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Four Types of Storm Damage: 1. Hail

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Hail Damage to Roof Hail Damage to Roof

Storm Damage takes on different forms and is a threat to the homeowner and their abode. Where you live and the type of climate in your region of the country will determine the types of storms you are most likely to see. Blizzards are more prevalent in the Northeast, while tornadoes are more prevalent in the Mid-West. That being said, southeast Texas is in the midst of a severe winter storm with cold temperatures to match. This rare weather event has been described as a once in 100 year event. As of the date of this blog (2/17/21), over 4 million Texans in the southeastern part of the state are without power due to this winter weather event. 

Growing up in the Phila region and residing in that area for most of my life, tornadoes were a threat, but only on a rare occasion. When I moved to Nashville, TN in 2009, tornado warnings and watches were a frequent occurrence during tornado season. Recorded data since 1995 shows that the Greater Nashville area averages 30 tornadoes a year. Scary to say the least.

Should your home be in the direct path of a tornado, there is a good likelihood that your home will not survive the event. However, damage could occur even if you are not in the direct path, or should a warning or watch be in your immediate area. Lightning storms typically precede a tornado event, and in many cases, these storms produce hail. Hail can cause severe damage due to the size, force and volume of hail stones coming down on the home. 

The most notable forms of damage from hail are roof, siding and window damage. Hail can penetrate roofing materials and sheathing and can also break window glass and dent or crack siding materials.

Noted below are the four (4) major types of storm damage and are categorized as follows: 

1) Hail

Hail is a form of solid precipitation & consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice. Hailstones usually measure between 0.2 in. & 6 in. in diameter.

Hailstones generally fall at higher speeds as they grow in size, though complicating factors such as melting, friction with air, wind, & interaction with rain & other hailstones can slow their descent through the Earth's atmosphere. 

Severe damage to homes can occur to the roof, siding and windows. 

2) Wind

3) Impact

4) Water

The other three will be discussed in future blogs, so stay tuned...

Four Types of Storm Damage: 2. Wind

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorm Thunderstorm

Noted below are the four (4) major types of storm damage and are categorized as follows: 

1) Hail

2) Wind

Part 1 of our Storm Damage blog focused on Hail. Today's blog is going to focus on wind, one of the most destructive types of storm damage.

Wind force is defined in eight (8) different types by The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL).

1) Straight-line wind: Thunderstorm wind not associated by rotation.

2) Downdraft: Small-scale column of air that rapidly sinks toward the ground.

3) Macroburst: An outward burst of strong winds at or near the surface with horizontal dimensions larger than 2.5 miles and occurs when a strong downdraft reaches the surface.

4) Microburst: Small concentrated downburst that produces an outward burst of strong winds at or near the surface.

5) Downburst: General term for all localized strong wind events that are caused by a strong downdraft within a thunderstorm.

6) Gust Front: Leading edge of rain-cooled air that clashes with warmer thunderstorm inflow.

7) Derecho: Widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms.

8) Haboob: Wall of dust that is pushed out along the ground from a thunderstorm downdraft at high speeds.

As can be seen, wind storms can come in a variety of ways, all with the ability to cause damage to person and property. 

The most notable forms of damage from wind are roofing and siding blowing off the home, leaving the home defenseless against water or snow penetration.

3) Impact

4) Water

Impact and Water damage will be discussed in future blogs, so stay tuned...

Four Types of Storm Damage: 3. Impact

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Tree Damage Tree Damage

Noted below are the four (4) major types of storm damage and are categorized as follows: 

1) Hail

2) Wind

3) Impact

Part 1 of our Storm Damage blog focused on Hail, Part 2 on Wind, today's blog is going to focus on Impact and the damages impact can have on the home.

Impact damage is the result of damage to the home or property as a result of an object landing, falling or being thrust into your home. 

One example of this would be a tree being uprooted by heavy winds and landing on your roof, potentially ripping a hole into your home and even the ability to damage the stability of the structure itself.

Another example would be strong winds blowing over a picnic table/chair on your patio or deck and striking your window or door.

When we think of tornadoes, we think of ultimate destruction. As true as that is, many homes are damaged through impalement whereby building materials, tree limbs and other materials are blown into a home.

4) Water

Water damage is the final type of storm damage to be discussed in this series, so stay tuned...

Four Types of Storm Damage: 4. Water

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Flood Damage Flood Damage

Noted below are the four (4) major types of storm damage and are categorized as follows: 

1) Hail

2) Wind

3) Impact

4) Water

Water Damage is the last blog in our series of types of storm damage.

Water damage from storms comes in many forms. Blizzards can produce large amounts of snow along with snow drifts from heavy winds. Snow then can get piled into a corner of a roof or home, and as it melts, runs into the home, through the attic or walls and even around windows and doors.

Tornadoes are usually preceded by thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. With fierce winds, rain can be pushed into the home from unusual angles, sometimes penetrating areas of the home not protected by flashing.

Hurricanes produce heavy rainfall and large volumes of water of which cause flooding, especially in low lying areas and areas close by to rivers and seas.

Besides the physical damage to home and property, the after effects of water damage are mold. In the booklet "Mold & Mildew In Your Flood Damaged Home," produced by FEMA, "Mold growths, or colonies, can start to grow on a damp surface within 24 to 48 hours." This is a whole other problem you now have to deal with and in many instances, is hidden behind the sheetrock in walls and ceilings, or even flooring material.

Storm damage takes on different forms, but one thing they all have in common is that they can and will cause damage to your home and property. Preparing for a catastrophic event like a storm is difficult. Storm shutters, hurricane windows, metal roofing and fiber cement siding are some ways to help protect your home against storm damage. But when a 100 year flood or snow storm hit, expect damage. 

Should the need arise for help after an event like this, SERVPRO of Derry/Londonderry is there to mitigate the damage and make it "Like it never even happened."®

SERVPRO of Derry/Londonderry Veterans: Our Everyday Heroes

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Jimmy Lyndes, USAF Jimmy Lyndes, USAF

SERVPRO of Derry/Londonderry is fortunate to have three (3) staff members who have served in various branches of the US Armed Forces. Today's feature staff member is our Operations Manager / Co-Owner, Jimmy Lyndes. 1) Branch of Service: USAF2) Enlistment Date: 19893) Specialty: PERSCO (Personnel for Contingency Operations)4) Years of Service: 3 Active and 3 Reserve5) Favorite Station: San Antonio, TX6) Rank upon Discharge: E4 (Senior Airman) Jimmy joined the Air Force right out of high school (1989) for the GI Bill ($ to pay for college). He served in Desert Storm and traveled to all of the locations in theater and processed replacement specialties (men/women who’s service time was up, injured or died). Jimmy resides in Dover, NH and has two beautiful daughters.  SERVPRO of Derry/Londonderry is an independently owned franchise and managed/operated by Jimmy, his twin brother Jamie and his older brother, Jum.

CSC - Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

CSC Logo CSC Logo

The Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned (CSC) program is designed to provide our customer(s) with a way to know that a structure has been cleaned, sanitized, & disinfected to minimize harmful pathogens. Once a structure has been sanitized & disinfected as part of the CSC program, a window decal shield is left at the structure & dated by the SERVPRO franchise to let everyone know when it was last sanitized & disinfected. 

Not all businesses are the same, which is why a SERVPRO professional who understands the business will create a custom cleaning program to meet their specific needs. The business’s specific program will be developed based on a range of factors including business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touch points, foot traffic, & congestion points. 

Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous & non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning & disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup, & disposal of hazardous materials. 

SERVPRO has more than 100 exclusive professional cleaning products to meet any need, including our proprietary cleaning agent, SERVPROXIDE, which is a hospital-grade disinfectant that carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity category & is NSF certified for sanitizing surfaces in & around food processing surfaces.

Contact us today for your complimentary assessment.

SERVPRO of Derry/Londonderry Veterans: Our Everyday Heroes

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Tyler McWalter: US Army Tyler McWalter: US Army

SERVPRO of Derry/Londonderry is fortunate to have three (3) staff members who have served in various branches of the US Armed Forces. Today's blog is going to feature one of our Senior Technicians and Project Supervisor, Tyler McWalter.

1) Branch of Service: US Army

2) Enlistment Date: 2012

3) Specialty: Diesel Mechanic

4) Years of Service: 3

5) Favorite Station & Why: Fort Bliss, TX. "It's always warm." (As a NH resident during the winter months, I can appreciate that.)

6) Rank upon Discharge: E3

Tyler resides in Hudson, is married and the father of three beautiful children.

So, if you see Tyler out and about, working hard to service our customer's, give him a shout out and a thank you for his service to our Country. 

Category 2: Gray Water

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Washing Machine Overflow: Category 2 Water Washing Machine Overflow: Category 2 Water

The categories of water refer to the range of contamination in water, considering both its originating source and quality after it contacts materials present on the job site. Time and temperature can affect or retard the amplification of contaminants, thereby affecting its category.

Defined as the presence of undesired substances; the identity, location and quantity of which are not reflective of a normal indoor environment; and can produce adverse health effects, cause damage to structure and contents or adversely affect the operation or function of building systems.

Category 2 water contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed. Category 2 water can contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological). Examples of category 2 water can include discharge from dishwashers or washing machines; overflows from washing machines; overflows from toilet bowls on the room side of the trap with some urine but no feces; seepage due to hydrostatic pressure; broken aquariums and punctured water beds.

Category 2 water can deteriorate to Category 3. Once microorganisms become wet from the water intrusion, depending upon the length of time that they remain wet and the temperature, they can begin to grow in numbers and can change the category of the water.

The information noted above comes directly from the IICRC S500 Standards for Professional Water Damage Restoration.

Spontaneous Combustion

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

Oily Rags Disposal Proper Disposal of Oily Rags

Winter weather outdoors provides for opportunities to perform indoor DIY projects. Renovation of kitchens and baths, change in flooring material, maybe even the addition of cove moldings. Most of these projects require the use of paints, varnishes and stains, of which this blog post is about.

So, what do you do with those used rags covered in oily residue? Place them in the trash? Store them in a bag for disposal? Leave them in a pile? If not disposed of properly, you may be doing more than renovations, you may be rebuilding after setting your house on fire from not storing or disposing of your used stain rags properly.

Oil-based stains are very common with woodworking projects. As oily rags begin to dry, heat is produced. If they're thrown into a pile, oxygen is trapped underneath. The combination of heat, oxygen and the cloth can lead to spontaneous combustion, which results in a fire that could destroy your home.

Don’t think this can happen to you? In Feb of 2020, a GC that was performing construction services for a local school, had a fire in the schools Receiving Area. They were using this area as a shop/storage area while performing their renovation services. The sub-contractor performing the painting/staining services was improperly storing his used stain rags. Fortunately for the GC, the sub-contractor was on site when the fire broke out. They were able to get the local fire department there quickly to extinguish the fire before much damage could be done.

However, the soot from the items that did get burnt penetrated a large area, including the kitchen, causing a substantial loss of food products as well as food prep and food service items. The clean-up needed to remove the soot and odor from the parts of the facility affected was substantial.

Noted below are some tips to help prevent this from happening to you:

  • Keep your workspace clean and neat to prevent a fire from spreading and getting bigger.
  • The preferred method of storage of oily soaked rags is within a metal container, with a lid, kept away from other potential fuel sources.
  • Filling the storage container with water prevents oxidation from the oils.
  • Contact your Municipality for proper disposal instructions of your oily rags.

Safety always comes first. Take a few minutes to read the labels of the products you’re using. Understand the safety instructions so that you are prepared to act in the event of an emergency. Read and follow the instructions on proper storage and disposal.  

Is All Water The Same?

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Category 3 Water Category 3 Water

In the mitigation industry, water is classified in three different ways: Category 1: Clean Water; Category 2: Gray Water; & Category 3: Black Water.

Category 1 Water refers to a source of water that does not pose a substantial threat to humans and is classified as "Clean Water." Examples would be water from a burst water supply line, malfunctioning dishwasher, etc...

Category 2 Water is known as Gray Water and contains some type of contaminant. Examples would be discharge from dishwashers, broken aquarium or overflow from a toilet with urine, but no feces.

Category 3 Water is known as Black Water and contains contaminants and considered unsanitary. Examples would be sewage back-up, toilet overflow with feces, etc...

The categories are important as they determine the level of clean-up and mitigation. A carpet that got wet from Category 1 Water can be dried, cleaned up and reinstalled. That same carpet that is wet from Category 3 Water must be disposed of due to the contaminants and the health hazards Category 3 water presents.

SERVPRO of Derry/Londonderry are experts in the water mitigation industry and are open 24/7/365 to serve you. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."