Recent Storm Damage Posts

SERVPRO Storm Response

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Saline County, we are ready for whatever happens, no matter the time, night or day. When it comes to fire & water damage, our professionals work endlessly to make sure our customers are happy and that we walk them through each step of the cleaning process.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition.

24/7 Emergency Service

When a storm hits your home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

We can access the resources and personnel of 1,700 Franchises to handle major storms and disasters. We also have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to catastrophic storms and events.

Locally Owned and Operated

We are locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a storm event or flooding emergency, we are in the area and ready to help.

What Causes a Hurricane

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

There are two essential factors involved in the formation of a hurricane.  These factors are warm water and moist warm air.  Hurricanes start when warm air quickly rises from the ocean surface. 

While rising, it encounters cooler air that causes the water vapor to condense and form clouds and rain droplets.  Converging winds near the surface of the water push more warm air into the atmosphere causing a wind pattern to form. This “pattern” is commonly seen as a fast spiral that circles around a relatively calm center. Wind speeds increase as high-pressure air is drawn into the low-pressure center.  This is how hurricanes and the classic cyclone wind pattern are formed.  

Hurricanes can be destructive and extremely dangerous.  Be cautious and aware if a hurricane is near you and your home.  

Stages and Categories of Hurricanes

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

As a storm builds from a thunderstorm to a hurricane, it passes through 4 distinct stages:

  1. Tropical Disturbance: a mass of thunderstorms that have wind speeds of less than 23 mph.
  2. Tropical Depression: consistent wind speeds of 23-39 mph and a circulation of wind in the center of the thunderstorm mass is detected.
  3. Tropical Storm: forms when the maximum sustained winds have intensified to 39-73 mph. Storms are typically given a name at this stage and are characterized by problems caused from very heavy rainfall.
  4. Hurricane: finally forms when surface pressures continue to drop, and winds reach 74 mph. There is now a clear and definite rotation around a calm center, or eye.

Hurricanes have their own categories which are defined by the Saffir Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale:

Category 1: Winds 74 to 95 mph (Minor damage)

Category 2: Winds 96 to 110 mph (Extensive damage — Can uproot trees and break windows)

Category 3: Winds 111 to 129 mph (Devastating — Can break windows and doors)

Category 4: Winds 130 to 156 mph (Catastrophic damage — Can tear off roofs)

Category 5: Winds 157 mph or higher (Can level houses and destroy buildings)

Personal Protective Equipment

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Carla is "ready for any size disaster!"

SERVPRO of Saline County is a part of a storm team that contributes when a storm event happens in the United States.  In some events, hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses are damaged.  They could be damaged from flooding by the storms, which creates hazardous conditions for the homeowners as well as our employees. 

That’s why OSHA requires cleanup and restoration companies to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  This will reduce the risk of exposure to harmful bacterial or chemicals.  Mold growth is also common in buildings following flooding. 

So, our employees are required to wear a respirator to protect their lungs.  The suits they wear are airtight and waterproof to protect them from the dangerous waters.  Goggles are also required to protect them from debris they might be removing from the buildings.