Recent Storm Damage Posts

Hail storm safety

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

Back in 2005, it had been a year since Canada became my home. I remember just standing on my aunts balcony and suddenly I heard a loud clanging noise. To my surprise it was ice fall from the sky. Now I’m a stranger to snow, I mean I had been in Canada a full year and some, so I knew what snow was. But we were no where near winter. Ice was falling from the sky in the middle of summer. I remember wondering why, how could this be possible. After looking it up online I received my answer. Hail forms when thunderstorm updrafts are strong enough to bring water droplets well above freezing levels. Amazing as this was, ice falling from the sky in the middle of the summer. I quickly realized that it can also be extremely danger to people and also things it comes into contact with. The size of the hailstone can grow exponentially bigger depending on the amount of water it comes into contact with, after becoming a hailstone. “Hail the size of golf balls”, the news article read. The article went on displaying the destruction caused by falling hail. People’s car roofs were dented, a few people were knocked out cold. It almost seemed apocalyptic. People were running for their lives, desperately trying to find some kind of shelter. Windows shattered from the sheer weight and force of the hail. Here are a few things to consider, always be sure to check your local weather network for updates or development. That doesn’t necessarily mean its a for sure method of avoiding it, but it does truly help. If caught in a hailstorm try to find shelter under dependable structures, meaning avoid glass shelters, such as bus stops. Do not take refuge under trees, the branches won’t be able to properly protect you. Stay indoors, close drapes to protect you from possible broken glass. Use garage or underground parking to protect your vehicles. Store patio furniture in a safe place when not in use. A hailstorm can be extremely dangerous, and can cause a massive amount of damage, but more important can cause fatalities. Stay a step ahead and be prepared, it could just save your life.

When storms or floods hit Southern Ontario, SERVPRO is there!

10/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration costs. 

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today: (905) 864 - 9544 

Lightning Storm Tips from SERVPRO of Milton and North Oakville!

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. The odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only around 1 in 500,000, but some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck. Here are a few lightning safety tips.

Be Aware

Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities. If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.

Go Indoors

Remember the phrase, “When thunder roars, go indoors.” Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder. Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

Avoid Windows, Doors, Porches, and Concrete

Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls. Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.

Avoid Water

Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building’s plumbing.

Avoid electronic equipment

Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet. Lightning can travel through electrical, and wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances

When Storms or Floods Hit Southern Ontario, SERVPRO is Ready!

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration costs. 

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today: (905) 864 - 9544 

What to do in a winter storm?

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

In North America, we have the luxury of having all four seasons to contend with; unfortunately winter is part of those seasons. For most North American's the winter season brings with it a lot of hurt backs and disastrous driving conditions. Not to mention the snow storms. From the inability to see inches ahead of you, to being trapped in your home due to the sheer volume of snowfall, this brings us to the thing we North Americans detest the most, the infamous snow storm. During these times a lot of us are left not knowing what to do, or even knowing what not to do. Luckily, SERVPRO offers a variety of information that can help prepare you and your family for the worst. We also offer emergency response services, based on different situations. For example-dealing with frozen pipes, extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and potentially burst. In these cases, water damage can be extensive, to say the least. Always pay attention to your local weather network or radio broadcast to stay up to date with the necessary information. A severe drop in temperature can cause potential driving hazards and pedestrian walking hazards. Always be sure to check weather broadcasting before your commute, because being prepared could even save your life.

Storm emergency preparedness

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

In a severe storm, the following information and guidelines are absolute. Firstly the best thing to do is to stay indoors, this ensures your safety. Due to falling objects and debris it is crucial to find shelter. While indoors try to avoid being close to windows or openings. In a severe storm, drains, waterways and other major sources of water can be extremely dangerous. In heavy down pours, streets can quickly flood due to high levels of water, or even from debris blocking drains. Pay attention to any broadcasting prior to the storm, to see if there is any information that could be crucial. During a storm watch, there may be designated areas to take refuge during the storm or instructions to help evacuate. Another thing to avoid is anything metal or electrical. This includes landlines, wiring and plumbing. Avoid electrical outlets, especially during a lightning storm attempting to unplug devices can be extremely dangerous, even life threatening.

Think ahead, and stay safe!

Heavy Summer Rain Facts and Safety Tips!

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know on Aug.19, 2005, up to 175 mm of rain fell over Toronto in less than 2 hours. Total costs from damage associated with the storm exceeded $500M - the second largest loss event in Canadian history!?!

There are two different types of summer heavy rains that Canada experiences:

  1. Large scale weather systems with long-term rainfall -
    These large weather systems can last several days. Environment Canada issues Rainfall Warnings for this type of event.

  2. Short-lived thunderstorms with significant rainfall - 
    Within a short period of time, sometimes only minutes, localized downpours from thunderstorms can produce flash flooding. Environment Canada issues Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for these types of rainfall events.

Here are some useful heavy rain safety tips:

  • Routinely monitor the Environment Canada weather forecasts for watches and warnings of potential heavy rains or severe thunderstorms with local heavy downpours.

  • Know potential risks for flooding in your area and plan an escape route to higher ground but keep in mind the threat from lightning which is greater on high ground.

  • During heavy rains, avoid roadway underpasses, drainage ditches, low lying areas and water collection areas. They can unexpectedly flood or overflow.  DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE ACROSS A FLOODED ROAD. You can’t tell the condition of the road under the water. 

  • Stay away from power lines or electrical wires during floods.

  • Monitor the provincial government flood forecasts and warnings.

 

The above is sourced from the Government of Canada Environmental Website.