Recent Storm Damage Posts

Be Prepared for Storms

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Prepared for Storms Call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball at (281)374-6454. We are here to help YOU 24/7, 365 days a year!

You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. Depending on the nature of the disaster, road conditions may prevent help from arriving in a timely manner. 

Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days or even weeks. You should prepare a supplies kit that should contain items to help you manage during these outages.

Be prepared for a power outage by keeping necessary items centrally located in your home. Take the time to ensure that everyone in your family is aware of the "kit." Periodically check your kit to see that batteries operate properly. The following is a list of items that are suggested to keep on hand:

1.     Flashlights for each family member

2.     Battery-operated radio and clock

3.     Extra batteries

4.     Containers of bottled water

5.     Canned, freeze-dried or dehydrated food, powdered milk, baby supplies for infants

6.     Non-electric can opener

7.     List of important phone numbers

8.     First-aid kit

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils. The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies, you may already have many of these on hand.

•Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

•Choose foods your family will eat.

•Remember any special dietary needs.

•Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

•Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.

•Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables, and a can opener

•Protein or fruit bars

•Dry cereal or granola

•Peanut butter

•Dried fruit

•Nuts

•Crackers

•Canned juices

•Non-perishable pasteurized milk

•High energy foods

•Vitamins

•Food for infants

•Comfort/stress foods

Always be prepared for the worst! Once the storm passes, SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball will be there immediately to assist you in any way that we possibly can.

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is ready!

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage  When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage!

SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball 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.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quickly 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, 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.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Spring/Tomball Today at (281)374-6454

JANUARY FREE CE CLASS!

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Are you in need of CE Credit Hours?

LUCKILY we host Continuing Education Courses every month right here at our facility! Each course is taught by either the Owners of our Franchise or one of our Production Managers.

Join us on January 17th, for our FREE CE Class-- this courses will cover: Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration 9am-1pm.

All classes are free of charge and include drinks and light snacks. We handle all of the paperwork and get your certificate out to you as soon as possible. If you would like to RSVP please contact us at the information provided below.

Please contact Makenna McNulty (marketing representative) at the information below if you have any questions regarding the CE Classes or if you are interested in sending an RSVP:

Emailsmr@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Cell: 281-804-8172

OR

Jack Goodroe (HR Generalist)

Emailjack.goodroe@SERVPROspringtomball.com

Phone: 281-374-6454

Storm Tips and Guidelines

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Follow these tips to help you be prepared for a storm and to keep you safe during a storm. 

  • Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check and change the batteries frequently.

  • Keep a flashlight in an easily accessible spot on every floor of your home. Check the batteries monthly, and replace them as needed.

  • Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.

  • As a safety precaution before leaving the house on vacation, unplug all electrical appliances except for those lights connected to automatic timers.

  • If you live in a storm-prone area, nail down roof shingles or use adequate adhesive to keep them from blowing off in a violent wind.

  • Don't go out during a hurricane unless you have to; however, if flooding threatens, seek high ground, and follow the instructions of civil defense personnel.

  • When a major storm is imminent, close shutters, board windows, or tape the inside of larger panes with an "X" along the full length of their diagonals. Even a light material like masking tape may give the glass the extra margin of strength it needs to resist cracking.

Storm tips for Pets

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

How do you handle dog fear and anxiety related to storms?

Here are eight tips to calm your dog during a storm: 

Stay home with your Dog

For a dog who already fears thunderstorms, being alone will only worsen the anxiety. If bad weather is in the forecast, try to be home or have someone stay with your dog during the storm.

Create Calmness

Give your dog the comfort and attention she/he needs to calm her anxiety. An anxious dog is unable to learn due to being overly stimulated and emotional, which means comforting is not rewarding the fear. Try a calming massage to help your dog relax during the storm.

Provide Distractions

If a dog is punished or ignored during a frightening event, it’s likely to worsen the anxiety. Instead, offer a positive stimulus, such as gentle petting, to distract and calm your dog. If your dog will still engage, try a game of indoor fetch, tug, or offer a high-value chew.

Offer a Safe Place

Place your dog’s crate and/or bed in the most sound-proof room of your home. A crate is a natural, psychological defense for dogs and can have an incredible influence on their comfort level. It’s also helpful to close the blinds to shelter your dog from the visual stimulation of a storm.

Hurricane Season is here!!!

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season is here and will be until around Early November as expected.

Let's talk FACTS: Most Hurricanes rage harmlessly in the sea without ever making landfall--but when they do you should be SERVPRO Ready!

Hurricanes cause billions of dollars worth of destruction EVERY YEAR. They can cause over 11,000 deaths, over 231 hurricane landfills absorbing homes, your local coffee shop and even a mall.

Be prepared! Here are some safety tips during Hurricane Season:

1.)  Stay Indoors

2.)  Unplug Appliances

3.)  Get a battery operated radio to listen to updates on the weather

4.)  Have a first aid kit handy

5.)  Stay together as a community, because there is nothing more powerful than a community that rebuilds together!

If flood waters reach into your home do as much as you can to either keep it out or get it out! Standing water, is bad water!

Stay safe, and watch the weather!

Storm Safety Kit!

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

This spring there's already been a spate of severe weather and there'll likely be more to come as May is the peak season for tornadoes and June is the start of the hurricane season. So it's time to get packing, or updating, your to-go kit.

 Below is a basic kit that last three days, but you should tailor yours to your family's needs, especially if you have small children.

  • One gallon of water per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
  • Non-perishable food and a manual can opener
  • A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Filter mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Important family documents in a waterproof container
  • Items for unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers

We want everyone to stay safe during this Hurricane Season!!

Are you prepared for a flood?

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

You can prepare for flooding in a number of ways!

  • Prepare a few emergency kits
  • Prepare a household flood plan
  • Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers
  • Check your insurance policy to see if you are covered for flood damage

If flooding is predicted, make your safety a priority and if you have time try to prepare your property:

  • Secure hazardous items
  • Roll up rugs, move furniture, electrical items and valuables to a higher level
  • Place important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies into a waterproof case in an accessible location
  • If you are relocating, take your pets with you if it is safe to do so. If not provide adequate food and water and move them to a safer place

Relocating to safer ground:

If rising waters threaten your home and you decide to move to a safer location, tell the police, your nearest State Emergency Service (SES) unit or your neighbors of your plans to move.

  • Monitor your local radio for warnings and advice
  • Pack warm clothing, essential medication, valuables and personal papers in waterproof bags along with your emergency kits.
  • Raise furniture, clothing and valuables onto beds, tables and into roof space place
  • Empty freezers and refrigerators, leaving doors open to avoid damage or loss if they float.
  • Turn off power, water and gas and take your mobile phone
  • Whether you leave or stay, put sand bags in the toilet bowl and over all laundry/bathroom drain holes to prevent sewage backflow
  • Lock your home and take recommended relocation routes for your area
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current

Too late to leave?

  • Monitor your local radio for warnings
  • Get to higher ground
  • Switch off electricity and gas supplies to your home
  • Prepare to move vehicles, outdoor equipment, garbage, chemical and poisons to higher locations
  • Prepare for the well being of pets
  • Raise furniture above likely flood levels
  • Check your emergency kits
  • Do not allow children to play in or near floodwaters
  • Avoid entering floodwaters,. if you must do so, wear solid shoes and check depth and current with a stick
  • Stay away from drains, culverts and water over knee deep.
  • Do not use gas or electrical appliances that have been in floodwater until checked for safety
  • Do not eat food that has been in floodwaters

What to do if there is a Tornado Warning!

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

With these storms we've had latley, it's always good to know what to do in case there is a tornado around you.

4 Tip below on what to do if there is a Tornado warning in your area!

1. Figure out a safe place to ride out the storm

Do you live in a mobile home? If so, get somewhere safer. Driving in a car? Get home as quickly as you can, and if that's not possible, get to a sturdy building and take shelter.

2. Get away from windows

Regardless of where you're hunkering down, it should be as far away from windows as possible. 

3. If a tornado appears while you're on the road...

You should make every effort to find a safe building for shelter. If you can't find one, NEVER hide under an overpass. Instead, find a ditch, get down and cover your head.

4. Don't leave your home and try to drive away from a tornado

Tornadoes can shift their path, and even if you think you're directly in the line of the storm, being inside shelter is safer than being inside a car. 

10 Tips to be Storm Ready

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 10 Tips to be Storm Ready SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

If for any reason or chance, you and your family are unable to make it out of your home or town when a storm is coming, there are ways to feel and be Storm Ready. Follow the steps below to feel better prepared when a storm hits:

1.) Have a home emergency plan.

-Know all of your safe exit points of the home.

-What to do with pets.

-Keep on hand at least 2 Emergency Kits.

-Let your neighbors know you are still at the home.

2.) Stock up on the easy essential foods, water, toiletries, candles, lighters and flashlights.

-Have plenty of blankets and pillows handy.

3.)   Keep some games and toys for the children handy--Waiting for the storm to pass over might actually get boring in some cases.

4.) Secure loose things around and on your property.

5.) Make sure there are no branches hanging over your home or garage.

6.) Stay in doors when the storm is upon you.

7.) Ensure your home, contents and car insurance is adequate and current.

8.) Learn how to safely turn off your power, water and gas.

9.) Keep a battery powered radio nearby so you can keep up with warnings and updates on the storm.

10.) Keep water containers, a camping stove and fuel safely on-hand

Stay safe and be somewhat prepared for when a storm hits with these safety and life tips.

TEXAS STRONG, COME HELL OR HIGH WATER!!

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage TEXAS STRONG, COME HELL OR HIGH WATER!! Stay Texas Strong.

This hurricane season has been a rough one. People, families, children, business owners..etc..have lost homes,vehicles and business all across Texas.

During times like these, we truly begin to see the love of a community, friends and family come together and REBUILD. And yes, we will REBUILD!!!! Hurricane Harvey was a disaster that affected so many lives, and it will never be forgotten. As we took in calls about flooded homes and no way to get to them, it was devastating hearing their stories. It's in times like these that SERVPRO's all over will band together and get out to those homes and businesses and begin work when nobody else can.

As we look around us and see all of the fundraisers, and groups coming together in our communities to help one another, it is truly amazing. It helps us to remember that in bad situations and disasters such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, there is still so much good throughout our communities.

Let us all continue all of the hard work and efforts to rebuild our State. TEXAS STRONG, COME HELL OR HIGH WATER!!!!!!!

Flooding Hazard!

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooding Hazard! SERVPRO® of Spring/Tomball Please Call 281-374-6454

April Floods 2016-Tomball Regional, Tomball TX

Floods can be surprising. They can catch you off guard as to how bad they can get. You would be so surprised at what water can sneak its way into and through.

The disaster that our local Hospital faced in April of 2016. With over 8,000 square foot of the radiology department affected--this includes over 12 hallways and 67 rooms that were affected.

Being sure that we have the equipment, and the hands for work this big is very important to us. Our crews know the situation and get out there and get the work done as professional and quickly as possible while staying very meticulous.

Flooding can be dangerous and scary. Be sure to have emergency kits with you at all times in case of a storm.

HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE!!!!

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season is here and will be until around Early November as expected.

Let's talk FACTS: Most Hurricanes rage harmlessly in the sea without ever making landfall--but when they do you should be SERVPRO Ready!

Hurricanes cause billions of dollars worth of destruction EVERY YEAR. They can cause over 11,000 deaths, over 231 hurricane landfills absorbing homes, your local coffee shop and even a mall.

Be prepared! Here are some safety tips during Hurricane Season:

1.)  Stay Indoors

2.)  Unplug Appliances

3.)  Get a battery operated radio to listen to updates on the weather

4.)  Have a first aid kit handy

5.)  Stay together as a community, because there is nothing more powerful than a community that rebuilds together!

If flood waters reach into your home do as much as you can to either keep it out or get it out! Standing water, is bad water!

Stay safe, and watch the weather!