We are experiencing unusually cold temperatures this week so please make sure that you cover your plants, bring your animals in, and take precautions to prevent frozen pipes. Here are some tips to prevent damage:
Let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
Wrap exposed pipes if possible
Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
Water damage in your home
Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.
More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to pre-loss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.
All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.
Fun Weather Facts You Probably Didn't Know!!
- The highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica is 14.6 °C (59 °F), recorded on January 5, 1974. More temperature facts.
The most rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours is 182.5 centimetres (71.9 inches) in Foc-Foc, La Réunion, during tropical cyclone Denise on January 8, 1966.
- The most rainfall ever recorded in one year is 25.4 meters (1000 inches) in Cherrapunji, India. More rain facts.
- The highest snowfall ever recorded in a one year period was 31.1 meters (1224 inches) in Mount Rainier, Washington State, United States, between February 19, 1971 and February 18, 1972. More snow facts.
- The fastest wind speed ever recorded is 484±32 km/h (301±20 mph). This was a 3 second gust recorded by a Doppler on Wheels (DOW) radar unit in Oklahoma City on May 3, 1999. More wind facts.
- The heaviest hailstone ever recorded weighed 1.0 kg (2.25 lb) and landed in Gopalganj District, Bangladesh on April 14, 1986.
- Clouds can be categorized into a number of different types; these include cumulus, stratus and cirrus. More cloud facts.
- The Earth experiences millions of lightning storms every year, they are incredible discharges of electricity from the atmosphere that can reach temperatures close to 54,000 °F (30,000 °C) and speeds of 60,000 m/s (130,000 mph). More lightning facts.
- The USA has more tornadoes than any other country in the world, averaging around 1200 a year. This is due largely to its unique geography which forms an area in central USA called “Tornado Alley” which is frequently hit by tornadoes. More tornado facts.
- Tropical cyclones (often referred to as hurricanes or typhoons) feature strong winds, driving rain, rough seas and areas of low atmospheric pressure. They frequently form in tropical areas of the globe and can do considerable damage to populated areas. Examples of this include the 1970 Bhola cyclone, Typhoon Nina which hit China in 1975 and more recently in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina which caused great devastation and loss of life when it hit southern parts of the USA. More hurricane facts.
The most powerful Tornadoes occur in the United States.
A typical tornado only lasts for a few minutes.
Every tornado has its own color, sound and shape.
You need to step on the pedal of a car pass 70 miles per hour to outrun the fastest tornadoes.
The chances that a tornado is a F5, the highest classification for a tornado on the F-scale, is less than 0.1%
Tornadoes have been reported in every state in the US and also in every season.
A Tornado can occur at any time, but most often between 3pm and 9pm.
SERVPRO of Dothan is hiring
SERVPRO of Dothan is looking for production technicians. If you have a clean driving record, can pass a drug screening, and have the overall drive to help people, come by our office and fill out an application. We will need a copy of your driver's license when you submit the application. We are looking for people who are dedicated and who will show our customers the care and compassion that they deserve.
Storms roll through the Wiregrass area again.
Showers and thunderstorms gain better coverage Wednesday morning, though mainly stay below severe limits. At best we’ll see localized spots of heavy rain nearly 3 inches, but otherwise 1-2 inches more widespread. Though the front that is serving as the focal point for all our rain is stubborn to exit our area, it finally looks to move out near or after New Year’s Day. Eventually more seasonal winter air—at least for the Deep South—makes a return by the weekend.
TONIGHT – Isolated showers developing overnight, becoming more widespread by the morning. Low near 65°. Winds SSE at 5 mph.
TOMORROW – Scattered showers and thunderstorms, with heavier rain at times. High near 74°. Winds S at 5-10 mph.
TOMORROW NIGHT – Showers possible. Low near 58°. Winds N at 5 mph.
THU: Mostly cloudy, with isolated showers. High: 66° 50%
FRI: Mostly cloudy, with isolated showers. Low: 48° High: 56° 40%
SAT: Mostly cloudy, and turning cooler. Low: 40° High: 53° 10%
SUN: Partly sunny and cool. Low: 38° High: 54° 5%
MON: Mostly sunny and cool. Low: 36° High: 59° 5%
TUE: Mostly sunny and cool. Low: 40° High: 60° 5%
SERVPRO of Dothan helps out a local school with a substantial water loss
SERVPRO of Dothan was on the scene quickly when one of our local schools called and said that they had a substantial water damage as a result of a storm that came through the area. SERVPRO responded quickly and began the cleanup process.
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What to do until help arrives and what to expect from SERVPRO.
WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES:
-Shut off the water source if possible.
-Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
-Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
-Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
-Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
-Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
-Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
-Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
-Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SERVPRO:
-Your First Responder is being dispatched to contact you and come to your location to assess the damage and begin mitigation services.
-Once mitigation services have begun, your First Responder will determine a Drying Plan to expedite drying and get you back to your normal routine of life.
-We expect under normal circumstances for drying to take place between 3 to 5 days. Your First Responder will advise you if it appears that drying time may exceed this goal.
-After initial services have been performed, a Daily Site Visit will be necessary to ensure we are meeting or exceeding the Drying Plan and all equipment is functioning to it’s highest capacity.
-Upon completion of the Drying Plan, your Water Damage Manager will meet with you on site to ensure you are satisfied with all services performed.