Helpful Weather Terms
HURRICANE/TROPICAL STORM EVENTS:
An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 MPH (33 knots) or less. Sustained winds are defined as one-minute average wind measured at about 33 ft (10 meters) above the surface.
An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39–73 MPH (34–63 knots).
An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 MPH (64 knots) or higher.
A dome of water pushed onshore by hurricane and tropical storm winds. Storm surges can reach 25 feet high and be 50–1000 miles wide.
Storm Tide: A combination of storm surge and the normal tide (i.e., a 15-foot storm surge combined with a 2-foot normal high tide over the mean sea level created a 17-foot storm tide).
Helpful Weather Terms
Weather can be unpredictable, always prepare for the unexpected. Storm may cause power outages due to fallen trees, lightning striking power lines or your home. Keeping up to date with the weather and knowing the weather terms may help prepare you for storms.
Basic Weather Terms:
A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely. A warning means weather conditions pose a threat to life or property. People in the path of the storm need to take protective action.
A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so those who need to set their plans in motion can do so. A watch means that hazardous weather is possible. People should have a plan of action in case a storm threatens and they should listen for later information and possible warnings especially when planning travel or outdoor activities.
An advisory is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, imminent or likely. Advisories are for less serious conditions than warnings, that cause significant inconvenience and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that may threaten life or property.
Be prepared for hurricanes
Hurricane season is approaching, so now is the perfect time to start planning for what to do if there is an incoming hurricane. Taking steps to ensure you and your family’s safety. Some helpful tips and reminders are to:
Have an evacuation plan- Get familiar with your evacuation zones and alternate routes in case flooded areas and falling trees obstruct the road.
Make an emergency supply kit- Flashlight and batteries, food, water, and some personal necessities. Important documents, prescription and non-prescription meds, and first-aid kit.
Prepare your home- Look for weak spots in your home where wind or rain can enter your home.
SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Check your attic and crawlspace
What to check in attic
- Insulation distributed evenly.
- Inadequate ventilated can trap heat.
- Extreme moisture may lead to mold.
- Extreme moisture can also lead to rust to metal (nails and roof)
- Uninvited pest (Mice, bats, raccoons, or squirrels)
What to check in crawlspace
- Crawlspace door- Loose-fitting or opened
- Vapor barrier- repair or replace if needed
- Properly installed insulation.
- Moisture- Condensation on vapor barrier and HVAC equipment.
- Mold- Extreme moisture can also lead to mold.
- Musty odor
- Standing water- To help this issue, install sump pump.
- Standing sewage
- Warped floors
- Uninvited pest (mice, insects, and termites)
Our skilled technicians are experienced in navigating through crawlspaces and attics to perform a variety of different services. Water and fire mitigation/repairs, mold remediation, sewage back-up, and biohazard clean-ups are the most common services.
Preparing for the unexpected!
When weather is concerned expect the unexpected. Tornadoes for example, can be one of the most unexpected events during strong thunder storm. For this very reason tornado warnings are posted for certain time intervals to keep you informed.
Preparing for the storm
- Be familiar with signs of a tornado
- Sign up for weather alerts
- Pay attention to the weather in your area
- Develop an escape plan
During a storm event know where to go in the structure you are in for safety. Wither it a school, manufactured home, commercial building or vehicle. After the storm, be careful when you are checking for damage, sharp objects and debris. If you are unsure of your safety in a structure because of the damage, seek a safe shelter.
Are you Emergency Ready?
Disaster and emergencies always strike without warning. Disasters seem to happen when you least expect. What if, you were on at lunch or on vacation and disaster struck, would you know who to call? Would you be able to direct a panicked employee though the steps to turn off gas or water from a phone? No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it.
Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.
By working with SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.
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Let's talk Storms
SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville specializes in restoration from storms. Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Since, we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker and with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. When storms hit the Wilson or Nashville N.C. area, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm.
Places in homes or businesses to check after storms (Lightning, wind, hail, tornadoes, or Hurricanes.)
- Roof: cracked, damaged, or missing shingles, and visible debris.
- Chimney flashing and gutters
- Ceilings: leaks, sagging or bubbling dry wall, slight discoloration, and water stains
- Exterior walls and windows for damage
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Fire tips for Commercial businesses
We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your commercial property back to pre-fire condition.
- Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
- Odor Control Technician
- Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
What your business can do in case of Fire or Soot Damage:
- Limit movement to prevent soot from traveling
- Keep hands clean, as soot on hands can further soil all areas
- Place dry colorfast towels or linens on rugs, upholstery, and traffic paths
- Wipe soot from chrome-faucets appliances, etc.
- If electricity is off, empty refrigerator and prop doors open
- If heat off pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks to avoid pipes from freezing
- Change HVAC filter, but leave system off
- Tape layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles from traveling
Common Causes for commercial fires:
- Having flammable liquids or materials close to heat source.
- Human made mistakes: deliberate or non-intended
Keeping it clean in the workplace!
Production crew member washing hands for 20 seconds.
Keeping a safe environment for the employees and consumers is a good business moto. Doing that will not only help with keep a safe environment it helps in productivity. Keeping the absences at a minimum, by minimizing the spread of germs.
- Pencils and pens
- Desk, computers, printers, etc.
- Meeting tables, and chairs
- Fitness Equipment
- Playground Equipment
- High traffic area clean and sanitized
- Kitchen/Food Areas
- Retail Spaces
- Water Fountains
- Sales Counters
- Carpets and Rugs
- Stair Handrails
- Elevator Cars
Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning
If your business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – [SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville, 252-291-4492]
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Wilson/Nashville commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we are dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large-scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville
SERVPRO of Wilson/Nashville specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.