Recent Storm Damage Posts

Wind Damage. But what is it from?

5/12/2023 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Clean up SERVPRO Duncanville/Desoto can help with storm damage and clean up.

Damage can come from many sources during a thunderstorm. Heavy rains can cause flash flooding, lightening strikes can start house fires and downed trees can take out power lines very quickly. Winds in a thunderstorm can be a devastating factor. There are two types of winds that can cause destruction. Do you know the difference?

Tornadoes and straight-line winds are often confused with each other when it comes to damage on the ground. After a major storm event, the National Weather Service will dispatch a team to inspect the damage and determine if it was caused by a tornado touch down.

With a tornado, all winds are pulled into the storm, leaving a trail of debris in angles. Since the winds in a straight-line wind event put air out, the winds will usually lay debris down in a straight line.

Regardless of the type of storm damage you experience, SERVPRO Duncanville/Desoto is here and ready to help get the cleanup process started. We are available 24/7, so call us today!

Are You Storm Season Ready?

2/22/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck on the move SERVPRO is ready to move when you need us.

Storm season in North Texas is right around the corner. The weather is unpredictable, but there are a few things you can do to be prepared. No one can stop a natural disaster, but you can do your part to protect your home or commercial property.

Debris cleanup can lessen the chance of damage or injury before a severe storm hits. Trim away bushes and trees from your home or commercial property building to reduce the possibility of large limbs falling on your roof. Also, working around your property to remove rotting and dead trees before high winds, along with securing large items will help keep storm damage at bay.

If you are hit with storm damage, SERVPRO Duncanville/Desoto stands ready to assist. We have a 24 hour emergency hotline with trained professionals who will mobilize our SERVPRO technicians to begin working on your Water and Storm damage. To make it ‘Like It Never Happened’.

Storm Response

5/1/2019 (Permalink)

The calm during and after the storm, SERVPRO of Duncanville / DeSoto is faster to any size disaster.

Aside from being an established local business, SERVPRO of Duncanville / DeSoto is part of a larger, nationwide community of SERVPRO franchises who are ready to partner together when catastrophe strikes.

Harvey, Florence, and Michael were some of the largest, most destructive storms in recent history. Widespread damage from high force winds, massive amounts of rain, and flash flooding caused billions of dollars in damage across the country.

When tragedy hits, SERVPRO of Duncanville / DeSoto is ready to mobilize to help make things "Like it never even happened." 

From a small leak in your home that caused water damage to a massive water loss due to storm waters, we are faster to any size disaster. Count on us to have the equipment, resources, manpower, and expertise to be there for you when you need us the most.

Flooding Hazards

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

According to the National Weather Service, approximately 75% of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) lists the following as the most common flood hazards in the United States:

  • Flash flooding
  • River flooding
  • Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
  • Burn Scars/Debris Flows (caused by wildfires)
  • Ice/Debris Jams
  • Snowmelt
  • Dry Wash (caused by heavy rainfall in a dry area)
  • Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

A common misconception is that, because someone hasn't experienced issues with flooding previously, they won't have issues with it in the future. In reality, 20% of the claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program were for policies in low-risk areas.

If your home or business should be affected by catastrophic water damage, SERVPRO of Duncanville/DeSoto can help. Even better, they can help you prepare in advance by guiding you through creating an Emergency Readiness Profile (ERP). It's our mission to begin cleanup and restoration as quickly as possible, so you can get back to your home or business "Like it never even happened."

Flood Preparedness Checklist

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Emergencies are never convenient. Be prepared, just in case.

The American Red Cross recommends having the following items packed and ready for use in the event of an evacuation due to flooding:

  • Water - 3+ day supply (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food - 3+ day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered or hand-crank (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7 day supply)
  • Medical Items (i.e. hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation/personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents
    • medication list
    • pertinent medical information
    • deed/lease to home
    • birth certificates
    • insurance policies
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map of the area
  • Baby supplies (i.e. bottles, formula, food, diapers, etc.)
  • Pet supplies (i.e. food, leash, ID, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys/house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat, and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera for photos of the damage

This weekend, in the state of Texas, from April 27th - 29th, there is a sales tax holiday for emergency supplies. It'd be a great opportunity to stock up on what you might need to have on hand, in the event of a flood or other emergency event.