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Water Damage: Helpful Tips & Techniques

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Many of our customers have learned the hard way that water damage is a big problem. It can destroy not only your home and your finances, but also destroy the sentimental items that you can’t put a price tag on. For that reason it’s a good idea to learn what causes water damage so that you can better avoid it. But if you cannot avoid it then here are some tips on what to do if you have been victimized by it. Depending on the severity of your damage you may need to contact the local authorities, and insurance provider, but eventually they will most likely get a SERVPRO® crew out to your location to fix it up.

Safety First with Water Damage

The first concern is the safety of friends, family and you in your home or area. Common causes of injury after water damage to a structure are slip hazards, and electrical shock due to careless mistakes that might have been avoided. Essential Water Damage Info Here

On this note, don’t just go about business as usual, avoid kitchen appliances, and avoid tampering with major electrical devices that are connected to the building until authorities have deemed that it is safe to do so. This includes ceiling fans, lights, and televisions.  Water Damage Emergency Tips

4 Types of Flood Waters | SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

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4 Types of Flood Waters

Regardless of where you live, you can be the victim of a flood. Thanks to the damaging effects of water, floods can destroy much of your home and everything inside. If you want to better protect your home from flooding, check out these four common types of flood waters you should be aware of.

  1. Clean Water Flooding

Sometimes, a faulty pipe or appliance causes flooding inside your house. For example, during the winter, a pipe (containing fresh drinking water) freezes and breaks to create a leak in your basement. This water was designed to be used and consumed by humans, so you don't have to worry about contaminates like sewage.

As long as you catch the damage quickly, this type of flooding can be stopped fast. All you need to do is turn off the water from the source, such as the main water valve. It's still important to remove the water and dry items as fast as possible to prevent mold and mildew, which can cause breathing problems, skin irritation, eye irritation, and other medical issues.

  1. River Flooding

If an area suddenly receives a lot of rainfall (or a lot of snowfall that melts quickly), it can cause rivers to overflow. Nearby houses, which are normally far from the waters, may find their basements, crawlspaces or entire house filled with river water. Unfortunately, this type of water may be heavily contaminated.

First, many rivers, especially those in urban areas, aren't clean. They contain many pollutants, chemicals, and diseases that can harm you and your family. Similarly, while the water was traveling to your home, it may have caught water pouring from overflowing sewers, which means the flood water may contain fecal matter and similar contaminates. For this reason, especially if there was lots of water damage, many homeowners need extensive repairs to drywall, flooring, and other areas of the home.

  1. Groundwater Flooding

While much of the Earth's water is on the surface in the form of oceans, lakes, and rivers, there is also a lot of water hiding underground. This groundwater is commonly used for drinking wells, which means it is relatively clean. Plus, as the water is pushed through dirt and rocks, it may shed more contaminates. For this reason, unless the water smells or looks rancid, you can assume that it is mostly clean.

As long as you start cleaning right away, you should be able to restore much of what was exposed to the water. If drywall was impacted, however, you may need to have your walls opened so that they can fully dry. Even if the wall looks dry and clean outside, it may have mold and moisture inside the walls. This is especially a problem if the insulation absorbs water because it can hold the water for a long period of time.

  1. Sewer Flooding  

Sewage can be found in nearly any type of flood water, but flood water can also come directly from the sewer. In some cases, this is simply caused by your toilet or septic system backing up. As a result, the toilet and other drains may begin to let sewage back into your home.

In more severe cases, if lots of flooding causes the sewage system to overflow (or if the system is damaged in some way), it can cause sewage to back up into your home via the toilet. The worst part: this backup is not just your waste; it can be waste from anyone in your community. Sewage like this isn’t just gross; it can cause illness and disease.

Not all flood water is contaminated, but all flood water can lead to major damage and mold growth. If you would like to know more about types of flood waters and damage or if you need to request a quote, contact us at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside today.

Secondary Damages | SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

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How to Protect Your Home Against Secondary Damages After a Storm or Fire

Whether your home was damaged by a storm or a fire, secondary damages are a real concern. The term secondary damages refers to the types of damage that occurs after but as a result of the initial event. For example, if your roof was damaged during a storm, water damage that occurs during subsequent storms, as a result of the damaged roof, would be secondary damages. Fortunately, options exist for preventing these damages.

Tarp Over Services

A properly installed roof tarp can provide protection for up to three months — plenty of time to settle insurance issues and schedule a repair. The key is to contact a damage restoration and mitigation company immediately so they can apply tarp and dry out any moisture in your attic before further damage occurs.

What to Expect

Professional tarping services are much more secure than the average DIY job. Professionals first remove the debris and measure the damage to ensure that they use the correct tarp size. Tarps must be larger than the damaged area to ensure moisture cannot penetrate the roof.

Further, the tarps must be positioned so that water cannot flow underneath them, which is achieved by always bringing the tarps over the peak opposite the damage and sandwiching the edges beneath boards so that future winds and storms will not pull the tarp free.

Window Boarding

Not all window damage results in broken glass. Damage to the seals or frames can be just as devastating, since moisture can still get into the home.  Signs that you need damage control include damp ceilings below an upstairs window, moisture leaks in around your windows, bubbling paint on the walls surrounding your windows, or mold on the window frames.

What to Expect

Professional boarding services are able to cover your windows without causing permanent damage to the frames or your home's siding. Boards are cut to fit each specific window. Any damaged glass is removed, and then the window may have a sheet of plastic to keep out moisture.

Once the window is covered with plastic, the boards go into place. The boards typically screw into the frame or siding, but the damage can be patched after the window is replaced. Keep in mind that boards are more for security and to prevent further damage, not moisture prevention.

Mold Prevention

Mold growth can begin in as little as 24 hours after water damage occurs. If you suspect that your home suffered damages and that moisture is still present following a storm or fire, then schedule a visit from a damage contractor within the first day.

You must notify your insurance company to let them know that you have a contractor coming out to mitigate secondary damages. The insurance company may require specific documentation, including photographs and reports, if mitigation begins before an insurance adjuster has a chance to view your property.

What to Expect

The best strategy to minimize mold growth is to quickly dry out the home. First, pump out any standing water in the home. Once this is complete, move furniture, personal items, and rugs to a dry location. The carpet may also need removal, especially if it is not salvageable.

Once the room is clear, the contractors will begin the full dry process. Typically, a combination of water extractors —similar to powerful industrial vacuums — and industrial fans quickly remove the water. A biocide treatment may also be applied at this point to minimize the chances of mold growth.

Contact SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside for more information on repairs and restoration after damage occurs to your home. We want to help get your home back to good condition.

Factors That Impact Water Damage Restoration | SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Factors That Impact a Water Damage Restoration Service

Water causes more damage than you might realize. Standing water and the moisture it leaves behind can seep into textiles and crevices, which creates an environment for mold.

Many people turn to professional cleanup companies because restoration is an involved process. If the damp isn't completely dried out, mold can grow under the new surfaces you have built. Discover the factors that impact the service of water damage restoration.

Location

Depending on the cause of the water damage, it can affect any part of your house. For example, a roof can develop a leak or mold under the shingles. The ceiling underneath can start sagging because of water damage. Water completely destroys drywall, which is widely used for most walls. Those repairs aren't always as difficult, so the cost is lower.

Unfortunately, water travels downward and collects. The basement often sees the most water damage. It's also a space that's especially difficult to dehumidify because it's at least partially underground. The basement is difficult to keep dry on its own, and a flood or other water disaster wreaks havoc. Basement dehumidification and restoration is sometimes the costliest service.

Materials

As noted above, drywall is especially susceptible to water damage. Luckily, drywall is relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Other materials might affect not only the cost, but the contractors needed to restore the area.

For instance, another material that's very susceptible to water damage is hardwood, which is common for flooring. Quick removal of the water might spare large parts of the hardwood. Indeed, a hardwood floor might be fine after a short period of submersion. However, it needs dehumidification correctly to preserve its integrity.

Laminates don't necessarily deteriorate themselves. However, they don't prevent the water from soaking underneath. Therefore, the subfloor degrades quickly. The same happens with carpeting, which also quickly becomes destroyed by water. On the other hand, tile work is mostly impervious to water damage.

Size of the Area

Whenever you undertake a home improvement project, the size of the area impacts the time involved as well as the cost. The same factor is true for water damage restoration.

You might seek out water damage restoration services after a small incident such as discovering standing water in your attic because of a leaky roof. You'll almost certainly call if a storm caused a nearby river to flood your house. Naturally, the first incident will often result in a shorter and cheaper service than the second.

Amount of Water

In the same vein, the size of the job impacts the cost and time needed. The amount of water involved dictates the size of the job. So, if you want restoration from a leaky pipe, you'll likely spend less money and time than after a full flood.

Likewise, the presence or lack of standing water also impacts the service. If the contractors first have to pump out the water before they even get to the dehumidification process, obviously that task bumps up both time and cost.

Type of Water

Not all water is equal, and the type of water that caused the damage will impact how the restoration service goes.

The best-case scenario is the small leak mentioned above. However, a burst supply pipe is also a decent scenario. Sure, the water can infiltrate your walls and cause flooding in your basement. However, the key is that it's clean water.

You may have heard of gray water, which comes from the dishwasher or washing machine. This water is considered slightly contaminated. However, it's not too bad compared to the next type, so water removal and the subsequent restoration aren't as involved.

The bad guy of water is blackwater. Blackwater can come from that flooding river. It's also the category for a burst sewage pipe. Removal of blackwater is tricky because infectious organisms and other biohazards are likely involved. What's more, even after cleanup, the restoration is more involved because you probably have more to replace.

Don't ignore even minor water damage in your home. Call the damage restoration specialists at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside for help.

Storm Damage and Your Home’s Structure

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Ways a Storm May Damage Your Home's Structural Integrity

One of the reasons why prompt storm damage remediation is so critical is because a storm may damage your home in ways that aren't always obvious. A professional can help you identify and solve any storm damage to the structural portions and other inner workings of your home.

Discover some of the ways a storm could damage your home's structural integrity.

Roof Damage

Your roof can have obvious structural damage if a tree falls on it. However, that's not the only way that a storm could damage the structure of your roof. For example, large tree branches that fall on the roof can also cause damage even though they don't cause an evident cave-in.

Another way a storm can structurally damage your roof is by overloading it with weight. Too much snow can have this effect, especially if it's very wet snow or accompanied by ice.

Foundation Damage

One type of storm damage that can affect your foundation is flooding. Another is erosion. Localized flooding can increase the pressure of water against your foundation wall, which could result in cracks, shifting, sinking, and bowed foundation walls.

Erosion can be more insidious. Rivulets of water from the storm can wash away dirt from around your home's foundation. At first, this may not seem like a big deal, but the ground around your foundation is what holds it in place. And erosion can eventually result in similar types of foundation damage as it allows water more access to your home's foundation.

Interior Water Damage

Whether it enters through a broken window or a roof leak or rises up from the ground, water can be one of the biggest forces of storm damage. Although water may not destroy literally everything it touches, it can come close. Water can cause structural failure in commonly used building materials in your walls, ceilings, and floors.

Drywall can soften once it's been soaked in water and will need replacing. Other building materials such as particleboard may swell up and need replacing as well. Water can also cause plywood to delaminate and make other types of wood crack or split.

Floors, sub-floors, structural beams, rafters, and other significant structural components of your home could be susceptible, depending on what they're made of.

Pest Damage

Although storms don't actually create pests, they can send wildlife looking for places to shelter and can sometimes create damage that allows pests into your home. While most pests are just a nuisance (and sometimes a potential health and safety hazard), some can actually affect your home's structure as well.

Termites may be the most significant example of an insect that causes structural damage. Other wood-destroying insects (typically carpenter ants and powder post beetles) can also cause structural damage to wood components of your home. Prompt storm damage repair can reduce the chances of picking up any of these pests due to storm damage.

Mold Damage

Mold can be a byproduct of storm damage. Because the visible growth of mold exists on the surface of a wall, floor, or other object, homeowners may think of mold as more of a staining problem than a structural problem. But mold has deep-reaching roots that can also eat away at the interior of the object it infests.

Mold uses the organic substances in the wall or other structure as food, so a more severe mold growth may mean a faster deterioration of structural stability. Fortunately, this damage doesn't occur quickly. But mold growth does begin quickly; the EPA recommends remediating any moisture problems in under 48 hours to prevent mold.

As you can see, your home's structure is susceptible to many other types of damage than just large falling objects. For more information on storm damage, how you can prevent storm damage, and what to do if you suspect your home has sustained damage from a recent storm, get in touch with SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside today.

What to Know About the Water in Your Crawl Space

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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What You Should Know If You Have Water in Your Crawl Space

Your home's crawl space is one of those areas you may not often think about since you likely rarely see that part of your home. However, when you have a problem with water damage in your crawl space, you realize how essential this area is to your home.

Water damage can easily occur in a crawl space, so you should look at it every few months to scan for problems. The question often remains, however, is how the water damage happens in the first place. Unless you had a major weather event or other obvious leaks, you may be puzzled to find water damage in your crawl space. Read on to learn more about water in your crawl space.

What Causes Water in the Crawl Space

Increased Humidity

Some houses have a higher level of humidity. This is often the case with older homes with broken seals or homes that need more sealant around the windows and doors. If your crawl space is not sealed, the problem is often worse.

The excess humidity in a crawl space can cause a variety of problems for your entire home, including bad air quality, water damage, or mold growth. Your crawl space can even take on a thin layer of standing water in some cases.

Broken or Leaking Pipes

If you see a large puddle of water in your crawl space, you may have an issue with one or more of your pipes. The water may be from different pipes in your home, from fresh water pipes going to your sinks and showers to used water from the toilet.

The smell in the crawl space will help you determine which pipe is broken or leaking. If you smell a sewage smell, you will know the water is from the toilet. A mustier smell is likely due to a fresh water pipe. When fresh water sits stagnant for a long time, it can take on an unpleasant smell, but not the same as sewage.

Leaking Roof

Crawl spaces are located in different areas in homes. If your crawl space is near the bottom of your home, chances are you will notice a roof leak before the water makes it to the crawl space. If your crawl space is at the top of your house as part of your attic space, you may not notice the roof leak right away.

You may also have a leak into the attic that is going down a wall and into the crawl space. You may not notice the leak right away until you see water damage to the walls. Most homeowners look for roof leaks in the ceilings as they are more noticeable. A leak into the crawl space and down the walls are not generally noticeable until they have done great damage.

How to Clean a Wet Crawl Space

Once you notice wetness in your crawl space, you first need to locate the source of the water and make the necessary repairs or adjustments. You then need to remove the water and dry the area as much as possible.

If you want to do this yourself, you can use a wet vacuum to remove standing water. You can then wipe up any excess water with towels, and dry the area with a fan.

However, if the water is excessive or if it contains contaminated water from your toilets, you should leave the clean-up to professionals who have the proper equipment to deal with the water. Contaminated water can make you and your family quite ill.

If you have water damage in your crawl space, or in any area of your home, please contact us at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside right away.

After a House Fire Waiting for the Restoration Company

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Things to Do After a House Fire While Waiting for a Cleanup Company

A fire in your home, even if it is a small fire, can create a lot of problems that you need to deal with. While the majority of the cleanup is often contracted to a clearing and restoration service, you can do some things while waiting for the restoration company to start your cleanup. 

Limit Traffic in the Home

Once the fire department releases the home to you, keep the number of people walking through the house to a minimum. Things like soot and other debris can quickly grind into carpets and upholstered items, and it will be much harder for the restoration company to remove from the fabric.

If you do need to move around in the house, lay down some plastic runners in the traffic areas, and try to keep everyone out that does not need to be in the building. People often want to see the aftermath of the fire, but if they don't need to be in the house, they just add to the potential problems and could be a safety concern. 

Cover Your Furnishings

If the furnishings in your home are still relatively clean after the fire, put some plastic over them to keep dirt, soot, and ash off the upholstery. The upholstery may smell like smoke or other odors from the fire, but if the fabric is still clean, dealing with furnishing restoration is much easier. 

Clean Out the Fridge and Freezer

The electricity to your home is often shut off during fire suppression efforts, and if you can’t move back into the home for a while, take the time to clean out the refrigerator and the freezer so that the food does not spoil and ruin the appliances. Once all the food is out, prop the door open on both the fridge and the freezer to keep them from getting musty or growing mold inside.

Unplug Appliances and Electronics

If appliances or electronics are in the house that may turn on when the power comes on, unplug them from the outlets. If the items do not appear to have damage on them, they could have water damage inside or a short that you can’t see.

Something as simple as a wire with the insulation melted off could create a spark and start another fire when the power comes on. Unplugging the attached electronic or appliance is the safest way to isolate it and make sure everything is in working order.

Retrieve Your Important Documents

If you have documents in your home that are important like birth certificates, death certificates, your marriage license, or important insurance documents, retrieve them from the home as soon as possible. The longer these documents stay in the home, the more likely they are to sustain damage, and some of the documents will be hard to replace. 

Locate the documents and put them in something secure to protect them. Move them to a safe deposit box, or invest in a lockbox to keep with you until you are able to return to your house. If you decide to keep the documents with you, make sure the lockbox is fire-, water-, and tamper-proof so that you don't risk losing these documents again. 

At SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside, we specialize in cleaning up after a fire in your house. We have the experience, tools, and manpower to help you pick up the pieces after a fire of any size. Give us a call and we will assess the damage to your home, let you know what it will take to clean it up, and get started right away so we can get you back in your house. 

First Response Actions | SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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After a disaster, the only thing a business owner likely wants is to clean up the mess and get back to work. However, property damage from a fire or flood could suffer smoke and soot damage, water damage, and mold. Biological hazards from sewage and chemicals in the floodwater runoff make the cleanup a dangerous task.

Professional restoration services can salvage property that others may think are beyond help. The 24-hour services normally arrive on the scene within a couple of hours after a call, but anxious business owners can begin the process with caution.

Inspect for Safety

Stay away from evacuated areas until the authorities allow people to return. Do not enter a building with structural issues. Enter smoke-damaged buildings cautiously because the particulates in the air from the fire can harm respiratory health. Wear gloves, rubber boots, and face masks for protection.

Contact utility services or talk to officials in a flooded area about the safety of entering the building. Consider the building hazardous until utility workers or fire investigators have turned off the electricity and made certain gas utilities do not pose a threat. Wear rubber boots, or chest waders if needed, to ensure protection from any standing water.

Increase the Ventilation

Open the windows for better air circulation to remove smoke odors, but only if the weather is not rainy outside. You don’t want to add more water to the environment. If the utility services decide you can safely turn the power back on, install fans in the windows to direct air out of the building. Do not attempt to use any previously submerged electrical appliances.

Protect the Carpets

Do not walk across soot-stained carpets because this can cause the soot to spread and embed deeper into the carpet fibers. Plastic bags over furniture legs or sheets of aluminum foil under the legs can protect carpets from upholstery fabric dyes that may seep from wet furniture. Do the same for metal legs, as they can leave rust stains behind when wet.

Sort Some Items

Professional restoration services can salvage a surprising amount of property, including electronics, but cannot help when items have melted or burned severely. Remember to photograph and keep an inventory list of anything thrown out so the information is available for an insurance claim.

Remove Smoke Odors

If the fire occurred in a small area, like a break room, the rooms closed off from the event may only need air cleaning to make them usable again. Fill bowls of baking soda and distribute throughout the room to remove some odor. Install air purifiers as well if possible. Turn off HVAC systems to prevent the circulation of smoke and soot through the ventilation ducts.

Avoid Potential Pathogens

You can’t always salvage everything during extensive floods. Many business locations are in urban areas where a flood could cause sewage systems to overflow and expose people to pathogens. The water may also contain toxic chemicals like oil and gas from flooded cars or roads and runoff from industrial buildings.

Do not allow the floodwater to encounter any exposed skin. Do not allow employees to remove their property before the restoration company arrives because of the risk of pathogen exposure. Allow restoration professionals to clean any items deemed salvageable to ensure the belongings are safe to handle.

Business owners want to get back to work after a disaster, but they also need to exercise patience to avoid illness or the unnecessary loss of equipment. At SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside, we can help. Our restoration technicians will work with you and your insurance company to make the process fast and effective. Contact us today. 

Things You Can Do for Your Home After a Fire | SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Without a doubt, a house fire is catastrophic to a family. It does not matter if the fire completely destroyed everything or if only a portion of a single room was involved, your family will be greatly affected. You want to get things back to normal as soon as possible, which means you’ll need a professional fire damage company to do repairs and restoration.

But while you wait for the professionals to do their work, you can take care of some things yourself. Of course, you must wait until the fire department gives you the all clear that the place is safe for you to enter. Even if only one room was involved, you need to know that the house is secure. In any fire, burning materials release toxic fumes that linger and can be dangerous if you inhale them.

In addition to toxic fumes, the structure of the building may be impaired. The fire department is trained to inspect all the places that were involved in a fire and decide if the house is structurally sound or not, which is crucial before you can enter. Once you have been told the house is safe to enter, here are a few things you can do yourself.

Secure the House

You do not want any more damage to the house after a fire. To ensure that the house is secure from wind, rain, and any unwanted people, board up all windows and doors that are damaged. If the roof or walls were damaged, be sure to put a tarp over the open areas if you cannot cover them with wood.

If the whole house was damaged, you may want to put a privacy fence around the property. You don't want anyone going in or being around the place who may get hurt, cause more damage, or even take things from your exposed house.

Pump Out Water

Firefighters use a lot of water to put out a fire. You need to get any standing water out of the house before it starts to mold. You can rent a pump from a local tool rental facility. Make sure the fire department and electric company have okayed the use of the electricity for the pump. If not, ask a neighbor if you can run an extension cord from their home to the pump.

Remove Trash

Some of your belongings won’t have survived the fire. Go through your home and throw out anything that is not salvageable. This includes getting rid of food items in the refrigerator and cupboards. Be sure to get rid of burned clothing, medicine, and cosmetics too.

Pull Out Furniture

If the furniture has not been burned but is covered in ashes or has water damage, you should pull it out of the house. Even if you do not see any soot or water, the material will smell like smoke. Taking the furniture outside gives it a chance to dry and air out. Keep in mind the pieces will still need to be professionally cleaned if you plan to keep them.

Ashes and soot are difficult to remove from furniture, walls, floors, and ceilings. Getting the smell out of the house and furnishings is also hard to do. Professional fire restoration companies understand what is required and have all the equipment and know-how to get things back to as normal as possible.

Whether you need to have a few pieces of furniture cleaned, or the whole house restored after a fire, contact SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside to take care of things for you. We can handle it all so you can begin rebuilding your life.

Storm Damage Prevention and Restoration | SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Dealing with a strong storm, such as a severe thunderstorm or tornado, is not easy, but following the right procedures helps keep the damage to a minimum. Naturally, you want to prepare well for any upcoming storm, and of course, you also want to restore your home to its original condition if any damage occurs.

This article looks at how to prepare for strong storms and also examines some key restoration issues.

Preventing Damage From A Storm

One important task for homeowners expecting severe weather to strike their area is to trim back any large tree branches that could potentially fall on their house. In many cases, roof damage from strong storms is the result of large branches falling on the roof and letting rainwater into the home.

Doors and windows often sustain significant damage during strong storms. A good way to keep any damage to a minimum is to cover doors and windows with plywood. If you live in an area where storms are common, it's a good idea to install storm shutters, also known as hurricane shutters.

Do not leave any outdoor furniture outside when a storm is expected. Strong winds can easily lift outdoor chairs and tables and turn them into dangerous flying objects. Put all outdoor furniture in a garage or storage room well in advance of any storm.

Another good idea is to disconnect all of your electronic equipment, such as televisions and computers, before the storm hits. Also, make certain that you know how to turn off your utilities should this become necessary once the storm is over.

Restoring Damage After a Storm

Roofs frequently suffer a significant amount of damage during severe storms. The shingles are often blown off, or tree limbs and other objects create holes in the sheathing. To prevent water from getting into the house through a damaged roof, have a tarp placed over the roof by a professional restoration service, such as SERVPRO.

Also, if you must leave your home after a storm make sure that the doors and windows have been boarded up if you have not done so already. If the storm damaged any boards that you put up in advance, have the damaged boards replaced.

Another vital issue that typically crops up after a major storm is mold remediation. Storms tend to let water into the house, and excessive moisture provides an excellent habitat for mold growth. Mold can gain a foothold in your home in a short period of time, so you must deal with mold problems quickly.

Some mold is not harmful to humans, but other types of mold can cause health problems, so your best course of action is not to deal with the issue yourself. There is no reason to take a chance with your health when experts are available to do the job. Call a qualified restoration firm and have them get rid of the mold. 

It's also quite common for important documents to receive damage after a storm due to exposure to moisture. You will want to save your documents if at all possible. Document restoration is not a do-it-yourself job. Fortunately, many storm restoration companies offer document restoring services.

A great way to save damaged documents is to have them freeze-dried. Air-drying damaged documents is another option. The best method usually depends on the amount of damage the documents received.

Preventing storm damage is important, but it's not always possible to prevent a very strong storm from damaging your home or your belongings. If a storm does cause damage to your home or personal property, SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside can provide vital restoration assistance. Contact us for more information.