Recent Storm Damage Posts
Winter Storm Update for this Weekend
Use extra caution on the roads during and after a winter storm
Storms on are on the horizon this weekend in Buffalo. Winter storms have been hitting us left and right it seems, and this weekend is no different. There’s a chance for precipitation on Friday that may freeze over in the night. Be especially cautious on the roads, because black ice will form right above the pavement, creating hazardous driving conditions. Saturday is predicated to have both rain and snow throughout the day. Another day to be careful for icy conditions. Monitor your sidewalks and driveways and make sure to salt them to avoid any ice forming. On Sunday, look for snow showers throughout the day and a flurry or two throughout the night. It’s important during these winter storms to use extra caution outside and while driving. Also be sure to keep your home safe by taking preventative measures to mitigate any storm damage. Pruning dead branches and salting your driveway are two great ways to prevent storm damage. If any storm damage occurs, SERVPRO has a highly trained team that can help you clean up any and all messes.
The Season of Freezing Rain
Be cautious of icicles falling from branches
The weather in Buffalo has been all over the place these past few weeks. Ranging from the high forties to the single digits in temperature. During times of unpredictable weather like this, it’s always a good idea to prepare for freezing rain. This occurs when the ground temperatures are freezing, but the air temperature is above freezing. Precipitation hits the ground and instantly freezes creating ice on the sidewalks and roads. During storms like these, it’s important to be extra cautious when walking outside and driving. This ice may also form across your roofline and drip to create icicles. Be careful avoiding any hanging ice above. To best prepare yourself for a freezing rain storm, be aware of the upcoming weather. This will allow you to plan your day accordingly and make informed decisions. You can also purchase salt for your driveway and sidewalks to help melt the ice. Be sure to take extra caution during storm times to ensure your safety and your neighbors. If your home or business is affected by freezing rain, SERVPRO has trained professionals who can assist you in cleaning up the damage!
What can a Blizzard do to my home?
A picture from the Blizzard of 77 in Buffalo - There was as much as 199 inches of snow that season
Buffalo has seen a pretty tame winter so far in terms of snowfall, but last year was the roughest January in over twenty years. We had as much as 63.4 inches of snowfall in January alone! To prepare for the snow, it’s best to know what damage a snowstorm could cause to your home. Snow is one of the biggest causes of home damage during blizzard storms. If enough accumulates on a roof or other structure, it can collapse under the weight. Snow can also buildup on tree branches causing them to collapse. It’s best to prune your trees to help keep your home safe. Ice can form on your sidewalks and driveways, creating a dangerous walkway. Make sure to salt these areas after a storm. High winds can also cause a great deal of damage to your home. Objects caught in the wind can strike your home causing damage to your siding or even shattering your windows. With all these forces combined, a lot of damage can occur to your home. However, SERVPRO can help cleanup any damage to your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”
Storm Update for Western New York and Buffalo
Get ready for the snow in Buffalo!
The upcoming week looks to be full of stormy weather here in Buffalo! Rain showers will hit the area Monday and Tuesday. The steady rain showers however are only going to last the beginning the week, a cold front is approaching Tuesday night into Wednesday. We’ll be looking at snow showers and freezing rain and possible lake-effect snow throughout the Southtowns. Travel with caution throughout the week and be sure to check the weather report before you go out so you can best prepare for the weather. If any damage should occur whether it be storm, water, or any other kind, SERVPRO is ready to help you clean it up! Stay warm this week.
Prepare for Winter Storms in Buffalo
Buffalo sometimes gets over 100 inches of snowfall in a year!
The winter storms have begun here in Buffalo, New York and once again it’s shaping up to be a snowy winter. If it’s anything like last year, the area could see as much as one hundred inches of snow throughout the season. It’s always good to take some precautions at the beginning of the season to prevent as much storm damage as possible. Make sure your heating sources are working and up to our local code. The last thing you want is for your heating to fail, during a winter blizzard! Also consider purchasing a generator in case the power goes out. Get your fireplace and chimney cleaned out yearly to avoid a chimney fire during a storm. Outside, make sure to remove any dead or cracked tree limbs, so they won’t collapse onto your house under the weight of the snow. Storms aren’t just limited to damage from the wind or snow, many times they can lead to water or fire damage. Protecting your home is very important in the event of a storm. However, SERVPRO is here to help and eager to help you cleanup any damage in the event of a storm.
Be Aware of Lake-Effect Snow
Storm clouds caused by lake-effect over Buffalo
One of the most brutal parts of Buffalo winters is “lake-effect snow”. We hear about it all the time during the winter, but what exactly is it? Lake-effect snow forms when cold air blows across the warm water of Lake Erie. This causes the warm air to rise and form clouds. As these clouds pass over land and cool again, it causes heavier snowfall. One of the most recent notable lake-effect storms was the “October Surprise” here in Buffalo. The storm brought down trees and power lines, brought two feet of snow in a matter of hours, and left 380,000 Buffalo citizens without power! Be aware of the possibilities of lake-effect snow and stay safe. If you are affected, SERVPRO will help clean-up storm damage that may occur from lake-effect snow.
Storm Season is upon us Buffalo!!
Customer from Kenmore had severe water damage, but SERVPRO Tonawanda was on site quick to help, another happy customer.
Here in Buffalo we are know for some not so nice weather and some pretty crazy storms. So far this season we had a Halloween rain storm that caused tons of water damage throughout the city and suburbs. Between sump pump failures and sewage drains, it caused quite a mess for us Buffalonians. During this time of year its always a good rule of thumb to stay protected against the elements. Here at SERVPRO we are committed in helping the community avoid any storm issues if possible. If ever you have a question or need water remediation SERVPRO is only a phone call away. We vary in services from water extraction and removal, to drying equipment and floor removal. If the weather gets to you this year, get to SERVPRO we'll make it like it never happened.
Tips to Get Your Family Prepared for Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Buffalo/Tonawanda
If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Buffalo/ Tonawanda.
There are times when we can be caught by surprise when severe weather strikes even though there are warning systems in place.
Fortunately, when Mother Nature manages to catch us off-guard, there are steps you can take and safety tips to follow that will ensure your family is prepared for various severe weather occurrences.
Establishing a Family Severe Weather Plan
One of the best ways to stay safe during dangerous weather situations is to have an established family emergency plan ready.
It is important to discuss and practice your family emergency plan if your family does have one in place. Also, be sure to discuss and review it at the beginning of various weather seasons so everyone knows exactly what to do.
If you’ve not yet put together a family emergency plan, take a look at some things to take into consideration when creating one:
1. How Are You Receiving Emergency Alerts?
We are fortunate to have technology available to us where it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings on our smartphones that are equipped with a weather app or Google for alerts and warnings to quickly receive emergency alerts, allowing you precious time to react in severe weather situations.
But cell phones need a signal and power, and herein lies the problem. Storms can wreak havoc with cell towers, and cell phone batteries will eventually die and with no power you will not be able to charge them. Warnings and alerts are also still broadcast over radio and TV.
2. What Are Your Storm Shelter Options?
In areas where tornadoes are common, you’ll want to be in the lowest part of your home, preferably a basement if you have one. If that is not possible, find an interior room on the lowest level out of the way from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.
Tornadoes aren’t the circumstance that call for sheltering. You can learn more about other situations that call for shelters by visiting ready.gov.
3. What Are Your Evacuation Routes?
Make a map that has multiple routes mapped out that will serve as an evacuation route, keeping in mind that hurricanes, flooding and fires can force you from your home in a hurry. Why multiple routes? That would be just in case one is impassible.
Also check for places to stay with your pets along the way for your furry family members that will be evacuating with you.
4. How Will Everyone Stay in Touch?
During storms, cell towers can sustain damage, rendering them useless, so it is not the best idea to rely solely on cell phones to keep in touch with your family. In some circumstances, cell phones could be lost or left behind, and you will be unable to charge the batteries when there is no power to recharge them.
You will need an emergency communication plan in place for your family, as well as a safe meeting place for your family to meet if separated.
If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Buffalo/ Tonawanda to get the cleanup and restoration process started.
Lingering Dampness After Storms Can Cause Mold
Harsh winters can take their toll on the structural integrity of homes and businesses. Most often,
home and business owners do not even realize the full extent of damage that their home suffered
throughout the hardest of winter months until the temperatures return to favorable conditions and
snowfall gets replaced with steadier rains. Even worse, the unfortunate way that most people learn
about these vulnerable water penetration points in their roof or siding is when water can pour into
their houses unabated.
Unfortunately, by the time that you begin to recognize that something is amiss, flood waters have
damaged your property. With the far reaches of water damage, this is not something that even a
skilled homeowner can adequately handle on their own. There are risks associated with failing to
remove all the moisture and dampness common to flood damages, and the only way to ensure you
do is to hire professional restorers.
Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly to your call and work to start removing the
present water in your home right away. From portable pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands to
gigantic pumps from our fleet, we have multiple options when it comes to removing the water
quickly. While extraction is a critical component of this restoration process, drying efforts hold an
equally valuable place in the procedure.
When it comes to ensuring that the affected areas of your home get thoroughly dried, several pieces
of equipment often get used. This process is so essential because lingering moisture and dampness
are natural breeding grounds for mold and microbial growth. Through devices like our SERVPRO
injectory system, cavities and hard to reach areas get the air they need to dry entirely.
As challenging as flooding in your home might be, especially when it comes from the attic space,
there is nothing that SERVPRO water restoration professionals cannot help you to overcome. We
can respond quickly with the tools and personnel to get the job done right. WE ARE HERE WHEN
YOU NEED US! Reach SERVPRO Buffalo-Tonawanda at 716-694-9949.
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SERVPRO® is often recognized as a nation-wide leader in disaster restoration services but, it is important to note that SERVPRO® of Buffalo Tonawanda and all SERVPRO® locations are locally owned and operated. As a local business, we enjoy getting involved in our community; getting to know each other, engaging in community events, and of course, working with other business owners in our area when called upon. We know that working locally means our reputation is always on the line and for each and every job it is of the utmost importance for our team to maintain our great reputation, especially with our neighbors! We are family operated and have been in the business for 45 years!
In addition to our restoration services, we also provide carpet and upholstery cleaning!
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New York has had its fair share of damaging storms, and Buffalo is no exception
New York has had its fair share of damaging storms, and Buffalo is no exception. Knowing what type of storm is coming is the best way to be prepared. Did you know there are 10 different storm types? This far north, most people think about winter storms when they think about storms. But in the summer months, it’s important to be prepared for effects of tropical storms, too.
SERVPRO® of Buffalo Tonawanda recognizes the importance of keeping homes or businesses safe before and after a storm.10 common storms are:
- Snow storm
- Hail storm
- Lightning storm
- Tropical storms
- Ice storms
- Derecho storms
Not every geographic location in the United States will experience the same type of storms. You might not even know what that last one is (a Derecho storm is one giant storm made of several large storms). More commonly, Buffalo is likely to experience the effects of a tropical storm, even hundreds of miles from the Atlantic Coast.
Storm damage from hail or lightning are familiar, but not everyone is informed about the specific damage a hurricane can cause.
Because hurricanes have far reaching effects (Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states), it’s very important to be informed on the damage they cause. This blog in particular will focus on hurricane - whether you experience a hurricane’s immediate damage or the aftermath.Common Storm Damage from Hurricanes1. Storm Surge
Storm surge directly affects the coast but can cause widespread damage. Storm surge occurs when wind drives water to the shore to the point that water piles up past the predicted tide level. The power of this water is so forceful that it can destroy structures and buildings.2. Flooding
Floods from a hurricane are often caused directly by storm surge. The extra water from storm surge is pushed far inland since it has nowhere else to go. The heavy rainfall that accompanies a hurricane also contributes heavily to flooding. Hurricanes can cause rainfall as far as 100 miles from its landing point, causing widespread flooding. A tropical storm doesn’t even have to reach hurricane classification to cause heavy rain and floods.3. Wind
Wind from hurricanes can reach speeds as fast as 74 - 155 miles per hour. These powerful winds can uproot trees, down power lines, and fling debris. This debris can cause even more damage as it flies around. Winds during a storm can also be so powerful as to lift the roof on a house. Tornadoes can even form within hurricanes.
Damage caused by these hurricane effects can be far-reaching and unexpected. Thus, it is vital to take cautions like stocking an emergency preparedness kit, adding storm-resistant features to your home, and heeding any official warnings ahead of a storm.
Cleanup and restoration after a storm can be overwhelming. Call SERVPRO® of Buffalo Tonawanda, the leading expert in storm damage restoration.
Flooding is the number #1 weather related cause of death, with majority of those deaths caused by flash flooding. Flash flooding is when there is a large amount of rain that comes down within minutes or hours. Other causes can be heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane, tropical storm, or melt water from ice or snow flowing over ice sheets or snowfields.
If flooding does occur in your area, please remember
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for current and forecasted conditions in your area.
- If flooding begins in your area, go to higher ground immediately.
- When driving, always be aware that the road bed under flood waters may be severely damaged. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Remember that it takes only two feet of water to carry away a vehicle, including pickups and SUVs.
- When walking, do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Remember that it takes only six inches of rushing water to knock an adult off his feet.
- If your vehicle stalls, get out immediately and go to higher ground.
- Be extra cautious at night, when it is harder to see possible flood dangers.
- These four words could save your life: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.
When it comes to water damage from flooding, safety is the number one priority. When you can insure the safety of your family and conditions have improved, that is when to call in the professionals and assess damage. Our SERVPRO Team is Ready for Whatever Happens.
If flooding does occur in your area, listen to and adhere to weather alerts and warnings and know your risk!
We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! SERVPRO Buffalo/Tonawanda, 716-694-9949
Storm Damage Experts
When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great.
Storm damage can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “Like it never even happened.”
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling.
We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Call 694-9949
Storm Damage in WNY
What You Need to Know About Storm Damage Restoration
With rising global temperatures, different areas across the world have experienced devastating storms that leave vast tracts of land under water, millions of people displaced, and property worth billions destroyed. Recently, Puerto Rico experienced an apocalyptic storm, dubbed Hurricane Irma in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which dumped over 50 inches of rain in the eastern part of Texas USA.
However, it is not always that you will experience devastating storms with the magnitude of a hurricane Irma or Harvey, but you might experience smaller storms with minimal damage to your building. Storm damage rarely affects one building in a neighborhood, and so it is necessary to have a storm damage expert on speed dial for immediate repairs following a storm. A storm damage expert can help in the restoration of your residential as well as commercial buildings affected by the resulting losses.
Storms are accompanied by strong winds that can cause severe wind damage including, roof damage and felling trees. Ensure that your storm damage expert can handle wind damage situations. They should be in a position to offer roof damage solutions and reinforce your buildings against the effects of wind damage in the future. Home restoration for wind damage is easier with a resourceful storm restoration expert.
In the wake of a storm, flooding is inevitable. If you live near a large mass of water, be sure that you will experience river flooding that can weaken the foundation of buildings. Flooding causes unimaginable havoc including disruption of transport routes and means of communications. River flooding also deposits garbage swept from up-river, and it is detrimental. Water restoration is the first step in the river flooding scenario. It is necessary to ensure you get a storm remediation. expert as a neighborhood to clean up the mess after the river recedes.
In the wake of a storm, the soil loses its ability to drain water, and you should have a storm remediation. expert to check the extent of ground water damage. It makes it hard for floods to flow, leaving it stagnant. This can be a breeding ground for disease carrying insects such as mosquitoes. For faster drainage of the ground water, invest in a flood pump to remove flood water from the basement and other rooms in your building. Consider a company that specializes in clean water restoration and follow it up with home restoration experts.
One of the worst accompaniments of a storm is hail. News items are showing severe hail damage leading to a roof leak that gets worse over time. Following severe hail damage, most of the affected items will need replacement. It is necessary that you go through the insurance coverage on your property to ensure it includes hail damage, roof damage; otherwise, you will have a hefty repair bill for frozen pipes, roof damage, ice damage, ice damming, and flood pump hire.
Ice Damming and Ice Damage
The worst storms are those that come in winter. They leave residential and commercial buildings with severe ice damage and flooding from ice dam. A more severe scenario is having frozen pipes, which could mean that you will not have water. You could also get an ice dam forming on your roof, and it will prevent water from draining from your roof. The water that stagnates behind the dam can lead to a roof leak at first but get worse with time if you do not get the ice dam thawed. Only a storm remediation. expert can carry out roof repair to get rid of the ice dam. Frozen pipes because of ice damage can block all your pipes, leading to flooding because of a roof leak.
You can prevent ice damming before winter comes. Make sure to include plenty of ceiling insulation evenly to create a temperature exchanges between the underside of your roof and the inside of your rooms. This will ensure even melting of the ice preventing frozen pipes, a roof leak, which manifest as water stains on your ceilings. A storm remediation. expert can undertake the roof repair if ice damming catches you unawares. The roof repair needs to be handled immediately to avoid structural damage.
In the recent past, there have been devastating hurricanes, most recently, Hurricane Irma and Harvey. Hurricane damage is more widespread; causing river flooding, stagnation of ground water and flood water, hail damage. The task of rectifying hurricane damage rests on the community, and this makes the process of home restoration an easier one. Due to the heavy rainfall, a flood pump is a necessary equipment to get rid of the flood water.
Home and storm Restoration
After the ground water recedes, home restoration should be the first step of storm restoration. Water restoration is the most important aspect of the home restoration process. This will prevent the spread of water borne diseases by providing clean water for essential use. A flood pump will ensure that all the flood water is drained away. Ensure to get an experienced roof repair expert for proper restoration work.
In conclusion, ensure that you have the sufficient building insurance, to cater for ice damming, storm damage, hurricane damage, storm restoration, as well as water restoration. Ensure that you have the number of a storm remediation. company with an excellent reputation.
We are here for you 24 hours/ 7 days a week! 716-694-9949
Snow Storm in Buffalo
Storms can come upon us without much warning. Yes, we watch the news, but bad weather is still unpredictable, so we need to take steps to keep our homes safe from storm damage.
An inspection of your home’s premises is a really good idea to conduct before inclement weather hits. A leaky roof or windows can cause big problems during extreme conditions such as a snow storm or heavy rains. Do all your exterior doors and windows fit correctly? When’s the last time you took a look at your roof to see how things are looking up there? These are all great questions to ask yourself.
Loose shutters and rain gutters can present a real problem in high winds, as can unstable large trees. It might be a good idea to trim back trees and bushes with large heavy branches that are not in good condition, so that windows and vehicles are not in danger of storm damage in windy conditions.
Take time to inspect areas around your home and street and remove debris or dirt that might obstruct the flow of water from a heavy rain. A clogged drainage ditch can cause a lot of damage by flooding your property during, or even after, a storm.
Your family is very precious to you. In the event of a storm, do you have a system in place that will help you to get information to everyone in case of a weather emergency? Most of us use our cell phones to communicate these days, but in the case of a bad storm, your cell phone service could be at risk. You might consider installing a good old-fashioned landline, just in case. If you or a family member gets stuck at work or out doing errands, families will worry, so it’s vital that lines of communication stay open.
The SERVPRO team of SERVPRO of BUFFALO-TONAWANDA has your back in the event of storm damage, fire damage, or mold issues. You can give us a call today at 716-694-9949 or visit us on our website: