Recent Storm Damage Posts

As storms turn Icy, what’s your plan?

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

A heavy snowstorm in an Alpine Village Can't see your own toes in this weather. Not good! Sorry, every spooked kid covering your eyes in fear--what you can't see CAN hurt you.

We’ve made it through the thunderstorm season and rainy season, and now it’s time for winter storms. Winter storms bring a whole new set of challenges to keeping your home or business damage-free. One issue is that ice and snow tend to cave roofs in, and they can also cause trees to fall over. Whatever may happen to your home or business this winter, SERVPRO of North Rowan is here to help! If you find yourself in a Storm-Damage-Bind, you need to act fast and get in touch with us and we can have someone at your house, surveying the damage and formulating an action plan within four hours--our average is closer to three!--and since we’re open 24/7 for your emergency needs, you won’t have to worry about waiting until the sane people of the world are awake and moving about. Give us a call: (704) 925-1019.

Polar Vortex Bringing Above Average Temperatures to Rockwell?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Rowan County.

Strong March Polar Vortex?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) describes polar vortexes as a low-pressure area, a wide expanse of swirling cold air, that is parked in polar regions. During the winter, the polar vortex at the North Pole expands, sending cold air southward. According to the NOAA, there will be a strong polar vortex this March that will bring higher than average temperatures to North Carolina and most of the United States.

March is one of the wettest months in North Carolina, bringing an average of 4.1 inches of rain each year. SERVPRO® of North Rowan County/Salisbury responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Rockwell, and we offer 24-hour emergency service because we know that every minute counts when dealing with storm damage, and fast response and mitigation often minimizes the extent and cost of the repair.

Disaster Recovery Teams

When major storms and disasters hit, we can access a network of over 1700 franchises nationwide to respond to catastrophic storms and events. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Rowan County/Salisbury has a team of highly trained fire restoration technicians ready to assist you 24-hours a day in Salisbury. Call us today at 704-925-1019. 

SERVPRO of North Rowan County/Salisbury is Independently Owned and Operated.

Power Outage in Faith?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Rowan County relies on us to restore storm-damaged properties!

SERVPRO® of North Rowan County/Salisbury responds to storm damage emergencies in Faith, and many other areas in Rowan County throughout the winter months, and we want you to be safe and ready for severe weather events. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), extended power outages, like those caused by a severe storm can impact the entire community by:

  • Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.
  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services.
  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.
  • Prevent use of medical devices.

 Here are some tips from FEMA on what to do during a power outage:

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.
  • Do not use a gas stove and ovens to heat your home.
  • Disconnect appliances and electronics.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on the welfare of others.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of North Rowan County/Salisbury has a team of highly trained technicians on call 24 hours a day to help you. Call us today at 704-925-1019. We’ll restore your storm damage in Faith, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Rowan County/Salisbury is Independently Owned and Operated.

Thunderstorm preparedness in Rowan

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Although you cannot prevent thunderstorms, you can prepare for them.

Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home and property in Rowan. Thunderstorms include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes

In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year, and at any time of the day.

SERVPRO of North Rowan County/Salisbury knows you cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Rowan 
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system 
  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system

SERVPRO of North Rowan County/Salisbury repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors”.  You don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately.  Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown. '' Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car. 

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers.  Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems. 

SERVPRO of North Rowan County/Salisbury is independently owned and operated. 


Evacuation when Medical Supplies Are Needed for your Well-being in Rowan

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of {Franchise} wants you to be prepared for any storm or disaster.

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Rowan.

Some of these items can be kept in a waterproof container (your emergency kit). Medications probably cannot, but you can have them ready to bring with you.

SERVPRO of North Rowan County / Salisbury suggests having these items prepared in the event you would need to evacuate your home in Rowan.  

  • Copies of medical insurance & Medicare cards
  • Warm blankets
  • Extra clothing, especially socks & undergarments
  • Bottled water
  • Batteries for your electronic devices
  • Written contact list

Some people in Rowan will also need to consider the following:

  • Make sure that at least one other person can get your medications &  supplies
  • Have at least a week-long supply of prescription medicines
  • A list of all medications, dosages, and allergies
  • An extra pair of glasses or extra contact lenses 
  • Hearing-aid batteries 
  • Games & activities for children

If you have pets in Rowan, consider these items:

  • Pet food and toys 
  • Toys or comfort objects
  • Vet information

Some shelters will not or cannot allow pets. Ahead of an emergency, find out which ones will allow your 4-legged loved ones. All shelters allow service animals.  

SERVPRO of North Rowan County / Salisbury is independently owned and operated.


Storm Damage in Rockwell?

1/17/2021 (Permalink)

We are storm damage restoration specialists serving Rowan County!

Storm Tracking Services

North Carolina has a great storm-tracking website. This comprehensive storm tracking site offers links to weather reporting services across the state and nation. Additionally, this website offers a wealth of information for coastal management of oceanfront shorelines. SERVPRO® of North Rowan County/Salisbury responds to storm damage emergencies in Rockwell and other areas of north Rowan County throughout the year and want you to stay safe and to be prepared for any severe weather event. Here are the storm tracking services you can access on the North Carolina Environmental Quality website:

  • Stormtracker -- WRAL-TV site includes tracking information, news. 

Call Us Today!

When you have a storm damage emergency in Rowan County, SERVPRO® of North Rowan County/Salisbury has a team of highly trained technicians on call 24 hours a day to help you. Call us today at 704-925-1019. We’ll restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Rowan County/Salisbury is Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Damage in Spencer?

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

The Spencer community know they can rely on us to mitigate their storm damage!

Rain, rain, go away

That old saying says a lot about the damage rain can do when a structure is not properly protected from a rainstorm or other weather event. High winds, rain, and snow can all cause storm damage.  SERVPRO® of North Rowan County/Salisbury has a team of highly trained restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to storm damage emergencies in Spencer. We know that every minute counts when mitigating storm damage, so when we arrive, we will secure the structure and prevent further damage by immediately tarping and boarding up any compromised areas, and at the same time, we will also begin the cleanup and restoration process.

Here are some preventative maintenance tips for preventing storm and water damage from the Insurance Information Institute:

  • Protect your home’s exterior by caulking and sealing windows to prevent water seepage.
  • Inspect your roof and replace missing and damaged shingles.
  • Check your downspouts to be sure they direct water away from the house and clear any debris from the rain gutters.

Call Us!

When you need help with storm damage in Spencer, SERVPRO® of North Rowan County/Salisbury has a team of highly trained storm restoration technicians on call assist you day or night. Call us today at 704-925-1019. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Rowan County/Salisbury is Independently Owned and Operated.

Weather-Ready Nation Campaign in Rowan County?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Weather and storm preparedness is a 365-day a year effort in Salisbury!

Are you Weather-Ready?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service is building a new Weather-Ready Nation program to help everyone in the United States prepare for extreme weather, water and climate events. This program offers weather and water safety events in Rowan County, North Carolina, and other states, and publishes an events calendar.

SERVPRO® of North Rowan County/Salisbury responds to storm damage emergencies 24 hours a day and can typically be on site within four hours of your call. We have the experience, equipment, and advanced training to mitigate any storm damage - no matter how extensive. When we arrive, we will tarp the roof if roof is leaking and board up any broken windows or doors to secure the property. We will assess the damage and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. When we complete the job, your property will be returned to preloss condition.

Call Us Today!

Rowan County residents and commercial business owners alike know that SERVPRO® of North Rowan County/Salisbury has a team of highly trained storm restoration technicians on call 24 hours a day to respond to any size property damage emergency you are facing. Call us today at 704-925-1019. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of North Rowan County/Salisbury is Independently Owned and Operated.

Preparing for Hurricane Hazards in your Granite Quarry Home

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Make sure you are prepared for hurricane hazards during the next storm.

Hurricane season has already begun and several named storms have developed in the Atlantic, Caribbean or Gulf of Mexico. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property damage. Most recently the coast of North Carolina experienced just that as Hurricane Isaias, a Category 1 hurricane that caused extensive damage across the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States.

The National Weather Service lists the following as potential “hurricane hazards.”

Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm’s winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast. Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers and estuaries.

Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.

Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.

Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.

Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone’s strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore.

Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Plan an evacuation route and your emergency plan, take inventory of your property and take steps to protect your home or business. For more information on recovering from water damage caused by weather-related disasters, be sure to contact SERVPRO of North Rowan County/Salisbury at 704-925-1019. We will be glad to help you and your business when dealing with storm flooding or damage.

Severe Weather Safety

7/11/2020 (Permalink)

Will you be ready for a severe storm?

Severe weather can happen any time, any where. According to the NOAA, each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,300 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98% of all presidentially declared disasters are weather related, leading to around 650 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. ( Knowing your risks of server weather, taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know your Risk.

The first step to becoming weather ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect you where you live and work and how the weather can impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts in your area. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazard scenarios.

Take Action.

Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home and business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an example.

Once you have taken action to prepare for sever weather, share your story with family members, co-workers and friends on social media. Your preparedness efforts may inspire others to do the same.

Give us a call at SERVPRO of North Rowan County/Salisbury at 704-925-1019 to discuss how we can help your business to prepare for severe weather with an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Having an ERP in place for your facility can help minimize business interruption in the event of a disaster. We can help you be “Ready for whatever happens!”

Hurricane Preparation

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is almost here. That means so is Hurricane season!

Summer is the season that most people look forward to. School lets out, the sun is shining, and for most people, it is a time for vacations and relaxation. But did you know it is also hurricane season. Yes! Hurricane season in North Carolina is typically from June through September. This is the time when these tropical cyclones form over the ocean and make their way inland. Heavy winds and thunderstorms are just the beginning of the extreme weather these storms bring.

So what have you done this spring to prepare for summer storms? Now is the time to get supplies in order before the storm season begins. Reduce property damage and get through any hurricane emergency with less stress by preparing before the season begins.

Here are a few of the best practices to put into place this spring. Be sure to plan your evacuation route well ahead of time. Look for alternate routes out of your neighborhood should one of the roadways be blocked by downed power lines, trees or other debris. It is best to keep non-perishable emergency food supplies on hand for each family member. You should also have one gallon of water, per person, per day. Don’t forget about your pets. They will need supplies too. Because storm damage may occur, it may be a good idea to read over your policy and be familiar with it. It is also a good idea to take an inventory of your personal property. Keep this list with the list of emergency contacts in a safe and in an accessible place. Be sure to have your insurance agent’s information and add SERVPRO of North Rowan County/Salisbury to your list as well. If any storm damage occurs to your home, you will want to be sure to give us a call. Taking these steps to protect your home before storm season starts up will allow you and your family to be better prepared.