the water, a specialist such as SERVPRO can assist.
  2. Check your flooring- water can seep through unsealed windows or pool under doorways, potentially soaking your carpet or wood flooring. If you find your carpet is wet, pull it up and remove any wet padding as that isn't salvageable. Wood/laminate floors soak up moisture, resulting in possible warping or damage that may require the flooring to be replaced. Try to mop up any standing water and open doors and windows for plenty of ventilation. If problems still arise, it would be a good time to contact a water restoration company.
  3. Inspect the attic- potential roof leaks can result in damage to the insulation and framing. Finished attics will have the same water damage issues as the rest of the home. Remove any wet materials if possible. 
  4. Examine the walls- check the walls for stains or discoloration and bubbling or peeling paint. Sometimes baseboards will be swollen too. There could be a potential leak that a professional may need to inspect. Most of the time, wet drywall will need to be removed or replaced.
  5. Check your gutters and downspouts- standing water is your foundation's worst enemy. Check your gutters and make sure that they are clear of debris and that the openings to all downspouts are clear. Make sure that the water coming from the downspouts is directed away from the home and is not pooling at the base of the structure.

Check Your Gutters Before Storm Season

8/2/2021 (Permalink)

Gutters are an easy thing to forget about, and they seem to only be remembered in the middle of a storm. Storms can do some powerful damage to your property as far as water goes (trust me, water goes pretty far). If your gutters happen to be clogged in the middle of a storm, there can be some hefty destruction.

When the gutters become clogged, all the water from a storm will run off the roof. Instead of being routed through the gutter’s drainage system, all the water flows off to the side of the home/property. If you’re unaware that the gutters are clogged, this can lead to water spilling and then sitting all along the sides of your property, which can lead to issues such as water and foundation damage.

It’s mostly recommended to clean out your gutters twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall. We say mostly, mostly because different areas have different climates. For example, an area with a lot of trees could require you to clean your gutters more often. A more desert landscaped area could get by with the recommended two cleanings.

In the event that your gutters do clog during a storm and property has been damaged, you can call SERVPRO 24/7 to get repair underway. SERVPRO of Lake Foret South / Laguna Woods is available at any time to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm damage to a home

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Home after a storm damage.

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property.

What should you do if a storm is damaged?

Staying Safe After a Storm

Do not venture outside until it has been declared safe to do so. Stay away from downed power lines and avoid standing water or metal objects near downed wires. Leave and do not enter buildings that have sustained structural damage. Stay away from damaged trees and dangling or broken limbs.

Here at SERVPRO of lake Forest South\Laguna Woods We are ready for any size of disaster big or small. Any questions you may have give a call at (949)-429-3188 always with a smile to help.

How do I prepare my house for a storm?

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Tree felt after a storm damage.

What do you do in a storm at home?

Ensure you do the following during a severe storm:

  1. Stay indoors and away from windows.
  2. If outdoors, shelter away from drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
  3. Be prepared for power outages.
  4. Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.
  5. Floodwater is toxic – never play or swim in floodwater.

How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

Clear limbs and trim trees. During a storm, dead tree limbs can get loose and cause damage to a home's exterior or even puncture a window

Secure fences

Secure furniture

Check gutters

Protect the critical areas

Protect your valuables

Stock a basic emergency kit

Create a family emergency plan

Just remember SERVPRO of Lake Forest/Laguna Woods its here 24 hours at day to serve you at any time. Call us at (949) 429-3188 here to help “Like it Never Even Happened”

Signs of a storm coming

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

After the rain storm.

How do you sign storm?

  1. A drop in temperature. Pay close attention to the temperature levels outside.
  2. Large, billowy clouds. Large, billowy clouds that continue to grow as the day heats up are known as cumulus clouds.
  3. A drop in atmospheric pressure
  4. Darkening of the clouds
  5. A weather program predicts it

Why do storms happen?

Why are there thunderstorms? Thunderstorms are a great way for the atmosphere to release energy. When warm moist air meets colder drier air, the warm air rises, the water vapor condenses in the air, and forms a cloud. As the water vapor condenses it releases heat, which is a form of energy.

Does a storm clear the air?

Thunderstorms along a cold front “clear the air” because the wind turns to the west or north-west behind them and that circulation is, if not cooler, usually much drier or less humid. Rain also washes dust particles from the sky.

Nature of storms

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

storms can be scary but also a great help.

What are the benefits of storms?

So, even though thunderstorms are dangerous, they can be a great help. They give summer water, cool the earth, and clean the air. Lightning balances the earth's electricity and helps fertilize the soil.

How does rain help the environment?

Rainwater systems counteract storm water run-off and thereby reduce flooding, erosion, and ground water contamination. Taking water out of our lakes, reservoirs, and rivers also affects ground water. On the other hand, irrigating with rainwater helps replenish groundwater supplies.

Are thunderstorms good for the Earth?

Thunderstorms are a great way for the atmosphere to release energy. When warm moist air meets colder drier air, the warm air rises, the water vapor condenses in the air, and forms a cloud. Thunderstorms also help keep the Earth in electrical balance.