Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.