Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flood water may not always be clean water.

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

It's definitely not the most pleasant problem to talk about, but sewage backups or leaks are very real and very serious issues you could face in your home or business.

Earlier you may have seen one of our blogs when we discussed how to tell if the water flooding in your property is clean or contaminated, hopefully you remember that sewage water should be assumed to be contaminated and hazardous at all times (until one of our professionals determines otherwise).

Sewage water is typically referred to as category 3 black water. This classification is due to the dangerous contaminants in it. It's important to note that sewage water has the ability to appear clean. This is an instance of top water. If sewage runoff looks clean, it's usually because the waste and contaminants have sunk to the bottom. This water is still categorized as black water; not for the color, but for the risk it carries with it. In most cases of any standing water in your home, it's crucial to understand that just because you can't particularly see the contaminants or just because the water looks clear...doesn't mean that it is safe to try to mitigate yourself. 

Our SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor crews are specifically trained to deal with hazardous water and how to clean any harmful remnants once the water is drained. Without that training, your knowledge is your most powerful tool to keep you from putting yourself at risk upon spotting standing water in your residential or commercial property.

If you experience sewage backup or sewage related flooding, let us be your first call. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

410-637-3433

Fall is prep time.

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fall is a great time to prep your home for the winter storms ahead.

When you have rain, winds or snow that hits hard, property damage can be great.

Storm damage rarely only affects one home in the neighborhood so you really need to know who to call and why. SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is there for you. We have crews that can guide you through your whole event. You may have trees down that need removing, roof repair, water damage and rebuilding maybe needed.

SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor can help you get the service you need for every step of your disaster. SERVPRO even has storm teams ready to come help the local franchises when a local disaster affects the area.

Prep time is great, making sure windows are sealed, branches cut back, things buttoned down as best you can but sometimes just having the right company to call can be some of the best prepping you can do.

Jump on Board.

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

You always see photos of homes and businesses boarding up before or after some kind of damaging event...but do you know why?

In the case of abandoned buildings, boarded up windows and doors are usually a measure to keep vandals or squatters out of the structure. However, in the event of damage or a loss, this process is to protect not only windows and doors from shattering, breaking, or failing in other ways, but to protect the structure itself.

Our crews often times board up your home or business before or during mitigation and remediation to prevent any further damage.

If done incorrectly, the boarding up process could actually cause secondary damages such as additional moisture or even animal intrusion. 

Whether it's fire, storm, or another kind of structural damage, boarding up can be just as dangerous as it is important. Especially if the damage or loss has already occurred. 

The most common reasons to board up your home or business are severe rainstorms, flash flooding, severe thunderstorms, hailstorms, and of course, tornadoes. 

While we at SERVPRO are known to mitigate and remediate fire and water damage, don't forget that we are deal with storm damage  as well. Whether it's a tree on your roof, or a flooded basement, we are here to help!

SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor should be your first call when it comes to recovering and rebuilding after a major storm event. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Summer Storms

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

As you know, summer brings storms, and storms bring storm damage. Storm damage can come from a bunch of different sources. Whether it's fire, wind, water, or even the weather...SERVPRO is here to help!

While meteorologists do their best with the tools they have access to, it's sometimes tough to determine how much damage one storm can do to your home or business. They can be completely harmless...or they can destroy your roof and flood your home. No matter the size of the loss,  SERVPRO is specially trained to deal with the mess summer storms leave behind.

Wind is a pretty major culprit for summer storm damage. When it comes to storms with heavy winds, they can leave trees on the roof of your home, drag shingles off your roofing, or even bust out your roof to invite water damage into your home. While you should be sure to keep your roof in the best most up to date condition as you possibly can, you can never be certain when disaster will strike.

Wind isn't the only suspect to watch out for with summer storms. As you know, where there's thunder...there's lightning. If lightning strikes your home or business, it goes without saying, there is an immediate risk for fire.

And, of course, water damage can follow any of the above causes. This is because any holes in your home allow water to seep in and keep coming as the rain continues to fall.

Storm readiness is crucial to preventing severe storm damage to your residence or place of business...but if you get caught off guard , SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is  always ready to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Let us help with the board up.

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

You always see photos of homes and businesses boarding up before or after some kind of damaging event...but do you know why?

In the case of abandoned buildings, boarded up windows and doors are usually a measure to keep vandals or squatters out of the structure. However, in the event of damage or a loss, this process is to protect not only windows and doors from shattering, breaking, or failing in other ways, but to protect the structure itself.

Our crews often times board up your home or business before or during mitigation and remediation to prevent any further damage.

If done incorrectly, the boarding up process could actually cause secondary damages such as additional moisture or even animal intrusion. 

Whether it's fire, storm, or another kind of structural damage, boarding up can be just as dangerous as it is important. Especially if the damage or loss has already occurred. 

The most common reasons to board up your home or business are severe rainstorms, flash flooding, severe thunderstorms, hailstorms, and of course, tornadoes. 

While SERVPRO is known to mitigate and remediate fire and water damage, don't forget that we are trained to deal with damage from storms as well. Whether it's a tree on your roof, or a flooded basement, we are here to help!

Especially with our rebuild divison emerging, should be your first call when it comes to recovering and rebuilding after a major storm event. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

When you hear the roar go indoors!

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Summer time is when people are relaxed. They love enjoying the outdoors . But outdoors is not the place to be when a storm rolls in.

There is a saying, " If you hear a roar, get indoors."The roar is referring to thunder. There is no place outside that is safe during a storm. 

Never seek shelter under a tree or around poles. Lightening tends to strike taller objects. 

Don't lie down on the ground either; thinking it will hit something taller than you. It will travel to the ground. 

Stay away from water; even the kitchen sink or shower. 

Lightening can strike from even 10 miles away. Amazing right?

So don't wait to see lightening. Listen. If you hear thunder get indoors and waiting patiently for the storm to pass. 

Deaths happen every year from lightening strikes. Don't let it happen to you. Just remember that old saying, "when you hear the roar, get indoors!"

Can we always predict a storm?

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Can we always predict a storm? Having the pipes properly insulated would have more than likely prevented this disaster.

Even the Farmer's Almanac can be wrong and miss a storm predication.

Our high tech equipment, can miss a prediction when it comes to the weather as well.

 Maybe your relying on the fact that the so-called "experts" predict a mild winter so your going to pass on getting your roof checked for cracks, or will wait another year before properly insulating your pipes. This could be a costly mistake.

The fact is that being prepared for storm damage will benefit you in the long run.

Having a well sealed home can save your home from  damage.

If you do get storm damage though it's not recommended to try and do the mitigation yourself.

The experts at SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor have the correct tools and equipment to help save your home when it looks like a total loss. We are the remediation experts and that's a fact not a predication. 

Flash Flooding: A Warning vs. A Watch

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flash Flooding: A Warning vs. A Watch The difference between watches and warnings could be the difference between being prepared and being at increased risk for storm damage.

We've definitely seen our fair share of summer storms so far this season, especially with Harvey closing out the season with the potential of 3 more to come. We have additionally had a good bit of flash flood warnings and watches. Since SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is one of the most reliable sources in the community for storm and water damage remediation, we figured it's only fair we provide you some flash flood facts. Knowing the difference between and warning and a watch could be the difference between being prepared and being at risk for flood damage.

Flood warnings:

When your local agencies (whether it be NWS or a local weather station) issue a flash flood/flood warning this means flooding is happening or will happen soon. When you see this warning, it means you should move to high ground or be prepared for flooding ASAP. Often times it is important to be aware of any announcements from local officials if the flooding is projected to be particularly severe.

Flood watches:

When local agencies issue a flash flood/flood watch, it means that flooding is possible. Upon the release of this watch, you should be sure to stay tuned to radio or TV for more information about the potential severity of the flood, should the watch be converted into a warning.

We know this can seem confusing, but if you're connected with us on Facebook or Twitter, we are sure to clarify what and when each watch/warning means, when we can. But be sure to connect with your local Emergency Management channels. We recommend MDMEMABaltimore OEMNWS BaltimoreMaryland OPR, and FEMA.

Storm Damage Isn't Unstoppable

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Isn't Unstoppable The next time storm damage affects your home or business, your knowledge is power!

Storm damage can be a rather difficult thing to deal with in your Baltimore home. Leave the complexities to our SERVPRO professionals, and use these helpful do's and don'ts while you wait for us to arrive on scene. These handy tips can keep you from unknowingly furthering any damage to your property.

DO:

  • Wait for the "all clear" before worrying about minimizing your storm damage. Your safety should be prioritized above property safety
  • Avoid entering a flooded area, unless the electricity is turned off
  • Try to remove as much excess water as possible with wet-dry vacuums, mops, and towels you don't mind potentially ruining (if the water is contaminated)
  • Prop up wet upholstery and pillow cushions for proper drying after you remove them from the affected area

DON'T:

  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water. Your standard vacuum does not double as a shop vac
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place to sit and mildew. Be sure to dry any wet items as soon as you can!
  • Don't leave books magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors. If left on wet surfaces, the ink can bleed and permanently stain surfaces
  • Don't use any household appliances or electronics while standing on wet surfaces

Any damage to your home or business can seem daunting. If you have a few do's or don'ts in the back of your mind when a loss occurs, you will feel more in control. We will worry about the rest for you. We make it, "like it never even happened."

Flash Floods Pose A Glaring Risk

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flash Floods Pose A Glaring Risk Even the seemingly smallest flood can cause major damage to your home or business. You can be prepared. See Floodsmart.gov for more info!

If someone asked you which weather event causes the most damage, most people would probably jump to say hurricanes or tornadoes. However, according to the NOAA, flooding kills more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes, and lightning.  

Flooding can cause damage quickly, and can often occur with little to no warning. That said, it is possible to be safe and be prepared when flood risk is present or actively occurring. 

Additionally, Floodsmart.gov reports that in the past 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather related disaster.

If find yourself caught in a flooding situation it seems obvious, but it is important to remember to stay away from flood waters, no matter the height of the standing water. A mere six inches of swiftly moving water could easily sweep you off your feet. If you happen to be driving when you get caught in a flood, turn around and don't drown! Most cars (it is safe to assume that your car is one of most cars) can get swept away by less than two feet of moving water. If flood waters are rapidly rising whilst you are driving through a flooded road, exit your vehicle and move yourself to higher ground. Value your safety first! Also be sure to keep children out of and away from any flooding water or potential flood zones during heightened risk times. 

It does not matter if you live near a coastline, in the city, the mountains, near a tiny river, or even in the desert...there is always potential risk for flooding and flood damage. Just because you and your property have never experienced a flood or flood damage does not mean you never will!

20% of flood insurance claims come from moderate to low risk area. On average, flooding costs $3.5 billion in annual losses for the USA.

Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when it isn't treated quickly and properly. This includes mold damage from improper drying of flooding.

The cleanup can be overwhelming, but that is what SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is here for. Our crews are trained to handle an size disaster quickly and efficiently.

When you feel like you're drowning in water damage, SERVPRO helps you stay above water!

Are You Storm Smart?

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Storm Smart? Storms over the Baltimore area are known to range in severity, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't value storm readiness...

Disaster can strike any time anywhere. If a major storm struck within the next 15 minutes...would you be prepared? No? Read on.

Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are related to weather events. These events can lead to about 500 deaths and cause nearly $15 billion in damages, according to the NOAA. 

So, how do you make sure you're as ready as possible when severe weather hits? Know your risk and take action.

No matter how high or low your risk level is for severe weather, it's crucial to have an emergency plan and supply kit in place, just in case.

What do you include in your emergency supply kit?

It's important to mix and match these items to suit your specific personal needs, but here are some fundamentals to include:

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably and NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help, if need be
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, especially during flood or lightning risks
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account info
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

While this list is suitable for a home or business, if your business needs assistance devising an emergency plan, let us do it for you. We specialize in Emergency Ready Profiles which her minimize damage and business interruption in case of an emergency.

In any event, we are here to help you recover your home or business after any type of loss or damage.

SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor: 410-637-3433

Sewage Problem? Stop Right There!

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Sewage Problem? Stop Right There! Standing water in your home can not only be harmful to your belongings, but if you don't know if it's contaminated or clear...it can be harmful to you

It's definitely not the most pleasant problem to talk about, but sewage backups or leaks are very real and very serious issues you could face in your home or business.


Earlier we discussed how to tell if the water flooding in your property is clean or contaminated. It's probably the most important to know that sewage water should be assumed to be contaminated and hazardous at all times (until one of our professionals determines otherwise). Sewage water is typically referred to as category 3 black water. This classification is due to the dangerous contaminants in it. It's important to note that sewage water has the ability to appear clean. This is an instance of top water. If sewage runoff looks clean, it's usually because the waste and contaminants have sunk to the bottom. This water is still categorized as black water; not for the color, but for the risk it carries with it. In most cases of any standing water in your home, it's crucial to understand that just because you can't particularly see the contaminants or just because the water looks clear...doesn't mean that it is safe to try to mitigate yourself. 


Our SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor crews are specifically trained to deal with hazardous water and how to clean any harmful remnants once the water is drained. Without that training, your knowledge is your most powerful tool to keep you from putting yourself at risk upon spotting standing water in your residential or commercial property.


If you experience sewage backup or sewage related flooding, let us be your first call. We make it, "Like it never even happened."


SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor


410-637-3433


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