Recent Storm Damage Posts

Entering Your Home After a Storm, Hurricane, or Tornado

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Entering your home or business after severe storm damage can be risky… roofs can collapse, glass from shattered windows will be on surfaces and floors.  Cleaning up after major storm damage can mean facing: contaminated water, animals and insects, splintered wood and sagging ceilings. It is best to let the professionals who are trained and certified to work in these storm damage environments handle the damage restoration. However, according to the American Red Cross, if you absolutely must enter your home or business, be sure to wear:

  • Long pants
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Sturdy shoes or boots (no tennis shoes or flip flops)
  • Work gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Disposable masks
  • Hard hats

Whether it’s for your home or for your business, for more information on storm damage restoration from SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield, click HERE.

We are here to help, Minneapolis / Twin Cities.

 Source: Red Cross Online

Contaminated Water after a Storm

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Should you experience a flood in your home after a storm, our team of technicians will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

Water contaminated with sewage backup should be considered an emergency situation and dealt with as quickly as possible. Our technicians at SERVPRO® of Bloomington/Richfield are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for any emergency situations that arise. We have been a trusted name in safety and properly restoring homes and businesses for almost 15 years! We are here to help!

What Secondary Damage can occur after Storm Damage?

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

After roof leaks or flood damage, if not properly dried and treated, a home or business can develop mold from the moisture left on: wood, tile, carpeting, windows, concrete, and/or other materials/items that were affected.  SERVPRO of Bloomington and Richfield strives to prevent secondary damage every time we remediate storm damage. Building material and flooring are dried and treated to prevent mold and other allergens/contaminates using specialized equipment and cleaning products.

If storm damage is not properly treated, the perfect environment is created for mold spores to grow in your home and to contaminate the air that is breathed.

Should you ever suffer water damage due to: excessive rain, storm damage, leaky roof, flood damage, a water heater leak, sink overflow, fire, refrigerator leak, or any other reason water has invaded your home or business, please know that SERVPRO of Bloomington and Richfield is here to help.  Faster to Any Disaster

Keep Your Minneapolis Area Roof Cold in Order to Prevent Ice Dams this Winter

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

Ice dams (and icicles) form when the snow melts, runs down your roof and refreezes near the edge. This only occurs when part of your roof warms to above 32° F, warm enough to melt the snow, while the roof edge remains below freezing. This scenario is often the result of a warm attic. In most homes, heat escapes through ceilings into the attic and warms the wood and shingles directly above it. Although the outdoor temperature is below freezing, the snow melts over the warmed section of roof. When the melted snow runs down the roof, it hits the cold edge not warmed by the attic. There it freezes, creating a rim of ice. This rim can grow, trap more water behind it, and bingo—you have a full-fledged ice dam.

The key to preventing ice dams is simply to keep your attic and roof cold. After a snowfall, a cold roof will have a thick blanket of snow. A warmer roof, however, will soon have clear spots where the snow has melted off, and may well have icicles hanging from the eaves.

Source: Family Handy Man

Minneapolis Area - Are you Storm Aware?

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

As we continue to see storms throughout our Bloomington and Richfield area cities, we at SERVPRO® of Bloomington and Richfield want you to be aware of what the different threat levels mean so that you can be prepared for whatever happens. 

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

If your home or commercial building ever suffers flood damage, call the SERVPRO® of Bloomington and Richfield experts.

Source: Weather Gov Online

Three Tips on How to Prevent Ice Dams this Winter by Keeping Your Roof Cold

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

  1. Close up attic bypasses
    In the average home, about one-third of the heat loss is through the ceiling into the attic. Most of that loss comes from air leaks caused by unblocked walls, gaps in drywall, and cracks around light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys, access hatches and other ceiling penetrations. Air leaks can be tough to stop. You have to climb into your attic, pull or rake back insulation, and plug the leaks using foam, caulk and other methods. Low roof angles make some air leaks difficult to reach. This work is definitely a cool weather project; your attic will be unbearably hot otherwise. Always wear a dust mask, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants to help prevent skin irritations caused by insulation.
  2. Measure your attic insulation level
    While you’re in the attic, check the depth of your attic insulation. Building codes require about 12 to 14 in. of fiberglass or cellulose. Add more if you have less than 8 in. and have had ice dam problems in the past. Blown-in cellulose and fiberglass are usually better than hand-placed batts, because they fill more tightly around rafters, joists and other obstructions, leaving fewer gaps. It’s usually worth hiring a professional for this job; you probably won’t save much by doing it yourself. However, if you can’t find a good price, you can rent a blowing machine from a rental yard or home center. Often, the use of the machine is free with the purchase of insulation.
  3. Add roof and soffit vents
    Attic ventilation draws in cold outdoor air and flushes out warmer attic air, cooling the attic and the roof in the process. The minimum ventilation area (size of the openings) should be about 1 sq. ft. of vent per 300 sq. ft. of ceiling area (attic floor area), when half the vent area is low on the roof and half is high. Add enough so their ventilating area is about equal to the area of soffit vents. This might deliver a whole lot more ventilation than the minimum requirement, but don’t worry. You’re unlikely to have too much ventilation.

Source: Family Handy Man Online

Using Sandbags for Floods

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

When the threat of a flood is close to your home or business, sandbags for flooding become as valuable as gold, yet they’re dirt cheap. There have been advancements with sandbags, which is great, thanks to water-activated sandbag which mimic the ability of real sand bags. Yes, they cost more, but are much quicker to implement in the case of a flood so the cost is negligible.

Sandbags for flooding are essential tools if you live in an area prone to flooding.  It is not advised to use other bags that are not intended for use as sandbags as they may not be as effective. Sandbags are constructed for the use of containing sand or soil to prevent or reduce the impact of water damage in the event of a flood. They are typically made with woven polypropylene or burlap sacks. Plastic garbage bags are slick and will not create a sturdy structure when stacked. Feed sacks, although made of similar materials to sandbags, are usually large and are also not practical for handling.

If your home or business has experienced a flood, please call the professionals of SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield right away – open 24 hours for emergency services and here to help!

Source: Chainshaw Journal. Jan 2020.

Weather Alerts for Your Smartphone

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

If you are not currently receiving weather alerts on your smartphone, dial ##2627## on your phone to turn them on.

Search for "CMAS" or "WEA" in your phone's messaging settings. If neither of those are available, you might not have a phone that is WEA enabled. If that's the case, don't worry - you can still get emergency weather alerts with weather apps like the Weather Channel app or WeatherUSA.

WeatherUSA sends out real-time alerts to you every time there’s any weather-related warning in your area. They send these alerts out whenever they are released by any federal agency, including the National Weather Service. These alerts are sent across to the subscribers via SMS or email. You can choose to add your county or state for the local weather warnings.

For Android users, To meet the FCC standards, Android introduced “Emergency Broadcasts” features in all its mobiles. Through this service, you can get severe weather alerts instantly. Apart from these alerts, this feature also sends out an alert whenever there’s any emergency in your area.

You may also want to save the phone number for SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield in your phone as well in case the internet goes out during the storm and you end up with flooding in your home: (952) 854-2000.  Here to Help.

Source: USA Today Online

Emergency alerts on your Smartphone are a Proven Lifesaver

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) can save your life. Here's how it works: when the National Weather Service issues an urgent alert for a storm in your location, the system looks to see which cell phone towers are included in the storm’s area. All cell phone towers within the warning area send out an instant emergency alert to WEA-enabled devices. The alert plays the classic emergency alert tone and pushes a notification to your screen.

The great benefit to these alerts is that they only go off if you're in the area affected by hazardous weather. This helps remedy the problem of receiving false alarms for storms dozens of miles away on the other side of your county. If you receive an emergency alert on your smartphone, you know you need to take immediate action to keep yourself and your family safe. Wireless Emergency Alerts are pushed out for tornado warnings, flash flood warnings, hurricane warnings, dust storm warnings, extreme wind warnings, and local dangers such as AMBER Alerts and evacuation orders.

You may want to save the number for SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield in your phone as well for ease in case a damage restoration emergency occurs in your home or business during a storm: 952-854-2000 

Source: Forbes November 2018

Keeping Trees Trimmed to Avoid Storm Damage

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Trees in our yards are beautiful, help to prevent water damage to our homes, and provide the relief of shade.  As healthy as a tree can be, often larger trees can have dead limbs that require trimming.  When trees are not properly trimmed, dead limbs are very susceptible to breaking off during a storm, causing storm damage to our homes or places of business. SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield has received multiple calls this storm season from homeowners who have suffered storm damage due to a tree limb through their window or roof. When this happens, it is important to board the roof or window as quickly as possible after the storms have passed and to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield for restoration right away.

Available to take your call 24/7 and here to help.

Stop Ice Dams with a Cold Roof

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

Ice dams (and icicles) form when the snow melts, runs down your roof and refreezes near the edge. This only occurs when part of your roof warms to above 32 degrees F, warm enough to melt the snow, while the roof edge remains below freezing. This scenario is often the result of a warm attic. In most homes, heat escapes through ceilings into the attic and warms the wood and shingles directly above it. Although the outdoor temperature is below freezing, the snow melts over the warmed section of roof. When the melted snow runs down the roof, it hits the cold edge not warmed by the attic. There it freezes, creating a rim of ice. This rim can grow, trap more water behind it, and bingo—you have a full-fledged ice dam.

The key to preventing ice dams is simply to keep your attic and roof cold. After a snowfall, a cold roof will have a thick blanket of snow. A warmer roof, however, will soon have clear spots where the snow has melted off, and may well have icicles hanging from the eaves.

Source: Family Handy Man

Three Tips on How to Prevent Ice Dams this Winter by Keeping Your Roof Cold

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

  1. Close up attic bypasses
    In the average home, about one-third of the heat loss is through the ceiling into the attic. Most of that loss comes from air leaks caused by unblocked walls, gaps in drywall, and cracks around light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys, access hatches and other ceiling penetrations. Air leaks can be tough to stop. You have to climb into your attic, pull or rake back insulation, and plug the leaks using foam, caulk and other methods. Low roof angles make some air leaks difficult to reach. This work is definitely a cool weather project; your attic will be unbearably hot otherwise. Always wear a dust mask, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants to help prevent skin irritations caused by insulation.
  2. Measure your attic insulation level
    While you’re in the attic, check the depth of your attic insulation. Building codes require about 12 to 14 in. of fiberglass or cellulose. Add more if you have less than 8 in. and have had ice dam problems in the past. Blown-in cellulose and fiberglass are usually better than hand-placed batts, because they fill more tightly around rafters, joists and other obstructions, leaving fewer gaps. It’s usually worth hiring a professional for this job; you probably won’t save much by doing it yourself. However, if you can’t find a good price, you can rent a blowing machine from a rental yard or home center. Often, the use of the machine is free with the purchase of insulation.
  3. Add roof and soffit vents
    Attic ventilation draws in cold outdoor air and flushes out warmer attic air, cooling the attic and the roof in the process. The minimum ventilation area (size of the openings) should be about 1 sq. ft. of vent per 300 sq. ft. of ceiling area (attic floor area), when half the vent area is low on the roof and half is high. Add enough so their ventilating area is about equal to the area of soffit vents. This might deliver a whole lot more ventilation than the minimum requirement, but don’t worry. You’re unlikely to have too much ventilation.

Source: Family Handy Man

Protecting Your Home Against Bad Storms

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

Protecting Your Home Against Bad Storms

Protect your roof. Consider hurricane straps to ensure your roof is bolted to the rest of your house. And inspect your roof tiles or shingles to make sure they are secure. Use roofing cement to fix any loose tiles to prevent them from becoming lethal projectiles during a storm and damaging the underlying roofing material. Seal any areas where wires enter the home, minimizing the chance of water damage during heavy wind and rain.

Trim your trees. Broken limbs could land on your (or your neighbor’s) roof/house or become missiles that can break windows during a storm. If your tree damages your house or a neighbor’s house, your insurance covers the damages, but it may pay only a portion.

If your home is damaged during a Minneapolis area storm, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomington / Richfield. Here to Help

Source: Kiplinger online

Storm damage prevention and treatment: reducing damage from storms with preventive action using horticulture

1/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage prevention and treatment: reducing damage from storms with preventive action using horticulture

Damage to trees from storms can be minimized by designing and implementing a tree management plan. Designing and executing a plan can help prevent problems.  There is no doubt trees can cause damage and be damaged in storms. However, appropriately placed and well-maintained trees can help to reduce storm damage to structures by deflecting wind, as well as reduce damage to the tree itself. Appropriate actions include: proper placement and planting, structural pruning prior to the storm, and proper species selection. Actions in the weeks and years following a strong storm can help bring damaged trees back to health.

If your home or business is affected by a storm, don't hesitate to call the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomington and Richfield. Faster to Any Disaster

Source: https://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/stormy.shtml

Avoiding Water and Pipes in your Home During a Storm

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Avoiding Water and Pipes in your Home During a Storm

WATER & PIPES

People on or in or near water are among those most at risk for lighting strikes during thunderstorms, both inside and outside the home. Water is a good conductor of electricity, and many homes have metal pipes (themselves fantastic conductors ). Not only can lightning striking your home travel through your pipes but lightning can travel stealthily into your home through shared pipelines that have sustained strikes some distance away from your home. Do not take a bath or shower, wash your hands, do laundry, use an ice maker, or otherwise use running water when there is lightning danger in the area.

If your home has encountered an electrical fire, please call the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Bloomington and Richfield today to assess the damage and begin restoring your home. Faster to Any Disaster.

Source: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/

Lightning During Storms and House Fires Resulting

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Lightning During Storms and House Fires Resulting

Unlike other types of house fires, which occur more frequently in the winter months, fires in the home caused by lightning are more likely to happen in June, July and August in the late afternoon or early evening. From 2007-2011, NFPA says there were an average of 22,600 fires per year caused by lightning strikes.  Lightning is responsible for a number of wildfires as well.

Lightning during storms poses the greatest risk outdoors and frequently strikes the highest point on a structure.

Safety tips During Lightning Storms: 

  • When possible, stay away from doors and windows during an electrical storm.
  • Do not use corded phones, computers, TVs or other electrical equipment during storms.
  • Unplug major electronics – TVs, stereo equipment, computers and microwaves to minimize damage if there is a lightning strike close by.
  • Avoid plumbing such as sinks, baths and faucets during a thunderstorm as metal plumbing is an excellent conductor of electricity.

Source: http://www.propertycasualty360.com and National Fire Protection Association

How Long Does Each Step of the Water Damage Restoration Process Take?

1/20/2018 (Permalink)

Finding your home in Bloomington, MN affected by water damage is extremely disheartening. There is no time to waste, and homeowners should contact a professional storm restoration service in their area immediately after finding the damage. These experts know precisely how to extract water and tear out damaged surfaces. Naturally, all homeowners wonder when their house will be back to its normal self, and the answer usually depends on the extent of the damage.

1. Water Mitigation and Extraction

First, the company needs to curtail the effects of the flood water and moisture. This involves bringing in a heavy-duty extracting machine to remove the standing water. Next, the team has to prevent mold from growing. It only takes one day for mold to start growing. Finally, the professionals need to dry out the room using dehumidifiers and powerful drying systems. It generally takes about three days to do all this. The team needs to ensure the room is free of water damage before continuing on to the tear out stage.

2. Reconstruction

The amount of time it takes to reconstruct a room ultimately depends on how much the water affected. Professionals typically need to remove the drywall because it often absorbs moisture. Any insulation behind the wall usually also needs to be removed in case the water has compromised that. If the flooding occurred in a room with carpeting, then all of it must be taken out and replaced with something else. Depending on exactly how much damage occurred, it can take anywhere between a few days and a couple weeks to complete the work.

Hopefully your house in Bloomington, MN will be back in spectacular condition in less than a week. Avoid delaying the process any more than necessary by contacting a storm restoration service near you so that an experienced team can tear out and repair the damaged room.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObloomingtonrichfield.com for more information on storm damage.

3 Ways to Minimize Residential Flood Damage Before a Storm

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

The devastation caused by flood water in Bloomington, MN can be overwhelming.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to limit the effects of water damage by taking preventative measures. You may have heard about a business in your area going through certain processes to limit the likelihood of a flooded building, but you can also do them as a homeowner.

Know the Flood Level Near Your Area

Governmental officials carry out evaluations to assess how high flood water will rise in a given area. It’s crucial to know the level water could reach during a storm. You can find out the flood level for your area by:

• Going to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website
• Checking with your insurance company
• Contacting local building authorities

Once you’re aware of that information, it becomes much easier to take proactive measures. Get started by hiring licensed and insured contractors to make modifications to your home, so water-sensitive parts of your abode, such as the electrical system, are not as prone to problems from excessive moisture.

Apply Protective Coatings to the Home’s Walls

It’s possible to buy sealant products to apply to the walls of your residence to help keep moisture out. Do research to find the best-reviewed and highly rated options and invest in some of them before you hear about the next flood threat.

Have a Cleanup Plan

Think ahead by deciding what you’ll do if preventative measures don’t keep the water out completely and it becomes necessary to clean up after a flood and salvage what’s left of your possessions. Because there are so many safety risks associated with flood recovery, it’s smart to contact professional disaster recovery specialists to let them handle the job.

These steps could help you protect your home and reduce the chances you’ll deal with a flooded building. Water damage can be severe, and flood water is particularly dangerous. Flood prevention could also reduce disruption to your life and residence.

Need more information about storm damage? Click here to visit our website.

What to expect after flood damage.

11/12/2017 (Permalink)

Piles of debris after flooding.

Large flood damages hundreds of homes.

Floods tend to create damage on multiple homes and businesses. It creates a chaos in the disaster and restoration industry. Here are 4 situations you may encounter after full scale flooding has occurred in the Bloomington, MN areas.

  1. Waiting for insurance adjuster - the insurance adjusters are swamped and it could take weeks before one comes by to handle your claim.
  2. Municipal services on hold - Trash collectors, power companies, and plumbers are going to be very busy. Expect long wait times.
  3. Multiple visits from restoration company - Demolition will start first. If you have electricity they can place air movers. When building materials are stocked again the restoration will take place.
  4. Long turnaround for insurance payout - Insurance companies have a lot of claims to process and will take a long time to payout. You may have to use credit and savings until the insurance company can payout.

Repair Methods of Storm Restoration

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Repair Methods of Storm Restoration

Specialists deploy many methods of curbing damage in their quest for home restoration. Storm remediation and storm restoration require an assessment to evaluate the extent of storm damage then determining the most suitable process of water restoration, such as using flood pump. A flood pump works to pump away excess flood water and ground water in the process of water restoration and thus home restoration.

Frequently flood water combined with wind both of them have a toll, uncovering a person's possessions to the outside weather and undesired trespassers. Professional specialists can help with the home restoration!

Since emergency situations do not have a schedule, almost all professional recovery teams are available around the clock, in readiness for when disaster strikes. They try to make the process of recovery as quick and well done as possible.

In conclusion, a natural disaster such as flooding from ground water, even ice dams in frozen pipes causes such damages as hurricane damages and inherently a lot of frustrations. It's, therefore, the duty of a homeowner to seek professional help for assistance with home restoration.

Visit http://www.SERVPRObloomingtonrichfield.com for more information on storm damage.

Professional Storm Restoration Of A Home Damaged By Floods

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Professional Storm Restoration Of A Home Damaged By Floods

Mother nature gets furious and unleashes her many ways of rampage to the planet on several occasions. Flooding is one way in which natural disaster strikes. River flooding can occur as soon as the water banks burst and thus water restoration comes to be of need. Numerous homes close to water bodies are prone to home damage due to river flooding and also account their significant losses to storm damage. Storm damage, as well as hurricane damage, can come about when the flood water couples with robust wind damage which also causes roof damage.

Elements of Disaster

Ground water can cause flooding as flood water flows freely by gravity. Ground water sweeps away anything, and create storm damage. When coupled with wind damage, ground water can rip off buildings causing severe storm damages.

Roof repair and storm restoration experts say that hail damage dramatically contributes to roof leaks. Hail damage bombards roofs bringing about roof leaks.

Wind damage is also bringing about the need for roof repair whenever there are roof leaks. It causes roof damage and occasionally roof leak. In extreme case of tornadoes, hurricane damages are devastating and lead to costly home restoration. A hurricane damage can be spontaneous and incorporate many of others such as hail damage. A skilled professional will help in roof repair of roof damage. Storm restoration also involves prevention against subsequent river flooding through storm remediation.

In addition to storm remediation, water restoration is one other thing that the professionals help victims to deal with by installing flood pumps. After a river flooding that causes the need for flood pump, victims immediately need to follow safety precautions and contact the nearest qualified storm restoration professionals. The storm remediation professionals double as excellent advisors. They give recommendations on the plans to settle and recover quickly from the flooding by installing flood pumps by the process of storm remediation.

Ice elements

Ice damage occurs whenever ice settles on the roofs in excess. Ice damage results when an ice dam accumulates behind a structure or component, a process called ice damming. Due to its excess weight, after ice damming the elements in the ice dam are too heavy for a structure, and thus it breaks, causing ice damage. Frozen pipes in the cold season's burst after the ice dam inside them expands before thawing. Frozen pipes that cannot withstand the pressure of the ice dam and ice damming inside the frozen pipes break, thus ice damage needs restoration to its better state.

Seek professional help

With incredible rapidity, hurricane damage and ice damming could inflict intense damage to any property. Hail damage, wind damage, lightning, tornadoes, and also ice damming can damage rooftops and thus residences, so the first concern in case of a natural catastrophe would be to put a stop to further destruction such as frozen pipes and flooding by storm remediation.

Visit http://www.SERVPRObloomingtonrichfield.com for more information on storm damage.

How to Handle Storm Damage to Your Property

9/26/2017 (Permalink)


How to Handle Storm Damage to Your Property

In the United States, storm damage is among the most costly sources of property loss. Each year, tens of billions of dollars in property damage is caused by river flooding, wind damage, hurricane damage, ice damage and hail damage. While these sources of storm damage are often unavoidable, in most cases, home restoration and storm remediation can be carried out successfully. But this relies on the property owner quickly contacting a professional home restoration and storm remediation company.

Many people envision storm damage as being something closely associated with warmer climates or the Central Plains region of the United States. While it's true that hurricane damage and wind damage is often the main kind of storm damage seem in warmer climates, billions of dollars in storm damage are still caused by such things as ice damage, frozen pipes and ice dams in colder climates. The truth is that storm damage can occur almost anywhere.

Warm weather storms


While there are a few areas of the United States, such as the Northwestern Coast region, that are largely immune from the effects of severe weather, the vast majority of the United States is at least seasonally vulnerable to serious severe weather. Flooding, wind damage, roof damage, flood water and ground water saturation are just some of the things caused by these common weather phenomena.

Recent storms throughout the Southern United States have shown that many cities are highly vulnerable to groundwater reaching saturation levels, causing widespread flooding and even inducing river flooding and floodwaters from locations that would otherwise not have been likely to overflow.

But for as much damage as river flooding and groundwater flooding do, even more damage occurs from wind damage. Roof leaks can cause flood water to enter homes. And roof repairs alone run into the billions of dollars every year. Hurricane damage and hail damage often result in roof leaks and require extensive roof repairs.

Flooding, especially that caused by river flooding and groundwater flooding are often the most expensive kinds of home restoration and storm remediation efforts. However, those caused by wind are much more common. This makes roof leaks and roof damage more expensive in the aggregate. And roof damage or roof leaks are, therefore, a more serious concern to more Americans than hurricane damage or flood water.

Luckily, roof repairs are often some of the easiest performed kinds of storm remediation. While water restoration and removal of flood water can often be carried out quickly and relatively inexpensively, when they are the result of flooding, they are often a more expensive form of storm remediation.

Cold weather storm remediation.


While warm weather storms can be expensive causes of storm restoration efforts, winter storms can play an equally destructive role. Roof damage can also occur due to winter storms. Ground water freezing can mean that normal absorption is impossible. Frozen pipes, ice dams and ice damage are potent sources of winter weather damage. Ice damming can quickly cause massive roof leakage. Hail damage is another serious problem in winter storms, adding to the complexity of storm remediation.

Roof repair often becomes necessary after major ice damming events. Ice dams can often make storm restoration efforts more complicated, resulting in the required use of flood pumps. When ground water freezes, the likelihood that ice damming will result it overwhelming runoff from the roof with the ice dam becomes high, making the home restoration more difficult.

Frozen pipes are also a major concern. Frozen pipes that break will often necessitate the use of heavy-duty flood pumps. While flood pumps work very well in warm conditions, a flood pump may ingest frozen ground water or otherwise break down in colder climes, making the water restoration more difficult.

Hail damage, ice damage and ice damming can all be handled easily by a professional water restoration team but should not be undertaken on a do-it-yourself basis. Whatever the climate, water restoration and storm restoration are best left to storm restoration professionals.
Visit http://www.SERVPRObloomingtonrichfield.com for more information on storm damage.

Heavy Rain Can Cause More Damage Than You Think

2/1/2017 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Due to a Sump Pump Failure

Heavy rains can overwhelm city sewer systems and sump pumps throughout the south metro area.  With our highly trained specialists, we were able to take care of many homeowners that were in need of help.  Being faster to any size disaster, we will always be there when we are needed!

Restoring storm and flood damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield utilizes advanced equipment and technology to quicken the restoration time and to minimize cost. We are proudly serving our community and surrounding areas with 24/7 emergency availability. Don't hesitate and give us a call today! (952) 854-2000

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Minnesota

2/1/2017 (Permalink)

Faster to ANY Size Disaster

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield?

Restoring storm and flood damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your residential or commercial property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage. When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises and can also access our Disaster Recovery Team that specializes in major storms and catastrophic events. Nothing is too big for us to handle!

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any home or business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike. For a business, every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, you want to make sure you have the right people there to help. Click here to read what to do and what NOT to do after a flooding event has occurred and while SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield is on their way!

Remember, we live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield is close by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud to be an active member of our communities and want to do our part to make our communities the best they can be!

SERVPRO of Bloomington/Richfield utilizes advanced equipment and technology to quicken the restoration time and to minimize cost. We proudly serve our communities and surrounding areas with 24/7 emergency availability. Give us a call today and we'll make it "Like it never even happened." (952) 854-2000