Recent Storm Damage Posts

Using and Maintaining a Sump Pump in Your Home

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Overtime, your sump pump may require some low-key maintenance

Sump Pump Maintenance

As a homeowner, you know how much work it is to remove storm water from your home after heavy rain or snowfall. If interior flooding from ground water or storm runoff is a common problem in your Santa Maria, CA home, you may want to consider using a sump pump. This helpful tool not only redirects water away from your house, it can also prevent the costly water damage you deal with and pay for season after season. Learn more about pump maintenance to determine if this device is right for your home.

Plug-In the System

Once you get your new pump, you want to start by plugging it in. If the pump is not attached to a reliable power source it won't do any good when water reaches your house. Because power outages are often associated with large storms, some homeowners attach a backup power source such as a battery or generator to operate the pump if power fails.

Clear Blockages

Overtime, your sump pump may require some low-key maintenance. Small particles and debris may begin to create blockages within the pump that need to be cleaned out. Neglecting regular inspection for obstructions may result in the following:

  • The pump works harder than necessary
  • Debris may cause permanent damage
  • Blockages may result in water overflow

Test the System

Regular testing of your pump will help you rest assured that your home is not unprotected. To test your pump, pour a bucket of water into the floor opening. Listen for the pump to switch-on and watch for it to quickly and efficiently pull the water out and reduce the water level back to zero. Slow water extraction may be a sign of pump blockages or debris.

Swap Out the Backup Battery

Finally, keep an eye on your backup power source. If you use a battery as your alternative energy connection, charge or replace it every two to three years to make sure it is reliable. With these simple tips for sump pump operation and maintenance, you may be able to save the time and money on dealing with home storm damage.

Flood Damage Preparation Tips for Business Owners

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

Have sandbags on hand to place on the door of your building

Despite your best efforts, you can’t always prevent disasters from happening. In the workplace, you’re concerned about the safety and well-being of your employees, not to mention the functionality of equipment and the integrity of the structure. To minimize flooding damage and to save time, money and a lot of headaches, practices some effective strategies in your Santa Maria, CA, office building.

Typical Causes of Floods

Flood damage has many sinister faces. Water can creep into your office from a number of sources. The better you can identify these, the more prepared you can feel when an emergency hits.

  • Broken pipes or other plumbing problems
  • Insufficient draining from rain gutters and downspouts
  • Sewage backups in the main line
  • Massive storms such as hurricanes

Protect the Windows and Doors

If water begins to come into your office, windows and doors are common entry points. Have sandbags on hand to place in these areas to block the flow of water and to send it elsewhere. Storm damage can often allow water to rush inside and ruin the structure of the building as well as your belongings.

Move Items to Higher Ground

In many situations, top floors will be a safer place to be during flooding. If you notice water leaking in the lower floors, it’s smart to relocate electronics, documents and furniture to the higher level.

Have a Plan

Surely, your company has a method to respond to fires. You need a similar response for a flood. Know how and where to leave the building if major floods occur. Also, inspect your roof, plumbing and foundation regularly to guard against water problems. In addition, find a quality water cleanup company to call in case of an emergency. The best professionals have the knowledge, experience and tools to respond to even the most devastating floods.

When you put these guidelines into practice, you can salvage your most important assets during flooding. Don’t fall prey to the terrible damages that can occur.

Preparing for Flood Damage

4/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can be devastating to a commercial building, leaving damage that takes a significant amount of time and expense to undo.

How To Prepare for Flood Damage

Flooding can happen throughout the year and can be devastating to a commercial building, leaving damage that takes a significant amount of time and expense to undo. There are several steps you can take to prepare your Santa Maria, California building to survive and recover from storm damage. Preventative measures can reduce the amount of flood damage and make it easier to restore your building to operational use as soon as possible. 

1. Clean the Gutters

Flooding doesn’t always mean there are several feet of water in a building. Even a few inches of water inside a commercial building can cause substantial damage. Floodwaters can build slowly over several days or may rise extremely quickly in the event of a flash flood. 

No matter how much rain is falling, well-maintained gutter systems have a much better chance of diverting that water to proper drainage areas. If the gutters are clogged with leaves, dirt, and other debris, the water can overflow the sides and saturate the ground around the foundation, increasing the risk for damage. Make sure to check and clean the gutters on a regular schedule to ensure they work properly during a flood.

2. Maintain the Storm Drains

Like gutters, storm drains are designed to move water away from streets and buildings. While the local government or county is usually responsible for storm drain maintenance, you may be required to report issues with the drains on or near your property. If you see something amiss with a storm drain, report it to the authorities immediately.

3. Have a Response Plan

Make sure you’re ready to react quickly in the event of flooding. During a flood watch or warning, follow basic safety guidelines:

Listen to the TV or radio for weather updates
Gather an emergency preparedness kit
Move to higher ground
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters

Keep the number for restoration professionals handy so you can call them if your building sustains storm damage. You will want to do this as soon as possible to begin cleanup and repairs. Responding quickly to flood damage can help get your building back to normal operations. Visit http://www.SERVPROsantamaria.com for more information on flood damage.

When a Storm Hits, SERVPRO is Ready!

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO responds immediately with highly trained technicians and specialized equipment to restore your home or business after any size disaster.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria, 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 https://www.SERVPRO.com/disaster-recovery that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 805-922-5457

What To Do After Flooding If You Don’t Have Flood Insurance

4/27/2019 (Permalink)

If you obtain flood insurance, you should seek an estimate from storm and water damage restoration experts and make a claim.

No Flood Insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies typically exclude damage caused by flooding. Residents of flood-prone areas should obtain a separate flood insurance policy, otherwise they will have to pay for damage restoration out of pocket or obtain relief through a federal program. Here are four types of assistance that may be available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

1. Transitional Sheltering and Temporary Housing

After the president declares a federal disaster area, Transitional Sheltering Assistance can lower the cost of staying in a hotel during the days or weeks immediately following a disaster. Homeowners can also seek Temporary Housing Assistance for a period of one month up to 18 months.

2. Grants for Cleanup and Restoration

A homeowner may want to apply for a grant to fund the restoration of a residence located on a flood plane. Grants can be used for repairing structural damage or replacing other losses.

3. Repair and Replacement Assistance

If the location of your home is declared a federal disaster area, you may be eligible for a one-time payment for Repair and Replacement Assistance. This option will not cover the costs of flood damage, and is intended to supplement a flood insurance policy.

4. Low-Interest Loans

It may be possible to obtain loans that have low-interest rates to finance residential flood damage repairs. These loans are usually capped at $200,000 for a primary residence and $40,000 for property including renters' losses. Annual interest rates may be as low as 1.75 percent for a 30-year period.

After a federal declaration of emergency, homeowners may benefit from these and other services administered by FEMA. If you obtain flood insurance, you should seek an estimate from storm and water damage restoration experts and make a claim. Professional cleanup and rebuilding services can reduce the likelihood that secondary damage will result from primary flood damage at a residence in Santa Maria, CA.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Santa Maria for Storm Restoration Services?

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Santa Maria is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Our response time will help to minimize any damage and help save money costs.

SERVPRO of Santa Maria water damage, fire damage and disaster restoration specialists are the best choice when dealing with any type or size of disaster.

From small leaks to major damage, their franchise professionals have the edge over the competition because of their quick response time, professionalism, and extensive knowledge of the trade. They possess the proper equipment to get the job done quickly and thoroughly. Their goal is to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

• Speed

 SERVPRO is faster when dealing with disaster than other restoration services. Especially when dealing with water damage and flooding, timing is critical. Within minutes water can spread throughout the property, and quickly absorb into walls, carpet, floors and your belongings.

Within 24 hours, surfaces will begin to tarnish and furniture can begin to bend, swell and crack, and mold spores begin to settle. After a week, mold and property damage will worsen, even to the point of total contamination. SERVPRO is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Their quick response time will help to minimize any damage and help save money on restoration costs.

• Professionalism

SERVPRO is a franchised company, which means their franchise professionals go though an extensive, company-wide training process that guarantees that they are at the top of their field. All of the SERVPRO of Santa Maria professionals are versed in the standards set by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC. They have extensive water damage restoration training, and will monitor the entire restoration process to completion.

• Advanced equipment and techniques

SERVPRO of Santa Maria water damage professionals have the expertise and the top of the line equipment to deal with your restoration needs. Because each restoration project requires different solutions, SERVPRO of Santa Maria carries a wide variety of professional equipment. They will take you through the process of: initial contact, damage assessment, water removal/extraction, dehumidification, sanitizing/cleaning and into restoration.

How To Minimize Flood Damage to Your Business

2/13/2019 (Permalink)

If you have flooding, remember not to panic.

Prepare Your Business From A Flood Damage

There is never a good time to deal with flood damage in Santa Maria, CA. Different types of flooding include burst pipes, flash floods, and sewage backup. They can be hard to prepare for and even harder to predict. Here are a few tips to ensure that you are doing the most you can to protect your property from disaster.

Act Now

Sometimes you won't have time to prepare your business before a storm hits. If your property experiences flooding, remember not to panic. You can avoid most of the damage with these steps.

  • Stop the flow of water and turn off circuit breakers to reduce risk of injury.
  • Call your storm damage restoration company immediately.
  • Remove small furniture items, books, papers, and breakables to a higher floor or a dry room.
  • Put cinder wood blocks under the legs of furniture to raise them above water level.
  • Lift all cushions, rugs, drapes and other fabric items away from water, and set them outside to dry if needed.
  • Place sandbags around doors and windows to divert running water and soak up standing water.

Prepare for the Worst

While the forecast can be erratic, one of the best ways to avoid heavy damage is to be prepared before a storm descends. Perform routine maintenance on the building to prevent water from pooling in areas. Make sure to clean out storm drains and patch holes in parking lots. Regularly inspect doors, windows and drains, and bring them up to code.

Keep an Updated Flood Action Plan

Having a flood action plan can help you get your business running right after a disaster. Keep yourself and your employees updated on weather forecasts and storm warnings. Have the numbers of insurance providers and emergency services in one place. Make an evacuation plan and perform drills regularly. Know how to locate all utility taps and circuit breakers and how to safely shut them off in case of a flood.

When you have a well-constructed plan, you will feel much better about handling a disaster such as flooding. Just because the weather can be unpredictable doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared.

Flood Damage Claims: A Step-By-Step Guide

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

If you have experienced a storm damage in Santa Maria, CA contact an adjuster

Did you recently experience a storm in Santa Maria, CA, that left your home with flood damage? If so, and you have insurance coverage for such an occurrence, you need to make a flood claim as soon as possible. How can you go about doing so? Follow these three steps to make sure that your insurance claim is properly reported.

1. Contact an Adjuster

The very first thing that you need to do is contact the adjuster for your flood policy to report the destruction. If you do not have flood coverage, this would be the time to contact any applicable government agencies for information on available assistance, as your homeowners’ policy will not likely cover anything related to flooding. If you are in a designated disaster area, there may be federal aid available.

2. Clean and Recover

You will want to begin cleaning and salvaging your house and items before the insurance representative arrives. This could be a good time to contact a restoration company to help you with any water damage or drying that is needed as a result of the flood. Just make sure to take pictures of damaged items and areas of your property to show as proof of loss. Cleaning the building and recording everything makes the adjuster’s job easier when assessing the situation.

3. Prepare for the Adjuster’s Arrival

In case the representative assessing damage related to your flood claim arrives when you are not at home, be sure to leave your contact information for him or her. Understand that you will likely sign a proof of loss statement before your claim is approved. If more damage is found later on, that will be added to the insurance company’s record.

Preparing for a flood claim when you are dealing with the emotional aftermath of a natural disaster is anything but easy. Having a plan in place and being educated about what your insurance company needs from you will help things go more smoothly at the time of the assessment.

The Cost Difference Between Mitigation and Restoration During a Flood

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Company flooded and needing Remediation

Floods continue to be the most prevalent and expensive natural disaster in America. While preventative measures provide quicker and less expensive alternatives to the cost of hiring a flood cleanup company, many property owners do not mitigate against flood damage. This results in high costs and a lengthy restoration process.

Flood Prevention

One of the best preventative recommendations for flood damage is flood insurance, which property owners may purchase through the National Flood Insurance Program, managed by the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), for an average of $700 per year.

Some other preventative methods include the following:

  • Sealing basement walls with compounds that are waterproof
  • Installing reflux valves to prevent drains from backing up
  • Moving heat and electrical sources to higher levels
  • Backing up data to the cloud
  • Making a flood plan, including work-from-home opportunities

Once in place, these measures offer protection, year after year. Even better, property owners can usually have the cost partially or fully covered by FIMA.

Flood Cleanup

In contrast, property owners who did not take preventative measures must hire a flood cleanup company out of pocket. Every day the business is closed is a day of income lost, while the company may have salaried staff to pay.

Drying out the business may take the restoration company a few days, and this can only begin after the flood waters recede. Restoration to pre-flood conditions may only require an additional few days, but in worst case scenarios, it may take a business a while to completely rebuild. Not surprisingly, FEMA estimates that 40 percent of small businesses, many of which do not invest in preventative measures, fail to recover from natural disasters.

When it comes to flood damage, prevention is always better than a cure. Sure, a reputable flood cleanup company may restore your place of business in a matter of days, but investing in proactive measures is the best approach to natural disasters in Santa Maria, CA.

How To Prepare for Flood Damage

12/16/2017 (Permalink)

How To Prepare for Flood Damage

Flooding can happen throughout the year and can be devastating to a commercial building, leaving damage that takes a significant amount of time and expense to undo. There are several steps you can take to prepare your Santa Maria, California building to survive and recover from storm damage. Preventative measures can reduce the amount of flood damage and make it easier to restore your building to operational use as soon as possible.

1. Clean the Gutters

Flooding doesn’t always mean there are several feet of water in a building. Even a few inches of water inside a commercial building can cause substantial damage. Floodwaters can build slowly over several days or may rise extremely quickly in the event of a flash flood.

No matter how much rain is falling, well-maintained gutter systems have a much better chance of diverting that water to proper drainage areas. If the gutters are clogged with leaves, dirt, and other debris, the water can overflow the sides and saturate the ground around the foundation, increasing the risk for damage. Make sure to check and clean the gutters on a regular schedule to ensure they work properly during a flood.

2. Maintain the Storm Drains

Like gutters, storm drains are designed to move water away from streets and buildings. While the local government or county is usually responsible for storm drain maintenance, you may be required to report issues with the drains on or near your property. If you see something amiss with a storm drain, report it to the authorities immediately.

3. Have a Response Plan

Make sure you’re ready to react quickly in the event of flooding. During a flood watch or warning, follow basic safety guidelines:

Listen to the TV or radio for weather updates
Gather an emergency preparedness kit
Move to higher ground
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters

Keep the number for restoration professionals handy so you can call them if your building sustains storm damage. You will want to do this as soon as possible to begin cleanup and repairs. Responding quickly to flood damage can help get your building back to normal operations. Visit http://www.SERVPROsantamaria.com for more information on flood damage.