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Defend Your Home From a Lightning Strike | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”lightning.jpg” alt = "multiple lightning strikes off in distance of dark purple night sky " > If you are dealing with smoke or fire damage from a recent fire, call SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco to learn about a restoration solution for your issue.

Many household fires are avoidable, and with fire safety tools, you can ensure the safety of your whole family. But although many house fires are typically started in places like the kitchen, there are other natural threats that could affect your home and be more difficult to prevent.

More than 70,000 damage claims resulting from lightning strikes were made in 2020. While it is actually quite uncommon for a person to be struck by lightning, your property is considerably more vulnerable. And when lightning does strike, it has the power to burn out your electricity, down trees and even ignite a fire.

Approximately 6,000 lightning strikes are thought to occur each minute. So, everyone is at risk of being affected by lightning, and we should all work to keep ourselves and our homes safe before severe weather strikes.

What Is Lightning?

Lightning is an enormous flash of electrical current that happens between clouds in the air and the ground. Lightning is usually present in thunderstorms, but it can also happen during a volcanic eruption, severe wildfires or even a significant snowstorm.

We typically relate lightning to severe weather, but it can even strike when the sky is clear and the air is dry. “Dry lightning” occurs without rain, and it’s capable of creating flames that result in wildfires. That means we should not only prepare for storms but also for the risk of flames as well.

Protecting Your Home From Lightning Fires

Your home may sustain significant damage from a lightning strike, including flames. The warmth of the impact itself or an electrical surge brought on by the impact both have the potential to ignite a fire.

When flames are started after a strike, you might not notice them right away since lightning-related fire will often erupt up in your attic or between your walls. Check for scorching after the strike, and notify the fire department as soon as you spot black markings or smell smoke.

One of the most effective strategies to avoid lightning-related fire is to install a lightning rod. This is a metal pole that can direct the power of a lightning strike away from your house so that it is not directly affected by the temperature and electrical charge of the hit.

When Lightning Strikes Nearby

Lighting is a typical cause of wildfires and many other outdoor fires. There are several “peak” seasons for lightning fires in various regions of the country, but on average, 9,000 fires are ignited by lightning strikes each year.

Maintain a tidy yard free of dead or dying plants, and think about utilizing defensible zones to shield your house from close lightning strikes. Your home should also include smoke detectors on every level to be aware of any flames as soon as a fire starts.

If your home suffers from a fire, call our team at SERVPRO immediately.

Fire restoration can be an overwhelming task, but our years of experience and advanced technologies allow us to make the whole process quick and easy. We can return your fire-damaged home to its pre-disaster state as fast as we can.

Have you experienced smoke or fire damage in your home? Call us today to get the restoration finished fast.

Reducing Flood Risk to Your Home | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yards Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco to get the restoration process started right away.

Wherever you live in the Biddeford-Saco region, it is important to prepare your home for a potential flood. Water can cause massive damage, even if it is only an inch or two.

Did you know that certain areas that aren’t typically prone to flooding may not even qualify for federal recovery aid? Preparing your home ahead of time can help reduce your repair costs if you do suffer damage.

Protecting your home includes both the inside of your house and around your property. Our risk of flooding originates around the Saco River when the water levels rise. We are also at risk when the snow melts in the springtime or when a severe storm with heavy rain comes through town.

<h3your-property">Protecting Your Property

All it takes is one instance of heavy rain to leave your yard wet and your gutters flowing over. Unexpected events like this can be avoided by preparing your home outside before incoming weather.

Clear out your gutters and remove any blockages so that the water can flow through them freely. You can also add extended downspouts to make sure the water flows even further away from your home.

Your garden can also be a preventive measure when it comes to flooding! If you plant your garden in an area that can help collect water, the soil and roots of your plants will help pull the water down into the earth. You can also utilize mulch along your home’s foundation to soak up extra rain water.

In addition to a garden, consider investing in a rain barrel to help collect all of that rain flowing from your gutters. That way you can control exactly where the water goes, and you can give your garden a free drink!

<h3protection-inside">Flood Protection Inside

Many flood problems originate in the basement, so it is important that your foundation is waterproof and your basement is sealed from any moisture troubles.

You can also look into installing a sump pump if your house can support one to help pump out water if it does make its way in. Having a battery-operated one can help ensure you are always prepared to address water issues even if your power goes out.

If you do wind up finding water in your home, don’t panic! Follow some simple steps to address the situation carefully and make sure to fully dry out the area.

If your home has older plumbing or aging appliances, be aware that those situations are two of the most common reasons for in-home flooding. Seal up any leaky pipes, and consider installing a leak sensor below your appliances to alert you right away to the beginning of a water leak.

Floodwater loves paper, so be careful to keep photographs, important documents and other keepsakes off of the ground and store them in a waterproof area. You also should keep your emergency plan in a safe location so you can always access it.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO today to get your restoration completed faster.

The 3 Common Kinds of Storm Damage | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”lightning.jpg” alt = "a large lightning strike off in the distance of a dark sky" > When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco your first call.

Severe weather can be a disaster for homeowners. Many properties are built to endure the hazards brought on by a severe storm, but practically every property will sustain some level of damage when severe weather strikes.

Strong wind and wind-related disasters can send debris flying and create heavy rain, snowstorms, tornadoes, floods and lighting, depending on the time of year and type of storm. All create hazards to your property’s structural integrity.

Depending on the kind of storm and hazards created, your house could sustain varying degrees of damage. The landscape around your home, the geography of the area and the strength of your home’s foundation or building materials all play a role in determining the extent of potential damage. (We admit that there is an amount of chance involved.)

While it’s smart to understand all kinds of storm damage that could strike your area, Biddeford is at risk of weather like strong winds, snowstorms and floods.

It is never smart to remain in a storm-damaged home unless safety experts have authorized you to do so. Many kinds of damage will be obvious right away, but you must always follow established procedures to avoid more calamity.

Let’s go over the three primary types of storm damage so you can be better equipped for them:

Wind

When buildings are subjected to powerful gusts of wind at extraordinarily high speeds, this kind of devastation follows. Tornadoes and hurricanes are the most frequent causes of high winds; however, even thunderstorms can produce gusts of up to 100 mph.

Wind gusts might throw debris from your yard into your vehicles or home. When a storm approaches, it is critical to remain indoors and away from any windows or external walls in case glass shatters or the walls are pierced by debris.

You can also take precautions before severe storms to avoid excessive wind damage. Keep your yard clear of any branches, large boulders, unsecured furniture or dying trees so that a storm has less debris to throw around.

Water

Water damage is a regular occurrence during and before a storm. Even a small storm can produce heavy rains that collect outside your home, permitting water to leak through cracks in your doors and windows.

Water can also soak into your foundation and create significant structural damage if the amount is large enough.

Consider using strategic landscaping methods that allow water to flow away from your property rather than gather next to it to decrease the amount of harm that water can cause to your home. Alternatively, you can build a rain garden, which is a lovely way to enliven your yard and keep all that rainwater from becoming a major issue.

Furthermore, you must always maintain your gutters so that they can function properly and keep rainwater off of your roof. Clogged gutters can get backed up and leak down to the ground and force its way inside your property from the top.

Impact

Another prevalent form of storm damage that can have disastrous consequences for your home is “impact damage.” This damage presents itself as downed trees or debris being thrown into your home by heavy winds. It’s generally whatever makes an impact with your home or items on your land.

The best and most effective approach to prevent this type of devastation is to trim trees surrounding your property and ensure that any decaying trees are removed after severe weather sends them to fall on your home.

Weather-related calamities cost more than $145 billion in losses in the United States alone by 2021. These suggestions will help you save a lot of time and money, as well as protect your family by preventing these common calamities from happening in the first place.

If a storm impacts your home, contact SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco straight away. Our restoration specialists are prepared to reverse any damage with industry-leading technology and years of expertise dealing with all types of disasters.

When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.

Why SERVPRO Is the Team to Trust for Your Restoration Needs | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”crew.jpg” alt = "a group of employees with restoration tools walking away from SERVPRO van" > No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is only a phone call away.

As a locally owned and operated SERVPRO location, we relate to the problems that business owners run into daily. There are many obstacles you must prepare for when running a business, and an unpredictable disaster is one of the most difficult challenges that your company may face.

While disasters can be unpredictable, you can do all you can to prepare yourself for them.

In addition to the damage disasters inflict on businesses, we recognize the severe damage these emergencies can do to homes as well. No matter the extent of the damage, trying to recover after a disaster can be very stressful.

To protect everyone in your home from disaster, you should develop an emergency plan as well. Preparing an emergency plan starts with knowing what types of disasters are most prevalent in our area.

The American Red Cross created an incredible website that collects information from resources all over the nation to help you prepare for any form of disaster. The American Red Cross in Maine has locations all over Maine to provide training and respond to any local natural disasters that may affect your community.

No matter if you own a home, a business or both, there’s no doubt your property could be affected by a disaster at some point. That’s why any emergency situation needs to be restored promptly to prevent any further damage. Here’s why our team is the one to call:

Why Choose SERVPRO?

We are aware that no two circumstances are the same. While the restoration of damaged properties is very common all over the country, each situation can be extremely different.

For example, more than 14 million homes are at risk of flooding every year, but the extent of the property damage varies. This is why our specialists are trained to handle any size damage, giving you peace of mind that you choose the right team to restore your home.

We can assess your unique property damage in order to execute an appropriate restoration plan.

Our services are available 247.

Whether your home or business was damaged by a manmade or natural disaster, a prompt response is necessary. Our team can act fast in order to quickly restore your residential or commercial property to its original state and prevent any future damage.

Water damage can wreak havoc on anything inside a building, such as furniture, fabrics and paint. And if the damage is left untreated for a long time, mold and mildew can begin to grow and compromise the building structure. That’s why our team can be on the scene of any emergency 247, any day of the year.

We offer more than just damage restoration. In addition to repairing the damage caused by a disaster, we handle every aspect of the process.

Our team can help you collect your belongings to reduce further damage and can take the stress out of the insurance process. We strive to assist you and your family in any way we can to make the restoration process easier for you.

Regardless of the type of disaster, your local specialists at SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco can tackle any damage with years of expertise and training. Our restoration experts have industry-leading technologies that can reverse your property’s damage as quickly as possible.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Why SERVPRO Is the Team to Trust for Your Restoration Needs | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”crew.jpg” alt = "a group of employees with restoration tools walking away from SERVPRO van" > No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is only a phone call away.

As a locally owned and operated SERVPRO location, we relate to the problems that business owners run into daily. There are many obstacles you must prepare for when running a business, and an unpredictable disaster is one of the most difficult challenges that your company may face.

While disasters can be unpredictable, you can do all you can to prepare yourself for them.

In addition to the damage disasters inflict on businesses, we recognize the severe damage these emergencies can do to homes as well. No matter the extent of the damage, trying to recover after a disaster can be very stressful.

To protect everyone in your home from disaster, you should develop an emergency plan as well. Preparing an emergency plan starts with knowing what types of disasters are most prevalent in our area.

The American Red Cross created an incredible website that collects information from resources all over the nation to help you prepare for any form of disaster. The American Red Cross in Maine has locations all over Maine to provide training and respond to any local natural disasters that may affect your community.

No matter if you own a home, a business or both, there’s no doubt your property could be affected by a disaster at some point. That’s why any emergency situation needs to be restored promptly to prevent any further damage. Here’s why our team is the one to call:

Why Choose SERVPRO?

We are aware that no two circumstances are the same. While the restoration of damaged properties is very common all over the country, each situation can be extremely different.

For example, more than 14 million homes are at risk of flooding every year, but the extent of the property damage varies. This is why our specialists are trained to handle any size damage, giving you peace of mind that you choose the right team to restore your home.

We can assess your unique property damage in order to execute an appropriate restoration plan.

Our services are available 247.

Whether your home or business was damaged by a manmade or natural disaster, a prompt response is necessary. Our team can act fast in order to quickly restore your residential or commercial property to its original state and prevent any future damage.

Water damage can wreak havoc on anything inside a building, such as furniture, fabrics and paint. And if the damage is left untreated for a long time, mold and mildew can begin to grow and compromise the building structure. That’s why our team can be on the scene of any emergency 247, any day of the year.

We offer more than just damage restoration. In addition to repairing the damage caused by a disaster, we handle every aspect of the process.

Our team can help you collect your belongings to reduce further damage and can take the stress out of the insurance process. We strive to assist you and your family in any way we can to make the restoration process easier for you.

Regardless of the type of disaster, your local specialists at SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco can tackle any damage with years of expertise and training. Our restoration experts have industry-leading technologies that can reverse your property’s damage as quickly as possible.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Keep These Fire Safety Tips in Mind to Prevent Outdoor Fires | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

a close up view of a bright campfire burning at night If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco.

There’s nothing better than relaxing by the campfire in your backyard on a warm summer night. Hot dogs, s’mores and scary stories are just a few festivities you can enjoy by the fire.

We light a fire in our backyards and campgrounds for recreation, a meal, pest control or as a way to clear out debris, but even the safest fire has its own set of hazards. The National Park Service states that around 85% of wildfires are started by humans.

Maine has experienced its fair share of wildfires, and while some are caused by weather or climate, the vast majority are caused by humans. Because Maine is primarily forested, it’s good to understand what hazards a backyard campfire can produce if it gets out of hand.

If local rules allow, you can still burn your leaves, light your tiki torches, roast your s’mores and barbecue your burgers. Keeping safety precautions in mind every time you burn can allow you to enjoy your backyard fires and minimize your risk of flames.

<h3fire-hazards">Recreational Fire Hazards

Any kind of fire poses hazards, but grills, campfires and fire pits are common culprits of outdoor fires. Grills are responsible for approximately 8,800 home fires each year, mostly due to improper usage. Before lighting up the grill, check your gas lines and propane tanks and never leave food that’s cooking left unsupervised.

When preparing your campfire, find a safe place away from any buildings or vehicles, and to start your flame, only use a match or lighter. Once your campfire is lit, only use wood to keep your fire burning, and keep an eye on your fire even after you are done enjoying your s’mores.

Fire pits are a simple way to create a flame similar to a campfire, but even though this equipment is easy to use, you should still use the same caution as a regular campfire. If your fire pit is portable, make sure not to light it on a wood deck or near any overhanging trees.

While it might seem like an easy way to get rid of any trash or debris, you should only burn approved firewood.

<h3outdoor-fire-hazards">Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

Even with their hazards, flames and flammable items can still be utilized. If you live somewhere that collects lots of dead leaves in the fall and you don’t have a way to dispose of them, burning these leaves can be the most effective way to cleaning up your yard.

Before you burn anything, understand your area’s local burn laws to ensure you’re able to burn any debris. Be aware of burn bans, and consider applying for a permit. When you have a permit in Biddeford, you are able to burn debris 50 feet away from any structures at any time between 9 a.m. and 12 midnight.

Burning dead leaves and plants is a great way to protect your property from wildfires, and planning your landscape in a strategic way can stop fires before they get close to your home. Knowing what you can burn and understanding the general fire safety recommendations can help keep backyard flames at bay.

You may store gas in a shed or garage to fuel your yard equipment, but poor handling can have disastrous consequences. Be sure to store gas in approved containers and place these containers where your kids can’t reach them. Gas should be used safely and as intended, too—so, if you’re having difficulties starting your campfire, don’t turn to gasoline for support.

Any time you start a fire outside, be aware of our area’s weather conditions and local guidelines. If it’s a dry or windy day, save your marshmallows for another occasion and light your fire at another time.

Give SERVPRO a call if an outside fire causes damage to your property. Our team is trained to tackle any kind of fire damage no matter how severe. Our goal is to restore as much of your property as we can and as quickly as we are able.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Learn About the Many Types of Weather Alerts to Stay Safe | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

< img src =”sign.jpg” alt = "a red and white severe weather alert sign" > If you suspect any damage to your home from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco.

There are multiple types of weather warnings, around 42 different kinds to be precise! Each is grouped into seven different weather-related categories. That’s a lot to process, especially in the middle of a severe weather situation.

Learning what each of these warnings and advisories could mean for your hometown can help better prepare you and your family for severe weather. You’ll also be able to safeguard your property from any severe weather hazards that could impact it.

While it’s good to have general knowledge of all kinds of weather conditions, it is even more important to be aware of what kind of weather may strike your community.

How Alerts Are Issued

So, what influences the issuing of these warnings? Since weather forecasts are only predictions, how is the severity, duration and location of a storm monitored? A number of factors impact the issuing of these warnings.

The National Weather Service is in charge of weather forecasting and sending out any required alerts. There are six regional offices located throughout the country to allow these alerts to be localized. Biddeford’s alerts are issued out from the Eastern Region headquarters in Bohemia, New York.

Meteorologists and other workers with the NWS use all sorts of information to develop these forecasts, including satellite radar, ocean buoys, weather balloons and even solar activity. The type of data used varies depending on the weather conditions, but the aim is to be as precise and thorough as possible.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

Understanding the distinction between a “watch” and a “warning” is essential to interpreting these notices. This wording is used in almost all weather alerts, including those for thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding.

watch means a storm is developing and could possibly strike down in your area. Watches are sent out in a larger area, while a warning is issued in smaller places, like a county or city. A warning means a strong storm is approaching and you should prepare your home to survive these dangerous conditions.

Identifying the weather conditions your neighborhood faces regularly can help you better decipher the alerts that could be issued during severe weather. For example, Maine is a coastal state, so conditions like heavy fog and hurricanes occasionally impact the area. Alerts are sent out as soon as possible when these weather threats worsen near your Biddeford home.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

Being able to interpret these alerts is a surefire way to protect yourself and your home from any weather conditions, but there are a few other safeguards you can put in place right now to help reduce the damage.

Clear your gutters of debris and secure any outdoor furniture to protect your property from conditions such as strong winds or severe flooding. Locate a safe place to shelter with supplies and have an exit plan prepared in the event of an emergency evacuation.

If your property has been damaged by severe weather, call on our team at SERVPRO. We are prepared to repair any damage your home may have suffered and can keep you updated every step of the way.

The more you understand the many weather scenarios your area may face, the more prepared you’ll be when severe weather is on its way. Understand the many different kinds of warnings that could be issued in your area so you and your home can weather any storm!

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

The Top Causes of Commercial Damage | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services.

Businesses have been a part of American lives since our country’s founding. Each and every citizen in our country interacts with businesses in some way, whether as a customer or as an employee.

Even without the added stress of a calamity, owning a business entails plenty of daily duties. When a business is involved in an accident, though, the financial consequences can be severe.

According to The National Center for Environmental Information, storm damages in the United States have steadily increased in the past 40 years, indicating how costly storm damage can be.

Just last year in Biddeford, heavy rain from a storm on Halloween caused damage to the Biddeford RiverWalk. Storms of this caliber are not uncommon to York County.

Because weather-related disasters like this are a hazard in the area, it’s critical that every business understands the many types of storm damage and how to avoid future property destruction.

Water Damage

An abundance of water or moisture is a common source of commercial damage. Water damage can occur naturally, such as from a rainstorm, or from something internal, like plumbing leaks or a malfunctioning appliance. Each of these types of water damage can create a hefty bill on the company’s behalf.

Long-term water damage could be caused by leaks inside the building. It’s vital to keep an eye out for signs of plumbing leaks, such as warping or browning inside the walls and floors. Following these steps on a regular basis will help you stay ahead of the damage and prevent future repairs.

To avoid extra damage expenditures, you should inspect your plumbing for leaks as well as your walls and flooring for warping or browning on a regular basis.

Storm Damage

Commercial damage from storms is also quite common, and a storm can easily take out power lines, spread debris and quickly impact a row of businesses in a single neighborhood.

Commercial roofs and building siding can be swiftly ripped off by storms with powerful winds.

Winds can reach 85 miles per hour during a typical storm. Winds of this force can easily knock down structures, move heavy vehicles and rip trees from the ground.

One preventive measure would be to install storm-protective window coverings, and a viable roof for your business can be a good idea to help avoid storm damage, but these steps can quickly add up in cost.

Alternative preventive actions, such as consistently monitoring your building and checking up on the seals on your windows and doors, can lead to significant savings and prevent further damage. Consider clearing the yard of your property for hazards that could be picked up and scattered during a storm.

Know Who to Turn To

Storms of many varieties can strike at any time and inflict significant commercial damage. These catastrophic circumstances frequently force businesses to close for repairs, and in other circumstances, permanently close.

Never fret! SERVPRO is here at any time, waiting to take your call. Our team of trained restoration specialists will respond with haste and help you create and implement a restoration plan.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Simple Ways to Prevent Home Fires | SERVPRO® of Biddeford-Saco

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Fires are incredibly pervasive in the United States, occurring somewhere across the country every few seconds. In fact, so far this year, the American Red Cross has responded to more than 22,000 house fires—and that’s only a small portion of overall fires.

Though smoke detectors are still one of the most functional strategies to avoid fire-related deaths and property damage, there are various other precautions you can take to avoid the occurrence of a fire in your home.

Clean Your Clutter

??Our homes can easily become cluttered. When it comes to fire prevention, unattended loose, flammable things in corridors and storage places, such as clothing, spare blankets and other fabrics, are extremely harmful.

You can also easily cause a fire if you leave clothes unattended near gas burners or water heaters. It is better to leave clear, clean spaces in your home to avoid hazards getting in the way in the event you need to escape your home quickly. If a fire does break out, it will spread more slowly since there will be fewer flammable things in its path.

Electrical fires starting from appliances or kitchen materials are some of the most common causes of home fires in Maine. This shows how important it is to double-check your oven and stovetop BEFORE you leave the kitchen! Unplug any appliances you aren’t using, and don’t overload plugs.

Finally, make sure there is enough space between your furniture, carpets and wall outlets so they don’t rub together or tangle to prevent flammable spaces.

Protect the Exterior of Your Home

There are a variety of techniques to improve the exterior of your home’s fire resistance. You can clear a way for firefighters to enter your home more readily in the event of a fire by using deliberate landscaping practices.

It is advised that you have at least 30 feet of defensible space outside your home at all times—and that you replace flammable substances with more appropriate materials such concrete, brick and gravel. Make sure to clean any waste that may obstruct the firefighters’ path.

Plan for Outdoor Water Accessibility

If you can no longer safely access your home’s water source, it can be helpful to have a backup exterior water setup prepared for emergencies.

Consider purchasing extra-long garden hoses or a complete sprinkler system in case of a fire-related emergency.

These simple procedures can make a great difference in minimizing your fire risk and ensuring that you are better prepared in the event of a home fire.

We spend a lot of time in our houses, creating memories with the people we care about and maintaining the home itself. To avoid the risk of a fire, we must also keep our homes clean and take the effort to prevent dangers.

If you have encountered fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, call us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Creating a Storm Safety Plan

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco right away.

Severe weather can create dangerous conditions and cause serious damage to homes and infrastructure. Weather-related damages often result in financial consequences. In 2021, the United States spent at least $1 billion dollars in weather-related damage, showing just how expensive storm devastation can get.

Here in Maine, natural disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and tornadoes are likely to occur. It is essential to understand which types of natural disasters are more likely to strike in our region to understand how to best prepare for them.

Storms can pose a real threat to your safety and wallet, and though we can’t control the weather, we can learn ways to better prepare for storms when they do occur. Having a storm safety plan in place is one way to take action against inclement weather.

Have a Communication Plan

When a storm hits, it is important to have a communication plan in place for all residents of your household or business. Communication plans with emergency phone numbers, highlighted evacuation routes and shelter information can be an important tool to use in case of a weather-related emergency.

Consider planning a designated “safe space” in your home or office for sheltering against inclement weather and a check-in procedure for parties to report when they are out of harm’s way.

Have an Emergency Kit Ready

Emergency kits are an essential item to have on hand in the event of a storm. Pack your emergency kit with essential materials, such as water, nonperishable food items, a first-aid kit, working flashlights and backup batteries. Make sure your emergency kit is in an area that will be easily accessible from your place of shelter.

Prepare Your Home

It is important to reduce the potential for avertable damages by taking steps to prepare your home or business for a storm. Start by sealing windows and doors and checking the exterior of your building for loose items that could blow away in the storm.

Next, check that your roof and gutters are in good working condition and free of leaks. It can also be helpful to add DIY storm shutters to protect from rain and high winds.

In case damage does occur, it is important to know who to contact for help. With a trustworthy team of skilled restoration technicians, SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco has your back. We’re on standby 247, ready to get your home back to “Like it never even happened.”

Finally, set aside time to put together a storm safety plan for your home or office. Round up any necessary items, update your communication plans and be prepared for the next time a storm hits.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.