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Storm Safety

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning!

Summer is here, and with it; Summer storms!

Living in the Northeast means Summer storms that can include strong wind gusts,hail,heavy rain and lightning. We usually concern ourselves with our home or our car during storms, and how we can protect them. That is great, and it is
important to take all precautions during a storm. We can't forget ourselves though. We can't always be under the protective roof of our home when a storms rolls in. We need to know how to protect ourselves from the dangers that a
storm can bring.

Lightning can strike from 10 miles away, so if you can hear thunder, you are in danger of being struck by lightning.


If you find yourself caught outside during a storm, look for a substantial building like a school, office building or home to shelter in for the duration of the storm. Once inside, you should stay away from windows and doors and
anything that conducts electricity such as corded phones, wiring and plumbing.


If you are caught outside without a safe shelter anywhere nearby, the following actions can reduce your risk:

  • Never shelter under a stand alone tree or utility pole. Lightning tends to strike the taller objects that are in an area.
  • Lower your elevation, if you are hiking or on a hillside, immediately make your way down.
  • Stay away from sources of water, such as ponds, lakes etc. If you are swimming, get out of the water asap and seek shelter.

It's always best to monitor the weather and postpone or cancel your outdoor activities accordingly. “If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to pose an immediate threat,” said FEMA Region V Acting Administrator Janet M.
Odeshoo. “Seek shelter as quickly as possible. There is no place outside that is safe when a thunderstorm is in the area.”

For additional information on storm safety visit,https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning. You can also find very helpful information on storm preparedness Here.

Spring and Summer storm tips

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Spring Storm

Spring is here and summer is not far behind..Spring and Summer are very unpredictable when it comes to storms. It can bring rain, wind and even hail!

In the Northeast we're used to temps going from 80 one day to 50 the next, This does take it's toll on us! This is why we need to be ever vigilant when it comes to preparing for the storm season inside and out.

Here are some tips for preparing for storm season.

  • Assess. Take a walk around your property often to see if there is any damage. Especially after Winter!
  • Check your gutters to make sure they are clear of debris and don't neglect to check the roof and chimney for damaged shingles and potential areas where leaking can occur.
  • Trim and prune trees of all dead limbs and pick up any that may have fallen over the winter. These can become projectiles in a windy storm.
  • Make sure that your sump pump is in working order; Winter thaw and Spring runoff can really wreak havoc in your basement.
  • Always make sure that your outside items are secured or better yet; picked up and put away in the case that a storm is coming.

In the Northeast; we have many rural and secluded areas that are beautiful to live in; but with that beauty comes some sacrifices. Many of these homeowners deal with power outages on a pretty regular basis.

So, whether your preparing for a potential storm or are frequently without power; it's always good to plan for the power to be out for an extended period of time.

Think ahead. Make ice, lots of it. This will come in handy with coolers to keep your food fresh and also to keep your refrigerator and freezer cold.

Have a battery powered radio for updates on when the power may be restored to your area.

Make sure that your cell phone is charged.

These are just a few tips to help you have a safe and happy Spring!

Winter came early! Ice dams are coming!

12/8/2018 (Permalink)

Ice dam

Winter sure showed up early here in the northeast! We've had snow since October!

This is a season to be extra vigilant when it comes to ice dams.

Ice dams occur after a heavy snowfall when warm air in the attic causes the roof to warm and the snow to melt. Water running down the roof refreezes when it reaches the colder roof edge, forming a mound of ice. The ice traps meltwater, which can seep back up under shingles and drip through the roof into your house, causing wet and stained ceilings and walls, and peeling paint and rot.

The easiest way to prevent ice dams is by keeping your roof cold.This means never letting your roof temperature exceed 32 degrees. At 32 degrees,snow starts melting.


Most homes heat loss is through the attic and air leaks caused by unblocked walls, gaps in drywall, and cracks around light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys. Leaks can be very difficult to take care of because that requires that you roll back or rake your insulation back to find and block leaks.Typically using a foam or another method of caulking.

Insulation in your attic is imperative. You will want to start by making sure to measure your insulation. Building codes require about 12 to 14 in. of fiberglass or cellulose.
Add more if you have less than 8 in. and have had ice dam problems in the past.

Blown-in cellulose and fiberglass are usually better than hand-placed batts, because they fill more tightly around rafters, joists and other obstructions, leaving fewer gaps.

Attic ventilation is important for keeping your attic cold.Keep the roof cold to minimize ice dams. Upgrade attic insulation to about R-40, plug up air leaks to the attic and improve attic ventilation.

A cold roof isn’t always a perfect solution. During winters with heavy snowfall, you may get ice dams anyway. Or ice dams may consistently form at the foot of roof valleys (the junction where two roofs meet at a right angle), because they fill with windblown snow. And some sections of the roof may be impossible to keep cold. That’s when you have to call on secondary strategies to prevent ice dam damage.

Rake the snow off your roof after a heavy snowfall.


Flash around chimney.

Bridge the gap between chimney and house framing with L-shaped steel flashing held in place with unbroken beads of a fire-stop sealant. Using canned spray foam or insulation isn't fire safe.

Sometimes despite all of your efforts, ice dams occur and with them water damage to your home.

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton has experienced technicians ready to help if you suffer water damage to your home. No disaster is too big or small!

Call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton today at 603-298-6942.

Hurricane season is here!

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage

Hurricane preparations aren't just for our neighbors in the South!

We do not get very many hurricanes here in New England, but that doesn't mean that we should ignore them! We need to prepare for the season as well. We very often feel the tail ends of these storms, and with that comes wind and WATER. Often times, A LOT of rain. We may not need to batten down the hatches so to speak, But we DO need to protect our homes from potential WATER and STORM damage.


Here are some steps that you can take to prepare and protect your home.

Inspect and Repair Your Roof

A leaky roof can cause a lot more damage to your house than unsightly water stains on the ceiling. Roof leaks keep attic insulation wet, which can lead to rot and mold.

The unseen damage caused by roof leaks is often worse than what meets the eye, so it’s important to have it fixed as soon as possible. Having a reputable roofing contractor inspect your roof, check for undetected leaks, and make any needed repairs can prevent more costly damage down the road.


Document Your Possessions

Take a picture or video of your possessions. This is invaluable for Insurance claims after the storm.

Keep all important records and documents in water proof containers and if you can, maintain a digital copy of all important records and keep them in a waterproof safe or safety deposit box away from your house.


Trim Your Trees

To help prevent storm damage to your home, it’s important to trim tree branches that are growing near or hanging over your home to prevent them from breaking and crashing through the roof or damaging your siding during a storm.

Check to make sure all trees and large shrubs are alive and well, and remove any dead limbs or unhealthy plants.

Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts

It’s important to make sure to keep your gutters clean, repair any gutter leaks, and check regularly to see that they drain properly.

In addition, inspect your downspouts, remove any downspout clogs, and use splash blocks or downspout extension pipes to make sure the water is directed well away from your house foundation.

Protect Your Foundation and Basement

To help keep your basement dry and prevent flooding around your home, make sure the ground slopes away from your home’s foundation by at least 6” over the first 10’. In addition, consider having a sump pump installed in your basement to remove any ground water that may seep in.

In the case that water does find its way inside your basement, leave a 1/2″ to 1” gap between the bottom of the drywall and the basement floor to prevent moisture from creeping up the wallboard and causing mold to grow within the walls. Hide the gap with strips of wood molding or rubberized floor trim.

If you have appliances, such as a washer and dryer or a furnace in your basement, make sure that they are high enough off of the basement floor level to avoid damage.Consider putting them on cinder blocks.


Even with the best preparations in the world; Mother Nature sometimes wins! If you find your home has suffered STORM and or WATER damage contact SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton. We are prepared and READY to handle your needs. To contact us Click here.

Like it never even happened.

Winter is approaching fast! Prevent Storm Damage today!

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Winter

What You Need to Know About Preventing Winter Storm Damage

We all love a snow day!! But the reality is that major winter storms can wreak havoc in our everyday lives, causing inconvenience, discomfort and expensive damage. Keep your home protected from these disruptions by following these tips.

Keep gutters clear

  • This keeps ice from building up in the gutters and contributing to the formation of ice dams, which may cause water to back up underneath shingles.
  • Trim trees and shrubs back far enough so that they will not rub against or fall onto your roof or siding, even if weighed down with snow and ice. Remember, safety first. Call a professional if you need help.

Inspect the roof

  • Keep an eye out for damaged shingles and roof flashing that can allow water and ice into your home.
  • Ventilate the attic and insulate the attic floor to stop warm air in the house from melting snow and ice on the roof.

Check your Chimney

  • Wind and heavy rains can lead to a leaky chimney and related water damage. Be sure your chimney has a chimney cap installed, and have the brick and mortar inspected periodically.
  • The freeze/thaw cycle will eventually cause cracks.
  • If your chimney is leaning, Get it repaired.

Invest in a roof rake

  • If large amounts of snow accumulate on your roof, consider using a roof rake to remove some of the load that can cause leaks and even lead to collapse. 
  • Check for loose or missing shingles.

Insulate pipes

  • Look for exposed water supply lines that are located in unheated areas and exterior walls. Wrap them with an insulating pipe sleeve or heat tape to stop the pipes from freezing and bursting in very cold weather.
  • Let water trickle from faucets connected to exposed pipes that run through unheated spaces to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air circulation around the pipes.

Find the main water valve

  • Know where the main water valve is located (typically in the basement or outside near the curb) so you can turn water off quickly if a pipe bursts.

Keep walkways clear

  • Ensure personal safety after a storm hits by clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, steps and driveways. Treat these surfaces with rock salt or deicing products.
  • For more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways, visit the EPA website for a complete list of recommended products. https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/products

 To learn more about storm damage cleanup and restoration, contact:  SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603.298.6942

Storm Protection

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm

Living in New Hampshire or Vermont we don't see very many tornadoes.  

However, you can never be too careful, and being prepared for ANY storm disaster is always a good idea! Here in New Hampshire and Vermont, we need to be ready for windstorms, flash flooding, hurricanes and strong thunderstorms.Hurricane season usually runs from June 1 to November 30th.Here are some safety precaution tips for strong thunderstorms.

Act Now to be Prepared

  • Know the county in which you live and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued on a county basis.
  • Have disaster supplies on hand, including:
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Battery operated radio.
  • First aid kit and manual.
  • Emergency food and water.
  • Non-electric can opener.
  • Essential medicines.
  • Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards.

Before the Storm

  • Check the weather forecast before leaving for extended periods outdoors.
  • If a storm is approaching, keep a NOAA Weather Radio or AM/FM radio with you.
  • Postpone outdoor activities if storms are imminent.
  • Check on neighbors who require special assistance: infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

During the Storm

  • Remember: If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.
  • Move to a sturdy building or car. Do Not take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees, or in convertible automobiles.
  • If lightning occurs and sturdy shelter is not available, get inside a hard top automobile and keep the windows up.
  • Get out of boats and away from water.
  • Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances not necessary for obtaining weather information. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. Use phones only in an emergency.
  • Do not take a bath or shower.
  • Turn off air conditioners. Power can overload the compressors.
  • Get to higher ground if flash flooding or flooding is possible. Do Not attempt to drive to safety. Most flash flooding deaths occur in automobiles.
  • If you are caught outdoors and no shelter is nearby.
  • Find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
  • If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.
  • If you feel your skin tingle or your hair stand on end, squat low to the ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible; minimize your contact with the ground.

After the Storm

  • Check on neighbors who may require special assistance: infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities.
  • Avoid all downed power lines. Assume that all have live electricity.
  • Continue to monitor NOAA Weather Radio and your local media for latest weather updates.

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When Storms or Floods hit our Communities SERVPRO is READY!

8/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm truck

When Storms or Floods Hit

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton 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 Our Communities, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel form a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 603.298.6942

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What if the Storm Hit

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Truck

When Storms or Floods Hit

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton 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 Our Communities, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel form a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 603.298.6942

#SERVPROofLebanon/Hanover/Littleton #SERVPRO603 #HereToHelp #SERVPROCares

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Storm Safety

5/31/2018 (Permalink)

Living in New Hampshire or Vermont wedon't see many or highly destructive tornadoes. However, you can never be too careful, and being prepared for ANY storm disaster is always a good idea!The summer months Here in New Hampshire and Vermont, we need to be ready for windstorms, flash flooding, hurricanes/ tropicalstorms.Hurricane season usuallyruns from June 1 to November 30th.Here are some safety precautiontips for outdoors.

Safety precautions outdoors

  • If the weather forecast calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity.
  • Remember: When thunder roars, go indoors. Find a safe, enclosed shelter.
  • The main lightning safety guide is the 30-30 rule. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. Suspend activities for at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.
  • If no shelter is available, crouch low, with as little of your body touching the ground as possible. Lightning causes electric currents along the top of the ground that can be deadly over 100 feet away.
  • Stay away from concrete floors or walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.
    Although you should move into a non-concrete structure if possible, being indoors does not automatically protect you from lightning. In fact, about one-third of lightning-strike injuries occur indoors.

Some safety precautions for indoors

Safety precautions indoors

  • Avoid water during a thunderstorm. Lightning can travel through plumbing.
  • Avoid electronic equipment of all types. Lightning can travel through electrical systems and radio and television reception systems.
  • Avoid corded phones. However, cordless or cellular phones are safe to use during a storm.
  • Avoid concrete floors and walls.

It is also a good idea to have a disaster supply kit ready as well. Things to include are:

  • Water- 1 gallon, per person, per day
  • Food- 3-7 days' worth of non perishable or canned food-with can manual can opener.
  • Bedding- Blankets and pillows
  • Clothing- Even when the weather is warm, for safety while cleaning and working, wearing long-sleeve or and pants are good to help protect your skin
  • First aid kit- First aid kits are always important. In this situation bandages and sanitizer are the minimal to have at hand, however it is always better to have more!
  • Cash- Always a good idea in a storm event to have some cash on hand.

Hurricanes, along with most storms, are unpredictable. Being prepared is always a good idea. You should have a an escape plan ready, somewhere to stay out of harms way. Making a list of items you own is also a good idea, along with photos of items. Keep more than one copy . Take necessary steps to protect your home or business. Having SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Plan is also a great idea!SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE SCALE

  • Category 1- Winds from 74-95 mph. Minimal damage level
  • Category 2- Winds from 96-110 mph. Moderate damage level
  • Category 3- Winds from 111-130 mph. Extensive damage level
  • Category 4- Winds from 131-155 mph. Extreme damage level
  • Category 5- Winds that exceed 155 mph. Catastrophic damage level

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ICE DAMS CAN CAUSE DAMAGE!

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

As winter approaches, we all want to be prepared. What we never seem to prepare for is ice damming. What is ice damming? An ice dam is formed when you have a lot of heat loss through your roof, causing snow to melt and run down and freeze as it gets close to the edge of the roof. This can be seen by blocks of ice on the edge of a roof, or large icicles that hang from the roof. Simple enough to explain, however they can cause big damage.

When you get an ice dam, the snow that continues to melt will get trapped by the dam and have no place to go, and can then back up under the shingles causing a leak. Many roof leaks in the late winter/early spring are from ice dams.

To prevent ice dams, and of course the latter water damage, the first step is to limit the amount of heat loss through your roof. Making sure you are insulated well enough is key. You will then also want to rid of the snow on the bottom of the roof before it turns to ice. If you already see ice dams forming, you can try and cut through the ice to make channels for water to flow off the roof, or on warmer days use warm tap water to assist in melting, however, this is a temporary fix. 

If you happen to suffer a water damage caused by ice dams, call SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton at 603.298.6942

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Thunderstorms in New Hampshire

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms

Today’s Topic is Thunderstorms!

Summer in NH brings those triple H days – hazy, hot, and humid! On days like those there’s nothing more welcome than the arrival of a late-afternoon thunderstorm, leaving in its wake cool, refreshing air, scrubbed clean of haze and pollution.

Thunderstorms need three things:

  • Moisture—to form clouds and rain.
  • Unstable Air—relatively warm air that can rise rapidly.
  • Lift—fronts, sea breezes and mountains are capable of lifting air to help form thunderstorms.

More Facts about thunderstorms:

  • Thunderstorms may occur singly, in clusters, or in lines.
  • Some of the most severe occur when a single thunderstorm affects one location for an extended time.
  • Thunderstorms typically produce heavy rain for a brief period, anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Warm, humid conditions are highly favorable for thunderstorm development.
  • About 10 percent of thunderstorms are classified as severe—one that produces hail at least three-quarters of an inch in diameter, has winds of 58 miles per hour or higher, or produces a tornado.

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FLASH FLOODING!

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Microbursts

What is Flash Flooding?

A flash flood is a rapid flooding of geomorphic low-lying areas: washes, rivers, dry lakes and basins. It may be caused by heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane, tropical storm, or meltwater from ice or snow flowing over ice sheets or snowfield.

During A Storm or Heavy Rains:

Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.

If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.

Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.

If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:

  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.

  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.

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MICROBURSTS!

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Microbursts

Microbursts What Are They?

Dennis Mersereau explains

Microbursts, also called "downbursts," are a sudden downward burst of wind from the base of a thunderstorm. The air can rush towards the ground at speeds of 60 MPH before impacting the surface and spreading out in all directions. Winds at the surface can exceed 100 MPH in the strongest microbursts, often causing extensive tree and building damage.

As the name suggests, microbursts tend to affect a small area, no larger than a few square miles in most cases. The intense damage these wind events leave behind can cause residents to think they had a tornado. While weak tornadoes and microbursts can produce similar amounts of damage, there is a marked swirl in tornado debris on the ground when viewed from above, while microbursts produce damage in a starburst pattern, with straight-line winds radiating away from the point of impact.

Two Types of Microbursts

There are two types of microbursts—dry microbursts and wet microbursts—each native to certain parts of the United States.

Dry Microbursts

Drier climates, such as Denver, experience dry microbursts. Dry microbursts hit the ground without any precipitation, making them virtually impossible to see unless they kick up dust and dirt at the surface. Dry air entrainment is basically the only process driving these wind events.

Wet Microbursts

East of the Rockies, especially in the southeastern United States, wet microbursts are dominant. Wet microbursts form from both dry air entrainment (causing cold air to sink towards the ground) and water loading (weight of the rain dragging the air). Seen from a distance, wet microbursts look like an upside-down mushroom cloud—a narrow rainshaft extending from the cloud to the ground, with a large burst of wind-driven water and dirt puffing away from the point of impact at the surface.

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What if your home suffers storm damage?

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm

If Your Home Suffers Damage!

Weather in the Northeast can be unpredictable!

  •   Rain isn’t the only thing leaving its mark on our homes. Storms are still whipping through our towns and communities causing power outages and home damage. According to the National Storm Damage Center (NSDC), damage caused by trees during severe weather account for over $1 billion in property damage. Broken limbs or trees can cause mass amounts of damage to your property if they make contact. Such damage can be done to roofing, siding, windows and even structure to the home, causing lots of expensive repairs. Unfortunately there is no way to stop the unpredictable weather, but there are ways to prevent damage from happening to your home.
  • Start by assessing trees close to your home. A lot of loose hanging or broken limbs should be addressed to prevent possible damage to your home or vehicles. Saving trees is important for the environment, but keeping your home and family safe is even more important. However, if a damaged tree is within reach of causing damage to you or your home, it’s better to be safe than sorry.  

To find out more about SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton Storm Damage Services click here.

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When Storms or Floods hit our Communities SERVPRO is READY!

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Truck

When Storms or Floods Hit

SERVPRO of Lebanon/Hanover/Littleton 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 Our Communities, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel form a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 603.298.6942

#SERVPROofLebanon/Hanover/Littleton #SERVPRO603 #HereToHelp #SERVPROCares

To learn more about storm clean up and response click here

Winter is approaching fast! Prevent Storm Damage today!

2/27/2017 (Permalink)

WINTER STORMS

What You Need to Know About Preventing Winter Storm Damage

We all love a snow day!! But the reality is that major winter storms can wreak havoc in our everyday lives, causing inconvenience, discomfort and expensive damage. Keep your home protected from these disruptions by following these tips.

  • Keep gutters clear
  • This keeps ice from building up in the gutters and contributing to the formation of ice dams, which may cause water to back up underneath shingles.
  • Trim trees and shrubs back far enough so that they will not rub against or fall onto your roof or siding, even if weighed down with snow and ice. Remember, safety first. Call a professional if you need help.
  •  Inspect the roof
  • Keep an eye out for damaged shingles and roof flashing that can allow water and ice into your home.
  • Ventilate the attic and insulate the attic floor to stop warm air in the house from melting snow and ice on the roof.
  •  Check your Chimney
  • Wind and heavy rains can lead to a leaky chimney and related water damage. Be sure your chimney has a chimney cap installed, and have the brick and mortar inspected periodically.
  • The freeze/thaw cycle will eventually cause cracks.
  • If your chimney is leaning, Get it repaired.
  • Invest in a roof rake 
  • If large amounts of snow accumulate on your roof, consider using a roof rake to remove some of the load that can cause leaks and even lead to collapse. 
  • Check for loose or missing shingles.
  • Insulate pipes
  •  Look for exposed water supply lines that are located in unheated areas and exterior walls. Wrap them with an insulating pipe sleeve or heat tape to stop the pipes from freezing and bursting in very cold weather.
  • Let water trickle from faucets connected to exposed pipes that run through unheated spaces to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air circulation around the pipes.
  • Find the main water valve
  • Know where the main water valve is located (typically in the basement or outside near the curb) so you can turn water off quickly if a pipe bursts.
  • Keep walkways clear
  •  Ensure personal safety after a storm hits by clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, steps and driveways. Treat these surfaces with rock salt or deicing products.

To learn more about Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Click here!

#SERVPROofLebanon/Hanover/Littleton #SERVPRO603 #HereToHelp