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2020 and the Increase of Extreme Storms | SERVPRO® of North Fort Worth
When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of North Fort Worth to start the restoration process.
2020 was an all-around awful year for many people, and with many causes. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, 2020 also set a new record for nasty weather in the U.S.
In fact, 2020 saw more weather disasters than any previous year for which we have data.
Though many serious weather events happen every year, storms that cause a billion dollars in damages are classified officially as disasters. There were 22 of these official occurrences in 2020, blowing past the previous record of 16, set just a few years ago.
And there were many other non-disaster-level events—so many storms in the Atlantic, in fact, that the Greek alphabet was used by the National Weather Service to name them because the proper name list wasn’t long enough.
We saw our own share of events in the DFW area, including an EF-2 tornado that swept through Arlington in November, with winds up to 115 mph and a width of up to 150 yards.
Not Just Hurricanes
Hurricanes are often thought of as the biggest perpetrators when it comes to costly weather systems, and they definitely can be. But it turns out that the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes: Fourteen of the year’s 22 weather disasters were thunderstorm systems, including hail and tornadoes they produced.
A single storm system in land-locked Nebraska took out over 100 million acres of corn fields—an area more than 15 times the size of DFW—endangering over 11% of the entire country’s corn production.
Not Just 2020
Unfortunately, it seems that, while 2020 was an extreme example, it is following a rising trend toward more frequent and more costly extreme weather events. The last decade is full, literally, of years in which there have been eight to 10 disasters or more, and 2017 set a new record for damage totals.
Storms are always a concern, no matter the area, and precautions against storm and water damage should always be taken. But if those precautions fail in severe weather, remember that SERVPRO is available 24⁄7 for emergency help.
When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.
Be Sure Your Home Is Spring Storm-Safe l SERVPRO of North Fort Worth
If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of North Fort Worth.
Texans endured a surprising winter this year, including a late-season snowstorm and a pandemic. If you’re one of the millions of us who are ready for spring to get here, you aren’t alone.
Spring fever is expected in the Fort Worth area this year, and many residents are excited about the changes a new season will bring. That includes longer, sunny days and the chance to spend more time outdoors.
No matter if you’re planning to take a weekend hiking trip or spend your spring grilling in your backyard, there are plenty of ways to relax and enjoy this new season.
While you’re dreaming of how you’ll spend the spring, it’s a good idea to consider doing some important projects around the house, too. One of the biggest threats during spring is that your home will be impacted by severe weather, like thunderstorms.
Sometimes, these storms are intense and can even include heavy winds, hail and torrential rain.
There’s nothing we can do to stop a storm from impacting our homes and families. But there’s plenty we can do to help them stay safer when it does.
Here’s how you can put your home in the best position to weather the coming storms.
Important Spring Storm Safety Projects
These projects are worth a spot on our spring to-do list:
Make removing overhanging limbs and branches a priority. Anything that’s hanging over your roof or garage can fall and damage it when the winds get strong. Remove this hazard by trimming your trees.
Declutter your home’s gutters. This project will keep the water around your house moving in the right direction (away) instead of backing up and causing water damage.
Check your roof for damage. Be sure your roof doesn’t have any missing shingles or leaks. Repairing them will make your home safer.
Look for ways to secure loose items around your home. Don’t let unsecured furniture or other similar items become tools for wind damage. Trim back trees that need it and secure everything you can.
If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.
Preparing Your Fort Worth Area Home For Winter
SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is available to respond to your storm damage loss. Let us assist with stressful details so you can have fun outdoors.
You only need to spend a short time making sure your Fort Worth home is in great shape for the winter, but it will give you peace of mind and help to prevent expensive problems.
- Schedule an inspection for the HVAC system or furnace and change the filters.
- Check the drainage in your yard and around the foundation of your house, and clean out the rain gutters around the roof.
- Clean your chimney and fireplace.
- Test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace the batteries if needed.
- Cover the outdoor faucets and protect pipes.
- Check your trees. Remove dead trees or dead branches, and make sure no branches are touching your roof or your home’s exterior walls.
- Contact your utility company to get an energy audit.
- Put away your yard care equipment and patio furniture.
- Pack a survival kit of food, water, flashlights, and essential things you will need if the power goes off.
If you do notice water in your home from a heavy storm or a broken pipe, be sure to call SERVPRO of North Fort Worth right away at (817) 232-3333.
Preparing for Spring Storms
Severe storm season is just a couple months away. North Texas has been a target very often. Many times when moments like this occur, our cities and towns are not able to hand the onslaught of rain due to the fact it may not be typical to get so much in such a little time. Below are some tips which were provided by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to help you prepare your home or business for a flood.
Before the Flood:
- Have a qualified professional elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel is susceptible to flooding.
- Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home or business.
- Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to help avoid seepage.
During the Flood:
- Turn off all utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
- Disconnect electrical appliances.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
- Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches or moving water can make you fall.
After the Flood:
- Listen for news reports to learn if the community's water supply is safe to drink.
- Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged.
- Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
As always, our team at SERVPRO of North Fort Worth is part of the larger, national Brand of SERVPRO Industries. In the event of a storm or flood, our teams have the ability to call in reinforcements. Know that you can trust SERVPRO of North Fort Worth to put your home or business back together, “Like it never even happened.”