Recent Storm Damage Posts

Have Water Damage From A Storm? We can Help!!

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle is an Emergency Water Damage Restoration Company ready to help 24/7/365, we are here when you need us. We Service all of the Hampton Roads area’s including Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Newport News. 

SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle is available for water emergencies, large or small. When you have water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. 

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time.  

When you call us, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed. 

SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.  

We Are Ready to Help Call Today – 757-479-4447 

When Your Business Needs Flood Insurance

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Flood Insurance Flood insurance is different than water damage insurance.

Whether you are a tenant or a building owner, a flood can devastate your business. You can reduce your risk of losing your business due to flooding with a flood insurance policy. Commercial flood insurance can help protect your business floor, walls, ceilings, equipment, fixtures, furniture, and inventory. Floods are one of the most common and expensive natural disasters and can affect every region and state. Floods can happen anywhere. Over 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside high-risk flood zones. Flood insurance may benefit your business regardless of whether there is a declaration of disaster. Storms are not the sole cause of flooding. Floods can be triggered by a broken dam or levee, a new building development that changes the flow of water in your area. 

Flooding can happen at any time and anywhere. Commercial flood insurance coverage can help protect your business and mitigate financial loss in the event of a flood. If you experience any type of flood damage SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle is always ready to help. You can give us a call at 757-479-4447! 

What To Do Before A Storm

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Bad Weather Be prepared for the storm. Know your evacuation plan if needed.

As we enter hurricane season, we should always try to be ready for the storm before it comes. Likely what happens when the news says a hurricane is coming is people like to stock up on water, canned goods, flashlights, and batteries. Waiting until last minute can have you going crazy going from store to store due to the items being sold out. Here are a couple things you can do before the storm comes. 

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm
  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard- topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains. 
  • Unplug and electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

Hurricane season is June 1st- November 30th, try to follow all these safety tips to have a safe outcome. If by chance you do experience storm damage of any sort you can always give SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle as we are open 24/7, 365 days a year. 

What To Do DURING A Storm

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Bad Weather Be prepared for a storm, have backup supplies, and check with our local authorities.

Being part of a hurricane can be very scary for some, and new as some people have never experienced a hurricane. If you live on the east coast you know we experience hurricanes here and there but someone who just moved here could have no idea. Being prepared for the storm always has a better outcome than not being prepared. Here is a list of things you can do to make sure you are safe and prepared for any storm that may come your way.  

  •     Use your battery operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials
  • Avoid contact with coded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage. 
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity. 
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay away off porches
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls
  • Avoid natural lightning rods such as tall, isolated tree in an open area
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas
  • Avoid contact with anything metal
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

If you experience any type of storm damage you can always give us a call at 757-479-4447 and we will be there as soon as we can. We are open 24/7, 365 days a week and ready to help you as soon as you call. 

What To Do AFTER The Storm

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Aftermath of Hurricane Give us a call at 757-479-4447

After the storm passes, there is always such a mess everywhere and we're here to help! Here are a few tips on what to do after the storm has passed. 

What to do AFTER the storm:

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorm
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or those with access or functional needs
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately 
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control 

SERVPRO of Kempsville/Military Circle is always ready to help if a nasty storm has messed with your home or business. You can always give us a call at 757-479-4447

How To Be Ready For Any Disaster

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Flash Flood Warning Fooding can be scary, be prepared, following the recommendations from your local authorities is important.

Right now were in a weird time of the year, one day it feels like summer and the next day it feels like fall. One day its so nice and beautiful and the next day it's humid and pouring rain. A rainstorm, thunderstorm, flood, or even hurricane is common to occur in the summertime especially on the East Coast. Here are a few tips when a small or large storm comes by.

  • Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check or change the batteries frequently.

  • Keep a flashlight in an easily accessible spot on every floor of your home. Check the batteries monthly, and replace them as needed.

  • Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.

  • As a safety precaution before leaving the house on vacation, unplug all electrical appliances except for those lights connected to automatic timers.

  • If you live in a storm-prone area, nail down roof shingles or use adequate adhesive to keep them from blowing off in a violent wind. For roofs with shingles that are not the seal-down type, apply a little dab of roofing cement under each tab.

  • A lightning-protection system should offer an easy, direct path for the bolt to follow into the ground and thus prevent injury or damage. Grounding rods (at least two for a house) should be placed at opposite corners of the house.

  • Don't go out during a hurricane unless you have to; however, if flooding threatens, seek high ground, and follow the instructions of civil defense personnel.

  • When a major storm is imminent, close shutters, board windows, or tape the inside of larger panes with an "X" along the full length of their diagonals. Even a light material like masking tape may give the glass the extra margin of strength it needs to resist cracking
  • When a tornado threatens, leave windows slightly ajar.

  • The basement is not a good shelter during a tornado -- it's too close to gas pipes, sewer pipes, drains, and cesspools. A better shelter would be underground, far from the house (in case the roof falls) and away from the gas and sewer systems. Let all family members know where the shelter is.

  • Keep an eye on large trees -- even healthy ones -- that could damage your house if felled in a storm. Cut them back, if necessary.