Recent Storm Damage Posts
Lakeport Storm Damage
2016 and 2017 had its storm season start late, but they are still just as powerful and mighty. Insurance agents and fire departments keep us busy this time of year, and we also get many calls about broken pipes due to temperature changes.
Storm damage all over California
Lakeport storm damage is no stranger to us; we have handled losses here, as well as storm damage on the coast. While most of our calls are between the hours of 8 and 5, we also respond to emergency calls such as tree falls or heavy flooding.
We also can't stress enough the importance of having homeowners insurance. Otherwise, you may be stuck with a big bill and an incomplete restoration job.
Every technician, at one time or another, has been properly trained and we have several with many credentials as well as years of experience. No matter how badly you think your water damage situation is, remember to call SERVPRO for immediate help!
Lakeport Flooded Basement
Storms-wind and rain
The wind and rain has been really unpredictable. Paying attention to local weather reports, as well as information from the Lake County Sheriff, is very beneficial to your family if a disaster does occur. Due to the nature of natural disasters, we respond in the middle of the night if necessary.
A flooded basement in Lakeport
We haven't received many calls in the past about a flooded basement until recently. The window to the basement was broken, which allowed flowing water from the outside to make its way into the basement, causing contents to become damaged. Most of the contents were damaged; however, we were able to retrieve some sentimental belongings that were higher off the ground. The quicker you get to water damage, the less time it has to travel up a wall or through cardboard boxes.
Storm damage to Clearlake home
We got this home dry before it started to mold.
Only so much can be done during a storm, but so much can happen. Give SERVPRO a call at 263-9283 for information on storm damage cleanup.
Pictured below is a home affected by the Clearlake storm damage that happened last December. This Clearlake home was also affected by storm damage. Although local businesses and families were warned about the storm that would occur, only so much preparation would help people deal with the storm AFTERWARDS. Yes, you can bear the storm, but what about afterwards? What will you do to pick up the pieces, and put them back together? SERVPRO of Lake County has the answers.
We will come out to the damaged property and provide you with a scope of the work that needs to be completed in order to get your home or business in pre-storm condition. Our technicians are available 24/7, because storm damage in Clearlake and the surrounding areas has nothing on what our people are capable of accomplishing.
Mendocino storm damage
The roof leaked into the bathroom of this home, causing extensive damage. We were able to dry it out and perform repairs in one week.
Mendocino Storm Damage
The stormy season has really picked up this spring in Mendocino County. Hail, wind, rain, sleet, and maybe snow is appearing in some areas. Trees fall on the roof and water come in from the top. Heavy downpours can strike at any minute. What's the status on your roof? What about your gutters?
Roof leaks happen this time of year
The moment heavy rain is sitting on your roof, and the roof is flat or the gutters are full, the water will have nowhere to go except down. Your home could be affected by Mendocino storm damage. The water could go down into the kitchen, the bedrooms, the living room, or the dining room! Which are you going to choose?
That's really a trick question; you don't have to choose any of those options. Instead, choose SERVPRO.
We know how devastating, stressful, and uncomfortable dealing with water damage can be. We try to make it as easy as possible, while giving you the best care as possible. Keep an eye on things at home for a while this winter; we need this rain, and it won't be going away any time soon.
We hope you don't need our services, but if you do, we are here to help!
Basement flooding in Clearlake
Clearlake basement flooded during the storms
Most homeowners insurance don't cover flooding. Now would be a good reason to call your insurance company and change your coverage. Trying to do repairs in rainy weather can cause even more damage, which is why we also recommend winterizing your home before storms set in. Fixing leaks, cleaning out gutters, and finishing any construction projects are highly recommended.
Water extraction services and flood damage
We've had basement floods in Clearlake happen due to the older homes, and they occur to the point where all the boxes and miscellaneous items, including furniture, were found floating. This kind of extreme flood damage usually happens in homes that haven't been inhabited for several weeks. However, storms are unpredictable. Keeping an eye on all your properties is essential if you want to prevent extensive damage to the home.
Flood damage in Clearlake home
We are always prepared to help you with damage to your home, no matter what time of day!
Even if you don't live in a zone that experiences a lot of flooding, this year may prove that flooding can happen anywhere as long as there is enough water. Do you want to wait to find out if your home will flood?
What can you do to avoid flood damage?
Contact your local fire station to find out about sand bag filling stations would be a first step. If you're able, modify the furnace and water heater so they sit higher off the ground. Be sure to clean your gutters, drains, and downspouts so water and debris doesn't build up heavy on the roof.
But, what if my home floods anyways?
Preparation doesn't ensure a disaster won't occur, but it sure can prevent a whole lot of disaster. If Clearlake flood damage happens despite your efforts, give SERVPRO of Lake County a call. We have been all over Lake County this year helping get wildfire victims back inside their homes. We are prepared for this winter/spring season to hit, and stay for a while.
We are here for you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We hope you won't need our services-same as hospitals, fire departments, and police officers-but the devastation would be great if we weren't here to help you get back on track.
Kelseyville storm damage
While the holidays are a fun time of the year for most, often we get phone calls on Christmas about water damage, flood damage, and wind damage on roofs that allow water to sink into your home. No one wants that, but who wants to deal with it on Christmas? With all the major disasters that have been occurring-mud slides, hurricanes, wildfires-we need to be on the lookout for what could happen in our community. Preparedness is key because it can make a potentially difficult, devastating situation more bearable and easier to maintain.
SERVPRO, your 24 hour clean up company!
We always remain on call, even during the weekends and holidays and happy hour. There are those disasters that don't wait until after Santa has left the building, or before the Easter Bunny gets here! We always come ready for our equipment, especially for an emergency loss, so we can start work right away and not delay the drying process.
Storm damage in Hidden Valley Lake-SERVPRO advice
We haven't had any severe winter rains or snow, but anything is possible and being prepared isn't a bad idea. Storm damage is any damage to your home that happens due to a storm; water damage, flood damage, fire damage, and wind damage. Even mold damage can occur after a storm, especially after a flood in your home.
Insurance coverage after a storm
Depending on the circumstances surrounding water damage in your home, your homeowners insurance may not cover it. Insurance companies won't cover floods due to a storm unless you specifically purchase flood insurance. Roof leaks may not be covered if it's been determined that the homeowners were neglectful in getting their roof fixed, or let the gutter get too full.
Reevaluating your homeowners insurance during the winter and spring seasons is highly recommended by us at SERVPRO of Lake County. Insurance companies can be a true blessing, and get you through some hard times. Belongings affected by storm damaged can be costly, so see what your insurance company can offer you.
Our procedure from the first phone call
As soon as you call us and need help with emergency storm damage, we will make sure a Project Manager gives you a call in the same hour. After 4 hours, we will be on site and ready to start work. After 8 hours, we can give you an entire scope of all the work that we will be completing. We will also keep in contact with you and your insurance company to make sure all three parties are on the same page. This strategy will save you from a headache, as well as money, in the long run.
We do what we can to make sure you get the best service possible. We are always looking to improve our services so we can accommodate your needs. The needs of our community are constantly changing, and we keep up with the pace!
Storm damage in Lake County
Although we aren't experiencing a storm at the moment, we need to accept the fact that we live in California and may get a random storm tomorrow.
The effects of El Nino
El Nino did hit us hard the past couple of winters, and we made sure to remain on standby with extra materials in case we were needed. We went out to a job this weekend that had extreme mold due to a leak from a recent storm. Sometimes, these mold findings aren't made visible for a long time. It's always what you don't see that causes the most damage.
Since November, we have been battling the water and fire damage, as well as creating estimate, conducting inspections, getting additional training, and working out conflicts with insurance companies. Dedication is our middle name!
Water job details
The roof on this home had been caved and the floor was buckling due to the rain from the storm. SERVPRO technicians went to the home right away, and determined the home could be repaired to preloss condition. If the homeowner had waited any longer, the entire home may have been absolutely soaked! While repairing the home under this condition may not be impossible, other factors may have made repair difficult. The amount of water led to a small mold growth; we removed the mold, and applied an antimicrobial agent to prevent further growth. Part of the floor had to be removed, as seen in this photo.
Hidden Valley Lake water damage repair
Home repair in Lake County
Homes in Lake County are going to get the long end of the winter stick this year! El Nino is coming, and we are doing what we can to prepare. Although there isn't much we can do to prepare for wildfire, we can start preparation all year long for El Nino.
We proudly serve the Hidden Valley Lake area!
Hidden Valley Lake water damage repair services have always been available, but we want to make sure you have all the valuable information you need so you understand the process. Click here for details on our restoration and repair services for Hidden Valley Lake. We work with most insurance companies so they can complete documentation on their end that best serves their client.
Storm damage in Middletown
Imagine your entire ceiling bubbling like this one! What would you do?
Stormy weather for several weeks
The weather may seem to light up midday, but be prepared and expect the unexpected! Right now, we are sitting in a rainstorm that's filling our water reservoirs, according to news reports. However, we still have a ways to go all over California.
What does the storm mean for water damage?
Water damage typically becomes much more prominent during wet weather. Leaks become more noticeable, pipes and sewer lines and drains are more capable of being broken, and roofs become damaged due to the wind mixed with the rain. Lake County contractors are also kept busy with water damage. They have to repair and rebuild homes after extensive water damage, typically water damage that affects the entire home to the point that safety is a concern.
Storm damage in Lake County
Storms and flood damage are incredibly devastating
The storms this winter and spring have hit California so hard, the state has been declared finally out of a drought. Many homes and businesses were affected, insurance companies were kept busy, and families were displaced. Flood and storm damage in Lake County was especially difficult. Dealing with the issues at hand-no livable space, clothes, or food-and the financial issues is already a struggle. What do you do after the storm has passed?
There are some simple bits of advice to keep in mind. The first is always keep safety in mind: are there any electrical hazards? Is the ceiling caved in? Are all our belongings wet? The second bit of advice: call SERVPRO of Lake and Mendocino County. We can even contact your insurance company for you because we work closely with all major companies, and understand how important getting all the details is to process a claim properly.
We are part of the community and here to help, always. Give us a call at 707-263-9283 to help you with your flood damage disaster. We are also available to service Mendocino County 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here for you, and know how difficult being displaced due to a disaster can be. We want to make the damage disappear as soon as possible, "Like it never even happened."
Willits Basement Flooding
Do you have flood insurance in Willits?
Getting it right now, even though we haven't had much rain, isn't a bad idea. El Nino, the massive storm that is estimated to last about two months, is anticipated to be one of the strongest ever. Most home insurance policies don't automatically cover flood insurance, but only damage due to broken pipes or dishwasher mishaps, even toilet backups.
Expect home and basement floods this winter
Nobody wants to deal with flooding, whether you're a tenant or an owner. This home in Willits had flood damage, as well as water damage on the first floor that went down to the basement where many contents were stored. The contents were vastly affected, some sentimental, but we were able to save many items due to proper drying and cleanup techniques. Water can decompose many materials, including paper, cardboard, some fabrics, and will allow mold to grow in as little as 24 hours!
Why NOT get a restoration company?
Although the restoration industry has been around for 45 years, such as SERVPRO, many homeowners aren't aware of the industry's existence. There is no good reason to not hire people to make your life easier. Many homeowners have had to pay out of their pockets to get their property back to normal; but, what about the emotional heartache associated with a house fire? What about the lost work hours, important documents, and vacation time due to having to handle everything yourself?
Let SERVPRO of Mendocino County help minimize the effects of the frustrating experiences you've had! Trust us, we know what we are doing. We also know this situation may be awkward and difficult for you, so we welcome the questions. There is no such thing as too many questions.