Archived Storm Damage Blog Posts
Get The Flood Out
Setting up water extractors
We have had a lot of rain here in the Western St. Charles O'Fallon/ Wentzville area. We had a client call us when they discovered 29 inches of water in the crawl space of their business. With all of this rain the sump pumps are working on over time and that will cause them to just not be able to do the job any longer or just break all together. Please check your basements. This could have caused so much more damage had they not caught it before the water came up through the floor. We were able to come in through the window and down into the crawl space with extractors and get the water out. and followed that up with putting in what is called a desiccant dehumidifier. This type of dehumidifier works best when we are dealing with extreme temps rather it be extremely cold or extremely hot.
Have a Storm Plan
How have you prepared you and your family for a storm? Here are a couple things you can do to be ready for a storm. Make sure your cell phones are charged and go over an escape route. In the event that a storm hits your house know how you would get your family to safety. It could be a tornado that takes your roof off, a bolt of lightning that catches your house on fire or even a rain storm that is flooding your basement. You need to have an idea as to what you are going to do to get you and your family to safety. It is even a good idea to practice the different plans if you have small children.
Storms Bring Bugs
Standing Water Attracts bugs.
Spring storms really bring out the bugs. When the water is standing the mosquito's are bad. How many of you really hate the smell of bug repellent? I do for sure. Try this DYI bug repellent.
Start by adding 1/4 cup of distilled water to a small spray bottle.
Measure and add two teaspoons of both witch hazel and vodka. These help disperse the essential oil in the water and also help the scent stay longer on your skin.
Add 25 drops of peppermint essential oil and shake to combine.
Shake the bottle well before each application. Spray homemade bug spray on any exposed skin before going outdoors. Reapply every 2 hours while you're outside.
Something that I think all of us can agree on living here in the Wentzville, O'Fallon area is that if you don't like the weather today wait a few hours it could change. We had a crazy cold and snowy winter. That caused a lot of broken pipes and flooded basements. We then went right into our wet rainy spring not to mention all of the snow melt from not just around here but also north of us, causing our sump pumps to work overtime and just not be able to get the job done so we have had a lot of flooded basements. Spring and fall are both times that we have heavy winds causing roof damage resulting in wet attics. With our dry hot summers there is a big worry of fires. So here in Missouri no matter what the storm is SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon / Wentzville can make your home "Like it never even happened."
Prepare your home and yourself
Be sure your drain system for your house is working properly.
We had a pretty bad winter here in Western St. Charles County. But really it was even worse north of us. The weather is starting to look better, and we are all itching to get outside. But we have not made it out yet. Spring in Western O'fallon and Wentzville are known to bring some heavy rain along with winds. This can be very damaging to your home if you do not get it ready. So, it is a good thing you want to get outside because I am going to have you put a few things on your to do list to help prevent you from having to call SERVPRO. The heavy snows may be long gone for the winter, but the effects are just starting to roll down. When the north gets as much snow as they did were do you think it goes when it melts? If you guessed down the Mississippi you would be right. We are more than likely going to experience some major flooding in our area this spring.
So lets get started on that to do list as soon as possible.
- Inspect your roof and your siding. In heavy winds if you have loose siding or shingles, they will more than likely blow away. When that happens, you may end up with a lot of damage inside your home.
- As a rule, Shredded bark of mulch is a better landscaping to have than rock in the event of heavy winds. Bark or Mulch will do way less damage than rock if picked up and thrown around by winds. Butt there are really pros and cons both ways for that. I just thought I would point that quick tip out.
- Clean up and trim any shrubs and trees. In the event of high winds weak branches could break and fall on your roof or through a window. Dead and loss branches in the shrubs can also do some damage.
- Check your cutters and down spouts. If your draining system for your house is not working right than all the prep in the world won’t help you. I am sure you cleaned out all your leaves in the fall but get up there and make sure that they are still there. And If you have not taken down your Christmas lights for goodness sake do that while you are up there. Also check and make sure nothing is loose. Now check the down spouts. Are they secure? Are they pointed away from the house? Do they come at least 3 ft away from your house?
- And of course the sump pump. Your sump pump is going to do some major work this year. A lot of people hardly ever go into their basement. You need to go down and check on your sump pump and be sure it is working properly.
- Last but not least get yourself ready. Make sure your flashlights have working batteries. And go over an action plan with your family. Better safe than sorry!
If all else fails know that SERVPRO of Western O’Fallon / Wentzville is there for you. Call us any time of the day or night. We are ready 24/7/365.
storm damage can lead to Mold
Call SERVPRO Western O'Fallon / Wentzville in case of emergency!
In Western O'Fallon / Wentzville we see all sorts of weather patterns. It looks like we made it through the bad winter storms and heavy snows however now is when the melting snows from our friends in the great north are coming down and flooding our area. All of our sump pumps are working overtime to keep our basements dry. We also are going to start in with spring showers. This is the time when sump pumps tend to die on us due to over use. I would suggest that you go to your basement and check on that about every other day. In the event that it does stop working keep in mind that SERVPRO O'Fallon / Wentzville can help. If water is not properly cleaned up and thoroughly dried it can and will turn into mold. Mold grows and spreads fast. One of the biggest problems with mold is that you don't always see it. You may not realize it is there until it makes you sick. So as you can see it is very important to keep a close eye on your sump pump.
Be Prepared for Snowstorms this Winter in St. Charles County
Hwy 40 WB and Hwy K exit early Thurs morning (11/15/18). The snow plows were out, but the snow kept coming making it hard to keep the roads clean.
We are currently in our first snow storm of 2018 here in St. Charles County. While the kids are enjoying their snow day and snowball fights, we still need to recognize that some these storms can be dangerous, and we need to be prepared. Unfortunately, some storms can come along with ice or last several days making leaving the house no longer an option. Here are a few tips to help make sure you are prepared for when/if we do experience a bad storm:
- Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
- Stay off roads if at all possible. If trapped in your car, then stay inside.
- Know your area’s risk for winter storms. Extreme winter weather can leave communities without utilities or other services for long periods of time.
- Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
- Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
- Learn the signs of, and basic treatments for, frostbite and hypothermia.
- Use generators outside only and away from windows.
"When thunder roars, go indoors"
Don't let the calm before the storm fool you
While Missouri hasn't had as much severe summer weather as usual, it is important to brush up on storm safety. Severe weather safety is especially important during the warmer months. Did you know that most lightning strikes occur in the summer months, especially July, during the afternoon and evening? Your chances might be relatively low for being struck by lightening, but Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards.
Lightning Safety Tips:
- If you hear thunder, remember the phrase "when thunder roars go indoors". Lightning always accompanies thunder.
- If caught outside avoid the following: Open areas, high ground, standing or leaning on concrete floors/walls, and any metal objects. All of these are areas most likely to be struck by lightning.
- Avoid water; do not bathe or swim. Lightning is very likely to strike open bodies of water and travel through the metal plumbing in your house.
- Try not to use stoves, dryers, washer, or any other electronics plugged into the wall during a storm with lightning. This is because lightning can travel through electrical systems.
- Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.
Please remember that lightning can travel 5-10 miles away from the thunderstorm and strike the ground without storm clouds looming overhead. The storm doesn’t have to be overhead in order for you to be struck so always listen for thunder in the distance when there's moderate risk for severe weather.
If lightning strikes your home, you can trust SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville with your storm restoration needs. Call 636-856-9700 to make your home look "Like it never even happened".
Are you Prepared for Severe Weather?
Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action.
SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville knows immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal. Though our atmosphere has been calm over the St. Louis area, we can't turn a blind eye to living on the edge of tornado alley. Missouri often faces severe weather due to its position in the country. The Midwest region is in a location where warm fronts and colds fronts often meet, creating severe weather patterns from time to time.
What is a thunderstorm exactly? A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder. A thunderstorm is classified as “severe” when it contains one or more of the following:
- Hail (one inch or greater)
- Winds in excess of 58 mph
- Structural wind damage
What should you do during a thunder storm?
- Use a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
- Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
- Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
- Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
- Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
- Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area.
- Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
- Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas.
- Avoid contact with anything metal—tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
- If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
After the storm is over
- Never drive through a flooded roadway.
- Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
- Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
- Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
- Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.
- If you have storm damage to your home or property, call your SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville at (636)856-9700. Timely mitigation is key to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms
Severe Weather Emergency Kit
When severe weather strikes, will your family be prepared?
SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville recommends that every homeowner have supplies on-hand for all natural disasters with a moderate possibility of occurring where you live.
Your Storm Emergency Kit should include:
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit m Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Local maps
- Hygiene items
- Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
Tornado alley is Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and South Dakota. Missouri and Iowa are also included in this group often
Tornadoes can occur almost anywhere on land with favorable atmospheric conditions. These favorable conditions that tornadoes often form in are areas where a weather system with warm moist air, clashes dangerously with cold dry air. This clash of a cold front and warm front creates an instability in the atmosphere, therefore creating strong rotations of air columns. Tornadoes are one of the most dangerous weather disaster on land. The wind from tornadoes destroy both man-made and natural structures, uproot trees and electrical poles, and hurl debris around at deadly speeds. In the United States, tornadoes are most common in the great plains and Midwest states but they can happen anywhere.
How to stay safe during a tornado
- If you are in a building, find a safe place inside such as a basement or interior room on the floor closest to ground level without windows that you and your family members can fit it.
- If you find yourself in a tall building such as a skyscraper, try to find a safe hallway closest to the interior of the building and without windows. Do not try and make it to the ground-floor/basement if you are stories in the air; you most likely will not have time to make it there safely.
- If you live in a mobile home where tornadoes occur often, it might be best to invest into a storm shelter. It is best to find a sturdy building if nearby, but if there is not shelter it is best for you to get out of the mobile home and lay on lower or flat ground.
- If you are caught driving in a tornado, it is NOT safe to seek shelter under overpasses or bridges. If you are far enough away from the tornado and there are not many other motorists around you, you may drive away from the tornado at right angled directions. If you are close, park the car off the roadway and cover yourself inside the car below the windows or exit the car to seek lower ground and lay flat covering your head from debris.
- If you get caught outdoors away from buildings in a tornado, it is best to get away from trees and seek shelter in lower ground while laying flat and covering your head.
It's important to know the difference between watches and warnings.
A tornado watch is issued when there are favorable conditions in the atmosphere capable of creating a tornado.
A tornado warning is an alert to warn the general public that a tornado has touched the ground in the area or is going to. This is the time to get in a safe place.
If you find yourself with storm damage following a tornado or another natural disaster, call SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville at (636)-856-9700
Storms & Floods
When Storms or Floods hit , SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Western O'Fallon/Wentzville.
SERVPRO of Western O'Fallon/Wentzville specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Western O'Fallon/Wentzville, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of1,650 Franchises across the country and eliteDisaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
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