Recent Storm Damage Posts

Seven Benefits of Having a Storm Door

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Seven Benefits of Having a Storm Door Storm doors have benefits beyond added protection from storms.

If your front door is durable and sturdy, a storm door may seem unnecessary. However, there are more benefits to a storm door, such as added protection against intrusion and energy efficiency. Here are some advantages that will help you decide if a storm door is for you.

1. Noise Minimization

Noise travels the air through molecule vibrations. Recording studios use doubled doors that contain thick material to slow down the vibration of air, therefore reducing noise entry into a room. Similarly, storm doors introduce a noise reducing effect, turning your home into a quiet getaway.

2. Energy Efficiency

The first principle of insulation is that the seal of the barrier should have no gap, therefore not allowing temperature-regulated air to escape, and unregulated air to enter. A storm door can help improve insulation by adding barriers to your entryway, which is the most susceptible part of your home.

3. Security
Storm doors generally come with a bolt-and-padlock feature, advanced security vault locks or strengthen screens and reinforced fiberglass. These features add security to the home, compared to a regular door.

4. Style
The entrance door of your home is the first thing people see. If you are looking to make a good impression, storm doors can be crafted with elegance and according to your specifications using materials such as wood, plexiglass, aluminum, and PVC.

5. Affordability
Replacing any door in your home is not cheap. You will have to buy a prefabricated door, or the materials to make one and hire a professional contractor to install it. A beautifully designed storm door can be a better solution than simply replacing it with another regular door since it is more durable and reliable.

6. Ventilation
Storm doors are versatile and generally have screen and fiberglass windows, allowing to switch between them, to get air flow, or maintain indoor temperatures.

7. Value
Storm doors are durable and affordable. They can be made from wood, aluminum or other sturdy materials. They are made to last and can be a great investment because they will add value to your home if you decide to sell it in the future.

Storm doors provide various advantages such as safety and comfort. If you have been hit by a storm call our SERVPRO team at (808)235-5015. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Tips to Ready Your Roof for a Storm

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips to Ready Your Roof for a Storm Prepare your home for future storms.

Often when the forecast predicts storms, homeowners are concerned about how their house will handle it. Heavy winds and rain can wreak havoc on roofs, but there are ways to prevent serious roof repairs. Follow the tips below to get a head start on preventing roof damage this storm season.

1. Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Even a light breeze can fill up your gutter and downspouts with debris and leaves over time. However, when a storm hits, it is almost certain that the materials that are in the gutter will clog it, making it hard to control the rainwater. The water will accumulate on your roof weighing down the structure and seeping into your home. This type of damage can require expensive flood restoration and roof repair services, which is why you should clean your gutters and downspouts regularly.

2. Trim branches Away from Home

Heavy wind is one of the many elements of a storm, trees often fall due to storms. Strong winds can break branches, and if those are close to your roof, you can end up with severe damage to your home. Make sure you have no branches hanging over your home, trim them back on a when they do.

3. Schedule Regular Roof Inspections

Being proactive is always a good idea, instead of waiting for problems to arise, schedule regular inspections from a professional roofing service. That will allow you to stay one step ahead of issues, so when a storm hits, you are prepared. Inspections identify the weak spots of your roof, such as leaks, structural weakness, and loose shingles, and professionals can fix them before the situation gets worse.

If you have been hit by a storm or want to be proactive, call our SERVPRO team on (808) 235- 5015. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Assessing Roof Damage After a Storm

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Assessing Roof Damage After a Storm Roofs are not immune to storm damage.

1. Examine the Landscape

After the storm is over, take a walk around your house to look for damage. Heavy winds can cause branches to fall from trees, as well as it is common for homeowners to find roof shingles in the yard. If you find either, you can assume your roof has been damaged and requires further inspection.

2. Inspect the Exterior

If you don’t feel comfortable inspecting the top of your house, call a roofing company. However, a lot of damage can potentially be observed from a distance. Here are three common problems to look for:
- Curling, cracking or missing shingles
- Flashing on the chimney is loose or cracked
- Debris on your roof, such as tree branches
It is also smart to assess the gutter system if the gutters have standing water or are heavy (sagging), call a roofing company to repair them. If roofing problems aren’t addressed, the structure of the house may suffer.

3. Investigate the interior

In many cases, there is no apparent damage on the outside, however, compromised roofs may form leaks that allow water in the ceiling or attic area. If there are moist spots on the ceiling or wet marks on the walls, there is a leak on your roof. Leaks must be fixed promptly, preventing further damage to the structure of the home and the belongings inside.

If you have been hit by a storm or want to be proactive call our SERVPRO team on (808)235-5015. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

HURRICANE LANE

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage HURRICANE LANE Hurricane Lane brings tremendous wind and rain, causing a flood threat to Hawaii.

Hurricane Lane weakened by Friday but forecasters and officials warned the Category 1 cyclone was still producing DANGEROUS rainfall totals that may result in FLOODING.

The center of the storm being about 120 miles south of Honolulu on Friday, is not expected to come ashore.  Though, the eye wall could pass DANGEROUSLY close to the central islands, including Oahu and Maui, in the coming days.

I understand that this is a very scary and difficult time for us all. The outcome is very unpredictable and may likely be devastating. In any case it is best to be prepared!

Wether the damage or flooding is minor or catastrophic damage SERVPRO of Kailua is ready and able to help! We service both COMMERCIAL properties and RESIDENTIAL properties, no matter the location. We are available 24 hours a day. We provide FREE inspections and estimates as well.

We work with ALL insurance companies and do accept self pay at a discounted price. We also can arrange for payment plans if need be. Whatever the case is we want to help through this difficult time!

Please do not hesitate to call us right away! We will get to you ASAP and in emergency cases we will be there right away.

PLEASE CALL US AT (808)476-0868 OR (808)235-5015 RIGHT AWAY! REMEMBER THAT THE LONGER WATER SITS IN YOUR HOME THE MORE DAMAGE IT WILL CAUSE, especially storm and flood water.


NO JOB IS TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL, WE DO IT ALL!

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SERVPRO Responds to the Scene Immediately

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Responds to the Scene Immediately In emergencies SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie will come out to the site immediately.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Kailua North/Laie provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Kailua North/Laie arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Kailua North/ Laie

SERVPRO of Kailua North/Laie specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.  From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Storm Damage can Occur Unexpectedly

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Kailua North/Laie 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 Oahu, 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 [[Click to your disaster recovery page]] that are strategically located throughout the United States.

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Restoring Flood Damage To Your Kaneohe Home

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damage To Your Kaneohe Home Severe weather is not always the cause of flooding.

Restoring Flood Damage

Severe weather is not always the cause of flooding. As you well know, those who live in Kaneohe experience over 37 inches of rainfall on average every year. When you have instances where much of this rainfall is happening in short proximity, the ground is unable to keep up with absorbing the water, and this causes water levels to rise and flooding to occur all over the island. While many in the area have sufficiently waterproofed their home, and taken preventative measures against the possibility of this disaster affecting the inside of their homes, no plan is entirely full-proof.

Depending on the measures taken, and how long ago they got taken, your Kaneohe home could still be at risk for this natural disaster to impact your lower levels. Foundations that were improperly constructed or not adequately waterproofed with drain systems around the house are the most likely of culprits to experience degradation of their foundation over time. Once water has even the smallest access point, it is a short while before larger cracks can form from water flow through the block.

The problem is, most people are not aware of a dire situation until the damage has already happened. If you are currently staring at a flooded basement or lower level of your residence, professional restoration services can help to bring your home back to its original state. In fact, our slogan “Like it never even happened” is a testament to the thorough and detailed work that our technicians do to restore flood damages to your home.

The primary focus of our SERVPRO team is extraction and prevention of further damages. When we first arrive, the team locates the source of the flooding and seals off the cracks and holes to prevent water penetration altogether. Extraction begins around this same time, utilizing pump trucks from our fleet to efficiently pull all of the water from the area quickly. The drying process is the next step, which uses both dehumidification equipment and air movers to dry up the region. Once this gets completed, our technicians can assess any lingering damages or structural weaknesses attributed to the flooding incident.

Our focus is bringing your home back to the condition you recognize and helping to ease your mind and walk you through our restoration process through every phase. The SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie team is available 24/7 for any emergency restoration needs you might have. You can reach us at (808) 235-5015.

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Kailua Homeowners Often in Path of Flooding

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Kailua Homeowners Often in Path of Flooding When rain brings floodwaters into your home, it is time to contact SERVPRO for drying out and remediation services. Call quickly for best results.

SERVPRO Certified Technicians and Project Managers Aim to Dry Out Your Property Quickly to Help Prevent a Mold Infestation

Rainfall totals in the Kailua area are over 50 inches per year, similar to other areas of Hawaii, but well above the nationwide average of 39 inches. Two out of three days show some precipitation, and there is always the possibility of significant rainfall on any given day. The surrounding mountains collect and send water our way as well, all factors contributing to a constant threat of flooding. Our business is to help if our watery climate or infrastructure imperils your property with flood damage.
 
Terracing of neighboring yards and drainage canals from nearby highways and streets augment the effect of heavy rainfall on your home, causing flood damage in Kailua. Poor maintenance on the part of others, allowing debris to build up and block the intended flow of rainwater runoff, has the unintended consequence of filling your lower levels with water, silt, and other residue. Assisting your recovery from this disaster is one of our core services.
 
Water is a powerful destructive force, not only soaking your home’s building materials and contents, but also threatening the integrity of its foundation and structure. SERVPRO is well aware of the devastation flooding brings to a home, particularly when the water comes fast and contains dirt, rocks, and other items collected as it surges. When we arrive at your home, our experienced managers check first for safety concerns, including structural stability and the threat of electric shock or breached oil or gas lines.
 
Then our highly-trained crews dig in to remove water, mud, and other residues. If your power is out, our truck-mounted pumps and extractors operate off our generators, avoiding any delay in getting the restoration work started. We have equipment resources that permit us to remove significant accumulations of silt and debris as well as the flood waters. Flood waters are almost always contaminated with chemicals, animal waste, and, potentially, with human waste. The advanced courses SERVPRO’s crew members master concerning gray and black water containment, removal, and disposal support our efforts to get your home back to a clean and sanitary condition.
 
Drying of the structure and contents is the next step. Air movers and dehumidifiers pull moisture out. If you have quantities of soaked personal belongings, the SERVPRO team inventories, moves, and stages them in a dry area where informed decisions can be made for their restoration or disposal. We offer state of the art document drying off-site, and recommend recovery strategies for furnishings, clothing, and other household items.
 
SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie is always ready to meet your flood damage needs. Help is a just a call away. The line is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (808) 235-5015.

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Create A Disaster Kit In Case Of Flood Damage In Hauula

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Create A Disaster Kit In Case Of Flood Damage In Hauula Water on the Beach in Hauula, No Flooding in Your Home

SERVPRO Tips to Mitigate Flooding Harm

It is not always easy to predict flooding. However, advanced weather tracking makes it easier these days and weather channels frequently predict flood damage from storms and hurricanes. Preparedness is important – by the time the inclement weather occurs, it is often too late to prepare or make any emergency arrangements. SERVPRO recommends residents of Hauula build a disaster kit in advance, so they are ready when the waters rise.
 
Everyone hopes that it is possible to be safe at home when flood damage occurs in Hauula. However, it is not always possible to predict damage to your house, or how local services and amenities might be affected by torrents of water. Because flooding is unpredictable and might cause problems with everything from food and water supplies to power outages or lack of access to medical care, it is a good idea to plan as much as you can.
 
Your kit needs plenty of purified or bottled water, and nonperishable food. Canned food is by far the safest choice after flooding as it is not susceptible to waterborne diseases. Stockpile bottled water, but keep water purification tablets on hand in case your supply runs out.
 
A first aid kit is a must for post-flood situations. Make sure you have sanitary wipes, anti-bacterial creams, soap, disinfectant, bandages and dressings, anti-diarrhea medication, and a three-day supply of any medicines that you take.
 
Staying warm is sometimes difficult after a flood. Your emergency supplies should include several changes of clean, warm clothing, and blankets. Add in waterproof gear and gloves so you can navigate waters if you must.
 
The power sometimes fails after flooding. Buy a supply of flashlights and batteries, or even better invest in wind-up flashlights that do not require a battery. Wind up radio connects you to the outside and makes it easier to listen for news and official announcements.
 
After the worst is over and you can return home, SERVPRO is on hand to help with flood cleanup. We extract water from your property and set to work salvaging as much as possible, and drying the structure of your home. We also deodorize your house.
 
For help with flood cleanup in Kokokahi, Kahuku, Kahaluu, Kaneohe and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie at (808) 235-5015 today.

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Storm Surge Flood Damage to Kaneohe During Tropical Systems

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Surge Flood Damage to Kaneohe During Tropical Systems Flooding after a storm can overwhelm your entire area. Contact SERVPRO to help remediate the damage after a flood.

SERVPRO Trucks and Technicians are Ready to Remediate Your Flooded Property

The storm surge created by a tropical storm combines with pounding waves to flood dwellings in Kaneohe. A storm surge raises the ocean’s level beyond that expected by normal tides due to changes in atmospheric pressure and high winds. Professional flood damage restoration post-storm is highly recommended to transform the devastation caused by these natural forces back to preloss condition.
 
During the period from midsummer through December, residents prepare for the possibility of flood damage in Kaneohe due to severe storms and even hurricane activity. High winds, torrential rains, and storm surge cause rain and salt water to flood into the crawl spaces and lower levels of homes. We count as our core mission helping our community recover from the effects of these violent storms, using highly trained water removal and damage remediation technicians and powerful, professional grade restoration equipment.
 
SERVPRO poises for a speedy response when flood damage threatens your home. Immediately after your first call to our office staff, we schedule an appointment to assess the damage to your premises and to devise an appropriate plan to remove the flood waters and dry out your house and possessions. Have no fear that power outages affect our ability to start on your job. We feature truck mounted pumps and extractors to begin removing standing water as soon as our experienced project managers give the signal.
 
After the majority of water exits your property via our efficient equipment, SERVPRO technicians begin measuring moisture content and establishing drying goals specifically for your structure and its contents. High-efficiency air movers and dehumidifiers rapidly reduce the moisture content of walls, floors, ceilings, and other structural components. Periodically our workers reassess the moisture levels to ensure drying is progressing as expected. Building materials that deteriorated because of the saturation or the force of the flooding are removed and replaced, but our focus is on restoration over demolition as far as is practical.
 
We work with your insurance carrier throughout the restoration process, including advocating for specialized freeze drying treatments if you have documents or pictures damaged by the water. We also provide payment plans for self pay customers.  SERVPRO follows a precise inventory protocol if we move boxes, clothing, and other items from the flood damaged areas of your home. Typically we find a protected area within your property to store your belongings as we help you review what contents can be restored and what may need to be discarded.
 
SERVPRO of Kailua North / Laie has the tools and the personnel to assist when storm activity results in flood damage. Call us at (808) 235-5015 as soon as possible so we can get started on a successful restoration plan and process.

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