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Winter Storm Hazards in Homeworth, OH
When winter storms arise, they can cause power lines to fall leaving homeowners without heat, plane flights to be delayed, and flooded highways.
There are many consequences of winter storm weather in northeast Ohio. When winter storms arise, they can cause power lines to fall leaving homeowners without heat, plane flights to be delayed, and flooded highways. Most people in the northeast have experienced these consequences of winter storms.
How Likely and Dangerous are Winter Storms?
According to Purdue.edu, “Researchers say that 70 percent of the fatalities related to ice and snow occur in automobiles, and about 25 percent of all winter related fatalities are people that are caught off guard, out in the storm.” The good news is that with today’s technology, we can stay updated on the latest winter weather updates to help keep us safe from the storm. Here are some terms to look out for when watching winter weather:
- Winter Storm Watch means that severe winter conditions, such as heavy snow and/or ice, may affect your area, but its occurrence, location and timing are still uncertain.
- Winter Storm Warning is issued when 4 or more inches of snow or sleet is expected in the next 12 hours, or 6 or more inches in 24 hours, or 1/4 inch or more of ice accretion is expected.
- Winter Weather Advisories inform you that winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences that may be hazardous.
- Blizzard Warning means that the following conditions are expected to prevail for a period of 3 hours or longer:
- Sustained wind or frequent gusts to 35 miles an hour or greater
- Considerable falling and/or blowing snow
For more information on how SERVPRO of North Columbiana County can help you after a disaster, call us at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website! We are always Here to Help!
SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is a Large Loss Response Team
When disaster strikes, SERVPRO Team Dobson is ready to assist, whether it's here in our local communities or somewhere across the country.
When disaster strikes, SERVPRO Team Dobson is ready to assist, whether it's here in our local communities or somewhere across the country. We are a Large Loss Response Team, so we can travel anywhere to collaborate and help other SERVPRO franchises. Our customers are always top priority. Even in the worst situations, it's amazing how SERVPRO can make it "Like it never even happened."
Handling Large Losses and Local Losses
SERVPRO of North Columbiana County can handle both large losses in a different state and local losses at the same time. Our team strategically uses our people, equipment, time, and resources. One is not more important than the other, rather SERVPRO is a help to our community as well those around us. Simply, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the capacity to help those in need wherever a disaster strikes.
SERVPRO of North Columbiana County are fire and water damage restoration specialists. We are always Here to Help, 24/7. Give us a call at (330) 393-9999 for immediate assistance or visit our Website!
How to Prepare for a Thunderstorm Headed Your Way in Washingtonville
Staying indoors during a thunderstorm is imperative to protect you from flooding disasters.
Many people enjoy thunderstorms because thunder and lightning are amazing to hear and watch! Go indoors to watch a thunderstorm. From thunderstorms can come flooding, fallen power lines, and more. Pay attention to authorities and weather forecasts for information on whether it is safe to go outside and instructions regarding potential flash flooding.
Stay Safe from Flooding
Staying indoors during a thunderstorm is imperative to protect you from flooding disasters. If you are driving during a severe thunderstorm, stop your car! Refuse to drive through flooded roadways. According to Ready.gov, “Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.”
Stay Safe from Lightning
“Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms.” Stay indoors and avoid using electronic devices connected to an electrical outlet and running water.
SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has the expertise and resources to assist you after a storm. For immediate assistance give us a call at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website!
Handling Commercial Flooding in Columbiana
No matter the disaster, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County will make it “Like it never even happened.”
When we see large storms roll through Columbiana, Salem, and Lisbon, we can see major flooding in local businesses. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County does not want to see businesses in our community struggle. That is why we are always Here to Help! We have what it takes to dry and restore your Columbiana business fast!
Our Water Restoration Process is composed of all the necessary steps to dry and restore your business the right way. What sets us apart? Our scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup, along with our Advanced Technology, allows us to dry any amount of water your Columbiana business may face.
After these floods strike, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County will be ready. We are also ready before they happen, as preparation is always going to help limit the effect a disaster has.
SERVPRO of North Columbiana County offers a free (yes, free) service that can get your facility ready for a disaster before it strikes. An Emergency READY Profile, or ERP for short, is a cost-free assessment of your business that includes:
- A concise profile with critical information needed in an emergency
- A guide to help get you back into your building following a disaster
- Establishes SERVPRO of North Columbiana County as your disaster mitigation provider
- Identification of the line of command to authorize work
- Facility details such as shut-off valves, priority locations, and contact information
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No matter the disaster, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County will make it “Like it never even happened.” We are ready to respond to businesses in need.
For service, call us at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website to get back to business today!
How Storms in Columbiana County Can Damage Your Home
There is no storm, no disaster, no amount of damage that SERVPRO of North Columbiana County cannot handle.
Storms come in all shapes and sizes in Columbiana, Salem, Lisbon, and the rest of the county. High winds, flooding, blizzards, and more can occur throughout the county. This can lead to many forms of damage to your Columbiana home.
Heavy rain creates one of the most common types of damage to Salem homes. Flooded basements can occur from pipe backups or through the walls when there is too much water in the ground. When this happens, contact SERVPRO of North Columbiana County fast! Before we arrive, refer to these Water Damage Tips.
When you do not act fast, and moisture is present in your home for long, mold can arise. Mold can spread through your Columbiana home in as little as 48-72 hours. This can be dangerous to both your home’s structure and your health. You must act fast! Call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County right when you see mold in your home. Refer to these Mold Damage Tips before we arrive.
If you experience high winds that damage your roof, blow a tree over, or more, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is Here to Help! We are a Large Loss Team, meaning we can handle any amount of damage. There is no storm, no disaster, no amount of damage that SERVPRO of North Columbiana County cannot handle.
If you experience damage following a storm, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County today at (330) 393-9999 or visit our Website to get your home to preloss condition fast.
Different Weather, Same Threat of Storm Damage
There are more threats than you think you need to prepare for, such as: heavy snow collecting on roofs and trees
When you think of storm damage, the first to come to mind might be wind damage from tornadoes or damage from hailstorms. You also may think that since we don’t see those storms during the winter, you shouldn’t be worried about storm damage. I hate to burst your bubble, but there is the same threat for storm damage during the winter months.
The weather may be different, but we still have storms. Especially through Columbiana we see blizzards and winter storms frequently this time of year. There are more threats than you think you need to prepare for, such as:
- Heavy snow collecting on roofs and trees
- Cold temperatures causing frozen pipes
- Ice dams forming on your roof
- Intense winds posing the same threats as thunderstorms/tornadoes
- After a blizzard, heavy snow melts can cause excess water to damage structures
As you can see, there are some major storm damage threats in the winter months that could damage your home or business in Columbiana. There are some ways to prepare for these threats:
- Seal any holes in your home that are exposed to the outside air
- Remove snow from your roof (either on the ground with a shovel, or call a professional!)
- Monitor areas with the largest threat, like your roof
- Remove snow close to your home before it thaws out
These are great prevention tips, but it may not be enough. If you do suffer water damage this winter, or any time of year, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County to begin getting your home or business back to preloss condition today. SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster. They also have the expertise and equipment to deal with any water damage you have, even mold.
For all your storm and water damage restoration, call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County today at (330) 921-4931 or visit our Website today to get your home or business to preloss condition fast.
What is Thundersnow?
As with any snowstorm, thundersnow storms create visibility hazards for drivers and can cause car accidents.
Have you ever been watching the snow fall outside your window and hear the familiar sound of thunder rumbling through the sky? That is not your ears playing tricks on you! Thunder can happen during winter too---and it even has its own name…THUNDERSNOW!
The true definition of “thundersnow” is an unusual kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain. It typically happens near the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, the mid-western states, and the Great Salt Lake.
A fun fact about “thundersnow” is that you must be close in proximity, (as in 2-3 miles away), from the storm to even hear the thunder boom. A traditional thunderstorm can be heard many, many miles away. Why is this? Well. Snow acts as an acoustical barrier…making it difficult to hear farther away. Cool, huh?
If you have never heard of “thundersnow” it is probably because it is very rare. According to a 2009 study from the Royal Meteorological Society, this phenomenon occurs in only 0.07 percent of snowstorms in the United States. Jim Cantore, one of the meteorologists for The Weather Channel is a huge fan of “thundersnow.” His reaction to seeing it and capturing it on camera, back in 2011, in Chicago, is hilarious and amazing to see. Watch it here.
But remember, as cool as they may be, “thundersnow storms” are still extremely dangerous. As with any snowstorm, they create visibility hazards for drivers and can cause car accidents. Homes can be affected by heavy snow by piling up on rooftops, creating roof damage or flooding. A “thundersnow's” strong tropical storm force level winds can also cause property damage.
If your Salem, or nearby home, has suffered storm damage of any kind, you need to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County right away. Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We are dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage. We’re here when you need us. Call us today.
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Fear of Storms?
MedicineNet reports the “percent of the population who suffers from the phobia is estimated to be 7% to 13% in western countries.”
When there is a storm coming—do you find yourself checking weather updates? Or when you can hear the thunder and see the lightning—does it cause actual fear and debilitating anxiety? You could be suffering from the condition called astraphobia.
Astraphobia is the extreme fear of thunder and lightning. This is not something just children deal with. Many adults and animals have issues with fear of storms as well. MedicineNet reports the “percent of the population who suffers from the phobia is estimated to be 7% to 13% in western countries.”
While a specific phobia like astraphobia can be distressing and disabling, the good news is that it is treatable. If you are worried you have astraphobia, it is important to consult with a mental health professional as soon as possible.
While fear is a common reaction to many of us even without astraphobia, it is not without reason. Storms can cause major havoc. Not only can lightning and flooding cause deadly circumstances, but our homes and property can be affected and ruined by storm damage. SERVPRO of North Columbiana County has seen, and has been on the front lines, of all kinds of storm damage.
We’d also like to remind you no matter how much knowledge you have on the science of storms; you still should always be inside when one happening. The dangers are real. Should you ever need assistance with storm damage of any kind SERVPRO of North Columbia County is here to assist you. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
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Who's Responsible When a Tree Falls on a Power Line?
If a tree falls on a power line, then the electric utility company that owns the lines is generally responsible for repairing them and restoring power
Have you ever looked outside your window and thought… who is responsible for those tree limbs touching the power lines? Hmm. That seems like it could be dangerous.
Should a homeowner try to get involved with the cutting of trees? Or is this always completed by the power company?
Trees are the leading cause of power outages. In fact, when trees grow into the power lines this creates a very dangerous situation for everyone involved. The short answer is--- if a tree falls on a power line, then the electric utility company that owns the lines is generally responsible for repairing them and restoring power.
Being a resident of North Columbiana County---Ohio Edison would be the responsible party. Ohio Edison hires professional vegetation management companies to assist with clearing trees and vegetation away from electric power lines. To read more about your responsibilities as a homeowner. Click here.
The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) requires utility companies to make sure trees, branches and other vegetation near power lines are trimmed, pruned and/or removed as necessary to prevent damage to the lines that could create a risk of electrocution or electric shock injury.
But---don’t think as a homeowner you are totally off the hook. The utility companies generally only take care of the trees that are growing in the pole-to-pole lines. Trimming trees around the utility’s power line that connects a person’s home to the utility pole is usually viewed as being the homeowner’s responsibility. It is also referred to as the “service drop.”
SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is a local restoration company that specializes in storm cleanup.
Should you need us regarding storm or tree damage done to your home- our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We are dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.
Should you need our 24/7/365 services---we are local and here for you when you need us. Please call 330.921.4931 should you need our services for any kind of storm damage.
The Calm Before the Storm: Storm Preparedness
If you should need help before, during, or after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County!
“The calm before the storm” refers to the peaceful period of time that comes just before a busier and more difficult one. It originates from a weather phenomenon that sometimes happens when there is a serene period that comes shortly before a storm hits.
You may have experienced this yourself before. You are outside and dark storm clouds fill the sky. Yet, things appear calm and tranquil. There is no rain or strong winds blowing, the air seems still and quiet.
Not long after, the wind blows in and the rain starts to fall. The peacefulness that was once there is now filled with rain, thunder, and wind.
SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is here to remind you to stay prepared for storms whenever they happen. You may want to start preparing before you notice the “calm” before a storm rolls in.
Here are some things you can do to make sure you have peace of mind, even when there is a big storm.
- Trim trees and shrubs
- Trees close to your home can snap or uproot
- High wind can turn branches into projectiles during the storm
- Remove debris from your yard
- Bring in outdoor furniture
- Lawn chairs, trampolines, pool supplies, etc can be turned into flying debris
- Cover windows
- This is necessary to guard against flying debris
- Plywood or professionally installed shutters are best
- Taping windows does nothing to protect your home from wind!
- Reinforce garage doors
- This will prevent wind from entering and causing dangerous/expensive damage
- Proper maintenance
- Ensure that roofing materials, fencing, etc. are properly maintained and in good condition
- This will allow them to be more resistant to wind damage
- Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts
- This will help with the flow of water during heavy rainfall
If you should need help before, during, or after a storm, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County! We are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can handle any size disaster. Let us help you make your home or business “Like it never even happened.” (330) 556 4656
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Common Misconceptions About Summer Storms
You should never drive a vehicle through flood waters no matter how big or the vehicle is, or how deep the water may look!
There are many misconceptions about storms including thunder, lightning, and the flooding that can occur as a result. Keep reading to learn the truth about some common misconceptions.
- “Counting the number of seconds between lightning and thunder determines the distance away from the storm.”
The idea is that every second that passes after a lightning strike indicates one mile of distance from the storm. This is a misconception, with a hint of truth to it.
According to the Cleveland Weather Examiner, it takes five seconds for thunder to travel one mile. So, if you see a flash of lightning and count ten seconds until you hear thunder, the storm is two miles away.
- “Lightning always goes from the ground up”
The first lightning myth most people learn is that lightning always strikes down from the clouds. After this is proved false, we usually learn that lightning is transmitted from the ground up toward the clouds. However, what is usually not explained, is that there are unseen cloud-to-ground lightning strikes that do occur prior to the visible lightning bolt. So, lightning comes from both the cloud and the ground.
- “You can drive a SUV or pickup truck through the flood waters if it doesn’t look too deep.”
You should never drive a vehicle through flood waters no matter how big or heavy the vehicle is, or how deep the water may look. Two feet of moving water can easily sweep a car or truck away. Flood waters can also appear shallow and end up being deeper than you think.
If you find yourself in need of help from flooding, water, or roof damage, SERVPRO of North Columbiana County is available 24 hours day, 7 days a week! We will arrive as quickly as possible and begin to assist you. If you have any questions or need help, call (330) 921 4931
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