Recent Storm Damage Posts

Strong Winds Causing Property Damage in Hilo?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

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Aloha! Our teams in Hawaii and Maui have over twenty years of experience restoring properties damaged by strong winds and storms in Hilo. Wind damage can be minimized by securing objects outside of the house. Here are some examples of ways to minimize wind damage from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

Secure Objects Outside the Home

Loose shingles, your dog’s house, trash cans, and sports equipment can be picked up by the wind and cause damage to your home. Secure outdoor objects like furniture, gutters, and downspouts.

Trim or Remove Dead, Damaged, or Rotting Trees and Limbs

High winds can cause trees and branches to fall. Make sure any damaged trees on the property are trimmed or removed regularly. Your home should be at least a full-grown tree’s height away from the base of any tree, usually about 40 feet away.

Fortify Your Roof

Your roof is your first line of defense in a high wind event. Re-adhere any loose shingles and consider impact-resistant shingles when installing a roof. Install roof strappings to anchor the roof framing to the wall framings so the wind can’t lift your roof off your house.

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When your Hilo home or commercial business needs storm damage restoration services, our teams in Hawaii and Maui are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

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Tsunami Preparedness and Safety Information for Hilo?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Aloha! Do you know that Hawaii is one of the most unique locations in the world for studying tsunami effects? According to the International Tsunami Information Center, there have been 135 confirmed tsunamis recorded since 1812, and 60 percent of them have occurred in Hilo. Our teams in Hawaii and Maui respond to storm damage emergencies every year and offer this information on tsunami preparedness and safety from the National Weather Service:

Local Earthquake – May cause you to fall or have difficulty standing. This is a natural tsunami warning. Initially, protect yourself from earthquake effects. When the shaking stops, leave the evacuation zones immediately.

Urgent Tsunami Warning – Possible tsunami generated by a significant earthquake in local waters. Sirens will sound. Turn on the radio. If an urgent tsunami warning is announced, leave the evacuation zones immediately.

Tsunami Watch – A significant earthquake has occurred. Tsunami approach is not confirmed but is possible. No siren sounding. Prepare for a possible upgrade to a tsunami warning.

Tsunami Warning – Tsunami approach confirmed. Sirens will sound. Monitor the radio. Be prepared when evacuation is advised or ordered by civil defense.

Tsunami Evacuation - Sirens will sound. Turn on the radio. Those in tsunami evacuation zones must begin evacuation when the order is issued by civil defense.

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If you have storm damage in your Hilo home or commercial business, our teams in Hawaii and Maui are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

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Flooding in Hana?

3/29/2022 (Permalink)

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Hana Flood?

Aloha! Our local teams in Hawaii and Maui restore storm damage throughout the year. The County of Maui’s website contains helpful information on road closure notifications, and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency’s (HI-EMA) website includes valuable information about flooding safety.

Here are some important steps you can take.

  • During heavy rains or human-made structure failures such as a dam breach, flash flooding can occur quickly and without warning
  • Be prepared to evacuate and move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to act.
  • Do not cross fast-flowing water in your vehicle or on foot – Turn around, do not drown!

  • Contact your property/casualty agent or broker about flood insurance, which is offered through the National Flood Insurance Program

 Make a Plan

  • Plan escape routes – ensure all family members know where to go and how to get out
  • Meeting place – choose a physical location to meet if communication between family members is down
  • Family communication – identify a family member who lives out-of-state who can notify everyone when they are safe

Call Us Today!

Heavy rain and flooding are dangerous for everyone involved. If you have storm damage in your Hana home or commercial business, call our local teams in Hawaii and Maui today at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

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Heavy Rain Damage in Lahaina?

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Aloha! Do you know that Lahaina locals and businesses have been trusting SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui to restore their storm damage for over twenty years? Here is some information from the Institute of Business and Home Safety for protecting your home from heavy rain:

Check wall air conditioners

Internal Drain: If the air conditioning unit has an internal drain, make sure the pipe size is adequate and water is running and flowing freely to handle a high volume of water.

Caulking of Air Conditioning Unit Sleeve: Look for any gaps, cracks, or other damage that indicates improper caulking around the edge of the sleeve to the exterior of the building. This increases vulnerability to water entry.

Orientation: Tilting the air conditioning unit sleeves slightly (two degrees) towards the exterior wall can significantly reduce the water’s entry.

Weather Stripping: Proper weather stripping between the air conditioning unit and the sleeve can reduce the water from entering.

If your home has wall air conditioners

  • Ensure the size of internal drain pipe is adequate and water is flowing freely
  • Ensure there is proper caulking and weather stripping around the unit
  • Ensure unit is installed with a 1/4-inch (two-degree) bubble tilt toward the outside

Call Us!

Lahaina locals and commercial businesses can rely on SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui to restore their storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Subtropical Cyclone Hits Maui?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

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Aloha! Last month, SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui responded to storm damage emergencies resulting from the heavy rain brought by the subtropical cyclone, or Kona low. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency issued these warnings for Maui:

Floods are one of the most common hazards in Hawai’i

  • Heavy rains can cause structural failures such as a dam breach; flash flooding can occur quickly and without warning
  • Be prepared to evacuate and move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to act.
  • Do not cross fast-flowing water in your vehicle or on foot – Turn around, do not drown!
  • Contact your property/casualty agent or broker about flood insurance, which is offered through the National Flood Insurance Program

Make a Plan

  • Plan escape routes – ensure all family members know where to go and how to get out
  • Meeting place – choose a physical location to meet if communication between family members is down
  • Family communication – identify a family member who lives out-of-state who everyone can notify when they are safe

Pack a 14-day ‘Go-Kit’ for your family

  • Change of clothes and sturdy shoes
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Face coverings, gloves, and sanitizer
  • First aid kit
  • Battery-powered or crank-powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Manual can opener
  • Hygiene supplies
  • Whistle
  • Important documents

Call Us!

Maui locals and businesses can rely on SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui to restore storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Rain Damage in Keauhou?

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Aloha! SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has over twenty years of experience restoring storm damage for Keauhou locals. Water is invasive and can do serious damage in as little as five minutes! We use powerful water extraction equipment and industrial-grade air movers and blowers to get the excess water out of your home quickly. We monitor and document the drying process to make sure the area is restored to normal humidity levels. If your home has damage, we can repair it for you, too. Depending on your unique circumstances, we may use any of the following cleaning methods to restore stormwater-damaged items to pre-damage condition:

  • Dry Cleaning - used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean before wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - an effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe - effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - involves agitation of the surface being cleaned 
  • Immersion Cleaning - contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

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December is the wettest month in Keauhou. When you have a storm damage emergency, our technicians are on-call and ready to respond 24-hours a day. Locals and business owners can count on SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui to restore the storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us at 808-329-6560. Mahalo!

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Wind Damage in Waikoloa?

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Aloha. SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has been restoring storm damage in Waikoloa. High winds can cause serious damage to traditional and manufactured homes, but there are things homeowners can do to minimize the potential for wind damage. Here are some helpful wind damage mitigation tips from State Farm Insurance:

Traditional Homes

  • Keep your home firmly anchored in high winds by having anchor bolts with heavy-gauge, square bolt washers installed to connect your floor to the foundation
  • Reinforce the rest of the frame by connecting wall and floor components with properly installed plywood or oriented strand board and attach roof trusses or rafters to the walls with metal connectors
    • On existing homes, this can be done when replacing siding

Manufactured Homes

  • Manufactured homes are more prone to damage from high winds as a result of non-permanent foundations
  • Inspect all straps and tie-downs regularly for rust, weakness, or wear and have repairs made immediately

Windows

  • Install windows rated for the wind speeds in your region
  • For the best protection in hurricane-prone areas, install impact-resistant permanent shutters that meet applicable building code approved standards

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When you need storm damage restoration services for your Waikoloa home or business SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Here to Help. ® Call us at 808-329-6560. We’ll clean and restore your wind damage, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo!

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Clogged Rain Gutters in Hilo?

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

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Aloha.  SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has been restoring storm damage in Hilo for over twenty years. In many cases, clogged rain gutters and downspouts have compounded the damage from the rain by directing the water into the home instead of away from it. When rain gutters are working properly, they will direct rain away from the roofline and foundation. Here is a tip on how to clean your rain gutters using a power washer:

If it has been a while since you cleaned your rain gutters, a power washer may be the perfect tool to get the rain gutters clear of built-up dirt and debris. Using a power washer can be a messy but effective process, so plan on cleaning the roof and walls of your home’s exterior, too!

  • Use the fine-spray nozzle to blast away debris from the gutter system working towards the downspout hole
  • Point the nozzle down the hole and rinse the shaft until the water can run through it freely

Call Us!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your Hilo home or business SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Here to Help. ® Call us at 808-329-6560. We’ll clean and restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo!

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Flooding Safety Tips for Kailua-Kona Residents?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Aloha. Do you know that SERVPRO® of Hawaii | SERVPRO® of Maui has been responding to storm damage emergencies for over twenty years in Kailua-Kona? When there is a severe storm and your home floods in the middle of the night, it is important to know what to do and NOT to do while waiting for help to arrive. Here are some tips from our website:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place
  • Gather loose items from floors

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Call Us Today!

When you need storm damage restoration services for your Kailua-Kona home or business, SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on call 24-hours a day to serve you. Call us at 808-329-6560. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” Mahalo!

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Flood Safety Tips for Hilo?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Aloha. SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has seen lots of storms and has responded to many storm damage emergencies over the past twenty years in Hilo. Here are some tips for protecting your family during a flood from the American Red Cross:

Protecting Your Family

  • Talk with your family about what to do if a flood watch or warning is issued. Discussing floods ahead of time helps reduce fear, especially for younger children.
  • Ensure that every member of your family carries a Safe and Well wallet card.
  • Make sure you have access to NOAA radio broadcasts
  • Find out if you are located in a floodplain, which is considered a Special Flood Hazard Area. If so, you are still eligible for flood insurance. Check with your city or county government to review the Flood Insurance Rate Maps, published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • Find out if local streams or rivers flood easily
  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe deposit box. You may need quick, easy access to these documents. Keep them in a safe place less likely to be damaged during a flood. Take pictures on a phone and keep copies of important documents and files on a flash drive that you can carry with you on your house or car keys.

Call Us Today!

When you need storm restoration services in Hilo, SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-329-6560. 

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Storm Emergency Kit for Kailua-Kona Residents?

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Preparing for an Emergency

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has been mitigating and restoring storm damage for the residents of Kailua-Kona for over twenty years. Here is some storm preparedness information from the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency:

Preparedness Information

Stock your emergency preparedness kit with enough food and water for at least 14 days. Other essential items include a battery-operated radio to receive emergency communications and essential medication.

Water

Water is essential to sustaining life and is an important part of your emergency preparedness kit. General guidance is for people to store one gallon of water per person, per day for at least 14 days. This can be done by storing cases of water in a cool, dry place or by storing your own tap water.

Food

Store high-calorie, shelf stable food in a cool, dry place. Examples of high-calorie food that does not require heat or additional water to prepare include nuts, ready-to-eat cereals, peanut butter, dried fruit, and canned soups.

Hygiene and Cleanliness

Include items like hand sanitizer, sanitary wipes, toilet paper, and bags to contain waste

Medication

Stock extra medication in your emergency supplies. Have a hard copy of your prescription on hand and pack medication requiring refrigeration in ice packs or a cooler if the power goes out.

Call Us Today!

When you need storm restoration services in Kailua-Kona, SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 808-329-6560. 

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Heavy Rain and Storm Damage in Hilo?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Storm Disaster Recovery in Hawaii?

Heavy rain, high winds, and hurricanes can happen any time of the year in the Hawaiian Islands. SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has been mitigating storm damage for the residents of Hilo for years, and we know that every minute counts. When we arrive, we will immediately tarp up and board up any areas of the structure exposed to the elements to minimize further damage. We will conduct a thorough assessment and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. We will also contact your insurance adjuster and help you with the insurance paperwork and process.

No job is too big for us. Our Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response team can provide help no matter how extensive the weather event is. Because we are part of a national network of over 1700 franchises, we can mobilize teams to respond to major weather events, including:

  • 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 Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is ready to assist you with storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Hilo. Call us today at 808-329-6560. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

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Worst Storms in Hawaii History?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Hawaii’s Hurricane History

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui has been responding to storm damage emergencies for years, and we have the equipment, advanced training, and experience to mitigate storm damage emergencies no matter how big the job is. We have equipment strategically placed at two warehouses on the Big Island, so we can respond to any storm emergency quickly. Here is a rundown of the last two hurricanes to hit the Hawaiian Islands in recorded history from Hawaii News Now:

  • Hurricane Iniki (1992): This category four hurricane was the most devastating hurricane to hit Hawaii. Borne from El Nino, Iniki traveled on a west-northwest course and continued to strengthen. On September 11, the eye of the hurricane passed directly over Kauai, devastating the island. It caused over $1.8 billion in damage and was responsible for six deaths.
  • Hurricane Iwa (1982): At the time, this category one hurricane was the most damaging to hit Hawaii. It passed just west of Kauai, causing severe property damage, minor physical injuries, and one death. Up to $250 million dollars in damage was created.

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SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is ready to assist you with any storm damage emergency 24-hours a day in Hawaii and Maui. Call us today at 808-329-6560. We’ll restore your storm damage, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Hawaii |SERVPRO® of Maui is Independently Owned and Operated.

Thunderstorm preparedness in Maui

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home and property in Maui. 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 Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui knows you cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Maui
  • 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 Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui 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 Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

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

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Damage & Evacuation in Hilo.

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 Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui suggests having these items prepared in the event you would need to evacuate your home in Hilo.

  • 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 Hilo 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 Hilo, 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 Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui is independently owned and operated.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/ 

Be Prepared for Flooding in Kona

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Reducing Flood Damage in Kona:

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. They can happen anywhere, anytime. 25% of flood claims come from low-risk areas. SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui knows we can’t prevent storms. We can, however, reduce the amount of flood damage.

Lower the Risk of Flood Damage in Knoa:

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that flood insurance is available even in low-risk areas  
  • Check your county planning department to see if you live in a flood plain 
  • Raise equipment off the basement floor
  • Build barriers to stop flood water from getting into the basement
  • Use waterproofing sealants to avoid water damage
  • Do not keep important information or possessions in the basement
  • Back up computer files and keep them in a safe location
  • Install a sump pump
  • Install a drainage systems or flood wall in your yard

SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui wants you to be safe.

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Links:

https://www.ready.gov/floods 

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/readiness.html

What to do if you have PTSD during Thunderstorms and Lightning in Hawaii

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

PTSD and Thunderstorms & Lightning in Hawaii

Almost 7% of people in the U.S. have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

People who have PTSD may experience panic during thunderstorms. Thunderstorms and lightning can set off a person’s alarm bells.

SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui offers these guides to Coping with PTSD During Storms:  

The best strategy is to be prepared.

  • Take care of your emotional health. See a therapist. Learn relaxation exercises. When you feel anxious, you can relax yourself
  • Know when a thunderstorm is likely. Plan what you will do during a thunderstorm  
  • Take care of your physical health. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough sleep. Do not rely on alcohol or other drugs.  Do not smoke or chew tobacco 

During a Thunderstorm in Hawaii

  • Slow down your breathing
  • Look around. Notice where you are. Notice that you are in a safe place
  • Distract yourself from the storm. Wear headphones and listen to music. Sit in a pop-up tent
  • Talk with someone you trust

SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui is independently owned and operated. 

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

Be prepared for power outages from storms in Kona

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Managing Without Power in Kona

SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui has seen storm damage lead to power outages.   

A power outage can:

  • Disrupt communication
  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMS, other services
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Disable medical devices

During a power outage in Kona, be sure to:

  • Keep freezer & refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • User generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances/electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment
  • Have already set up plan to refrigerate medicines
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery.  You may also need a manual chair
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home or business
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling
  • Check on your neighbors.

SERVPRO of Hawaii | SERVPRO of Maui is independently owned and operated. 




Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/index.html

How to Avoid Water Damage During Major Storms

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

From June 1st till November 30th, tropical hurricanes are in-season off the coast of Hawaii. Throughout the hurricane season (as well as for the off-season, when hurricanes can still occur), residents of Hawaii are advised to stay informed and have a plan of action for the eventuality of a storm. One part of that plan is preparing your home for potential water damage.

The most important parts of planning for a storm are emergency evacuation plans and having enough supplies. 

  • Have a personal/family emergency plan in place, where you know what to do and where to go in an emergency
  • Have an emergency kit with enough supplies for two weeks. For helpful guidelines for creating your kit, visit health.hawaii.gov

However, after emergency preparation is in place, it’s important to secure your home from the more common occurrence of water damage. In today’s guide, we will be going over some ways you can avoid water damage to your home during major storms in Maui. Yet sometimes, despite your best efforts, water damage still occurs from a storm. If your home has been damaged by a storm, leak, or has suffered some other form of water damage, contact SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui to get storm damage cleanup and restoration services

Call (808) 329-6560

5 Ways to Avoid Water Damage in Your Hawaii Home

Storms cause damage to your home in two separate ways — through water, and through wind. Water damage from storms can occur directly through rain or through the sewer system becoming flooded, leading to water seeping into your property in all sorts of different ways. Here’s what you can do to reduce the impact of storms on your home:

#1: Caulk Around Windows & Doors

The wind from storms can lead to a surprising amount of force — so much so that it actually can push water in through all sorts of small cracks and holes around your windows and doors. One simple and effective way of preventing this is to apply a layer of caulk around all potential gaps in your home. 

#2: Repair Problems with the Foundation

If your foundation has cracks or holes, it can lead to water damage getting in your basement, your crawlspace, and other parts of your home. It’s easy to forget about these areas, which is even worse, as it can mean you leave the water undetected in them for long periods of time, leading to all sorts of potentially serious foundational damage. It’s a good idea to get your foundation inspected regularly for cracks and holes, and get them fixed before the next big storm hits. 

#3: Secure Your Property 

Keep your gutters clear and secure outdoor furniture and other belongings in a secure location. In severe storms, all these materials can be blown away or into your home, causing first direct property damage and often expensive water damage as well. If a storm is imminent, make sure you place your patio furniture and other loose items in secure locations where they won’t be able to cause damage or get blown away. 

#4: Move Any Items Easily Damaged By the Storm Above Flood Level

Move any and all items that could easily be damaged out of harm’s way. This may include items such as important paperwork, electronics, and so on. If the storm is extreme, it may be a good idea to have a separate location to store important valuables, so they don't get damaged. As an extra warning, don’t store important documents in your basement! If the basement floods, they easily can be irreversibly damaged. 

#5: Shut Off At-Risk Electronics

Any electronic devices or electrical services that could become underwater during a storm, turn them off! Doing so may be moderately inconvenient for the time being, but the damage to your electrical system by water can be extreme. Electronics such as printers and computers should be elevated. 

After the Storm

Following the aforementioned tips can help keep your home safe from water damage during a flood. However, sometimes despite your best efforts, extreme weather can lead to water damage in your home. When that happens, SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui is here to help. We offer residential and commercial storm damage repair, restoration, and cleanup services. Floods and storms don’t only hit between 9 and 5, so we make ourselves available 24/7 for rapid response to your location. 

SERVPRO of Hawaii/Maui is a trusted leader in the water restoration industry, and has the experience and resources to get your property dry and back to its pre-storm condition. Learn more about our water damage restoration techniques here. If you are in Kailua-Kona or anywhere else in Maui and would like to hire a locally owned water restoration company, contact us online or at (808) 329-6560 today!

Storms Don't Hold Back, Neither Should You

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Wildfires and general erosion patterns are notable influences on the rates of storm damage; the effects of the heat, and rains on the Island of Hawaii and Maui. With an increase of intense UV rays in the past years, there has been a higher number of reported fires. Not only has the heat brought damage to many homes, but there is also always damages brought on by rainstorms. Your property might be vulnerable, and our team is ready to help.

When potential threats of not only rainwater flooding but also great amounts of dirt rushing towards or invading your home choose the best restoration company for your home. SERVPRO, with highly-qualified crews and state of the art equipment, is the first choice of homeowners who have suffered storm damage. 

From shoveling debris, extracting water, removal of hazardous material, cleaning, drying, disinfecting, and restoring your home SERVPRO can do it all. Our team is IICRC certified and each team member has well qualifications and the best training to ensure the fastest recovery time for all storm damage.

If you have been hit by a storm call SERVPRO at (808)329-6560. We specialize in restoration and reconstruction services for fire damage, mold, and storms. Call today for an inspection.

Flood Damage vs Water Damage

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Flood Damage Vs Water Damage

The terms “Flood damage” and “Water damage” are commonly used in the restoration industry. Most people would hear these terms and assume they mean the same thing; however, they actually have some key differences!

According to the National Flood Insurance Program, a flood is defined as: “A general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of 2 or more acres of normally dry land or, of 2 or more properties from:

  • overflow of inland or tidal waters
  • unusual and rapid accumulation or run off of surface waters from any source
  • Mudflows
  • Collapse or subsidence of land along the shore of a lake or similar body of water as a result of erosion or undermining caused by waves or currents of water exceeding anticipated cyclical levels that result in a flood as defined above.”

The defining factor that separates flood damage from water damage is pretty simple; it all depends on where the water comes from. Flood damage comes from natural sources. Water damage comes from inside the home (dishwasher leak, washing machine overflow etc.).  

Knowing the difference between flood damage and water damage is not only important for mitigation purposes, but for filing insurance claims as well! Make sure you know what type of loss your insurance covers in case you find yourself dealing with water or flood issues.

When it comes to water damage, flood damage, or any other type of damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Hawaii to restore your home or business. We have professional crews available 24/7, and advanced equipment on hand to make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

Flood Damage Vs Water Damage

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Flood Damage Vs Water Damage

The terms “Flood damage” and “Water damage” are commonly used in the restoration industry. Most people would hear these terms and assume they mean the same thing; however, they actually have some key differences!

According to the National Flood Insurance Program, a flood is defined as: “A general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of 2 or more acres of normally dry land or, of 2 or more properties from:

  • overflow of inland or tidal waters
  • unusual and rapid accumulation or run off of surface waters from any source
  • Mudflows
  • Collapse or subsidence of land along the shore of a lake or similar body of water as a result of erosion or undermining caused by waves or currents of water exceeding anticipated cyclical levels that result in a flood as defined above.”

The defining factor that separates flood damage from water damage is pretty simple; it all depends on where the water comes from. Flood damage comes from natural sources. Water damage comes from inside the home (dishwasher leak, washing machine overflow etc.).  

Knowing the difference between flood damage and water damage is not only important for mitigation purposes, but for filing insurance claims as well! Make sure you know what type of loss your insurance covers in case you find yourself dealing with water or flood issues.

When it comes to water damage, flood damage, or any other type of damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Maui to restore your home or business. We have professional crews available 24/7, and advanced equipment on hand to make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

When Storms or Floods hit Hawaii, SERVPRO is ready!

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hawaii 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.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Big Island, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. In addition to our sister franchise on Maui we can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 808-961-6560

Flood Damage vs Water Damage

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Flood Damage vs Water Damage

The terms “Flood damage” and “Water damage” are commonly used in the restoration industry. Most people would hear these terms and assume they mean the same thing; however, they actually have some key differences!

According to the National Flood Insurance Program, a flood is defined as: “A general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of 2 or more acres of normally dry land or, of 2 or more properties from:

  • overflow of inland or tidal waters
  • unusual and rapid accumulation or run off of surface waters from any source
  • Mudflows
  • Collapse or subsidence of land along the shore of a lake or similar body of water as a result of erosion or undermining caused by waves or currents of water exceeding anticipated cyclical levels that result in a flood as defined above.”

The defining factor that separates flood damage from water damage is pretty simple; it all depends on where the water comes from. Flood damage comes from natural sources. Water damage comes from inside the home (dishwasher leak, washing machine overflow etc.).  

Knowing the difference between flood damage and water damage is not only important for mitigation purposes, but for filing insurance claims as well! Make sure you know what type of loss your insurance covers in case you find yourself dealing with water or flood issues.

When it comes to water damage, flood damage, or any other type of damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Maui to restore your home or business. We have professional crews available 24/7, and advanced equipment on hand to make the damage “Like it never even happened.”

Homeowners vs Flood Insurance

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage to a home is a very time taking, expensive and life changing experience. Ideally, we want everyone to be insured in case of any possible event. Most of our mitigation responses are to homes where water comes from within the house, that type of damage is usually covered by the homeowners insurance. It changes when the water source comes from the outside, for example during heavy rains water rises in a nearby creek, overflows and reaches the house. That is s flood, rather than water leak and it requires a flood insurance (in addition to homeowners) if one would like to have coverage. Flood, while it is a rare occurrence, it tends to happen in the flood zones, where rates are typically higher for flood insurance but it is strongly encouraged if not mandatory. It is important to get educated about both types of insurance in regards to your home location (and other factors), especially that flood zones are changing due to the change in extreme weather patterns. If you have any questions or if you have a water emergency you can call us 24/7.