Recent Storm Damage Posts

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties Large Loss Response Team

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

lightning Whether the damages are flooding, tornadoes, or even effects from winter storms, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties can and will respond.

Storms in Crawford and NE Venango Counties is definitely no stranger to the community. In addition, storms can be known to cause their fair share of damages. No matter how severe the damages are, no job is too large for our team to manage. Whether the damages are flooding, tornadoes, or even effects from winter storms, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties can and will respond immediately. The reason we have the ability to do this is because we have strategically placed resources and have a highly trained “storm team” on standby, ready to go at a moment’s notice.

The highly trained team has here at SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties not only has highly trained employees, but also state of the art equipment. This equipment allows us to use the best drying techniques which allows us to be the leaders in the water restoration industry, which means we get your home or business back to preloss conditions.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (814) 350-7651 visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

Tips for Preventing Storm Damage in Cranberry, PA

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

tree fallen over Storms are a common occurrence in Western, PA and sometimes they can cause more damage than we would expect, whether it is wind, rain, etc.

Storms are a common occurrence in Western, PA and sometimes they can cause more damage than we would expect, whether it is wind, rain, or anything else. All these types of weather cause damage to our homes, and there should be steps of precaution that we take. Once action is taken, there is no question as to whether we did everything in our power to prevent this from happening. Luckily, here are some tips as to what you should be doing to keep your home safe from disaster:

  • Replace Missing or Damaged Shingles
  • Repair Loose Siding
  • Keep Your Gutters Clear
  • Ensure Water can Flow Away from Your Home
  • Keep Your Sump Pump in Working Order
  • Ensure Proper Sealing of Doors and Windows
  • Check for Loose Fence Posts
  • Regularly Trim Your Trees

SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. We understand that if you have experienced a disaster, you need someone you can call on 24/7. Call us at any time, day, or night at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website. We are always Here to Help!

What to Do After a Storm Hits Your Cranberry Home or Business

3/26/2022 (Permalink)

dark clouds and lightning We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Cranberry home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies.

We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Cranberry home or business back to pre-storm condition. When a storm hits your Cranberry home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

3 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Flood

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning in clouds. Planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions.

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. They can bring lightning, tornadoes, and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur. SERVPRO is always here to help in case a disaster was to occur. During weather like this, floods are very likely, and we are always here to assist.

Get Your Home Ready for a Flood 

Planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions (CDC).

  • Have a licensed electrician raise electric components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers and wiring) at least 12″ above your home’s projected flood elevation.
  • For drains, toilets, and other sewer connections, install backflow valves or plugs to prevent floodwaters from entering.
  • Anchor fuel tanks which can contaminate your basement if torn free. An unanchored tank outside can be swept downstream and damage other houses.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 350-7651 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!

How to Navigate the Aftermath of a Storm in Cochranton, PA

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Flood outside of home. A storm just swept through, you open your front door, & the streets are flooded. What now? First things first, do not go out into the flooded streets.

A storm just swept through, you open your front door, and the streets are flooded. What now? First things first, do not go out into the flooded streets. The water is contaminated and not safe to step foot in. It is best to stay safely in your home if possible and wait for the authorities to guide you next.

How to Stay Safe After a Flood

The CDC provides the following information to help keep you safe after a flood:

  • Always follow warnings about flooded roads.
  • Do not drive in flooded areas—cars or other vehicles will not protect you from floodwaters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.
  • If you must be in or near floodwater, wear a life jacket—especially if the water is rising.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water if you have been in floodwater. If you do not have soap or water, use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer.
  • Floodwater can contain many things that may harm health, including germs, dangerous chemicals, human and livestock waste, wild or stray animals, downed power lines, and other contaminants that can make you sick.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties specializes in fire and water - restoration and cleanup. If you have experienced a disaster, simply give us a call at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!

Don’t Let Water Damage Halt Your Operations in Meadville

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded water in front of commercial building. Due to the severity of a flood, it can stop business operations and likely keep a business from profiting in the future.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties knows very well how easily it is for a storm to take a business from operating to not functional to not at all in a matter of minutes. Once water gets in from a source, it has the opportunity to flood a building. Due to the severity of a flood, it can stop business operations and likely keep a business from profiting in the future.

Minutes Saves Money

Here is a Before and After of how a storm temporarily put a business on hold in Meadville. We are experts on water damage. We know how to properly dry any amount of water damage. However, we know that the stakes are higher when there is water damage in your business. Every hour spent cleaning and drying is an hour of lost productivity. SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is faster to any size disaster. We were ready to respond when this business was in need. Our team of highly trained water restoration specialists came prepared and got the warehouse dry in no time.

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (814) 806-1987 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

How to Keep Safe from Lightning in Linesville

10/30/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning striking the ground in a field Crouching or getting low to the ground lowers your chances of getting struck, but it does not remove you from danger.

When lightning is thought of, we generally think if we are standing outside or if we are taking a shower, we are more susceptible to it striking us. However, is this true? It may be! There are certain steps that you can take to stay safe from lightning. So, what are the best ways to stay safe from lightning? Let’s find out.

How to Stay Safe from Lightning

To protect yourself from lightning, it is best to stay indoors. However, even if you find yourself outdoors while lightning, there are steps you can take to keep safe. CDC.gov recommends crouching or getting low to the ground to lower your chances of getting struck, but it does not remove you from danger. Here are tips to follow if you find yourself outdoors while lightning is present:

  • “Immediately get off elevated areas such as hills, mountain ridges, or peaks.
  • Never lie flat on the ground. Crouch down in a ball-like position with your head tucked and hands over your ears so that you are down low with minimal contact with the ground.
  • Never shelter under an isolated tree.
  • Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
  • Immediately get out of and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (such as barbed wire fences, power lines, or windmills).”

SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango is always Here to Help. If you are ready to better prepare your business for a disaster, give us a call at (814) 806-1987 for immediate assistance, or visit our Website!

How To Tell If a Tornado is Coming to Meadville

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

A street sign that says 'Tornado Warning' One of the biggest storms that can come through Crawford County or Venango County is a tornado.

One of the biggest storms that can come through Crawford County or Venango County is a tornado. They are daunting, dangerous, and destructive. However, with some preparation, and with SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties on the job, you can get through one of the storms and get your home restored.

When severe weather is around Meadville, look for these signs to tell if a tornado may form:

  • Strong, persistent rotation in the cloud base.
  • Whirling dust or debris on the ground under a cloud base -- tornadoes sometimes have no funnel!
  • Hail or heavy rain followed by either dead calm or a fast, intense wind shift. Many tornadoes are wrapped in heavy precipitation and can't be seen.
  • Day or night - Loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds like thunder.
  • Night - Small, bright, blue green to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to silvery lightning up in the clouds). These mean power lines are being snapped by very strong wind, maybe a tornado.
  • Night - Persistent lowering from the cloud base, illuminated or silhouetted by lightning -- especially if it is visually in ground contact or there is a blue-green-white power flash underneath.

Along with these signs, provided by the NOAA, thy have a list of what to do during and after a tornado.

After your family is safe, and the storm has cleared out, stay away from power lines and puddles with wires in them. Watch for debris such as broken glass and nails. Then, call SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties.

We have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the largest disasters. Our team of highly trained restoration technicians are ready to respond to Meadville homes in need. For service, call us at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to get your home to preloss condition today!

Does Hurricane Season Affect Cranberry Homes?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

A yellow sign read "Hurricane Season." We have the training, experience, and equipment to dry and restore your Cranberry, Meadville, or Oil City home!

Did you know that we are in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season, which is from June 1st to November 30th? The NOAA predicts this hurricane season to be active again, with a 60% chance of an “above-normal” season. But this does not matter to homeowners in Cranberry, right? You would think since we are so far from the ocean this should not matter. Well, think again!

SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is here to explain why hurricanes can indeed affect your Cranberry home.

Hurricanes across the Atlantic coast can push heavy rainfall into our communities. Ready.gov reported that Tropical Storm Isaias in 2020 brought two EF-2 Tornadoes into Pennsylvania. We do not need to worry about storm surges or waves in Cranberry, but we do need to worry about flash flooding, high winds, and tornadoes.

Our Governor is even urging us to Prepare for Hurricane Season.

When hurricanes are present in the Atlantic, keep your eye out! Prepare for heavy rainfall and flooding with a Home Emergency Kit. If your Cranberry home suffers flooding or other types of storm damage following these hurricanes, you know who to call! SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is the industry leader in water damage restoration.

We have the training, experience, and equipment to dry and restore your Cranberry, Meadville, or Oil City home! Call us today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to get your home to preloss condition!

Spring Storms Bring New Threats to Meadville Businesses

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Picture shows a set of railroad tracks with a dark storm brewing in the process You can’t prevent high winds or a tornado from hurting your business. You can’t prevent a flash flood from popping up. You can however be prepared.

Meadville, it’s finally time for Spring! The snowstorms are gone, the icy roads are a thing of the past, and the warm weather is back. Spring weather simply brings back joy. The not so happy part of Spring are the storms. Snowstorms and icy roads make way for thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flash floods. What does this mean for businesses in Meadville?

  • Different Storms, Different Threats

The new storms that come with Spring mean there’s different threats. Yes, there’s still wind damage and water damage threats, they just come from a different source. Instead of ice dams on your roof you can see heavy rain and flooding. Instead of broken pipes you have tornado warnings and high wind hazards. Identifying new threats is important to start preparing for them.

  • Reactive Response

You can’t prevent high winds or a tornado from hurting your business. You can’t prevent a flash flood from popping up. You can however be prepared. It’s important to protect you and your employees with Disaster Preparedness Plans. These plans can help your employees know exactly what to do if a disaster arises. Learn how to create one for your business here.

  • SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango County is Here to Help®?

The storms may be different, but the same restoration specialists are on your side. Our highly trained restoration specialists are faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango is even a large loss team, meaning there’s no disaster too big for us.

Call us today at (814) 350-7651 or visit our Website to see how we can get your Meadville business back to preloss condition fast!

How to Deal with Storm Damage in Crawford & NE Venango Counties

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

Large, dark clouds overlook a dirt road and open fields. Disaster can occur at any time, and we are prepared to service your home or commercial building when help is needed.

SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango County is well versed in handling storm damage that hit a community. We have quick response and the capacity to help serve the community around us. Our Storm Team has responded to numerous large loss events including: 2016 Hurricane Matthew, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, 2018 Hurricane Michael, 2019 Hurricane Dorian, 2020 Hurricane Laura, and 2020 Hurricane Delta. We even deal with smaller storm events such as when bad wind whips through the town. When this occurs, we tend to service others by putting on roof tarps, boarding up windows, and just about any other service you may need. Even a polar vortex counts as a storm in our books. Many losses that people experience in cold times such as these are water losses. Often, the pipes in homes cannot handle the pressure of heating a whole home when the exterior of the home is so cold. This results in pipe bursts which cause flooding in the home.

SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango County are prepared to help in times such as these. Disaster can occur at any time, and we are prepared to service your home or commercial building when help is needed. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You can call us any time at (814) 350-7651 for immediate service and disaster relief.

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration in Crawford and NE Venango Counties

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Picture is a close up of a toilet with a plunger and a pink rag next to it. Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible.

One of the worst things a homeowner can experience is sewage back-up into their home. Whether it was an overflowed toilet, a sewage line back-up, or a city mishap…SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is the premier company for home disaster.

 Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

 There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business. We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties is close by and ready to respond to your flood or sewage damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Cranberry community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. Visit our website or call us today.

Large Loss Disaster Ready, Venango County

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

image of several SERVPRO technicians in PPE equipment and hardhats waiting to perform mitigation on a large loss job Commercial businesses that we provide our services to include, the hospitality industry, property managers, universities, municipalities and the Penta

SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties are a part of SERVPRO’s Commercial Large Loss Division. We are equipped with equipment, team, and knowledge to handle a large loss disaster. Large loss disasters include, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornadoes and blizzards. Our SERVPRO team has a great amount of experience when dealing with large loss disasters. For example, we have assisted in over 10 hurricanes, floods and wildfires. In addition, every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

Not only do we assist with residential homes when disasters like this occur, but we also assist with commercial buildings. Commercial businesses that we provide our services to include, the hospitality industry, property managers, universities, municipalities and the Pentagon. At SERVPRO, the difference is our ability to dispatch trained production professionals and cut costs through the strategic placement and oversight of temporary labor.

SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties is available to service your needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we are more than happy to help! Call us at (814) 350-7651 if you need our help, would like an estimate or to inquire more information.

What to Do When a Tree Falls on Your Crawford County House

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

image of fallen tree on house after Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, LA. You should tarp the roof and board up broken windows and holes in the structure to avoid rain damage to your belongings.

A tree falling on your home is a fear every homeowner has felt at one time or another. Whether you just experienced a high-wind storm or you’ve experienced this tragedy first hand---SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties has got you covered.

When a tree falls due to being rotted out, high winds, or an ice storm… it can cause major structural damage. The first step is to immediately get you and your family out of the danger zone. Once you are safe, THEN you can focus on calling for help and minimizing the damage.

Hopefully, the tree did not take down power lines with it. But if it did, call the electrical company or 911 immediately. If not dealt with properly, a down power line can cause electrical shock or increase fire risk. If you do not physically see the down power line check to see if you have power in the house or any flickering lights. If you smell smoke let the electrical company deal with it. They have professionals that personally deal with these types of issues.

The next step would be to prevent further damage from occurring. Shut off your gas at the meter until you are positive the lines are not damaged. You can also tarp the roof and board up broken windows and holes in the structure to avoid rain damage to your belongings.

Make sure to document with photos and videos for your insurance company to start the claim process. You will most likely be responsible to pay your homeowner’s insurance deductible. After your claim has been processed and approved---it’s time to call SERVPRO of Crawford & NE Venango Counties.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists. As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Crawford / NE Venango Counties has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring, and documentation. We are faster to any size disaster. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs. Should you need our services call 814.350.7651. We are here to help and return your home to its pre-storm condition. Call us today.

Severe Thunderstorms: Watch versus Warning

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

image of Thunderstorm during a lightning bolt People are seriously injured or killed by severe thunderstorms every year despite advance warning.

When you hear about a thunderstorm watch or warning on the radio or television, do you know the difference? Do you take one more seriously than the other? Or do you not pay any mind to either?

A severe thunderstorm watch is when there is a possibility for severe thunderstorms in and near the watch area. It is advised to remain informed and ready to act in the event of a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. During a watch, you don’t necessarily need to alter any plans, just stay aware of the current weather conditions.

A severe thunderstorm warning is when there has been reports of severe weather by spotters or radar. Warnings indicate an imminent danger to life and property. Severe thunderstorms can produce hail greater than or equal to one inch and strong winds that meet or exceed 58 mph.

People are seriously injured or killed by severe thunderstorms every year despite advance warning. While some may not be informed on such warnings, there are those who hear the warning but do not heed to it; therefore, it is important to stay engaged and have a plan in place in the event of a severe thunderstorm and if evacuation is necessary.

To learn more about severe thunderstorms and safety precautions, the National Weather Service has trustworthy and helpful information.

If you need help before, during, or after a storm, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are fire and water restoration experts and happy to help! We will have your home or business looking “Like it never even happened.”

If you want more information or need our help, call us at (814) 350 7651

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Flooding in Crawford and NE Venango Counties

8/20/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding damage inside home If you experience flood damage, call SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango Counties! We don't wait around!

Given a few rainy days in a row or one torrential downpour, rivers, streams, and lakes overflow their banks. With only a few inches of water, you can have many hundreds to thousands of dollars’ worth of flood damage in your home or commercial building.

A flash flood can often bring a wall of water that is 10 to 15 feet high. New construction in your neighborhood can change runoff patterns in the area and can increase your flood risks. Most insurance plans do not include flood damage, and this must be purchased separately, in most cases. 

Interesting Facts About Flood Damage and Prevention Tips:

The average cost of flood damage is around $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the type of damage and where the water came from. To avoid having to spend a few months of your salary on repairing your home, try these prevention tips instead!

  • An inspection and flushing your water heater once a year, by a plumber, can contribute to preventing it bursting on you and flooding the area.
  • Replacing the rubber hoses on all appliances that use water with metal braided hoses can help to avoid the failing of the rubber ones as they can get hard and burst. Check all hoses, even the metal braided ones every year. 
  • Leaks from toilets are often indicated by a little leakage from the base. Ask everyone in the family to stand in the bathroom, after flushing and watching for any tell-tale leaks. 
  • Do you know where to locate the main water shut-off? If a pipe bursts inside, you need to be able to get it turned off quickly. 
  • If you have a sump pump, now is a good time to get it checked and think about a backup unit. 
  • Always be looking for signs of plumbing leaks, such as on ceilings and walls; look for stains and moisture on walls and floors. 
  • Leaking or even broken pipes are often gushing water, and it is not noticed because it might be hidden. Check out your water usage when no faucets are turned on; locate the water meter and take a reading, then use no water for an hour or so and read it again. Has it moved? If so, you have a leak someplace, so get a plumber to check it out. 
  • Always monitor your monthly water bill. If it goes up a lot one billing cycle, you might have the need for a plumber to come in and check all connections. 
  • Since a lot of water comes from inside your home and can damage many walls, floors, and furniture; this can provide the moisture needed for mold to grow. To prevent mold, you want to eliminate any moisture as quickly as possible.

If you do experience flooding to your home or business, SERVPRO of Crawford and NE Venango County is happy to help! We are known for our dedication to excellent customer service and quick response time. Give us a call today if you need our help! (814) 350 7651

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