Recent Storm Damage Posts
Be Storm Smart. Be Storm Ready.
Severe weather can happen any time, and anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:
- 10,000 severe
- 5,000 floods or flash floods
- 1,000 tornadoes
- 2 land falling, deadly hurricanes
Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. Knowing your risk of severe weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.
Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.
Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home or business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.
Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.
Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County for your Storm damage needs at (217)443-0077.
Build an Emergency Checklist
Are you prepared for when a storm hits near you? Use this checklist to build your emergency kit for your necessities during a storm.
- Water (one gallon per person per day)
- Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks or bandannas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Hygiene items
- Important documents; copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
SERVPRO of Vermilion County counties is locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.
Call SERVPRO of Vermilion County at (217) 443-0077 for all your Storm damage needs 24/7.
Down to the bare bones
When hurricane Florence hit North Carolina in late September, SERVPRO of Vermilion County was there to help put lives back together. The crews worked around the clock for three weeks. Our SERVPRO team came into homes locating the source of the water damage. Crews would then check walls and floors for moisture. After accessing each situation, they would decide what structure can or cannot be saved. An essential part of the job is determining where the water entered the home. For example, did the water come from the roof and work down through the walls or from lower levels and wick upward. If needed, they would tear out drywall, wet insulation, carpet, pad and sub floors. The crews worked tirelessly to remove all wet debris down to the studs. The drying equipment was strategically placed in homes for proper drying. This is a rewarding experience for our SERVPRO of Vermilion County team.
Storm Damage Board-up
Board-up of window after a storm
Board-ups are not just for Hurricanes! There are many reasons that you may need a board up or to use tarp to protect your home. SERVPRO of Vermilion County can board-up your home due to fire, wind, vandalism, animal infestation or even when a car runs into your house! Board-ups can secure the property from looting or more vandalism.
Board-ups also can protect your property from more weather-related damage until you can get it fixed.
Most insurance policies require that the Homeowner/Renter protect their property against secondary damage. This is damage that occurs because a person doesn't take the appropriate actions after the first damage occurs to secure the property. If they are found to be negligent, the secondary damage might not be covered by insurance.
Board-ups are just one service along with our fire, water clean-up and rebuild department that can make it "Like it never even happened."
Storms are no stranger to Central Illinois
Tree fell on a roof causing structural damage.
Strong winds, tornadoes, and torrential rains are never pleasant to go through. As a central Illinois resident or business holder, the aftermath of these storms can be even more unpleasant. Whether its a fallen tree on your roof causing a leak, or backed up storm drains causing a flooded basement, SERVPRO of Vermilion County is ready to respond.
After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Vermilion County can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Vermilion County can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.
SERVPRO of Vermilion County can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.
Lightning Causes Power Surge, Leads to Fire
This picture shows the view of a basement stairwell. The fire impacted three levels of the home. A lighting strike to a tree in their backyard created a surge to the direct power line going into the home. With three floors affected by fire there was significant amount of water in the basement. The water that the fight fighters use to save your home and most of the belongings ends up saturating most of your home, especially the impacted area. This leads to other problems that can arise like mold, structural damage, and other foundation problems. When the drywall in your house becomes saturated and no drying process is started, and this goes for everything in the house, you can compound your problem to find secondary grown beginning to grow. This can take days, to weeks, to months depending on the conditions. SERVPRO's number one goal is to put the victims of such a tragedy back into their homes as quickly as possible, and this homeowner called the right people to get the job done. From our fully staffed construction team, to our staple in water mitigation, SERVPRO is capable of handling ANY size loss
It's The Water You Don't See
Storm damage has caused water to soak through the carpet causing secondary damage to flooring underneath.
Experiencing water in unwanted area of your home or business after a storm is never a pleasurable event. In some cases, water can be easily extracted from flooring or carpet. Although, depending on the type of flooring, taking a look past the surface can uncover some hidden damage that requires more clean up than you bargained for. If water has soaked through to the sub-floor, there is a potential for mold, rotting wood, etc.
Our highly trained storm damage specialists are ready to respond to your call when the weather has plagued your home or business.
A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help business owners and residents.
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When Storms or Floods hit Vermilion County, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Vermilion County.
SERVPRO ofVermilion County 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.
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 Vermilion County, 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 (217) 443-0077