Recent Storm Damage Posts

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How to Thaw Frozen Pipes Exterior Wall frozen pipe

When you turn on a spigot and little to no water comes out, your pipe may be frozen.  Keeping the spigot open while the pipe is thawing will help the water run through it.  Running water through the pipe will help melt the ice too, only if the pipe has not erupted.  Carefully apply heat to the pipe section that has been affected with a hair dryer or wrap the affected pipe in a hot soaked towel.  Never use a blowtorch or an open flame device. Once the pipe is thawed your water should flow normally.  Make sure all you pipes within the home are monitored too.  A licensed plumber to check to make sure there are no cracks is always a good safety measure to take too. 

SERVPRO of Newark is Here to Help

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Newark is Here to Help SERVPRO of Newark is Here to Help

When a water damage happens, you may be overwhelmed by the aftermath and want the problem resolved as quickly as possible. Having a restoration company like SERVPRO of Newark’s phone number, (302) 733 – 7933, handy can be helpful. When you contact us, we can asses the damages and work directly with you and your insurance company. We provide top notch customer service with state-of-the-art equipment. Once we are contacted, we will respond by sending a team of professional, friendly, knowledgeable water technicians to your home. We will identify the category of water and use the correct and safe methods of taking care of your water damage. We will make sure to test and document all the readings throughout the duration of the job process. SERVPRO of Newark is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Snow Storm Preparation

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Snow Storm Preparation Snowy Tree in Snow Storm

Although we know Fall is coming to an end and the winter season has not officially started it is right around the corner. Taking some preventative measures to help reduce damage if a snow storm hits can be helpful. Some tips to keep in mind as the weather gets colder are:

  • Make sure all outdoor furniture is secured or the tarps you may have wrapped them with are snug
  • Secure any decorative flags, wreaths or any loose fencing from being blown away
  • Make sure your yard is free of small branches from being a flying projectile
  • Have salt ready to help melt your sidewalks or your snow blower easily accessible
  • Make sure you have windows securely closed and proper insulation around within your home
  • Know the proper safety uses for operating a generator or grills
  • Keep extra batteries and candles handy
  • Pay attention to local news alerts

Roof Tarping

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Roof Tarping Roof Tarping

Storms can cause a lot of damage. I feel like there are more storms in the recent years as opposed to many years ago. At first, I thought it was just the media and level of awareness. That may be accurate to a degree but the strength of the storms and the amount of damage they cause seem to be greater. When storms or hurricanes blow through our area it affects people. Homes that are situated near valleys or located near streams seem to get the most issues. Often times roof shingles can be blown off of a home. SERVPRO of Newark can come and help board up or tarp those areas after the storm has passed. This is important to do because if there is no temporary fix while waiting for the actual repair more damage can occur.

Storms Cause Damage

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms Cause Damage Got a Leaky Roof?

When Storms or Floods Hit Newark, DE, SERVPRO is Ready!

 SERVPRO of Newark specializes in Storm & Flood Damage Restoration.

Faster Response Time

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.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage clean up, SERVPRO Newark has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

Your local SERVPRO has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (302) 733-7933 for 24/7 assistance!

Storm Blows Through Area

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Blows Through Area Resting Crew Tech

Storms often blow through our area of SERVPRO of Newark.  Storms affect many individuals and many properties.  Many homes and businesses sustain damages and incur several inches of standing water. Not only water comes in but sometimes flying debris too. When storms like this happen we do have crews working around the clock.  Although we cannot get to everyone within the hour, we try and get to the most possible.  Our crews are dedicated to helping those in need.  The crews work as hard as they can sometimes sleeping at the shop for a few hours.  We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of people.  From the men and women working outside the shop in the homes to the men and women in the office making it happen behind the scenes.   

Winterize Your Vehicle

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing for extreme cold weather is not only important for your home but also your car. Your vehicle functions in rain, snow, ice, hail, salted roads, and freezing temperatures. It is important to make sure your vehicle is properly equipped to handle all of the winter weather elements. 

Before the winter weather has begun, you should have your car checked by a mechanic for antifreeze, brakes, tires, windshield wipers, heater, defroster, etc. While using your car throughout the winter, it is best to keep your gas tank at least half full. Salting and sanding your driveway or road is helpful for minimizing ice and increasing traction.

An emergency kit for your car is essential when preparing for the winter's extreme weather. Your vehicles emergency kit should include the following:

  • Jumper Cables
  • Ice Scraper
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Car cellphone charger
  • Sand for better traction
  • Extra Blanket

After the Storm

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

  • Make contact with family and friends in the affected area and let those that you know outside of the affected area that you are safe.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. Attempting to re-enter the area can be dangerous and it is important to wait until the area has been cleared as safe by officials.
  • Avoid areas with debris and downed power lines.
  • Avoid flood waters, whether on foot or in vehicle. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Take note of any damage to your belongings or to your property
  • Photograph any damage to your belongings/property for insurance purposes
  • Tarp or board up damaged roofs and windows to prevent further damage. Your insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm has passed.

Snow Storm Christmas Party

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Snow Storm Christmas Party Having some fun in the snow during our Christmas party

SERVPRO's 2017 Christmas party was a hit! The colder weather brings on a busy amount of business for our SERVPRO team. With such hectic and long  hours, we were happy to be able to find the time to fit in a great Christmas party this year. Our holiday party just happened to be thrown on our first big snow storm of the winter. 

Here is a photo captured early on in this snow storm and in the Christmas party. Such stormy weather ended up being the perfect opportunity for a bonfire, a few snow ball fights, and some holiday fun! Earlier that day we had delivered cookies and pretzels to a few offices around the Newark area. We are happy to spread the holiday spirit and what better way than in the snow!

Heavy Rains During Storm

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

A storm does not need to come in only the form of rain and flooding to seriously affect your home. Here is a photo of the flooring that had to be ripped up from a home after an extremely windy storm. Strong winds caused a tree branch to come down and puncture the siding to the house. Later that night, it started to rain heavily and eventually flooded the first floor, ruining a large section of the hardwood floors. Along with some belongings wrapped up in black plastic bags, you can see the amount of floor panels that had to be removed before we started our drying process throughout the home. Luckily this storm only affected a portion of the home rather than the entire property.

Content Cleaning and Storage!

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

A recent storm in the Newark area took out some of a household's roof and siding. The brutal storm opened up the home to the rain and winds, which then damaged much of this families belongings inside the house. SERVPRO came in and removed all the damaged contents from the home and dried the water damaged areas of the structure. We detail cleaned all the items that were salvageable from the home and stored them for the homeowners. We even use our own storage units to ensure the security of the household's belongings and keep them under our care throughout the whole rebuilding process. Now that the home is completely restored and in livable condition, we have packaged up all of their contents and are delivering them back to the house.

SERVPRO of Newark is Expanding!

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Newark is Expanding! Our New Edition

Over the last few years we have expanded our levels of equipment and grown to need more storage. Here is our new edition on our property! Our new garage is used to store all of our generators and a few of our other pieces of equipment that we have not had the space for recently. Snow plows and snow blowers and overflow of equipment. Once we started the construction of our new storage edition, it was only a matter of days before we were adding the finishing touches and getting ready to put it to use. Now we are storing our equipment comfortably and with organization. The state of the art security system allows us to have constant visual contact on the facility.  We already thinking about adding an additional structure.

Hurricane Damage

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Surge- the rising of the sea level due to a storm causing pressure in the atmosphere to change and winds to accelerate. 

During a hurricane, the Storm Surge is what causes the most damage. Storm surges or the water that floods the land during a hurricane, is the most dangerous weather factor during a hurricane storm.

Hurricane winds can easily reach two hundred miles per hour. Winds that reach such dangerously high speeds are another huge cause of the damage that a hurricane inflicts on an area. Buildings can be ripped open and even down, trees are likely to damage properties, and items left out and unsecured become dangerous.

Heavy rain fall can cause flooding and water damage to homes. Cars are often flooded on the streets and in driveways due to extreme rain fall and flooding. Roads are commonly closed off and unable to be driven on during a Hurricane.  

Giving Back After Hurricane Irma

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Giving Back After Hurricane Irma Kayla giving a bath to one of the many Hurricane Irma rescues.

Hurricane Irma hit Florida hard and many communities were impacted in the area. Not only are hundreds of families suffering from the harsh effects of Hurricane Irma, but so are many of the animals and pets of those families in Florida. Recently, SERVPRO of Newark went to the local SPCA and volunteered in the best way we could. Many dogs and cats were rescued from Hurricane Irma and flown from Florida to Delaware and brought to various SPCA locations. We helped bathe many of the dogs rescued from Hurricane Irma and got them ready for adoption. Being in the Cleanup industry, we did what we do best and cleaned up plenty of our furry friends as a way of giving back and contributing to the restoration of Florida. 

SERVPRO to the Rescue in LA

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO to the Rescue in LA SERVPRO helps in LA

SERVPRO'S from all surrounding areas head in from all over to help the victims.  SERVPRO is a team oriented company that has compassion for everything we do, and everyone we help.  When another area of the country is impacted with a storm or tragedy we can call upon our fellow teammates to come in and help.  Sometimes due to the area being affected it may require out of state SERVPRO's to respond in a time of need.  In this specific case, SERVPRO's from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware among other states reported in to help the victims of this disaster that struck among them.  After all was said and done, all the help of these surrounding SERVPRO's were able to team up together and restore this broken community. 

SERVPRO'S are here to help

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO'S are here to help SERVPRO'S from all over pour in to help the victims in the flooding in LA.

SERVPRO'S from all surrounding areas head in from all over to help the victims.  SERVPRO is a team oriented company that has compassion for everything we do, and everyone we help.  When another area of the country is impacted with a storm or tragedy we can call upon our fellow teammates to come in and help.  Sometimes due to the area being affected it may require out of state SERVPRO's to respond in a time of need.  In this specific case, SERVPRO's from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware among other states reported in to help the victims of this disaster that struck among them.  After all was said and done, all the help of these surrounding SERVPRO's were able to team up together and restore this broken community.