Recent Storm Damage Posts

Tips To Make Your Home’s Landscaping Storm-Ready

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO van parked in front of a home. A well-designed and well-maintained landscape is your property's first line of defense against storms.

With Sunnyvale's ever-changing weather patterns, having a landscape that can withstand storms is essential. Join us as we explore practical strategies to design and maintain a storm-resilient landscape that not only enhances your property's aesthetic appeal but also helps minimize the impact of severe weather events.

1. Choose Native Plants: Nature's Resilient Allies

Opt for native plants in your landscaping. These plants are well-adapted to Sunnyvale's climate and are more likely to thrive in varying weather conditions. Native plants have developed natural defenses that make them more resistant to local pests, diseases, and storms.

2. Reinforce Soil: Erosion Prevention

Proper soil management is vital for storm-resilient landscaping. Use mulch and ground cover plants to help prevent soil erosion, which can lead to flooding and other issues during heavy rains.

3. Strategic Plant Placement: Windbreaks and Shields

Strategically position trees, shrubs, and plants to act as windbreaks and shields. These natural barriers can redirect strong winds away from your home, minimizing the risk of wind damage.

4. Incorporate Rain Gardens: Natural Drainage Solutions

Rain gardens are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional. By creating depressions in your landscape, you can collect and manage rainwater runoff, preventing water pooling and flooding around your property.

5. Proper Drainage Systems: Avoiding Water Accumulation

Invest in proper drainage systems, such as French drains or swales, to direct excess water away from your property. Ensuring efficient drainage helps prevent water from seeping into your home's foundation.

6. Trim and Prune: Strengthening Tree Resilience

Regularly trim and prune trees to remove weak branches that could become hazardous during storms. Proper tree maintenance enhances their ability to withstand strong winds and reduces the risk of falling debris.

7. Reinforce Hardscape Elements: Durability Matters

If you have hardscape elements like patios, walkways, or retaining walls, choose durable materials that can withstand heavy rainfall and strong winds. Proper installation is key to ensuring their longevity.

8. Regular Maintenance: A Resilient Landscape's Foundation

Routine maintenance is the backbone of a storm-resilient landscape. Regularly inspect and address issues promptly to prevent potential vulnerabilities that storms could exploit.

Creating Your Storm-Ready Oasis

By implementing these storm-resilient landscaping strategies, you're not only enhancing the visual appeal of your Sunnyvale property but also taking proactive steps to protect it from the unpredictable weather patterns that can arise. A well-designed and well-maintained landscape is your property's first line of defense against storms. If storm-related issues do occur, SERVPRO of Sunnyvale North is here to assist in the restoration process, helping you restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Essential Tips for Managing Floods in California

6/15/2023 (Permalink)

A puddle of water. At SERVPRO of Sunnyvale North, we specialize in flood damage restoration and are dedicated to helping California residents recover from floods.

California's diverse landscape and climate make it susceptible to various types of flooding, ranging from coastal storms to flash floods in urban areas. As a resident of California, it's crucial to be prepared and informed about flood management strategies to protect your property and ensure the safety of your family. In this blog, we will provide valuable tips on managing floods in California, empowering you to mitigate risks and respond effectively in the face of a flood event.

Understand Your Flood Risk

Research and identify the flood risk level for your specific location in California. Consult local floodplain maps, flood zone designations, and resources provided by agencies like the California Department of Water Resources and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This knowledge will help you make informed decisions about flood insurance coverage and the appropriate preventive measures to take.

Purchase Flood Insurance

Standard homeowners' insurance typically does not cover flood damage, so it's essential to obtain flood insurance to protect your property. Contact the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) or private insurance providers to secure a policy that suits your needs. Remember, there may be a waiting period before the coverage becomes effective, so don't delay in obtaining flood insurance.

Take Preventive Measures

Invest in flood prevention measures to safeguard your property. Elevate utilities, appliances, and valuable items above potential flood levels. Install flood-resistant barriers, such as flood vents, flood panels, or sandbags, around vulnerable areas of your property. Keep your gutters and drains clear of debris to prevent water backups. Consult a professional for advice on effective preventive measures specific to your property.

Create an Emergency Plan

Develop a comprehensive emergency plan with your family members, defining roles, responsibilities, and evacuation procedures. Identify safe evacuation routes and designate a meeting point. Prepare an emergency kit with essential supplies, including non-perishable food, water, medications, flashlights, and a battery-powered radio. Regularly review and practice your emergency plan to ensure everyone is familiar with the procedures.

Stay Informed

Monitor local weather forecasts and stay updated on flood-related warnings and advisories issued by local authorities. Sign up for emergency alerts through your community's notification systems. Familiarize yourself with the emergency response protocols and evacuation routes established by your local government. Having accurate and timely information will help you make informed decisions during a flood event.

Seek Professional Assistance

In the aftermath of a flood, it's crucial to engage in professional disaster restoration services. Experienced flood restoration specialists, like SERVPRO of Sunnyvale North, possess the expertise, equipment, and resources to mitigate flood damage, remove excess water, sanitize affected areas, and restore your property to its pre-flood condition. Their prompt response and efficient restoration efforts can minimize further damage and help you get back on your feet faster.

Managing floods in California requires proactive measures, preparation, and staying informed. By understanding your flood risk, securing flood insurance, implementing preventive measures, creating an emergency plan, and seeking professional assistance, you can protect your property and prioritize the safety of your loved ones. Remember, being prepared can make a significant difference in mitigating the impact of a flood event.

At SERVPRO of Sunnyvale North, we specialize in flood damage restoration and are dedicated to helping California residents recover from the effects of floods. Our skilled team is equipped to handle the complexities of flood restoration, providing reliable services to restore your property efficiently and effectively.

How to Protect Your Home from Severe Weather

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO working to dehumidify a water damaged building. SERVPRO working to dehumidify a water damaged building.

Severe weather poses a real threat to homeowners. Your home becomes vulnerable to flooding, wind damage, downed branches, and even fire during storms. With spring on its way and tornado season sweeping down the plains, it’s best to prepare your home for severe weather before it hits. Here are some tips to protect your home incase of inclement weather, and what to do if you are hit with storm damage. 

Tidying up

As the saying goes, the best defense is a good offense. Before the storm clouds roll in, there are a few things you to do to prepare your home:

  • Take a good look at your roof and replace any damaged or missing shingles. This helps keep water out of your home and prevent leaks and drips.
  • Give the water a place to flow. Clear out your gutters and any run off areas, ensuring the water flows away from your home.
  • Look up and assess the trees around your home. Are any branches hanging over the house? Any dead branches that could swing down and crush your home or car? Trim those dangerous branches away or hire an arborist to take care of the problem for you.
  • Make sure your windows and doors have a good water tight seal. If they need a little help, add some caulk to keep the water out.

Investing in Protection

There are a few things to invest in preemptively to keep your home extra safe from storm damage and keep your family comfortable incase you lose power. Consider investing in a generator to keep your home functioning even during mass power outages. 

To keep your home even safer, you should also invest in storm shutters or steel doors. These add an extra layer of protection from water and anything that the wind might pick up and throw in your direction.

Be Prepared

No matter how well protected your home is, it’s best to be prepared for the worst case scenario. An emergency kit is a necessity for any home, especially during storm season. Keep a bag or bin in your home that has essential items in case of an emergency. Include a first aid kit, three days of non-perishable food, water bottles or jugs, a battery operated radio, batteries, flashlights, a change of clothes, your pet’s food, and anything else you deem necessary.

When Storm Damage Strikes

Even if your home is as protected as possible, life offers no guarantees. Storms are very unpredictable and storm damage happens to anyone. If you find yourself with a tree in your living room, a flooded basement, or anything in between, call SERVPRO of Sunnyvale North! We are on your property as soon as possible to get your home back to its pre-damaged condition quickly. We handle storm damage big and small, from a small leak to a downed tree, we handle it all!

Consider saving our number in your phone so when disaster strikes, we have our crews at your home as fast as possible to preserve and protect your property. We assess your property and determine what needs to be done to restore it safely. Our team also treats your home as if it were our own and cleans and sanitizes any damaged personal belongings as well. Restoring structural damage to flooring, sheetrock, or any damaged part of your home is our specialty. Once your home is completely restored, we return all of your reconditioned items and wish you a good and safe day in your restored property!