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Archived Storm Damage Blog Posts

The time to weatherize your home is now!

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Weatherizing your home involves finding areas where the air leaks and sealing them to keep your house warm and energy efficient  during the upcoming stormy winter months.

Insulation is the key to keep heat from escaping. The following are some tips to help get your home ready.

1. Inspect and seal attic.

2. Secure the basement. Seal places where the air might get out, such as; the heating ducts and basement windows.

3. Place insulation around plumbing to prevent frozen pipes.

4. Fill any holes in the foundation wall.

5. Check all windows and doors for air leakage. Make sure your weather stripping is in good shape.

6. Seal the fireplace. If you don't plan on using your fireplace during the winter months, get a commercial fireplace plug to stop the flue.

7. Prepare the exterior of your home. Make sure your dryer vent is properly covered and check windows and see if they need to be caulked.

8. Contact a professional to investigate possible energy loss problems.

SERVPRO OF EUREKA would be happy to inspect your duct work and insulation. If you need any help weatherizing your home, give us a call! 707-445-0900

Preparing for a Wind Storm

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Hard to believe with summer just being over and fall beginning, that we need to worry about wind storms. Every year SERVPRO OF EUREKA gets calls to jobs with damages from the strong winds. we would like to give you a few tips on preventing damage from a wind storm.

  • Secure items that are in your yard before a storm. Cars, boats, trailers, ATVs or anything large out in the open, including patio furniture, make sure you have a plan to secure it all. This could mean finding a place for it in storage or securing belongings with ropes .
  • Cut overhanging tree limbs. Any tree that spreads its branches over your roof or over your cars could result in dangerous damages during a wind storm. 
  • Make sure your shingles are strong and in good repair.
  • Stock up your emergency supply kit. Often wind storms cause power outages. It is important to be prepared with enough water and non-perishables in the event that power outages last longer than expected.
  • Be sure that your insurance is up to date on all of your belongings.

SERVPRO OF EUREKA wants to help you remain safe during Humboldt County's blustery wind storms. Please give us a call if you need help preparing or have had any damage done by the high winds! 707-445-9000

Don't Forget Your Pets During Natural Disasters

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

Remember your animals during a disaster! The following is the suggested items for an emergency kit for your animals according to Ready.gov.

  • Food

At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.

  • Water.

At least three days of water specifically for your pets.

  • Medicines and medical records.
  • Important documents.

Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.

  • First aid kit.

Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too.

  • Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
  • Crate or pet carrier.

Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.

  • Sanitation.

Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.

  • A picture of you and your pet together.

If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.

  • Familiar items.

Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.

Tsunamis Safety

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Living in Humboldt County makes us very familiar with earthquakes, but I think many of us forget the risk of Tsunamis.

Tsunamis are large ocean waves generated by major earthquakes beneath the ocean floor or major landslides into the ocean. Rising to several feet or higher, they can strike the coast with devastating force. Residents in Humboldt County that live near Oceans, Bays, Estuaries and Rivers, need to be aware that a tsunami could arrive within minutes of a severe earthquake – and the danger period can continue for many hours. Tsunamis can occur any time of year, day or night.

Here are a few tips from the Red Cross:

  • To escape a tsunami, go as high and as far as you can – ideally to a spot 100 feet above sea level or 2 miles away.
  • Every foot inland or upward may make a difference!
  • If you can see the wave, you are too close for safety.

               Know the difference!

  • A Tsunami WARNING means a tsunami may have been generated and could be close to your area.
  • A Tsunami WATCH means a tsunami has not yet been verified but could exist and may be as little as an hour away.

Above all, have an evacuation plan ready in advance. Find a safe space on higher ground and communicate with family members! If SERVPRO OF EUREKA can help you prepare, give us a call! 707-445-0900.

How to Prepare for Thunderstorms

7/28/2017 (Permalink)

Here are a few tips to prepare for a thunderstorm according to the RED CROSS.

How to Prepare for Thunderstorms
  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit

When Storms or Floods hit Humboldt, SERVPRO is ready!

7/27/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Eureka 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 cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Humboldt County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 707-445-0900