Recent Storm Damage Posts
Types of Storm Damage
Different types of storm damage can greatly affect your home or business. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is the solution to that problem.
At any given moment, a storm can “storm” right in and ruin all of your possessions and in just seconds. When you discuss storm damage, it can refer to a number of things: water damage, wind damage, hail damage, and more. All of those are types of storm damage. And there are more that exist. The various types of storm damage can result in significant damage done to your home or business. But, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is there in your time of need.
With SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties being your professional local storm damage cleanup and restoration specialists, if your Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Scott City, Charleston, Marble Hill, Jackson, Perryville, Chaffee, East Prairie, or Benton, Missouri, home or business is impacted by a storm, we help pick up the pieces, piece life back together and make it “Like it never even happened.”
The different types of storm damage can cause severe damage to your residential or commercial property. Here are three common types of storm damage:
Water damage can sometimes take days to notice, which makes it hard to detect at times. Knowing what to look for can make all the difference. There can be both interior and exterior damage done to your residential or commercial property. Some common signs are as follows: water spots, discoloration on ceilings, walls or surfaces, soggy and/or expanded wood, leaks in the ceiling or your roof. Damp, musty odors are signs of water damage, too.
Wind damage can occur at your home or business at any given time. As a result, trees can fall onto your property, which can cause roof damage and more, patio furniture can be blown, which can cause windows to break and more. Once wind damage occurs, here are some common signs to look for: missing shingles, shutters, cracks, chipping and splitting in siding, stucco, paint or wood, dings and dents in roofing, siding, door frames and window sills/window panes.
Hail damage can cause significant damage to your property. No matter the size of the hail, it can result in costly storm cleanup for homeowners or business owners. Hail damage can ruin homes, businesses, and vehicles. Furthermore, it can cause roof damage, damage to window sills/window casings/siding, air conditioning units and more.
From water damage to wind damage to hail damage, these are three common types of storm damage. It’s vital to know what to do in the event of storm damage. Here’s a resource you can reference for storm safety tips. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is your professional local storm damage cleanup and restoration specialists. If your home or business is impacted by storm damage, count on the #1 leader in the restoration industry. Next time storm damage comes to disrupt your home, business and life, allow the heroes at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties the opportunity to make it “Like it never even happened.” Just give us a call, day or night: 573-339-1948.
Preparing for Hurricane Florence
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties team of heroes can make your home or business "Like it never even happened." after a storm damage.
Did you get “wind” of that time of season? Unfortunately, it’s that time of the year: hurricane season.
Hurricane Florence has hit the east coast, and our SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties’ heroes, here in Southeast Missouri, will soon touch down there. We’re a locally owned company with national storm resources. Our team is faster to any size disaster. We’re gearing up and preparing for Hurricane Florence. We’ll help to restore and get those businesses and homes back to “Like it never even happened.”
Although it’s hard to predict when a hurricane will happen, you can prepare for one. Here are 14 of the most important things to do to prepare for a hurricane:
- Establish an emergency plan with your family
- Prepare an emergency kit ahead of time
- Treat water if necessary
- Don’t evacuate unless officials recommend it
- Find out where your local evacuation shelter is located
- Create a list of pet-friendly shelters and hotels
- Prepare your home for heavy rainfall
- Clear your yard before the storm hits
- Do not put tape on your windows
- Prepare your car in case you need to evacuate
- Do not attempt to drive through floodwater
- Insulate your clothing if in wet or cold conditions
- Put a quarter in a cup of frozen water in your freezer
- Clean your home quickly after a storm ends to prevent mold growth
For more in-depth information about each of these tips, check out this article.
Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies, but that’s not the case for SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. We can readily access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.
The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.
Here’s another resource to learn more about Hurricane Florence. Track its progress here.
If your residential, commercial property or community is hit with a fire or water damage, storm or natural disaster, our SERVPRO community can aide you and be there with you throughout the entire journey.
Pray for our team of heroes, all the families, all the first responders, everyone impacted by this powerful hurricane.
Hurricanes can be highly devastating and stressful. But, thankfully, with a trusted company and partner like SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties, we’re with you every step of the journey to help alleviate some of that stress from you by helping you to restore your home or business back to “Like it never even happened.” Just contact us to find out how.
Storm Safety Tips
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties restores your home or business after a storm or flood damage, so it's like it never even happened.
Storm safety tips are incredibly important, especially considering the large number of storms, flooding, rain we’ve had over the past couple of weeks, months. As a result, chances are, you had some water seep into your residence or commercial building. And if it’s not addressed quickly, it can cause some serious damage. Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. And that’s where the SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties’ pros (heroes) come in. With us, you can feel confident you have a trusted leader in the water restoration industry and highly trained storm damage specialists right here in Cape Girardeau and the surrounding areas.
Here are 4 storm safety tips in the event your home or business is hit with storm or flood damage.
Keep a Battery-powered Radio Nearby
Keeping a battery-powered radio nearby is a must, especially during a storm. As consumers, we’ve become so reliant on our mobile devices and landlines. But, what if they didn’t operate during a storm? What if they lost signal? What would you do? It could be very scary. That’s why it is vital you keep a battery-powered radio in your home or business so you can tune to local radio stations if you lose electricity. During a storm, it’s incumbent to be in-the-know and stay well-informed for you and your family’s protection.
Check or Change Batteries Frequently
Make it a regime to check or change batteries (perhaps, once a month) of any device you would possibly need during a storm. This could range from a flashlight to a radio to a remote control, etc. Never assume the batteries are working properly in any device. It’s always a good idea to test it frequently to ensure it’s functioning properly, that way, you’re well-prepared should a storm strikes.
Keep a Flashlight On-hand
It’s a good idea to keep a flashlight on-hand. And the key is to store it in an easily accessible spot on every floor of your home and/or business. Make sure everyone knows where they are stored. The last thing you want during a storm is for everyone to be frantically running around trying to locate the flashlight. Communication is key.
Keep Candles and a Light Source in Close Proximity
Keeping candles and a light source (matches or lighter) in close proximity is another great storm safety tip. Should you lose electricity during a storm, candles will help illuminate your space until electricity is restored. But, also, keep in mind, if you have little ones, be sure to keep candles and light sources out of their reach.
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has a team of heroes who are faster to any size disaster should your home and/or commercial property is hit with storm or flood damage. Our team has helped out with local storm damage as well as others throughout the United States. We are strategically positioned and mobile so we can better serve you -- and faster. We are locally owned and operated with national storm resources. So, this affords us the opportunity to easily access resources from more than 1,700 Franchises and utilize our Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters. When it comes to storm damage cleanup, it’s the SERVPRO advantage. We are your storm damage cleanup and restoration company.
Don’t wait for a storm to happen; be well-equipped for when a storm happens. Preparation is key. Contact us to see how our heroes can get you prepared if your home or business encounters storm or flood damage.
Summer Storm Flooding
Our Cape crews are helping Iowa residents because of the severe flash flooding.
Flash Flooding in Iowa
Over the past weekend, Des Moines, Iowa suffered from intense flash flooding. It is reported that cleanup may take months, according to CBS News.
SERVPRO franchises are already there helping people restore their property.
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties sent two crews to help alleviate the mess. On Sunday evening, we sent a team of four people to clean and dry out the houses of Iowa residents.
Here to Help
Whenever a local disaster happens, SERVPRO is the company you can trust to service you and your entire neighborhood.
We have Storm Teams that activate and bring in as many crews needed to service all the customers in a timely manner. So if the 8,000+ residents of Perryville all had water throughout their house all at once, we can take care of them. When storms come through the entire city of Sikeston, we've got you covered. If all of the major employers in the Cape Girardeau area, including St. Francis Medical Center, Southeast Hospital, P&G, SEMO, and The Isle Casino, had feet of floodwater in their facilities from the same storm, we can take care of all of them.
There is only one name you need to remember: SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties. We have the equipment, the man power, and all the resources needed to take care of our entire community.
Call 573-339-1948 because we are "Faster to any size disaster."
Lightning Safety Tips
Although lightning can strike anytime, the chance for lightning increases in the summer months. Stay safe with these basic tips.
- Have a lightning safety plan, and cancel/postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are expected.
- If you do get caught outside, avoid high ground, open spaces, and all metal objects including electric wires, fences, etc. Seek shelter in substantial building or a fully enclosed metal vehicle.
- If you are indoors, stay away from doors and windows. Do not use the telephone. Consider unplugging computers, power tools, and TV sets. Lightning may strike exterior electric/phone lines, inducing shocks to inside equipment.
If your building is struck by lightning, give SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties a call to take care of any of the damage.
Source: The National Weather Service
Watch vs. Warning
Call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties for your storm cleanup needs.
As we go further into spring, we can expect more storms to come our way. It is important to be prepared for storms. In order to know how to be prepared for storms, we also have to know when to be prepared.
Severe Thunderstorm WATCH
A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the devlopment of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds. A watch is issued bu the SPC (Storm Prediction Center).
Severe Thunderstorm WARNING
A severe thunderstorm warning means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information or a reliable spotter report. A warning is issued by the local National Weather Services, which for us is in Paducah.
How Can SERVPRO Help?
Unexepected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is the professional team near you that knows that immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal.
Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines*, we strive to:
- Contact you within 1 hour from ntoice of loss to arrange for service.
- Be on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
- Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 busiess hours sof on-site arrival.
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affect area for off-site cleaning and storage.
Call 573-339-1948 for your storm damage needs.
*Exceptions may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation.
Watch vs. Warning information is provided by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Winter Weather Tips
Frozen pipes are common in cold weather. Turning up your heat can help prevent that.
Don't we all wish winter just means snow days where we get to stay home and lounge all day in our pajamas, watch movies, and play in the snow?
Too bad that's not reality.
Winter storms can bring all sorts of issues for your home or business, so we have compiled some tips to counter those issues:
Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.
When winter weather strikes, SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties strikes back.
How Hurricanes Affect Southeast Missouri
No job is too big for us to handle
How Our Local Community Responds to Hurricanes
SERVPRO® works as a team across the country to help those that have been affected by a disaster. In years past, our local franchise has sent crews to various hurricane sites to help reach customers faster so that they can begin putting their lives back together. Local crews from SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties have helped with Hurricane storms Ivan (2004), Katrina (2005), Lee (2011), Isaac (2013), and now Harvey (2017).
Faster to Any Size Disaster
Being a part of SERVPRO®, we know that our job is to help customers and victims of disasters put their lives back together. It’s nice to know that if a tornado, flood, ice storm, or any other disaster were to strike the heartland, that there are over 1,700 franchises in our system that can come to our aid to help you put your life back together.
Just remember that SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster.
Responding to Hurricane Harvey
SERVPRO® works with the Red Cross to help victims of any size disaster.
Hurricane Harvey hit land on Friday night, August 25, 2017 as a Category 4 hurricane. Earlier the day before, it was being tracked and categorized as merely a Tropical Storm. This put many people in an immediate emergency evacuation situation. Not only were there 130 mph damaging winds, but the rains that came resulted in historic flooding in Texas.
SERVPRO® leaders from across the country gathered for a conference call Friday morning before the storm hit to prepare for the disaster ahead. The Storm Teams were organizing crews and developing a plan of action so that SERVPRO® could best serve the victims of Hurricane Harvey. We are always ready for whatever happens. We are proactive and not reactive.
Working with the Red Cross
We are a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross. We work hand-in-hand with them to help victims of disaster. There has been a lot of damage in Texas already, and there is more to come. It will be a long road to recovery. Please consider making a donation to the Red Cross and their Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Every Day is Gameday
Storm damage and flooding cleanup is one of our big games, but we've put in the practice time to make your storm damage "like it never even happened."
Data drives decisions. Just like sports teams study video footage of themselves and their opponents, we study our performance in the field and in the office to learn how to better ourselves and beat our opponents. Serving our customers is the most important thing we can do. That’s our game. We want to treat every day like gameday because we know that the customer doesn’t care how well we did on our last job, they only care about how well we took care of them. We want to treat each job like the “big game” because to the customer, it is a major event in his or her life.
When major storms happen, we put on our game face, devise a plan of action, and take the field. SERVPRO® works together—across the country—to make sure that whoever is affected by flooding or a major storm has the help they need. While entire communities may be underwater and suffering damage, we want each customer to know that their needs are our priority and they are important to us. We want to do everything in our power to help them see the light at the end of the tunnel and that we want to help them put their lives back together.
SERVPRO® just held its 48th Annual Convention in Seattle at the end of June. Our owners attended to learn how they can better help Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, Perryville, and all the surrounding towns. There were presenters, speakers, and workshops to help motivate our teams and provide them with new gameday strategies. Victories were also celebrated with honors and awards. It was a great reminder that we should always treat every day like gameday.
Rainwater, Flooding, & Sump Pumps, Oh my!
Flash flooding has been an issue all across the Heartland.
Our local community as well as other parts of Missouri have dealt with inches of rain this past weekend.
For many of you, that means it's now in your home or office.
Storm damage comes in many forms. Your roof can leak, causing a pool in your kitchen; your sump pump fails and overflows into the rest of your house; a basement window leaks and starts an unwanted waterfall in your newly finished family room. Sometimes it’s an empty room, but most of the time your precious belongings are getting soaked. It can be a horrifying moment.
At SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties, we understand what it’s like to feel that panic. The great news, is that we also know what to do when it happens. Our crews are professionally trained to take care of your water damage situation so that you can have a peace of mind.
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties can handle your flooded basements or any other unwanted water you may have. We have the resources to take care of ALL our customers. You are not just another number to us; we want to take care of YOU. We have been in business in your local community since 1992 with an owner that has been with SERVPRO® since 1980. We have the experience to handle your needs.
Don't be afraid to give us a call…because we can handle it! Call 573-339-1948, and we will help make your flooded house "like it never even happened."
Whom to Call About Storm Damage in Jackson
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties covers Perryville, Cape Girardeau, Scott, Mississippi, and Bollinger Counties.
April showers might bring May flowers, but they can also bring a lot of storm damage to your property. This damage can come in various forms—from flooded basements to tornado damage to strong winds with fallen limbs causing holes in your roof…and then rainwater in your living room. All of these situations require immediate attention. What happens when your whole neighborhood or whole community is experiencing all of that at the same time? Do only a few get attention while everyone else suffers because there aren't enough hands to help? Absolutely not!
Whom to Call
When SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is the company you choose for your storm damage restoration needs, you are getting more than just the local franchise’s crew and equipment. By calling 573-339-1948, you are calling a local business that has access to resources from over 1,700 SERVPRO® franchises from across the state and around the country (even Canada)! The Disaster Recovery Team is a unique resource SERVPRO® offers. These DRTs coordinate large storm and disaster events for the local franchise so that all customers affected by the storm can be taken care of in a timely manner—because the longer the water sits in your home or business, the more damage that occurs.
Ready for Whatever Happens
At SERVPRO®, we all work together as one big family to help take care of your family. So when the rains fall and the winds come, call SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties and know that your property is our priority, and we are fully capable of handling any-sized disaster. No storm is too big. We will help make it “Like it never even happened.”
Other Types of Damage That Can Follow Storm Damage
All across the United States, storms and heavy weather continuously cause damage to homes and businesses. Storms are one of the most common catalysts for home damage, and we at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties often see significant rises in calls immediately following a storm, heavy or not. It's not just water and flooding damage that can happen to a home either; storms cause many different types of damage due to their unpredictable nature. These are some of the most common types of damage we encounter immediately following a storm.
Perhaps the most common call we receive following storm damage in the Cape Girardeau and Jackson areas is water damage. Water damage can come from a number of sources during a storm, particularly ones with heavy or persistent rains. Water can find its way into a home through damaged roofing and siding, or simply an unsecured door or opened window. Common damage sources include carpeting, fabric and leather furniture, and electronics, all of which can sustain heavy damage from limited rain. Furthermore, water damage, if untreated, may lead to mold growth in the home, which carries its own array of problems.
In addition to ordinary water damage, after heavy rains, flooding may be an issue for some areas. Floods can cause massive and costly damage to a home, and require a much more extensive cleanup treatment than other types of water damage. Some types of floodwaters, commonly referred to as black water, may also be dangerous to handle, and must be treated with extreme care.
Fires can start in many storms, regardless of rain volume or intensity. Some of the most common fires during a storm are electrical fires, where electronics malfunction and heat up enough to catch fire or a power line may snap and fall on your home. Furthermore, there is potential for chemical or fuel fires as well, as fuel or chemical containers commonly found in homes may tip over and spill, where a stray spark may ignite them.
Your home may also encounter physical and kinetic damage during a storm, as heavy winds may blow objects onto or through your home and its walls. Common types of damage include roofing being torn off, broken windows, and smashed siding and wood. Experienced with and ready to handle all types of home damage following a storm, we at SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties bring safety and reliability to all of our repair, restoration, and cleanup jobs. If you have incurred any damage to your home following a storm, contact us at (573) 339-1948 for 24/7 emergency service.
Cape Girardeau Area’s 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service from Perryville to Sikeston
With the recent rainfall, we wanted you to know that SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – (573) 339-1948
We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.
What to Expect
When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.
Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:Your name and contact informationYour insurance information (if applicable)The street address of the water-damaged home or businessWhen did the flooding or water damage occur?What caused the water damage (if known)?Is there electricity available (on-site)?
About SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau & Scott Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water 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.
When Storms or Floods hit the Cape Girardeau area, SERVPRO is ready!
SERVPRO of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties 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 Cape Girardeau area, 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 (http://www.SERVPROcapegirardeauscottcounties.com/disaster-recovery) that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (573) 339-1948