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Storm Coverage - Lee & South Chatham Counties

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

When many homeowners think about storm coverage, they usually think about flood protection. Your home in Lee & South Chatham Counties, NC, can just as easily suffer wind damage, though. Flying items can break windows and cause holes in your roof. There are several factors that affect whether your homeowner’s insurance covers damage to your roof and, if so, how much it covers.

Prevention Measures

Most insurance companies want to make sure the damage listed on your claim was indeed caused by wind and not the neglect of routine maintenance. There are several steps you can take to increase the likelihood that the damage will be covered:

  • Quarterly professional inspection
  • Impact-resistant shingles
  • Regular maintenance and repair
  • Proper landscaping to minimize debris during a storm

Being able to show that you have taken the appropriate precautions to minimize roof damage in the event of a storm improves your chances of being covered by your policy.

Documentation

One of the first calls you will make after wind damage occurs is to your insurance company. An adjuster will come assess the damage detailed in your claim. You probably want storm mitigation experts to start repairs before the adjuster arrives, however, to prevent further issues. It’s important to take pictures or videos of the original damage and to list all the repairs that need to be done. Document everything you list in your claim.

Value of Roof

As parts of your home age, they depreciate in value. If your roof is more than ten years old, the insurance company may not foot the entire bill, especially if you need total roof replacement. You may get partial coverage for its current value. Even if the roof is newer, the insurance company may not pay the full cost of repairs or replacement if it was significantly worn before the most current damage happened. The best way to know how much of the wind damage repairs your insurance company will cover is to ask. Your agent can detail the factors involved in making decisions about claims.

Storm Damage And Water Leakage Can Lead To Mold

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

After a heavy storm and a significant amount of mold growth, our SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties was called in for mitigation that was needed. Our SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties removed and disposed of all contaminated material and completed a heavy cleaning.

Our SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties was able to complete the mitigation and subsequent work in a timely manner so that this facility was not disrupted for any longer than needed. 

Our SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties is ready to help anywhere in the community at any given time. Our team helps with any type of commercial, storm, fire, or water loss.  Our trucks are loaded and ready to head out to help your business resume normal operating procedures as soon as possible.

Is Faulty Drainage Causing Flooding in Your Pittsboro Crawlspace?

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Faulty Drainage Causing Flooding in Your Pittsboro Crawlspace? SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties is ready to tackle your water restoration needs.

Damaged Gutters Can Flood Your Pittsboro Crawlspace

Water diversion elements like your gutters and french drain systems around your Pittsboro home can help to keep elements like your basement and crawlspace dry, especially during the rainy seasons. While flooding can prove to be a common threat to residents here from the severe weather that can often pass through the area, ensuring that these diversion elements are intact and functioning properly can help to avoid catastrophes. When your gutter system fails or becomes damaged during a storm, water can pool against the home or find its way into the crawlspace area to allow an array of potential damages.

By the time that homeowners realize there is an issue with their gutter systems, flood damage has already likely occurred to the crawlspace of their Pittsboro home. Our SERVPRO team has a fast response to flood emergencies, offering efficient extraction tools and drying equipment that can help the damage in this crawlspace from reaching the main floor of your home.

We arrive with many machines and tools ideal for fast extraction, such as our portable sump pumps and extraction wands fitted to wet-vacs. In more severe cases, we also have gas-powered trash pumps that can remove the excess water at a faster rate to free up space for drying efforts to come. It is vital to get exposed supports, beams, and the underside of flooring dried to acceptable parameters to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from beginning.

Our contracting division of the team can also help in repairing the damaged gutter system that has allowed the flooding to occur throughout the restoration process. This repair ensures that the appropriate precautionary measures are in place to prevent the same flooding from happening the next severe storm that passes through.

While you might not be able to determine the condition of your gutter system easily and when it can fail, our SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties rapid response team can arrive quickly to help you deal with the effects of this situation. Give our team a call anytime that you need us at (919) 533-6776.

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How Sump Pump Failure Causes Water Damage in Pittsboro Basements

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How Sump Pump Failure Causes Water Damage in Pittsboro Basements SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties is ready to restore your home after a water loss incident.

Sump Pump Failure Can Allow Flooding in Pittsboro Basements

Basements and crawlspaces are common elements to both older and modern Pittsboro homes. While these areas are perpetually affected by underground moisture and groundwater, many homeowners have taken to the installation of sump pumps instead of more costly and unguaranteed drainage networks to pull water away from these areas of the property. However, when these sump pumps fail to do their job, the resulting flood could quickly damage structural elements of your house.

While sump pumps often excessively work when posed with potential flood damages for your Pittsboro home, many of these diversion devices serve to constantly keep moisture and rising groundwater threats at bay when flooding conditions are not present. When the pump fails, water can entirely submerge the equipment on its path to the floor of the basement or the ground’s surface to begin wicking up structural materials and creating a moist and damp environment to face.

The SERVPRO Franchise professionals that we dispatch to your home amid a potential emergency like this have the equipment and expertise to begin working on restoring the water damage immediately. While many homeowners might want the equipment replaced as promptly as possible, allowing water damage to persist can open the door to even more detrimental conditions such as mold growth and possible biohazards.

Once the waters have gotten extracted and the affected materials dried as much as possible, our SERVPRO Franchise professionals must look at removing your old sump pump and replacing it with new equipment. This pump protects the house from perpetual flooding and damp conditions, so allowing this steady flow of water far from the structural elements of your home can be more cost effective and ultimately less short-sighted than digging up the property to run drainage lines elsewhere.

Your sump pump in the basement or crawlspace of your home can help to remove pooling water from underneath your house, but only so long as the equipment continues to work. When it malfunctions, you need the fast response and reliable skills of our SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties technicians. Give us a call anytime at (919) 533-6776.

Pittsboro is named for William Pitt the Younger.  Read more here.

How a Storm Can Cause Pittsboro's Sewer System to Overflow

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How a Storm Can Cause Pittsboro's Sewer System to Overflow Flood waters contain contaminants and bacteria. Avoid contact with flood water.

Plumbing systems in this community date all the way back to the 1950s. In the advent of heavy rainfall, these systems can back-up causing road overflows with water that contains raw sewage or other pathogens. Unfortunately, these events can cause damage to your property, posing significant risks to your health and well-being. Professional mitigation is the only way to be sure of bringing your property back to preloss conditions.

The difficulty with flood damage in Pittsboro properties is down to the pathogens that the water picks up en route. These can range from animal carcasses to raw sewage or even herbicides and pesticides in rural areas. We commonly refer to this type of contamination as Black Water. SERVPRO has developed specific procedures to help our community remove Black Water entirely and make it "Like it never even happened."

Our first advice to all homeowners is to avoid all contact with flood water. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certificate holders and have extensive training in how to safely remediate Black Water. It is imperative that you trust us by allowing us to take care of your possessions and property.

Our fully submersible gas-powered pumps and truck mounted water extraction units can remove standing water fast. Once the removal of excess water is complete, we are ready to begin restoring your home. SERVPRO work with a restore over replace mentality although we may need to remove and dispose of drywall that comes into contact with contaminated water. Doing so is the only way to ensure your health and safety.

Restoring your possessions may require advanced, and expensive equipment. Calling SERVPRO, a company with access to national resources, could help you to restore heavily soiled fabrics. We own external cleaning facilities that house industrial Esporta washing machines as well as Ultrasonic cleaning equipment. We can restore many of your possessions to preloss conditions by utilizing a pack-out procedure and sending items to these facilities.

Black Water can cause widespread damage and needs professional remediation. Contact SERVPRO of Lee & South Chatham Counties at (919) 533-6776 now.  

Pittsboro was incorporated in 1787.  Read more here.