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Should I Be Concerned With Severe Weather? | SERVPRO® of East Mecklenburg/Matthews

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

dark storm clouds forming behind row of white and brick homes If your home is damaged due to a storm, SERVPRO of East Mecklenburg/Matthews is here to help. We will get the job done right, contact us today.

There are plenty of things to be concerned with on a daily basis, and for many people, planning for severe weather ends up pushed to the sidelines. Though severe weather can feel like a more abstract concern than a literal one, it is still extremely dangerous.

Responsible for many injuries and fatalities each year, severe weather can cause serious issues—especially for those who have not taken the time to prepare.

Why Should I Be Concerned With Severe Weather?

Severe weather is certainly unpredictable, but it is also unavoidable. Chances are, you will be impacted by a thunderstorm, high winds or heavy rains at some point, and not acting with safety in mind can put you or your family in harm’s way.

Severe weather can cause many issues ranging from lightning strikes to wind damage to bodily harm, in addition to the significant threat that flash floods can cause. Though we may never be able to know exactly when and where severe weather will strike, preparing for it is the best thing we can do.

How Can I Be Safer in the Event of Severe Weather?

Get a reliable weather update system. If severe weather is possible, local officials will issue watches and warnings accordingly, and being able to tune into these alerts can potentially save a life. Instead of relying on a cell phone, get a battery or hand-powered weather radio so you can tune in even if cell reception becomes spotty due to storms.

Pack a household emergency kit. Having an emergency kit in the home is a must, as storms can knock out power and floods can knock out utility services. Your kit should have everything your family might need for a few days, including light sources, food, water and first-aid supplies.

Create an evacuation plan. In most instances, you will want to stay put in the event of severe weather—but if you are in the path of a flash flood, you will want to move to higher ground. Make sure you have an evacuation plan in case this happens, and practice it as a family beforehand so you can execute it smoothly if you are in danger.

If your home is damaged due to a storm or severe weather, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our restoration services or to report damage to your own home. Call us today.

What to Do if a Thunderstorm Catches You Outside | SERVPRO® of East Mecklenburg/Matthews

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

large lighting strike during a storm at night If your home is damaged by a storm, SERVPRO of East Mecklenburg/Matthews is available 24/7. We specialize in complete restoration services.

Thunderstorms can be frightening no matter where they occur, but if one catches you while you are outside and away from shelter, it can be absolutely terrifying to endure. While checking weather alerts is always a wise thing to do before heading out, storms tend to pop up suddenly this time of year as they thrive off of the heat and humidity of long summer days.

While being in a building during a thunderstorm is the safest option (with being in your vehicle a close second), if you are away from buildings and cars when a storm strikes, knowing what to do next is key.

How to Seek Shelter From a Storm if You Are Outdoors

Get to low ground. Lightning tends to take the most direct route to get to the ground, which is why it commonly strikes the tallest object in the vicinity. While this is not an absolute, the chances of being struck are certainly reduced if you are situated on low ground. Avoid hills or wide-open spaces, and try to crouch in a less exposed area if possible.

Avoid being near tall objects. Being extremely close to an object that is struck by lightning is almost as dangerous as being struck yourself, so avoid tall objects when possible. Trees, light poles, flagpoles and even fences are all more likely to attract lightning, so avoid them if possible to not be a target yourself.

Get away from water. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, so if lightning strikes a body of water, everyone nearby is in danger. If you are swimming, get out of the water as soon as the first clap of thunder sounds, as that is a sign that lightning is nearby. If you are on a boat and can’t get to shore before the storm begins, put down your anchor and crouch down in the boat, or go into the cabin if your boat has one on board. Avoid touching any metallic surfaces in the boat, as well.

If your home or business is damaged by a storm, you can count on us to help. We are here 247 so you can report your damage and get a rapid response. Contact us today to learn more.

Doing a Post-Storm Damage Check for Your Home | SERVPRO® of East Mecklenburg/Matthews

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

black roof shingles showing storm damage If you have damage to your roof or somewhere else in your home, SERVPRO of East Mecklenburg/Matthew is here to help.

Storm damage can be extremely unpredictable. Even if a storm did not feel severe or frightening, damage to your home is still a very real possibility after every severe weather incident. With high winds, hail and heavy rains, there are many ways that storm damage can occur all around your home.

In every case, catching this damage early on is your best bet for having it remedied without too much hassle or headache. Left unnoticed, damages can quickly compound and give rise to secondary issues, so catching it early is key. Fortunately, by doing a post-storm damage inspection after every storm, you will be far more likely to catch these problems quickly so you can give us a call.

2 Things to Check on Your Home After a Storm

Check for Any Pooled Water Around the Foundation

Moisture is the No. 1 enemy of the longevity of any home, but just because you do not have any visible leaks does not mean you are in the clear. As soon as possible after a storm subsides, check around your foundation for any spots of pooling water.

This may indicate that you do not have adequate drainage around your home, and over time, this can lead to moisture seeping into the foundation and causing issues. If you do not have damage yet, installing more drainage pathways can often remedy the issue quickly.

Do a Visual Examination of Your Roof

Of course, it would not be practical (or safe) to climb on your roof after every storm, but doing a from-the-ground inspection can give you a good idea of if you need to call in a professional—you can even use binoculars to get a better look.

Missing shingles or areas where they appear loose are a clear sign that you should get an expert’s opinion and potentially have the roof patched. The roof is your first line of defense against any type of moisture getting into your home, and can quickly lead to serious leaks or other issues if not addressed.

If your home has damages due to a storm, you can depend on us to take care of it. Our trained restoration technicians are here 247 to help you out. Get in touch today so we can come take a look.

What to Do if a Thunderstorm Catches You Outside | SERVPRO® of East Mecklenburg/Matthews

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

large lighting strike during a storm at night If your home is damaged by a storm, SERVPRO of East Mecklenburg/Matthews is available 24/7. We specialize in complete restoration services.

Thunderstorms can be frightening no matter where they occur, but if one catches you while you are outside and away from shelter, it can be absolutely terrifying to endure. While checking weather alerts is always a wise thing to do before heading out, storms tend to pop up suddenly this time of year as they thrive off of the heat and humidity of long summer days.

While being in a building during a thunderstorm is the safest option (with being in your vehicle a close second), if you are away from buildings and cars when a storm strikes, knowing what to do next is key.

How to Seek Shelter From a Storm if You Are Outdoors

Get to low ground. Lightning tends to take the most direct route to get to the ground, which is why it commonly strikes the tallest object in the vicinity. While this is not an absolute, the chances of being struck are certainly reduced if you are situated on low ground. Avoid hills or wide-open spaces, and try to crouch in a less exposed area if possible.

Avoid being near tall objects. Being extremely close to an object that is struck by lightning is almost as dangerous as being struck yourself, so avoid tall objects when possible. Trees, light poles, flagpoles and even fences are all more likely to attract lightning, so avoid them if possible to not be a target yourself.

Get away from water. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, so if lightning strikes a body of water, everyone nearby is in danger. If you are swimming, get out of the water as soon as the first clap of thunder sounds, as that is a sign that lightning is nearby. If you are on a boat and can’t get to shore before the storm begins, put down your anchor and crouch down in the boat, or go into the cabin if your boat has one on board. Avoid touching any metallic surfaces in the boat, as well.

If your home or business is damaged by a storm, you can count on us to help. We are here 247 so you can report your damage and get a rapid response. Contact us today to learn more.

Storm Damage?

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

We always want to stay prepared and so to do that here is a list of facts and weather history to have us well suited for any upcoming weather.

  • North Carolina averages 26 tornadoes, 3 tornado fatalities, and 39 tornado injuries each year.
  • April is the peak month for tornadoes in the state. A secondary peak occurs in November.
  • Tornadoes occur more frequently in the afternoon and early evening but can develop any time of day or night. The deadliest time for tornadoes can be at night since it is more difficult to be alerted of warnings that are issued.
  • Severe storms don't have to produce tornadoes to be deadly. Straight-line wind gusts from severe storms can cause extensive damage similar to that of a tornado.
  • In the last 5 years, 16 people have been killed and another 70 injured by straight-line winds from severe thunderstorms in North Carolina.
  • A storm is classified as severe if it produces damaging winds or hail one inch in diameter or larger.
  • In the last 5 years, baseball-sized has been reported 8 times in North Carolina. Golf ball size hail has been reported 200 times.

Make sure you have great shelter, which should be sturdy, small, and windowless at the lowest point of the building. A basement is a great example. If you don’t have a basement, a bathroom or hallway and even a closet will do just fine as well.

Stay informed and stay protected.

If your home or business suffers any damage from a storm, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

SERVPRO of East Mecklenburg / Matthews 704.847.8001