Recent Storm Damage Posts

Dealing with Storm Damage and Flooding: SERVPRO's Expertise

5/29/2024 (Permalink)

Storms can be unpredictable and devastating, leaving behind a trail of destruction. One of the most severe consequences of storms is flooding, which can cause extensive damage to homes and businesses. At SERVPRO Team Cox, we specialize in addressing storm damage and flood damage, providing comprehensive restoration services to help you recover quickly and efficiently.

The Aftermath of Storm Damage and Flooding

Storm damage can manifest in many ways, from structural damage caused by high winds to extensive water damage from flooding. Flood damage, in particular, poses significant challenges that require immediate attention to mitigate further harm. Here are some common issues caused by storm damage and flooding:

  • Structural Damage: Strong winds and heavy rain can compromise the integrity of buildings, damaging roofs, walls, and foundations.
  • Water Contamination: Floodwaters often carry contaminants such as sewage, chemicals, and debris, posing health risks and complicating cleanup efforts.
  • Mold Growth: Moisture from flood damage can lead to mold growth within 24-48 hours, affecting indoor air quality and health.
  • Electrical Hazards: Water intrusion can cause electrical systems to short-circuit, increasing the risk of fires and electrocution.
  • Personal Property Loss: Flooding can destroy personal belongings, furniture, and important documents, leading to significant financial and emotional distress.

SERVPRO’s Comprehensive Storm Damage Restoration Services

At SERVPRO Team Cox, we offer a wide range of services to address all aspects of storm damage and flood damage. Our team of professionals is equipped with the latest technology and training to handle even the most challenging situations. Here’s how we help:

  • Emergency Response: We provide 24/7 emergency services to quickly respond to storm damage and flooding incidents.
  • Water Removal and Drying: Utilizing powerful pumps and industrial-grade dehumidifiers, we remove standing water and dry affected areas to prevent further damage and mold growth.
  • Cleaning and Sanitizing: We thoroughly clean and sanitize all affected areas, ensuring that any contaminants brought in by flood damage are eliminated.
  • Mold Remediation: Our mold remediation specialists identify and remove mold growth, restoring healthy indoor air quality and preventing future outbreaks.
  • Restoration and Repairs: From minor repairs to major reconstruction, our team is capable of restoring your property to its pre-damage state. We work with insurance companies to make the claims process as smooth as possible.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration?

When dealing with flood damage, you need a trusted partner who understands the complexities of restoration. Here’s why SERVPRO® is the right choice:

  • Experience and Expertise: With decades of experience, our certified technicians are prepared to handle any level of storm damage and flood damage.
  • Advanced Technology: We utilize cutting-edge equipment to ensure the most effective restoration process.
  • Comprehensive Services: From assessment to final repairs, we cover all aspects of storm and flood damage restoration.
  • Customer-Centered Approach: We prioritize your needs and work closely with you and your insurance company to streamline the recovery process.

Proactive Measures to Mitigate Future Flood Damage

While we can't control the weather, we can take steps to minimize the impact of future storms and flooding. Here are some tips to help you prepare and protect your property:

  • Maintain Your Property: Regularly inspect and maintain your roof, gutters, and downspouts to ensure they are in good condition and can handle heavy rainfall.
  • Install Flood Barriers: Consider installing flood barriers or sandbags around your property to prevent water from entering your home or business.
  • Elevate Utilities: Raise electrical appliances, heating systems, and other utilities above potential flood levels to reduce the risk of damage.
  • Create an Emergency Plan: Develop an emergency plan for your family or employees, including evacuation routes and emergency contacts.
  • Review Insurance Coverage: Ensure that your insurance policy covers storm damage and flood damage. Consider adding additional coverage if necessary.
  • Keep Important Documents Safe: Store important documents and valuables in waterproof containers and keep them in a safe, elevated location.

Real-Life Success Stories from SERVPRO Clients

To illustrate the effectiveness of our storm damage and flood damage restoration services, here are a few real-life examples of how SERVPRO has helped clients recover from severe storms and flooding:

Residential Flood Damage

A powerful storm caused severe flooding in a Columbia neighborhood, leading to extensive water damage in many homes. One homeowner contacted SERVPRO for help. Our team responded promptly, extracting water, drying the affected areas, and sanitizing the home to prevent mold growth. We also provided mold remediation services to ensure the home was safe and healthy. The homeowner was impressed with our quick and thorough response, and their home was restored to its pre-damage condition in just a few days.

Commercial Storm Damage

A major storm caused roof damage and flooding in a Charlotte office building. The business owner was concerned about the impact on daily operations and potential health risks for employees. SERVPRO's commercial restoration team quickly assessed the damage, performed necessary repairs, and implemented advanced drying techniques to prevent further issues. We worked efficiently to minimize disruption to the business, allowing the company to continue operations while we completed the restoration.

Stay Informed and Prepared

Stay connected with SERVPRO to receive the latest tips and information on storm damage prevention and recovery. Follow us on social media and visit our website for valuable resources and updates.

Storm damage and flooding can be overwhelming, but you don't have to face it alone. SERVPRO is here to provide expert guidance, professional restoration services, and unwavering support throughout the recovery process. Our goal is to help you restore your property and regain your peace of mind.

Contact SERVPRO Today

If you've experienced storm damage or flood damage, don't wait to seek professional help. The longer you wait, the more extensive the damage can become. Contact SERVPRO at 803-419-0470 today to learn more about our comprehensive restoration services. We are available 24/7 to respond to emergencies and provide the professional help you need.

At SERVPRO, we are your trusted partner in storm and flood damage restoration. Contact us now at 803-419-0470 for immediate assistance. We are ready to help you recover and rebuild after any storm.

Take Immediate action after Storm Damage

6/26/2022 (Permalink)

Man holding umbrella to stay dry inside Columbia SC home 24/7 Storm Damage Restoration

Quick response is important when facing flood and storm damage of any size. Immediate action is almost always necessity.

SERVPRO of Richland County is highly trained to respond immediately with advanced equipment and proven techniques that remove water quickly and minimize the potential of unnecessary damage. Because we are faster to any size disaster, we’re aware that water damage comes in all shapes and sizes and may require individual solutions. We have streamlined the process for you.

Because the Columbia SC residents and businesses are our #1 priority, we’ve created this quick and easy checklist as your go-to resource for all things storm & water damage. 

Your safety is of our utmost concern. Upon the onset of water damage, please assess the following questions:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Are there electrical or hazards that could cause someone to slip and fall?
  • If a movable material has become wet, it is likely heavier than normal. If so, do not move it or be sure to exercise caution when lifting.

Contact & Communication
Call SERVPRO of Richland County immediately so that we can walk you through important questions that will allow us to help you efficiently and with quick response. The quicker you call us, the quicker we can provide cleanup and restoration "Like it never even happened."

Inspection and Assessment
Our team will thoroughly inspect the extent and type of water damage. This step is critical in creating a solid and effective action plan. In addition, we will begin the removal of water using our pumps and vacuums so that no further damage occurs and in order to prevent mold.

Drying and Dehumidification
Once the majority of water has been removed, we will use specially designed equipment to extract the water that is more difficult to reach and absorb. This equipment applies a scientific drying approach which includes air movers and dehumidifiers.

Cleaning and Sanitizing
If the water damage has affected your personal property including clothing, furniture or more, we are able to clean the items with specially designed cleaning methods. After cleaning your items, we sanitize them with an antimicrobial treatment and remove odors with industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

This is the last step in returning your property to the condition "Like it never even happened." This step completes the process by replacing and rebuilding the affected areas.

We’re ready to help you 24/7. Call us anytime at (803) 419-0470. We're ready to take your call.

What happens if a storm floods your property?

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

Storm flooded home in Columbia SC We can help with flood damage.

At SERVPRO of Richland County, we understand that both storm damage and flood damage can be overwhelming. Immediate response is critical, and the emergency service that you choose for cleanup and restoration is vital to returning your property to the condition "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO professionals respond faster to any disaster and have the skilled training and specialized equipment to provide an effective and efficient action plan.

Where to Start with Storm Damage

Knowing what to do at the onset of flood damage is critical to receiving immediate response. Your immediate steps will help determine your property’s further protection and reduce the potential for irreversible damage.

If you’re wondering where to begin, follow this checklist for your steps of immediate action.

  • Turn off electrical power and any natural gas sources including propane tanks. If you smell gas or feel that there may be a gas leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows, leave the property immediately, and call your gas company. 
  • Call 911. Report the flood damage to the fire and public safety authorities in addition to the local gas company.
  • Contact an emergency service for cleanup and restoration. The professionals you choose matter. The quicker you call SERVPRO of Richland County, the quicker we can respond. Our professionals will arrive armed with specialized equipment ranging from an infrared camera to uncover hidden moisture to robust water extraction equipment that quickens the drying process.
  • Relocate important documents. Water can destroy sensitive documents. Only if you can do so safely, move your important documents as quickly as possible to a safe and dry location. If you need assistance, SERVPRO can ensure that your documents and personal belongings are secure.
  • Remain evacuated from the damaged area. To remain safe from potential hazards and to help expedite restoration efforts, we recommend that you and others stay out of the damaged and restoration areas. Upon being given the all-clear to return, adhere to the advice of your trusted professionals about how to return safely.

When a storm strikes and floodwaters rise, other emergency response companies may be overrun. SERVPRO of Richland County can has the local and national resources to address any size situation.

We stand ready 24/7 to respond to your emergency, so please don’t hesitate. Call us today.

Minimize Damage during Storm Season

5/1/2022 (Permalink)

Storm Lightning above Home in Columbia SC Prepare your Columbia SC Home for potential Storm Damage

The spring and summer Storm season is upon us which can make property owners feel unsettled and vulnerable. As neighbors in your community, we want to help make sure that you’ve done everything possible to protect your home before the storm hits.

So, how can you prepare? To ease any storm’s impact, we’ve compiled our go-to storm preparation recommendations just for you.

Storm Preparation 101:

Follow these tips to help reduce potential storm damage on your property and surrounding areas.

  1. Secure Your Property. What trees and limbs are hanging over your property? Be sure dead or loose limbs are clear and trees trimmed. Also, look for trees with visibly shallow root systems and make sure nothing is within falling distance should the roots become saturated and the tree uproots.

  2. Secure Loose Items. What is on your patio or lawn that could be blown by high winds? Make sure that any fences are secured, furniture anchored, and loose items are stored properly.

  3. Secure Your Home. Is the perimeter of your house secure? Are gutters draining properly? If not, be sure to clean out the debris to ensure proper drainage. Are windows and doors protected? If they appear vulnerable, consider covering them with plywood or installing storm shutters and even heavy-duty hardware.

  4. Secure Important Items. Are the floors clear of belongings? Make sure loose items, electronic devices, photographs, and more are stored off the floor and not lying on the ground to be exposed to potential water damage. Have drying materials (towels, rags, etc.) on hand, should you need to dry water quickly until help arrives. Also, make sure to have a proper stash of emergency items according to the CDC recommendations:

  5. Monitor Weather Updates and Have Important Contacts Saved. Who do you have stored in your contacts to call should any damage occur? Important numbers to have stored include friends and family, fire and police departments, health care providers and hospitals, local emergency management offices, utility companies, American Red Cross, and emergency restoration and clean-up service of choice. 

The #most important thing to remember is that a fast response will lessen the damage, reduce further damage and minimize costs. 

Should any damages occur beyond your control, don’t forget that we’re your neighbors and already in the area. Our team can respond 24/7 to your storm damage restoration needs, call us - the locally owned and operated, certified professionals: SERVPRO of Richland County.

We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and dedicated to responding immediately. The quicker you call us, the quicker your home can return to normal.

Our Team Can Handle Any Size Flood Damage

2/13/2022 (Permalink)

Flood Damaged Warehouse in Columbia SC We can handle and size flood damage to your property.

Heavy rainfall during the winter months can be a cause for concern for property managers in Columbia SC. Facility and warehouse managers should always check for potential leaks or roofing problems to avoid flooding. These weather events may cause myriad storm damage related issues. A relationship with a licensed, qualified and professional restoration service could save your business time and hassle.

Use a Qualified Restoration Company. Property managers in need of restoration for commercial flood damage in Rock Hill should always be aware of the size and scale of the company they use. SERVPRO uses local technicians who are available on call throughout the night. In the case of a flood situation, we can send a team of technicians led by a project manager to remedy the issue. Access to national scale resources ensures we have the right equipment and can mobilize it quickly enough to minimize any potential loss of revenue.

Warehouse buildings are often more exposed than residents or other commercial builds. Our restorers can perform vital safety checks including restoring power, performing emergency board-ups and generally making the site safe for restoration work to begin. Water issues are particularly time sensitive so by arriving on site swiftly we can mitigate loss and prevent permanent damages.

Moisture carries microbes. A clean water emergency can become more severe when it comes into contact with existing debris or dirt. This is a pertinent issue for warehouses where older buildings can harbor pre-existing mold or soiling. Once water enters, it imbibes these microbes moving from clean water to grey or even black.

Moisture carries microbes. A clean water emergency can become more severe when it comes into contact with existing debris or dirt. This is a pertinent issue for warehouses where older buildings can harbor pre-existing mold or soiling. Once water enters, it imbibes these microbes moving from clean water to grey or even black.

SERVPRO® technicians have the ability to address even the largest of flood issues. Using submersible pumps, mobilized truck-mounted extraction units which cover a larger surface area for industrial scale water removal, and strategic placement of dehumidifiers allows us to control humidity levels in the structure which is essential to maintaining control of microbial growth.

No matter how large or small your flood damage needs, SERVPRO of Richland County is here 24/7 to help. Call (803) 419-0470.

Have Mold Issues caused by Storm Damage?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Man holding bucket near ceiling of home in Columbia SC that was negatively affected by storm related water damage Storm Damage may cause future Mold issues.

Whether you’ve suffered storm related water damage from a typical storm, flood, or hurricane - mold and mold remediation is an important topic to address. 

To understand the importance of mold remediation and why SERVPRO of Richland County is your go-to resource, it is important to understand the quick and dirty of mold.

Did you know the following mold facts?

  • Mold is ubiquitous (everywhere) both outdoors and indoors. 
  • Mold spores are microscopic (very small) and float in the air. 
  • Mold spores can enter your home through openings, HVAC units or even pets. 
  • Mold spores grow into colonies and thrive anywhere water and moisture exists. 
  • Spore colonies can cause health effects. 
  • To remediate mold, water sources must be eliminated or else mold will likely resurface. Sources of water and moisture can range from a leaking roof to something more hidden.
  • It is recommended for indoor humidity to be below 45%.
  • Mold can start growing in as little as 48 hours upon moisture exposure. 

It’s important to understand how a local mold remediation company can help you.

SERVPRO® technicians receive continual mold remediation training on the most current equipment and methods that will best do the job.

Our team responds quickly and begins the remediation process to prevent the mold from continuing to damage your property. Our focus is  to uncover the source., then isolate the affected area..

Next, your personalized action plan will likely include the following steps:

  1. Inspection and mold damage assessment
  2. Mold containment
  3. Air filtration
  4. Removal of mold and mold-infested materials
  5. Cleaning of personal belongings and other contents
  6. Restoration

Recognizing and understanding mold and how storm damage can potentially cause mold is the first step in having a healthier and safer home environment.

SERVPRO of Richland County is available 24/7 to respond to your storm disaster. We look forward to serving you.

Contact us 24/7 at (803) 419-0470. We’re here to help.

Have a Leaky Roof?

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

Inspection of Roof Leak and Ceiling Damage in Columbia SC Don't Neglect a Leaky Roof

A well functioning roof is one of the most important parts of a house, right after a strong, sturdy foundation. It’s important to fix leaks in a roof to protect your home. If you think you have a leaky roof, a roofing contractor can determine the cause and perform roof repairs, if necessary.

Upkeep, regular inspections, and general maintenance and upkeep, and have repairs completed as quickly as possible may help you save time and money. 

Causes and Sources of Roof Leaks

There are a number of reasons why a roof may develop leaks, from both natural and man made causes. No matter the cause, it's imperative to seek the services of a reliable roofing contractor to get your roof back in its best shape so that your home is protected from the elements.

Improper Repairs and Installation

If you've had previous roof repairs done but if a leak keeps coming back, you've either got a problem with the workmanship of the roofing contractor who did the work or the materials they used (or both). Improperly installing elements such as skylights and chimneys can also cause roof leaks - this can happen from incorrectly measuring and fitting fixtures and/or insulation that's started to decay or disintegrate. Leaks from this kind of problem are generally easy to spot. Just look for wet spots or small streams of water coming out of skylights or running down walls/chimneys when it rains.

Shingles and Flashing

Something as small and simple as a broken shingle could be the culprit of a leak. Severe weather, hail and high winds can cause shingles to become loose, crack and break off, leaving your roof exposed. If the nails used to secure shingles aren't properly sealed with a durable coating like roofing cement, it can leave exposed holes which can allow water and moisture to get into the attic. Broken or cracked flashing—the pieces of material installed under shingles, on joints and around chimneys—can also cause leaks. Both damaged flashing and missing shingles can be easily identified, usually as different, discolored patches or exposed areas on a roof. You may even find pieces of them in your yard after a bad storm.

Condensation and Moisture

Since the attic is usually the least insulated—and the highest elevated—place in your home, it is more prone to mold and mildew growth from excessive moisture that can accumulate when condensation becomes trapped. The cause of the moisture is from wet weather such as rain, sleet, and hail, but also ice dams melting and the fluctuation in temperatures when seasons change. You'll most likely notice a smell—before you see the mold—as a sign of a leak in your roof.

Vent Pipe Problems

Pipes run throughout the home including the roof, which means there are a number of areas that are common leak sources related to your home's plumbing and ventilation system. These include plumbing vent pipes, ventilation fan ducts, attic vents and exhaust pipes/flues (for appliances). Anytime there are worn or cracked rubber boots and/or broken flashing around the vent pipes that come out of the roof, it's likely you're in need of repairs.

The Importance of Roof Repairs

If you have a roof leak, repair it as soon as possible to avoid further damage and to help protect your home from bigger problems such as flooding. Contact a roofing contractor to have a thorough assessment of the roof completed and get advice on what steps you need to take to repair the damage.

It’s best to work with a roofing contractor because their expertise is in roofing and they will be able to pinpoint and address your specific needs. Depending on the cause of the damage, your home insurance company may cover the costs of the roof repair, so make sure to contact your insurance company, too.

We're Here 24/7 to Help with Storm Damage

Lastly, if you should have a roof that leaks into the structure and need to begin the mitigation process, call SERVPRO of Richland County. Columbia Midtown, and Southeast Columbia.

Our team of professionals specialize in removal and mitigation of storm damaged material and have the experience of quickly drying out affected areas from storm and weather damage before it is made worse.

We partner with all major insurance companies and vendors to make the transition back to “Like it never even happened,” as quickly as possible.

Call us today (803) 419-0470.

SERVPRO Responds To Home That Was Hit By Lightning

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning can travel from the top of the house clear into the crawlspace.

SERVPRO 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 Time with Crews Ready 24/7/365

We are locally owned and operated enabling us to respond quicker with the proper resources tailored to fit your circumstances, which is extremely important.  A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

SERVPRO Has the Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit SERVPRO 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.

We want you back to “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Is Faster To Any Disaster

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is faster to any disaster and wants to get your home, or business back to “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Richland County 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 can 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 Columbia, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

SERVPRO is faster to any disaster and wants to get your home, or business back to “Like it never even happened.”

Different Types Of Contaminated Water

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can wreak havoc on your Columbia, SC, home. That being said, not every home flood is the same. Flood water is categorized by the types of contaminants present. Understanding the differences between the different types of contaminated water can help you remediate the damage more effectively.

  1. Clean Water Floods
    Like their name implies, Category 1, or clean water floods, are categorized by an absence of contaminants. As the least dangerous types of floods, they typically originate from a supply line burst, a shower leak or some other type of clean water source. Just because these floods aren't as dangerous doesn't mean that they shouldn't still be taken seriously. A clean water flood can transform into a Category 2 flood if left untreated for too long.
  2. Gray Water Floods
    Gray water floods are also known as Category 2 floods. This flood contains mildly contaminated water, but nothing that could pose a biohazard risk. These floods are often caused when household appliances malfunction and flood, such as dishwashers and laundry machines. If left untreated for longer than 48 hours, a Category 2 flood will quickly become a dangerous Category 3 flood.
  3. Black Water Floods
    Category 3 floods, or black water floods, are the most dangerous of all. They are categorized by the presence of biohazards, such as human or animal fecal matter, raw sewage and dangerous chemicals or pesticides. You should never attempt to resolve a Category 3 flood by yourself, due to the possible health risks. Instead, you should contact water damage professionals, like SERVPRO of Richland County. These floods are usually caused by toilet overflow, sewage-back-flow or a flooding riverbank. 
  4. Summary                                               All of these types of floods are capable of inflicting serious amounts of damage. Make sure to contact flood remediation experts for assistance, no matter which type of flood you're currently dealing with.

What Do Columbia, SC, Residents Need to Know Evacuating in a Storm?

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicle on Highway in Columbia SC Need to Know when Evacuating in a Storm

Flooding in your home can damage many items but we can help fix some. Contact SERVPRO for professional flood and storm damage restoration in Columbia SC.

This year across the United States, storms have been on the rise. It seems they have hit more often and harder. Coastal and non-coastal cities have been impacted as high winds drive torrential rains inward. This is the perfect setting for flash flooding and the need to evacuate.

SERVPRO is here should you need Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration. But before that is even considered getting your family to safety is priority. If your residence is in the path of a situation where evacuation is called for knowing ahead of time what to do can be a lifesaver.

What Should I Take with Me?

If you live in an area that is prone to flooding having to-go bags ready is a smart idea. Consider one for each member of the family. Include items such as:

  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottles
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Snacks/granola bars
  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Toy for kids

Another concern is essential paperwork getting ruined or forgotten when a flood occurs. Keep important documents in a file that is both water and fireproof. This makes it easier to grab if you have to leave. Consider making copies and storing the originals in a safe deposit box. Documents to take with you include:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Deeds
  • Proof of insurance
  • Social security cards
  • Medical records
  • Prescription information
  • Personal contact list

If your home has experienced flooding, SERVPRO’s professional technicians are experts at flood water mitigation. They are certified in dealing with contaminated water and the steps needed to mitigate flood damage.

Contact SERVPRO of Richland County at (803) 419-0470 for expert flood damage removal service. We’re Faster Too Any Size Disaster!

How Are Thunderstorms Formed?

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Richland County provides 24/7 Storm Damage Restoration in Columbia, SC. 

Columbia residence are no strangers to thunderstorms. Since thunderstorms can cause damages to your home or business, it is important to understand what causes thunderstorms, and how to be better prepared for them.

Thunderstorms- What Causes Them?

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, three basic ingredients are required for a thunderstorm to form:

  1. Moisture
  2. Rising, Unstable Air
  3. A Lifting Mechanism

The process of thunderstorm formation begins with the sun heating the surface of the Earth.  This, in turn, heats the air just above the Earth’s surface.  Because warm air is less dense than cool air, warm air will begin to rise.  As this rising warm air interacts with various elements of the Earth’s surface terrain (hills, mountains, or pockets of cooler air) it continues to be pushed higher into the atmosphere.  As this air reaches the cooler areas of the atmosphere, it also begins to cool, allowing the moisture contained within to condense, beginning cloud formation.  As more particles of continuously cooling moisture gather, they begin to “bounce off of” one another within the cloud.  These collisions eventually build up large reactions of electric charge, resulting in lightning, which creates the soundwave we know as thunder.

Thunderstorms – How to Prepare?

Thunderstorms are most likely to occur in spring and summer months, when the surface of the Earth reaches higher temperatures, but can take place at any time of the year. Knowing this, here are a few tips for thunderstorm preparation:

  1. Keep you roof gutters cleared, especially in the spring and summer months. Debris in gutters can cause rainwater to back up onto your roof, which can result in property damage.
  2. Follow your local weather forecast. Although many thunderstorms can occur quickly, it is important to be weather aware when living in a region prone to thunderstorms.
  3. Since lighting is one of the most dangerous components of a thunderstorm, be sure to practice lightning safety: during a thunderstorm, stay away from windows and doors, avoid using electronic devices that are connected to the wall, and avoid using plumbing, as metal pipes can conduct electricity.

SERVPRO of Richland County values the safety of our community members as well as their properties. In the unfortunate event a thunderstorm or other natural disaster has affected your home our business, give us a call at (803)419-0470, We’re Here to Help!


When Storms or Floods hit Richland County, SERVPRO is ready!

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Richland County 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 Richland County, 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 Us Today (803)419-0470

Storm Season!

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Even though we live a safe distance from the coast, there is a chance of a tropical storm or hurricane making its way to Columbia, SC. In the event that a powerful storm does make it to the Midlands of South Carolina, the last thing you want to think about is where you put that box of batteries or whether you have enough food for you and your family. The SERVPRO family recommends preparing for situations that might leave you without power, water and even shelter. To prep for any situation and the aftermath review these top tips:

  1. Put Together an Emergency Kit

Evacuation orders can be issued at any time - If you’re required or even voluntarily choose to leave your home in a hurry, you'll want some necessities handy. Keep the following supplies, recommended by FEMA, in a portable container in the area of your house where you'll take shelter:

  • Three days' worth of food (nonperishable)
  • Water (at least a gallon per family member)
  • Battery powered (or hand crank) flashlights and radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Trash bags and duct tape, along with a dust mask
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Regional maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter, or solar charger
  • Moist towelettes and any personal sanitation or specific family needs, like pet supplies
  • Prescription medication along with some generics in case they’re needed

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We also suggest having smaller versions of your kit stocked with a few necessities like walking shoes, snacks, and a flashlight at work. In general, you'll also need enough cash on hand for five days of basic needs (gas and food), but any amount of ready money will help if ATMs are down.

Once you have your supplies together, it pays to go through them at least once a year too, to weed out expired food and batteries.

  1. Make an Action Plan

When things get chaotic, you want to make sure that every family member knows what to do. We suggest designating two meeting places (one close by and one a little further away in your neighborhood) and hang a map with the spots marked near your emergency kit.

It also pays to have important contacts written down if the power goes out and there's nowhere to charge your cell phone. Make a mini contact list — has templates you can print out — with important numbers that everyone can stow in their wallets. Leave a copy in your emergency kit, too. Establish a plan for checking in with relatives in case local lines get jammed. Text messages will often go through, even when phone lines are clogged.

  1. Prep Your Home

If the power goes out and you have time, unplug appliances and electronics and turn off air conditioners, whether you stay or go. This will prevent damage when the electricity surges back on. Leave one lamp on so you'll know when the power's back.

How you store food can also make a difference when it comes to salvaging items afterwards, according to the FSIS. If there's a chance of flooding, be sure to store dry goods in waterproof containers high enough that they will be safely out of the way of contaminated water.

Grouping food together in the freezer can help it stay colder longer in the case of a power outage. If you have advanced warning, freeze any items you don't need right away, like leftovers, milk, and fresh meat and poultry to keep them at a safe temperature longer and stock your freezer with as much ice as you can fit. Coolers stocked with ice can also be helpful if the power is out for more than four hours.

Though you'll want to minimize the amount you open and close your refrigerator door once the power goes out, FSIS recommends keeping an appliance thermometer in your fridge and freezer to help you determine if food is safe to eat. The refrigerator temperature should be lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer temperature should be below zero degrees Fahrenheit.

After the Emergency

Coming home after a major disaster can be daunting. Call SERVPRO of Richland County to help you in the event your home is affected. NEVER enter a home that has been struck by heavy debris or fallen trees.

Emergency Readiness! Are you ready for whatever happens?

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There are two keys to weather safety. They are to be prepared for worst and to act accordingly.

  1. First things first, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  2. Be familiar with your environment and surroundings.
  3. Learn about whether or not your property is flood-prone.
  4. Identify dams and flood zones in the surrounding area.
  5. Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground.
  6. Have a plan to secure your property
  7. Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  8. Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  9. Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  10. Determine how and where to secure your outdoor vehicles.
  11. Install a generator for emergencies.
  12. If in a high-rise building, when high winds are present, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor because wind conditions increase with height, and in a small interior room without windows.
  13. Consider building a safe room. 

When Storms or Floods hit Columbia, SERVPRO is ready!

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Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Columbia Sc.

SERVPRO of Richland County 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 Columbia, 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 Us Today (803)419-0470