Recent Storm Damage Posts

One Landscaping Trick to Limit Storm Damage in Marlton/Morningside

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Large tree blown over Here you can see just how dangerous trees can be and how they exacerbate storm damage

Storm damage is often unexpected and incredibly inconvenient. While no one can control the weather there is one very easy "trick" you can do to help limit the amount of damage a storm may cause! Below we will explore how pruning can prevent storm damage and some best practices to follow while pruning!

Pruning limits the amount of debris a potential storm can blow into your property as well as gives you a chance to inspect a tree for health and potential hazards.

Before and while pruning, make sure to  look for these signs of a potential hazard:

  • Cracks in the trunk or major limbs.
  • Hollow trunk (or mushrooms growing from the bark, indicating decay)
  • Heavy leaning to one side or the other
  • Branches hanging over the house near the roof.
  • Limbs touching live power lines.
  • V-shaped forks rather than U-shaped ones. V-shaped are more likely to split.
  • Branches that cross and interfere with each other.

These are signs that the tree may pose a greater threat to your residential or commercial structure and may need to be cut down.

Now, while pruning it is important to:

  • Avoid pruning branches that are flush with the trunk. This could expose trunk wood, opening the tree up to possible decay or insect damage.
  • Begin by making a cut partway through the bottom of any limb to be trimmed, a few inches from the trunk. Then cut through the limb just above the first cut. This ensures that when the limb falls, it will not tear a long strip of bark on the way down.
  • Finish by cutting off the few inches sticking out from the trunk. Leave the “branch collar,” the swollen area of trunk tissue that forms around the base of a branch. Keeping the branch collar protects the main trunk from damage.

After a storm, prune a tree just enough to balance the loss of roots. Cut out broken, diseased and malformed branches to give the tree a desirable shape. Continue to care for them to help them get healthy again.

Following these pruning tips will help limit storm damage, however, nothing can eliminate the threat of storm damage completely! If your residential or commercial building has suffered any storm damage give us a call here at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside at (301) 856-5402 and we will handle the mess quickly, professionally, and with great customer service!

How Thunderstorms Cause Storm Damage in the Marlton/Morningside Area

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

tree falls down after thunder storm The aftermath of a serious thunderstorm

Many people think only tornadoes, hurricanes and other extreme weather conditions can cause storm damage but that isn't the case. Yes, while the more extreme weather patterns can cause very devastating storm damage, a sever thunderstorm can be quite destructive as well. In this article we'll explore exactly what kinds of damage a thunderstorms can cause.

Flooding

In addition to the thunder and lightning, people generally associate with thunderstorms, you can't forget that a thunderstorm is still a storm, meaning there is potential for flooding due to excess rainfall. In fact, under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning.

Lightning

Lightning is responsible for many fires around the world each year, and causes fatalities property damage.

Hail

While technically a hail storm is different from a thunderstorm, it can be the case that the two coincide and hail starts to fall during a thunderstom. Hail can get up to the size of softballs damaging windows, roofs and doors on most residential and commercial buildings.

Wind Damage

Thunder storm winds, called straight-line winds which travel up to 120 mph can knock down trees,  associated with thunderstorms knock down trees, power lines and mobile homes, causing serious damage to surrounding homes and buildings.

Now, luckily, the most sever thunder storms generally happen more south in states like Texas, however, even in the Marlton/Morningside area it isn't impossible for us to see serious storm conditions that result in storm damage. If you ever find yourself in need of storm damage restoration services call us here at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside at (301) 856-5402.

The Most Common Types of Storm Damage in the Marlton/Morningside Area

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

snow caves in roof Here is a picture of roof damage caused by heavy snowfall

Storm damage can be devastating. Because weather is so variable and so unpredictable its important to know beforehand, exactly what kind of damage your home may suffer from a severe storm.

These are some of the most common types of storm damage to your roof, siding, and gutters.

Snow Weighs Down the Roof

Many people are shocked to learn that One of the most common types of storm damage is a damaged rough due to heavy snowfall.

Wind Damages Shingles

Strong winds can blow unsecure shingles off the room of your home AND potentially blow the shingles into a window. We've seen it happen.

Lightning Causes Fires

During thunderstorms, if you're unlucky enough to have your home struck by lightning, your home may catch on fire. This often occurs on rooftops.

Rain Causes Leaks and Damages Granules

If your area experiences excessive rain during one season, you may discover that the constant wetness wears on your roof. Roof shingles may become weaker when they have exposure to such wet weather for a long duration. When paired with other elements, like intense winds, the water can do more damage much faster, especially with leaks.

Rain also damages your shingles by reducing the granules on your roof. Granules help protect your roof and home from the hot rays of the sun, which helps keep your home cool in the summer.

Freezing Weather Causes Ice Dams

Ice dams, which trap water between your roof and a layer of ice, can cause leaking which may then turn into mold and mildew.

Water damage from ice dams isn't uncommon either.

Hail Can Dent and Crack Shingles and Siding

Hail is one of the most  damaging elements for your home's roof causing leaks and structural damage at times.

Dealing with storm damage, no matter what it is, is never fun. If you find yourself in the unfortunate place of needing help with storm damage restoration, give SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside a call at (301) 856-5402.

What to do If You Have a Leak in the Roof of Your Marlton/Morningside Area Home.

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Roof leaking is a common instance of storm damage. Because leaking roofs don't always seem like imminently dangerous threats to a homes' structure, people tend to wait to get it inspected and fixed.

Listen, it is important to act quickly when it comes to a roof leak. Leaky roofs never fix themselves or get better on their own. Even if the leak isn’t bad yet, get it fixed now.

Sometimes the leak hasn't fully developed yet, and instead the homeowner is noticing some of the pre-signs" of a leaky roof like:

  • Musty odors in certain rooms.
  • Water stains on your ceiling.
  • Spots on your exterior walls.
  • Bulging patches on your interior walls.
  • Missing or warped shingles.

If this is the case still call a professional for an inspection and consider calling a water and storm damage specialist to assess other damages that may have been caused by the leaking like us here at SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside at (301) 856-5402.

SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside ready for any Storms this Spring may Bring!

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Spring Storms information Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Marlton/Morningside

Strong Spring weather systems bring a variety of hazards to most of the US as they move across the landscape including, Marlton & Morningside, MD. These storm systems are fueled by the collision of cold and warm air masses during Spring.

SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside specializes in storm and flood damage restoration, and we are prepared to assist you through any downpours any season may bring. 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 Marlton/Morningside, 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 (301)856-5402

SERVPRO of Marlton / Morningside Dispatches to Irving, TX to Assist Those Affected by Winter Storm Uri

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marlton / Morningside was on call when storm Uri threatened the midwest. SERVPRO of Marlton / Morningside answered the call when storm Uri threatened the Midwest.

Winter Storm Uri was a major winter and ice storm that affected over 170 million Americans in mid-February 2021. 

The storm brought severe destructive weather and caused blackouts for over 9 million  people, requiring the need for professional water and extreme weather damage restoration professionals. 

SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside answered the call!

Our brave team members at SERVPRO of Alexandria answered the call by driving for over 24 hours to Irving, TX. Homeowners & business owners alike were faced with unprecedented snowfall while dealing with power outages, frozen pipes, and water damages.

Nationwide Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit any part of the US, 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 (703)739-2800

4 Types of Flood Waters | SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

flooding inside yellow room with tv, chair, lamp and dresser held above water by ropes If you experience any storm damage or are in need repairs, contact SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside

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.

Storm Damage and Your Home’s Structure

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Large uprooted tree laying on ground with branches creating roof damage to red brick house SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside responds immediately to any storm emergency. We repair your home to its pre-disaster condition.

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.

Storm Damage Prevention and Restoration | SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Severe thunderstorm and tornado forming in the background After a devastating storm, contact us as soon as possible. Our job is to repair your home to its pre-disaster condition.

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.