Recent Storm Damage Posts

Be Ready With An Emergency Supply Kit

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Warmer temperatures bring lots of visitors to Monmouth County but rising temps also bring the threat of severe storms. As we approach the start of the 2019 Hurricane Season, it is important to take the proper steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family, friends and neighbors. Encourage those around you to put together an Emergency Supply Kit and plan. Being proactive can be a lifesaver when disaster strikes. Here are items to consider for your Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water (1 gal per person per day)
  • 3 day non-perishable food supply
  • Manual can opener
  • First Aid Kit
  • Weather Radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Waterproof matches
  • Extra clothing
  • Dust masks
  • Small tool kit
  • Hygiene items
  • Cash
  • ID and important documents like insurance policies etc.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Plastic sheeting or garbage bags
  • Duct tape
  • Local maps
  • Cell Phone Charge Blocks
  • Whistle to signal for help

Severe weather calls for immediate action. Once you and your family are safe the clean-up can begin. The professionals at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall are always ready to take action during any disaster. We’ll help get your life and home back to normal in the aftermath of severe storms. We are here 24 hours a day providing emergency response to Monmouth County neighbors. Reach us at (732) 577-1010. We will help you weather any storm. 

Weathering Severe Storms at Home and on the Road

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Severe weather can strike at any time. Unfortunately, the timing and conditions of a storm can put your home or car in it’s direct path. Be aware that a sudden storm can do much more than wreck your outdoor plans. 

Driving conditions will deteriorate quickly due to:

  • Low visibility
  • Low traction
  • Puddles of water
  • High winds
  • Flash flooding
  • Lightning
  • Heavy rain
  • Hail
  • Debris
  • Other drivers

It’s always safest to stay off the roads during a storm, but if that isn’t an option remember these key safety tips:

  • Keep your doors and windows closed
  • Drive slowly
  • Don’t tailgate 
  • Headlights on
  • Both hands on the wheel
  • Avoid distractions 
  • Wipers at appropriate speed

Severe storms can do damage to your home and property as well. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has been through many storms here in Monmouth County. We have helped countless families get their homes and lives back to normal. If you have experienced flooding from storms, water damage from failed drainage systems, broken pipes or windows, roof leaks or failed gutters, we are here to help 24 hours a day. No storm is too big for the experience and expertise of SERVPRO of Howell/Wall. 

Always put your safety first and let the professionals at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall handle your storm related damage and issues. 

SERVPRO "Like it never even happened."

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO "Like it never even happened." Storm damage? We will make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall truly lives up to our motto "Like it never even happened." When a you are struck by fire, water or storm damage, our highly trained experts spring into action saving homeowners and insurance companies thousands of dollars by offering services to return properties to the like before the disaster. 

Our team is professional and will assist your family’s need to help you get back to normal as quickly as possible after an unexpected disaster or damage.  In addition to disaster services, we offer property maintenance services like: mold remediation, property restoration, board ups, air duct cleaning, fire and water restoration and more!

The SERVPRO of Howell / Wall team believes in providing excellent customer service during the customer's time of need and works closely with insurance companies to make the entire process as easy as possible.  Call us anytime: 732-577-1010.

Flooding Can Happen Anywhere

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding Can Happen Anywhere Should Flooding Occur, We Will Always Be on Call for You! Call SERVPRO® of Howell/Wall at 732-577-1010

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

• Flash Flooding

• River Flooding

• Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems

• Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)

• Ice/Debris Jams

• Snowmelt

• Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)

• Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP).

When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® of Howell/Wall can help. They can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible. SERVPRO® of Howell / Wall is ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

*Courtesy of Restoration Newsline Vol 30, Iss 3

Storm Preparation: Warning vs Watch

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Preparation: Warning vs Watch Flooding caused by storm damage in Spring Lake, NJ.

When a storm hits your home, you need a company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall has the capabilities and professional personnel to quickly respond to your storm damage concerns.

As we continue to see storms throughout the area, we at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall want you to be aware of what the different threat levels mean so that you can be prepared for whatever happens. 

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flash Flood Warning

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

Remember, when disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall will be there for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  We are just a phone call away, 732-577-1010 and we will make it "Like it never even happened".

Prepare your family for storms

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

Large storms and heavy rains have hit our area hard over the last few months, now is the time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. An Emergency Supply Kit is a good place to begin.

An Emergency Supply Kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.

Recommended Items to Include in an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather
    Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Phone charges with adapters to allow charging in an automobile

Keep our number handy as well, 732-577-1010. If you suffer storm damage to your home or property, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can be there to take immediate action. We can help minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

Prepare your family for storms

6/23/2018 (Permalink)

Large storms and heavy rains have hit our area hard over the last few months, now is the time to prepare for whatever Mother Nature throws our way. An Emergency Supply Kit is a good place to begin.

An Emergency Supply Kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Try to assemble your kit well in advance of an emergency. You may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice and take essentials with you. You will probably not have time to search for the supplies you need or shop for them.

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.

Recommended Items to Include in an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather
    Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Phone charges with adapters to allow charging in an automobile

Keep our number handy as well, 732-577-1010. If you suffer storm damage to your home or property, SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can be there to take immediate action. We can help minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.

How to Prevent Water Damage from Rain

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Everyone loves the occasional thunderstorm - but it could cause major problems if rain water seeps into your home. One of the most common sources of water damage in a home is from rain water. It can enter through leaks in your roof, seeping in from the foundation, or even flooding into your basement. It is important to take the necessary steps to prevent water damage in your home such as:

Checking for proper drainage:

  • inspect your roof thoroughly for structural damage or holes
  • clear your gutters from leaves and other debris that could block the flow of water from draining into the yard

Install or Check Sump Pumps:

  • sump pump are very effective for keeping rainwater out of your house
  • have a professional check your sump pump to insure it is working properly once a year

Check sealant inside and outside foundation

  • make sure the tar sealant covering the inner and outer sides of the foundation are intact

Inspect the slope of your lawn

  • grading is the slope of your lawn and it should always slope away from your home to redirect the rainwater from flooding around the foundations

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Howell/Wall can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

April Showers Bring May Flowers and More...

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

April showers help to bring us the most vibrant May flowers and we are so happy with this change of season. However, when April showers are more like torrential, relentless downpours we could face a flooded basement and other water damage causing costly repairs. Flooding generally occurs in the springtime as the result of heavy rains that cannot be adequately absorbed by the still thawing earth. Particularly formidable are the flash floods resulting from thunderstorms, swiftly melting snow, ice jams in creeks, and then there is the fearsome “El Nino." Consider if more than one of these circumstances happens at the same time, you have the potential for a catastrophe with flooding waters and raging mudslides.

Homeowners you can take some simple precautions to secure your property and keep your possessions safe.

Elevate:Keep your furnace, water heater, electrical planels above predicted water levels to protect yourself from costly home replacements.

Install check valves:These valves close to prevent the backward flow of liquid and prevent water from backing up into the drains in your home.

Build barriers:Use sandbags to create flood walls to prevent or reduce flow of water into your home.

Waterproof the basement:Use a waterproofing compound to seal the walls of your basement.

Clean:Clean gutters, drains and downspouts for proper water flow.

Purchase flood insurance:Most standard homeowners' and business insurance policies unfortunately do no cover flood damage. In the event of a flood, you would be responsible for covering the full cost of repairs and replacing items damaged.

There is help close by should you experience an unfortunate event with your home or business. Contactus at 732-577-1010 at SERVPRO of Howell/Wall.We are trained storm specialists who will come in and quickly get your home or business back to a safe and healthy environment. We have the specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs provided by an Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist, a Water Damage Restoration Technician, and an Applied Structural Drying Technician. We provide emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Home restoration can be covered by your insurance policy.

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Insurance is something that benefits you tremendously when it comes to storm damage. Storm damage, especially when it comes to frozen pipes and ice dams, is no laughing matter and it is important that you work on hiring someone who specializes in storm damage and its ultimate restoration. Flooding and river flooding is enough to need a proper flood pump, and if you don't have this yourself, you're going to need to hire a storm damage expert. Home restoration and water restoration are best left to the flooding and river flooding experts. This is especially true if you also have frozen pipes, ice dams and ice damming. Flood water is problematic for many reasons, and it's why you're going to need help with this type of project.

If you currently have a roof leak or suspect you might have roof leaks, you'll need roof repair to be done by the professionals. Wind damage is also problematic for those who have dealt with hurricane damage, so it's important to hire a professional specialized in wind damage and roof damage repair. Flooding and river flooding issues can also be dealt with from the same company, offering a proper flood pump for the ground water and flood water. The ground water and flood water will be gone with the right flood pump put into place, and this is why it is so important that you hire the experts who specialize in flood water and ground water problems.

If you want more information please visit http://www.SERVPROhowellwall.com.

When Storms or Floods hit Howell/Wall and the surrounding areas, SERVPRO is ready!

10/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Howell/Wall 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 the areas around Howell/Wall, 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 732-577-1010