Recent Storm Damage Posts

5 Tips for Driving After Heavy Rain

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Image of a flooded street and a car driving through Driving through flooded streets can be dangerous.

Heavy rainfall in Greenville, NC, can drop a tremendous amount of water on an area remarkably fast. This deluge can result in flooding. If you're out in it, it can be quite a shock, especially if you've never experienced that much rainfall. While you should never drive on a flooded street, sometimes you may be unable to avoid it; you might already be on the road. In this case, you must navigate it as safely as possible. It's helpful to remember some basic travel tips for traveling flooded roads.

5 Travel Tips After Heavy Rains

1. Avoid Standing Water

As little as half an inch of water can cause loss of control, even driving at a snail's pace; the vehicle can even begin floating. Whether a puddle or the entire roadway, if the water reaches the center of your wheels, it's vital that you avoid crossing it.

2. Advance Slowly

Anytime there's standing water on the road, drive slowly and carefully. Enter the road at one or two mph and drive a maximum of four mph. Otherwise, engine flooding is a risk. Whether you're in a manual or automatic, keep it in low gear the entire time you're driving.

3. Choose the Center of the Road

Water is typically most shallow in the center of a flooded street. Therefore, whenever possible, remain driving in the middle of the street.

4. Form a Single Lane of Cars

The safest way to navigate through standing water is to take turns with other vehicles. This way, everyone can avoid splashing water. Vehicles ahead of you can also help move water out of the way for you as they're advancing.

5. Dry Your Brakes After Exiting the Water

Drying your brakes once you're safely through the water will help you avoid spinning out. The best way to do this is to drive slowly, lightly pressing the brake as you're traveling.

Flood damage experts will advise against getting on a flooded street at all costs. It's not worth sacrificing your safety to reach your destination a little earlier.

Hurricanes, Pandemics And Environmental Changes - So Long, 2020

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Equal parts beautiful and destructive.

For better or for worse, most of us seem to agree that 2020 was a year for the history books. Not only did we experience a global pandemic bringing fear and uncertainty into everyone’s lives, 2020 also brought us the most active storm season in recorded history. The lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, Gerry Bell, boldly claimed that we could see up to 25 named storms this season. To put that number in perspective, the 1981-2010 historical averages  were less than half of that. By the end of the Hurricane season, we would see an overwhelming 30 named storms. 

Of these devastating forces of nature, 12 made landfall in the U.S. With the increased number of storms, the National Hurricane Center had to dive deeper into the Greek alphabet for names than ever before.

Of the 30 named storms we saw:

  • 13 hurricanes (6 major)
  • 15 tropical storms
  • 2 subtropical storms

Why was the weather this year so extreme? This year had abnormally warm waters because of El Niño. Climate conditions and record high ocean temperatures in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico combined to create an environment suitable for storms to form, which led to the increased number of reported storms. 

In the U.S., 6 of the 12 storms to hit were hurricanes which resulted in severe flooding and water damage, leaving many homes and businesses devastated. Overall storm damage, according to the CDP, is expected to exceed $41 billion.

From small leaks to the devastating effects of storms, the experts at SERVPRO recommend taking immediate action. Through acting fast you will not only minimize immediate damages to your home or business, but you will also help minimize chances of experiencing secondary damage long after the initial cause of damage has passed. Give SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene counties a call to take care of your water damage needs, rain or shine, 24/7/365 at: (252)-329-7205.

Generator And Carbon Monoxide Safety

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

In the even of losing power, it is important to know safe generator operating procedures.

Generator Safety

Eastern NC residents enjoy beautiful summers and relatively mild winters. The flip side to this is our increased risk for severe weather such as tropical storms and hurricanes. Prepping for a big storm comes with the territory and many utilize backup generators to help with potential power loss situations. Using some key safety tips from the American Red Cross can help prevent accidental damages and keep your family safe.

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawl space, or any partially enclosed area.
  • To avoid electric shock, keep generators dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. Operate them on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure, such as under a tarp held up on poles. Do not touch generators with wet hands.
  • Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent carbon monoxide (CO) buildup in the home. Although CO is odorless and cannot be seen, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air immediately.
  • Install CO alarms in central locations on every level of your home or property and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.

Following these simple recommendations is an easy way to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones. If your home or business suffers from storm damage, SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties is here for you. Give us a call at: (252)-329-7205 for all of your mitigation and cleaning needs.

How Severe Weather Can Impact Your Greenville, NC Home Or Business

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Severe weather can strike hard and unexpectedly in Eastern NC.

Eastern NC can see a huge variety of storm types, regardless of the time of year. From heavy rains and flooding to tornadoes and even the occasional hurricane. Any one of these storm types could easily cause damage to your home or business. Every person has their own set of circumstances that affect what happens after an unexpected storm damage. No matter what your scenario, It is important to know the types of damages that can occur.

Wind Damage

Storms with severe winds are fairly common in ENC, typically causing roof damage by ripping off your shingles or loosening your flashing, which can lead to water leaking in. Even a small leak can allow enough moisture to dampen an effected area and facilitate mold growth. If you suspect a leak in your roof, contact a professional at SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene counties to access the potential damage to ensure any mold is under control.

Flood Damage

The Tar River and all its many branches flow throughout the Greenville, NC area. Heavy rainfall can cause flash flooding and sustained storms can raise river water levels enough to potentially encroach many lower areas in Pitt and Greene counties. Such circumstances would likely require experts such as those at SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene to assess the situation and provide resolution. Our teams can help get your life back under control and your home or business cleaned up after a storm.

Lighting Damage

 While not as common as wind and water damage, lightning can be another devastating source of damage from a storm. Our homes and businesses are often excellent targets for lightning to strike, with many objects that can attract a lightning bolt which can lead to a fire. Lightning strikes are some of the most powerful events in nature, reaching temperatures over 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit; That’s nearly five-times as hot as the surface of the sun! This incredible heat and the enormous amount of electricity discharged are the cause for around 2% of all fires.

Regardless of how a fire begins, the heat and smoke damage it creates can be difficult to deal with. Let SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene take care of you and your belongings, no matter how large or small the job may be.

What Wireless Emergency Alerts Can Do For Greenville, NC Residents

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Our smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives, allowing us a seemingly endless supply of information and entertainment. Now, the providers of the cellular networks that make our phones work nearly anywhere in the U.S. are providing a powerful tool that can alert us of any severe weather nearby.

The wireless industry has made a serious effort to have a Weather-Ready Nation by providing a nationwide emergency text alert system. Known as Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), these texts can keep you up to date and alert you to inclement weather.

What are WEA messages?

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. This can include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. Since these are forwarded through your cellular service, there is no signup or app to deal with! The alerts are sent automatically to WEA-capable phones during an emergency.
 

How does this help?

Storms and other severe weather conditions can appear unexpectedly, especially when we get caught up in the routine of our often-busy lives. WEA messages can alert you via your mobile device if you may be in an affected area. This can be especially helpful if you are out of town or traveling and haven’t had the opportunity to check the weather beforehand.           

What do the alerts cover?

    • Extreme Weather and Hydrologic Warnings
    • Local emergencies requiring evacuation or immediate action
    • AMBER Alerts
    • Presidential Alerts during a national emergency

Lightning Safety Tips for Greenville, NC Residents

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

We are always available if weather damages your home or business.

The chances of getting struck by lightning are only around 1 in 500,000, yet it still manages to claim one of the highest fatality rates among weather related incidents. To reduce your chances of being struck by lightning, here are some helpful tips:

Know The Weather

Make a backup plan to bring yourself and others indoors in case of inclement weather. Closely monitor weather stations before engaging in outdoor activities and plan accordingly.

Get to Safety

Understanding what makes for a safe shelter can be crucial—things like homes, offices, super markets, shopping malls and hard-topped vehicles with all windows up are generally considered as such. Be sure to note potential shelter locations should the weather take a turn for the worst. Remember the phrase "When thunder roars, go indoors." 

What to Avoid

If possible, stay as far from windows, doors and porches as possible.  Also avoid concrete walls and floors—the metal wires, bars and conduits often found in concrete can create a path for lightning to follow.

Stay Dry

Thunderstorms are no time to enjoy a bath or to take a shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water. Like with concrete and its metal pathways, lightning can travel through plumbing and fixtures.

Turn Off Electronics

Avoid any electronics plugged into your home wiring, such as computers, game systems, washer and dryers, microwaves, ovens, dishwashers, or anything that can be used as a conduit for lightning traveling through an outlet. Using a surge protector or outright unplugging all of your electronics can save them from becoming damaged as well.

Helping Greenville, NC Residents Overcome Sewage Backups

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

No Greenville, NC resident wants to find sewer backup in their home, especially if its where you normally go to clean up and unwind after a long work day—your shower or bath tub. If you’ve been fortunate enough to have never had to deal with such a scene, you may not even realize it could happen. The problem typically lies within your home’s plumbing, often leaving home owners scratching their heads with what to do. To help you through, here’s some helpful hints:

  1. Evaluate

Your toilet is often the first indication of a problem. It may begin flushing down a bit slower than usual, then with following flushes it could even start bringing waste back into the bowl. If you do have a backup, be sure to turn the water valve next to your toilet off so it doesn’t accidentally get flushed again. Also, be sure to look at the contents of the backup for rocks, dirt or plant mater as these can indicate a broken sewer line.  

  1. Enlist a professional

If the problem remains after attempting to plunge away the mess of a backup, it is likely that you need the advice and assistance of a professional plumber or water mitigation technician. If water is flooding out into your home, time is of the essence; every minute that passes allows for moisture and contaminants to be absorbed into cabinets, carpet, flooring etc.  

  1. Clean the affected areas

After the blockage has been cleared and your water is flowing unobstructed again, a specialist such as those available at SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene can begin removing any residue and debris that may still be present, as well as assess if any further steps are needed to bring your home back to preloss conditions.

  1. Sanitize

After the mess has been cleaned up, you’ll want to have any affected areas sanitized to kill any harmful bacteria and viruses. Our crews can take care of this for you, or direct you to the best available consumer cleaners if you would prefer to take care of it yourself.

Sewage is routed away from our homes for a reason and finding a backup can be devastating, damaging and far less than pleasant. Let a professional take care of you and your home so you can rest easy knowing the mess is gone.

Hurricane season is heating up!

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 caused serious damage in Eastern North Carolina.

Hurricane season is heating up! August and September are the prime months for Tropical Storm and Hurricane development. Keep a close eye on tropical weather forecasts and potential impacts to your area. Forecasts give ample warnings to allow storm preparations to be completed. Please listen to the experts and take all needed preparations before storm arrival. If evacuation is ordered, you should follow that advice.

While it is important to protect your home and property, don’t forget to prepare for you and your family’s needs both during and after a storm’s impact. Below is a list of items that are good to have on hand in the event of a storm.

Don’t forget to plan for your pets as well. Extra pet food and a pet carrier or indoor kennel may be needed as outdoor pets will need to be brought inside during the storm or taken with you if evacuation is ordered.

SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties 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.

We also have equipment and teams ready to go at SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties in case you have an emergency.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Pitt and Greene counties, 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.

Be Prepared

Before the storm hits make sure you have a basic disaster kit ready. Having these supplies ahead of time will save you the frustration of going to the store right before the storm hits. Below are some recommended supplies for your kit:

  • Water
  • Battery-operated lanterns
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Matches
  • Can Opener (non-electric)
  • Duct Tape
  • Extra blankets
  • Clean Clothes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food (3 day supply)
  • Garbage bags
  • Dust Mask
  • Every homeowner can do things around your home now to save you time when you need it.
  • Move furniture away from windows
  • Remove outdoor items
  • Anchor / secure non-moveable outdoor items (tables, swing sets, trampolines, etc.)
  • Fill gas tanks of vehicles
  • Fill propane tanks (may need for cooking if power is out)
  • Board up windows
  • Get extra cash
  • Trim dead branches from trees
  • Store important documents in waterproof containers 
  • Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (252) 329-7205 or (252) 637-7274

Be Prepared for Hurricane Matthew!

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties 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.

We also have equipment and teams ready to go at SERVPRO of Pitt/Greene Counties in case you have an emergency.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Pitt and Greene counties, 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.

Be Prepared

Before the storm hits make sure you have a basic disaster kit ready. Having these supplies ahead of time will save you the frustration of going to the store right before the storm hits. Below are some recommended supplies for your kit:

  • Water
  • Battery-operated lanterns
  • Flashlight
  • Matches
  • Can Opener
  • Duct Tape
  • Extra blankets
  • Clean Clothes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Food (3 days worth)
  • Garbage bags
  • Dust Mask

Every homeowner can do things around your home now to save you time when you need it.

  • Move furniture away from windows
  • Remove outdoor items
  • Fill gas tanks
  • Board up windows
  • Get extra cash
  • Trim dead branches from trees
  • Store important documents in waterproof containers

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (252) 329-7205 or (252) 637-7274