Recent Storm Damage Posts

Where heavy rain can cause damage

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

heavy rainfall on top of metal roof of yellow house Heavy rains can cause serious water damage. SERVPRO of Lebanon County have the trained technicians to fully restore your home. Call us at 717-273-MOLD

Water damage can occur for many reasons, and not all of them are dramatic or sudden.

SERVPRO of Lebanon County responds to many water damage calls that are neither of these things and are instead a result of heavy rainfall infiltrating the home after a period of time. These types of leaks often go unnoticed at first if homeowners do not know where to watch for them, leading to compounding damage that can become severe.

Where Rainfall Typically Causes Water Damage

Backup of clogged gutters. Cleaning out the gutters every six months is more than just a chore—it is actually a great way to prevent water damage. If steady rainfall pumps too much water into the gutters that they are not equipped to drain away, it can begin to be absorbed by the surrounding structures of your home.

Leaks around windows and doors. With windows and doors, there is always an increased chance of water damage occurring. Miniature gaps can develop in the exterior of the home that is enough for sustained rainfall to obtain an inlet into the wood and begin to cause decay.

Poor drainage around the foundation. For homes that do not have sufficient drainage around their base, we often see water damage to the foundation after heavy rain. If water is allowed to pool up and sit against the materials, it can begin to seep in with time and lead to issues.

Leaks in and around the roof. A roof leak will often not be noticed until it begins to cause discoloration on the ceiling, which means damage has already occurred. Checking the exterior of the roof can help you prevent this, as missing or loose shingles are a clear sign that something is amiss.

Malfunctioning of a sump pump system. Installing a sump pump system is a smart and vigilant way to prevent water damage, but only if you take care of it. A malfunctioning sump pump system can lead to extreme damage if the cause is not treated.

Leaks around chimneys and skylights. These types of features are certainly nice to have, but having the seals around them inspected regularly is advised to prevent leaks from occurring. As these leaks wear down over time, rain can work its way into the roof and deteriorate the woodwork.

If you’ve experienced water damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD 247 to have our trained technicians respond quickly and begin your restoration.

Severe Weather!

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

severe weather red sign with dark cloudy sky in background If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Lebanon County will respond quickly to assist in any repairs. Call us at 717-273-MOLD

It is not at all uncommon for warm conditions to bring severe weather to Lebanon County, which causes many people to discount the dangers posed by a thunderstorm. This is not a wise thing to do, as any thunderstorm has the capability to be dangerous to property and to the people in its path. SERVPRO of Lebanon County knows in order to be ready for any weather, boosting your household’s preparedness in advance is one of the best things to do.

Understanding weather watches and warnings, obtaining household disaster supplies and having a secondary way to receive weather updates are all great ways to increase your preparedness and safety.

Understand Weather Watches and Warnings

The system with which weather experts communicate with the public is designed to be clear and concise, but if you are not aware of what their terms mean, it can be confusing. A weather watch refers to atmospheric conditions that are capable of producing the weather event in question, but have not yet done so. A weather warning refers to weather that is already on the ground or spotted on the radar—this is when you will want to seek cover to wait out the storm.

Obtain Household Disaster Supplies

If you need to wait out severe weather in your home, it is important to remain safe and comfortable while you do so. Having sufficient food and water for your family is a great place to start, as well as flashlights, batteries and a first-aid kit for increased visibility and safety. Additionally, have an area in mind where you can wait out the worst of the storm, such as a bathroom or hallway that does not have external openings.

Have a Secondary Way to Receive Weather Updates

Our cell phones are our primary source of connection with updates from the outside world, but for severe weather, they are not always the most reliable thing to depend on. Because batteries can die in power outages or cell signals can be knocked out, it is smart to get a secondary way to receive alerts that is not dependent on the power grid or cell towers—a manually or battery powered weather radio will generally serve this purpose well.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

Being prepared for sudden storms

12/13/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Lebanon County is available 24/7 at 717-273-MOLD. We ready to assist you with any storm damage.

When skies are clear and the sun is shining, a thunderstorm may be the last thing on your mind—but when the weather is hot and humid, storms can pop up instantaneously. The suddenness of these storms can catch people off-guard, and if your storm preparedness efforts have mainly been focused on safety at home, you may be unsure of what to do.

To help you prepare for sudden summer storms, SERVPRO of Lebanon County has compiled some safety tips that you can use anywhere to stay protected.

Prepare for Sudden Summer Storms

Know your options for shelter. When you find out that a storm is in the forecast, finding a safe place to seek shelter is the best thing you can do. While ideally you would find yourself safe at home, with sudden summer storms, this is not always possible. Seeking shelter in your car is actually a fairly safe thing to do, as long as you can park safely and stay put for the duration of the storm.

Practice electrical safety. When lightning strikes a building, it will travel to the ground using the easiest means available, which is often the home’s wiring system. This is the cause behind power surges, which can cause damage to your electronics and even increase your fire risk. Surge protectors are the most common defense against this, both at home and at work, but if you are able, unplugging everything before a storm is an even safer choice.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Structurally, concrete is a strong material, but that does not mean that it is the safest choice for sheltering from a storm. Because of the nature of concrete, it is often poured around metal reinforcements, which can become a strong conductor of electrical charge when struck by lightning. Avoid touching concrete directly if you do take shelter in an area where it is a feature.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. While the summer storms we have been referencing do come up suddenly and end just as abruptly, the lightning risk is not necessarily over just because the clouds have cleared. Documented lightning strikes have occurred nearly 30 miles from storm clouds, which is why creating a 30-minute buffer after the last thunderclap is recommended.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Safety tips for flash flooding

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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For areas experiencing storms and severe weather, those impacted should always take their safety seriously—especially in the event that flash floods are concerned. Floods are responsible for the second-highest death rate of all weather-related incidents in the United States, and flash floods are the most dangerous due to their rapid onset.

Flash floods in Lebanon County can come about quickly and generally give people little time to react, often impacting urban areas where flood risks are not quite common. Making sure that you are aware of how to stay safe is so important so you can react quickly and get your family to safety.

Why Are Flash Floods Considered So Risky?

All floods carry certain levels of risk, but because of how sudden flash floods come about, it is wise to be extra cautious of them. By definition, flash floods must occur in less than six hours after heavy rainfall, but they often occur much more quickly than that. This is why there is very little notice involved with flash floods, and why it is so important to always be cognizant of your risks.

How Will I Know if a Flash Flood is Possible?

For any severe weather event, staying aware of local weather broadcasts is key so you can be informed of rapidly changing conditions. If there is a flash flood watch, that means conditions are favorable for flash flooding to develop, so it is best to think through your action plan.

When that escalates to a warning, it is time to get to higher ground. For a flash flood emergency, act immediately as these are the highest level of escalation possible.

What Are the Best Safety Tips for Flash Flooding?

When a flash flood warning is issued, it is important that you know exactly what to do to evacuate or get to higher ground. These safety tips can help you stay safer as you work to escape the rising waters.

  • Tune into local weather alerts with an approved weather radio.
  • Make a safety plan with your family that you have rehearsed.
  • Never try to cross over floodwaters, even if you are in a car.
  • Avoid contact with any floodwater, as it can be contaminated.
  • Be aware of multiple routes to take when evacuating in case water blocks your path.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

Damage to your home or Business? Call SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

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There are many things that can cause devastating damage to your home or business in Lebanon County, but regardless of its source, experiencing damage is never easy. The mental and emotional impact can be significant, which is why recovering quickly is so important to restoring your quality of life and beginning to heal from tragedy.

Though recovery will always feel like an uphill battle, if you choose to work with a professional restoration company, the process can get much easier and go much more quickly. We are committed to salvaging as many of your belongings as possible due to our restore-first mentality and will do everything we can to restore your home to its pre-damage state.

Our Restore-First Mentality Makes All the Difference

We can help you save money on your insurance. Many of the types of damage you may sustain to your home will be covered by your homeowners insurance, but filing a claim can raise your premium, costing you money in the long run. Since we focus on keeping all of your belongings when possible, we can lower the cost that you have to file with your insurance.

We can protect your sentimental items. While getting your family to safety is the most important thing during an emergency event, that often means leaving behind objects that could never be replaced if lost. Family photos, documents and heirlooms all have value beyond their monetary properties, and by investing in the best restoration technology available, we make sure we can restore as much of them as possible.

We make sure your home feels like home again. It is truly the little things that make a house feel like a home, and we make sure to preserve as much of this as possible. Simple things like putting your belongings back where they go can make all the difference when you are able to walk through the door of your home again, and we are committed to making sure you are happy with the results.

If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process. Contact SERVPRO of Lebanon County at 717-273-MOLD  today to learn more.

Be Prepared No Matter Where a Summer Storm Catches You | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning striking over a home and trees Be Prepared No Matter Where a Summer Storm Catches You | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

When skies are clear and the sun is shining, a thunderstorm may be the last thing on your mind—but when the weather is hot and humid, storms can pop up instantaneously. The suddenness of these storms can catch people off-guard, and if your storm preparedness efforts have mainly been focused on safety at home, you may be unsure of what to do.

To help you prepare for sudden summer storms, we have compiled some safety tips that you can use anywhere to stay protected.

Prepare for Sudden Summer Storms

Know your options for shelter. When you find out that a storm is in the forecast, finding a safe place to seek shelter is the best thing you can do. While ideally you would find yourself safe at home, with sudden summer storms, this is not always possible. Seeking shelter in your car is actually a fairly safe thing to do, as long as you can park safely and stay put for the duration of the storm.

Practice electrical safety. When lightning strikes a building, it will travel to the ground using the easiest means available, which is often the home’s wiring system. This is the cause behind power surges, which can cause damage to your electronics and even increase your fire risk. Surge protectors are the most common defense against this, both at home and at work, but if you are able, unplugging everything before a storm is an even safer choice.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Structurally, concrete is a strong material, but that does not mean that it is the safest choice for sheltering from a storm. Because of the nature of concrete, it is often poured around metal reinforcements, which can become a strong conductor of electrical charge when struck by lightning. Avoid touching concrete directly if you do take shelter in an area where it is a feature.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. While the summer storms we have been referencing do come up suddenly and end just as abruptly, the lightning risk is not necessarily over just because the clouds have cleared. Documented lightning strikes have occurred nearly 30 miles from storm clouds, which is why creating a 30-minute buffer after the last thunderclap is recommended.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Weatherproofing Tips for Your Household | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Hands applying weather stripping to the bottom of a window Weather stripping is one way to save money regardless of the weather.

Storms are in the forecast regularly, but if they make you worry that your home is not as resilient as it could be, weatherproofing might be wise. Weather-related insurance claims are extremely common for homeowners, and they can result in a steep increase in your payments after you make a claim.

Though there is no way to guarantee a storm cannot damage your home, there are ways to strengthen your house against the elements.

Fortunately, most weatherproofing efforts are not extremely difficult, and a little bit of effort will make a big difference in the long run. Necessary repairs and optional updates can work together to create a home that is much more resilient against the weather.

Tips to Weatherproof Your Household

Keep Your Shingles in Shape
Even new construction homes can experience roof leaks as there are many reasons they can happen. Roof maintenance is a necessity, as roofs are often the most vulnerable part of the home. Check on your roof regularly to be sure there are no loose shingles, obvious signs of wear or any other indicators that a repair might be necessary.

Beat the Weather With Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping can be installed around windows and doors with ease and is often not an expensive investment. Not only does weatherstripping put an end to tiny water leaks, but it also helps homeowners save tremendously on their electric bills according to the Department of Energy.

Gut Debris From Your Gutters
Gutters can quickly lead to storm damage if they are allowed to remain clogged for any length of time, as the water can pool in the gutter and seep into the materials of the home. Clean your gutters at least twice each year to remove debris, and watch in between for signs of standing water or improper drainage.

Pick the Right Paint
When it comes to picking exterior paint today, the features matter almost as much as the color does thanks to new paint technology. Waterproofing and UV resistance are often built right into the liquid now, so you can choose one of these high-tech paints to increase your home’s resilience to weather over time.

If you have issues with storm damage to your home, we are always here to help. Contact us 24 hours a day for a rapid response.

SERVPRO of Lebanon County

717-273-MOLD

Prevent Frozen Pipes | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

preventing frozen pipes turn off outside spigot Frozen outside spigot | SERVPRO® of Lebanon County (717)-273-MOLD

Helpful Tip: Turn off outside spigots to prevent them from freezing over these cold winter months! 

Did you know the average homeowner spends $10,000 for a pipe rupture? Having an emergency plumber fix the plumbing, and then SERVPRO of Hershey, Harrisburg East and Lebanon County dry your home and replace your flooring, walls etc. is a HUGE expense. Take a few minutes and disconnect garden hoses from the spigot and purchase a cover from your local hardware store to protect the outdoor spigots. As the winter days grow colder, the water in that thin pipe can/will freeze and burst. As it begins to thaw you are left with a plumbing emergency! 

Water, Fire or Mold Damage? Don't hesitate, call SERVPRO of  Lebanon County today! (717) 273-MOLD