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Damage Caused by Powerful Storms | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are not uncommon during the spring and summer months. These storms can also bring with them the possibility of storm damage.

How familiar are you with the different damages that can be caused by thunderstorms?

The Power of Thunderstorms

Annually, there is an average of 16 million thunderstorms worldwide. Here in the United States, the number of thunderstorm occurrences is typically some 100,000 per year, with 10% of those being strong enough to classify as severe.

The conditions necessary for the formation of a thunderstorm are moisture and rising unstable air that is accompanied by a “lifting” mechanism caused by either hills or mountains that force air to rise, or where warm/cold or wet/dry air bump together, causing a rising motion.

Thunderstorms go through three stages during their life cycle: the developing stage, the mature stage and the dissipating stage. The mature stage is the stage that can produce the hail, heavy rain, frequent lightning, strong winds and tornadoes.

Types of Damage

Thunderstorms can pose many different dangerous aspects, but a top risk stems from the chance that high winds turn everyday items into flying debris.

It is possible for wind speeds to reach up to and over 57.5 mph, and those speeds are enough to result in much damage.

Any loose items in your yard, even those that are seemingly harmless, can turn into dangerous projectiles.

Here are some items that can prove dangerous:

  • Tree branches
  • Gravel
  • Mailboxes
  • Fencing
  • Lawn furniture

Be sure you check your yard for these types of items and secure them before a thunderstorm comes by.

Thunderstorms can also be responsible for the following damage in addition to wind damage:

Flood damage. You can count on rain to accompany a storm, and when heavy enough, that rain can lead to flooding. Flash floods are strong enough to damage structures and even rip trees from the ground.

Lightning damage. When lightning strikes a home, the electricity can work its way through the wiring and damage anything that is plugged in. A lightning strike can also pose a serious fire risk.

Tornado damage. With the capability of reaching upward of 200 mph, tornadoes are able to cause extreme damage. Able to cover a large amount of area in a short time, tornadoes can be deadly and destructive.

Hail damage. While the size of hail can vary, damage by hail can cost upward of $1 billion per the NOAA. Small hail can damage crops, while larger hail can damage vehicles, roofing and windows.

If a thunderstorm has resulted in damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration.

Cold weather storms can cause damages to your home

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Severe freezing with high winds are a recipe for downed trees which can cause property damage.  Every year the Puget Sound experiences a few storms that pass through leaving millions of dollars in property damage.

The biggest source of property damage comes by way of downed trees which fall onto the roofs of homes.

Damage to Gutters and Siding are just a couple of the types of damage a home will incur.  Broken windows and roof penetrations are two types of damage that require emergency mitigation services to cover up the opening in the structure.

When damage from the cold and wind occur SERVPRO is the choice for repairing your damaged home.


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 Seattle, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today

How to Set Up a Business for Storm Survival

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Survival

With storm season just around the corner, many business owners recognize the importance of commercial storm preparation. Storm survival takes some planning and research, but when done correctly may save your company thousand of dollars and hours of time in the long-run. After-storm recovery often includes water removal, tear out of wet goods and more. Prepare for the unexpected to increase your odds for storm survival. 

Mental Preparation 

First and foremost, for your company to successfully withstand an oncoming storm, you must be mentally ready. Each employee must know their role if a storm strikes as well as what action they should take. In order to be mentally ready for ugly weather conditions that could come your way, you should pre-meditate on the following ideas:

  • Assess your biggest assets including employees, technology, inventory etc. 
  • Draw-up an evacuation plan
  • Appoint emergency response leaders

Physical Preparation 

When addressing the structural protection of your business site, consider common weather conditions that occur in the North Lawrenceville, area. A post-storm scene may present anything from heavy wind destruction to flooding and water damage. While a flash flood might lead to the post-flood tear out of carpeting or upholstery, you may be able to prevent some losses with simple preparation. 

It is a good practice to store your documents in a water-proof safe and back-up digital files regularly. Keep valuables and other important goods at higher levels to avoid rising water levels. Stay informed about weather conditions in your region. Before the storms come, be prepared by signing-up for local weather alerts. 

After the Storm 

If evacuation has taken place, stay safe and listen to local authorities to know when you can return to your commercial facility. You may be anxious to start the clean-up process, but risking personal safety is never worth the cost. 

While a storm restoration specialist can help you with the tear out and drying of your workplace after a storm, nothing can replace the good that can come from having a solid plan in place beforehand. Follow these simple tips to get your business storm-ready. 

Springtime Means an Increased Chance for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Spring is here, and while it’s always a welcome season, it can also come with some increased weather threats. Be sure that you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature may decide to throw our way by reviewing these tips.

Increased Threats of Severe Weather and Spring

With the arrival of spring comes longer days and more sunshine. It can also bring unpredictable weather, often severe, throughout the country. It’s a time of year where the weather may change at moment’s notice.

Unstable temperatures cause changes in the weather, and temperatures can go from warm to cold in a matter of hours, resulting in extreme weather.

Thunderstorms become more common during spring and are the main cause of severe weather. They can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

Severe thunderstorms were the most common cause of natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017 and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

Storms of these type can cause flooding, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

Preparing for Severe Weather

At this point in weather predictions, we may not be able to predict the weather with 100% accuracy, but fortunately, forecasters have the tools available to at least predict the possibility for severe weather. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Take a look at some of the things you can do to prepare your home for the chance of severe weather:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.


Tips to Keep Your Family Safe During Tornado Season | SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

We all know that the beautiful springtime weather we are enjoying can also be unpredictable. It’s always wise to be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado touchdown.

April and May are the traditional months for having the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24% respectively, which means we are currently in that tornado season throughout the United States. Included in this blog are some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

The Right Conditions for a Tornado

There are roughly 1,200 tornadoes that occur in the U.S. each year, and they come from those spring thunderstorms, especially those known as “supercells.”

A tornado starts to take shape when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

As the tornado gets started, its signature funnel cloud is transparent until water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or it picks up dust and debris where it then becomes visible.

A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster tornadoes have been observed. Hail and intense winds of over 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

Tornadoes usually occur in the late afternoon in the spring and summertime, but it is good to remember that they can occur anytime and anywhere.

What to Do During a Tornado Warning

If you don’t understand the difference between a tornado watch and tornado warning, take the time to learn. Basically, a watch is issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while a warning is issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

If there has been a tornado warning issued for your area, immediately take action and find safe shelter, especially if you are in the path of the tornado.

Shelter options include: - Underground options like a basement or storm shelter. - The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options. - If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option. - If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

Stock your tornado shelter at home with flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries.

If a tornado is on the ground and you are caught out on the road during a tornado, DO NOT try to outrun it. Also, when you are taking shelter in your home, you can provide additional cover by using furniture items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets to help keep your head and neck covered.

Tornadoes can be devastating to the areas they touch down in. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of North Lawrenceville is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

Storms In Lawrenceville

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

People often think that because we live in  Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta, we are immune to the storms that often devastate other parts of our country.

That kind of thinking is not only incorrect it leads to homeowners often being unprepared for these events. Fortunately SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville specializes in storm and flood damage. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources which is extremely important and can prevent further damage and reduces mitigation cost.

Whether it is extreme rain or the impact of a Hurricane or Tornado, SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville is ready. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 franchises across the country and our elite Diaster Recovery Teams stand ready to assist us with Cataclysmic events.

Remember to call SERVPRO Of North Lawrenceville at (678) 376 5515 when disaster strikes. 

When Storms or Floods hit Lawrenceville, SERVPRO is ready!

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Lawrenceville 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 Lawrenceville, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 678-376-5515