Recent Storm Damage Posts

What You Need to Know About Roof Damage Mitigation

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

Roof Mitigation: Questions and Answers that Might Help You Understand this Process

If your home suffers roof damage during a storm in La Habra, CA, it is important to contact a professional to have it taken care of right away. Before repairs can begin, however, mitigation should be done. If you do not know much about this process, here are a few questions and answers that might be helpful.

1. Why is Mitigation Necessary?

Mitigation is an important step in restoration because it reduces the chances of roof damage becoming worse before repairs are made. Because preparation is necessary and it is not always possible to begin work immediately, temporary repairs are made to ensure that the problem does not escalate. If there are missing areas in your roof, it can prevent rain and debris from entering your home as well.

2. What is Included in Mitigation?

The type of mitigation needed can vary depending on the extent of water or wind damage to your roof. In some cases, a simple tarp may be enough to keep everything safe from further problems. However, if the roof was severely affected and portions are missing, it may need to be temporarily boarded up to prevent more damage from occurring.

3. What Happens After Mitigation?

After mitigation, the emergency restoration company will begin planning and carrying out repairs. In severe cases, if water has caused a lot of damage to the structure of the roof, some materials may need to be removed and replaced. Some portions may need to be rebuilt as well. The area will likely need to be cleaned before this can be done, particularly if the storm caused a build-up of dirt or debris. If the damage is not very extensive, you may only need to have some shingles or tiles replaced.
When roof damage occurs, it is important to have mitigation done as quickly as possible. This is an essential step that prevents further damage that could result in a longer repair time and higher costs.

How To Address Sewage Backup in Your Bathtub

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Technicians putting inside a van a dehumidifier Sewage backup is a job for the experts at SERVPRO!

Steps You Can Take to Address the Issue

Flooding doesn’t just affect your basement or garage. A major storm can lead to sewer backup, causing excess black water to overflow from your bathtub. While the problem can seem overwhelming, you shouldn’t panic. There are some simple steps you can take to address the issue.

1. Keep Everyone Out
After a bathtub backup, any part of the room that touches the sewage could be contaminated with bacteria. Any electrical wiring in the bathroom could also be dangerous if it comes into contact with the water.
For safety reasons, no one should enter the bathroom without protective gear. You may have to take extra steps to keep pets and children out of the area.
2. Do Damage Control
To prevent the sewer backup from getting worse, you should turn off any running water right away. Make sure no one in your family flushes a toilet until the issue is resolved.
You may also want to remove wet items from the bathroom and place them outdoors so it is easier to inspect the damage inside. Dry items, meanwhile, should be put into an uncontaminated area until the cleanup is complete.
Finally, open any windows, curtains or doors within the bathroom. This will speed up the drying process and slow mold growth.
3. Begin Cleanup
If you decide to clean up the sewage yourself, be sure to wear protective equipment such as goggles and gloves. Wash your hands frequently, and do not let any open sores or cuts come in contact with the sewage.
Unless the sewage spill is minor, you should let water damage repair specialists handle the restoration. Contact the pros as soon as possible to prevent the spread of bacteria in the bathroom.
A major sewer backup should only be handled by professionals. If your bathtub overflows, make sure that you have performed proper damage control. You can then contact restoration professionals in Fullerton, CA, to safely clean up the mess.

The Benefits of a Commercial Flood Policy

4/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flood insurance form on a table with a book. A business owner in Fullerton, CA should consider having flood insurance

The Benefits of a Commercial Flood Policy

A flood can happen just about anywhere and with surprising swiftness. Your business in Fullerton, CA, no doubt has a commercial insurance policy, but that does not cover you in case a flood washes over your building. Your regular policy typically covers damages from rainstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, hail and other weather events that come down from the sky. A flood comes from the ground. It is most simply defined as an excess of water over normally dry land. The National Flood Insurance Program further defines a flood as a temporary situation covering two or more acres of land or affecting two or more properties.

Flood Insurance

To increase protection and reduce vulnerability, a business owner should consider having a flood policy as well as commercial insurance. The benefits of having flood insurance include the following:

  • It provides coverage of $500,000 for damage to a building and $500,000 for damages to the building's contents
  • It provides peace of mind for owners
  • It could help a business recover from a flood

The flood policy is single peril, meaning it only provides coverage for a flood event. It pays for direct damage up to the extent of the policy. In some cases, a business owner may be required to have flood coverage, specifically if the building is located in a flood plain and is financed by a federally insured lender. The NFIP is managed by FEMA.

Flood Response

When a flood strikes a business, a fast response by a local storm remediation team is critical to recovery, safety and reducing overall expenses. Because floodwaters have the potential to be contaminated by chemicals and pathogens, the cleanup is best left to technicians with the appropriate PPE. An experienced franchise can help your business coordinate commercial insurance claims by providing an itemized list of expenses for cleanup. This could help speed up recovery and put your company back in business again.

3 Tips for Protecting Your Roof from Storm Damage

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

A house tarped and boarded If you have enough advance notice, you can take steps such as boarding or tarping over any vulnerable areas

3 Tips for Protecting Your Roof from Storm Damage

If you live in La Habra, CA, then you may be concerned about roof damage from the local weather. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help protect your home. Here are three tips many experts recommend if you experience frequent or severe storms in your area.

1. Know the Weather in Your Area

One of the first steps for protecting your home from storm damage is to know the local weather. This can help you prepare for rain, hail, snow, or even wind damage, by giving you time to take the proper mitigation steps before the storm arrives.

2. Prepare your Home Before a Storm

Preparing your home before the storm arrives is an important part of preventing potential roof damage. If you have enough advance notice, you can take steps such as boarding or tarping over any vulnerable areas, as well as clearing out your gutters to help avoid water overflow onto the roof during the course of the storm. After the weather has passed you may want to inspect your proof for any damages that may have occurred.

3. Contact a Professional for Repairs

In the event that you do find damage on your roof after storm, it's best to contact your local storm damage restoration service. These professionals can properly assess your roof for any damages before getting the repair process underway. They may also be able to take care of any other storm related to damages, such as flooding in the home.
When protecting your home from roof damage, it's important to know the weather in your area so that you can take the proper precautionary steps. Follow any recommended weather advisory guidelines for protecting your home from the storm, including tarping or boarding over any damage, and ensure that any repairs that need to be made afterwards, are started as quickly as possible.

Commercial Insurance Coverage and Natural Disaster Protections

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Trees fallen on a street Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms

Commercial Insurance Coverage and Natural Disaster Protections

Natural disasters can wreak havoc on your Fullerton, CA, business, especially if you don't have the right insurance coverage. Did you know that the damages caused by some natural disasters are covered, but others aren’t covered? If you don't have a flood policy, for example, your commercial insurance may not cover the damage to your building. The three most common types of natural disasters are

  • Floods
  • Thunderstorms with wind and hail
  • Tornadoes and hurricanes

Do you know if your business has a flood policy? It is always a possibility that one of these disasters could leave your business flooded.

Multiple Forms of Coverage To Consider

If you don't know whether your company is covered, ask your insurance agent about a Commercial Package Policy, a Business Owners Policy, and flood insurance through the government's National Flood Insurance Program. Remember that floods are the number one most common natural disaster and that your business probably isn't protected from flood damage through your normal commercial insurance coverage.

What Is NFIP?

The National Flood Insurance Program, or NFIP, is provided through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency.) The cost of this protection is dependent on many factors. For example, some communities are enrolled in a voluntary rating system, providing a discount to residents. Some modifications can lower your premium, such as upgrading the crawlspace, installing flood openings, and elevating utilities or the home.

One Add-On Isn't Enough

Even with an appropriate flood policy in place, remember that some things aren't covered by insurance. Any landscaping or septic systems aren't covered. Damage to any vehicles owned by the business won't be covered until you opt for specific additions.
Fortunately, many insurance agencies prefer that you work with professional flood restoration companies when the time comes to clean up after the disaster. This work is often included in your policy. The best way to determine whether your commercial insurance policy covers you in the event of flooding is to speak directly with your agent.

4 Types of Storm Shutters for Your Home

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

A brick house, with three windows that have rolling shutters Rolling shutters operate by a cranking mechanism or remote control

Types of Storm Shutters and Their Costs

Storms can appear in the blink of an eye. The ferocity of driving rain and hurricane-force winds can take a toll on your windows. When you live in a city like La Habra, CA, your insurance rates increase with each replacement of broken windows. Purchasing protection like storm shutters will save you money in the future. The following list details the types of shutters available and the costs associated.

1. Storm Panels

These panels come in different materials such as aluminum, steel and reinforced-PVC fabric. Usually, they are installed at the time of the storm but can be attached permanently with rolling screens or slide brackets. Panel sheets come in ready-made sizes. Prices range from $75 for the smaller sizes and continue to rise as the size of the window increases.

2. Rolling Shutters

Rolling shutters are a permanent fixture of your home and in some cases add a decorative touch. These are best for the high winds associated with hurricanes. Rolling shutters operate by a cranking mechanism or remote control. Prices range from $20 to $30 per square foot of the window.

3. Accordion Shutters

Like rolling shutters, accordion shutters are permanent. The panels are attached to tracks and lock in the middle or on either side of the window. Accordion shutters are less expensive than rolling shutters and priced between $15 and $25 per square foot of window area.

4. Colonial Shutters

Colonial shutters are the most decorative of permanent shutters while still giving your house a considerable amount of protection from high winds and torrential rain. They come in louvered, board, and batten models. Colonial shutters mount to either side of the window and latch in the middle. These storm shutters can cost anywhere between $200 to $500 per window.
High winds can wreak havoc on windows, so spending the money to purchase shutters is an excellent idea. Speaking with a storm damage restoration specialist can give you suggestions on which storm shutters are the best for your home.

How to Prep Your Business for Storm Season

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Keeping a constant back-up of data is critical

Prepare Your Business for Storm Season

Many regions, including La Habra, CA, see seasonal storms that bring flood water into unwanted places each year. If your business is operating in an area well-known for annual storms, being prepared is the best way to sidestep the misfortunes of water damage in your facility. Follow these three simple practices to get your operation ready to face extreme weather conditions.

1. Back-Up Data

If technology is a driving force behind your daily operations, keeping a constant back-up of data is critical. Should a storm strike suddenly, damaged technology can come at more than a monetary cost. Saving a copy offsite of numbers and figures will help you immensely to reduce your losses and allow you to continue to operate your business remotely if needed.

2. Quick Protection Measures

When you begin hearing word of an approaching storm, taking quick precautionary action can make a big difference in safeguarding your worksite. If high winds and raging waters are expected, the following protections should be considered:

  • Board-up windows
  • Implement a site evacuation plan
  • Move expensive equipment or company assets to a safer location if possible

3. Create a Reserve for Restoration

Even with careful planning and meticulous precautions, your business facility may be at the mercy of the weather. If flood water reaches your business establishment, it is likely that severe damage can occur. In addition to having a solid disaster insurance policy in place, it is wise to create a financial reserve to pay for the costs of commercial storm damage clean-up. Set aside funds to hold you over until you can open-up shop again while restoration takes place.

As you anticipate the possibility of a flooded building this storm season, keep these three practices in your daily habits so you aren’t caught unaware. By looking ahead, you can become better prepared to deal with flood water at your commercial facility.

3 Ways To Protect Yourself as a Flood First Responder

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours neither do we.

With historic flooding occurring across the United States in the past few years, the role of the first responder has become more essential than ever before. As one of the first to arrive on scene at disaster sites in Fullerton, CA, your help as a specially trained responder can often mean the difference between life and death for those trapped by floodwaters. In order to help others, it is important for you to take precautions to protect yourself before you even reach the disaster scene. Here are three ways to shield yourself in those challenging initial responder situations.

1. Update Vaccinations

Before heading out to a flood response disaster, make sure you are up to date on your immunizations. Tetanus shots are required every 10 years and usually contain diphtheria and pertussis protection. Another protective vaccine that is often required is Hepatitis B.

2. Beware of Possible Hazards

Depending on how long the floodwaters have been on the ground and what category of water you are working in, there are some hazards you may face as a first responder. Wearing an N-95 mask can help protect you from mold that can begin growing in flooded areas in as soon as 24 hours. Also, be careful of chemicals, sinkholes, and disaster-related sharp objects.

3. Protect Yourself

As an initial responder, wearing protective clothing can help guard you from chemicals, fecal matter, and other pollutants in the floodwaters. The clothing should include boots, gloves, eye goggles, and an approved outer protective suit.
Whether the flood is of epic proportions or the result of a broken levy that floods a handful of homes, your role as a first responder can be a heroic one. If you have questions about how best to protect yourself or about the different categories of floodwaters you may be called to work in, contact a water and mold remediation specialist for information to help protect yourself.

Storm Damage to your La Habra Business

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

If your business suffers roof damage or broken windows due to a storm, give SERVPRO of La Habra/West Fullerton a call. We offer board up services to ensure your business is not exposed to the elements after storm damage. 

Our team of licensed water damage professionals are equipped with specialized equipment and skills to tackle any size storm damage. 

If your storm damage is water related, SERVPRO can provide drying services. Our state of the art drying equipment will make it "Like it never even happened." 

We are local to the La Habra, CA area and we pride ourselves in serving our community during a time of need. If you would like to learn more about our storm damage services, click here. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions! 

How To Properly Prepare Your Business for Storm Damage

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

After a storm strikes your business call SERVPRO of La Habra/West Fullerton to help you get back on your feet.

Business Preparation For Storm Damage

Preparing for a storm can be a terrifying thing for any business to do. There is always a chance that a coming storm will be the one that causes significant damage due to a heavy amount of flood water. It is vital for companies to plan and prepare for the worst. Here are some preparation tips for avoiding as much devastation as possible in La Habra, CA.

1. Plan an Evacuation Route

One of the first things to do is have an evacuation route in place for all company employees. Flooding is typically one of the biggest concerns when a storm passes through because it can quickly make roads nearby impossible to navigate. It is best to get out as soon as possible because getting stuck in a flooded building can be life threatening. Be prepared and know the best route to quickly exit the area if the waters begin to rise.

2. Get Flood Insurance

Storms can cause a lot of damage to any building, and it can become very costly to try to fix or replace what was destroyed by the flood water. Whether you are in an area that is prone to flooding or not, it is still important to look into insurance. Most companies even consider light water on the ground damage, so even if you are not in an area where it storms a lot, it can be beneficial to have a plan in place.

3. Protect Your Assets

It is wise to protect your assets as much as possible if a storm is on its way. Have a plan to retrieve any item that is necessary and essential for the business to function if the need arises. It would be devastating to lose valuable items such as vehicles, equipment, machinery, and computers simply because you were not prepared. Don’t forget about your digital assets, either.

Storm preparation must take place prior to the storm’s arrival. Once flooding begins, it is nearly impossible to make a plan and save your belongings from flood water. After a storm strikes, an experienced water damage restoration company can help you get your company back on its feet quickly.

Mold Removal After Storm Damage

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of La Habra, we are professionals certified and experienced in the process

4 Reasons to Hire a Remediation Specialist

While black mold is not as common as people like to think it is, there are plenty of reasons people should consider hiring removal specialist, not the least of which is spreading mold. DIYer’s tend to be overzealous, and it is easy to overlook safety precautions in the process of removing mold. There are at least four reasons to hire a remediation specialist rather than do it yourself.

1. Safety

First and foremost, remediation experts know all of the necessary safety measures to take to avoid health risks. While taping off areas is a good start, you need to be sure that all possible areas of ventilation are sealed off. Additionally, an expert will likely be able to determine the exact cause and resolve your issue.

2. Air Movement

Spreading mold needs air movement, which is why steps must be taken to ensure that every area is sealed off from the contaminated area. You can’t just throw up a plastic barrier over a doorway; you should seal off air ducts, windows, doors, floors, ceilings, etc. A specialist likely knows the best and most cost-effective way of sealing affected areas from the rest of your home.

3. Controlled Demolition

While it can be invigorating to send a sledgehammer hurdling through a wall, when you are combating mold, that is the worst decision you can make. Professionals know that the best way to demo affected spaces is to do so slowly and calmly. Quick movements with a lot of momentum can send mold spores flying through the room and possibly through your home.

4. Certification

Lastly, a mold remediation specialist in the Fullerton, CA, area likely has certification for mold removal from the state. This documentation lets you know that they are qualified and understand the appropriate measures to take to protect you, your family and your home.

Spreading mold is the number one reason you should not attempt to DIY mold removal. There are professionals available who are certified and experienced in the process. Let the pros handle it and keep your health and well-being your priority.

My Flight Was Canceled - Now What?

9/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm in Fullerton, CA? Don't let this ruin your trip

Whether you have been planning a trip or trying to get home, few things are more frustrating than finding out you have a canceled flight due to stormy weather. What can you do after such a cancellation? Here are three tips that you can use to make the situation less chaotic.

1. Contact the Airline

The first thing that you should do is contact the airline. If its customer service is exceptional, you should be able to get rebooked fairly quickly. It is better to make a call than to wait in long lines, as you can get through faster and be in the air earlier.

2. Consider Lodging

This tip is important to remember after a canceled flight if you are currently traveling: if it does not look like you will be getting a new flight very quickly, do not take a chance on not having somewhere to stay. Do some online research so you can book the most affordable yet comfortable hotel room. Rest is important after a trying day, and an airline issue should not result in you being stranded without shelter in dangerous conditions. If you are stuck home in Fullerton, CA, and are not sure what to do about storm damage, contact a restoration company for assistance.

3. Research Reimbursement

The airline understands that a canceled trip is stressful for you; as a result, you may be able to get a refund of some sort from the company. Whether you end up getting all of your ticket money back or compensation for your hotel charges, it could pay to call the airline and see what it considers you are entitled to.

Being aware of an airline’s cancellation policy before your journey begins can help you prepare for a possible canceled flight. In any case, the flight-related storm tips above will help you stress less and get back to enjoying your current or future travels once a storm passes.

How To Remedy a Garage Flood

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Sump pumps can be used to get rid of water flooding in your business garage

When you own a commercial property in La Habra, CA, storm season may leave the parts of your building that bridge the gap between the external and internal areas vulnerable. Your structure's garage may take on flooding, and you may need special equipment and professional storm cleanup services to help. Here are three ways that you can remove standing water from your garage area.

1. Sump Pumps

Many basements are equipped with sump pumps to start extracting floodwater as soon as it becomes a problem. Some pumps are portable, allowing the cleanup crew to move them to the place that needs them the most. An industrial sump pump is designed to remove large volumes of water from the flooded area to a container of some sort. It is an effective way to remove water quickly.

2. Trash Pumps

Sump pumps can get clogged, so they're not the best solution when it comes to removing trash. If there is a lot of debris in the flooded area, a trash pump may be necessary. This piece of equipment can remove sludge as well as water.

3. Truck Mounts

If you are removing a large amount of water from your garage, the water has to be moved somewhere. If the flooding occurred as the result of a storm, the water is a Category 3 contaminant and thus must also be disposed of in a way that does not further contaminate the garage or some other area. Truck mounts siphon the water into a storage unit in a truck so that it can be transported easily to the disposal site. The sump pump or trash pump being used does the work on the scene while the truck mount directs the extracted substances into storage.

When storms flood the garage of your commercial building, don't just ignore it and hope the problem will dissipate. Taking action to extract water and debris with the right equipment can get the space clean and functional faster.

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Essential Flood Facts for Drivers

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

It’s easy to underestimate the power of flood waters, and unfortunately, too many drivers make that mistake. According to government statistics, attempted driving is a factor in half of flood drownings. It is crucial to understand what makes driving on a flooded street so dangerous, as well as how to avoid it.

More Dangerous Than It Seems

There are many hazards associated with driving in flood waters, making it best to avoid them at all costs.

• The water is often deeper than it looks, and it can be hard to tell whether there is a current and how quickly it is flowing. The street below may also be at risk of washing away.
• It doesn’t take much water to cause a vehicle to float. If you’re in a small car, as little as a foot of water can pick you up off a flooded street.
• Your vehicle’s engine may stall when exposed to water.
• Damaged electrical lines in the water pose the risk of electrocution
• Vehicles are likely to tip if caught in a current, making escape extremely difficult.

Pre-Flood Prep Is Key

The best way to stay safe during a flood is to prepare beforehand. Assemble supplies and a plan. Keep documents and other important objects in a safe place and in waterproof storage. Consider flood insurance and know how to contact your local flood cleanup crew should you need them. Above all, you should evacuate as soon as possible if La Habra, CA authorities recommend it.

Travel Tips

Even with precautions, it’s still possible to run into flooded roads. Stay safe by knowing the area well. If traveling, try to map out alternate routes ahead of time in case you need to turn around. If worst comes to worst and you have no other choice but to drive through, proceed with extreme caution. Drive very slowly, and if the vehicle starts taking on water, it’s time to get out of the car and head to a safer place.

It is always safer to evacuate early or stay home and follow the plans you’ve made. Remember there is no safe way to drive on a flooded street. Visit for more information on flood damage.