Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flash Flood Knowledge

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of West Amarillo know how crazy the Texas Panhandle weather has been lately. We are blessed to see the rain but know that too much can be dangerous. SERVPRO of West Amarillo would love to be the first on the scene to help during your storm-caused disaster at home, but we also take pride in providing tips to keep you safe during inclement weather.

Sometimes flash floods can come, along with all this rain. It is important to know what flash floods are, what to do to prepare for them, and how to react if they become a reality.

A flash flood is a sudden local flood, due to heavy rain. A flash flood watch means that there is a possibility for flash flooding in your area. A flash flood warning means that flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

Helpful tips:

  • Stay alert and updated on the weather! There are news channels, radio stations, apps, and websites to help with this. If you do not have access to any of the mentioned resources, it is advised that you ask a neighbor or friend.
  • Create an emergency kit for inclement weather. If the kit was made in previous years, make sure the food supply is replenished, there are fresh batteries for radios and flashlights, and that all documents and identification are up to date.
  • Turn around, don’t drown. It is common to think that your car can handle driving in flood water, but it is never a good idea. The water pressure on the doors could trap you in the vehicle, you place yourself at higher risk of drowning, wash out on roads could occur and cause you to have an accident, the water could cause an automobile accident or other damage to your car, and not to mention, emergency responders are already super busy, so unless there is an absolute emergency, do not try to brave driving in the waters.
  • Keep children and pets out of the flood waters. There are high risks of fast-moving debris, toxins, microbials, and other dangers in the water.
  • Do not return to affected areas until told by official authorities to do so.

Tornado Preparedness

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Tornadoes are no surprise here in the Texas Panhandle! Although we have seen tornadic conditions many times in our area of rural America, it is always important to refresh ourselves on what to do in the situation of having dangerous weather. SERVPRO of West Amarillo stands with you on being weather-ready by following the recommended tornado preparation tips:

  • Know your area’s tornado risk.
  • Know the signs of a tornado and high-risk weather.
  • Create and practice a tornado evacuation plan with your family that includes your pets.
  • Keep up with your local weather and know when to expect possible high-risk weather.
  • Create and store an emergency kit. This could contain flashlights, a battery powered radio, extra batteries, bottled water, snacks, whatever special foods and items you may need for infants, senior citizens, or other specialized individuals, masking or duct tape, personal identification, a spare set of keys, credit cards or cash, important documents, a whistle in case you may need emergency retrieval, a phone and charger, a first aid kit, candles, a lighter and matches, and blankets.
  • Safely get to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar if possible. Do not wait until last minute to take shelter—this increases risk of injury or the inability to take proper shelter!
  • If you don’t have access to underground shelter, go into a small interior room on the lowest level, such as a bathroom or closet.
  • Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • DO NOT seek shelter under a bridge or overpass! A safer location would be a low, flat area.

In the case of tornadic conditions, always remain calm and wait for the storm to pass. The biggest priority is keeping yourself and others safe. We at SERVPRO of West Amarillo know all too well that things can either be restored or replaced, but your loved ones, friends, and pets cannot.

Storm Damages Amarillo Home

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Pictured is the area of the customer's home to which the lightning strike damage occurred.

Storm season has officially begun in the Texas Panhandle! This season may bring damaging winds, possible tornadoes, heavy rain, flash flooding, hail, lightning, and other elements that could cause harm to your home or business! SERVPRO of West Amarillo would love to be the first on the scene, should the need arise for restoration of your home after a devastating storm.

This scary possibility became a harsh reality for one Amarillo citizen. We recently performed services for a customer whose home was struck by lightning, causing the ceiling and insulation to fall into the home. The fallen debris covered furniture and floors and completely destroyed some belongings. Luckily, we were able to respond quickly and clean up the aftermath. We pride ourselves on making your devastating damage “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of West Amarillo at (806) 331-4555 for any and all your restoration or cleaning needs today! We would love to earn your business and trust for the many years (and storm seasons) to come!

Springtime Water Damages

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

The spring months are approaching quickly as we wrap up the last stretch of winter. While we are relieved that the season of freezing, bursting pipes is finally over, we are approached with yet another risk—the rainy season. There are many ways for rainwater to cause a water damage in your home. Whether it be a damaged roof allowing leakage, a slab leak, a flooded crawlspace, or other situations, SERVPRO of West Amarillo is here to help with any and all your restoration needs.

Preventing Water Damage

Prevention is key—there is no such thing as being too safe when it comes to a potential (and costly) water damage. While you can’t prevent a flood or any other natural disasters, there are a few things that you can do that could be helpful during Spring to prevent water damage from occurring in your home:

  • Inspect your roof. Missing shingles and other problems with the roof could easily cause rainwater to seep through, causing water damage to your home.
  • Clean the gutters regularly. The gutters are designed to capture water and direct it away from the home, but they will not do this correctly if filled with dead leaves, twigs, etc. that were deposited there from previous fall and winter seasons.
  • Make sure your windows aren’t leaking. When approaching spring, it is never a bad idea to assure that your windows are caulked and sealed to prevent any possible leakage.
  • Test your window AC units. Spring time means warmer weather, and in many cases, that means it is finally time to turn on the air conditioner! Window air conditioning units sometimes can leak water in the home or when not sealed properly, rain can enter around the AC unit. It’s best to pay close attention to this when first installing the air conditioning unit for the warmer months.
  • Pay attention to your foundation. If you know of any prior damage to your foundation, whether it be a concrete slab or pier and beam, make sure to have it fixed before the spring season. It could mean the difference of having a water damage versus preventing one.
  • Know your area’s flood risk. Does your area receive regular spring rainfall? Do you live in an area that is more susceptible to flooding? If so, do you have an evacuation plan? Staying alert is always advised.

What to Do in the Event of a Water Damage

As previously stated, you cannot prevent all floods and natural disasters from taking a toll on your home. Below are some tips that SERVPRO of West Amarillo recommends in the event of water damages:

  • Call SERVPRO of West Amarillo at (806) 331-4555 so that we can be on the scene as quickly as possible to prevent further damage.
  • Call your insurance and file a claim. Have the claim number and any adjuster information ready so that we can assess the situation with your insurance company. Our experienced office staff will be in direct contact with your insurance throughout the entire process to relieve as much stress from your shoulders as possible.
  • Remain calm. We understand that the situation is a very stressful and it can be hard to remain collected but rest assured that SERVPRO of West Amarillo’s team of trained and trustworthy technicians will do their absolute best to restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.”
  • Avoid any rooms that may have standing water. There are electrical shock hazards that are associated with standing water, and it is never a good idea to risk it.
  • Turn off the circuit breaker for all affected areas.
  • Move any moisture-sensitive/valuable objects to a dry, safe area. This could be electronics, art objects, documents, etc. Do not put yourself at risk to do so, but if possible, this is always a good idea.

Flood Tips

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread disasters in the United states. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert- there is always a potential for flood damage.

SERVPRO of West Amarillo offers you these tips:

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO of West Amarillo (806)331-4555

Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often and overwhelming task. The SERVPRO system is prepared to handle any sized disaster.

When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO of West Amarillo will help you take it back.

Wildfires in the Texas Panhandle

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

The Texas panhandle experiences storm situations from ice storms to heavy rain and tornadoes. The residents of the panhandle region are no strangers to wildfires. With our vast open fields meant for crops and grazing, and that wild West Texas wind, we see many grassfires every year during every season. These fires can take days or weeks to put out and the damage they cause is devastating. Our rural residents call on SERVPRO of West Amarillo to clean up their soot and smoke damaged homes. You can see in the photo that this particular wildfire burned right up to this home, but stopped right outside.

If you or anyone you know has damage due to a grass or wildfire call SERVPRO of West Amarillo today at (806) 331-4555

Call SERVPRO for Flood Emergencies

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bear Creek News And Updates

If a flood or storm strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO West Amarillo at (806) 331-4555. Even minor floods and damages have the potential to cause major damages to a structure and if not treated quickly, the dangers of mold will become a concern as well.

Why you should call SERVPRO

SERVPRO has over forty years of experience on restoring flood damaged homes and businesses from coast to coast. SERVPROS' Disasters Recovery Team is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and flood waters. 

Floods can strike anywhere

  • The principle causes of floods in the eastern united states are hurricanes and major storms
  • The principle causes of floods in the western United States are snow melt and rainstorms. 
  • Underpasses can be extremely dangerous during a flash flood especially at night.

If you have any damages that are caused by storm damages call SERVPRO of West Amarillo at (806) 331-4555

Water and Storm Damage Tips

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

Water Tips  |  Fire Tips   |  Biohazard Tips   |  Mold Tips

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A Water Damage Emergency?
Call (806)331-4555

With over 1,700 Franchises nationwide, there’s a SERVPRO Professional nearby and ready to serve you.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

SERVPRO'S Disaster Recovery Team

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor. Get the professionals, call SERVPRO.

Clients for the Commercial Large Loss program include the following:

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Property Managers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a storm or major event strike, call (806)331-4555

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2017 Harvey/Irma/Nate
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of West Amarillo Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (806)331-4555

SERVPRO of West Amarillo Franchise Professionals

Why Choose a SERVPRO of West Amarillo Franchise Professional?

 

They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

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They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

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They Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

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Regardless of the Storm Damage, They Can Help

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of West Amarillo Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and snowstorms
  • Wild fires

National Preparedness Month

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? In recent years, the United States has been affected by many different types of disasters including flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, blizzards, and more. These natural disasters can threaten your home, business, and community. During National Preparedness Month, SERVPRO of West Amarillo wants you to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature's worst.

For more information on disaster preparedness, visitwww.ready.gov, or call SERVPRO of West Amarillo. Our professionals can help your business prepare for the unexpected by creating and Emergency READY Profile for your facility. The Profile is designed to be a quick and easy snapshot of your business, providing critical facility information needed for detailed emergency preparation. 

The time to prepare for a disaster is now. Call SERVPRO of West Amarillo (806) 331-4555 to make sure your business is "Ready for whatever happens."

When Storms or Floods hit the Texas panhandle, SERVPRO is ready!

10/3/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Amarillo 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 and 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 the Amarillo area, 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 (806) 331-4555