Recent Storm Damage Posts

Being prepared

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

When doing winter storm damage repair or even inspections there are a few things to do.

  • Wear two layers of clothing. Our guys are trained to wear more clothing for better insulation out in the colder temperatures of the great northern Wisconsin winters. There first layer should be a thick insulation layer and the second should be a waterproof layer. Waterproof is because getting wet from the rain or snow can cause your body temp to drop and cause hyperthermia.
  • Wear slip- resistant boots while checking roof tops. Its very common for snow to build-up on rooftops in the winter. It is also very important to clean them off. Heat from inside your home can cause the snow to melt and then refreezing causing ice to form, that is why is very important to wear slip- resistant boots.
  • Account for temperature correction when testing for moisture. Moisture meters are a critical tool for building restoration, helping our technicians pinpoint moisture intrusion sources so they can properly be remediated. Pin-type meters are very popular because they work in a verity of building materials.
  • Bring spare moisture meter electrodes. Meter electrodes can be very brittle especially when working outside in freezing temperatures.
  • Check meter calibrations before each shift. It is very important to calibrate everyday to insure you are getting the correct reading. A correct reading helps make sure the job is done correctly.

Winter Storm Damage

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

There are 3 common types of winter storm damage.

  • Flooding caused by freezing pipes that burst
  • Fires caused by unattended fireplaces, improperly cleaned chimneys, or space heaters that overload and outlet or that are unattended and tip over
  • Roof leaks caused by ice that melts, ice dams that block drainage pipes, snow and ice breaking through the singles, and heavy winds from winter storms

What to do if your property does get damaged?

  • Stay calm
  • Make sure everyone is safe
  • Turn off water and power if safely possible
  • Document anything you have lost
  • Contact your insurance
  • Remove and property you safely can
  • Keep all receipts and documentation

SERVPRO strongly recommends and ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) so in the case of anything terrible happening we can act as fast as possible. To set up a meeting with our marketing team or if you have any questions on setting up an ERP please do not hesitate to call us! 715-643-7171

Septic systems and deep frost? Not a good combination

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

Lack of snow cover and dropping temperatures can spell trouble for homeowners with septic systems. Snow helps to insulate septic systems and keep them from freezing.  

  • Place a layer of mulch 8 to 12 inches thick over the pipes, tank, and soil treatment system to provide extra insulation. This can be straw, leaves, hay or other loose material that will stay in place and not become compacted. This is particularly important for new systems that were installed so late in the year that vegetative cover didn't get established. If the system is currently frozen, don’t add mulch now; it will delay thawing in the spring.
  • Use water—the warmer the better—if you’re worried your system is starting to freeze. Spread out your laundry schedule so you run one warm/hot load a day. Use the dishwasher and take hot baths. Do not leave water running all the time—this will overload the septic system.
  • Going away for an extended period? Have someone use warm water in the home regularly or pump out your tank before leaving.
  • Fix any leaky plumbing fixtures or appliances in your home. This will help prevent freezing problems and help your system perform better all year.
  • Keep all vehicle, animal, and people traffic off the system. This is a rule to follow all year as compacted snow and soils cause frost to go down deeper and faster. Pay special attention to the area between the house and tank.
  • Keep an eye on your system. If any seeping or ponding occurs, contact an onsite professional to help determine the cause and remedy.
  • Add more insulation to your system. This could include replacing pipe with insulated pipe, adding expanded foam panels over septic tanks, or adding more soil cover.

A septic system that is frozen can than back up into you home and cause a huge amount of damage! If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call 24/7. 715-643-7171

Ice Dam in Barron County

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice.  When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas. Your local SERVPRO® of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition. If you find yourself in such a problem give us a call at 715-643-7171, we are available for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our team is a professional group that will get your house to "Like it never even happened."  We are certified and will always make sure work is completed to your satisfaction

Preparing for the cold

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

Well 2020 has been quite the year to say the least!!! The most unpredictable year we at SERVPRO have every seen. From the craziness of the world trying to shut down on us from the pandemic, to it being almost the middle of December and being 45 degrees and zero snow on the ground. We all know eventually the ugly white stuff will show its nasty self. With that being said, we can always take a few precautionary measures to protect our home and business from old man winter’s sometimes unforgiving face.

  • Make sure you change your furnace filter and get your air ducts cleaned at least once a year
  • Make sure your gutters are free of leaves and debris
  • Seal up all your windows and unused exterior doors
  • Clean your chimney and have enough firewood prepared for the entire winter
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Shut down pool and sprinkler systems and drain outside faucets

Is your family ready in Barron County

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Storm season is in full effect in the SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties area and we care about our customers.  But are you prepared for what could possibly be coming, make sure you and you family has a plan in place for when these storm signals start happening. 

First off think of how will I receive emergency alerts, get your whole family to understand what all the terminology works when it comes to understanding different storm categories.

Next think of what is my families shelter plan, do we have a safe secure area for us all to meet stocked with supplies such as flashlights, batteries, water and small non-perishable foods.  With that do you have a evacuation route in case you need to leave your home.

Lastly, how will you communicate with others if cell towers and phone lines are down to let loved ones know you are ok.

Please know at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties we first and foremost care about your safety but we also do offer emergency cleanup needs if a storm damages your home or business.  We are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for all emergency restoration needs.  Give us a call at 715-643-7171 for more information.

Snow storms will bring flooding waters!

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

As I write this in Northern Wisconsin we were just pounded with 6 inches of snow over Easter and more this morning, so it’s hard to think about spring storms. But heavy rain and snow are common during the spring months and all that water leads to cold fast moving dangerous rivers and standing waters. Never attempt to cross a flooded road on foot or by vehicle. Remember the water in these areas can remain dangerously cold even when the air temperatures are hot.

Please keep in mind also these waters can enter your home or business and when this happens SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties will be there to serve you as we have proper equipment for water mitigation and drying. Give us a call at 715-643-7171 for all your water restoration needs.

Ice Damns are creating in Northern Wisconsin

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Ice Dam build up on roof line Ice Dam on Roof Line in Norther Wisconsin

It hasn't been a awful winter in Northern Wisconsin but we have had our fair share of snow and lots of warm weather that has wreaked havoc on our roofs as you can see in this picture. An ice dam is an ice build-up on the eaves of sopped roofs of heated buildings that results from melting snow under a snowpack reaching the eave and freezing there. Freezing at the eave impedes the drainage of melting water, which adds to the ice dam and causes backup of the melted water. This will cause water leakage into the roof and possible damage to the building and its contents if the water leaks through the roof.

The best way to prevent this is to get them removed by a professional, but if your house has already seen damage from these we can help too!

Give us a call at 715-643-7171 to see how we can help you prevent these.

Ice Dams in Rice Lake Area

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice.  When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas. Your local SERVPRO® of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition. If you find yourself in such a problem give us a call at 715-643-7171, we are available for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our team is a professional group that will get your house to "Like it never even happened."  We are certified and will always make sure work is completed to your satisfaction.

When Storms hit Barron County, SERVPRO is ready!

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ofBarron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties 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 Barron 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 715-643-7171.

Disaster ready STORM teams

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Home with trees down around the home due to a storm This home was damaged by fallen trees during a wind and rain storm.

When storms and flooding hit the SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties area we are ready to serve.  With disaster ready SERVPRO teams we are faster to your disaster and can offer more help when needed when nearby franchises come to help also when a storm hits.  Our crews are trained in proper water extraction, and we offer emergency board up services when your home suffers a major loss that cannot be dealt with immediately.  Our franchise also offers 24 hours a day 7 days a week emergency services, we are just a phone call away at 715-643-7171.

Check out our crews certifications hereOur crew members are all individually certified as well, some with special certifications to better serve each customer and job accurately. 

From windy days to calm, we can help!

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties know the weather is unpredictable in Northern Wisconsin.  Our technicians love the calm days that bring on May flowers, but as unpredictable as the weather can be we know it could be the unpredictable wind that could wreak havoc on your home.  Shown here is a home that had high winds and the surrounding trees caused significant damage.  SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties crew was able to provide emergency board up services to this customer trying to prevent further damage to their home.  That is our job to make sure your loss is done in a timely matter by preventing further damage by offering service from our trained, certified, and professional technicians, meet them here!

Storms can be unpredictable but who provides your restoration services doesn't need to be.  Give us a call for your storm restoration needs at 715-643-7171.

Storm Ready

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

One day it can be raining cats & dogs, the next snowing and sleeting and now this weekend it is supposed to be nearing 70 degrees. That is the beauty of Wisconsin this time of year but are you ready for spring time weather and storm prepared.

Luckily at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, & Rusk Counties we are ready.  Whether it is heavy winds that damage a roof we can be there 24 hours a day 7 days a week to provide a emergency board up situation to prevent further damage to your home.  Do you have flooding in your basement due to heavy rain falls, luckily for you we have trained and certified technicians that will properly remove that water for you and dry out your home correctly with state of the art drying and dehumidification equipment. 

Whatever storm conditions your home or business may encounter during this unpredictable time of year, we have you covered.

Give us a call at 715-643-7171 if you are in need of help and we will be happy to assist you

When winter weather strikes......we strike back in Rice Lake Area

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

When winter strikes, we strike back at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties.  In the cold winter months in our northern Wisconsin frozen tundra cold weather is our storm.  We fight crazy cold temperatures that can wreak havoc on any home or business. During these far way below zero temps frozen pipes can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located.  A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly by a SERVPRO professional at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties.  Give us a call we will be faster to your disaster at 715-643-7171.  We will bring the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

Ice Damns in the Menomonie Area

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice.  When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof ’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas. Your local SERVPRO® of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition. If you find yourself in such a problem give us a call at 715-643-7171, we are available for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our team is a professional group that will get your house to "Like it never even happened."  We are certified and will always make sure work is completed to your satisfaction.

Prepare your home for Winter Storms

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Although the winter season can be beautiful, get your house ready for winter storm season by following these handy tips for protecting your home from American Red Cross.

  • Learn how to protect pipes from freezing
  • Make sure your home heating sources are installed according to local codes and permit requirements and are clean and in working order.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide an extra layer of insulation to keep cold air out.
  • Consider buying emergency heating equipment, such as a wood- or coal-burning stove or an electric or kerosene heater.

- Stoves must be properly vented and in good working order. Dispose of ashes safely. Keep a supply of wood or coal on hand.

- Electric space heaters, either portable or fixed, must be certified by an independent testing laboratory. Plug a heater directly into the wall socket rather than using an extension cord and unplug it when it is not in use.

- Use a kerosene heater only if permitted by law in your area; check with your local fire department. Use only the correct fuel for your unit. Properly ventilate the area. Refuel the unit outdoors only, and only when the unit is cool. Follow all of the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Consider storing sufficient heating fuel. Regular fuel sources may be cut off. Be cautious of fire hazards when storing any type of fuel.
  • If you have a fireplace, consider keeping a supply of firewood or coal. Be sure the fireplace is properly vented and in good working order and that you dispose of ashes safely.
  • Consider installing a portable generator, following our safety tips to avoid home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance, if you live in a flood-prone area, to cover possible flood damage that may occur during the spring thaw. Homeowners' policies do not cover damage from floods. Ask your insurance agent about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) if you are at risk. More information on NFIP is available at www.fema.gov/nfip.

SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties helps out in Madison Area when flood waters rose.

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Our team headed to Madison to Handle Storm Flooding

When our fellow SERVPRO franchises have severe storms in their areas, we as a team are all here to serve.  Sometimes your local SERVPRO team may not have enough equipment, team members, or time to handle a storm situation, but that won't stop our exceptional service.  When storms arise we call on other franchises to make sure our customers needs are met.  When rain wouldn't stop in the Madison Wisconsin area, the natural flooding started.  Our SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties was ready to serve when in need.  Our teams were able to get extra equipment and team members down to the area quickly. 

WE at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties are here to take care of you no matter where you are located.

Are you covered in Barron, Dunn, or Rusk Counties?

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Have you checked with your insurance provider lately to see what is covered on your policy if a tornado or storm hits? 

In the US on average tornadoes cause $25 million in damage each year.  If you're in an at-risk area make sure you are properly covered before the storm hits.

If you do have storm damage we are here to help and are faster to any size disaster.  At SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties we offer 24 hours a day 7 days a week emergency services.  Give us a call to see how we can "make it like it never even happened" at 715-643-7171.

If you own a business call us at 715-643-7171 to speak to our Marketing Representative to get an Emergency Readiness Profile set up for your place of business in case a disaster strikes. This plan will be very helpful for you and employees to get back to business with minimal downtime.

April Showers Bring....?????

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

April showers bring snow plowers!  NO, I think our saying is incorrect, this should not be, how about May flowers!

But here in Wisconsin at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties, our snow showers are not ending but when that snow does melt fast it could possibly leave flooding in the basement of your home or business.  We are here to help if such emergency arises, with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency services.  

Give us a call at 715-643-7171 to see how we can help you, we are faster to your disaster.

Our trained and certified crew will be there to serve you with professionalism and courtesy in your time of need.   

We know how a loss to your home that you spent so much time and energy on maintaining can be a large headache, let us help take that away and make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties are IICRC Certified

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the IICRC logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise. All IICRC Certified Firms must:

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC actively has relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.

If you have storm damage make sure the company you call you can trust.

Give us a call at 715-643-7171.

Winter Weather Tips

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn and Rusk Counties care about you, we know that with this time of year with temperatures constantly changing it can wreak havoc on your home. Give us a call if there are any services we can help you with at (715)643-7171.

Make sure you also know how to handle these rapidly changing conditions, here are a few tips:

Know winter weather terms

  • Watch=winter storm is possible in your area.
  • Advisor=conditions expected to cause major delays and may be hazardous. Use caution.
  • Warning=winter storm is occurring or will occur soon in your area.

Winter storm tips

  • Prepare for possible power loss: add warm clothes to emergency kit, check flashlight(never use candles) &radio batteries charge mobile devices, fill car tank, take cash out
  • Only use generators in open areas away from windows & home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Bring pets/animals inside and move livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
  • Travel only if necessary. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle
  • Let family and friends know where you are. Check on neighbors before, after, and during the storm to make sure they are OK.

Always follow local official’s directions and warnings! Once again please know that your local SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties are here to help.

Preparing your home for Winter Storms

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Although the winter season can be beautiful, get your house ready for winter storm season by following these handy tips for protecting your home from American Red Cross.

  • Learn how to protect pipes from freezing
  • Make sure your home heating sources are installed according to local codes and permit requirements and are clean and in working order.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out.
  • Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide an extra layer of insulation to keep cold air out.
  • Consider buying emergency heating equipment, such as a wood- or coal-burning stove or an electric or kerosene heater.

- Stoves must be properly vented and in good working order. Dispose of ashes safely. Keep a supply of wood or coal on hand.

- Electric space heaters, either portable or fixed, must be certified by an independent testing laboratory. Plug a heater directly into the wall socket rather than using an extension cord and unplug it when it is not in use.

- Use a kerosene heater only if permitted by law in your area; check with your local fire department. Use only the correct fuel for your unit. Properly ventilate the area. Refuel the unit outdoors only, and only when the unit is cool. Follow all of the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Consider storing sufficient heating fuel. Regular fuel sources may be cut off. Be cautious of fire hazards when storing any type of fuel.
  • If you have a fireplace, consider keeping a supply of firewood or coal. Be sure the fireplace is properly vented and in good working order and that you dispose of ashes safely.
  • Consider installing a portable generator, following our safety tips to avoid home fires and carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance, if you live in a flood-prone area, to cover possible flood damage that may occur during the spring thaw. Homeowners' policies do not cover damage from floods. Ask your insurance agent about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) if you are at risk. More information on NFIP is available at www.fema.gov/nfip.

Ice Dams

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice.  When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof ’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas. Your local SERVPRO® of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition. If you find yourself in such a problem give us a call at 715-643-7171, we are available for emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Our team is a professional group that will get your house to "Like it never even happened."  We are certified and will always make sure work is completed to your satisfaction.

Winter Storm Ready?

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties care about you and your family.  This time of year can be beautiful out but also with that comes some safety hazards.

Here are a few tips to protect your family and get you winter storm ready before the weather hits from American Red Cross:

  • Talk with your family about what to do if a winter storm watch or warning is issued. Discussing winter storms ahead of time helps reduce fear, particularly for young children.
  • Have your vehicle winterized before the winter storm season to decrease your chance of being stranded in cold weather.
  • Have a mechanic check your battery, antifreeze, wipers and windshield washer fluid, ignition system, thermostat, lights, flashing hazard lights, exhaust system, heater, brakes, defroster, and oil.
  • Install good winter tires with adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate but some jurisdictions require vehicles to be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
  • Keep in your vehicle:

- A windshield scraper and small broom

- A small sack of sand for generating traction under wheels and a set of tire chains or traction mats

- Matches in a waterproof container

- A brightly colored (preferably red) cloth to tie to the antenna

- An emergency supply kit, including warm clothing.

  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank full so you can leave right away in an emergency and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Keep a supply of non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery.
  • Service snow removal equipment before the winter storm season and maintain it in good working order.
  • Keep handy a warm coat, gloves or mittens, hat, water-resistant boots, and extra blankets and warm clothing for each member of the household.

Local SERVPRO teams respond to Hurricane Irma

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Chris Nelson, Andrew Mathews, Jacob Erickson, Mike Hartung heading down to Florida!

Our SERVPRO Production Manager Chris Nelson of SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties headed out to Florida for Hurricane Irma cleanup and restoration.  Chris, along with his Fire and Water Damage Technicians, Mike Hartung, Andrew Mathews, and Jake Erickson all of SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties all put in a excellent communication process, and professional service to the below customer.  The customer left an awesome message(below) for our franchise owner Andrea Hanestad which also owns SERVPRO of Hayward location.

Dear Andrea,

I completed the customer survey, but I also wanted to follow up with a personal email.

We had waited almost a week to get a return call from another restoration company.  When I called SERVPRO, I received a call back the next day.  It was worth waiting for Chris and his crew to drive to Florida.  

Mike, Jake, and Andy were the BEST.  Professionally dressed, polite and experts in their field.  The removal of flood damaged drywall, cabinets, and appliances were done in a "surgical" manner.  When they came back and removed the contents from the yard, it looked like nothing had been placed there.

For the most part, we are not use to this level of quality work by some of our contracted providers.  Chris was an excellent communicator and kept me up to date what was going to happen and when they would be returning for their equipment.  Any time that was given, the "guys" arrived at the given time.

Thank you for sending your crew to Florida to help us when we needed it the most.  If you would also thank their families who made the sacrifice of being without a husband, father or son.

Bless You, 

Susan A.

St. Augustine, FL

SERVPRO ofHayward 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 the Barron, Dunn and Rusk Counties, 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 (715)643-7171

Be Flood Smart

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether your home or business is near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert - there is always potential for flood damage. Floodsmart.gov reports, in the last 5 years all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. Just because you haven't experienced a flood in the past, does not mean you won't in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the United States.

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can keep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties Professionals. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. When fire and water take control of your life, your local SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties Professionals will help you take it back.