Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storms and Floods: Tips and Safety to Consider!

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flood water can wreak havoc on any home or business. Avoiding floods may not be entirely possible but there are ways to reduce the impact of water damages. If a storm is approaching here are some actions to take!

  1. Consider flood insurance. Floods tend to follow storms and many policies do not cover floods so check your policy to make sure you are covered!
  2. Locate weak points. Retrofit your doors and seal all windows. You can even have a professional come out to inspect your roof, basement, and gutters.
  3. Keep valuables on your upper levels. Floods tend to for the most part impact basements so moving irreplaceable belongings to upper levels or even higher up on shelves can help reduce risk of damage.
  4. Consider purchasing a portable generator.
  5. Remove or trim rotting trees or branches around your home or business. These are at increased risk of falling and causing injury or damage during a storm!
  6. Sign up for your communities alert system. So you can be prepared for when a storm is approaching.
  7. During storm unplug appliances and other electrical devices.
  8. Avoid flooded roadways. Never drive your vehicle through a road that is flooded.
  9. Watch for fallen power lines and trees. Always be on lookout!
  10. Stay away from anything metal! Avoid wires, metal fences, tractors, farm equipment, golf clubs, bicycles, etc.

Storms can hit quickly and unexpectedly, leaving a trail of damage behind. SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/South Washington Counties is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emergency services. Our crew responds quickly to restore properties affected by storms, if you experience storm damage please call us at (518)677-3444.

Flooded Basement? No Problem!

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Recent basement that was flooded and in the drying process

Cleaning basements especially after a flood calls for a team of professionals with the proper equipment and experience to get the job done right. The water needs to be extracted as soon as possible to reduce the damage. Your basement can become flooded for several reasons, broken pipes, flood conditions (storms), sewer backup, and malfunctioning appliances. Regardless of the cause something must be done and we here at SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties are here to help!

Our team of trained specialists would first pump out or remove any standing water and debris. Cleaning and disinfecting then needs to take place and the final step in the mitigation process would be drying!

As water damage specialists our team of skilled professionals have the advanced training and experience that enables us to get your basement dried properly as well as any of your affected belongings cleaned and dried.

Homeowners and business owners dealing with a flooded basement can rely on us here at SERVPRO of North Rensselear/South Washington Counties to make it “Like it never even happened."

If you experience a flooded basement or any other water damage, please call us at (518) 677-3444.

Precautions to Take During Thunder and Lightening!

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Services, so far in 2019 there have been 12 fatalities due to lightening. When lightening strikes do you know what to do? What measures can you take to ensure your safety, your family’s safety, and even your pets? Here are some safety suggestions and guidelines to follow!

  1. Get inside a house or a large shelter. If safe shelter is unavailable find a low spot away from trees, metal fences, and poles.
  2. Do not use your balcony, porches, or an open garage area during storm.
  3. Do not use a phone that is attached to a cord. Only use cordless or wireless phones.
  4. Do not shower and avoid washing your hands and dishes.
  5. Bring your pets inside during a severe storm, avoid leaving them tied up outside or in a doghouse.
  6. Do not touch TV’s, computers, or other electronic devices or appliances with cords.
  7. Do not lean on exterior doors or windows that could possibly contain some amount of metal components.
  8. Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent.
  9. If boating or swimming, get out of the boat and away from the water, get to land and find some shelter.
  10. Wait at least 30 minutes after you hear the last roar of thunder before going outside.

Here at SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/South Washington Counties we want our community to stay safe and follow precautions!

Thunderstorm tips and safety

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are in the forecast

Thunderstorms are in the forecast north of Albany tonight and tomorrow. In upstate NY, these types storms are very frequent during the summer months, so we thought it might be a good time to share some tips to help you prepare for the storms yet to come.


Different between a Watch vs. a Warning

Watch: Conditions are favorable for severe storms. Be alert, and be on the lookout for severe weather conditions and be ready to move to a safe place if you hear thunder or see lightning.

Warning: Severe weather is imminent or occurring. Action should be taken immediately.

Strong Winds

Severe thunderstorms are capable of producing damaging winds and hail. It is rare, but sometimes in our area straight line winds can occur if the storm is strong and fast enough. It is very important shelter is taken during a severe storm.

Take Shelter

The safest place in a thunderstorm is inside a sturdy building. Stay away from windows, anything that is plugged in, and plumbing. If you can’t find a substantial structure for shelter, you can get into a car with a metal roof and sides.

While it is nearly impossible to predict when a tragedy will occur, SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/South Washington Counties provides 24 hour emergency services for when it does. If your home or business experiences storm damage, call us today at (518)677-3444.

Protecting Your Roof From Wind Storms

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Wind storms can occur during any season and could be accompanied by another storm such as hurricane, thunderstorm, or even a snow storm. We all know that these types of storms can hit at a moment’s notice.  Whenever you experience high winds, you should take shelter immediately to protect yourself from the flying debris. The roof of your home is also extremely venerable during this type of weather.

High winds can lift and/or rip the shingles right off of your roof causing damage and future leaks. You will want to make sure your roof is well taken care of and the materials can withstand high, damaging winds. Instead of shingles and asphalt, replacing your roof with metal or stone might make it more durable.  

Trees are also very vulnerable during wind storms. To prevent future roof damage from a fallen tree, make sure you observe your property to ensure there are not dead trees or limbs hanging in the vicinity and that all trees are a safe distance from your home.

If you experience any kind of damage to your roof, it should be addressed and fixed immediately. If a roof is left unfixed, you might end up needing our services for water and/or mold damage.

Have Questions?
Call SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/South Washington Counties at (518)677-3444.

Thunderstorm Safety

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

It’s that time of year again when we have to watch the weather channel before making plans outdoors. Spring is well known for its rainstorms and thunderstorms. Rain and thunderstorms are very unpredictable and can come out of nowhere, sometimes at a moment’s notice and can ruin your beautiful afternoon outdoors.

Storms are not just a nuisance, but could potentially be very dangerous. Thunderstorms can be more dangerous and deadly than a hurricane or tornado. The best thing you can do during a thunderstorm watch is take it seriously and be prepared.

  • Cancel or postpone outdoor activities.
  • Create an emergency kit, in case the power goes out. Have supplies ready and prepare to not have power for several days.
  • Make sure flashlights have batteries.
  • Unplug electronics (TVs, appliances, computers, etc.) or use surge protectors to protect electronics.
  • Secure outdoor objects so they do not blow away or get damaged from high winds.
  • Stay tuned to weather reports via radio or internet.

Has your home or business suffered from storm damage? Call SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/South Washington Counties at (518)677-3444.

What to do during a storm

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

  • Use a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Use a corded telephone only for emergencies. Cordless and cellular telephones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.  Unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers and turn off air conditioners.  Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
  • Avoid contact with plumbing. Do not wash your hands, do not take a shower, do not wash dishes, and do not do laundry.  Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls.
  • Avoid hilltops, open fields, the beach or a boat on the water.
  • Take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds or other small structures in open spaces. 
  • Avoid contact with anything metal - tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
  • If you are not driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park.  Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.

Hurricane Preparedness

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th. Make sure you are prepared should one be near you! Hurricane's are defined as an intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 MPH or higher. You can see a storm coming by the change in color of the sky (often greenish), large hail, low-flying clouds and a roar like a freight train.

Below are some helpful hints to follow whether you own a home, RV, boat, car or all of them! 

  • It is best to have a plan in place regarding where you are going to go when a hurricane hits. While they may be intriguing to watch, the best place is NOT outside. Your basement or under a set of stairs are great places to wait out the storm. If this is not available, the bottom floor of any building will work.
  • Keep your car indoors if possible. Tape up the windows and door with tarps and keep away from any objects that could damage the car if they were to fall on top of it.
  • During an emergency, gas stations will often be closed, so always make sure you have at least half a tank of gas to get away instantly
  • Have enough supplies on hand to wait out 72 hours, just in case help cannot arrive right away. These supplies can also be stored in the trunk (items like a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, and medication can stay there at all times.)
  • Make sure your car is in proper shape. Have a full tank of gas, wiper blades and tires are ready to go.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and keep your charger with you.
  • Avoid driving in deep waters
  • For your boat, remove non-secure items, electronics, excess gear, valuable, and important documents.
  • Make sure all openings are clear of debris
  • Double all lines that are securing your boat to its securing space
  • With your RV, do not drive it during the storm as it is more vulnerable to higher/stronger winds
  • Make sure you have a full tank of gas, but empty holding tanks, turn off propane cylinders and cover the regulator.
  • Make sure all documents are in a waterproof bag and with you at all times

Life can be unpredictable, but having plans in place help you with whatever may come. For more information, please check out these hurricane tips. As always, once the storm passes, contact your SERVPRO of North Rensselaer & South Washington Counties 518-677-3444 to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Torrential Rains

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

When torrential rains fall, and water cannot disburse or settle in the ground it will enter any building in its way.  This prestigious college found inches of ground water entering their large main library with thousands of books and other historical items that could have been damaged for good.  This is one row of many isle bookcases that have had their books packed out and sent to a Document Restoration Company to have them all restored to their original state prior to the flooding.  After packing up boxes of water damaged documents industrial air movers and dehumidifiers are placed to dry carpeting and custom-made bookcases.  Each one of these bookcases were individually elevated in order to dry the carpeting and bookcases completely so that when the documents returned they would be able to be put back in specific areas “Like it never even happened.”

Cambridge Wind Storm

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

On the Afternoon of May 4, 2018, a line of thunderstorms along with a strong cold front, came through our town, Cambridge, NY. These strong storms moved across eastern New York between 6:30 and 10 pm, causing numerous reports of trees and wires down. Very strong winds gusted up to 61 mph. A few intense bands of wind damage, most likely were associated with microbursts. Most all of the damages occurred in Johnstown, NY and Cambridge, NY. Due to this extreme weather it caused several large trees to fall down on houses and cars in these areas. Well over 100,000 people lost power during this event. Many homes were in need of repair and water mitigation. Several streets and yards were covered with trees and debris that took several weeks to clean up and repair.

SERVPRO Teams responding to Hurricane Harvey and Irma

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Major Hurricane at Category 4 strength on Friday, August 25 causing widespread devastating flooding and wind destruction along the Texas and Louisiana coast. After making landfall, the storm’s track continued through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, causing heavy rains and additional flooding situations. SERVPRO has mobilized and deployed Disaster Recover Teams to the most heavily impacted areas of Texas and Louisiana. Over 400 fully-equipped storm crews have been deployed and additional crews are being added daily. Hurricane Irma has made her way through Florida and we are actively routing Disaster Recovery Teams out to help. With disasters of this magnitude, residents and business owners are encouraged to be patient while SERVPRO makes every effort to respond to each need as quickly as possible. Our thoughts are with all who were affected by these devastating storms.