Recent Storm Damage Posts

Hurricane Preparedness 2020

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Every household should have an emergency plan in place to make sure they are ready when disaster strikes. Although they don’t happen every day, you need to be prepared when they do.

The best way to be ready for a disaster is to make an emergency preparedness kit. This kit is full of essential items that you would need to survive for a minimum of 72 hours if disaster strikes. Some items you need to consider adding to your emergency kit include the following:

Water: Water is the key to survival! You will want to have 1 gallon of water per person, per day for at least 3 days.

Food: Along with water, in order to survive you need food. When packing food be sure to pack non-perishable items in your kit, such as canned foods. You should have at least enough food for 3 days, but more is always better.

Can opener: As noted above, canned food is non-perishable – so packing a can opener may not be as random as it seems.

Flashlight & Batteries: When the powers goes out, you don’ have lights. Having a flashlight and extra batteries will help brighten up the dark nights.

Battery Powered or Hand Crank Radio: Having one of these on hand will help keep you informed and updated during a storm or disaster situation.

A First-Aid Kit : Having one of these will help you be prepared if someone gets injured. Common items such as band aids, Neosporin, and gauze could really come in handy.

Matches or a lighter: Packing matches or a lighter along with an emergency slow-burning candles can be a good alternative to a flashlight. Having a candle gives you an additional light source during a storm.

Whistle: This is meant to be a signal for help; three blasts from a whistle is an international distress signal. The best place to keep this is on your keychain or taped under a table in your home for quick easy access.

Cell Phone with Chargers and a Backup Battery: In today’s age of technology, we rely heavily on our cell phones to communicate with friends or our family. Having a backup battery reassures you that even if the power goes out, you can still use your phone to communicate.

All of these items are essential to your survival during a storm or disaster. Every household should have an emergency preparedness kit ready before we ever have to worry about a storm. Make sure these items are placed in an easy-to-carry container and are labeled. Place your kit in a convenient location, one that is easy to reach when you need it.

In addition to these items, it’s also important to think about where you live and what other items you may need, such as medications, infant formula, diapers, wipes, bottles, and pet food/water.

Don’t forget, it’s never too soon to buy emergency supplies and prepare for a disaster. Natural disasters can happen at any time and affect people all around the world. You should prepare your home just like you are preparing your emergency kit. At SERVPRO of Bath, we have over 40 years of experience repairing damage if you need us. When disaster strikes, your focus should be on safety. We’ll take care of the rest.

Why Do You Need Renters Insurance?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

As we move into storm season, there are several reasons to consider a policy today.

It’s a fact that over 90% of homeowners have an insurance policy on their home however, believe it or not, less than 40% of renters have renters insurance. When a landlord owns the building or home you are living in, the home owner will most likely ONLY have insurance for the structure but not what is inside. Unfortunately, your landlord’s property insurance will not help you if a disaster were to strike.

During storm season it is particularly important for you to talk to your landlord and find out what type of insurance they have on the property and what that covers. If their insurance does not include coverage for your belongings, you may need to speak with an insurance agent.

Here are a few reasons you should have your own renters insurance:

  • If you have personal belonging that have been damaged or stolen, a basic renters insurance plan will reimburse you for those items.
  • Damage caused by a fire or flood will be covered by a renter’s policy.
  • If the home or apartment you are living in is severely damaged, and is not livable, an insurance plan will pay or help you pay for other living arrangements.

You may not be a homeowner, but renters insurance provides you with many of the same protections that may be beneficial in the event of an emergency such as a fire or storm damage from a tropical storm, hurricane or associated flood waters. You should talk to your insurance agent, there are plans available that can sometimes be as low are $12 a month.  

If the home or apartment you live in is damaged due to a storm or fire, the professionals at SERVPRO of Bath will work with your insurance company so you can get the relief you need. We hope you never need us, but if you do we can be reached at 252.923.0213.

Get the Scoop on Water Damage Remediation Before It’s Too Late!

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Many homeowners recognize the role dehumidifiers play in drying out homes or businesses damaged by storms, but there are few who really appreciate why dehumidification devices are necessary in water loss recovery. Our trained SERVPRO team can implement containment barriers isolating damp areas of your home to create a space where we can monitor airflow, drying, and structural integrity of the affected areas of your home.

We have machines of different size and types therefore it makes sense that there are different ways that those machines can help in removing water damage. Depending on the type of moisture present, our technicians can decide which equipment would be best used and necessary for each project.

Containment

Containment is key to helping moisture removal practices be more productive and it can also intensify the production of running dehumidifiers. In an enclosed space, units are recirculating the same air, which allows it to dry quicker than if we were to use open-air.

Evaporation

Air movers are used by our team to vaporize moisture in materials throughout a home, this vapor suspends as cool air just above the surface of the wall or flooring. These cooler temperatures can slow the drying and restoration process, which makes the abilities of dehumidifiers valuable.

Drying Balance

Establishing the correct balance of air movers and dehumidifiers is just one of the many things the SERVPRO of Bath team faces with water mitigation projects. If there’s too much evaporation, the dehumidifiers can’t keep up. This is also true about the position and placement of the two to help maintain a balanced drying system. At no point should the amount of moisture drop below the moist air created through evaporation.

No matter how severe the water damage to your home or business is after a storm, we can help. We have dehumidifiers in many sizes and strength to tackle the hardest jobs. Give us a call today at 252-923-0213 if we can help.

Winter Storm Help - Be Prepared

2/9/2020 (Permalink)

Winter weather in North Carolina can be very unpredictable. Although snow has not been in the forecast yet this year, it can prove to be beneficial to make sure your home, car and any other surrounding areas are ready for any impending storm. Here are a few helpful tips for homeowners;

Salt the pavement around your house: although the city is pretty good with clearing the roads around your home, the sidewalks and pathways are left up to you to clear them. To make things easier on a homeowner, once you know that a storm is headed your way, you can spread salt on your driveway and walkway. If you place salt down prior to a snowstorm, you can reduce the ice that forms underneath any piles of snow.

Keep a steady drip in your pipes.  With snow comes freezing temperatures and this leaves your pipes vulnerable. And, if they freeze, they can definitely burst. If you have a subtle but steady drip of warm water running through the pipes, it will help keep your pipes from freezing during these conditions.

Don’t forget to create a winter ready emergency kit. If you have a storm, you never know the strength of it so you need to make sure you keep you and your family safe. You can do this by creating and keeping a winter ready emergency kit on hand. Just a couple things to keep in the kit are bottled water, batteries, a functioning radio, different types and layers of clothing, blankets and nonperishable food items.

SERVPRO of Bath has a 24/7 emergency response team that is well-versed to handle all storm damage in Beaufort County. We’re here for your emergency for both residential and commercial properties in the area.

Be Prepared for Freezing Temperatures & Frozen Precipitation

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Although the weather has been warm, we still have a lot of cold weather ahead of us. Eastern North Carolina still has several months where the temperatures will most definitely go below freezing. Water is definitely a necessity, but frozen water can cause severe damage to homes and businesses. Water is unique in that it expands as it freezes, thus causing plastic and metal to break.

Common issues with pipes that are prone to freeze are:

  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas such as crawl spaces, basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls and have little or no insultation
  • Pipes exposed to severe cold, such as outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.

Several Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Try keeping your thermostat at the same temperature day and night.
  • Consider setting your temperature at 55* if you are going to be away from your home during a cold snap.
  • If you have supply lines in your garage, keep the doors closed.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around your plumbing if they are prone to freeze
  • Let cold water drip from faucets which have exposed pipes.

We hope these tips will help you avoid frozen pipes. However, if you notice damage from frozen temperatures as things begin to thaw out – react quickly and call SERVPRO of Bath. Remember, frozen pipes can quickly cause a lot of damage to your property. If and when this happens, give us a call, we’re here 24/7 and can make it, "Like it never even happened®."

Let a Disaster Remediation Company Improve the Mitigation Process

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

When customers have flood, fire or storm damage their personal or commercial property in eastern North Carolina, they often turn to us as a knowledgeable and reliable restoration company. They know we’re always here when they need us. Our service team is available 24/7 because we know that is important when managing the restoration process and saving your personal or business items.

Here are three ways a professional disaster remediation company can improve the mitigation procedure with a quick response.

  1. Timing Is Essential to Minimal Damage and Loss

When the initial call is made, the disaster team must be able to move quickly because decisions about the scene, water removal, and area restoration often require quick and comprehensive decisions. You will want a restoration service that responds to your call as soon as possible. You don’t want to try and handle the job on your own and make matters worse. By calling a restoration company that offers immediate on-site response with certified technicians, you’ll know you’ll receive up-to-date reports on the status of the job soon after the process begins.

  1. Quick Mitigation is Imperative

A quick response is important, but so is mitigating the standing water at disaster scene. Experienced restoration and remediation service personnel understand that they have a 24-hour window before mold and mildew often begin growing in the wet environment. Immediate mitigation at the scene can help prevent the growth of mold which causes more damage.

  1. Restoration is Vital

Once the water has been removed, the restoration process can begin. Repairing an area can be less expensive than removing and rebuilding, so it is important to dry the area out quickly and begin the initial site assessment to look for further damage. We know our clients depends on us as a quick, reliable restoration team.

Hiring a knowledgeable team with 24/7 availability allows home and business owners to prevent further damage and get back to work as quickly as possible. Call SERVPRO of Bath and let us help.

When a Storm Hits, SERVPRO of Bath is Ready to Help You!

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bath specializes in storm damage restoration. We utilize the latest techniques and cutting-edge equipment to get your home back in preloss condition as soon as possible after a flood or storm.

Locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quickly and efficiently. A fast response lessens the current damage, limits further damage and reduces the overall restoration cost. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond day or night to help local business owners and residents.

When disaster strikes, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding. SERVPRO of Bath has access to equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have storm or flood damage? Call SERVPRO of Bath today at 252-923-0213.

Returning to Your Home After a Flood

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

After your home has been impacted by flood water, there are a variety of potential hazards that need to be considered prior to you coming back into the house.

Gas Leaks

  • Open doors and windows to ventilate and help remove foul odors or leaking gas
  • Don’t turn on any lighting, use flashlights instead
  • Exit immediately if leak is discovered and contact your service company

Electrical Hazards

  • Don’t turn on lights or electrical appliances
  • Turn electricity off at main panel before checking circuits or equipment
  • Flooded basement – utility company needs to disconnect power from your house
  • Have to work on live circuits (not recommended) – don’t rely on basic rubber gloves or rubber soled footwear, only properly rated equipment is sufficient

Structural Damage

  • Watch for falling debris and check for damage to floors and walls
  • Knock down any hanging plaster or drywall
  • Unsure of structural damage dangers – call city building inspector or engineer
  • Be aware, as water is removed, changes in pressure can cause foundation walls to cave
  • Water pressure needs a chance to equalize, pump about a third of the water out each day

Drinking Water/Food Safety

Supplies affected by flood conditions may be treated by one of the following:

  • Mix teaspoonful of commercial laundry bleach with 2 gallons water, let stand five minutes before drinking
  • Boil water for 10 minutes in clean container, eliminate flat taste by shaking in a bottle, pouring from one container to another or adding a pinch of salt
  • Add five drops tincture of iodine solution to one quart water, mix thoroughly, let stand 30 minutes before drinking
  • Use water purifying tablets, available in drug stores or camping equipment outlets
  • Don’t use fresh food that’s come into contact with flood waters

Although we can't prevent floods from happening, we can certainly help with the cleanup and restoration after the waters have receded. Contact SERVPRO of Bath at 252-923-0213, we're always here to help!

Avoid These Common Mistakes Following a Flood

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

While severe flooding from a storm can destroy your house, even minor house floods can cause widespread damage – if you’ve experienced a flood, it’s crucial to take steps right away to deal with the aftermath. The wrong course of action could lead to further damage and costs. Here are some helpful hints to avoid common mistakes people make following a flood:

1) Wear Proper Protective Clothing

•  knee-high rubber boots
•  latex gloves
•  disposable N-95 face mask

2) Stay out of the water, it will likely contain bacteria, microbes and other harmful material.

3) Don’t let the water touch exposed skin, you could become seriously ill; and worse, if ingested, it could be fatal. 

4) Don’t delay cleanup, contact your insurance company then restoration professional SERVPRO of Bath, 252-923-0213, immediately.

A Brief Overview of Flood Restoration Services

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

Water is a basic need for humans; however, it can be a destructive force that presents serious threats to your property. It’s important that homeowners affected by storm flooding obtain professional flood restoration services.

A major side effect of flooding is the growth of mold, which thrives in humid, damp conditions. Flood restoration specialist SERVPRO of Bath can eliminate mold issues by offering detail-oriented, drying services.

We can also help prevent damage to your home's electrical systems, when exposed to water they can begin to malfunction. It’s critical that homes impacted by flood waters be dried out as quickly as possible to prevent fire or electrocution.

If flooding has damaged your property, professional flood restoration services are a must. Contact the experts at SERVPRO of Bath, we utilize the latest techniques and cutting-edge equipment to get your home back in preloss condition.

Call today to learn how SERVPRO of Bath can help restore your home after a storm and flooding, 252-923-0213.

STORM READY 2019

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Also Sponsoring: SERVPRO; Beaufort County Community College; BOYD agency; Oliver&Cheek

Do not let this happen to you!!

Agents stop writing new business or endorsing existing business when public information sources announce that our area may be subject to potential catastrophe conditions including hurricane warning or watch, and tropical storm warning or watch.

This is just one of the important pieces of information that can be discussed at the STORM READY 2019 seminar. NOW is the time to prepare for the real possibility of the next storm.

SERVPRO of Bath along with 8 supporting sponsors will hold a FREE Q&A session for residents, commercial building owners and churches at Beaufort County Community College. The following is the list of our outstanding panel of experts:

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  • Beaufort County Emergency Management: Lisa Williams, Planning and Mitigation Specialist
  • Boyd Agency, Inc.: Donna Hardison, Flood Insurance Agent
  • Flood Insurance Hampton Roads: Mike Vernon, The Flood Fixer
  • Oliver & Cheek: George Oliver, JD & Clayton Cheek JD,MBA
  • SERVPRO of Bath/Roanoke Rapids: Susan Stockman,CPA
  • Eagle’s Wings Food Pantry: Ann-Marie Montaque, Executive Director
  • American Red Cross: Mark Lenz, Disaster Program Manager

Please join us for an informative and educational session on how to prepare, what to do during and recovery after the storm. Our team of experts are happy to share their extensive knowledge with others to have a better understanding and be prepared for the next storm to hit Eastern North Carolina. The evening is FREE with giveaways and door prizes for attendees. Please bring a family member, friend or neighbor.

Freezing Temperatures in Eastern NC

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

A single pipe busting can cause a great mess

Weather forecast for Eastern North Carolina predicts freezing temperatures in January-February 2019! Water is one of life's necessities, but frozen water can cause major damage. Water's unique property to expand as it freezes can cause metal or plastic pipes to break.

Pipes that Freeze Most Frequently

  • Pipes that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insultation.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes.
  • Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night.
  • Set the temperature at 55* if you are going to be away during cold weather.

Hopefully all your efforts to avoid frozen pipes will be successful. BUT is not, you will know it when the pipes begin to thaw! Frozen pipes can quickly cause a lot of damage to your property. When and if this happens, call SERVPRO of Bath 24/7. We can make it, "Like it never even happened®."

Emergency Kits for Natural Disasters

6/24/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared!

First aid kits, or emergency kits, are too important to put them together when a disaster strikes.  Natural disasters usually happen suddenly, and kits need to be ready to go at a location near the door so you can focus on the safety of your family or personnel first. 

Below are examples of what to include in your emergency kit.

What to Include in a kit for a group of 2 to 3 people -- Medical items to keep in a first aid kit include the following:

  • Gloves
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Gauze pads
  • Equipment for resuscitation
  • Splints
  • Towelettes to clean wounds
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Emergency blankets
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Rope
  • water bottles or packets
  • three days of food/snacks (MREs)
  • Change of clothing
  • Radio
  • games to pass time
  • Paper/Pen
  • Important papers

Place kits in a location that are easily accessible.  Contact your local Red Cross for more information on how to be ready for a natural disaster.

What you need to know about Storm Damage

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Living in Eastern NC, storms are a a way of life.  Flood damage, wind damage and wind driven rain can permanently damage your home if not restored properly.


Wind Damage- When a storm hits your home and/or commercial building most likely wind will be involved. Winds can cause roof damage, fallen trees, wind-driven and broken windows. A professional should be in a place to offer solutions to any wind damages sustained to your home.

Ground Water- During a storm the ground looses its ability to drain all the water.  When this happens dirt and soil become soft and start to float along with the water. When storm water sits, it starts to carry debris and become a health concern due to the diseases it can carry. For faster drainage, call a SERVPRO. Mold starts forming in 48-72 hours, so time is of the essence to drain water, remove wet materials and dry out the building to reduce damage and lower costs of repair.


Hail Damage-   Hail can cause severe damage to roofs, siding, stucco, windows, and doors. Water can then penetrate your home which allows moisture and mold to cause further damage. 


When it comes to any storm damage keep SERVPRO of Bath in your mind.  Our crew and office staff our here to help you walk through your damages and it will be “Like it never even happened".

When the storm hit Windsor, NC, unfortunately they were hit with flood waters back to back in two weeks.  SERVPRO of Bath was there as soon as the waters receded both times to quickly remove the wet materials and begin the drying process.

Hurricane Irene in 2011 caused a tremendous amount of damage in our area.  Here at SERVPRO of Bath, we do our best to let you know when we can arrive at your home any time day or night.

SERVPRO of Bath understand Eastern, North Carolina because we are locally owned but have national support in case of emergencies. We hope you will call us at 252-923-0213.

Always Have a Plan when the Storm Hits

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

When your business is in danger from a storm you can’t afford to risk your investment to water damage from a flooded building. Prepare your commercial property for an oncoming storm and minimize the damage as much as possible.

1. Have a Plan

Your first priority should be to have a plan set for when a disaster hit. This plan needs to have clear steps to outline what to do in an emergency. The plan should include how to protect your building’s structure which may include boarding up windows or cutting back trees, how to safeguard your equipment by placing everything off the floor, and the first steps of how to recover by pumping out water and removing wet materials.


2. Protect Your Investment

Be ready to minimize damage with weatherproofing. This can include sandbagging the exterior of your building, installing weather stripping, moving your equipment and inventory to higher ground, and sealing any leaks. Minimize as much damage as possible by preventing storm water from intruding on the building.

3. Make Backups

One of the most important things you can do is back up your business data. You always want to have a few different ways to back up your office information.

4. Know Your Evacuation Routes

When the storm comes, your first instinct may be to stay as long as possible to ensure your building is appropriately protected. Instead, you should be focusing on safety. Lost inventory, equipment, and data can be recovered.

5. Have your insurance information at hand and know the process to file your claim.  Every insurance policy is unique.  Check to see if you have a flood policy. Even if you are not in a mandatory flood insurance area, consider getting the insurance since we do live in a flood prone area.  Do you have adequate contents coverage?  Loss of business income coverage?  Work with your insurance professional be sure you have all your bases covered well in advance of a storm.

Here at SERVPRO of Bath, we have cleaned up after many a storm in our area.  We are also are unlimited licensed builders with over 40 years experience to repair your building. You focus on safety, and we will take care of the rest. 

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO is ready!

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bath has help personal and commercial owners after storms.

SERVPRO of Bath specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Eastern North Carolina, 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 252.923.0213

Hurricane Irma now a Category 5

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Current Path of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma continued to strengthen Tuesday as an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 storm, prompting states of emergency in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida, sending residents to stores to prepare for the worst.

At this point, we do not know if the storm is going to turn northward.  Even though Eastern North Carolina is very familiar with hurricanes, we need to take this storm seriously.  Many of the homes in our area are built to withstand winds at 130 mph however Irma's maximum sustained winds had increased to near 175 mph.

Be sure your yard is clear of debis and/or furniture.  Time to purchase tarps and check on the maintenance of your generators.  Have emergency power blocks all charged for your cell phones.  

"Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Irma is forecast to remain a powerful category 4 or 5 hurricane during the next couple of days," the NHC said. 

Irma's center was expected to move near or over the northern Leeward Islands late Tuesday and early Wednesday before affecting Puerto Rico by Wednesday, the hurricane center said.

"Irma is now one of the strongest hurricanes we have witnessed in the last decade as a Cat 5 storm with winds of 175 mph," Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said Tuesday.

When Hurricane Matthew hit Bertie County, SERVPRO of Bath was ready!

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Eastern NC.

SERVPRO of Bath specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, 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 located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 252-923-0213 SERVPRO of Bath