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Dealing with Storm Damage

8/25/2018 (Permalink)

Southern Californians may be dealing with more storm damage in the winter of 2018/ 19.    Temperatures will be colder than usual this year and we’re expecting more rain. 

El Nino weather is predicted for the winter of 2018/19

The National Weather Service is predicting that 2019 will be an El Nino year and temperatures in Southern CA will be colder than usual.  In normal El Nino years, the general effect on California is increased rainfall with accompanying floods, landslides, and coastal erosion. The effects are variable across the state and are more predictable in Southern California.

So, if things hold true, we could be seeing a lot more rain than usual in communities like Anaheim, Brea, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Irvine, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, and so on.  Knowing what to do in these circumstances will be very important.

Potential Storm Damage and Water Damage

Storm Damage

With colder temperatures, hailstorms may be prevalent.  Ranging from pellet-size to softball size, hail can do expensive to correct damage.  For instance, dents and dings on cars, roofing/ shingles and other parts of the home and property. 

Often, wind storms can create more damage.  The fall is usually our windiest time of year when the Santa Ana winds can blow at more than 80 mph, damaging roofs, trees, and more.  If undetected, roofs that are damaged in the fall, can be leak problems when the rains hit and rain creates interior water damage.  Following the heavy winds property owners should check for:

  • Missing shingles, shutters or pieces of siding
  • Blown out windows
  • Cracks, chipping and splitting in siding, stucco, paint or wood
  • Dings and dents on roofing, siding, door frames and windowsills/windowpanes

Water Damage

Water damage might be harder to identify because it doesn’t always show up like we think it could.  Look for visible signs such as

  • Water spots or discoloration on ceilings
  • Walls or surfaces
  • Soggy and/or expanding wood
  • Leaks in the ceiling or roof
  • Damp, musty odor (indication of mold growth)

What to Do Next

If you suspect you’ve got storm-related damage, the best thing to do is call SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea.  We’ll come with a sense of urgency and provide you a complete consult and estimate for the restoration services.  In many cases, we’ll help you contact  your insurance provider, if you haven’t already called them.  Most of our work comes from provider references, we work with all the major carriers. 

As soon as we’re given the green light, we’ll start the drying out process.  Because mold thrives in wet or moist conditions, it’s important to act immediately.  Also, in many cases, we can avoid things like wood paneling and flooring from warping.  Water extractors are used to completely drain any standing water.  Air movers are used to thoroughly dry carpeting, walls, ceilings etc.  If the interior of your walls has become wet, we provide demo services to expose the studs and hasten the drying out time.    If mold growth has already started, we will build air-tight containments around any spaces where it exists to prevent spores from being disturbed and moving to other locations of the house through your structure’s airways.  These  containments are part of larger engineering controls which also include special HEPA filters that clean the air to EPA standards.    

SERVPRO of Yorba Linda/ Brea is the #1 SERVPRO franchise in California.  We’ve achieved this by being committed to important company values.  We treat every customer’s disaster with urgency.  Our technicians are certified; you’ll be serviced by highly experienced and knowledgeable experts in restoration services.  We are consistent in the quality of our work because we know our reputation depends on it.  Our integrity is our most valuable asset.  We don’t over-promise or under-deliver.  When we make you a promise, you can count on it.

Find out more about what our customers have said about our work by visiting our testimonials page:  http://www.SERVPROyorbalindabrea.com/testimonials

Need immediate assistance?  Call us at 714-701-0207.

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