Recent Storm Damage Posts

Fallen Tree Damage: 5 Steps to Take When a Tree Damages Your Property

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling damage caused by a fallen tree Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for fallen tree restoration services!

The damages done to your property by a fallen tree may be covered by insurance.

You are very fortunate if a fallen tree has never damaged your home. The sound of a tree crashing onto your property is terrifying, and the aftermath can be even scarier. Fallen trees often result in damage to homes, cars, fences, and other structures on your property.

The following blog post will go over when insurance covers fallen tree damage to a property and the steps to take when a tree has damaged your home.

Recent fallen tree damage project

Those that live in close proximity to Dayton, Ohio, know how prone our homes are to tornado damage and wind damage. Every time high wind speeds pass through the Dayton area, our SERVPRO professionals receive numerous calls regarding exterior damages.

The most recent wind storm occurred in April and left one homeowner with serious damage after a fallen tree crashed into their roof and left a hole in their family room ceiling.

When we arrived at the damaged home, we evaluated the damages done and began to design a plan to remove the tree and protect the home from further damages. Fortunately, it was not raining when the tree fell, so water damage restoration services were unnecessary.

Within a few hours, our professionals removed the tree from the roof, and we used a secure tarp to cover the hole in the roof. Then the homeowner submitted a claim to their insurance company, who said they would cover the fallen tree damages done to the home.

In the end, the homeowner received a brand new roof and was delighted with our services, and let us know that they would be using us for future home restoration services. 

When is fallen tree damage covered?

Fallen tree damage will be covered by an insurance carrier when covered perils are damaged by wind. Covered perils include damages including your home or other structures such as a shed or a fence.

Suppose a fallen tree damaged the property due to negligence on behalf of the homeowner. In that case, the homeowner will be held liable for the damages, and an insurance carrier will likely not cover the damages.

5 Steps for fallen tree damage

When it comes time to clean up after a fallen tree has damaged your property, there are five steps you should take:

Step 1: Evacuate everyone from the property. After a fallen tree damages your home, you will want to ensure that everyone that resides in the home is safe.

Step 2: Document the damages done to the property. Before any work is done, you will want to document all damages to the property for insurance purposes. You should take pictures and videos and create a list of any personal belongings that were damaged.

Step 3: Contact a local restoration contractor. Local restoration contractors like those at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek will mitigate fallen tree damage quickly and professionally.

Step 4: Contact your homeowner's insurance provider. The sooner that you contact your homeowner's insurance provider, the quicker the repairs will occur.

Step 5: Ensure your property is secure from further damages. The damages done to your property should be covered by a roof tarp to ensure no water or pests make their way into your property.

Fallen tree damage restoration

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek specialize in restoring properties after a fallen tree causes damages. All of our SERVPRO professionals are IICRC certified and are available 24/7, rain or shine.

SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek even has a construction division to repair or rebuild any damages that occurred to your property. So when you contact us, you will receive tailored services from the best restoration team in Ohio.

5 Actions To Take When a Basement Floods

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

couch in flood water Contact the basement flood clean-up professionals at SERVPRO for quick services!

It's better to be overly prepared for basement floods.

In and around greater Dayton, Ohio, local residential and commercial properties are prone to basement flood damage caused by heavy rainstorms. In a previous blog post, we went over flood prevention tips to help the Dayton locals prepare for basement floods. This blog post will go over what a property owner can do immediately after a basement flood. 

If you are currently in the middle of a basement flood, your best course of action will be to shut off all electrical power to the house and contact the professionals at SERVPRO for fast action services. 

5 Actions when dealing with a basement flood 

  1. Keep children and pets away from the flooded basement. 
  2. Remove all contents and wet materials 
  3. Extract all water 
  4. Dry the basement 
  5. Apply an antimicrobial 

1) Keep children and pets away from the flooded basement 

When dealing with a flooded basement, it is best not to allow children or pets to enter the flood-damaged area. Basement floodwater from rain is categorized as category 3 water damage by the IICRC due to the highly contaminated water present. Ony an individual wearing the proper (PPE) personal protective equipment should enter a flooded basement. 

2) Remove all contents and wet materials  

Only after you have on the PPE can you consider removing all of the salvage and unsalvageable items. To effectively and quickly dry a flooded basement, all category 3 waterlogged items must be thrown away, and all salvageable items should be placed in another area of the home.

If your basement has a lot of content, you will want to get a professional pack-out. A pack-out is where contents are taken to an offsite location for storage and cleaning. In most cases, an insurance company will compensate the property owner for the unsalvageable damaged items and the cost of the pack-out. 

You should also remove all of the flood-damaged floorings throughout the basement. Water that sits in carpet flooring can cause mold on the carpet, and water-damaged hardwood flooring will warp. 

3) Extract all the water 

After all of the damaged contents are removed from the flooded basement, you can begin the water extraction process. The best way to extract water from a flooded basement will be by using a truck-mount water extractor. Our SERVPRO truck-mount water extractor is designed to hold over sixty gallons of extracted water. 

Quickly removing all floodwater from a basement is essential in the restoration process because a damp, dark environment is a great place for mold to grow easily. 

4) Dry the basement 

The only way to ensure that a basement flood is completely dry will be by using industrial fans and dehumidifiers. These two pieces of restoration equipment work in conjunction with one another. The fans will move the water particles into the air while a dehumidifier removes all the excess moisture. 

5) Apply an Antimicrobial 

Applying an antimicrobial to a water-damaged area stops the growth of mold. The antimicrobial solution SERVPRO uses has proven to kill and slow the spread of microorganisms found in floodwaters. 

Skip all steps and call SERVPRO 

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek receive many calls a year where a customer attempts to restore their flooded basement on their own and then discovers mold weeks after. Unfortunately, mold damage will be more expensive than flood mitigation, especially when mold spreads to other areas of the property.  

Our goal is to quickly restore your flooded basement and to ensure it doesn't flood again. That is why, when SERVPRO arrives at a flood damage situation, an IICRC certified professional starts by finding out what caused the basement flood in the first place. For example, most basement floods in Dayton result from a sump pump failure; if this is the case, it would be wise to purchase a new sump pump ASAP. 


Contact us today if you need basement flood restoration services. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is available 24/7, 365 days a year!

6 Steps to Recovery After A Storm Damages Your Rental Property

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage to a rental property in Dayton, Ohio. Contact the storm damage professionals at SERVPRO for mitigation and restoration services.

Storm damage to a rental property is a landlord's worst nightmare.

It is hard enough to deal with storm damage on your property, but what about storm damage to the rental property you own? Whether it was a tornado or hurricane that caused the storm damage, there are steps to take to ensure you and your tenants recover quickly. This blog post will give you six simple steps that will help your property recover after being damaged by storms.

The responsibility of the landlord

Storm damage to a rental property will likely occur when the property is in an area at high risk for storm damage. The team at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek knows that landlords are at greater risk for Dayton tornado damage. Therefore, before the next tornado passes, it is a good idea to go over tornado preparation tips with your tenants. 

When a tornado passes and causes storm damage to a rental property, a Dayton landlord must be mindful and courteous to their tenants and repair storm damage immediately. If the damage has made the property uninhabitable, it may be the landlord's responsibility to provide temporary housing for their tenants, depending on the lease agreement.

6 Steps to recovery

  1. Communicate with your tenants
  2. Contact your insurance company
  3. Keep track of damaged contents
  4. Get the damages professionally assessed 
  5. Prevent further damages
  6. Restore the property

1) Communicate with your tenants

After a storm passes the area of your property, you need to be in communication with your tenants and check if they are safe, and then ask about property damages. The extent of the storm damage to a rental property may be uninhabitable and require temporary housing, which can be reimbursed through renters insurance or the American Red Cross.

Your tenants are counting on your support; it would be a good idea to advise them to contact their rental insurance company immediately. 

2) Contact your homeowner's insurance company

Whenever there is storm damage to a rental property, we recommend that the property owners contact their homeowner's insurance company ASAP to let them know what happened. Your homeowner's insurance company will advise you on how you should move forward.

If you live in your rented property, the storm damage to the rental property may be "unfit to live in," and you will receive a reimbursement for temporary housing. A homeowners adjuster will determine if a home is unsafe after a severe storm on a case-by-case basis. 

3) Keep track of all damages

When your property is safe to enter, it is essential to track an accurate list of your losses. You can create a list on Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel. While creating the list of damages, you should also be taking pictures and videos for insurance claim proof. A list that tracks storm damage to a rental property needs to include the following: 

  • Structural damages
  • Damaged electronics
  • Damaged furniture
  • Damages cabinets
  • Damaged flooring
  • Broken windows
  • Roof damage
  • Wall water damage
  • Ceiling water damage
  • Standing water
  • Signs of mold damage

4) Get the damages professionally assessed 

After communicating with your tenant and ensuring that they are safe, you need to have a professional team come out to assess the storm damages to the rental property. We suggest assessing the property even when there aren't any apparent damages because storm damages to a roof are sometimes not noticeable until months after the damages occurred.

5) Prevent further damages

Securing the property is the best way to prevent additional storm damage to a rental property after a storm passes. You can secure a rental property by covering open holes in the roof or walls with plastic sheeting. 

6) Restore the property

After storm damage to a rental property occurs, you will want your property to be restored by a reputable restoration company. Water damage to a rental property will require mitigation services to dry out the property. Once the property is dry, the rental property may need new drywall, insulation, and paint.

Contact SERVPRO for storm damage services.

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have seen it all when it comes to emergency damages, and storm damage to a rental property is no exception! When you contact our Dayton storm damage team, you will quickly have a team of IICRC certified professionals that take pride in delivering quality work.

We have over sixty years of experience working with insurance claims and are ready to help you get a fair amount on your rental property insurance claim. From exterior to interior damage, we understand no repairs can wait. Contact us today for any further questions or emergency services regarding rental property storm damage.

5 Essential Tornado Property Preparation Tips For Dayton Locals

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Dayton tornado damage to home in 2019 Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for more information on our tornado repair services!

A tornado property preparation plan will limit the number of damages.

Tornadoes are the most dangerous of all atmospheric storms. They can demolish well-built buildings, uproot trees, even hurl items into the air like lethal missiles. Strong tornadoes can strike anywhere in the greater Dayton area. The locals of Montgomery County know how the month of May in 2019 was by far the worst tornado season seen in the last few years. 

Tornadoes are unpredictable, but with the start of spring, it's vital to keep ahead of the game so you'll know what to do if one hits the ground. To be tornado-ready, you must understand what to do before, during & after a tornado hits. Keep reading and learn what you can do to keep your loved ones and property safe.

Plan for the worst, hope for the best  

The first step when it comes to tornado preparation is to have a plan. After you have finalized all of your tornado preparation plan details, it is essential to explain the plan to your loved ones so they know what to expect in a tornado emergency. Your well-thought-out tornado preparation plan will alleviate any last-minute panicking because you will know what to do and where to go when you have a tornado property preparation plan in place. Consider the following when creating a tornado property preparation plan:

  • Determine a secure location in your home where family members and pets can safely go to. The best place to seek shelter will be on your lowest floor and avoiding windows. A basement or storm cellar is the safest option.  
  • If in a high rise, choose a hallway in the building's center as a secondary option in case there is not enough time to go to its lowest level.
  • Choose a secure location in a nearby stable building if you live in a mobile home. During a tornado, no mobile home, no matter how well-built, is safe.

The 5 tornado property preparation tips

Preparing your home for a tornado is essential for the safety of your family and property. The following property preparation tips will help you limit the amount of damage:

  1. Trim trees with diseased or decaying branches and limbs. Loose tree branches will shatter windows, garage doors, and roofs, causing severe harm to your house.
  2. Prepare a list of anything that has to be taken indoors in the event of a tornado storm, including furniture, toys, bins, tools, trailers, cars, swings, and everything else that can be picked up and tossed by heavy winds.
  3. Clear the yard of debris – branches & firewood will become missiles in strong winds.
  4. Your garage doors should be secured shut. In certain houses, a garage is a vulnerable spot. The impact from the wind will raise the roof off the house if your garage door is breached.
  5. Install storm shutters to cover and protect windows.

When to expect a tornado in Dayton?

In Dayton, Ohio, every month is in tornado season, but the risk of a tornado is highest in late spring and early summer (April to July). More than half of the tornadoes that have struck the state since 1950 have occurred in May, June, and July. According to data from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.

Signs of a tornado

  • The sky will be black and slightly greenish.
  • Air will become very still before a tornado arrives.
  • There is a loud roar, close sounding to that of a freight train.
  • An approaching cloud of debris, even when the funnel is not visible.

Who to call tornado damage repairs

Your property may have been severely damaged even after you follow the tornado property preparation tips listed above. Although your property may need restoration services, we are happy that you have made it out safely.


You can trust the IICRC certified team of professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek for quick and reliable tornado property repair services. Our local crews know how devastating tornado damage can be and want to help you every step of the way. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you with your homeowners insurance claim and restore your property!

Dayton Ice Storm Cleanup Professionals

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Ice dam on Dayton roof Heavy ice dams can cause severe damages to your property.

An ice storm can turn your everyday life upside down.

Many unpredictable weather events can take place in the early spring and late winter. An ice storm is often caused by a combination of warm and cool air. Heavy ice or snow can result in unique problems and cause severe damage to properties. Take action immediately to prevent further damages.  

If you're wondering what to do when mother nature decides to bring ice instead of snow, then read on. Let's help you figure out the problem and understand how our experts at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can mitigate the issue for you!

Storms in Dayton Ohio 

Dayton experiences challenging weather conditions such as tornadoes, ice storms, wind storms, floods, and other disasters. Heavy ice can cause carports, porches, roofs, and other outdoor buildings to collapse.

During an ice storm, you may experience:

  • Large tree branches collapsing on your property. 
  • Freezing and bursting pipes.
  • Electricity outages

When your property is damaged from an ice storm, you need a team of experts with winter storm experience. At SERVPRO, we understand how vital cleanup and restoration after a disaster can be. Our professionals have state-of-the-art tools and resources to restore your property to a pre-disaster state.

How to recover your property following an ice storm?

Damage from an ice storm is inevitable; your property will somehow end up affected. The city of Dayton experiences harsh weather conditions every now and then; locals should always be prepared for natural disasters. However, it is understandable that one can only do a little by himself. Before calling professional help, you can still take some steps to recover your property from ice storm damage. Starting from inspecting your property and surrounding area for damage like:

  • Downed tree branches and powerlines; It is dangerous to mitigate damages by yourself. It is best to call for professional help.  
  • Ice buildup on roofs, driveways, and sidewalks.

Treat sidewalks and driveways

Accumulated ice on driveways and sideways can be extremely unsafe for residents, visitors, and mail carriers. Treat all driveways and pathways with salt to thoroughly melt the ice as soon as possible.

To minimize the buildup of ice, you could also add salt or an ice melting product to driveways and sidewalks before the storm. Nevertheless, it is essential to remember that you may still have to apply additional ice melt products after the storm.

Check for ice build-up on the roof

Ice buildup on roofs can cause a lot of problems. Following an ice storm, be extra cautious of the amount of ice on your roof and whether or not your roof is capable of supporting extra weight. Ice is dense and heavy; weakening or even collapsing under the added weight is not unusual for a porch or roof.

If the ice build on your roof is becoming concerning, you should call a qualified Dayton roofing contractor to melt or remove the ice. Property owners should never try to clear ice from their roofs themselves; it is unsafe.  

Similarly, ice dams are caused by ice that builds up at the roof's edge, collecting water or melting snow behind it. An ice dam will stop water from flowing off a roof. A common effect of an ice dam is water damage after the water backs up under shingles and into your property. If the water damage goes unnoticed, it will result in mold growth and interior water damage.

Check the trees on your property

A severe safety issue can occur from ice on tree branches. The weight of accumulating ice can not only pull down branches on people, but it can also destroy vehicles and properties. For this purpose, surveying trees from a reasonable distance is necessary. Do not try to trim the tree yourself; always call for professional help.

Does insurance cover ice damage?

The purpose of insurance is to cover you from property losses. Sadly, insurance providers won't be paying for everything. Let's look at what is typically covered in ice storms.

  • Many insurance plans do not include the loss of debris from trees unless the tree has fallen on a building or house.
  • Your insurance provider will be liable for paying the damage if your neighbor's tree falls on your business or house.
  • In these cases, insurance providers usually compensate property damage if trees crash through windows or collapse on roofs.
  • If water damage occurs from frozen pipelines that burst, the damage is generally covered by your home insurance claim

Contact SERVPRO today!

Our experts are skilled and can handle all types of ice damage disasters. We are an IICRC certified firm and have a proven track record of providing quality mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction services. Call us today! We are available 24/7!

How To Identify Hail Damage

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Hand holding one inch sized hail ball in Dayton Ohio One-inch sized hail balls will cause significant damages.

Hail Damage Affects Many Homeowners 

A storm that brings hail up to one inch in diameter is sure to deliver hail damage to your roof. You can count on there being severe roof damage if the hail is combined with high wind speeds. To identify hail damage to your property, look for structural destruction signs such as cracks or broken windows, dented siding, or damaged gutters.

Be mindful that small-sized hail balls can cause some hidden damages to your roof, so it is essential to contact restoration storm damage specialists for hail damage. Storm restoration specialists know how to inspect your roof after you get hit by a hailstorm, whatever size the hail may be. 

When hail strikes Dayton and surrounding areas, almost all homeowners will be affected by hail damage, either with more prominent or minor destruction to their property. Take into consideration that hail storms are unpredictable and can happen at any time of year. Without knowing the signs of storm damage, it will be difficult to determine how much damage a hail storm has done to your roof. 

Signs of hail damage

Hail damage can cause minor to major types of damages on your roof. It can crack or even shatter tough materials on the roof like shingles, clay, or concrete. While severe damages can be easy to spot, some more complicated issues can only be detected by a professional eye. Some common types of hail damages we see on roofing are:

  • Dark patches
  • Granules loss
  • Bruised shingles
  • Dents 
  • Broken ends of shingles
  • Splits on shingles

Hail damage insurance claim 

Before contacting your insurance company and filing a hail damage home insurance claim, it is recommended to hire professional help independently to evaluate the damage that a hail storm has done to your property and roof.

Insurance damage professionals know what kinds of documentation insurance adjusters are looking for and can help you file a claim. After they help you get the claim processed, they will then help with all property damage cleanup. When there is significant damage to your roof, the storm damage professionals will use mitigation tactics to save your home from further damages. 

Identifying hail damage

Did you know that a hail smaller than an inch in diameter can cause damage to your property? After a hailstorm hits, evaluating the hail's size can be the simplest way to identify what types of damage your property might have faced. Knowing the size of the hail balls that have damaged your property will be critical in the insurance claim process.

Various assessments are done depending on the hail size, and its damages increase with the increase in hail size. 

  • ¾" Hail: This is the smallest measured hail, and it can cause considerable damages depending on the speed of the wind. It can damage the vinyl siding, windows, metal fascia, and also deck paint. Missing shingles have also been detected from wind and this size of hail. 
  • 1" Hail: This size hits hard and will damage shingles and the underlayment of the roof. One inch hail can cause significant damage to gutters, siding, and fascia. High wind speed will cause damage.  
  • 1 ¼" Hail: The damage is much more than the increase from 1". Even if it is not followed by wind, it can cause significant hail damage.
  • 1 ½ Hail: This size may have substantial damage to your property. Depending on the duration, amount, and wind speed, it can result in disasters to your roof. 
  • 1 ¾- 2" Hail: This size of hail can penetrate the roof and create damage to the underlayment, ridge caps, or even plastic vents. It can tear the siding off the roof, break the windows, and damage many metal fittings. 
  • 2" Hail: This or higher proportions will cause significant damages to properties. When your property experiences this size hail ball, you need to immediately contact restoration professionals to avoid further damages.  

Does insurance cover hail damage?

In short, yes, but when your property undergoes hail damage, it is best to contact restoration contractors immediately to increase the likelihood of getting your insurance claim approved. The quicker you get your roof inspected after hail damage, the more likely you will avoid further damage. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek specializes in storm damage and will help with your hail damage repairs and offer insurance guidance. Call us anytime at (937) 228-3433. Our IICRC trained professionals are here to help you, 24/7.

Free 5 Part SERVPRO Checklist For Basement Flooding

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

basement flooded in Dayton Ohio SERVPRO is available 24/7 for all emergency services!

This post will evaluate what property owners should consider before, during, and after Beavercreek flooding occurs. As a reputable storm damage restoration company in Dayton, Ohio, we believe that homes damaged by powerful storms should seek assistance from a reputable restoration company to repair the damage. 

In Ohio, hazardous weather conditions can cause river flooding, wind damage, ice damming, and floodwater to damage your property. In the winter months, ice damage and hail damage are the leading cause of Ohio storm damage.

5 Part Checklist For Basement Flooding

  1. Make safety a priority. Before you call your local SERVPRO for water restoration services from flooding, it is essential to check if power lines surrounding your property are down before any storm remediation occurs. Take extra precautions around broken down electrical lines. Please refrain from making contact with any fallen electrical lines. Water is a conductor for electrical currents; a single touch can send high voltage through the human body, causing severe damage. 
  2. Assess your roof for damage. Once storm damage occurs in Ohio, it is essential to have a professional inspect your roof for damage and roof leaks. When a professional gets on site, he will be checking for missing shingles and fallen branches that have hit the roof or gutters. In severe cases, especially in the winter months, hail damage or ice damage can cause holes in the roof of your home. When you call a SERVPRO professional to inspect your roof, it will also be useful to have the professional evaluate the property for any other potential damages like frozen pipes. 
  3. Contact your Insurance Agent ASAP. Anytime there is damage to your home, it is best to see if your Insurance company can cover the damages. SERVPRO has partnerships with a wide array of insurance companies and will help with your home insurance claim. 
  4. Inspect Your Belongings. After a flood occurs in your home or business, it is most likely that some of your personal belongings have undergone water damage. We have helped customers process claims that included damage to computers, televisions, and cell phones. With the proper documentation and pictures, your insurance company should approve restoration to all your electronics that have suffered damages.  
  5. Check for Your Property For Wind Damage. Wind damage can cause damage by flying debris colliding with your property. Storm damage can create cracked windows, holes, and damage to your properties roof. Restoration professionals know that wind damage weakens walls and causes wall slants or cracks, resulting in more repairs if not assessed quickly. 

Types of Storm Damage in Ohio 

Ohio sufferers from multiple different types of storms a year. Depending on the kind of storm will dictate the type of home restoration needed.  

Types of storm damages include:

  • Hurricane Damage
  • Tornado Damage
  • Hail Damage
  • Ice Damage
  • Damage from river flooding
  • Wind Damage

As the weather starts to change, the storm damage professionals at SERVPRO are ready to handle any size disaster. In the winter months, snowstorms can cause frozen pipes to expand and possibly burst. Anytime you notice a frozen pipe, it is best to turn the water off and call a plumbing professional to repair the frozen pipe.

If your home or business has suffered damage from a storm, it is best to call a reputable company like SERVPRO. SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is independently owned and operated by the Shooter brothers. There is no damage size that SERVPRO crews can't handle. 

Call us at (937) 228-3433.

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The Dangers of Lightning During A 45404 Storm | SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

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When considering how a thunderstorm can cause damage to a Dayton home, there are two main types of damage that happen are flooding and wind damage. Although these are the typical two types of damages to occur, it is essential to consider the risks associated with lightning to your home or business. 

Did you know that lightning can occur even in the absence of precipitation? It's true; the name of this type of storm is called a dry thunderstorm. Did you also know that lightning bolts can be up to 500,000 degrees? Lightning causes damage and even fatalities in whatever they strike. At SERVPRO, we want our Dayton locals to understand what lightning is and how it can affect their home or business. With this information, we hope to help homeowners prevent the risks of lightning and storm damage.

How Do Thunderstorms and Lightning Coexist?

When we looked into Thunderstorms and lightning, we found that all thunderstorms contain the electricity that makes a lightning strike possible. 

A lightning strike is a rapid burst of electricity that occurs when this charge becomes agitated.

Lightning is always searching for an ideal lightning conductor, which is why lightning tends to strike metal objects. When a Dayton home has been struck, lightning will usually forge the path to finding a metal conductor within the metal water pipes and home wiring.

How Lightning Damage Affects Homes

There are many dangers surrounding thunderstorms. Your home might suffer from water damage, but the real issue occurs when lightning strikes a house. Here are three main problems that can occur: 

1) Fire Damage When a fire strikes home, you are guaranteed to be left with a fire damage loss. As mentioned earlier, lightning has temperatures up to about 500,000 degrees; it's hot enough to ignite any building materials in its way. Additionally, when lightning travels through your home wires, they will fray, creating fire hazards throughout your home. 

2) The risk of power surges. A power surge that can affect any electronic device plugged in that is not routed through a surge protector will be affected when lightning strikes. The electrical charge that lightning has can quickly transfer that to the wiring in the home and affect all appliances. We have heard several stories from customers who had had to replace appliances and video game consoles from lightning strikes. 

3) The risk of shock waves. Shock waves can crack chimneys, break windows, and explode cinder blocks. Shock waves are typically caused by thunder, but they can also occur at the lightning strike site, causing them to be hazardous to a home’s structure.


SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek has the knowledge and labor power to clean up any size disaster. We do not get many calls that consist of lightning strikes, but we are prepared when they do happen. We are a local restoration company that you can trust and rely on to be onsite quickly. If your home has recently suffered from a storm damage loss, please contact us. We will get your home or business back to prior loss conditions "Like it never even happened."

4 Major Storm Protection Tips For Your Wilmington Home

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Roofing damage after tree fell on roof We are roof damage repair specialist!

Storm damage is common in Ohio, and we want our Wilmington homeowners to have a protection plan in place to avoid severe damages. 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek is located in midwest America, which means we have a lot of different weather that we experience throughout the year. The residents of Wilmington experience strong winds from tornadoes, heavy rainfall, and snowstorms throughout the year. To help protect your most valuable asset, we have created 4 ways to protect your home from a storm. When your home suffers from storm damage, SERVPRO will make it "Like it never even happened."

1. Clear away patio items

When the weather channel advises that a storm is going to pass, the Wilmington residents must make sure that all of their lawn furniture, gardening tools, and sporting equipment are stored away in a secure space. High winds during a heavy storm will potentially pick up your yard items and send them flying through a window or damage your home's siding. Securing loose outdoor items during a storm event can protect your house from unnecessary damage.

2. Trim dead tree branches 

The time is now to examine the trees that surround your property. Each year SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek receives hundreds of calls that are from branches falling and damaging a Wilmington home. 

Heavy storms will often snap large tree branches that can damage your home's siding, roofing, decks, and windows. Storms can even topple power lines and cause power outages to Wilmington neighborhoods. If there is a tree on your property with a clear loose connection, consider hiring an arborist to remove the dead branches. Removing the dead branches and trees in your yard may be expensive, but it will save you in the long run from damage to your home.

3. Invest in a generator 

Tree branches can easily fall and snap the power lines. We have also seen first hand the power outages caused by lightning strikes. When lightning blows up a power transformer, you can guarantee major power outages will occur. To protect your home from potential power outages, we recommend investing in a quality power generator. With all of the storms that hit Ohio, investing in a generator is a great way to protect your home during storms and constantly back up. Our Owner Gary Shooter has invested in numerous generators to help keep us up and running when a storm hits Wilmington. We can power the equipment that we place in your home with our generators. 

4. Water-proof your home

Rainstorms can lead to flooding, which can potentially major damage to your Wilmington home. Water damage devalues a house and causes significant problems with the foundation. The best way to ensure that your home is safe from potential water damage is to check for foundation leaks, clean out gutters, and replace broken windows. Also, be mindful of any pooling in the yard. Pooling is a clear indicator that drainage issues are making your home more susceptible to water damage.

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek can come out and make sure your home is ready to fight against storm damage. If you would like one of our professionals to evaluate your home, please give us a call at (937) 228-3433 

These four tips should help you be prepared in case of emergency, but if damage has already occurred, rely on the professionals at SERVPRO to clean up the damage. We are available 24/7 365 days a year. 

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Beavercreek Tornado Damage Repair Specialist

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is here to help during tornado damage aftermath

In 2019, approximately 49 tornadoes occurred in the state of Ohio. Compared to earlier years, 2016 was relatively quiet but still resulted in 24 tornadoes and over a million dollars in damage, according to OCSWA. Even if you don't live in a high-risk Ohio city like Beavercreek or Xenia, intense and violent tornadoes do occur. Depending on the type of tornado twister, you could have serious repercussions spinning your way.

Look out for Warnings

Tornadoes typically form when there are different speeds of wind at different altitudes. Tornadoes create a horizontal rotating column of air, also known as a supercell. When a supercell picks up enough condensation, it will form a funnel. When the National Severe Storms Laboratory alerts that a tornado watch is in effect, then you can guarantee that a tornado funnel has touched down within 250 miles. When a Beavercreek resident is issued a warning, serious precautions need to occur because there is a severe threat to your home and anyone in it. 

What is Tornado EF?

Ohio residents have heard the term EF every time a tornado warning occurs. For those who are not aware, EF stands for Enhanced Fujita Scale, which was officially applied by the National Weather Service in 2007. The EF scale is a more accurate assessment of a tornado's characteristics than what the original Fujita Scale (F-Scale) stated. The current EF scale model designates wind speed ranges based on 28 damage indicators, including different structures and building types. 

Each damage indicator has eight levels of damage:

EF-0

An EF-0 category tornado will most likely only produce relatively light damages to Beavercreek residents. EF-0 winds are still strong and will most likely produce small cracks to your home's structure. In your yard, there will be broken branches and fallen twigs. In some cases, you will see bent road signs. 

EF-1 

When an EF 1 category tornado touches down, you can expect winds anywhere from 86-165 mph. Heavy winds can rip apart your roof, or at the very least, multiple shingles. During an EF-1 category tornado, mobile homes are in danger because they can be overturned entirely with winds over 80 mph. 

EF-2 to EF-3

Facing an EF-2 or EF-3 tornado in Ohio, you can bet that considerable damage will take place. Typically in EF2/3, large trees will fall, and some may become uprooted entirely. Man cars will be lifted off the ground, and objects in your yard will be flying around like torpedos fired from a submarine.

EF-4

When an Ohio meteorologist announces that an EF-4 tornado has touched down, you better be prepared. An EF-4 tornado can overturn a train. A train is not a home, but you best believe that it is a high possibility that your home will undergo severe damages. In most cases, once a broken window busts more wind to rush in and create pressure on the interior walls. When there is substantial wind pressure in your home, you can assume that your home roof will blow away. 

EF-5

An EF-5 tornado is the worst or the worst for Beavercreek residents. This is where winds over 200 mph bring incredible damage and devastation. Large objects will be flying through the air as if they are as light as a balloon. Even the strongest constructed homes could be left to nothing. In some cases, these types of tornadoes cause foundations to be cleared.

Seeking Tornado Damage Help 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek has seen it all when it comes to tornado damage. We can estimate all of your roof repairs and help mitigate any damages that may occur. You must have our number saved in your phone to fix any restoration and reconstruction that your home may require. All of our IICRC certified technicians are prepared to use the highest restoration techniques when restoring Beavercreek homes after a tornado. 

Give SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek a call at (937) 228-3433 for any tornado damage or water removal in Dayton. Let the professionals, like the experts here at SERVPRO, help you.

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Our SERVPRO Technicians Can Quickly Assess your Property After a Flood

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

Floods cause a great deal of damage and can come from many sources. The worst floods come from external sources, although it is possible that clean water from burst water lines can become contaminated inside our home, making them almost as bad as floods originating outside your home. Contaminants make things especially hazardous to your health, but here are other dangers that can lurk inside your home after a flood has receded. 

In Dayton, flood damage can include silt and soils left behind in your appliances. These can retain moisture, creating not only breeding grounds for microorganisms but also moist environments that cause rust and other corrosive actions. As you know, rust can ruin your electric appliances over time, even if they seemed fine at first. Hot water heaters are especially dangerous because silt can shift, blocking pilot lights and creating gas leaks in the process. The same is true of gas dryers and ovens. 

It is vital to have your home appliances examined by a qualified professional to check and to make repairs on them. While we at SERVPRO are excellent at cleaning such items, we want to make sure that they are in perfect working order and recommend that these always also be examined by a certified technician after we have cleaned them. Most water damage technicians will not clean appliances to the degree required after a flood, but we can.

Other cleaning aspects can help you preserve your wood floors. After a flood, you are not merely battling moisture. You are also working to remove sediments that can act like sandpaper in your home. Some of this sediment is so fine, it can become airborne, and when breathed in, it can irritate your nasal passages and throat. Air scrubbers can help remove these particles, just like they do mold spores. As we dry your home with our heaters and air movers, we can also place our air scrubbers in the most effective locations to catch much of the silt, and other particles, floating in the air, making your home air much cleaner in the long run for you and your family. 

When you find yourself coping with flood damage, give us, SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek a call at (937) 228-3433. Day or night, we are here to help you fight restoration emergencies.

To Mitigate Storm Effects, We Suggest Immediate Water Extraction!

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage in Dayton Ohio

Following flooding as a result of storm damage, many objects and parts of your home will be soaked to differing degrees. Some areas may be very lightly touched by moisture, and will, as a result, dry out quickly. Others, however, may be inundated and soaked through by floodwaters, including porous materials such as carpeting and fabrics. Aside from the sheer volume of water, some other factors will also significantly affect the rate at which your home dries out. 

Water Extraction 

The most important part of the drying process for storm damage in Beavercreek is bulk water removal. Our drying technology, while thorough and adaptable, is by nature capable of the removal of far less water than a traditional pumping system. For example, our truck-mounted water extractors can move up to 36,000 gallons per day, but our drying systems are often limited to around 30 gallons daily under optimal conditions. We prioritize getting service crews on-scene within hours of an initial call, so to be sure to keep drying times as low as possible. 

Air Movement 

We use high-powered air movers to create strong currents of air in a drying room. These capture water droplets and vapor from all surfaces and are then coupled with thermal or chemical dehumidifiers to take the water back out of the air and into a holding tank or piped directly to the exterior of the structure.

Temperature 

Temperature profoundly affects the rate at which water evaporates, and thus the drying rate of your home. The ideal drying temperature is typically anywhere from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit, as at any lower, our air movers will not be able to pick up much moisture. Any higher and the air becomes too humid for optimal results.

Relative Humidity--RH

Finally, the most important factor is the relative humidity. Many of our tools and even the factors described above are related to and designed to accommodate moisture. One device we use to measure this important component of drying is a thermal hygrometer. Humidity must be kept at a relatively ordinary level, so as to encourage fast evaporation and removal but also to avoid further damage to the room. 

SERVPRO of East Dayton/ Beavercreek carries advanced equipment and specialized techniques to help dry out your home as fast as possible following a storm. If your home has experienced storm damage, call us at  (937)-228-3433

Determining Flood Damage In Dayton

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Dayton Flood Damage in your home 

Removing stormwater from a Dayton home is much like removing water from a broken water heater. The equipment needed is the same, but there are additional precautions to take depending on if this outside water is contaminated. The same concerns are there when it comes to restoring the property.

SERVPRO of East Dayton understands that after a flood, Dayton homeowners want to get back into their house, and to their life before they wake up to find ankle-deep water in their living room and kitchen. To make certain we can provide a safe, clean environment; our restoration team first checks to see if the water is Clean, Gray, or Black.

Clean floodwater contains no threatening microbes and does not pose a risk to the health of the homeowners or other residents. Team members bring in the same pumps and extraction wands used to clean up after a broken kitchen sink sends water across the linoleum. Clean water can become contaminated if it stands too long, so we begin to remove it as soon as we get the first pump-off our truck. We also start to lower the humidity level since dry air also inhibits microbial growth.

Gray water contains low levels of microbes and other contaminants. The majority of them are usually urine or wash water forced out of overwhelmed sewers after a severe storm. This results in rapid microbial growth and the bacteria or fungi pose a threat to anyone who comes in contact with it. These same microbes can spread to walls and furniture as the water recedes and become a threat to property. To kill the microbes and prevent spreading them, SERVPRO technicians spray an anti-fungal agent across the surface of the water and nearby property before taking any other actions.

Blackwater is a severe threat to people and property. According to IICRC, the flood water has drawn in everything from the surrounding area as it rises. That includes animal waste, carcasses, and even sewage when the force of the water splits lines open. Since this contamination is obvious, our technicians pull on protective gear like rubber suits and even breathing gear. Once protected, they spray the water and nearby property before bringing in any pumps or other extraction gear.

For both Black and Gray water, we pump out the water into the nearest, functioning sewer opening. If there isn't one available, then we pump it into a tanker truck for removal to the nearest wastewater treatment plant.

What Time of Year Do Storms Mostly Occur?

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

A bright green field with one summer tree is surrounded by clouds indicating a storm. Summer fun doesn't have to end just because of a seasonal storm.

Every year there are an average of 100,000 thunderstorms, 10% of which are categorized as severe storms. Though this is a year-round statistic, most storms take place within the spring and summer months, between the hours of noon and midnight. The reason why this time of year is beneficial for the formation of thunderstorms is due to the warming of the Earth. Starting in the spring and especially in the summer, the sun is out for longer than it is during the fall or winter. This gives sunlight time to warm the surface of the Earth, therefore warming the air surrounding the areas where this is happening. While most of us enjoy this process because it makes the temperature perfect for going outside, it creates the ideal conditions for a thunderstorm to form. Though air near the surface of the Earth becomes hotter during these months, the air higher in the sky remains below freezing throughout the entire year. Therefore, when something triggers the warmer air upwards, colliding with the freezing air, the contact of these differing temperature particles creates electric charges. In the fall and winter the air near the surface is cooler, due to less sunlight and distance from the sun, so should the surface air collide with the distant air, there is no opposing force to cause electric charges. It makes sense why we relate thunderstorms to the summer, then. 

What this means for homeowners is that summertime is when storm damage is most likely to occur. While we have differing concerns for each season, warm weather brings general storm damage opportunities. Heavy rainfall can create floods which pose a threat of water damage. Lightning strikes can cause fire damage if they hit near our homes. There’s a lot to think about in the otherwise enjoyable warm months of the year.

However storms affect the home, SERVPRO of East Dayton covers any destruction that may come from a storm. Summer is the time of year we allow ourselves to kick back, relax, and enjoy the sunlight. Don’t let storm damage stop you from experiencing summer relaxation. Call your local SERVPRO for any storm damage needs.

The Necessities for Storm Preparation

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A dark blue, cloudy sky with a white strike of lightning going through the clouds. Lightning from a far distance is amazing, but less so when it gets closer to our homes.

The United States is the World’s Tornado Capital, specifically the midwest region including states like Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Ohio. We can’t save our home from the inevitable effects of severe storms. However, we can save our families by having a storm kit easily accessible in our home. Some 0bvious things to keep in a storm kit: a first aid kit, list of emergency phone numbers, bottled water, nonperishable food, battery powered flashlight, and extra batteries. But what about the less obvious things? Other necessities could be: extra cash (kept in a water-tight bag), extra clothing (also kept in a water-tight bag), a non-electric can opener, sturdy boots, and prescriptions or required medicine. What are the things our families cannot survive without on a daily basis? We may forget our medicines or dry clothing when we focus on dealing with disaster. The most important thing to consider when a storm is on its way is how to care for your family. Storm damage on the structure of the home can be repaired afterwards. Storm damage in Beavercreek happens mostly to neighborhoods. Focus on caring for your family when a storm heads your way. Luckily, our local news station provides us with storm tracker information so we can know where the storm is located. After it ends, if storm damage occurs stress can be limited with the help of SERVPRO, a company of professionals in storm damage restoration. They focus on returning the quality of our homes and businesses to before the storm even hit. Knowing how to protect our family and who to call when damage ensues is all we need when storms are on their way. SERVPRO can take the stress out of the uncontrollable weather.

The Difference Between a Storm Warning and a Storm Watch

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning bolt on a dark night reaching down to a forest. During a storm, lightning is looking for the strongest pull to the Earth. Wherever that pull is, damage always follows.

Population size can affect the severity of a storm by at least 2% in rainfall. This is due to a higher temperature in cities like Dayton, Ohio. Our phones have the convenient ability to alert us of an oncoming storm, whether the storm happens tonight, tomorrow, or within the next few days. However these alerts come with two different descriptions of the storm, a storm watch or a storm warning. Without being informed on the difference between the two, how can we know how prepared we need to be for storms headed our way? Here’s the difference. A storm warning is a less severe storm message. 

A storm warning is for a storm that:

  • will arrive soon 
  • lasts between twenty minutes and an hour
  • covers only portions of a county
  • indicates we should take cover when the message is received

A storm watch is for a storm that:

  • will arrive within a few hours
  • lasts for several hours
  • can cover across multiple states
  • indicates we should have a plan prepared for when it arrives

With this information, we can better prepare ourselves for when that message shows up on phones. The next time a storm message arrives, whether a watch or a warning, save your stress about the possibility of damage until the following day. And before looking for how to handle storm damage from last night, consider hiring storm damage specialists directly from businesses like your local SERVPRO, who have the power of a commercial company with the speed and customer service of a local company. SERVPRO can take all the hassle out of the inevitable. While we cannot avoid the path of a storm, they can restore our homes as though storms never happen.

Types of Storms and What to Look For

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Sky covered in large, dark clouds, indicating a storm is forming. We can usually tell what is headed our way, even from a far distance. A build up of clouds like this indicate a storm is coming.

Lightning strikes are 50,0oo°Fahrenheit, which is five times hotter than the surface of the Sun. That’s a terrifying fact knowing how often these strikes hit the surface of the Earth. While cool storm videos are cool to watch, it’s less fun when the storm we’re watching is headed our way. There are many types of storms that can affect our lives. The most common types of storms include: thunderstorms, hail storms, blizzards, tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. Each storm can make itself obvious from the formation of the sky when it occurs. For example, a thunderstorm often presents itself as an anvil shaped cloud at first, low and flat at the bottom while standing tall. An easy way to tell it’s a blizzard and not just regular snow is the visibility. Blizzards lessen the visibility for at last three hours, usually longer. Hail storms can present a variety of danger as the hail itself can be as small as peas and as large as watermelons. While larger hail can have more powerful damage, crushing cars, roofs, windows, etc, small hail can also break windows and create holes in roofs. Fortunately, storms may cause inevitable damage to our homes but not irreversible damage. Storm damage assessments are not hard to receive, especially from specialists like your local SERVPRO of East Dayton. It can be fun to know more about types of storms when we’re aware of how close a storm damage professional is, and how easy it is for a company like SERVPRO to return our home as if the damage never occurred.

Measuring the Size of a Potential Storm at Home

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A hurricane formation over the Earth, displaying the eye of the storm at the center. Nature is beautiful but can rob us of time and money when storms happen to us.

In 2018 climate disasters cost Americans a total of $91.0 billion in damage. Some storms drift by without a single scratch on our homes. Some storms cause damage that causes us both stress and money. While we receive storm warnings and watches from our phones, TVs, and computers, news channels cannot assess personal damage to each individual family home. Storm and rain damage can lead to other issues, not only destroying the structure of the home but creating leaks from burst pipes, water buildup, and other internal issues. The best thing to do for prevention of storm damage would be to consistently monitor the integrity of our roof and pipes. Of course that isn’t always manageable with a busy schedule. No one can blame homeowners for not knowing every detail of their home, especially when damage will occur regardless. In order to tell if storm damage is potential, consider the following. Is it a storm warning or a storm watch? Storm watches are more severe storms, therefore more likely to do damage. What other factors does a specific storm bring? Large enough sized hail can do roof damage, shatter windows, and dent cars. If storm damage does occur, leave the stress to storm damage specialists. A storm damaged roof is a dangerous site to repair, and companies like SERVPRO are equipped with the necessary equipment to repair while staying safe and avoiding further damage. Once the structure of the roof has been secured again, tiles can be replaced and secured easily. The process not only repairs previous damage, but can prevent damage in the future by reinforcing the strength of a storm damaged roof.

How Secure is Your Roof During a Storm?

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A lightning strike so bright that it lights the entire sky in a pink tone. The strike hits a tree on a black mountain. Thunderstorms may be common enough to not worry us, but the damage is drastic.

Lightning can and will strike the same place twice, regardless of the myth that “Lightning never strikes the same spot twice.” This is bad news for anyone with Astraphobia, the fear of thunder and lightning. Astraphobia is the third most common phobia in the United States, which is probably why someone made up the myth that lightning strikes certain areas only once. If a location has the electric current to pull a strike of lightning down to Earth, that won’t go away after it a strike has already happened. When a thin tree fell on the roof of a local Beavercreek family and broke through the structure, they didn’t know where to begin. It can seem intimidating at first, especially from something unsuspecting like a smaller sized tree. Damage from storms can be unpredictable and uncontrollable, leaving homeowners like the ones we worked with confused on where to even begin. Luckily, they found SERVPRO of East Dayton through a neighbor that had worked with them to repair water damage months prior. The benefit of a company like SERVPRO of Beavercreek is the power of a commercial business with the care of a local business. The people of this SERVPRO work are ready to repair whatever damage ensues as soon as the calls arrive. The goal of any damage restoration company is to make larger than life issues not as big as they seem. SERVPRO does this by arriving to the site promptly and repairing the damage as efficiently as possible.