Recent Storm Damage Posts

Turn Around. Don't Drown.

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Turn Around. Don't Drown. Check for road closures when flooding is a in the forecast for Downtown Charleston. Turn around, don't drown!

We have posted the information below in a previous post, but considering the forecast the next couple days, though it couldn't hurt to post again!

Flooding remains one of the top weather killers in the U.S., with the average number of annual fatalities totaling near 90. More than half of these fatalities are vehicle-related. The National Weather Service has been working to bring those numbers down and, for the past decade, has been doing so using its “Turn Around Don’t Drown” campaign, which is dedicated to teaching the public about flood safety.

Hector Guerrero, warning coordination meteorologist at the NWS San Angelo, Texas, forecast office, began formulating a plan for a program to raise awareness of the dangers of driving or walking into flooded areas in the early 2000s. While Guerrero worked at the NWS forecast office in Brownsville, Texas, he became concerned when hurricane evacuees from the Texas coast would relocate to the heart of Texas’ Flash Flood Alley. He was also aware of the dangers associated with flash floods having grown up in Austin, also part of Flash Flood Alley. “I wanted a catchy phrase along the lines of the fire-safety mantra "Stop, Drop and Roll,” said Guerrero. “After brainstorming with a group of firefighters from Harlingen, Texas, I chose ‘Turn Around Don’t Drown.’” 

Guerrero worked with a team from NWS Southern Region Headquarters and together they partnered with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, and the City of Fort Worth Fire Department. NWS launched the “Turn Around Don’t Drown” program in Texas in 2003. Once the phrase was officially trademarked by NOAA, the program made its national debut in 2004. 

Since then, hundreds of permanent “Turn Around Don’t Drown” signs have been established along roadways prone to flooding across the U.S. and the slogan has become an often repeated catchphrase in the media, classrooms and even the home. In addition to the NWS education materials, NWS partners also distribute resources bearing the phrase. 

For information on how SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston can help if you are facing flood damage to your home or business, please take a look at the Water Damage Restoration page on our website.

You can also Contact Us, 24/7, for help if your home or business is impacted by flooding.  (843) 552-1226

Atricle courtesy of NWS & NOAA

A Look at How Damaging Wind Can Be

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A Look at How Damaging Wind Can Be Protect your home from wind damage.

When you think of severe storms, what do you think of? There are many concerns that accompany severe storms, including damaging winds. These winds, which can come with little to no notice, can cause many long-term structural impacts.

The Basics of Damaging Wind

Damaging winds can happen in all kinds of storms and have wind speeds exceeding 50–60 mph and can be “birthed” by a strong thunderstorm.

You will often hear damaging winds referred to as “straight-line” winds to differentiate the damage from tornado damage.

Because straight-line winds can cause loose, unanchored objects to become airborne, the damage from these winds can be especially destructive. Windows and roofs can take the brunt of this damage, and if extensive enough, wind can also cause water damage to a home as the outside elements are allowed come indoors.

Ways to Protect Your Home

Below are some of the ways you can help protect your property from damaging winds:

  • Use a professional service to have your garage door reinforced.

  • Properly store or anchor loose objects, such as trash cans, grills and outdoor furniture, on your property that could become projectiles by the wind.

  • Have large or dying trees and branches that could be blown over on your home removed by a professional.

Not all high wind circumstances come with advanced warning. But some of these action items can come in handy “just in case.”

Also, when building a new home or renovating an older home, be sure that windows, walls and doors are up to code for your area.

If your home should suffer damage from damaging winds and the resulting water damage, the highly trained specialists at SERVPRO® of Greater Northern Charleston are here to help with the cleanup and restoration of your home.

Call 24/7 ~ 843.552.1226 or use our Contact Us page on the web

Winter Storm Grayson

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Storm Grayson Our view for several days at SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston.

Grayson blew through the Southeast January 3rd and 4th leaving unprecedented temperatures, ice, and snowfall.  The Charleston area rarely gets any snow, much less 5 or so inches that stick around for a week!   The white landscape in yards and lining roads was peppered with snowmen and driveways were in need of shoveling.  Quite an unfamiliar scene for our coastal Lowcountry! The kids were thrilled to not have to return to school until the 10th, but in his wake, Grayson left a flurry of broken pipes, leaking roofs, and malfunctioning heaters.  

SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston employees were all too happy to travel not just to our office in North Charleston, but also to Columbia, SC as soon as roads were remotely passable to help out. As of today (1/10) we still have a full crew working around the clock in the Columbia area which experienced far more widespread damage than here at home.  

We love taking care of you, Charleston! Please call with any water restoration needs you may have. We are always here to help.

(843) 552-1226 ~ 24/7/365

Hurricane Irma Damage? We are here to Help!

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Irma Damage?  We are here to Help! Charleston, if you experience water damage during Hurricane Irma, we are here to help!

Along with most Eastern coastal communities, we have been monitoring Hurricane Irma over the last few days and preparing for any number of scenarios. 

SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston hopes everyone escapes any severe impact from whatever Irma has in store for the Charleston area.  However, if your home or business experiences a water intrusion, do not hesitate to contact us.  Our office manager, Beth, will be taking calls 24/7 (No answering service!) and we will have crews on the road as soon as any travel restrictions are lifted. 

We love serving the Lowcountry and are here for you and ready to help.  

Take just a moment and save our number to your phone… just in case!  (843) 552-1226

Stay safe, Charleston!  ~The SERVPRO of GNC Crew

2016 storm damage costs at a glance.

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 2016 storm damage costs at a glance. What happened last year helps prepare us to serve the Charleston, SC are better this year!

Weather experts are expecting this year to be a quieter storm season than last year. CoreLogic’s 2016 Natural Hazard Risk Summary for 2016 details the cost of storm related damages incurred throughout  the year.  Thank you to Restoration & Remediation for taking all that detail and breaking it down for us!  Click here to view full 2016 Natural Hazard infograpic. Even during a “slow” season,   damage and restoration costs can be astronomical.  The staff of SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston works tirelessly to ensure that we are prepared for any type of weather related disaster.   We have trained technicians and state of the art equipment on standby at all times in order to arrive as quickly and prepared as possible to your home or business.  


If you find yourself dealing with storm related damage this year, we are here to help 24/7!  Just a phone call away (843) 552-1226.

No Disaster Too Large or Too Far.

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage No Disaster Too Large or Too Far. SERVPRO of West Virginia headed to LA in force!

The weather the last couple weeks has certainly wreaked havoc on many cities across the Southeast.  SERVPRO franchises across the country came together to assist areas that were affected by disastrous storms and flooding.  Last week while we were battening down here in Charleston anticipating Tropical Storm Hermine, teams from all over were headed to Louisiana and the Panhadle of Florida to lend a hand.  

So many are still displaced from their homes and in need.  If you are looking for a way to contribute but do not know where to start, please consider donating to the Red Cross.  Volunteers are working tirelessly and no matter how large the organization, funds are not unlimited. 

Hermine, thankfully, did not hit Charleston with the strength that was expected and yet we had crews working around the clock with homeowners and businesses all weekend that suffered extensive property damage.

We are here 24/7, ready to serve the Charleston area. Contacts us online or call 843-552-1226 and let us help you make it "Like it Never Even Happened."  

We love taking care of you, Charleston!

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

1/22/2014 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Baby, It's Cold Outside!  Frozen pipes in Charleston, SC. Who would have thought?

Typically, freezing pipes are not a common concern in South Carolina.  However, the last several weeks hundreds of homes and businesses have had water damages due to the unusual sustained low temperatures brought on by the Polar Vortex.   Our Charleston franchises, sent technicians to assist the Columbia SERVPROs as they were inundated with hundreds of calls from home and business owners during record breaking winter weather.   Everyone has been working around the clock to get repairs complete before another devastating dip in temperature occurs. 

The Weather Channel gives little insight into pipes freezing in Southern climates, like our own.  As well as some tips to protect your home or business from a winter storm related water loss.  As many of the homes in the South are on a slab and have plumbing in the attic, even a small leak can cover far more territory as it not only seeps out horizontally, but down into the lower floors as well.  Just a few moments of preparation, could very well save you thousands in damages. (Read more from the Weather Channel here)

We hope you have an ice-free winter… but, as always… we are here to help - 24/7 - if you find yourself in a chilly mess!  We are always ready to help make it Like It Never Even Happened. 

(843) 747-8750 

For more information on SERVPRO and our Storm Response Teams, Click Here.

Storm Season Warning!

8/1/2013 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Season Warning! Storm season is almost here! Are you ready?

During the last several years in the Charleston area, few have escaped the hair raising severe weather alerts screaming from our radios, televisions, and now, and smartphones.   Flash flood and severe weather warnings have just about become the norm.  We did a little digging into where those alerts are generated and found that it takes an impressive amount of study and testing by NOAA's National Severe Storms Lab to ensure those alerts get to us as quickly and as accurately as possible.

From collecting local information thru public survey responses to simulated weather projects, the NSSL is constantly increasing our understanding of the science behind forecasting the weather and providing weather warnings with the most lead time possible.  Every day they are discovering new information that will ultimately translate into local protocols that will improve the safety of our communities, here at home, under the threat of severe weather.

Want to know more?  Click here to check out the full scoop on the National Severe Storms Lab.

This week is Hurricane Preparedness week and SERVPRO of Greater Northern Charleston wishes everyone in Charleston and the surrounding areas a disaster free storm season.  However, if your home or business experiences a water intrusion and you find yourself in need of a little help getting back up and running, don't hesitate to call us at (843) 552-1226 or through our contact us page.  We are here for you ~ 24/7!