Recent Storm Damage Posts

Hurricane Mitigation on Cape Cod

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Be Prepared for Hurricane Season!

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm hits. In addition to battening down the hatches on your home, you should have an emergency supply kit to last each family member and pet for at least three days. A basic kit should include the following supplies:

  1. Basics: Flashlights, candles, lighters, matches in water-proof container, manual can openers, first-aid kit, towels, and batteries.
  2. Electronics: In addition to keeping your cell phone charged before losing power, make sure you have a portable charger to charge your devices during a power outage. Having a prepaid phone and spare battery in the kit can come in handy if something happens to your phone during an evacuation.
  3. Radio: An emergency radio that charges by hand-crank, in case cell service is out, will keep you informed of weather alerts.
  4. Food: You should store at least 3 days of non-perishable food including canned and dehydrated food.
  5. Medical Supplies: Pack a week’s supply of your prescription drugs in a waterproof container or bag. CVS and Walgreens recommend visiting your local pharmacy to stock up ahead of time. If your medications need to be kept cold, have a small cooler with ice on hand. Don’t forget batteries for medical devices.
  6. Water: Have multiple cases of water accessible. A rule of thumb is 1 gallon per person (or pet) per day.
  7. Clothing: Keep a change of clothing on hand (vacuum-packed saves space!) including shoes.

Experiencing fire, smoke, water, or mold damage? Call SERVPRO of Mid Outer Cape Cod any time at 508-778-7378.

Don't Let Storm Damage Ruin Your Hyannis Business

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

Don’t let storm damage become another barrier to getting your business back up and running at 100%. On the Cape, weather can be unpredictable and unreliable, so much so your storm damage prevention methods are reliable. Here are some tips from us here at SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod to keep your Cape Cod commercial property ready for whatever storm and hurricane season brings.

  • Clean the Gutters: For homes and businesses alike, keeping gutters clean is crucial for preventing storm damage. Excessive blockages in gutters lead to ceiling and roof leaks. Any storm, large or small, can be a massive source of damage is gutters are left unchecked.
  • Keep the Property Free of Debris: When high winds strike, debris become projectiles. Not only should a business pick up existing debris around the property, potential debris should be identified and removed. Remove any problematic tree branches, flags or signage prior to a high-wind event.
  • Know the Insurance Policy: Ask for an official copy of the insurance policy. Know which losses are covered in the policy and which losses aren’t. This information will help business owners prepare properly for preventing expenses in the instance of storm damage.
  • Keep Tabs on Pre-loss Conditions: Document the commercial property with photos before a storm, preferably areas susceptible to wind damage. This includes gutters, windows, roofs, ceilings, etc.

If you find your commercial building has fallen victim to storm damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape to restore your property right. We’re on call 24/7 for your emergency restoration needs. From Mashpee to Provincetown, we’re ready for your call at 508-778-7378. Storm damage? We’ll work to make it "Like it never even happened."

Preparing Your Barnstable Home For Hurricane Season

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

The Atlantic Hurricane season starts on June 1 and typically lasts until late November. With the season less than a month away, now is the perfect time to make sure your home is prepared and protected from possible storm damage. Here are some useful tips to help you be ready for whatever hurricane season throws your way:

  • Remove problematic trees and tree branches: If any trees or branches seem to be in danger of falling on your home, trim them down or remove them before they have a chance to become a falling hazard.
  • Consider Replacing Your Gravel: Any rocks or gravel on your property could inflict large amounts of damage to your windows and walls during a hurricane. Consider replacing parts of your yard that are landscaped with stone or gravel with lighter materials such as mulch.
  • Hurricane-Proof Your Doors: Make sure each door has three hinges and deadbolts wherever possible. Otherwise, high winds can blow your doors off or open, causing huge amounts of damage to both the inside and outside of your home.
  • Make Sure Your Sliding Doors Are Safe: Check to see if your sliding doors are made of tempered glass and have working locks. In the event of a hurricane, be sure to board up windows and sliding doors with plywood to prevent shattering.
  • Store Yard Furniture Indoors: Any yard furniture, such as patio tables and chairs, need to be safely stored inside your home, garage or shed. Anything left unsecured and outdoors, cars included, have the potential to become projectiles in the event of a hurricane.

Hurricanes can cause major damage to Cape Cod homes. If your home suffers from storm damage, call SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod at 508-778-7378. We have the tools and expertise to be your local one-stop shop for your disaster mitigation needs. From Mashpee to Provincetown, we’re on alert 24/7 to help you recover whenever.

Barnstable Roof Leak Prevention Tips

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can negatively effect virtually every part of your home. If your roof leaks and proper preventative action isn't taken immediately, you run the risk of ruining your entire home from top to bottom. We here at SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod recommend you monitor your roof for leaks during the current rainy season

Check regularly for leaks and cracks year round, even when its not raining. Check outside for loose tiling or gutters that could potentially be a hazard if hit by high winds. If any tiles are broken or missing, replace them or consider re-roofing. Any water that gets under your shingles can get under your roof's plastic barrier, potentially seeping into your wood, insulation and structural beams. The cost of replacing your roof is a fraction of replacing structural roof damage.

If a storm-related disaster strikes, call SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod at 508-778-7378. From Mashpee to Provincetown, we're on alert for all of your disaster mitigation needs.

Prevent Basement Flooding in Provincetown, MA

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

They say April showers bring May flowers, and this year that seems truer than ever. With all the rainfall last month and in the coming months, be sure your basement is properly flood-proofed by following these steps:

  • Secure basement windows: Installing window well covers will give you a solid first line of defense from basement flooding. Also, make sure all cracks around the window are properly sealed
  • Gutter Maintenance: Keep your gutters clean and free of debris. Also, be sure your downspouts are draining at least three feet away from the foundation of your house
  • Inspect your foundation: Survey the interior basement walls and exterior foundation of your house. Be sure all cracks are properly sealed
  • Clean your septic tank: If your septic is in need of being emptied, the above-average rainfall that comes along with spring can seep into your system and wreak havoc. Be sure to service your septic tank regularly

These helpful tips should prevent storm-related flooding in your basement if followed correctly. However, if disaster strikes and you find your basement flooded, the experts at SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape Cod are here 24/7 to help. From Mashpee to Provincetown, call us at 508-778-7378 for your water damage and storm damage needs.

Storm Damage Prevention in Harwich, MA

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

Any storm, be it big or small, should be prepared for to prevent damage to your home and to keep everyone living in it safe. Although we're nearing the end of Nor'Easter season SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape has a few tips to be prepared in the event of a large storm:

  • Keep your yard clean and free of debris
  • Check your house for attic and basement leaks
  • Be sure gutters, shingles, window sills and anything that can potentially become a projectile are secured
  • know your evacuation routes in case of a severe storm

If storm damage or water damage unexpectedly strike your home or business, the experts at SERVPRO of Mid-Outer Cape are here to help. From Mashpee to Provincetown, we're alert 24/7 to help with your disaster mitigation and remediation needs. Contact us at 508-778-7378 and we'll send our crew over to you to prevent further damage and restore your home or business.

Nor'Easters on The Cape

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

Need help securing your Cape Cod property? We have the experience, expertise, and training to handle any size job! Call us at (508)778-7378

It’s always better at the beach, even in New England where the weather could change in a minute.

Nothing quite changes a Mother’s Day brunch or High School graduation like the whipping winds and heavy rains of a Nor’Easter. While most Nor’Easters happen between September and April, storms in the Atlantic can bring in a deluge of water, wind, and damaging coastal flooding in the warmer months too. Regularly maintaining your home and keeping your yard clean of debris is always the first defense in preventing storm damage. Keeping an emergency kit of supplies and knowing the route of evacuation for your community is essential.

Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to prepare your home against upcoming storms.

Storm Prep

1/13/2017 (Permalink)

Wind can bring down trees and shingles, rain often causes water damage and a Nor’Easter has the potential for severe damage from all the elements.

Protecting your property from storm damage is and should be on every homeowners mind. Particularly in Massachusetts, where we never know what’s coming next!

Heavy rains, wind, and blizzards can wreak havoc on any property. Wind can bring down trees and shingles, rain often causes water damage and a Nor’Easter has the potential for severe damage from all the elements. Protect yourself and your property by securing your landscape and keeping your trees properly pruned and free from damage.

Check your house regularly for: loose gutters, shingles, cupolas, or anything else that could potentially fly off in a storm. Check your attic and basement for leaks before a big storm hits and properly repair and seal those areas that may need extra care.

Should you find yourself in a position where your home has been hit hard by a Coastal Storm or a Nor'Easter, call SERVPRO at 508-778-7378

As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.