Recent Storm Damage Posts

Frozen Pipes

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Frozen Pipes Pipe in basement wall frozen

Winter storms can be blistery cold. When the temperatures drop down and stay down into the lower teens pipes tend to freeze.  Water expands as it freezes and this put tremendous pressure on the pipe.  It does not matter if the pipe is metal or plastic.  Often times people do not know they have a frozen pipe until it bursts. One of the most common frozen pipes we find are pipes that are exposed to the elements of the outdoors like; hose bibs, water sprinkler lines and swimming pool pipes.  If people winterize those pipes properly it helps eliminate those pipes from freezing.  The number one source of frozen pipes we see are from water supply lines that are in the interior of the home but are not a heated space like; crawlspaces, basements, attics and garages. The second most common frozen pipes are from pipes that run along exterior walls of the home/building. 

Water Damage from Storms

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Damage from Storms Using the right tools

When a storm blows through our area some homes and business can be affected. Whether the storm is from heavy rains or high winds water can infiltrate your property. No matter the source of water or where it finds its way too, the water should be removed in a timely fashion. Water can affect or impact everything it comes in contact with. Drywall and wood can deteriorate or warp. Fabrics and upholsteries can hold the moisture and become moldy. Carpet and padding also can hold moisture causing odors and delamination. Leaving the water damage unattended to may cause secondary damages. SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington knows how to inspect and handle water damages. We use state of the art and the newest techniques available. We are a trusted company in the area that carries certifications and has emergency hour services. We are a local company that has been serving the area since 1990. SERVPRO is here to help at 302-762-8080.

Looking For Loose Debris

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Looking For Loose Debris Looking For Loose Debris

Winter season is right around the corner! Taking some preventative measures to help reduce damage if a snow storm hits can be helpful. Some tips to keep in mind as the weather gets colder are:

Make sure all outdoor furniture is secured or the tarps you may have wrapped them with are snug

Secure any decorative flags, wreaths or any loose fencing from being blown away

Make sure your yard is free of small branches from being a flying projectile

Have salt ready to help melt your sidewalks or your snow blower easily accessible

Make sure you have windows securely closed and proper insulation around within your home

Know the proper safety uses for operating a generator or grills. Improper use can cause carbon monoxide poisoning or start fires

Keep extra batteries and candles handy

Pay attention to local news alerts

Shingles in the Wind

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Shingles in the Wind Shingles in the Wind

Homes in Brandywine / Wilmington have no idea when a flood damage incident is likely to occur. If you learn what to expect if something like this happens you can help minimize the potential challenges that may lie ahead. Heavy winds and rain storms may not only cause inside your home water damage but structural damage to your home as well. Knowing to call your insurance company or a certified company like SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington would be a good decision. SERVPRO can help mitigate and restore your property. In this picture, a random wind storm blew through during the day and when the homeowner got home from work he saw roof shingles came off. The homeowner was unable to reach his insurance company but called us to tarp the area in order to prevent further damages. It turns out the insurance company had no problem covering the loss and they were delighted we treated the home with urgency.

Tree on Home

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tree on Home Tree through the home

When some people think of a storm they may think of only water and flooding. There are also parts of the storm that can be quite destructive like winds. Winds can be quite destructive. High winds, especially when they are sustained heavy winds for a long period of time, can cause trees to go down. When trees go down they can cause damage to the wooded areas, homes, people, electric lines, road ways and cars etc. When windy storms hit, SERVPRO of Brandywine / Wilmington can sometimes help. In this picture you can see a tree that came down on a home while the homeowners were sleeping. The tree went through the side of their home and caused a lot of structural damage. Thank goodness no one was hurt during the event.

SERVPRO Helps Storm Victims

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Helps Storm Victims Cleaning of Cots

When massive storms come through the Wilmington, Delaware area it can affect many families.  We here at SERVPRO of Brandywine/ Wilmington try and help the best we can.  In addition to helping the homes and families that have had water infiltrate the home, we try and help the County and shelters as well.  Some families get displaced and have no where to go.  Some families just seek safe shelter through the night.  When this happens the facilities that help those in need will then need our help too.  We can help the shelters clean and sanitize the cots and bedding that was used. Because the area that the people and pets stayed in can become messy and soiled, we also help clean up the areas that the people resided in.  

Preparing Your Vehicle for the Winter Weather

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing for extreme cold weather is not only important for your home but also your car. Your vehicle functions in rain, snow, ice, hail, salted roads, and freezing temperatures. It is important to make sure your vehicle is properly equipped to handle all of the winter weather elements. 

Before the winter weather has begun, you should have your car checked by a mechanic for antifreeze, brakes, tires, windshield wipers, heater, defroster, etc. While using your car throughout the winter, it is best to keep your gas tank at least half full. Salting and sanding your driveway or road is helpful for minimizing ice and increasing traction.

An emergency kit for your car is essential when preparing for the winter's extreme weather. Your vehicles emergency kit should include the following:

  • Jumper Cables
  • Ice Scraper
  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Car cellphone charger
  • Sand for better traction
  • Extra Blanket

What To Do After a Storm

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

  • Make contact with family and friends in the affected area and let those that you know outside of the affected area that you are safe.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. Attempting to re-enter the area can be dangerous and it is important to wait until the area has been cleared as safe by officials.
  • Avoid areas with debris and downed power lines.
  • Avoid flood waters, whether on foot or in vehicle. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Take note of any damage to your belongings or to your property
  • Photograph any damage to your belongings/property for insurance purposes
  • Tarp or board up damaged roofs and windows to prevent further damage. Your insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm has passed.

Spreading the Holiday Spirit in the Snow

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spreading the Holiday Spirit in the Snow Our SERVPRO team huddling around the bonfire during our Christmas party

SERVPRO's 2017 Christmas party was a hit! The colder weather brings on a busy amount of business for our SERVPRO team. With such hectic and long  hours, we were happy to be able to find the time to fit in a great Christmas party this year. Our holiday party just happened to be thrown on our first big snow storm of the winter. 

Here is a photo captured early on in this snow storm and in the Christmas party. Such stormy weather ended up being the perfect opportunity for a bonfire, a few snow ball fights, and some holiday fun! Earlier that day we had delivered cookies and pretzels to a few offices around the Brandywine/Wilmington area. We are happy to spread the holiday spirit and what better way than in the snow!

Storing Contents

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

A recent storm in the Wilmington/Brandywine area took out some of a household's roof and old siding. The brutal storm opened up the home to the rain and winds, which then damaged much of this families belongings inside the house. SERVPRO came in and removed all the damaged contents from the home and dried the water damaged areas of the structure. We detail cleaned all the items that were salvageable from the home and stored them for the homeowners. We even use our own storage units to ensure the security of the household's belongings and keep them under our care throughout the whole rebuilding process. Now that the home is completely restored and in livable condition, we have packaged up all of their contents and are delivering them back to the house.

A Windy and Rainy Storm

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

A storm does not need to come in only the form of rain and flooding to seriously affect your home. Here is a photo of the flooring that had to be ripped up from a home after an extremely windy storm. Strong winds caused a tree branch to come down and puncture the siding to the house early in the evening. Later that night, it started to rain heavily and eventually flooded the first floor, ruining a large section of the hardwood floors. Along with some belongings wrapped up in black plastic bags, you can see the amount of floor panels that had to be removed before we started our drying process throughout the home. Luckily this storm only affected a portion of the home rather than the entire property.

Hurricanes and Storm Surges

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricanes and Storm Surges SERVPRO Heading to Houses Affected by Storm

Storm Surge- the rising of the sea level due to a storm causing pressure in the atmosphere to change and winds to accelerate. 

During a hurricane, the Storm Surge is what causes the most damage. Storm surges or the water that floods the land during a hurricane, is the most dangerous weather factor during a hurricane storm.

Hurricane winds can easily reach two hundred miles per hour. Winds that reach such dangerously high speeds are another huge cause of the damage that a hurricane inflicts on an area. Buildings can be ripped open and even down, trees are likely to damage properties, and items left out and unsecured become dangerous.

Heavy rain fall can cause flooding and water damage to homes. Cars are often flooded on the streets and in driveways due to extreme rain fall and flooding. Roads are commonly closed off and unable to be driven on during a Hurricane. 

Hurricane Harvey

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey SERVPRO reaches Houston

As a Disaster Recovery Team and National partners with American Red Cross, SERVPROs from all over have traveled to Texas and helped those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. SERVPRO is working twenty-four-seven in restoring the communities that have had significant damage since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. We are proud to be helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey return to their homes and rebuild their communities.

On the tail end of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma came in strong with vengeance in the state of Florida.  She whirled through and came in strong.  As a result, it activated more SERVPRO Storm teams to come in the devastated areas. 

SERVPRO'S from all over the country came to aid to most of these areas.  We have been working tirelessly around the clock to help those in need. 

We love what we do.

We are Growing!

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We are Growing! Our new finished edition.

Over the last few years we have expanded our levels of equipment and grown to need more storage. Here is our new edition on our property! Our new garage is used to store all of our generators and a few of our other pieces of equipment that we have not had the space for recently. Snow plows and snow blowers and overflow of equipment. Once we started the construction of our new storage edition, it was only a matter of days before we were adding the finishing touches and getting ready to put it to use. Now we are storing our equipment comfortably and with organization. The state of the art security system allows us to have constant visual contact on the facility.  We already thinking about adding an additional structure.

SERVPRO'S are Here to Help

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO'S are Here to Help Here to Help!

SERVPRO'S from all surrounding areas head in from all over to help the victims.  SERVPRO is a team oriented company that has compassion for everything we do, and everyone we help.  When another area of the country is impacted with a storm or tragedy we can call upon our fellow teammates to come in and help.  Sometimes due to the area being affected it may require out of state SERVPRO's to respond in a time of need.  In this specific case, SERVPRO's from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware among other states reported in to help the victims of this disaster that struck among them.  After all was said and done, all the help of these surrounding SERVPRO's were able to team up together and restore this broken community.

SERVPRO to the rescue in LA

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO to the rescue in LA Check out the destruction and devastation in LA. SERVPRO in background to help.

SERVPRO'S from all surrounding areas head in from all over to help the victims.  SERVPRO is a team oriented company that has compassion for everything we do, and everyone we help.  When another area of the country is impacted with a storm or tragedy we can call upon our fellow teammates to come in and help.  Sometimes due to the area being affected it may require out of state SERVPRO's to respond in a time of need.  In this specific case, SERVPRO's from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware among other states reported in to help the victims of this disaster that struck among them.  After all was said and done, all the help of these surrounding SERVPRO's were able to team up together and restore this broken community.