Recent Storm Damage Posts

Preparing for Disaster: Earthquakes

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Disaster: Earthquakes Be prepared for an earthquake!

Earthquakes can happen anywhere at any time. Many people don’t know this, but most of the U.S. is at a moderate to high risk for earthquakes. That is why it is important to prepare.

TIPS TO PREPARE FOR AN EARTHQUAKE

-Properly mount all wall decor to avoid extra injury.

-Make sure all heavy items are away from beds and couches to lessen the chance of injury.

-Secure all light fixtures.

-Have an emergency kit ready and easily accessible.

-Do practice drills with your family, so everyone knows safe areas and how to drop, cover, and hold.

TIPS TO HELP DURING AN EARTHQUAKE

-Try to stay calm.

-Stay away from anything that can shatter, such as windows or glass.

-Drop, cover, and hold onto something sturdy.

-If you are indoors, stay inside until the shaking stops, then exit with stairs, not elevators.

-If you are outdoors, find a spot with nothing above you, drop to the ground, and stay until the shaking stops.

-If you are in a car, keep your seatbelt on, and pull over to an open area, avoiding bridges, power lines, and street lights if possible. Stay until the shaking stops, then drive with caution.

TIPS TO HELP AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE

-Aftershocks can occur anytime after an earthquake, so be cautious. If there is an aftershock, drop, cover, and hold on just as if it were another earthquake.

-Clean up any flammable liquids or spilled medications as soon as possible.

-Be careful when opening closet doors or drawers, because some things may have shifted.

-Stay updated and informed through the news or radio.

Preparing for Disaster: Flooding

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Disaster: Flooding Be prepared for flooding!

Flooding can be a very frequent natural disaster. In the event of a flood, you'll want to make sure you are prepared.

TIPS FOR PREPARING BEFORE A FLOOD

Make sure to…

-Be ready to evacuate at any time, and have an emergency kit ready to go with you and your family.

-Stay out of floodwaters! Any flowing water that is above your ankles is not a safe route.

-Head towards higher ground in the event of a flash flood warning.

-Stay alert, especially at night time.

Stay informed!

-Not all homeowners insurance covers damages from flooding.

-Stay tuned to the news, or listen to the radio for any updates on flood warnings in your area.

TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE AFTER A FLOOD

If a flood has already happened in your area, here are some tips.

-Stay away from any dangerous areas with floodwater.

-Keep a look out for dangerous animals like snakes that could come into your home with the floodwater.

-Officials will report when it is safe to enter your home.

-Contact the fire department if you hear a hissing noise or smell gas.

-Make sure to wear protective gear when cleaning up to avoid injury.

-Be safe when entering your home, and watch out for collapsed or damaged areas.

-If any food or water has come into contact with floodwater, it is best to throw it away.

Call SERVPRO after a flood for any of your water restoration needs for your home or business.

Storm's First Glance

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm's First Glance Storm rolling in.

During all the much needed rain here in sunny Florida, there is a possibility of flooding. 

Thunderstorms can have devastating effects with high winds, heavy rains and even trees down. When disaster happens know who to call!

Having the SERVPRO of Vero Beach number 772-770-0501 ready will give your home or business a leg up when there is a storm. Mitigating the damage quickly will save time and money on your storm loss.

If the restoration and mitigation efforts begin within the first five hours of the appearance of water in the home or water in the business, the chances of a successful restoration and mitigation of the damage is nearly certain. However, if the water cleanup efforts are delayed past the first 24 hours, it becomes increasingly likely that the property will sustain permanent damage.

DO NOT hesitate to call SERVPRO of Vero Beach!

Knocked Out Power

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Knocked Out Power Mold growing on a wall after storm.

After a storm rolled through our area, it knocked out power for days.  Upon restoration of power, this home had blown a fuse so their air never did come back on.  Following weeks of being unoccupied with shutter still up and high humidity, the mold began growing.  We have a particular way to clean mold and unlike many companies, we guarantee our work.  We will provide a pre-test and a post-test.  We will continue to follow up with our clients as well to make sure they are still satisfied in the following weeks.  Mold can be a scary thing to customers, but it is not scary to us.  If you suspect you have mold, do not mess with it.  Instead, call the professionals...us.

Hauling off Debris

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hauling off Debris Debris in one of our dumpsters.

When storms roll through our area, we may have different levels of debris.  Same thing in the mitigation world.  Sometimes we are able to salvage furniture, drywall, etc...  Other times we have to discard most of it if not all of it.  We definitely do our best in trying to salvage as much as possible.  We understand there are certain items that may have sentimental value and will give our honest opinion in what can be saved.  Mold especially when growing rampant, is not merciful.  It loves to grow on what it can.  After a storm it is best to clean up quickly and not give mold a chance to grow.  Drying out immediately is ideal especially in this environment where it can get humid and muggy quick.

Wind, Rain, and Flood

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Wind, Rain, and Flood Flooded room from storm.

There are times in Florida when storms form unexpectedly.  This is never a good thing if a home owner has a weak roof, leaking windows, or live in low-lying areas.  Water will follow gravity and winds are unpredictable.  When it rains hard for three hours following days of constant rain, the already flooded water simply keep rising.  Home owners around our city are devastated when the rising waters begin to penetrate the house.  Can you imagine how helpless they feel watching it enter their house and not able to stop it?  Many have experienced just this, but were smart to pick the phone up and call SERVPRO of Vero Beach.  We can't stop the rain, but we can make your house feel "Like it never even happened."

Heavy Rains Seep In

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Heavy Rains Seep In Recent rains cracked foundation.

This homeowner found water seeping in from a recent storm right away because the damage occurred on the first floor right at the bottom of a highly used stairwell. 

Water issues in a location that is a high traffic area allows owners to be more aware of a water loss sooner than in areas of the house where they don’t often go.

Right away the owner pulled up the carpet and pad to dry both of them with all the fans she had in her home.  By doing so she was actually able to dry out the carpet, but the pad still needed to be replaced.

By contacting SERVPRO we were able to give her a FREE evaluation of the damage which helped her from having any secondary damages and prevented mold growth as well.

Call Us Today (772)770-0501.

Dual Situations

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dual Situations When storms occur, SERVPRO of Vero Beach does it all.

You recently experienced flooding due to torrential rainstorms in the area. If that was not bad enough, pressure from the additional weight caused a gas line to burst, and fires to break out on the second floor, leaving behind, even more, damages.

When these kinds of dual loss situations affect your damaged home,  restoration services become necessary. We are available 24-7, 365 days a year, including holidays and, have access to everything needed to restore your home to a quality pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened." 
 
SERVPRO technicians have several years of experience dealing with situations just like yours. We are there, on your property, within an hour of your initial call and begin work immediately upon securing a signed agreement.  We start by securing the structure, ensuring that there aren't any immediate hazards by shutting off the electricity and gas supply to the structure. 
 
Once it is safe to enter, our onsite manager performs an initial assessment, identifying each affected area that needs attention and plans each step of your restoration process. We tailor our services to fit your unique situation, providing you with expertly trained personnel to tackle each type of repair separately. 
 

Approaching Storm in Vero Beach

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Approaching Storm in Vero Beach Approaching storm in Vero Beach last week.

If your home has been damaged by severe floods or storms, call us right away at (772)770-0501. Disaster can strike when we least expect it, but SERVPRO of Vero Beach be there to help you weather the storm.

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 Vero Beach, 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 (772)770-0501

Restoring your business after a storm

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring your business after a storm Approaching Storm.

Flooding and storm damage events in Vero Beach commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Vero Beach

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a storm damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Hurricane season has arrived

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane season has arrived Hurricane Irma as it approached Florida a year ago.

If hurricanes, flash floods or other environmental acts are suspected, you may get a bit of a warning before high waters hit. When flooding is suspected for Vero Beach, you want to do whatever you can to get your commercial building ready for the potential damage. You don't always get a warning prior to a flood, so it's a good idea to use this time wisely. Consider using these steps to best prepare for a storm with high waters.


Rearrange Your Equipment and Furniture

If there's a potential for storm damage involving high waters in your area, you want to do what you can to move your important furniture and equipment up high. You can rearrange in a variety of ways, including the following:

* Move as much as possible to upper floors of the building.
* Create stacks of furniture with water-resistant items at the bottom on lower levels of the building.
* Use watertight totes to protect files and equipment.

Moving around office furniture could help you save as much as possible. As you get ready to rearrange your space, think about the items will you be able to easily dry out and clean after a flood. Keep those at the bottom and move other, less water-resistant furniture and equipment first.

Get Sandbags

You can also try to make your building impermeable to flooding. Stacking sandbags near the doors and windows can help keep water from entering your commercial space. You can even build up a wall of sandbags around the perimeter of your building to help keep water away from the foundation.

Flooding can leave your building unrecognizable. That's why commercial building owners want to do what they can to stop water from damaging their building. If you were unable to prepare for flood damage, you can still call in a flood cleanup team to help you fix the problems caused by the high waters.

Call us at (772)770-0501.

Call the Experts from SERVPRO for Rapid Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call the Experts from SERVPRO for Rapid Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration After a heavy rain storm, water crept into a home.

Our SERVPRO technicians first communicate with the customer first following a storm. Prompt treatment of any affected areas helps prevent more extensive problems from manifesting. Any part of a home that experiences water damage becomes an ideal breeding ground for mold and other pathogens. If a homeowner ignores the areas of water damage in the home, the microbial spores frequently spread throughout the structure and render it uninhabitable. We prepare year round for storms and are ready when they hit. Surprisingly a simple rainstorm can cause severe damage if the circumstance is right.

At SERVPROof Vero Beach, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is mold, storm, fire, or flood-related. Call us at (772)770-0501 at any time of the day, and we can make it appear "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Has What It Takes to Restore Your Commercial Property From Storm Damage 

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Has What It Takes to Restore Your Commercial Property From Storm Damage  The Calm After The Storm. This Condo Was Gutted Due To A Storm That Passed Through Last Year.

What you want is access to a quality restoration company to assist with recovering from storm damage in your Vero Beach business. We have strategically located restoration teams with several years of experience helping businesses just like yours recover from storm damage throughout the area and all of the resources needed to assist you and your neighbors when an emergency situation strikes. 


SERVPRO of Vero Beach has an entire division of dedicated, expertly trained teams composed of quality water, fire, mold, storm, and major event technicians, designed to assist you with cutting costs and saving time associated with the restoration of your business after a disaster. All of these teams are lead by an operations manager that assists with seamless communication and timely mitigation involving the recovery of your business. 

The services that  SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides to every business owner involves the mitigation of the wind, rain, and flood damage that causes substantial damage in a matter of minutes, requiring an immediate response and quick, efficient implementation to prevent excessive loss of revenue and productivity. We respond to your call immediately and provide you with the help you need to get your situation under control. 

It does not matter how small or large your property is; SERVPRO of Vero Beach has the services, equipment, and personnel available to address the event affecting your business. We provide you with access to expertly trained storm and water damage restoration specialists, as well as cleaning and building preparation services to manage your restoration project from start to finish. 

Even a normal tropical storm can cause severe damage to your property when you are ill-prepared. Give us a call to help fortify your property against the wind, flood, storm, and tornado damage that this type of phenomenon generates. We can help protect your business and get things under control when everything is said and done.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach for the professional restoration and cleaning services your company requires. (772)770-0501

Torrential Rains

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Torrential Rains Heavy rains during a relentless rain storm.

Sometimes it doesn't take a Hurricane to cause significant damage to your home.  Sometimes it can be afternoon rain storm.  Unprecedented rains earlier this year prove that no place is immune to the power of flood damage after a severe storm.

Homeowners must prepare for the damage flooding does as weather patterns continue to change and storms intensify. Our crews are trained in advanced water restoration techniques, and our equipment is second to none.

After unusually heavy rains the ground around your home saturates, and flood damage occurs in your home. Although the rainwater itself is fairly clean, storm sewers in the area are unable to handle the runoff, and you risk sewage backup as part of the flooding. Anytime large amounts of water, clean or contaminated, invade your home we respond quickly with powerful tools and the know-how of a company that values up to date training in industry best practices for all our workers.

The water that seeps into your lower level may carry landscaping chemicals into your home. Adding to the toxic mix is human and animal waste from the sewer back up. The substances in the flood waters can be infectious and offer a rich growth medium for unwanted microbial activity. SERVPRO’s truck-mounted pumps and extractors collect the contaminated water for disposal according to local regulations. Our staff takes baseline moisture measurements after extraction to locate hidden pockets of water and to help set drying goals.

Next time a storm rolls in call us at SERVPRO VERO BEACH.  We will help you out quickly.  (772)770-0501

Post Hurricane

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Post Hurricane A satellite image of Hurricane Irma.

After Hurricane

  • Let friends and family know you’re safe - Register yourself as safe on the Safe and Well website
  • If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding.

Caring For Yourself & Loved Ones

  • Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress. Promote emotional recovery by following these tips.
  • Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
  • Help all people—infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.

Returning Home Safely

  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines. Report them immediately to the power company.
  • Follow these tips for inspecting your home after a hurricane.
  • Take pictures of home damage, both of the buildings and its contents, for insurance purposes.

Cleaning Your Home

  • Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.
  • Learn more about how to clean up after a hurricane, including the supplies you’ll need, how to deal with contaminated food and water, and how to repair water damage.
  • Don’t just repair your home, build in hurricane-resistant features to help protect against future storms:
    • Secure double entry doors at the top and bottom.
    • Strengthen garage doors to improve wind resistance, particularly double-wide garage doors.
    • Select trees that are not as subject to uprooting to replace any damaged ones. A gardening or landscaping professional can give you excellent advice.
    • If your home has been significantly damaged and will require rebuilding parts or all of it, consider building a safe room.

Ask a Professional to

  • Ensure roof sheathing is properly installed.
  • Ensure end gables are securely fastened to the rest of the roof.
  • Fasten the roof to the walls with hurricane straps.
  • Elevate your home if it’s near the coast and subject to flooding from storm surge.

Do not ever hesitate after a storm.  Call us at SERVPRO VERO BEACH

(772)770-0501.

Now Is The Time To Prepare

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Now Is The Time To Prepare Nasa view of Hurricane Irma

What a summer already!  Storms, Sinkholes, Earthquakes, and Tornadoes have ravaged parts of our country.  If you have been fortunate not to have encountered any of these, I am sure you at least know of someone who has.  To be prepared, now is the time to check your insurance and verify you are covered for all type of storms in your area.  Flooding and earthquakes are usually not covered by most insurance policies so make sure to consider your risk when choosing the appropriate policy for your family.  Also, remember that flood insurance takes days to become effective, so don't wait until a named storm heads your way to try and scramble to add flood to your policy because the storm will most likely arrive before your flood insurance takes effect.  It is always a good idea to check your policy often and have a good understanding of your level of protection.  If you have questions about the right type coverage you should have, you can can find insurance help on this link where non-profit United Policyholders has listed useful information.  uphelp.org

Prepare Your Vero Beach Area Home Or Business For Hurricane Season

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Vero Beach Area Home Or Business For Hurricane Season Getting ready for storm season can help reduce the damage to your property afterwards. Contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach to discuss what should be done.

SERVPRO Provides Helpful Suggestions to Weather the Storm as Well as Technicians to Take Care of the Damages Afterwards

Protecting your home properly during hurricane season takes lots of effort. Every year both businesses and homes suffer catastrophic losses. Think about what you have invested and then picture everything you have fought long and hard for, gone. 

When taking on the task of preparing for hurricane season in the Vero Beach area, take the time to address certain areas that can help mitigate storm damages and improve your properties chance of recovery. Without knowing the in's and out's of every situation that may occur, a specialist in the field can come in quite handy.
  
Contacting SERVPRO helps with the development of your Emergency READY Plan. A tool at your disposal that helps you prepare your property, its contents, and any personal belongings for disaster. We can help you identify potential hazards and get you well on your way to defending your property, even when things are at their worst.
  
If you operate a business, you should consider renting a nearby office space, storefront, or even work out of the house as a temporary answer that helps protect valuable tasks and keeps operations running. Take equipment, resources, and computer files with you, ensuring that your business weathers the storm, even if your building does not.
  
SERVPRO technicians can assist with performing a safety inventory. We test smoke detectors, first aid kits, and fire extinguishers found on your property, make sure everything works as intended and is in working order for when you need them. It never hurts to have an alternative power source, when possible electricity failure looms overhead, portable generators can truly save the day. Just make sure that you store fuel used to operate the generator safely.
 
Even though you contact SERVPRO and begin to prepare your building for everything that might head your way, you should contact your insurance company. Double check or even triple check that your insurance coverage meets your needs. Hurricanes can lead to floods and earthquakes are always a possibility, never make the mistake of assuming your safe, you may be left wanting.

Give SERVPRO of Vero Beach a call for assistance with preparing your home for hurricane season. We can help you 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including holidays. Make the decision to survive, today. 

For more information, call us at (772) 770-0501.

SERVPRO Franchises Will Paint Vero Beach Green in the Event of Major Storm

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know SERVPRO Corporate has their very own in-house meteorologist?  Mother Nature can cause tremendous damage. Due to the nature of SERVPRO business, storm alerts are vital. Having a resident meteorologist means faster responses and that we are a step ahead.

Property owners need to be aware of what exactly happens in times of a storm.

Take it from our experience - even lower-category hurricanes could devastate the area, and professional help might not be available.

Truth be told, every local firm like ours will be at capacity within minutes of the arrival of a major storm. There will be enough work to go around for weeks. This is exactly what happened in 2014, during a devastating cold freeze in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Homes up there flooded due to pipe breakages -- property owners called local providers for up to a week, with no response for service because all providers were at capacity.

Problem is, your property needs help now. That's where SERVPRO'S national "Storm Team" resources come into play. SERVPRO has 1,700 franchises across the country -- many of them will send trained technicians and equipment to the area to service the excess demand. There is no other restoration company that can provide this depth of service. All you need to do is call us at SERVPRO of Vero Beach (772)770-0501, and your job will be put on a queue. If we are at capacity, your loss will be handled by one of the storm team crews who arrived here from Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama or Tennessee.

When Storms or Floods hit Indian River County, SERVPRO is ready!

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Indian River County, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Indian River County

SERVPRO of Vero Beach 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 Vero Beach 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 At SERVPRO of Vero Beach 772 770-0501

When Storms or Floods hit Indian River County, SERVPRO is ready!

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Indian River County, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Indian River County.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach 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 Indian River 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 (772)770-0501