Recent Storm Damage Posts
Does this seem like the wettest winter in Victoria? Temperatures are lower, more rain has fallen, and heavier winds have overtaken Sugar Land. If we recall correctly, it has been a long time since we’ve seen these kinds of weather patterns. While we have no control over the weather, we do have the opportunity to keep the weather from affecting our homes or business. To help prevent weather-related damages from hurting your home or business, apply some of the following tips to protect your property:
- Keep gutters clear of leaves, sticks and other debris to help ensure it can drain properly. Make sure downspouts direct water away from the home or business
- Wrap water pipes in your crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer and prevent freezing
- If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces
Give SERVPRO of Victoria a call if you have any additional questions. Our team is always here to help when disaster strikes!
2018 National Preparedness Month
September is known as National Preparedness Month at SERVPRO of Victoria to help bring awareness to our local communities. This awareness event is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the theme this year is "Don't wait, communicate". This program encourages everyone to take advantage of the information provided by FEMA because advanced planning is critical in dealing with and recovering from unexpected disasters.
Now is the perfect time to make a plan and know what to do in case of an emergency. Mother Nature has created multiple large disasters around the Houston area this year. It is important to keep your emergency contact list up-to-date and have alternative communication methods set up in case traditional means are affected. If you would like more information about staying prepared, visit www.ready.gov/september. It is never too early to be prepared. Remember disasters strike when you least expect it. SERVPRO of Victoria is always prepared, to help make it "Like it never even happened".
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
Not all hurricanes are destructive or deadly. But it's always a good idea to be prepared especially during prime time hurricane season. They are known as one of the most violent wind storms and should not be messed with. Know the difference between the stages of hurricanes and damages they may cause.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale rates a hurricane's intensity using wind speed and storm surge, which is the abnormal rise in sea level accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm. The scale also estimates the potential damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall.
Sustained winds of 74-85 mph. Dangerous winds occur and may cause some damage. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees along with some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.
Winds of 96-110 mph. Extremely dangerous winds and will cause extensive damage. Roofing, door and window damage to buildings; Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees, mobile homes, poorly constructed signs, and piers.
Devastating damage will occur. Winds of 111-129 mph. Structural damage to small residences and utility buildings; foliage blew off trees and large trees blown down; mobile homes destroyed.
Catastrophic damage occurs. Sustained winds of 130 - 156 mph. Extensive damage to doors, windows and lower floors of shoreline houses; total roof failures on small residences; shrubs, trees, and all signs blown down; mobile homes completely destroyed.
Catastrophic damage occurs. Winds of 157 mph or higher. Complete roof failure on many buildings and some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away; severe and extensive window and door damage; mobile homes destroyed.
One Year After Hurricane Harvey
Most Texans remember August 25th, 2017. This date marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, the category 4 hurricane that deeply affected the great state of Texas one year ago. Hurricane Harvey dumped around 50 inches of rain in parts of the Houston area, flooding thousands of homes and killing more than 80 people. The devastation was swift, and the recovery is far from over. SERVPRO of Victoria was proud to come to the aid of the people whose homes were damaged by the hurricane. The water damage was catastrophic. The professionals at SERVPRO of Victoria worked very hard, especially during that hurricane. Our team is dedicated and will always be here for you during any a storm...faster to any disaster to help you through when disaster strikes!
It is common to see a storm with heavy down pours of rain causing flooding in the most protected neighborhoods. Do you know what to do during a flood? SERVPRO of Victoria has a few tips for you to follow in case an event was to happen:
- Be prepared, create an evacuation plan
- Learn and identify different evacuation routes to be able to evacuate quickly
- If public transportation is relied on, contact the local emergency management for evacuation information
- Turn Around, Don't Drown! ® Moving water above two feet can knock you down; one foot of water can move vehicles away
- Move to higher ground if there is a chance of flash flooding
- Driving during high rain falls can be extremely dangerous. Stay update by checking service announcements through the National Weather Service.
For more information about flooding, visithttps://www.ready.gov/floods. Be proactive and create an evacuation plan to keep safe. It is very important to stay up date when it comes to natural disasters. SERVPRO of Victoria values our community; we are here to help when disaster strikes!
Winter Storms in Texas
Usually, Texas does not endure freezing cold temperatures. However, Texas has been going through a flurry of weather changes in the past few weeks. Temperatures have been dropping and we are here to help give you tips on what to do to protect your home during the extreme cold weather.
- Wrap and insulate any exposed pipes located outside or in unheated areas of the home
- Clear out all gutters to prevent ice from forming for any kind of water damage
- Seal any type of leaks that can allow cold air inside near any water pipes especially in unheated parts of the house
- If possible, drain water in your yard irrigation systems as this is a common place for water to freeze and cause damage
- Cover vents around the foundation of your home
- Bring your potted plants inside or cover them to protect them from freezing temperatures
SERVPRO of Victoria is dedicated to help you. If you face any winter storm damages, give our team a call (361) 573-6000 and we’ll be there to make it “Like it never even happened.”
Exterior Pipe Safety Tips
It’s the holiday season and with that comes cooler holiday temperatures. As the temperatures occasionally drop below freezing here in Texas, consider the safety of your home and prevent disaster striking by not leaving any pipes exposed. Here are a few tips to consider to avoid any busted pipes this holiday season:
- Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest
- Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes
- Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems
- Keep heat at 55 degrees F. or higher even when you are out of town
- During a cold spell turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night
- If you need to be away from home, drain your water system before you go
- Identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts
Harvey Strengthens to a Hurricane
STORM ALERT: Tropical storm Harvey is now a hurricane. It is forecast to be a category 3 when it hits land fall. Take action and be prepared! Know what to do in case of an emergency, create a kit, construct an emergency plan for you and your family and be sure to stay informed. Below is a list of basic supplies just in case disaster may strike:
- One gallon of water per person
- Food, at least a three day supply of non-perishable foods
- First Aid Kit
- Flash Light
- Whistle to signal for help
- Battery operated radio
- Cell phones
Additional emergency supplies:
- Prescription medicine
- Pet food
- Local maps
- Important documents
- Emergency references
- Blankets and/or sleeping bags
Our team of professionals is "ready for whatever happens". Give SERVPRO of Victoria a call (361) 573-6000 if you experience flooding or storm related damages.