Recent Storm Damage Posts
Some Warning Signs of Damaged Pantry Items After Flooding in Your Northampton Home
When your home pantry or other household items are affected by flooding, it can be hard to figure out what is salvageable. Call SERVPRO.
The Question of Food After Flood Damage in Northampton
One complication of flood damage in Northampton that can often be overlooked is food. Depending on where and how you store your food and how extensive the flood damage is, your pantry could stay fully stocked, or you could find yourself eating out for days or weeks in the future. While this may seem like a trivial concern, the value of the food in most homes is significant enough for SERVPRO to be concerned about it. Follow these tips to save on meals while restorations are underway in your home.
Put Perishables in Coolers
Many cases of flood damage to Northampton homes knock out power to specific objects, rooms, or even entire buildings for days at a time. On top of that, in some circumstances, even working appliances can represent a safety risk if they remain in use. Until a SERVPRO professional checks to make sure your home electrical systems are safe, you might be best off storing perishable items like meats, dairy, and vegetables in coolers full of ice. Be sure to bag and wrap individual items to prevent them from being soaked in water as the ice melts.
Don't Toss Out Cans
Canned goods that have been soaked in flood waters may still be perfectly safe to consume. Although it may be unsafe to open damaged cans, those that clearly have no dents, cracks, or holes can be saved and eaten later, even if their labels are marred. This advice also applies to bottles, packages, and other sealed containers that successfully resist damage.
Get Rid of Ruined Items
We cannot save or restore ruined food items. Any open or damaged packages or perishable items that may have encountered floodwaters should be thrown away to avoid the many health risks that can come with their consumption. In general, if you have any doubts as to whether or not a food item has been contaminated, you should err on the side of caution and throw it away.
SERVPRO of Hampshire County can help to mitigate and reverse the effects of flood damage in your home. For our professional services and advice, call us 24/7 at (413) 324-1300.
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Why Calling SERVPRO Should be a Priority After a Flood in Westhampton
Flooding from storms can happen at any time. Call SERVPRO so that your home can be restored as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
Who to Call after Flood Damage in Westhampton
Did you know that the thought of losing your home or possessions to flooding is a common fear among homeowners? These forces of nature are often unexpected and can be caused by just about anything. Heavy rainfall, backed up drains, storms or natural disaster can all be a trigger for excess water entering the home and causing harm. We offer a single solution that can be sought anytime via our 24-hour emergency call-line.
The first thing homeowners can do when calling us about flood damage in Westhampton properties is to give us as much information as you have available. Providing us with all the facts can help us to ascertain what type of equipment we need and which technicians to send. At SERVPRO, we are well aware of the stress that flooding can cause to our community and promise to deliver a focused customer approach in any work we do.
It is important not to panic, but at the same time to act quickly. Standing water can cause permanent damage if left too long. However, never put your safety in jeopardy in an attempt to save possessions. SERVPRO technicians can remove furniture and other items to a clean location either on-site or in a local facility. We are also trained to spot potential hazards like electrical wires or structural damage and deal with them safely.
Your SERVPRO technician can carry out an initial visual inspection to decide the type of equipment that is most effective to your specific needs. Generally, we remove standing water below two inches with powerful heated extractors. Water levels above 2 inches may require submersible gas pumps to be brought in to drain the affected area quickly.
It is only natural to assume the worse in an emergency. However, we work toward a restore over replace mentality. That means doing our utmost to save your possessions. In some cases, we may perform a pack-out service which involves labeling all goods and sending them to a specialized facility where they can be deep cleaned, dried and restored.
We have extensive experience in dealing with situations just like yours. SERVPRO of Hampshire County is ready to receive your call at (413) 324-1300 anytime day or night.
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Flood Damage Specialists in Easthampton Describe Psychrometrics Drying Goal Theory
Flood Water Extraction and Drying Are Cornerstones of SERVPRO Storm Services in the Easthampton Area
SERVPRO Provides Skilled Storm Damage Cleanup and Drying of Flooded Properties in Easthampton
Many times when a severe thunderstorm hits the Easthampton area, problems with your property can occur. If the wind blows a rock or branches into your roof or a window, then it is likely that flood damage can happen at your place of residence. Once water gets inside a structure, many building materials and contents can get ruined. If structural components stay wet for an extended period, then the problems can get much worse. If organic materials remain wet for more than two days, your flood damage situation can turn into a mold remediation project.
Whenever our SERVPRO technicians receive an emergency call after a storm, we begin the restoration process immediately. We know that quickly removing moisture from your flood-damaged property in Easthampton is essential when it comes to preventing secondary problems. First, we patch the hole in your roof or broken window so that no more rain can enter your building, if not too extensive. Next, we extract all of the standing water and moisture present in porous materials such as carpet and upholstery. After the extraction phase, we then set up drying equipment to dry out wet building materials as quickly as possible.
Depending on the severity of the disaster, and September is Disaster Preparedness Month, our SERVPRO team sets up different amounts of air movers and dehumidifiers that create an ideal environment for rapid structural drying. We then monitor moisture levels inside the materials and take humidity and temperature readings to make sure our equipment is working efficiently. If things are not working as we would like, we can adjust the ratio of air movers to dehumidifiers, and shift their positioning to maximize efficiency.
We take relative humidity RH readings to give us an idea of how much moisture is in the air. However, relative humidity readings are not the best gauge because air can hold a more substantial amount of water at higher temperatures. We then take temperature readings so that we can figure out the exact grains of water per pound of air or specific humidity SH. Specific humidity can be determined by using a psychrometric chart. The chart tells us how many grains of water are in a pound of air using recorded temperature and relative humidity readings. These are tools for controlling the rate of evaporation and a successful conclusion for the established drying goals.
If you ever notice problems that have to do with moisture inside your home, call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Summer Storms Can Bring Flood Damage To Your Amherst Home
Water from the rains come gushing into your guest bedroom, and before you know it, the room is flooded, and your furniture is soaked.
Summer Storms Can Bring Flood Damage
Summer brings warm weather, vacations, and outdoor barbeques, but it also brings seasonal storms with it that can cause intense flood damage to your home. Lightning, thunder, whipping winds, and heavy rain are all a product of these severe storms and each one can have a significant impact on your residence. When lightning strikes a tree outside your house and causes it to plunge through part of your roof, the situation can seem like something out of a nightmare. Water from the rains come gushing into your guest bedroom, and before you know it, the room is flooded, and your furniture is soaked. It is imperative to reach out to professionals as soon as you can.
In order for a contractor to fix the new hole in your roof, the flood damage in your Amherst home must be dealt first. The contractor cannot work with sopping wet patches of material. The sooner you get a professional restoration company into your home, the better, as they can remove the flooded water and dry out the space.
When SERVPRO arrives at your house, the first thing we can do after our investigation is put a tarp over the hole of your roof so no further moisture can get inside while we work. Afterward, our technicians can clean up any floating, and potentially dangerous, debris from the tree that fell into your home. Once we are dealing with just the flooded water, SERVPRO can then bring in advanced trade technology so that we may remove it.
Our techs use devices like wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps to remove the flooded water from your guest room. To assist in removing water from the soaked carpet and drapes, we can use an extractor to remove the moisture. An extractor has a heating element that further helps to dry fabric materials as it pulls the water away from them. Additionally, SERVPRO can use tools like ventilation box fans and air movers to dry out your floor and the area of your roof that had been damaged by the rain. The very last thing that we can do for you is to put you in contact with a contractor that we recommend so they can fix the hole in your roof.
When an accident befalls your home, never hesitate to call for help. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Hampshire County by dialing (413) 324-1300. Our experts always make it a priority to arrive at your home as swiftly as we possibly can.
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Protecting Homes from the Effects of Stormy Weather with Water Removal Services in Westhampton
Don't Sleep on a Park Bench After a Storm in Westhampton, Call SERVPRO for Water Removal
Rapid Water Extraction Mitigates Storm Damaged Homes
Storms can bring tremendous amounts of water into Westhampton rather quickly, and at times cause minor flooding in lower areas. When this water ends up inside a home, it can create problems for the homeowner. Rainwater can end up in a house other ways, too.
Residences that sustain heavy rainfall might need water removal services. Besides flooding in Westhampton, rain can end up inside a home from roof leaks. During winter, ice dams can create loose shingles where water can come into the attic area. Strong winds can create gaps in siding which can also create problems during spring storms.
SERVPRO's IICRC-certified employees can bring this problem to a halt quickly. We not only remove the offending water, moisture, and humidity invading your home, but we also repair the places, for minor and fast closures, which permitted it to enter, keeping water from future storms entirely outside. When the structural damage is significant, then an outside contractor must rebuild the damaged house components.
In the unfortunate event that a tree lands on your home and makes holes in the roof, we can provide emergency services to remove the tree and then tarp the area, so damage remains minimal. Yard debris also causes problems, so we understand when customers desire that we eliminate this type of mess.
Removing the water from inside your home occurs with appropriate equipment and tools. When water evaporates into the air, SERVPRO can remove it with the equipment that finds it in the air. Absorbent materials also hold onto water, so we increase the environment's temperature and help it re-enter the air again, making it easier to extract. For huge messes like floods and caved-in roofs, we use larger equipment such as our truck-mounted pumps. No matter the size or kind of job, we have industry-leading equipment designed to solve the situation.
SERVPRO of Hampshire County technicians come from the families of Amherst, Ware, Belchertown, and others in our surrounding areas. We want to help those in our communities recover from storms, floods, and other water-related disasters with water removal services. Call us at (413) 324-1300 when your family home or business sustains such damage. We can help make it "Like it never even happened" for you in a fast and efficient way.
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Restoring Your Home and Your Life after Flood Damage Happens to Your Ware Residence
Contact SERVPRO as soon as possible to minimize the effects of flood damage in your home.
SERVPRO Works Hard to Restore Your Home Back to Safe Conditions for Your Family after Flood Damage
Nature often comes to mind as a beautiful, peaceful force that people in the Ware community travel out of their everyday environment to experience. Nature sometimes makes house calls and a substantial amount of costly damage might take place instead of a calm and relaxing interaction.
Ware residences in low-lying areas can sustain flood damage at any time of the year, but Spring can mean a much higher chance of this happening than other seasons. Increased rain and melting snow can mean the ground becomes too saturated to hold additional water, and this all too often results in flooding of our local homes and businesses.
Just like a quick response before flooding occurs can save many of your more valuable possessions, a timely reaction after a flood can also decrease you and your family's overall frustration. This includes lower restoration costs, a reduction of possible health risks, fewer damages to personal belongings, and also a shortening of the amount of time your home remains unlivable. Responding slowly can only bring increased damages and more significant loss of property, among other consequences.
The water in a flood does not only look dirty, but it also carries pathogens and chemicals that can cause health effects. Elimination of these microbes and chemicals through proper handling of your home's interior can adequately decrease exposure to these elements and protect your family. However, we must address many other aspects of flood damage in your home before we can consider it completely restored "Like it never even happened."
Structurally, your home must provide adequate shelter that poses no risks to the occupants. Homes where water remained for lengthy periods often sustain severe damage to walls, floors, wiring, and electrical features, and many other situations that all need competent workers to restore safe conditions.
Odor also plays a role in disasters affecting homes, even when the culprit is clean, and not dirty, water. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can help you resolve this specific problem, also, so your home smells fresh and clean when the restoration work ends. Removing the damaged materials eliminates a considerable portion of the odor-causing microbes and other particles, but when an odor lingers, we can assure you that we can go that extra step for you and your family.
Helping the communities of Granby, Ludlow, and Hadley, SERVPRO of Hampshire County takes flood damage very seriously. We want individuals and families in the surrounding areas to live in safe, clean, dry homes. Call us at (413) 324-1300, at any time, day or night, any day of the year, whenever flooding affects your home.
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What To Do After Flood Damage To Your Easthampton Home?
Flooding due to natural disasters such as storms can cause heavy damage to your Easthampton home.
What To Do After A Flood
Flooding due to natural disasters such as storms can cause heavy damage to your Easthampton home. The floodwater if not promptly and efficiently removed can cause secondary structural damage that can cost you thousands to restore.
It is crucial to know what to do after a storm has caused flood damage to your Easthampton home for a fast and efficient restoration. Being prepared for the aftermath is the key to getting your home back in order as soon as possible. Here are some things that SERVPRO technicians recommend you should do after a storm.
The first and perhaps the most crucial thing to do after a flooding incidence is to ensure safety. Make certain that your family is safe before trying to do anything else. Turn off your home’s electric supply (even if the power is out) before the storm causes flooding.
Floodwater can be contaminated with nasty bacteria that can have adverse health effects. If possible, avoid handling floodwater by yourself. SERVPRO technicians have the necessary expertise and experience to handle and remove floodwater safely. Most importantly, avoid drinking tap water after a storm at all cost.
Get Professional Help For The Cleanup
SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to offer emergency services after a flooding incidence. There is no doubt that you need professional help to remove floodwater from your home. Successful flood damage restoration requires heavy-duty extractors, dehumidifiers, and air movers to eliminate the water and residual moisture to minimize the damage.
Professional restorers can also help you in filing an insurance claim. Make sure that you keep your insurance adjuster in the loop and provide him/her with as many details as you can. Maintaining an inventory of items damaged in the flooding is also a great idea. Our technicians can help you in this as well.
SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to offer emergency services after a flooding incidence. Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at (413) 324-1300 today to talk to one of our flood restoration experts and discuss your situation. Our goal is to help make it "Like it never even happened."
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Heavy Snowfall Can Cause Flood Damage to Your Westhampton Home
Heavy blankets on snow on your roof can cause flooding in your home when weak spots in your roof give way and collapse.
SERVPRO Offers IICRC-Certified Restoration Services 24/7
Many envision a flood in Westhampton as one that overtakes neighborhoods slowly in the Spring. However, substantial snowfall can also cause flooding in your home when weak spots in your roof give way and collapse. One of the first services we perform when we arrive is placing a tarp over the affected area of your home to prevent any additional damage.
A Westhampton home can suffer flood damage from snow crashing through the roof. Such snow can affect every level of the home, from top to bottom. The situation can become worse when a homeowner does not realize a problem with the roof happened and only becomes aware of the problem when water becomes visible in the living areas of the home.
Water slowly seeps down from melting snow, allowing many materials to absorb substantial mounts. A great deal of damage happens in the attic, of course, but living areas also need professional mitigation. Your personal belongings can also end up severely affected and require specialized care. Restoration typically costs much less than replacing items, and at SERVPRO, we prefer to always take the most cost-effective options available to us.
Although this kind of flood does not impose debris and sediment on a house as a typical flood does, we still must treat your home for contamination. Even the best-kept homes can harbor vermin, including rodents and birds, many of which carry disease. Pathogens carried by these animals, previously undetected mold, and other unhealthy substances can cause health effects. Our pumps remove not only the water but a substantial amount of the contaminants, also.
Drying a home includes removing saturated carpeting, sections of walls and ceilings, airing out other enclosed areas, including closets and cabinets, and installing dry materials. We save our customers expensive replacement costs by cleaning personal belongings, furniture, and household items. Flooding in your home can cause extensive problems, but at SERVPRO, we train our technicians according to IICRC standards. Because they understand the latest in restoration technology, we can provide you with the most appropriate services for your unique situation.
SERVPRO of Hampshire County can help your family by restoring your home after flood damage or other catastrophic events. Call us locally at (413) 324-1300 to reach our round-the-clock service.
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How Objects React to Standing Water in Ware Flood Damage
The longer standing water remains in your home, the more damage it does to your belongings and the structure of your home.
Calling SERVPRO Immediately after Flood Damage Can Help to Reduce Restoration Needs
Standing water can be one of the most destructive forces of all on your home if it is allowed to remain undisturbed. However, while some objects and materials can rather quickly break down and be destroyed in standing water, others can be surprisingly resistant to its effects. How much flood damage to your Ware home ends up costing you typically depends on what, exactly, is swamped and soaked in water.
Materials that Are Vulnerable to Standing Water
The bulk of any replacement costs in your Ware home after flood damage should likely come from these objects and materials. When swamped with water, they can begin to chemically oxidize, break down, develop mold and fungal growth, and experience other destructive processes. These materials may be ripped to pieces, dissolved, or otherwise physically damaged to such an extent that we cannot do anything to restore them to their prior state. This category of belongings can include breakable objects, some fabrics, paper products, raw iron, and many other materials, especially when given extra time. This is part of why fast water extraction is so essential: many of these materials can be saved if we remove the water before it has a chance to cause excessive damage.
Materials Resistant to Standing Water
Some objects and materials may be barely affected by water, even over time. These materials include water-resistant metals such as stainless steel, unpolished stone and masonry, some types of wood, hard plastics, and other non-porous materials. However, keep in mind that standing water rarely acts alone in damaging your home. Some of the most expensive damages can come from objects and debris carried in by the water, or staining from dirt and mud particles in the water.
SERVPRO of Hampshire County is an experienced local provider of damage mitigation, restoration, and repair services. Our technicians are IICRC certified and are ready after any significant storm to respond to your call for help. Call us at (413) 324-1300.
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Cleaning Up After Flood Damage From A Hurricane In Granby
The heavy amounts of water produced by these storms can go through properties of an area and cause a significant amount of flood damage.
Cleaning Up After A Flood
Highly unpredictable regarding patterns, hurricanes are one of the most difficult to predict storms. People living on coastlines endure storm surges and high waves. Even if you are not in the direct path of a hurricane in Granby, it can cause plenty of damage from its flooding rains. The heavy amounts of water produced by these storms can go through properties of an area and cause a significant amount of flood damage.
Streams can overflow their banks from the excess rains, quickly filling streets and homes within Granby with water. If your home experiences flood damage from one of these powerful storms, the cleanup needs to be done efficiently and fast to avoid additional harm, which is why you need to contact SERVPRO as soon as possible.
It's in your best interest to choose our professional team since your home can sustain mildew and mold growth, plus even more damage, the longer you wait. We are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year for this reason. We realize that flood damage never comes at a convenient time.
SERVPRO’s restoration services being with pumping out the accumulated water. Special, heavy waterlogging equipment, such as truck-mounted portable water pumps, are used to extract and get rid of the standing water. Equipment such as this ensures a fast response and quick drying times.
Industrial strength dehumidifiers and fans are placed to control the moisture levels in your home and dry it thoroughly. We monitor these devices daily, and their position changed when necessary, so we get your home dry as soon as possible. We also use dry and wet fogging, ozone, and crystals treatment for deodorization. To remove any mildew or mold, we use scientific HEPA techniques.
When it comes to your possessions, SERVPRO techs restore, clean, and decontaminate anything that is salvageable, while we dispose of the rest. Different procedures, such as disinfectant and deodorizing agents, are used to clean draperies, clothing, and necessary documents. Sofas, carpets, beds, chairs, utensils, mattresses, appliances and more can be salvaged if prompt action can be taken.
SERVPRO of Hampshire County works with you to restore your home back to its normal state as quickly as possible after flooding. We are specially trained to handle these situations with the right equipment, so do not hesitate to call us at (413) 324-1300 when a problem arises near Easthampton, Granby, or Amherst.
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Northampton Storm Damage Drying Techniques
When Northhampton Flooding is More Than You Can Handle, Call SERVPRO
SERVPRO Maximizes Flooding Removal Time in Northampton
Excess rainfall can affect nearly every home in some fashion. When it causes streams or rivers to crest their banks, the problem increases significantly and can cause thousands of dollars in repairs.
Standing water is the primary source of flood damage to Northampton homes, but only removing it lessens the problem; it does not eliminate it. To do that, SERVPRO removes moisture from the property and the air. When it comes to lowering the air humidity levels, we use either a Closed or an Open system.
For a Closed system, we seal the affected area from other parts of the home and outside air. Dehumidifiers are the first machines we use for this process. A Closed system is a preferred method for smaller areas with a high humidity level since it is easier to seal off a single-entry point with plastic sheeting or to close and seal the doors and windows. Technicians also make use of the HVAC in a Closed system; air conditioning can significantly help the dehumidifiers to speed up the process.
An Open system is more efficient for larger areas. We use fans and air movers to force out the moist air inside the home and replace it with the drier air from the outside. However, if the humidity level of the air outside is not significantly lower than inside, this is not an efficient process. Higher temperatures outside are also necessary.
Although an Open system can work faster, it does come with a set of disadvantages. Additional monitoring is required to check the equipment and to keep watch on the open doors and windows to prevent trespassing, theft, and vandalism. If we use the HVAC, then there is an energy loss for every minute it is on. Finally, the weather can turn and the process must either stop or switch to a Closed system.
SERVPRO of Hampshire County knows that removing flood water is only the beginning of restoring your home to its original state. We are here to get you through every step and explain what we need to do. If you require our help, call us at (413) 689-8975 today.
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What To Do If You Experience Water Damage in Your Hampshire County Home Or Business
A flooded basement in Stockbridge, MA.
In our previous posts on preparing for severe weather, we've explored the definitions and dangers of flooding. Today, we will help you respond effectively if you find yourself with water damage in your Western MA home or business. The quicker you respond, the less damage you are likely to experience.
- If you find that water has entered your Western MA property, before you enter the flooded area, think SAFETY first. Check for electrical hazards and structural damage. Wear protective gear like boots and gloves.
- Try to identify the source of water and shut if off as quickly as possible. Stop up any leaks, shut off any running faucets, use sandbags towels as a barrier against flowing water on the floor.
- Call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at 413-589-8975. Don't wait. If left unchecked, water can harm your property’s structure and furnishings, and encourage the growth of mold. Our water damage technicians are skilled at mitigating secondary water damage. This limits out of pocket expenses and reduces stress and inconvenience.
From the moment they arrive, our SERVPRO of Hampshire County technicians get to work drying out your home. We remove any contaminated and non-salvageable materials and do everything we can to make your home safe. Our focus is getting your home dried out as quickly as possible to minimize damage to your house and inconvenience to you.
Our team brings powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry out your home, including water damaged materials such as carpets. Air movers help dry your home by expelling the moist, humid air from the room and bringing in warm, dry air to create a drier atmosphere and increase evaporation. This type of refrigerated low grain dehumidifier can extract up to 30 gallons of moisture per day from the ambient air within your home.
Our qualified SERVPRO technicians are experienced in placing our equipment in the most efficient manner, to dry your home out quickly. Whether the problem is confined to just one room or affects your whole house, we come equipped with everything needed to start drying it out straight away. Moreover, if your home needs professional products to help mitigate any resulting mold growth, our technicians are trained to apply those too.
Whether you live in Ludlow, Northampton, Belchertown, Amherst, South Hadley or the Berkshires, if you experience water damage, call SERVPRO of Hampshire County at 413-589-8975.
Are You Ready For Potential Flooding in Western MA? Part One
This blog is the first in a series exploring extreme weather.
Are you prepared if you experience flooding in your house or business? It's a common misperception that flooding only occurs in flood-prone zones. In fact, flooding can happen anywhere it rains. Did you know floods are the most common and widespread of all weather-related natural disasters? In the U.S. floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning!
At SERVPRO of Hampshire County, we've witnessed many homes and people's lives affected by water damage. Make sure you are familiar with the following terms:
FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD WATCH: Flash flooding or flooding is possible within the designated watch area - be alert.
FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD WARNING: Flash flooding or flooding has been reported or is imminent - take necessary precautions at once! Get to higher ground!
URBAN and SMALL STREAM ADVISORY: Flooding of small streams, streets and low-lying areas, such as railroad underpasses and urban storm drains is occurring.
FLASH FLOOD or FLOOD STATEMENT: Follow-up information regarding a flash flood/flood event.
If you experience a flooding situation in your home or business, don't wait. Many kinds of water damage cannot be seen by the untrained eye and require the right expertise and equipment. For examples of water damage we have mitigated, visit our Before/After pictures on this site.
SERVPRO of Hampshire County is available 24/7, 365 days a year for your emergency needs whether it be water damage, fire/soot damage, mold or any kind of cleanup.
Flood terms provided by The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
Are You Ready For Potential Flooding in Western MA? Part Two
This is the second blog post in our series on extreme weather.
In Part One, we shared some facts about the dangers of flooding and important flood terms. In this blog, we will explore the areas most at risk from flash floods.
Densely populated areas are at a high risk for flash floods. The construction of buildings, highways, driveways, and parking lots increases runoff by reducing the amount of rain absorbed by the ground. This runoff increases the flash flood potential.
Sometimes, streams through cities and towns are routed underground into storm drains. During heavy rain, the storm drains can become overwhelmed and flood roads and buildings. Low spots, such as underpasses, underground parking garages, and basements can become death traps.
Areas near rivers are at risk from flash floods. Embankments, known as levees, are often built along rivers and are used to prevent high water from flooding bordering land. The city of New Orleans experienced massive devastating flooding days after Hurricane Katrina came onshore in 2005 due to the failure of levees designed to protect the city.
Dam failures can send a sudden destructive wall of water downstream. In 1889 a dam break upstream from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, released a 30-40 foot wall of water that killed 2200 people within minutes.
Mountains and steep hills produce rapid runoff , which causes streams to rise quickly. Rocks and clay soils do not allow much water to infiltrate the ground. Saturated soil also can lead rapidly to flash flooding. Vacationing or recreating along streams or rivers can be a risk if there are thunderstorms in the area. A creek only 6 inches deep in mountainous areas can swell to a 10-foot deep raging river in less than an hour if a thunderstorm lingers over an area for an extended period of time.
Additional high-risk locations include low water crossings, recent burn areas in mountains, and urban areas from pavement and roofs which concentrate rainfall runoff.
SERVPRO of Hampshire County is available 24/7, 365 days a year for your emergency needs whether it be water damage, fire/soot damage, mold or any kind of cleanup. Call us - 413-589-8975.
Content provided by The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL).