Is Winter Storm Damage Covered by Insurance?
It is important to cover your bases in and around your home before a winter storm hits.
Preventative action will be the best way to ensure you did everything you could to avoid damage to your home and protect your family and your wallet. Follow this checklist to ensure you are taking the right steps before the snow and ice hit:
- Inspect your roof and check or any damages to leaks
- Clean out your gutters to avoid snow and ice build up and avoid a potential ice dam on your roof
- Check your property for dead tree limbs that could fall from the weight of the snow and damage your home.
- Go around the home and feel your windows and doors for drafts - apply weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows if needed.
- Detach outdoor hoses, drain, store the hose in a shed or garage and cover your faucets with an insulated faucet cover.
Make sure to review your insurance policy or contact your insurance agent to find out exactly what is covered or isn’t ahead of a storm. Some policies could have exclusions for damages that result from a home not being winterized properly, so follow these tips and do your homework!
If you experience damage following a winter storm, call the experts at SERVPRO of Chesapeake North at 757-465-9700.
Cover Your Outdoor Water Faucet This Winter
Our team at SERVPRO of Chesapeake North wants you and your family to avoid potential disasters this winter. It's important to take the proper precautions when it comes to your outdoor water faucets to prevent frozen pipes and water damage in your home or crawl space.
Follow These Quick Steps Below:
- The first step to prepare your outdoor faucets is to remove the attached hoses
- Second - drain what's left inside the hose and then store in a shed or garage to avoid freezing.
- Purchase a simple and affordable faucet cover from your local hardware store as seen in the picture.
- Place the faucet cover over the faucet and make sure it is secure up against the wall to keep the faucet insulated, avoiding it from freezing.
If you experience burst pipes this winter causing water damage to your home or business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Chesapeake North at 757-465-9700.
How Smoke Hurts Your Home
House fires are reported to fire departments about every 24 seconds and cost thousands of lives each year and thousands to homes and buildings.
Smoke and fire damage can be severe and if the home survives the fire, it should be inspected, quickly, cleaned and recovery actions addressed to avoid permanent damage.
When you've been told it's safe to return to your home, call your insurance company and ask for a cleanup and restoration company to help you with the fire and smoke damage to help restore your home.
Thankfully, your home is still standing, but you must get an inspection of the foundation and the structure for safety.
If the fire consumed your furniture and belongings, you have a wet, scorched mess left behind. Leather, fabric, and wood can trap smoke smells and usually can be restored. In addition, smoke and soot particles can get trapped inside of your HVAC system.
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North will remove the wet, burned, scorched mess and take your salvageable contents to clean in our warehouse. We also have the capability to help restore your fire and water damaged documents and photos. When this process is completed, then we can address the soot, water, and fire damage restoration to your home and to your HVAC system.
If you have fire damage in Chesapeake, call us at 757-465-9700.
Commercial Air Duct Cleaning
When was the last time you had your business's duct system cleaned? Regular maintenance to your air duct system can help improve the productivity of your HVAC systems and the quality of your air.
The truth is, a facility manager may not even think about the air ducts until the system stops heating or cooling properly. A ductwork system is designed to distribute airflow from your HVAC equipment to your entire commercial building. This encompasses the air that is sucked from the whole building in the air conditioner/heater where it gets cooled or heated and then pushed back via the ducts into your working space. These systems can collect contaminants over time and could possibly circulate dust and other allergens.
SERVPRO® of Chesapeake North has National Air Duct certified technicians who will inspect your HVAC air duct system and give an estimate for a total cleaning. We offer scheduled maintenance cleanings that will help to keep your system running more efficient and help to provide good air quality.
Think you have dirty ducks? Call us at 757-465-9700.
Prepared for Winter Storms
With the likelihood for severe winter storms increasing, we here at SERVPRO Chesapeake North want you, and your home or business to be prepared ahead of the storm.
Frozen pipes that burst can cause catastrophic damage to any home, business or apartment complex. To prevent pipes from bursting there are several preventive measures that can be followed:
- Drip your faucets! Even a small trickle of water moving through the pipes can prevent them from freezing.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- Keep garage doors and other doors that lead to the outside closed to prevent the influx of cold air.
If you will be leaving your home during the cold weather make sure that you leave the heat on in your home (55 °F or higher)
If you experience bursting or leaking pipes this winter, we here at SERVPRO are Here to Help. Our franchise professionals are on standby 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We offer emergency water extraction, electronic drying, document drying and restoration, as well as mold prevention and mitigation.
Is Your Home Prepared In Case of Fire?
More often then not, the sound from a smoke detector is more reliable than your senses to alert you of a fire when you are sound asleep.
Many people think that they will wake up because they will be able to smell the smoke. This more often times not true, because your sense of smell shuts down when you sleep, and your sense of hearing is more active.
The National Fire Protection Association reported that 2 out 5 home fires that sustained fire damage, either did not have smoke alarms or they were disabled.
Make sure that your alarm is placed properly and in every room of the home. It is also important to make sure the alarms are installed correctly to ensure it's effectiveness and efficiency. Test your alarms every year or so to make sure they are in working order.
SERVPRO of Chesapeake North can answer your questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage at 757-465-9700.
Weatherize Your Windows and Doors this Winter Season
Now is the best time to invest in some weatherize materials and read up on the tips and tricks to prepare your home for the cold winter weather.
Are you feeling a draft even though your windows and doors are closed? Chances are that you need to add or replace the seal on the windows or replace the weather stripping around the doors.
Conducting a maintenance check or inspection of your home can help minimize the risks for potential damage caused from extreme cold temperatures or winter storm conditions.
You want to caulk around cracked window seals, replace any broken windows and add weather stripping or caulk to loose window panes.
Should water damage occur due to extreme weather, give us a call. We’re your 24/7 Emergency Service team of SERVPRO of Chesapeake North at 757-485-9700.
Water Damage to Your Property
After the plumber has fixed the leak, the flooding has subsided, or the fire department has left, getting your structure and your belongings properly dried and cleaned is crucial to a quick and successful restoration.
Moisture can cause mildew, fungus, and mold to grow and can attract insects, termites and even rodents. These factors can destroy the very foundation of a home and your belongings.
At SERVPRO of Chesapeake North, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property after water damage to your home or business. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property, and your assets.
Every water damage incident varies and requires its own unique solution, however our restoration process stays the same. Want to know what to expect? Check out our process here.
SERVPRO of Chesapeake North has been helping families and businesses in Hampton Roads since the 90’s. Call us at 757-465-9700.
Do You Have an Emergency Plan for Your Business in Chesapeake?
Be Emergency Ready Chesapeake! Our app is a no-cost readiness plan that places your ready plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency. You can download the free app today and contact us for a rep to get you started!
The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial.
It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.
Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.
Commercial Storm Damage Restoration in Chesapeake
Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes.
Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
Want a Free Business Assessment? Call Us Today at 757-465-9700
Never Too Early to Prepare Your Home for Winter Weather
Now is the time to start making a checklist for prepping your home for the cold, winter weather.
Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather:
- Keep your cabinet doors open during cold spells as this will allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water running through your faucets, especially those that run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off your outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn to “off.”
- If you do shut off your outdoor faucet, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- Ensure that your gutters are clean and in good shape, secured. Leaves and such can clog and cause a damming effect which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
- Proper maintenance of your furnace, HVAC system can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.
SERVPRO of Chesapeake North specializes in storm damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.