Recent Storm Damage Posts

After the Storm......

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Let SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac take some of the stress out of repairs after a storm. Call anytime-24/7/365

Knowing what steps to immediately take after storm damage can make a major difference. It impacts everything from your furniture, your floors, your insurance claim to even your vehicles.  Making the right decisions immediately afterwards can put your family, belongings and your wallet at risk.  As challenging as recovery can be after a disaster, you can take some solace in the fact that so many individuals have gone through similar experiences-you CAN get through this. Finding folks who can relate to your experience can makes finding the direction you need a little easier.

Once you know what to expect and learn all you can before a storm hits. This is the best way to be more prepared to restore things to normal as quickly as possible.

Steps to Take After Storm Damage:

Check Your Home for all Damage

Review and Assess the possible Damage

Contact Your Insurance Provider for next steps

Avoid Additional Damage

Choose the Right Contractor to Restore Your Home

Not all damage will be immediately obvious. Keep in mind there could be slippery areas, electrical lines broken and exposed, loose floor boards or ceiling tiles, etc.  This makes it more important that before you do a thorough walk-thru, follow all safety tips.

How to Stay Safe When Checking Your Home After Storm Damage:

Before going out, check the local news to make sure that your area has been determined safe.

Watch out for hazards such as broken glass and exposed nails.

Always assume that downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Stay at least 10 feet away and alert the police and utility company quickly.

Avoid standing water, particularly if there are nearby downed power lines.

Where possible, avoid checking for water or storm damage after dark.

 If you do so, carry a flashlight and be on the lookout for open flame. This will alleviate the risk of harm from a fire or explosion from a damaged gas line.

If you do smell gas such as carbon monoxide—or suspect a leak—shut off the main gas line, open the windows, and immediately go outside. Notify the gas company and the proper authorities of the situation and don’t return until it is deemed that your home is safe.

Review and Assess the Damage to Your Home:

Before you contact your insurance company to start a claim, you need to go take pictures of the damage. These pictures are often used to help the insurance adjusters access the damage safely. There are several areas of your home that are most vulnerable to storm damage.

Contact Your Insurance Provider:

If you have insurance, you should get compensation if your home or business is damaged by a storm. You need to document all the loss you’ve suffered as a result of the storm. Take photos of the damage before anything has been moved or removed. Also, always document any extra costs that you incur because of the damage.

Don’t forget to keep receipts for hotel costs and other temporary living expenses. This is all needed for your insurance claim.

Your insurer will usually coordinate the work to be done to restore your home, so make sure that you’re on top of knowing who is coming to your home and when.

Avoid Additional Home Damage Where Possible:

When the time comes to start fixing damage- begin with what you can fix yourself.

Often, the storm might not have damaged your home completely and it can be restored with simple repairs.  If you can properly repair some of the damage, you should get to it immediately as you seek professional repair services for the more complicated repairs.

Immediate repairs can also help prevent more damage. If water and wind are getting into your home (through a broken window for example) you should go ahead and board up the window as soon as possible-this will avoid further water damage.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing the job yourself, you may need a board-up service to secure your property. SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac works 24/7 and can be there day or night for emergency service.

Choose the Right Contractor to Restore Your Home:

It’s important to hire professionals that are trustworthy. A contractor that can help you recover your home is important and essential to make your world right again. Poor or incomplete restoration will leave you with an unhealthy home for your family.

A great restoration company can take that responsibility off of your shoulders. Simply choose the company, and they will handle all communications between contractors and insurance companies.

SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac has decades of experience with fire, water, trauma, pathogen, reconstruction, restoration and general cleanings. Call on us for your service needs.

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Winter Storm's punishment to your roof.

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

Snow safety Winter storm

In Illinois we get every end of the spectrum when it comes to weather. Up until recently it’s been cold with some flurries—but February seems to want to make itself known. Hopefully we can get through another Winter season without our homes taking on major damage.

However, hope alone doesn’t work. We have to prepare our homes and be ready for what to do if the ugliest of situations do occur. SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac is the largest restoration company in the area, we take caring for your home seriously! Read on for important tips to keep your home safe and warm and to prevent winter damage this season. 

Always keep Snow build up at a minimum.

Roofs are engineered to handle all sorts of elements. Everything from rain to hail to snow to extreme heat-proper maintenance can keep your roof and your home safe and dry. Snow, rain, and debris commonly collect on your roof- especially in flatter areas.

But this doesn't mean that snow buildup won't become a problem on pitched roofs. The best way to protect your roof from snow damage is by investing in a good quality snow rake. A snow rake is a simple tool that allows you to remove excessive snow buildup from your roof. This can all be done while standing safely on the ground.

To use, gently pull the rake towards you down the slope of your roof, being careful to stand away from falling snow and debris. This simple tool is a proactive way to protect your roof in the winter months. Never use any type of defrosting material on your roof-it can damage your shingles and/or other roofing materials.

If you hold off on using a snow rake, make sure your gutters have been properly attached and your downspouts cleared. This way as the massive amounts of snow melt and run down your roof-it will properly drain away from your house and prevent further damage from water on your foundation.

 Remember to remove Ice Build-Up to Prevent Ice Dams & Winter Damage 

Just as much as you keep an eye out to remove snow build-up, you should also keep an eye on your roof for ice build-up. Ice can be especially dangerous when left accumulating for too long. The biggest areas of ice accumulation are the gutters. While icicles may look beautiful and like a normal sign of winter, they are a major threat to your roof. You can easily prevent icicles from growing by simply knocking them down with a broom or any other safe device that gives you plenty of clearance while cleaning the Ice.

We do strongly advise you to use caution when removing ice from your roof. If you whack an icicle too hard, you could potentially wipe out your entire gutter if you knock it too hard. Gutting your gutters of icicles is especially important in preventing what is perhaps the worst winter worry when it comes to your roof: ice dams. If you notice an ice dam forming it is important to address the issue right away. An ice dam is essentially a large clump of ice near the edge of your roof. If left long enough an ice dam will freeze your gutter and block snow from naturally falling off your roof.

You can prevent ice dams from forming by first staying on top of snow and icicle build-up. Make sure that water can flow freely from your gutters as ice begins to melt. Use an ice pick to gently chip away at large clumps of ice-safely-, removing them piece by piece from your gutter. As always, remember to stand away from your roof to protect yourself from falling objects. If you're not sure how often you need to clear away snow and/or ice from your roof, check the weather forecast. If it looks like your area will be getting six inches of snow, this is generally a good time to get your home ready.

As always, SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac is here when that unwanted water finds it way into your home.  Our experienced and professional team is ready to help you with all your home’s needs.

Be ready when the Storm hits...

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage You know who to call

Storm damage occurs all the time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home or yourself. Heavy rains cause flooding, powerful winds cause roof damage, downed trees cause property damage and excessive ice could cause all of the above.  Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards. Always having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

The quicker you are able to mitigate and repair damage left by a storm-the faster your home and life can get back to what it was….pre-storm.

Take all necessary safety precautions-prior and during a storm….

Heavy winds and rain create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. Furthermore, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health effects. 

Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac to help do basic tasks to secure your property.  If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.

Photograph All Damage…

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated. If you annually photograph things around your house-this will also help to know what is in your home and make the claims process even easier.

Contact Your Insurance Company…ASAP

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjustor to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made. They can also help to let you know steps you need to take and where to even start.

Look Into Federal Disaster Assistance for Natural Disasters

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans and/or have photos. Keep a timeline of whom you talked to, what happened and pay attention to what your insurance company can help you with.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home and your life.

SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac is here. We provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in board-up, mitigation and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire damage and smoke disaster. At SERVPRO, We make it “Like it never even happened.”

Contact Us 24/7/356 at 309.827.7500

Or visit us at www.SERVPRObloomingtonpontiac.com

Roof Damage happens anywhere

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Tarped Roof We can help get you back on track

What to look for on your roof, after a STORM.

It doesn’t matter where you live in the United States. Every location has its own hazards for roofing. Weather varies from Hurricane to Hail to Snow to Tornadoes-it all wreaks havoc on a home…. especially a roof.

So, what do you do after a Storm? How do you identify roof damage, and what should you do about your roof after a major storm? 

Types of Roof Storm Damage 

Wind

Hurricane-force winds, which are 74 mph or greater, can cause visible damage to your home’s roof. High winds can remove or tear shingles- leaving the underlayment, roof deck, or waterproofing material exposed to the elements. Those then can become saturated and leads to damage inside the building.

During less severe storms, sudden, sharp gusts of wind can lift and even curl up the shingles.  When shingles are installed, they’re purposefully overlapped to create a water-tight seal. This lifting and curling can break this seal, potentially leaving your roof exposed to damage from wind-driven rain.

Hail

Hailstorms typically are relatively short and rarely last for longer than 15 minutes. Hailstones can leave dents or marks in shingles and knock shingle granules loose. This is problematic because these granules protect your roof against rain and sun damage. Hail can also ruin the pleasing aesthetic appearance of your roof’s surface. This damage happens fast-and will need to be repaired quickly as well.

Standing Water

Roofs without proper drainage can experience problems with standing water after big rainstorms, especially in uneven areas. Clogged gutters cause backed up rainwater under your shingles, which allows moisture to potentially penetrate the underlayment or the roof deck. Water then can seep into a building causing mold and damage.

Debris

Depending on how severe the storm can be or what kind of storm, debris can end up on the top of your roof, everything from small branches to larger tree limbs. Large objects can dent or impact the surface of the shingle, leaving that area of the roof vulnerable to moisture intrusion, whereas lighter branches may not be as much of a problem.

SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac can help tarp most buildings and work on repairing any issues that move towards the inside of your structure.

We can handle any size storm

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Hotel From several homes in one area to a Large building-Storm preparedness is the key.

No Job is ever described as Too Large for SERVPRO

Our Commercial Large Loss Division Teams are the best in the business. SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac can have a Large Loss Team in any of our Locations within an hour. This team is built up of the best in restoration and these specialists are qualified and ready to go. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. No detail is left untouched.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and keep costs affordable through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac.

Those whom have utilized Large Loss Teams:

Hospitality

Property Managers

Universities

Municipalities

With the ability to mobilize local command centers as well as the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Call our office to schedule a time to go over Large Loss Teams and know ahead of time what we do and how we do it. Let us take care of your property.

Call SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac at 309-827-7500

Storms cause massive Flooding, be aware

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Couch Now what?

Our area, just like many other areas-have experienced high water volumes this spring. When this happens-SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac is ready to help. Our staff is fully trained with the proper equipment to keep Storm damage to a minimum.

Act Fast 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. 

Watch for Pooling Water 

Look for places around your property where water pools, and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and they are directing water as intended.

Raise Storage Goods 

Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

Maintain Sump Pump 

If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

Cut Power if Necessary 

As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

Keep Storm Drains Clear

If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

Be Aware on the Road-Be extremely cautious

Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

We are here to help. The Storm hits-don’t panic-contact SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac!

Helpful Tips for Storm Damage

6/22/2020 (Permalink)

Tree on house When a tree strikes, A window Breaks or Lightning hits.....We have your back!

Be mindful of Storm Damage to a Building:

  • Stay away from any damaged buildings or structures until authority has had a chance to examine it and determine that it’s safe.
  • Wait until daylight to return to buildings so it’s easier to see and avoid any hazards.
  • Leave your home or other building if you hear any shifting or strange noises- this could mean it’s about to fall.
  • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, leave your house/building and contact emergency authorities right away!!! Don’t turn on the lights, light matches, smoke, or do anything that can cause a spark. Don’t return to the building until you’re told it’s safe to do so.
  • Keep children and pets away from the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
  • If electrical circuits and electrical equipment have gotten wet or are in or near water, turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse on the service panel. If you must enter standing water to access the main power switch, then call an electrician to turn it off.
  • Never turn power on or off or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water. Ever.
  • Do not connect generators to your home’s electrical circuits without the approved, automatic-interrupt devices. If a generator is on line when electrical service is restored, it can become a major fire hazard and it may endanger line workers helping to restore power in your area.

If a storm hits, SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac can board up, tarp and work with you on cleanup/restoration projects. Get your home back to pre-storm status with our help.

We can do it, start to finish.

Building a Storm Kit

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Storms Are you ready for a Storm when it hits?

Build a Storm Emergency Kit

Part of being prepared is to have a Storm Emergency Kit prepared. Below is a list of items that should be included in a basic Storm kit. Be sure to have the kit in a sealed container and in a safe location that if you have to take cover during a storm-you could still access.

Keep in mind specifics that may not be included: a toy for comfort, maybe a few family photo copies and safely sealed digital copies of important documents.

Supplies should Incude:

  • Backpack
  • Bottled Water
  • Non-Perishable food (Can Opener)
  • Eating utensils
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit-with book
  • Tissues and Toilet with bags for disposal
  • Writing utensils and paper
  • Sleeping bags or Warm blankets-per person
  • Wrench or Pliers to turn off utilities
  • Personal Hygiene kits
  • Whistle to call for help
  • Battery powered radio and NOAA weather radio
  • Formula, Diapers and other supplies if you have a baby in the home
  • Dust mask to filter air
  • Extra pet supplies-if you have pets
  • Plastic Sheeting and Duct tape
  • A change of clothes for each person

Also include a jacket, hat, gloves and closed toe shoes for walking.

  • Rain gear/supplies
  • Cash
  • Paper Towels
  • Fire Extinguisher/Large baking soda
  • Cards/Games
  • Extra Zip close bags
  • Extra of any required medications as well as basic, over the counter medications.

When Life Turns Upside Down

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Disaster Recovery Large or small-can can get it all!

When life turns upside down

Storm damages can turn life upside down. They happen at anytime and can really happen without much notice. Between heavy rain, powerful wind and lighting-you can never know what to exactly prepare for.

There are precautions that you can take to keep your family safe-but what do you do about properties? How do you prepare for the literal unknown? Heavy rains cause flooding. Winds can cause roof damage or even uproot trees. Lightning can spark a fire…...all in one swoop. Have a strategy. Stay calm-be ready.

It is important to act quickly and to stay safe.

Heavy winds and rain can create hazards such as collapsed roofs, window damages, damaged walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. 

Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. It may also be a good idea to shut main water valve off as well.

Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other hazards that can be around. Contact a local, reputable property restoration business to help do basic tasks to secure your property. If necessary, arrange for a place for you and your family to stay while your property is being restored.

Remember to: Photograph your damage and personal property items, contact your insurance company and look into federal disaster assistance if possible.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming. But these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal.

SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac provides 24-hour emergency disaster services. We specialize in the mitigation and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, Fire and smoke disaster.

We are here to help.

Interesting Storm Facts

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Interesting Facts About Thunderstorms

  • The first stage of a thunderstorm, called the developing stage, occurs when a cumulus cloud is pushed upward by air. In the developing stage there is not usually much rain but lightning can be seen.
  • The second stage of a thunderstorm, called the mature stage, occurs when the rising warm air reaches warmer air and it spreads out into a 'cap'. This creates frozen water droplets that fall to the earth, melting along the way - unless the updraft is very strong which creates hail. It is during this stage that lightning and thunder and strong winds and rain occur.
  • The third stage of a thunderstorm, called the dissipating stage, occurs when a downdraft pushes to the ground essentially cutting off the thunderstorm's inflow.
  • The multi-cell cluster thunderstorm is the most common type, characterized by inner mature storms at the center and dissipating storms around the outer edge, and can include weak tornadoes.
  • The multi-cell line thunderstorm is characterized by a line of severe thunderstorms that are either in front of or part of a cold front, and can include hail, strong wind, tornadoes and waterspouts.
  • The super-cell thunderstorm is characterized by extremely strong wind, powerful updrafts, very severe weather, and strong tornadoes. Most tornadoes originate in this type of storm.
  • The severe thunderstorm is characterized by strong winds, funnel clouds and sometimes tornadoes.
  • The sound of thunder is made when lightning's heat flash causes the air to expand rapidly, and then shrink rapidly. This violent air disturbance causes the sound of thunder.
  • To be classified as a thunderstorm lightning must be present.
  • People often hide under trees to escape thunderstorms. It's a dangerous place because trees are often struck by lightning.
  • Thunderstorms often occur in warm, humid conditions.
  • Some thunderstorms look like cauliflower in the atmosphere.
  • The hail produced in some thunderstorms breaks windows, kills wildlife, and even dents cars.
  • Lightning isn't the only danger caused by thunderstorms. They can also produce flash floods, strong damaging winds, and fires.
  • As soon as thunder is heard it is best to find safe shelter. Thunderstorms can begin very quickly and if you are able to hear the thunder then you are close enough to be struck by the storm's lightning.

If your central Illinois home has been damaged by storms call SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac. 309-827-7500.

Thunderstorms And Your Electronics

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

A thunderstorm is an atmospheric disturbance that involves lightning and thunder. It may be accompanied by torrential rain, hail or high winds. A severe thunderstorm can cause flooding, fires, power failures and electrocution, and result in serious damage.

While surges due to thunderstorms are rare, you should at the very least unplug your high-ticket electronics, like your TV, computer and gaming console.

Be safe

An important thing to remember when pulling the plug on your electronics, is that you can be electrocuted if you touch a cord during a surge. It's best to unplug items before a storm gets to your area.

Will a surge protector help?

Many people think that surge protectors that you plug into the wall will save their electronics from power surges due to storms, however that is not the case. 

Surge protectors are meant to protect against common, small surges in the electrical grid that happen from time to time. They can help reduce the power surge before it reaches your device, but they are not designed to protect items from the massive surge of electricity that happens from a lightning strike during a storm.

What can protect your devices during a storm is a whole house surge protector or suppressor. These are much more expensive than an outlet surge protector and are meant to be installed on your house's main electrical panel.

If you experience Storm damage or flooding, contact SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac. 309-827-7500

Lightning Safety

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

On average, lightning causes more deaths in the U.S. than tornadoes, floods, or hurricanes. One study puts lightning deaths in the U.S. at 7,741 between 1940 and 1981. And some research suggests that these numbers may be too low by 30 to 50 percent. Illinois experiences about 2-3 deaths and 8 serious injuries per year.

Lightning heats the surrounding gases in the air to around 50,000 degrees! This causes a rapid expansion of the air which produces thunder. A single lightning stroke also contains an enormous amount of electricity, enough to supply power to several homes for a month. The heat and electricity pose the greatest risk to the individual. Most lightning deaths and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors.

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KEEPING YOURSELF SAFE FROM LIGHTNING

  • Stay alert for fast-changing weather conditions. It does not have to be raining where you are for lightning to be a threat. Many people are struck before the rain begins or after it ends at their location.
  • Avoid being the tallest object in the area, and stay away from other tall objects such as a small group of tall trees.
  • Unplug all unnecessary appliances and stay off the phone.
  • Get inside a sturdy building. Do not stand by open windows, doors or on patios during a thunderstorm.
  • Get off farm equipment, golf carts or other open vehicles. A hard top car with the windows shut is relatively safe
  • Use the “flash to bang” technique. Sound travels about 1 mile every 5 seconds. When you see the lightning count the seconds until you hear thunder. If 5 seconds elapse, the thunderstorm is one mile away. Ten seconds equals two miles and 15 seconds means the lightning bolt was three miles away.
  • What is a “safe” distance from lightning? There is no absolute rule, but consider taking prompt protective action if lightning is occurring within 3 miles of your location. Be aware that lightning can strike the ground ten or more miles away from the thunderstorm with blue sky above!
  • Lightning may be about to strike near you if you feel your hair stand on end or your skin tingle. Crouch down or drop to your knees, but do not lie flat on the ground.

If your home or business has experienced storm or lightning damage call SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac  309-827-7500

Storm Power Outage Preparation

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

In central Illinois each season brings its weather-related threats, including heavy wet snow or ice storms in the winter, thunderstorms and lightning in the spring and summer, and wind and heavy rain in the fall.

By making some simple preparations, you can make outages less stressful for your family and yourself.

  • Keep your power company phone numbers by the telephone.
  • Keep a storm kit ready. You should not wait until a storm is bearing down on central Illinois to prepare a kit, because some outages happen with little warning. Storm kits should include the following:
    • A first aid kit and family prescription medications.
    • Extra blankets for each member of the family.
    • At least one regular (corded) phone. The convenience of cordless phones has made them very popular, but they stop working when the power goes out. A corded phone will still work during most outages, allowing you to call out for information and to report the outage. Even if you have a cellular phone, keep in mind that the backup power to cell towers may shut down if the outage lasts long enough.
    • At least one battery-operated radio. During lengthy outages (six hours or more), local radio stations can become increasingly important sources of information.
    • At least one flashlight for every member of the family.
    • Batteries for your flashlights and radios.
    • Canned food for three days and a non-electric can opener. Most outages are over in hours, of course, but severe storms may leave damage that last several days. In most instances, having a three-day supply of food will take a family through the worst of the storm. For obvious reasons, families will want food that does not require heating or refrigeration.
    • Three gallons of drinking water per family member. A healthy adult will need one gallon of water per day, so this will prepare your family for a three-day outage.
  • When a storm is on its way, gas up your car before it arrives. During widespread disasters, gas stations may not have electricity to pump gasoline.
  • If you have a medical need for electricity, make sure your power company knows. During lengthy outages, most power companies makes an extra effort to provide updated outage information to those members who need electricity to power oxygen pumps or other medical equipment.
  • If you have a medical need for electricity, have a relocation plan which answers the following questions:
    • What services, electrical and otherwise, must I have to protect my health in an emergency?
    • Where will I go to find those services if my home is without power for more than a few hours?
    • Who will take me there in an emergency?
    • Have I made sure that person knows I am relying on them for transportation in an emergency?

SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac  is here for your storm recovery needs. 309-827-7500

Recovering After Storm Damage

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

A severe storm can change everything in the blink of an eye. It doesn’t always have to be a tornado to cause destruction in your home or office, and poor restoration can leave you with an unhealthy home for your family. If you know what to expect and learn all you can before a storm hits, you’ll be more prepared to restore things to normal as quickly as possible.

Stay Safe

Before inspecting the damage to your home keep safety in mind:

  • Watch out for hazards such as broken glass and exposed nails.
  • Always assume that downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Stay at least 10 feet away and alert the police and utility company.
  • When inspecting your home at night, use a flashlight instead of a candle (or anything with an open flame). This will alleviate the risk of a fire or explosion from a damaged gas line.

If you do smell gas—or suspect a leak—shut off the main gas line, open the windows, and immediately go outside. Notify the gas company and the proper authorities of the situation and don’t return until they’ve deemed your home to be safe.

Review and Assess the Damage

Windows and doors are vulnerable to wind damage and flying debris. Inspect your windows for cracks, holes, broken panes and damaged frames. Watch out for shards of glass, and be sure to board up broken windows until they can be fixed.

Look for damage to siding, paint, bricks and other exterior surfaces of your home. Also check outdoor appliances, like air conditioning units. You’re looking for dings, dents, cracks, splitting, holes, breaks chipping and discoloration.

If there was extended power outages and you have a sump pump, you may have standing water in your basement.

  • Do not step in standing water without first making sure power is turned off to avoid risk of electrocution
  • Re-engage sump pump to discharge water from the area or call a plumber if the pump is damaged.

Avoid Additional Damage

You may need a board-up service to secure your property so don’t wait. SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac can be there day or night for emergency service.

Contact Your Insurance Provider

Your insurance provider will instruct you on the next steps to take in making a claim and provide you with a claim number and a list of local emergency service providers.

Choose the Right Restoration Company

It’s important to hire a professional and trustworthy restoration company to help you recover your home and restore your lives. Poor or incomplete restoration could leave you with an unhealthy home for your family. Any time there is water damage, mold can begin growing immediately as well. It’s critical to address this as soon as possible to avoid additional damage and health risk. At SERVPRO of Bloomington/Pontiac we have seen it all when it comes to Storm Damage. Whatever your situation is, we will start the process of restoring your home or business.

Tornado Season

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Knowing what to do when you see a tornado, or when you hear a tornado warning, can help protect you and your family. During a tornado, people face hazards from extremely high winds and risk of being struck by flying and falling objects. After a tornado, the wreckage left behind poses additional injury risks. The National Weather Service (NWS), Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide excellent resources on staying safe during and after a tornado, below are some of the highlights.

Preparing for a Tornado

  • Stay informed. Check the forecast regularly to see if you're at risk from tornadoes.
  • Sign up for notifications. Learn how your community sends tornado warnings. Some communities have outdoor sirens and others send media alerts.
  • Create a plan. Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting space, such as a basement or storm cellar with no windows.
  • Practice your plan. Practice your plan so that your family is prepared when a tornado strikes.

Stay Safe During a Tornado

  • Stay informed. Continue to listen to local news or a Weather Radio to stay updated.
  • If you are at home: Go to your basement, safe room, or room away from windows. Bring your pets with you.
  • If you are at work or school: Follow the tornado drill and go to your tornado shelter quickly and calmly. Stay away from windows.
  • If you are in a vehicle: Being in a vehicle during a tornado is not safe. Drive to the closest shelter if possible. If it is not possible, get down in your car and cover your head or seek shelter in a low lying area, such as a ditch or ravine.
  • If you are outside: Being outside during a tornado is not safe. Seek shelter immediately. If it is not possible, get down in a low lying area, such as a ditch or ravine and cover your head.

After a Tornado

  • Stay informed. Continue to listen to local news or a Weather Radio to stay updated.
  • Contact family and loved ones. Save your phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems may be down after a disaster. Use text messaging or social media to communicate with family and loved ones.
  • Assess the damage. Stay clear of fallen power lines or broken utility lines. Do not enter damaged buildings until you are told they are safe.
  • Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Get medical assistance immediately.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear thick-soled shoes, long pants, and work gloves.

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Flood Event Tips

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Spring showers can often lead to flooding conditions in central Illinois. These tips will help reduce the impact spring floods that my happen on your property. 

Watch for Pooling Water 

Look for places around your property where water pools, and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris and they are directing water as intended.

Maintain Sump Pump 

If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

Raise Storage Goods 

Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

Cut Power if Necessary 

As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

Keep Storm Drains Clear

If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

Be Aware on the Road 

Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

Act Fast 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. 

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When Storms or Floods hit Central Illinois, SERVPRO is ready!

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO of Bloomington / Gibson City / S. McLean County 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 Central Illinois, 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.

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