When people think of natural disasters flooding is not likely to be the first things that comes to mind. However flooding is the most common natural disaster. Flooding occurs in all 50 states and accounts for over 40% of all natural disasters. On average floods claim around 75 lives per year and cost over 5 billion dollars in damage.
There are three main types of flooding
River and Lake Flooding- River and lake flooding is what most people think of when you think of flooding. Heavy rainfalls and snowmelt can cause water levels to rise overflowing banks and levies.
Coastal Flooding and Storm Surge-This type of flooding happens regularly along coastlines due to the cycle of rising and lowering tires. Storm surges can also cause extreme coastal flooding. The surge developers during severe weather, tropical storms, and hurricanes.
Flash Flooding- Flash flooding can result from a variety of causes, but the common denominator is that they developed quickly and are normally normally caused by heavy rainfalls.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is trained and prepared for all water emergencies. Our staff is available 24 hours a day to assist with any type of water emergency you may encounter.
Fall Fire Safety
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa enjoys the fall weather and we hope you do too. Below are some tips on to stay fire free during the fall season.
The fall season brings beautiful colors, cooler temperatures and many outdoor activities. Follow these simple tips to help stay fire free this fall.
-Fall decorations like cornstalks are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heating sources, including light bulbs.
- Keep emergency exits free of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
- Teach children to stay away from open flames
- Remember safely first when choosing a Halloween costume. Chose a costume made out of material that will not easily ignite it is comes into contact with heat or flames.
- Place pumpkins lit with candles away from anything that can burn and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways and porches. It is safer to use battery operated candles to lite pumpkins.
Summer Storm Safety
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is available 24 hours a day for all your emergency needs. Our trained professionals can help with fire and water emergencies any time day or night. We also provide board up and tarping services to prevent any secondary damage to your home or business. If you should need assistance give our office a call at (815)416-0075
Below are some tips on staying safe during the summer storm season.
Before the Storm
- Build an emergency supply kit and developer a communication plan.
- Unplug any electrical equipment before the storm hits.
- Secure outdoor objects that could fly away or cause damage.
- Close all windows, blinds and curtains.
During the Storm
- Use your battery operated NOAA weather radio for updates from local officials.
- Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
- Unplug appliances not in use and electrical items. Power surges from lightening can cause serious damage.
- Stay away from windows and doors.
After the Storm
- Never drive though flooded roadways.
- Stay away from storm damaged areas to avoid putting yourself at risk.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
Preventing Water Damage
Below are some simple tips to help prevent a water damage from occurring in your home.
Monitor your water bill- This is one of the easier ways to detect if you have a hidden leak in your home. Watch your water bill and if your water usage jumps from one month to the next check for a possible leak on your home.
Replace your washing machine hose- Old, leaking and brittle washing machine hoses are one of the most frequent water damage claims we see at SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa. Replacing your regularly can held avoid costly water damage repairs to your home.
Investigate leaks right away and fix them promptly- Postponing or ignoring repairs that need to be made in your home can cause damage to the structure of your home as well as mold and dry rot to occur.
Check your appliances regularly- Check and maintain your appliances according to manufacturer recommendations.
Clean your gutters- Cleaning out your gutters at least twice per year will help the rain water flow properly to drainage systems and help reduce the risk of water coming into your home.
We at SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa hope these tips can help prevent you from suffering a water damage in your home. If you should sustain water damage give us a call today. (815)416-0075.
Be Prepared for Tsunamis
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa hopes everyone is prepared for any situation and encourages each family to make preparedness plans to stay safe in the event of an emergency.
Tsunamis can strike anywhere on the US coast. It is good to know what to do if a tsunami strikes a place you or a loved one live or are vacationing.
Ready.gov says that a tsunami is also known as seismic sea waves. Tsunamis are a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance, such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption or meteorite. Areas within a mile of the coast have a greater risk of being effected.
If you should find yourself in an area where tsunami warnings are issued make sure to know the evacuation plan, move inland or to higher ground and avoid the beach areas.
After a tsunami, do not return to the affected area until officials deem it safe.
Will You Be Ready If A Disaster Strikes?
September is National Preparedness Moth. It is recognized each year to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. Consider the following steps to better prepare for an emergency situation.
-Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and check access for wireless emergency alerts.
-Develop and test emergency communication plans.
-Assemble or update emergency supply kits.
-Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.
-Collect and safeguard critical documents. A great tip is to store digital copies in your email.
- Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
-Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards in your area.
Did you know SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa offers a free Ready App to document your critical information and add pictures of your valuables? All your information stays secure and only you have access to your information.
If you wold like more information or assistance setting up the Free Ready App give us a call today. (815)416-0075.
National Night Out Against Crime
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa was proud to be a part of many of our towns National Night Out Against Crime events this month. We were able to attend some of them and set up a duck game for the kids to play and win a prize. Some of the other events we were able to donate items such as water, chips, and gift baskets for the Police Departments to raffle off at the event.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa Marketing Representatives were honored to be able to meet many people from the communities, the officers and staff that put on theses amazing events as well as see the smiles on the children’s faces as they won prices from our table.
The Marketing Representatives of SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa look forward to attending and contributing to more events in the future as well as attending the National Night Out Against Crime events in the upcoming years.
The Process Of Drying bb
If your business suffers a water damage SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals will
-Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage.
-Measure how much water is in the materials and monitor daily to ensure the materials are drying properly.
-Speed up the drying process by using professional drying equipment.
What exactly does it mean to speed up the drying process? A wet building can often dry naturally, however often nature often takes too long which can cause secondary damage while the building is drying itself out.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals have the tools, equipment and training to dry your building while preventing secondary damage. Our trained professionals also use state-of-the-art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed up the drying process in your home.
If you should sustain water damage in your home call the professionals that can do it right!!
According to the Mayo Clinic Hoarding Disorder is a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them. A person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of item. Excessive accumulation of items, regardless of value, occurs.
Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter, from years of accumulations making living unsanitary and crowded. In some circumstances bugs, rats and vermin enter the home.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa generally sees hoarding in two ways.
The first way is there is a fire or water damage in the home. When our trained professionals arrive at the home to assess the damage from the fire or water they discover the hoarding situation. If this should happen SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa professionals will communicate with the insurance company about coverage, and after approval contents can be packed out and cleaned, dried out, or stored so work can begin on the fire or water damage to the structure.
The second way SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa can encounter a hoarding situation is receiving a call from a landlord, case worker, real estate agent, or a family member, often after the death of a loved one. In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items of importance to the family.
Each hoarding situation is different and SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here to help with every step of the way.
Did you know that Illinois is ranked in the top 10 states most likely to have lightening strike your home?
In 2018 alone there were 2475 insurance claims for lightening strikes, resulting in 25.5 million dollars in damages.
SERVPRO of Morris/Ottawa is here to assist you in your time of need. If your home should be struck by lightening give us a call for assistance on all your restoration needs.
Below are a few tips to keep you safe during the storms.
Be aware- Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms make sure there is adequate shelter available.
Go indoors- Find a safe enclosed shelter when you hear thunder.
Avoid windows doors porches and concrete- Do not lie on the concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightening can travel through any metal wires or bars in the concrete walls and floors.
Avoid water- Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightening can travel through a buildings plumbing.