Recent Storm Damage Posts

When it storms, are your furry 4 legged family member ready?

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

Days like today in Southern Ontario, we are getting Hail, rain and freezing rain, these are important things to remember. Are your pets included in your storm emergency plan? Every storm unfolds in different forms and intensities. It requires a unique approach every time. But some level of preparedness can keep you and your pets protected.

1. Maintain safe spaces at home.

Get your pets indoors at first sight of a storm.  Ensure the house is tidy and there are no obstacles that can cause them harm or barricade their movement. Pre-determine the rooms where your pets can stay out of danger until it is safe to move out. Also, be well-stocked with emergency supplies for you and your pets.

2. Arrange an emergency shelter for your pets.

Never abandon your pets in a storm emergency. If the property feels unsafe for you and your family, it probably is equally dangerous for your pets. You can request a friend or family member outside your area to care for your pet until your house is safe if for some reason you cant bring your pet with you!

3. Prepare a travel kit with essential supplies.

As you would do for yourself, prepare a travel kit for your pets too. We love our pets, so why not include them!

Pack sealed and dry food, water bottles, first aid supplies, medical records, bowls, blankets, and towels. Also, keep plastic bags for waste, pet-friendly sanitizer, hygiene essentials, extra harness, leash and collar, crate (if necessary), toys, and anything that will help them survive the difficult conditions. 

4. Keep medical records up to date.

Overcrowding and hygienic sacrifices during an emergency can get your dog sick and spread contagious diseases or viruses. Ensure your pet is always current with vaccinations, and you prioritize preventative care.

Final Thoughts

It can be very stressful when you are in the moment. For this reason, having an emergency plan can save you time, energy, expenses, and, most importantly — your pet.

Remember, if you own exotic pets like reptiles, birds, or hamsters and not just cats or dogs, you should plan to care for their unique needs.

Keep and eye when its heavy storming

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Water Seepage in Foundation

At this time of year, we tend to see a lot of wet basements due to foundation seepage due to storms and heavy rain falls. This may or may not be covered by insurance. Depends on your insurance company and coverage. With the temperatures going up and down, snow melt pools around around the foundation of a home, gravity does its job, and water eventually finds its way into the basement.

This is often caused by two very common problems:

  1. Landscaping - Over time, the grading around the house settles, this can also be caused by heavy amounts of rain over and over, or perhaps some incorrect modifications allows the ground to slope towards the house, instead of away from it. Unfortunately, it's very hard to fix until the ground thaws in the spring. A professional landscaper should be able to correct the grading issue and may even recommend the installation of a French ditch. 
  2. Downspouts - We often see incorrectly installed downspouts, that fail to drain water away from the foundation. This can be corrected with the addition of inexpensive downspout extensions, or by ensuring the downspouts are correctly draining into the storm-sewer system.

Once the water is in the house, the water needs to be extracted in a timely fashion and the structural elements need to be dried. Unfortunately this type of water intrusion is often not noticed for several days or weeks, leading to concerns that mold may have started to grow under carpeting or behind walls. Appropriate precautions are essential to prevent the spread of contaminants to other parts of the home.

Call us today for your drying needs 905-864-9544

What to do when a storm hits.

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO are always thinking ahead when it comes to weather and getting prepared. Using this information is helpful: 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 major 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, therefore if you need to unplug, please do so before the storm hits.

Think ahead, and stay safe!

Heavy Spring rain tips

3/14/2022 (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!?

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.

With thunderstorm season approaching, here's a few things to remember.

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO are always here to help, 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

With Spring around the corner, its time to get ready

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

There in a blink of an eye

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

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask a few questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring.

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)?

 Call Us Today: (905) 864 - 9544 and well come out to inspect and start the drying/restoration process.

Heavy summer rain facts and safety tips

11/17/2020 (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.

Wind storm blows fence wide open

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

After an intense wind storm had knocked down a local fence in the Toronto, Ontario area, a local business' private outdoor lunch oasis turned to be not so private anymore. We were able to remove the old Fence that had been knocked down completely off the footings and properly dispose of it. Our team quickly got to work and replaced it with a like fence! They were able to mount it to the concrete pad making sure it is more stabilized than the older fence. After staining and sanding the new fence, we quickly wrapped up the project in just a few days to have the employees out enjoying there lunches in the very few remaining summer days!

If you suffer any damage from storms, do not hesitate to give us a call to get things looking "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Milton & North Oakville

904-864-9544

What to do in a winter storm

11/12/2020 (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.

When Storms or Floods hit Southern Ontario, SERVPRO is ready!

11/10/2020 (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 & North Oakville

11/10/2020 (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

Storm Emergency Preparedness

11/10/2020 (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!