Recent Storm Damage Posts

Is Your Business Ready for a Disaster?

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Your Business Ready for a Disaster? 1 out of 2 businesses that suffer a disaster never reopen.

Did you know that 50% of businesses never reopen after suffering a disaster

According to Forbes in 2017 the United States had at least $306 billion in damages due to natural disasters.  Between hurricanes and massive flooding, destructive wildfires and heatwaves, cities were hit hard weather-related disasters and, unfortunately, experts only expect things to get worse.

If your a property owner or a property manager you have the overwhelming task with overseeing not only the people working, but the property also.

Here are the top 4 things you should have in your disaster emergency plan:

  1. Establish Safety Plans.  Top priority should be safety for the employees in a business or tenants such as in a apartment setting.  
  2. Communications.  It is key whether it is thru a newsletter, email, or meeting.
  3. Obtain Insurance.  Having insurance and understanding what it is and what isn't covered.
  4. Stay Compliant With Building Codes.  This includes building design to materials being used.

If your a business owner or property manager and you experience a disaster, call the experts at SERVPRO of Des Moines NW at (515) 986-3711.

Hail Damages to your Home or Business

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hail Damages to your Home or Business Close up photo that shows damages caused by a recent hail storm.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), hailstones fall to earth from 30,000 feet, reaching up to 120 mph before they hit trees, vehicles and structures.  These storms cause $1 billion in damages to crops and property each year, the NWS says.

How large can hail get?  Thankfully...most hail is small - usually less than 2 inches in diameter.

The largest hailstone (nearly the size of a volleyball!) fell on July 23, 2010 in Vivian, South Dakota and had a diameter of  8.0 inches, a circumference of 18.62 inches, and weighed just under 2 lbs (1 lb and 15 ounces). This was after the resident that found the hailstone put it in the freezer but had a 6 hour power outage and some melting likely occurred.

Take Action After a Hail Storm

If you do find any hail damage to your residence, we recommend you take pictures before you make any temporary repairs such as boarding up any broken windows or covering a hole in a roof with a tarp.

Regardless of the level of damage, you’ll also want to promptly report it to your insurance company.  Should your home or business sustain hail damage keep these tips in mind:

  • Be wary of contractors who solicit door-to-door. 
  • Work only with licensed (if applicable), bonded and insured contractors and have them provide documentation. 
  • Require references and check them out.  
  • Don’t feel pressured into signing a contract and never sign a blank contract. 
  • Avoid payment-in-full up front.

If your business or home has hail damages, call the trusted experts of SERVPRO of Des Moines NW 24/7 at (515) 986-3711.

Ways to get your House ready for a Winter Storm Season

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ways to get your House ready for a Winter Storm Season What a winter storm in Iowa looks like

This year in Des Moines, IA the season has changed from Fall to Winter.  This means you need to get your home ready for winter and be prepared for storms that can create prolonged power outages.

Here are the top things you should do to get your home ready for winter in Iowa:

  1. Get your furnace or (source of heat) inspected if it is over 5 years of age.  If you notice any funny smells or sounds have it looked at immediately.
  2. Make sure your fireplace is working properly.  If you have a gas fireplace, make sure it ignites and the thermal coupler stays on for at least 15 minutes.  If your gas fireplace is propane, double check your propane tank and make sure you have enough for the season.  If you have a wood burning fireplace you need to check the following:
    • The flue on the top is opening and closing properly
    • The chimney is clean and free of any creosote deposits
    • Use seasoned wood only.  Seasoned wood is split and dried for about 6 months prior to use
    • Unseasoned wood is more difficult to get lit and then will burn very inefficiently.  Moisture that the green wood is burning is burning out with so much effort is also a problem.  The moisture creates smoke, creates more creosote as it burns, and sticks to your chimney
    • Best seasoned firewood types to use are oak, maple, ash, and apple
    • Worse firewood types to use are pine, cedar, and poplar
  3. Cut down on heating costs.  Make sure your home is more energy-efficient.  Check windows and doors for air tight closures.
  4. Check that gutters and downspouts are directing water away from the house and not onto pathways or driveways.  If not directed away from the home it could lead water directly into basements or ice on pathways and driveways.