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FAQs About Solar Panels and Storms
Solar panels were installed in a home in Arnold, MO.
Many people in Arnold, MO, are considering the installation of solar panels to their homes. However, few people know about panel damage that can occur during a storm. Understanding more about these panels can help homeowners decide if solar energy is right for their homes.
What Are Common Causes of Damage to Panels
Storms can cause damage to various parts of a home. The following issues can affect panels during a storm:
- Large hail that makes direct contact with the panels
- Strong winds that may cause panels to bend or break
- Tree limbs, shingles and other pieces of debris making contact with the panels
What Happens to Panels During Storms?
As the name suggests, panels that use solar energy need the sun to function, but that doesn’t mean that they will only work when the sun is shining brightly. The panels will continue to work during a storm unless a power outage occurs, in which case the panels will not function. In the event that major panel damage and other substantial destruction to your home occurs, such as roof damage or flooding, it can be useful to contact emergency restoration services.
How Do Panels Compare to Other Energy Sources?
Though damage to panels is certainly possible, there are benefits to choosing them over other sources of energy for your home. Panels are durable, long-lasting sources of power that can generally withstand winds and heavy rains. Panels can also help you save money on your energy bills long-term. Since the panels require sunlight rather than fossil fuels to function, homeowners may choose them because they are typically considered a cleaner source of energy that is beneficial to the environment.
Having an in-depth understanding of how solar panels hold up during storms can benefit homeowners who are considering installation. Knowing what causes panel damage, how they function during storms and how they compare to traditional energy sources can help homeowners make an educated decision about the sources of power in their homes
3 Ways to Prevent Mold Growth After a Flood
Water damage can lead to mold growth.
Three Strategies to Stop Mold Growth Following a Flood
After a severe storm, you might sometimes experience flooding in your Byers, MO home. This can cause quite a bit of damage to your property. In some cases, this can continue long after the flood has passed. Water damage can contribute to mold growth in your home, so be sure to take the necessary steps to prevent it.
1. Remove Water From Your Home
Because mold growth can happen quickly in a moist environment, it is important to remove any remaining water in your home as soon as possible. Make sure that all walls, floors and belongings are completely dry as even small amounts of moisture might contribute to a fungal growth.
2. Wash Any Soft Items
While it is important to dry everything, that won’t be enough for some items. Soft and porous belongings such as clothing, curtains, bedding and stuffed animals should be thoroughly cleaned if they were affected by the flooding. Flood water can carry contaminants, and if there are mold spores in these items, then it is only a matter of time before a growth occurs.
3. Hire a Professional Service
Perhaps one of the best ways to prevent mold from spreading in your home is to hire a water damage remediation company. These specialists can help with cleaning and repairing your home which will reduce the likelihood of developing a mold problem. They can also locate signs that mold has already started spreading and perform mold removal if necessary.
While mold may not pose much of a threat to the structure of your home, mold growth can still cause many problems. If it is not addressed, it can continue to spread throughout your house, creating unsightly discoloration on your walls and other items. It can also fill your home with an unpleasant, musty odor. To avoid this, be sure to remove excess water and clean up damage quickly.
Preparing Your Home for Severe Weather
Installing storm shutters can reduce the likelihood of such damage in the future.
Reduce the Risk of Significant Damages from Severe Weather
One of the last things a homeowner wants to witness is flood water encroaching on their property. Unfortunately, flooding is an unwelcome reality for many cities and states. Still, according to storm mitigation services in High Ridge, MO, there are several ways homeowners can reduce the risks of significant damages from severe weather, including flooding.
1. Install Storm Shutters
One of the biggest threats to houses is wind. While wind damage is limited chiefly to roof damage, there are occurrences of strong wind storms flinging debris and various materials through windows. Installing storm shutters can reduce the likelihood of such damage in the future. These devices are especially important for areas that experience hurricanes or tornadoes.
2. Place Sandbags for Flood Water Prevention
If you want to avoid a flooded building or house, sandbags are some of the best tools. Sandbags can conform to various shapes and leave little room for water to get through, especially once damp. However, sandbags are only effective as long as they are stacked higher than the flood line.
3. Remove Outdoor Furniture
While outdoor patio furniture is beautiful, it can become dangerous in the right storm conditions. For example, patio umbrellas can become lethal or destructive projectiles in wind storms. Additionally, in floods, chairs and tables can become battery rams. It is best to cover, secure, or move outdoor furniture when you know severe weather is on the way.
4. Purchase Appropriate Insurance
Storms can cause significant water damage and property damage. To mitigate some of the financial burdens, you might want to consider purchasing various types of insurance. Talk to your insurer about additional coverage.
Flood water is only one risk from severe weather. Protecting your home can be tricky, especially with unpredictable weather patterns, but the steps above should help reduce many storm risks.
4 Ways To Prepare for Adverse Weather
A commercial property can benefit from a manual or standby power generator.
Prepare for Adverse Weather
Bad weather can pose a threat to the safety of people and property. Although conditions can take a turn for the worse in any season, wintertime poses unique challenges. Here are four ways to prepare for a snowstorm or any other extreme weather in High Ridge, MO.
1. Prepare Emergency Backups and Supplies
A commercial property can benefit from a manual or standby power generator. Make sure the generator is functional and that you have sufficient fuel to power critical systems during an outage, ideally enough for several days.
2. Limit Travel
If storms or snow are in the forecast, you may want to allow employees to work from home rather than coming into the office. Roads may become unsafe during heavy rain or a snowstorm, resulting in delays or accidents. Planning ahead can help to reduce risk while sustaining productivity levels during bad weather. Be sure to make allowances for power outages or other unavoidable circumstances.
3. Protect Commercial Property
There are several measures you can take to protect a building from storms or snow. Schedule regular inspections, trim overhanging trees, and secure or store any items outside that can become flying debris. If the temperature will drop below freezing, be sure to heat the building and allow faucets to drip or trickle to prevent exposed plumbing from freezing and causing a pipe burst.
4. Monitor Weather Reports
It's a good idea to watch or listen to weather predictions if meteorologists anticipate storms or inclement weather conditions. Staying informed can help you make the right decisions when it comes to planning for personnel and property.
Whether a hurricane, tornado, tropical storm or snowstorm is coming, you can prevent damage and reduce risk by taking these measures to prepare a property in High Ridge, MO. If storm damage or water damage does occur, hire a commercial damage restoration service.
Why should I keep my building heated if it's not being occupied because of COVID?
If you experienced a water damage due to a frozen pipe, Call SERVPRO of Arnold/North Jefferson County at 636-296-6813.
In February 2021, the country experienced some extreme winter weather and bitterly cold conditions. Jefferson County was no exception. With the wind chill--and even regular temperatures--in the negative digits for days, along with ice and snow, we dealt with some hazardous conditions.
Nonetheless, our crews did as best as they could, due to road conditions, to serve customers with emergency services.
The cold weather is the culprit of frozen pipes bursting and causing water damages throughout residential and commercial structures. Because a lot of commercial buildings are not occupied by employees or customers on a regular basis due to COVID restrictions, it makes sense to try and save on the heating and electric bill by turning the heat down or off, in some cases. However, doing so, exposes the structure to even colder weather than it would normally endure with heat running. Therefore, pipes freeze and burst more frequently.
Why should I keep my building heated if it's not being occupied because of COVID?
By keeping the heat in your structure at a minimum of 55 degrees Fahrenheit, it aids in keep your pipes warm enough not to freeze in most cases. However, there are always variables like the material of the pipes, location to exterior walls, and amount of insulation that play a factor. Even if the building is unoccupied, keep in mind that your heating bill for keeping the structure properly heated will be much less than a water damage caused by frozen pipes. So do your part, and keep the heat running.
Weather Warnings On The Go
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government-alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. There is no sign-up required. Alerts are sent automatically to WEA-capable phones during a threatening weather emergency. According to weather.gov, alerts received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency.
The types of alerts the National Weather Service will send out are typically about tsunami warnings, tornado and flash flood warnings, hurricane, typhoon, storm surges and extreme wind warnings, as well as dust storms and snow squall warnings.
When you receive a WEA, follow any action advised by the emergency message, especially if it involves an immediate evacuation. Seek more details from your preferred television or radio station, NOAA Weather Radio, or another trusted source of information.
Faster to Any Size Disaster
Should your home or business suffer from any type of storm damage, give SERVPRO of Arnold/North Jefferson County a call at 636-296-6813.
September is National Preparedness Month
It's important to be prepared in an Emergency. National Preparedness Month is a time to focus and remind the community to prepare for disasters.
This year for National Preparedness Month, join the Jefferson County community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities. Learn how to be prepared.
Make and Practice Your Plan
Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit?
Make sure your family is informed and practiced in your emergency plan. Be sure to sign up for alerts and warnings for your area, and download other necessary apps to stay informed, such as the FEMA app.
Learn Life Saving Skills
Do you or someone in your family know CPR? Could you turn off your natural gas if necessary? Do you know how to take cover in an earthquake? Knowing these life saving skills could mean life or death in an emergency situation for you, your family or your neighbors.
Check your Insurance Coverage
Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster? Evaluate which hazards are relevant to your area and obtain the appropriate insurance for your home, business, or other property and become familiar with your coverage.
Save for an Emergency
Are you prepared financially in case of a disaster? Does your family have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses after a flood or fire? Check out FEMA’s Emergency Financial First Aid Kit for an in-depth document to help you identify and compile important documents and account information all in one spot. Just search “EFFAK” on fema.gov for the free PDF.
Whether its flood, wildfire or extreme winter weather, we must work together as a team to help ensure our families, businesses, places of worship and neighborhoods are prepared. Contact your SERVPRO® of Arnold/North Jefferson County at 636-296-6813 or send us a Facebook message to find out how we can help make it “Like it never even happened,” if disaster strikes in your life.
Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups to Us
Whether after a fire, storm, or other structural disaster, boarding up a damaged property is a burden that no one should ever have to go through, especially if it is your Jefferson County home or business that has been damaged.
Why Use Professionals for Board-Ups
Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages, such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. The process of boarding up after an unexpected damage can also be as dangerous as the damage itself. SERVPRO® of Arnold/North Jefferson County professionals can board up damaged properties and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.”
Call can us 24/7 at 636-296-6813.
National Building Safety Month: Be Prepared with an ERP
Our team is ready for whatever happens.
Rain, floods, tornadoes...storms can leave devastating results. And we all know that the Meramec River is prone to flooding Jefferson County. After the COVID-19 shut down, you may have experienced what it is like to have to close your business' doors. It can greatly affect the future of your business. When it comes to disasters, SERVPRO of Arnold/North Jefferson County wants to minimize your business interruption.
The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens.” In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. Call us at 636-296-6813 to establish your Emergency READY Profile®!
When Storms or Floods hit Imperial, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Imperial
SERVPRO of Arnold/North Jefferson County 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.
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 Imperial, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,800 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 636-296-6813