Recent Storm Damage Posts

"April Showers" in Waterloo, IL

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Rain pouring down on flowers. "April Showers" can also be known as storms.

"April Showers"

Most of us remember the song “April Showers,” the lyrics are heart-felt and nostalgic. They give a warm and fuzzy feeling when we hear, “Though April showers may come your way they bring the flowers that bloom in May...” That is all nice and wonderful until those “April Showers” invade our homes and businesses and bring something else we did not expect. At that point, when water is inside our homes and businesses, is when all the warm and fuzzy feelings seem to just fly away.

Well, April showers are upon us! Excessive rain can be good for your flowers, lawn, plants, and animals, but not so great for your home. Flood damage can occur, basements can be flooded due to hydrostatic pressure and sump pump failures. SERVPRO has all the tools needed to clean up any flood disaster!

Count On The Know-How And Experience

We at SERVPRO follow strict industry standards when it comes to recovering your home from flood damage. Our team is IICRC Certified in water damage. With our state-of-the-art drying equipment and techniques, we can quickly and efficiently return your home or business back to pre-disaster condition. SERVPRO also provides a 24/7 emergency response service so we can assist with your water disaster any time, day or night. We may even sing you the song to cheer you up.

If your home or business has flood damage due to the coming April Showers, call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Devastating Storm Damage Is No Match For SERVPRO In Monroe County

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Tree on house Don't worry about storm damage, let SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington Counties take care of it for you!

Storm damage can be devastating!

The big questions are, “What do I do?" and "Whom do I call?” SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington 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.

How do we do it?

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond more quickly with the right resources. We have a first responder who gathers all important information, such as pre-mitigation pictures, measurements, and a scope of work so the technicians are prepared and equipped to handle all storm jobs. This is important because a fast response greatly reduces the damage, limits further issues, and reduces the restoration cost so you can get back to normal.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Monroe County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us 24/7 At 618-464-0300

Safety Tips For Power Outages in Red Bud, IL

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Red candle Be prepared when there is a power outage in your neighborhood.

A raccoon accidentally chews on power lines, an ice storm in January, a car colliding with a utility pole. These are all examples of things that can cause a power outage. Power outages are often harmless, but if one were to occur during a heavy storm or flooding, the situation can quickly become very dangerous. It is beneficial to practice these power outage safety tips to save you and your property.

Things to do before a power outage:

  1. Stock a designated location with flashlights, batteries, and candles.
  2. Make sure you have nonperishable food that is easily accessible. 
  3. Have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home with a battery backup.

What to do in the case of a power outage:

  1. If there is extreme heat or cold, make sure to find a safe place where it is a reasonable temperature.
  2. Know what temperatures your medications need to stay within.
  3. Keep fridge and freezer doors closed so food stays cold longer.
  4. Unplug electronics so when the power comes back, they do not short out.

Things to do after a power outage:

  1. Determine the temperature of perishable foods to ensure that they are safe to eat.
  2. Discard any food items that have perished.
  3. If your medication has also perished, contact your doctor about what to do next.
  4. Be proactive and replenish stocks of batteries, flashlights, and candles for the next possible power outage.

SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties wants you to always be safe during any disaster. If your home or business has storm damage or you have any questions about power outages, call us 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

Storm Water Carries Contaminants in Columbia, IL

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Water on floor and carpet removed from storm water Our faithful technicians at work, extracting and cleaning Cat 2, Storm water.

Storm Water Starts at Cat 2

A Category 2 water loss refers to a source of water that contains a significant amount of biological, or physical contaminants and can cause sickness when exposed or consumed. 

AKA “Grey Water,” this type of water damage carries microorganisms. This particular water loss came from seepage due to a construction mishap. The water intrusion came in through the basement walk-out door during a storm. Since no exterior sump pumps were installed, the “Grey Water” rushed right in.

After a full inspection we determined the water affected materials such as, carpet and padding, drywall and insulation. The technicians immediately began the extraction process with weighted and portable extractors. Carpet and padding, drywall and insulation were then removed. Cleaning began with our SERVPRO chemicals and to eliminate the threat from bacteria, they applied all affected areas with our anti-microbial spray. Our team then began the drying process by strategically placing air movers and dehumidifiers to increase air circulation, which lowers the inside humidity and helps dry both structural and personal property.

This home was protected from secondary damage because our SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties team responded quickly, performed a careful inspection, and remediated the Category 2, Storm water damage according to the proper dry standards. 

If your home or business suffers a storm water damage, call your friends at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300

Don’t Get Caught in a Blizzard Unprepared - Helpful Hints

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

A snowstorm Winter storms can be beautiful and dangerous. Call SERVPRO for your storm damage cleanup needs.

Our current pandemic we are all experiencing feels much like a mental storm or blizzard. An actual blizzard is a severe snowstorm with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibility of less than 1/4th of a mile for more than 3 hours. Traveling by car or foot is highly discouraged during blizzard conditions. It increases the chance of hypothermia, accident, and death. If you must travel by car during a blizzard, it is vital to have with you an emergency aid kit: water, jumper cables, road flares, tow rope, and non-perishable snacks.

To avoid hypothermia if caught outdoors during a blizzard, stay hydrated and nourished. Keep blood flowing by moving around. If it is safe to do so, build a snow cave to block winds that can reduce your body temperature. Avoid eating snow as well; it can actually make you colder! While keeping yourself safe, also think about the well-being of your animals by creating an emergency plan for your pets. 

Before you receive a storm warning, be prepared. The loss of electricity means no hot water and heat, so stock up on non-perishable foods, blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, and candles beforehand.

If your home or business suffers from storm damage, call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties 24/7 at (618) 464-0300. We are here to help.

Hailstorm Maelstrom in Sparta, IL

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Hail bouncing on a roof If you or someone you know suffer from a hailstorm, you can always call your neighbors at SERVPRO.

Hail storms are never a good thing to you and your property. They can put dents in cars and smash holes in homes and windows. Unfortunately, the damage does not stop there. While big chunks of ice can break things, the smaller, harder to detect pieces can cause as much if not more damage. 

As hail is coming down, the smaller pieces can put dents in your shingles, allowing water to flow in. Sometimes this water stays hidden until finally: Boom! Your roof just caved in, and it’s now raining in your home.

Luckily, we at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties are experts in water and storm cleanup. The first thing we do is seal off any holes created by the hail to stop water from flowing in. Next, we get to work drying any moist areas using our air movers and dehumidifiers. Your damaged belongings are cleaned and restored to pre-disaster condition as we close off your home from nature again. 

Let us ease your mind as we handle any disaster nature throws at you. Call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties for your expert fire, water, mold, and storm cleanup needs.

April Showers!

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

April Showers!

It is officially April which means April showers are upon us! Excessive rain can be good for some plants, but not so great for your home. Flood damage can occur, basements can be flooded, and home exteriors can suffer. SERVPRO has all the tools needed to clean up any flood disaster!

We Have the Know-How

We at SERVPRO follow strict industry standards when it comes to recovering your home from flood damage. With our state-of-the-art drying equipment and techniques, we can quickly and efficiently return your home or business back to pre-disaster condition. SERVPRO also provides a 24/7 emergency response service so we can assist with your water disaster any time, day or night.

If your home or business has flood damage due to the coming rain, call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.

SERVPRO is Ready for any Storm in Red Bud, IL

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Broken branches littering a storm damaged street Let your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties worry about your storm damage issues so you don't have to!

SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph and Washington 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 more quickly with the right resources. This is important because a fast response greatly reduces the damage, limits further issues, and reduces the restoration cost so you can get back to your life.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Sparta, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us 24/7 at 618-464-0300!

Preparing for Storm Damage at Your Columbia Business

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded benches Keep your home and belongings safe from storm damage with SERVPRO!

We know that storms don’t wait for anyone to be ready. That is why it’s so important to be prepared in advance. Knowing how to prevent damage to your assets can save you time and money in the long run. 

Insurance

Make sure your business has storm damage insurance before disaster strikes. Contact your insurance agency to find the best coverage. You do not have to be located in a floodplain in order to qualify for flood insurance. Having this insurance can bring you peace of mind in case of an incident.

Equipment

If your building has a basement or lower levels, make sure your equipment/furniture is moved to a higher location. Other steps should be taken around the building as well to make sure flood water is sealed outside. 

Documents

Keep your sensitive documents safe by sealing them up or moving them to a safe location. Certain things cannot be replaced with insurance, so make sure these things are taken care of as soon as signs of a storm appear.

Evacuation

Plan an evacuation route. This simple task can save you and your employees/co-workers from getting sick from flood water or from being stuck at your building due to road closings. This is a very important step in the preparation, as it can mean life or death in some extreme flooding situations.

ERP

Our Emergency Ready Profile can provide you with all of the knowledge you need to safely prepare yourself against a flood disaster. We provide a no-cost assessment to the document that has information on evacuation, shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contacts. We strongly recommend that you have a plan for any disaster.


If your business suffers from storm or flood damage, call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.

How Will Your Valmeyer Home Exterior Resist Flood Damage?

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Vinyl siding Call SERVPRO for you interior storm damage or sewer backup restoration needs!

In some cases, storm damage can cause much more damage on the outside of a home or business than the inside. For example, sometimes the siding on a house or commercial building can endure the full brunt of flood waters. How well the siding can resist it, however, depends on what type of siding it is. These common types of residential siding have different success when it comes to withstanding flood or storm damage. 

Vinyl

Vinyl is still one of the most popular kind of residential exteriors in the US. It also happens to repel flood waters very well. While individual panels may crack, the integrity is still maintained. Panels are easy to replace and clean after flooding. 

Brick

Brick siding has two sides of the coin. For one, it is successful in repelling flood water, but it is very costly to repair or replace. It is also more time-consuming to repair than simply replacing vinyl panels. Lastly, water can get into pockets in the mortar, causing water damage over time. It is good practice to have your siding looked at after any flood disaster.

Stucco

Stucco exteriors are likely to chip and break during floods. While, like vinyl, it is cheap and easy to repair, it cannot repel flood water successfully. 

Metal

Metal is the most capable in a flood-like disaster. Most of the time, all metal siding needs after a flood is cleaning and repainting. It is not the cheapest siding, but it weathers the storm when it comes to flood damage. 


If your home or business has interior flood or storm damage, or you have any questions about how the exterior of your building will withstand storm damage, call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties. We have your back 24/7, and can get any job done quickly and efficiently. Contact us at (618) 464-0300.

Blizzards!

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

A picture of a snowstorm Protect yourself this Winter season and call SERVPRO for your storm damage cleanup needs!

A blizzard is a severe snowstorm with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibility of less than 1/4th of a mile for more than 3 hours. Traveling by car or foot is highly discouraged during blizzard conditions. It increases the chance of hypothermia, accident, and death. If you must travel by car during a blizzard, it is vital to have an emergency aid kit: water, jumper cables, road flares, tow rope, and non-perishable snacks.

To avoid hypothermia if caught outdoors during a blizzard, stay hydrated and nourished. Keep blood flowing by moving around. If is safe to do so, build a snow cave to block winds that can reduce your body temperature. Avoid eating snow as well; it can actually make you colder! While keeping yourself safe, also think about the well-being of your animals by creating an emergency plan for your pets. 

As soon as you receive a storm warning, get prepared. You could lose electricity, including hot water and heat, so stock up on non-perishable foods, blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, and candles beforehand.

If your home or business suffers from storm damage, call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

Hailstorm Maelstrom in Sparta, IL

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Hail bouncing on a roof If you or someone you know suffer from a hailstorm, you can always call your neighbors at SERVPRO.

Hail storms are never a good thing to you and your property. They can put dents in cars and smash holes in homes and windows. Unfortunately, the damage does not stop there. While big chunks of ice can break things, the smaller, harder to detect pieces can cause as much if not more damage. 

As hail is coming down, the smaller pieces can put dents in your shingles, allowing water to flow in. Sometimes this water stays hidden until finally: boom! Your roof just caved in due to water damage. So, even the smaller chunks need to be monitored. 

Luckily, we at SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties are experts in water and storm cleanup. The first thing we do is seal off any holes created by the hail to stop water from flowing in. Next, we get to work drying any moist areas using our air movers and dehumidifiers. Your damaged belongings are cleaned and restored to pre-disaster condition as we close off your home from nature again. 

Let us ease your mind as we handle any disaster nature throws at you. Call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties for your expert fire, water, mold, and storm cleanup needs. (618) 464-0300

Power Outage Safety in Columbia Homes

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

A squirrel eating power lines, an ice storm in February, a car colliding with a utility pole. These are all examples of things that can cause a power outage. Power outages are often harmless, but if one were to occur during a heavy storm or flooding, the situation can quickly become very dangerous. It is beneficial to practice these power outage safety tips to save you and your property.

Things to do before a power outage:

  1. Stock a central location with flashlights, batteries, and candles.
  2. Make sure you have nonperishable food that is easily accessible.
  3. Have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your home with a battery backup.

What to do in the case of a power outage:

  1. If there is extreme heat or cold, make sure to find a safe place where it is a reasonable temperature.
  2. Know what temperatures your medications need to stay within.
  3. Keep fridge and freezer doors closed so food stays cold longer.
  4. Unplug electronics so when the power comes back, they do not short out.

Things to do after a power outage:

  1. Find the temperature of perishable foods to ensure that they are safe to eat.
  2. Throw out the food items that have perished.
  3. If your medication has also perished, contact your doctor about what to do next.
  4. Replenish stocks of batteries, flashlights, and candles.


SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties wants you to always be safe during any disaster. If your home or business has storm damage or you have any questions about power outages, call us 24/7 at (618) 464-0300.

Hazards of Hurricanes

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property damage. The National Weather Service lists the following as potential “hurricane hazards.”

Storm Surge

The abnormal rise of water generated by a storm’s winds. This is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States.

Flooding

Heavy rains can cause massive flooding which is the second leading cause of fatalities.

Winds

Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones, ripping apart anything in its path.

Dangerous Waves

Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone’s strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plans, take inventory of your property, and take steps to protect your home or business.

If you suffer storm damage of any kind, call our 24/7 emergency service. We will be there as soon as possible with the right tools for the job to clean and restore any amount of storm damage you can throw at us. Call your SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties at (618) 464-0300.

How SERVPRO Helps You Weather the Storm

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

One of our SERVPRO trucks equipped with water removal equipment.

A heavy storm can cause trees to fall, property destruction, and sometimes automobile accidents. As if that was not bad enough, storms can also release enough water to flood your home! The best thing to do in a flooding situation is to call your local SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties. We are experts in flood cleanup and can handle any amount of water filling your home.

Our technicians arrive immediately to stop the source of water and begin removal. Truck-mounted extractors or portable extractors are then used to remove the water so we can assess the damage. Air movers are placed strategically to dry the soaking walls and floors and we begin recovering your personal items.

Most often, flood water is filled with bacteria and other nasty things. At this point, most of your possessions have been soaking in this water and need to be cleaned. SERVPRO will take all of your salvageable belongings, clear them from the premises, then clean them with our powerful disinfectants. We know what it is like to lose things that matter to you, so we strive to restore as many things as possible in order to make your disaster “Like it never even happened.”


When it comes to flooding, it is best not to wait. SERVPRO offers a 24/7 emergency response service so as soon as disaster strikes, we can be there to serve you as soon as possible. If your home or business ever suffers from flooding, do not hesitate to call the experts at (618) 464-0300.

Preparing for Bad Weather

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO want you to be prepared for any disaster!

Weather is unpredictable even for those whose job it is to predict the weather. That’s why it is good to be prepared for any storm disaster. SERVPRO encourages you to follow these tips so you keep yourself and the things that matter to you safe during bad weather.

Reliable Light Sources

Along with flooding and other carnage, storms can knock out the power leaving you in the dark. The darkness can prove dangerous when you are trying to follow other necessary steps to stay safe during bad weather. With reliable light sources spread throughout the home, such as waterproof flashlights, glowsticks, and lanterns, you will be better prepared for the disaster at hand.

First Aid

First aid is important in any home, but especially during bad weather. Damage such as splintered debris and wet floors caused by storms can be hazardous to your health. An easily accessible first aid kit would be invaluable in these situations.

Caution

The damage storms cause to a home or business can be as unpredictable as the storm itself. For example, if flooded water comes into contact with a live electrical wire, you now have a fatal hazard. If you experience a large amount of standing water in your home or business, be cautious around it. Immediately call your SERVPRO storm restoration experts and allow our technicians handle everything.


Call SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph & Washington Counties 24/7 at (618) 464-0300

Storm Season

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

The end result of our technicians' expertise shines brightly in this Affton, MO basement.

Your Guide Through Stormy Seas

Inclement/stormy weather is one of the main causes of water damage in homes across the country. Basements can flood and attics can leak, which can leave your home susceptible to considerable amounts of water damage. These disasters are often unpredictable, which is why it is so important to have SERVPRO by your side.

Storm and Water Damage in Affton, MO Home

Despite heavy call traffic during storm season, our SERVPRO technicians were able to restore an especially water-damaged home in Affton, MO. The house had a sewer backup due to heavy rainstorms, filling the basement with ankle-high water, but we were able to quickly and efficiently empty the house of water, dry all affected areas, and restore all damaged property.

Our System Works

Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. The steps below detail our restoration process for the typical water-damaged property.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Contact us at (618) 464-0300

For any water, fire, mold, or storm damage, call SERVPRO.

Storm Water Damage in Waterloo IL

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

This storm water needs quick extraction!

Has your home been recently damaged due to the results of a storm?

It’s time to contact our water restoration experts here at SERVPRO. In the unfortunate event of storm flooding there is no time to waste. The damage that leaving water in your home can be catastrophic not to mention the money it can cost to your property in damages. Even if the water only reached your first floor it is important to get the entire property checked by one of our trained water technicians. It is important for this manner to be addressed promptly to avoid property depreciation. 

The sooner you contact us to start cleanup the faster we can get you back to the normal conditions of your home. 

When you contact our water damage service what will happen?


After contacting your professionals to address your residential flood damage, your trained technician will promptly begin accurately assessing the extent of water damage done to you property. When the initial analysis is completed our water restoration specialists from SERVPRO will immediately begin the process of restoring your home. They will first fully extract water from your home, then begin the cleaning and dehumidifying process. This is to insure all storm water and humidity is removed from your damaged property and everything is properly dried.

Contact Your Storm Damage Experts:


SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph, and Washington Counties is a premier company for Waterloo residential storm damage restoration. We are available to you 24/7 at 618-464-0300, call us today to learn more about the services we can offer you.

Chester, IL Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

This home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Sparta, IL basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 618-464-0300

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Monroe, Randolph, and Washington Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 618-464-0300