Recent Storm Damage Posts

Good Shutters Can Protect Your Home During A Storm

8/17/2021 (Permalink)

When it comes to protecting your home or business, from damaging winds, there are many things to consider. If you want to add storm shutters to your home, it can be overwhelming to review the numerous types. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for protecting your home, learning the basics can help you choose wisely. Here are some of the options you may consider:

  • Accordion
  • Bahama
  • Colonial
  • Fabric
  • Plywood
  • Rolling

Permanent Fixtures

If you live in an area with frequent storms and severe weather, you may consider adding permanent storm shutters to your home. Permanent mounts add protection and aesthetic flair to your home. You can choose from accordion, Bahama, Colonial, or rolling shutters, all of which provide both storm protection and an element of design. Prices and styles vary within each category. Manually-operated accordion-style options generally cost $15-$25 per square foot of window area, while rolling shutters, generally made of high-quality metal or polycarbonate, will cost approximately $20-$30 per square foot of window area. Bahama-style awnings protect your home against the sun and high winds alike and are sold in standard window sizes for $15-$20 per square foot. Colonial-style varieties offer the most diversity as they come in numerous materials and are sold in sets for $200-$500 per window.

Temporary Fixtures

Though temporary fixtures may be less visually appealing, they are equally functional for storm protection. Fabric storm panels, made of PVC or mesh, are a budget-friendly choice that generally costs $75-$300 depending on the size of your windows. A sturdier and more protective option is plywood. Though less pleasing to look at, plywood costs only $1 per square foot and is an effective temporary way to protect your home from intense storms.

Preparation is important when you're facing tornadoes and high winds. When the storm passes, know who to call for help with clean up and restoration to get your home back to a clean and safe state.

What's In Your Emergency Kit?

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

As we are at the peak of Hurricane Season 2021- we are urging everyone to prepare now. The National Weather Service is predicting this hurricane season to be very active.

Emergency Preparedness Kits are a crucial part of hurricane preparation, but what does a kit need to include?

According to Ready.GOV - Basic Emergency Supply Kits include:

  1. Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  2. Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  3. Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather
  4. Radio with tone alert
  5. Flashlight
  6. First aid kit
  7. Extra batteries
  8. Whistle to signal for help
  9. Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  10. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  11. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  12. Manual can opener for food
  13. Local maps
  14. Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Find a supply kit that best fits your family or business to be better prepared for severe weather. 

**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you might want to think about adding in hand sanitizer and face masks to your kit**

SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties is also helping local businesses get prepared by creating FREE Emergency Ready Plans - tailored to fit your business disaster recovery and remediation.

We Can Remove Floodwater Fast From Your Property!

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Fortunately, your neighborhood SERVPRO is skilled at flood water removal in Cullman and Blount counties, and can return your home or business to its pre-flood condition in less time than other area services. We are partially able to do this because of the state-of-the-art equipment our technicians use. These advanced cleaning and restoration industry tools include:

  • Powerful portable and truck-mounted extractors that can rapidly remove feet of floodwater from every part of your residence.
  • Advanced air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems that can quickly dry all of your home’s interior areas.
  • High-tech foggers capable of treating all spaces and materials affected by floodwater.
  • A wide array of commercial-grade disinfectants and deodorants to sanitize your residence.

So, whenever you need flood water removal or water damage repairs, call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties!

What to Do After The Storm Comes Through

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

This summer has potential to be quite a wet and stormy one, and with that comes weather related injuries and fatalities. This is why it is important to educate both you and your family about after storm safety.

Immediately after a storm where there was heavy rain, strong damaging winds, and lightening consider the following:

  • Do not let children play near storm drains. 
  • Do not touch metal objects outside, there may be power lines down on the object which energizes the object. This could be a fence, guard rail, or baseball stop.
  • Do not touch or pick up any wires that you see either laying on the ground or hanging low. They may be energized or could become energized at any time.
  • Do not walk in flooded basements if your power is still connected. You could become electrocuted should water make contact with an electrical source.
  • If your home is out of electrical power, use extra caution when using candles for light.
  • Be careful using a gas powered generator which could cause Carbon Monoxide poisoning if not vented properly.

Please remember to keep you and your family safe and remember that SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties is always available to help you with your restoration needs

Board Ups After the Storm

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms, Lightning Storms, Wind Storms, Hail, Rain, and Tornadoes can all bring destruction to your home or business. Property damage can come in many different forms. Trees can be blown over, limbs downed, vehicles crushed, and windows broken out.

Whatever the case may be for you, once it is safe to assess the damage, you will need to take care of these issues. If some of that destruction is broken or damaged windows, your first step is to secure your property while you look for the best options to repair the damage. The quickest way to do this is to call SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties. Our construction crews are on call 24/7 for instances such as these. They have the material and the know-how for quick Board Ups at your property.

Residential or Commercial, we are ready to help you secure your property!

Are You in a Flood Zone?

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Do you live in a potential flood risk zone? If you don’t know the answer to that very important question. It allows you to easily enter your business, home, or other address to determine if your property is at risk for flooding based on a visual flood map. If you happen to live in a flood risk zone and your residential or commercial property is hit with flood damage, we can come to your rescue and make the damage “Like it never even happened.” 

With more than 1,700 franchises strategically positioned throughout the U.S. and Canada, help is near when you experience flooding at your home or business.    

No job is ever too big or too small for our team. Our heroes have helped rescue the day at a number of storm emergencies, such as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Florence and countless others. We can do the same for you should you experience such an event. 

Always Have an Emergency Kit On Hand

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

This year has been filled with the unexpected, one thing that we have learned is that it pays to always be prepared. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days.

Your basic emergency supply kit should include these recommended items:

  • Water (one gallon 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
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • 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)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Cullman/Blount Counties is here to help.