Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tornado safety

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Here in Harrison, NY where our office and shop is located, we have seen some severe storm warnings as well as tornado watches. South of us in Pennsylvania tornadoes have touched down in some areas creating major damage but luckily no loss of life. Are you prepared for a tornado? What do you do if you find out one is coming?

This day and age we are constantly connected to information worldwide, there will be an emergency alert from weather channels alerting us to incoming severe weather and possibly tornadoes. If the watch turns to a warning than that means a tornado has been spotted on the ground and you should:

  • Seek shelter immediately in a structure that is well-built.
  • Go to a basement or room central to the building ,preferably with no windows.
  • If you have to use the bathroom as a safe room , get into the tub and cover yourself with a mattress.
  • Avoid windows, outside walls and doors. Flying glass,collapsing walls and doors turning into flying projectiles can all cause serious bodily harm and even death.
  • If you are stuck outside on a road or highway, do NOT seek safety under an overpass. The overpass actually creates a wind tunnel with the churning debris and air increasing in speed and velocity as it moves under and around the overpass. Find a low lying area and lay flat covering your face and head.
  • If you are stuck in your vehicle, leave it running that way the airbags will deploy if necessary and buckle up. Tornadoes are fast and it is not advised to try and outrun one.

After the tornado has passed , assess the damage and call us. We serve White Plains, New Rochelle, Harrison, Rye, Rye Brook, Purchase, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Port Chester and Pelham. SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle has boarding up services, water extraction, pack-out services, fire and smoke clean up. We will work with your insurance company to ensure your home is returned to its pre storm state. “Like it never even happened.”

Thunder and lighting precautions

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

 According to the weather.gov website,lightning strikes the United States about 25 million times a year and kills an average of 47 people each year. Do you know some of the suggested safety measures to take in the event of lightning? What structures are safe to seek shelter ? What measures can you take to ensure your safety, your family's safety and even your pets? Here are some safety suggestions and guidelines to follow:

  • Do not use phones that are attached by cords, cell phones are safe alternatives.
  • Do not touch T.V`s ,computers or cords but you can use remote controls correctly.
  • Do not shower, wash your hands or do dishes. Avoid plumbing.
  • Do not lean on exterior doors or windows that might have metal components that connect the outside to the inside .
  • Do not use your balcony, carport, open garage areas ,porches and avoid lying on concrete flooring or leaning against concrete walls
  • Do not leave your dog outside in it`s dog house, a dog house is not safe shelter and if the doghouse is chained to a tree, there is even a higher risk to your pet. BRING YOUR PETS INSIDE DURING A SEVERE STORM.
  • Do not unplug your equipment during a storm. Typical surge protectors will not protect your equipment from a lightning strike.

 I guess grandma was right when she said get off the phone, do not shower and turn off the television when there would be a thunderstorm. I assumed she was being overprotective but she was right. Here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle we want our community to stay safe and follow precautions. Personal belongings and property can be replaced , lives can not.

Sump pumps need love too.

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

 April showers bring May flowers but they also bring flooded basements and leaky roofs. A number of homes that SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle has been to recently was due to flooded basements or other living areas. During the initial inspection process to see what the cause of the water damage was and what was affected, it was discovered that a sump pump might have not been operating correctly and the damage was more extensive due to a malfunction of the sump pump.

   There are some steps that homeowners can take to help maintain their sump pumps and help avoid a costly and time consuming water event in their homes :

Every 3-4 months

  • Clean pump inlet screen
  • Check power cord / make sure the cord is plugged in
  • Make sure the pump turns on by dumping a bucket or two of water into the sump, this will also help to determine if the float is operating correctly up and down.

Annually

  • Take the pump out of the sump to clean and inspect it for any obvious defects
  • Clean out the sump
  • grease /lubricate any necessary bearings on the pump. Check owners manual for maintenance instructions.
  • Lower the pump back into its correct position in the sump
  • Test the pump and float by dumping a bucket or two of water into the sump.

 Most importantly, if you do not feel comfortable taking care of the maintenance or are not mechanically inclined, ask the company that installed it to do the maintenance or for a referral for a company that can. Regular maintenance of your sump pump will help keep your water prone areas safe from flooding and keep your home environment a safe livable space for years to come. A little maintenance will go a long way.



SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle is READY

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

If you live in White Plains, Rye, Ryebrook, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Purchase, Port Chester, or Pelham call us immediately if you have storm or flood damage.

SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle 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. We are on-call 24 hours a day , 7 days a week including weekends and holidays.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Westchester 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 (914) 684-1560   24 hours a day/ 7 days a week / 365 days a years.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

April showers bring May flowers was a phrase I heard growing up.The month of April would be an oversaturated event every year and the April rain served its purpose well with the rapid bloom of flowers planted a few weeks before, the lawn being revived back to its green glow after winter had turned it brown and the budding of the trees along the neighborhood streets. April showers had seemed to create a magical, colorful and new world every year as a child.

April showers was this marvelous event that helped usher in the spring blooms but one thing I failed to hear growing up was the other events created by the heavy rains. No one mentioned the flooded basements, over saturated yards which contributed to trees falling when they had no stable ground to hold steadfast to or the leaky roofs that had occurred from the freezing and thawing of ice and water between the shingles of the roof. I am sure it had to do with my young and naive mind not being able to deal with adult responsibility but that has definitely changed now. What can be done to prevent damages from happening to homes with the spring thaw?

  • Make sure gutters are clear of any debris. Clean gutters at least twice a year.
  • Rain spouts should be attached to downspouts that are directed away from the foundation of the house.
  • If there is large puddles of water in your yard the installation of a dry creek bed, a french drain or other drain system could be the answer.
  • If you are not confident in your ability to create a dry creek bed or one of the drains you can watch a DIY video or hire an experienced landscaper to do the work properly.
  • When the first heavy rain occurs inspect for any leaks , water dripping would be the most obvious sign of a leaky roof but also keep your eye out for wet spots in your ceiling and if not caught in time the wet spots will turn brown. Do not hesitate in calling in a roofing professional, these problems do not go away on their own and will only get worse.

If water has saturated the interior of your home call us at SERVPRO of White Plains our trained and certified technicians will extract any standing water and set up proper drying equipment to help get your home back to “Like it never even happened." We are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Call us at 914-684-1560 or toll free at 800-967-6663.



Winter Storm Wayne

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Winter Storm Wayne made its way through the northeast last night and into this morning leaving a path of heavy wet snow behind. The trees are bowing under the weight of the snow on the branches and with the weight of the snow being heavy there has also been power outages due to broken branches or trees coming down on them. Trees and their branches are also in jeopardy of coming down on your home or business as well. What do you do if a tree does fall on your home or business?

  • Do not run up to the tree to survey the damage until it is verified that there are no power lines down and no gas lines have been affected.
  • If the power lines are affected or you smell gas ,do not approach the area and call the electric or gas company immediately. Also inform your local authorities.
  • If the home or business is secure, then make sure everyone is out of the business or home and are safe.
  • Take plenty of  pictures and inform your insurance company of the damage.
  • Call SERVPRO of White Plains because we are faster to any disaster. We will be able to tarp the affected area to prevent the outside elements from creating anymore damage as well as extract any water they may have gotten into your home.

SERVPRO of White Plains is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and have been serving the community since 1996. Our trained and certified staff is ready to help make your home “Like it never even happened.”

The groundhog was wrong!

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

The weather has been a little bit wild lately. We went from sub zero temperatures with snow and ice to close to 60 degrees with rain only days later. The extreme changes in the weather definitely takes a toll on the trees in our neighborhoods and our own yards. Today's weather only compounds the strain on our trees, with wind gusts up to 50mph there is likely to be many branches and trees that will be blown down. Here are some preventative measures we can take to help with the issue of falling trees in White Plains and the New Rochelle area.

  1. Trees that are old or diseased should be removed in a controlled manner to prevent them from becoming  a dangerous and damaging projectile during a severe weather event.
  2. Ensure that your property has proper drainage and that there is not large pools of water or oversaturated areas in your yard. Trees that are growing in loose, wet soil will give way and come crashing down a lot faster than trees that are rooted in solid soil.
  3. If the tree has fallen on your home, make sure everyone is ok.
  4. Do not walk up to the tree right away, look around for any power lines that may have been knocked down when the tree fell. If there are wires on the ground, do not go near the tree and call the police and the power company immediately.
  5. Call your insurance company and if it is safe, take pictures for your records and for the insurance company too.

Contact us at SERVPRO of White Plains. We will place a tarp over your roof if needed and carry out any board up service that may be required. We can also clean up any water that may be inside your home. The process of boarding up any exposed areas as well as tarping will prevent anyone from entering your home as well as keep out any rain,snow or debris.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of White Plains has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your  restoration and cleaning needs. Contact us and we will make it “Like it never even happened."

Falling Trees and Storm Damage

8/3/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Falling Trees and Storm Damage Trees falling on your home can create a mess in your home. Let us clean it up and get you back in your home faster than anyone else in the business.

Late summer is upon us, which means possible serious storms in the North East

A common occurrence during large storms is trees falling on and damaging your property. Don’t wait until it happens. Be prepared for this type of storm emergency. Here are 5 steps to take to prevent the issues of falling trees in the White Plains and New Rochelle area.

  1. Trees that are old or diseased can easily succumb to flooding and windy storms. Go ahead and remove hazardous trees before a storm approaches.
  2. In the event a tree does fall on your property, first, make sure everyone is okay. Leave your home if you feel unsafe inside the property.
  3.  Look to see if there are any wires or power lines hanging and if they are, call the police and the power company.
  4.  Call your insurance company and if you can safely do so, take pictures.
  5. Contact us at SERVPRO of White Plains/ New Rochelle. We will place a tarp on the roof if needed. We will also carry out any board up services required and clean up any water inside the home. Boarding up parts of the home that have structural damage will help with your insurance claim and also deter any vandals while you are away from your home.

*TIP: The nature of emergency situations, often do not allow you to check licenses or BBB reports. It’s best to have a trusted restoration and storm cleanup company in mind before things like this happen. Contact SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle to receive a free Emergency Readiness Plan. This plan will organize all the necessary steps and information you will need in the event of storm damage, water damage, fire damage, and cleanup.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. Contact us and we will make it "Like it never happened.”

Preparing For Hurricane Season

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing For Hurricane Season Hurricanes can be devastating. Make sure you and your family are prepared and know you can have peace of mind that we are there for you 24 hours a day

Hurricane Season is June 1st through November 30th. Since it's right around the corner, SERVPRO of White Plains/ New Rochelle wants to help make sure you and your family are safe and prepared.

There are a few things you can do now to help reduce damage if there is a hurricane. Stock up on batteries and water, check to see if your flashlights are all working, and, if you have one, make sure your generator is in good working order.

  • Prepare an emergency supply kit
  • Clean out gutters and trim trees and shrubs
  • Inspect your roof, siding, foundation, and basement to identify areas that need to be repaired or replaced
  • Check that your sump pump is working
  • Before the Storm

  • Bring lawn furniture, trash cans, and toys inside
  • Cover windows with 5/8 inch plywood that's cut to fit and ready to install.
  • Fill your gas tank
  • Park car in a garage or next to a building to protect from wind and debris
  • Charge your cellphone and other electronics.
  • During a Storm

  • Listen to radio or tv for information
  • Avoid using phone except for emergencies
  • Stay inside unless you are told to evacuate
  • Stay away from windows and external doors
  • Keep your emergency kit with you
  • If water starts to come in your home, lift any clothes to a higher place 
  • If you experience water damage call us at :

    (914) 684-1560

    We service Portchester, Rye, Ryebrook, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, and White Plains. Don't wait to call! the longer you wait the more damage could occur.

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

    5/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Westchester County, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Westchester County.

    If you live in Portchester, Rye, Ryebrook, Harrison, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, or White Plains call us immediately if you have storm or flood damage.

    SERVPRO of White Plains 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 Westchester 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 (914) 684-1560