Recent Storm Damage Posts

Thunderstorm Watch Versus Warning

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

image of thunderstorm present with visible lightning bolds over a neighborhood meteorologists watch the weather move 24 hours a day across the entire United States for weather conditions that are favorable to thunderstorms

Have you ever been sitting watching thunderstorm coverage on the Weather Channel and thought...wait. What is the more dangerous ‘one’? A thunderstorm watch? Or a warning? I can never keep those two straight myself. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here to review the two thunderstorm warnings to keep it fresh in your memory. 

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is issued by the NOAA Storm Prediction Center. The meteorologists that work here are watching the weather move 24 hours a day across the entire United States for weather conditions that are favorable for severe thunderstorms. A ‘watch’ can cover parts of a state or even several states. 

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued by your local NOAA National Weather Service Forecast Office. These are the people who live and work in your area. They are also watching the weather patterns 24 hours a day, but they are watching a more designated, condensed area. A ‘warning’ means there is a serious threat to life and property.

So---in layman's terms. The ‘warning’ is the more deadly term. If you see that your county or city has a Thunderstorm Warning; you will want to immediately get to safety or shelter. 

Thunderstorms can be very dangerous because they include lightning, high winds, and heavy rain that can cause flash floods. Severe thunderstorms also have the ability to produce a tornado as well. Thunderstorms are not to be taken lightly. They actually claim more lives each year than tornadoes.

They also cause severe property damage. When lightning strikes a home or building, electricity can pass through the wiring of the home causing damage to electrical appliances, and potentially causing major fire damage to your home or business. 

If your home or business has been affected by storm damage. SERVPRO of Lawrence County can help. We are fully equipped to deal with any amount of damage caused by flooding, fire, or lightning. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to its pre-storm condition. Call us today at 724.498.4747.

Hail World Records

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

image of large hail held in the palm of a human hand hailstorms can cause dents in aluminum siding, shingles, and gutters or even crack vinyl siding, asphalt roofs or wood shakes

Hail in Western Pennsylvania, as well as the rest of the US, is usually small, but how big can it grow? SERVPRO of Lawrence County dug into the hail world records---we researched how big, heavy, and deadly hail can really get.

The largest (diameter) hailstone ever recorded was on July 23rd, 2010 in Vivian, South Dakota. The goliath ice ball measured 8 inches long, 18 inches around, and weighed almost 2 lbs.! The stone was found by Lee Scott, and he found it in an impact pit about 25 cm across on the ground. Holy cow!

The largest (circumference) hailstone recorded was on June 22nd, 2003 in Aurora, Nebraska. It measured 18.75 inches around and 17.8 cm in diameter! It was not weighed since it partially broke off after hitting the roof of a home. However, the mammoth ice cube left an impact pit on the ground of about 36 cm across. Do not get in the way of that one!

The heaviest hailstone was not one that was found in the US. It was found by authorities on April 14, 1986 in the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh. It weighed 2.25 lbs.! This hailstorm sadly ended the lives of 92 people.

The biggest hail accumulation on the ground was on June 3rd, 1959 in Seldon, Kansas. This hailstorm produced a blanket of hail up to 45 cm thick over an area of 140 square kilometers. There was no way to avoid that one!

And lastly, the deadliest hailstorm took place over 130 years ago, on April 22, 1888 in the Moradabad and Beheri districts of India. It took the lives of 246 people. Hopefully, we never see another deadly hailstorm as lethal as this one.

Thankfully, hail is relatively harmless in Western Pennsylvania most of the time. But hailstorms can cause dents in aluminum siding, shingles, and gutters or even crack vinyl siding, asphalt roofs or wood shakes. Essentially, anything exposed to the outdoors becomes vulnerable to damage during a storm. If your home or business has been affected by hail damage SERVPRO of Lawrence County can help.  We respond immediately to your hail and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your New Castle home or business back to pre-storm condition. Call us today.

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Getting Your Lawrence County Home READY for the Winter

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

image of home during the winter months with visible snow Monitor the heat – BEFORE the winter begins, be sure that your heating system is working properly.

At SERVPRO® our motto is to stay "READY for whatever happens" so when fire, water, or molds strike your property – all we must do is respond. Although we are the disaster recovery leaders, there are things you can do on your end to prevent a disaster from occurring. With winter well on it’s way, we recommend that you do your part to ensure your property is not only READY for whatever happens, but prepared to brace the cold season coming.

5 tips to prepare you home for winter: 

  1. Pipe Protection – water expands as it freezes and this could result in frozen, cracked and even burst pipes. To prevent a pipe disaster at your property be sure to drain water from outdoor faucets. Also, be attentive to the pipes that may be unheated areas of your property and protect them with insulation to prevent an incident.
  2. Monitor the heat – BEFORE the winter begins, be sure that your heating system is working properly. After the cold air comes in calls for furnace repairs increase dramatically. Check your system for functionality early to avoid a long wait.
  3. Stock up on cold weather essentials – it’s always better to be prepared for the unexpected. Be prepared for a power outage with an alternative source of heat like a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

Winter is coming and hopefully your plan for preparation is too! Use these tips to get your property and yourself ready and if all else fails, we are here to help if you need us. Our winter storm and water mitigation services will make any damage you incur, “Like it never even happened.”

Severe Thunderstorms: Watch versus Warning

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

image of lightning bolt present over a farm property Severe thunderstorms can produce hail greater than or equal to one inch and strong winds that meet or exceed 58 mph

When you hear about a thunderstorm watch or warning on the radio or television, do you know the difference? Do you take one more seriously than the other? Or do you not pay any mind to either?

A severe thunderstorm watch is when there is a possibility for severe thunderstorms in and near the watch area. It is advised to remain informed and ready to act in the event of a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. During a watch, you don’t necessarily need to alter any plans, just stay aware of the current weather conditions.

A severe thunderstorm warning is when there has been reports of severe weather by spotters or radar. Warnings indicate an imminent danger to life and property. Severe thunderstorms can produce hail greater than or equal to one inch and strong winds that meet or exceed 58 mph.

People are seriously injured or killed by severe thunderstorms every year despite advance warning. While some may not be informed on such warnings, there are those who hear the warning but do not heed to it; therefore, it is important to stay engaged and have a plan in place in the event of a severe thunderstorm and if evacuation is necessary.

To learn more about severe thunderstorms and safety precautions, the National Weather Service has trustworthy and helpful information.

If you need help before, during, or after a storm, SERVPRO of Lawrence County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are fire and water restoration experts and happy to help! We will have your home or business looking “Like it never even happened.”

If you want more information or need our help, call us at (724) 498 4747

Winterizing Your Home: A Checklist for Inside and Out

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

image of thermostat being worked on by hands and with the front of it removed from the wall before reinstalling. Set up a digital thermostat that automatically reduces the heat when you’re out and warms it back up when you return home.

As I put pen to paper, or should I say fingers to the keyboard, winter is certainly coming. With it comes the cold temperatures, rain, snow and ice. As we adjust the thermostat and split wood for the fireplace, let us not forget to address the need to prepare our homes for winter weather. 

It can be a bit of a daunting task if you aren’t organized and prepared. In order to not forget the basics, here is a checklist for winterizing inside and outside your home.

Winterizing Inside: Top 10

  • Set up draft guards on all doors that lead to the outside
  • Check for cracks near the indoor frames of windows or doors
  • Set up a digital thermostat that automatically reduces the heat when you’re out and warms it back up when you return home.
  • Monitor the temperature on your hot water tank
  • To push warm air downward, turn the switch on ceiling fans to counterclockwise
  • Make sure dryer vents are free of clogged matter
  • Check the furnace filter in your home and replace it if necessary
  • Keep clean blankets and winter sheets available
  • Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Re-caulk windows and doors if cracking occurs

Winterizing Outside: Top 10

  • Remove all debris from gutters and spouts
  • Keep a snow shovel close by and ready for pop up storms
  • Clear the patio of furniture and apply a coat of sealant on the deck
  • Close any outdoor vents that were left open from summer
  • Disconnect the garden hose and roll in the outdoor grill
  • If you have a sprinkler system, turn it off for the winter
  • Stake the borders of your driveway for easy and effective plowing
  • Carry an ample supply of rock salt for quick de-icing
  • Conduct yearly maintenance to the snowplow
  • Be observant for any heavy accumulations of snow or ice on your rooftop

The effort you put forth winterizing sounds extensive, but it doesn’t need to be done all at once. Start early, temperatures in October and November may still be comfortable at times and allow for extended outdoor time. Save some of the inside jobs for December when temps begin to fall.

If you incur any unforeseen disasters related to winter storms in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Lawrence County at (724) 498-4747. Follow us on Facebook!

STORM Team Response in the United States

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

photo of hurricane on satellite radar When a large loss event occurs anywhere in the country SERVPRO STORM teams are activated and mobilized.

How does a Hurricane affect the residents of North Western PA? Well, when a large loss event occurs anywhere in the country, SERVPRO STORM teams are activated and mobilized. The team at SERVPRO of Lawrence County is part of a network of strategically positioned Storm Teams who are on standby in the event of an emergency anywhere at any time.


This coordinated effort accelerates the timeline that communities are restored to their preloss condition. With a decreased wait time, the likelihood of secondary damage is also reduced.

As an independently owned and operated franchise in Lawrence County, we know the impact disaster can have on business interruptions. Our goal is to reduce the impact of disaster and restore any community, business, home “Like it never even happened.”

Interested in knowing the next time our STORM team is mobilized?

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The Calm Before Winter Storms

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

road with car coming straight and snow covering the trees, road, and car Call SERVPRO @ 724-498-4747. Our promise is to keep you calm during the storm.

Fall is upon us and before you know it winter will be here. With winter comes snowstorms and freezing weather. With snowstorms and freezing weather comes pipe burst and power outages. With pipe burst and power outages come water damage and sewer and drain backups.

SERVPRO will be there for you during the storm.

Our technicians and sales personal are trained professionals that are IICRC certified and on call 24/7/365. Unexpected events happen during a storm event, but you can know that SERVPRO is ready to make it "Like it never even happened." With the latest equipment and technology SERVPRO will make sure your damage is minimized and mitigation is started immediately.

Call SERVPRO @ 724-498-4747. Our promise is to keep you calm during the storm. Remember we are open 24/7/365 to service anyone who is need of restoration.       

Getting Your Lawrence County Home READY for the Winter

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

dashboard view of road covered in snow Our winter storm and water mitigation services will make any damage you incur, “Like it never even happened.”

At SERVPRO our motto is to stay READY for whatever happens so when fire, water, or molds strike your property – all we must do is respond. Although we are the disaster recovery leaders, there are things you can do on your end to prevent a disaster from occurring. With winter well on it’s way, we recommend that you do your part to ensure your property is not only READY for whatever happens, but prepared to brace the cold season coming.

3 tips to prepare you home for winter:

  1. Pipe Protection – water expands as it freezes and this could result in frozen, cracked and even burst pipes. To prevent a pipe disaster at your property be sure to drain water from outdoor faucets. Also, be attentive to the pipes that may be unheated areas of your property and protect them with insulation to prevent an incident.
  2. Monitor the heatBEFORE the winter begins, be sure that your heating system is working properly. After the cold air comes in calls for furnace repairs increase dramatically. Check your system for functionality early to avoid a long wait.
  3. Stock up on cold weather essentials – it’s always better to be prepared for the unexpected. Be prepared for a power outage with an alternative source of heat like a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

Additional winter safety tips can be found on the Center for Disease Control's website here.

Winter is coming and hopefully your plan for preparation is too! Use these tips to get your property and yourself ready and if all else fails, we are here to help if you need us. Our winter storm and water mitigation services will make any damage you incur, “Like it never even happened.”

Keep a Tiny Trickle: How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

frozen pipe background with text overlay reading "frozen pipe prevention in lawrence county) If you have water damage or if your property is suffering from a frozen pipe burst, call SERVPRO of Lawrence County at (724) 498-4747.

There are a lot of changes that can happen to a home or commercial building during the winter months. These changes can cause a lot of damage.  It is important to focus on preventative measures, so these damages are not a financial hassle.

A common problem winter request for restoration companies are to respond to frozen pipes. To protect frozen pipes, leave a constant, steady trickle from the faucet. Leaving a slow trickle in your faucet will help prevent damage and freeze. It will decrease the pressure in your pipes, and this will also cause them to less likely freeze.

In your home, it is suggested to turn up the heat but also circulate the air with a ceiling fan or air mover. This will help balance out the temperatures. Also, try to open your kitchen sink doors to let warmer air hit the pipes, while keeping the garage door closed to keep warm air in.

If possible, if you have a crawl space, heat those pipes with a handheld hair dryer. Those pipes are the most vulnerable because they are, “Out of sight” and “Out of mind.”  Long-term prevention practices for freezing pipes can be acted upon by insulating your crawl spaces and or rerouting your pipes.

Happy winter season and try to prevent the pipes in your Lawrence County home from freezing!

If you have water damage or if your property is suffering from a frozen pipe burst, call SERVPRO of Lawrence County at (724) 498-4747.

We are available 24/7 and prepared to help you!

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Storm Chasers: Those Who Get Close to a Storm

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

tornado in open field Call SERVPRO of Lawrence County at 724-498-4747! We will be there after the storm.

While we stay inside after hearing a tornado siren or while watching a severe weather alert message on our TV or phones, there are ones who venture out into the storm. They are known as storm chasers and pursue themselves into severe weather conditions.

Most storm chasers are meteorologists. They study, analyze, and predict weather patterns.  Storm chasers analyze the data to help predict where and when a storm will occur. They also use visualization strategies by looking at the patterns of clouds. Their main goal is to capture close footage of a tornado, hurricane, or storm in its severity.  Chasers use a variety of equipment to generate data, including computers, satellites, portable weather stations, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and video cameras. They also use anemometers to measure wind speed. This fascinating career path not only provides up close footage of mother nature, but also provides scientific information on how weather really works.

The more you know, the better you can prepare. However sometimes strong storms leave heavy damage and you need help from the professionals! 

Call SERVPRO of Mercer County at 724-498-4747! We will be there after the storm.

Storm Damage in Volant PA

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

tree split in half with tornado and thunderstorms clouds in the background Our crews are available 24/7, 365 for all your storm damage restoration services.

Sometimes storms are a nice time to relax, read a book, or even take a nap. Other times, storms inflict serious damage on properties causing many property owners to lose sleep. SERVPRO of Lawrence County is here help turn sleepless storm nights into problems solved.

Our crews are available 24/7, 365 for all your storm damage restoration services. When water strikes and basements flood, a quick response is key to a quick recovery and lower mitigation costs. We know that your property is your biggest investment and we are here to help you protect it.

Since knowing what to do when an emergency happens is a crucial part of a fast recovery, below you will find 4 tips to keep in mind when/if water hits your New Wilmington home

  1. DON’T: turn on ceiling fixtures if your ceiling is wet - the retained water and added pressure of the fan can lead to more serious damage
  2. DON’T: enter rooms where electrical hazards or shocks may exist - if you are unsure, wait until professional help arrives and give the okay
  3. DO:remove as much excess water as possible - the longer water damage goes unaddressed, the more damage it is likely to cause
  4. DO: call for professional help - our number is 724-498-4747 and is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Having the assistance of a professional is not only key to your recovery but it often times covered in comprehensive home insurance policies

If water damage from storms threatens your Lawrence County property, call us today. We have training, experience and will work with your insurance to make your disaster, “Like it never even happened.”