Recent Storm Damage Posts

After the Storm: How to Check Your Property for Damage

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

It is impossible to predict how much damage a storm may cause. Even if your home looks to have weathered the storm, a trip around your property may disclose hidden hazards that you would not have noticed otherwise. You will want to know where you stand what to do if you deal with a few missing shingles, shattered windows, or flooding in the basement.

In the event of a storm, here is a quick checklist of what to watch for damage.

1. Wind Damage

Check your windows for shattered glass, broken panes, or damaged frames up close and personal. Look for little holes or cracks in places you would not expect to see them. 

2. Roof Damage

Look for shingles that are loose or cracked. Unidentified black dots on an asphalt roof could signify storm damage. Check for any debris lodged beneath the shingles as well.

3. Clogged gutters

Heavy rains can pull down tree limbs, bringing leaves and small branches with them, which can clog your gutter. Look for any fragments stuck in the gutter or downspout.

4. Exterior Damage

Siding might rip, paint can flake, and stucco can come loose. A bad storm can damage even brick. Take a walk around your house and look for any damage that may have occurred. A storm's usual side effects include holes, breaks, and splits. Another indication is discoloration of the siding or brick. 

A storm's aftermath can be devastating. Following a storm, experienced storm damage restoration experts can assist you in repairing and restoring your home or building. Storm and flood damage restoration is a specialty of SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda. We can scale our resources in the event of a large storm or flooding disaster. We have access to specialized equipment and personnel through a nationwide network of 1,650 Franchise and elite Disaster Recovery Teams strategically situated across the country.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today - (925) 299-1323

Storm Checklist for Your Orinda Home

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

It is a good idea to assess your property for storm damage and make sure you have the right equipment to protect your safety before and after a major storm. It is impossible to predict how much damage a storm may cause. Because you cannot escape mother nature, knowing what to do in the event of a natural disaster is critical. It pays to be prepared, so here are some pointers on how to get ready when a storm is on the way.

Inside Your Home

  • Make sure you have nonperishable food, medications, baby necessities, and pet food on hand.
  • Invest in bottled water. One gallon of water per person per day is recommended by the American Red Cross.
  • Examine emergency supplies, such as flashlights, battery-operated radios, extension cords, and emergency generators.
  • Purchase additional batteries.
  • Have extra cash on hand if you are unable to withdraw money from an ATM or bank due to a power outage.
  • Set your refrigerator to the coldest setting possible. This will keep food fresher for longer if the power goes out. Most food will stay frozen or fresh for up to 12 hours if the refrigerator is closed. 
  • Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical devices that could cause injury.
  • Have a first-aid kit on hand.
  • Keep a manual can opener on hand.
  • Keep important documents in a safe raised box, such as birth certificates and insurance paperwork.

Outside Your Home

  • Keep an eye out for downed electrical wires and keep away from them when going outside. 
  • Clear debris from trees that are not near power lines.
  • Fill up your car's gas tank.
  • Bring loose, light objects inside, such as yard furniture.
  • If you have a pool, switch off all pumps and filters and cover them in waterproof fabric to prevent storm water from damaging them. 

After the Storm

If a storm has damaged your home, call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda for help repairing and restoring your property. Our highly experienced workers can respond to storm or flood damage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have as storm-related emergency, call (925) 299-1323 to get your property restored to its pre-storm condition. 

Steps to Take When a Tree Falls on your Property

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Wind, rain, hail, snow, and other natural weather events can cause more damage to your home than you might realize. Any time a storm strikes, it’s worthwhile to check your home for any damage afterwards, particularly your roof. Roof damage, if left un-repaired, can evolve into greater problems with your home’s interior, from leaks and mold to weakened ceilings. Catching the damage and repairing it right away is your best bet for extending the life of your roof and avoiding a total overhaul.

A common occurrence during tropical storms is trees falling on and damaging your property. Don’t wait until it happens. Be prepared for this type of storm emergency. Here are steps to take for emergency tree removal at your home or business.

    • Trees that are old or diseased can easily succumb to flooding and windy storms. Go ahead and remove hazardous trees before a storm approaches.
    • In the event a tree does fall on your property, first make sure everyone is okay. Leave your home if you feel unsafe inside the property.
    • Look to see if there are any wires or power lines hanging and if they are call the police and the power company.
    • Call your insurance company and if you can, safely take pictures of the damages.
    • Contact your local mitigation and emergency storm cleanup provider in Rohnert Park.

If your property was damaged by a fallen tree, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda can help restore your home or business in to pre-storm condition. 

We’re Here to Help! Call us today  (925) 299-1323.

Got Storm Damage? We Can Help

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

The storm weather can sometimes be unpredictable and dangerous.  Whether the storm was originally caused by a hurricane, heavy rain, or flooding, it can devastate a home or business in a matter of minutes.  Water can quickly spread throughout a property and is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your property's structure and can lead to potential harmful mold.

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is a trusted company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. Our highly trained technicians are on standby, ready to respond quickly to a disaster, and can restore your home or business into preloss condition. 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At (925) 299-1323.  We are always Here to Help!

Safe Flood Clean up Tips

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Before entering a building where flood damage may have occurred, make sure it’s safe: check for electrical hazards and structural damage, and use proper protective gear like boots, gloves and respirators. Before you start any construction or repairs, check for common hazardous materials like lead paint and asbestos, which may require help from professional and State-licensed contractors.

Then, follow these tips:

  • Act quickly
    The severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building components and contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of a flood. In fact, mold will grow within 48-72 hours, so aim to start removing water and drying the environment within 48 hours. Have a list of professionals on hand to call, and understand your insurance policy, as some only cover mold damage up to a certain amount, while others don’t provide any reimbursement for mold.
  • Ventilate affected areas to prevent mold growth
    Mold loves moisture and organic materials such as paper or particleboard. In order to mitigate or slow damage, open windows if weather permits and place fans inside of them to keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
  • Assess damage to items and materials
    Assess the type of water absorbed by items, such as rainwater, water from broken pipes, contaminated river water or bacteria-filled sewage. There are ways to salvage specialty items but the decision on whether to save or trash an item will vary depending on the dollar and sentimental value to the owner. It may not be worthwhile to salvage drywall, carpets and pads, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particleboard. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile to restore costly Persian rugs, leather couches and antiques or heirlooms. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable through machine washing, and a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, to remove contamination and stains. The IICRC strongly recommends that in water damages where there are contaminants present (e.g., bacteria, sewage, mold) or where small children or immune-compromised individuals are present that an inspection be conducted by an appropriately trained restorer and remediator.
  • Expose pockets of saturation
    Hidden and concealed pockets of saturation need to be opened for cleaning and drying. Layers between building materials hold water that must be discovered and removed or dried. On walls, find the water line and inspect at least a foot beyond it to make sure all damage, wet materials and mold are discovered. Remove and discard the damaged drywall and wet wall insulation. Wet carpets can usually be dried by professionals with the right equipment, but carpet padding, which is like a big sponge, should be discarded. Wood base trim and hardwood can also be saved with the right equipment if they can be accessed and completely dried on both sides. Remember to investigate concealed cavities such as behind walls, in mechanical spaces, under cabinets and furniture, and in crawl spaces.
  • Conduct a thorough cleaning
    Durable, non-porous or semi-porous materials, such as studs and joists, hardwood flooring and vinyl products, can be cleaned with common cleaning products or specialized products with detergents. During cleaning, take care to protect areas that are unaffected by the water or mold. After a thorough cleaning of salvageable materials, a disinfectant solution may need to be applied in case of harmful bacteria from sewage, river water debris or even standing water that has gone bad. Professionals like water restoration and mold remediation contractors and indoor environmental professionals can help you decide what is best for your situation. Once you’ve cleaned the wet materials, conduct another round of cleaning. If you choose to vacuum, use a HEPA-filter vacuum to remove allergens, fine dust and spores.
  • Confirm drying before reconstruction
    In order to prevent dry rot and structural damage, it’s important not to reconstruct or cover wood and other wet materials until the moisture content has been adequately reduced. A water restoration professional can confirm proper drying before reconstruction.

Storm Damage Safe Tips

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Before entering a building where flood damage may have occurred, make sure it’s safe: check for electrical hazards and structural damage, and use proper protective gear like boots, gloves and respirators. Before you start any construction or repairs, check for common hazardous materials like lead paint and asbestos, which may require help from professional and State-licensed contractors.

Then, follow these tips:

  • Act quickly
    The severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building components and contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of a flood. In fact, mold will grow within 48-72 hours, so aim to start removing water and drying the environment within 48 hours. Have a list of professionals on hand to call, and understand your insurance policy, as some only cover mold damage up to a certain amount, while others don’t provide any reimbursement for mold.
  • Ventilate affected areas to prevent mold growth
    Mold loves moisture and organic materials such as paper or particleboard. In order to mitigate or slow damage, open windows if weather permits and place fans inside of them to keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
  • Assess damage to items and materials
    Assess the type of water absorbed by items, such as rainwater, water from broken pipes, contaminated river water or bacteria-filled sewage. There are ways to salvage specialty items but the decision on whether to save or trash an item will vary depending on the dollar and sentimental value to the owner. It may not be worthwhile to salvage drywall, carpets and pads, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particleboard. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile to restore costly Persian rugs, leather couches and antiques or heirlooms. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable through machine washing, and a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, to remove contamination and stains. The IICRC strongly recommends that in water damages where there are contaminants present (e.g., bacteria, sewage, mold) or where small children or immune-compromised individuals are present that an inspection be conducted by an appropriately trained restorer and remediator.
  • Expose pockets of saturation
    Hidden and concealed pockets of saturation need to be opened for cleaning and drying. Layers between building materials hold water that must be discovered and removed or dried. On walls, find the water line and inspect at least a foot beyond it to make sure all damage, wet materials and mold are discovered. Remove and discard the damaged drywall and wet wall insulation. Wet carpets can usually be dried by professionals with the right equipment, but carpet padding, which is like a big sponge, should be discarded. Wood base trim and hardwood can also be saved with the right equipment if they can be accessed and completely dried on both sides. Remember to investigate concealed cavities such as behind walls, in mechanical spaces, under cabinets and furniture, and in crawl spaces.
  • Conduct a thorough cleaning
    Durable, non-porous or semi-porous materials, such as studs and joists, hardwood flooring and vinyl products, can be cleaned with common cleaning products or specialized products with detergents. During cleaning, take care to protect areas that are unaffected by the water or mold. After a thorough cleaning of salvageable materials, a disinfectant solution may need to be applied in case of harmful bacteria from sewage, river water debris or even standing water that has gone bad. Professionals like water restoration and mold remediation contractors and indoor environmental professionals can help you decide what is best for your situation. Once you’ve cleaned the wet materials, conduct another round of cleaning. If you choose to vacuum, use a HEPA-filter vacuum to remove allergens, fine dust and spores.
  • Confirm drying before reconstruction
    In order to prevent dry rot and structural damage, it’s important not to reconstruct or cover wood and other wet materials until the moisture content has been adequately reduced. A water restoration professional can confirm proper drying before reconstruction.

Remember if you need help with storm damage call SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda at (925)299-1323

Successfully Preparing for a Storm

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Weather conditions are known to place a tremendous amount of stress on consumers whenever a threat arises. Different types of storms and severe conditions leave people and property vulnerable to damage and conditions that are difficult to recover from. Anyone dealing with this issue should know the basics of successfully preparing for a severe storm to prevent major damages and issues from occurring on their property.

Storm preparations are usually performed in particular regard to the consumer while balancing what is needed for the family and safeguarding of personal assets. People focus on the ability to ensure that worst case scenarios are able to be survived through while also being able to avoid having to contend with significant damages once the storm has passed. Completing this process in a thorough and effective manner is crucial for any type of event.

Consumers are offered a tremendous array of guidelines and helpful hints when researching storm preparedness techniques. Many of the pieces of information available to people are quite unique in regard to circumstances and sources of ownership that are quite difficult to apply to personal situations. Concentrating on the most common yet successful processes helps anyone through their efforts in an effective manner.

Storm severity is the most initial and pertinent aspect of preparations for any consumer to understand. Each weather event is unique in regard to propensity for damage and the specific conditions that will be present throughout its entirety. Paying attention to weather reports and what is discussed in relation to the event is all that is necessary for this phase of the process.

Consulting with insurance carriers is also an essential proponent of the process. Insurance policies on any investment that has been made are usually specific in regard to the types of incidents and damages that are covered. Many providers also have preparedness guidelines to follow that help people consolidate in their efforts.

Clearing the yard of any potential hazards is also critical to complete. Lawn chairs and other loose objects that are able to be carried by the wind are among the leading sources of window shattering and roof damages. Removing these hazards and clearing the entire property prevents these issues from occurring.

Vehicle protection is often forgotten about by consumers during their preparations. A car cover is designed to suit the protective needs that people have when they are unable to find room in their garage. Various grades of quality and protection are offered to suit various weather conditions.

Tips to Making it Through Storm

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

We have been having some major storms lately. Tornadoes, hurricanes and torrential rains have been wreaking havoc throughout the United States. It is important to be as prepared as possible if a storm is coming your way. This means different things depending on the areas in which you live. Also, storm damage varies from location to location. Weather extremes make storm damage nearly impossible to predict. Lightning, wind, ice, floods, rain, extreme cold and heat can cause all types of damage to your home.

When a storm hits it is best to be prepared. Here are some tips to help you maximize safety and minimize the inconvenience storms and storm damage can bring to your life.

1) Have flashlights with spare batteries in a location that is easy to access. Avoid candles if at all possible. It is easier than many homeowners think to leave a candle lit and have fire ravage through your house. Storm damage creates a mess but fire damage creates an environment where the effects are long lasting.

2) Purchase extra bottled water and canned foods. This will create less havoc for you encase of a long lasting power outage. It is important that you have extra water to cook with as well as to drink.

3) Use surge protectors on all major appliances. They will help eliminate the surge from entering these valuable pieces of equipment rendering them useless. If you do not have surge protection and you have fair warning a storm is headed your way unplug all major appliances and electronics.

4) Make sure you have a battery operated radio. It should be on and tuned in to a local station for regular updates.

5) If you go out after a storm has hit you area make sure to avoid down power lines. They are still full of energy and will shock you.

6) If your lights blow during a storm double check your fuse breaker box make sure that you have not just blown the fuses by asking neighbors if their power is out also. If it is the power call the electric company to make sure they are aware of the outage.

7) It is important if your power is out to conserve the energy left in your freezer and refrigerator. You can do this by limiting the times you open and close them. Dry ice is also available for purchase at local groceries if you are able to get out.

8) Of course if the power outage comes at a time of extreme cold you can store food in a cooler outside.

9) In cold weather you will want to make sure that you leave the water dripping to avoid pipes from freezing.

10) Warm clothes should be worn. Use caution with fireplaces and never use flammable liquids to start a fire. It is also important that you never use a gas stove to heat your home. This practice is unsafe and can result in more damage.

11) It is important that if storm damage occurs and you are without power that you use care and caution in running generators.

It is important to note that after a storm you should immediately restock your emergency supplies. It is likely that the season of storms is upon you and that it won't be the last one through your area. Storm damage cannot be prevented but it can be managed. Your reaction in the situation will likely determine how well you cope with the difficulties that come along with the aftermath of storm damage

Successfully Preparing For a Severe Storm

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Severe weather Storm preparation is needed to avoid significant damages.

Weather conditions are known to place a tremendous amount of stress on consumers whenever a threat arises. Different types of storms and severe conditions leave people and property vulnerable to damage and conditions that are difficult to recover from. Anyone dealing with this issue should know the basics of successfully preparing for a severe storm to prevent major damages and issues from occurring on their property.

Storm preparations are usually performed in particular regard to the consumer while balancing what is needed for the family and safeguarding of personal assets. People focus on the ability to ensure that worst case scenarios are able to be survived through while also being able to avoid having to contend with significant damages once the storm has passed. Completing this process in a thorough and effective manner is crucial for any type of event.

Consumers are offered a tremendous array of guidelines and helpful hints when researching storm preparedness techniques. Many of the pieces of information available to people are quite unique in regard to circumstances and sources of ownership that are quite difficult to apply to personal situations. Concentrating on the most common yet successful processes helps anyone through their efforts in an effective manner.

Storm severity is the most initial and pertinent aspect of preparations for any consumer to understand. Each weather event is unique in regard to propensity for damage and the specific conditions that will be present throughout its entirety. Paying attention to weather reports and what is discussed in relation to the event is all that is necessary for this phase of the process.

Consulting with insurance carriers is also an essential proponent of the process. Insurance policies on any investment that has been made are usually specific in regard to the types of incidents and damages that are covered. Many providers also have preparedness guidelines to follow that help people consolidate in their efforts.

Clearing the yard of any potential hazards is also critical to complete. Lawn chairs and other loose objects that are able to be carried by the wind are among the leading sources of window shattering and roof damages. Removing these hazards and clearing the entire property prevents these issues from occurring.

Vehicle protection is often forgotten about by consumers during their preparations. A car cover is designed to suit the protective needs that people have when they are unable to find room in their garage. Various grades of quality and protection are offered to suit various weather conditions.

Restoration from Storm Damage

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

Locker room with red lockers to the left and red doors to the right. Dehumidifiers are located on the floor. This locker room was one of many rooms in the building that needed water removal.

This winter season, we did not experience that much rain. However, the weather channel is predicting that beginning in March, we will experience rain in the bay area. Therefore, we must make sure that our properties are protected. Recently, our team got a call about a flood in their building and we went to go remove the water with our industrial size pump. We then had to monitor and remove any trace of water to avoid further damage done to the floor of this building. During this process, as you can see in our photo, we used dehumidifiers and other machines to make sure that the area is completely dried. Eventually the job took a few days to complete given the size of the damage. But we made also made sure that the property was restored, “Like it never even happened.” However, we also would like to state that prevention is key and that having your best interests in mind. We would like it if a disaster of this scale does not occur to your property. But if it does, then contact us and we will minimize the interruption in your life.

SERVPRO® representatives are faster to any size disaster.  

High Chance of Storms this Year 2020

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Three Victorian style homes in the center of a slanted uphill road with rain and lightning in the sky above them. Damage from a storm? Contact us!

According to an article written by Reuters, an international team of scientists forecast that there is an 80% that El Niño will make its way across the Pacific. Which means we might in for a chaotic winter season here in the bay area. There is a high probability that if El Niño will flood our streets which could lead to water damage to our properties.

Prevention is Key

Here at SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda we provide services such as our Emergency Ready Profile, an app from SERVPRO® that enables you to list out critical information needed in the event of an emergency. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us through the number provided below. Through this free of charge service, we want you to know that we have your best interest in mind, and we can equip you with the tools needed in the event of intense weather conditions. Also be sure to follow this blog which will be updated at least weekly and follow us on social media so that way in case you need restoration services, we are only a click away.

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Six Ways to Protect Your Home Before A Storm

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Old and dirty roof tiles that are in desperate need of repairs. A roof that needs repairs.

1. Reduce flying debris

If you see any tree branches near or hanging over your structure, the best solution may be to cut them off. You can also secure weak and loose fencing and anchor any heavy objects around your yard into the ground.

2. Replacing windows and exterior doors

If possible, consider replacing your windows and outside doors with pressure and impact resistance improvements so that you can have better protection from the outside force of a storm.

3. Inspect and repair your roof

Inspect your roof and overhang to look for signs of wear or damage. This is crucial to prevent water from entering through the cracks and damages your ceilings, causing mold.

4. Check caulking

Make sure the caulking around your windows and doors are in good shape and not cracked or broken. If there are any gaps, make sure to get a caulk gun to fill up holes around pipes or wires that enter your building. This will reduce the risk of leaks from wind-driven rain.

5. Inspect carports and other attached structures

Have porches, carports, entryway canopies, and storage sheds inspected to make sure they are firmly attached and in good condition.

6. Create an inventory list

This can help you out when filing an insurance claim.

Taking these preventative measures can help you before a storm hits. However, if your property does suffer damage from a storm. Our SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda team of professionals are either a click or call away.

Learn more: disastersafety.org

This Home Was Destroyed During a Wildfire

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Front view of a home destroyed by a fire with a white painted railing leading to the ground and unharmed by the fire. Home we visited that was destroyed by fire.

We speak a lot about fire prevention but there are times where natural disasters occur and a storm can devastate your property. Recently, we experienced the destruction of Kincade, which destroyed many homes and businesses. Fortunately, there are no reported casualties due to quick decision making and mass evacuation of people north of Santa Rosa, CA. Many surrounding counties suffered blackouts and even we had to undergo a time period with no power.

However, we at SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda are prepared and arrived to locations alongside teams from other counties and states to lend a hand and help businesses and homeowners restore their property or protect them from harmful air pollution.

Although, there are times when our representatives arrive to a location that has been completely decimated by a fire. In this case, an entire home was destroyed leaving a family with the decision of relocating while the repairing process began.

Prevention and planning are key for ones' safety during a storm that is out of our control. 

Heavy Rainfall This Season, let SERVPRO Help!

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Contra Costa County is getting hit with heavy rainfall this season. The month of December is on average the wettest season in the East Bay. However, we are not in the clear skies yet, as the rain will persist during the month of January. Therefore, I would like to discuss the process of contents or item restoration. When a storm hits your home, the devastation may leave numerous locations in need of restoration or repairing. That is why we also conduct organized and efficient pack-outs for all belongings in your property. This ensures a quicker remodeling process and protects your items from any potential damage from a coming storm or from on-site work. We take your belongings to our warehouse where we will cleanup and remove any water damaged using our Esporta IS4000. This machine can restore up to level 4 water damaged items. We remove any water and leave it to dry with our specialize heaters and dehumidifiers.

For any storm related situations, feel free to contact us and our service professionals will help you through the process.

SERVPRO® of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda

(925) 299-1323

Storm Preparedness - Securing Outside Your Home

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

There's a powerful storm coming your way. You've got some major securing to do. The inside of your home has already been secured, including supplies, food and water. Now you've got to secure the outside of your home. We'll go from most important to least important.

Consider the largest items outside. These are the ones with no cover at all. Cars , boats, ATVs, lawn and toy furniture-so many things. Move all vehicles, including all items of similar size, to at least 30 feet from the house. Put your vehicles in gear and engage the hand break. Boats should have their biminis or sails taken down and loose items on deck taken below. ATVs, outside appliances and yard maintenance machines should be tied down. Uh-huh. You heard right. Find a lot of rope.

This includes lawn furniture and large toy contraptions. Get a sharp knife to quickly cut the lengths you need. Tie these things together, when possible, and then tie them to the house. Sounds freaky. But you've got to if it's a very strong storm. Make sure there's no give on the rope for everything you tie down. And let me tell you, I didn't know how to tie strong knots until this. You've gotta learn what you've gotta learn. Make it happen.

Some tips here. If it's a very severe storm, leave the littlest crack on one window of each of your vehicles. Check again and ensure that all motorized vehicles, including ATVs, are left in gear and their breaks engaged. Plug the drain for your boat and fill it to halfway with water. Do the same for other large items that are also able to hold water. This will keep their "feet" on the ground and prevent them from being rolled over. Tables should be turned upside down and chairs piled on top of them. What you're doing is creating bulk and weight wherever you can. This will help to keep them on the ground.

All things hanging have got to be taken down. Plants in pots, decorations, art or anything that is not already secured to an immobile structure. This includes canopies and tarps. Any and all loose items you may have straggling around. Smaller toys, all types of gear, tools, especially the sharp ones. Barbeque grills, whatever. If you can move it, so can the storm. Piles of wood left where they are? Piles of anything that can become airborne need your attention. You so don't want flying projectiles. Secure them all and then, only then can you relax. But, wait! The garden!

Most amateur horticulturalists will surely consider their gardens to be more important than anything else outside the house. But, honestly, when it comes to danger, a hard "anything" will hurt more than a flying plant (well, probably not a cactus). If the plant is in a pot that stands higher than two feet, lay it on the ground on its side. If the plants are on stilts or on pedestals, take them down. Put all of these close together.

Drape some sort of netting over them. Nets allow wind to pass through them but will also hold whatever's under them fairly in place. Tuna nets are a personal favorite. Sections can be cut out of a roll to accommodate every plot of garden that you've got. Try it. If you don't secure them, you'll have to bring them indoors. Otherwise, they may be gone when it's all over. You'll have to decide what you're willing to let go.

Keep in mind that the trimming of large trees takes some consideration. If you've got large trees around your home, and you love your trees, you've got to trim them down. At the very least, remove dead and dying branches. Then immediately get them off the property. These are large flying projectiles waiting to happen. Don't risk it.

In the midst of a strong storm, when it's bedlam outside, you really don't want to have to go out there to tie down something you hear being bashed around and breaking into things. Plan ahead. Give yourself time to do these things before the storm arrives.

It's kind of funny when you think about the whole thing. In the process of securing outside your home, you're actually cleaning up all around the house. Think about it. You're removing everything that can fly that isn't necessary for your livelihood. Whatever has been in queue for months will likely get tossed. All the things lying around will disappear. It's nearly immaculate.

Now you could choose not to remove or secure all of these loose items. You could. Just keep in mind that the storm will probably disperse it all for you, whether you like it or not. Many things that are unsecured you'll likely never see again. When you do a good job and secure well, you'll be secure and without concern the entire time. That's the best and safest way to endure a storm. Worry free.



Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/expert/Len_Q./224559 

Successfully Preparing For A Severe Storm

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Weather conditions are known to place a tremendous amount of stress on consumers whenever a threat arises. Different types of storms and severe conditions leave people and property vulnerable to damage and conditions that are difficult to recover from. Anyone dealing with this issue should know the basics of successfully preparing for a severe storm to prevent major damages and issues from occurring on their property.

Storm preparations are usually performed in particular regard to the consumer while balancing what is needed for the family and safeguarding of personal assets. People focus on the ability to ensure that worst case scenarios are able to be survived through while also being able to avoid having to contend with significant damages once the storm has passed. Completing this process in a thorough and effective manner is crucial for any type of event.

Consumers are offered a tremendous array of guidelines and helpful hints when researching storm preparedness techniques. Many of the pieces of information available to people are quite unique in regard to circumstances and sources of ownership that are quite difficult to apply to personal situations. Concentrating on the most common yet successful processes helps anyone through their efforts in an effective manner.

Storm severity is the most initial and pertinent aspect of preparations for any consumer to understand. Each weather event is unique in regard to propensity for damage and the specific conditions that will be present throughout its entirety. Paying attention to weather reports and what is discussed in relation to the event is all that is necessary for this phase of the process.

Consulting with insurance carriers is also an essential proponent of the process. Insurance policies on any investment that has been made are usually specific in regard to the types of incidents and damages that are covered. Many providers also have preparedness guidelines to follow that help people consolidate in their efforts.

Clearing the yard of any potential hazards is also critical to complete. Lawn chairs and other loose objects that are able to be carried by the wind are among the leading sources of window shattering and roof damages. Removing these hazards and clearing the entire property prevents these issues from occurring.

Vehicle protection is often forgotten about by consumers during their preparations. A car cover is designed to suit the protective needs that people have when they are unable to find room in their garage. Various grades of quality and protection are offered to suit various weather conditions.

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We are ready to help with Storm Damage

2/22/2019 (Permalink)

The storm weather can sometimes be unpredictable and dangerous.  Whether the storm was originally caused by a hurricane, heavy rain, or flooding, it can devastate a home or business in a matter of minutes.  Water can quickly spread throughout a property and is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings. If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can cause severe damage to your property's structure and can lead to potential harmful mold.

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda  is a trusted company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. Our highly trained technicians are on standby, ready to respond quickly to a disaster, and can restore your home or business into preloss condition. 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Please Call Us At (925) 299-1323.  We are always Here to Help!

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is ready!

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda 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.

Faster Response

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, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 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! (925) 299-1323

No matter what degree of storm damage you might have to deal with, you can trust us at SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda to make it like it very happened. Call us 24/7 at (925) 299-1323.

Ways to Help Prevent Wind Damage to Your Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

There are many areas of the United States that have experienced heavy winds and storms this season and the strong powerful winds can cause significant damage to your home.  Wind damage can cause a range of destruction to your property from broken windows and fallen tree branches to more severe damage to the roof, garage, or car.  It can happen to your home directly from the strong wind or indirectly from the wind blowing debris into your house. 

Wind Damage from Different Types of Storms

Thunderstorms are the most common source of wind and storm damage but winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are stronger and can cause more severe damage.  It can produce many types of damaging weather such as lightning, hail, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and more. Thunderstorms are responsible for over half of all wind damage cases in the U.S. but the storm damage repair may be more costly for hurricane or tornado wind damage.  Billions of dollars are spent on wind damage repair and storm damage restoration each year; understanding the nature of wind damage can help you limit the amount of damage to your property and save on restoration and repair costs. 

It is important to know when a storm is approaching your area and what type of storm it is so you know the potential and level of damage to expect.   These wind damage facts will help you better understand the potential for wind damage and how to prevent it.  Here are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of damage to your home when severe weather strikes.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Most wind damage is caused by flying debris either from plants or other structures and objects that are not secured.  If a storm is approaching your area, make sure any potential debris around your home such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects are either secured or brought inside.  Your doors and windows should also be secured to help minimize the potential storm damage to the home.

Roof damage can be reduced during the construction phase when the roof deck and the shingles or membrane is applied over the decking. A well-designed roofing system will firmly anchor the trusses and decking to the walls and foundation to keep the entire roof from lifting off the building in a strong wind. Roofing material must be properly fastened to the deck. Weakly connected shingles will lift easily from the deck.

Siding damage can be reduced at the construction phase as well. Properly fastened siding is less likely to lift off a structure in strong wind. Building codes will likely direct the minimum standards for connections. You, your architect, or your contractor may decide to exceed these minimums for a stronger and more storm resistant structure.

 Falling trees and tree limbs are another significant type of damage to structures in a windstorm. Tree maintenance to remove dead limbs or identify and remove weakened trees will reduce the likelihood of the structure being damaged.

Mitigating Damage after a Storm

Close any openings made in the structure by the wind. Roof openings and broken windows are the most common problem. Keep a roll of plastic sheeting that can be quickly cut to size and nailed over the opening.

Keep your personal safety in mind and attempt such a closure yourself only if it can be done with little or no risk. Your insurance policy will likely cover the cost of emergency close up. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

Falling trees and tree limbs can open a structure with sudden violence. A tree on a structure is a very serious personal and structural safety issue. A tree may look as if it will not shift position. But it can shift and cause serious injury to the unwary. A fallen tree may also mask other very serious safety issues, such as downed electrical wires. The wires may still be live and the tree itself energized. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

If your home or business sustains wind damage during a storm, it is important to contact a storm damage restoration professional as soon as the storm is over to help limit and repair the damage.  SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (925) 299-1323

Flash flood dangers and solutions

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Flash floods can occur after a heavy rainfall and it takes minutes for the water to damage houses, roads, cars or anything that it can touch. It can be very dangerous because of the volume and speed associated with rocks and other debris the water brings. but don't worry, here are some tips us at SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda  are glad to provide you with.

Counties usually have a planning department that can first help you find out if your home is located in a Flash flood zone.

Have an evacuation plan and practice it with your family. There's a high chance that you community has an emergency plan and it shouldn't be hard to find it so you can be in the same page as your community.

after securing that you and your family is safe next step is calling SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda   (925) 299-1323

Safe Flood Clean-up Tips

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda (925) 299-1323

Before entering a building where flood damage may have occurred, make sure it’s safe: check for electrical hazards and structural damage, and use proper protective gear like boots, gloves and respirators. Before you start any construction or repairs, check for common hazardous materials like lead paint and asbestos, which may require help from professional and State-licensed contractors.

Then, follow these tips:

  • Act quickly
    The severity of damage escalates the longer water sits and building components and contents stay wet, so time is of the essence in the aftermath of a flood. In fact, mold will grow within 48-72 hours, so aim to start removing water and drying the environment within 48 hours. Have a list of professionals on hand to call, and understand your insurance policy, as some only cover mold damage up to a certain amount, while others don’t provide any reimbursement for mold.
  • Ventilate affected areas to prevent mold growth
    Mold loves moisture and organic materials such as paper or particleboard. In order to mitigate or slow damage, open windows if weather permits and place fans inside of them to keep air moving and maintain moderate temperatures. Work toward the fan as you clean to minimize cross contamination.
  • Assess damage to items and materials
    Assess the type of water absorbed by items, such as rainwater, water from broken pipes, contaminated river water or bacteria-filled sewage. There are ways to salvage specialty items but the decision on whether to save or trash an item will vary depending on the dollar and sentimental value to the owner. It may not be worthwhile to salvage drywall, carpets and pads, mattresses, pillows, box springs and particleboard. On the other hand, it might be worthwhile to restore costly Persian rugs, leather couches and antiques or heirlooms. Wet clothing and many household fabrics may be salvageable through machine washing, and a 10-minute soak in detergent and hot water, to remove contamination and stains. The IICRC strongly recommends that in water damages where there are contaminants present (e.g., bacteria, sewage, mold) or where small children or immune-compromised individuals are present that an inspection be conducted by an appropriately trained restorer and remediator.
  • Expose pockets of saturation
    Hidden and concealed pockets of saturation need to be opened for cleaning and drying. Layers between building materials hold water that must be discovered and removed or dried. On walls, find the water line and inspect at least a foot beyond it to make sure all damage, wet materials and mold are discovered. Remove and discard the damaged drywall and wet wall insulation. Wet carpets can usually be dried by professionals with the right equipment, but carpet padding, which is like a big sponge, should be discarded. Wood base trim and hardwood can also be saved with the right equipment if they can be accessed and completely dried on both sides. Remember to investigate concealed cavities such as behind walls, in mechanical spaces, under cabinets and furniture, and in crawl spaces.
  • Conduct a thorough cleaning
    Durable, non-porous or semi-porous materials, such as studs and joists, hardwood flooring and vinyl products, can be cleaned with common cleaning products or specialized products with detergents. During cleaning, take care to protect areas that are unaffected by the water or mold. After a thorough cleaning of salvageable materials, a disinfectant solution may need to be applied in case of harmful bacteria from sewage, river water debris or even standing water that has gone bad. Professionals like water restoration and mold remediation contractors and indoor environmental professionals can help you decide what is best for your situation. Once you’ve cleaned the wet materials, conduct another round of cleaning. If you choose to vacuum, use a HEPA-filter vacuum to remove allergens, fine dust and spores.
  • Confirm drying before reconstruction
    In order to prevent dry rot and structural damage, it’s important not to reconstruct or cover wood and other wet materials until the moisture content has been adequately reduced. A water restoration professional can confirm proper drying before reconstruction.

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Does your Home have Mold Problems?

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (925) 299-1323

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

What to do When the storm Comes

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda (925) 299-1323

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Dealing with wind or water damage to your home caused by severe storms can be both difficult and dangerous. Here are some tips on how to keep your family safe and begin to get your life back together after a storm hits.

Take Safety Precautions

Storm damaged homes are dangerous places; electrical hazards, sharp things and the real risk that something heavy could fall on you.  Stay away from damaged trees and dangling or broken limbs.  Here are other things to consider when your home is damaged:

    • Do not venture outside until it has been declared safe to do so.
    • Turn off your natural gas, electrical and water at their shutoff locations in your home.
    • Do not touch any wiring or metal plumbing fixtures as they may be carrying electrical current.

Take pictures of the damage caused by the storm

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

    • Photograph the outside of your home and any property that has been damaged during the storm, such as outbuildings or decks.
    • Photograph the inside of your home and any interior property that has been damaged before you move anything.
    • Interior and exterior pictures should be taken from multiple angles to ensure they accurately portray the extent of the damage.
    • If trees or other debris, such as a neighbor's lawn ornaments, have damaged your home, photograph them as well.
    • All pictures should be taken before any preliminary repair work begins.

Cleaning Up After a Storm

    • If the roof has been damaged, cover the areas that could be exposed to the elements with a tarpaulin.
    • Cover broken windows with plastic sheeting or plywood.
    • Exterior walls that have sustained damage should be covered with plywood or plastic sheeting.
    • Remove valuable items from the home prior to leaving for an extended period as the damage to your home may make it more easily accessible for thieves.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

    • Have the pictures you took of the damage printed, or transferred to a CD, and provide them to your claims adjuster.
    • Obtain quotes for repair work to your home and replacement cost estimates on any items that were damaged during the storm and give them to your claims adjuster.
    • If you buy replacement items, such as a television, computer, microwave, light fixtures, or carpet, be sure to keep a copy of the receipt. Photocopy your receipts before submitting them to your claims adjuster.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to back to pre-storm condition or better. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, back to normal.

 _______________________________________

STORM DAMAGE REPAIR - Storm & Flood Services:

    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Water Mitigation
    • Mold Remediation
    • Sewage Cleanup
    • Carpet Cleaning
    • Odor Removal
    • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night to help Meriden business owners and residents.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

As Water Damage Restoration Technician and Applied Structural Drying Technicians, SERVPRO of Lafayette / Moraga / Orinda  responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (925) 299-1323

Preparing for Storm and Hurricanes

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda (925) 299-1323

Fortunately with today's advance technology, meteorologist has the ability to use scientific principles to explain, understand and observe the forecast through computer programs, Doppler radar and satellite.  Knowing where storms are now can help forecasters predict where storms will be tomorrow and the next day. Though storms or hurricanes may not always be predictable, it should be taken seriously and this required that we be prepared. 

Here are some useful tips to help you and your family prepare for the storm or hurricane:

  • Tune In - Pay attention to local weather reports on radio, television, or the internet.
  • Create an Emergency Plan - Discuss with your family or household members on preparing escape routes from your home.  Make sure to have means of communication (e-mail, phone and cell phone) and set places to meet.  Plan for your pets should you need to evacuate.  Most shelters will accept service animals.
  • Stock Up on Emergency Supplies - Stock non-perishable food supplies, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries in air-tight containers.
  • Prepare your Home - Check your roof regularly to make sure it’s in good condition.  Keep gutters, down pipes and drains clear.  Remove tree branches that are close to your house.  Fix any corrosion, loose fittings and rotting or termite-affected timber and secure loose items around your property.
  • Fill up Car & Get Cash - Fill up as soon as a storm looks like a possible threat. Similarly, don't wait to get cash because you might need to purchase supplies after the storm.

If you are experiencing the unfortunate storm damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda a call at 925-299-1323. We can help restore your property to preloss condition and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Steps to Take When a Tree Falls on your Property

7/12/2017 (Permalink)

If a tree falls on your home, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda can help with removal and restore your property, "Like it never even happened."

Wind, rain, hail, snow, and other natural weather events can cause more damage to your home than you might realize. Any time a storm strikes, it’s worthwhile to check your home for any damage afterwards, particularly your roof. Roof damage, if left un-repaired, can evolve into greater problems with your home’s interior, from leaks and mold to weakened ceilings. Catching the damage and repairing it right away is your best bet for extending the life of your roof and avoiding a total overhaul.

A common occurrence during tropical storms is trees falling on and damaging your property. Don’t wait until it happens. Be prepared for this type of storm emergency. Here are steps to take for emergency tree removal at your home or business.

    • Trees that are old or diseased can easily succumb to flooding and windy storms. Go ahead and remove hazardous trees before a storm approaches.
    • In the event a tree does fall on your property, first make sure everyone is okay. Leave your home if you feel unsafe inside the property.
    • Look to see if there are any wires or power lines hanging and if they are call the police and the power company.
    • Call your insurance company and if you can, safely take pictures of the damages.
    • Contact your local mitigation and emergency storm cleanup provider in Rohnert Park.

If your property was damaged by a fallen tree, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda can help restore your home or business in to pre-storm condition. 

We’re Here to Help! Call us today  (925) 299-1323.

Flooding and Flash Floods Can Strike Anywhere

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Flood or Storm Damage? No Problem. SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is Here to Help! Call us today 925-299-1323

Flooding and flash floods can happen almost everywhere, and at any time during heavy rains, when ocean waves come on shore, when snow melts too fast, or when dams or levees break.  Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.  According to National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) more than 20% of all flood insurance claims come from areas in low to moderate risk flood zones.  On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. 


Flash floods are the most dangerous kind of floods, because they combine the destructive power of a flood with incredible speed and unpredictability. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.  Flash floods occur when excessive water fills normally dry creeks or river beds along with currently flowing creeks and rivers, causing rapid rises of water in a short amount of time. They can happen with little or no warning.


Many residents and business owners are unaware that they qualify for flood insurance. You can take steps to reduce the financial impact of flooding before a disaster strikes.


Preparing for a Flood


Residents and business owners need to prepare for flood conditions. Before the threat of flooding becomes imminent, residents and business owners should:



  • Purchase a flood insurance policy if they do not already have one. 

  • Review their current insurance policy, become familiar with what is covered, and ensure the limits are adequate for their building and personal belongings.

  • Make an emergency kit, plan evacuation routes, and keep important papers in a safe, waterproof place.

  • Itemize and take pictures of possessions.



If you are experiencing water damage due to flood, give SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda a call 925-299-1323.  We're Here to Help restore your home or business back to pre-water damage condition.  We can quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment.

What to Do After Your Property is Damaged by a Storm

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda is ready to Help restore your property and make it, "Like it never even happened!"

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.


Dealing with wind or water damage to your home caused by severe storms can be both difficult and dangerous. Here are some tips on how to keep your family safe and begin to get your life back together after a storm hits.


Take Safety Precautions


Storm damaged homes are dangerous places; electrical hazards, sharp things and the real risk that something heavy could fall on you.  Stay away from damaged trees and dangling or broken limbs.  Here are other things to consider when your home is damaged:



  • Do not venture outside until it has been declared safe to do so.

  • Turn off your natural gas, electrical and water at their shutoff locations in your home.

  • Do not touch any wiring or metal plumbing fixtures as they may be carrying electrical current.


Take pictures of the damage caused by the storm


If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.



  • Photograph the outside of your home and any property that has been damaged during the storm, such as outbuildings or decks.

  • Photograph the inside of your home and any interior property that has been damaged before you move anything.

  • Interior and exterior pictures should be taken from multiple angles to ensure they accurately portray the extent of the damage.

  • If trees or other debris, such as a neighbor's lawn ornaments, have damaged your home, photograph them as well.

  • All pictures should be taken before any preliminary repair work begins.


Cleaning Up After a Storm



  • If the roof has been damaged, cover the areas that could be exposed to the elements with a tarpaulin.

  • Cover broken windows with plastic sheeting or plywood.

  • Exterior walls that have sustained damage should be covered with plywood or plastic sheeting.

  • Remove valuable items from the home prior to leaving for an extended period as the damage to your home may make it more easily accessible for thieves.


Contact Your Insurance Company


Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.



  • Have the pictures you took of the damage printed, or transferred to a CD, and provide them to your claims adjuster.

  • Obtain quotes for repair work to your home and replacement cost estimates on any items that were damaged during the storm and give them to your claims adjuster.

  • If you buy replacement items, such as a television, computer, microwave, light fixtures, or carpet, be sure to keep a copy of the receipt. Photocopy your receipts before submitting them to your claims adjuster.


Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance


The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to back to pre-storm condition or better. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.


When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, back to normal.


 _______________________________________


STORM DAMAGE REPAIR - Storm & Flood Services:



  • Fire Damage Restoration

  • Water Mitigation

  • Mold Remediation

  • Sewage Cleanup

  • Carpet Cleaning

  • Odor Removal

  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup


We're Faster to Any Size Disaster


A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night to help Meriden business owners and residents.


We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists


As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.


As Water Damage Restoration Technician and Applied Structural Drying Technicians, SERVPRO of Lafayette/Moraga/Orinda responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.


Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (925) 299-1323