Recent Storm Damage Posts
Should winter snowstorms get you worried for your home?
Squeegee enjoying the snow after checking his preparation list!
Fear not but be prepared! Living in Maine, you can expect the heavy winters we endeavor each year. We should be prepared to eliminate any chances of disasters arising.
Specifically, during the rainy and snow season we should be careful. Ice and snow from a big winter storm can cause monumental damage to a home or commercial building. Water can seep in through windows, under doors and even heavy snow that is not cleared can cause a roof to cave in.
Ensure you have an operating generator ready to go or even connected to critical systems such as refrigeration and any heating systems to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. It is wise to arrange for quick removal of snow from any lots, driveways, the roof and any decks. This will prevent and avoid quick melts from turning into flooding.
When your home is hit by a storm, remember the we, SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco and The Sebago Lakes Region is here to restore your home to its pre-storm condition making any damage “Like it never even happened.”
Prepare Your Home for Winter
As colder weather is approaching quickly here in New England, we want to ensure you receive tips to prepare your homes and commercial buildings for the winter ahead. Water damage due to freezing pipes or melting snow doesn’t sound like the gift we all want.
-Make a family communication plan for everyone residing in the home. It is important to know how you will contact one another if disaster strikes. You will want a premeditated plan on how you will get back together in case of an emergency.
-Keep a space heater safety in mind. Ensure they remain at least 3 feet away from all furniture and drapes or anything that could cause a fire.
-Create an emergency kit for at least three days of supply.
Preparing Your Home
-Ensure your home is well insulated including weather stripping around doors and windows to ensure the warm air doesn’t escape or cold air doesn’t enter.
-Ensure all fire alarm detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.
-Learn how to shut off water valves in the unfortunate events a pipe bursts and you need to stop the leak.
-Keep fire extinguishers on hand. With alternate heating sources typically being turned too during the cold months it poses a higher risk for fires.
-Have a prepared emergency kit including extra heat sources in case of a power outage
-Extra blankets, sleeping bags, coats,
-Gas log fireplace, dry firewood, alternative heating source
-Cell phone with an emergency charging option
We hope these tips will help you be prepared for the cold winter days ahead. SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco and The Sebago Lakes Region is here to keep you as safe as possible!
Preparing for Severe Weather
Starting a Severe Weather Preparedness Plan
It is time to start planning for the severe weather here in Maine. Although it is tough to predict the incoming weather, we always encourage having an emergency plan in place. Keeping your valued home and/or business protected is crucial. Here a few tips to be prepared for severe weather:
- Create a Communications Plan. Everyone residing at the home or working at the business should be aware of an emergency plan if something were to happen. It’ll be important to have a communications plan to map out what to do in case someone is out. Don’t forget to think about any animals or pets to ensure someone is in the charge of helping them get to safety as well.
- Prepare the home or business as much as possible. Reduce any chances of preventable damages. Cut back any dead or loose tree limbs. Secure patio furniture and any other potential projectiles. Having prepared a generator for the home or business can help maintain operations longer.
- Make sure emergency kits are stocked. Emergency kits can come in handy during and after a storm or power outage. Ensure the kits are packed and stocked with supplies. Ensuring there is enough food and water, medical supplies can become vital in times of a storm.
- Consider keeping up to date with weather. Although many of us use our phones and the internet for weather updates, it’s advised to obtain a weather radio. In times of severe weather which causes power outage. You will want to ensure a back up telecommunications device in case your phone dies.
At SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco and the Sebago Lakes Region we are committed to being there 24 hours 7 days a week for our customers and through any storm. We dedicated our business to serving you and any unfortunate disasters that arise.
How to Prepare & Check for Frozen Pipes
Preparation & Protect
-Be sure to insulate all accessible pipes. Reach out to your local hardware store for recommendations on what insulation is appropriate for your home and the colder temperatures.
-Use a sealant or caulk to seal up any cracks and holes on your homes outside walls.
-Let your faucet drip cold water. This allows for continuous movement which relieves pressure on the pipes.
-Keep all doors and garage doors closed, especially if there a known water supply line inside.
How to Check
You can check the status of your pipes by turning on the faucet. It the water flow is only a trickle of water or even nothing coming out at all, then you suspect a frozen pipe. Typically, the freezing occurs near an exterior wall or where the water supply enters the home. Try leaving the faucet on and use a blow dryer to help heat the pipe until there’s a steady flow of water. We advise to call a plumber if you are uncomfortable doing this or if the issue continues to present itself.
Keep us in mind this winter if you experience bursting pipes. Save on expensive repairs and contact SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco & The Sebago Lake Region to help you with water damage restoration 24/7. Keep yourself and your pipes warm this winter!
How to Handle a Storm
How to Plan for a Disaster or Storm
No one likes to think about the possibility of a long-term power outage however our power grids are more delicate than we think. It can be scary and a bit overwhelming when you know a storm is coming. Making sure your insurance is adequate is an important concept to think about before any storm hits and not wait until after! Learn where your safety shut offs are including power, gas and water ask us about our free Emergency Ready Plan service! Remove any tree branches or other dangers close to your home. Check your roof and gutters to make sure they are clear of any extra brush.
A preparing checklist:
- Be aware of the local weather alerts
- Tuck away anything away that could blow away or become loose due to high winds to a secure safe place
- Create an emergency plan: know where to go or where to stay & write down emergency phone numbers, SERVPRO of Biddeford – Saco is here for you!
- Prepare an emergency kit including plenty of water, non-perishable foods, flashlights, batteries, blankets and a First Aid Kit.
What to Do After Storm Damage
There are many important steps to take to be sure your home is safe. The cleanup and storm restoration process can involve:
- Assess the damage
- Document and take photos for which can be handy to send to your insurance company
- A visit from the insurance adjuster may be warranted
- Call SERVPRO of Biddeford – Saco!
How Do We Restore?
After a storm, there’s often water damage. What we do is remove the water from either the home or business. We then mitigate the damage by drying the area using our powerful equipment. We then remove any damaged materials if any. We finish by sanitizing the area and damaged materials are replaced.
What Happens to Damaged Items?
If you have damaged items due to the storm, you often wonder will I have to throw everything away. SERVPRO of Biddeford – Saco can often save items by mitigating. Items such as rugs, clothes, and other items made of cloth of fabric can be cleaned and restored if there is no presence of mold growth. In the unfortunate event, items can be restored they are often replaced!
We want you to be as prepared as possible for any kind of storm. So if you need restoration is can be as easy as possible!
When Storms or Floods hit York County, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in the Kennebunks and Biddeford-Saco region.
SERVPRO of Biddeford-Saco 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.
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 the York County area (including Kennebunk, Biddeford, Saco and surrounding towns), 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 207-283-4428