Recent Storm Damage Posts

Oh, Hail No!

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Oh, Hail No! North Richland Hills - Texas, Baseball Sized Hail Can Come Down At Speeds 110 MPH!

In typical Texas fashion, this stormy weather has come from nowhere! Hail? In April?

Despite our disbelief, we understand that hail can cause some major damages.

So, how do you know if you have hail damage in your home?

First, during the storm, do you notice water leaking? Hail impact can be detrimental based on the size and speed of the hail.

Second, after the storm, do you see any shingles littered on the ground? Or any missing shingles on your roof? If so, there could be some damages.

Find a trusted roofing contractor to check out the damages on the roof. Be cautious of roofing companies that aren’t vetted or don’t provide quality service. Holes may not be visible from inside the house, but unrepaired roofs could cause future damages such as water damages or mold infestations.

In the unfortunate case that hail impacts your home, SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is here to help. 24/7 emergency services and experienced professionals can help restore and reconstruct your house to its preloss condition.

We also provide tarps and board ups to those who haven’t found a roofing contractor so restoration can happen immediately.

Contact Us Today!

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at (817) 363-4177 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Storms: Around the Nation, We are Here to Help

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms: Around the Nation, We are Here to Help Thanks Summer for all you do!

A Network Team of Resources and Support

Do you wonder how SERVPRO’s expansive network of interworking franchises work together?

In times of natural disasters or large-scale storms, and when there is higher than normal volume needs for restoration, SERVPRO’s band together to help local communities.

Recently, we have sent a portion of our team out to Wisconsin to help with the severe water damage occurring from the deep freezes and we have loved being to help to support other SERVPRO’s and their local communities.

Give Us a Call! 

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at (817) 363-4177 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Emergency Services During a Storm

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Emergency Services During a Storm Don't let storms ruin your home, call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills to start clean up today.

You can’t plan when a storm strike. Whether it is a weekend, a holiday, or overnight, there is a company that is there to help. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills has an experienced crew that is there to go whenever you call.

We understand at SERVPRO that the most crucial time to start remediation on water is immediately. So, using the most advanced equipment, we begin water removal and treatment of space to quickly restore your home back to preloss condition.

We are here for you 24/7, large or small. All you need to do is call (817) 589-1499 for immediate service. Make sure to have these answers on hand:

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at (817) 589-1499 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

When Lightening Strikes...What Will You Do?

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Lightening Strikes...What Will You Do? When lightening strikes, do you know if your home is protected?

In the midst of storms, anything can happen. Do you know what to do if a lightening strikes your home? Read more about how to prepare if lightening hits your house.

Lightening Fires

If you know that your house has been hit and on fire, call the fire department immediately. Fires start from the top and burn down, so avoid the attic and be cautious of burning walls. Lightening can cause tremendous damage to an unprotected home. Fire is the number one damage due to lightening.

Storm Power Surges

Power Surge damage can occur when lightening finds electrical wiring. This can cause damage to your electrical appliances.

Storm Shock Waves

Another thing to consider is the lightening’s Shock Wave (AKA Thunder). Shock Waves can cause damage in the structure of your home; breaking windows, hindering the integrity of the walls, causing cracks in foundation, as well as shaking items off of walls.

Looking into a professionally installed lightening protection system can prevent much stress and chaos.

In the event that you have a fire from lightening or electricity, trust SERVPRO of North Richland Hills to do the job right.

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is Here to Help!

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at (817) 589-1499 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Texas Tornadoes

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Texas Tornadoes Texas Tornado on a plain.

Texas is no stranger to tornadoes. A solid emergency plan is critical when a twister pops up. Here is some tips on how to protect yourself, your family, and even pets in the event of a tornado.

Taking Action Against Tornadoes!

  • Stay updated with the news!
  • Pick a room in your home that is your safe room if you cannot evacuate in time for a tornado. A storm cellar or a room with no windows on the lowest level will work.
  • Make sure to have a emergency kit ready! (Here is a great blog you can read about preparing one for your family!)
  • Try to turn off your water and electricity to prevent any potential damage!
  • Know the differences between Tornado Watch and Tornado Warnings!

             Tornado Watch means that there’s a                     possibility of tornadoes in the area.

             Tornado Warnings means that a tornado               has been spotted and to take cover                     immediately!

If there’s damage or clean up from a tornado in your home or business, let SERVPRO of North Richland Hills help take care of the mess. SERVPRO specializes in storm clean up and restoration, so trust in the professionals who will do it right, the first time.

Stopping Storms in Their Tracks!

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at (817) 589-1499 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

When a Storm Strikes...What Will You Do?

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When a Storm Strikes...What Will You Do? Dark, Storm Clouds rolling over a Texan Plain!

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is your one stop phone call for any home or commercial disasters. When storms and floods hit, our restoration crew is there for you 24/7. Trained in the field with the most experience and using state-of-the-art equipment to restore your contents and property “like it never even happened!”

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated in the DFW area, we can rush out to assist you in any type of disaster. With water damage, the quicker it is handled, the less the damage is. We want to provide the highest quality service while reducing restoration costs on you.

Resources for Floods & Storms

Our local SERVPRO has the resources and knowledge to handle large storms and disasters. With a grand network of over 1,600 other SERVPRO across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams, we are able to help anybody, anywhere in the United States.

Do you have storm or flood damages? Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills to help you with your water, storm, or flood damages!

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is Here to Help!

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at (817) 589-1499 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Hurricane Michael Update

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Michael Update NASA Image of Hurricane Michael

Harvey. Florence. And now Michael. It has been one hurricane after another. Do you know the impact of Hurricanes in your area? Check out these updates about Hurricane Michael and what SERVPRO can do for you after major storm damage!

Facts about Hurricanes

  • On average, the U.S. Eastern Coast experiences 10 tropical storms a year.
  • They form from warm waters over the Atlantic Ocean, and under right circumstances, develop into massive hurricanes, circulating at 180 MPH.
  • They can last for 2 to 3 weeks before they even making landfall.
  • Hurricanes can cover miles in circumference, increasing the mass area for destruction.

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida on the afternoon of October 10, 2018. Hurricane Michael’s winds were at 155 MPH, the category 4 hurricane (close to being a category 5) and the most powerful hurricane since 1992. The Florida panhandle was left in ruins but still continues to travel up through Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina with strong winds and flood warnings.

What Can SERVPRO do for you?

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at (817) 589-1499 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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What to do in a Natural Disaster?

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do in a Natural Disaster? Lighting strike during a storm.

Due to the effects of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast, you may have been affected directly or know someone who was affected in the recent storm. In efforts to encourage preparedness and safety, here is a quick look on what to do in a natural disaster situation.

Pre-Disaster

It is essential to have different emergency plans that best suits your family, the region you live in, and the various types of disasters you may face (i.e. flood, fire, tornado/hurricane, earthquake, etc.) An emergency kit in your household or vehicle before the disaster occurs is crucial for safety and survival. One way to know if you may be facing a potential disaster is staying tuned into local news programming. This is vital to know which precautions should be taken and what new developments have occurred.

Basic Disaster Kit:

  • An easy-to-carry container, box or bag is ideal. Remember that this will need to withstand the elements, so try to find materials that are Waterproof and/or Fireproof
  • One gallon a day for every person in your household for three days
  • Non-perishable food supply for three days for every person in your household. Note how to open canned food items and if they may need a can opener
  • Flashlight (don’t forget extra batteries!)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Pocket Knife
  • A whistle to alert for help
  • Matches and candles
  • A radio that is hand cranked or battery powered
  • A tarp and heavy duty paracord for a makeshift shelter
  • Warm blankets or sleeping bags
  • Extra garbage bags, plastic ties, and hand sanitizer for sanitation
  • A cell phone and charger and battery backup source
  • Some books or cards (for entertainment)
  • Copies of personal identification (driver’s license, social security, medical records), prescription medications, insurance contact and information, emergency services numbers and resources, local maps, extra cash, and an extra paper and pen
  • Keep all important paper documents in a plastic sealed bag, then placed in a portable, lockable cash bag

Steps for Safety

Keep in mind that safety is the top priority. Staying alert and calm is essential in natural disasters. If authorities advise evacuating the region, make sure that your gas tank is filled and you follow the advised routes. Before leaving your property, make sure you lock all valuable in the house.

  1. If you are leaving your property, make sure to have a full tank of gas and follow advised evacuation routes.
  2. Keep valuables in your home and lock your property.
  3. If there is flooding, try to wear waders, waterproof boots, or even gloves. Contaminated water can make cause health problems later on.
  4. Turn off fuse box. You don’t want to water and electricity to be in contact with each other. If the area around the box is surrounded by water, don’t attempt to turn it off.
  5. Take photos of the damage, if you can, for the insurance purposes.
  6. Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills to assist with any water, fire, mold, storm, or Biohazard damages. SERVPRO North Richland Hills also provides services for residential and commercial cleanings.

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO wants our team to be part of your team! Call us at 817-589-1499 or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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Tax Deductions for Storm Damage

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tax Deductions for Storm Damage Storm damage to commercial property in Fort Worth, Texas

Rough weather in any season can lead to storm damage to your home or business in Richland Hills, TX. In some cases, losses that are not covered on your homeowners or business policy are tax deductible if certain criteria are met.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintains a list of areas declared disaster zones, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) posts announcements regarding tax relief programs for victims within them. A quick online check can ascertain your eligibility for federal assistance. The silver lining of your natural disaster just might be a tax break.

How to Deduct Losses

The general rule regarding deductions is that any loss that has already been reimbursed by insurance is not deductible. However, if for any reason you do not file an insurance claim, the loss may be deductible. While losses as the result of normal deterioration or accident are not deductible, the following natural disasters would likely qualify:

  • earthquakes
  • tornadoes
  • hurricanes
  • floods
  • blizzards
  • wildfires

To deduct a storm damage loss related to your home, nonbusiness property or vehicle, you must file an itemized tax form. Two offsets apply; $100 must be subtracted, and the balance must be more than 10% of your adjusted gross income. The deduction is recorded on Schedule A of your federal tax return on IRS Form 4684.

To deduct a loss to your business, neither the 10% of adjusted gross income nor the $100 reduction comes into play, and you may claim the deduction even if you do not itemize your tax return. Businesses located within presidentially-declared disaster areas may be eligible for federal tax relief.

No location is immune to the sometimes epic forces of nature that are more than capable of wreaking havoc in the lives of its inhabitants. However, homeowners can take comfort in knowing that in the unwelcome event of a natural disaster, reimbursement for storm damage from an insurance policy or the federal government is available.

Tips To Handle Your Flight Cancelation

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips To Handle Your Flight Cancelation The good news is that you can effectively deal with unexpected storm conditions by strategically reframing your travel plans.

Few variables in airline travel are more frustrating than a canceled flight. Adverse weather conditions may abruptly change your travel plans. Even when weather forecasts in North Richland Hills, TX, are favorable, storm fronts can move in quickly and ground your plane. Fortunately, storm tips can effectively help minimize the disruption.

1. Buy a Travel Policy

Surprisingly, few travelers consider buying a travel policy. It can save you big money if your flight plans go awry. The policy cost is often a fraction of the ticket price, and most policies offer canceled flight and delayed trip benefits. If your flight is affected by conditions beyond your control, such as a storm hazard, your policy may allow you to recover airfare, hotel expenses and meal costs. Each policy's benefits and exclusions differ, so you may want to carefully review this option before your trip.

2. Use a Flight App

Major airlines usually offer an app you can download to check the status of your flight. The information allows more time to revise your plans when cancelations are anticipated.

3. Rebook Your Flight

Depending on weather patterns, it can be a smart move to reroute your flight to a nearby airport. Storm activity can vary widely between airport locations. For a little extra time and expense, your travel plans need not be abandoned. You can simply drive a rental car to the nearest open airport.

4. Defer Your Departure

When possible, it can work to your advantage to defer travel when forecasts predict extended, severe storm conditions. Unless you absolutely must maintain your travel schedule, moving your flight date out could lower the chance of encountering additional flight delays.

The good news is that you can effectively deal with unexpected storm conditions by strategically reframing your travel plans. Leveraging a few simple tips can help put you back in control and reduce the impact of a canceled flight.
For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROnorthrichlandhills.com/.

Storm and Weather Tips

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

With the spring season comes lush green lawns and warmer sunny days. However, spring is also the prime season for severe weather such as tornadoes, thunderstorms and flash floods. Per the American Red Cross, there are steps that can be taken to help ensure your safety if dangerous weather is predicted in your community.

The following are a few safety steps that can be taken to be ready if a tornado warning is issued is your area:

    • Know what your community’s warning system is.
    • Choose a safe room in your home for your family to meet if a tornado is headed your way. This room should be a basement, storm cellar, or interior room on the lowest floor and should have no windows.
    • Prepare your lawn for strong winds by removing any damaged limbs from trees and making sure your lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants, etc. are secured.

Thunderstorms are also common in the spring and can produce very dangerous lightning. A few thunderstorm safety tips recommended by the American Red Cross are:

    • Where there is thunder, there is lightning! If thunder can be heard, then you are close enough to be in danger of lightning strikes. Go indoors!
    • Postpone any outdoor activities, such as sporting events and picnics until the storm passes. It is possible to get struck by lightning even if it is not raining.
    • Take shelter in a building or vehicle with windows closed and stay clear of the windows.
    • Do not shower or bathe during a thunderstorm.

Spring can also be the time of year for flooding. Flash floods occur suddenly when water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area. Below are some safety steps recommended in the event of flooding:

    • Be prepared to evacuate and head for higher ground.
    • Stay away from floodwaters.
    • Do not drive on flooded streets.
    • Be especially cautious at night when it is more difficult to recognize flood danger.

While severe weather can be frightening, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of the ones you love, by being prepared and taking precautions.

In an event of a disaster call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499. Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Emergency Ready Plan-Are You Prepared?

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire season is upon us and with that, comes potential threats. You can do what you can to prevent a fire but accidents happen. Do you have a binder in your office with your safety plan? Do you have the information stored in your head? Well, ask yourself this; If your building catches fire and your binder is sitting in your office, how does this help? If you are out of town, how will you communicate every single item that needs to be addressed? It's quite a bit to think about.

Safety for staff, damaged structures, damaged contents, insurance policies, fire departments, work will be stopped. All things you MUST be prepared for!

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills can create an Emergency Ready Profile that will always be accessible to you! We will create your ERP, provide you an app with username and password and you will always be prepared. Emergencies happen can happen anytime and we can make sure you are prepared, anytime. Let us help you TODAY! If it's FREE, why wait?

Hurricane Harvey

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey Hurricane Harvey 2017

On August 11th 2017 SERVPRO of North Richland Hills posted a blog asking "Are You Hurricane Ready?" 

On August 25th 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit land in Houston, Texas and the storm lasted for 117 hours. Hurricane Harvey made history with the worst hurricane disaster in since 1961. Businesses, homes, even the shelters preparing for evacuees were flooded.

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills was called to start helping with the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. The picture shown, here, was taken on September 10th 2017. Notice, 16 days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall there is still standing water. Initially, reached over 6 feet of standing water. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills was able to extract all water and immediately start the mitigation process. It took another 16 days until SERVPRO of North Richland Hills was able to complete the job. Once done though, it was "Like it never even happened." 

Be Storm Ready for 2018

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Storm Ready for 2018 Commercial Building that was Flooded During Hurricane Harvey, 16 days after the water receded.

Storm season has come and will soon be gone BUT it will come back! 2017 was a hard year for storm season and Houston and surrounding areas, felt the affects of storm season worse than most. We can't predict, just yet, what storms will hit in 2018 or what damage it will cause but you can be prepared. 

Storm season, in Texas, is June 1st to November 30th. This is 6 months out of the year but August and September, historically, is when Texas experiences the majority of it's storms. One of the best ways to be prepared is to stay informed. Between the news channels, weather apps and social media; it is easier than it has ever been to stay informed. Follow the advice of the local government and when evacuation orders are given, follow them. Your home and belongings can possibly be saved and restored, when the storm subsides. If you need help preparing for storm season, call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499 and let us help you!

When Storms Hit You!

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills 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 quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 817-589-1499

Are You Hurricane Ready?

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Hurricane Ready? SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is ready to help get your home or business dried and restored after the storm passes!

According to Helen Lowman with FEMA unlike most natural disasters, hurricanes rarely take us by surprise. There’s a season (June 1 – November 30) when forecasters can see hurricanes developing off the coast, hundreds of miles away, and can track them as they move closer to land. However, when they hit, high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and even tornadoes are all part of the hurricane package that can really pack a punch. That’s why if you live in an area where hurricanes are a threat, now is the time to prepare. The following tips can help you get prepared:

  1. Be prepared if you lose power.  If you or anyone in your household depends on medical devices that are powered by electricity, this is a priority. Talk to your medical equipment company to find out what will happen to your equipment during a power outage.
    Make sure you have extra compatible batteries for your flashlights, radios or any device that can run on battery power 
    FEMA recommends each person have at least a three-day supply of food and water, and more if possible.
    Set your freezer and refrigerator to the highest temperature so that it can stay cooler longer if you lose power.
  2. Have an emergency supply bag. Food, water, medication and batteries are just some of the basic emergency supplies you’ll want to have ready in a “Go Bag” that you can grab quickly before evacuating. Take time now to make a list of the things you would need or want to take with you if you had to leave your home quickly.
  3. Know your community’s evacuation plans. Many communities have designated “evacuation routes” and some even have evacuation zones. You will want to be familiar with these so if your local authorities issue an evacuation order, you’ll know exactly where to go.
  4. Make provisions for your pets.  Arrange a place for them to stay if possible. If you are taking them with you locate hotels that are pet friendly and bring their food along.

It only takes a few minutes to prepare for a hurricane! To learn more about how to prepare for a hurricane, visit the America’s PrepareAthon! website at ready.gov/prepare.

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is here to help after a hurricane passes to begin the clean-up of your home or commercial building to get your home or business back up and running as soon as possible. 

Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499

When Storms Hit SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is Ready!

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms Hit SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is Ready! Damage done to a residence after a storm.

When Storms or Floods hit Fort Worth and surrounding areas SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is ready to respond! 

Storm Damage can occur anytime of the year!

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our IICRC certified crews are highly trained and ready to 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 quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Tarrant County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams with state of the art equipment located throughout the United States.

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499. 

Do You Have an Emergency Ready Plan? If not let SERVPRO of North Richland Hills prepare one for you at no charge.

Facts about Tornadoes

4/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Facts about Tornadoes The aftermath of a Texas tornado

Spring is here and with it comes the blooming flowers, nice weather and the threat of tornadoes. Although tornadoes can happen anytime throughout the year however there are 3 months when they more likely to occur: April, May and June, a transition time when unsettled weather is more likely to occur.  

Tornadoes often appear with little warning and possess strong winds that can cause serious damage and according to The National Severe Storms Laboratory you don't have to live in Tornado Alley to experience a tornado, around 1,200 tornadoes touch down across the United States each year so preparation and understanding your risk is key.

Here are four things you need to know about tornadoes and tornado season:

1.Tornadoes can happen anywhere, any time of year.

When people think of tornadoes they often associate them occurring in Central Texas, Oklahoma and other Great Plains states commonly known as Tornado Alley but tornadoes happen outside this area every year and, in fact, they can happen all over the world anytime the conditions are right.

2.The difference between tornado watches and warnings.

Many people are not aware of the difference in a tornado watch and a tornado warning, but the difference between the two is simple:

A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when weather such as thunderstorms in an area could produce tornadoes but it does not mean that a tornado will occur, it simply means you should be alert and pay attention to weather updates.

A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted on the ground in your area or that the storm circulation seen on Doppler radar may produce a tornado. You should seek shelter now. Even though there is a chance that the tornado will miss you or that one won't form, it is always best to be safe.

Remember if there's a tornado watch, you should keep watching the weather. If a warning is issued, that’s your warning to take shelter.

3. Never open your windows and doors or take shelter under an overpass.

While there are many good safety tips on tornadoes there are some that can put you in danger instead of making you safer. Here are two safety tips you should know:

Do not open your windows or doors during a tornado. It will not help, it just makes it easier for debris to fly through the open windows into your house.

If you are on the road during a tornado try to get inside a building as soon as possible. Do not stop and take shelter under a bridge. Taking shelter under a bridge or overpass if you're on the road is very dangerous. The winds from a tornado could blow you out from underneath or the structure could collapse on top of you.

4. Tornado season can't be forecasted.

Unlike hurricane season, there is not a forecast for the whole of tornado season, though various large-scale atmospheric patterns, such as the El Niño-La Niña cycle, can affect how a tornado season plays out. Tornado season starts roughly in April and is at its most active from May to June, but there have been many tornado outbreaks through the year so there is not a clear pattern. While some tornado seasons start out busy, they can diminish gradually and stop while some seasons have been known to be the exact opposite.

The only effective thing a forecaster can say is when and where a given storm system is likely to produce tornadoes with the next few days or hours, then watch for signs of them on radar or for spotters to see one on the ground and send a warning that generally only amounts to a few minutes. Those few minutes can be crucial so if you're under a tornado warning, pay attention.

After a storm passes the damage done to your home or commercial building can be overwhelming. SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is here to help. Call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499. Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Severe Weather Tips

2/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Severe Weather Tips Severe Weather in Texas

With the spring season comes lush green lawns and warmer sunny days. However, spring is also the prime season for severe weather such as tornadoes, thunderstorms and flash floods. Per the American Red Cross, there are steps that can be taken to help ensure your safety if dangerous weather is predicted in your community.


The following are a few safety steps that can be taken to be ready if a tornado warning is issued is your area:



  • Know what your community’s warning system is.

  • Choose a safe room in your home for your family to meet if a tornado is headed your way. This room should be a basement, storm cellar, or interior room on the lowest floor and should have no windows.

  • Prepare your lawn for strong winds by removing any damaged limbs from trees and making sure your lawn furniture, trash cans, hanging plants, etc. are secured.


Thunderstorms are also common in the spring and can produce very dangerous lightning. A few thunderstorm safety tips recommended by the American Red Cross are:



  • Where there is thunder, there is lightning! If thunder can be heard, then you are close enough to be in danger of lightning strikes. Go indoors!

  • Postpone any outdoor activities, such as sporting events and picnics until the storm passes. It is possible to get struck by lightning even if it is not raining.

  • Take shelter in a building or vehicle with windows closed and stay clear of the windows.

  • Do not shower or bathe during a thunderstorm.


Spring can also be the time of year for flooding. Flash floods occur suddenly when water rises rapidly along a stream or low-lying area. Below are some safety steps recommended in the event of flooding:



  • Be prepared to evacuate and head for higher ground.

  • Stay away from floodwaters.

  • Do not drive on flooded streets.

  • Be especially cautious at night when it is more difficult to recognize flood danger.


While severe weather can be frightening, you can help ensure your safety and the safety of the ones you love, by being prepared and taking precautions.


In an event of a disaster call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499. Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Storm Preparation

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Preparation Winter storm in Fort Worth, Texas

Texas winter is on its way and along with it come the Texas ice storms! SERVPRO of North Richland Hills has put a list together to help winterize your home and help prevent water damage from a storm.



  1. Insulate wall and attics, weather strip doors and windows, and install storm windows or cover existing windows with plastic.

  2. Maintain heating equipment by having it inspected regularly.

  3. Insulate pipes and allow faucets to slightly drip to prevent freezing.

  4. Ensure the stability of your home by hiring a contractor to check the structural ability of your roof to maintain heavy weight from the buildup of snow or water.

  5. Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

  6. Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.


SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! 817-589-1499

Disaster Preparedness Checklist

11/16/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Disaster Preparedness Checklist SERVPRO of North Richland Hills is always ready to help you in an emergency!

Are you ready for a Disaster?


Disaster can strike at any moment so being prepared is very important. Are you ready for a Disaster? Below are a few tips on how you can prepare for a disaster:


Checklist:



  • A gallon of water per person per day.

  • Supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a manual can opener.

  • Change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.

  • Blanket or sleeping bags.

  • First aid kit and prescription medications.

  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.

  • Credit cards, cash and an extra set of car keys.

  • List of family physicians.

  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members


In an event of a disaster call SERVPRO of North Richland Hills at 817-589-1499. Our SERVPRO team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Pet and Animal Emergency Disaster Planning

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Pet and Animal Emergency Disaster Planning This is Helga which is owned by Al Prieur our Director of Business Development. Yes Helga has a disaster plan!

Pet and Animal Emergency Disaster Planning

We love our pets in the United States to the tune of over 70 million dogs and 80 million cats alone.  In addition people own all sorts of other pets such as birds, fish, horses and reptiles the numbers are enormous.  However when a disaster hits it can be staggering losses for animals.

When Hurricane Katrina Hit it is estimated that tens of thousands of animals died because lack of disaster planning for animals. No one likes to see pets on the nightly news reports who perished from a disaster when it can be prevented.  As a nation we spend billions of dollars on our pets to take care of them but the one thing we don’t do is spend the time to create a disaster plan for our pets.  

Most home owners are preparing their homes and families to face disasters against tornadoes, floods, and other catastrophic events that we never ask ourselves what will happen to our pets during these situations. Our pets are going through the same disaster as we are and will need help getting through it.

Here are the things you need to do for your pets before a disaster.

Have your dog or cat micro chipped or wearing an identification tag

Have a copy of your pet’s medical records and medications available

Know where your pet is going in case you are unable to take it with you to a shelter. You can arrange with relatives, animal shelters and if taking it to a hotel with you call hotels first to see who takes in pets. To find pet friendly lodging click on Dogfriendly.com

Have a safe room in your home that you can put emergency supplies in advance for your pets.

According to Ready.gov if you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger!  Confine your pet to a safe area inside – Never leave your pet chained outside! Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water. Remove the toilet tank lid, raise the seat and brace the bathroom door open so they can drink. Place a notice outside in visible area advising what pets are in the house and where they are located. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and phone number of your vet.

Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes if they can’t go outside

If your water is shut off feed animals moist or canned food they will drink less water

If electricity goes out in the summer in sweltering heat your pet could over heat. Find out where there are cooling shelters ahead of time. If its winter don’t let fur coats fool you cats and dogs can freeze with no heat. Birds and reptiles are very acceptable to cold and heat as well.

If surveying damage at a site make sure your pet is leashed or secured. They could cut or hurt themselves on debris that is laying around.

Be patient with your pets after a disaster. Try to get them back into their normal routine as soon as possible. Be ready for behavioral problems caused by the stress of the situation.

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. SERVPRO! Call us at 817-589-1499

Tornado season on its way!

3/24/2014 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornado season on its way! SERVPRO of North Richland Hills- Tornado FAQ's.

SERVPRO of North Richland Hills- Follow the link below to get some great answers on FAQ's for being prepared for a tornado.

Be prepared!

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/

Hurricane Season

6/13/2013 (Permalink)

Hurricane season starts June 1st. We North Texans are not directly impacted by Hurricanes as we are with tornadoes, but feel free to share these tips with your family and loved ones that are!
http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes